8th April, 2005
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. yesterday announced the debut of the Airwave, an all-new
1.5-litre compact station wagon that boasts top-of-class*1 luggage capacity, the practical utility of
versatile seating arrangements in a compact body, along with an extra-large
glass “Sky Roof”*2 that conveys an exhilarating
open-air feeling. The new Airwave will go on sale today, at Honda
car dealers throughout Japan.
The Airwave was designed around the “new wave compact” concept—a new idea for
compact cars that function as a cool lifestyle component for youthful customers
who value their own individual sensibilities over any single style.
order to achieve both a roomy passenger interior and a luggage compartment that
boasts top-of-class storage capacity, Airwave incorporates Honda’s original
centre-fuel tank layout. In combination with the convenience of a low-floor
design, this also allows a variety of seating arrangements. The Sky Roof, with
its extra-large opening, delivers an open-air feeling, while the ample glass
area that extends seamlessly from the front windshield up onto the roof adds to
the exterior stylishness.
The Airwave is equipped with a 1.5-litre VTEC
engine that provides ample power for a fun, exciting drive. In combination with
the Honda Multimatic S transmission, it delivers smooth acceleration with high
torque and high output performance at mid to high speeds, combined with
top-of-class*1 fuel economy of 18.0km/l*3. All Airwave trim levels exceed Japanese government
fuel economy standards for 2010 by 5% and have earned Japanese Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure and Transport certification as Low-Emissions Vehicles, with emission
levels 75% lower than those required by 2005 standards, making them eligible for
preferential Green Tax measures.
|The name Airwave suggests flowing air or wind and
was chosen to describe this refreshing, invigorating vehicle with refined
styling, and a bright, spacious interior with an open-air experience that
promotes a feeling of oneness with nature.
|1.5-litre station wagon class
|Window glass is fixed in position; available on G Sky Roof and
L Sky Roof types.
|FF vehicle. Fuel consumption in 10-15 mode (Japanese Ministry
of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
|The centre-tank layout, which positions the fuel tank
under the front seat, results in a low, flat floor and versatile seating
arrangements, creating a spacious passenger interior and luggage
|The easy-to-operate ULTR seats feature four seating
|The 60/40 split rear seats are equipped with a dive-down mechanism
that enables changeovers to a 1,810mm*4*10 flat,
low-floor luggage compartment with one quick operation—no need to remove the
|In addition to Utility Mode, the front passenger seat fully
reclines to create enough space for items as long as 2,700mm*10.
|The rear seat cushions tip up to create another cargo space
1,250mm*5 high—enough space to get changed in.
|Removing the front headrestraints and fully reclining the seat backs
creates enough room to stretch one’s legs out and relax. During breaks from
driving, occupants can lie back in comfort and gaze at the scenery through the
|Full consideration was given to rear-seat comfort as
well, with a top-of-class tandem distance*6 of
985mm*7 that creates a spacious passenger
|The low floor made possible by the centre-tank layout results in a
luggage room height of just 520mm*8*10 above the
ground, making it easier to load and unload luggage. At the same time, the low
floor secures a top-of-class maximum luggage room capacity of 473 litres*9.
|With two passengers and the front seats set to their
|G and L types; for G Sky Roof and L Sky Roof types,
|Distance between the front and rear seat hip
|Honda measurement based on seating position of an average
Japanese male (as determined by Honda)
|For FF vehicle; or 4WD vehicle is 535mm
|With five vehicle occupants; Honda measurement according to
|The ‘airy cabin’ design concept provides a comfortable
space that makes occupants feel as if they are riding on air, with an
exhilarating feel of liberation. The expansive glass Sky Roof creates a
liberated feel any time, anywhere, regardless of the climate or
|The 1,110mm long*11 by
770mm wide*11 large-aperture Sky Roof combines
privacy glass to cut out bright light and high-thermal-absorbing UV-cut glass
with outstanding insulating properties to fully protect occupants from
ultraviolet radiation and the sun’s heat. Also, an electric sunshade opens and
closes in three stages with the press of a switch, to allow occupants to adjust
the size of the opening.
|The front seats are formed to naturally and deeply
embrace the lumbar area, with a softer middle portion and firmer sides for the
right combination of soft comfort and firm support. In the rear, full
consideration has been given to cushion thickness and seatback height, to
combine comfort a step above the rest with the functionality of the ULTR seats’
versatile seating arrangements.
|The instrument panel was designed on the motif of a bird with
outspread wings, creating a relaxing image of two layers of overlapping wings.
