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Catch the Debut of the 2016 Acura ILX at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Big Changes in Store for Acura’s Sport Sedan. While Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda are not Acura dealers, we think this is pretty newsworthy in the Honda world!

Acura is preparing to unveil a substantially new 2016 ILX at the L.A. Auto Show next month as the brand aims to raise the stakes again in the entry-premium sedan segment. Already bringing in more buyers under the age of 35 to the segment than any other entry-premium model, the new 2016 ILX stands to solidify and broaden its appeal with a comprehensive update that includes a potent new powertrain, more forceful, sporty exterior styling, and substantially upgraded interior design.

Much like its hot new stable mate—the brand new TLX—the 2016 ILX will bring a sharper performance focus while delivering a greater set of high-value comfort, convenience and safety features that consumers desire in the increasingly competitive entry-luxury field.

Catch the unveiling of the ILX on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Acura booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships

Today, at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, TX, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) and Honda have renewed their partnership with a new fund expected to finance $50 million in solar projects. The new commitment will make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers and dealerships in the U.S. The companies have completed or initiated a range of solar projects for homeowners, dealerships and corporate facilities that total more than 12.5 MW of solar generation capacity. The two companies have already brought enough solar capacity online to offset more than 400 million pounds of CO2 over a 30-year lifecyclei. The $50 million fund is a follow-up to a $65 million fund the companies created in 2013.

The partnership, which is aimed at addressing air pollution and global climate change by reducing CO2 emissions and particulate emissions from home, business and transportation energy use, covers the cost of solar equipment and installation and makes it possible for many homeowners to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for electricity from utilities, with insurance, repairs and monitoring service included.ii

Envisioning a future in which personal mobility products will be powered in large part by renewable energy, the two companies have begun implementing co-marketing programs that specifically encourage owners of either solar powered homes or plug-in electric vehicles to adopt the complementary product. The companies have also collaborated on advanced projects that demonstrate the full potential of distributed renewables combined with plug-in electric vehicles, including Honda Smart Home US. SolarCity installed the high-efficiency and cost-effective solar system used in this project.

SolarCity has developed a proprietary system that has greatly simplified the process by which homeowners can go solar. From an initial phone call or Web consultation, SolarCity can quickly assess whether a homeowner is a good candidate for solar, and can design a custom solar system to meet a customer’s specific energy needs. Honda and Acura customers and dealers interested in solar can find more information at www.hondasolarcity.com.

Executive Quotes
“The first phase of this partnership has proven that Honda drivers have a high affinity for solar power, while owners of solar-powered homes have a high affinity for Honda products,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we look toward a future in which renewable energy will be an increasingly pervasive fuel source for personal mobility products, we are excited about capitalizing on the technological, environmental and market opportunities available through partnerships of this nature.”

“Our partnership with Honda is creating local jobs and helping to address air pollution, water pollution and climate change,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “Honda’s commitment is making a difference for the economy and the environment.”

About Honda
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns through a diverse lineup of products and technologies, including more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, natural gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Today, Honda is targeting a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its U.S. automobile product lineup by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. In pursuit of its vision for a zero-carbon future, the company is advancing electromotive technologies in many forms, and will introduce an advanced new fuel cell electric car in 2015.

In keeping with its commitment to produce vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions at plants with the smallest environmental footprint, the company is broadly addressing emissions, energy, water use and waste in all phases of its products life cycles. In the manufacturing realm, this includes a 95 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills in North America. Honda is working to extend its “green factory” and “green purchasing” initiatives to its more than 650 parts suppliers in North America and is also pursuing more environmentally responsible business practices among its U.S. dealers through the company’s “Green Dealer” program.

Honda is also demonstrating its vision for zero-carbon mobility and living with the creation of the Honda Smart Home US, in Davis, California, which was opened in early 2014 and is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.

About SolarCity
SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes clean energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 15 states and signs a new customer every minute of the workday. Visit the company online atwww.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook Twitter.

New Acura and Honda Products Fuel Surge in September Automobile Sales

  • Hot new Acura TLX powers an 18.8 percent division increase with 3,884 September sales
  • Acura RDX posted its best-ever September with sales of 3,230, rising 6.9 percent for the month and helping Acura trucks to its best September on record
  • New Honda Fit achieves best September ever on sales of 6,628 units, up 66.5 percent
  • Honda CR-V also sets new September record, rising 10.6 percent on sales of 23,722

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported September 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 118,223 units, an increase of 12.0 percent versus September of last year. The Honda division had its best September since 2007 with sales of 104,391 vehicles, while Acura posted sales of 13,832 units in the same period. Acura trucks posted its best-ever September, rising 6.8 percent vs. 2013. Year-to-date total American Honda sales reached 1,160,605 vehicles.

