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January 7, 2017

Honda Releases Additional Information on the Infamous Type R

The release date for one of Honda’s most anticipated vehicles, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, is drawing closer as additional information has been announced. The news announcement came as a huge relief to many loyal fans and owners of the already popular vehicle.

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Reports from Road and Track have confirmed that the Type R will remain untouched by a  continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT, according to Autotrader is a lesser-known alternative to conventional automatic transmissions. Unlike those transmissions, a CVT doesn’t have any gears, but instead stays in a single “magical” gear.

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Honda says the Type R will build upon the low and wide proportion of the new popular Civic Hatchback we’ve in previous posts. The Type R is expected to enhance the body of the hatchback with a more muscular styling and modifications to aid in its overall aerodynamic performance. The prototype of the vehicle was shown with a highly reflective and finely brushed aluminum-effect finish and the Red “H” badge. The car now features a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. The vehicle also features smoked lenses for the headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights that reflect the Type R’s more aggressive character.

 

Further reports say the Type R will feature front-wheel drive with a limited-slip differential for the front axle. The car is also said to have a lower center of gravity compared to the current version of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, upon which the Type R is largely based. Many anticipate the vehicle to feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers over 300 horsepower. This would make it almost twice as powerful as the other Civics in Honda’s lineup. With the new year upon us, the Type R is currently slated to make its production debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in March.

 

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January 3, 2017

Frank Ancona Honda Excited for 2017 Honda Odyssey’s Arrival; One of the Best Selling Minivans in the Country

The fourth generation of the Honda Odyssey, one of the best selling minivans in the country, has finally arrived. According to Honda, the Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for each of the past six years and is leading the pack once again for 2016. The minivan has also been the top choice of buyers under 35 every year since 2013. The 2016 model was also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Minivans for Families for a record-breaking sixth year as well as earning recognition as one of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2016.

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The new 2017 Honda Odyssey will continue to offer class-leading fuel-economy ratings of 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined, respectively. With the ability to carry eight passengers comfortably, the whole family will be able to comfortably enjoy long road trips. The new model will also see the SE and EX-L trims fitted with the acoustic windshield found in previous models. This feature helps to reduce noise from entering the cabin, making every drive quieter and more enjoyable.

The Odyssey utilizes the next-generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and makes extensive use of high-strength steel. This results in a very strong front frame and door structure for increased protection in a frontal collision. The new model will be powered by a 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine that produces up to 248 horsepower. The engine is also paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that, together with the new engine, helps the Odyssey receive such an efficient EPA fuel-economy.

For those looking for the best of the best, consider an upgrade to the Odyssey SE and Touring Elite models featuring HondaVac. This in-vehicle vacuum cleaner system is designed to help families keep the Odyssey’s interior neat and clean. The device, designed for dry use, operates on the vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system and easily surpasses the performance of handheld rechargeable vacuums.

To learn more about the newest model of the Honda minivan we encourage you to call us at (913) 782-3636 or visit our dealership at 1000 N Rogers Rd, Olathe, KS 66062.

 

December 4, 2016

Honda to Receive 2017 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards

Consumer Guide Automotive recognizes vehicles that stay current with the latest automotive trends and test drives more than 150 new vehicles each year. From that group, they select the top cars in each class as Best Buys for their highest ranking and honor. According to Consumer Guide, “A vehicle does not become a Best Buy based solely on objective ratings. It also has to distinguish itself as being a good dollar value compared to others in the class.” The three Honda cars that received awards this year were the Pilot, HR-V and Ridgeline truck.

 

The all-new redesigned Ridgeline was named as the best compact pickup truck because it offered the best comfort, convenience and driving dynamics of any small pickup. As we mentioned previously, the new truck comes with a plethora of new features. But Consumer Guide especially admired the blending of the pickup-truck utility with the civility of a car in a sensible package.

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Not to be outdone, the upgraded 2017 Pilot took home the award for best midsize crossover/SUV. Consumer Guide felt that the Pilot boasted an impressive selection of available comfort and safety features combined with a nicely finished cabin and excellent fuel efficiency for its size. It’s also worth mentioning that the Pilot is one of the few vehicles in its class to offer the ability to seat eight passengers. All trim levels except for the Elite model offer this seating capacity. The Elite drops down to seven passengers due to the second row of captain’s chairs that offer additional comfort. The 2017 model builds upon the 2016 Pilot’s redesign by adding additional space and more advanced safety and technology features.

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Finally, the new 2017 HR-V took Consumer Guide’s award for the new subcompact crossover/SUV category with its excellent use of space. Continuing Honda’s practice of taking something great and making it better, they found ways to improve the car that won 2016 Green SUV of the Year, along with other recognitions of U.S. News Best Cars for Families and KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016. With an estimated 34-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating and an estimated 28-mpg city fuel economy rating for the 2WD CVT, this vehicle is set to maintain it’s impeccable green record.

 

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To learn more about these three Consumer Guide Best Buys, we encourage you to stop by and visit our showroom or call us at 913-782-3636 and one of our experts would be happy to assist you!

 

November 27, 2016

Honda Announces Clarity Fuel Cell Lease Terms and Pricing

With its announcement earlier this year during the Second Annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day regarding the 2017 Honda Fuel Cell Clarity, Honda has now announced the lease pricing for the new sedan. According to Honda, the vehicle will be competitively leased at an introductory lease price of $369 a month for 36 months (plus tax). Additionally, the terms of the lease include an attractive mileage allowance of 20,000 per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of an Avis Luxury Rental in California and 24/7 roadside assistance.

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Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., believes that launching the Clarity at an affordable lease price will enable more consumers to enjoy the benefits of the fuel cell vehicle. As was mentioned previously, the Clarity Fuel Cell has received an EPA driving range of close to 366 miles. The fuel economy rating of the new car has come in at 68 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent), allowing it to stay on the road longer and providing the best range rating of any zero-emission vehicle.

