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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Honda says the Type R will build upon the low and wide proportion of the new popular Civic Hatchback we’ve in previous posts. The Type R is expected to enhance the body of the hatchback with a more muscular styling and modifications to aid in its overall aerodynamic performance. The prototype of the vehicle was shown with a highly reflective and finely brushed aluminum-effect finish and the Red “H” badge. The car now features a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. The vehicle also features smoked lenses for the headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights that reflect the Type R’s more aggressive character.
Further reports say the Type R will feature front-wheel drive with a limited-slip differential for the front axle. The car is also said to have a lower center of gravity compared to the current version of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, upon which the Type R is largely based. Many anticipate the vehicle to feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers over 300 horsepower. This would make it almost twice as powerful as the other Civics in Honda’s lineup. With the new year upon us, the Type R is currently slated to make its production debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in March.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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™.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Over the past few years the Honda CR-V has received several notable accolades including:
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!
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If 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.
If 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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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:
We 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.
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.
In 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.
If 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.
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.
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.
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.
This year has been full of excitement for Honda with newly redesigned vehicles which feature flashy styling, great fuel economy, innovative tech, impressive safety ratings and so much more. Included in these is the release of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the newly redesigned Honda Civic, and the new and improved Honda Accord, which is now in its 40th year.
The Honda Accord, America’s best-selling midsize sedan, welcomes the re-styled and re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid to the family. According to Honda, the car is America’s most powerful and fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan. The car features an advanced, new, second-generation two motor hybrid powertrain that peaks out at 212 horsepower and best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Like the rest of Accord family, the 2017 hybrid model has had extensive upgrades made to it that include a new sportier style and driving performance. According to Edmunds, the car will feature three unique trims, the Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and the Hybrid Touring. All three trim levels will include the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, offered as standard equipment on all models, and for EX-L and Touring trims, Honda’s newest Display Audio touchscreen interface featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.
Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc says, “The Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord, offering exceptional dynamic qualities with the greatest technological sophistication and fuel efficiency in the Accord Family.”
The Honda Accord has been setting the standard for family sedans and comes recommended by Edmunds. If you want to upgrade your vehicle, then it’s time to come into Frank Ancona Honda. We have a great selection of new vehicles and great deals to help you drive off the lot in the perfect Honda for you. Stop by today or call us at (913) 782-3636.
The battle between trucks has been focused too long on Ford and Chevrolet. Frank Ancona Honda is here to tell you there’s a stylish newcomer to the fight that has a lot to offer. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is driving out of the shadows to show off its many impressive features.
The Ridgeline boasts an enormous and comfortable interior that, according to Car and Driver, “embarrasses the competition.” There is also a great deal of hidden storage underneath the back passenger seats with enough room to store a set of golf clubs.
The exterior of the truck also comes standard with quality features. The bed of the truck is made with a composite material, as opposed to the steel and aluminum beds that you see in competitors. Recently, Chevrolet and Ford have been posting videos to show off the durability, or lack thereof, of the beds in their trucks. Honda jumped in the fray by posting a video of their own that shows the Ridgeline can handle just as much while showing hardly any damage at all.
The Ridgeline isn’t just a vehicle for the stereotypical truck owner; it’s also a great everyday mode of transportation. The bed of the truck includes a storage compartment with a drain that would be perfect as a cooler for the sports fan who loves to tailgate. The dual-action tailgate opens vertically and horizontally to allow for easy loading. With all the strength of a classic truck and many unique additional features, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is staking its claim in the battle for most impressive truck.
Memorial Day weekend was filled with excitement and adventure, especially for Frank Ancona Honda President Michael Ancona, who attended the Indy 500 in the Honda Suite box. Ancona was able to witness not only an incredible race, but also a big win for the Honda Racing Team.
Alexander Rossi, a rookie, stretched his tank of gas 36 laps compared to the average 32 laps per tank that most drivers are able to make. According to Sports Illustrated, Rossi has spent the majority of his career racing on road and street courses that require the drivers to make left and right turns. The skillset for an oval track, such as the one in Indianapolis, requires a different set of skills. In only the second oval of his career, Rossi won at what is considered the most challenging and dangerous race track in the world. He is the first rookie to win at the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Rossi was followed by his teammate Carlos Munoz, who finished second almost four and a half seconds behind Rossi.
