The new 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan was launched at the New York International Auto Show, this week, and the car maker is adding an interesting new feature. Honda Odyseey minivan, besides the regular updates and features like a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 248 horsepower and 22 miles per gallon fuel consumption, the car comes with a built-in vacuum, the world’s first in-car vacuum.
This feature is called HondaVAC and it was developed in partnership with Shop-Vac. It is integrated into the cargo area, located in the right side. The system includes two attachments, a hose and different accessories, which can reach every corner of the car, even the driver’s seat.
The HondaVAC is powered by the Honda Odyssey Minivan’s battery and according to the company the vacuum can be used up to eight minutes when the car is pulled over.
This device will be standard for the most expensive version of the minivan, the Touring Elite, but it will come on all the versions later.
HondaVAC was created by Tami Giammarco, lead engineer of the van’s interior and the concept came when the daughter of one of his colleagues told her father that a vacuum cleaner is needed in the car, after the mess created in his van.
Honda Odyssey Minivan will be available on sale starting this summer, 2013. The car, Odyssey, is the third-best selling minivan in the United States, behind the Toyota Sienna and the Dodge Caravan.
Do you think that a built-in vacuum cleaner is a good idea? Should all cars include this feature?
You can watch the HondaVAC in action video below: