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Honda Builds a Smart Home

Honda is a giant automotive world. Honda is also a giant in the world of environmental innovation.

And now Honda is bringing that home. Literally.

Honda will develop a “Smart Home” with UC Davis to showcase how a home can be completely self-sustaining and emit zer0-carbons.

“As an academic leader in sustainability research, UC Davis is proud to be the site of this innovative research home, which will take us to the next level of energy research and deployment,” the university said.

In fact, this Honda Smart Home is expected to produce more energy than it uses.

“The Honda Smart Home will also give its occupants comprehensive control over all home systems, allowing residents to remotely and continually monitor and adjust all aspects of energy use in real time.
Among the many technologies that will be applied to the Honda Smart Home US are a solar-power system, a Honda energy-management system, high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and a lighting system designed by US Davis, and direct solar PV-to-vehicle charging.”

Check out the complete article here.

So what do you think? Do would you live in a Honda Smart Home? Do you think California will reach its goal of”of requiring all new residential construction to be “zero net energy” by 2020?” Do you think that’s a good idea?

 

Generations of the Honda Accord: Keeping Drivers Happy for Decades

The Honda Accord has been around for a long time. In fact, we are now in the 9th generation of the Honda Accord.

The first Honda Accord came out in 1976 and cost $3,995. Since then, the Honda Accord has become a juggernaut in the midsize sedan category. Check out the visual below from http://visual.ly/history-honda-accord to see a visual history of the Honda Accord culminating in the 2013 Honda Accord, which is a hit with critics and consumers.

Which generations of Honda Accord did you drive?

Cars.com Video Review of 2013 Honda Civic

We love video reviews. It’s so much better to see the features critics are talking about. We really love this review of the 2013 Honda Civic by Cars.com because Cars.com is very respected and it’s not at all critical of the much improved 2013 Honda Civic.

Check out the 5 minute video review of the 2013 Honda Civic by Cars.com.

The only negative thing Cars.com had to say about the 2013 Honda Civic in this video review is that the hubcaps of the LX trim do not quite work because you can see the metal tire behind it (something that is easily fixed, as pointed out in the video).

Here are the highlights you’ll want to know:

  • There are significant features that come standard on every model, including text message reading, back up camera, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration, and more! And, as the reviewer pointed out, all these features, even in the base model, are executed well and are high quality.
  • All the features described above work well and are easy to sync up with your smartphone (if it’s compatible). In fact, it’s easier to sync up your smartphone with the 2013 Honda Civic than any other car.
  • The 2013 Honda Civic is safer. It has a new front subframe, which helped it earn the presitigious ’Top Safety Plus’ rating.
  • The Honda Civic regained its “fun to drive character” with new suspension which made makes it “more composed.”
  • The 2013 Honda Civic is still a “big compact car” with lots of space in the back for passengers.

There’s more to know about the impressive 2013 Honda Civic, so be sure to stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership to take the 2013 Honda Civic for a test drive and see why it is “back on top of its game.”

Honda’s Profits Increase 6%, Sales of Accord by 36%

Like any automotive company, Honda’s profits are tied to the quality and sales of its products. Well, I guess you could say that the quality of Hondas and the number of Hondas is at a high because Honda’s profits rose by a net of 6.6 percent last quarter.

Honda posted a net profit of $760.88 million.

Of course, profit all has to do with sales and strong Honda sales were led by the 2013 Honda Accord that jumped 36 percent over the previous month forcing the Toyota Camry to second place.

According to this article, “In the U.S., Honda’s deliveries rose 5.5 percent to 337,651 units in the three  months ended March, according to industry researcher Autodata Corp. Honda saw  its best year in the U.S. in 2007 at 1.55 million vehicles and is aiming to  break that record this year, according to Tetsuo Iwamura, executive vice  president.”

In the next year, Honda expects deliveries to rise by 10 percent led by the redesigned Honda Accord and assisted by the new Honda Fit. Honda’s growth will be global and not just in sales, but also in manufacturing.

