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October 4, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Customers Starting Something Special

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

At Frank Ancona Honda, we love to see our customers happy with their new vehicles, so for the past few months, we’ve been posting customer photos on Facebook and Twitter. Here are just a few of our favorites.

What better gift than a Honda? Karen and Terrence bought a 2013 Honda Civic for their son, Jason.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn couldn’t stop smiling in their new Honda CRVs!

A true Honda family! Darren and their kids couldn’t wait to drive away in their 2013 Honda Civic.

Noel and Maribel Herrera expressed some love for their new 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite! Take a look at that in-vehicle vacuum!

A new Honda is something to cheer about! Check out Kara and her daughter, Kate!

Like us on Facebook and click here to see all of the photos.

August 15, 2013

Honda Launches “Project Drive-In”

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Hollywood is making the switch from celluloid to digital in the next few months, and while most large indoor movie theaters take in enough profit to afford the switch, the transition might ring the death knell for the 400-plus American drive-in theaters that are already struggling. In an effort to save these classic cultural icons, Honda recently announced the start of their Project Drive-In campaign.

According to the campaign’s website, “In less than 3 months, the majority of American drive-in theaters will face closure with the movie industry’s switch from film to digital. Upgrading to digital projection costs roughly $80,000. We want to preserve this iconic part of American car culture. So we’re taking the first step by starting a drive-in fund and donating 5 digital projectors.”

Honda is inviting people to decide where those digital projectors will go by voting on Project Drive-In’s website, which has an interactive map of the location of every drive-in movie theater.

Those who wish to do more can donate to the digital projector fund or take a pledge (published on Facebook or Twitter) to visit a local drive-in theater this season. Honda is also asking people to help spread the word and has made logos, flyers, digital badges and Facebook cover photos featuring the tagline “Don’t let them go dark” available for download.

Visit the official website to learn more about Project Drive-In.

August 8, 2013

Honda Drivers Tweet Their #HondaLove in Second Vine Campaign

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Honda launched a second Vine campaign this month asking fans to share their positive Honda experiences using the hashtag #HondaLove.

https://twitter.com/Honda/status/364746711853314049

On Aug. 6, Honda spent the day responding to live tweets from their fans with some quirky Vine videos.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Twitter fan @WDanMarks loves the smooth drive of his Honda Pilot. In response, Honda sent a video with an awesome granny drummer:

https://twitter.com/Honda/status/364803813116346370

@thebaileycarlin adores her 2013 Honda Civic, Pikes. Honda’s response was . . . energetic, to say the least.

https://twitter.com/Honda/status/364797227744501761

@vezchakoyes’ newfound romance with her Honda Civic prompted Honda to pop the question.

https://twitter.com/Honda/status/364767840697454593

If you have your own story to share, share it with Twitter using the #HondaLove hashtag.

May 19, 2011

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

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

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

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

Food and Beverages will be served.

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

We Look forward to seeing you!

Jason Heard
General Sales Manager
Frank Ancona Honda

May 18, 2011

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

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

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

May 12, 2011

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

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

He who drives with the most efficiency, wins.

Push Yourself

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

Coach is Calling

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

Hybrids Go the Distance

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

Give Me an MPG

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

Leaves, a Legacy

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

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

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

May 5, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

April 26, 2011

2012 Honda Civic 44 MPG Hybrid Provides Fuel Efficient Alternatives to High Gas Prices

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Posted By: Jason Heard

Here is a recent blog post from Gas 2.0, written by Christopher DeMorro, announcing the 44 mpg rating of the new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Honda Civic Hybrid: 44 MPG, up to 68.7 MPG?

Hello, Prius? Yeah, there’s a new guy in the neighborhood, and he’d like to talk about fuel efficiency. His name is the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, and he’s got a 44/44/44 mpg rating. And he looks like a car.

While its not quite the 45 mpg rating we were promised, this 44 mpg rating on the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is an impressive feat of engineering for a number of reasons, not the least of which was building a hybrid on one of the top selling vehicle platforms of all time. That could help the Civic Hybrid to attain the sales volume needed to make an impact on the dominant Prius sales. But as I’ve pointed out before, the MPG Gap is quickly closing between Toyota’s hybrid and the rest of the crowd, and they’re doing it in vehicles with more mass market appeal. The Civic Hybrid is 7 MPG behind in highway driving, but only 4 in the city, and I like that I could buy a Civic Hybrid, and most people wouldn’t even notice the difference (on the outside at least.)

So how did Honda improve its hybrid system for that lovely 44 mpg rating? They gave the new Civic Hybrid lithium-ion batteries to start with, which were 30% smaller than the old nickel-hydride battery pack (that the Prius V gets stuck with here in the states.) They also gave the hybrid a slightly larger engine, from 1.3 to 1.5 liters, which provides more power using the same amount of fuel. The electric motors also had their output bumped up to 20 kW as well. All told, HybridCars was able to get 68.7 mpg on a 10-mile road course set up by Honda, the best mpg score of the day during a media preview earlier in April (where was my invite?? I coulda done better.)

Alas, the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid will have a starting cost of $24,050; throw in leather, satellite radio and navigation and you’re talking closer to $27,000. Honda doesn’t have too high of sales hopes for the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid at just around 1,300 units a month, but with the extra volume from other Civic sales they can continue to invest in fuel-saving technology that will eventually spread out across their whole lineup. Sure, some media outlets aren’t happy with the lack of dynamic changes to the Civic’s looks, but I really like the looks of the most recent Civics. It feels like a completely different class of car from the Civics of old, but it doesn’t come across as trying to make a statement either. It’s just a really, really, really efficient version of the Civic, and that tickles me just right.

April 19, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Rolls Out New Drive Green Car Blog, Video & Social Networking Promotions in Time for Earth Day

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Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, rolled out a new green car blog (www.drivegreencarsblog.com), promotional video featuring the new CR-Z hybrid sport and social networking offers in time for Earth Day.

Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, said that their Kansas City Honda dealership was looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day. “Jennings Social Media Marketing suggested a more eco-friendly strategy focused on our hybrids, so we ran with the green car blog, new CR-Z video and ways to connect with Frank Ancona Honda fans on Facebook and Twitter,” said Heard.

The dealership is looking for new opportunities to reach social networking enthusiasts and is driving traffic to its social networking pages with special offers on cars, service and parts. Check out Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177?ref=ts and Twitter: @anconahonda.

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