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May 11, 2015

The Honda Accord Hybrid Lands on KBB’s 10 Best Green Cars List

The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid has landed on Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Green Cars List for the second year in a row. The Accord made it onto the list for the incredible fuel economy the vehicle boasts, beating out the Chevy Volt and Tesla, along with how well the Honda Accord holds its value.

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

The Honda Accord has always been designed with fuel efficiency in mind, but the 2015 models beat out all previous fuel economy standings the vehicle had. Currently the Accord Hybrid sees EPA fuel economy ratings of 50 mpg highway, 45 mpg city and 47 mpg combined.

The Accord Hybrid features two motor hybrid system, blending electric-only, hybrid and engine drive models. The official name for this system is Two-Motor Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD). This technology that is part of the Honda EarthDreams powertrain lineup. This is the most thermally efficient engine in production currently for any car brand.

The Accord Hybrid also features highly responsive and powerful regenerative braking the improves the fuel performance. Along with regenerative braking to help improve fuel economy, the Accord Hybrid incorporates start/stop technology and the air conditioner, power steering and water pump are electrically operated.

The Accord Hybrid starts off as all electric when you first turn it on. If you stay in a city-driving speed limit, it will run on electric-only for about thirteen miles. This distance is so short because the battery doesn’t have the same energy storage as a plug-in model. After all-electric is used up, a generator kicks on to provide on-board electric propulsion.

Keeping the engine below 43 mph keeps the Accord in this hybrid mode, meaning there is no mechanical connection between the drive wheels and the engine. However, going faster than 43 turns the engine on. Going 60 mph or faster shifts the engine to gas-only.

Even without the first class fuel economy that the Accord Hybrid has been recognized for, the vehicle provides an incredible driving experience that some car reviews have called futuristic. Driving a Honda Accord Hybrid is absolutely seamless – drivers do not feel gears shift or hear that gasoline exhaust noise. This is because the i-MMD doesn’t have any belts, pulleys, drive clutch or torque converter to create such a seamless experience. Even without these nuances we are all used to, the Accord generates an impressive 141 horsepower for a hybrid.

July 2, 2013

Honda Adds Stylish New Accord Hybrid with Class Leading MPG Ratings to 2014 Lineup

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

The much-anticipated Accord Hybrid has been named to Honda’s 2014 lineup and boasts the same sophisticated styling you’ve come to know and love from the Sedan. The new vehicle comes armed with Honda’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain, similar to the Accord Plug-In, plus a few new style additions.

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The Accord Hybrid radiates refined style and sports a number of hybrid-only details, such as a blue-accented grille, a unique wheel design, and an intuitive and luxurious interior equipped with LaneWatch™ blind spot display.

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be just the second Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in the U.S. The Accord Hybrid smoothly rounds out a diverse Accord lineup, which includes the four-cylinder and V-6 powered Accord Sedan, sporty Accord Coupe and the advanced Accord Plug-In.

October 21, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Offers Best Halloween Featured Lease Specials

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, is celebrating Halloween with the best featured lease specials on the Honda Pilot, Odyssey and Pilot.

2012 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2011 Odyssey 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.

Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

October 10, 2011

A Huge Thanks to Mobile Commerce Daily for Featuring Frank Ancona Honda: Car dealership boosts social media engagement with mobile bar codes, SMS

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Thank you to Chantal Tode at Mobile Commerce Daily for interviewing myself and Valerie Jennings, of Jennings Social Media Marketing, about the launch of Frank Ancona Honda’s QR code and SMS campaign.

Car dealership boosts social media engagement with mobile bar codes, SMS

Car dealership Frank Ancona Honda is adding SMS and QR codes to its social media efforts to enhance customer engagement.

Frank Ancona Honda currently has a mobile site and is active in social media. It will expand these efforts going forward with QR codes and SMS as the traffic to its sites via mobile continues to grow.

“We need to expand into mobile to support our growing customer demand on smartphones,” said Jason Heard, sales manager of Frank Ancona Honda, Olathe, KS.

“We are utilizing mobile sites right now and this is the next step to not only expanding our mobile presence, but also adding more engaging to our social media practices,” he said.

