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Category: Honda Production

Honda to Install Wind Turbines for Ohio Manufacturing Plant

In another example of how Honda is looking forward and blazing the trail of environmentally-friendly auto manufacturing, Honda announced it will install two wind turbines that will supply 10% of the energy for its Russell Point, Ohio plant.

According to this article, “These wind turbines stand at 160 feet tall; the blades will be 160 feet long…They are to generate 10,000 MWh per year, which is enough to power 800 houses.”

The local community has been supportive of Honda’s efforts to lessen the carbon footprint of the plant that employs more about 1,150 people. Honda is one of only five companies to use wind power on this level.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the township and our neighbors that will help Honda reduce (carbon) emissions,” Gary Hand, vice president of Honda Transmission.”

Read the complete article about how Honda is reducing its environmental impact HERE.

 

 

Honda Develops Environmentally-Friendly Automobile Painting Process

Honda not only prides itself on innovative vehicles, but also innovative systems. Honda has applied that creativity and eye for environmental-friendliness to its automobile painting system called “Honda Smart Ecological Paint.”

According to this article, “It will reduce the amount of paint materials used, eliminate 40 percent of painting processes, and reduce 40 percent of CO2 emissions compared to traditional painting methods.”

How did Honda achieve something others in the industry have not? By developing a highly-functional material for the base coat that allows it to cut out one step of painting and one step of baking. So instead of being a four-coat, three-bake process like most automakers, Honda will use a three-coat, two-bake process.

Multiply that by the number of cars Honda kicks out and you can see how big of a difference that will make.

“In addition, Honda will also introduce a wall-mounted paint robot system with a built-in quick load, quick wash paint tank. The company said the technology will lead to a significant improvement in painting efficiency and pollution.”

 

 

Honda to Build Accord Hybrid in U.S., Create Jobs

In another example of how ‘American’ Honda is, Honda recently announced it will build the hybrid version of the extremely popular 2013 Honda Accord at its Marysville, Ohio plant. This means Honda will be investing $23 million and create 50 new jobs.

While 50 jobs added onto the already 4,400 jobs at that plant, may not seem like much, 50 good paying jobs and an investment of $23 million to extend the production line (to add the hybrid technology to the Accord), will make a big difference to that community and the trickle down effect is very real.

According to this article, “[The 2013 Honda Accord hybrid] will be the first hybrid model produced by Honda in Ohio and only the third made in North America for the Honda and luxury Acura lines.”

The 2013 Honda Accord gas-and-electric hybrid is expected to get 47 miles per gallon. That seems really good until you compare to the gas mileage of the Accord plug-in hybrid that gets 115 miles per gallon (only being sold in New York and California currently).

While the mileage of these Honda vehicles is impressive, we think what is most impressive about this news is how it illustrates Honda’s dedication to building vehicles for Americans in America.

Hurricane Sandy Will Not Affect Honda Sales Much

The United States is Honda’s biggest market and the northeast is the populated part of the U.S., so you would think the devastation of Hurricane Sandy would deeply affect their year-end sales projections. Well, you’d be wrong.

Honda still expects sales to exceed last year’s by about 25 percent, meaning about 1.46 million Hondas will be delivered. Honda sales for the month of October were about half of what they were expected to be because Hurricane Sandy hit during the busiest time of the month, but Honda expects to make up for that in November.

“November will be a pretty good month for us — I see nothing different in November and December that will change the course of where we’ve been this year,” Mendel said. Honda brand sales for the year should be “within 10,000 or 12,000 units” of 1.3 million, with the Acura luxury brand at “160,000, maybe a little bit more,” he said.

The demand for the redesigned CR-V, blockbuster 2013 Honda Accord and sports Honda Civic will keep people coming to Honda dealerships in droves.

I think this article skips over an important part of the affect Hurricane Sandy could have on the automotive industry in the Northeast. It points out that some dealerships lost inventory that will have to be replaced, so that should help a little with sales. But what about the thousands of people who lost their cars to flooding and wind damage? According to the article, “As many as 200,000 new and used vehicles may eventually be replaced in the region as a result of the storm, the National Automobile Dealers Association estimated this month.”

It is often said that natural disasters provide opportunity and I think that as people try to resume their normal lives, they will buy new cars…and of course, stop at their local Honda dealerships first. Hurricane Sandy a small negative impact on the month of October, but perhaps it will actually help their year-end sales as people replace damaged vehicles.

Auto Industry Goes Into Overdrive

 

According to this article, the auto industry ‘went from reverse to overdrive in three years.’ We all remember the days when the federal government bailed out some American auto makers and the global market took a huge hit with tough economic times.

What some of may not realize is that slowly, the auto industry seems to be making a comeback.

According to the article: “the upbeat signs are everywhere: rising sales, busy production lines, rising profits, higher stock prices, and growing buzz about new plants or shifts being added to meet market demand.”

Citing the fact that both businesses and households are heading back to the dealerships and we currently have the highest gasoline prices since April 2011, consumers are venturing out to purchase newer, more fuel efficient vehicles.

“This is great news,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager of Apple Valley Honda dealership. “With the economy slowly recovering, we are starting to see a stronger pulse in the car business; even while some areas of the economy lag, the auto industry seem to be the first indication things may be turning around. Both January and February were stronger this year than last for Honda and we are starting to see in uptick in the local dealerships. People who waited to buy a new car the last couple years are starting to poke their heads out of the sand. And we’ll welcome them with open arms.”

What is good for the entire auto industry, especially consumer confidence, is good for Honda.

“The improvement reflects strengthening consumer confidence, the lowest unemployment rate in three years and a rebound in fleet purchases,” says Carlos Gomes, senior economist at Scotia Capital, in a recent report.

