April 2015 - Frank Ancona Honda blog

April 27, 2015

New Honda Family of Powertrains Revealed in Japan

Last week, Honda unveiled the Step WGN at the Japan Auto Show. While we will not be seeing this vehicle in North America, this reveal also showcases the all-new Honda family of powertrains ready to be released. Honda first announced the new family of powertrains back in January, but the Step WGN gives us a chance to see them up close.

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

The Step WGN features the 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine, producing 148 HP at 5,500 RPM and 150lb of torque between 1,600 and 5,000 RPM. The new CVT was developed specifically for the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine.

The only other vehicle that we know will have one of the new powertrain family is in the next-gen Honda Civic. The engine will be the same 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo with the horsepower of a 2.4-liter engine with better torque and fuel economy.

The new Honda Civic Type-R will have a higher power engine – a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo producing 310 HP at 2500 RPM and 295lb of torque. This engine allows the Type R to go from 0 to 62 MPH in 5.7 seconds with an outstanding top speed of 167 MPH.

The new powertrain family is part of the Earth Dreams Technology lineup. The engines will not only deliver better performance and power, but they will also see an amazing fuel efficiency. Even the “racecar for the road” Type-R is expected to get better fuel economy than competitors with the new VTEC Turbo engine.

In addition to the engines, Honda is releasing all-new fuel-cell vehicles to continue their goal of creating low-carbon technologies by 2018. These vehicles include the plug-in hybrid model called PHEV and the battery-electric vehicle called BEV.

The new four cylinder VTEC Turbo engines will be produced at the Ohio Honda plant. Honda has already invested $340 million into the plant for the production of this new powertrain family and are adding a third assembly line for the engines and other manufacturing. The various engines in the family will be introduced by the end of this year in various Honda vehicles, some in North America and some in other areas around the globe.

April 20, 2015

Fuel Economy Tips for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to spread awareness about the impact our actions can have on the environment. Driving our cars is one of them. While most Honda vehicles have excellent fuel economy on their own, our driving habits and car maintenance can significantly impact how much fuel we are using. This in turn impacts how much pollution we are causing. Here are some fuel economy tips for Earth Day that will save you money and help the environment.

Image Credit: Fabio Aro / Foter / CC By

Image Credit: Fabio Aro / Foter / CC By

Go the Speed Limit

Generally speaking, the optimal speed limit for the best fuel economy is 50mph. Granted you will not be able to achieve this everywhere, but observing the speed limit will prevent you from aggressive driving behaviors that can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city, according to FuelEconomy.gov.

Lighten Your Load

Hauling excess weight, especially on the roof, can reduce your fuel economy. To put it in perspective, every 100 pounds of extra weight decreases your fuel economy by 1 percent. Roof and rear cargo hauling does even more damage.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Whenever you perform regularly scheduled maintenance on your car, you can improve the life of your car’s fuel economy by 4 percent. According to FuelEconomy.gov, regular maintenance can detect major problems with your vehicle that can actually improve mileage by as much as 40 percent.

Don’t Idle and Use Cruise Control

Too much idling can greatly reduce your fuel economy per trip. If you are going to be idling for more than a few seconds, such as in a long line at a fast food restaurant, turn your car off. It only takes a few seconds a fuel to restart your engine as opposed to the fuel you burn when you are idling.

Cruise control is another great way to conserve fuel. Since cruise control allows you to maintain the same speed without human errors of fluctuation, you burn less fuel. Only use it when driving on the highway where the same speed is maintained with few interruptions, such as stoplights.

Check Your Tires

Tires that are properly inflated can improve your fuel economy by 3.3 percent. For every 1 psi drop in pressure, you can lose 0.3 percent in gas mileage. Besides great fuel economy, tires that are properly inflated are safer for everyday driving.

April 13, 2015

Next Generation Honda Civic Coupe Steals the New York Auto Show

The New York Auto Show was full of many exciting vehicles, but Honda surprised everyone by unveiling the 10th generation Honda Civic Coupe. The car caught immediate attention with the bright lime green color, but people were even more amazed by the rest of the upgrades for the new generation Civic.

Photo Credit: J.D. Power

Photo Credit: J.D. Power

This year seems to be the year of the competitive sports coupe and Honda is stepping into the ring. The Honda Civic shows that the brand is ready to do battle to create a sensible sporty vehicle. NY Daily News reports that the engine is a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder with 6 speed manual gearbox and the new standard for Honda – a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The estimates for horsepower range in the 200 mark while still offering the excellent fuel economy Honda is known for.

The frame of the vehicle also received an upgrade. The wheelbase is longer to get rid of the overhang on the front wheels. The Civic is also lower and wider than previous models, according to J.D. Power. To make the Civic look a little more athletic, Honda stretched the hood, shortened the rear deck and brought back the hatchback style. They are calling the styling on the new Civic a Flying H design.

The best part about this reveal of the next generation Honda Civic at the New York Auto Show is the sporty design and the Civic Type-R model are coming to America! The sporty Civics have a history of being Europe-only, but 2016 models are going to make their way to American showrooms, including Frank Ancona Honda!

April 6, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlight: Denny Kimbriel

For the month of April, our employee spotlight shines on Denny Kimbriel! Get to know more about him so you can say hi next time you are at Frank Ancona Honda.

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What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?

Sales Consultant

How long have you worked at Frank Ancona Honda?

Just over a year

What is your favorite part of the job?

Selling and meeting the needs and wants of customers

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?

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