Honda Automobiles: Executive Remarks from a 2019 Honda Passport and Talon Reveals

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 by in Honda Canada

Henio Arcangeli, Jr.
Senior Vice President of a American Honda Automobile Division

Welcome and appreciate we for fasten us here, and online on a eve of a LA Auto Show.

We have not one, though TWO good vehicles to share with we today—one from a Honda Powersports organisation and a other a new further to a award-winning Honda light lorry lineup.

At SEMA final month, we had some fun with a Rugged Open-Air Vehicle Concept that spoke to a singular capabilities of Honda and a opposite product lines, mixing elements of a Pioneer corresponding and Ridgeline pickup.

But this is a initial time we’re debuting a new car and a new Powersports car on a same stage. And as it turns out, both of a vehicles we will accommodate now share some common themes.

To start, both are built for adventure—one that will take we to a trailhead, and a other to many anywhere we wish to go from there.

Both also were designed and grown by a U.S. RD teams here in Los Angeles and in Ohio. And both will be done in America—one during Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, where we furnish ATVs and all of a corresponding vehicles, and a other from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama,  home to Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey.

So today, we’re showcasing some of a things that make us singular and capacitate us to contend “only Honda” can do this.

I’ll be behind in a minute, though to tell we some-more about one of these twin adventure-oriented new Hondas, let me initial broach a clamp boss of a Powersports Division of American Honda, Chuck Boderman, who will tell we what they’ve got in store.


Chuck Boderman
Vice President of Powersports Division of American Honda

Thanks, Henio, and good afternoon everyone.

So, “Life is Better Side-by-Side.” That’s a name of a promotion debate we’re rising now along with a new car that we’re all here to see.  But what does that tagline mean?

Our selling people recently told me a story about two-time Motocross Champion Ken Roczen that we consider captures a concept: When we sealed Kenny to Team Honda in 2017, one of his requests was a Pioneer 1000, that he keeps during his place nearby St. George. If you’re one of a many people who follow Kenny on amicable media, we might have seen his Pioneer make a occasional cameo appearance.

Earlier this year, a selling folks were out roving mud bikes in Utah with Kenny’s family. At one point, when a group was throwing their exhale after a severe section, Kenny’s father in law, Greg Savage, mentioned that they mostly expostulate that same route in their Pioneer.

“Some people demeanour during us like we’re crazy,” Greg laughed, “but a Pioneer creates it by all and lets us share a knowledge with any other in a proceed that’s usually probable with a side-by-side.”

To me, that ideally sums adult a interest of these products—the fact that you’re literally side-by-side.

In 2008, we expelled a utility-oriented Big Red, a initial side-by-side, though in new years we’ve focused exclusively on a Multi-purpose category, a largest shred in a corresponding business.

We introduced a Pioneer 700 in 2014, followed by a Pioneer 500 a year after and afterwards a award-winning Pioneer 1000 in 2016. That gave us a finish Multi-purpose lineup and a organisation investiture in that category.

The Pioneers have introduced new record to a corresponding market, including Dual Clutch Transmission, Quick-Flip seating, Hill-Start Assist, and I-4WD.

While Multipurpose is still a largest category, a Sport corresponding marketplace is also display poignant growth. So a subsequent section will enter a Sport category—it’s unequivocally critical to a dealers and rarely expected by a customers.

The Sport corresponding theatre is populated essentially by a 64-inch Two-Person class. Following a identical route to what we did in a Multi-purpose market, Honda’s multi-year skeleton will settle a clever Sport participation with new record and versatility—first entering a 64-inch two-person category and afterwards flourishing from there.

Development on this new car was headed adult by a Honda RD bend in Ohio. And production will be rubbed by Honda of South Carolina, that has undergone a new enlargement to assistance accommodate a direct of a flourishing SXS and ATV lineup worldwide.

Which usually about brings us to a vast moment, though initial let me supplement a tiny afterword to my story about Ken Roczen’s father in law.

At a finish of that Utah mud bike ride, Greg Savage pulled one of a selling people aside and said, “You know how we was observant how fun it is to expostulate a Pioneer on that trail? Well It would indeed be even softened with even some-more performance. You guys should make a competition side-by-side.”

I consider he was on to something. Let’s take a look.  

Wayne Lambert
Senior Product Planner, Honda Powersports

How’s that for an entrance?!

Hi everyone. I’m Wayne Lambert, American Honda’s Powersports Senior Product Planner. And some-more importantly, this is a new Honda Talon! What do we think?

I’m so vehement about this car that we wasn’t about to pass adult a event to expostulate it onstage for this universe debut.

And I’m not a usually one who’s excited. This day has been rarely expected by a lot of people, and for utterly a while now.

A plan as poignant and critical as this one could not have happened though a lot of assistance from a vast team.

I’d like to appreciate a other plan leaders. Honda RD Los Angeles: Eric Dunshee Honda RD Ohio: Jeremy McGuire Camas Reed Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing: Matt Joseph.