At the same time, the 2-tone color wing-line flows out to the sides to achieve a
rounded overall design that imparts feelings of both liberation and security.
|The speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, and 7-speed
mode*12 shift indicator are laid out as five
independent, self-illuminating meters. The meters employ a cylinder-type design
patterned after the exhaust ducts of a rocket or jet engine, to heighten the
interior’s sporty atmosphere.
|The interior is available in two color schemes: one features Black &
Bright Titanium two-tone colouring, with Black above and Bright Titanium below,
while the other is a sporty Black monotone. The two colour schemes can be freely
combined with the eight body colors.
|Internal dimensions, according to Honda in-house
|Available on L and L Sky Roof
|Created under a ‘smart, dynamic’ design concept, the
Airwave’s exterior presents a carefree form for stylish urban cruising. The Sky
Roof creates a continuous glass area from the windshield to the roof for a
glassy effect that gives occupants a beautiful view of the sky
|For the front view, the bumper flows smoothly into the
sides of the vehicle to create a rounded look, while the bold, chrome-plated
front grill adds a feeling of girth.
|The rear view presents the same feeling of girth as the
front view, while the rear quarter glass draws it together to create a sporty
silhouette with a stable feel.
|For the side view, a deeply sculpted character line produces an
effective wedge shape, for a taut yet substantial feel expressive of dynamic
|Eight body colors are available, including one new color: Chiffon Green
|The 1.5-litre VTEC engine delivers a sophisticated
balance of performance and environmental friendliness, with pleasing, smooth
acceleration right up to the high-rev range, and top-of-class fuel economy of
|1.5-litre VTEC engine
|The Airwave is equipped with a Honda Multimatic S
continuously variable automatic transmission, to respond to a wide variety of
situations, from city driving to outdoor leisure activities. To further add to
the fun of the drive, the L and L Sky Roof types are also equipped with 7-speed
mode so the driver can enjoy a manual shift feel, along with a shift indicator
that displays gear changes made using the paddle shifters.
|Lightweight, compact, real-time 4-wheel drive is also
available on all types.
|The suspension employs a new design with struts in the
front and a rear suspension with an H-Type torsion beam-based layout. Compliant
responsiveness and stable cornering are achieved through roll centre height
adjustment and optimized roll steer to create a relaxed, stable ride that feels
comfortable and secure for all vehicle occupants.
|The brake system delivers reliable stopping power even
when the car is weighted down with luggage. Fourteen-inch ventilated front discs
are combined with 7+8-inch tandem master power cylinders that deliver a lighter
pedal touch and powerful braking along with superior space
|Quietness measures include sound-absorbing sound
insulation materials efficiently positioned to cut down on road noise despite
layout limitations due to the low floor, while engine mounts have been made more
rigid to produce a quiet yet pleasing engine sound.
|In order to incorporate the sky roof and the largest
tailgate in its class (1,130mm wide by 855mm high opening)*10 without sacrificing body rigidity, closed
cross-section frames are employed around the entire circumference of each
opening. Reinforcing materials have been added to a Monaca-style core with
overlapping front and rear sections to achieve strength and rigidity without a
|ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and
brake assist (which augments pedal pressure) are standard on all types, along
with a high-mount LED rear brake light that heightens recognition for the
drivers of vehicles to the rear.
|Honda’s original G-CON (G-force Control) technology is
incorporated to create a body with a crash safety design that can withstand a
55km/h full-frontal collision, a 64km/h front offset collision, 55km/h side
collision, and a 50km/h rear collision. To further improve safety in real-world
collisions, Honda has implemented its own vehicle-to-vehicle collision testing
programme*14 with its own independently
established standards. This collision testing is much more demanding than
conventional tests, in which the car is crashed into a fixed barrier. The safety
design of the Airwave meets even these stringent testing
|All types are equipped with 3-point, pretensioner ELR
seatbelts with load limiters and lap pretensioners for both front seats. All of
the back seats, including the centre seat, are equipped with 3-point ELR/ALR
(child seat restraint mechanism) seatbelts and headrests, to secure a high level
of safety in the rear seats as well.
|The pedestrian injury reduction body features a hood,
front bumper, and other parts designed to absorb impact to a pedestrian’s head
and lower limbs in the event of an accident, reducing injury severity. The
design has earned Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
certification as conforming to government pedestrian head protection
standards*15 scheduled to take effect in
|ISO FIX-compatible child seat anchoring bars and tether
anchors for quick, reliable child seat installation are standard equipment on
the left and right rear seats for all
| Testing involves a 50% front offset collision with a
2-ton class passenger car, and both vehicles traveling at
| Standards regulate vehicle hood impact mitigation
performance to help protect pedestrians’ heads in the event of a
|A modified exhaust manifold shape for more rapid
heating of the catalytic converter, repositioning of the O2 sensor for improved sensing performance, and other
measures result in fewer exhaust gas pollutants. All types have been certified
by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as having
emissions levels 75% lower than those required by 2005
|Fuel economy has been enhanced through such measures as
optimized engine ignition timing and smoother cam journal surfaces for reduced
friction. All types exceed Japanese government fuel economy standards for 2010
|Use of lead has been reduced to less than 10% of 1996
|Use of hexavalent chromium plating has been reduced,
with its complete elimination as the ultimate goal. Its use has already been
eliminated on fuel filler pipes, brackets, and other
|Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been greatly reduced from
interior and exterior plastic components in favor of environment-friendly,
highly recyclable materials. As a result, over 90%*16 recyclability has been
| According to independent Honda measurement