Honda will begin sales of a new compact minivan, named the Freed, in Japan on May 30, 2008. This new model fuses an easy-to-use and spacious cabin with stylish design. Special mobility assistive versions—Freed with side lift-up seat and Freed with passenger lift-up seat, also go on sale May 30, 2008—while a Freed wheelchair-accessible model will go on sale June 20, 2008.
Developed under the concept of "Freedom to create the perfect lifestyle," the Freed features Honda’s original low-floor and low-center-of-gravity technology, to achieve a compact body size that makes it easy to maneuver through city streets as well as a spacious cabin that enables adults to sit comfortably in all three rows. Honda developed this vehicle with the goal of creating a minivan that is comfortable and easy-to-use for every passenger and that offers new value by enabling customers to fully and freely utilize this vehicle in activities that meet individual lifestyles ranging from daily transportation to leisure time trips.
Three different versions are offered: the first seven-passenger vehicle in its class featuring captain’s seats in the second row; the first eight-passenger vehicle in its class; and a five-passenger type which offers a large, best-in-class cargo space. Moreover, for the first time in a registration-class Honda vehicle, wheelchair-accessible models are offered in addition to versions with a side lift-up seat and passenger lift-up seat. With the addition of these mobility assistive models, Honda positions Freed as a vehicle which fulfills the diverse needs of a wide range of customers.
Honda will unveil next week, on May 29, a new model for the Japanese market. Called Freed, the future model will take the wraps off the all-new Jazz / Fit based minivan.
Earlier reports suggested that the Freed will be able to accommodate eight passengers in three rows of seats. As for the engine range, don’t expect any surprises as the Freed will most probably be offered with the same units found in the new Jazz – Fit. Sales of the Freed will begin in Japan shortly after its public unveiling.
Sold exclusively on the Japanese automarket, the Honda Airwave received a new tuning kit from the well-known Japanese tuner, Mugen. The Mugen Airwave body kit consists in: a front sports grille, a front under spoiler which includes 2 stylish fog lamps, side skirts, rear under spoiler featuring an air diffuser with integrated stainless steel exhaust, rear wing spoiler, a Mugen side quarter emblem, ventilated visors, 15” aluminium wheels NR available in three different styles.
At the interior, Mugen added also a side brake cover, shift knob cover, under door garnish and aluminium sport pedals.
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