This year has been full of excitement for Honda with newly redesigned vehicles which feature flashy styling, great fuel economy, innovative tech, impressive safety ratings and so much more. Included in these is the release of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the newly redesigned Honda Civic, and the new and improved Honda Accord, which is now in its 40th year.
The Honda Accord, America’s best-selling midsize sedan, welcomes the re-styled and re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid to the family. According to Honda, the car is America’s most powerful and fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan. The car features an advanced, new, second-generation two motor hybrid powertrain that peaks out at 212 horsepower and best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Like the rest of Accord family, the 2017 hybrid model has had extensive upgrades made to it that include a new sportier style and driving performance. According to Edmunds, the car will feature three unique trims, the Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and the Hybrid Touring. All three trim levels will include the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, offered as standard equipment on all models, and for EX-L and Touring trims, Honda’s newest Display Audio touchscreen interface featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.
Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc says, “The Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord, offering exceptional dynamic qualities with the greatest technological sophistication and fuel efficiency in the Accord Family.”
The Honda Accord has been setting the standard for family sedans and comes recommended by Edmunds. If you want to upgrade your vehicle, then it’s time to come into Frank Ancona Honda. We have a great selection of new vehicles and great deals to help you drive off the lot in the perfect Honda for you. Stop by today or call us at (913) 782-3636.
The battle between trucks has been focused too long on Ford and Chevrolet. Frank Ancona Honda is here to tell you there’s a stylish newcomer to the fight that has a lot to offer. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is driving out of the shadows to show off its many impressive features.
The Ridgeline boasts an enormous and comfortable interior that, according to Car and Driver, “embarrasses the competition.” There is also a great deal of hidden storage underneath the back passenger seats with enough room to store a set of golf clubs.
The exterior of the truck also comes standard with quality features. The bed of the truck is made with a composite material, as opposed to the steel and aluminum beds that you see in competitors. Recently, Chevrolet and Ford have been posting videos to show off the durability, or lack thereof, of the beds in their trucks. Honda jumped in the fray by posting a video of their own that shows the Ridgeline can handle just as much while showing hardly any damage at all.
The Ridgeline isn’t just a vehicle for the stereotypical truck owner; it’s also a great everyday mode of transportation. The bed of the truck includes a storage compartment with a drain that would be perfect as a cooler for the sports fan who loves to tailgate. The dual-action tailgate opens vertically and horizontally to allow for easy loading. With all the strength of a classic truck and many unique additional features, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is staking its claim in the battle for most impressive truck.
Memorial Day weekend was filled with excitement and adventure, especially for Frank Ancona Honda President Michael Ancona, who attended the Indy 500 in the Honda Suite box. Ancona was able to witness not only an incredible race, but also a big win for the Honda Racing Team.
Alexander Rossi, a rookie, stretched his tank of gas 36 laps compared to the average 32 laps per tank that most drivers are able to make. According to Sports Illustrated, Rossi has spent the majority of his career racing on road and street courses that require the drivers to make left and right turns. The skillset for an oval track, such as the one in Indianapolis, requires a different set of skills. In only the second oval of his career, Rossi won at what is considered the most challenging and dangerous race track in the world. He is the first rookie to win at the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Rossi was followed by his teammate Carlos Munoz, who finished second almost four and a half seconds behind Rossi.
Marco Andretti, the grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti, finished behind his teammates at Andretti Autosport in 13th. In a tweet, Andretti attributed his placement in the race to his tires saying, “Fun day until the front tires were put on the wrong side. Really bummed, the car was good. Unfortunate mistake but my guys are the best.” Andretti was later quoted at the celebration saying, “It was an honor to … even qualify for the 100th Running.”
Before the race, Ancona enjoyed a full tour of the pit, as well as the opportunity to meet current and former drivers such as Sarah Fisher. Fisher is a former IndyCar racer and the youngest woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at 19 years old. Experiences like this make us proud to represent Honda.
The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have long-been two of the most beloved mid-sized cars on the road. But did you know the Honda Accord blows the Toyota Camry out of the water in multiple areas? Whether you’re comparing fuel efficiency, safety, comfort or even residual value, the 2016 Honda Accord vastly outperforms the 2016 Toyota Camry.
