Honda Insight Mk1 aluminium-bodied two-seater aerodynamic hybrid coupe, slightly reminiscent of Le Mans Panhard DB endurance racers. 1.0 litre 3 -cylinder VTEC engine offering 76`PS supplemented by 10 kW brushless DC electric motor. Very high geared, yet surprisingly quick and good to drive with 11.5-second 0-60 and 112 mph top speed.
It was the first ever series production hybrid car in the world (some might argue it was the Toyota Prius). It has an aluminium chassis and plastic or aluminium body panels to make it extremely light. This also means it will not rust.
It has a 3-cylinder engine with lean burn technology. Lean burn engines use a high air to fuel ratio, which achieve high fuel efficiency but normally doesn't work with catalytic converters. So, Honda developed a special fuel injection algorithm which would keep the catalytic converter intact and still offering lean burn. During lean burn operation, the mpg bar graph will be stuck at around 90 mpg. When coming out of lean burn, you can see the mpg drop to maybe 60 mpg. The display (some people say it reminds of the movie "back to the future") shows all mpg in US gallon not imperial gallon by the way. A conversion chart is provided in the car. Ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 80 g/km and 83 mpg capability.
The vendor states that this Honda Insight Mk1 has done about 115,000 miles and is still going strong. The current owner has owned this car since 2010, and it only had one other UK owner from 2008, when it was imported from Japan. The previous owner provides some service history from 2008 to 2010, and the current owner provides a full history from 2010 onwards.
The car is fitted with electric air-conditioning which can operate even when the engine is off at traffic lights etc. The power steering is also electric in order to optimise performance and fuel consumption. There is an original Japanese radio, CD and Sat Nav. The vendor states that there are no issues with the engine or CVT gearbox. If the traction battery is discharged or faulty, there is still a normal starter motor that can start the engine using the 12v battery. The large hybrid battery was replaced by a Honda garage at the end of 2017, so it is now 4 years old and the previous battery lasted 17 years. The car is driven regularly, so the battery is kept in good shape.
It is a very responsive and light drive, and even though it is 21 year old, it can still outperform hybrids that are coming onto the market today. The car will make heads turn and it is obvious that this is a very green car. The bodywork is described as being in good condition, although there are minor blemishes in the paintwork. Some plastic parts on the car have been resprayed recently as they had faded over the years. The interior is good, and there are no stains on the carpet or the seat coverings, and very minor wear on the floor mats thanks to rubber protection mats. The "boot-liner in the hole" under the flap in the back has a stain that should come out with a very thorough de-greasing wash.
The car comes with a folder full of history, service records, invoices, MoTs, and three original Japanese books that came with the car. It is only being sold because the vendor is moving to Germany.
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