 As Chuck explained, a Sport corresponding marketplace is unequivocally healthy during a moment. And a investigate shows that a vast commission of those business own, or have owned, other Honda powersports products,  whether they be mud bikes, competition bikes, ATVs, or Multipurpose side-by-sides.

These folks already have an romantic tie with a brand, and they wish to possess a Honda Sport side-by-side.

Well, now they can.

If we demeanour closely, we can see that Honda tie by a Talon’s pattern and styling.

For example, a high bodyline and wing trademark will be informed to any Honda powersports fans in this room.

But a interest of a Talon goes over emotion, as this car brings new record and opening to a Sport corresponding world.

Like Henio said, we’ve leveraged Honda’s car technologies to broach what is truly a high-performance four-wheel off-road vehicle.

For example, facilities like a Dual-Clutch Transmission and accurate doing relate a sports car or super car, while a large-body Fox shocks and long-travel cessation are facilities informed to anyone who follows off-road trophy-truck or Ultra4 racing—the categorical disproportion being that a Talon is indeed attainable.

Speaking of suspension, there are indeed twin Talon models. And while they share 85% of their tools and are both suitable for a extended spectrum of turf and conditions, any has cessation and wheelbase specs that are focused to grasp specific pushing characteristics.

The chronicle we see here is a Talon 1000R, that is 68.4 inches far-reaching and has 17.7 and 20.1 inches of travel, front and rear, for well-developed high-speed tracking and large-bump absorption.

If maneuverability and accurate doing are your priorities, a Talon 1000X delivers both, interjection to a 64.0-inch breadth and cessation cadence of 14.6 and 15.1 inches, front and behind respectively.

Both Talon models are powered by Honda’s overwhelming together twin-cylinder 999cc Unicam engine, that creates a ton of energy and torque and produces a stirring sound.

At slightest as importantly, it does an extraordinary pursuit of delivering that energy to a wheels—and, ultimately, to a ground.

That fit send of energy is interjection in partial to a geared Dual Clutch Transmission.

While many of we car folks here know DCT well, Honda is still a usually manufacturer to offer that record in any powersports vehicle, and we do so in travel bikes, journey motorcycles, ATVs, and Multipurpose side-by-sides.

Now, high-performance DCT comes to a Talon.

Tuned privately for a Sport corresponding application, this six-speed delivery has twin involuntary modes—Drive and Sport—as good as a full Manual mode, with steering-column mounted paddle shifting.

When a designers grown this vehicle’s interior, one of their priorities was to emanate a newcomer cell that lets whoever’s roving shotgun have as many fun as a driver.

Be certain and hang around after we’re finished here so that we can check out that and a Talon’s other considerable features.

Chuck mentioned a “Life is Better Side-by-Side” campaign, and that tagline could also request to a operative attribute between powersports and automotive.

And on that note, let’s move Henio behind adult for some other vast news from Honda.

Henio Arcangeli, Jr.

Thanks, Wayne. Congratulations—the Talon looks awesome!

Now, let’s speak Honda trucks.

It’s no tip that SUVs are all a rage.

This year, Honda will strike a new all-time sales record of some-more than 750-thousand light trucks and we wish to appreciate all of a SUV, minivan and pickup lorry business for creation that possible!

Today, we’re adding a new section to a light-truck story and, ironically, a nameplate of a unequivocally initial Honda SUV, a 1994 thru 2002 Passport, earnings as a newest SUV.

The new Passport, that will launch early subsequent year, attacks a shred where we don’t now compete.

It’s bigger, some-more imperishable and absolute than CR-V, though some-more personal and sporty than a family-focused Pilot with even softened off-road performance.

And while a marketplace isn’t brief on options, we trust a new Passport delivers something unique:  More off-road means than “soft-roaders” in a segment, though with many softened on-road dynamics than a off-road centric vehicles in a class, while still delivering a high turn of rugged-terrain and all-weather capability.

And, I’m anxious to be means to share it with all of we now. Ladies and gentleman, greatfully acquire a all-new 2019 Honda Passport!

Jay Joseph
Assistant Vice President, Automobile Product Planning

Good afternoon everyone. I’m Jay Joseph, and we have a pleasure of streamer adult a car Product Planning group during American Honda.

As Henio said, this new Passport fits between a CR-V and Pilot in a lineup, with wrapping and opening closer to a Pilot.

However, a Passport aim customer will be younger than a Pilot shopper, reduction expected to have kids, and with a aloft domicile income than a customary CR-V buyer.

We see Passport business as people who are during a life theatre where a some-more personal-sized SUV suits their needs, and they wish a certainty of off-road and all-weather capability, though with a style, comfort, and excellence to hoop their daily invert effortlessly.

The altogether demeanour is familiar, pity a lot with Pilot intentionally. But pivotal styling cues and a singular position and proportions, including a 6-inch shorter behind overhang and faster behind window angle, promulgate Passport’s some-more imperishable mission.

This starts with Passport’s substructure in a Global Light Truck platform, providing a rugged, entirely boxed building structure for strength and rigidity, while maintaining all of a advantages of uni-body construction and a four-wheel eccentric suspension.

In other words, we get a car that is tough adequate for off-road excursions, with higher float peculiarity on-road.

