The second generation Insight was first sold in Japan. It came into the UK in March 2009 and immediately started to outsell the incumbent champ, the Toyota Prius, largely because it was so much cheaper. The version we're specifically looking at here is the 2010-and-on model. This was more suited to British roads, as it had a custom suspension tune for the job, the early cars not riding very well at all.
A new, top-of-the-range EX model, featuring black leather upholstery and DVD Sat Nav and hands-free telephone, was also added in 2010. As well as the upgrades to suspension, Honda then also added rear parking sensors to ES-model Insights and above, and updated the trim to smarten the interior. Dashboard and seat colours were also changed to give a more uniform finish and some plastics were improved. Chrome rings now surrounded the air vents in the cabin and the doors were given a silver garnish finish.
The next set of updates appeared at the tail end of 2011, with CO2 emissions shaved to 96g/km, this achieved through enhanced aerodynamics and powertrain efficiency. Reduced engine friction, changes to the CVT transmission and improved air conditioning all contributed to lower fuel consumption. The Insight also got a refresh of the exterior design, including a new front grille. At the back, visibility was increased through the introduction of a slimmer spoiler and a modified tailgate garnish, plus a reduction in the size of the wiper motor. Adjustments were also made to the engine and suspension for another improvement to ride comfort and stability, while interior quality was enhanced. During 2014, all hybrid Honda models were quietly deleted from sale ahead of the next generation of petrol/electric models.