In terms of fuel economy, in optimal conditions the Camry will see a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg while the Honda Accord achieves up to a combined 31 mpg. It may not seem like much of a difference at first, but your wallet will feel the difference at the pump.
Additionally, the newest model year Honda Accord proudly boasts a 41 percent residual value, according to ALG, while the Camry residual value is only rated at 33 percent. Once those 60 months pass, there is a clear residual value winner.
Last Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, Honda revealed the latest, much anticipated details on the Civic Hatchback concept. The announcement was made via live-stream, making it available for viewing worldwide, amping up car and racing enthusiasts everywhere.
In the live-stream, Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Honda Division, presented this next chapter in the “Civic Story”. The Civic is the most ambitious endeavor of a compact class sports sedan to date. It’s being called Honda’s most sophisticated model yet; a world-class platform for the newest-generation Civic model. Conrad said, “Our customers have truly embraced this new Civic.”
Epic Honda firsts arrive alongside this announcement, including “First Turbo-Charged Engine” for a U.S. Civic Model. But the list of exciting features doesn’t end there; the new model wouldn’t be complete without a more spacious and premium cabin, 42 miles per gallon on the highway, 0-60 miles-per-hour acceleration and an option for 6-speed manual transmission.
The Civic Hatchback has been titled, “Most Ambitious,” “Seriously Sporty” and “Seriously Green.” The Hatchback should hit dealerships later this year, completing the 10th generation Civic lineup. On Twitter, fans can’t contain their excitement for the release of the new Civic Hatchback in the U.S.
Honda is proud to introduce the all-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic Coupe. With many of the design features introduced on the Civic Sedan, the Civic Coupe takes the sporty, styling and dynamic capabilities of the sedan even further for a unique performance coupe experience.
The Civic Coupe has always aimed to please the younger demographic and with upgraded technology features, including Apple CarPlay 3 and Android Auto, the 2016 Civic Coupe looks to attract even more of the younger generation.
Forbes Magazine called the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe “a massive leap forward, essentially redefining the small car with regard to quality, refinement and advanced technology.”
Digital Trends said, “Experiencing the 2016 Civic sedan and its new ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) platform was a breath of fresh air.”
According to a Honda press release, pretty much everything about the 2016 Civic Coupe is new. It includes an all-new sporty and sophisticated interior and exterior, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines and a host of new premium features and technologies.
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.
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.
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.
Enter the One Direction Civic Design Contest for your chance to score a brand new 2016 Honda Civic sedan. In collaboration with the Honda Civic Tour, One Direction is giving their fans the chance of a lifetime: create customized Honda Civics inspired by their new album Made in the A.M. Once the contest ends, One Direction will choose one lucky winner to receive a new 2016 Honda Civic hand painted with their One Direction design.
The contest began on December 2, 2015, and will run through February 14, 2016. All designs will be critiqued on creativity, originality, quality of design, overall impression, incorporation of One Direction materials and adherence to the Official Rules, which can be found here. To enter, visit the Honda Civic Tour website to download a Honda Civic template and input your design. You must be at least 18-years-old and a citizen of the United States to enter.
The One Direction Civic Design Contest is just one of many ways One Direction has been promoting the revamped 2016 Honda Civic. In November, when the 2016 model was released, One Direction put the 2016 Honda Civic through some extreme testing.
Can’t wait until February? One Direction is currently running a sweepstakes to win a custom One Direction 2015 Honda Civic (pictured below). This contest ends on December 31, 2015. To enter click here.
Photo Source: Honda Civic Tour
Don’t miss out on your chance to win these custom One Direction Honda Civics. No purchase necessary. All you need to do is let your creativity and love for One Direction shine through.
Click here to see what designs have already been uploaded.
The 2016 Honda Pilot was released earlier this year and has already received numerous awards and reviews for its safe driving technology. The 2016 model features a few design changes and “Honda-Sensing,” which is a set of driver-aid technology advancements, making it the best SUV out on the market.
In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager said, “With the addition of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available through Honda Sensing, no other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the Pilot’s top IIHS and NHTSA safety scores.”
This past August, the 2016 Pilot received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries and property damage – from crashes on the nation’s roads. The Pilot aced IHHS’ collision test and earned a superior rating for its front crash prevention system.
