Making its production-ready debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, the Honda Jade rolled out amid admiring throngs of admirers. I was one of them. Check out the Shanghai Auto Show (here). This is a slick people mover that has some real potential. Think of the Honda Jade as a Honda Civic stretched several inches and given a third row of seats. This puts the Honda Jade in the same company as the Mazda5 and small station wagons of our recent past.
Speaking of our recent past, the only quote I could find from Honda was, “The (Honda) Jade was designed to match the tastes of Chinese customers born in 1980s who are energetic and known for pursuing their dreams.” and ““Honda introduced the JADE, a mass-production vehicle based on the Concept S, which was also introduced at the Beijing Motor Show last year. Featuring an innovative design developed based on an image of jade stone with a beautiful exterior look and noble sense of quality within, the JADE will satisfy diverse customer needs from everyday use to holiday driving” – - Honda Motors
There is a pretty good chance that the Honda Jade will be exported throughout Asia and, possibly Europe. Despite my love for little people-movers, I sincerely doubt Honda will bring the Honda Jade to North America. Still, a little number like this with the right touches and a good EPA score could help Honda’s sales numbers here. I am positive it would be a hit here.
Honda’s Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co. Production Plant in China will begin production in September 2013.
Here’s some fun video shot at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show of some interesting cars we don’t get in the U.S.A.
Could you imagine an SI version of the Honda Jade? Sweet!