Honda is a key player in the United States' minivan market and potential customers will be pleased to learn its new 2011 Odyssey has started to roll off the assembly line in Lincoln, Alabama.
The Odyssey furthers its legacy in Alabama, having been solely built and assembled in the South since its third generation. Now entering its fourth incarnation, the Odyssey has been significantly revised for 2011 and will be at dealers nationwide in about four weeks. The Japanese automaker calls its new minivan an "American Odyssey."
"What a beautiful vehicle we have created together," said Art StCyr, the Odyssey's chief engineer. "It's called the American Odyssey because -- for the first time -- the Odyssey minivan was designed, developed, and manufactured in the U.S. What a great sense of pride that brings to all of us."
For 2011, the Odyssey is both longer and lighter. The 3.5-liter V-6 remains standard and the minivan is expected to hit a fuel economy target of 19 city and 28 highway mpg. The interior has been redesigned to afford more passenger space and features galore have made it into the cabin, including 15 cupholders, four electrical outlets, and a dash-mounted "cool box."
The Odyssey is currently Honda's fourth bestseller after tallying 71,584 units sold for the year, trailing the Accord, Civic, and CR-V.