Honda Motor : to Begin Sales of New N-VAN
Striving to develop a model which will set a new standard for van-type mini-vehicles,
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.
Furthermore, for the first time for any van-type mini-vehicles*1, Honda N-VAN adopted the center-pillarless body construction which enabled a large opening on the front passenger side of the vehicle. Through this large opening on the side and the large tailgate opening, it becomes possible to make loading/unloading more efficient and smooth in different ways for various occasions.
In an effort to ensure occupant comfort even during long-distance driving or over a long time period, the development team pursued smooth acceleration and a comfortable ride with reduced vibration. Moreover, the team sought to achieve outstanding fuel economy at the top level in the vehicle class through various measures including the adoption of a high-efficiency engine and overall weight reduction. Furthermore, the driver's seat was designed in consideration of driving for longer time periods and frequent ingress/egress so that it contributes to the mitigation of a physical burden on the driver.
All N-VAN types feature the Honda SENSINGTM suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment.*2 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.
In conjunction with the start of N-VAN sales, an N-VAN customizing campaign will begin today at a special N-VAN website. For more details about the campaign, please access the following website: http://www.honda.co.jp/N-VAN/dream/
Among van/truck-type mini-vehicles.
*2A version without Honda SENSING also is available for all types except types equipped with a turbo engine. Honda SENSING for the vehicles equipped with a manual transmission does not include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), False Start Prevention and False Backward Start Prevention functions.
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Key features of the N-VAN>
The low floor of FF platform and the dive-down passenger seat created a large cargo space
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
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.
The efficiency of loading/unloading was improved by the 'double' large opening realized through the adoption of the pillarless body construction on the front passenger (left) side of the vehicle
In order to enable smooth loading/unloading from the front passenger side, N-VAN adopted the center-pillarless body construction for the first time for any van-type mini-vehicles.*1 This enhanced the usability of this vehicle in various occasions including the loading/unloading of long cargo items. Moreover, for customers who are planning to use this vehicle in creative ways such as a mobile store front for various businesses, depending on the idea, the large double (side and tailgate) openings can expand the vehicle's range of possible uses.
The cargo space is accessible from two large openings - a tailgate opening and front passenger side opening. The tailgate opening was made larger by the combination of the wide width of the opening and the low-floor design of the vehicle. These two large openings will help users to achieve high work efficiency in various environments/situations such as where they have to perform a task within a limited work space such as a busy street and tight space or when it requires multiple people to load/unload the cargo area.
Excellent driving performance, occupant comfort, and fuel economy were realized to ensure stress-free transportation even while the vehicle is fully loaded.
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.
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
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
Qualifies for the Safety Support Car (Sapo Car) S and S categories
1)Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
2)False Start Prevention*3
3)Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System
4)Lead Car Departure Notification System
5)Traffic Sign Recognition
6)Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
7)Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) *3
8)Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
9)False Backward Start Prevention
*3This function is not available for vehicles equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.
*4This function is not available for the G*Honda SENSING and L*Honda SENSING types.
*N-VAN types which qualify for the Safety Support Car S category: +STYLE FUN*Honda SENSING, +STYLE FUN*Turbo Honda SENSING, +STYLE COOL*Honda SENSING and +STYLE COOL*Turbo Honda SENSING
*N-VAN types which qualify for the Safety Support Car S category: G*Honda SENSING and L*Honda SENSING
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.
The structure which absorbs the impact of a collision was adopted in the front part of the body to mitigate the damage in the event of a collision. Taking advantage of the FF body form, collision stroke is secured in the space underneath the hood to protect pedestrians from a possible head injury. Moreover, a bracket is positioned on the bulkhead at the front edge of the high-rigidity front side frame to absorb the impact of the collision in order to protect pedestrians from a possible leg injury.
Driver's seat designed in consideration of long-time driving and frequent ingress/egress
In order to mitigate the physical burden of repeated ingress/egress on the driver, the low-floor design was adopted to realize smooth leg motions, and the seat height was set to the position where the requirement for up-and-down motions of the lower back are minimized. Moreover, by applying enhanced support on the lower back area of the driver, the seat enables the driver to maintain posture which will cause less fatigue during long drives.
To reduce wear and tear on the seat cushion fabric as a result of repeated ingress/egress, one piece of the fabric is used to cover the seat cushion from the sides to the bottom, eliminating seam lines. By minimizing the trigger points of wear and tear, the seat is more durable.
A version without Honda SENSING is also available for all types except types equipped with a turbo engine
*The price does not include insurance premium, taxes (excluding consumption tax) and cost related to vehicle registration.
*Based on the automobile recycling law in
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