Honda designed the hydrogen powered car to meet customer needs without sacrificing performance or safety. The Clarity Fuel Cell is over 30 percent more compact than previous models, with a power output of over 60 percent more than the Honda FCX Clarity. As with many Honda sedans, the new model will feature a low and wide aerodynamic body with clean lines while the interior showcases a refined design that utilizes rich materials and intuitive controls. Customers will continue to be able to enjoy the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

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November 18, 2016

Honda “Injecting” More Sport into the Civic with New Si Model

The Honda Civic, already recognized as Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 Small Car Best Buy, Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 Overall Best Buy and AutoGuide’s 2016 North American Car of the Year just got even better with two recent announcements. Not only has the 2017 Honda Civic been named Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buy, but the lineup is expanding with the announcement that the Civic Si will be joining the family. The 2017 model is said to be the fastest and most powerful Si to date from Honda and will come in both a coupe and sedan body style.

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The Rallye Red Pearl Civic Si Prototype comes with a full factory performance aero kit that includes front and rear splitters and a rear spoiler. Both the sedan and the coupe will be powered by a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-liter engine with dual variable cam timing. The direct-injected and turbocharged engine will be paired with a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, according to Honda. Furthermore, the Si variants will both feature performance upgrades that include a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tires making this one of the best-handling Si models offered.

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The interior of the vehicle sports Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching that includes stitched Si logos. The red sport stitching carries through to the doors, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The Si Prototype interior also features a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.

 

The Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan are expected to hit the market next year as the latest additions to the 10th generation of the Honda Civic lineup that includes the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and the euro styled Civic Hatchback. Call us at 913-782-3636 to schedule a test drive of one of the fabulous award winning models today.

 

October 28, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Gears Up for SEMA 2016 & Recaps Honda’s Excitement for 2017 Ridgeline

Honda is gearing up for a big showcase at the 2016 SEMA show with a custom Honda Ridgeline. The SEMA show is one of the top automotive trade shows in the world and takes place annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this show, different auto manufacturers will showcase educational seminars, product demonstrations and much more. The trade show is said to draw the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products, as over 60,000 people attended last year’s show.

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The decision to showcase a custom Ridgeline at this year’s event was an easy choice, especially with all of the positive feedback the truck has been receiving since its launch a few months ago. Right out of the gate, Car and Driver fell in love with the spacious and comfortable interior, claiming it “embarrasses the competition.” Most recently, the pickup truck was recognized for its superior safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, recently shared a video, discussing tests performed on a series of trucks where the Ridgeline stood out. Overall, the IIHS has provided superior safety ratings for the truck that are well within Honda’s standards of excellence.

Unlike typical trucks, this vehicle is a great everyday mode of transportation that can provide consumers with a multitude of features that are not offered among competing brands, such as Ford and Chevrolet. These features include an in-bed storage compartment with a drain and dual-action tailgate that opens vertically and horizontally to allow for easy loading and finally weatherproof speakers in the bed making this vehicle ideal for tailgating.

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For a chance to own a 2017 Honda Ridgeline, visit Frank Ancona Honda at 1000 N Rogers Rd, Olathe, KS 66062. You can also call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive of this incredible truck.

 

October 7, 2016

How Protected is Your Investment?

 

Warranties seem to be attached to almost everything we buy today. But do you actually know what your warranty covers? At the time of your vehicle purchase we offer five different levels of coverage – our Pro Certified Lifetime Warranty plus four other levels to choose from depending on your needs. At the Frank Ancona dealership we want to help you fully understand your coverage options so that you can pick the plan that’s the right fit for you.

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A warranty is essentially a guarantee that is issued to the customer ensuring that if there is a problem with your vehicle we will repair or replace the affected part within a specified period of time. At Frank Ancona Honda our Pro Certified Lifetime Powertrain Warranty is included free with every eligible vehicle purchased from our dealership and covers your engine, transmission and drivetrain assembly.

 

This free powertrain warranty is valuable as it can save you  a significant amount of money on unexpected repairs over the lifetime of your vehicle. This warranty lasts as long as you own the vehicle and the only requirement is that you maintain your vehicle to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

Please see the actual warranty information for full details. This information is available to you prior to purchasing the vehicle. Please take the time to carefully read all of the terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions as not all parts or circumstances are covered.​

 

While this free warranty covers the powertrain, customers have the opportunity to upgrade their plan to extend coverage to the entire car. These lifetime warranties help you to always know what the cost is going to be on any repair to your vehicle. You can even choose from different deductible levels to further protect you financially.

 

Our customers find warranty coverage extremely beneficial, especially on higher mileage vehicles that have a higher likelihood of needing future repairs. On top of our incredible powertrain warranty we do several additional warranties to protect your investment.

 

Together with our Lifetime Powertrain Warranty, these optional non lifetime warranties combine to offer a level of protection almost unheard of in the industry!

 

The four additional warranty options are as follows:

 

Powertrain Advantage

Covers all parts for engine, transmission and drivetrain assembly. You also get the added coverage of an expense reimbursement package that includes a rental car, manufacturer’s Warranty deductible and travel/lodging as well as roadside assistance.

 

Vehicle Value Care

This protection plan includes everything that is covered by the Powertrain Advantage plan plus additional coverage for the suspension, front-wheel steering, brakes, the electrical systems, AC and heating, fuel system and the car’s cooling system.

 

Mechanical Advantage Care

This protection plan includes the first two plans plus additional coverage for interior electronics, powertrain electronics, ABS brakes, convenience accessories and the vehicle hardware.

 

Automotive Preferred Care

This plan, our best coverage, offers all parts ranging from the engine and transmission to audio equipment and video hardware, except for specifically excluded services and conditions.

 

When considering your options, keep in mind that the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty comes with your car but you have the opportunity to upgrade your coverage at the time of purchase. Our best advice to the consumer is to carefully look over each warranty plan offered so that you make make an informed decision about what care plan fits you and your new vehicle the best. If you have any questions on warranties or need help choosing the best fit for you, don’t hesitate to call us at 913-782-3636 or stop in and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable finance department.

October 7, 2016

Frank Ancona Takes a Look at New Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan

Honda is celebrating  Second Annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Dayearly with an incredible announcement.  The 2017 Honda Fuel Cell Clarity will be released this winter. National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8 was initially created to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is currently available in today’s world. The date of the 8th is significant as 10/08 is the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).

