The Honda Odyssey people-mover received a price cut over the weekend courtesy of the recently implemented Australia-Japan free trade agreement (FTA).
Australia’s top-selling family van in 2014 is now $1380 cheaper at entry VTi level, with a revised list price of $37,610 plus on-road costs. Meanwhile the VTi-L specification is now $1580 cheaper at $46,040.
Among the current crop of full-size people-movers, only the Ssangyong Stavic is cheaper than the Odyssey. The soon-to-be-replaced Kia Grand Carnival ($39,490), Citroen Grand C4 Picasso ($43,990), Hyundai iMax ($38,290) and Toyota Tarago ($48,990) are all pricier at base level.
That might be why the Odyssey outsold all rivals in 2014 with 2552 units delivered, a growth rate of 155 per cent and enough for 26.6 per cent market share. Its nearest rival, the iMax, managed 2137 units.
Here’s an interesting tidbit: we enquired if the FTA repositioning would affect Honda Australia’s other Japan-sourced models before realising there are no others.
The Accord Euro and CR-Z are now in final runout, the Jazz is made in Thailand along with the Civic sedan, City, Accord and petrol versions of the CR-V, while the Civic hatch and CR-V diesel are sourced from the UK.
Aside from pricing, there are no other changes to the Odyssey.
Both variants feature six airbags (including third row), three-mode reverse-view camera, daytime running lights, auto on/off headlights and cruise control with steering wheel mounted buttons.
The VTi features eight seats (2+3+3), cloth trim, a retractable third-row seat with 40/20/40 split fold, power sliding door with remote open/close for passenger side, two-speed intermittent windscreen wipers and rear window wiper, HDMI jack and two USB ports, Hill Start Assist, power windows with remote open and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The VTi-L adds a multi-view camera system with Smart Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System and Cross-Traffic Monitor. There are also second-row captain’s chairs with armrests and ottoman, dropping the seat count to seven. All seats are finished in leather-appointed trim and the front seats have heating.
Power for both comes from a 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder engine with 129kW/225Nm of torque matched to a standard CVT auto.
Honda Odyssey pricing (plus on-road costs):
- Odyssey VTi (CVT) $37,610 (-$1380)
- Odyssey VTi-L (CVT) $46,040 (-$1580)