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Default 2005 Honda Odyssey Overview

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Overview: Advancing the Standard of Leadership

When Honda engineers set out to design the all-new 2005 Honda Odyssey, they
faced the challenge of improving on a vehicle that set the standard for the
minivan segment in terms of performance, car-like ride and handling, top-level
safety ratings, overall refinement and its spacious and uniquely versatile interior
with the industry's first fold-away 3rd-Row Magic Seat®. They also
recognized the unique quality of the Odyssey in appealing not only to customers'
desire for superior utility, but also for its unique style and fun-to-drive
character. One expression of this unique quality is the tendency for Odyssey
owners to refer to their vehicles as "the Odyssey" and not just
"the minivan".

For 2005, Honda has delivered an all-new completely re-engineered Odyssey minivan:
a clean-sheet design that improves upon every single one of the Odyssey's
existing strengths while providing an added dimension of emotional appeal and
aspirational quality through enhancements in styling, premium features, advanced
technology and driving performance - built on the foundation of Honda
quality, safety and environmental leadership.

Highlights of the 2005 Honda Odyssey:

  • Best-in-class performance and fuel efficiency through advanced powertrain

  • Enhanced handling and ride quality that approaches the level of a luxury-class

  • Advanced safety technology and performance;

  • A more sophisticated, stylish and versatile interior;

  • More dynamic and expressive exterior styling;

  • Improved interior packaging for increased comfort and utility;

  • Exclusive new entertainment and information technologies; and

  • New Touring model takes the premium quality of the Odyssey to a new level
    with unique features and technology never before seen in the minivan segment.

The result is an Odyssey that raises the bar not only in the traditional measurements
of minivan performance - safety, space, comfort and utility - but
goes a step beyond to deliver a more personally rewarding experience for the
passengers and driver alike; a vehicle that changes the definition of minivan
excellence through attention to detail in every aspect of the vehicle's
performance, function and character.

It's not a minivan... it's an Odyssey.

Key new features of the 2005 Honda Odyssey:

Confident, Luxury Sedan-Like Performance, Ride and Handling

Enhanced engine performance, body design and advanced new technologies deliver
ride, handling and NVH performance designed to approach that of a luxury-class

  • 255HP VTEC V6 (+15HP) with a new five-speed automatic transmission for class-leading
    fuel efficiency, power and responsiveness along with improved and ultra-low

  • All-new chassis and body structure with greatly enhanced body rigidity,
    new fully-isolated front and rear sub-frames and improved suspension design
    for best-in-class NVH, handling and ride comfort;

  • First ever application of Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM) technology
    in a minivan, for class-leading power and fuel efficiency (EX with Leather
    and Touring models); and

  • Innovative new Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and Active Noise
    Control (ANC) technology work to eliminate noise and vibration associated
    with VCM activation (EX with Leather and Touring models).

Innovative and Versatile Interior

Class-Leading Comfort, Space and Versatility

  • New One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat® with enhanced fold-down
    capability for improved versatility and ease of operation with three inches
    of additional third-row passenger legroom;

  • Eight-passenger seating courtesy of a new Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne SeatTM
    on EX and EX with Leather models that can be converted into a center tray
    table or removed and stored in the vehicle's new in-floor storage area
    (with Lazy Susan);

  • Available DVD Entertainment System with new and larger 9-inch display,
    integrated remote control and wireless infrared headphones with personal surround
    sound, a minivan first;

  • Industry-leading Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM with expanded
    Voice Recognition capabilities has new features including rearview camera
    and Zagat survey information for restaurants;

  • Premium interior features for Touring models including Power Adjustable
    Pedals, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Power Tailgate, available Satellite-Linked
    Navigation system with Voice Recognition and integrated Rearview Camera, premium
    audio, auto headlights, parking sensors, XM® Satellite Radio (with Navi),
    6-disc CD changer and a 2nd-row removable center console; and

  • Upper and Lower Glove Compartment in instrument panel.

