For a change, American journalists actually got to try out a new car
before those in other countries when we drove the new Honda Insight in Arizona last month
. This week, the European media are getting their first crack at the new hybrid
hatchback in sunny Valencia, Spain. The Euro-spec Insight
gets a slightly different front fascia than ours, along with arguably more attractive wheels. The combined fuel economy
rating of the Insight on the European test cycle is 53.4 mpg (U.S.) with carbon dioxide emissions of just 101 g/km. We'll be looking to see how the generally hybrid-averse Europeans respond to the new Insight.