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Honda believes that hydrogen can play a critical role in addressing global climate change and accelerating progress towards a more sustainable, ultra low-carbon mobility future. The new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell sedan is expected to have the ability to traverse over 300 miles per fueling with a refueling time of approximately three to five minutes.  Honda believes that the zero-emission Clarity will meet customer needs for performance, safety and advanced telematics all while addressing society’s environmental and energy concerns. The fuel cell stack within the car is said to be 33 percent more compact than previous models with a 60 percent increase in power compared to the Honda FCX Clarity. The compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain now fits entirely under the hood allowing for more spacious seating.

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The new model will feature a low and wide aerodynamic body with clean lines while the interior showcases a refined experience using rich materials and intuitive controls. Like many new model Honda’s, customers will be able to enjoy additional features including the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be available in Crystal Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl and signature Bordeaux Red Metallic exterior paint schemes. To stay up to date on additional information about the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and all new Honda vehicles make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

September 30, 2016

Honda Unveils Prototype of New Generation of Type R

With the release of the Honda Civic Hatchback, the company also decided to unveil the next generation of the Civic Type R at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Honda says the new prototype’s body is based on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback but has been enhanced with a more muscular style and modifications to increase aerodynamic performance. The exterior of the car is wrapped in a reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish that is unique to the car. The sporty red accent line adds to Honda’s iconic red “H” badge that adorns all Type R models.

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The carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the car between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents. A small diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. This generation of the Civic Type R was developed by Honda R&D teams from Europe and Japan and manufactured exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing plant.

 

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As of now Honda hasn’t released specs for the power or performance of the new model but we can expect that it’s comparable to the previous generation. According to Autoweek, the 2015 model tops out at an impressive 167 mph from its 2.0 i-VTEC Turbo Engine. These impressive stats earned this model of the civic the title of Most Popular Performance Car at the 2016 Honest John Awards.

September 23, 2016

Coming This Fall to Frank Ancona Honda: The 2017 Honda HR-V

Honda has released information on the new model year of their popular HR-V crossover SUV. The HR-V will feature a bold and sporty coupe-like styling combined with the versatility of an SUV and will come standard with an estimated 34-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating and an estimated 28-mpg city fuel economy rating for the 2WD CVT. This impressive fuel economy is sure to help the new model continue its impressive record as the 2016 Green SUV of the Year, along with its other recognitions of U.S. News Best Cars for Families and KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016.

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The HR-V will be available in three trims, the LX, EX and EX-L. The 2017 model will be powered by a refined and efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 16 valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine producing a peak 141 horsepower. Paired with the engine is one of two efficient and responsive Honda transmissions: A seamless and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT), available on all models, or an engaging 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.

The crossover will come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a push button electric parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold, a rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora® radio and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, the 2017 HR-V also adds a sophisticated new color – Lunar Silver metallic – to its palette, replacing Alabaster Silver.

Frank Ancona Honda has already ordered the incredible crossover SUV. Look for it to arrive to our dealership later this fall. For added luxury, customers will want to ask for the EX and EX-L models that will come standard with a push starter and the incredible Honda LaneWatch™ system. Just signal right and a small camera displays live video on your Display Audio screen to reveal nearly four times more than the passenger-side mirror alone.

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September 16, 2016

The All-New Look at the 2016 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V made a comeback in a big way in 2016. After a halt in 2006, the second generation HR-V started production again in 2014 and Honda’s latest model is earning rave reviews. It’s hard to find a knock against the new HR-V. This versatile crossover is easy to drive, handles nicely and has a size that fits seemingly anywhere.

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The HR-V certainly has the specs to back-up its accolades. With three different options to choose from, the LX, EX and EX-L Navi, there’s a model that’s a perfect fit for everyone. The vehicle comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio interface, 5-inch color LCD screen (7-inch with EX & EX-L), multi-angle rearview camera, 2nd row magic seat, remote entry and a 141-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-Valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine.

When it comes to competitors, the HR-V “thoroughly trounces” them, according to Edmunds. The estimated 31 MPG  is quite impressive for a SUV. Combine the MPG with spacious seating and well-mannered handling and it’s no surprise the HR-V is “trouncing” the competition!

To see this incredible crossover for yourself,  come in today and check out the 2016 Honda HR-V at Frank Ancona Honda!

 

September 16, 2016

The Honda CR-V: The Ultimate Crossover Vehicle

The journey of the CR-V started more than 20 years ago when the car was first released. The new model stands completely apart of its earlier iterations, ditching the boxy edges for a curvier finish that resembles the rest of the Honda family.

With fall and winter just around the corner we can expect a lot more inclement weather. You want to feel  safe and secure knowing that nothing in the road will stand in your way. A review in Car and Driver calls the 2016 Honda CR-Vboth versatile and reliable while being  no stranger to luxury.

This means that regardless of the weather outside you will be riding in style. The vehicle comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, USB Audio Interface, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines and a 185-hp, 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-Cylinder Engine (LX model).

Four additional models of Honda’s CR-V offer even more luxurious features, giving you comfort and convenience. The Touring model even comes with the incredible Honda Sensing Package and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

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Over the past few years the Honda CR-V has received several notable accolades including:

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The Honda CR-V boasts an impressive 33/26 Hwy/City MPG rating while comfortably transporting five people.  You’ll find plenty of power, fuel economy and luxury features in this surprisingly affordable vehicle. Stop by to test drive the incredible Honda CR-V at  Frank Ancona Honda. We’re here to answer all your questions and will work with you to find your next car!

August 26, 2016

Honda Continues Its Impressive 2017 Model Lineup with the Third Generation Fit

A lot can happen in 10 years; life can change and so can cars. This year Honda released the 2017 Honda Fit which puts the versatile, fun and affordable Fit line into its tenth year on the market of the United States. The 2017 Fit remains one of the most fuel efficient cars on the road today and continues to be built on its phenomenal award winning platform which earned it recognition for Best Hatchback for the Money by U.S. News & World Report,One of America’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars by KBB.com and a Five Star Rating from NHTSA in 2016.