Watch the 2016 Honda Pilot in its IIHS crash test video.
The 2016 Honda Pilot also recently received a maximum 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The NCAP created the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program to provide information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal law. The more stars in a rating means the safer the car. See the full rating here.
The highly anticipated 2016 Honda Civic was recently released on November 12, 2015. The 10th generation Civic debuted with a revamped look jam-packed with new Honda features. We aren’t the only one’s taking notice. Kelley Blue Book recently announced the 2016 Honda Civic as the Overall Best Buy in its Best Buy Awards. The new Civic raises the bar for all compact cars with its sleek and modern design. With a larger model than years past, the civic almost feels like a midsize sedan.
What’s New with the 2016 Honda Civic?*
The redesigned Civic was created with usability in mind, making it easy to drive and use. It gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. From a capless fuel system, to a remote engine start and automatic brake holding, the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan has a full list of new features:
Turbocharged Engine: A new 1.5 liter engine offers high cruise efficiency and robust performance.
LED Lighting: The 2016 Honda Civic features new LED headlights that help you see more of the road and helps the environment by saving energy.
Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers: Rain moving into the area? No problem! The Civic’s new rain-sensing wipers automatically activate when it senses rain.
Capless Fuel System: Say goodbye to that pesky fuel cap. Now refueling is easier and cleaner with the capless fuel system. The fuel filler neck opens on contact when the door is opened, to make refueling faster, easier and cleaner.
Heated seats: Now everyone in the car can experience heated seats! The 2016 Civic features 3 heat level settings for the passenger seats and back seat heat capability.
Driver Information Interface: Everything you need to know pops up on your driver dashboard.
Remote Engine Start: Tired of getting into a freezing or super hot car? Now you can start your car from wherever you’re more comfortable.
And the list goes on and on. For a look at all of the new features click here. So what are you waiting for? We have the 2016 Honda Civic in stock today! Stop in for a test drive or call: (855) 859-6511
*Some models don’t include all features. See dealer for complete details.
Is your Honda ready for winter? The winter months can take a toll on your car if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Being proactive can help save you from preventable, expensive repairs down the road. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention every fall you should complete the following on your vehicle:
Have your radiator serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester and then add antifreeze as needed.
Replace your windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
Replace any worn tires making sure each tire has good air pressure and tread.
Other tips for the winter months to ensure your car always starts and that you are never left stranded, include keeping your fuel tank at least half full at all times. This prevents condensation from forming in your gas lines, which could cause your engine to run poorly and also puts your vehicle at risk for freezing of its fuel lines. Colder temperatures can also affect your tire pressure, so be sure to check your tires every time you drive.
If for some reason your vehicle would end up stalling in the cold months, be prepared. The DMV recommends that if you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, consider putting together a few necessities. Here is a list of items to include in your winter emergency kit:
Extra mittens and coats
Road salt or sand
Flashlight with extra batteries
To help you get ready for the coming winter months, we are happy to offer a winterization service special. The Frank Ancona Honda Winterization Package includes an oil change, battery test, multi-point inspection, tire rotation and windshield wiper replacements all for just $79.95 or $89.95 depending on oil type. Frank Ancona Honda is also offering a manager special of 10 percent off any service. You can drive away with your Honda ready to take on the tough winter months. Don’t wait for disaster to strike; bring your Honda to our factory-trained technicians today. Call (913) 782-3636 to schedule an appointment.
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
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.
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
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!
The hybrid Honda CR-Z was Honda’s answer to enter the hybrid market in 2010. Yet many have complained about the performance compared to other Honda vehicles and the small fuel economy despite its hybrid status. Now Honda has a gameplan to re-introduce the Honda CR-Z to the market in by 2018 as a sportier model.
Photo Credit: Hybrid Cars
The 2017 model will feature an engine that was first debuted in the drool-worthy 2015 Civic Type-R – a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder featuring the signature VTEC variable valve timing technology, according to MotorAuthority. With the popularity of the Civic Type-R, Honda is installing this favorable engine in the CR-Z to answer complaints about the lack of power in the hybrid vehicle. Honda is also rebranding the CR-Z in 2017 with a new name, titled the Civic Coupe CR-Z.
