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  • 2010 HONDA INSIGHT IN MALAYSIA – REVIEW

    Honda Malaysia has launched the All-New Honda Insight in Malaysia at KLIMS 2010.When talk about Honda Insight, it’s difficult to describe it without mentioning another vehicle. The most obvious is the current heavyweight champion of the green car world, the Toyota Prius, from which the Insight has clearly lifted its silhouette. Both vehicles being dedicated hybrid models, it’s easy to see why many assume the Insight is Honda’s “Prius-killer”.Honda Insight is also a car that is being billed as the most affordable hybrid in the world.

    The differences between the 2010 Honda Insight and the 2010 Toyota Prius, can be easily summarized: The Insight is thousands of ringgits cheaper, gets comparable fuel economy, has a crisper look and provides a more agile and enjoyable ride. But the Insight is noticeably smaller, especially for passengers in the backseat. You need to sit in both vehicles before deciding if the Insight is the right size for your passengers, not just your pocketbook.

    The Insight is smaller than the Prius by 2.5 inches in both length and height, and also has a 6-inch shorter wheelbase. While the Prius is classed as a mid-sized car based on its interior volume, the Insight is a compact. The Prius has a decidedly spaceship-like feel, and the Insight is slightly more conventional looking. The dashboard of the Insight looks like a blending of the Honda Civic and Honda Jazz.

    Intelligent Power Unit

    Technically, the All-New Insight is created to cater for exceptional fuel economy. It is powered by Honda’s new generation (fifth) of Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) System that ingeniously recaptures and stores kinetic energy from vehicle braking and deceleration, and supplies additional power for acceleration when needed. It consists of a 65-kilowatt (88PS) 1.3liter SOHC i-VTEC engine, a 10-kilowatt (14PS) electric motor mated with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and a newly improved Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) that has been made 19% more compact and 28% lighter in size for the All-New Insight. This smaller and more compact IPU has been relocated under the floor of the cargo area to create a 400-litre trunk space that could accommodate up to 3 golf bags; and a 60:40 split backseat that can be folded down flat to give a 584-litre flat cargo load area. The Insight battery holds 0.58 kilowatt hours of energy—just slightly less than half the 1.3 kilowatt-hours of the current Toyota Prius pack. The battery is recharged with both spare engine power and regenerative braking, and its accelerator connects to an electronic sensor rather than a cable, also known as “drive-by-wire”.

    The specs list consist of sensor activated headlamps and wipers, an MP3+WMA compatible audio player with USB and aux jack, auto climate control, VSA stability control, ABS, EBD, dual SRS airbags, and rear ISOFIX points.In terms of safety standard, the All-New Insight has obtained a 6-star JNCAP safety rating for driver and 5-star JNCAP safety rating for passengers.

    In Malaysia, the All-New Insight is targeted at eco-oriented individuals who believe in doing their part to protect the earth for future generations. The Honda Insight is available on four colours – Dyno Blue Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Premium White Pearl.This Hybrid Car come with 16? Alloy Wheels wrapped around with 185/55R16 tyres.The Honda Insight also get 5-year or 140,000 km warranty, depending on which comes first.

    Honda Insight – Price List (RM) in Malaysia  (On-The-Road Price with Insurance)

    Peninsular Malaysia – RM 98,000.00

    Kota Kinabalu – RM 99,000.00

    Kuching – RM 99,000.00

    Labuan – RM 90,000.00

    Langkawi – RM 90,000.00

    Miri & Sibu – RM 99,000.00

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