Honda
The Honda brand showed considerable strength across its broad lineup in September, with nearly every model gaining for the month and two models—Fit and CR-V—setting new September records. Overall, the Honda brand was up 11.2 percent, the division’s best post-recession September – since 2007.

  • The outgoing 2014 CR-V enjoyed its best-ever September, with sales of 23,722 yielding a 10.6 percent increase for the month. The new 2015 CR-V, featuring enhanced styling, a new powertrain and a host of safety features, went on-sale today.
  • The new 2015 Honda Fit, now produced in North America, surpassed its popular predecessor by posting a new September record with sales of 6,628, an increase of 66.5 percent over the same period in 2013.
  • Honda Accord gained sharply for the ninth straight month, rising 30.9 percent on sales of 32,956 units.
  • Odyssey also showed strength with an increase of 13.7 percent, posting sales of 8,769 units in September.

“With all core Honda models now made in North America the Honda brand is continuing to gain strength with American car buyers,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. “And with the redesigned 2015 Honda CR-V going on sale today we expect our momentum to continue to grow as step-by-step we reinforce our light truck lineup.”

Acura
Less than two months on the market and without full supply of the three-model lineup at dealerships, the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury performance sedan sparked an 18.8 percent sales surge for the luxury brand, boosting division sales to 13,832 for September over the same month in 2013.  TLX sales were second only to the Acura MDX within the entire division, followed by another record performance by the RDX, with the luxury SUVs pushing Acura truck sales to a new September record.

  • The hot-selling new TLX posted sales of 3,884 in September to become Acura’s best-selling sedan and second best-selling vehicle, already approaching segment leaders in only its first full month on the market.
  • ILX sales were also up in September, adding 7.4 percent with sales of 1,464 units.
  • Acura truck sales set a new September record, rising 6.8 percent on sales of 8,097 vehicles.
  • Acura’s RDX rose 6.9 percent to post its best-ever September for the brand on sales of 3,230 units.
  • MDX sales increased 7.2 percent with 4,864 units sold in September, continuing to solidify its place as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV in America.

“With the MDX and RDX as the best one-two punch in the luxury SUV segment, the TLX is proving to be the knockout punch we’ve been looking for in the luxury sedan arena,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “The TLX is attracting so much attention online and showroom traffic at our dealers that we don’t yet know the car’s true potential.”

New 40th Anniversary Gold Wing Highlights 2015 Honda Motorcycle Additions

While Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda don’t have motorcycles, the Gold Wing is iconic.

Honda continues the new introductions to its 2015 motorcycle line with today’s announcement of several cruiser, touring and dual-sport models. The 2015 model year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gold Wing® and we are celebrating with a commemorative 40th Anniversary Edition. Other new introductions include the return of popular and iconic motorcycles from the 1300 Custom and Shadow lines, as well as the Fury and do-it-all XR650L.

“For 2015 we are proud to be celebrating 40 years of the Gold Wing. This model means so much to our company and our customers,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “When this model was introduced in 1975 it revolutionized what touring in America could be. It was our customers’ passion for adventure and traveling the open road that really defined the Gold Wing and how it is used today.”

40 YEAR GOLD WING HERITAGE
The bike that started it all, the Honda Gold Wing maintains its legacy as the original touring motorcycle, with the commemorative 2015 GL1800 40th Anniversary Edition Gold Wing. And the 2015 Gold Wing F6B delivers nimble performance and now offers cruise control. All 2015 Gold Wing models feature unique 40th Anniversary emblems.

GOLD WING
The 2015 Gold Wing is offered in a striking two-tone Candy Red and Black color marked with unique adornments as a special 40th anniversary edition. The world’s best touring motorcycle equips riders with a luxurious, powerful, balanced and fully featured machine ready for every journey. Its six-cylinder 1832cc powerplant is highly efficient and reliable, allowing riders and passengers to focus on the accommodations, like an audio system with iPod® connectivity, and the available navigation system. The Gold Wing is available
in four distinct performance package options, so customers can choose the features they want.

