Honda Insight New Edition 2012 – Before and Now – Pictures

On 29th February, Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd introduced the bolder and more futuristic looking Insight.
I got the update via email, and reading through the press release, I thought seeing the upgrades for myself at a Honda Showroom and taking some pictures to share on my post will depict the differences better.

As you would have probably realized by now, I’m a strong advocate of original content, and totally despise blogging from a press release.
Slotting in a visit to the showroom with my schedule was challenging, but worth it! The new Honda Insight certainly caught my attention. The term futuristic was aptly applied here, as it certainly looks the part.

the all new honda insight 2012

Changes to note:

1. New front and rear bumper design

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2.  The headlights now have a tint of blue highlight

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3.  The new grille has a blue reflector underneath, giving it a glamorous glow.

6.  As for the interior, the seats are upholstered with a new fabric. For the backseat, passengers can now enjoy a more spacious cabin with an extra head clearance of 15mm following some adjustments on the shape of the roof lining and the hip point of the rear seats.


In addition to the aesthetic upgrades, this model promises to deliver better fuel economy. After all, fuel economy has always been the central aspect of a hybrid vehicle.

1.  The engine has been improved to achieve better fuel economy.
Efficiency is refined with reduced friction and enhanced CVT (continuously variable transmission), engine control and with the installation of power-saving fuel pump, the power consumption has also been subsequently reduced
2.  For optimum city ride, the new Insight is added with noise insulation materials for better NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance.7.
3. Based customers’ feedback, the wiper motor garnish was changed and the thickness of the tailgate garnish reduced. The change, from a safety standpoint, helps driver see the rear more clearly.
4.  The new Insight has obtained a 6-star JNCAP safety rating for driver and 5-star JNCAP safety rating for passengers.
This upgraded model comes with a safety feature called Hill Start Assist (HSA) that enhances the existing Creep Aid System.
Other safety features includes:

Also, the wave key has been changed to a more compact jack knife key and there are four colors for customers to choose from: Super Platinum Aqua Metallic, Premium White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Alabaster Silver Metallic.

Selling at RM99,800 (on the road), the new Insight’s IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) battery comes with a 5-year or 140,000 km warranty, depending on which comes first.

The warranty is currently the longest warranty period offered in Malaysia. Honda Malaysia has also shortened the waiting period to less than two weeks.

You can visit any authorised Honda showrooms to view and test-drive the new Insight.

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Need a short concise tutorial on what’s a hybrid and how it works? READ:

How Does the hybrid Honda Insight works 

My experience with the Honda Insight – Test Drive trip to Melaka!

Other Honda vehicle experiences:

1. Sneak Preview: A day out in the Honda Freed

2. wackybecky in a Honda Freed

3. VIDEO – Honda Freed Day Out in summary!

This Post Has 35 Comments

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hey, Isaac! Thks fr your kind encouragement. 😀
      U make my day!!!

  1. Simple Person

    all car manufacturer come out something difference for the new year..
    3 years – face lift n
    5 years – full model change

    1. rebeccasaw

      3 years, 5 years – gd observation. Yup, have to do that to stay competitive.

  2. Simon Har

    still looking fresh after in Malaysia for 2 years, but Prius C is here now, so…

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yes, we can’t deny that the Prius C is a strong contender with Honda Insight

  3. Akulah Pak Lan

    Today toyota n honda is fighting over in malaysia market for hybrid cars. Wonder what will be ur choice. Proton hybrid? =p

    1. rebeccasaw

      Haha Proton + Volks = National Hybrid can? 😛

    2. David Bates

      I have sat and had a long chat with a Proton engineer who developed the Exora REEV. It is immensely impressive. Much more so than the Prius, which my dad owns. the Exora runs on NO FUEL at all, and its rotary engine only kicks in when you are low on power. Yes, ROTARY ENGINE!

      What I experienced was the very vehicle that won RAC Future Car Challenge in UK last year.

      Proton’s offering is not too long away. 🙂

      1. rebeccasaw

        What a tip! OMG!! Now I’m really excited!
        So Proton finally makin a comeback? I certainly hope the price is as good!

      2. Akulah Pak Lan

        My friend and I had bad exp with proton already. His proton persona radiator always leak. He send it to proton service center. Until one day when he drive back from pahang. Then suddenly there smoke come out from his bonet. He still dare to drive because the engine temperature still indicate normal temperature. When he reach home, he open his bonet to check for the engine then suddenly the cap of the radiator blow up and the hot water hit onto his face and cause some injuries. When he go back to the service other service center they found that previous service center had use non ori spare part and cause this disaster.

      3. rebeccasaw

        OMG!! Did he report and sue them!! I WOULD!!

      4. Akulah Pak Lan

        I asked him to go and do so. Not sure he do it already or not. Because he just recently move out from my home area..

      5. David Bates

        In fact Proton already has a few Exora REEV’s and a few Saga Electric Cars with the government for fleet use/long term test. Can expect to see for sale in 2013, was what I heard… interesting times. I’m holding off from buying a new car until I see more electric offerings 🙂

        Btw, even Honda and Toyota hybrids kena sue in other countries before la, because of faulty batteries and what not. Even the Chevrolet Volt had battery exploding “reports”. It’s not only Proton that knows how to make faulty cars… 😛

      6. rebeccasaw

        Ahh.. me same same. Wanna go hybrid too. Now it’s just the prices I’m comtemplating..
        And I guess with any manufacturer of products, there’s bound to have some faulty ones, but seriously, Proton just got MORE than the rest! hahaha

    1. rebeccasaw

      There’s another coming up n week! Will share it here too! 😀

  4. Badri

    wouldn’t it be like ‘Insight Face-lift’! 🙂

  5. Adam

    Sub RM 100k price tag. No wonder i saw a lot of insights on Malaysian Road nowadays !

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hahah.. to some it’s affordable..
      But the Prius c is about the same price also.. so expect more hybrids on the roads!

  6. LH.Lin

    Honda Insight 2011 still are the best…….hahaha

      1. LH.Lin

        because im 2011 Insight Owner…hehheheee

      2. Rebecca

        Hahah! Good to knw you are loving your ride! 🙂

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hey Edmund, I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet! The waiting list is LONGGGGGGG! Soon ok? 🙂

  7. Zarul Umbrella

    my brother is a Honda Salesman..he said Insight is good but the space inside so small..

    1. rebeccasaw

      hi hi Zarul! 🙂
      Small? Well, it’s a sedan. It fits 3 at the back nicely.. but small to med sized I guess.

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