Honda Insight's fuel economy wizard

* Special economy button * Makes greener driving fun * New Honda Insight on sale from next spring...

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Jim Holder
19 November 2008

Honda Insight's fuel economy wizard

The new Honda Insight will feature a greener driving system to help drivers achieve maximum fuel economy at all times.

Called the Ecological Assist System, it is operated by a dashboard button and works in three ways.

  • The engine, gearbox, drivetrain and air-conditioning switch to the most fuel-efficient ways of operating.

  • The dashboard glows green if the Insight is being driven efficiently, green-blue if it is being driven adequately and blue if it is being driven inefficiently

  • Drivers are given a rating based on how efficiently they drove each journey, which is added up towards a total score for the lifetime of the car. The scores are represented as a graphic of tree leaves on the dashboard, which grow as fuel economy rises.

'This new package encourages greener, more-efficient driving in a fun and engaging way,' said John Kingston, Honda's Government Affairs and Environment Manager.

The petrol-hybrid powered Honda Insight is set to go on sale from next spring, with prices starting from an estimated 15,000.