Advanced Safety Performance

New ACETM Body Structure and unmatched list of standard safety features deliver
the highest-level of safety protection in the minivan segment

  • All-new Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM Body Structure for
    enhanced safety protection with reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles
    in a frontal collision;

  • Comprehensive list of advanced safety features delivered as standard equipment
    on all models includes ACE body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®)
    with Traction Control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS); Brake Assist;
    advanced driver, front passenger front side airbags; three-row side curtain
    airbags with rollover sensors; pre-tensioning driver and front passenger seatbelts;
    and four-ring safety structure with side impact protection beams; and

  • Touring models feature new Michelin PAX SystemTM and Tire Pressure Monitoring
    System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators for enhanced security
    and stability in the event of a loss of tire pressure.

Improved Packaging

Increased comfort, roominess and versatility through enhanced packaging efficiency

  • Increased interior dimensions without a significant increase to the exterior

  • Maintains the same length as the previous model while the width increases
    by one inch;

  • Interior length increased by two inches; width increases by one inch;

  • Class-leading third row legroom - up three inches from 2004 model;

  • Available eight-passenger seating capability with Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne

  • Full-size 2nd-row captain's chairs; and

  • In-floor storage area with a lazy Susan storage console (EX and above).

A Symbol of Innovation

The Honda Odyssey has long been a symbol of innovation not only in the minivan
segment but also in the automotive industry in general. Features like its superb
handling and the Magic Third Row SeatTM model helped to further set the Odyssey
apart from the competition. As others have copied features from the original
design, Honda is delivering a fresh round of advanced technology and features
designed to cement the Odyssey as the overall benchmark in innovation, performance
and safety. Minivan firsts for the 2005 Odyssey include:

  • First minivan to use Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCM)TM technology for
    improved fuel economy;

  • First minivan to employ an Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and
    Active Noise Control (ANC) Technology;

  • First minivan to provide Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors
    and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) as standard equipment;

  • First minivan with Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™;

  • First minivan with voice recognition capabilities; and

  • First minivan with Michelin PAX SystemTM.

All-New Touring Package Moves Odyssey into Premium Luxury Territory

The 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring package provides the ultimate level of technology
and luxury in one convenient package. As the light truck market expands into
a more sophisticated mode of transportation, the demand for premium features
is increasing in the minivan segment. The 2005 Odyssey meets this demand by
incorporating more than a dozen exclusive and upscale features along with special
interior trim, seamlessly blending premium luxury into a minivan package. The
result is a vehicle that can deliver the best of all worlds - performance,
luxury, safety, technology and functionality - with seating for seven

The 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring model builds on the already full-featured EX
model with leather interior, Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM) and Active
Noise Control (ANC) by adding a power tailgate, power adjustable pedals, tri-zone
automatic climate control, a removable 2nd-row center console, a driver memory
seat, a programmable Multi-Information Display, unique interior trim, automatic
day/night rearview mirrors, a 115-volt power outlet and more. XM® Satellite
Radio is standard equipment on EX with Leather and Touring models equipped with
the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition
and Rearview Camera. (The navigation system is the only factory option on the
full-featured Touring model, which offers customers a simplified ordering/purchasing
process compared to some competitors' complicated option packages).

Additionally, the Touring model includes the Michelin PAX SystemTM, a tire
pressure monitoring system (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators, body-colored
front and rear parking sensors, fog lights and auto-off headlights as standard
equipment.The Touring model was designed inside and out to appeal to sophisticated
buyers from young families to empty nesters and everything in-between.

Interior: Sophisticated Luxury Meets Comfort and Functionality

New Features:

  • Standard Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors,

  • Available 8-Passenger seating (EX and EX with Leather) with Stowable 2nd-Row
    PlusOne Seat™;

  • One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat®;

  • Standard In-Floor Storage with Lazy Susan (EX and above);

  • 2nd-Row Power Windows;

  • Instrument Panel-Mounted Shifter;

  • Integrated 2nd-Row Sunshades (EX and above);

  • Conversation Mirror with Sunglasses Holder (EX and above);

  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control (Touring);

  • Power Adjustable Pedals (Touring);

  • Premium Audio System (Touring):

  • Honda DVD Entertainment System with larger 9-inch display, integrated remote
    control, and wireless headsets with personal surround sound;

  • Active Noise Control (ANC) (standard with VCM on EX with Leather and Touring),

  • Available XM® Satellite Radio on EX and above models (standard on navigation-equipped
    models); and

  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM with Voice Recognition
    and Rearview Camera (EX with Leather and Touring).

