N-Box Slash is fifth model in this Honda minicar series built for the Japanese domestic market

N-Box Slash is fifth model in this Honda minicar series built for the Japanese domestic market

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Honda Motor on Monday (22 December) began sales of a new minivehicle called N-Box Slash, the fifth model in its N series, in Japan.

It describes the N-Box Slash - continuing a long tradition of Japanese market English model names guaranteed to cause amusement in the west - as "an ingenious Honda minivehicle that features a boxy and yet coupe-like form as well as complete coordination of exterior design with a custom car taste, bold interior design with thoroughly selected colours/materials and, finally, the body colors."

The car has a newly-developed, high-end audio system, the so-called 'sound mapping system', claimed to generate "a full-blown deep bass and high-quality sounds". Interior design is described as "individualistic" with "the goal to enable occupants to fully enjoy their time while relaxing in the cabin".

An electric parking brake and two-mode power steering are standard.

Engines are DOHC 660cc units with and without a turbocharger and the transmission is a CVT automatic with paddle shift standard with the turbo engine.

There are three equipment levels and five interior styles. Prices range from JPY1,380,000 (US$11,500) to JPY1,939,400 ($16,200).