The new CR-Z version will be unrecognizable with an upgraded body styling. Honda is positioning the CR-Z to be the next generation of the Civic sedan, but a sportier coupe version. While the current CR-Z was built on the Honda Fit chassis, the new CR-Z will be built on a shortened Civic chassis, according to Gas 2.
Honda will be focusing on other efficient vehicle models, such as the FCX Clarity and other FCV concepts, and turning the CR-Z hybrid into a gas machine once more. Since the CR-Z did not have the fuel efficiency that was expected for a hybrid, Honda is reverting the model.
Since the 2016 Honda HR-V was announced, snippets of details about the new crossover have been slowly released. The latest news was released last week, answering a long-questioned stat on the crossover: How many miles per gallon does the Honda HR-V get?
According to AutoGuide, the mileage for the Honda HR-V stands at:
28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with a CVT and front-wheel drive
27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with all-wheel drive
25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with six-speed manual transmission
Car enthusiasts have been waiting for these numbers to see how the Honda HR-V would rank against its two biggest competitors, the Nissan Juke and the Chevy Trax. The Trax has a very low mpg with 26 city and 34 highway front-wheel drive. The Juke is close – 28 city and 32 highway front-wheel drive – but the HR-V’s mileage cannot be beat.
Modeled after the Fit, the HR-V promises to make practical use of it’s space with what is being called by Car and Driver “magic seats” and “interior origami.” With the seats up, there is 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space. When the magical seats are down, the HR-V boasts 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Under the hood, the Honda HR-V has a 1.8-liter unit with 138 horsepower and 127-lb of torque. There are three trims available – LX, EX and EX-L. Standard are power windows, mirrors and door locks; a rearview camera, Pandora radio, Bluetooth, an electronic parking brake and aluminum wheels. The higher up you go, you will see a touch screen, keyless entry, paddle shifters, push button start, heated seats, satellite radio and a navigation system with Honda Digital Traffic notifications.
Soon we will hear about the safety ratings, but it is easy to assume it will be an IIHS Top Safety Pick with a full range of airbags and Brake Assist technology.
Honda is one of the top selling brands in America, and several of its cars are consistently on top of their class for best-selling models in the country. So it shouldn’t come as a shock when Honda brings in the big numbers. What is shocking, though, is just how close Honda came to breaking a yearly sales record in 2014. With that kind of steam going into the New Year, there’s no telling what heights Honda will reach in 2015.
According to the Dayton Daily News, Honda sold over 1.5 million vehicles in 2014, which was a one percent increase over sales in 2013. The 1.5 million sales mark is the second highest sales year in Honda history, barely under numbers sold in 2007. Acura also had its second best year of all time behind 2007 with sales of nearly 168 thousand vehicles. But the banner number came from Honda’s light truck sales with over 700 thousand sold, a complete destruction of the previous yearly record. These numbers are good news for an auto industry as a whole that saw a near collapse during the recession a few years ago.
Honda recently completed its annual Happy Honda Days campaign and has new models and vehicles debuting later in the year, which will help to continue to bolster sales. Industry leaders told the Dayton Daily News they expect vehicle sales to continue to rise in 2015 with more cars sold than in 2014, but they also predict a decline in auto sales in the next few years. Until that happens, Honda will continue riding high on its sales numbers and continue to provide Americans with the quality and service they have come to expect from Honda.
Have you seen commercials on TV or online lately with Gumby, Skeletor or Jem and The Holograms and thought you’d been put in a time warp to the days when “The Facts Of Life” episodes were still new each week? Don’t worry, you aren’t stuck in a time warp, Honda has released the new ads for its annual Happy Honda Days campaign. The campaign is called “A Gift to Remember” and is aimed at helping adults and car buyers relive their childhood and associate those memories with buying a Honda.
In addition to commercials with Gumby and Skeletor, you might also see Strawberry Shortcake™, Stretch Armstrong and the Magic 8-Ball. The toys have been brought to life with stop-motion animation to look more like the toys you remember from your childhood. In fact, original toys were tracked down to be used in the commercials, and you might even recognize a voice or two in play as each character.
