Frank Ancona Honda Archives - Frank Ancona Honda blog

January 20, 2017

Honda Unveils the 2018 Odyssey Minivan

As the fourth generation of the beloved Honda Odyssey was released, Honda also unveiled a future concept of the best selling minivan. So far, the Honda Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for each of the past six years and led the pack once again in 2016. As mentioned before, 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.

Odyssey MiniVan

With the 2018 model, Honda is hoping to turn the Honda Odyssey into a technological hub that includes a variety of features. Some of these advanced connectivity and entertainment features include New Display Audio, streaming video with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and CabinWatch and CabinTalk. These new cabin features utilize a camera that lets the driver and front passenger keep an eye on the rear passengers both day and night via an eight-inch Display Audio screen. If you catch one of the kids doing something they shouldn’t be, CabinTalk allows the driver to talk to the second and third-row passengers through the speakers and rear entertainment system headphones.

image05 image01

The new family-friendly vehicle features Honda’s modern styling similar to their other vehicles. The new models will also be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™).  At its peak, the engine output is expected to be 280 net horsepower, an additional 32 hp on previous models. The car will come with either a 9-speed automatic or an all-new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind in a minivan, providing more confident and refined performance. Honda believes that these powertrains, when combined with the Odyssey’s new sleek and aerodynamic design, are expected to result in continued class-leading performance and top-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings.
To stay up to date on all Honda news, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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.

image01

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.

image00

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.

 

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on news about the Type R!

 

 

January 6, 2017

Honda Ridgeline Named 2017 Truck of the Year

Since 1994 The North American Car and Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards have honored excellence in the fields of innovation, design safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and overall value. The judges for the award consist of over 50 professional automotive journalists from both the United States and Canada. Because the award is not associated with a specific publication the panel is able to create a diverse base of judges. This year the panelists not only selected the Honda Ridgeline as a finalist but as the overall top selection.

image00

Car enthusiasts at Car and Driver have fallen in love with the spacious and comfortable interior, claiming the vehicle “embarrasses the competition.” fell in love with the spacious and comfortable interior, claiming it “embarrasses the competition.” The pickup truck has also been recognized for its superior safety record. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, discussed 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.

image01

Honda states that unlike most pickups and 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.
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. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on news about the Honda Ridgeline and all other models!

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.

image00

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 27, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Welcomes the 2017 CRV to the Lineup

The wait is finally over for the new Honda CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the last 20 years. Previous models received recognitions that include: One of Kelley Blue Book’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016, a Five Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and being named 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money by US News. The fifth-generation Honda comes fully redesigned and reengineered with a bold new styling, premium interior, and the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine.

image01

The more aggressive structure is created by a crisp front-end design mixed with stylized headlights and muscular fenders for a much more masculine looking SUV. The EX trim and higher comes standard with the new turbocharged engine along with a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5 liter direct-injected engine.

The interior of the vehicle showcases premium features such as a top-in-class interior space, remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, rear USB charging ports and more! Cars.com says the vehicle addresses certain issues that held the previous generation back, thus resulting in a more well-rounded model. Their review goes on to say that Honda took on the previous issues directly in their redesign and have done an incredible job in addressing them. If you don’t believe what they have to say about the amazing new CR-V, we encourage you to stop by our dealership and test drive one for yourself while supplies last! Call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule your visit with Frank Ancona Honda.

image00

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.

image01

 

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.

image00

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.

 

image02

 

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.

image00

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™.

Clarity Image

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.

image00

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.

image01

image02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

November 12, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Aids Customers Choose Between Civic Hatchback and Sedan

Honda has released several different models of their ever popular Civic model including the TypeR, Coupe, Sedan and the new Hatchback. When Honda first announced that a Hatchback model would be making its way to the U.S. market, the anticipation was immense. Honda is now predicting that the new model will make up nearly 15 percent of all Civic sales in the U.S. with an expected 50,000 units annually, according to Wards Auto.


Honda Civic ImageRed Honda Civic Image

To help consumers choose between the Civic Sedan and the Hatchback, two models one of the most popular cars on the road, AutoGuide decided to detail key differences between the two. One of the key differences between the two models is in the use of interior space. The Sedan comes with more legroom in the back, making it a much cozier ride for rear seat passengers than its Hatchback counterpart. However, what the Hatchback lacks in passenger room, it compensates in storage space. The new model comes with an available 25.7 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats, almost twice as much as the Sedan.

Another key difference is that the Hatchback comes exclusively with a turbocharged engine that puts out over 170 horsepower and comes in two sport trims. The Sport and Sport Touring models boast a subtle body kit and an increase in power from the rest of the Civic family. While the turbocharged engine is also available for the Sedan, drivers can opt to go with the more modest 158 horsepower 4-cylinder engine as well. While the 4-cylinder engine is available in every trim of the Sedan, the turbocharged engine is exclusive in the EX-T trim and above.

 

If you still aren’t sure which model is right for you, we encourage you to stop by our dealership to test drive both models. We have a full selection of both models and would be happy to assist you in finding your next car. Call us at 913-782-3636 to schedule a test drive 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.

image00

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.

image01

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 24, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Restoration of Serial One

It’s been nearly 50 years since the first Honda N600, nicknamed the Serial One and sporting a modest 0.6-liter two-cylinder engine, made its way across the ocean to the United States.

 

As the first Honda automobile imported for sale in the North America, the N600 helped launch a major market shift that saw small Japanese cars successfully challenge the hegemony of gas guzzlers from the ‘Big Three’ American manufacturers.

 

Today, the effort to restore that very first N600 is nearly finished. The restoration process, documented in a 12-part video series entitled, ‘Serial One,’ has taken well over a year to complete. After collecting dust in a junk pile for nearly 50 years, it’s safe to say this hidden gem has seen better days.

 

According to an interview with Tim Mings, the owner of the Serial One, the serial number one vehicle was acquired through a stroke of good luck. Tim Mings originally bought the car along with another older model without realizing that the Serial One was now in his possession. It was not until he began restoring the car that he realized he’d inadvertently purchased the historic vehicle. Honda is currently supporting Mings’ ongoing project to properly restore the Serial One, the Honda N600, to pristine condition.

image02image01

Frank Ancona Honda President Michael Ancona shares Mings’ vision on preserving the history of Honda, saying:

 

“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.”

In the years since the Serial One’s arrival on American shores, Honda has established itself as an international brand that will stand the test of time. To that point, Frank Ancona Honda is lucky enough to own an extensive showroom of classic Honda products like their 1971 Honda Z600 Coupe.

 

Stop by Frank Ancona Honda today to see this and other pieces of Honda history.

image00

October 14, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Features 2017 Honda CR-V with new Turbo Engine

Honda has unveiled the new fifth-generation Honda CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the last two decades. The redesigned and reengineered CR-V will go on sale this winter and features bold new styling, a premium interior, and the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine. According to Honda, American car buyers have purchased nearly four million CR-Vs since its launch in the states in 1997. Since then, the CR-V has built a reputation with awards including:

The CR-V’s design has a much more aggressive attitude. The crisp and sharp front-end design is mixed with stylized headlights and muscular fenders for a more masculine looking SUV. According to Autoblog, the new body and chassis design provides more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility.

The 2017 CR-V in EX and higher trims will feature CR-V’s first ever turbocharged engine along with a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder enginerated at 190 horsepower, delivering incredibly refined and responsive performance.. Combined with the CR-V’s more aerodynamic body, the new turbocharged engine aims to claim the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in the compact SUV class. CR-V LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine, and both will be mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission.

This new generation raises the bar for interior refinement and premium features. The cabin continues to offer top-in-class interior space and the best rear seat legroom in its class. Some of the new comfort and convenience features available on this model include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front and rear outboard seats.

To stay up to date on all new Honda Models, parts and releases make sure to follow Frank Ancona Honda on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.

image00

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).

image00

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.

image01image02

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.

image04

image02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

image03

image00

image01

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.

image01

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.

image00

 

 

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.

image00

 

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.

image01-min

 

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

image00

 

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.

image00

 

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!

 

image01

 

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.

August 19, 2016

Honda Announces the 2017 Civic Hatchback to be Released in North America Later This Year

 

The top selling Honda Civic Sedan got a fantastic facelift this year, especially with the coupe. Later this year, the new Honda Civic Hatchback will be released in North America. According to Honda, the 2017 Hatchback combines striking Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility with the Civic’s world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. The new model is scheduled to serve as a foundation for the new radical Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.

According to Jeff Conrad, senior VP and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., “The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.”

image01

The vehicle is built on the same platform as the current generation of the sedan and coupe. The turbocharged engine will be offered with either a sporty CVT (all trims) or a performance-inspired six-speed manual transmission (LX, Sport and EX trims). The interior of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the tenth generation Civic lineup, with high-grade materials and finishes applied liberally throughout. In terms of packaging, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback delivers class-leading volume and cargo capacity including a roomy interior (122.9 cu. ft.), best rear seat legroom (36.0 inches) and largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set.

image00

According to CNET, the new trim being introduced with the car, the Sport Touring, will make a number of optional technologies standard. These technologies will include Honda Sensing, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED headlights and heated rear seats. The Sport Touring will also add a center-mounted exhaust. Honda Sensing is available on most trims, and includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

August 12, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Announces New Contest: Providing Date Night to Lucky Couples

 

 

In order to help showcase the incredible 2017 Honda Ridgeline, Frank Ancona Honda is providing another contest for our followers. Starting Monday, August 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016, contestants will be able to enter our contest by simply heading over to our Facebook page and liking and commenting on the contest post with who you would go on a date with for an evening. Winners receive dinner and transportation on us for their date night!

image01

Once per month a single winner will be selected. Each winner will be provided a 24-hour test drive of one of our incredible 2017 Honda Ridgeline trucks to use as transportation as they go to the restaurant Rosso, located at the top of the Sorella Hotel at the Country Club Plaza. Frank Ancona Honda will pay for dinner for two with an allowance of up to $200.

image00

The Honda Ridgeline was chosen as the date night vehicle due to its styling as a truck that is perfect for everyone, even those that do not work construction or use the hauling feature often. Car and Driver had a lot of positive notes about the vehicle including the vehicle’s new form. The truck’s structure is the same as the Honda Pilot crossover. From the front the truck looks identical to the Pilot that just had the last row of seats opened up and removed. According to a report to Car and Driver, the front structure is actually 17 percent stronger than that of the Pilot, while the rear is 31 percent sturdier. While the truck actually has a lower hauling capacity when compared to other trucks this vehicle is targeted to customers to be an everyday kind of truck that is less clumsy.

 

August 5, 2016

Frank Ancona Warns of the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Pokemon Go!

Recently, there has been a growing trend with the use of the mobile application Pokemon Go, created by Niantic, Inc. People of all ages have been consumed by the game with its cute creatures as they hunt to “catch them all.” While the game itself seems harmless enough, we are beginning to see the growing dangers of playing it. Reports have come in of users being so occupied with their phones that they are not paying attention to their surroundings and are getting into troublesome situations. To take it even further, users are starting to play the game while they drive. CNN has even mentioned several accidents that have occurred due to drivers being distracted by playing the app while driving. As August is back to school safety month, Frank Ancona wants to remind people to never text while driving, or in this case, play Pokemon Go while driving. Distracted driving is an epidemic that we can fight. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security has even started a new hashtag and campaign to promote safety first, #PikachuCanWait.

image01If you want to utilize a car to play Pokemon Go, there are many people that are embracing the game. Many people and Uber drivers have begun offering their services to Pokemon Go players for an hourly fee. For this fee, drivers will take the players around to different pokestops and gyms. Uber actually warned their drivers and partners of the game, including the possibility of distracted drivers and individuals on or near the road, as well as the possibility of making money. They encouraged drivers to learn the hotspots and wait near them for fares.

image00If you are in the market for a new or preowned vehicle then we encourage you to come into the dealership. You can even check out our pokestop and use it while you browse our selection. All we ask is that you not play while you test drive one of our great vehicles!

July 28, 2016

Honda Gives the Grom an Edgy Makeover for 2017

The division of Honda that focuses primarily on two-wheeled vehicles has started to reveal their 2017 models. They began the releases with an updated version of the popular Grom. The new model has received a comprehensive redesign that includes a sharper and more aggressive appearance, according to Honda.

image00

According to Lee Edmunds, manager of motorcycle marketing communications at American Honda, the motorcycle has been a huge success since its introduction in 2016. He goes on to state, “This fun-loving motorcycle has been a big hit in a little package, single handedly establishing a thriving market for small-wheeled, small-displacement, big-personality road bikes that lend themselves to personalization.”

image02

image01

Sportrider notes that the Grom itself is seen as part minibike, but all motorcycle and manageable for full-sized adults. The new version is essentially just a cosmetic upgrade with an edgier appearance. This new appearance is due partly to an integrated fuel tank and side panels, modern stocked LED headlight layout, a sportier handlebar and many other features that help transition the bike as a great bike to zip around the city.

 

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.

image00

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.”

 

image01

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.

 

 

July 15, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Summer with Clearance Event

Now is the time to buy or lease a new car at Frank Ancona Honda with great deals available during our Summer Clearance Event. If you’re interested in the latest, all-new Honda models, then come check out the 2017 Ridgeline and Accord. But it doesn’t stop there, the entire lineup of new Honda vehicles available at our Olathe dealership provides enough options to meet everyone’s desires. With one of the largest selections in the area, we have priced our vehicles to sell.

Are you interested in experiencing the hype surrounding the 2016 Honda Civic LX Sedan CVT firsthand? Then you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Lease now for only $164 per month for 36 months with $2,320 due at signing! The Honda Civic is one of the most awarded cars this year, winning the following awards:

image01Also, on sale now, is the new 2016 Honda CR-V LX AWD crossover. Just like the Civic, the CR-V boasts awards including:

A 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

image00We would happily walk you through all of the features that these cars can offer you, including the well rated Honda Sensing Suite. Come in or call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive, we know you will fall in love with one of the many cars we offer at our Olathe Honda dealership.

 

July 7, 2016

Honda Civic Named 2016 North American Car of the Year

Every year, the vehicle industry competes for a unique award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These awards are some of the most sought after, because as the Detroit Free Press notes, unlike awards given by a single publication, they are chosen by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. This year, the Honda Civic won the title of North American Car of the Year.

image01In order to win, vehicles must be new or substantially changed from previous models. According to the North American International Auto Show website, jurors examine innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar when they tally up scores for each car entered into the competition. At the time of the award, Honda car sales overall rose by 13.3 percent while the Civic itself gained 29.4 percent.

If all of this doesn’t sell you on the Honda Civic, take a look at all the other accolades the 2016 model has won:

According to the team at AutoGuide, the new Civic impressed the editors with its upscale style and its new engine. They also said that the 2016 model “breathes life back into the storied nameplate” of the Honda Civic.

image00If you want to own a car with many prestigious awards under its belt, then the new 2016 Civic is a perfect and affordable car for you. Come in to Frank Ancona Honda in Olathe to purchase one of these outstanding vehicles for yourself. Call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive today.

 

June 30, 2016

All-New 2016 Civic Coupe Takes on the World’s First Crowdsourced Dream Track

What could be more fun than bowling or hitting a pinata? How about hitting a giant pinata or knocking over giant bowling pins while driving the sporty all-new 2016 Honda Civic coupe? Utilizing social media, Honda crowdsourced ideas to build a new test track, the Civic Dream Track, to showcase the handling of the 2016 Honda Civic coupe. This first of its kind course incorporated many interesting and fun ideas.

The course was driven by professional stunt driver, Matt Powers. Outside of adding a stick to hit the pinata and various cameras, the Honda Civic used in the video was not modified, which allowed the car’s natural abilities to shine through. You can view the video of the car driving the course here.

image00

According to Car and Driver, the newly redesigned Civic coupe boasts a sporty edge, from added sculpting to its body to the way its wheels and tires fully occupy the wheel wells. But it goes beyond its appearance. The engine in the new, agile coupe gives it a performance boost over previous generations. The base model comes with 158 horsepower while the higher end models come with 174 horsepower. This is a large boost from the previous generations, which only came with horsepower in the 140s.

image01

Interested in owning or leasing your own 2016 Civic coupe to take on any pinatas or bowling pins you may come across on the road? You can view our current inventory of 2016s online by clicking here or come in today to test drive one of these sporty redesigned Civics. Interested in leasing? Get the new Civic coupe for $189 per month for 36 months with $2,399.09 due at signing. Also, this 4th of July weekend you can take an extra $500 off with our Military Appreciation Offer for all active duty military personnel, spouses, retirees and veterans. This offer is only valid when you  lease or finance through Honda Financial Services. Stop by our Olathe dealership today or call us at (913) 782-3636.

image02

June 23, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Announces the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan; America’s Most Powerful & Fuel Efficient Midsize Sedan

This year has been full of excitement for Honda with newly redesigned vehicles which feature flashy styling, great fuel economy, innovative tech, impressive safety ratings and so much more. Included in these is the release of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the newly redesigned Honda Civic, and the new and improved Honda Accord, which is now in its 40th year.

