The Honda Insight hybrid is the first generation Honda Insight vehicle produced and sold by Honda. The Honda Insight Hybrid is an electric, three-door, two passenger rear door vehicle that was available in the market from 1999 to 2006. The Honda Insight Hybrid was the first production automobile to feature the Incorporated Motor Assist system of Honda.
Honda launched the second-generation Insight Hybrid in Japan during February 2009 and in America on the 24th of March 2009. The Insight was the cheapest hybrid available in the United States. Honda launched a less costly base model if Insight Hybrid in December 2010 for the model year 2011. The Honda Insight Hybrid was introduced in the United Kingdom in April 2009 as the most reasonably priced hybrid on the market and it was the top selling hybrid in the United Kingdom.
The Insight Hybrid Based on concept car was unveiled at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo in 1997, derived from the concept of the Honda J-VX. Later, the Honda Insight Hybrid was launched in November 1999 in Japan as the first manufactured vehicle to have the Integrated Motor Assist system of Honda. The Insight Hybrid became the first hybrid accessible in North America in December 1999, after seven months by the Toyota Prius.
The Honda Insight Hybrid featured a frivolous aluminum structure and optimized aerodynamics to make the most of fuel efficiency and minimize emissions. As of 2014, the first generation Insight still ranks as the most fuel-efficient vehicle of the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States. This was the certified petrol-fueled vehicle, with a mileage of 53 mph in the city and 64 mpg on the highway with the combined mileage of 61 mpg.
The Honda Insight Hybrid is a subcompact rear door vehicle with the external dimension of 155.3 inches (3,945 mm) in length, a height of 53.3 inches (1,355 mm) and a width of 66.7 inches (1,695 mm), with a wheelbase of 94.5 inches (2,400 mm). The first-generation Honda Insight Hybrid was only manufactured as a two-seat vehicle. The model was introduced with a single trim level model with manual transmission with air conditioning as an optional feature. During the second year of manufacture of the Honda Insight Hybrid, it was released in two trim levels, continuously variable transmission with air conditioning and with manual transmission with air conditioning. The only key change during the life span of the Insight Hybrid was the prologue of a trunk mounted, front regulated, and manifold-disc CD changer. Besides the hybrid drive system, the Honda Insight Hybrid was a small vehicle, which was constructed of light weight materials and modernized with 0.25 as the drag-coefficient.
The Honda Insight Hybrid sold as the least expensive gasoline-electric hybrid, which is ranked as the first top-selling hybrid model for the month of April 2009 in Japan. During its initial twelve months after first obtainable in the Japanese automobile market, 143,015 units of the second-generation of the Honda Insight Hybrid were sold all over the world. Honda declared the end of manufacture of the Honda Insight hybrid in July 2014 for the 2015 model year vehicle, along with the hydrogen fuel-cell sedan, the Honda FCX Clarity and the electric sedan, the Honda Fit EV.