|Honda Introduces Sporty & Stylish New "Stream" Minivan|
|Tokyo, October 26, 2000 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of its new "Stream" minivan, for sale by all Honda automobile dealers on October 27, 2000(*1). The Stream takes advantage of Honda's latest flat-floor and low-center- of-gravity packaging techniques to achieve a cabin interior capable of comfortably seating up to 7 adults, while at the same time ensuring a high-level fusion of stylish exterior appearance and sporty driving performance.
The Stream has been developed to achieve a " new value 7-seater" concept that Honda hopes will spur an appreciation for the all-new possibilities contained in 7- seater minivans. Development was based on three themes: 1) "a design anticipating the style of a new century", 2) "sporty performance even for personal use", and 3) "an innovative new approach to minivan interior space comfort and refinement".
(*1) 2.0-liter 4-wheel drive model to be launched January 18, 2001
Based on the same "global compact platform" used in recent Civic models, the Stream takes advantage of flat-floor and low-center-of-gravity packaging techniques not found in other minivans to achieve the kind of driving and handling performance, utility, and comfort characteristic of sedans. Safety features include Honda's G-CON technology, which allows the Stream to meet the world's highest collision safety standards, as well as pedestrian-protecting designs and technologies that augment the minivan's excellent overall safety performance.
The Stream is powered by Honda's new DOHC i-VTEC engine (the first of Honda's new "i-Series" generation of more "intelligent" powerplants) that takes aspects of engine performance including good fuel economy, cleaner emissions, and enhanced driving enjoyment to even higher levels than ever. Powered by the DOHC i-VTEC engine, the Stream achieves the class-topping fuel economy of 14.2km/liter while also earning recognition for environmental friendliness in the form of the Japanese Ministry of Transport's "Low Emissions Excellence" award for all types.
The name "Stream" in English suggests the idea of "flow", including the ever- changing flow of the trends and fashion according to the times. This name was chosen to suggest the creation of a completely new style of 7-seater minivan that is ideally suited to the changing new needs of the 21st century, and that is characterized by an elegantly flowing, low-center-of-gravity design that both anticipates the way the vehicle will drive and suggests a high-level fusion of style, comfort, and driving performance unachieved in any previous minivan.
Primary Features of the Stream
2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine
A newly developed 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine combines Honda's original VTEC (Variable Timing Electronic Control) technology with VTC (Variable Timing Control) to achieve highly intelligent engine performance. (*2) Other features including a variable-length intake manifold system, a rear dual exhaust system, a lean-burn NOx-adsorbing catalyzer (front-wheel drive version), and a lower secondary balancer combine to help the engine realize high power output (113kW) 154PS (front-wheel drive version), good fuel economy (14.2 km/liter), cleaner emissions, and quiet operation, not to mention powerful acceleration and sporty running. Further, a newly designed engine structure has allowed the engine to be made approximately 10% more lightweight and compact than Honda's conventional 2-liter engines.
1.7-liter VTEC engine
Honda's VTEC mechanism closes off one intake valve on each cylinder during low- and mid-range engine speeds to achieve high fuel economy 14.2 km/liter (front-wheel drive version). Moreover, the engine is also designed to maintain strong torque that contributes to highly responsive handling.
(*2)VTEC varies how much and for how long the valves open. VTC uses a hydraulically controlled actuator gear on the intake camshaft to vary exactly when they open (their "phase") based on information from electronic driving- condition sensors.
Electronically Controlled 5-Speed Automatic Transmission +S-Matic
The 5-speed automatic transmission is the first in its class (5-number,3-seat- row, 2.0 liter), to also offer an "S-Matic" sequential mode that allows the driver to enjoy the feeling of manual shifting when desired, realizing a high-level integration of constantly smooth shifting and highly responsive performance to match a wide variety of driving conditions. Also, a newly developed ultra-flat torque converter and other features ensure highly efficient transmission performance that contributes to the Stream's high fuel economy.
Electronically Controlled 4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Transmission includes an active-lock mechanism that ensures good torque performance while also helping to maintain high fuel economy.
(*3)4-wheel drive versions use a 4-speed automatic transmission with S-Matic
(*4)Collision vehicle: up to 2-ton class passenger car; mutual collision speed: 50km/h; offset: 50%