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Jennings Social Media Marketing is managing the dealership’s mobile marketing rollout.

Jennings Social Media Marketing has been working with Frank Ancona Honda for almost a year managing its social media.

The dealership is also working with KickANotch for mobile tracking.

QR codes and SMS will help Frank Ancona Honda engage with its customers via social media channels and mobile as part of its ongoing marketing activities around local events.

Mobile will also help the dealership track the effectiveness of its marketing.

“We are currently sponsoring several events in the local market and the QR codes will help us understand the impact of having our cars on display at these events,” Mr. Heard said.

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October 5, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Halloween with Best Certified Specials on Accords

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By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda is offering new Halloween certified specials on the Accord Coupe, Accord Crosstour, Accord Hybrid and Accord Sedan.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Coupe
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Crosstour
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Hybrid
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Sedan
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011

September 30, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda to Sponsor the Great “Inside” Out Race Organized by the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. to Benefit Johnson County’s Homeless

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor this year at the Great “Inside” Out Race on November 6, put on by the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. The race will benefit Johnson County’s homeless children and their families.

According to Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network’s website, Johnson County’s poverty level has risen significantly since 2000:

    • •More than 23,000 Johnson County residents were living at or below the federal poverty line in 2003, which is a 50% increase over the number living in poverty in 2000

      •Nearly 8,000 of these residents living in poverty were children, which is double the number of children living in poverty in 2000

      •Use of Food Stamps by Johnson County residents increased 18% from 2003 to 2004

      •The number of children who qualify for free or reduced cost school lunches has grown by double digits in each of Johnson County’s six school districts in recent years, with an 84% increase in Blue Valley and an 86% increase in Olathe

  • To find out how you can help, visit the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network’s website at www.jocoihn.org or register to run or walk at www.greatinsideoutrace.org

    September 23, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release Posted on Major News Sites Including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & msnbc.com

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    Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s press release was recently posted on news sites including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com and msnbc.com. Frank Ancona Honda announced it would be kicking-off football season with a few new fall specials including the CR-V, Crosstour, Civic and Accord.

    2011 CR-V 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing $0 first months payment, $0 security deposit
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011-10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing $0 first months payment, $0 security deposit
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011-10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    2012 Civic HF Special APR– 1.9% APR for 24-36 months or 2.9% APR for 37-60 months.
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    2011 Accord Coupe Special APR– 0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months.
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    September 16, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Kicks Off Football With New Featured Lease Specials!

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Frank Ancona Honda is kicking off the football season with new featured lease specials including the 2012 Pilot, 2012 Crosstour and the 2011 Odyssey.

    2012 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
    $0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

    2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
    $0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

    2011 Odyssey 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
    $0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.

    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

    September 9, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary with End of Summer Clearance Sale!

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary with its end of summer clearance sale. Take advantage of this deal with 0.9% financing on all 2011 Honda models, 0.9% financing on 2012 Accords and discounted sale pricing on new 2011 models and demos.

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    Visit http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx to view the dealership’s Anniversary specials, including the next generation 2012 Honda Civic and pre-owned and new inventory. Like us on Facebook at Frank Ancona Honda and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the newest specials.

    August 26, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces Best Labor Day APR Specials!

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda announces 0.9% APR for the 2011 Accord Coupe, 2011 CR-Z and the 2011 CR-V.

    2011 Accord Coupe Labor Day Special APR
    Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    2011 CR-Z Labor Day Special APR
    Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    2011 CR-V Labor Day Special APR
    Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    August 17, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Customer Appreciation Month!

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    By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a customer appreciation video. Listen to customers talk about their Honda stories and experiences with Frank Ancona Honda.

    Roger Nordean, a valued customer of Frank Ancona Honda’s for over 20 year said, “I think the Honda brand normally is very dependable. Over the years I’ve been bringing them here, and I really was impressed that even though my first car I didn’t buy here, they did a really good job with service. We’ve been really impressed with the service.”

