The Honda Odyssey is just about 25 years old, and Honda is celebrating its minivan's heritage for the 2020 model year. We got the non-sliding-door Odyssey for the first time as a 1995 model year minivan, and the nameplate has been sold uninterrupted since then. So what is Honda doing to celebrate? The Japanese brand is releasing a 25th Anniversary Accessory Package for 2020. The package will be available on every trim level of the Odyssey, and consists mostly of appearance items. You'll gain 25th Anniversary badging on the tailgate, front fenders, illuminated sill plates and on the key fob. Then Honda starts stacking on the chrome. There's a chrome roof rack, lower door garnish and rear bumper protector. If you want to spend even more, there are unique 25th Anniversary 19-inch wheels that can be optioned. The package costs $1,500 without the wheels, or $2,800 with the 19-inch wheels. It's available on every Odyssey trim level. There are other updates and changes for the 2020 Honda Odyssey beyond the 25th Anniversary pack. All Odyssey trims will now come with the 10-speed automatic transmission as standard instead of just the top two trims (Touring and Elite). Previous to the 2020 model year, the lower-trim (LX, EX, EX-L) Odysseys sent their power through a nine-speed automatic that has been eliminated from the Odyssey lineup. Every model will have Honda's start-stop system as standard now that the 10-speed is on every trim, too. There was no fuel economy difference according to EPA ratings, but we do enjoy using Honda's 10-speed automatic more than the nine-speed. Prices have gone up only slightly with the 2020 changes. A base LX now starts at $31,785 after the $1,095 destination charge. An Odyssey Elite with the Anniversary package and wheels will run you all the way up to $51,215. The increases are different depending on which trim you go for, but a 2020 Odyssey is as much as $530 more than an equivalent 2019 Odyssey. Keep in mind that you're getting a better transmission in 2020 for some trims, though. It's not a bad tradeoff for the few extra hundred dollars you'll spend. Honda says 2020 Odysseys should be rolling into dealerships tomorrow.
Some new Honda and Acura owners will now be able to have their Amazon packages delivered directly to their cars starting today. The company just announced a slew of compatible vehicles from the 2018 and 2019 model years that will be compatible with the service. Several other manufacturers offer the same thing — it's mostly GM and Ford vehicles, but some Volvos will also work. You'll need to be a HondaLink or AcuraLink subscriber for the service to function. That subscription costs $110/year, so it's not exactly cheap. The compatible Hondas include the 2018-19 Accord (including the Hybrid), 2018-19 Insight, 2018-19 Odyssey, 2019 Passport and 2019 Pilot. The caveat here is that you'll need to have the Touring or Elite trim of any of those vehicles. As of now, the Acura RDX in any trim is the only compatible Acura. This system works just the same as it does in other vehicles. You'll need to be parked within two blocks of your delivery address. Then the driver will locate your car, scan your package and unlock your vehicle. After placing the package in your car, the delivery person "requests" for the vehicle to be locked, which sends a notification to your phone confirming that your car is now locked with the package inside. There's a certain level of trust that's necessary to let a total stranger gain access to your car, but you don't have to use the service if you don't want to. That $110 for HondaLink gets you a bunch of other useful stuff like remote vehicle start, remote lock/unlock, stolen vehicle locator and speed alerts and geofencing for parents. All of that can be set from an app on your smartphone.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a relief package for the reconstruction of areas hit by torrential rain last month. About 110 billion yen, or some 950 million dollars, will be taken from a reserve fund in the fiscal 2018 budget.
Abe was speaking on Thursday at a meeting of the government's emergency task force on the rain-triggered disasters. Most of them were in western Japan.
Nissan has been a player in the electric car market for a long time and now after launching its revamped Leaf electric car, the company has decided to offer an all-in-one solar energy storage solution much like the one Tesla offers in the United States. The solution will be backed by Nissan’s xStorage home battery as part of the Nissan Energy Solar home energy scheme.
Tesla has long been selling its Powerwall batteries for home energy storage solutions and has recently been selling photovoltaic panels as well to provide a one-stop solution for those looking to switch their homes to solar energy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the complete 2018 TITAN and TITAN XD lineup, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. Pricing3 starts at $29,780 for the TITAN S Single Cab 4x2, $31,790 for the TITAN XD S Single Cab 4x2 Gas, and $37,340 for the TITAN XD S Single Cab 4x2 Diesel.
Lexus Europe has announced a new RX Sport package that brings blacked out details to the exterior:
The spindle grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, rear diffuser, and side mirrors have been given a piano-black finish to go with the new Sport badges on the front fenders. The handsome gentleman in the photos is not included.
NASHVILLE – Though winter officially doesn’t start until December 21, the 2018 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup will be ready for the worst the season can throw at it with the arrival of a new Snow Plow Prep Package. The package, which includes high-capacity, heavy-duty front springs, will be available this fall for use with a range of commercial and personal snow plows from five leading snow plow manufacturers: Boss, Fisher, Meyer, SnowEx and Western.
Canon has announced its PowerShot SX730 HS, the follow-up to the SX720. The SX730 has a 20.3MP BSI CMOS sensor, settled 24-960mm proportionate focal point, a 3" (non-touch) LCD that flips upward 180 degrees, too as Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.
The SX730 HS comes in silver and dark and will dispatch in June for $399.