Ted Pratt, Manager of Corporate Affairs and Communication for Honda, joined us with the brand new 2018 Honda Odyssey. The newest car made in Alabama features a uniquely versatile new Magic Slide Seat™ second-row seating system - easily reconfigurable for optimal passenger comfort, people- and cargo-hauling flexibility, and easy access to third-row seating – even when one or two rear-facing child seats are placed in the second row. It also includes CabinWatch™ and Cabin Talk™ – using an infrared camera, CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers both day and night via the 8-inch Display Audio screen. CabinTalk enables the driver to talk to second - and third-row passengers through the second and third-row speakers and wireless rear entertainment system headphones.
And it has a 10-speed Automatic Transmission - for upper grades an all-new, Honda-developed 10- speed automatic, the first of its kind in a minivan, providing more confident and refined performance. This is the second Odyssey to be designed, developed and manufactured completely in the United States. Through five generations, the Odyssey has evolved to meet the changing needs of American families. Odyssey has been the most popular minivan in America every year since 2010 and is leading again this year. Americans have purchased more than 2.5 million Odyssey minivans since its 1994 debut.
Yesterday, more than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, slated to go on sale this spring at Honda dealerships nationwide. HMA is the exclusive manufacturer of the family-friendly Odyssey – the most popular minivan in America in each of the past seven years. HMA is the sole production source of the Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck, which was named 2017 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. HMA also builds the Acura MDX luxury SUV and the V-6 engines that power each vehicle. The 2018 Odyssey is the fourth generation to be built in Alabama, and the second generation of Odyssey to be designed and developed in the United States.
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