    WATCH VIDEO

    Visit http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx to view the dealership’s Anniversary specials, including the next generation 2012 Honda Civic and pre-owned and new inventory. Like us on Facebook at Frank Ancona Honda and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the newest specials.

    August 9, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces August’s Back to School Service Special

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    To celebrate Frank Ancona Honda’s 50-year Anniversary during the month of August we are offering a great back to school service special. For $49.95 receive a lube oil filter, top and check fluid levels, tire rotation, multi point inspection, battery test and a car wash! Call the service department at 877-331-6507 or email us at service@frankanconahonda.com to schedule an appointment.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    August 4, 2011

    Honda Tops Industry in 2011 Initial Quality Study: Winners Include the Civic, Accord & Element

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    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    We are pleased to announce that Honda recently attained its best ever results in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) with seven different vehicles winning their categories and four vehicles coming in second. In addition, Honda was also rated the second highest in the entire survey, beating luxury brands such as Lexus.

    Honda Tops Industry in 2011 Initial Quality Study

    Coming off a long string of challenging sales months, and still dealing with the aftereffects of this spring’s disasters in Japan, Honda finally was the recipient of some good news recently, when the automaker achieved its best results ever in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS). Not only was Honda the second-highest-rated brand in the entire survey, topping even all luxury brands except Lexus, but it also had seven different vehicles win their segments—more than any other automaker—and its own premium division, Acura, finished in third place overall.

    Topping their categories for Honda were:

    •Honda Fit—Sub-Compact Car
    •Honda Civic and Honda Insight (tie)—Compact Car
    •Honda Accord—Midsize Car
    •Honda Element—Compact Crossover/SUV
    •Honda Accord Crosstour—Midsize Crossover/SUV
    •Honda Ridgeline—Midsize Pickup

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    July 27, 2011

    Frank Ancona Honda Launches Facebook Contest: Enter for a Chance to Win Tickets to the 2011 Pitch Music Showcase, the Pitch Music Awards, 1 Night at The Q Hotel & Spa & Dinner at the Thai Place Restaurant

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    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Frank Ancona Honda recently launched a Facebook contest for a chance to win tickets to the Pitch Music Showcase August 4, 2011; tickets to the Pitch Music Awards on August 14, 2011; a night stay at The Q Hotel & Spa; and dinner at Thai Palace Restaurant.

    Enter for a chance to win: www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda

    The Pitch Music Showcase & Pub Crawl features more than 30 of the best local bands & DJs playing on more than six stages in Westport. Each of the bands or DJs playing at the Showcase is a nominee for The 15th Annual Pitch Music Awards on August 14th. This ceremony recognizes the best in every genre of local music: Blues, Country, Bluegrass, DJ, Dance, Electronic, Dance, Folk, Americana, Rap, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie, Rock, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Solo Artist, Latin, Metal, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock, singer and songwriter, frontman or woman, live act and new act. Tickets are $8 July 22nd -Aug 3rd and $10 if purchased the day of the event. Visit www.pitch.com/musicshowcase for more information.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: FrankAnconaHonda and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    July 21, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release Posted On Major News Sites Including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & Businessweek.com

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    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s press release was recently posted on news sites including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & Businessweek.com. Frank Ancona Honda is sponsoring the only local music awards in Kansas City:The 2011 Pitch Music Showcase on August 4th in Westport and Pitch Music Awards on August 14, 2011 at the Uptown Theater.

    The Music Showcase & Pub Crawl features more than 30 of the best local bands & DJs playing on more than six stages in Westport. Each of the bands or DJs playing at the Showcase are nominees for The 15th Annual Pitch Music Awards on August 14th. This ceremony recognizes the best in every genre of local music: Blues, Country, Bluegrass, DJ, Dance, Electronic, Dance, Folk, Americana, Rap, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie, Rock, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Solo Artist, Latin, Metal, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock, singer and songwriter, Frontman or woman, live act and new act.

    The Music Showcase & Awards supplement contains the final Pitch Music Awards ballot, write-ups on all musicians and bands nominated for Pitch Music Awards and advertising directed to a music appreciative reader.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    June 29, 2011

    Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & BusinessInsider.com Posts Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release: Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces 4th of July Special: 0.9% APR on New Honda Cars

    Posted By: Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & BusinessInsider.com Posts Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release: Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces 4th of July Special: 0.9% APR on New Honda Cars.

    KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, recently announced 4th of July special: 0.9% APR for 24-60 months on the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan, Honda CR-V, Honda Fit and Honda CR-Z.

    2011 Honda Accord Sedan

    Offer valid from June 24 – July 5, 2011

    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx

    2011 Honda CR-V

    Offer valid from June 24 – July 5, 2011

    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx

    2011 Honda Fit

    Offer valid from June 24 – July 5, 2011

    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx

    2011 Honda CR-Z

    Offer valid from June 24 – July 5, 2011

    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

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    June 17, 2011

    Thank You David Day for Publishing Frank Ancona Honda’s Article: Eco-nomics of Going Green

    Posted By Valerie Jennings

    Thank you David Day, editor and chief of Thinking Bigger Business Magazine, for publishing the article Frank Ancona Honda wrote regarding hybrids for small businesses. I really appreciate your support in getting the word out about greening the environment!

    Here is the article — ECO-NOMICS OF GOING GREEN

    by Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
    Many companies are looking for ways to be more sustainable and save money. As gas prices climb, now is a great time for small businesses to consider eco-friendly hybrid vehicles.

    According to livestrong.com, driving a hybrid can save up to 50 percent of the cost of a standard car, a potential savings of nearly $1,000 a year. There also is a lot less wear on the engine, as the car switches between motors and the one resting can cool down. Both in fuel and maintenance costs, buying hybrids can lower the economic impact of your company’s vehicle costs.

    Fleets of Hybrids

    Hybrids are a clear choice when it comes to fuel conservation. Hybrid cars have both an engine and an electric motor, which conserve fuel. Hybrids cut fuel usage by more than half, while producing lower levels of toxic exhaust fumes. A recent Kelly Blue Book survey found that 35 percent of buyers have changed their minds about the vehicle they would buy because of gas prices. And, 15 percent of people said they are looking to buy a new car to save money on gas.

    Hybrids aren’t just the right choice for individual buyers. Businesses can gain the same benefits when buying company vehicles. A study conducted in September 2010 by Pike Research confirmed that fleet operators are finding that hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) can help cut fuel costs and meet emissions-reduction targets.

    The United States is expected to be the largest fleet market for light-duty HEVs through 2015, with vehicle sales of 233,454 vehicles, an 8.1 percent compound annual growth rate from 2010. Global HEV fleet sales will reach 740,704 vehicles in 2015, representing nearly 4 percent of global LD vehicle sales.

    A key finding by Pike Research shows that commercial and government fleet managers can improve fuel economy between five percent and 40 percent, as well as lower emissions 10 percent to 50 percent below comparable vehicles with internal combustion engines.

    Types of Hybrids

    Before choosing a hybrid for your small business, be knowledgeable about the different types:

    Full hybrids can run on either just the gasoline engine or just the electric motor, but also can run on a combination of both.

    Assist hybrids also are called power hybrids and cannot run on the electric motor alone.

    Mild hybrids have starter motors that allow drivers to turn off the engine to save gas.

    No matter the type of hybrid, one thing is certain: there is always savings.

    The average driver saves $3,750 per year by buying a hybrid, and the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles by 2020 will be 40 MPG. Companies with multiple vehicles would see their savings multiply—along with the environmental impact—with each hybrid in service.

    When it’s time to replace your company vehicles, consider whether a hybrid is the right choice for the environment and for your bottom line.

    Jason Heard is the sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe Founded in 1961, the dealership is a family-owned business celebrating its 50-year anniversary. (913) 782-3636 // www.frankanconahonda.com // www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 // Twitter: @anconahonda // www.drivegreencarsblog.com

    Read the Article on Thinking Bigger Business Magazine

    May 31, 2011

    Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Its 50 Year Anniversary With Happy Honda Owners Across The U.S.

