The Honda Capa, with the Honda series code GA4 and GA6, is a supermini MPV five-door hatchback produced by Honda between 1998 and 2002. It was introduced at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show as the concept car "J-MW." It was introduced for retail sale April 24, 1998. The only engine the Capa had was the 98 hp 1.5L Honda engine, the D15B, with either a 4-speed automatic transmission (front-wheel drive only) or a CVT called "Multimatic S". September 16, 1999 a 4WD version of the Capa was released, using Honda's Full-Time four-wheel-drive system. Brake Assist was offered as standard equipment. Due to disappointing sales the Capa, short for "capacity", it was discontinued and replaced by the Honda Mobilio and Honda Fit. It was sold in Japan at two Honda dealership sales channels Honda Primo, and Honda Verno.
As the first generation of the 'J Mover' Series, the Honda Capa was developed on the Honda Logo platform. Its concept was based on a 'Small is Smart' way of thinking. Ease of use in everyday life, compactness, lightness and friendliness to the environment were some of the criteria built into the design. The proposal was that the Capa was to be 'Joyful' however this translates better as 'fun.' It was one class larger than the kei sized Honda Life, but smaller than the compact sized, Honda CR-V, built on the Honda Civic platform, and reflected the growing popularity of MPV/SUV/minivan vehicles.
The Honda Capa was designed with the intention of creating a car that was to be the best size for town driving. A car that could seat your family, with ample height for headroom and plenty of legroom considering its compact nature. To achieve this feat, Honda design the chassis based on a 'dual deck package.'
The Honda Capa is equipped with a 1500 cc single-overhead-cam 4-valve inline four-cylinder D15B engine. It was initially offered with Honda's Multimatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), but following an update, a 4-speed automatic transmission option was introduced as a cheaper option.
1998 - Announced that sales would begin April 24, 1998
1999 - Minor update on model. Minor bumper remodelling, 4WD (AWD) model added to the line-up, 4-speed Automatic Transmission added to the line-up for the 2WD model only, Honda's Brake Assist system and Tachometer added as standard equipment to the line-up.
2000 - Minor update on model. Front grill, bumper and seats were updated. Special edition added to the line-up.
2001 - Honda Mobilio announced as the successor to the Honda Capa. Honda Capa production and sales continue.
2002 - February: Honda announces the end of production of the Capa due to bad sales.
Origin of the name
Honda named the Capa based on the English word 'Capacity' which is defined as 'talent/ability, one's tolerance for something, and one's broad-mindedness'