The same innovative thinking that shaped the groundbreaking 1999 Odyssey continues
with the all-new 2005 Odyssey. The 1999 Odyssey interior redefined the role
of a minivan with its solid ergonomics, outstanding comfort with functionality,
and of course, the three-passenger Third Row Magic SeatTM. The Odyssey and its
innovative features have influenced other manufacturers, and the 2005 Odyssey
is poised to raise the bar once again.

With first class seating areas in all three rows and an emphasis on comfort
and space efficiency, interior innovations focus on safety equipment, additional
seating capacity (eight passenger available), in-floor storage, and more accessible
and flexible third row seating. Sophisticated interior styling enhancements
and available features such as a tri-zone climate control, power moonroof and
XM® Satellite Radio bring a new level of luxury to the Odyssey. While some
minivans utilize a folding 2nd row seat to improve cargo space access, the Odyssey
uses full captains chairs (removable) that slide forward and back by up to 10
inches as well as sliding together or apart. Not only does this approach provide
enhanced cargo flexibility, it helps ensure that the frequently used second
row seats maintain a high level of comfort and flexibility.

The 2005 Odyssey now provides six individual Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) airbags with coverage areas in all three rows of seating with a new side
curtain airbag system that incorporates rollover sensor technology. For comparison,
the 2004 Odyssey, which achieved a 5-star rating for front and side impacts
from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), had
four individual airbags - standard driver's and front passenger's
supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags along with driver's and front
passenger's side airbags. Internal Honda testing shows that the 2005 Honda
Odyssey will achieve a 5-star rating for front and side impacts from NHTSA.

Moving beyond comfort, functionality and safety, the interior decor
emphasizes the style and sophistication consistent with a premium luxury sedan.
A deeply sculpted dashboard, attractively integrated trim pieces, along with
a solid and precise fit and finish throughout help elevate the overall Odyssey
interior experience. Seating for eight passengers is standard on the EX and
EX with Leather trim levels courtesy of an innovative new Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne
SeatTM that can be quickly and easily removed then stored in the in-floor storage
area when not needed. For easier access to the third row, the second row seats
now use a convenient walk-in slide mechanism (similar to those commonly found
on 2-door coupe automobiles).

An in-floor storage area (with a rotating Lazy Suzan storage tray on EX, EX
with Leather and Touring models) has been added in between the first and second
rows. Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control and a moonroof are standard on EX trim
levels with leather interior and the Touring model. The new ultra-luxurious
Touring model adds to the luxury sedan theme with features such as adjustable
power pedals, unique interior trim, high-power 360-watt premium audio system,
and a power tailgate. Overall, the new Odyssey offers more creature comforts
than ever on all trim levels as it achieves top-of-the-class levels of quietness,
comfort and safety.

Body: Sporty Demeanor Encases Advanced Safety Design

New Features:

  • Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM Body Structure,

  • Width increased 1-inch,

  • Torsional and bending rigidity increased 20 percent,

  • Reduced NVH,

  • Available Power Tailgate added,

  • Available moonroof, gaps reduced between body panels by as much as 1.5mm,

  • Lightweight sound deadening material utilized,

  • Aerodynamics increased (about 5 percent),

  • Larger fuel tank (+1 gallon)

The Odyssey's body is designed to provide a low, flat floor with a large
cabin and the ultimate in minivan functionality. Increased body rigidity (+20
percent), increased width (+1-inch) and a larger capacity fuel tank (+ 1 gallon)
are some of the new body features. The Odyssey's re-designed sheet metal
exhibits a solid and dynamic direction with styling accents that create a uniform
beltline around the vehicle. The lines generate a powerful stance and an enveloping
feeling of safety. Yet, safety for the Odyssey is much more than skin deep.

