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March 25, 2016

Honda Hypes up the Civic Hatchback

 

 

 

 

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

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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.


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

 

October 12, 2015

Olathe Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Yelp Video

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

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Watch the Video Now!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

October 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

September 29, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Hosts the Honda Owners Workshop Event

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

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

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

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

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

September 14, 2015

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

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

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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.

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

September 8, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey Earn Top Safety Picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning

 

September 1, 2015

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

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

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How long have you worked in the automotive industry?

15 months.

What attracted to you to Frank Ancona Honda?

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

What is your favorite part of the job so far?

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

Which Honda is your favorite?

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

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

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

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

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

August 24, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlight: Parker Christian

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

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What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?

New/Pre-Owned Sales Consultant

How long have you worked at Frank Ancona Honda?

Two years this September

What is your favorite part of the job?

When a customer chooses a Honda over the competition

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?

Civic Type-R

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

August 3, 2015

New Tech Offerings for the 2016 Honda Accord

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

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

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

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

July 27, 2015

3 Child Car Safety Tips from Frank Ancona Honda

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

Car Seat Safety

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

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

Heatstroke

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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

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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.

 

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July 20, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Announces Sponsorship for Baby Love Kansas City

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

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

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

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

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

 

July 13, 2015

Employee Spotlight: David Heitman, New General Sales Manager

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

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How long have you worked in the automotive industry?

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

What attracted you to Frank Ancona Honda?

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

What is your favorite part of the job so far?

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

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?

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

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

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

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

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

July 6, 2015

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

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

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A Small CUV With a Lot of Space

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

Excellent Gas Mileage Without Sacrificing Performance

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

A Clever Interior

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

A Mini-SUV Without the Cost

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

June 26, 2015

What to Expect from the 2016 Honda Pilot

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

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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.

June 19, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Father’s Day

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

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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.

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

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

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

James Trotter and his daughter Angelica.

James Trotter and his daughter Angelica.

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 15, 2015

Vintage Honda: The T360 and S500

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

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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.”

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

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

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

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

June 8, 2015

Summer Car Maintenance Tips Before Your Road Trip

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

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Photo Credit: Honda

Make Sure Your AC Works

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

Check Headlights, Turn Signals and Windshield Wipers

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

Fix Your Tires

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

Refill Fluids

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

Double Check Towing Capacity

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

Check Your Brakes

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

May 26, 2015

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

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

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Image Credit: Honda

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 11, 2015

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

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

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 27, 2015

New Honda Family of Powertrains Revealed in Japan

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

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 20, 2015

Fuel Economy Tips for Earth Day

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

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Image Credit: Fabio Aro / Foter / CC By

Go the Speed Limit

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

Lighten Your Load

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

Perform Regular Maintenance

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

Don’t Idle and Use Cruise Control

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

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

Check Your Tires

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

April 13, 2015

Next Generation Honda Civic Coupe Steals the New York Auto Show

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

Photo Credit: J.D. Power

Photo Credit: J.D. Power

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

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

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

March 30, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Hosted the Largest Honda Owners Workshop Event

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

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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.

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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.

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

March 23, 2015

The Future of the Honda CR-Z

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

Photo Credit: Hybrid Cars

Photo Credit: Hybrid Cars

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

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

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

March 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2, 2015

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

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

Original Photo Credit: Heath Cajandig / Foter / CC By

Original Photo Credit: Heath Cajandig / Foter / CC By

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

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

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

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

February 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

February 16, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Features S-2000 Convertible On Showroom Floor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 9, 2015

2016 Honda HR-V MPG Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 9, 2015

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

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

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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.

December 19, 2014

Honda To Debut Hydrogen-Fueled Concept Car At Detroit Auto Show

Honda is known for its innovation and environmental leadership, so it’s no surprise that Honda has recently upped the ante for alternative-fuel vehicles with its new FCV hydrogen-powered concept car. According to an official news release, the car will be making its North American debut at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January.