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Boasting an amazing 36/29 Hwy/City MPG rating, the traditional, five-door hatchback is available in three different trim levels: LX, EX and the EX-L. The Fit comes standard with automatic headlights, Bluetooth and a center console with storage. Different trims levels will offer features such as a power moonroof, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display audio system and heated leather seats. Also new for 2017 is the addition of Alabaster Silver Metallic to the exterior color options.

 
What really sets the Fit apart from other compact hatchbacks is the amount of interior space it boasts. According to Honda, the vehicle offers class-leading passenger space and versatility courtesy of its center-mounted fuel tank and their “Magic Seat.” In fact, Honda states that the Fit offers nearly four more inches of legroom to passengers in the rear of the car. Instead of being limited in storage space, the Fit has the storage capacity of a larger SUV due to the folding ability of the seats. Car and Driver even called the original model a “diminutive road warrior with Great-Pumpkin interior volume.” How often can that be said about a compact hatchback? Not very often and the Fit owns that extra space!

 

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To test drive one of these incredible and sporty vehicles, we encourage you to stop by our Olathe dealership. Don’t wait too long, now is the perfect time to buy with our Summer Clearance Event in full swing.

July 21, 2016

Frank Ancona Follows Along as Serial One Restoration Revitalizes Historic N600

Tim Mings, the mechanic famous for his knowledge of classic Honda vehicles, continues to work hard on restoring the classic Serial One. Honda has announced that Mings has nearly completed restoring the engine of the vehicle. According to Digital Trends, the car being restored is the first Honda vehicle sold in the United States and is one of 50 N600s imported to the U.S. during the car’s first year on the market. The most recent video shows Mings attempting to remove the flywheel of the car. Interestingly enough, he doesn’t have the right type of tool on hand due to the fact that the flywheel used in the first 50 models were different then the later production models.

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On the Honda Serial One website, Honda provides additional information and explains the history of the car. According to Honda, most cars had high emissions in 1969 and were not even close to being fuel-efficient. The N600 fought to change this perception as it was nearly 3 feet shorter than most cars on the road in America and weighed nearly half of what the best-selling car at the time did. As Mings states in a video located on The News Wheel, “It’s interesting to see when Honda changed things. They always changed it for a reason. They always made it better, that’s just what they do.”

 

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Frank Ancona shares Tim’s sentiments about Honda, “We love the history of the cars which is why we have an extensive collection of Historic Honda projects. We enjoy reminiscing on  our history as we look forward to the future with new vehicles.” If you would like to see our collection or test drive one of our new vehicles, please stop by our dealership and we would be happy to help you.

 

 

May 6, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Receives Top Marks for Safety Across the Board

When it comes to transportation, safety is a big concern. We want to know that if the worst were to happen, we and our love ones will walk away. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released their assessment of the 2016 Honda Civic and the car shines bright among competitors.
The IIHS has given the 2016 model top grades in all categories tested. While testing a model of the 2016 Civic Touring sedan, Edmunds found that the car stopped a few feet shorter than most when braking at 60 miles per hour. All models of the Civic come standard with the usual bells and whistles of stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera (a feature that is often an upgrade with other vehicles). As you change to the more luxurious trims, the Civic gains additional features such as a right-side blind spot camera known as LaneWatch and more advanced sensing technology.

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Beyond the car’s superior structural engineering, the vehicle also has the trademarked Honda Sensing technology  to keep operators safe on the road. Some of the features of Honda Sensing technology include:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

This technology relies on sophisticated sensors that detect not only other vehicles and obstacles, but also the lanes you are driving in. If the car senses something that could lead to an accident, it will emit a warning tone. If the driver does not react quickly enough, the car can automatically begin to correct itself or even apply the brakes if necessary. While we will always promote safe driving, we want you to know that we are here to back you up for those instances that are beyond your control.

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If you want to experience the comfort and safety of the 2016 Honda Civic for yourself,  call us to schedule a test drive or just come into our dealership. We will help you find the perfect car, whether you want to lease or buy.

March 21, 2016

Civic vs. Corolla: Comparing the Most Popular Small Sedans

The compact sedan market is a very competitive market. Two of its top contenders are the 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Toyota Corolla. A meticulous comparison of these cars reveals that the Civic comes out on top in three major areas.

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Efficiency

 

Needless to say, efficiency is going to be one of the most important factors when anyone is considering a compact car. Honda knows this and this is why the Civic delivers such fantastic fuel economy at 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway*. That’s better than the Toyota Corolla’s 31/38 mpg.

 

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Since the Honda Civic delivers far better fuel economy than the Toyota Corolla, you would expect the Corolla to win in the power department; however, this is not the case. The Honda Civic delivers 158 horsepower compared to the Corolla’s 132 horsepower.

 

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Just because it’s a compact car doesn’t mean it can’t have plenty of interior space for passengers and cargo. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla share a similar volume of passenger space. However, when it comes to cargo space, the Civic beats the Corolla hands down. While the Corolla only has 13 cubic feet of cargo volume, the Civic features 15.1 cubic feet.

 

If you’re doing a 2016 Honda Civic vs. 2016 Toyota Corolla comparison, you’ll see that where it counts, the Civic makes for a smarter choice.

 

*27 city/40 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 6MT model. 31 city/41 highway/35 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city/42 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

December 21, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Thanks Kansas Citians for Donating to U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

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Over the past month, Frank Ancona Honda has been collecting new, unwrapped toys as an official sponsor for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. With the help of the Kansas City community, we were able to collect 225 toys that will be distributed as gifts to children in need this holiday season.

This was our first year sponsoring the program and we can’t wait to see what the next couple of years will bring.

Dave Heitman, the general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, said, “We were excited to participate in the Toys for Tots program for the first time this year, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The Kansas City community donated tons of toys that will go to less fortunate children in the area this holiday season. We always try to give back to the community in any way we can and this program provides us with the opportunity to help children in need every winter from now on.”

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Frank Ancona Honda is committed to philanthropic charities that support kids and families. It has donated and helped fundraise for charities like City Union Mission, the Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Charities, the Phoenix Family, KidsTLC and more.