  • Colors: Two-tone Candy Red and Black (new), Light
  • Silver Metallic (new), Black
  • Price: Starting at $23,999
  • Availability: October 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/gold-wing.aspx

GOLD WING F6B
The Gold Wing F6B rewrote the rules for touring, injecting more performance and excitement into Honda’s GL line and creating a new breed of Gold Wing riders. For 2015, the F6B makes logging miles easier with the addition of cruise control and also adds more aggressive styling with the addition of a black exhaust. The F6B features the powerful namesake flat six engine yet is lighter, higher performing and has a more sporty appearance from its lower windscreen and svelte bodywork. Yet despite the trimmed-down appearance, the F6B offers the comfort and luxury of a Gold Wing.

  • Colors: Matte Silver (new), Blue Metallic (new)
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/gold-wing-f6b.aspx

INTERSTATE
The Interstate™ remains Honda’s long-haul custom that pairs progressive, modern features with classic retro styling. The Honda Interstate delivers ample power and strong low- and mid-range torque from its 1312cc V-twin while its floorboards, saddlebags and pronounced windscreen provide the luxury, comfort and capability for endless-mile journeys.

  • Colors: Black (new) with black frame, silver wheels and chrome accents
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/interstate.aspx

FURY
The head-turning Fury® remains Honda’s most distinctive and radical cruiser, delivering the look, style and ride that a custom chopper should without the stratospheric cost and maintenance headaches. The powerful 1312cc V-twin engine oozes torque, but the bike’s details reveal textbook Honda engineering, from the efficient programmed fuel injection to the quiet and cleanly integrated shaft final drive. For 2015, the Fury features new styling elements that include new frame, wheel and accent treatments.

  • Colors: Candy Red; Black with Gray frame, Bronze colored wheels (new)
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/fury.aspx

STATELINE
The detail oriented eye-catcher of the 1300 Custom line, the Honda Stateline® is long, low and ready for riders to comfortably throw attitude in urban jungles and open roads. The Stateline’s stance and classic lines create impact and it gets even better up close. The blacked-out cylinder fins on the 1312cc V-twin engine, swept bars, noticeably raked-out fork and wider, full fenders and tires create an undeniably cool cruiser aesthetic.

  • Colors: Blue Metallic (new) with black frame, silver wheels and chrome accents
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/stateline.aspx

SHADOW AERO
In the Shadow® line, the style of the Shadow Aero® is pure retro-cruiser, yet the 745cc V-twin engine provides modern performance that says otherwise. The Aero features a custom 2-into-2 exhaust system that creates a classic V-twin cruiser sound. For 2015, the Shadow Aero pairs all of that chrome with a new Candy Red color.

  • Colors: Candy Red (new)
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/shadow-aero.aspx

SHADOW PHANTOM
Honda’s darkest Shadow returns for 2015, offering cool, minimalist custom looks at an affordable price. The Phantom® boasts dark, stealthy styling highlights including blacked-out components (including motor, fuel tank, fork, rims, handlebar and other parts), bobbed front and rear fenders and a lowprofile instrumentation layout. Riders can count on a throaty rumble from the 745cc V-twin engine with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and also a new color for 2015.

  • Colors: Light Silver Metallic (new), Black
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/shadow-phantom.aspx

XR650L
The time-tested XR650L remains Honda’s do-it-all dual sport model that is capable of just about anything. From desert to mountain trail rides where its 649cc engine and long-travel suspension shine to the urban environment where its versatility as a sensible commuter is demonstrated by great fuel efficiency and light weight, possibilities and destinations are pretty much endless.

  • Colors: Red
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: December 2014

Click here to view images: powersports.honda.com/2015/xr650l/offroad.aspx

American Honda Distinguishes 15 Suppliers with Premier Partner Award

Award recognizes partners who embrace Honda’s philosophy of exceeding customer expectations with exceptional quality and service

Fifteen distinguished suppliers to American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have received the 2014 Premier Partner Award from American Honda President & CEO Takuji Yamada today in a special ceremony and reception at the Torrance Marriott South Bay Hotel in Torrance, CA. This year’s recipients were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 eligible companies based on excellence in quality, value and customer service that defines Honda’s philosophy and reputation.

Premier Partner Award winners play a unique role in supporting Honda businesses and operations, including Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet. Nine of the 15 recipients are repeat winners. This year’s class of suppliers includes a number of small businesses and minority-owned businesses.

“Amid record sales and continued strength across Honda companies, we are asking our suppliers to renew their commitment to exceptional quality and service,” said Charles Harmon, American Honda’s senior manager of procurement and corporate services. “We thank the outstanding organizations recognized today for answering that call and helping Honda to deliver on our own promise to our customers.”