Marco Andretti, the grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti, finished behind his teammates at Andretti Autosport in 13th. In a tweet, Andretti attributed his placement in the race to his tires saying, “Fun day until the front tires were put on the wrong side. Really bummed, the car was good. Unfortunate mistake but my guys are the best.” Andretti was later quoted at the celebration saying, “It was an honor to … even qualify for the 100th Running.”
Before the race, Ancona enjoyed a full tour of the pit, as well as the opportunity to meet current and former drivers such as Sarah Fisher. Fisher is a former IndyCar racer and the youngest woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at 19 years old. Experiences like this make us proud to represent Honda.
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.
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.
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!
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 Book’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Checking your vehicle’s fluids such as oil, coolant and transmission fluid
Greasing applicable parts
Waxing your vehicle
Keeping your vehicle clean
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.
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).
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.
Last Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, Honda revealed the latest, much anticipated details on the Civic Hatchback concept. The announcement was made via live-stream, making it available for viewing worldwide, amping up car and racing enthusiasts everywhere.
In the live-stream, Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Honda Division, presented this next chapter in the “Civic Story”. The Civic is the most ambitious endeavor of a compact class sports sedan to date. It’s being called Honda’s most sophisticated model yet; a world-class platform for the newest-generation Civic model. Conrad said, “Our customers have truly embraced this new Civic.”
Epic Honda firsts arrive alongside this announcement, including “First Turbo-Charged Engine” for a U.S. Civic Model. But the list of exciting features doesn’t end there; the new model wouldn’t be complete without a more spacious and premium cabin, 42 miles per gallon on the highway, 0-60 miles-per-hour acceleration and an option for 6-speed manual transmission.
The Civic Hatchback has been titled, “Most Ambitious,” “Seriously Sporty” and “Seriously Green.” The Hatchback should hit dealerships later this year, completing the 10th generation Civic lineup. On Twitter, fans can’t contain their excitement for the release of the new Civic Hatchback in the U.S.
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!
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.
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.
2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
Best Buy of the Year:
Civic (Overall Best Buy)
2016 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).
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.
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.
The all-new 2016 Honda Civic made its debut in November 2015 with a completely revamped look, jam-packed with new Honda technologies. Since its release, the vehicle has been winning tons of awards, including being one of Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buys in its Best Buy Awards. Now, the new 2016 model has just earned the most prestigious award in the automotive industry: the 2016 North American Car of the Year Award.
The all-new 2016 Honda Civic received the award at the opening ceremony of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2016.
In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager, said, “The all-new Civic was developed and is built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter. Civic is a cornerstone of the Honda lineup, and we’re delighted and the automotive press has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, advanced technology, safety and value that characterize the new Civic.”
The North American Car of the Year Award is given by a group of 53 international automotive journalists and recognizes the most outstanding car of the year based on factors such as innovation, design, safety, performance, technology and more. This award is unique because it is given from automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.
The 2016 Honda Civic can also add a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety to its list of achievements. The new model has received the highest available safety rating as well as a top rating of GOOD in five IIHS crash test modes.
Conrad said, “As these new safety ratings demonstrate, the 2016 Civic Sedan not only brings new value to the compact segment with its hefty upgrades to fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and technology, it also delivers advanced collision safety performance. With its available Honda Sensing technologies, including our first application of Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, the new Civic Sedan offers customers a suite of technologies unlike anything else in the class.”
Come check out the safest and most stylish Civic model yet. We have the 2016 Honda Civic in stock today! Stop in for a test drive or call: (855) 859-6511.
To learn more about the 2016 Honda Civic’s achievements and features, click here.
In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, said, “Consumers have made the CR-V America’s best-selling SUV for good reason, and this top government safety rating just adds one more appealing and class-leading attribute. Honda is committed to offering vehicles that deliver advanced safety, fun-to-drive performance and connectivity, with top fuel economy ratings. The CR-V is that kind of vehicle.”
Earlier last year the 2016 Honda CR-V also earned a top safety pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), making it a collision safety leader and a standout choice in the SUV market. It was also named Kelley Blue Book’s best small SUV buy of 2016 and one of the 15 best family cars of 2015.
