When we reviewed the 2010 Honda Insight last year, we came away far less impressed than we did after our first drive a few months earlier. After living with the new hybrid for a week in Michigan we found its ride quality to be extremely disappointing. The tuning of the springs and dampers left it bouncing around on sharp road inputs and transmitting a lot of road noise into the cabin.
A year on, it looks like Honda has heard the complaints and, at least in Europe, the Insight is getting updates to address them. In an effort to improve both the ride and handling characteristics of the Insight, spring rates, mounting points and the rear twist beam axle have all been modified. We noted when we drove the CR-Z recently that its ride quality was vastly improved over the Insight, with which it shares its platform. American Honda Motor Co. hasn't announced any changes for the North American-spec car, but we suspect we'll be getting the same updates here soon.