The Honda Accord, America’s best-selling midsize sedan, welcomes the re-styled and re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid to the family. According to Honda, the car is America’s most powerful and fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan. The car features an advanced, new, second-generation two motor hybrid powertrain that peaks out at 212 horsepower and best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 mpg (city/highway/combined).

image00Like the rest of Accord family, the 2017 hybrid model has had extensive upgrades made to it that include a new sportier style and driving performance. According to Edmunds, the car will feature three unique trims, the Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and the Hybrid Touring. All three trim levels will include the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, offered as standard equipment on all models, and for EX-L and Touring trims, Honda’s newest Display Audio touchscreen interface featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc says, “The Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord, offering exceptional dynamic qualities with the greatest technological sophistication and fuel efficiency in the Accord Family.”

image01The Honda Accord has been setting the standard for family sedans and comes recommended by Edmunds. If you want to upgrade your vehicle, then it’s time to come into Frank Ancona Honda. We have a great selection of new vehicles and great deals to help you drive off the lot in the perfect Honda for you. Stop by today or call us at (913) 782-3636.

 

June 16, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Preparing for the Debut of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline

image02The battle between trucks has been focused too long on Ford and Chevrolet. Frank Ancona Honda is here to tell you there’s a stylish newcomer to the fight that has a lot to offer. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is driving out of the shadows to show off its many impressive features.

The Ridgeline boasts an enormous and comfortable interior that, according to Car and Driver, “embarrasses the competition.” There is also a great deal of hidden storage underneath the back passenger seats with enough room to store a set of golf clubs.

image00The exterior of the truck also comes standard with quality features. The bed of the truck is made with a composite material, as opposed to the steel and aluminum beds that you see in competitors. Recently, Chevrolet and Ford have been posting videos to show off the durability, or lack thereof, of the beds in their trucks. Honda jumped in the fray by posting a video of their own that shows the Ridgeline can handle just as much while showing hardly any damage at all.

The Ridgeline isn’t just a vehicle for the stereotypical truck owner; it’s also a great everyday mode of transportation. The bed of the truck includes a storage compartment with a drain that would be perfect as a cooler for the sports fan who loves to tailgate. The dual-action tailgate opens vertically and horizontally to allow for easy loading. With all the strength of a classic truck and many unique additional features, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is staking its claim in the battle for most impressive truck.

image01

 

June 9, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Announces Honda Civic Tour Ticket Giveaway

Summer is officially in the air and with it comes plenty of summer concerts. Few concerts are as impressive as the Honda Civic Tour, and Frank Ancona Honda is giving you a chance to win two free tickets to this show-stopping performance on its Facebook page.

The tour is traversing the United States with headliners Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, who we expect to put on one heck of a show! Mike Posner has also joined the tour and will be joining Nick and Demi on the Honda Civic Stage. Frank Ancona Honda has acquired four tickets to the event, which we will hand off to grand prize winners with two tickets each to see the show in Kansas City August 6, 2016. All contestants need to do is head on over to our Facebook page, like the post about the tour giveaway and leave a comment about who they would take to the show. The winners will be selected on or around August 1, 2016!

image00The Honda Civic Tour started out as an annual summer concert tour in 2001 with pop-punk band blink-182 as the headliner. Since its creation, the tour has grown in size and overall scope, featuring a few of the world’s most popular artists, such as Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy and One Direction. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tour and promises to be one of the best years yet.

The full rules and regulations for the competition can be found on our Facebook here. Frank Ancona encourages everyone to enter for a chance to experience an incredible concert.

 

June 3, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda President Celebrates Big Win for Honda Racing Team at Indianapolis 500

Memorial Day weekend was filled with excitement and adventure, especially for Frank Ancona Honda President Michael Ancona, who attended the Indy 500 in the Honda Suite box. Ancona was able to witness not only an incredible race, but also a big win for the Honda Racing Team.

Alexander Rossi, a rookie, stretched his tank of gas 36 laps compared to the average 32 laps per tank that most drivers are able to make. According to Sports Illustrated, Rossi has spent the majority of his career racing on road and street courses that require the drivers to make left and right turns. The skillset for an oval track, such as the one in Indianapolis, requires a different set of skills. In only the second oval of his career, Rossi won at what is considered the most challenging and dangerous race track in the world. He is the first rookie to win at the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Rossi was followed by his teammate Carlos Munoz, who finished second almost four and a half seconds behind Rossi.

image00

 

Marco Andretti, the grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti, finished behind his teammates at Andretti Autosport in 13th. In a tweet, Andretti attributed his placement in the race to his tires saying, “Fun day until the front tires were put on the wrong side. Really bummed, the car was good. Unfortunate mistake but my guys are the best.” Andretti was later quoted at the celebration saying, “It was an honor to … even qualify for the 100th Running.”

image01

 

Before the race, Ancona enjoyed a full tour of the pit, as well as the opportunity to meet current and former drivers such as Sarah Fisher. Fisher is a former IndyCar racer and the youngest woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at 19 years old. Experiences like this make us proud to represent Honda.

image02

May 26, 2016

Honda Accord Comes Out on Top in Side-by-Side Comparison with Toyota Camry

image00

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have long-been two of the most beloved mid-sized cars on the road. But did you know the Honda Accord blows the Toyota Camry out of the water in multiple areas? Whether you’re comparing fuel efficiency, safety, comfort or even residual value, the 2016 Honda Accord vastly outperforms the 2016 Toyota Camry.

In terms of fuel economy, in optimal conditions the Camry will see a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg while the Honda Accord achieves up to a combined 31 mpg. It may not seem like much of a difference at first, but your wallet will feel the difference at the pump.

Additionally, the newest model year Honda Accord proudly boasts a 41 percent residual value, according to ALG, while the Camry residual value is only rated at 33 percent. Once those 60 months pass, there is a clear residual value winner.

And did we mention that the NHTSA gave the Honda Accord a higher safety rating than the Toyota Camry? Or that the Accord has more cargo space than the Camry?

When it comes to the Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry debate, the winner is clear. To learn more about the 2016 Honda Accord, visit us anytime at Frank Ancona Honda.

May 20, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Sponsors KC Baby Fair Aimed at Education of Caregivers

Keeping your child safe is important, especially in and around your vehicle. That’s why the Kansas City Baby Fair aims to educate parents in all aspects of child care on June 12, 2016. Frank Ancona Honda is sponsoring the fair this year to support the education of parents about products, proper usage and overall safety in relation to children. Visitors will be able to take part in free classes and activities such as Setting Up a Safe Nursery, Baby Equipment Try BEFORE You Buy where you can try several different strollers, car seats, swings and more.

image01

 

To encourage parents to visit the Kansas City Baby Fair, Frank Ancona Honda is giving away 40 free tickets. We will be giving out several tickets a week from now until June 12. This fun and educational fair is one of a kind, helping new mothers and fathers begin their journey of parenthood. To win one of our tickets, simply go to our Facebook page, like the Baby Fair image and leave a comment. We will message all winners with instructions to collect their prizes.

image00

 

At the fair, parents can take part in free safety classes including car seat installation and baby positioning. You will learn which age is best for kids to take the leap from car seats to standard seat belts, which could make all the difference in your child’s safety. A properly installed and utilized car seat can save the life of your child. According to Safercar, vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of death for children under the age of thirteen, and car seats saved the lives of an estimated 9,600 children under the age of four from 1975 to 2010.

Don’t miss your chance to join other caregivers in learning about various products while also testing them before you buy!

 

 

May 13, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Reflects Upon History with Z600 While Driving Toward the Future

This year marks an exciting point in Honda’s history, as the first Z600 is being professionally restored by Tim Mings and backed by Honda. This exciting project got us at Frank Ancona Honda thinking about our own historic vehicles.

According to an interview with Mings by Hemmings Daily, the serial number one vehicle was acquired through a stroke of good luck. It wasn’t until Mings began restoring one of the two models he acquired in a single deal that he realized what he had. Honda is supporting an ongoing project to properly restore the Honda N600 to pristine condition. Every week, Honda is posting updates on the project and sharing a piece of its history through social media channels.

Honda has established itself as a brand that will last. On Kelley Blue Books list of the 10 top-purchased cars of 2015, the Honda Civic came in at number eight, the CR-V at number seven, and the Accord at number six. With such impressive results, it is important to look back at the roots of the company to understand the desire to engineer a solid vehicle.

Frank Ancona Honda is lucky enough to own an extensive showroom that showcases the rich history of Honda. Many different historical vehicles are on display to welcome guests who come into our dealership. Included in the collection are a few motorcycles, scooters and our very own 1971 Honda 600 Coupe.

 

image01

 

We also are excited to showcase several other vintage creations from Honda, such as the 1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore, a special edition mini dirt bike only made in 1974 and 1975.

 

image02

 

Additional vintage items in our showroom include the Honda Kick-N-Go 2, a 1983 Honda Express bike, a 1986 Honda Spree scooter and some portable generators created by Honda in the ’60s.

To see these vintage items, come in to our dealership, and maybe take some time to test drive a new 2016 Honda Civic. Our featured special lease for the 2016 Civic Sedan CVT LX requires $2,320 total due at signing and only $169.50 per month for 36 months/36,000 miles. See dealership for additional details and information.

 

rsz_6image00

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.

image01

 

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.

image00

 

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.

May 3, 2016

Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4: Compare the Most Popular Compact Crossovers

image00

If you’re in the market for a compact crossover with a lot to offer, the two most popular choices are the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. But, when it comes to making the right choice, you can’t go wrong with the CR-V. To make your decision easier, CarConnection.com compiled a Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. The CR-V comes out on top in multiple areas.

Pricing

The Honda CR-V earns its first advantage over the Toyota RAV4 when you compare prices. The 2016 Honda CR-V starts at $23,7451, while the 2016 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,3502. As an added bonus, the CR-V will retain more of its value than the RAV4. After 36 months, the ALG Residual Value is predicted to be 57 percent, and after 60 months, it should still hold 41 percent of its value.

Fuel Economy

Not only will the CR-V save you money up front, but it’ll continue saving you money at the fuel pump with its excellent fuel economy. The 2016 Honda CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway/29 mpg combined3, while the RAV4 EPA-estimated rating is 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway/26 mpg combined.

Safety

If safety is a top priority, then the Honda CR-V is what you want. It scores five stars in all crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration4, while the RAV4 only gets four stars in some tests.

Interior Space

You and your passengers will love the CR-V’s spacious interior, which boasts a total of 104.1 cubic feet of space. Second row passengers fit comfortably with 38.3 inches of rear legroom and 53.1 inches of hip room.

Stop by Frank Ancona Honda today to see what the Honda CR-V has to offer you and your family.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2 MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, and $900 delivery, processing and handling fee. Actual dealer price will vary

3 26 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD 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.

4 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

 

April 28, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Welcomes the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid to the Family!

Honda just announced the exciting release of the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. This car will be the ideal mode of transportation for those looking to break away from the fuel pumps during their day-to-day commute or summer vacations.

According to Forbes, the all-new Accord Hybrid will achieve an estimated 49 mpg city/47 mpg highway for a combined estimated 48 mpg. According to Road Show by CNET, the all-new Accord Hybrid will feature two electric motors. One will act as the main power source, while the other will function as a generator, providing backup power when the battery no longer has enough power. The new system has added an additional 16 horsepower to the previous model, making the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid more powerful as well as more efficient.

image00

 

Honda took a year off from making the hybrid in order to move its main production facility from Ohio to Japan. The move allows Honda to double its production to 28,000 Accord Hybrids per year, according to Green Car Reports.

Frank Ancona is excited that this incredible vehicle will be available this summer, just in time for family vacations, and will qualify for the Honda Financial Services (HFS) College Graduate Program, saving recent college grads an additional $500 when buying or leasing a 2015 model year or newer through HFS!

If you can’t wait until summer to test drive the new Accord Hybrid, call us today at (913) 782-3636 to take a different Honda for a spin, like the Accord Sedan CVT LX. Frank Ancona Honda is currently offering a great lease special on the 2016 Accord Sedan CVT LX for$189​ per month for 36 months/36,000 miles with $1,999 total due at signing. The Accord sedan can get up to 37 mpg in optimal driving conditions.

image01

April 25, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Offers Customers Service Specials Just in Time for Road Trip Season

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, it is important to stay on top of vehicle maintenance, especially the various fluid levels. Regular vehicle care and maintenance helps to extend the life of your vehicle and reduces the risk of expensive repairs that dent your savings. Kelley Blue Book provides many tips for maintaining your vehicle, helping your Honda reach the 100,000 Mile Club. These tips include:

  1. Checking your vehicle’s fluids such as oil, coolant and transmission fluid
  2. Greasing applicable parts
  3. Waxing your vehicle
  4. Keeping your vehicle clean
  5. Maintaining your interior

If you’re tight on time or vehicle maintenance just isn’t your thing, Frank Ancona Honda can help you accomplish a lot of these maintenance suggestions now with our incredible service specials. Until the end of April, you can come in for a lube, oil change and filter change for two great low prices: $24.95 for standard oil and $34.95 for 0W-20 oil. Replacing that old, dirty oil can increase fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.

image00

 

Frank Ancona Honda continues to bring the heat with an additional, incredible service special to ensure you get the miles you deserve out of your tires. For $39.95, receive a tire rotation and balance with an alignment check to keep those tires wearing evenly and providing you with a smooth ride (Offer expires 4/30/2016).

image01

 

Taking the proper precautions with your vehicle not only helps extend its life, but also assists in keeping passengers safe. Regardless of the service your Honda vehicle needs, Frank Ancona Honda wants to assist you in making the decision that works for you. Stop by our dealership or call to make a service appointment at 913-782-3636.

April 20, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Reviews Your New Car Purchase Options: Should You Lease or Buy that Flashy New Honda

When it comes to shopping for a new vehicle, you should always take into consideration your options. You don’t necessarily need to commit to purchasing a vehicle in order to drive off in that brand new Honda you’ve had your eye on. In fact, leasing is an incredible opportunity that provides a lot of great benefits, as well. Frank Ancona Honda provides plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect purchase option for their customers. There is always an abundant selection of new vehicles with great lease rates and financing specials available to fit everyone’s ideal situation. Let’s take a look at leasing vs. buying a new Honda.

Leasing is ideal if:

  • You plan to change cars every few years.
  • You always want newest models and technology.
  • You will not be driving over 12,000-15,000 miles per year.
  • You don’t want to worry about constant maintenance.
  • The model you want to drive is out of your purchasing price range.

One of the many current lease specials Frank Ancona Honda is offering is on the 2016 Odyssey SE. To drive off in this brand new Honda, $2,499 would be your total due at signing and then a payment of $279 per month for 35 months would be required with no more than 12,000 miles per year.

image00Amount due at lease signing excludes tax, title, license and first month payment.​ With approved credit through HFS.​ Offer ends May 2,2016

According to Edmunds.com in order to lease a car you generally make a small down payment that is a small portion of the car’s overall value followed by monthly payments. The length of the lease can vary, but generally Honda restricts you to 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. If this doesn’t seem to fit in with your lifestyle, or you want to own your vehicle, then purchasing may be a better option for you.

Purchasing a vehicle may be ideal if:

  • You will be driving a great deal per year.
  • You would like to customize your vehicle.
  • Would like to eventually not worry about car payments and would like to accumulate equity.

Frank Ancona Honda offers a variety of great financing specials with approved credit to help get you into your dream Honda even easier than before. Currently, the 2016 CR-V is available for purchase with a 0.9 percent financing rate for 60 months at Frank Ancona Honda for a limited time. How great is that?

image01Available through HFS.​ Example $17.06 per month for 60 months per $1.000 financed.​ Offer ends May 2, 2016

Purchasing a vehicle does have its benefits as well. As you pay down the loan, you may gain equity in your vehicle and once the vehicle is paid off you no longer have a monthly fee to pay. While you’re without a car payment, you can use that money towards other expenses or save it. Additionally, you can trade your vehicle in when it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, making it less expensive to get into a new car.

 
Edmunds.com uses a Honda Accord as an example in a comparison of money spent to lease vs. purchase a vehicle. We encourage you to look at the numbers compared here.

image02

Whether you want to own or lease a car, Frank Ancona Honda is able to assist you in making the decision that works for you! Stop by our dealership to test drive one of our vehicles or feel free to call us at 913-782-3636 for more information.

March 25, 2016

Honda Hypes up the Civic Hatchback

 

 

 

 

Last Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, Honda revealed the latest, much anticipated details on the Civic Hatchback concept. The announcement was made via live-stream, making it available for viewing worldwide, amping up car and racing enthusiasts everywhere.

image05

In the live-stream, Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Honda Division, presented this next chapter in the “Civic Story”. The Civic is the most ambitious endeavor of a compact class sports sedan to date. It’s being called Honda’s most sophisticated model yet; a world-class platform for the newest-generation Civic model.  Conrad said, “Our customers have truly embraced this new Civic.”

