Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines bags awards for its All-New Mobilio, HR-V, and Odyssey at the 2015 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) awarding ceremony held in Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks and Casino, in Clark Freeport Zone.
The award-giving body, Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI), composed of motoring journalists, conducted evaluations on all the participating vehicles recently introduced in the Philippine market. CAGI endows a winning vehicle for each category based on qualitative and quantitative testing and scoring. Qualitative elements involve design, fit and finish, ergonomics, comfort, access, driving dynamics, response, and functionality. While quantitative results were determined by CAGI’s jurors through the participating vehicles’ acceleration, braking, performance, and handling on a closed race track. Factors such as safety features and pricing compared to its competitors were also considered.
An audit firm, KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. was tapped to tabulate the votes and conducted an independent validation of the scores that led to this year’s batch of winners. With 1500 test drives of 78 cars and trucks in four days, Honda emerged with awards for the Mobilio, HR-V and Odyssey.
ALL-NEW MOBILIO, 2015 BEST COMPACT MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLE
Honda’s first 7-seater multi-purpose utility vehicle, the All-New Mobilio was awarded as 2015’s Best Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV). The All-New Mobilio is powered by a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum power output of 120 ps at 6600 rpm and 145 NM of torque at 4600 rpm, paired with either a 5-speed Manual Transmission or the new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under the Earth Dreams Technology and being Euro 4 certified.
Furthermore, it offers modern and young styling, advanced technology, spacious cabin, flexible seats and comfortable sedan-like ride. On the side, the All-New Mobilio displays a glassy cabin and a lightning bolt belt line style to provide optimal visibility from the second and third row seats. This also gives the All-New Mobilio a distinct look from other MUVs in the market by avoiding a boxy look typical in the segment. Added to that, HCPI has reintroduced one of its sporty grades, RS (Road Sailing) with the All-New Mobilio. RS is Honda’s sporty grade for everyday sport as it balances day-to-day utility with sportiness.
The All-New Mobilio’s interior was designed to provide ultimate comfort and satisfaction to all seven occupants with generous space for headroom, legroom and knee clearance. The All-New Mobilio’s seats were also designed to give more flexibility to accommodate different hauling needs.
Along with the exceptional features, Honda equipped its first MUV with a 7-inch touch screen audio unit with built-in navigation system powered by Garmin. Which significantly make long family road trips more fun.
On the other hand,The all new, the All-New Mobilio’s dimensions were carefully studied to fit the needs of the market such as the length that would make it easy to park, a 5.2m turning radius for easy maneuverability and driving around the city and a 189 mm ground clearance that provides a comfortable ride even on rough roads.
ALL-NEW HR-V, 2015 BEST COMPACT CROSSOVER
The All-New HR-V was awarded 2015 Best Compact Crossover. The All-New HR-V is a new generation Crossover Compact SUV that aims to create a new market globally which combines vehicle values such as the personal feel of a coupe, sporty exterior, sleek, and comfort of a sedan, toughness and confidence of an SUV – high visibility, high ground clearance and full safety features and usability of a minivan – flexible seats (ULT mode), generous cargo space & wide tailgate opening for easy loading and unloading of cargo.
Distinct to the All-New HR-V is its side profile with unique character lines and rear door handles are integrated into the side windows that express the feeling of a sporty two-door coupe. The interior design of the All-New HR-V was developed to showcase an SUV-like instrument panel and a cockpit-like satellite interface to provide a sense of security to the driver.
The interior’s ergonomic cockpit design is distinctive with its high deck console which brings to mind a sport coupe’s interior. As for behind the two front passengers, the ULT seats and the excellent cargo space lets you haul in way more than the essentials.
Furthermore, the All-New HR-V is the first vehicle in the Honda line-up locally to have the Electric Parking Brake (EPB). This replaces the conventional pedal or handbrake lever with a single button or switch. The HR-V also has full safety features such as driver and passenger SRS airbags (with side and side curtain airbags for the top of the line variant), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Multi-view Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines (for the mid and top of the line variant) and rear sensors for the top of the line, Seat Belt Reminder, ISOFIX and Immobilizer. With this, the HR-V’s EL Variant was awarded 5-stars from the ASEAN NCAP.
Under the hood of the All-New HR-V is Honda’s 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum power output of 141 ps at 6500 rpm and 172 NM of torque at 4300 rpm mated with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Earth Dreams Technology. This combination delivers exhilarating driving performance while also delivering good fuel economy.
ALL-NEW ODYSSEY, 2015 BEST LUXURY MPV
The All-New Odyssey is Honda’s offering for customers looking for a 7-seater luxury minivan that showcases the perfect balance of utility and passenger car values.The All New Odyssey’s utility characteristics suggest spacious cabin and flexible seating; while passenger vehicle characteristics evoke driving performance and fuel efficiency.
HCPI equipped the All New Odyssey with features that has never been offered in any of the Honda vehicles locally available. The All New Odyssey is the first Honda model available in the Philippines that is equipped with Earth Dreams Technology engine & tansmission- 2.4-liter, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT).
The Odyssey has power sliding doors that open to the spacious and feature packed cabin. Captain cradle seats with ottomans are especially designed for the second row passengers. The All New Odyssey is equipped with a seven inch touch screen display audio with navigation system and it also has roof-mounted nine inch rear entertainment system with HDMI port and DVD player.
Driving the All-New Odyssey is also a pleasurable experience as it has been equipped with driver assistive features such as Multi-view Camera System and Smart Parking Assist System.
The Blind Spot Information feature notifies (indicators on the side mirror) the driver of vehicles in the blind spot through radars installed in the rear bumper. The radars also activate the Cross Traffic Monitor which alerts the driver should there be a vehicle on its blind spots when reversing out of a car park.
The Multi-view Camera System supports safe driving by significantly improving visibility around the vehicle through images generated from four wide angle cameras located on the front grille, right and left door mirrors and the tailgate. Synthesized images are shown on the touch screen display audio with navigation. Different images can be displayed depending on the situation such as driving through an intersection with poor visibility, parking the car or driving through a narrow street.
The Smart Parking Assist System helps the driver to park with automatic steering input using the Electric Power Steering (EPS) motor. This is based on automatic detection of the parking space by analyzing the images framed by the Multi-view Camera System. The system supports backing into the parking space and parallel parking even in a tight spot where multiple steering operations are required.
The All-New Odyssey bested other participating vehicles in the category and was recognized as 2015 Best Luxury MPV.
Check out the award-winning Honda vehicles at any authorized Honda dealership or log-on to www.hondpahil.com for more information.