Honda and Toyota revise Insight and Prius hybridsInsight gets updated, Prius gets new safety pack

23 July 2010

Honda Insight

Ride on the Honda Insight has improved

Honda has announced suspension changes and equipment upgrades for its Insight hybrid, while Toyota is offering a new Safety Pack on the Prius.

Honda Insight suspension criticism redressed

Changes to the Honda Insight’s suspension have been prompted by ‘negative feedback’ from early customers and the media about ride and comfort levels.

In order to try and redress this, Honda has revised the spring rate and the rear camber angles, and changed the rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts. The result is said to improve the ride quality, the handling and the stability.

New top spec Honda Insight EX

At the same time Honda has introduced a new range-topping equipment level, the Insight EX. This features black leather upholstery, DVD satellite navigation and hands-free telephone equipment.

Meanwhile ES grade Insights and above now benefit from standard rear parking sensors and interior changes, including additional chrome and silver trimmings.

Honda Insight currently priced from £14,995

Pricing for the Honda Insight usually begins at £16,325 for the entry-level SE model.

However, until the end of September an Attainable Driving promotion sees this reduced to £14,995 – making the Insight by far the cheapest hybrid on the market. But then its 101g/km CO2 and 64.2mpg combined pale in comparison to rival Toyota’s 89g/km CO2 and 72.4mpg Prius.

The new Honda Insight EX is available from £20,215.

Toyota Prius pre-crash

Toyota Prius is even safer thanks to Pre-Crash safety device

New Safety Pack for Toyota Prius

Speaking of the Prius, Toyota has announced a new Safety Pack option for the range-topping T Spirit version.

This includes a Pre-Crash Safety system, Adaptive Cruise Control, LED low beam headlights with washers and dusk detection, auto-dimming rear view mirror, water repelling front side windows; leather upholstery is thrown in too.

The Pre-Crash Safety system uses the same radar and lane detection technology as the Adaptive Cruise Control to anticipate the potential onset of a collision. If the driver fails to respond to its warning buzzer the system activates the seatbelt pretensioners and begins an emergency stop in an effort to minimise the impact.

The LED low beam headlights, meanwhile, use LED lighting technology in place of traditional low beam bulbs. This has the advantage of consuming less energy and offering an extended service life.

The Toyota Prius Safety Pack is available on all new T Spirit orders, priced £2,975. A new Privacy Glass option is also offered, £265.

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