    In a recent interview that we posted on a community forum, several Honda owners responded to our post: “If you are a happy Honda owner, please help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by submitting  your best Honda story in 200 words or less. The best stories will be featured on our blog and other social networking sites.”

    Here are some of the responses-

    Happy Honda Family of 7!
    I drive a Honda Odyssey and my husband drives a Honda Pilot. We have 5 children and will only drive a Honda! Honda’s are known for safety, sleek looks and will hold our big happy family! My last car was an Odyssey too and before children I drove a Honda Civic. We are a Happy Honda Family! Before I had children I said I would never drive a minivan but now that I drive an Odyssey I want no other vehicle to transport my growing family! I’m glad my Odyssey seats 8 people too so we have room in case we ever have another addition to our growing family! Honda’s are comfortable too and Honda has thought of everything! I love the sunroof in my minivan! How cool is that, that I get to drive a minivan that has a sunroof!

    Successfully Yours,

    -Stacy Pursell

    When “best” isn’t always happy

    I’ll readily admit I’m obsessed with my 2009 purple Honda Fit. She has an identity – clearly, a gender, too – and a name: Aubergine, which means “eggplant” in French. So I’m sure you can imagine how distraught I was to receive a 4:30 a.m. call from the local police last year, telling me I had to leave the security and stress-free shelter of my apartment. Aubergine had been “de-tired” – her alloy wheels and tires removed – and dropped onto two milk crates, one under each side between the front and back doors. The month that followed was replete with insurance headaches, repair shop ineptitudes and all the while, my husband and I were searching for our first home. No one had cautioned me about the importance of wheel locks, so I readily share this story – as well as the photos from that fateful morning, still saved on my BlackBerry – to Fit owners and others who adore their small cars. Aubergine celebrated the one-year anniversary of her de-tiring safe in her half of our two-car garage – and hopefully she’ll never been vandalized again!

    -Margot MacKay

     

    May 19, 2011

    Attention New Owners: You Are Invited to Frank Ancona Honda’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and New Owners Clinic

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    You are Invited to Frank Ancona Honda’s New Owners Clinic and 50th Anniversary Celebration!

    The event will be held June 22nd 2011 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

    Experts will be available to answer questions about your cars features, service needs and other features.

    Food and Beverages will be served.

    Please RSVP no later than June 10th, 2011 to Jason Heard (913)-782-3636. jheard@frankanconahonda.com

    We Look forward to seeing you!

    Jason Heard
    General Sales Manager
    Frank Ancona Honda

    May 12, 2011

    2012 Honda Civic Hybrid’s New Fuel Efficient feature: ECO Assist

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    Here is some information from Honda’s website on the new ECO Assist feature on the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid.

    He who drives with the most efficiency, wins.

    Push Yourself

    The Civic Hybrid now has a quick and easy way to boost your efficiency. Just push the ECON button[1]. The engine and other power-using systems will then go into super-efficient mode to maximize your mileage.

    Coach is Calling

    If you’re trying to squeeze every mile out of a gallon (and who isn’t these days?), keep an eye on the Honda Eco Assist™[1] feature. Those blue and green bars on either side of the speedometer indicate your level of efficiency as you drive.

    Hybrids Go the Distance

    All Civic models have Eco Assist™, but the Hybrid model makes the most of it by giving you a handy Eco Guide to help you along the way, and by tabulating your Eco Score at the end of each drive.

    Give Me an MPG

    Take advantage of all the gas-saving technology in a new Civic Hybrid, and you can get an EPA estimated 44 mpg[2] on the highway. That’s money in the tank. And a neighborly nod to the environment.

    Leaves, a Legacy

    The Civic Hybrid benefits from all the innovations since Honda introduced the first gas-electric hybrid to the American market in 1999. It’s all led to this latest milestone: a next-generation Civic Hybrid available with an impressive AT-PZEV CARB Emissions Rating[3].

    [1] Eco Assist and the ECON button are trademarks of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and may not be used or reproduced without prior written approval.

    [2] 44 city/44 hwy/44 combined mpg. Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

    May 5, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces Arrival of the New 2012 Honda Civic Sedan

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    Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, recently announced the arrival of the new 2012 Honda Civic Sedan.

