Honda Vamos

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The Honda Vamos was a Mini SUV leisure vehicle originally produced by Japanese automaker Honda from 1970 to 1973, and reintroduced again as a trim level of the Honda Acty microvan starting in 1999. Its name, "Vamos", is Spanish for "let's go".

1970-1973[edit]

Honda Vamos
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Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Production 1970–1973
Body and chassis
Class kei truck
Body style 2-door jeep
Layout mid engine rear drive
Related Honda TN360
Honda N360
Powertrain
Engine 356 cc Honda EH engine air-cooled 2-cylinder SOHC
Transmission 4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 1,780 mm (70.1 in)
Length 2,995 mm (117.9 in)
Width 1,295 mm (51.0 in)
Height 1,655 mm (65.2 in)
Curb weight 520 kg (1,146.4 lb)

Available as a kei truck, it was based on the Honda TN360. The Vamos used a 354 cc 2-cylinder, mid mounted, air-cooled, overhead camshaft gasoline engine shared with the Honda TN360, N360, and the Z360. The Vamos was a competitor at the time to the Suzuki Jimny and the Daihatsu Fellow buggy. According to the article for this vehicle at Japanese Wikipedia, only 2,500 were sold. Honda had hoped the popularity of the Honda Dax minibike with its off-road image would be associated with the Vamos. Because of the installation of the spare tire on the front of the vehicle and the sound from the air-cooled engine, it had a Volkswagen Type 2 reputation but because of the open cabin design, it wasn't very popular due to a lack of four-wheel drive.

The Vamos was available with an optional and removable rear seat, whereas the Vamos was known as the Vamos 2 or the Vamos 4, for its ability of passenger capacity. It was also available with lap only seat belts for all passengers. The convertible top was easily and quickly removed as needed. Due to the open cab configuration, all instrumentation and switches were both water- and dust proof. It used a MacPherson strut front suspension and a DeDion tube with half leaf springs in the back.

Vamos & Vamos Hobio[edit]

Honda Vamos
Honda Vamos 1999.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Vamos Hobio
Body and chassis
Class microvan
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout mid engine rear drive/4WD
Related Honda Acty microvan 3rd generation
Mooku Reve[1]
Powertrain
Engine 660 cc straight-3 SOHC E07Z
660 cc straight-3 SOHC E07Z turbo
Transmission 3-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,420 mm (95.3 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Curb weight 1,070 kg (2,358.9 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Honda Street trim level

The Honda Vamos name was reintroduced in 1999, and was joined by its twin, the Honda Vamos Hobio in 2003. Both are microvans with 659 cc straight-3 SOHC E07Z gasoline engines and are upper trim level versions of the Honda Acty van. Four wheel drive is optional, using Honda's Full Time 4WD system that utilizes a viscous coupling. The engine is also available with a turbocharger with the maximum horsepower being limited to 65PS.

The Vamos is marketed more for personal use whereas the Acty van and truck are geared more towards commercial and industrial uses, and as delivery vehicles. Some of the luxury items found on the Vamos are not available on the Acty. The Vamos competes with the Suzuki Every van, the Subaru Sambar van and the Daihatsu Atrai van in Japan.

Various trim packages and unique options have been offered on the Vamos and Vamos Hobio, with almost yearly cosmetic changes to items like grilles, taillights and color combinations. The interior seats are configurable into multiple positions to maximize its load-carrying and passenger accommodation. A package was also offered to accommodate dogs starting January 31, 2008, for a limited time[when?].

Aftermarket appearance kits are available in Japan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mooku. Mooku In Japan". Car-cat.com. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Japanese Wikipedia.

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