Honda’s new Insight is set to make its debut at the Detroit motor show in a few weeks.

The new Insight takes an entirely different approach to the original launched with great fanfare here way back in 2001.

It was a funny looking thing, painted green of course, with two seats and skinny little tyres that were enclosed at the rear to reduce wind drag.

That Insight was terrible to drive, with a harsh bumpy ride and wheels that tracked all over the road.

But it didn’t use much fuel and was a landmark in Australian motoring as the first hybrid petrol-electric car to be sold here (beating the Prius to market).

The second-generation Insight arrived in 2011 as the most affordable hybrid on the market.

insightWith its five-door, five-passenger design, it offered increased space and utility while continuing to push the technological boundaries.

In contrast the all-new Insight takes an entirely new approach, with the styling, packaging, premium features and performance desired by mainstream car buyers.

Honda says it is a hybrid vehicle without any inherent compromise.

New Insight is powered by Honda’s two-motor hybrid system offering fuel economy that is competitive with other compact hybrid models.

Honda says the car is the next step on the intention to making two-thirds of its global vehicle sales electrified vehicles by 2030.

Can hardly wait!

Fresh Insight on road to electrification


Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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