Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Honda Introduces Pet Friendly Cars

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Honda Motor Co. will unveil a minivan designed for dog owners later this month at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. [Update: Honda Dog Website Launched]

The concept car, currently being tested for consumer reaction, includes amenities like a built in dog dashboard carrier, washable seats, a third seat row that reconfigures into a holding pen for larger dogs, and tire treads shaped like paw prints.

Honda will also introduce the "Travel Dog" line of car accessories in Japan, including a $440 "pet cargo cover" that pulls out into a dog bed, according to the newspaper.

Source: "Honda Caters to Japan's Pet Population Boom," by Jathon Sapsford, The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 5, 2005

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