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by Matt Brogan

For the second time this week, CarAdvice has had the chance to get a good look at the new Honda Insight.

First seen at the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile) in 2008, the Honda Insight is now on display at MIMS with the production version set to be introduced to the Australian market in the very near future.

The five-door, five-passenger hatchback features a lightweight, compact hybrid system that combines exceptional fuel economy with fun-to-drive performance.

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Designed to set the standard for compact cars for a new era, the Insight concept combines outstanding environmental performance with fun, responsive driving and efficient, versatile packaging.

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The all-new Honda Insight was developed with the goal to provide these attributes in a car that is affordable for more customers across the globe.

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Offering exceptional fuel economy, the Insight features a newly developed hybrid system including a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine and Honda’s proprietary Integrated Motor Assist (IMA).

The aerodynamic body achieves a world-leading coefficient of drag of 0.28. To further support fuel-efficient driving, the Insight features the Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist) as standard equipment on all variants.

The name Insight was chosen to denote that this new vehicle provides ‘insight’ into a new era in which hybrid vehicles come within reach of most car buyers.






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