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In order to achieve their goal of making the Insight the world's most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered automobile, Honda engineers designed an entirely new gasoline-electric drive system called Integrated Motor Assist (IMA™). The IMA system offers the advantages of a hybrid propulsion system - low emissions and high fuel efficiency. In addition, it offers several advantages generally not associated with such systems, such as simplicity, light weight and "transparent" operation (the driver does not need to alter his or her driving -style to take into account the battery charge or driving range). Another advantage of the IMA system is its long-range driving capabilities - the Insight can travel in excess of 600 miles on a single 10.6-gallon tank of gasoline.

Technical Innovations Found in the Insight IMA System