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Honda to Begin Sales of New N-VAN

[24th Jan, 2019]

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin sales of the N-VAN, a new van-type mini-vehicle. Striving to develop a model which will set a new standard for van-type mini-vehicles, Honda developed the N-VAN by closely studying the everyday lives of working people and pursuing high usability for various type of jobs/businesses as well as outstanding driving and safety performance. The Honda N-VAN lineup includes G and L types, which pursue functionality as a “tool,” as well as the +STYLE types for which individual characteristics were highlighted by an interior with a highly visual and tactile quality, a number of useful features and a broad range of body colors.

N-VAN is expected to be used not only for commercial/business purposes but also to fulfill various other needs. While utilizing the platform of Honda N-BOX to the maximum extent,N-VAN pursued what users expect of a van-type mini-vehicle – with a large cargo space and highly efficient loading/unloading. In addition to the rear seats, the passenger seat also features a dive-down mechanism which enables a flat floor cargo area that extends from the tailgate all the way through the rear seat to the front passenger seat area. Moreover, Honda’s original “center tank layout”, which places the fuel tank underneath the front seats, enabled a low-floor cargo space which enables N-VAN to accommodate tall cargo items.

All N-VAN types feature the Honda SENSINGTM suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Moreover, the use of lightweight and high-rigidity materials contributes to the high passive safety performance of the N-VAN. The front passenger (left side) door and left-side sliding door adopt a “door-in-pillar” structure, which functions as a center pillar when the doors are closed, resulting in passive safety performance that is equivalent to body construction with pillars that are secured.



Key features of the N-VAN:

1. The low floor of FF platform and the dive-down passenger seat created a large cargo space.

2. Based on the platform which was newly-developed for the N-BOX, the new N-VAN was designed especially for commercial use. The low floor realized through the combination of the FF platform and the Honda’s patented center-tank layout packaging technology enables N-VAN to feature a large cargo space which also offers ample vertical space.

3. A dive-down mechanism was adopted for the front passenger seat in addition to the rear seats, so that the passenger seating area can be used as cargo space. This created an extensive cargo space with a flat floor from the passenger seat area all the way to the tailgate, making it possible to accommodate long cargo items.



Driving Performance:

Excellent driving performance, occupant comfort, and fuel economy were realized to ensure stress-free transportation even while the vehicle is fully loaded:

1. In consideration of load carrying and usage patterns unique to van-type vehicles designed for commercial use, the engine for the N-VAN was optimized based on the high-efficiency engine adopted by N-BOX. The N-VAN engine generates high torque even within a low-speed range, yet achieves excellent fuel economy.

2. As for the transmission, most N-VAN types offer a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT). While achieving both high driving force and excellent fuel economy, both required for vehicles designed for commercial use, N-VAN also realizes smooth driving and excellent quietness which was inherited from Honda’s passenger car models.



Safety:

1. All types of N-VAN feature Honda SENSING as standard equipment.

2. The N-VAN became the first van-type mini-vehicle to adopt the Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. All types of N-VAN features Honda SENSING, which includes eight basic functions as well as the function to prevent false backward starts and Auto High Beam headlights, as standard equipment.



Body design for the high-level collision safety:

In order to realize pillarless body construction for the front passenger side (left) side of the vehicle, the “door-in-pillar” structure, which incorporates the center pillar function into the doors, was adopted for the front passenger door and left-side sliding door. When those doors are closed, passive safety performance equivalent to body construction with pillars will be secured.