The 2005 Odyssey employs Honda's revolutionary new Advanced Compatibility
EngineeringTM (ACE)TM Body Structure system. This newly developed front-end
frame structure incorporates new upper and lower frame members to significantly
enhance energy dissipation in a frontal collision. The design also helps reduce
the potential for misalignment with the frame of the opposing vehicle. Taken
together, these features result in increased compatibility between vehicles
of different size categories for significantly enhanced occupant protection
and reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles in a collision.

Chassis: Performance Beyond a Minivan

New Features:

  • Redesigned MacPherson Strut Front Suspension,

  • Redesigned Double Wishbone Rear Suspension,

  • Floating Rear Subframe,

  • Larger Standard Wheels and Tires (P235/65R16),

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with Brake Assist,

  • Available PAX SystemTM with Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with
    Location and Pressure Indicators

The handling of the Odyssey has always demonstrated that a minivan can have
sporty aspirations in addition to utility and comfort. Considered by many to
be the best handling minivan, the target for the all-new Odyssey chassis tuning
went from secure and solid car-like on the previous model to sports luxury sedan-like
for the 2005 model. Major refinements have been made to reduce road noise, increase
steering linearity and firmness with a better on-center feel, improved ride
comfort and better overall rigidity. Translation: the new Odyssey soaks up bumps
and feels more stable and less fatiguing while driving on uneven pavement surfaces
or in strong crosswinds, plus it is more fun to drive. The choppy feeling caused
by the expansion joints in cement slabs has

been greatly reduced along with the sounds and vibration forces transmitted
from hitting potholes and bumps.

The changes to the chassis are extensive and provide significant ride and handling
benefits. Improved ride comfort has been assisted by bigger tires, larger and
stronger bushings, and revised shock absorber placement/tuning on the double
wishbone rear suspension. Additionally through these changes, front-end dive
and body roll is noticeably reduced.

Enhanced stability has been achieved through the addition of a new generation
of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with Traction Control that independently
engages the four-wheel disc brakes during heavy cornering to reduce oversteer
and understeer conditions. Plus, the Traction Control now modulates fuel delivery
in addition to the ignition system during low traction situations. The VSA system
is standard on every Odyssey model and trim level as part of Honda's Safety
for Everyone commitment.

Powertrain: Advanced Technology for Economy and Performance

New Features:

  • 255 horsepower (+15 hp),

  • 250 lb.-ft. torque(+8 lb.-ft.),

  • SOHC i-VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder ManagementTM(VCMTM)

  • Federal Tier 2 Bin 5, California LEV2-ULEV emissions

  • EPA highway fuel economy of 28 mpg (models with VCM)

The 2005 Honda Odyssey receives a 15 horsepower (6 percent) boost compared
to the 2004 model and an increase in EPA highway fuel economy by as much as
12 percent on models with the i-VTEC VCM engine. Two engine choices are available
for the first time ever on the Odyssey - a SOHC VTEC V-6 and a SOHC i-VTEC
V-6 with Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM). The 2005 Odyssey engine only
requires regular unleaded gasoline, which provides a long-term cost-of-ownership
advantage compared to some competitor minivans that require premium unleaded
fuel to achieve maximum horsepower rating.

Variable Cylinder Management (standard equipment on EX with Leather and Touring
models) increases fuel efficiency by "shutting off" three of the
engine's six cylinders during cruising and deceleration. For performance,
the engine operates on all six cylinders during acceleration and heavy load
situations. The system works seamlessly and is transparent to the driver in
feel and sound.

In fact, the Odyssey models with VCM are especially quiet because those vehicles
are equipped with Active Noise Control (ANC) technology that works with the
audio system to effectively cancel inherent noise produced by the VCM system
(along with some road noise). Additional NVH dampening occurs through the use
of an Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) that uses electrically activated
dampers to minimize engine vibration for an incredibly smooth and quiet driving

The Odyssey's compact 5-speed automatic transmission provides ultra smooth
and efficient operation characteristics with the adoption of a direct control
shift system that works with the drive-by-wire throttle control.

Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options

(New equipment shown in italics)

The 2005 Honda Odyssey is available in three trim levels: the well-equipped
LX, the upscale EX and the ultra-premium Touring trim level (new for 2005).

Standard features on the LX include a 3.5-liter 255 horsepower
SOHC VTEC V-6, 5-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch wheels with wheel covers,
P235/65R16 tires, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability
Assist (VSA®)
with Traction Control, advanced dual stage dual threshold
driver's and front passenger's airbags, driver's and front
passenger's side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags with rollover
, power front windows, 2nd-row power windows, power locks,
cruise control, keyless entry, CD player, One Motion 60/40 split 3rd-rowMagic
Seat®, In-Floor Storage,
and Smart Maintenance Indicator.

The EX adds alloy wheels, Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™
for eight passenger seating
, power sliding doors, a 6-disc in-dash
CD player, In-Floor Storage with Lazy Susan, Integrated 2nd Row Sunshades and
a Conversation Mirror with Sunglasses Holder.

The EX with Leather adds a 255-horsepower SOHC i-VTEC
V-6 with Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM), Active Control Engine Mount
System (ACM), Active Noise Control (ANC), Power Moonroof,
available Honda
DVD Entertainment System with 9-inch display, integrated remote control
and wireless headsets w/ personal surround sound,
and available Honda Satellite-Linked
Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Integrated Rearview Camera.

The Touring model adds a Power Tailgate, Tri-Zone Automatic
Climate Control, 115-Volt AC Power Outlet, Driver Memory Seat, multi information
display, power adjustable pedals, leather steering wheel, auto dimming rear
view mirror, fog lights, corner/backup sensors, auto headlights, 2nd-row removable
center console (in place of the Stowable 2nd Row PlusOne SeatTM), Michelin PAX
SystemTM 17.5-inch wheels and 235/710R460A tires, and Tire Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Sensors.

Honda Safety for Everyone Commitment

Just as Honda has been long associated with high quality, reliable and fun-to-drive
vehicles, Honda is also committed to delivering the safest vehicles on the road.
Demonstrating this commitment, Honda is providing a core suite of advanced safety
equipment as standard equipment on all models and trim levels- with some
features that are not available anywhere else. The 2005 Odyssey marks a significant
milestone in the application of Honda safety technology since it is the first
Honda vehicle in North America to fully implement Honda's Safety for Everyone
commitment. The Safety for Everyone commitment includes the following:

  • All Honda and Acura vehicles, with the exception of a small number of specialty
    vehicles, will get Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Anti-Lock
    Brakes as standard equipment before the end of calendar year 2006.

  • All Honda and Acura light trucks, including all SUVs and minivans, will
    be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) and rollover sensors
    for side curtain airbag deployment before the end of calendar year 2006.

  • Honda's Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM body structure,
    offering enhanced occupant protection with reduced aggressivity toward other
    vehicles, will be applied to all new vehicle platforms in the U.S. and globally
    over the next six to seven years. The 2005 model Honda Odyssey minivan and
    Acura RL sedan are the first U.S. models to carry this new technology.

  • In its efforts to increase safety for all road users, Honda will further
    expand the use of features designed to reduce injuries to pedestrians from
    the current industry-leading 10 models.

These initiatives represent the next logical step in the evolution of Honda's
'Safety for Everyone' concept, a comprehensive approach to vehicle
safety that seeks to provide high levels of occupant protection for all Honda
and Acura vehicles regardless of size or price, along with reduced aggressivity
toward other vehicles and improved safety for pedestrians.

Environmental Leadership

Honda has consistently led the industry in meeting new emission requirements
and bringing advanced engines and emission technologies to the customer. In
addition to providing class leading fuel economy, the 2005 Odyssey qualifies
as a LEV2-ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle in California and some Eastern states)
and Tier 2 Bin 5 in the Federal emissions program. To achieve Tier 2-Bin 5 classification,
a vehicle must reduce NOx emissions by at least 75 percent over pre-existing

Honda is the industry leader in certifying vehicles to the Tier 2 standards.
In 2002, Honda became the first manufacturer to offer gasoline-powered vehicles
to the final Tier 2 requirements. In 2003, more than 50 percent of vehicles
sold by Honda were certified to meet the tougher emission standards, two years
ahead of the requirements and more than the rest of the industry combined. For
2004, Honda has certified more than 60 percent of its total vehicle fleet to
the Tier 2 standards, compared to an industry average of 35 percent.