About Toys for Tots: The Toys for Tots program became a foundation for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1995. The program aims to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas. Toys for Tots helps unite all members of the community to play an active role in the development of our children. Over its lifespan, the program has distributed over 416 million toys to over 195 million less fortunate children.

To learn more about the program click here.

October 18, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Salutes Vets with Military Appreciation Offer in Honor of Veterans Day

Olathe Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, the largest dealership in the Kansas City metro (measured in acres), is proud to honor active and retired vets with the Military Appreciation Offer in time for Veterans Day, on November 11, 2015. Vets will receive $500 in cash when they finance a vehicle via American Honda. The offer is valid through January 4, 2016 unless terminated earlier by HFS and only one $500 Military Appreciation Certificate allowed per vehicle. Print this blog post and stop by Frank Ancona Honda to take advantage of the offer!   

 

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Mr. Frank Ancona, who founded the dealership, also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The dealership continues to support its community by donating to several family charities, such as Phoenix Family, Catholic Charities, TLC for Children and Families and many more. The family-run Olathe Honda dealer recognizes the importance of supporting our troops and their families.

Offer Terms:

The Military Appreciation Offer can be used toward the purchase or lease of any new 2015 or 2016 model year Honda automobile using a valid Honda APR, Honda Leadership Lease®, or Honda Leadership Purchase Plan® program through HFS (excludes Zero Due at Signing Lease program).

 

To be eligible for this offer, you must meet certain credit criteria established by HFS and the vehicle must be eligible for new-vehicle rates. Honda Military Appreciation Offer is available to Individuals who are:

 

  • Active Duty U.S. Military, (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Active Reserve) and their spouses.
  • Active Duty U.S. Military Ready Reserve, (Inactive National Guard, Individual Ready Reserve, Selected Reserve) and their spouses.
  • U.S. Military Veterans who are within 180 days of separation from active service and their spouses.
  • U.S. Military Retirees (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Active Reserve).
  • Spouses of U.S. Military Retirees (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Active Reserve) who are within 180 days of separation from active service.

 

Eligible customers must meet the following conditions at the time of purchase:

 

  • Provide Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) as proof of military status or active service at the time of purchase or lease.
  • Spouses of a member of the U.S. Military must provide proof of relationship by presenting a Military ID, and provide spouse’ LES. Only a copy of the LES will be retained by the dealership for verification.
  • Receive credit approval through Honda Financial Services.
  • Lease: $500 is applied toward the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $500 reduction. Purchase: $500 is applied toward the down payment

 

The certificate can be combined with all other Honda Financial Services programs, except Zero Due at Signing Lease program.

 

NOTE: During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease with Honda Financial Services, buyer may not take their vehicle outside the United States without the prior written consent of Honda Financial Services. During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease, buyer must notify Honda Financial Services immediately of any change in the buyer’s address.

September 8, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey Earn Top Safety Picks

The 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Honda Odyssey have earned top safety pick awards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2016 Honda Pilot an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2016 Honda Odyssey a five star overall safety rating.

honda pilot odyssey top safety picks

After completely redesigning the Honda Pilot for the 2016 model year, many of the safety features were upgraded causing the bump in the safety rating from the IIHS. In order to win a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, the vehicle needs a good or acceptable small overlap rating and good ratings in the four other tests, including moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, along with a front crash prevention system to qualify for the advanced + rating.

During the IIHS testing, the 2016 Pilot performed well with these results from Automotive World:

  • Maximum intrusion of 4 inches at the parking brake pedal.
  • Well-controlled dummy movement.
  • Front and side curtain airbags kept dummy in place and protected the head from contact with the car and outside objects.
  • Low risk of any significant injuries in a severe crash.

The NHTSA awarded the 2016 Honda Odyssey with a five star overall safety rating, the highest safety rating available from the federal government. When testing was performed by the NHTSA, the Odyssey received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The 2016 Odyssey has many standard safety features that helped achieve this rating, including:

  • Vehicle stability assist with traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Antilock brakes
  • Rearview camera

In the upgraded trim levels, including the EX-L, Touring and Elite models, the Odyssey has additional standard safety features:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning

 

June 18, 2014

National Tire Safety Awareness Month Tips

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.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, better known as the NHTSA, there is a very detailed safety tip checklist you should follow that states:

  • 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!

May 2, 2014

Honda To Sponsor 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

According to a recent press release issued by Honda, the company will be returning as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the second time. The competition, which will be its 92nd, is set to happen June 29, 2014.

In addition to this major commitment, Honda will be participating in the event and plans to field products in seven distinct race classes. It will also be working with the AMA and the Pikes Peak sanctioning body on improvements to provide new levels of safety to the Motorcycle / ATV / UTV / Sidecar competitors.

 

Acura Pikes Peak NSX

Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda, said in the press release, “Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around the world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels. Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda Racing Spirit.”

Read the full press release here.

March 31, 2014

Visit Frank Ancona Honda At The Honey Dews Baby Expo!

You’ll be able to check out some family-friendly Honda vehicles from Frank Ancona Honda on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Second Annual Honey Dews Baby Expo! This expo is the perfect place for mothers- and fathers-to-be to find local resources for all things baby!

 

We’ll have two family-friendly Hondas for parents to look at. You’ll be able to see first-hand how much cargo space and how many safety features Honda has available to make your life a breeze. Plus, the Overland Park Police Department will be at the expo to do car seat and safety checks for your vehicle.

Tickets are $25 per person and include all-access to the events keynote speaker series, an hor d’oeuvres buffet, specialty “mocktails” (non-alcoholic “mommy” cocktails) and shopping and education from over 30 local businesses. The first 100 people at the door will receive a special swag bag full of product samples and offers from the event’s sponsors.

 

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Deer Creek Golf Club, in the Seasons Room and Sunset Room, 7000 W. 133rd St., Overland Park, Kan. 66209
How Much: Tickets cost $25 per person and are available at the door.

February 21, 2014

2014 Honda CR-V Named A Best Car for the Money

The 2014 Honda CR-V was recently given a “Best Car for the Money” award by US News & World Report. The organization, which selects vehicles from a variety of categories, named the 2014 CR-V as “Best Compact SUV for the Money.”

