• Feb 1, 2007
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Honda has come up with a special edition vehicle that combines my fascination with all things kei with my love for our canine friends. It's all uniquely Japanese of course, which makes it even better. Seriously, stuff like this is the reason I keep an eye on JDM happenings. Getting to the point, I'm referring to the newly released Honda Vamos Travel Dog edition.

The Vamos, for those of you unfamiliar with Honda's home-market offerings, is a kei-class minivan (that incidentally can be made to look unbelievably cool with aftermarket help). The Travel Dog edition equips it with several features that make it easier to accommodate your furry best friends when they're along for the ride.

What's it consist of? Follow the jump for more.

[Source: Honda Japan]


The Travel Dog package nets drivers eponymous decals on the rear quarters and tailgate, wipeable mats for the rear cargo floor and second-row seatbacks (if you have dogs, you understand how key this is), water-repellent and odor-resistant seat/door panel upholstery, a removable pet seatcover for the back seat, antibacterial and tick-resistant floormats (complete with pawprint pattern), and even a little travel tote for Rover's gear and snacks.

Only in Japan, folks. I await Mitsubishi's response. How about a full-on Hello Kitty cat-lover's edition Delica D:5 -- complete with litter box, cat trees, catnip tray -- the works. Let the JDM animal-car war begin!


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      G-man
      • 7 Years Ago
      i remember this on top gear. They hade so much fun of it and rightly so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks utterly boring. Where does anyone see the interest? Most van floors are washable and rubber mats are cheap. The upholstery may also be washable but it looks cheap. Where are the safety features for the dogs, for instance a back screen so puppies and young dogs they don’t come flying out when the back or front doors are opened? ? I don’t see much comfort or safety for the people either? Where is the fold-out spill proof water feature for long trips and hot days and for after romps?
      Doggy van ? HA ! Inexpensive…perhaps… but definitely cheap looking and I don’t see any reason to call it a doggy friendly. Fancy marketing to make up for cheap merchandise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We've been trying for years to get something like this to cope with human rug & dust allergies. It's a shame they do it for a dog, but not for people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We've been trying for years to get something like this to cope with human rug & dust allergies. It's a shame they do it for a dog, but not for people.
      Annabelle
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda is on the right track. But our two German Shepherds like to travel in luxury (not on the floor). Our van has all leather seats and luxury upgrades. The rear seat folds backward (rather than forward) to make a big bed (which is covered in sheepskin). The dogs look out the windows as they ride comfortably on the bed (or in crates atop the bed). Being able to control the rear windows/doors and heat/air from the driver's seat is a big plus. There are pockets for their toys, leashes and poop bags. Let's see a luxury version of the Vamos!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does Honda know that there is a potential problem with this concept as the US is toying with the idea of NAIS, or the National Animal Identification System? If this passes, taking your dog for a ride in a vehicle will become a lot more complicated.
      Blissq
      • 7 Years Ago
      One thing I know my dog would like is rear windows that roll down enough to stick his snout out.
      fred bazornski
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with the cage concept. Not only for birds, but dogs as well. This also acts as a restraint for "free flying" animals in the case of an accident. Built in cage, and built in pet restraints would be appropriate, as well as water wells, and remivable liners for the floors. Ps. I drive a pet taxi , and have for the last 10 years
      Cathy
      • 7 Years Ago
      All these "dog friendly features" are also excellent for small children! Water repellant, odor resistant, anti-bacterial, wipeable mats (yeah - even the tick -resistant feature! ;-) Why didn't someone come up with this a long time ago?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very nice.. Honda can figure out what the consumer wants..hmmm.. Wish I had a vehicle with a coffee machine.. Most important, perhaps the yahoo's who sit dogs in the bed of their pickups (and sometimes even passengers) might take note?
      fred bazornski
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats the japan plant, Honda is in Alabama
      Shana
      • 7 Years Ago
      I Travel with my little guy all the time (and sometimes my cat also). First of all he would never stay in the back seat. Secondly he likes to look out the windows which are too high for him so he has a Pet Booster Car Seat for which I paid $100.00. That attaches with a seat belt and harness for safety. Show me this in a car and not a bunch of stickers and floor mats. I also have a sanitized seat cover by SMART DOG. Guess I don't have to buy this van huh duh!
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