Insight Named as Finalist in 2010 World Green Car Awards

The second-generation Honda Insight has been named one of five finalists for the 2010 World Green Car award, to be announced at the New York International Auto Show on 1 April, 2010.

The World Car awards were launched in January 2004 to recognise and reward automotive excellence on an international scale.

Should the second-generation Insight win, it will follow in the wheel tracks of Honda's FCX Clarity which was the 2009 World Green Car.

The Honda Insight represents over 20 years of hybrid development with its primary aim to make hybrid technology more affordable for more people.

The lightweight, compact hybrid system combines exceptional fuel economy with CO2 emissions of just 101g/km. The vehicle features a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine, as well as Honda's proprietary Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) and Ecological Drive Assist System.

Previous awards won by the Honda Insight include winner of the 2009 UK Environmental Transport Association (ETA) Green Car Awards and 2009 Top Safety Pick by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Set to arrive in Australia late this year, the second-generation Honda Insight is the first in a raft of hybrid models to be launched by Honda in the coming years.

ABOUT THE AWARDS:

The World Green Car awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker or other commercial enterprise.

To be eligible for the 2010 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to be available in at least one major market during 2009. The vehicle or the green technology could be in production or an experimental prototype with potential near-future application, provided that it was released for individual or press fleet evaluations in quantities of ten or more during 2008.

Exhaust emissions, fuel consumption and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry) aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle's environmental responsibility, are all taken into consideration.