April 9, 2009
Dog Friendly Honda Element Concept SUV announced at the New York International Auto Show
Developed specifically for the Honda Element, the Dog Friendly components demonstrate the potential for a dedicated pet restraint system designed to meet the needs of dog owners. The Dog Friendly equipment is designed to accommodate the transportation of dogs in the second-row passenger seats or in the cargo area. The restraint system concepts were designed and fabricated by Takata Corporation, one of the world’s leading automotive safety systems suppliers, exclusively for display on the Dog Friendly Honda Element concept vehicle. For convenience, a ramp is included to help dogs access the rear cargo area. The ramp stores underneath the bed platform and can be conveniently accessed when the rear tailgate is down.
The Honda Element has long been recognized for its dog-friendly interior with an easy-to-clean urethane floor and expansive, flat cargo area (up to 74.6 cu-ft. with rear seats removed), wide-opening side cargo doors, low lift-in height, and accommodating dimensions for tall items. Powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, the Honda Element is available with either a 5-speed manual transmission (standard) or an available 5-speed automatic transmission. The interior provides seating for up to four people along with a cargo area that adapts to large items with its flip-up rear seats that fold flat, fold up and to the side, or can be removed altogether (64-plus seating arrangements). The Element EX has a water resistant urethane-coated utility floor that wipes down for ease-of-cleaning and seat fabric that resists moisture.