When it comes to the minivan segment, the Honda Odyssey is a game-changer. With extremely thoughtful features like a rear-seat entertainment system, an in-van vacuum cleaner, and a 115V power outlet, there’s no doubt that this van is ahead of the curve. Yet, it’s about to become even more advanced, thanks to Honda’s investments in its northwest Georgia Plant.
When Honda’s Georgia plant receives $100 million in investments from Honda, it will be put towards developing the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles. The first vehicle to receive the new 10-speed automatic transmission will be the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Later, the same transmission will go into other Honda and Acura vehicles, but for now the Honda-engineered transmission is getting tested on the minivan.
So, why the change? The new 10-speed automatic transmission is expected to greatly increase fuel efficiency as well as acceleration. It should also change gears more quickly, making highway driving more productive and responsive.
Over 18,000 Georgians are employed at automobile factories of some kind. Honda’s new transmission isn’t just good for its lineup, but it’s positive for the job market, too. We can wait to test it out at Bryan Honda, and invite you to join us as soon as it’s available to test drive.