Epic Honda firsts arrive alongside this announcement, including “First Turbo-Charged Engine” for a U.S. Civic Model. But the list of exciting features doesn’t end there; the new model wouldn’t be complete without a more spacious and premium cabin, 42 miles per gallon on the highway, 0-60 miles-per-hour acceleration and an option for 6-speed manual transmission.

The Civic Hatchback has been titled, “Most Ambitious,” “Seriously Sporty” and “Seriously Green.” The Hatchback should hit dealerships later this year, completing the 10th generation Civic lineup. On Twitter, fans can’t contain their excitement for the release of the new Civic Hatchback in the U.S.


image03

image02

image00

image04

image01

 

The full live stream can be viewed on Honda’s YouTube page.

 

March 22, 2016

Honda Dream Garage Sales Event: Complete with Dream-Worthy Customer Service

What does your dream garage look like? Your dream car is sitting there, glossy and pristine. It’s satisfying – the new car smell, clean seats, low odometer and not to mention the endless possibilities. This magnificent feeling is made greater because you know your financing rate or new lease terms are phenomenal. Time to go for a drive!

image00

Frank Ancona Honda is proud to reveal our latest celebration: The Honda Dream Garage Sales Event. Now through May 2, 2016, we are offering great deals on almost every award-winning vehicle we make. It’s time to create the garage of your dreams by taking advantage of these great specials:

2016 Honda Accord Sedan CVT LX

  • $189 per month on a 36 month/36,000 mile lease
  • $1,999 due at signing

2016 Honda Odyssey LX

  • $269 per month on a 36 month/36,000 mile lease
  • $1,999 due at signing

2016 Honda Civic Sedan CVT LX

  • $99 per month on a 36 month/36,000 mile lease
  • $3,499 due at signing

2016 CR-V LX AWD

  • $219 per month on a 36 month/36,000 mile lease
  • $2,899 due at signing

2016 Honda CR-V

  • 0.9% for 60 months

Your dream garage experience wouldn’t be complete without Frank Ancona Honda’s Five-Star Customer Service! Our wish is to help you make your dream garage come true, so once you arrive, we’ll make your visit as easy and stress-free as possible. Our incredible staff will provide the best value and customer service possible to help you every step of the way as you choose your next vehicle. With 30 years of excellent customer service, Frank Ancona Honda offers the best-value vehicles for your money.

Don’t wait another day for your dream to come true. Contact us today to get more information on these great deals and many more going on now at 913-747-4568.

March 15, 2016

Honda Adds Additional Awards to Their Growing List: Excels in Value and Safety

Our latest models have everyone talking. Honda stole the show this year with high ratings from Kelley Blue Book, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, just to name a few. Value and safety awards make up a large portion of Honda’s achievements this year.

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com named several 2016 Honda Models with Overall Best Buy, Best Buy, Best Value Brand and Best Resale Value Awards. We’re proud to announce that the 2016 Honda Civic is the Overall Best Buy according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, along with the 2016 Honda CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey, which were named Best Buy of the Year in their respective classes.

Additional awards include U.S. News naming the CR-V the Best Car for the Money among compact SUVs. The Honda Fit also was also recognized by U.S. News rankings and was awarded the Best Car for the Money title in the Subcompact and Hatchback categories. Both the CR-V and Fit were commended for their high EPA-estimated mpg ratings and low long-term ownership costs.

image012015 Honda Civic Hybrid

Best Buy of the Year:

  • Civic (Overall Best Buy)
  • CR-V
  • Pilot
  • Odyssey

image002016 CR-V Touring

Although getting the best value for your money is important, by no means should it cast a shadow on safety. Don’t worry, Honda has you covered in both areas! The coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was awarded to four Hondas in recognition of their superior crash safety performance. Several 2016 Honda models were also recognized by IIHS with the esteemed TOP SAFETY PICK rating due to their excellent safety performance and still more earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating:

  • Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™
  • 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™
  • 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™
  • 2016 CR-V Touring

TOP SAFETY PICK rating

  • Accord Sedan
  • Accord Coupe
  • CR-V
  • Pilot
  • Odyssey

5-Star Overall Vehicle Score:

  • CR-V
  • Accord
  • Fit
  • Odyssey
  • HR-V

View all 2016 Honda awards and accolades here.

March 7, 2016

A First Look at the All-New 2016 Honda Civic Coupe

image00

 

Source: Honda News

Honda is proud to introduce the all-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic Coupe. With many of the design features introduced on the Civic Sedan, the Civic Coupe takes the sporty, styling and dynamic capabilities of the sedan even further for a unique performance coupe experience.

The Civic Coupe has always aimed to please the younger demographic and with upgraded technology features, including Apple CarPlay 3 and Android Auto, the 2016 Civic Coupe looks to attract even more of the younger generation.

Forbes Magazine called the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe “a massive leap forward, essentially redefining the small car with regard to quality, refinement and advanced technology.”

Digital Trends said, “Experiencing the 2016 Civic sedan and its new ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) platform was a breath of fresh air.”

According to a Honda press release, pretty much everything about the 2016 Civic Coupe is new. It includes an all-new sporty and sophisticated interior and exterior, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines and a host of new premium features and technologies.

image01

Source: Honda News

February 29, 2016

Visit Frank Ancona Honda at the Kansas City Auto Show

image00

The Kansas City Auto Show is back in town, coming to Bartle Hall March 2-6, 2016. This year’s auto show will give attendees more than 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to explore with incredible new technology and features. Be sure to stop by Frank Ancona Honda’s booth for all the latest deals and news on your favorite Hondas. For this year’s Kansas City Auto Show, the Honda Civic Sedan, Honda HR-V, Honda Odyssey and the all-new Honda Ridgeline will be featured.

That’s not all! This year’s auto show will also feature brand new attractions to make the show more fun for people of all persuasions, ages and interests. Here’s what you can expect:

  • KC’s Garage: This is the place to go if you need to take a break. Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, plus enjoy music in the laid-back atmosphere. You can also grab a bite to eat from all the local food trucks.
  • The Food Truck Mafia: This is a tightly knit family of food trucks with a passion for bringing fresh, quality and unique food to the streets of Kansas City. Trucks scheduled to appear at this year’s show include: Bochi, Crave of Kansas City, Beauty of the Bistro, KC BBQ Truck, Monk’s Roast Beef, Savanna Jane Lemonade and Ohana’s Shaved Ice. Learn more here.
  • Kids Korner: Bring the family over to the Kids Korner for a sneak peek of LEGO KidsFest, a three-day LEGO extravaganza coming to Kansas City this May. You’ll have the chance to build and race custom cars, as well as play with life size LEGO characters.
  • Paradise Park: Be able to enjoy the auto show without having to chase the little ones around. You can drop off your four- to nine-year-olds at Paradise Park for up to two hours of free, supervised play.

The Kansas City Auto Show is being held at Bartle Hall on West 13th Street in downtown Kansas City. Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for children. Here’s the best part – if you stop in Frank Ancona Honda on Wednesday, March 2, you could get a voucher for FREE admission to the show on Thursday, March 3, for Dealership Customer Appreciation Day. Call (855) 859-6511 for details.

For more information on this year’s auto show, click here.

February 19, 2016

Six Honda Vehicles Awarded “Best Family Cars of 2016” by Kelley Blue Book

image00

 

The awards keep stacking up for Honda. Frank Ancona Honda is proud to announce that six Honda models were ranked as Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2016, claiming six of the 16 available spots. Honda is the only automaker to earn awards in each category segment, making it the most recognized brand in Kelley Blue Book’s assessment for 2016. The 2016 Honda Accord, Civic, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey were all highlighted in their respective categories.

Kelley Blue Book created the Best Family Cars list as a resource to make picking the right family vehicle a little less daunting. The KBB staff put all vehicle contenders through extensive tests evaluating overall family comfort, safety and value.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of sales of the Honda Division, said, “This recognition by the experts at Kelley Blue Book of six of our core models is affirmation that Honda has the best possible choices for families of any size.”

Honda has been dominating the award season this year. The 2016 Honda HR-V was named 2016 Green SUV of the Year. The 2016 Honda Civic was named Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buy for 2016, as well as the 2016 North American International Car of the Year. Plus, earlier this month, five Honda models were honored as the 2016 Best Cars for the Money by U.S. News & World Report.

Get your hands on the Best Family Cars of 2016. Our sales experts will help you find the perfect Honda for your family’s needs. See what we have in stock today! Call 855-859-6511 for details.

To see Kelley Blue Book’s full list for the Best Family Cars of 2016, click here.

February 15, 2016

Five Honda Models Win Best Cars For The Money From U.S. News & World Report

image00

The New York Daily News said it best, “When it comes to value, 2016 is all about the Honda Motor Company.” Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce that five different Honda vehicles have been honored with six Best Cars for the Money awards by U.S. News & World Report. According to the U.S. News website, the 2016 Best Cars for the Money awards highlight the cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans that have the best combination of value and positive reviews from professional car reviewers in 23 different automotive classes. The Hondas that were honored are as follows:

  • 2016 Honda Civic named “Best Compact Car for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda HR-V named “Best Subcompact SUV for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda Odyssey named “Best Minivan for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda Pilot named “Best 3-Row SUV for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda Fit named “Best Hatchback for the Money” and “Best Subcompact Car for the Money” for the second year in a row.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, said, “Honda is committed to building vehicles that bring joy to our customers and ultimately deliver long-term value. Quality and value for money are key attributes customers expect when buying a Honda, and these awards recognize the brand’s ongoing fulfillment of that promise.”

The Best Car for the Money awards were created with the consumer in mind. According to the U.S News & World Report, the Best Car for the Money award winners have the best combination of long-term value and quality. Quality is measured by the overall score the vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards were published. According to the Honda press release, the rankings are updated monthly and compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions.

Get your hands on some of this year’s “Best Cars for the Money” award winners. We have the perfect leasing specials to meet your budget needs on the 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Honda Fit. See what we have in stock today! Call 855-859-6511 for details.

February 12, 2016

Show Your Honda Some Love: How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

image00

The winter season can put your car through quite a beating. Spring is the perfect time to wash away all of winter’s residue and to give your Honda the TLC it deserves. Follow this simple spring car maintenance checklist from Angie’s List to make sure your vehicle is running smoothly:

  • Remove leftover salt: The salt winter road crews use to melt ice and snow can cause some serious damage to your car if you’re not careful. Make sure to pay close attention to the undercarriage where metal is prone to rusting. Give your car a good wash to eliminate the salt.
  • Check alignment and suspension: Running over potholes can cause some problems with your car’s alignment and suspension. Your car could be out of alignment if you notice your car pulling to one side or that the steering wheel vibrates as you drive.
  • Change oil and check fluids: When was the last time your car had an oil change? It’s recommended to change your car’s oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Spring is also the ideal time to flush your transmission fluid, and to check your brake and cooling system fluids.
  • Inspect tires: Worn down tires make it hard to stop, even if your brakes are in good condition. According to CBS News, you should try the coin test on your tires to test the tread. Insert a quarter into several grooves around the tire. If part of Washington’s head is always covered, you can still drive safely. If you have less tread, it’s time to start thinking about tire replacements. It’s also recommended to have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles to try to keep the tread wear even.
  • Inspect brakes: Winter conditions and road salt can lead to some corrosion on your brake parts. It’s important to have a technician check the pads and rotors to ensure they don’t pose a safety issue while out on the road. A check-up today could keep you from an expensive repair later.

Getting a spring tune-up for your car could prevent you from having a summer breakdown. Bring your car into our service department for a check-up today. Stop in or call (855) 859-6511 to schedule an appointment.

You can see what service specials we are currently running here.

January 27, 2016

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

image00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 20, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Wins North American Car of the Year Award

image00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11, 2016

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

image00

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

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

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

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

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

What’s new in the 2016 Honda CR-V?*

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

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

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

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

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

 

January 4, 2016

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

image00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 28, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Kansas City Star for Participation in U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

image01

Frank Ancona Honda was featured in the Saturday edition of Kansas City Star’s Drive section. Thank you to David Boyce for writing the excellent article. The article highlighted Frank Ancona Honda’s participation in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Over the past month, Frank Ancona Honda has been collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to local area children in need this holiday season. With the support of the Kansas City community, we were able to collect over 225 toys for our first year as an official sponsor for the Toys for Tots program.

image00

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.

In the article, David Heitman, general sales manager for Frank Ancona Honda, said, “Because the Anconas have so many charities and organizations they give to, they felt like this one, especially at Christmas time, is something special for the kids. That’s what it is all about.”

This was Frank Ancona Honda’s first year sponsoring the Toys for Tots program and we can’t wait to see what the response will be for the years to come.

Heitman said, “It is that time of year where there is that special feeling in the air, and the children need to keep that special feeling alive. This is one way to give back and help that. Thank goodness for the United States Marines Corps Reserves who created the event for giving toys for the ones in need and the ones who deserve them the most.”

To read the full article in the Kansas City Star, click here.

December 21, 2015

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

toysfortotstree

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.”

image00

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.

December 14, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Shares Honda’s One Direction Civic Design Contest

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.24.15 PMPhoto Source: Honda Civic Tour

Enter the One Direction Civic Design Contest for your chance to score a brand new 2016 Honda Civic sedan. In collaboration with the Honda Civic Tour, One Direction is giving their fans the chance of a lifetime: create customized Honda Civics inspired by their new album Made in the A.M. Once the contest ends, One Direction will choose one lucky winner to receive a new 2016 Honda Civic hand painted with their One Direction design.

The contest began on December 2, 2015, and will run through February 14, 2016. All designs will be critiqued on creativity, originality, quality of design, overall impression, incorporation of One Direction materials and adherence to the Official Rules, which can be found here. To enter, visit the Honda Civic Tour website to download a Honda Civic template and input your design. You must be at least 18-years-old and a citizen of the United States to enter.

The One Direction Civic Design Contest is just one of many ways One Direction has been promoting the revamped 2016 Honda Civic. In November, when the 2016 model was released, One Direction put the 2016 Honda Civic through some extreme testing.

Can’t wait until February? One Direction is currently running a sweepstakes to win a custom One Direction 2015 Honda Civic (pictured below). This contest ends on December 31, 2015. To enter click here.

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 2.19.07 PM

Photo Source: Honda Civic Tour

Don’t miss out on your chance to win these custom One Direction Honda Civics. No purchase necessary. All you need to do is let your creativity and love for One Direction shine through.

Click here to see what designs have already been uploaded.

 

December 7, 2015

The 2016 Honda Pilot is the Safest SUV on the Market

image02

The 2016 Honda Pilot was released earlier this year and has already received numerous awards and reviews for its safe driving technology. The 2016 model features a few design changes and “Honda-Sensing,” which is a set of driver-aid technology advancements, making it the best SUV out on the market.

In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager said, “With the addition of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available through Honda Sensing, no other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the Pilot’s top IIHS and NHTSA safety scores.”

This past August, the 2016 Pilot received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries and property damage – from crashes on the nation’s roads. The Pilot aced IHHS’ collision test and earned a superior rating for its front crash prevention system.

Watch the 2016 Honda Pilot in its IIHS crash test video.

The 2016 Honda Pilot also recently received a maximum 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The NCAP created the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program to provide information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal law. The more stars in a rating means the safer the car. See the full rating here.

What’s new with the 2016 Honda Pilot?*

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Now you have a better view when backing out of tight spaces. The new camera has three different angles: normal, top-down and wide.
  • Forward Collision Warning: You will be immediately alerted if the Pilot senses you are at risk of a collision with a vehicle in front of you.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System: If you start drifting out of your lane without signaling, the steering automatically adjusts to keep you centered.
  • Honda LaneWatch: When you engage the right turn signal a small camera on the right-view mirror will display live video on the middle console display. You’ll be able to switch lanes more carefully.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: This feature will help you maintain a constant following interval so you don’t have to brake and change speeds manually.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: It will help bring the Pilot to a stop when it senses an unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you.

 

All of the above features help make the 2016 Honda Pilot the safest SUV for your family. Stop in for a test drive today or call (855) 859-6511.

For a full list of all the new features click here.

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

 

November 30, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda is now an Official Sponsor of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 9.40.18 AM

Children are our nation’s biggest resource. Today’s children make up our future leaders, but according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, more than 16 million children in the United States live below the federal poverty level, accounting for 22 percent of all children. Poverty is one of the biggest threats to a child’s well-being, causing poor general and mental health. It also affects the child’s ability to learn and leads to low self-esteem.

The federal poverty level for a family of four in the United States is $23,550 a year; however, research has shown that families need an income of about twice as much to cover basic expenses. This means about 45 percent of all children live in low-income families. With close to half the population of children living close to poverty levels, the holiday season can bring sadness and stress. By having just enough income to cover basic expenses, families often have to go without toys during the holiday season.

This is why Frank Ancona Honda is happy to be a local sponsor of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. The Toys for Tots program aims to collect and distribute new, unwrapped toys to children in need during the holiday season. The program wants to deliver a message of hope to those less fortunate and encourage them to become responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.

Help spread the message of hope this holiday season by bringing in new toys to our store. Together we can help spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Bring in a toy today to our store located at 1000 N. Rogers Rd in Olathe, Kan. We will accept toy donations now through December 16, 2015. You can also give a monetary donation to the Toys for Tots program on its website.