2014 American Honda Premier Partner Award recipients include:

  • Accenture, LLP, for providing sales incentive management and reporting solutions.
  • ADP Lightspeed, for providing business management solutions.
  • Atlantic Container Line, for providing international transporting services.
  • BI Worldwide, for the development and execution of customer engagement programs.
  • CH2M Hill, for providing facility management and administrative services.
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc., for creating specific travel lanes and lowering prices on our most trafficked destinations.
  • flexis North America, Inc., for designing systems that balance dealer requests against production volumes.
  • Maritz Inc., for creating in-dealership launch training programs.
  • OC Tanner Recognition Company, for developing the Associate Service Award Recognition Program, integrating elements of the Honda brand, mission and values.
  • Pacific Technology Solutions, for E-learning and enterprise level software development solutions.
  • Resource One, for serving as our recycling management resource and embracing Honda’s zero landfill initiative.
  • RMI International Inc., a provider of physical security services at facilities nationally.
  • Sinclair Printing Company, for printing and delivery of informational materials in our vehicles.
  • Targetbase, for marketing strategy and consultation, and the development and management of customer databases.
  • Urban Science, for developing online systems that support customer retention.

Supporting Small Businesses and Supplier Diversity 
Honda desires to establish long-term relationships with suppliers based on trust and mutual benefit, and with a commitment to diversity. Working alongside minority supplier development councils and the Small Business Administration, diversity workshops educate potential ethnic minority and women-owned suppliers on Honda business operations. The workshops facilitate strategic alliances and joint ventures, and assist with loan and venture capitalization, empowerment programs and other available resources. In June, 2014 Honda joined 25 corporations for a discussion with President Obama about strengthening small business suppliers by supporting initiatives like increasing working capital, so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers.

American Honda Extends Partnership With GEICO Honda

American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has renewed its contract with GEICO Honda for an additional three years, ensuring that the Factory Connection-run program will continue running Honda’s factory-supported 250 team through the 2017 season.

Honda’s long professional relationship with Factory Connection owners Mike Grondahl, Jeff Majkrzak and Rick Zielfelder started in 1995, when the company began providing the factory team with suspension-related technical support. Five years later, Factory Connection took over Honda’s satellite team, which has enjoyed consistent success ever since, earning nine titles with Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, Trey Canard, Wil Hahn, Travis Preston and Eli Tomac. For the 2015 AMA Supercross and Motocross season, the Mike LaRocco-managed GEICO Honda team’s 250 effort comprises Matt Bisceglia, Bogle, R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith, all campaigning Honda CRF250R machinery.

“We’re very pleased to extend our partnership with GEICO Honda,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “We’ve achieved a lot together over the years, and the team continues to demonstrate that it is second to none in terms of professionalism and capability. We’re confident that together, we can continue adding to our list of accomplishments.”

“We’ve had a long and prosperous relationship with American Honda spanning almost two decades now,” Majkrzak said. “We hope it continues well into the future. It’s an honor to represent Honda and to consistently put the brand on the podium. They have the best motorcycles in the business. We truly feel that we have two of the best names in the industry with GEICO and Honda.”

Sims Honda Dealership is Hiring a Full-Time Clerk

Sims Honda is looking for someone who is sharp as a tack, enthusiastic and an expert in their field.

Accounting and dealership experience required. Will train right person. Competitive wages. 401k. Medical stipend. Great place to work!

Apply in person. Ask for Bobby Maynard, General Manager.

Honda Customer Service Manager is Who Makes a Honda

Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its popular 12-part What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series. Cynthia Simons, who is an assistant manager at the Customer Support Center in Chino, California is featured not only for her commitment to customers, but her commitment to the community.

Simons, who serves as part of the national customer support network for Honda and Acura owners, gives back to the community via the Cynthia’s Heart Foundation, often partnering with other Honda associates to provide food and household items for the less fortunate.

Simons first developed the idea after experiencing an outpouring of support from her friends and co-workers as she fought a successful battle against cancer. The care shown to her and her family, sparked her not only to give, but to encourage others to help however possible.

“The goal we have is not only to be able to give back to those in need, but also to show that everyone has the ability to give back, no matter how they can contribute,” Simons said. “Little becomes much when it is placed in the hands of someone with nothing.”

Simons, who is also an accomplished gospel singer, started as a contractor with Honda and soon found that her personal philosophies were a perfect fit with the Honda tenets that have been in place since the company’s early years.