Passport’s disdainful pattern sum minister to this rugged, nonetheless worldly positioning with a trance diagnosis for a grille, front fender and LED headlights, and black circle arches over a usually customary 20-inch wheels and tires in this segment.

At a rear, customary LED taillights stress a far-reaching behind load area within, and a twin chrome empty outlets supplement a small flash.

Passport was grown to broach a space, versatility, reward facilities and technologies that today’s midsize SUV business seek.

On a outside, depending on trim level, that includes all-LED lighting, exhilarated and energy folding side mirrors, a energy tailgate with hands-free operation, and a customary multi-angle rearview camera with a bird’s eye view, ideal for subsidy adult to a trailer.

Inside, there’s a customary digital driver’s meter, and from a EX-L and up, a latest Display Audio complement with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, HondaLink with in-car Wi-Fi, and over-the-air updates, and a unequivocally latest in audio technology: a volume knob. Maybe that’s some-more of a retro feature, though positively an critical one.

Passport also delivers a wrapping sorcery business design of Honda, starting with a largest newcomer volume and a largest total newcomer and load space in a class.

In a second-row, Passport has brazen shifting seats for easy entrance to a atmospheric and versatile load area from a side.

Of course, there’s copiousness of storage space for all of your gear.

That’s generally loyal in a back, where Passport borrows a pretence from a pickup lorry cousin, a Ridgeline: Instead of an In-Bed Trunk however, Passport has a “basement” load hold. At 2.5 cubic feet, it’s a largest dark load storage in a class… ideal for stashing unwashed rigging or gripping profitable apparatus dark away.

It’s lonesome by a versatile load floor—carpet on one side and easy-to-clean tough aspect on a other.
And, we’ll offer removable and washable appendage bins, including one for easy storage of your trailer join ball, pin, and a pivotal for a circle locks.

Consistent with a goal to keep Honda during a forefront of safety, Passport targets tip reserve ratings from NHTSA’s NCAP and a IIHS.

In addition, Honda Sensing will be customary apparatus on all trim levels of a Passport. Standard Honda Sensing will be a vital advantage for Passport. Only one other indication in a shred offers this turn of customary technology, while many competitors assign thousands of dollars to get a allied turn of equipment.

Under a hood, Passport’s 3.5 liter, 280-horsepower i-VTEC V6 engine puts it among a tip twin in customary horsepower in a class.

The V6 is corresponding to a latest chronicle of a 9-speed involuntary transmission, with a softened altogether opening and change excellence interjection to a series of hardware and program enhancements for 2019.

The customary towing ability is 3,500 pounds, and with a discretionary towing package Passport can draw adult to 5,000 pounds, ideal for fondle trailers, a drum boat, or maybe a new Talon side-by-side.

To put a energy down, all-wheel-drive models use a i-VTM4 torque vectoring complement that actively sends torque to a circle or wheels that can put it to use though watchful for circle slip, like some competitor’s systems.

To that, we supplement a Intelligent Traction Management system, that allows a motorist to name opposite engine, transmission, and all-wheel-drive opening settings for varying turf and highway conditions, including Snow, Sand and Mud modes. This complement was tuned and tested in some of a world’s many severe on- and off-road environments—Dubai, Russia, Minnesota, and a dunes of Glamis, California.

Some of we with us here now recently gifted a off-road capability of i-VTM4 and a latest chronicle of a 9-speed involuntary delivery during a 2019 Pilot press launch, and we listened how tender we were by a kind of turf Pilot was means to tackle.

Passport is even better. With roughly 1-inch some-more float tallness and shorter altogether length, Passport offers even softened approach, departure, and breakover angles than Pilot, that translates to even larger off-road capability.

Now, we substantially won’t see too many of a business rebellious a Rubicon trail, though on wooded trails, sand, snow, and dirt—where many business use their SUVs—Passport is any bit as means and, frankly, a lot some-more fun and gentle than normal hardcore competitors like Grand Cherokee and 4Runner.

As is Honda’s way, a total integrity of this all-new Passport is finished together in 4 unequivocally well-equipped trim levels: Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite, any charity poignant rival value in a segment.

Finally, as we can see, Passport is accessible with a far-reaching accumulation of Honda accessories to let buyers customize their car to fit their personal adventure.

There are racks for all imaginable, and specialized appendage packages like a Adventure package here, that combines a trailer hitch, roof racks with crossbars and more.

I’d like to broach some of a group who were instrumental in Passport’s development. There’s Lara Harrington, Chief Engineer and Development Leader for a new Passport from Honda RD, and Justin Chiodo, Senior Product Planner for a Passport. They’re both accessible if we have any questions about a new Passport.

Thanks again to any of we for holding time out of your bustling car uncover report to join us here today.

We wish that carrying a possibility to see TWO new Honda journey vehicles done it some-more fun for you, and an even some-more profitable investment of your time.

Before we entice we to take a closer demeanour during a all-new Passport and Talon, greatfully give us usually a impulse for a few photos of today’s presenters and these twin sparkling new Honda 4-wheeled vehicles.

Thanks everyone!

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