About Toys for Tots: The Toys for Tots program became a foundation for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1995. The program aims 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.

November 23, 2015

The 2016 Honda Civic: 10 Years in the Making

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 10.42.10 AM

The highly anticipated 2016 Honda Civic was recently released on November 12, 2015. The 10th generation Civic debuted with a revamped look jam-packed with new Honda features. We aren’t the only one’s taking notice. Kelley Blue Book recently announced the 2016 Honda Civic as the Overall Best Buy in its Best Buy Awards. The new Civic raises the bar for all compact cars with its sleek and modern design. With a larger model than years past, the civic almost feels like a midsize sedan.

What’s New with the 2016 Honda Civic?*

The redesigned Civic was created with usability in mind, making it easy to drive and use. It gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. From a capless fuel system, to a remote engine start and automatic brake holding, the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan has a full list of new features:

    • Turbocharged Engine: A new 1.5 liter engine offers high cruise efficiency and robust performance.
    • LED Lighting: The 2016 Honda Civic features new LED headlights that help you see more of the road and helps the environment by saving energy.
    • Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers: Rain moving into the area? No problem! The Civic’s new rain-sensing wipers automatically activate when it senses rain.
    • Capless Fuel System: Say goodbye to that pesky fuel cap. Now refueling is easier and cleaner with the capless fuel system. The fuel filler neck opens on contact when the door is opened, to make refueling faster, easier and cleaner.
    • Heated seats: Now everyone in the car can experience heated seats! The 2016 Civic features 3 heat level settings for the passenger seats and back seat heat capability.
    • Driver Information Interface: Everything you need to know pops up on your driver dashboard.
    • Remote Engine Start: Tired of getting into a freezing or super hot car? Now you can start your car from wherever you’re more comfortable.

And the list goes on and on. For a look at all of the new features click here. So what are you waiting for? We have the 2016 Honda Civic in stock today! Stop in for a test drive or call: (855) 859-6511

*Some models don’t include all features. See dealer for complete details.

November 19, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda to Accept Winter Coat Donations to Help Children in Need

Winter in Kansas City can be pretty unpredictable, but one thing is for sure, it gets cold. Did you know that cold weather is accountable for over 63 percent of weather-related deaths in the United States? According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, cold winter weather kills more than twice as many Americans as the unbearable summer heat.

No one deserves to freeze out in the cold this winter because they don’t have the proper winter coat to help keep them warm, especially children. According to kidshealth.org, children are at a greater risk for frostnip and frostbite than adults. The best way to prevent this is to make sure they are dressed warmly and don’t spend too much time in cold weather.

image05

Winter coats can be expensive, often causing children to have to face the winter months without proper warmth. Here at Frank Ancona Honda, we always try to give back to the community, which is why we are happy to announce that we are a drop-off location for new or gently used winter coats to help local children in need this winter.

Want to help? Drop off new or gently used winter coats to help children in need to our store located at 1000 North Rogers Road in Olathe, Kan. The cut-off date for this year’s drive is December 4, 2015, but we will continue accepting donations throughout 2016 to prepare for next winter. After the cut-off we will take all the donated coats to a local dry cleaner to be professionally cleaned before being distributed to local charities and kids across the Kansas City Metro.

Winter weather will be here before we know it, so please bring your new coat donations to our store today to help local children stay warm this winter.

 

November 9, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Kansas City Star for Support to Great Plains SPCA

greatplains

Frank Ancona Honda was the front page story in the Saturday edition of Kansas City Star’s Drive section. Thank you to David Boyce for writing an excellent article. The article put Frank Ancona Honda’s recent participation in the Great Plains SPCA’s donation campaign for much-needed funds in the spotlight. At Frank Ancona Honda, we believe in giving back to great causes and donate regularly to charities across the Kansas City metro.

This past September and October, Frank Ancona Honda supported Great Plains SPCA in its donation campaign to raise $500,000 as a way to honor Sheila Ancona, late wife of Founder Frank Ancona. Sheila was an avid supporter of animal welfare and donated frequently to various animal shelters throughout Kansas City. She passed away in August 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

As a way to continue Sheila’s legacy, Frank Ancona Honda joined RAZ Mobile and other local Kansas City area businesses in an effort to help Great Plains SPCA raise its crucial funding. The campaign was a huge success and exceeded the fundraising goal. All money raised during the donation campaign will provide more resources to place animals in homes.

Great Plains SPCA is a no-kill animal shelter located in the Kansas City Metro area serving 35,000 pets annually. It collaborates with other animal welfare agencies in the area to promote adoption, outreach, vet care and an overall better life for pets in Kansas City.

For the full article check out the Kansas City Star.

October 30, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Salutes Veteran Employees for Service

HondaBlogSalute

Did you know there are over 19.6 million veterans in the United States? We take pride in hiring veterans and as Veteran’s Day approaches, we wanted to take the time to express our gratitude to the members of our team who have served in the United States Military. Members of our team and the branches they have served in, include:

United States Army Reserve:

  • James Trotter, Sales Department
  • Lynn Lowe, Sales Department
  • Denny Kimbriel, Sales Department
  • Jeff Swatek, Service Department

United States Air Force:

  • Max Harrell, Sales Department
  • Terry Mcginnes, Service Department
  • Paul Borden, Service Department

United States Navy:

  • Greg Easley, Sales Department
  • Larry Grant, Service Department
  • Ernie Minich, Parts Department

United States Marines:

  • Virginia Walker, Service Department
  • Brian Baker, Parts Department

United States Coast Guard:

  • Bernie Jackson, Service Department
  • Steve Kennedy, Service Department

We thank you for your service to our country and our company. This Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015, be sure to thank all veterans for their service, but remember it’s important to go beyond the holiday. CNN shares five ways to connect with veterans all year round:

  1. Don’t make assumptions. Every veteran has their own unique story which has shaped them into who they are today.
  2. Hire veterans. 77 percent of veterans have struggled with unemployment.
  3. Give support to veterans’ families and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. Show them you care.
  4. Volunteer with veteran programs.
  5. Pressure the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer easier ways for veterans to receive treatment and care.

We are proud to honor our employees as well as active and retired veterans not employed by our company with our new Military Appreciation Offer. From now until January 4, 2016, veterans will receive $500 in cash when they finance a vehicle with American Honda. For all details and restrictions, check out our offer.

 

October 23, 2015

Olathe Honda Dealer Announces Winterization Tips and Service Offer

Is your Honda ready for winter? The winter months can take a toll on your car if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Being proactive can help save you from preventable, expensive repairs down the road. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention every fall you should complete the following on your vehicle:

  1. Have your radiator serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester and then add antifreeze as needed.
  2. Replace your windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
  3. Replace any worn tires making sure each tire has good air pressure and tread.

Other tips for the winter months to ensure your car always starts and that you are never left stranded, include keeping your fuel tank at least half full at all times. This prevents condensation from forming in your gas lines, which could cause your engine to run poorly and also puts your vehicle at risk for freezing of its fuel lines. Colder temperatures can also affect your tire pressure, so be sure to check your tires every time you drive.

If for some reason your vehicle would end up stalling in the cold months, be prepared. The DMV recommends that if you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, consider putting together a few necessities. Here is a list of items to include in your winter emergency kit:

  • Shovel
  • Blankets
  • Ice Scraper
  • Jumper Cables
  • Water
  • Extra mittens and coats
  • Road salt or sand
  • Flashlight with extra batteries

To help you get ready for the coming winter months, we are happy to offer a winterization service special. The Frank Ancona Honda Winterization Package includes an oil change, battery test, multi-point inspection, tire rotation and windshield wiper replacements all for just $79.95 or $89.95 depending on oil type. Frank Ancona Honda is also offering a manager special of 10 percent off any service. You can drive away with your Honda ready to take on the tough winter months. Don’t wait for disaster to strike; bring your Honda to our factory-trained technicians today. Call (913) 782-3636 to schedule an appointment.

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 11.08.11 PM

 

October 12, 2015

Olathe Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Yelp Video

A new video released on Yelp profiles Frank Ancona Honda, a Kansas City Honda dealer. The video, hosted by David Heitman, general sales manager, highlights the remarkable transformation of the dealership since its multi-million dollar remodel, making it the largest Honda dealer (measured in acres) in the metro.

image00

 

Watch the Video Now!

 

As narrated by Heitman, “Frank Ancona Honda is proud to be your premiere Honda dealer in Olathe, Kansas. We offer new and preowned sales, financing, service, parts and more at this customer-focused dealership. We are a single-point dealer, which allows us to be more customer-focused and probably our biggest focus is sales and service.”

 

“You know, we have been in Olathe for over 29 years at this location. We started in 1961 when we opened on Truman Road in Kansas City. I think what we are best known for is that we go with the customer’s pace when buying an automobile. What we like to do is give prompt attention with courteous consultants and a car buying experience that can actually be fun.”

 

“We really do care about our customers. We are the largest generation three facility in Kansas City. We never say no when anyone needs service for any make or vehicle, so make an appointment today.”

 

If you have enjoyed your recent experience at Frank Ancona Honda, feel free to leave a review on the Yelp page! You can also find more information about the dealership, such as hours, photos and history.

 

October 5, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Launches Digital Fundraising Campaign to Support Animal Welfare with Great Plains SPCA

Frank Ancona Honda recently announced a digital marketing campaign in honor of Michael Ancona’s mother, who was an avid supporter of animal welfare and donated to many shelters in KC. Great Plains SPCA has found themselves in a crucial funding crisis and Frank Ancona Honda wanted to help. The nonprofit is the largest no-kill animal welfare organization in the Kansas City area.

gpspca fah qr

Currently, a sponsor has offered to match any donations the Great Plains SPCA receives from now until October 15, 2015. Frank Ancona Honda wants to help GPSPCA raise as much as possible before October 15, 2015. If you visit the dealership’s donation page, you can choose an amount to donate. The best part is each donation amount explains exactly where that money is going so you know how your money is helping local animals find safety and shelter. You can make a one-time donation or choose to have a recurring donation.

  • For $10, you will be a Hometown Hero by providing shelter to a homeless pet in Kansas City.
  • For $20, you will help spay or neuter a stray kitten.
  • For $50, you will save a puppy from deadly parvovirus.
  • For $100, you will be a Cool Cat by feeding a homeless mother cat and her kittens.
  • For $250, you will be a Top Dawg by saving a dog from living life on a chain.

Great Plains SPCA is a no-kill shelter in the Kansas City metro, serving 35,000 pets annually. It is known as the most unique and comprehensive no kill animal welfare agency. The GPSPCA collaborates with other animal welfare agencies in the area with their innovative program to promote adoption, outreach, vet care and a better life for pets in Kansas City.

September 29, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Hosts the Honda Owners Workshop Event

On September 16, 2015, Frank Ancona Honda hosted the semi-annual Honda Owners Workshop Event at the dealership. People who became new members of the Frank Ancona Honda family by purchasing a vehicle were welcomed to the event for a catered dinner to meet some of the service technicians and learn more about their vehicles.

honda owners event sept 2015

Since these owners are new to Frank Ancona Honda, the workshop event introduced the different services and conveniences the dealership offers to owners to keep their vehicle in top condition. After enjoying a complimentary dinner, new owners got to meet the service technicians who work at Frank Ancona Honda.

The owners got a tour of the service waiting area. To keep owners comfortable while they are waiting for their vehicle to be serviced, the waiting area offers a variety of seating and complimentary soft drinks and juice, a full coffee bar, fruit, donuts and cookies. Free Wi-Fi is available in the waiting area as well as a few computers for waiting customers to use. There is also a child play area with plenty of toys and activities. Owners can see their car being serviced with the full glass wall into the service bay.

After the service area tour, the technicians brought the new owners into the service bay where a variety of Honda vehicles were waiting for the owners to explore. The technicians answered any questions owners had about their new vehicles and then asked owners to go to the vehicle model in the bay they currently own. The technicians walked them through the vehicle, talking about what is under the hood and the various service benchmarks they should be aware of. The technicians also offered advice, such as how to change a tire and how certain cool features in the vehicle work.

The next Honda Owners Event will be held March 16, 2016.

September 14, 2015

Win Service Packages at the American Royal BBQ from Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is incredibly excited to be sponsoring one of our own technicians, Mark Eastland, competing in the 36th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue®! To celebrate, the service department will hold a drawing for the chance to win three service packages if you stop by Mark’s tent at the American Royal to cheer him on.

american royal collage

If you are going to be at the American Royal, you can stop by Mark’s tent to enter your name into a drawing. You have the chance of winning:

  • $100 service and parts credit
  • Free oil changes
  • Free complete vehicle detailing service

Mark Eastland has participated in multiple BBQ contests and it has always been his dream to participate in the American Royal event. When Frank Ancona Honda heard this, they decided to make his dream come true by sponsoring his team in the famous BBQ cook-off.

Mark’s team consists of his daughter, his wife and Shawn Wakeman, service manager at Frank Ancona Honda. Shawn and Mark will be competing in the pork, ribs, brisket and chicken categories, while Mark’s wife and daughter will be competing in the dessert category.

Mark has worked for Frank Ancona Honda since 1991 on and off, totaling about ten years as a member of the Ancona Honda family. Friday night before the event, the dealership is hosting an employee cookout so everyone at the dealership can show Mark their support in his competition.

american royal map

If you are going to be at the American Royal, drop by Mark’s tent to show support! The tent will have Frank Ancona Honda signage on it and you will see Mark and Shawn hard at work! If you stop by the tent, you can enter your name in a drawing to win one of three great service packages. Mark’s tent is labeled D843 and will be called SmokeWorks. On the map, the tent is labeled with a red star.

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

 

September 1, 2015

Meet the New Client Advisor at Frank Ancona Honda – Augustine Lee

We want to give a warm welcome to Augustine Lee, our newest client advisor and internet sales representative at Frank Ancona Honda. He is also known affectionately around the dealership as Auggie and is ready to help you with your car shopping needs when you submit a request via our website and come into the dealership.  Get to know Auggie so you can say hi!

20150821_132922

How long have you worked in the automotive industry?

15 months.

What attracted to you to Frank Ancona Honda?

My best friend Dave Heitman! We worked together previously and he called to see if I was interested at a position at Frank Ancona Honda.

What is your favorite part of the job so far?

I love helping clients with their needs and wants. I locate the correct vehicle they are looking for and do everything I can to make the car buying experience fun and painless.

Which Honda is your favorite?

The S2000! It is so much fun and exciting to drive. I can feel the I-VTEC engine and how responsive it is, especially since it is a coupe.

What are you looking forward to in your future with Frank Ancona Honda?

Frank Ancona Honda has a nice reputation. I am looking forward to growing together and serving the community with the #1 Honda dealership for customer service. I just want to make people happy!

What is something not many people know about you outside of work?

I have played golf since 1985 and I used to be a professional photographer. I also play guitar at my church.

August 24, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlight: Parker Christian

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

14916985

What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?

New/Pre-Owned Sales Consultant

How long have you worked at Frank Ancona Honda?

Two years this September

What is your favorite part of the job?

When a customer chooses a Honda over the competition

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?

Civic Type-R

You can contact Parker Christian via email or you can call and ask for him at (913) 782-3636.

August 3, 2015

New Tech Offerings for the 2016 Honda Accord

The 2015 Honda Accord was the highest performing model year in the company’s history, meaning Honda had a tough act to follow for the 2016 year. But the company didn’t disappoint with the technology in the 2016 Honda Accord.

2015-honda-accord-sedan-side1

Image Credit: Honda

Without a doubt, the coolest new feature of the 2016 Honda Accord is the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay tech integrations that will be standard in all Accord vehicles. The Android and Apple car tech will allow the dashboard touchscreen interface to look just like the homepage of your phone. Drivers can navigate through their phone menus through voice commands or with buttons on the steering wheel.

Part of what is so innovative about offering these technologies is the Accord is the first vehicle to come to market with the tech as opposed to other manufacturers who offer the tech on the side. Also, the Accord is the first vehicle to offer both Android and Apple smartphone interfaces according to Fortune. The tech being offered to market as the interface reduced the risks of distracted driving. Even with all the car tech integrations offered today, people still turn to their phones for in-car navigation. Honda is hoping offering this tech at the start will push more people to use their car to use their phone and reduce accidents from looking down at a phone screen.

In addition to integrating Apple and Android interface technology, Honda is going further with tech safety by offering Honda Sensing in new Accords. This safety technology has already been offered in new CR-V and Pilot models. According to Automotive News, Honda went to Silicon Valley to research what people were looking for in car tech and the answer was complete integration.

July 27, 2015

3 Child Car Safety Tips from Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is all about family safety, especially when it comes to children and cars. As a sponsor of Baby Love, KC’s Only Baby Fair, the dealership is spreading awareness about child car safety and how to prevent injury to kids around vehicles. Here are three child car safety tips to keep your family happy and secure for the ride.

