Honda’s new Insight hybrid – considered an affordable vehicle at $20,000 – has reportedly become a best seller in Japan. In the U.S., it recently received poor marks from Consumer Reports, which criticized its ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration and rear-seat access. Out of 22 current hatchbacks and small wagons rated by the magazine, the Insight ranked 21st.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
A well-known automotive consultant who did an extensive teardown of BMW’s i3 all-electric car said its design is groundbreaking in multiple ways. “We’ve torn down about 450 cars, and we’ve never analyzed anything like this before.”
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