Honda Odyssey History & Concept
The Honda Odyssey was firstly introduced in 1994 in Japan to fulfill the increased need to move multiple people in the families of that time, as opposed to the traditional one box type van, where demands for power and quality were unable to be satisfied. Thus, the first generation ODYSSEY was used as the replacement of RV at the starting point but after that, began to develop a new concept like multiple passengers sedan with large space and balance in all aspects like space, power, control, riding comfort, etc. Hence, "Creative Mover" – ODYSSEY” was born and immediately in Japan, it set off a wave of trends for cars designed for multiple passengers.
The ODYSSEY’s product development concept has always been based on superior power, fully enjoyable driving fun and riding joy. These concepts have linked to all research and development projects throughout the second to the fourth generation. Therefore, all generations of the ODYSSEY can lead the concept of fun-to-drive car for multiple passengers. Also, with its continuous pursue of the ideal "Comfortable mobile space", it can reply to people's time changing core need for functions and provide unprecedented new value, which is not only the ODYSSEY's DNA but also the ODYSSEY’s continued evolution.
Now in its fifth generation, all new Odyssey displays the perfect balance of being a passenger vehicle with advanced utilities and responding to the demands of modern time. It offers an unprecedented level of premium quality by combining roomy & refined comfort for passengers in all three rows with an exceptionally smooth ride that go beyond customers’ expectation. Building on the original design concept, all new Odyssey features a completely new platform and power train. In ride quality, fuel economy, exterior design, interior roominess, utility and safety performance, all new Odyssey has evolved to surpass its predecessor. It is the reason why Japan Odyssey 5th generation after launching in Nov 2013 was highly appreciated by customers from over 20 countries with accumulative sales of over 130,000 units (by Aug’15). Especially, it becomes one of the best-selling premium MPVs in big markets like Japan, China, Australia, etc and ASEAN countries like Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, etc.
Honda Vietnam believes that all new Odyssey with such outstanding values together with its great reputation all over the world will be a perfect choice for customers in the premium MPV segment.
Honda Odyssey also achieved hundreds of awards all over the world.
|3/11/2011||US||TOP SAFETY PICK||Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)|
|6/7/2011||US||Top 15 Best Family Vehicles for 2011||Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com|
|8/23/2011||US||Best MPV for Families||U.S. News & World Report|
|11/6/2014||Philippines||2014-2015 Luxury Van||Auto Focus People's Choice Awards|
|11/6/2014||Philippines||2014-2015 Best Safety Features for Luxury Van||Auto Focus Media's Choice Awards|
|11/6/2014||Philippines||2014-2015 Best Engine Performance for Luxury Van||Auto Focus Media's Choice Awards|
|31/12/2014||Singapore||Large MPV of the year|
- “Solid Streamline” exterior concept achieves an elegant and dynamically balanced look while still peace of mind of the cabin space.
- “Modern Suite Room” interior concept comes with uncompromised versatility (high quality material, premium Cradle Seats, wide cargo) and comprehensive envisaged high-tech equipments (electrolastic touch air conditioner, Display Audio, etc) and offers the highest level of relaxation with a roomy, comfort, modern and quiet environment for passengers.
- “Pleasurable Drive yet Outstanding Fuel Efficiency”:
+First in class Idle-Stop System & ECO Assist further helps to improve fuel efficiency.
- “Best-in-class Safety” offers driver & passengers with peace of mind by wide range of active & passive safety features, especially with advanced driving support systems (multi-view camera, smart parking assist) and other systems (Cross Traffic Monitor, Blind Spot Information) designed to detect hazards and prevent accidents.
Its exterior design was based on the “Solid Streamline” concept to achieve an elegant and dynamically balanced look while still peace of mind of the cabin space. All new models of ODYSSEY start with a passenger car as the foundation which possesses sedan-like kinetic energy. Not only does it have improved riding fun, it has also created space and practicability that has surpassed past vehicles.
MM concept: Throughout its history of producing automobiles, Honda has created many designs. All of them have been based on the principle of "man maximum, machine minimum," according to which Honda strives to minimize the size of the car's mechanical components while making the space for occupants as large and comfortable as possible. Accordingly, the wheelbase of Odyssey has been extended for 70 mm further, which is longer than previous generation
Ultra-low-floor platform is realized thanks to flat, slender fuel tank and a specially designed floor frame structure and exhaust system
Wide sliding doors, low floor and rear door steps (approximately 30 cm high) makes it easy to get on and off the car.
