Honda is set to unveil a lightly revised version of the European Honda Insight at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. This 2012 Insight will feature greater efficiency gleaned from substantial aerodynamic work (check out that new grille and front bumper), reduced engine friction, improvements to the CVT and the air-conditioning system. What does all of that translate into on the road? Honda says that the tweaks allow the 2012 Insight to produce 96 g/km of CO2, or 57 mpg on the European cycle. As GreenCarReports.com points out, the European cycle typically yields results that are around 10 to 20 percent higher than the U.S. cycle.

That means that the revised Insight will likely crank out anywhere from 45.6 mpg to 51.3 mpg on the U.S. test – provided we get the same updates that Europe is receiving. The 2011 model is good for 40 mpg city and 43 mpg highway. Look for Honda to pull the sheets off of its revised dedicated hybrid on September 13. Hit the jump for the press release.
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96 g/km* for the 2012 Honda Insight

The launch of the 2012 Honda Insight at Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) 2011 in September reaffirms Honda's commitment to reducing CO2 emissions.

The 2012 Insight is now even more environmentally friendly producing just 96 g/km* of CO2. Fuel economy and emissions have been improved by means of enhanced aerodynamics and powertrain efficiency. Reduced engine friction , Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) and better air conditioning, benefiting from a new cold storage system, all contribute to lower fuel consumption.

The Insight also receives a fresh exterior design including a new front grille. The slimmed tail spolier allows for a wider rear glass area, and combining this with a modified tail gate garnish and a reduction in the size of the wiper motor unit results in overall increased rear visibility.

Adjustments have been made to the engine and suspension for an overall improvement to ride comfort and stability. The features within the interior have also been enhanced for a superior quality.

More details will be announced at launch.


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      Carlos Vargas
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's cool but it isn't what the old Insight used to do. That car was rated at 58 on the highway and would regularly smash 70mpg with a careful driver.
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        The first gen. Insight is still by far my favorite hybrid of all time. Especially the Formula 1000 rally OakTek Insight; banned because it was too fast and 100mpg (driven carefully) was unfair against its competitors! http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110630/CARNEWS/110639984 Not to discredit the 1st gen. but the current Insight does pretty well considering the added bulk, rear seats, more strict emissions, and safety equipment.
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        The first gen. Insight is still by far my favorite hybrid of all time. Especially the Formula 1000 rally OakTek Insight; banned because it was too fast and 100mpg (driven carefully) was unfair against its competitors! http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110630/CARNEWS/110639984 Not to discredit the 1st gen. but the current Insight does pretty well considering the added bulk, rear seats, more strict emissions, and safety equipment.
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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      So know that they have similar mileage to the Prius (51 mpg), and it's a cheaper car, I think they could potentially overtake Toyota. Good job.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      What hurt the Insight's sales when it was first released was the 40-44mpg figure; many testers were in fact able to consistently achieve 50+mpg (US cycle), but the damage was done. With these updates, it's likely the Insight can hit 60mpg with careful driving. Considerably cheaper than the Prius, arguably better looking in this latest iteration, it's a shame the new Insight never really took off.
      Jess Hooton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here is what I want, Honda: 360 Watt Audio - 7 Speakers including sub. EX-L - NO ugly beige please! Lithium-ion battery. Heated AND ventilated seats. Pull door handles - not crazy of those flap handles. Make it happen!
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's some Insight, kill the design. Make it look more futuristic. Make it electric only to compete with the Leaf. Oh and 300 miles per charge.
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Arguably better, but still lipstick on a pig. Such a poorly executed hybrid from Honda. Just another example of their malaise.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        Agreed, but the Hondabots are out in full force today downvoting anything negative about this car.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          It helps to have relevant experience of a product. But people like you are stuck with child-like brand imagery.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      The front looks much worse now. They put on the typical boring grille and made the lower side intakes too big. Looked fine as it was; it's everything else that needed improvement.
      icharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think those number are incredible for what it is. The numbers are right up there with prius without the ability to drive on electricity at all. Honda's mild hybrid system is outdated, but i'm impressed they are able to get such numbers with basically aerodynamics and engine deactivation at a complete stop.
      m
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still a CVT? That is foolish. Give us back the manual transmission that was in the first generation. Then it might actually be an interesting option for someone that needs a big car like this.
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