Car Seat Safety

babylovetip1

babylovetip6

babylovetip

Car seats are the first place to start when thinking about car seat safety. Many new parents typically think car seats are only necessary when they are young, but children should have some type of car or booster seat until they are 8-12 years old or taller than 4’9”, according to Healthy Children. After that, children should have a lap and shoulder seat belt at all times and always sit in the back seat to reduce injury in a car accident.

Otherwise, infants and toddlers should remain in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old or until they pass the height and weight requirements from the manufacturer. Toddlers and preschoolers should remain in forward-facing car seats as long as possible, usually until height and weight requirements are exceeded.

Heatstroke

babylovetip5

Leaving kids in the car, either accidentally or to quickly run into a store, can cause heat stroke incredibly quickly. Edmunds reports that heatstroke and suffocation can occur even when it is as cool as 70 degrees outside. Always leave a reminder for yourself in the front seat that your child is buckled up in the back and never leave them in the car by themselves, even if you are quickly running into a store.

Frontover & Backover

babylovetip3

babylovetip4

The statistics on frontover and backover are incredibly alarming, as evidenced in the infographic below with information from KidsAndCars.org. There is eight feet of blind spot space in front of the vehicle and 50 feet in the back. It is important to always do a walkaround of your vehicle before driving. Also, use backup cameras to ensure the path behind you is clear.

To learn more about child car safety, attend the Kansas City Baby Fair on August 2 at the Overland Park Convention Center! Tickets are $7 if you get them ahead of the event and $10 at the door.

 

FAHChildCarSafetyBabyLove

July 20, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Announces Sponsorship for Baby Love Kansas City

Frank Ancona Honda is proud to be one of the first sponsors for Baby Love, Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair! The event will be August 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center. This is the fair’s first time in KC, but they have been hosting the event in Omaha for nine years. Baby Love is full of amazing resources and information for moms-to-be and families. Tickets are $7 if you get them ahead of the event and $10 at the door.

FAHChildCarSafetyBabyLove

Frank Ancona Honda will be focusing on family car safety at the fair and have vehicles on display for live demonstrations. There are many dangers in and around a vehicle that many families don’t think about. Frank Ancona Honda is happy to participate in Baby Love to give parents a chance to see what the dangers are and learn how to keep their children safe.

Many parents understand the importance of car seats and keeping kids in the back seat until they are 12 or older. There are differences between the types of car seats needed depending on the age of your child. HealthyChildren.org has a guide for car seats based on child’s age. Likewise, many parents do not know they need to keep their children in a booster seat until they are around that 12 year old age.

There have been many incidents in the news the past few years of parents forgetting to get their child out of the car and leaving them locked in with the windows up. The greatest danger this presents temperature. Even on a cloudy, 70 degree day, children can suffer heatstroke and suffocation in a closed up vehicle. Other dangers include children playing with power windows, which can cause serious injury or death in some cases, and children putting the vehicle in motion to cause injury in an accident. The key to be safe here is to leave a reminder in the car that your child is there, such as a teddy bear in the front seat as suggested by Edmunds. There are many child safety apps that will send you a reminder to check the back seat once your car bluetooth is disconnected as well.

Unfortunately, a common child car danger is backover and frontover. According to KidsAndCars.org, 50 children are backed over every week and 70 percent of the time it is a parent or close relative behind the wheel. The average age of victims is one year old and 60 percent of these incidents occur in a larger vehicle, such as a truck or SUV. Always do a walkaround of the vehicle before leaving and use your backup camera to make sure your path is clear.

 

July 13, 2015

Employee Spotlight: David Heitman, New General Sales Manager

Frank Ancona Honda is very excited to introduce David Heitman, the new general sales manager at the Olathe dealership. We wanted to shine our employee spotlight on David so you can stop in and say hi the next time you are at Frank Ancona Honda!

heitman-sample2-4web

How long have you worked in the automotive industry?

Twenty-seven years! I got my start in the automobile industry in 1988 as a salesperson selling Acura’s and worked my way up to being promoted to Financial Services Manager. I held that position for 15 years before I was given the opportunity to be a New Car Director, a position I held for the last eight years.

What attracted you to Frank Ancona Honda?

Frank Ancona Honda has always been a great family-owned dealership with the people in mind. They treat their customers and employees like family. From what I’ve seen and heard over the last few weeks, it’s true!

What is your favorite part of the job so far?

My favorite part of the job is and always will be making sure the customer is happy and completely satisfied with their automobile purchase.

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?

My favorite vehicle in the Honda line-up is the Odyssey. It gives so much to the consumer to use for daily life with families and busy lifestyles.

What are you most looking forward to in your future with Frank Ancona Honda?

I look forward to helping make Frank Ancona Honda a world class dealership that people will enjoy coming to to purchase and service their Hondas.

What’s something not many people know about you outside of work?

I’m a huge Nascar fan and love to play golf.

July 6, 2015

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things About the Honda HR-V

The all-new Honda HR-V is an innovation in the crossover market. Many car reviewers are calling the HR-V the hottest little SUV of the summer and great reviews are piling up. Other automotive companies are working fast to create their own versions of the HR-V in hopes the popularity will rub off on them. In light of this, Frank Ancona Honda wanted to share some of our favorite things about everybody’s favorite little crossover, the Honda HR-V.

Image Credit: Honda

Image Credit: Honda

A Small CUV With a Lot of Space

The Honda HR-V is unique in the crossover market because of its size. The crossover is already the mid-size option between a car and an SUV, but the HR-V is another smaller option in crossover size range. But not to fear – the HR-V does not feel tiny! The HR-V was modeled on the Honda Fit chassis, a car known for making incredible use of the space. This may be the biggest wow factor of the new CUV. The space in the small vehicle is incredible. There is 58.8 cubic feet of storage with three interior configurations and seating for five passengers.

Excellent Gas Mileage Without Sacrificing Performance

The Honda HR-V receives an average of 35 mpg highway and 28 mpg city driving. According to USA Today’s test drive, they drove the HR-V without any regard for fuel efficiency and still averaged 30 mpg range. Consumers also have the option of manual or continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission (CVT).

A Clever Interior

Not only is the interior clever because of the use of space, but the interior features work with the driver and passengers, not against them. The cup holders are adjustable, there are plenty of connectivity options for various devices, backup camera is standard and the in-car tech is made to make life easier.

A Mini-SUV Without the Cost

Many people opt for larger cars instead of SUVs because of the price difference. Honda decided to solve that problem by offering the LX base model starting at $19,115 MSRP. Offering an SUV option for under $20,000 means more consumers who want to get into a vehicle with more space and power now have the option. Besides that, the HR-V gives consumers the option to get a fully loaded option for thousands less than competitor vehicles fully loaded, as Jalopnik covers in-depth.

June 26, 2015

What to Expect from the 2016 Honda Pilot

Just in time for your summer family road trip, the 2016 Honda Pilot is designed with the family in mind. The Pilot’s size is between the smaller CR-V and the larger family-of-five Odyssey, outfitted with all of the features a family that is constantly on the go needs. The Pilot’s design has been upgraded in response to drivers’ desires from the 2014 and 2015 models, providing a custom family hauler vehicle for the modern family with the classic Honda performance under the hood.

Image Credit: Honda

Image Credit: Honda

The Pilot feels like an all-new vehicle with sleeker, rounder edges compared to the boxy design of the 2015, taking design cues from the popular CR-V. Despite the 3.5 inch increase in length and 1.8 inch increase in wheelbase, the Pilot is lighter by 286 pounds thanks to the upgraded design. The 2016 model makes use of its space, offering more cargo room behind the third row than most other SUV’s in the market. For extra storage, the 2016 Pilot also has a new under-floor compartment with a lid for convenient storage. Total, the Pilot offers 109.2 cubic feet of storage space with seating for up to eight passengers

The 3.5 liter V6 engine provides 280 horsepower with 262 lb-ft of torque, an upgrade in power from the 2014 thanks to the new direct-injected engine. The transmission is now a six-speed automatic in the first three trim levels with the ZF nine-speed transmission in the Touring and Elite trims. With more power than before, the Pilot still manages excellent fuel economy for its size, offering 27 mpg highway and 19 mpg city driving.

As for features, the Pilot comes in five trim levels. The LX is the entry level model, moving up to the EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims. The LX’s features are pretty basic to keep the price point down, but starting with the EX the features get interesting. Apart from the LX, there are at least three USB ports and Lane Watch side-view camera standard. On all models, backup camera is standard. The Honda Sensing safety suite is available on all models except the LX, offering road and lane departure warnings, forward collision warning and braking and adaptive cruise control.

All-in-all, the Pilot is ready for a family to slap on their kids’ sports affiliations and their stick figure family stickers before they hop in for a summer road trip.

June 19, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Father’s Day

Sunday, June 21, 2015 is Father’s Day, a great holiday to spend time with your dad no matter how young or old you are. Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating Father’s Day by helping out our Honda family find the perfect Father’s Day gift, hosting some dad-tastic specials and showcasing some of the awesome dads we have here at the dealership.

fathers day

We get it, shopping for dad gets harder every year. His garage is full of everything he needs (and some things you want!) plus funny dad shirts are getting old. Not to worry, Frank Ancona Honda has a great way to help you find the perfect gift for your dad. Email us or Tweet us with a little bit about your dad and we will help you find the perfect accessory for your dad’s vehicle any lifestyle.

fah fathers day 2fah fathers day 3

If your dad has everything he needs for his car, Frank Ancona Honda is also offering two service specials that will save your dad time, money and stress. You can buy a pre-paid oil change card that includes six free oil changes and two tire rotations, presenting a savings of over $100. You can also save your dad money by giving him a coupon card that reduces the price of his car service. The coupon ranges from saving $10 when he spends $100 to saving $70 when he spends $500 or more.

Tell dad to give us the card when he arrives for his service appointment and we will take care of everything else. Both offers expire July 8, 2015, so give your dad the gift of keeping his vehicle in top working condition.

In addition to personal shopping and service specials, Frank Ancona Honda is also celebrating some of the great dads we have working for us at the dealership. Check out these photos of our very cool dads hanging out with their families.

James Trotter and his daughter Angelica.

James Trotter and his daughter Angelica.

Dave Heitman, our new general sales manager, with his family.

Dave Heitman, our new general sales manager, with his family.

Shawn Wakeman being Forever Royal and Forever Cool Dad with his son.

Shawn Wakeman being Forever Royal and Forever Cool Dad with his son.

Brad Turner, finance director at Frank Ancona Honda, showing off his strong selfie game with members of his family.

Brad Turner, finance director at Frank Ancona Honda, showing off his strong selfie game with members of his family.

June 15, 2015

Vintage Honda: The T360 and S500

Honda has a unique history compared to other automotive brands. Honda started out as a motorcycle company after WWII in Japan and quickly became an engine innovator. In fact, the first few vehicles from Honda all had motorcycle engines under the hood! Frank Ancona Honda wants to showcase the vintage Honda and take a look at the first two production vehicles – the T360 and S500.

Honda T360

rsz_img_0026

Before there was the Honda Ridgeline, the T360 was the Honda pickup truck of the day. The T360 was the first production vehicle ever from Honda, introduced in 1963. It stayed in production until 1967 and 108,920 were made. The T360 had a small 356-cc straight-4 gasoline engine which was also found in the Honda S360 roadster prototype that never made it to production. Top speed was 62 mph with this engine, producing 30 hp at 8,500 rpm.

The T360 is a very small pickup because of Kei regulations. Kei allowed the T360 to be in a lower tax bracket, so Honda followed regulations that restricted the size of the truck. There were no color choices – people who bought the T360 could only purchase the “May Blue” color.

The T360 was a rear wheel drive pickup and was offered in three different styles. The T360F was a flatbed, the T360H was a flatbed with folding sides and the T360V was a covered van. A rare version of the T360 is called the Snow Crawler which had tracked propulsion units in the back. it was a useful car for Japanese climate and terrain, but its price tag was hefty, so they were only seen in certain areas of northern Japan.

The T360 was the start of the Honda automobile line and its pickup popularity spurred the T500, a similar pickup truck that was slightly larger in many ways. The T500 had a 38 hp 531 cc version of the T360 engine with a top speed of 65 mph delivering 7,500 rpm with a redline at 9,000 rpm. The T500 was also 20 centimeters longer than the T360. Instead of “May Blue,” the T500 trucks were all painted “Moss Green.”

Honda S500

rsz_img_0027

The Honda S500 is the second automobile to be put into production and is also the first sports car that Honda produced. A sports car was a natural option for Honda’s new automobile line since they started as a motorcycle company. The S500 has chain-driven rear wheels and four-speed manual transmission point heavily to Honda’s background and expertise in motorcycles.

The engine was another high-tech motorcycle engine with a dual overhead cam straight-4 with four carburettors. The engine is a 531 cc and produced 44 hp at 8000 rpm and a redline of 9,500 rpm. The S500 engine was meant to displace the 492 cc that was supposed to be in the S360 that never reached production. The S500 was a mere 1500 lb and could reach a top speed of 80 mph.

Honda innovated with the S500 and impressed with the four-wheel independent suspension, front torsion bars and rear diagonal coilover shock absorbers. The S500 was so unique that many competitors raced to get their own version of the sports car, including Toyota.

The S500 was released four months after the T360 in 1963 but was only in production for one year. 1,363 Honda S500 were produced, making the sports car a complete rarity. In 1963, the S500 cost $1,275 and also came with a hardtop version that was slightly pricier.

June 8, 2015

Summer Car Maintenance Tips Before Your Road Trip

Summer is finally here and many people are busy planning their fun-filled road trip across the country. There is a lot to do before your wheels hit the open road, but make sure prepping your car for summer travel is on the top of your priority list. A fun summer road trip can end really fast if a vehicle hasn’t had proper maintenance for the hot roads and long distances. Here are some summer car maintenance tips to make sure your trip includes a flawless drive.

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

Make Sure Your AC Works

While the AC doesn’t have a whole lot to do with safety, sitting in a hot car for miles of a road trip is extremely uncomfortable. It may give you childhood flashbacks to your parents old beat up car before AC was standard in vehicles, but that doesn’t mean your family has to suffer through it! Test the AC while driving to work or running errands around town to ensure it blows cold the entire time. If not, it is time to get your AC recharged.

Check Headlights, Turn Signals and Windshield Wipers

Many people don’t think to check the miscellaneous functions on their vehicle before a road trip. Having a headlight or taillight out can result in poor visibility and possibly a ticket. Turn signals should be in working order to stay safe while driving. While you don’t want a downpour on your road trip, rain could happen so your windshield wipers should be in top working order. Consider applying RainX to your windshield for extra rain protection.

Fix Your Tires

There are a lot of miles on your road trip and every one affects your tires. Start your tires out right at the beginning to avoid problems down the road. Make sure your treads are deep enough for proper traction. You also want to adjust your tire pressure for summer driving. Tires should deflated because summer weather increases the tire pressure one pound per every 10 degrees.

Refill Fluids

Gas is not the only fluid you need to worry about on a road trip. Make sure your transmission fluid, antifreeze, radiator coolant, engine oil, brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid are at the optimum levels before going on your road trip.

Double Check Towing Capacity

Before you hook on a boat or camper or load your vehicle down with suitcases, double check your manufacturer’s guidelines on weight limits and towing capacity. If you are towing something behind the vehicle, check the trailer’s tires and brake lights while you’re at it.

Check Your Brakes

Chances are you are going to have plenty of opportunities to test out the responsiveness of your brakes on your road trip! People will stop unexpectedly to find their turn or you might encounter some daring wildlife crossing the highway. Your brakes should be dependable so you can avoid these dangers without damaging your vehicle or the people in it. Bring your vehicle in to be services so a thorough brake inspection can be conducted.

May 26, 2015

Start Your Engines, The New Honda HR-V is at Frank Ancona Honda

It is finally here! After months of anticipation, the all-new Honda HR-V is at home in the dealership at Frank Ancona Honda. The new crossover is being called the Honda CR-V’s younger brother, smaller than the CR-V but with more space and offerings than a car.

Image Credit: Honda

Image Credit: Honda

When Honda released the Fit, the goal was to offer a compact car that was not so compact. Everyone marveled at the space and comfort the Fit provided, along with the performance. Honda took the same ideas as the Fit and applied it to the growing crossover market, targeting people who were interested in a crossover but who were having trouble making the move from their car to a larger vehicle.

The Honda HR-V pieces together the best parts of other vehicles in the Honda line-up. Like we already said, it utilizes space incredibly well for a smaller crossover, taking its cues from the Fit. It has AWD which the CR-V made famous and the engine from the popular Civic. In addition, the Honda HR-V is the first car in the lineup to start out offering the continuously variable transmission (CVT), a feature that is becoming standard on all Honda vehicles. This transmission means you do not feel the vehicle shift gears, creating a smooth and seamless driving experience.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty specs of the HR-V. The Honda HR-V boasts 35 mpg highway driving and 28 mpg city for a combined 31 mpg with the option of turning on the Eco Assist system for an even better gas mileage rating. The HR-V is powered by a 141 horsepower, 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine with 127 lb-ft of torque.

