2007 Honda Odyssey Combines Minivan Versatility with Luxury, Sophistication and Fun-to-Drive Character
Continuing to set the class benchmark for safety, fuel efficiency, performance, and sophistication, the award-winning Odyssey minivan enters the new model year with some additional refinements. For 2007, the Odyssey adds a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a center pocket coin holder and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on all trim levels. Additionally, Nimbus Gray Metallic and Dark Cherry Pearl have been added as new exterior colors.
'The Odyssey delivers rational attributes like class-leading safety and versatility,' said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 'But many minivan buyers also want an engaging driving experience and the Odyssey is the most fun-to-drive minivan around.'
The Odyssey has earned a 'Best Pick' rating from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in it's frontal offset crash test, and has collected numerous top industry accolades including Consumer Guide's '2006 Best Buy,' Money magazine '2006 Best Minivan' and Kelly Blue Book '2006 Best Resale Value,' as well as a top rating in its class in the Ú.S. EPA's '2006 Fuel Economy Guide.'
In keeping with Honda's industry-leading 'Safety for Everyone' initiative, all Odyssey models come equipped with a comprehensive list of advanced safety features including anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist(TM) (VSA(R)) with traction control; front side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side curtain airbag protection (with rollover sensor) for all three rows; and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags. The Odyssey also incorporates Honda's exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) Body Structure that provides enhanced occupant protection in a frontal collision.
Other advanced technologies available in the 2007 Odyssey include Variable Cylinder Management(TM) (VCM(TM)) cylinder deactivation technology that cuts three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising for improved fuel economy; Honda's DVD Entertainment System featuring a large 9-inch video screen, integrated remote control and wireless headphones with Personal Surround Sound technology; and Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM) with expanded voice recognition capabilities and exclusive features like Zagat Survey(R) restaurant guide information.
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All Odysseys come equipped with a long list of standard comfort and convenience features including remote keyless entry, power windows with auto-down driver's window, dual power mirrors, rear privacy glass, independent front and rear air conditioning, second row power windows, 60/40 split folding 3rd row Magic Seat, Maintenance Minder System(TM), in-floor storage, cruise control and Immobilizer Theft Deterrent System.
VMI Introduces the First Wheelchair Accessible Honda Odyssey Minivan Conversion
VMI today announced it has begun sales of the first wheelchair accessible Honda Odyssey with the Northstar conversion. The company has completed all design, engineering and validation processes with the Honda Odyssey, which is their latest lowered floor side-entry minivan conversion. VMI has more than 150 authorized dealers who have been certified to sell and service the Honda Odyssey with the Northstar conversion.
The Honda Odyssey has earned many significant automotive awards, including the IntelliChoice 'Best Overall Van Value of the Year' and 'Best Overall Minivan of the Year.' The VMI Northstar system is considered the highest-ranked lowered floor side-entry minivan conversion for both quality and reliability, and is time tested with more than 12 years in service. By taking the best-in-class minivan and modifying it with the finest conversion available, VMI is delivering the best of both worlds.
'Honda is a recognized leader in the automotive industry in quality, resale value, and ride and handling,' stated Doug Eaton, President and CEO of VMI. 'The Odyssey is the benchmark of product quality in the minivan segment and it strengthens our product lineup. We believe the accessibility of the Odyssey will achieve the level of performance that demanding Honda customers expect.'
'The agreement between Honda and VMI extends the reach of Honda, making Honda derived vehicles more accessible to more customers than ever before,' said John Watts, Honda product planning manager. 'Honda is a mobility company at its core, and offering wheelchair accessibility is consistent with our philosophy.'
The Honda Odyssey with the VMI Northstar conversion offers more interior room than any other wheelchair accessible premium minivan on the market allowing for maximum wheelchair maneuverability. The floor is lowered 11 inches to enhance driver line of sight and provide generous headroom.
Other standard features on the Honda Odyssey with the VMI Northstar conversion include a powered in-floor ramp with non-skid surface for unrestricted entry and exit. The PowerKneel(TM) System automatically and gently lowers the vehicle to decrease ramp incline and increase accessibility. The low 8 degree ramp angle provides an almost effortless entry into the minivan and the shorter ramp length allows for parking in tighter places.
VMI purchases the vehicles from Honda, and then modifies them on a new assembly line at its Phoenix based facility. The first Honda Odyssey Northstar conversion vans began shipping to Mobility Dealers nationwide on October 10th.About VMI
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Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 244 hp
Torque: 240 ft-lbs
Founded in 1987, VMI is a manufacturer and distributor of the most reliable, highest quality and most easily accessible transportation in the world. Their full line of products include domestic and import minivan conversions, full-size van conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair lifts and transfer seats. VMI's mobility products enable consumers to travel with comfort, convenience and peace of mind.