Honda Odyssey concept
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Honda Odyssey concept

Chicago, Illinois – At the Chicago Auto Show today, Honda revealed a Honda Odyssey concept minivan that previews the next generation Odyssey due to go on sale this Fall. The Odyssey concept features a sleeker bodystyle and a wider stance, and improvements to the production Odyssey’s interior are being designed to further enhance the current model’s roomy cabin.

“The Odyssey established its reputation by providing families with what they most want in a minivan – great functionality, an emphasis on safety and good fuel economy,” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of American Honda product planning. “Odyssey then further delighted customers with its surprisingly engaging, fun-to-drive and dynamic nature. The next-generation Odyssey promises to take these strengths to a higher level while adding more style and personality.”

Compared to the current Odyssey, the Concept’s slightly lower roofline (- 25 mm) and wider stance (+ 36 mm) contribute to a sleeker and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy. The steeply raked front and rear roof pillars, unique side-glass profile, chamfered roof line, and tapered rear cabin shape combine to create a dynamic appearance. The “lightning-bolt” beltline dives toward the rear of the vehicle emphasizing the new Odyssey’s sporty appearance while enhancing outward visibility for third-row passengers. Aggressive body-to-wheel proportions reduce the perception of vertical height common to most minivan designs. Fender flares further accent the vehicle’s securely planted and stylish persona. The concept vehicle’s projector beam headlights, LED taillights and form-fit fog lights further heighten the sophisticated quality of the design.

As well, the Odyssey’s enhanced aerodynamics and advanced powertrain technologies will contribute to the next-generation Odyssey’s increased fuel efficiency, says the company.

Both the concept and production vehicles, along with all development activity for the 2011 Odyssey, are being designed at Honda R&D Americas in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio. The Odyssey is produced exclusively in Alabama by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (using domestic and globally sourced parts).

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