Honda reveals fifth generation of its Odyssey minivan in Detroit

The next-generation Odyssey brings a host of new features and technologies for 2018

DETROIT — The force was definitely with Honda at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in celebrating 40 years for building products here in the United States.

With a dozen plants at an estimated $17 billion dollars, Honda reached a global milestone of producing 100 million automobiles, as well as record sales for the second year in a row.  After 40 years, what has been the literal key to Honda’s longevity?

Customer trust as their foundation: developing products that will help people in their daily lives.

“For the future, I set a challenging goal to make two-thirds of our global sales from electrified vehicles by around 2030,” said Takahiro Hachigo, CEO of Honda Motor Co. “The Clarity series is part of this plan. The Clarity Fuel Cell came to market in the U.S. in December. This year, we will debut the Clarity Electric and launch the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in all 50 states. I’m pleased to announce that Honda will launch an all-new, dedicated hybrid vehicle next year. This model will utilize our innovative 2-motor hybrid system and will be made in the U.S.”

One of those products is the global debut of the 2018 Odyssey, the fifth-generation of best-selling minivans.  It all began with the old idea: families need time to connect.  Though wanting their own space, families still want to be part of the conservation.  With the Odyssey, Honda will still be keeping families happy.

“Odyssey is designed, developed and built exclusively in America,” said John Mendel, executive vice president at American Honda Motor Co. “We’ve loaded up this new Odyssey with new features and technologies that will also make it the most connected, comfortable and flexible Odyssey yet. For the new Odyssey, our Honda Sensing suite will be offered as standard equipment on EX and higher trims. All Honda Sensing-equipped models will also feature Blind Spot Information and all models will have a multi-angle rearview camera.”

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Executive Vice President John Mendel introducing the 2018 Honda Odyssey during the automaker’s press conference. (Garrett Godwin/AmericaJR)


It comes with advanced connectivity and entertainment with new Display Audio, CabinWatch, CabinTalk & streaming video with 4G LTE Wi-Fi. (Garrett Godwin/AmericaJR)


The new CabinControl app enables smartphone control of key vehicle systems, audio and rear entertainment features. (Garrett Godwin/AmericaJR)


A new 10-speed transmission joins DI V-6 engine in the powertrain lineup. (Garrett Godwin/AmericaJR)