Minivan is a high-capacity passenger car. Usually they are equipped with three rows of seats. Their body is noticeably higher and larger than that of a passenger car. The number of passengers that a minivan can carry is eight. Today, such cars are equipped with an attractive design and a decent set of options. They are chosen by large families and those who need large amounts of luggage space. Honda Shuttle minivans and other models of this manufacturer are a prominent representative of cars of this class.
A Brief History
The first machines with a similar capacity were invented at the beginning of the First World War. The father of minivans is the Alfa 40/60 HP Aerodinamica, developed by the Italian company A.L.F.A. The first official minivan is the American Stout Scarab.
The most famous model with a similar body was the Italian Fiat Multipla. It is believed that he was ahead of his time. Mass buyers were not ready to purchase such machines in the 50s-70s of the twentieth century.
The real heyday of minivans came in the 80s and 90s. In pursuit of a buyer, large manufacturers are starting to manufacture minivans.Renault Espace, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Astro, Volkswagen Caravelle (T3), Toyota Model F, Honda Shuttle appear.
Honda Shuttle is a minivan class car with three rows of passenger seats, designed for the American consumer based on the European model Honda Odyssey. A distinctive feature of the car is the unusual transformation of the cabin. On the Honda Shuttle, the second and third rows of seats fold down to create a huge luggage space behind the first row.
Front wheel drive car. It was equipped with two types of engines. The first - a volume of 2, 2 liters. The second - 2, 3 liters. Gearbox - automatic. Equipped with air conditioning and an additional option in the form of cruise control.
Due to the extended body and 45-degree angled A-pillars, the car has excellent aerodynamic properties.
No matter how good this model was, it was not popular with buyers. In 1997, the manufacturer decided to reduce the number of models produced in Europe. A little later, production stopped altogether. It happened in 1999. It was succeeded by the Stream minivan, which entered the European market.
In 1987, Honda engineers create a new minivan based on the Civic model. Compared to previous versions, the Civic Shuttle has become larger and received an all-wheel drive system. Fog lights, an electric sunroof, a cassette recorder, an audio system appeared on the car,"kenguryatnik".
The model is completed with different motors. There is a volume of 1.3 liters with a capacity of 83 l / s and 1.5 liters, giving 100 l / s. The main working unit was 1.6 l, issuing 120 l / s.
The main distinguishing feature of the Honda Civic Shuttle from other models was its off-road qualities. During the development of the gearbox, another low gear was created, which is used as a replacement for the reduction gear in the transmission.
Until now, the Honda-Civic-Shuttle is sold with wild popularity, because it combines dynamics, versatility, practicality and excellent technical characteristics.
Honda Fit Shuttle
Continuing the development of minivans, in 2011 Honda launches the Fit Shuttle line, created on the basis of the most popular Honda-Fit hatchback. The machine is equipped with a working unit with a volume of 1.5 liters and a hybrid - 1.3 liters. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles are available.
Fit Shuttle is characterized by increased economy, large luggage space, ergonomics and excellent road behavior.
The car behaves well when driving on city streets. Meets the highest safety requirements. It is equipped with airbag kits, ABS, ESP.
The company was not limited to the release of these models. There are many more cars under the Honda logo that are worthy of the attention of buyers.