To make the smaller crossover feel especially large, the HR-V seems to use magic to provide 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space. There are three storage modes to allow you to utilize the space however you need. Utility Mode showcases the famous Honda magic seats that fold all the way down. Long Mode allows the passenger front and rear seats to fold down to fit longer items into the HR-V. Tall Mode allows you to get an extra four feet of vertical space by folding the rear seats up.

There are three trim levels available for the Honda HR-V – the LX, EX and EX-L. The basic LX comes standard with multi-angle rearview camera, second row magic seats, a five inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming, USB audio, remote entry, 17 inch alloy wheels and LED brake lights. Upgrades in the other trim levels include HondaLink Next Generation, Honda LaneWatch, Pandora radio, push button start, smart entry, powered moonroof, heated front seats, leather interior, Honda Satellite navigation with voice recognition, SiriusXM radio, HD radio and roof rails.

The Honda HR-V is completely customizable. You can explore more about the Honda HR-V on the Honda website or you can stop into Frank Ancona Honda for a test drive to see the features for yourself.

May 11, 2015

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

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

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 27, 2015

New Honda Family of Powertrains Revealed in Japan

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

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 20, 2015

Fuel Economy Tips for Earth Day

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

Image Credit: Fabio Aro / Foter / CC By

Image Credit: Fabio Aro / Foter / CC By

Go the Speed Limit

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

Lighten Your Load

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

Perform Regular Maintenance

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

Don’t Idle and Use Cruise Control

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

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

Check Your Tires

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

April 13, 2015

Next Generation Honda Civic Coupe Steals the New York Auto Show

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

Photo Credit: J.D. Power

Photo Credit: J.D. Power

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

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

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

March 30, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Hosted the Largest Honda Owners Workshop Event

Frank Ancona Honda recently hosted the largest Honda Owners Workshop event in the history of the dealership. This event helps out customers with any questions they have on a variety of Honda subjects and lets them see all the dealership has to offer.

034

Here is how a Honda Owners Workshop event works. The team at Frank Ancona Honda welcomes new Honda owners to service department. They showcase the waiting area and all the amenities of the lounge while their car is being serviced. The service waiting area includes a coffee bar, soda, juice and water along with doughnuts, bananas, apples and made fresh Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, which are all complimentary.

The waiting area also has free WiFi for their use, public computers at their disposal and a large television. Customers can also see their car being serviced through the full glass windows the view the service bay.

039

After touring the service area, the team answers any questions the new Honda owners have in regards to their vehicles they just purchased. Often these questions are thought of after they have driven their vehicle out of the dealership and have spent some time with it. Some common questions that are answered include:

  • How do I sync my phone?
  • How do I change a flat tire?
  • How does X feature work in my new car?

The team at Frank Ancona Honda demonstrates the answers to these questions in the service drive. There are multiple vehicles set up in the area so customers can go to the vehicle they own for demonstrations on how to perform certain functions.

038

Frank Ancona Honda treats the new Honda owners to a dinner. For extra fun, customers at the workshop can submit their names to a raffle for prizes. The next Honda Owners Workshop event will be held on September 16th.

March 23, 2015

The Future of the Honda CR-Z

The hybrid Honda CR-Z was Honda’s answer to enter the hybrid market in 2010. Yet many have complained about the performance compared to other Honda vehicles and the small fuel economy despite its hybrid status. Now Honda has a gameplan to re-introduce the Honda CR-Z to the market in by 2018 as a sportier model.

Photo Credit: Hybrid Cars

Photo Credit: Hybrid Cars

The 2017 model will feature an engine that was first debuted in the drool-worthy 2015 Civic Type-R – a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder featuring the signature VTEC variable valve timing technology, according to MotorAuthority. With the popularity of the Civic Type-R, Honda is installing this favorable engine in the CR-Z to answer complaints about the lack of power in the hybrid vehicle. Honda is also rebranding the CR-Z in 2017 with a new name, titled the Civic Coupe CR-Z.

The new CR-Z version will be unrecognizable with an upgraded body styling. Honda is positioning the CR-Z to be the next generation of the Civic sedan, but a sportier coupe version. While the current CR-Z was built on the Honda Fit chassis, the new CR-Z will be built on a shortened Civic chassis, according to Gas 2.

Honda will be focusing on other efficient vehicle models, such as the FCX Clarity and other FCV concepts, and turning the CR-Z hybrid into a gas machine once more. Since the CR-Z did not have the fuel efficiency that was expected for a hybrid, Honda is reverting the model.

March 16, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda’s Vintage Collection Featured on Edmunds.com

Back in January, Frank Ancona Honda featured its vintage collection of cars, bikes, scooters and generators that go way back in the Ancona family history. The piece fascinated Honda aficionados and this month the collection was featured on Edmunds.com. A big thank you to Edmunds for writing about us!

honda_carnews_30315_600

Rene Wisely, the correspondent from Edmunds who wrote about the collection at Frank Ancona Honda, was impressed with the dealership’s interest in the depth of Honda production history. In the article, Wisely commented, “A dealership that knows how to mine its rich history strikes an appreciative chord with consumers.”

The Edmunds feature goes more in-depth about what spurred this spark about the Honda collection. When Michael Ancona, the second generation owner of the dealership, traveled to Japan with many other second and third generation owners, he learned a great deal about the history and unique Honda culture.

The trip reminded Ancona of the family treasures in storage and wanted to bring them out for everyone to admire. He is continuing to look for more vintage Honda pieces to put on display at the dealership.

The pieces of the collection include a 1971 Honda 600 Coupe, 1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore, 1986 Honda Spree, 1983 Honda Express, Honda Kick-N-Go 2 and 1963 Honda Generators. These were either collected over the years by members of the Ancona family or won by Frank Ancona for excellent sales and customer service after opening the dealership.

March 2, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Announce Facebook Sweeps: Enter To Win Tickets to the Big 12 Tournament March 12th

March Madness is upon us! Frank Ancona Honda came down with a touch of madness and wanted to show our incredible customers some love by giving away two sets of two tickets to one of the Big 12 Tournament games at the Sprint Center on Facebook!

Original Photo Credit: Heath Cajandig / Foter / CC By

Original Photo Credit: Heath Cajandig / Foter / CC By

Frank Ancona Honda has two sets of two tickets to the March 12th Big 12 game at the Sprint Center, session three at 6:00 PM. We are giving away each set to some lucky people who follow the Frank Ancona Honda Facebook page!

Here is what you have to do to win. Starting on Friday, February 27th, go to the Facebook page and “Like” the post regarding the Big 12 Championship game. Your “Like” is considered an entry in the contest. On Monday March 9th, we will perform a random drawing of the people who Liked our post and will choose two winners for the contest.

If your name is drawn, we will write a post announcing the winner and will contact you via private message on Facebook. You have until Thursday March 12th at 3PM to pick up your two Big 12 session three tickets at the Frank Ancona Honda dealership, located at 1000 N Rogers Rd Olathe, KS 66062.

Official contest rules can be found here. Hit “Like” starting Friday, February 27th! Once you enter, you can pass the time by figuring out the lucky person you will take with you to the game in case you win!

February 23, 2015

Enter For A Chance To Win A New Honda at the KCI Auto Show

The Kansas City International Auto Show is back in town, coming to Bartle Hall March 4th through 8th. This year the KCI Auto Show is showing some love to Honda by giving away a Honda Fit. In return, Frank Ancona Honda is showing some love to attendees by offering $250 off a new vehicle purchase when they bring in their ticket stub.

RE_lx_34FRONT

Photo Credit: Honda

This year’s auto show gives attendees over 500 new cars, trucks and SUVs to explore with incredible new features. If you have been following the other big auto shows, you know there is going to be so many cool specs and technology on display.

Every day of the show, there is going to be a Big Car Giveaway. Seven new vehicles will be given out for free to those who register for the competition at specific exhibitions. You have eight chances to enter to win throughout the weekend Frank Ancona Honda knows you are dying for that Honda Fit, so make sure you enter before Saturday at 2pm when the Fit drawing occurs!

The KCI Auto Show is being held at Bartle Hall on West 13th Street in downtown Kansas City. The first day of the auto show is Wednesday with doors opening at 5pm and closing at 10pm. Thursday through Saturday the doors open at 10am and close at 10pm. The last day of the show is Sunday which opens at 10am and closes at 6pm.

Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for children. Here is the best part – if you bring your ticket in to Frank Ancona Honda, you will receive $250 off your purchase of any vehicle on our lot. Of course you may not need this discount if you win the Honda Fit at the show!

 

February 16, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Features S-2000 Convertible On Showroom Floor

UPDATE: The S-2000 Convertible sold in just five days after arriving on the showroom floor!

Everyone at Frank Ancona Honda is very excited to welcome the rare 2005 Honda S-2000 at the dealership! The convertible is on display on the showroom floor, making our dealership look even better than before. This rare vehicle is currently for sale at $18,995 with only 45,146 miles on it.

Honda S2000 Collage

In particular, the 2005 Honda S-2000 has extremely high customer and critic reviews. Many recall the 2005 S-2000 as being the best car they have ever owned, according to reviews on Kelley Blue Book. The entry-level convertible has a manual six-speed transmission and a four-cylinder VTEC 2.2 liter 237 horsepower engine. On average the S-2000 sees 19 MPG (17 city and 23 highway).

NADA reports the 2005 Honda S-2000 “handles like its on rails and makes the most of its high-revving 2.2L four-cylinder engine for a fun ride.” The S-2000 goes from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds, reaching 9,000 RPMs at a 2,750 pound curb weight at the end of the day.

Named for the 2 liter engine and modeled after the S-series roadsters of the 1960s, the Honda S-2000 was released in 1999 to celebrate Honda’s 50th anniversary. The first run was known as the AP1, but in 2004 the S-2000 got a facelift known as the AP2. The suspension was retuned for better stability in corners, the drivetrain was improved, cosmetics were changed to modernize the vehicle and the subframe was altered to improve rigidity. The engine remained the same as the AP1.

The saddest part of the S-2000’s story is it stopped being produced in 2009. Even when it was produced, only 7,000 were made each year making every model a rarity today. Throughout its lifetime, the S-2000 won many awards and accolades from performance to safety to affordability.

Come see the Honda S-2000 for yourself at Frank Ancona Honda, if it is still there once this blog post is live!

February 9, 2015

2016 Honda HR-V MPG Announced

Since the 2016 Honda HR-V was announced, snippets of details about the new crossover have been slowly released. The latest news was released last week, answering a long-questioned stat on the crossover: How many miles per gallon does the Honda HR-V get?

Photo credit: AutoGuide / Twitter

According to AutoGuide, the mileage for the Honda HR-V stands at:

  • 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with a CVT and front-wheel drive
  • 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with all-wheel drive
  • 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with six-speed manual transmission

Car enthusiasts have been waiting for these numbers to see how the Honda HR-V would rank against its two biggest competitors, the Nissan Juke and the Chevy Trax. The Trax has a very low mpg with 26 city and 34 highway front-wheel drive. The Juke is close – 28 city and 32 highway front-wheel drive – but the HR-V’s mileage cannot be beat.

Modeled after the Fit, the HR-V promises to make practical use of it’s space with what is being called by Car and Driver “magic seats” and “interior origami.” With the seats up, there is 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space. When the magical seats are down, the HR-V boasts 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Under the hood, the Honda HR-V has a 1.8-liter unit with 138 horsepower and 127-lb of torque. There are three trims available – LX, EX and EX-L. Standard are power windows, mirrors and door locks; a rearview camera, Pandora radio, Bluetooth, an electronic parking brake and aluminum wheels. The higher up you go, you will see a touch screen, keyless entry, paddle shifters, push button start, heated seats, satellite radio and a navigation system with Honda Digital Traffic notifications.

Soon we will hear about the safety ratings, but it is easy to assume it will be an IIHS Top Safety Pick with a full range of airbags and Brake Assist technology.

January 19, 2015

Throwback – The Vintage Frank Ancona Honda

This blog feature is courtesy of Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda. Thank you for sharing a little Ancona history with us!

Fun Fact: Frank Ancona has been a cars-only dealership only since 1985. They started out back in 1961 as Northeast Sport Motors, selling motorcycle various motorcycle brands including Ducati, Norton, Triumph, and of course Honda. Before Frank Ancona Honda was a car dealership, the company sold motorcycles. The dealership actually sold more vehicles than Honda and won the Top Award from Soichiro Honda in 1966. Frank Ancona traveled to Japan to receive the honor and met Mr. Honda himself.

 

Text Reads: “Top Award 1966 Honda Holiday in Japan Contest. Presented to Northeast Sport Motors Kansas City, Missouri in recognition of Outstanding Achievement – Soichiro Honda, President” Courtesy of Michael Ancona

In 1971 the dealership expanded into selling cars and used to have their motorcycles and cars in the same showroom off of Truman Road in Kansas City. Since 1961, the Ancona family has amassed many cool collectibles, some of which have great sentiment with the Ancona family.

1971 Honda 600 Coupe

 

The antique Honda 600 Coupe was bought and restored many years ago by Frank Ancona. A farmer’s wife was cleaning out the barn after her husband’s death and sold Mr. Ancona the car. When Honda first began making cars, they actually made them with motorcycle engines. You can tell the Ancona’s Honda has one because the transmission is in the dash, not the floor. There are more fun facts about the car from Michael Ancona. “They only made them in ugly colors back then,” he says, listing bright shades of orange, yellow, teal and green. This olive green Coupe only has 58,000 miles on it and is mostly original. You can see it for yourself on the dealership floor.

1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore

The Honda MR50 is a special edition mini dirt bike, only made in 1974 and 1975. Ancona’s is a 1975 model two-stroke with a 3-speed manual clutch transmission. The MR50 was modeled after its older brothers – the CR125 and CR250 Elsinores. Everything about the mini bike was the same as the larger models except for one thing. Parents could manually control how fast their little tykes went on the bike using an allen screw in one of the four throttle stops.

1986 Honda Spree

 

The Spree was the entry level 50cc scooter for Honda with the Aero50 as their premium offering. Sold in the US and Canada between the years of 1984 to 1987, the Honda Spree was 2-stroke engine using a belt drive instead of a multi-ratio variator. Eventually the Honda Spree was replaced with the Honda Elite E/ES. The 1986 model in the dealership is in mint condition with only eight miles on it.

1983 Honda Express

The 1983 Honda Express is a special little bike for the Ancona family. Many of the Ancona kids rode it around the KU campus back in the day, so much so that it has a whopping 440 miles on it. You can still see a KU parking pass on the rear wheel fender! The scooter was made by Honda from 1977 to 1983 and is powered by an air-cooled 49cc two stroke with an automatic transmission.

Honda Kick-N-Go 2

Precursor to the Razor scooters, the Honda Kick-N-Go 2 is now a nostalgia item for many adults who yearned for their own or put a lot of miles on theirs growing up. The first Kick-N-Go was released in 1974 aimed for children while the Kick-N-Go 2, released in 1976, was aimed for teenagers. Unlike other scooters where you kicked at the ground, the Kick-N-Go moves by kicking the pedal down and has a handbrake to slow down.

1963 Honda Generators

These Honda generators may not power a hair dryer today, Michael Ancona says, but back in 1963 it was an Award of Merit for his father Frank Ancona. Mr. Ancona won the award based on outstanding achievement and sales effort in that year. These generators were created by Honda to expand on their previous product line success by making them portable. In the 60s, this generator was ideal. It has a 300-watt output and runs on gas with a pull start. It was considered quiet and extremely compact for travel.

Frank Ancona Honda plans on putting these collectibles on display on the main floor of the dealership. Do you have any memories of these Honda classics? Let us know in the comments.

January 9, 2015

Honda Nearly Beats Yearly Sales Record; Sets Up Good Pace For 2015

Honda is one of the top selling brands in America, and several of its cars are consistently on top of their class for best-selling models in the country. So it shouldn’t come as a shock when Honda brings in the big numbers. What is shocking, though, is just how close Honda came to breaking a yearly sales record in 2014. With that kind of steam going into the New Year, there’s no telling what heights Honda will reach in 2015.

image00

According to the Dayton Daily News, Honda sold over 1.5 million vehicles in 2014, which was a one percent increase over sales in 2013. The 1.5 million sales mark is the second highest sales year in Honda history, barely under numbers sold in 2007. Acura also had its second best year of all time behind 2007 with sales of nearly 168 thousand vehicles. But the banner number came from Honda’s light truck sales with over 700 thousand sold, a complete destruction of the previous yearly record. These numbers are good news for an auto industry as a whole that saw a near collapse during the recession a few years ago.

Honda recently completed its annual Happy Honda Days campaign and has new models and vehicles debuting later in the year, which will help to continue to bolster sales. Industry leaders told the Dayton Daily News they expect vehicle sales to continue to rise in 2015 with more cars sold than in 2014, but they also predict a decline in auto sales in the next few years. Until that happens, Honda will continue riding high on its sales numbers and continue to provide Americans with the quality and service they have come to expect from Honda.

November 26, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlight: Greg Easley

It’s that time again: Employee Spotlight time! We think our Frank Ancona Honda employees are pretty awesome, and we want to keep introducing them to you so you’ll know a little more about the people “behind the counter” helping you with sales and service.