The CR-V was the first Honda vehicle to offer the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assisted technologies. Honda Sensing is now available for the Civic, Accord, CR-V and Pilot. The new suite of driver-assisted technologies can help you sense things you might miss while driving. The suite includes:
Forward Collision Warning: FCW uses a small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield to detect the presence of vehicles in front of you. If it determines that you are at risk for a collision with a detected vehicle, it activates audio and visual alerts to warn you. If you fail to act on the warnings, the Collision Mitigation Braking System kicks in.
Collision Mitigation Braking System: By utilizing a wave radar sensor, the CMBS can help bring your Honda to a stop when the system determines that a collision with a vehicle in front of you is unavoidable. A warning sounds and then, if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied.
Lane Keeping Assist System: Helps you stay in your lane by automatically adjusting the steering wheel if you begin to leave the center of a detected lane.
Lane Departure Warning: Alerts you if you drift out of a detected lane without using your turn signal.
What’s new in the 2016 Honda CR-V?*
Other than improvements to the Honda Sensing suite technologies, the 2016 Honda CR-V has received other new technology features including:
Power Tailgate: With the press of a button, the new CR-V can automatically lower or raise the trunk tailgate for easier hands-free access.
One-Touch Power Moonroof: With one touch of the button, you’ll be stargazing in no time.
Push Button Start: Now starting your CR-V is literally as easy as pressing a button.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Get a better view of what’s behind you with three different viewing angles: normal, top-down and wide.
Available Real Time All Wheel Drive: It can sense when traction is lost and automatically transfer power to the rear wheels to help you grip the road and stay on course.
The above features, combined with the improved Honda Sensing suite, make the 2016 Honda CR-V one of the safest SUVs out on the market. Stop in for a test drive today or call (855) 859-6511.
For a look at all the new features of the 2016 Honda CR-V, click here.
*Some features are available only on specific models. See dealer for complete details.
Honda will unveil the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016, replacing the award-winning first-generation Ridgeline that has been on the market since 2005.
According to Honda’s website, when the Ridgeline was introduced, it redefined pickups by blurring the lines between full size versatility and compact practicality. The new 2017 model will further improve on the space, comfort and utility that made the original model one of the most forward-thinking vehicles in its class.
Following the 2017 Ridgeline’s world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the all-new model will make its television debut during a 60-second TV spot during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl 50.
In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Automobile Division, said, “The big game is the largest and most coveted stage to show the truck. Super Bowl 50 is the right time and the right venue to communicate Honda’s continued leadership in light trucks. The multi-platform approach will enable Ridgeline to come out of the gate strong in 2016.”
The new 2017 Ridgeline is set to launch at Honda dealerships nationwide within the first half of 2016, joining Honda’s expanded lineup of innovative light truck models, including the HR-V crossover, the CR-V, Pilot and the Odyssey minivan.
In an article posted on Autoweek, Conrad said, “We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better suited to the way many buyers use their truck. Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features. We’re honored to once again debut the Ridgeline in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.”
For updates on the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline, click here.
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.”
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.
Enter the One Direction Civic Design Contest for your chance to score a brand new 2016 Honda Civic sedan. In collaboration with the Honda Civic Tour, One Direction is giving their fans the chance of a lifetime: create customized Honda Civics inspired by their new album Made in the A.M. Once the contest ends, One Direction will choose one lucky winner to receive a new 2016 Honda Civic hand painted with their One Direction design.
The contest began on December 2, 2015, and will run through February 14, 2016. All designs will be critiqued on creativity, originality, quality of design, overall impression, incorporation of One Direction materials and adherence to the Official Rules, which can be found here. To enter, visit the Honda Civic Tour website to download a Honda Civic template and input your design. You must be at least 18-years-old and a citizen of the United States to enter.
The One Direction Civic Design Contest is just one of many ways One Direction has been promoting the revamped 2016 Honda Civic. In November, when the 2016 model was released, One Direction put the 2016 Honda Civic through some extreme testing.
Can’t wait until February? One Direction is currently running a sweepstakes to win a custom One Direction 2015 Honda Civic (pictured below). This contest ends on December 31, 2015. To enter click here.
Photo Source: Honda Civic Tour
Don’t miss out on your chance to win these custom One Direction Honda Civics. No purchase necessary. All you need to do is let your creativity and love for One Direction shine through.
Click here to see what designs have already been uploaded.
