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Honda Releases Video Revealing New Interior Design Philosophy

Honda previews new interior design philosophy for future Honda models

Simplicity and “something” concept serves as a guidepost for the future of Honda design

New approach inspired by Honda’s classic human-centered interior designs with uncluttered and expansive outward visibility

 

Markham, ON. April 26, 2021 – In a video released today, Honda showcases a new interior design philosophy that will shape the interior design of future Honda models. Johnathan Norman, Creative Lead for Honda Interior Design in the U.S., provides insight into the new philosophy behind the interior design direction.

 

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=bKuuV8w4G0Y

 

Inspired by the classic human-centered designs of early Honda vehicles, the brand’s new simplicity and “something” philosophy helps enhance the driving experience by eliminating complexity and advancing the user experience through thoughtful and pleasing design elements.

 

The new design philosophy features a renewed focus on Honda’s classic “Man Maximum/Machine Minimum” approach that maximizes cabin space, while minimizing space required for mechanical components.

 

“Simplicity in design requires not only a strong philosophy, but a discipline toward the user experience,” said Norman. “We’ve heard from designers working for other brands who say they were inspired by the simple, human-centered design of old Hondas. Well, so are we!” 

 

For Honda, this means interior design is about the people inside the vehicle, leading to interiors free of visual clutter with a focus on thin pillars, a low cowl and a large greenhouse for excellent visibility, enabling the driver and occupants to see the road and the environment around them. 

 

The “and something” is the personality and character of the design meant to invoke a positive emotional response from the driver and passengers, expressed through design details such as the careful knurling of a knob or charm of a material.

 

Norman notes the “simplicity” philosophy will be the design language of Honda, while the “and something” is the personality and appeal unique to each model.  “We are pursuing this design language with the new Hondas we’re designing in the studio now,” he said. “It’s our ‘simple’ approach to design with the ‘and something’ that will help differentiate each product and make your future Honda vehicles something you want to drive and are excited to use.”

 

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Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969 and is the parent company for both Honda and Acura vehicle brands in Canada. Since 1986, the company has produced Honda engines and more than nine million cars and light trucks at its Alliston, Ontario manufacturing facilities, where the Honda CR-V and Honda Civic are currently built. Honda Canada has invested more than $4.7 billion in Canada, and each year it sources nearly $2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than five million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada. For more information on Honda Canada, please visit www.hondacanada.ca.