Traveling With Dogs? Get A Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog!

The Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog was a specially equipped version of Honda's Vamos Hobio microvan catering to dog owners. While the concept had merit, the vehicle was only sold for a limited time and remains memorable mainly due to its unusual name.

Indeed, you'll find the Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog listed along with the Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard and Mitsubishi Mum 500 Shall We Join Us on any number of Top Bizarrely Named Vehicles lists. That's not really fair as the Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog was named that way for a reason, not for a laugh.

Take away the Travel Dog part (which we'll get to shortly) and you've got a Honda Vamos Hobio, a 5-door hatchback microvan in the buyer's choice of rear wheel drive or 4WD format. The 660cc straight-3 SOHC engine (turbocharger optional) is mounted amidships providing an enhanced center of gravity.

The engine didn't provide much in the way of power, however: a mere 44 HP could push the boxy microvan from zero to sixty in a mind-numbing 25.7 seconds. Keep the pedal to the metal and eventually you'll reach the vehicle's top speed of 73 mph.

Dimensionally speaking, the 1,070 kg (2,358.9 lb) Vamos Hobio was a true microvan with a 2,420 mm (95.3 in) wheelbase. It measured 3,395 mm (133.7 in) long, 1,475 mm (58.1 in) wide, and 1,775 mm (69.9 in) tall. So much for specs; the dog-gone good stuff's waiting inside!

Offered for a limited time beginning January 31st of 2008, the Honda Vamos Hobio's Travel Dog package boasted several unique and thoughtful features intended to accommodate dog owners.

Large pets could ride in a dog hammock that clipped to the front driver's seat at one end and the top of the rear seat at the other. Smaller pooches and pups enjoyed the security and comfort of a “Pet Carry” - an actual doggy bag for dogs. The rest of the interior surfaces were coated in wipeable anti-bacterial vinyl and the floor mats featured a cute paw-print motif.

Perhaps the dog-friendly trim and accessories were too expensive when offered in a normally low-priced vehicle, but for whatever reason the Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog only stayed on Honda Japan's product manifest for a short time. One might say the Travel Dog bowed out before too many canine passengers could say bow wow. (via CrazyJDMs)