Honda's American Odyssey Concept
23rd February, 2010
The Honda Odyssey Concept, on display at the Chicago
Motor Show, introduces a distinctive exterior styling direction for the next generation of Honda's
people mover, set to debut late this year.
The Odyssey Concept dramatically departs from conventional people mover 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
"The Odyssey established its reputation by providing families with what they most want in a
minivan (people mover) - 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
The steeply raked front and rear roof pillars, unique side-glass profile, chamfered roof line, and
tapered rear cabin shape combine to provide a dynamic and distinctive appearance from any perspective.
The lightning-bolt beltline dives toward the rear of the vehicle emphasising 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 people mover designs. 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.
Currently in its third generation, the Odyssey's unique array of features, including its 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 people mover since
2008 (based on Odyssey calendar-year sales of 135,493 for 2008 and 100,133 for 2009) 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.