• Oct 29, 2010
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Honda has not yet given up in the entry-level hybrid fight. There's the new, not-for-U.S. Jazz (Fit) Hybrid, for one thing, but the older Insight hybrid isn't being left in the dust, either. Autocar reports that some of the lessons from the Jazz are being applied to the Insight – most importantly that the "stop" time of the Insight's stop-start cycle can now be up to 90 seconds long in Eco Mode.

Because of "obscure patenting reasons" that made the system assume a worst-case humidity situation, the previous limit was just 30 seconds. This change can save a lot of gas in city driving. There are no new mile-per-gallon numbers to tout just yet, and the change isn't likely to affect America's EPA figures (the government agency's test cycle doesn't recognize the benefits of start-stop), but it's a nice, green upgrade nonetheless.

Honda has also apparently adjusted spring rates and made changes to the rear camber angles, the V-shaped rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts for a "better driving experience," explains Autocar. Wonder why Honda felt this was important?



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone know if this will be a software update for current owners?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Sabastian, the Prius' advantage isn't its ability to drive on the battery, which is the least efficient senario for a hybrid in most cases. Rather, the advantage lies in its greater combined power output, more efficient atkinson cycle ICE, the ability to run HVAC with ICE off, & easier to achieve glide mode ( ice & electric propusion off ). So, in theory if Honda's revision allows for earlier ICE off & easier / more consistent glide, it could result in significant real world mpg gains.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They key is to keep improving, same with CR-Z.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe it only shut off the engine for 30 seconds. One of the main selling points of a hybrid is that it doesn't idle at a stop.

      90 seconds is better.... but wtf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It isn't really a problem to write home about. My only disappointment is that it doesn't shut off when the heating is directed at the windscreen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it would help as well if they didn't half-ass their hybrid system.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bwzd7p2, I must be missing your point somehow. You're arguing about an application, while Sabastian commented on a technology. Was Honda's hybrid system right for the current Insight? That's very arguable either way. Is it an inadequate or inherently inferior drive technique? Absolutely not. It's proven to be extremely effective and very elegant in its simplicity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It also drove it in one of the smallest cars ever sold. In the current Insight, it's nowhere near as efficient as the slightly larger Prius. Matter of fact, in the city, where hybrids usually shine, it does worse than the much larger Ford Fusion. Sounds half-assed to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have 13000 miles on my 2010 Insight and also own a 2008 Prius. Yes, the IMA is half-assed. They better flash my '10
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how much mpg it adds.