Torrance, Calif., December 13, 2001 --- Honda will introduce an all-new sport-utility
vehicle called the Pilot, scheduled to debut in the summer of 2002. A pre-production
version of the new SUV will be unveiled at the North American International
Auto Show in Detroit next month, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced
Designed and built by Honda, the Pilot SUV aims to redefine the segment
by combining a highly versatile interior with up to eight-passenger capacity
with class-leading performance, functionality and features - including the
largest passenger and cargo hauling capacity in its class. In keeping with
Honda's commitment to safety and the environment, the Pilot will boast a
full compliment of leading safety and low emissions vehicle (LEV) performance.
"The new Honda Pilot will deliver a new level of SUV versatility, performance
and handling and combine it with the comfort, quality and refinement that
comes with being a Honda," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president
of American Honda. "Following on the heels of the completely redesigned
CR-V, the Pilot will give our customers two great new Honda sport-utility
vehicles to choose from.
Featuring classic SUV proportions, an advanced V-6 powertrain and sophisticated
four-wheel drive system, the Pilot SUV is designed to deliver its occupants
through all types of weather and road conditions in exceptional comfort,
confidence and safety.