Honda is making history today – the very first day when a hybrid car goes on sale in Britain. The all-new Honda Insight coupe, represents a technical milestone, the beginning of a new era for UK motoring and shows how clever & clean cars of the 21st Century will be… The Insight is called a hybrid because it is powered by a petrol engine and a 10 kW electric motor / generator mounted between the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, VTEC petrol engine and the 5-speed manual transmission. During acceleration the electric motor assists the petrol engine, increasing performance to the level of a 1.5-litre unit. During deceleration, the electric motor acts as a generator recharging the 144-volt power pack mounted between the rear wheels. So, Insight owners will never have to ‘plug-in', as this car does not require an outside source of electric power.