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Honda commences production of 2018 Odyssey minivan

After unveiling the next generation Odyssey at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda has officially commenced production of the minivan. As planned, Honda is now assembling the 2018 Odyssey at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA).

Despite the increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, minivans have managed to post reasonable sales. One of these minivan models is the Honda Odyssey, which has been popular among customers for seven years. Its popularity is evidenced by the fact that around 130,000 Honda Odyssey minivans were sold in 2016. Now, the 2018 iteration of the Odyssey is offering new features and different technologies to further its appeal among minivan customers.

The start of production of the 2018 Honda Odyssey was celebrated by HMA’s over 1,500 associates. HMA – located in Lincoln, Alabama -- is the sole manufacturer of Honda Odyssey, and also of the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. HMA also assembles the Acura MDX luxury SUV.

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2018 Honda Odyssey minivan breaks cover at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

Honda finally presented the new 2018 Odyssey minivan during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, currently held in Detroit. Already popular with customers for seven years now, the 2018 model year is expected to offer new features and different technologies.

The design of the 2018 Odyssey sports a more contemporary style which utilizes the flying wing grille on the front with the LED headlights on each side. It has the Active Shutter Grille which helps enhance fuel efficiency especially when cruising. The trademarked lightning bolt beltline is still there but it has a design element that is more elegant. On the rear section, the taillights also utilize LED and a hands-free power tailgate has been equipped to it.

The highlight of the 2018 Odyssey is the in-vehicle connectivity which brings the family connectivity concept to new heights. Because it offers what may be the quietest cabin in its segment, conversation among occupants is easier. Enhancing the experience are the different connected-vehicle technologies and features. Connectivity for example is now available as 4G LTE.

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Honda debuts the 2014 Odyssey in Japan

The Honda Odyssey minivan built for Japan is more interesting and definitely more advanced than the minivan that came out in the United States this year. While the US-market minivan came with a vacuum cleaner as a new option, the all-new fifth-generation Odyssey minivan for Japan has new seating configurations, sophisticated tech features, a totally new platform that comes with an ultra-low floor layout.

As a result, the interior of the JDM Honda Odyssey is quite spacious. The JDM Honda Odyssey is much smaller than the US Odyssey so it is to be expected that the Japanese van isn’t equipped with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine used by the US-market van. Rather, the JDM Honda Odyssey features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (included in Honda’s “Earth Dreams” engine family) and is partnered with a standard CVT. This 2.4-liter four-cylinder Earth Dreams engine is tuned to develop up to 175 PS of output and up to 225 Nm of torque. The top-of-the-range Odyssey Absolute has a version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder Earth Dreams engine tuned to deliver 190 PS of max output and 237 Nm of peak torque.

The standard model of the JDM Honda Odyssey has a front-wheel-drive system, although the all-wheel-drive configuration is optionally offered. JDM Honda Odyssey is underpinned by the RC1 chassis. While it is smaller than its US counterpart, the JDM Honda Odyssey is much bigger than its predecessors. Compared to the previous generation, the fifth-gen minivan gets rid of the rear hinged doors and converted to dual power sliding doors. The new JDM Honda Odyssey is available in either seven-seater or eight-seater.

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Ad campaign for 2014 Honda Odyssey to feature HondaVAC

To further increase the appeal of the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the carmaker has added a built-in vacuum in the minivan -- the HondaVAC. This on-board vacuum cleaner is highlighted in Honda's ad campaign that will kick off new week, wherein animated "spokescrumbs" will fall victim to the HondaVAC .

Providing voiceovers for some of the animated creatures are actors Rainn Wilson of "The Office" (gummy bear) and Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother" (ball of lint).

The three TV commercials created by ad agency RPA happens on the floor of the Odyssey, where the spokescrumbs are having a good time, that is until HondaVAC sucks them up. In a spot titled "Owners Manual," the tiny creatures are reading features of the minivan until they come to the page about the HondaVAC, leading one of them to say, "This sucks." Then the spokescrumbs were sucked into the vacuum cleaner.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given Top Safety Pick+ honors to the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. The updated minivan received a "good" rating on the so-called small overlap crash test, which simulates what may happen if a vehicle’s left front corner collides with an object like an oncoming car, a tree or a pole.

Honda freshened the Odyssey for 2014 by installing a strengthened steel frame and more robust airbags, instead of waiting for the next redesign of the minivan, which is still a few years from now.

Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement, remarked tha the carmaker’s commitment to safety is “perhaps best demonstrated by the fact” that they achieved a high standard in a midcycle refresh, referring to the rating received by the 2014 Honda Odyssey.

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Honda introduced today the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite at the New York Auto Show. Described as the ultimate family vehicle, the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite features sharpened exterior styling and a revised interior as well as core safety upgrades. Set to go on sale this summer, the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite also introduces the all-new HondaVAC, the first-ever in-vehicle vacuum system.

HondaVAC was developed in conjunction with industry-leader Shop-Vac and consists of a powerful vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories neatly integrated into a dedicated space on the driver's side bulkhead of the rear cargo area. In terms of design, the 2014 OdysseyTouring Elite featuers a new sculpted aluminum hood, new aluminum front fenders, a new bolder twin-bar grille, and a revised lower front fascia with integrated chrome-trimmed fog lights.

Moreover, new two-tone housings, darker-finish projector-beam headlight housings, LED taillight bars and new badging are available. Inside, the 2014 Odyssey offers an all-new center stack as well as new features.

