Honda Insight Breaks International Records

10/27/2000 6:23:17 AM

Breaking mileage records for fuel efficiency, the Insight is making history in Asia, Europe and the United States.

With an average of 44 kilometers per liter (approximately 104 miles per gallon), a group of Thai automotive journalists set the first official fuel economy record while driving a Honda Insight on a 2,000-kilometer trip from Bangkok to Chiangmai.

"The Honda Insight really demonstrated the fuel economy potential of advanced hybrid engine technology," said Prachin Eamlumnao, Secretary General of the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand (RAAT), who supervised the record attempt.

"I believe this event will pave the way for increasing fuel conservation efforts in Thailand."

The Insight recently achieved a Guinness World Book record during a 6,000-kilometer (3,750-mile) tour around the coast of Britain with an average fuel consumption of 85.5 mpg. The record was previously held for seven years by a Honda Civic with an average fuel utilization of 71.5 mpg.

Additionally, the Insight took first place in the 2000 American Tour de Sol race from New York City to Washington D.C. with an average of 83.6 mpg throughout the entire trip. Insight driver Ed Dempsey of Dempsey World Record Associates in Santa Ana, Calif. took first place in the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's production category.