Dog-friendly Honda Element. Click image to enlarge
Dog-friendly Honda Element
Torrance, California – Honda has introduced several new dog-friendly transportation concepts designed for the Honda Element at the New York International Auto Show, adding to one of the most pet-friendly vehicles available.
Developed specifically for the Element, the Dog Friendly components demonstrate the potential for a dedicated pet restraint system designed to meet the needs of dog owners. A finalized version of the Dog Friendly Element is scheduled to debut this fall, and will likely include a cushioned pet bed in the cargo area, second-row and cargo area pet restraint systems, extendable load-in ramp, rear ventilation fan, second-row seat covers with dog pattern design, all-season rubber floor mats with toy bone pattern, spill-resistant water bowl, and Dog Friendly exterior emblems.
“In an interesting turn of events, cars are now chasing dogs,” said John Mendel, executive vice-president of American Honda. “Factory integration of a cushioned pet bed, restraint systems and other components are intended to transform the Element into the ultimate dog car.”
According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 39 per cent of all U.S. households have at least one dog, with an estimated total dog population of 74.8 million across the country.