Signs of a strengthening industry, and Honda, will continue, not just with sales, but with investments in manufacturing and production. Honda has invested heavily in increasing the capacity of plants in the United States, which also helps local job growth and stability…also needed right now.

“Once the planned expansions by Japanese and European automakers are completed by 2014, we estimate that North American vehicle assembly capacity will climb to 19 million units,” says Gomes, “roughly in line with the level prevailing nearly a decade ago when the Detroit Three began to restructure and shutter some of their facilities.”

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Auto+industry+goes+from+reverse+overdrive+three+years/6254535/story.html

Honda Uses Own Solar Panels to Charge Plants

Honda Uses Own Solar Panels to Charge Plants

With the slumping economy, like many businesses, Honda found it a little tougher to sell its CIGS thing solar panels (the thinnest solar panels in the world). Instead of pulling the plug, so to speak, Honda has decided to put those solar panels to use on its own buildings powering manufacturing plants and dealerships alike.

What a great idea!

Not only is this a way to show off its own technology, it’s a great way to cut down on energy costs and pollution. Instead of sitting on a perfectly good product while the economy recovers, Honda is putting its good ideas and engineering to work…for itself!

Here in the Northwest, we love being green and we love Honda! For more information about this great program, check out the article on www.greenchipstocks, especially the video at the end of the article, which gives more details on the solar panels and how they are affecting Honda!

 

http://www.greenchipstocks.com/articles/honda-solar-panels/1510

Man Close to 1,000,000 Mile Goal in His Honda Civic

Man Close to 1,000,000 Mile Goal in His Honda Civic

The only thing bringing down this 2006 Honda Civic with 750,000 miles on it? A deer.

“I’ll keep driving this car ’till I hit another deer. After that it’s getting put up in the garage where I’ll start rebuilding it from the ground up as my daily driver,” Paul Habib, Jr. said.

Habib, Jr. purchased his beloved Honda Civic USED (whoa!) in 2007 and promptly started putting the miles on. In his job as a salesman, he puts about 3,600 per week! After about five years, that car now has more than 750,000 miles on it. Habib, Jr.’s goal is to reach 1 million nukes using owner/mechanic heroics, planning and luck (mostly by missing the ‘kamikaze’ deer that jump across the roads as he’s driving around Kentucky).

“The measures Habib, Jr. goes to to maintain and upkeep his Honda Civic are amazing,” said Rich Elsensohn, Service and Parts Manager at Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “Obviously he knows a thing or two about cars that the average person doesn’t…I mean, he took the engine out of his car when he thought it died…but he also doesn’t let things like not having a garage keep him from taking care of it himself. He’s devoted to his Honda and that’s just great!”

Hondas are known for being long-lasting and taking care of their owners, especially when their owners take care of them! The story of Habib, Jr. speaks to the fact that certified used Hondas and the quality pre-owned vehicles sold by Honda can serve their owners well…really well.

“We have people bringing their cars in here with hundreds of thousands of miles on it,” Elsensohn said. “They love their Hondas. Not only that, but people aren’t as afraid to buy a certified used Honda because they know they last for such a long time if you take care of them.”

Habib, Jr.’s (unfinished) story isn’t just a story about the 8th generation Honda Civic that he ‘fell in love with,’ it’s also the story of how loyal Honda customers are! There are whole web sites dedicated to high-mileage Hondas and why would any drive their car that long unless they loved it?

And we appreciate our loyal customers right back.

“We love our loyal Honda customers,” says Alicia Jones, Honda’s Public Relations Manager. “Stories like these are a testament to how people have come to count on their Hondas for more than 50 years to get them to where they need to go.”

Even if you’re not looking to put 1 million miles on a car, a new or certified used Honda is a great investment…because you know you could put 1 million miles on it if you really wanted to. Head to Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda or Sims Honda today to find the Honda that will take you 1 million miles.

http://jalopnik.com/5885287/how-i-put-750000-miles-on-my-honda-civic-in-just-five-years

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/mechanical-problems-technical-chat/96765-700-000-miles-still-going-strong.html

http://automobiles.honda.com/mile-makers/

 

 

 

 

 

Honda Has Record-Breaking Month for Production in US

Honda Has Record-Breaking Month for Production in US

The Honda manufacturers are burning the midnight oil in North America and the United States (actually, probably not oil since their plants are the cleanest automobile plants in the world)! In January, Honda manufactured almost 150,000 units in North America, a 33.8% increase from January 2011 and all-time high for any month. Honda plants in the United States alone manufactured more than 108,000 units, a 31.5% increase from January of 2011 and also an all-time high for any month.

These numbers have increased significance when you look at the unfortunate production numbers of Asia (down 50.3 percent from 2011!) and other countries that were severely impacted by natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes and tsunamis. That being said, I found it surprising that Japan’s production was up 42.3 percent compared to last January, overcoming incredible challenges caused by the terrible earthquake and tsunami that shook that nation last spring.

The sheer number of units being produced in the United States is a testament to how important American manufacturing jobs and capabilities are to Honda and the world wide market. Conversely, it also shows how important Honda jobs are to the American economy with the jobs they produce and the great products that Americans buy. Even with a down economy, Honda is able to step up its game and kick out quality vehicles at a fast pace in order to keep up with demand.

Despite struggling with natural disasters and other challenges the total units manufactured in January of 2012 compared to January of 2011 was up 6.9 percent. More importantly, Honda has sold 66.5 percent more units in January of 2012 compared to January of 2011! That is astounding considering the challenges the company has faced this past year.

This might be some hard number crunching, but when all is said and done…well done Honda!

To see what the world sees in Honda vehicles, head to Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda or Sims Honda dealership today!

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/honda-sets-all-time-monthly-records-for-automobile-production-in-north-america-and-usa-2012-02-24

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