If you see Gumby riding around in a Honda model you want to come in and test drive, come into Frank Ancona Honda, and we can get you behind the wheel. We also have some great deals going on through the end of the year for those of you wanting to trade in your current car for something new or for those of you in the market for an additional car for your family. Check out our offers for leases or financed payments by visiting our website.
June is National Tire Safety Awareness Month and, along with Honda, we want to help protect your precious cargo. Now of course there are your basic rules of keeping your tires inflated because they benefit stability, prolong the life of your tires and maximize your fuel economy, but there is plenty more you can do to keep you safe in your beautiful Honda.
Check tire pressure regularly (at least once a month), including the spare.
Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.
Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
Check tire pressure before going on a long trip.
Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information placard or owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.
If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.
So stay safe not just this month, but also all summer on the road by following these tips and this simple checklist and using common sense. Also dont forget to bring your vehicle into Frank Ancona Honda to get serviced! We are always running specials, so check out our website and get scheduled for some great service on your vehicle!
Honda recently took flight with the production of the company’s first ever jet, the HondaJet. This incredible airplane, built for speed and innovation, took to the skies on May 16, 2014 with its inaugural flight.
HondaJet formation. Photo Credit: HondaJet
According to the Honda Aircraft Company, the jet is faster than any business jet in its class with a maximum cruise speed of 420 KTAS at 30,000 feet. It also features an Over-The-Wing Engine Mount design configuration that creates a natural sound baffle and significantly reduces ground-detected noise.
Other specifications include two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers.
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.”
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.
Honda and Bruce Willis recently paired up in a “Hugfest” campaign to promote Honda’s outstanding safety ratings.
The campaign, which first launched in the form of a big-budget Super Bowl ad, has Willis asking viewers to hug family and friends as they’re watching the NFL championship game while he talks about Honda’s crash safety.
Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations at American Honda Motor Company, Inc., said, “While we are in fact a leader in safety, the public doesn’t always recognize that.”
Accavitti added that Honda’s goal with the ad was to “zig, when everyone else was zagging. Super Bowl spots are now going over the top — we’ve gone that way in the past and I’m not saying it’s good or bad. Instead of going big, we’re going small.”
In the commercial, Willis asks viewers to hug their loved ones. He tells the audience, “Those people you just hugged, they’re real. They’re not crash test dummies, they’re not engineering data. And their safety matters as much to Honda as it does to you.”
Even though the Super Bowl is over, Honda is continuing the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and its website. The company is encouraging social media users to use the hashtag #hugfest while promoting safety themes.
Honda recently announced in a press release that American Honda is once again leading the industry with six vehicles which have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ for 2014. In addition, two vehicle models received the second highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK.
2014 Accord Sedan (Photo: Honda)
In a press release issued by Honda, Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda, said, “As the industry leader in TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for 2013 and now 2014, it’s clear that our commitment to offer advanced safety technologies on mainstream products continues to pay dividends to Honda and Acura customers. Honda and Acura vehicles should be at the top of the shopping list for those who value safety ratings and the engineering prowess required to achieve them.”
Four of the selected vehicles were Honda models, including the 2014 Accord Sedan, the 2014 Accord Coupe, the 2014 Civic Sedan and the 2014 Odyssey, which according to Honda is the only minivan yet to earn this designation.
According to Honda, the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting occupants involved in crashes. The TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating recognizes vehicles that both performed well in crash tests and are equipped with collision-preventing technologies.
In a press release, John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said, “Our retail sales leadership and the lowest incentive spending of any major automaker demonstrate that the core strength of the Honda brand is based on real demand from our customers. This retail sales leadership also means something to the customer because it is a major contributor to the low ownership cost and high resale value of Honda and Acura products, something we know that our customers appreciate and value.”
See below for highlights from the first 9 months of 2013:
Top-selling retail mid-size car in America.
Top-selling retail light vehicle to younger buyers aged 18-34.
Top-selling retail mid-size sedan in California and New York, two of America’s largest automotive markets.
Double-digit retail sales growth in 44 states.
Year-over-year retail sales up 16.2 percent through September.
Accord’s retail market share in the mid-size segment is 16.6 percent.
Top-selling compact car in America.
2nd best-selling retail light vehicle (behind Accord) to young buyers aged 18-34
Top-selling retail compact car in 21 states, including California and New York.