The 2016 Honda Pilot was released earlier this year and has already received numerous awards and reviews for its safe driving technology. The 2016 model features a few design changes and “Honda-Sensing,” which is a set of driver-aid technology advancements, making it the best SUV out on the market.
In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager said, “With the addition of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available through Honda Sensing, no other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the Pilot’s top IIHS and NHTSA safety scores.”
This past August, the 2016 Pilot received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries and property damage – from crashes on the nation’s roads. The Pilot aced IHHS’ collision test and earned a superior rating for its front crash prevention system.
Watch the 2016 Honda Pilot in its IIHS crash test video.
The 2016 Honda Pilot also recently received a maximum 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The NCAP created the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program to provide information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal law. The more stars in a rating means the safer the car. See the full rating here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
In the upgraded trim levels, including the EX-L, Touring and Elite models, the Odyssey has additional standard safety features:
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!
How long have you worked in the automotive industry?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Dave Heitman, our new general sales manager, with his family.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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 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!
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Since the 2016 Honda HR-V was announced, snippets of details about the new crossover have been slowly released. The latest news was released last week, answering a long-questioned stat on the crossover: How many miles per gallon does the Honda HR-V get?
According to AutoGuide, the mileage for the Honda HR-V stands at:
28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with a CVT and front-wheel drive
27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with all-wheel drive
25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with six-speed manual transmission
Car enthusiasts have been waiting for these numbers to see how the Honda HR-V would rank against its two biggest competitors, the Nissan Juke and the Chevy Trax. The Trax has a very low mpg with 26 city and 34 highway front-wheel drive. The Juke is close – 28 city and 32 highway front-wheel drive – but the HR-V’s mileage cannot be beat.
Modeled after the Fit, the HR-V promises to make practical use of it’s space with what is being called by Car and Driver “magic seats” and “interior origami.” With the seats up, there is 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space. When the magical seats are down, the HR-V boasts 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Under the hood, the Honda HR-V has a 1.8-liter unit with 138 horsepower and 127-lb of torque. There are three trims available – LX, EX and EX-L. Standard are power windows, mirrors and door locks; a rearview camera, Pandora radio, Bluetooth, an electronic parking brake and aluminum wheels. The higher up you go, you will see a touch screen, keyless entry, paddle shifters, push button start, heated seats, satellite radio and a navigation system with Honda Digital Traffic notifications.
Soon we will hear about the safety ratings, but it is easy to assume it will be an IIHS Top Safety Pick with a full range of airbags and Brake Assist technology.
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.
Honda is one of the top selling brands in America, and several of its cars are consistently on top of their class for best-selling models in the country. So it shouldn’t come as a shock when Honda brings in the big numbers. What is shocking, though, is just how close Honda came to breaking a yearly sales record in 2014. With that kind of steam going into the New Year, there’s no telling what heights Honda will reach in 2015.
According to the Dayton Daily News, Honda sold over 1.5 million vehicles in 2014, which was a one percent increase over sales in 2013. The 1.5 million sales mark is the second highest sales year in Honda history, barely under numbers sold in 2007. Acura also had its second best year of all time behind 2007 with sales of nearly 168 thousand vehicles. But the banner number came from Honda’s light truck sales with over 700 thousand sold, a complete destruction of the previous yearly record. These numbers are good news for an auto industry as a whole that saw a near collapse during the recession a few years ago.
Honda recently completed its annual Happy Honda Days campaign and has new models and vehicles debuting later in the year, which will help to continue to bolster sales. Industry leaders told the Dayton Daily News they expect vehicle sales to continue to rise in 2015 with more cars sold than in 2014, but they also predict a decline in auto sales in the next few years. Until that happens, Honda will continue riding high on its sales numbers and continue to provide Americans with the quality and service they have come to expect from Honda.
There’s not a better way to start out 2015 than with our latest edition of Employee Spotlight! This time, we’ve put Patrick Mulvihill on spotlight so you can get to know more about him the next time you see him at Frank Ancona Honda!
What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?
How long have you worked at Frank Ancona Honda?
Over a year
What is your favorite part of the job?
Matching a customer to the car that best fits their wants and needs
We know you’ve been on the edge of your seats eagerly awaiting our next Employee Spotlight, so here it is! This time, the spotlight’s shining on Karen Judt. Don’t be shy — get to know a little more about her below!
