April 2014 - Frank Ancona Honda blog

April 29, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Owner Gets Confused With Alleged KKK Leader

Frank Ancona, owner of Frank Ancona Honda for more than 50 years, has been confused with a man who shares the same name in Park Hills, Mo. and who, according to reputable news sources, is an alleged KKK leader. The misinformation is the result of online searches from Google, Yahoo and Bing co-mingling news articles and photos about the Olathe Honda dealership with the alleged KKK leader.


Frank Ancona, owner of Frank Ancona Honda, on KCTV5.

Fortunately, the local media helped clear up the confusion. KCTV5, KMBC and Fox 4 Kansas City broadcasted stories about the mix-up, and reporter James Dornbrook covered the story in the Kansas City Business Journal. In addition, the media outlets have taken to Twitter to help spread the word.

Earlier this month, another man connected to the KKK allegedly shot and killed three people outside of two Jewish facilities located in Johnson County, spurring customers to inquire whether or not Frank Ancona Honda’s owner is associated with the alleged KKK leader. Frank Ancona Honda and its family has no connection or relationship to the man in Park Hills, nor does the dealership and family share his reported opinions, beliefs or any type of violent or hateful behavior.

According to Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, “We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn about the online mix-up and express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims affected by the tragedy at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom. We barely knew of his existence until the shocking events. Over the past week, we have received phone calls and inquiries asking whether or not there is any association between my father or the dealership and this individual. None of us are associated, affiliated or related to this man. We weren’t even that familiar with him until the shocking events occurred in Johnson County which triggered more search results. The entire issue is horrible and extremely upsetting to our family.”

Frank Ancona Honda volunteers and participates in fundraising initiatives for many local charities including Phoenix Family, TLC, Coats For Kids and Catholic Charities. The dealership, its leadership and family have never supported or would ever support any type of extremist or hate group.

April 18, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Drives 2001 Civic To 305K Miles

In April 2001, Steve Kennedy, an employee of Frank Ancona Honda, purchased a brand new 2001 Honda Civic from the dealership. Thirteen years later, the car is running as smoothly as ever with over 305,000 miles on it. Steve says he wants to drive it for four more years, which should take him to a whopping 400,000 miles.

Steve with his Civic.

Steve said, “This car has over 300,000 miles on it and is going as strong as the day I bought it. It has been and continues to be the best vehicle I have ever owned. I still enjoy driving it every day.”

In the years that Steve has had the car, he has only taken it in for routine maintenance and required services.

Some interesting facts-

  • Rear brakes are original

  • Front brakes replaced every 100,000 miles

  • Clutch replaced at 265,000 miles

  • Engine is all original

  • No rust

  • No electrical issues – only a few bulbs replaced

  • Continues to get 33 MPG in the city and close to 40 on the highway

  • Interior upholstery is still in like-new condition

Steve’s plans are to drive the car for another four years, which should take him to 400,000 miles. This is an impressive record, and we thrilled that Steve was willing to share his story.

April 16, 2014

Honda Named Most Trusted Brand & Best Overall Brand By KBB.com

Honda recently announced that new-car shoppers have recognized Honda as the Most Trusted Brand and Best Overall Brand in Kelley Blue Book’s 2014 Brand Image Awards. This is the third year in a row that Honda was named the Most Trusted Brand and the second consecutive year as Best Overall Brand.

The Brand Image Awards are based on extensive research gathered throughout the year using Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study. This online study taps into more than 12,000 new-vehicle shoppers who do research at KBB.com. According to KBB.com, the Brand Image Awards “ recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that engender enthusiasm among new-vehicle buyers.

In a press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda, said, “A brand is really built over the long haul through consumers’ experiences with its products, and Honda is committed to delivering class-leading vehicles that provide lasting enjoyment and value to our customers. Honda simply embraces the challenge of being a brand that people can trust.”

April 4, 2014

Honda Builds Its 20 Millionth Vehicle In The U.S.

Honda is celebrating two big milestones this month! According to a recent press release, Honda plants in the U.S. have produced 20 million automobiles to date. In addition, motor company’s 10 millionth U.S.-built Accord recently rolled off of the assembly line at Honda’s first American plant in Marysville, Ohio.

2014 Honda Accord Sedan (Photo: Honda)

Hidenobu Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of America Mfg. and head of Honda’s North American manufacturing, said, “We are deeply aware that our ability to reach this milestone results from the trust that 20 million customers have placed in our products, and we appreciate their support over the past three decades. We also value the commitment made by tens of thousands of associates at Honda and our hundreds of suppliers in the U.S. who build products of the highest quality for our customers.”

According to the press release, American Honda plants produce 11 different models including four passenger cars and seven light trucks. Since 2011, Honda has invested around $1.6 billion in its American auto plants to expand production and implement new technologies.  In 2013, nearly 95 percent of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.

Check out the press release here.