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AutomobileJapanApril 24, 2003
Honda Updates its "Vamos" Small Utility Vehicle adding "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. Boasting further improved equipment and quality, the new models will be available at Primo dealerships throughout Japan 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 Hobio L Type
Vamos L Type     Vamos Hobio L Type


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 cafes, restaurants and lodging facilities accepting pets as well as ideas from other registered members on traveling with their favorite pet. (, 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
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