Text: Dean Ang / Photos: Honda Press | posted March 27, 2013 17:40
No more mess
Honda has just revealed the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite as it makes its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. Honda is setting a new standard in the minivan segment by equipping it with an in-vehicle vacuum system called HondaVAC.
Honda together with Shop-Vac, which is considered as one of the leaders in the vacuum industry, developed the HondaVAC. It comprises of a vacuum unit complete with a replaceable filter, canister bag, and several nozzle accessories and is all neatly integrated into the bulkhead of the rear cargo area of the van.
The HondaVAC offers on the spot cleaning suction and can reach into every corner of the Odyssey's cabin via an integrated hose. The system relies solely on the Odyssey's electrical system and can even continue to operate for up to eight minutes after the engine is shut down.
Aside from the HondaVAC, the Odyssey also received several improvements including its structural upgrades to exceed its previous ranting in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) safety tests specifically with the new small-overlap frontal crash test. Advanced Honda driver assistive and visibility technologies such as an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) was also included in the update.
The refreshed Odyssey Touring Elite got sleeker with improved exterior styling brought about by the deeply sculpted aluminum hood, darker-finish projector-beam headlight housings, new aluminum front fenders, a new bolder twin-bar grille, a revised lower front fascia with integrated chrome-trimmed fog lights, new badges, and an LED tail lamp bar.
"Honda is once again showcasing its reputation for innovation with HondaVAC, and its ability to provide true value to our customers." said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations at American Honda.