2008 Honda Odyssey Showcases Freshened Styling with New Premium, Safety and Fuel-saving Features



    New, More Affordable DX Model Introduced for Canadian Families

    TORONTO, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - The significantly updated 2008 Honda Odyssey
minivan receives new exterior styling, a more fuel-efficient version of the
available Variable Cylinder Management(TM) (VCM(R)) i-VTEC V-6 engine, a host
of new premium and safety features. Exterior styling focuses on a bolder,
six-sided grille design and a front bumper fascia with crisp lines that add to
the vehicle's dynamic and premium appearance.
    New for 2008 is a Canada-exclusive Odyssey DX trim that provides minivan
buyers with high value, a fuel-efficient V6 engine, and a full complement of
safety features. With a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of
$31,490, the all-new 2008 Odyssey is designed to appeal to Canadian families
looking for optimum value at a more affordable price.
    "The award-winning Odyssey is regarded as the benchmark in Canada's
minivan category when it comes to moving the maximum number of people in both
comfort and safety," said Jim Miller, executive vice president of Honda Canada
Inc. "For 2008, the new DX trim is designed to provide added value for
Canadian families without sacrificing safety, fuel efficiency or content."
    New available premium features include Bluetooth(R) HandsFreeLink(R)
(standard on Touring); 4-way power passenger seat (standard on EX-L and
Touring); rearview camera display integrated into the rearview mirror
(standard on EX-L models); XM(R) Satellite Radio (standard on EX-L and
Touring); 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels (standard on Touring); and
memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down (standard on Touring).
    Interior styling receives updates in the form of new colours and textures
for the instrument panel, along with premium fabric for Odyssey LX and EX
seating surfaces. Further interior refinements include an additional storage
bin in the available 2nd Row PlusOne Seat(TM) (standard on all trims, except
DX), standard MP3/Windows(R) Media Audio (WMA) compatibility (CD-based), and a
standard auxiliary input jack.
    The Honda Odyssey achieves the highest 5-star crash safety rating by the
U.S. federal government for both frontal and side impacts. Active head
restraints, designed to reduce neck injuries in rear collisions, have been
added as standard equipment on all Odyssey trims. Odyssey recently earned the
U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK award for
2008, the highest rating possible from the nonprofit research organization.
    Known for its industry trend-setting One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd Row Magic
Seat(R), the Odyssey's innovative eight-passenger seating areas
(seven-passenger on DX) quickly and easily adapt between passenger and cargo
duties. The 2nd Row PlusOneSeat(TM) has been added as standard equipment to
the Odyssey Touring, replacing the standard removable center console, while
retaining similar functionality and adding a seating position to the
previously seven-passenger Touring model.
    Available premium features include Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation
System(TM) with bilingual voice recognition, an 8-inch screen and Zagat 
Survey(R) restaurant guide information, plus a Honda DVD Entertainment System
with a 9-inch screen.
    Determined by specific model, two engine variations exist. The 3.5-litre,
all-aluminum, SOHC VTEC(R) V-6 engine on the Odyssey DX, LX and EX produces
244 horsepower, and achieves a city/highway fuel economy rating of  13.3/8.5
L/100 km.
    The Odyssey EX-L and Touring models feature a 3.5-litre, all-aluminum,
SOHC i-VTEC(R) 241-horsepower V-6 engine with VCM(R) for enhanced fuel
efficiency with a city/highway fuel economy rating of 12.4/7.8 L/100 km.
    The new-generation VCM(R) provides the capability to selectively
deactivate either two or three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising
and deceleration (instead of three, exclusively). The Odyssey's new VCM(R)
engine expands the cylinder deactivation operating range, which helps to
increase fuel efficiency in a wider variety of driving conditions and speeds.

    
    Manufacturers Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for 2008 Honda Odyssey trims
    are:

    $31,490 - Odyssey DX     $40,590 - Odyssey EX-L
    $33,590 - Odyssey LX     $42,790 - Odyssey EX-L RES
    $36,990 - Odyssey EX     $48,890 - Odyssey Touring
    

    Honda is the world's preeminent maker of engines for automobiles,
motorcycles and power equipment. With 130 manufacturing facilities in
29 countries worldwide, Honda now attracts nearly 20 million customers
annually. Honda Canada manufactures the Honda Ridgeline and Civic, and the
Acura CSX and MDX at its two plants in Alliston, Ontario. A new, third plant
in Alliston, with the capacity to produce up to 200,000 efficient 4-cylinder
engines annually, is scheduled to open in 2008.

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