State-of-art flying wing front styling: The front grille with its large opening hints at the power of the high-performance engine behind it, while the grille bars with their bold shape and chrome-like finish make a forceful impression. On the lower part of the front and rear aero bumpers, moldings with chrome-like finish highlight the model's excellent aerodynamic performance. On the lower part of the door garnishes, the moldings emphasize the model's low center of gravity.
Stylish & high quality body design sharps upward waist and magnificent wheel arch design by combining the vehicle’s rear with the maker’s sign and tailgate trim as center, and the incorporation of LED dual projector type headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps.
Modern technologies like active cornering light, headlight auto on/ off, etc make the ride more safety and convenient.
The distinctive exterior styling of all new Odyssey reflects its status as a premium MPV, and its interior design, based on “Modern Suite Room” concept, offers the highest level of relaxation with a roomy, comfort, modern and quiet environment for passengers in all seats.
Newly-designed seat structure with the only finest choices of materials makes it so that every seat is the main seat, and all passengers can have a first-class stress-free space.
Application of Captain Cradle Seats with Ottoman: The second row surrounds passengers in luxurious comfort & ultimate relaxation. 10-way adjustments suit all passenger requirements, including leg rests, articulated backrests and adjustable nape rests for the ultimate comfort during a journey and give passengers a relaxing and comfortable seating position and space similar to a limousine. The seating is independently split into left and right with a walk-through feature.
Optimal accommodation both passengers and their cargo: The seats are intended to provide not only flexible and comfortable seating arrangement but also to adjust different hauling needs. The cargo area can hold a sizeable amount of load even when all seats are in use.
Fold flat mechanism is equipped for third-row seats which allow them to be stored under the floor with simple operation that does not require much effort. This configuration lets the second-row’s Captain Cradle Seats to slide backwards to give passengers a relaxing and comfortable seating position and space similar to a limousine; while sliding the Captain Cradle Seats to their forward-most position creates a cavernous flat cargo area. Another configuration is moving the second row Captain Cradle Seats sideways to create a private space for passengers or a walk through area for third row passengers.
Comprehensive envisage High-tech equipment
Smart Key with Push Start System and an 8-way power seat with armrest are designed for a more convenient ride and drive. The Smart Entry with Push Start Button makes entering all new Odyssey a breeze and starts the engine with just one push of the ignition button.
Advanced 7 inch touch screen: display camera, fuel consumption, trip computer, hands-free telephone (HFT) integrated with Voice Tag and audio system can be cooperated with a smart phone through HDMI, USB or Bluetooth. The audio and Bluetooth HFT can be operated via the controls mounted on the steering wheel.
Tri-zone automatic air-conditioning system is located just below the display audio unit and it comes with luxury and user-friendly touch panel which stands out from its segment and above. A rear climate control switch is located at a position where operation from second and third row seats is easy to make.
Other convenience features & amenity for more perfect journey:
- Many convenience box for all 3 rows: console box with bottle holder, glove box, box on door, sunglasses box, seatback pocket
- Sun visor with vanity mirror & illumination
- Conversation monitor
- Rear window sunshade
- Coat hanger
- LED Interior Lights for all 3 rows
- LED map light and courtesy light for front seats
PLEASURABLE DRIVE & OUTSTANDING FUEL EFFICIENCY
All new Odyssey is the first Honda model available in Vietnam that is developed with Earth Dreams Technology (*) for both 2.4L Engine (DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder) and Continuous Variable Transmission. Newly developed engine and CVT deliver powerful acceleration and best-in-class fuel economy
(*)Earth Dreams Technology is a next generation set of technological advancements that enhances the engine to greatly improve both fuel efficiency & driving performance.
The 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC engine of the Odyssey combines Honda's original VTEC and VTC technologies with direct fuel injection to produce powerful acceleration. While running on unleaded regular gasoline, this engine simultaneously offers higher midrange torque than its predecessor and best-in-class fuel economy. This power unit offers even better output, with max power 173/6200 hp/rpm, max torque 225/4000 nm/rpm and fuel economy than the engine of the previous model.