Year-over-year retail sales up 11% through September.
Civic’s retail market share in the compact segment is 16.8 percent.
Top-selling retail compact SUV in America.
Top-selling retail compact SUV in 31 states including the top five retail states for compact SUVs – California, New York, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania.
CR-V’s retail market share in the compact SUV segment is 14.6 percent.
Top-selling minivan in America.
Top-selling retail minivan in 30 states.
Odyssey’s retail market share in the minivan segment is 31.5 percent
Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
What makes driving a Honda so special? You can share your store with the world in Honda’s new campaign based on the company’s new slogan, “Start Something Special.”
Honda recently launched a new campaign encouraging Honda fans to share their special Honda memories on Tumblr. Participants can share stories about driving home from the hospital after a birth, traveling the world in your Honda, passing a mileage milestone or any other special memories you and your Honda have made.
Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
Honda received high marks in a report released by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a United Kingdom-based non-profit that analyzes company influence on climate change. The CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report also named Honda as one of the world’s 12 most advanced companies.
According to a Honda press release, “For the third consecutive year, Honda was listed as one of only 60 companies in the CDP’s ‘Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index’ (CDLI), which features the world’s most advanced companies in the area of disclosures related to global climate change. Honda was also named as one of only 56 companies in the ‘Carbon Performance Leadership Index’ (CPLI), which features the world’s most advanced companies in the area of actual performance in initiatives to address climate change,” the company reported.
Honda has been working toward fulfilling its vision of a “Sustainable Society Where People Can Enjoy Life” by progressing its environmental initiatives in six global regions. In addition, the company became the world’s first company to disclose all Scope 33 GHG emissions and remains proactive in being open about its impact on the environment.
Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
According to a recent press release,Honda is launching its new advertising tagline, “Start Something Special,” with a series of commercials featuring the 2014 Honda Odyssey and the world’s first commercially available in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, the HondaVAC.
“How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris and Rainn Wilson of “The Office” lent their voices to the first of the videos, available here, as a gummy bear and a ball of lint respectively. Each video showcases the “spokescrumbs” and their tangles with the Odyssey’s in-vehicle vacuum cleaner.
Mashable reported that according to Honda, the idea for the HondaVAC came from a Honda engineer’s daughter. When she saw how frustrated her dad was getting by the mess the kids made in the van, she said, “Dad, you need a vacuum in here.”
The “Start Something Special” tagline will be used across all Honda brands. Each commercial will begin with a mnemonic tone to distinguish itself as a Honda advertisement, according to Honda’s press release.
“The new Honda tagline is built on the insight that people form a special relationship with their Hondas. They love them. They name them. They talk to them. It’s a truly unique bond,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “‘Start Something Special’ illustrates this connection while emphasizing the special qualities that only Honda vehicles provide.”
Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
Hondahas always had a reputation for taking safety seriously, but now Honda drivers can feel safer than ever as Honda recently reported that the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and 2013 Honda Civic Coupe models remain the only small cars to achieve the top Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash rating of GOOD. The Civic Sedan and Coupe are also the only small cars to earn the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS and the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program.
“Honda continues to lead the industry in crash test performance, and after watching the videos, I think every compact car shopper should view the results of the new IIHS small overlap front crash tests before deciding on their next car,” Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said in the press release. “For customers looking to buy a compact car that achieves an overall GOOD rating in the IIHS small overlap frontal test, Civic is currently the only choice.”
For five weeks, videos of dads using the2014 Honda Odyssey to make a positive impact on their families and communities will be featured on the NFI and Life of Dad websites.
“We are proud to support the “Dads Doing Good” program this summer,” Alicia Jones, manager of Honda and Acura social marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said in a news release. “The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the perfect vehicle to help enable these dads to help in the community.”
Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda
Hollywood is making the switch from celluloid to digital in the next few months, and while most large indoor movie theaters take in enough profit to afford the switch, the transition might ring the death knell for the 400-plus American drive-in theaters that are already struggling. In an effort to save these classic cultural icons,Honda recently announced the start of their Project Drive-In campaign.
