By Andrew Ganz
Monday, Jul 19th, 2010 @ 10:17 am
 
In response to customer feedback, Honda says that it is changing both the suspension tuning and the interior trim of its Insight hybrid sedan for the European market. The hybrid has been on the market for less than 18 months.

To address concerns over the Insight's ride and handling, Honda claims that it is "adjusting the recoil rate of the springs, changing the rear camber angles, altering the V-shape rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts." The automaker says that the changes will improve ride quality, handling precision and overall stability.

Yet the modifications don't stop there. Interior materials and color selections have been changed to make the cabin a more inviting place. Honda says that dashboard and seat trim colors have been changed and that it has improved the quality of some plastic materials. New chrome trim rings around the air vents have been added to give the interior a more upscale appearance. A new range-topping EX model will come with leather trim and satellite navigation, further upping the Insight's positioning in Europe.

It's unclear what, if any, changes will make their way to North American-specification Insights.