Following on from No. 166, the main differences that a UK specification Insight has compared to a Japanese import are:
1) Rear foglight off-set in back bumper (ugly in my opinion it should have been below bumper in the centre). Importers had to add a foglight.
3) Electric height adjustable headlights
4) MPH / KMH toggle switch on dashboard
5) Single DIN stereo with hinge door cubby hole below (all Japanese Insights that I have seen have double DIN colour Sat Nav stereo system which don't work in the UK).
6) Finally a suspicion of mine is that Japanese Insights seem to have a more polished version of the alloy wheels, whereas UK Insight wheels seem to have a more powdered finish (but don't quote me on that).
I should add that no Insights have been imported since the requirement for imported cars to have a Model Report (initial cost about £3K but can be 'rented out' afterwards) in 2004. See summary of legislation and existing reports at http://www.modelreports.com
There are no special requirements or exemptions for the Insight when they take their MoT tests. However, it is always fun to watch the testers struggle to get an exhaust emissions reading on their machines
My MOT tester told me they dont need emissions testing because of idle stop - so my last MOT didnt check emissions (Honda garage). I was also stopped a few months ago by the VSO (Vehicle Standards Organisation)at 6am for a road side check (I nearly ran the guy over when he stepped out in the road in the dark). He was disappointed that the first car of the day was a hybrid (he would have done an emissions check). Big Brother keeping an eye on me! Thats Government agencies for you :wink:
I'll bear that in mind in future. I also noticed that Article 5 mentions quadricycles(?) fitted with CVT transmission should not be roller brake tested in case it damages the transmission. I wonder if the same applies to CVT cars. Hmmm...