Fuel-efficienct hybrid car runs on gas and electric power
Based on EPA mileage estimates, the 2006 Honda Insight is billed as Americas most fuel-efficient vehicle. With 5-speed manual transmission, car boasts fuel-economy rating of 60 m.p.g. on city streets and 66 m.p.g. on highways. Also available with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), rated at 57 m.p.g. for city driving and 56 m.p.g. on highways. Each model couples 3-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor that enhances power when vehicle accelerates. System recaptures energy from cars momentum during braking and deceleration, while motor acts as a generator that automatically recharges built-in batteries. In addition, idle stop feature automatically turns off vehicle engine when car is stationary, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Runs on regular, unleaded gas. Aluminum body and reinforced frame weigh about 40% less than comparable steel body. Thanks to aerodynamic design, vehicle requires about 30% less power to operate at highway speeds than a conventional, similar-sized car. Safety features include steel crush-resistant zones (at front and rear of vehicle), side-impact door beams, dual front airbags, and anti-lock brakes. Immobilizer Theft- Deterrent System, along with remote, keyless entry of doors and rear hatch, enhance security. Electronic instrument display provides fuel-economy readings, as well as status of engine, motor, and battery. Vehicles interior and rear hatch offer abundant storage areas.