The newly developed CVT contributes to both the direct acceleration feel and outstanding fuel economy of all new Odyssey. The CVT offers higher transmission efficiency than its predecessor, and its concentrated functions make it more lightweight as well. Thanks to its high-efficiency design, the CVT helps all new Odyssey achieve better acceleration and fuel economy than the previous model. Moreover, the G-Design Shift system provides cooperative control over the DBW throttle and CVT responds instantly to accelerator inputs by the driver and contributes to the Odyssey's linear acceleration feel.
Eco Assist System consists of the ECON mode and the Eco coaching ambient light that promotes a more fuel efficient driving habit.
First in class Idle-Stop System further helps to reduce unnecessary fuel consumption, improve fuel efficiency and maintain interior comfort. This system automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop. It will restart once the brake pedal is released. The Idle-Stop System moreover, can be deactivated manually.
Providing safe journey protection for all passengers is the most important value of large 7-seater MPV models. Therefore, all new Odyssey provides the most advanced & comprehensive active & passive safety features and offers the driver with peace of mind.
Advanced driving support systems, including multi-view camera system and Honda Smart Parking Assist System
Multi-view camera system consists of four wide angle cameras that are located on the front grille, right and left door mirrors and tailgate. These cameras provide a 360 degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings which is also shown in the display audio, to bring assistance on narrow roads, at intersections with limited visibility and when to park in parking lots & garages, thereby enhancing driver comfort and peace of mind.
Honda’s Smart Parking Assist System is capable of analyzing and detecting parking spaces where the luxury MPV can fit. This system also automatically steers the Odyssey into the parking space using the Electric Power Steering motor. The driver only has to operate the gear stick, accelerator and brake pedal through the guidance provided by the system. The Smart Parking Assist System can help the driver to reverse into parking space and parallel parking. The driver can utilize the multi-view camera system for better visibility while parking.
Advanced safety systems designed to detect hazards and prevent accidents
The Blind Spot Information uses a radar system in the rear bumper to monitor the rearward direction and detect automobiles traveling in the driver's blind spot. It alerts the driver with a beeping sound if the driver is not be aware of a vehicle that is in the blind spot when the driver wants to turn.
The Cross Traffic Monitor gives off a warning whistle when a collision with a cross-approaching vehicle is predicted while backing up the car.
Active safety features: Active Cornering Lights, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
Passive safety part: All new ODYSSEY has the latest evolution of Honda's G-CON and ACE high-rigidity body structure, 6 SRS auxiliary air bags, front-seat neck-type head restraints, headrests for the back five seats, and dual front automatic pre-retractable ELR seat belts. The second and third row seats are equipped with three-point ELR seat belts and third row seats are equipped with ISO FIX child safety seat fixtures. All these features provide comprehensive passive safety, to ensure the highest safety for every journey.
Aiming for ‘best-in-class’ standards as its objective, All new Odyssey with Best-in-class Safety, Comfort & Premium Cabin, Fuel Efficiency will help you balance the business-life in weekday and family-life in weekend. Honda Vietnam believes that achieving the best balance between this two value at a highest level, in order to maximize customer’s experiences in every moment of their lives, is the new value of the next-generation MPV all new ODYSSEY and surely will go beyond customers’ expectation.
All new Odyssey is available for customers to see and experience at Vietnam Motor Show 2015 from 28th Oct 2015 to 1st Nov 2015. Interested customers can start booking this premium MPV from 28th Oct 2015 also. Official price announcement & launching will be announced in 2016. All new Odyssey will be available in 3 colors of White Orchid Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, and Crystal Black Pearl. At the same time, accessories will be available to supplement all new Odyssey’s sleek look and convenience. They will include front fender garnish, door mirror garnish, rear license garnish, door visor, mud guard, step illume, floor mat, cargo net and tray, F/R and R/R sensor.
Like other models of Honda Vietnam, All new Odyssey will be applied with 3 year or 100,000km warranty depending on which conditions come first. Besides, Honda Vietnam also offers optional warranty extension package.
For more information, customers can visit website www.hondaoto.com.vn or contact Honda Automobile Dealers nationwide.