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Development of 2005 Model Year US Odyssey Incorporating “King of Minivans” Concept

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.17 No.1


The 05 model US Odyssey was developed as the “King of Minivans,” providing superior styling and excellent utility combined with drivability and quality that rival any luxury sedan. It is built on the foundation of Honda safety and environmental leadership, and will become the benchmark for the next generation of minivans.
The Odyssey powertrain employs North America’s first Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) engine, achieving best-in-class fuel economy. The chassis ensures a quiet ride through the use of a floating rear subframe, and at the same time, achieves handling stability.
The interior incorporates many new ideas for the small item storage spaces required of a minivan, adopting features such as the world’s first rotary in-floor storage unit. The seats work to provide maximum utility, with the adoption of one motion stowing for the 3rd row seats, and in the eight-passenger spec, a stowable 2nd Row PlusOne Seat that can be easily fitted in the center of the second row. The power sliding doors are easily operated with the adoption of a continuous electrical supply system and touch sensors, etc.
The vehicle structure is designed to perform well in frontal impacts, offset impacts, and car-to-car collisions with the adoption of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body structure. In addition, the Odyssey combines existing safety features with side curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard for all grades. The Odyssey is a vehicle that demonstrates Honda’s commitment to “Safety for Everyone.”


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Author (organization or company)

Satoshi SAGARA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Makoto FUKUDA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Toshiya KANDA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Yoshikazu TAKAHIRA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Masatoshi TANIOKA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Yuichi TSUKADA(Wako R&D Center)

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