See our specials for this fantastic vehicle!


Photo: Honda

According to US News & World Report, “With a roomy, comfortable interior, solid performance and plenty of standard tech features, the 2014 Honda CR-V stands out in this highly competitive class. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Honda CR-V the Best Compact SUV for the Money.”

Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations at American Honda, said, “The CR-V offers more quality, utility, comfort, fuel-efficiency and fun-to-drive character than many more-expensive competitors. Value for the money is one of the key things that customers expect when buying a Honda, and this award recognizes the CR-V’s fulfillment of that promise.”

July 21, 2013

Honda Announces #wantnewcar Campaign for Summer Clearance Event

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.

June 28, 2013

The Honda Cup Goes to the University of Oklahoma’s Softball Star Keilani Ricketts During the Collegiate Women Sports Awards

Posted by Jason Heard, sales manager

The University of Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts wowed the sports world with her performances on the softball field throughout 2013 and is the recipient of The Honda Cup and was named the 2013 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The 6-foot-2 reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year carried her top ranked squad to their second consecutive NCAA title with a 1.23 ERA, 350 strikeouts and a nearly-unblemished 35-1 record.

(photo: http://www.collegiatewomensportsawards.com)

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda has a 27-year history of championing athletes to reach their goals and rewarding them for achieving success. Since 1986, Honda has given more than $2.7 million in grants to the universities of award winners and nominees. These grants were designed specifically to benefit women athletic scholarships.

Watch the highlights!

According to Honda.com, Ricketts said, “We really do feel appreciated. I’ve had a blast so far. It’s awesome to be able experience this with them. Winning the Honda Cup has been great to represent my school and my state.”

Previous recipients of the Honda Cup include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mia Hamm, Misty May-Treanor, Brittney Griner and Candace Parker, to name a few.

June 21, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda’s Facebook Giveaway Features Honda Civic Tour Headliner Maroon 5

Meet the headliner of the 12th Annual Honda Civic Tour: three-time Grammy Award winning recording artists Maroon 5! They’ll open up the tour alongside global superstar Kelly Clarkson at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, August 1, in St. Louis.

Enter to WIN two tickets to see Maroon 5 in concert with Kelly Clarkson!

(Photo: Fanpop.com)

Maroon 5 is unquestionably one of the most popular and sought-after bands of the 2000’s with chart-topping songs like “This is Love,” “She Will be Loved,” and “Makes me Wonder” all claiming top spots. Their performances throughout the tour will include those favorites along with songs from their newest platinum album Overexposed, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide!

Lead singer Adam Levine and bandmates Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, James Valentine and Matt Flynn have taken the nation by storm, racking up a trio of Grammy Awards, as well as two American Music Awards and three Billboard Music Awards!

Frank Ancona Honda has launched a Facebook giveaway where two lucky winners will win free concert tickets and a $200 Visa gift card.

June 14, 2013

Honda Donates $50,000 to Hurricane Sandy Victims and Staten Island Little League

Posted By Jason Heard, sales manager

The generosity of Honda was recently displayed toward victims of Hurricane Sandy, who are still rebuilding following the horrific tragedy that swept through their homes. The motor company donated $50,000 in an effort to aid the children affected in a return to a sense of normalcy.

(Photo: LittleLeague.org)

Honda, a 17-year sponsor of the Little League®, stepped in to help restore baseball and softball fields and facilities which allowed the children a temporary escape of the harsh realities that ravaged their lives in 2012. The contributions allowed the sites to be repaired in time for the league’s 32-team opening day on April 20.

See the inspiring story here!

According to the LittleLeague.org, Honda hosted fundraising activities such as, “Sing Badly for a Good Cause: Car-e-oke” in which parents were encouraged to belt out their worst rendition of “Take me out to the Ball Game” inside an Odyssey minivan. Honda donated up to $50 for each parent who participated.

To donate to the Staten Island Little League, visit: www.rebuildSILL.com.

March 10, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda of Kansas City Announces Showroom Construction Progress (Video)

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

Frank Ancona Honda is proud to say that our dealership remodel is right on schedule! Watch as Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, reveals the dealership progress. Brand new lights line the parking lot, which has been expanded to allow for more customer and inventory parking. Cranes put up showroom walls and the service center expands to eight new service bays.

Watch now!

Construction updates are available via Twitter @anconahonda using the hashtag #HondaRemodel.

During the remodel process, Frank Ancona Honda will be open during its normal business hours and urges its customers and the Olathe community to see the progress. For more information please visit http://blog.frankanconahonda.com/ or call (913) 782-3636.

February 1, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda New Dealership Remodel Update: On Schedule In Kansas City

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is pleased to announce that its dealership remodel is right on schedule and the walls are being put up!  The team can’t wait to hear customer’s feedback on the look and feel of the new dealership.

Stay updated on the remodel via Twitter at @anconahonda using the hashtag #HondaRemodel.

During the remodel process, Frank Ancona Honda will be open during its normal business hours and urges its customers and the Olathe community to swing by to see the work as it progresses.  For more information please visit http://blog.frankanconahonda.com/ or call (913) 782-3636.

Check out the progress!

January 25, 2013

Kansas City Honda Dealer Prepares For Valentine’s Day By Showing Customers Love With Its Best APR Deals

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Love is in the air and we are celebrating with our best APR specials on the Ridgeline, Pilot and Odyssey.  Call us today at (913) 782-3636 or visit us online to schedule a test drive!

 

2012 Ridgeline Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 1/3/2013 through 3/4/2013

2012 Pilot Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 1/3/2013 through 3/4/2013

2013 Odyssey Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 1/3/2013 through 3/4/2013

December 27, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Celebrates New Years With Dealership Remodel Updates

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

The team at Frank Ancona Honda is pleased to announce that its dealership remodel is moving rapidly and looks forward to its continued progress in 2013.  Most of the work has been done on the service bay expansion area, which will soon serve as the temporary service drive.

Stay updated on the remodel via Twitter at @anconahonda using the hashtag #HondaRemodel.

