Honda Insight Wins 2001 Tour de Sol

6/11/2001 8:47:00 PM

In what some consider to be the "Cannonball Run" of environmental road rallies, Honda returned as Gold Sponsor of the 2001 Tour de Sol: The Great American Green Transportation Festival. Honda paced the field with the newly introduced Insight equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and a 2001 Civic GX, recently named by the U.S. EPA as "Cleanest on Earth" with an internal combustion engine.

Competing against entries from other automakers, cutting edge high tech companies that specialize in environmental issues and entries from well-respected universities and schools, Honda repeated it's reign as top gas-electric hybrid. Insight owner Naoto Inoue from Kennebunkport, ME, averaged 71 mpg over 250 miles of mountainous terrain, besting the next closest hybrid competitor by 21 mpg.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, one of the largest regional grassroots environmental groups in the U.S., has organized the Tour de Sol green car rally since it began in 1989. It attracts many major auto manufacturers, specialty manufacturers, entrepreneurial ventures, non-profit organizations and government agencies eager to showcase new environmental products and ideas to the general public.

Last year, the Honda Insight also captured first place in the event, which was the first time in the event's 12-year history that an affordable, mass-produced environmental vehicle led the road rally as the official pace car.

Susan Roberts and Naoto Inoue standing in front of their Honda Insight after winning first place at the 2001 Tour de Sol