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Old 02-10-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Chicago 2010: Honda Odyssey Concept gives clear glimpse of next-gen minivan

Since we're likely getting a minivan this year, we've been waiting for this. So far looks nice (except the wheels and handles but I doubt those will make it to production), but only time will tell.



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Honda just unveiled a concept version of its next-generation Oddity Odyssey minivan at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, and it was one of those rare instances where the media was actually seeing it for the first time, as God intended unveilings to be. Although billed as a concept, the 2011 Honda Odyssey Concept looks almost production ready... other than its door handles, lights and a few other details.

While the current third-generation van is the best selling minivan in America two years running, Honda decided not to play it safe with the redesign. The all-new fourth-generation Odyssey is a big departure for Honda. It's lower and wider, taking an almost Mercedes R-Class stance. Although they claim it's only one inch lower and 1.4 inches wider, it looked like a lot more than that. The 2011 Odyssey also features a "lightning bolt" lower greenhouse border that reminded us of the Nissan Quest a bit. Honda says it helps with rearward visibility.

The production version of this 2011 Honda Odyssey should be in dealerships this fall, and will likely look a lot like this concept. While no specifics were mentioned, it is said to have a V6 that will deliver slightly better fuel economy. The interior was completely blocked off so we aren't sure what they have in store for us inside, but Honda reps promised something big. One thing Honda did share was the fact that this Odyssey is all-American. From inspiration to target market, styling to assembly, this is truly a product of the U.S. of A. There's a press release after the jump and live and press galleries below.
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02/10/2010 - CHICAGO -

The Honda Odyssey Concept, on display at the Chicago Auto Show, introduces a sleek and distinctive exterior styling direction for the next generation of the industry's best-selling minivan, set to debut this fall, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The Odyssey Concept dramatically departs from conventional minivan styling with its low and wide stance, highlighted by a "lightning-bolt" beltline that further distinguishes the vehicle's profile. Compared to the current Odyssey, the Concept's slightly lower roofline (-1.0 inch) and wider stance (+1.4 inch) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy. Forthcoming improvements to the production Odyssey's interior are designed to further enhance the current model's accommodating space for people and cargo.

"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."

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 and distinctive appearance from any perspective. 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.

Enhanced aerodynamics and advanced powertrain technologies will contribute to the next-generation Odyssey's increased fuel efficiency. The all-new 2011 Odyssey is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating1 of 19 city/28 highway miles-per gallon on select models (preliminary estimate determined by Honda).

Currently in its third generation, the Odyssey's unique array of features, including its superior driving dynamics, 3rd-Row Magic Seat® and efficient i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™ (available) all combine to offer a sophisticated environment with room for up to eight people (seven on Odyssey LX). The Odyssey has been America's best-selling minivan since 20082 and is produced exclusively in Alabama by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (using domestic and globally sourced parts). 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 has won numerous awards and critical acclaim. Recent accolades include the Edmunds.com 2010 "Top Recommended" minivan award, U.S. News and World Report 2010 "Best Minivan for the Money" award, Automotive Lease Guide 2010 "Best Minivan for the Money," the Kelley Blue Book award as one of the ten "Best New Family Vehicles of 2009" and "2009 Best Resale Value Award" in the van category, which recognizes vehicles that are expected to have segment-leading resale value after five years of ownership.

Odyssey Concept Basic Dimensions
Length (inches) 202.8
Width (inches) 78.5
Height (inches) 68.3
Wheelbase (inches) 118.1

1Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2Based on Odyssey calendar-year sales of 135,493 for 2008 and 100,133 for 2009.
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The arc of the roofline is very CR-V.

It's kinda cool. I'm digging it.
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will the transmission work?
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Is it shorter than the old one or is it a trick of the body panels and small windows?
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Dull.

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I love the headlights.
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now that's just blasphemy,
you don't buy a Minivan to turn it into a track car. Crappy platform will never be capable racer
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Am I nuts or does Honda look derivative and the Toyota look better?
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^^^No and (looks up definition for "derivative") yes.
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now that's just blasphemy,
you don't buy a Minivan to turn it into a track car. Crappy platform will never be capable racer
http://www.hondaalabama.com/index.ph...de&src=gendocs

It's just an Accord V6 with a tall body.
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sienna's design looks better executed. The Odyssey does not look cohesive, especially from the side.
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Front clip on the Sienna is gag-inducing. I prefer the cleaner lines of the Honda.

Not that it really matters since I'll never own either.
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We were all gung-ho for the Sienna, but after seeing it in person, we were let down. The Honda concept looks much better I think, love the side-mirrors, but I'm sure the wheels, tires and handles (and fog lights?) will change.

The new one is 0.7" longer than the old one (according to Honda).

I agree, the shorter interior is a concern for me, although once the real wheels+tires are put on it will probably sit at least 1" higher off the ground (but not increase interior clearance obviously).
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Where is the hybrid? I spend alot of time in the mornings and afternoon waiting in school zone traffic. Plus I get maybe 19.5 mpg at best.
I love my 08 Ody for what it is. The new one should be awesome!
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It's just an Accord V6 with a tall body.
And a Turbo, and a manual Trans from an TL (I think)..

The occasionally come out to the AutoX in Birmingham... That things a BEAST!
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It's just an Accord V6 with a tall body.
And that's what kills the whole concept.
Why spend money improving something when you can start off with much better platform for much less money.
... unless of course what you always wanted is to dump money into a minivan and turn it into car that handles and drives on par with some stock models.
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And that's what kills the whole concept.
Why spend money improving something when you can start off with much better platform for much less money.
... unless of course what you always wanted is to dump money into a minivan and turn it into car that handles and drives on par with some stock models.
For novelty. If he has cash to burn, more power to him. If I had ridiculous amounts of money, I'd make all kinds of crazy things.
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And that's what kills the whole concept.
Why spend money improving something when you can start off with much better platform for much less money.
... unless of course what you always wanted is to dump money into a minivan and turn it into car that handles and drives on par with some stock models.
I think you guys are missing the point...

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama provides a few engineers/employees of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama with the parts and the space... then the employees have fun with the cars.... Honda R&D used to field a Civic hatch in SCCA Rally back in the day...
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And that's what kills the whole concept.
Why spend money improving something when you can start off with much better platform for much less money.
... unless of course what you always wanted is to dump money into a minivan and turn it into car that handles and drives on par with some stock models.

Because it's different and much cooler.
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^^^Holy crap, I want that.
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