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PRESS RELEASES Names Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX Best in Class for 2014

MARKHAM, ON (November 27, 2013) – The Acura MDX and the Honda Odyssey were chosen as “Luxury Midsize Utility of the Year” and “Van of the Year” by The panel cited the MDX’s blend of luxury comfort, technology and exhilarating dynamic performance in its decision, while the Odyssey impressed for a second year in a row with its exceptional fuel-economy, quality and safety.

New for 2014, the Odyssey includes a standard 6-speed automatic transmission as well as enhanced safety, styling, and revised electronic controls. Another favourite new feature is HondaVAC™, the world’s first built-in vacuum cleaner, which comes standard in the Touring trim.

The MDX was developed on an all-new platform for 2014, optimized in every respect for the needs of today’s luxury SUV buyers. Powered by a new 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 powertrain with fuel-saving technology, the MDX includes Acura’s signature technologies highlighting the synergy between man and machine.

“We are dedicated to providing vehicles that meet the needs of Canadians whether they’re looking for a quality family vehicle or luxury SUV,” said Dave Jamieson, assistant vice president, Honda Canada. “The 2014 Odyssey and MDX continue to set the benchmark in each of their segments and we’re thrilled to accept this recognition from”

Now in its fifth year, the’s annual Awards are selected by a judging panel of 10 voting journalists.  Scores are cumulated in 20 categories, ranging from Compact Car of the Year to Green Vehicle of the Year.

About the Honda Odyssey
The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan is refreshed with a host of powertrain, styling, interior, feature and safety upgrades, all designed to meet the needs of today’s families. Key changes to the 2014 Odyssey minivan include the addition of a standard 6-speed automatic transmission on all trims resulting in class-leading fuel-economy ratings for a V6 minivan, enhanced safety equipment, cleaner front and rear exterior styling, plus revised instrumentation and electronic controls. Additionally, Odyssey Touring models will now come standard with the much-anticipated HondaVAC™, the world’s first in-car vacuum cleaner, which allows customers the ability to quickly and easily clean-up dirt and debris from every corner of the minivan.

About the Acura MDX
The all-new 2014 MDX offers even higher levels of luxury comfort and quietness, together with exhilarating dynamic performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings, and advanced safety features, and an even more luxurious, technology-packed and versatile passenger cabin.  The MDX was developed on an all-new platform that is optimized in every respect for the needs of today’s luxury SUV buyers. Similar to its flagship sedan counterpart, the MDX harnesses a host of Acura signature technologies to deliver on Acura’s “Synergy between Man and Machine” product direction.

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About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 6 million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario, where the Honda Civic and CR-V models are manufactured.  Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.7 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.