During the remodel process, Frank Ancona Honda will be open during its normal business hours and urges its customers and the Olathe community to swing by to see the work as it progresses.  For more information please visit http://blog.frankanconahonda.com/ or call (913) 782-3636.

 

The remodel will include upgrading the showroom from 31,000 square feet to 50,812 square feet, a new service center with an easier drop-off location, improvements to the customer service lounge including WiFi and new amenities will all be added to service customers.

 

December 21, 2012

Congratulations Kevin Jones On Winning Frank Ancona Honda’s Facebook Photo Contest!

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

The team at Frank Ancona Honda wants to congratulate Kevin Jones on winning its Facebook photo contest!  Jones’ picture of his eighth-generation Honda Si scored him the most fan votes during the 10 day voting period.  Jones will receive $500 in store credit as well as bragging rights in Kansas City for best Honda photo.

Thank you to Jones and everyone else who entered.

Check out the winning image!

 

November 29, 2012

Honda Wins ALG’s 2013 Residual Value Award for Best Mainstream Brand Topping all Other Competitors in Long Term Value

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

The team at Frank Ancona Honda is pleased to tell its Kansas City customers about the prominent awards American Honda Motor Co., Inc. recently received and to carry on the tradition of excellence!

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. received multiple 2013 Residual Value Awards from ALG, including the top honor of Best Mainstream Brand. Additionally, the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey and Honda Fit each received individual Residual Value Awards as the highest ranked vehicles in their respective segments. As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG’s annual Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period.

“Long-term value and reliability are both hallmarks of the Honda brand and we are honored to be recognized by ALG as the industry leader in these key qualities,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations at American Honda. “The Honda engineering philosophy not only delivers immediate value to our customers but will pay off in the long run as well.”

The Honda brand was named the Best Mainstream Brand for 2013, which recognizes the entire Honda lineup for exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability, and long-term reliability. The all-new 2013 Accord ranked the highest in the ultra competitive Midsize Car category. The Honda Odyssey prevailed in the Best Minivan (MPV) category, retaining the top spot for the second consecutive year. The Honda Fit received a Residual Value Award for the fifth consecutive year in the Sub-Compact Car category. Since 2000, the Honda brand has earned 28 model awards and seven overall brand awards from ALG.

“The Honda brand is a constant in ALG’s Residual Value Award history,” said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. “With its smart, value-focused financial strategy, excellent perceived quality, and the all-new Accord, Honda has proven that it provides a compelling, high residual value package for consumers.”

ALG determines the award winners through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, as well as pricing strategies are among the key factors that affect ALG’s residual value forecasts.

November 20, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, Announces Holiday Facebook Photo Contest With Chance to Win $500 in Store Credits

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, is pleased to launch its holiday Facebook photo contest for a chance to win $500 in store credits from Frank Ancona Honda.  Frank Ancona Honda highly encourages Instagram users to participate!

Enter Contest Now.

Participants must submit an original photo of themselves with their Honda and share their favorite Honda memory. The contest launched last week and fans of the Frank Ancona Honda Facebook page can submit photos until December 10, 2012. Public voting will start on December 11, 2012 and will end on December 18, 2012.

Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, wants to thank everyone for their support and business. “We want to show our customer appreciation by offering a $500 in-store credit. It’s great to see so many people enjoying their Hondas, and we are excited to see the photos,” said Heard.

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. Reach Frank Ancona Honda at (913) 782-3636.

November 15, 2012

Frank Ancona Honda, Kansas City’s Honda Dealership, Begins $6 Million Remodel

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

We are pleased to announce that Frank Ancona Honda has begun its dealership remodel.  On Monday, the six million dollar expansion began with demolition on the existing space.  The construction, which is set to be complete in the summer of 2013, will include improvements to the customer service lounge, a new service center with an easier drop-off location and an increase of more than 19,000 square feet to the showroom.

The team at Frank Ancona Honda wants to thank all of its customers for their support during this remodel and wants to remind the community that it will remain open during normal business hours.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us by calling (913) 782-3636.

To keep everyone updated on the progress of the dealership construction we will be sharing latest updates via Facebook, Twitter and the blog.  We will also be rolling out a YouTube video series about the construction.   Make sure you check back regularly!

October 10, 2012

Thank You to The Kansas City Business Journal For Featuring Our Dealership Expansion in Olathe

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

The team at Frank Ancona Honda wants to thank the Kansas City Business Journal and Steve Vockrodt for featuring our upcoming expansion of our Olathe dealership.   The expansion, which is set to begin demolition on November 1, and expected to be complete in July 2013, will add roughly 240,000 square/ft of additional parking, a new showroom, a new service drive and eight additional service banks.

If you have questions about the expansion, feel free to call me at (913) 782-3636.

Frank Ancona Honda expansion snags incentives from Olathe

Frank Ancona Honda will expand its dealership in Olathe with the help of tax increment financing.

At a Tuesday meeting, the Olathe City Council unanimously approved the development tool to help with the dealership’s $5.9 million expansion. The TIF will redirect increases in property taxes to offset about $1 million worth of eligible project costs.

The expansion will add 31,000 square feet to the dealership showroom, making it 50,812 square feet in all.

It also will increase the size of the parking lot and improve infrastructure on the property, which is at at 1000 N. Rogers Road.

Ancona plans to work with Lenexa-based Davidson Architecture & Engineering for civil planning and architecture, with Miller-Stauch Construction Co. Inc. of Kansas City, Kan., as contractor and Polsinelli Shughart PC of Kansas City, Mo., as legal counsel.

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

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.

Marketing Insight
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.

    July 15, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Sponsors The 2011 Pitch Music Showcase and Pitch Music Awards

    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    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.

    July 8, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Reviews: Consumer Reports Naming Honda Fit As The Small Car With The Best Overall Value In 2011

    Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    We are excited to announce consumer reports’ review of the Honda Fit as the small car with the best overall value in 2011. The Fit also emerged as the best overall value among some 200 different vehicles analyzed, ranging from small cars to luxury sedans.

