Improvements by Honda to the stop-start strategy of the Insight should make it more economical, the firm claims.
Changes have meant that that its engine can be switched off for up to three times as long as before.
The previous system had been programmed to assume worst-case humidity for obscure patenting reasons – rain, five people on board, tropical conditions – and this limited the ‘stop’ duration to only 30sec. Now, it can remain off for up to 90sec in eco mode. The same strategy has also been applied to the Jazz hybrid.
The changes to the stop-start system are part of wider changes to the Insight, mainly brought on in response to negative feedback of its ride and handling.
Changes include adjustments to the recoil rate of the springs, a change of the rear camber angles and alterations to the V-shape rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts. Honda says these changes “promise to deliver improved ride, handling and stability”.