Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Insight Moves in Right Direction

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Insight Moves in Right Direction

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Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW

AS the creation of wind farms is considered by many to be something of a lifeline to the National Grid, so the introduction of petrol/electric technology into the world of the motor car could be said to be a move in the right direction for the future of motorised transport.

Already, two generations of the Toyota Prius have proved popular with buyers and now, drawing on some 35 years of green heritage, it is Honda's turn to more than "dream the impossible dream" by reviving the Insight name, which first appeared in 1999, pairing it with a much more affordable hybrid petrol/electric car.

This latest version of the Honda Insight is a practical family motor with strong environmental credentials including 101g/km CO2 emissions, plenty of ongoing financial benefits, such as pounds 15 road tax, lower company car tax and fewer trips to the filling station, plus an outright purchase price created with a much wider audience in mind.

Honda research shows that a common misconception among drivers has been that hybrid cars are more expensive, thus attracting the elitist driver. However, the truth is that the new Insight pricing starts at pounds 15,490 for the SE entry level model, some pounds 2,380 under the Toyota Prius which opens up at pounds 17,870.

The Honda Insight is very much a conventional and roomy five-door hatchback with styling targeted at wind resistance rather than inspirational head turning propensity.

With three generously kitted out models from which to choose, SE, ES and ES-T, all models have the likes of climate control, electric windows all round, power door mirrors, front and rear speaker sound system with CD and MP3 compatibility and steering wheel mounted controls.

Imaginative work by the design team has resulted in plenty of places to house your bits and bobs while majoring on both family and load carrying options, the Insight houses a user friendly 408 litres of boot space with all seats taken, which becomes 584 litres with rear seats folded flat while the boot floor can also be configured to suit the load.

The Insight handles competently, dealing well with urban and motorway demands. …

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