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The 2013 Honda Odyssey, which gets slight modifications, is just $200 more expensive. Honda had last given this model a major overhaul for the 2011 model year. The base LX model has the same center stack as the higher-trim Odyssey EX. Its standard features include the 8-inch display screen, rear-view camera, Bluetooth phone/ audio connectivity, USB audio input, and Honda’s CD Library function (which offers 2-gigabytes of internal memory for ripping CDs to MP3 files).

2013 Odyssey LX has a starting price of $29,405 (which includes destination charges). The 2013 Odyssey EX, which is priced higher than the LX by $3150, comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, power sliding doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, HomeLink, integrated second-row window sunshades, a removable center console, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Odyssey EX-L models have a starting price of $35,955.

For this amount, buyers get leather seating surfaces, a power front passenger seat, heated front seating surfaces, a power tailgate, a power moonroof, a cooled storage compartment in the instrument panel, and XM satellite radio. For just $1600 more, the EX-L models can be bundled with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. For $2000 more, consumers get a satellite navigation system. As expected, the 2013 Odyssey Touring has a starting price of $42,260.

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Toho Co. has filed a lawsuit against Honda Motor Co. on Feb. 2 for its unauthorized use of Godzilla's likeness in a commercial for the Odyssey minivan earlier this year. Toho is the Japanese film studio that has produced dozens of Godzilla movies over the past six decades.

This TV ad, which features the whining strains of heavy metal guitar and pyrotechnic explosions, seeks to convince young male drivers that minivans are cool as well as convenient.

To demonstrate the vehicle's split screen onboard video entertainment system, a head shot of the fire-breathing Godzilla appeared opposite an image of the rock band Judas Priest.

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In Honda’s latest advertising campaign to launch the redesigned 2011 Odyssey, a younger than usual minivan buyer is the target. In this campaign that ramped up the last week of September, Tom Peyton, senior manager of national advertising at American Honda Motor Co., sees “a great opportunity to sell Odyssey -- and really minivans overall -- to a whole new segment of buyers with this vehicle."

Peyton said that the Odyssey is the first minivan that Generation Y will be buying. He said that the Gen Y is “in their late 20s and early 30s and starting to move into the phase of life which requires minivans."

Honda is anticipating that new new parents from that age group will help boost annual minivan sales to 600,000 by 2012. Last year, fewer than 450,000 minivans were sold in the US, a significant drop from the segment's peak of over 1.3 million in 2000. Honda would also like to hold onto its claim of producing the best-selling minivan in the US.

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Honda’s latest minivan named the Odyssey arrives at a time when the segment may be on the verge of collapse. But instead of cowering, Honda went all out in creating the Odyssey.

John Mendel, American Honda Motor Co. executive vice president, said that this model is “not your ordinary kid or cargo hauler.” The Odyssey is currently the top seller in the minivan segment.

However, the combined sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are higher. Actually, the segment began struggling even before the recession. US minivan sales reached the million-a-year mark in 1993 and its peak was in 2000 at 1.37 million.

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September 30 sees the delivery of the revised 11 Honda Odyssey minivan to dealerships by American Honda Motor Company Incorporated. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $27,800, there is the Odyssey LX for the budget conscious. If you can stretch your budget to $43,250, you can get the ultra-premium Odyssey Touring Elite. There is a delivery and processing charge of $780 per motor.

So what are you getting for the $840 or 2.5% increase in price (sales –weighted basis 2010 models)? Think comfort, savings and convenience. The Odyssey has had a complete redesign. The interior functionality has improved, it has improved style and there are fuel economy savings. There are more than 50 new features across the full range of Odyssey models: the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the new Touring Elite.

The aims of these improvements are to make fuel savings, improve the driving experience and increase comfort. The intention behind the redesign of the Odyssey was captured by Vice President of Corporate Planning and Logistics for American Honda, Eric Berkman when he said that the company was seeking to “Redefine the minivan segment as the ultimate family vehicle.” This redefinition has led claims of improved space, functionality and comfort using style, fuel efficiencies and technological improvements.

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Putting the details on hold for later, it suffices to say that the Japanese version of the Odyssey minivan is an entirely different model than the one available in the US. The Japanese model is a fourth generation Odyssey which will be available in the Japanese market on October 17, 2008.

Honda has made a marketing claim that it will sell at least four thousand units each month in the local market. It is quite obvious that the newest Honda European Accord Station Wagon was the inspiration of the superb elegance of the all-new 7-seater Odyssey minivan.

For improved safety the vehicle features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering but according to the manufacturer it was designed to protect also the pedestrians in case of a collision, due to the use of impact-absorbing structures.

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Honda will commence sales of the new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan on September 30, now featuring a higher degree of comfort, convenience and efficiency. Completely redesigned for the 2011 model year, the new Odyssey comes with a unique design, better fuel efficiency and superior interior functionality.

Customers can choose from five available models -- the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. They can also take advantage of over 50 standard and available features. Erik Berkman, vice president of Corporate Planning and Logistics for American Honda, quipped that the new Odyssey is ready to become, once again, the ultimate family vehicle, offering ample space, comfort and functionality along with style, fuel economy and technology.

Inside, the EX and above versions of the minivan features a new "3-mode" second-row seat design made to make center occupants more comfortable. The latest Odyssey comes with five LATCH attachment points (four in the Odyssey LX), compared to just three in the previous model and four to most rival minivans. It also features the one-motion, 60/40 split third-row Magic Seat that allows for more legroom.

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