April 20, 2015
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.
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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.
July 2, 2013
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.
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.
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.
May 24, 2013
Kelley Blue Book recently named more Honda’s than any other automaker on the list of the 10-Best Family Cars of 2013. The Accord, Odyssey and CR-V were acknowledged for their prominence in four crucial categories: safety, roominess, comfort and value.
The 2013 Honda Accord stood atop the list on KBB.com’s family vehicles and boasted the lowest five-year cost to own among 10 other vehicles. The honor comes just weeks after earning TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) The all-new Odyssey was the number one minivan on the list. The sought after family-friendly vehicle leads it’s class in fuel economy and safety ratings. The CR-V, another TOP SAFETY PICK, achieved the highest KBB.com 60-Month Residual Value and eanred top honors for KBB’s compact SUV class.
Editors sang the Accord’s praises for innovative features like LaneWatch™ blind spot display and its sophisticated interior design. The Odyssey Touring, at an astounding 28 mpg, possesses the highest rated EPA highway fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan. The CR-V was described by the reviewers as a vehicle that offers “exceptional comfort, a smooth ride, and an excellent value.”
June 17, 2011
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
April 13, 2011
Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, reviewed the 2011 Honda CR-Z in time for Earth Day. Check out their new specials at frankanconahonda.com.
According to Heard, the CR-Z makes eco-friendly fun and sporty with its manual transmission, integrated motor assist gas electric motor, storage space and fuel efficiency.
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