Honda Insight Lineup Adds CVT

3/11/2001 11:27:15 PM

At the EVS 17 conference in Montreal, Honda announced that its Insight, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle sold in North America and the most fuel-efficient car in America, will add a model with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) beginning in mid-2001. In addition, the CVT equipped Insight is also expected to earn California's Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) certification, the most stringent exhaust emissions standard in the world. "The Insight is appealing to a wide variety of buyers," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We believe the addition of a CVT will serve to broaden its customer appeal even further." The CVT allows for an infinite number of "gear" ratios to optimize engine performance and efficiency. Insight models with the CVT are expected to achieve an EPA fuel economy rating of more than 50 mpg in city and highway driving, with a driving range of more than 500 miles the highest mileage rating of any car equipped with an automatic transmission.