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Automobile
Japan
April 24, 2003

Honda Updates its "Vamos" Small Utility Vehicle and adds "Vamos Hobio", and special "Vamos Hobio Travel Dog Version" to the Line-up

Tokyo, April 24, 2003 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today introduced its updated "Vamos" small utility vehicle. Now boasting further improved equipment and quality, it will be available at Primo
dealerships starting Friday, April 25. 

The "Vamos Hobio", featuring both a roomy interior and a hobby-oriented multi-purpose cargo area, has been added to the line-up for sale starting April 25. In addition, a special limited edition specifically designed for families with dogs, called the "Travel Dog Version", will be available starting Friday, May 9.

Vamos L Type

Vamos L Type

Vamos Hobio L Type

Vamos Hobio L Type

Monthly Domestic Sales Target: Series Total 4,000 units


Vamos
Major Areas of Enhancement

  New 12-inch aluminum wheel design (L Type)
AM/FM tuner and MD/CD player (with built-in clock) + 2 front tweeters and 2 speakers
(standard on L Type, Turbo*1)
AM/FM tuner and CD Player (with built-in clock) + 2 front tweeters and 2 speakers (standard
on M Type*1)
Radio wave-type keyless entry system with welcome lamp and new answering back headlight
function (M Type)
Newly designed seat and door lining material
4 new exterior colors (Purplish Blue Metallic, Brilliant White Pearl, Grace Silver Metallic,
Storm Silver Metallic) for a total of 10 colors to choose from
*1 Less Audio (2 front tweeters and 2 speakers only) option available

Vamos Hobio

Distinctive Features

High roof (105mm higher than Vamos) for increased cargo space
4 different types of reusable nuts and hooks (described below) are distributed on the sides and
floor of the cargo area to help owners arrange the space to best fit their lifestyles and hobbies.
28 "utility nuts" (32 on the Pro Type) are distributed around the cargo area sidewalls, allowing
the fitting of 6mm bolts without the necessity of perforating the body.
Attachment hooks are fitted in 4 locations for increased versatility. A wrench and a bag are also
provided.
Utility hooks that can be used as convenience hooks or rope hooks are fitted in 8 locations on
both L Type and Turbo models. These utility hooks are detachable and can also be exchanged
for utility nuts.
4 tie-down hooks are also fitted in the cargo area in order to hold in place heavier objects.
Wipeable mats for easy removal of dirt and stains are available as a factory option to protect the
cargo room floor and the back of the rear seat.
Water-repellant seat and door lining material
Presence-enhancing large-sized front grille and front/rear bumpers
Also available in commercial vehicle Pro Type version featuring a one-piece rear seat and a flat
floor cargo area

"Vamos Hobio Travel Dog"

Limited Edition

Based on the Vamos Hobio in both L Type and Turbo form, this model was developed from ideas
suggested by members of Honda’s "Travel Dog"*2 website community, featuring equipment
specially designed for dog owners and their dogs. Orders will be accepted over a limited period
of time extending to October 31, 2003.
*2 The "Travel Dog" website was created in November 2001 to help customers treat their dogs as full members of the family, including in regard to car use. This website provides information on cafés, restaurants and lodging facilities accepting pets as well as ideas from other registered members on traveling with their favorite pet. (http://www.travel-dog.com/, Japanese-language only)

Distinctive Features

・Wipeable door linings for easy removal of dog hair and saliva
・Wipeable mats for easy removal of dirt and stains
・Specially designed floor mats treated to fight bacteria, odors, and mites
・Rear heater to warm the rear seats efficiently in cold weather
・Tote bag for walking the dog
・Specially designed stickers
・Specially designed color-coded attachment hooks
・Specially designed color-coded utility hooks

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (excluding consumption tax, units of 1,000 yen)
Vamos

◎Type used in photo

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price x
1000 yen
 
M 3-cylinder 660cc
SOHC
5MT 2WD 1,124  
3AT 1,188  
5MT 4WD 1,244  
4AT 1,318  
L 5MT 2WD 1,204  
3AT 1,268
5MT 4WD 1,324  
4AT 1,398  
Turbo 4AT 2WD 1,408  
4WD 1,528  

*Brilliant White Pearl = + 20,000 yen
○Main factory options

  ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with Brake-assist and EBD(Electronic Brake Distribution) (M, L Types)

40,000 yen

Rear Heater (2WD)

20,000 yen

Less Audio (2 front tweeters and 2 speakers only) (M Type) - 15,000 yen
(L Type, Turbo) - 30,000 yen
S-package (black metallic center panel and assistant panel, checkered pattern, central control panel, checkered pattern meter panel, special interior color (classic grey), special seat color (black/pilled tricot), 3-spoke steering wheel, lowered suspension (front: - 25mm/rear: - 20mm), 13-inch aluminum wheels + 155/70R13 75S Steel-belted radial tires) (L Type, Turbo)

40,000 yen

 

Vamos Hobio

◎Type used in photo

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price x
1,000 yen
 
M 3-cylinder
660cc SOHC
5MT 2WD 1,134  
3AT 1,198  
5MT 4WD 1,254  
4AT 1,328  
L 5MT 2WD 1,224  
3AT 1,288
5MT 4WD 1,344  
4AT 1,418  
Turbo 4AT 2WD 1,428  
4WD 1,548  
Pro
(4-number)
5MT 2WD 1,104  
3AT 1,168  
5MT 4WD 1,224  
4AT 1,298  

*Brilliant White Pearl = + 20,000 yen
*Pro (2WD 5MT/3AT, 2WD 5MT) models enjoy preferential tax rates as part of the low emission vehicle promotion program


○Main factory-fitted options

  ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with Brake-assist and EBD(Electronic Brake Distribution) (M、L, Pro Types)

40,000 yen

Wipeable mats (cargo area floor, rear seat backrest)

15,000 yen

U-package (3-spoke steering wheel, lowered suspension (front: - 25mm/rear: - 20mm), 13-inch steel wheels with center cap +155/70R13 75S Steel-belted radial tires) (L Type, Turbo)

30,000 yen

13-inch aluminum wheels (set with U-package) (L Type, Turbo)

30,000 yen

Less Audio (2 front tweeters and 2 speakers only) (L Type, Turbo) - 30,000 yen

Vamos Hobio "Travel Dog Version"

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price x
1,000 yen
L 3-cylinder
660cc SOHC
5MT 2WD 1,274
3AT 1,338
5MT 4WD 1,374
4AT 1,448
Turbo 4AT 2WD 1,478
4WD 1,578

*Brilliant White Pearl = + 20,000 yen
○Main factory-fitted options

  ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with Brake-assist and EBD(Electronic Brake Distribution) (L Type)

40,000 yen

U-package (3-spoke steering wheel, lowered suspension (front: - 25mm/rear: - 20mm), 13-inch steel wheels with center cap +155/7013 75S Steel-belted radial tires)

30,000 yen

13-inch aluminum wheels (set option with U-package)

30,000 yen

Less Audio (2 front tweeters and 2 speakers only) - 30,000 yen