Remarks by Takahiro Hachigo, President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and John Mendel, Executive Vice President, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
I wish to start by thanking a members of a media who comparison a Honda Ridgeline as a Truck of a Year. Ridgeline was combined by Honda’s RD and prolongation teams in America. Thank we for noticing their efforts.
This year outlines a 40th anniversary of a proclamation in 1977 that Honda would build products in America. We done this preference formed on a joining to build products tighten to a customers.
Last year, Honda reached a tellurian prolongation miracle of 100 million automobiles. And some-more than 65 percent of a vehicles Honda has sole in a U.S. in a whole story were done in North America. Last year, some-more than 96 percent of a vehicles we sole in a U.S. were done in North America.
In total, we now have 12 vital plants in a U.S. building cars and trucks, engines, transmissions, energy equipment, energy sports products, and even airplanes. Local automobile prolongation helped us grasp new sales annals in a U.S. for a 2nd true year. we wish to appreciate a business for a trust they place in Honda. This is a substructure of all we have achieved and is pivotal to a future.
Now, we am focusing Honda on dual pivotal passions we have followed given a association was established.
First, to emanate products that assistance people in their daily lives. Second, to yield a fun and leisure of mobility. You can see this instruction in a new products like a Civic and CR-V. This means a concentration on good styling together with a new tellurian height and turbo engine record to yield both a fun of pushing and superb fuel economy.
All of Honda’s tellurian models will follow this approach. For a future, we set a severe thought to make two-thirds of a tellurian sales from electrified vehicles by around 2030.
The Clarity array is partial of this plan. The Clarity Fuel Cell came to marketplace in a U.S. in December. This year, we will entrance a Clarity Electric and launch a Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in all 50 states.
To serve grow sales of electrified vehicles in further to a Accord Hybrid and Clarity Plug-in, I’m gratified to announce that Honda will launch an all-new, dedicated hybrid automobile subsequent year. This indication will implement a innovative 2-motor hybrid complement and will be done in a U.S.
As partial of a bid to allege foundation within a product lineup in a U.S., we also will start to request a 2-motor hybrid complement to a light lorry line-up. In fact, half of a all-new models we will launch in a entrance dual years will be electrified vehicles. So, we can call this a “Honda Electrification Initiative”.
Gas prices have reduced direct for hybrid vehicles in a U.S. But in a prolonged term, electrified vehicles are pivotal to a destiny of carbon-free mobility.
We also continue to allege a potency and opening of a gasoline models. This year we will deliver a new Honda-developed 10-speed involuntary delivery to be built here in a U.S. that provides softened fuel economy in newcomer cars and polished drivability in light trucks.
Today, we am vehement to exhibit a initial indication that will be versed with this new transmission.
Almost 20 years ago, as a growth engineer, we began work on a 1999 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey is now a many renouned minivan with American automobile buyers and we am unapproachable to deliver a all-new model. It was grown here in a U.S. and will be a 4th era to be built in America.
Ladies and gentlemen, a product combined to make each member of a family happy. The tellurian entrance of a all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey.
Well, as we can see, this 5th era of America’s best-selling minivan takes Odyssey styling to a new turn of sophistication and reward design.
Low, wide, with softened aerodynamics, a some-more neatly sculpted physique side and a uninformed new take on a signature lightning shaft belt line.
Under a hood is a new, direct-injected V-6 engine corresponding adult to one of dual new transmissions. As Mr. Hachigo said, this includes a first-ever Honda-developed 10-speed with tellurian prolongation being led by a delivery plant in Georgia. This all-new 10-speed will be creation a approach into countless Honda vehicles in a years ahead.
These new powertrains brew with a many some-more firm physique and a worldly new framework design, including some-more absolute brakes and an all-new behind cessation to make this a undisguised quickest, many fuel-efficient, best-handling and best roving minivan on a road.
Of course, there’s a whole lot some-more to a Odyssey story than usually a class-leading performance. This new Odyssey was designed around a needs of a family. In each component of a design, facilities and function, this new Odyssey is all about gripping everybody in a family happy.
To grasp that, we put a lot of strange meditative into this new Odyssey. But we began with an aged thought — that families need time to bond with one another. Our designers had a picture of a family campfire, with everybody means to join in a conversation.
One thing we found in a investigate was that a third-row users, typically a comparison kids in a family, felt left out. They like being in their possess space though still wish to be a partial of a conversation. In a identical way, relatives find it formidable in many minivans to promulgate from front to back. So we focused on cabin serenity and unequivocally prioritized first-to-third-row conversation.
So, we installed adult this new Odyssey with a whole horde of noise-defeating features, that we see listed adult here, giving Odyssey a undisguised quietest cabin in a class, bar none. Of course, we didn’t omit a complicated family’s need for new-age connectivity possibly nor their enterprise for increasing coherence for doing what minivan buyers do — hauling a family, a kids, their friends to school, a movies, a store and on family trips.
And we’ve installed adult this new Odyssey with new facilities and technologies that will also make it a many connected, gentle and stretchable Odyssey yet. Let’s take a look.
That’s a lot of creation packaged into a brief video, or into one vehicle. And we know a business are going to adore all this new Odyssey has to offer.
Finally, as we all know, reserve is a core care for minivan buyers and increasingly reserve is tangible not usually by a vehicle’s ability to strengthen a occupants in a collision though to equivocate accidents altogether.
With Honda’s repute as a reserve leader, we can gamble we’re again targeting tip NCAP and IIHS pile-up reserve ratings, aided by a ACE physique structure, accessible new LED headlights and stretched concentration of Honda Sensing technology.
For a new Odyssey, a Honda Sensing apartment will be offering as customary apparatus on EX and aloft trims, representing 95 percent of a sales mix. All Honda Sensing-equipped models will also underline Blind Spot Information and all models will have a multi-angle rearview camera.
Folks, this is one implausible new Odyssey, a Honda to keep everybody in a family happy!
And we demeanour brazen to pity even some-more about a new Odyssey in a days brazen including full specs and EPA fuel economy ratings.
Odyssey is designed, grown and built exclusively in America. And we have members of a Odyssey growth group with us today. Team, greatfully mount and be famous and appreciate we for doing your partial to keep Odyssey America’s best-selling minivan.
And to assistance us accommodate clever direct for all of a light lorry models, we’ve done a preference to pierce all prolongation of a Acura MDX from a Alabama plant to a
East Liberty Plant in Ohio, effective subsequent fall. The Alabama plant will concentration only on assembly direct for a Honda Pilot, Ridgeline and this all-new Odyssey.
Now, we wish to ask Mr. Hachigo to join me for a few discerning photos and afterwards we entice all of we adult for a closer demeanour during a all new Odyssey.