    According to Consumer Reports
    Although the Jeep Wrangler is well known for its off-road capability, it was named as the overall worst value.
    Consumer Reports mined performance, reliability, and ownership cost data to calculate value scores for some 200 different vehicles, ranging from small cars like the Honda Fit to luxury sedans such as the BMW 750Li.

    Scores are calculated based on the five-year owner cost for each vehicle along with Consumer Reports’ road-test score and the publication’s own predicted reliability. Five-year owner cost estimates factor in depreciation, fuel costs, insurance premiums, interest on financing, maintenance and repairs, and sales tax. Depreciation is by far the largest owner-cost factor.

    In all, eight different categories of vehicles were evaluated including small cars, family cars, upscale sedans, luxury sedans, sporty cars, wagons and minivans, small SUVs and midsized SUVs. Within categories, models were ranked by value score, above or below the average.

    Where to find the best values
    Small, affordable cars are often considered value choices. But some small cars are far better choices than others. At $16,000, the Honda Fit is the top value of more than 200 vehicles in Consumer Reports’ analysis; the similarly priced Chevrolet Aveo is the worst value in its class, with higher owner costs, a low test score, and below-average reliability.

    Several family cars and small SUVs also stand out as good values, including the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Sonata, Subaru Forester, and several Toyotas, notably the Camry, Prius, and RAV4.

    Small and family cars tend to provide the most value for the money, while luxury cars as a class are more expensive to own. But there are always exceptions. For instance, Consumer Reports’ best-value luxury car, the V-8-powered Hyundai Genesis 4.6, has a value score that is the same as the average for all cars.

    Even some SUVs can be relatively good values, but midsize models tend to be more expensive over time due to worse fuel economy and higher purchase prices. Still, several models scored better than average, including the Hyundai Santa Fe, the four-cylinder Kia Sorento, and the V-6 and hybrid versions of the Toyota Highlander.

    When including its Lexus and Scion brands, Toyota led in best values with 11 models. Seven best-value models come from Hyundai and its Kia brands. Five best-value models are from Honda and Acura.

    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 24, 2011

    2011 Honda Odyssey Wins Cars.com’s Ultimate Minivan Shootout!

    Posted by Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    The 2011 Honda Odyssey was just named the Ultimate Minivan by the editors at Cars.com, USA Today and “MotorWeek.”

    Check out the 2011 Honda Odyssey: Special 4th of July Offer

    All of the redesigned minivans faced off this spring in a head-to-head shootout to determine which was best and the Odyssey beat out all of its competitors. It’s a big accomplishment! View the article here and pick up a copy of today’s USA Today at your newsstand.

    Winning an award from Cars.com sends a strong message to your customers about the quality of the Odyssey. Sharing this news in your dealership, on your social networks and in planned marketing materials is a great way to spread the news to potential customers.

    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

    June 10, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces: 2012 Civic Sedan Earns Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety!

    By Jason Heard, Sales Manager

    The 2012 Civic Sedan just earned a 2011 “Top Safety Pick” distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), despite more stringent testing guidelines this year. Not bad for a compact.

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    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.

    April 13, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Reviews CR-Z Hybrid Sport For Earth Day!

    Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, reviewed the 2011 Honda CR-Z in time for Earth Day.   Check out their new specials at frankanconahonda.com.

    According to Heard, the CR-Z makes eco-friendly fun and sporty with its manual transmission, integrated motor assist gas electric motor, storage space and fuel efficiency.

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    February 15, 2011

    Honda Civic GX Tops Greenest Cars List for Eighth Straight Year

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    Here is a blog post from Forbes, written by William Pentland, about the Honda Civic GX receiving the top vote for the greenest vehicle from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

    Honda Claims Greenest Car Honors, Again

    Honda’s Civic GX took the top spot in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 14th annual “green car” rankings for the eighth consecutive year.

    Honda managed to secure the title amidst a rapidly expanding field of electric cars, plug-in electric hybrids, gasoline hybrids, diesels, natural gas vehicles, and the relentlessly improving “conventional” gasoline vehicles. But below the top spot, the “Greenest” list sees a shake-up: the all-electric Nissan Leaf places second, followed by the gasoline-powered Smart Fortwo. Hybrids take the next three spots, followed closely by Ford’s new Fiesta SFE and the Chevrolet Cruze Eco. Also notable on this year’s list is the Hyundai Elantra, with a 4 mile-per-gallon jump in fuel economy over the 2010 model. Rounding out the “Greenest” are the Mazda 2 and the much-touted Chevrolet Volt “extended-range EV.”

    The strong showing of conventional vehicles in the top twelve is a testament to how serious manufacturers have gotten about recasting these vehicles as fuel-sippers with transmission refinements, weight savings, and sophisticated internal combustion engines.

    “We’re seeing an increasing number of highly efficient gasoline options from both foreign and domestic automakers along with the first electric vehicles. Ford introduced the Fiesta this year and Chevrolet debuted the Cruze, both of which do exceedingly well in our ratings,” said ACEEE vehicle analyst Shruti Vaidyanathan.

    January 28, 2011

    USA Today Announces: Honda Odyssey earns top five-star safety rating

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    Once again, Honda comes up on top when it comes to safety ratings.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently awarded the 2011 Honda Odyssey with a five star rating from their new crash-test rating system.

    Honda Odyssey earns top five-star safety rating

    The 2011 Honda Odyssey received an overall rating of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new crash-test rating system, the safety agency announced today.

    The Odyssey’s overall composite score is composed of a five-star frontal, four-star rollover and a five-star rating for the combined side pole and barrier tests. The side barrier test is an area where other vehicles have shown weakness with the safety agency’s new testing format. The side pole test simulates a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.

    According to Honda, the four-star rollover rating is actually the highest rating a vehicle of this body type can achieve under NHTSA’s testing methodology:

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently announced the Odyssey received a top score of Good in all of its crash tests but hasn’t completed a roof-strength test that is required to earn the Top Safety Pick designation.

    Out of the more than 50 models NHTSA has tested so far, only 11 have earned a five-star rating under the revamped system: Acura MDX, BMW 5 Series, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, GMC Sierra, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Volvo XC60. NHTSA still has few more models left to test for 2011.