A new 2012 Honda Civic Insight that’s more confident, clever and versatile makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The ninth generation Civic hatchback offers stand out looks combined with class leading space for passengers and luggage and will continue to deliver peace of mind with low running costs, through Honda’s famed and unparalleled reliability.
Honda’s new small family car has been designed exclusively for Europe and has been extensively tested on the region’s roads. It goes on sale in early 2012.
Also Honda will unveil a cleaner, higher quality Insight hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The revised 5door hatchback will have lower CO2 emissions of 96km, achieved through enhanced aerodynamics and powertrain efficiency. Reduced engine friction, changes to the CVT transmission and improved air conditioning all contribute to lower fuel consumption.
These changes mean that the 2012 Insight once again qualifies for exemption from the London Congestion Charge, and falls into the lowest VED band, meaning owners will pay no annual road tax. The new figures also ensure that Insight remains in one of the lowest groups for Benefit in Kind taxation.
For 2012, the Insight also receives a refresh of the exterior design, including a new front grille. At the back, visibility is increased through the introduction of a slimmer spoiler and a modified tailgate decals, and a reduction in the size of the wiper motor.
Adjustments have also been made to the engine and suspension for an overall improvement to ride comfort and stability, and interior quality has been enhanced.
Honda also updates the interior such as a new seat fabric and black wood look panelling improve quality and comfort of the 2012 Insight. Rear space has been redesigned to offer a further 10mm in head clearance. This has been achieved by adjusting the angle of the rear seat and re-shaping the headlining so that it’s curved at the edges.
The new Honda Civic exterior design receives updates that emphasise the Insight’s smart image with efficient and aerodynamic styling. The new model includes a refreshed grille and bumper design and also modifications to the headlights. The rear of the car features a new tail spoiler and details of the license plate decals have been changed as well as the tail lights, where the indicator surround is blue to highlight its hybrid identity.