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlght

 

 

 

 

 

We are putting Greg Easley in the spotlight for this edition.

What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?
Sales Consultant

How long have you worked at Frank Ancona Honda?
Just over two years

What is your favorite part of the job?
Absolute customer satisfaction

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?
Accord EX-L 4-Cylinder

November 21, 2014

Happy Honda Days Is Back To Bring You Holiday Discounts At Frank Ancona Honda

Happy Honda Days

Have you seen commercials on TV or online lately with Gumby, Skeletor or Jem and The Holograms and thought you’d been put in a time warp to the days when “The Facts Of Life” episodes were still new each week? Don’t worry, you aren’t stuck in a time warp, Honda has released the new ads for its annual Happy Honda Days campaign. The campaign is called “A Gift to Remember” and is aimed at helping adults and car buyers relive their childhood and associate those memories with buying a Honda.

In addition to commercials with Gumby and Skeletor, you might also see Strawberry Shortcake™, Stretch Armstrong and the Magic 8-Ball. The toys have been brought to life with stop-motion animation to look more like the toys you remember from your childhood. In fact, original toys were tracked down to be used in the commercials, and you might even recognize a voice or two in play as each character.

If you see Gumby riding around in a Honda model you want to come in and test drive, come into Frank Ancona Honda, and we can get you behind the wheel. We also have some great deals going on through the end of the year for those of you wanting to trade in your current car for something new or for those of you in the market for an additional car for your family. Check out our offers for leases or financed payments by visiting our website.

You can also see the Happy Honda Days commercials over on Honda’s YouTube channel.

November 12, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlight: Tony Yi

Every now and then, we feature one of our awesome Frank Ancona Honda employees on the blog so that you can know more about the people helping you with service and buying a new car.

Frank Ancona Honda Tony Yi

 

 

 

 

 

We are putting Tony Yi in the spotlight for this edition.

What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?
Assistant Sales Manager

How long have you worked at Frank Ancona Honda?
3 ½ years

What is your favorite part of the job?
Meeting interesting people

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?
Accord EX-L V6

November 6, 2014

Honda CR-V Is 2015 Sport Utility Vehicle Of The Year According To Motor Trend

Motor Trend magazine recently named the Honda CR-V as the 2015 sport utility vehicle of the year for 2015. The CR-V was selected for the honor because of its fuel economy, driving dynamics, overall refinement and updated safety features. It was also selected because of its placement as the best selling SUV in America over the past ten years.

SUV Of The Year

The 2015 CR-V has upped its fuel economy from previous models and also now features Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology™ which helps increase the fuel economy as well as horsepower and torque. The new model also features Touring trim, Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive technologies.

About the CR-V, Ed Loh, Motor Trend manager-in-chief, said, “The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda’s responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well.”

The CR-V won the award from Motor Trend after an extensive three-phase testing period from a panel of judges. SUVs were judged in categories such as design advancement, value and engineering excellence. The recognition from Motor Trend further supports the sales success of the Honda CR-V in the past decade.

You can read more about judging criteria Motor Trend used here.

If you’d like to test drive the 2015 CR-V, feel free to stop by Frank Ancona Honda or give us a call, and we can get you behind the wheel.

October 29, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Shares A Heartwarming Story From City Union Mission In Support Of FeedKCNow

City Union Mission is currently in the middle of the largest food drive in Kansas City, FeedKCNow. The drive helps provide food for many of the homeless families and individuals in the metro area. The mission also helps provide support groups and programs for the homeless and people who need help getting back on the right track. If you’re not familiar with City Union Mission, they shared one of their heartwarming stories with Frank Ancona Honda to pass along.

Frank Ancona Honda Helps Feed KC Now

When James was growing up, he was active in his church and an avid violin player. He had a zeal for life. But then his mother said something happened to James and he started down a different path. He started doing things out of the ordinary and turned to meth. His family didn’t know what to do and was at a loss, so they started praying and left James’ addiction with God. That’s when James found City Union Mission and the Christian Life Program. The program was able to help James beat his addiction and get his life back on track. James found his passion for playing the violin again and best of all, found his passion for life again.

You can watch and hear more about James from the eyes and voice of his mother in a video from City Union Mission’s YouTube channel:

Stories like James’ and many others inspired Frank Ancona Honda to support City Union Mission and make a donation to FeedKCNow. We hope James’ story inspired you as well.

You might not know it only takes $2 per meal to feed one homeless person at City Union MIssion. Imagine how many meals the Mission could provide with as little as a $10 donation.

But even if you can’t donate, educate. You can accept the #2DollarChallenge to show your support for the Mission. Eat three meals one day for $2 per meal and upload a video or post to our Twitter, @AnconaHonda. Be sure to use the tag #2DollarChallenge.

Without help from the community, City Union Mission can’t provide the services it does for the homeless of Kansas City, and it can’t help turn lives around, much like it did for James. Take a moment to watch James’ story, and if you can make a donation, please use our RAZ mobile fundraiser site: http://razmobile.com/b4f7e

October 17, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Partners with Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City To Furnish 3rd Home for Hope Grows Here

Hope Grows Here

 

 

 

 

Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce a partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Kansas City. The Olathe dealership made a $2500 donation earlier this month, launched a mobile giving campaign on RAZ Mobile for customers to donate and is promoting the Hope Grows Here campaign to furnish a third home in the city. The new house is scheduled to open January 2015. Donate now and help furnish the home for families.

The Ronald McDonald Houses are a “Home Away From Home” for thousands of families every year who must travel to the Kansas City area to receive medical treatment for a sick or injured child. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses that currently provide temporary lodging to as many as 60 families each night while their children undergo vital medical care.

Jason Heard, general manager of Frank Ancona Honda, said, “Helping the Ronald McDonald House raise money for a third house in Kansas City is extremely rewarding for our employees and the dealership. Giving back to a charity that provides a home away from home is the least we can do.”

Their donation will help to purchase the items needed to furnish the house. This week they hope to raise money for bedroom items.

These items cost around:

Bedspreads: $50
Lamps: $15
Towels: $10/towel
Dressers: $150

We will keep you posted each week as we furnish this new home! Thank you.

September 27, 2014

Frank Ancona Employee Spotlight: Jaye Powers

We are featuring various employees around our dealership! This week’s employee spotlight features Jaye Powers. Jaye is a member of Frank Ancona’s sales team.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 1.18.25 PM

Where did you grow up?
I was raised in Kernersville, NC.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
When I’m not working, I like playing music, videogames and reading.

What is your favorite place to vacation?
I’d have to say the ranch that my in-laws own.

Who is your favorite band/singer?
Alice in Chains is definitely my favorite rock band.

What is your favorite part of working at FAH?
I love being able to say, “Congratulations on becoming a new Honda owner.”

How long have you worked for FAH?
I have been with Ancona Honda for four months now.

What Honda vehicle is your favorite?
The Fit and CR-V are my favorites right now.

What is a little know fact about yourself?
I was an M1 Abrams tank commander in the Army.

September 15, 2014

What Does It Mean To Lease A Honda?

Photo credit: greggoconnell / Foter / CC BY

Photo credit: greggoconnell / Foter / CC BY

If you like to trade cars every few years — leasing may be for you.
If you like knowing your car is under warranty — leasing may be for you.
If you don’t like to do an abundance of maintenance — leasing may be for you.

A car lease allows you to drive a new vehicle without having to pay a large sum of cash or take out a loan. Usually in order to lease a car, you make a small down payment — less than the typical 20 percent of a car’s value you’d pay to buy– followed by monthly payments for the term of the lease. Typically a lease runs for three years and 12,000 or 15,000 miles per
year.

It is important to remember that once the lease expires you do not own the car. Essentially you are renting, not buying, the car. Once the lease has ended you can buy the car, or return it a lease another one. Keep in mind that by leasing you do not have equity in the car to use toward the purchase of another vehicle.

Steps on how to lease can be found here.

August 29, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlight: Parker West Christian

Every month on the blog we will be featuring one of our employees here at Frank Ancona Honda. We want to show you the people behind the company that you speak to regularly.

ParkerChristian

This month’s employee spotlight features Parker West Christian.

What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?
Sales Consultant

How long have you worked for Frank Ancona?
For 11+ months

What is your favorite part of job?
When I can change a customer’s opinion of Car Salesmen

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?
The new Civic Si!

What is a fun fact you can share with us?
I once went on a date and the girl complained that I only talked about cars.

August 22, 2014

Tips To Service Your Honda

Post By Jason Heard

redjar / Foter /Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

redjar / Foter /Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Properly servicing and maintaining your vehicle is important if you want it to last, but should you take it to the dealership or the garage down the street?

Taking your car in for servicing at the place you bought it, can play an important role in relationship building. For some the big benefit is simply doing business where you are known. Another benefit is that technicians at the dealership level are specialists; they have been manufacture trained and have had a lot of experience with your car model.

When you decide to trade your car in, if the dealership has instant access to all of your service records you will get more for your vehicle. It is also a great selling point on pre-owned cars, to be selling a local car that has a great service history attached to it.

AAA says that reading your vehicle’s owner’s manual is the best way to become an informed consumer. The manual will provide a detailed recommended maintenance schedule for that vehicle’s make and model. Maintenance requirements are broken into two categories: “normal” and “severe”. Pay attention to how and where you typically drive your vehicle to see which category your maintenance needs fall under. AAA also recommends some maintenance tasks to do yourself, like inspecting your tires and tread, knowing your battery life, and taking a look at the belts and hoses.

August 9, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Announces First #FAHSelfie Instagram Contest Winners

Frank Ancona Honda would like to thank our #FAHSelfie contest winners Rosie and Treva.

image

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 1.24.26 PM

They will each be receiving $25 gift cards to SpinPizza in Olathe! Don’t worry it isn’t too late to enter, the contest runs until September 1, 2014. So keep entering your selfies! Make sure to use #FAHSelfie and tag @anconahonda on Instagram. Show us your most creative and fun selfies! See rules here

July 24, 2014

Tire Pressure: Why Does It Matter?

ID-100212600

Jason Heard, GM at Frank Ancona Honda, offers some key insights about tire pressure.

 

From a safety standpoint tire pressure, if incorrect can compromise braking, cornering and stability.  It can also affect comfort, gas mileage and how long your tires will last.  If the pressure is too high less of the tire touches the road, which can cause a decrease in ride comfort and may cause some bounce that can lead to traction issues. If it is too low then consequently too much of the tire touches the road, this causes uneven wearing and overheating.

Tire pressure is affected by temperature changes so it should be checked during each season, even if it does not appear to be leaking.

Make sure to check all four tires, just because one is fine does not mean they all are. You should also use a gauge when checking, as relying on your eyes or kicking the tires are not accurate.

You can find the tire pressure recommendations in your owner’s manual or on the driver’s door pillar

More information on  tire pressure can be found at http://www.cartalk.com/content/service-your-car-13

July 18, 2014

Extended Warranties: Do You Need One?

By Jason Heard, GM at Frank Ancona Honda

Extended warranties are also often known as service contracts. They can help with everything from resale value (you are more likely to get things repaired if they are not costing you), to keeping surprises at bay (unexpected repairs) and items like roadside assistance and trip interruption are available on some extended warranties. They also help cover repair costs after the manufacturer warranty has expired. Some have deductibles, while other may not. It’s just like insurance for your car. But who really needs them and how do you know if it’s a good deal?

 

 

Here are some questions to ask yourself before purchasing an extended warranty:

How long do I plan to own the car?

How many miles per year do I plan to drive?

If a repair is needed, what type of deductible is manageable?

What does your repair history look like?

Will you have peace of mind if you don’t buy it?

Google+

September 13, 2013

#MyJourney Honda Contest: Share Your Story and Win a $100 Gift Card!

Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda, the largest Honda dealership in the Kansas City metro, announced the launch of a new Facebook contest where Facebook fans will have the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Like Frank Ancona Honda on Facebook!

Keep an eye out on the Frank Ancona Honda Facebook page for any contest posts from now until the end of September. When you see one, fill in the blanks with your Honda story and submit it to the comments section of the Facebook post or the Facebook timeline. Make your story inspiring, funny and creative! Get your entry in by Oct. 1, 2013. We’ll judge our favorite and announce the winner of the $100 gift card on Oct. 8., 2013.

Only one entry per person, please. Good luck!

August 2, 2013

YouTube Video Update: Frank Ancona Honda Will be Largest Honda Dealer in Kansas City Area This Fall

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda will be the largest dealership in Kansas City based on square footage and meters this fall when construction is completed on its $6 million remodel.  The dealership will expand from 33,000 square feet to 53,000 square feet and will be able to hold 600 cars on 11 acres. Eight service bays were also added, bringing the total to 36.

In addition, Frank Ancona Honda will get a new service drive, reception area, customer waiting lounge and showroom.

“Customers that want to purchase their car from us will be wowed with our two-story showroom floor,” said Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda.

Click here to watch the latest YouTube video about the project.

For more information and construction updates, visit www.frankanconahonda.com.

July 11, 2013

Honda Celebrates 65 Years of Excellence with “Honda Hands” Video

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Honda is celebrating 65 years of greatness this September and has provided a website landing page, featuring an interactive YouTube video, showing just what innovation can do. The YouTube video, Honda Hands, details some of Honda’s biggest achievements and milestones since 1958.

Honda Hands is the story of friendly technology, useful design and the Power of Dreams from an engineer’s perspective. Discover the engineer’s notes, which are full of facts, insights and tales behind Honda’s innovative history (and even a glimpse or two of the future).”

Check out the interactive website here or you can watch the video (without the notes) below:

 

July 2, 2013

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

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

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

(photo: Honda.com)

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

 (photo: Honda.com)

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

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 1, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Announces Facebook Contest: Enter for a Chance to WIN 2 Tickets to See Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson & $200 Visa Gift Card!

Posted by Jason Heard, sales manager

Frank Ancona Honda recently announced an exciting Facebook contest drawing where fans will be given the rare chance to win two tickets to see GRAMMY® award winning artists Maroon 5 in concert alongside special guest Kelly Clarkson for the 2013 Honda Civic Tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Mo. Two winners will receive two tickets to the tour’s opening show on Aug. 1, and a $200 Visa gift card.

Fans can enter to win tickets to the live entertainment spectacle on Frank Ancona Honda’s Facebook page, and two lucky winners will be drawn on July 15, 2013

Click here for your chance to win!

In addition to Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, the Civic Tour will include PJ Morton, Rozzi Crane and Tony Lucca. Adam Levine stated in a Honda press release, “We are very excite to team up with the Honda Civic Tour. Kelly, PJ, Rozzi and Tony are all such unique and amazing artists. I’m really looking forward to hitting the road with them. Each night will be a great night of music.”

Continuing with the Honda Civic Tour tradition, Honda will present fans with a special opportunity to check out one-of-a-kind vehicles that have been customized and autographed by the headlining bands.

May 4, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Joins With Great Southern Bank In Huge Pre-Owned Sale

By Jason Heard, sales manager

Don’t let the weather keep you from attending our Huge Pre-Owned Sale!  The Kansas City metro’s most trusted Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, and Great Southern Bank have collaborated in the form of a huge pre-owned vehicle event to expedite financing so you can drive off with a great deal.

May 2-4, 2013 we will be out there rain or shine to help you select your next car, truck or SUV.  Look forward to seeing you at Frank Ancona Honda.

Great Southern Bank is headquartered in Springfield, Mo., and operates 107 banking centers in the area. Their mission statement is “partnering with the community to help make it a better and more prosperous place to live,” according to their website.

March 15, 2013

March Madness Means Special APR and Lease Deals at Frank Ancona Honda

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

A different type of March Madness: Special APR and Lease Deals from Frank Ancona Honda! Check out this special lease offer on the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and these special APR deals on the Honda Civic Coupe, Civic Si Sedan and the Accord Coupe.

Call us today at 913-782-3636 or visit us online to schedule a test drive.

2013 Honda Accord Sedan Special Lease

2013 Accord Sedan CVT LX Featured Special Lease
The 2013 Accord is packed with technology, and the i-MID screen is command central for much of it.

$219 per month for 36 months
Offer valid from 3/5/2013 through 4/30/2013

2013 Honda Civic Coupe Special APR

The Civic Coupe’s i-MID, or intelligent Multi-Information Display, puts personalization right at your fingertips.

0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 3/5/2013 through 4/30/2013

2013 Honda Civic Si Sedan Special APR

The Civic Si Sedan has a distinct new look for 2013. From its sleek front grille to its restyled taillights, its performance-driven design makes all the difference.

0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 1/1/2013 through 3/31/2013

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Special APR

The all-new Accord Coupe has a sleek and sophisticated new style.

0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 3/5/2013 through 4/30/2013

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 22, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda in Kansas City: New Dealership Remodel Update

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

The team at Frank Ancona Honda is pleased to announce that its dealership remodel is right on schedule and the walls are almost up! The service bays are completed, new lighting has been installed and additional parking for more inventory has been completed.

Check out the progress!