 

Honda FCV Concept
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Honda has been at the forefront of fuel-cell vehicle innovation since the original FCX became the world’s first production fuel-cell vehicle in U.S. and Japan in December 2002. In 2008, Honda also became the first manufacturer to create a fuel-cell vehicle dealer network.

 

So what’s new about this car? According to Honda, this FCV will have an anticipated driving range of about 300 miles, it will seat up to five people and it’s intended to have gains in packaging, interior space, performance and cost reduction.

The future may not be as far away as we think! If produced, you can expect this car to be rolling out in Japan as early as March 2016 and in North America and Europe shortly after.

 

November 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

December 26, 2013

Honda Announces Debut Of 2015 Honda Fit

Honda recently announced in a press release that the all-new 2015 Honda Fit will be debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Jan. 13, 2014.


2015 Honda Fit concept car. (Photo: Honda)

According to Honda, the new car builds on the current model’s innovative packaging, flexible cargo capability and fun-to-drive character with spirited new styling and a spacious, refined interior packed with leading-edge car technologies. The 2015 Fit, which will be its third generation, will also offer enhanced fuel efficiency and performance courtesy of its Earth Dreams Technology powertrain.

In addition, Honda anticipates that the new Fit will earn class-leading safety ratings in part due to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

Read the full press release here.

December 10, 2013

Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V & Odyssey Top 2013 Retail Sales

According to Honda, the Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey are all holding retail sales leadership for 2013.

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In a press release, John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said, “Our retail sales leadership and the lowest incentive spending of any major automaker demonstrate that the core strength of the Honda brand is based on real demand from our customers. This retail sales leadership also means something to the customer because it is a major contributor to the low ownership cost and high resale value of Honda and Acura products, something we know that our customers appreciate and value.”

See below for highlights from the first 9 months of 2013:

 

Honda Accord

  • Top-selling retail mid-size car in America.

  • Top-selling retail light vehicle to younger buyers aged 18-34.

  • Top-selling retail mid-size sedan in California and New York, two of America’s largest automotive markets.

  • Double-digit retail sales growth in 44 states.

  • Year-over-year retail sales up 16.2 percent through September.

  • Accord’s retail market share in the mid-size segment is 16.6 percent.

Honda Civic

  • Top-selling compact car in America.

  • 2nd best-selling retail light vehicle (behind Accord) to young buyers aged 18-34

  • Top-selling retail compact car in 21 states, including California and New York.

  • Year-over-year retail sales up 11% through September.

  • Civic’s retail market share in the compact segment is 16.8 percent.

Honda CR-V

  • Top-selling retail compact SUV in America.

  • Top-selling retail compact SUV in 31 states including the top five retail states for compact SUVs – California, New York, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania.

  • CR-V’s retail market share in the compact SUV segment is 14.6 percent.

Honda Odyssey

  • Top-selling minivan in America.

  • Top-selling retail minivan in 30 states.

  • Odyssey’s retail market share in the minivan segment is 31.5 percent

Read the full article here.

March 10, 2013

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

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

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

Watch now!

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

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

December 5, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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


November 29, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 15, 2012

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

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

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

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

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

November 1, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, Announces Six Million Dollar Dealership Remodel

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, is pleased to announce a six million dollar remodel of its automotive dealership. The construction process started back in September and is set to have a completion date in the summer of 2013.

Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, is excited about the overall results that this dealership remodel will bring to the Frank Ancona Honda family and customers. “This dealership has been in the family for more than 50 years and it’s time to upgrade to better serve our customers and the Kansas City community. We can’t wait to provide first class enhancements to our dealership that will lead to a new state-of-the-art facility for all Frank Ancona Honda customers,” said Ancona.

The expansion will increase the overall look and feel of the dealership, upgrading the showroom from 31,000 square feet to 50,812 square feet. Additionally, a new service center with an easier drop-off location, improvements to the customer service lounge including WiFi and new amenities will all be added to service customers.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. Reach Frank Ancona Honda at (913) 782-3636.