    View all of the features on the 2012 Honda Civic: http://bit.ly/esyPL6

    The 2012 Honda Civic Sedan offers the brisk performance of a 140-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC®engine that has been refined for 2012 with many friction-reducing and airflow improvements. Weight-saving technologies, improved aerodynamics and engine modifications result in a new Civic with some impressive new EPA ratings.

    The 2012 Honda Civic Sedan is environmentally friendly and now achieves 28 city/39 highway MPG. Plus, increased structural rigidity makes for more responsive handling. Every 2012 Civic with an automatic transmission earns a PZEV (Partial-Zero-Emission Vehicle) rating in states that adhere to CARB standards[2]. Exercise your options: Choose the smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic. Or there’s the 5-speed manual (DX, LX).

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

     

    April 26, 2011

    2012 Honda Civic 44 MPG Hybrid Provides Fuel Efficient Alternatives to High Gas Prices

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    Posted By: Jason Heard

    Here is a recent blog post from Gas 2.0, written by Christopher DeMorro, announcing the 44 mpg rating of the new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid.

    Honda Civic Hybrid: 44 MPG, up to 68.7 MPG?

    Hello, Prius? Yeah, there’s a new guy in the neighborhood, and he’d like to talk about fuel efficiency. His name is the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, and he’s got a 44/44/44 mpg rating. And he looks like a car.

    While its not quite the 45 mpg rating we were promised, this 44 mpg rating on the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is an impressive feat of engineering for a number of reasons, not the least of which was building a hybrid on one of the top selling vehicle platforms of all time. That could help the Civic Hybrid to attain the sales volume needed to make an impact on the dominant Prius sales. But as I’ve pointed out before, the MPG Gap is quickly closing between Toyota’s hybrid and the rest of the crowd, and they’re doing it in vehicles with more mass market appeal. The Civic Hybrid is 7 MPG behind in highway driving, but only 4 in the city, and I like that I could buy a Civic Hybrid, and most people wouldn’t even notice the difference (on the outside at least.)

    So how did Honda improve its hybrid system for that lovely 44 mpg rating? They gave the new Civic Hybrid lithium-ion batteries to start with, which were 30% smaller than the old nickel-hydride battery pack (that the Prius V gets stuck with here in the states.) They also gave the hybrid a slightly larger engine, from 1.3 to 1.5 liters, which provides more power using the same amount of fuel. The electric motors also had their output bumped up to 20 kW as well. All told, HybridCars was able to get 68.7 mpg on a 10-mile road course set up by Honda, the best mpg score of the day during a media preview earlier in April (where was my invite?? I coulda done better.)

    Alas, the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid will have a starting cost of $24,050; throw in leather, satellite radio and navigation and you’re talking closer to $27,000. Honda doesn’t have too high of sales hopes for the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid at just around 1,300 units a month, but with the extra volume from other Civic sales they can continue to invest in fuel-saving technology that will eventually spread out across their whole lineup. Sure, some media outlets aren’t happy with the lack of dynamic changes to the Civic’s looks, but I really like the looks of the most recent Civics. It feels like a completely different class of car from the Civics of old, but it doesn’t come across as trying to make a statement either. It’s just a really, really, really efficient version of the Civic, and that tickles me just right.

    April 19, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Rolls Out New Drive Green Car Blog, Video & Social Networking Promotions in Time for Earth Day

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    Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, rolled out a new green car blog (www.drivegreencarsblog.com), promotional video featuring the new CR-Z hybrid sport and social networking offers in time for Earth Day.

    Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, said that their Kansas City Honda dealership was looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day. “Jennings Social Media Marketing suggested a more eco-friendly strategy focused on our hybrids, so we ran with the green car blog, new CR-Z video and ways to connect with Frank Ancona Honda fans on Facebook and Twitter,” said Heard.

    The dealership is looking for new opportunities to reach social networking enthusiasts and is driving traffic to its social networking pages with special offers on cars, service and parts. Check out Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177?ref=ts and Twitter: @anconahonda.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: at Frank Ancona Honda and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.