These photos were taken during the Viral Bolt Media video shoot for the Frank Ancona Honda construction updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sander Cha, videographer at VBM is filming Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda in front of the new showroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Jason Heard in front of the new showroom.

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

The team is pleased to hear customer’s feedback on the look and feel of the new dealership.

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.

February 15, 2013

Kansas City Honda Dealer Announces 75.2% Increase in Accord Sales

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager of Frank Ancona Honda

January of 2013 has been great for Honda sales! According to bloghonda.com, Honda sales are up 12.7% in January of 2013 compared to the 2012 numbers. Not only that, but Honda Accord sales have increased 75.2%.

According to Honda, “Not to be outdone, sales for the more family oriented Honda Pilot were up 16.3% and Honda Crosstour were up 38.2%.”

Honda Sales Up 13%, Accord Sales Up 75%

“’Those are impressive numbers by anyone’s standards,’ said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. ‘The 2013 Honda Accord is an amazing machine that has critics and regular consumers raving. While I was surprised sales were up by 75% because that’s such a huge number, I’m not surprised that sales were up big. We sell a lot of them…and for good reason.’”

 

Read the full post here.

February 9, 2013

Kansas City Honda Dealer Celebrates Valentine’s Day With A Sweetheart Facebook Offer and APR Specials On The Civic Si Coupe, Ridgeline and Fit

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Frank Ancona Honda by falling in love with the best Honda APR specials. Right now Frank Ancona Honda is also offering a special Facebook deal: first car payment of $500.

Call us today at 913-782-3636 or visit us online to schedule a test drive.

 

2012 Civic Si Coupe APR

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.9% APR for 24-60 months
Offer valid from 1/3/2013 – 3/4/2013

 

2012 Ridgeline Special APR

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.9% APR for 24-60 months or 1.9 APR for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 1/3/2013 – 3/4/2013

 

2013 Fit Special APR

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.9% APR for 24-60 months
Offer valid from 1/25/2013 – 3/4/2013

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

January 21, 2013

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda is Kicking Off NFL Playoffs With Special Lease Offers

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager of Frank Ancona Honda

Celebrate the playoffs with special lease offers on all new 2014 Accord Plug-In 2013 Accord Sedan, 2013 Fit Five Speed Automatic and more!

Visit us today to schedule a test drive or call (913) 782-3636!

2014 Accord Plug-In CVT PHEV Featured Lease Special

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only $429 per month for 36 months

Offer valid from 1/15/2013 through 3/4/2013

2013 Accord Sedan CVT LX Featured Lease Special

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only $249 per month for 36 months

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

2013 Fit 5 Speed Automatic Featured Lease Special

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only $169 per months for 36 months

Offer valid from 1/16/2013 through 1/31/2013

December 12, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Shares Restyled 2013 Honda Civic: Arrives at U.S. Dealerships with Premium Style, Host of Popular Standard Features

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

Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating the holidays with the all-new 2013 Honda Civic.  Sporting new features and a new look, the 2013 Honda Civic is ready to hit roads across the country.  Call us today at (913) 782-3636 or visit www.frankanconahonda.com to schedule a test drive.

Check out this announcement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. to learn all about the changes.

Restyled 2013 Honda Civic Arrives at U.S. Dealerships with Premium Style, Host of Popular Standard Features

The top-selling and award-winning Honda Civic returns for 2013, with a host of design upgrades and a bevy of new standard features, while still maintaining the efficiency and value that has made the Civic an automotive icon for the past 40 years. The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan receives all-new front and rear exterior styling, along with extensive interior styling upgrades on all models. Retuned steering and suspension sharpen the Civic’s handling, while extensive body and chassis upgrades improve the ride comfort and interior quietness.

Across the board, every 2013 Civic model is equipped with a suite of class-leading standard features. Standard equipment on every Honda Civic includes Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, color i-MID display, USB/iPod® connection, Pandora® Interface, an SMS text feature, steering wheel audio controls, exterior temperature gauge and sliding center-console armrest. Even with hundreds of dollars of standard features added, the 2013 Civic arrives with only a modest $160 increase in MSRP across the lineup, with pricing for the exceptionally well-equipped 2013 Civic LX Sedan beginning at $18,1651.

New safety technologies built into the 2013 Civic include the application of the next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, which includes additional front end structures designed to help increase occupant protection by dispersing crash energy in narrow overlap frontal crashes, and should help the Civic obtain a top rating in the new small-offset crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also new are SmartVent™ side airbags, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor and the availability of Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, which make their compact-class debut in the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Featuring the widest array of powertrain choices available in the segment, the Civic lineup is designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s compact-vehicle buyer. The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe will be available in LX, EX, EX-L and Si models, with the Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas and Civic HF also available in sedan form. The entry model Civic DX has been discontinued for 2013.

Summary of Changes for 2013

· Completely revised front and rear exterior styling (Sedan)
· Enhanced standard feature content on all model grades
· Recalibrated suspension and steering
· Extensive new NVH reduction features
· Revised interior styling including soft-touch materials
· Next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure
· Standard rearview camera
· Standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
· Standard Bluetooth® Audio
· Standard Pandora® Interface
· Standard USB/iPod® interface
· Standard SMS text message functionality
· Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
systems
· Two new exterior colors: White Orchid Pearl and Kona Coffee Metallic
· New interior color: Black

December 5, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Demolishes Dealership To Kick Off Its $6 Million Remodel

To kick off it’s $6 million construction remodel, Frank Ancona Honda, is releasing a regularly updated video series, starting with the demolition of the dealership in Olathe, Kansas.

WATCH NOW!

Jason Heard, sales manager of Frank Ancona Honda, hosts the series and features the remodel amenities coming soon to customers.

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.

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 swing by to see the work as it progresses.  For more information please visit http://blog.frankanconahonda.com/ or call (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!

November 8, 2012

Frank Ancona Honda, Kansas City’s Honda Dealer, Kicks Off The Holidays With Remodel: Demolition Set For November 12

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

 

We are going to kick off our holiday season with a demolition.  We think the best way to move into the New Year is with a bang, which is set to begin November 12!  If you want to stay up to date on all of the construction progress, check it out on Twitter and Facebook.

The remodel process won’t slow down normal business during this busy season, as Frank Ancona Honda will maintain its regular hours of operations and will continue to provide the trusted service our community and customers have come to expect.  If you have any questions about the remodel, feel free to call us at (913) 782-3636 or email me at jheard@frankanconahonda.com

We look forward to being able to share our new dealership and better serve you!

 

October 25, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Offers Scariest Halloween APR Deals On 2012 Honda Civic HF, Civic Si Coupe, Crosstour and Ridgeline

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

In celebration of Halloween, Frank Ancona Honda, Kansas City’s Honda dealer, is offering the scariest APR deals on the 2012 Civic HF, Civic Si Coupe, Crosstour, Ridgeline and more.

To take advantage of these offers, visit us at www.frankanconahonda.com or call us at (913) 782-3636.

2012 Civic HF Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 10/2/2012 through 10/31/2012

2012 Civic Si Coupe Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 10/2/2012 through 10/31/2012

2012 Crosstour Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 10/2/2012 through 10/31/2012

2012 Ridgeline Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 10/2/2012 through 10/31/2012

 

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.

January 18, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Previews The New 2013 Accord Coupe Concept

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

Honda recently unveiled the new concept for the 2013 Accord Coupe at the North America International Auto Show which is set to hit dealerships this fall. Some of the changes that customers can expect to see from the 2013 Accord Coupe include:

      -Three all-new powertrains

 

      -6-speed automatic transmission

 

    -Safety features including Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning

John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda introduced the car and provided a bit of background on both the company and the Accord. Watch this video to hear the storied history of the Accord’s 30 year span in the United States and to see the all new 2013 Accord Coupe.

To learn more about the 2013 Accord Coupe and when it will be available, feel free to call Frank Ancona Honda at (913) 782-3636.

WATCH VIDEO

Honda unveiled the dynamic Accord Coupe Concept today at the North American International Auto Show, providing the first official glimpse of the athletic styling direction, as well as revealing a host of new technologies for the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 model, set to go on-sale this fall.

The 2013 Accord will feature three all-new powertrains, including the first U.S. application of both a 2.4-liter direct-injected engine and two-motor plug-in hybrid system from Honda’s suite of next-generation Earth Dreams™ powertrain technologies. In addition, the V-6 Accord will be the first Honda sedan to feature a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Both the Accord Sedan and the Accord Coupe models are expected to achieve class-leading fuel economy ratings and will be available with a number of innovative new safety and technological features.

“Marking the 30th anniversary of U.S. production, this new ninth-generation Accord will raise the bar again through a tour de force of new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Design and Packaging

The Accord Coupe Concept features an athletic styling direction for Honda’s best-selling model. The front bumper’s dynamic lines are highlighted by a revised four-sided honeycomb grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. Lower fog-light spoilers are accented by crystallized chrome inlays.

The Accord Coupe Concept’s 20-inch, machine-finished, 5-spoke wheels contribute to its solid stance. The rear taillights aggressively sweep into the body, while a trunk -lid spoiler and large exhaust finishers integrated into the bumper underscore the Accord Coupe Concept’s muscular exterior.

While the Accord Coupe will remain similarly sized, the Accord Sedan will feature a more compact exterior footprint, adding to its sportier appearance. A shortened length and reduced weight will also give the 2013 Accord Sedan more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics. Both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe will retain the current model’s generous cabin space.

READ MORE

January 5, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Thanks Customers For Successful 2011 & Offers Best APR Specials To Celebrate 2012!

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Last year was a great year to be part of the Frank Ancona Honda family. We participated in Coats for Kids, sponsored The Pitch Music Awards and the Great “Inside” Out Race, ran several new Facebook contests and launched our QR code and SMS campaign.  Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of our customers. Thank you to all of the Frank Ancona Honda extended family for making 2011 such a success!

In order to make 2012 as great a year as the last, we are dedicated to continuing to offer you the best deals and service.  Make sure you check back to the blog, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the current happenings at Frank Ancona Honda.

To celebrate the new year, Frank Ancona Honda is offering its best APR specials on the Accord Coupe, Civic Si Coupe, Fit and Odyssey.

2012 Accord Coupe Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months

Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

2012 Civic Si Coupe Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months


Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

2012 Fit Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months


Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

2011 Odyssey Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months


Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

December 20, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Offers Free Remote Start Accessory With The Purchase of Any Honda In December

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda, a Kansas City Honda dealer, recently announced that when customers purchase a new Honda in the month of December they will receive a free Remote Start accessory with free installation.

Scan the code with a smartphone app such as RedLaser.

The Remote Start offer is available for all new Honda models and is in conjunction with the Happy Honda Days clearance event that is occurring at Frank Ancona Honda now. The promotion began in November and will be available to customers until the end of December. The remote start offer is valid for automatic transmissions only and consumers must take delivery by December 31st, 2011. This is a limited time offer.

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 and Follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

December 14, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Kicks Off Happy Honda Days With New Video

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, is celebrating Happy Honda Days with 0.9% financing on all new Accords, CR-Vs, Odysseys, Pilots, Crosstours, Ridgelines and on the all new 2012 Civic! In addition, with the purchase of any new vehicle through December, Frank Ancona Honda is giving away free Remote Start accessories for all models.

WATCH VIDEO

Hurry in to Frank Ancona Honda, located at 1000 North Rogers Road in Olathe, KS, to take advantage of the Happy Honda Days clearance sale ending January 3, 2011.

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 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

December 6, 2011

Rate Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Customer Service By Scanning New QR Code

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

Frank Ancona Honda recently created a new QR code to give customers an easier way to rate customer service and satisfaction. Simply scan the code below with a mobile application such as RedLaser to be taken to www.cars.com where you can leave a review for Frank Ancona Honda. We appreciate all feedback and want to thank you for taking the time to rate us!

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 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

December 1, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, to Participate in Children’s Charity,Coats for Kids

Read more…

November 22, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Announces Holiday Facebook Contest: Enter for a Chance to Win a 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing for Two at Trezo Vino & 1 Night at the Aloft Hotel

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

Frank Ancona Honda, a Kansas City Honda Dealer, recently announced their holiday Facebook contest. The grand prize winner will receive a four-course dinner and wine pairing for two at Trezo Vino Wine Bistro and one night at the Aloft hotel at Park Place in Leawood, Kan.

Enter Now

The contest began on November 2, 2011 and will conclude on December 12, 2011 at 11:59 a.m. To enter, simply fill out an entry form and submit online at the Frank Ancona Honda Facebook page. Entrants must be 21 or older to win. The grand prize winner will be announced on or around December 12, 2011.

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: and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

November 16, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, Launches New Facebook Contest: Enter for a Chance to Win Dinner for Two at Trezo Vino and a Night at The Aloft Hotel

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda recently launched a Facebook contest for a chance to win a four-course dinner for two and a four-course wine pairing at Trezo Vino Wino Bistro and a night at the Aloft Hotel at Park Place in Leawood.

Enter for a chance to win at www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177?sk=app_121121694568521

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, Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda and visit www.frankanconahonda.com for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

November 9, 2011

Frank Ancona Honda, Kansas City Honda Dealership, Releases Photos From Sponsoring The Great “Inside” Out Race

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

Thank you to all of those who came out and participated in the first Great “Inside” Out Race put on by the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. (IHN). The event, which was held at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, went off without incident, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. A small but mighty crowd had fun running a flat and fast course. Despite the head winds, this is what most runners asked for.
The IHN Great Race Committee and Board thanked those who sponsored and participated in the event by saying, “As we reflect upon yesterday’s IHN Great “Inside” Out Race and look ahead to Thanksgiving in just 17 days, the following seven words come quickly to mind: “We couldn’t have done it without you.”

To learn more about the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network and the Great “Inside” Out Race please visit www.jocoihn.org.

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.

November 4, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealership to Sponsor the Great “Inside” Out Race Benefiting Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network

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

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, recently announced that it’s sponsoring of the Great “Inside” Out Race, an annual 5K run/walk event that benefits the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network on Sunday, November 6, 2011 (www.frankanconahonda.com).

Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, is excited to have the Olathe-based dealership sponsoring the race. “We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful cause and look forward to supporting the runners on Sunday. I think our sponsorship support is part of a long-standing history, which Frank Ancona Honda has with the local community in supporting extremely worthy causes. We invite everyone to stop by and say hi while we are there. We will have several cars on display and new promotions available via text message and QR codes for the event,” said Heard.

The 5K will be held at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, with all benefits going towards the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, an organization focused on empowering homeless families. Participants can choose if they wish to run or walk their 5K and even choose if they wish to exercise inside or outside. All proceeds benefit the homeless in Kansas City. For more information on the Great “Inside” Out event, visit www.JoCoIHN.org/greatrace. To become a participant in the race, check out www.greatinsideoutrace.org and sign up online.

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.

October 21, 2011

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Offers Best Halloween Featured Lease Specials

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

No Comments on A Huge Thanks to Mobile Commerce Daily for Featuring Frank Ancona Honda: Car dealership boosts social media engagement with mobile bar codes, SMS

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.

READ MORE

October 5, 2011

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Halloween with Best Certified Specials on Accords

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

No Comments on 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

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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release Posted on Major News Sites Including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & msnbc.com

    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!

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Kicks Off Football With New Featured Lease Specials!

    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!

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary with End of Summer Clearance Sale!

    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.

    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 26, 2011

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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces Best Labor Day APR Specials!

    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!

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Customer Appreciation Month!

    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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces August’s Back to School Service Special

    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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Honda Tops Industry in 2011 Initial Quality Study: Winners Include the Civic, Accord & Element

    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

    READ MORE

    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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on 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

    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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release Posted On Major News Sites Including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & Businessweek.com

    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.

    Read More

     

    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

    May 19, 2011

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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Attention New Owners: You Are Invited to Frank Ancona Honda’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and New Owners Clinic

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

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

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

    Food and Beverages will be served.

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

    We Look forward to seeing you!

    Jason Heard
    General Sales Manager
    Frank Ancona Honda

    May 18, 2011

    JULIANN ZIMMERMAN IS RETIRING FROM FRANK ANCONA HONDA May 31, 2011

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on JULIANN ZIMMERMAN IS RETIRING FROM FRANK ANCONA HONDA May 31, 2011

    Julie has been employed with Frank Ancona Honda since September 2006. She has worked as our Accounts Payable/ Accounts Receiveable representative since her employment here. You will also see Julie at the receptionist desk answering phones as needed or in other areas of the dealership where extra help may be needed.

    Julie has touched the lives of many people while here and we would like to invite you help us wish her a “Happy Retirement.” We would like to give her a great send off. If you’ve worked with Julie in the past or present and would like to wish her a “Happy Retirement”feel free to send a card to her in care of the dealership or stop in to wish her well.

    May 12, 2011

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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid’s New Fuel Efficient feature: ECO Assist

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

    He who drives with the most efficiency, wins.

    Push Yourself

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

    Coach is Calling

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

    Hybrids Go the Distance

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

    Give Me an MPG

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

    Leaves, a Legacy

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

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

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

    May 5, 2011

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

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  

    No Comments on Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces Arrival of the New 2012 Honda Civic Sedan

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

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

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

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

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