Engineers also targeted a high level of parts' recyclability. More than
90 percent of the 2005 Odyssey component parts are made of recyclable materials.
Additional measures taken to reduce the long-term environmental impact of the
vehicle include:

  • The use of non-chromed tanned leather in leather-equipped models reduces
    hazardous waste generation during the tanning process and can be composted
    at the end of the vehicle's life;

  • Elimination of PVC material in interior parts including door lining, shift
    knob, seat trim and center console lid and exterior parts such as roof and
    door moldings, weather strips and tubes for improved recyclability;

  • Reduced amount of environmentally hazardous materials by eliminating halogens
    for flame retardant materials and eliminated lead in wheel balancers and electro-deposition

  • Use of water-borne (solvent free) paint for exterior surfaces, reducing
    emissions during the paint process;

  • Use of molded-in color plastics for reduced paint use and factory emissions;

  • Replacement of ABS plastic with polypropylene material in the center console,
    instrument panel and doors for reduced emissions during ABS plastic manufacturing;

  • Long-life fluids that result in no required engine coolant change for the
    first 10 years or 120,000 miles, and engine oil changes that are prescribed
    (with the Smart Maintenance Indicator) at intervals of one year or 7,500 miles
    under normal circumstances, less often than typically required.

Market Position

The all-new third generation 2005 Odyssey is positioned to maintain the benchmark
status that it has enjoyed since its introduction. While the new Odyssey meets
the traditional buyers' expectations for a fun vehicle designed with safety
in mind; it also offers an elevated level of style, sophistication and luxury
amenities. These enhancements provide enhanced appeal through the Odyssey's
overall technology, styling, performance and innovation.

Compared to other minivan owners, Odyssey owners are generally younger and
more affluent, with at least one child under 18 years of age. Also, Odyssey
owners have the highest brand loyalty in the industry*. The 2005 Odyssey emphasizes
features for people with more active lifestyles. These new features provide
extraordinary versatility with power and performance, and are designed to inspire
those who may have never thought about a minivan to consider an Odyssey.

* 2003 Maritz data

Honda Maintains the Highest Residual Values in the Industry

The Honda Odyssey has built a reputation for maintaining the highest residual
values in the industry. Residual value performance measures the ability of a
product to hold its value over time and is considered a key indicator of a product's
long-term desirability. A strong residual value results in less depreciation,
reducing cost of ownership. The Automotive Lease Guide (ALG), an industry leader
in setting automotive residual values, named Honda the industry's top
automotive brand with the highest overall residual values across its full range
of models for the 2004 model year. Adding to that, the Honda Odyssey has been
the ALG minivan segment winner for six consecutive years since 1999 (when the
second generation Odyssey was introduced).


The Odyssey is produced at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama.
The Lincoln Plant is the newest of Honda's North American automobile plants,
opening six months ahead of schedule in November 2001 to meet market demand.
Manufacturing the Honda Odyssey minivan and its V-6 engine, the plant adopts
Honda's New Manufacturing System technologies for both vehicle and engine production
to realize more efficient and flexible manufacturing. Frame and engine assembly
takes place under the same roof in a synchronous manner. The plant added its
second assembly line, which began production in April 2004. Using domestic and
globally sourced parts, Honda began assembling motorcycles in America in 1979
and is celebrating 25 years of U.S. production in 2004. Honda began automobile
production in the U.S. in 1982 with the Accord and was the first Japanese automaker
to assemble products for the North American market in the United States. Today,
Honda employs more than 14,000 associates in the design, development, manufacturing
and marketing of vehicles in North America.

About Honda

Honda (NYSE: HMC) is one of today's leading manufacturers of automobiles
and power products and the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world.
The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries worldwide,
producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators,
marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that bring the company
into contact with over 17 million customers annually.

