Honda commences production of Third-Gen Insight Hybrid at Indiana factory
According to a recent announcement by Honda, the production of the automaker’s new, third-generation Insight hybrid has been commenced at its manufacturing plant in Indiana this week. Honda has revealed that the new Insight hybrid will go on sale in early summer.
The announcement about the start of production of third-generation Insight hybrid comes within months of Honda’s first unveiling of the concept version of the vehicle in January 2018 at the Detroit auto show. The production version of the car was introduced by Honda in March 2018.
The third-generation Honda Insight Hybrid is quite similar in appearance to the Honda Civic sedan. As such, the new car is unlike its predecessor, the second-generation Insight hybrid, which looked like a Civic hatchback.
Moreover, as compared to the previous generations of the Insight which were mild hybrids, the third-generation Insight is equipped with Honda's new two-motor full-hybrid system, which enables the car to run on electric power for nearly a mile before its small 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine needs to be turned on.
Despite the fact that the EPA fuel-economy estimates for Honda’s third-generation Insight hybrid are yet to be released, the automaker is hopeful that highway fuel-economy rating of the vehicle will be in mid- to high 40s; with an expected rating of at least 55 mpg in the city and more than 50 mpg overall.
Chinese EV manufacturer BYD has recently announced that it is opening a new battery factory in the Qinghai province in western China.
South America is still lagging behind in adoption of electric vehicles. Chinese companies are already approaching public transport authorities across the world to offer their electric and hybrid urban mobility solutions.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in a recent Twitter post that the company decided against the addition of eye-tracking sensors to the Autopilot hardware suite because it found the technology to be ineffective.
At the 2018 Beijing Auto Show last week, Chinese manufacturer BYD unveiled its all-electric E-SEED concept SUV. The unveiling of the E-SEED concept came in addition to the company’s introduction of its new Tang plug-in hybrid at the auto show.
On Wednesday, German automaker Audi announced at its annual meeting that it plans to build 20 new electrified cars by the year 2025. The automaker also added that most of the planned electrified cars will be battery-powered vehicles.
Earlier this week, Canada-based car manufacturer Magna International announced that it is forming a joint venture with BAIC subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle Company for producing two new premium electric cars in China.