“What was most impressive to me is that a company as large as Honda would have respect for the individual as part of its Honda philosophy,” Simons said. “Respect for the individual is so important because we have to have that same spirit with the customers every day.”

The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda’s commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda’s approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.

The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda series will run on Honda’s YouTube channel athttp://www.youtube.com/Honda.

Wind Turbines Outperforming Expectations at Honda Transmission Plant

Two turbines have exceeded power projections in first six months of operation

Just six months after the landmark installation of two power-producing wind turbines at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc., the turbines are producing more renewable, low emissions electrical power than was anticipated when the towers went into operation in January.

The wind turbines have exceeded the projected power output figures by 6.3 percent, and have contributed toward reducing the CO2 emissions of power production, helping Honda reach its voluntary goals to reduce the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations by 2020.  This includes a 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from Honda products, and significant CO2 reductions from the company’s plants and other operations, compared with year 2000 levels.

The two turbines, standing 260 feet tall with 160-foot blades, were initially projected to produce upwards of 10,000 megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity per year, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the plant’s annual power needs. The turbines have outperformed company projections in four of the six months since operation began. At their highest output, the turbines provided 16.26 percent of the plant’s power requirements for the month of April.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of the wind turbines’ production over their first six months,” said Gary Hand, Vice President of Honda Transmission Mfg. of America.  “The turbines’ operation has exceeded the projections established during the project development.”

The installation of the turbines makes the Russells Point, Ohio plant the first major automotive facility in the United States to receive a substantial amount of its power from on-site wind turbines. The project was developed and installed by Juhl Energy (OTCQB: JUHL) from Pipestone, Minnesota. The two turbines are owned by ConEdison Solutions.

“We are pleased to observe the performance of the two on-site wind turbines are achieving results over and above what Honda had anticipated. From the outset, we were confident that the site location selected would allow the GE turbines to produce a significant amount of the facility’s’ energy requirements,” stated Tyler Juhl, Vice President of Operations for Juhl Energy.”

“ConEdison Solutions takes tremendous pride in our commitment to customers, and we are proud to be helping Honda implement its innovative energy program at Russells Point,” said Michael W. Gibson, Vice President of Energy Services at ConEdison Solutions. “With this initiative, Honda has set an excellent example for the American manufacturing sector, and we are gratified that they have been pleased with its success.”

To achieve their new environmental targets, Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products, and its operations throughout North America.  The wind turbine project is among a number of other initiatives at Honda plants to reduce energy use and waste from manufacturing operations.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns through a diverse lineup of products and technologies, including more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, natural gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Today, Honda is targeting a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its U.S. automobile product lineup by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. In pursuit of its vision for a zero-carbon future, the company is advancing electromotive technologies in many forms, and will introduce an advanced new fuel cell car in 2015.

In keeping with its commitment to produce vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions at plants with the smallest environmental footprint, the company is broadly addressing emissions, energy, water use and waste in all phases of its products life cycles.  In the manufacturing realm, this includes a 95 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills in North America.  Honda is working to extend its “green factory” and “green purchasing” initiatives to its more than 650 parts suppliers in North America and is also pursuing more environmentally responsible business practices among its U.S. dealers.

Honda is also demonstrating its vision for zero-carbon mobility and living with the creation of the Honda Smart Home US, in Davis, California, which was opened in early 2014 and is designed to operate with half the energy use and CO2 emissions of a typical home in that region.

About Honda
Honda (NYSE: HMC) established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.

Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.

Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, more than 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts.  A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX supercar.

Honda also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

About Juhl Energy, Inc.
Juhl Energy is an established leader in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions and community-based wind power development, ownership and management throughout the United States and Canada. Juhl Energy pioneered community-based wind farms, developing the currently accepted financial, operational and legal structure providing local ownership of medium-to-large scale wind farms in rural America. To date, the Company has completed 23 wind farm projects totaling 240 MW and provides operations management and oversight across the portfolio. Juhl Energy services every aspect of wind farm development from full development and ownership, general consultation, construction management and system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy also provides a broad range of clean energy solutions.