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.
We are putting Greg Easley in the spotlight for this edition.
What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As part of its commitment to keeping drivers safe, Honda has led the U.S. in safety and driver technologies including features that aim to reduce injuries in a collision, such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield wiper pivots.
Additionally, Honda has become the leader in adding rearview cameras. More than 94 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras. No other brand has as many models equipped with standard rearview cameras for the 2014 model year and by the 2015 model year.
If you would like more information about Honda’s history of leadership in the development, take a look at our Safety Issue Brief.
Honda has always been big on innovation, and now is making a big move into the music scene with its new music platform, Honda Stage. The multi-platform program is designed to meet music fans in environments where they’re already searching for and consuming music, according to a report filed by Forbes magazine.
Honda is focused on attracting millennials who consume a big portion of online media in comparison to traditional TV. The auto manufacturer is anticipating brand loyalty and an increase in sales as a result of the new initiative.
American Authors Performing at the Honda Stage
With its addition to the music industry with the Honda Civic Tour back in 2001 that has thus far entertained 3.5 million americans, Honda is looking to offer Honda Stage as a youtube channel devoted to original content as well as 200 sponsored live events over the next year.
Coming up next for Honda Stage is of course the 2014 Honda Civic Tour, where this year musical acts GroupLove and Portugal.The. Man. will look to bring many new fans out to the tour who usually would not be making the trip to the tour. The 2014 Honda Civic tour will be coming to Kansas City at Crossroads on August 29. Get your tickets here.
According to a recent press release issued by Honda, the company will be returning as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the second time. The competition, which will be its 92nd, is set to happen June 29, 2014.
In addition to this major commitment, Honda will be participating in the event and plans to field products in seven distinct race classes. It will also be working with the AMA and the Pikes Peak sanctioning body on improvements to provide new levels of safety to the Motorcycle / ATV / UTV / Sidecar competitors.
Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda, said in the press release, “Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around the world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels. Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda Racing Spirit.”
Honda is celebrating two big milestones this month! According to a recent press release, Honda plants in the U.S. have produced 20 million automobiles to date. In addition, motor company’s 10 millionth U.S.-built Accord recently rolled off of the assembly line at Honda’s first American plant in Marysville, Ohio.
2014 Honda Accord Sedan (Photo: Honda)
Hidenobu Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of America Mfg. and head of Honda’s North American manufacturing, said, “We are deeply aware that our ability to reach this milestone results from the trust that 20 million customers have placed in our products, and we appreciate their support over the past three decades. We also value the commitment made by tens of thousands of associates at Honda and our hundreds of suppliers in the U.S. who build products of the highest quality for our customers.”
According to the press release, American Honda plants produce 11 different models including four passenger cars and seven light trucks. Since 2011, Honda has invested around $1.6 billion in its American auto plants to expand production and implement new technologies. In 2013, nearly 95 percent of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.
Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
According to a recent press release,Honda is launching its new advertising tagline, “Start Something Special,” with a series of commercials featuring the 2014 Honda Odyssey and the world’s first commercially available in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, the HondaVAC.
“How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris and Rainn Wilson of “The Office” lent their voices to the first of the videos, available here, as a gummy bear and a ball of lint respectively. Each video showcases the “spokescrumbs” and their tangles with the Odyssey’s in-vehicle vacuum cleaner.
Mashable reported that according to Honda, the idea for the HondaVAC came from a Honda engineer’s daughter. When she saw how frustrated her dad was getting by the mess the kids made in the van, she said, “Dad, you need a vacuum in here.”
The “Start Something Special” tagline will be used across all Honda brands. Each commercial will begin with a mnemonic tone to distinguish itself as a Honda advertisement, according to Honda’s press release.
“The new Honda tagline is built on the insight that people form a special relationship with their Hondas. They love them. They name them. They talk to them. It’s a truly unique bond,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “‘Start Something Special’ illustrates this connection while emphasizing the special qualities that only Honda vehicles provide.”
Posted By Jason Heard, 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.
As a company with more vehicles equipped with an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating on the market than any car manufacturer (5), Honda encourages buyers to find a reputable Honda dealer and make sure all parts came from a quality body shop.
The airbag is one of the most important yet overlooked auto features, so make it a priority when you’re buying.
Click here for more information on Honda’s airbag technology and buying tips.
