You know something’s up when a car manufacturer decides to leave out vivacious models in favor for a pair of dogs to showcase their new vehicle.
Honda’s Lego-looking Element SUV was on-hand at the LA Auto Show and instead of the traditional eye candy posing with the vehicle, they had Luna and Toby – a pair of dogs – posing for the cameras inside the Element’s innovative Dog Friendly System.
The Dog Friendly System, which is available for an extra $995 on any 2010 Honda Element, is, according to Honda, “a pet accommodation system designed to improve safety, comfort and convenience for dogs and their owners alike."
The DFS features, among other things, a nylon kennel, a ramp, a small 12-volt ventilation fan, a cushioned bed, a spill-proof water dish, seat covers, and rubber floor mats with a bone motif. In other words, it’s as close as you can get to a mobile dog palace.
We have to give credit to Honda for this brilliant new system, especially in a time where we’re all hesitant to bring our dogs along in our cars in the event that they mess the upholstery.
A short while back the Japanese automaker Honda announced that they would be making a Dog Friendly Element for fans of man’s four legged best friend, and it was on display at the Las Vegas convention Center amongst all the other Honda offerings. Knowing how much consumers are already spending on their pets, Honda modified a 2010 Honda Element transforming it into a pooch’s traveling palace. Starting at only $20,525 and just like the name suggests, this new Element is full of dog friendly features that are aimed at making everything from getting in and out of the Element, to riding in refreshed and relaxed comfort for that extra special furry member of the family.
The Japanese automaker Honda has just cooked up a new pet friendly Element for the U.S. market. The compact crossover is well known as a go anywhere do anything kind of vehicle, the car’s resilient interior allows you to play all day at the beach, store all your surf gear inside and simply hose out all the sand when you get home. Knowing how much consumers are already spending on their animals, Honda figured that the 2010 Honda Element Dog Friendly was the next logical step to winning over, over accommodating dog owners.
Starting at only $20,525, this new Element is full of features for man’s best friend. The entire cargo area behind the rear seats has been transformed into a pooch’s traveling palace. First of all Fido will be able to effortlessly enter and exit his new perch atop the back bumper via a very sturdy looking ramp that if wide enough could handle a wheelchair. Once inside the pup will ride on a plush foam cushion covered with a neat Dog Friendly Element print. In order to keep Rex cool Honda’s Dog Friendly engineers have built in a ventilation fan and to make sure that he won’t go thirsty they have come up with a trick dog bowl that ensures minimal spillage even around the hairiest of hairpins, guaranteed to keep that extra member of your family comfortable even on the longest of car rides.
The Dog Friendly Element is powered by Honda’s reliable 2.4 Liter i-VTEC four cylinder engine and shifted with a five speed automatic transmission that can send power to either the front wheels or with Honda’s Real Time 4WD power all four. The only thing left for Honda to install is a video monitor so that the passengers can check on the family pet while he is riding in his kennel on wheels. If you have any doubts about how safe this setup is you can rest assured that Honda has chosen the Takata Corporation to design the whole thing. Now you might be asking why is that name so familiar, if you have ever seen a racecar driver strapped in with a really cool looking green racing harness, those are Takatas.
Honda gave the Element a very mild restyle for 2009. Gone is the somewhat menacing grin from the front, and in its place is a happier look that’s more in line with its Pilot brother. The Element is on sale at a price starting from $20,175 for the 2009 Element 2WD LX.
All three Element trim levels (LX,EX and SC) are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 166 hp 4-cylinder engine available with either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed automatic transmission. Both the LX and EX have available all-wheel-drive.
Honda gave the Element a very mild restyle for 2009. Gone is the somewhat menacing grin from the front, and in its place is a happier look that’s more in line with its Pilot brother. It’s on sale today beginning at $20,175 for the 2009 Element 2WD LX.
The 2009 Element is powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC(R) 4-cylinder engine available with either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed automatic transmission. The Element LX and EX continue to be available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations, while the sport-tuned Element SC continues to be available exclusively in two-wheel-drive.
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American Honda will place three television advertisements during the broadcast of this year’s Super Bowl on CBS, the company announced today. Two fifteen-second Element advertisements, along with a thirty-second spot highlighting Honda’s position as the most fuel efficient car company in America are planned for the February 4th airing.
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The extremely versatile Honda Element SUV undergoes a transformation for 2007 with freshened styling, 10 more horsepower, new 5-speed automatic transmission (available) and extensive new standard safety equipment that includes side curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist(TM) (VSA(R)). An all-new sporty variation, the Element SC, also debuts with a sport-tuned suspension, "Street Custom" styling and premium features.
The substantially updated 2007 Honda Element LX and EX go on sale today with prices starting at $18,900, representing an average increase of just 2.7 percent or $572 on a sales weighted basis (not including the all-new Element SC), American Honda Motor Co., Inc, announced today. The all-new Element SC, which goes on sale September 28th, will start at $22,695. Destination and handling charges for all 2007 Honda models is $595.
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For the 2006 model year, Honda’s versatile and fun-to-drive Element adds the EX-P trim level to its already distinct and diverse lineup. The new EX-P trim is based on the existing EX trim level and adds body-colored painted side panels and door handles. Since its launch in 2003, the Element has become the new benchmark for functional and design in the light-truck arena.