Tuesday, January 13, 2009

2010 Honda Insight Hybrid Official Pics, Specs

The all-new 2010 Honda Insight hybrid car made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show.

2010 Honda Insight Hybrid Official Pics

2010 Honda Insight Hybrid Official Pics

2010 Honda Insight Hybrid Official Pics

Hybrid comes with four-cylinder 1.3 liters i-VTEC engine, with IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) system. Not a particularly high engine output of 98 hp offset by high 168 Nm torque, making Honda Insight respond without hesitation, even with full luggage and four passengers in the car.

LED in the center of the Honda Insight dashboard tells the driver, if he charges the battery, or spends its charge. Start-stop system shuts engine off at traffic lights, saving fuel. The engine is paired with 7-speed CVT gearbox, with switch placed on the steering wheel.

Fuel consumption, according to the Honda, 6.0 liters per 100 km in a city and 5,6 km on highway. For drivers who want to further reduce fuel consumption, Honda has equipped the car with «Econ» button. Clicking it on activates the automatic speed control which switches petrol engine off periodically.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Toyota FT-EV Battery-electric Concept

Just before the Detroit Show's doors open to the members of the press, Toyota published the first photographs of its battery-electric FT-EV concept car, based on Toyota's new urban dweller iQ. FT-EV concept previews a forthcoming production version expected to hit the market by 2012.

Toyota FT-EV Battery-electric Concept

Toyota FT-EV Battery-electric Concept

Toyota FT-EV Battery-electric Concept

No details released, except that car can be driven up to 50 miles on single charge.