Honda is gearing up in the entry-level hybrid fight to improve the Insight’s economy. The improvements are done by adding stop-start strategy to make it more economical. Changes have meant that that its engine can be switched off for up to three times as long as before.
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The previous system had been programmed to assume worst-case humidity for obscure patenting reasons – rain, five people on board, tropical conditions – and this limited the stop’ duration to only 30sec. Now, it can remain off for up to 90sec in eco mode. The same strategy has also been applied to the Jazz hybrid.
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