Juhl Energy operates three primary business segments: renewable energy development, renewable power plant ownership, and energy and field services. Through its Juhl Energy Development Inc. (JEDI) subsidiary, the Company provides medium and large-scale wind, solar, and cogeneration energy development services. The Company holds ownership interests in five wind farm projects comprising approximately 25 MWs of wind power in Minnesota and Iowa, primarily through its subsidiary, Juhl Renewable Assets, Inc. Through its wind farm operations subsidiary, Juhl Energy Services, Inc. (JESI), the Company performs maintenance and management services to over 100 MW of operating wind farms. The acquisition of Power Engineers Collaborative enables the Company to provide a full range of engineering services to the utility industry and for central plant energy systems. The Company also provides full sales and service to smaller, on-site wind and solar projects through its Juhl Renewable Energy Systems division. Juhl leverages the Company’s deep experience with wind towers to also provide cell and radio tower services through its Juhl Tower Services division. Juhl Energy is based in Pipestone, Minnesota and has offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee. Juhl Energy is traded on the OTCQB under the symbol ‘JUHL’. Additional information is available at the Company’s website at www.juhlenergy.com or by calling (507) 562-8090.

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About ConEdison Solutions
ConEdison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides competitive electricity and natural gas supply, renewable energy, sustainability services, cost-effective energy efficiency solutions, and energy performance contracting.  The company serves commercial, industrial, residential and government customers, including universities, public school districts, and hospitals nationwide. Offering innovative products, financial stability, and a commitment to customer service, the company is based in Valhalla, New York, with offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Falls Church, Virginia; Houston, Texas; Duncanville, Texas: Tampa, Florida; Overland Park, Kansas, Nashville, Tennessee; and Bloomington, Minnesota. The firm’s dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of energy solutions. ConEdison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider (ESP) by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).

ConEdisonSolutions is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED). More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-210-8899 or visiting the ConEdison Solutions website at www.conedsolutions.com. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at http://investor.conedison.com for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.

Honda Takes to the Field with ESPN College Football; Expands Marketing Integration to Become Musical Pulse of College Football Coverage

  • Honda Stage to be “Official Music Sponsor of ESPN College Football”
  • Social media component to include “Helmet Stickers” segment on ESPN2 College Football Final
  • Multi-year agreement builds on Honda relationship with ESPN

Through a multi-year agreement that builds on a long relationship with ESPN, Honda has launched an integrated marketing campaign in support of ESPN’s college football programming, extending the automaker’s reach to a younger, more active audience. Honda will have a presence during college football segments in SportsCenter and Honda’s groundbreaking, 360-degree music platform, Honda Stage (www.youtube.com/hondastage), now becomes the new musical soundtrack to ESPN’s college football programming for the 2014 season. The designation as “Official Music Sponsor of ESPN College Football” and presenting sponsor of the ESPN2 College Football Final ”Helmet Stickers” segment kicked off with ESPN’s season-opening matchups on Saturday, Aug. 30.

“ESPN college football is among the most-watched live television programs and represents a great opportunity to leverage our investment in music and sports to connect the Honda brand with an engaged audience of young and active viewers while showcasing the latest Honda vehicle offerings, including the all-new 2015 Honda Fit,” said Tom Peyton, assistant vice president of marketing, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “ESPN pioneered the integration of music into sports programming and the addition of exclusive Honda Stage performance music to its college football line-up allows Honda the opportunity to connect with an expanded audience and introduce them to new music through our online platform.”

“We’re always looking for new, inventive ways to incorporate our sponsors. Honda Stage sets the perfect tone for college football and our coverage,” added Eric Johnson, executive vice president, ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales.

Honda is now featured throughout the 2014 ESPN College Football telecasts. The full integration includes:

  • On-set Honda and Honda Stage branding as well as custom content on the 8am ET segment of SportsCenter
  • Unique musical montages featuring Honda Stage artists during halftime of ABC’s Saturday afternoon gamesPresenting sponsor of ESPN College Football Scoreboard, with a full Honda Stage music performance integrated into the highlights of earlier games
  • Presenting sponsor of ESPN2′s College Football Final  ”Helmet Stickers” segment honoring the best plays and players of the day

The integration with the “Helmet Stickers” segment includes a social engagement element with fans encouraged via a live on-air callout and weekly social promotion to tweet the play that got them most fired up and deserving of a helmet sticker. Fans can tweet at select ESPN social handles (@ESPNCFB & @CollegeGameDay) to recognize players that they find to be most deserving of the ESPN and Honda co-branded helmet sticker award.

About Honda Stage
Honda Stage is a unique 360-degree, multi-platform music program designed to meet music fans where they are already searching for and consuming music. This new music platform brings together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders, including Clear Channel, to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality, music content available under the new Honda Stage name, through dozens of live events at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles and exclusive online content.

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