2018 Odyssey Begins Mass Production in Alabama
More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) 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 (1).
“This is a celebration for our entire Honda team of associates who have been committed to bringing an all-new, high tech, family-friendly Odyssey to our customers,” said Jeff Tomko, president of HMA. “I congratulate all of our associates for their commitment to quality for this new vehicle, which ushers in a new level of features and functionality with the goal of creating new value for our customers.”
HMA is the sole production source of the Odyssey minivan and Pilot SUV, as well as the Ridgeline pickup truck, 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 model built in Alabama, and the second generation of the Odyssey designed and developed in the United States.
HMA has made significant investments in new technologies to advance the performance, quality and value of the 2018 Honda Odyssey, including a new process for the installation of acoustic spray foam in 14 locations within the vehicle body, which helps deliver the best-in-class cabin quietness in the new Odyssey minivan.
On November 14, 2001, HMA began production with the second generation Odyssey. Since that date, HMA has built more than four million vehicles and V6 engines at their Lincoln, Alabama facility. The 2018 Odyssey is the fourth all-new model to roll off the production line at HMA in just the past five years.
About the Odyssey
For upper grades of Odyssey, the new 280-horsepower i-VTEC V6 engine provides +32 more horsepower compared to the outgoing model. It is also paired with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, which is the first of its kind for front-wheel-drive vehicles. It is produced exclusively at Honda Precision Parts Georgia in Tallapoosa, Georgia.
Through five generations, the Odyssey has evolved to meet the changing needs of American families. Odyssey has been the most popular minivan in America in every year since 2010, and is leading again this year (1). Americans have purchased more than 2.5 million Odyssey minivans since its 1994 debut.
The next generation 2018 Honda Odyssey brings a host of new features and technologies, including:
Magic Slide Seat
The uniquely versatile new Magic Slide Seat second-row seating system is easily reconfigurable for optimal passenger comfort, people and cargo-hauling flexibility. It allows for easy access to third row seating, even with one or two rear facing child seats in the second row.
Using an infrared camera, CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers day and night via an eight-inch display audio screen.
Using the second and third row speakers and wireless rear entertainment system headphones, CabinTalk enables drivers to talk to passengers in the second and third rows.
This downloadable app allows passengers to use their smartphones to control the rear entertainment system, rear cabin heat and air conditioning, and send destinations to the embedded Honda navigation system.
Display Audio Touchscreen
This touchscreen features the new, Honda-developed, Android-based operating system that has more intuitive menus and customizable apps and shortcuts. The eight-inch, high-resolution (720P) touchscreen interface serves as the nerve center for a multitude of new audio and telematics options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also includes a physical volume knob for improved usability.
Rear Entertainment System
With streaming video, second and third row passengers can enjoy the ceiling-mounted, 10.2-inch WSVGA Rear Entertainment System. It can use the available, new in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, your public Wi-Fi, or your cellphone data plan. A new “How Much Farther?” app lets passengers track the family’s trip progress.
Social Play List
As part of the CabinControl app, the Social Playlist operates like a virtual jukebox, allowing up to seven family members to upload their music choices to the audio system via their smartphones.
10-speed Automatic Transmission
For upper grades, the all-new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission is the first of its kind in a minivan, providing a more confident and refined performance.
For more information on the 2018 Odyssey, please give us a call at (866) 300-4805.
*(1) Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the minivan segment for 2010-2017CYTD March.