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.
In another spot titled "It's Here," a French fry, an elephant cookie and a ball of lint with what seems like two Froot Loops were enjoying movies and music from the back seat. Then a green gummy bear warned that the end is near. "We're all doomed," the bear said, before they were sucked in by the HondaVAC. The new Odyssey ad campaign will be featured online, in print and on network and cable TV.
According to Tom Peyton, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. who oversees advertising for the carmaker, the HondaVAC elicited positive reactions from focus groups. Honda said that the idea of installing an on-board vacuum cleaner to the Odyssey came from a daughter of a Honda engineer. The HondaVAC comes as a standard in the top-of-the-line Odyssey Touring Elite trim, which carries a starting price of $45,280, including shipping.
Slated to be officially presented to the world during the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the new 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite from Honda is expected to become the new benchmark for the “ultimate family vehicle.” Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, this latest offering from the brand brings with it various changes like a revised interior, an exterior with a sharpened style, and safety upgrades.
The inside shows a wide range of new technologies and features with the goal of making this the new standard for the minivan segment. Along with many of the well-known innovations from Honda, the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite will also serve as the initial debut of the HondaVAC, the first in-vehicle vacuum system in the world. This feature will be fitted exclusively for this variant.
As part of the revised 2014 Honda Odyssey, it adds another notch to a vehicle that already has fuel economy that is top-of-the-line and safety ratings that are truly unparalleled. Additional features included in this trim are cutting-edge technologies aimed at improving visibility and assisting the driver. A couple of specific examples are the Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror.
Still on the 2014 Honda Odyssey, it delivers a number of enhancements to the brand’s minivan. The structural upgrades are projected to give this model the highest possible ratings with regards to the frontal small-overlap crash test, a rather strict guideline from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS. In fact, this category is part of the TOP SAFETY PICK+ protocol of IIHS. Honda revealed that sales of the 2014 Odyssey will begin this summer in various Honda dealerships across the U.S.