The resurrection of the Odyssey? Honda Australia opens new competition for Kia Carnival and Hyundai Staria

The Honda Odyssey Australia may be nearing completion, with the last remaining new models expected to be sold by the end of the year, but the brand is open to returning to the mover category in the future.

Talking to car guide At the launch of the new generation of the HR-V, Stephen Collins, president of Honda in Australia, said the brand would “completely” reintroduce the nameplate if a proper new version appeared.

“If there’s a model available to us, sure,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, now, it’s not there.

“I think on average if you spent the entire Odyssey lifecycle, we were probably doing 120 a month or something a month — with ups and downs.

“It’s a small but stable slide, but we love that car.”

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The history of the Australian Odyssey is a bit complicated, as there are actually two versions of the car globally – one produced for and for the North American market, and the other for the rest of the world.

Honda Australia had access to the latter, which was produced in Japan, but with the discontinuation of manufacturing, the domestic division lost access to its competitor Kia Carnival.

However, this fifth-generation Odyssey is still taking off in China, as it was built in Guangzhou for this market, while the platform is also used in the Elysion jointly produced with Dongfeng.

Meanwhile, the US Odyssey continues to be built in Alabama, and differs from the global version in that it wears a unique design, and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine paired with a 10-speed automatic — an engine shared with America’s Honda. Models such as Passport, Ridgeline and Pilot.

The last generation Odyssey was launched in Australia in 2014 and was the leading model in its class for that year, accounting for 26.6 percent of volume (2,552 sales).

However, sales only peaked the following year in 2015 at 2,836, as the new third generation Kia Carnival debuted with immediate commercial and critical success.

Honda Odyssey sales began to decline, and last year it recorded 1,143 new records compared to the Kia Carnival which achieved 5,862 sales after its launch in the new generation form.

However, Mr Collins said the Odyssey board was still important, and that the decision to discontinue the form was out of the Australian division’s control.

“I’ve been to Honda twice actually; I remember the first time I launched the original Odyssey and it was at the time a very cool car.”

“We are disappointed [we had to discontinue the Odyssey].

“I guess forever and today we were alone [buyer] Number one is a prime mover of people, so unfortunately, that’s just a function of a global decision.”

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