January 2016 - Frank Ancona Honda blog

January 27, 2016

Honda HR-V Named 2016 Green SUV of the Year by Green Car Journal; Frank Ancona Honda Shares Features

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The 2016 Honda HR-V was just named Green Car Journal’s 2016 Green SUV of the Year! The new model brings true environmental performance to the fast-growing, small SUV industry, delivering an estimated 35 mpg on the highway.

In a Honda press release, John Mendel, executive vice president of Auto Sales for American Honda, said, “The Honda HR-V is a truly unique new subcompact crossover, delivering the space, utility, comfort and feature content of a larger vehicle, with the sporty dynamics and class-leading fuel economy ratings on par with a small car. All of us at Honda truly appreciate Green Car Journal for recognizing the HR-V as the Green SUV of the Year and as the latest in a growing lineup of products with class-leading efficiency and low emissions.”

The 2016 Honda HR-V joins the 2012 Civic Natural Gas and 2014 Accord as the third Honda branded vehicle to be honored by Green Car Journal within the past five years. The Green Car Journal has been focused on the combination of automobiles, energy and the environment since its creation in 1992. The magazine aims to educate customers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices.

Honda’s new HR-V model comes equipped with an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that delivers both fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance, in addition to being an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle. Here’s a look at some of the other new features:

  • Heated side mirrors: These mirrors help reduce fog and ice buildup.
  • Roof rails: Make traveling easier by using the roof rails to haul everything from bikes to suitcases.
  • Versatile cargo space: Equipped with up to 58.8-cubic-feet of cargo space for whatever you need to haul. You can fold down the passenger-side front and rear seats to fit cargo up to eight feet long.
  • Loaded with luxury: Offers the comfort of an SUV with plenty of legroom, plus a leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats.
  • Honda LaneWatch: When you hit your right turn signal, your middle console will display live video from a camera on your passenger-side mirror, making it easier for you to switch lanes and see out of that pesky blind spot.

Following the HR-V’s success, Honda plans to offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles over the next five years, including the launch of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell later this year and an all-new Honda plug-in hybrid model by 2018.

Make 2016 the year you go green! We have the 2016 Honda HR-V in stock today. Stop in and take one for a spin or call (855) 859-6511 today. To learn more about the HR-V’s new features, click here.

January 20, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Wins North American Car of the Year Award

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The all-new 2016 Honda Civic made its debut in November 2015 with a completely revamped look, jam-packed with new Honda technologies. Since its release, the vehicle has been winning tons of awards, including being one of Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buys in its Best Buy Awards. Now, the new 2016 model has just earned the most prestigious award in the automotive industry: the 2016 North American Car of the Year Award.

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic received the award at the opening ceremony of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2016.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager, said, “The all-new Civic was developed and is built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter. Civic is a cornerstone of the Honda lineup, and we’re delighted and the automotive press has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, advanced technology, safety and value that characterize the new Civic.”

The North American Car of the Year Award is given by a group of 53 international automotive journalists and recognizes the most outstanding car of the year based on factors such as innovation, design, safety, performance, technology and more. This award is unique because it is given from automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

The 2016 Honda Civic can also add a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety to its list of achievements. The new model has received the highest available safety rating as well as a top rating of GOOD in five IIHS crash test modes.

Conrad said, “As these new safety ratings demonstrate, the 2016 Civic Sedan not only brings new value to the compact segment with its hefty upgrades to fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and technology, it also delivers advanced collision safety performance. With its available Honda Sensing technologies, including our first application of Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, the new Civic Sedan offers customers a suite of technologies unlike anything else in the class.”

Come check out the safest and most stylish Civic model yet. We have the 2016 Honda Civic in stock today! Stop in for a test drive or call: (855) 859-6511.

To learn more about the 2016 Honda Civic’s achievements and features, click here.

January 11, 2016

2016 Honda CR-V Receives Top Safety Pick and Highest Overall Score for Collision Safety

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The 2016 Honda CR-V joins the Honda Pilot, Accord and Accord Coupe in achieving a 5-star overall vehicle safety score, the top score available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, said, “Consumers have made the CR-V America’s best-selling SUV for good reason, and this top government safety rating just adds one more appealing and class-leading attribute. Honda is committed to offering vehicles that deliver advanced safety, fun-to-drive performance and connectivity, with top fuel economy ratings. The CR-V is that kind of vehicle.”

Earlier last year the 2016 Honda CR-V also earned a top safety pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), making it a collision safety leader and a standout choice in the SUV market. It was also named Kelley Blue Book’s best small SUV buy of 2016 and one of the 15 best family cars of 2015.

The CR-V was the first Honda vehicle to offer the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assisted technologies. Honda Sensing is now available for the Civic, Accord, CR-V and Pilot. The new suite of driver-assisted technologies can help you sense things you might miss while driving. The suite includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning: FCW uses a small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield to detect the presence of vehicles in front of you. If it determines that you are at risk for a collision with a detected vehicle, it activates audio and visual alerts to warn you. If you fail to act on the warnings, the Collision Mitigation Braking System kicks in.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: By utilizing a wave radar sensor, the CMBS can help bring your Honda to a stop when the system determines that a collision with a vehicle in front of you is unavoidable. A warning sounds and then, if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System: Helps you stay in your lane by automatically adjusting the steering wheel if you begin to leave the center of a detected lane.
  • Lane Departure Warning: Alerts you if you drift out of a detected lane without using your turn signal.

What’s new in the 2016 Honda CR-V?*

Other than improvements to the Honda Sensing suite technologies, the 2016 Honda CR-V has received other new technology features including:

  • Power Tailgate: With the press of a button, the new CR-V can automatically lower or raise the trunk tailgate for easier hands-free access.
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof: With one touch of the button, you’ll be stargazing in no time.
  • Push Button Start: Now starting your CR-V is literally as easy as pressing a button.
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Get a better view of what’s behind you with three different viewing angles: normal, top-down and wide.
  • Available Real Time All Wheel Drive: It can sense when traction is lost and automatically transfer power to the rear wheels to help you grip the road and stay on course.

The above features, combined with the improved Honda Sensing suite, make the 2016 Honda CR-V one of the safest SUVs out on the market. Stop in for a test drive today or call (855) 859-6511.

For a look at all the new features of the 2016 Honda CR-V, click here.

*Some features are available only on specific models. See dealer for complete details.

 

January 4, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Awaits the Debut of the New 2017 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda will unveil the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016, replacing the award-winning first-generation Ridgeline that has been on the market since 2005.

According to Honda’s website, when the Ridgeline was introduced, it redefined pickups by blurring the lines between full size versatility and compact practicality. The new 2017 model will further improve on the space, comfort and utility that made the original model one of the most forward-thinking vehicles in its class.

Following the 2017 Ridgeline’s world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the all-new model will make its television debut during a 60-second TV spot during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl 50.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Automobile Division, said, “The big game is the largest and most coveted stage to show the truck. Super Bowl 50 is the right time and the right venue to communicate Honda’s continued leadership in light trucks. The multi-platform approach will enable Ridgeline to come out of the gate strong in 2016.”

The new 2017 Ridgeline is set to launch at Honda dealerships nationwide within the first half of 2016, joining Honda’s expanded lineup of innovative light truck models, including the HR-V crossover, the CR-V, Pilot and the Odyssey minivan.

In an article posted on Autoweek, Conrad said, “We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better suited to the way many buyers use their truck. Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features. We’re honored to once again debut the Ridgeline in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.”

For updates on the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline, click here.