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On July 15th, Honda engaged Twitter users by responding to tweets with the #wantnewcar hashtag and included some personalized videos through Vine. The Summer Clearance event will also be advertised via television, print and other mediums. Neil Patrick Harris even needed some Honda advice.
The story behind #wantnewcar:
If you want to know more, you can find all of our Summer Clearance sales on our website. Or, tweet @Honda using #wantnewcar and you might be featured in one of @Honda’s Vine videos.
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).”
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The much-anticipated AccordHybrid 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 AccordHybrid 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 2014HondaAccordHybrid 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.
The University of Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts wowed the sports world with her performances on the softball field throughout 2013 and is the recipient of TheHondaCup and was named the 2013Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The 6-foot-2 reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year carried her top ranked squad to their second consecutive NCAA title with a 1.23 ERA, 350 strikeouts and a nearly-unblemished 35-1 record.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda has a 27-year history of championing athletes to reach their goals and rewarding them for achieving success. Since 1986, Honda has given more than $2.7 million in grants to the universities of award winners and nominees. These grants were designed specifically to benefit women athletic scholarships.
According to Honda.com, Ricketts said, “We really do feel appreciated. I’ve had a blast so far. It’s awesome to be able experience this with them. Winning the HondaCup has been great to represent my school and my state.”
Previous recipients of the HondaCup include JackieJoyner-Kersee, Mia Hamm, Misty May-Treanor, Brittney Griner and CandaceParker, to name a few.
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!
The generosity of Honda was recently displayed toward victims of HurricaneSandy, who are still rebuilding following the horrific tragedy that swept through their homes. The motor company donated $50,000 in an effort to aid the children affected in a return to a sense of normalcy.
Honda, a 17-year sponsor of the LittleLeague®, stepped in to help restore baseball and softball fields and facilities which allowed the children a temporary escape of the harsh realities that ravaged their lives in 2012. The contributions allowed the sites to be repaired in time for the league’s 32-team opening day on April 20.
According to the LittleLeague.org, Honda hosted fundraising activities such as, “Sing Badly for a Good Cause: Car-e-oke” in which parents were encouraged to belt out their worst rendition of “Take me out to the Ball Game” inside an Odyssey minivan. Honda donated up to $50 for each parent who participated.
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.”
Frank Ancona Honda is proud to feature a line of vehicles that allow you and your family to reduce your carbon footprint with the help of an eco-friendly, and wallet-friendly, means of transportation. In true Earth Week fashion, the Kansas City area’s most trusted dealership boasts a lineup which earned Honda the title of the Greenest Automaker in the U.S. by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Posted By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda
Celebrate National Car Care Month with some maintenance tips from the Car Care Council.
Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
Posted By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda
The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently awarded the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe the highest available safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+. This is the first and only IIHS small car in the industry to earn this award.
According to Honda’s news release, “The new Civic Sedan, equipped with the second generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Body Structure™ (ACE™II), is not only the first Small car to earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ in the industry, but also the first and only to earn the highest possible rating of GOOD on the IIHS’ new small overlap frontal crash test (sometimes called a ‘narrow offset’ test). This aggressive test is designed to simulate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole at high speed.”
“If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance.”
Honda leads all other brands in achieving TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings with four models – Civic Sedan and Coupe, and Accord Sedan and Coupe.
Posted By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda
For the second consecutive year, Honda was named “Most Trusted Brand” by Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Brand Image Awards. Honda was also awarded the “Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand” Award and the “Best Value Brand” Award.
According to Honda’s news release, “New-car shoppers have once again recognized the Honda brand as the ‘Most Trusted Brand’ and ‘Best Value Brand’ in Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Brand Image Award study. This is the second year Honda was named the ‘Most Trusted Brand’ and the third consecutive year as the ‘Best Value Brand.’ Additionally, Honda captured the top honor of ‘Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand,’ thus receiving more awards than any other brand in the 2013 Kelley Blue Book study.
“We are honored to be recognized by American car buyers for two tenets of the Honda brand: trust and value,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “These awards demonstrate how customers recognize the tremendous quality and value of our products, reflecting the incredible competitive strength of the Honda brand.”