September 2004 marks the 25th anniversary of the first product assembled by
Honda in North America. From that first motorcycle built in Ohio in 1979, Honda
now has 12 major plants in the region, producing a range of products and components
including cars and light trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, lawn
mowers and engines.

More than 75% of the cars and light trucks Honda sells in the U.S. are built
in North America. Increasingly, many of these products are developed in America
as well, including the Honda Civic Coupe, Element and Pilot - and the
Acura TL and MDX.

Honda Odyssey Competitive Comparison

The all-new third generation 2005 Honda Odyssey has been designed to be the
best overall minivan. When it comes to understanding how people actually use
a minivan, the Odyssey delivers more where it counts. Briefly, the Odyssey compares
to its competitors in the following ways:

. 2005 Honda Odyssey 2004 Honda Odyssey 2004 Toyota Sienna 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 2004 Nissan Quest
MSRP TBA $24,490-$30,490 $23,905-$40,530 $20.995-$35,260 $24,240 -$37,240
Engines 3.5L V-6 255HP 3.5L V-6 240HP 3.3L V-6 230HP 3.3L V-6 180 HP, 3.8L V-6 215 HP 3.5L V-6 240 HP
Variable Cylinder Management Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Transmission 5AT 5AT 5AT 4AT 4AT/5AT
EPA Fuel Economy, (City/Highway) 20/28* (i-VTEC)

19/25* (VTEC)
18/25 19/27 18/25 (3.8L)

19/26 (3.3L)

Seating Capacity 8 (Available) 7 8 (Available) 7 7
Wheelbase, in. 118.1 118.1 119.3 119.3 124.0
Interior volume, cu. ft. 209.8 208.8 221.0 193.7 244.6
Powered Sliding Doors Available Available Available Available Available
2nd Row Power Windows Yes No Yes No No
Magic 3rd Row Seat One-Motion Yes Yes Available Available
NHTSA Front Crash Test Rating 5-Star** 5-Star 5-Star TBD 5-Star
NHTSA Side Impact Crash Test Rating 5-Star** 5-Star 5-Star TBT TBT
Weight (base model) 4,378 4,310 4,120 3,988 4,012

* Based on 2005 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only.
Actual mileage may vary.

** Based on Honda in-house testing. Note: All values subject to change.

Odyssey's History of Awards and Accolades

  • Six times Automobile's All-Star

  • Two times Car and Driver's 5Best Trucks


Automobile- All-Star (Best Minivan)

Canadian Press - Truck of the Year

Motor Week - Drivers' Choice Best Minivan


Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)

Automobile - Readers' Choice All-Star Minivan

Intellichoice - Best Overall Value Minivan Over $22,500


Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)

Automotive Lease Guide - Residual Value Award, Minivan - "Most Wanted Small Van"

A leading consumer publication - Best Minivan

Money Magazine - Best Minivan

Intellichoice - Best Overall Value Minivan Under $24,500


Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)

Automobile - Readers' Choice All-Star Vehicles

AMI AutoWorld - Best Minivan of 2002

Car and Driver - 5Best Trucks (Best Minivan) - "Most Wanted Small Van"

Smart Money - Best Value Minivan

A leading consumer publication - Best Minivan


AAA Auto Guide - Best Minivan

Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)

Automobile - Readers' Choice All-Stars Award

AutoPacific - 2003 Vehicle Satisfaction Award: Minivan

AutoWeek - America's Best People Mover

Parents Magazine -Top 5 in Segment

A leading consumer publication - Best Minivan

Intellichoice - Best Overall Value Minivan Under $26,000

Intellichoice - Excellent Value

Car and Driver - 5Best Trucks (Best Minivan) - "Most Wanted Small Van"

JD Power and Associates - Most Appealing Compact Van (APEAL Survey)

Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Best In Class Minivan


Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)

AutoPacific - 2004 Vehicle Satisfaction Award: Minivan

Consumers Digest Magazine - Best Buy "Van"

Intellichoice - Best Minivan Over $27,000

Intellichoice - Best Minivan Under $27,000

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