According to the campaign’s website, “In less than 3 months, the majority of American drive-in theaters will face closure with the movie industry’s switch from film to digital. Upgrading to digital projection costs roughly $80,000. We want to preserve this iconic part of American car culture. So we’re taking the first step by starting a drive-in fund and donating 5 digital projectors.”
Honda is inviting people to decide where those digital projectors will go by voting on Project Drive-In’s website, which has an interactive map of the location of every drive-in movie theater.
Those who wish to do more can donate to the digital projector fund or take a pledge (published on Facebook or Twitter) to visit a local drive-in theater this season. Honda is also asking people to help spread the word and has made logos, flyers, digital badges and Facebook cover photos featuring the tagline “Don’t let them go dark” available for download.
As a company with more vehicles equipped with an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating on the market than any car manufacturer (5), Honda encourages buyers to find a reputable Honda dealer and make sure all parts came from a quality body shop.
The airbag is one of the most important yet overlooked auto features, so make it a priority when you’re buying.
Click here for more information on Honda’s airbag technology and buying tips.
Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda
On July 15th, Honda engaged Twitter users by responding to tweets with the #wantnewcar hashtag and included some personalized videos through Vine. The Summer Clearance event will also be advertised via television, print and other mediums. Neil Patrick Harris even needed some Honda advice.
The story behind #wantnewcar:
If you want to know more, you can find all of our Summer Clearance sales on our website. Or, tweet @Honda using #wantnewcar and you might be featured in one of @Honda’s Vine videos.
The 2013 Honda Accord and Civicsedans, along with the CR-V compact SUV, were named to the list of 10 Best Family Cars compiled by the experts at Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com. The list consists of the most family-friendly vehicles that stood out in several key areas: safety, fuel efficiency, technology and connectivity.
The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for features like LaneWatch™ blind spot display, plus industry-leading safety scores which earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Civic boasted significant upgrades en route to being honored on the list for the second year. The TOP SAFETY PICK+ features a rearview camera, HandsFreeLink™Bluetooth®, Pandora® Internet radio interface, SMS text message feature and steering wheel audio controls. The Civic also earned a 5-star Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.
The CR-V also earned recognition for the second year. The crossover is another TOP SAFETY PICK+ and is distinguished by the NHTSA with a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score.
According to Honda, the Honda Fit EV, an entirely electriccar, was named one of the Greenest Vehicles in 2013 by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. The “Greenest Vehicles of 2013” is an exclusive list of 12 top models that have achieved the highest overall GreenScores, according to ACEEE’s Green Book®. The Fit EV doesn’t use a drop of gas to operate the car, resulting in the production of zero emissions.
(Honda Fit EV – Photo Credit: Honda)
Also on the list for Greenest Vehicles of 2013 was the Honda Civic Hybrid. The Civic also recently earned the award for TOP SAFETY PICK+ in 2013.
Honda has a long history of environmental leadership, including the introduction of America’s first mass-produced hybrid, the Honda Insight. For five consecutive years, the UnionofConcernedScientists has named Honda the Greenest Automaker in the U.S.
Posted By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda
The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently awarded the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe the highest available safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+. This is the first and only IIHS small car in the industry to earn this award.
According to Honda’s news release, “The new Civic Sedan, equipped with the second generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Body Structure™ (ACE™II), is not only the first Small car to earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ in the industry, but also the first and only to earn the highest possible rating of GOOD on the IIHS’ new small overlap frontal crash test (sometimes called a ‘narrow offset’ test). This aggressive test is designed to simulate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole at high speed.”
“If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance.”
Honda leads all other brands in achieving TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings with four models – Civic Sedan and Coupe, and Accord Sedan and Coupe.
“Honda is moving its North American leadership from California to a major factory campus in Ohio.
The Japanese automaker said Friday that about 50 leadership and support jobs will move to Marysville, Ohio, near Columbus.
But the company says its American headquarters and about 2,500 workers will remain in Torrance, Calif., near Los Angeles.
Honda has a huge factory complex in Marysville that makes the top-selling Accord midsize car and other vehicles.
Last year the automaker announced plans to have its sales, manufacturing and research operations North America play a greater role in the global business. The company said that the move to Ohio and several executive changes made Friday are the next step in that process.
Honda also said it would form a new services company based in Marysville.”