The 2013 Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch™ study. Brand Watch taps into more than 12,000 in-market new-vehicle shoppers annually on Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. The Brand Watch study offers insight into in-market new-vehicle shoppers’ perceptions of brands, including important factors driving their purchase decisions while they are in the midst of the shopping process. Honda was named ‘Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand’ by securing the highest average score across ratings of all non-luxury models, and the weight of importance of each of the factors in the study.”
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.
“Honda is moving its North American leadership from California to a major factory campus in Ohio.
The Japanese automaker said Friday that about 50 leadership and support jobs will move to Marysville, Ohio, near Columbus.
But the company says its American headquarters and about 2,500 workers will remain in Torrance, Calif., near Los Angeles.
Honda has a huge factory complex in Marysville that makes the top-selling Accord midsize car and other vehicles.
Last year the automaker announced plans to have its sales, manufacturing and research operations North America play a greater role in the global business. The company said that the move to Ohio and several executive changes made Friday are the next step in that process.
Honda also said it would form a new services company based in Marysville.”
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%.”
“’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.’”
Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda
The team at Frank Ancona Honda is pleased to tell its Kansas City customers about the prominent awards American Honda Motor Co., Inc. recently received and to carry on the tradition of excellence!
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. received multiple 2013 Residual Value Awards from ALG, including the top honor of Best Mainstream Brand. Additionally, the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey and Honda Fit each received individual Residual Value Awards as the highest ranked vehicles in their respective segments. As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG’s annual Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period.
“Long-term value and reliability are both hallmarks of the Honda brand and we are honored to be recognized by ALG as the industry leader in these key qualities,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations at American Honda. “The Honda engineering philosophy not only delivers immediate value to our customers but will pay off in the long run as well.”
The Honda brand was named the Best Mainstream Brand for 2013, which recognizes the entire Honda lineup for exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability, and long-term reliability. The all-new 2013 Accord ranked the highest in the ultra competitive Midsize Car category. The Honda Odyssey prevailed in the Best Minivan (MPV) category, retaining the top spot for the second consecutive year. The Honda Fit received a Residual Value Award for the fifth consecutive year in the Sub-Compact Car category. Since 2000, the Honda brand has earned 28 model awards and seven overall brand awards from ALG.
“The Honda brand is a constant in ALG’s Residual Value Award history,” said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. “With its smart, value-focused financial strategy, excellent perceived quality, and the all-new Accord, Honda has proven that it provides a compelling, high residual value package for consumers.”
ALG determines the award winners through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, as well as pricing strategies are among the key factors that affect ALG’s residual value forecasts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to being able to share our new dealership and better serve you!
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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.
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
In a recent interview that we posted on a community forum, several Honda owners responded to our post: “If you are a happy Honda owner, please help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by submitting your best Honda story in 200 words or less. The best stories will be featured on our blog and other social networking sites.”
Here are some of the responses-
Happy Honda Family of 7!
I drive a Honda Odyssey and my husband drives a Honda Pilot. We have 5 children and will only drive a Honda! Honda’s are known for safety, sleek looks and will hold our big happy family! My last car was an Odyssey too and before children I drove a Honda Civic. We are a Happy Honda Family! Before I had children I said I would never drive a minivan but now that I drive an Odyssey I want no other vehicle to transport my growing family! I’m glad my Odyssey seats 8 people too so we have room in case we ever have another addition to our growing family! Honda’s are comfortable too and Honda has thought of everything! I love the sunroof in my minivan! How cool is that, that I get to drive a minivan that has a sunroof!
When “best” isn’t always happy
I’ll readily admit I’m obsessed with my 2009 purple Honda Fit. She has an identity – clearly, a gender, too – and a name: Aubergine, which means “eggplant” in French. So I’m sure you can imagine how distraught I was to receive a 4:30 a.m. call from the local police last year, telling me I had to leave the security and stress-free shelter of my apartment. Aubergine had been “de-tired” – her alloy wheels and tires removed – and dropped onto two milk crates, one under each side between the front and back doors. The month that followed was replete with insurance headaches, repair shop ineptitudes and all the while, my husband and I were searching for our first home. No one had cautioned me about the importance of wheel locks, so I readily share this story – as well as the photos from that fateful morning, still saved on my BlackBerry – to Fit owners and others who adore their small cars. Aubergine celebrated the one-year anniversary of her de-tiring safe in her half of our two-car garage – and hopefully she’ll never been vandalized again!