“Honda wants to grow rapidly  by focusing on emerging markets and small cars, and the automaker is  expanding capacity globally. It plans a new plant in Thailand that will open in  2015. This year, it will add an extra line at a factory in Malaysia, start  operations at Yorii in Japan and then open a new plant in Mexico in 2014.”

We are encouraged by the growth we see in Honda. After a rough couple years of sales and production because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, it’s very heartening to hear that Honda is continuing to grow and thrive.

 

More Recalls Means Safer Cars

Whenever you hear about recalls, it may make you think that cars are not as safe as they used to be, especially since there are more recalls than there used to be (note: there are more recalls, but fewer vehicles are affected by these recalls than before).

According to the Detroit News, however, the number of recalls actually suggests that cars are safer. This article outlines three reasons why modern-day recalls are actually a good thing and a sign that cars are safer.

1. Quality Control is getting better, making problems simpler to spot. “Thanks to more sensitive testing software, plus increased communication between the various divisions at car companies, it’s far easier to discover trouble spots in-house.” What this tells me is that, yes, there are problems. But modern technology makes problems easier to catch, resulting in more recalls. Communication

2. Companies are trying to proactive rather than reactive. This makes complete sense to most consumers. In auto-recalls of yesteryear, automakers were almost in a sense of denial and wouldn’t issue recalls until they absolutely had to. This, of course, resulted in terrible PR for affected companies. However, in this information age, it is better for companies to “nip it in the bud” before they are forced to clean up a mess. This is why we are seeing many more ‘voluntary’ recalls issued by automakers.

3. Companies have no choice but to be transparent. This is related to the reason above, but it is important on its own. “ It’s become increasingly difficult for companies of any kind to keep their business practices opaque; when they try to do so (and fail), the results can be disastrous. The trend is toward transparency, and ramping up recalls is part of that process.” There are very few secrets that stay secrets forever, so transparency is very important to auto companies when it comes to issue of safety with their products.

What do you think? Does the number of recalls make you feel better or worse about the quality of your vehicle?

 

Honda’s Efforts to Reduce CO2 is a Global Effort

Honda is proving to the world that it is dedicated to reducing its CO2 emissions all over the world. Honda is going to invest more than $49 million to build a wind farm in Brazil; Honda’s goal is to reduce overall emissions by 30% by the year 2020 (compared to levels in the year 2000).

According to this article, “The proposed wind power plant will employ nine wind power turbine units and is expected to generate around 85,000MW of electricity annually, and will become operational by the end of September 2014.”

Honda is establishing a new subsidiary, Honda Energy do Brasil, which is doing all it can to minimize its own footprint while decreasing Honda’s overall carbon footprint.

“Wind power generation has proven to be very effective in reducing CO2 emissions,” said Honda Energy do Brasil president Carlos Eigi. ”Through the utilization of renewable energy, Honda will continue to be proactive in pursuing environmental conservation activities in Brazil.”

We love to see Honda’s dedication to environmentally products and processes, especially with stories that show it’s a global effort and not one that we can see in the United States.

Honda Voluntarily Recalls 46,000 Honda Fit Cars

On April 26 Honda issued a recall for Honda Fit vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years, affecting about 46,000 units in Canada and the United States.

According to the AP, “The concerned vehicles may be equipped with a faulty electronic stability control system (ESC) which may be faulty and will result in excessive yaw, or rotation. The excessive yaw rates will consequence in the vehicle’s direction of motion, by causing it to tilt too far prior to the application of the brake via the ESC,” which could result in an accident.

No injuries or accidents have been reported.

Honda dealerships like Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, and Apple Valley Honda will be able to fix the issue in affected vehicles.

“If you own a 2012 or 2013 Honda Fit and are concerned, please do not hesitate to call the dealership,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Of course, any problem will be fixed free of charge.”

Interested parties can also call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 S99.

Honda’s Really Big Spring Event

It is springtime in the Pacific Northwest and there is no lovelier place to be (especially when it’s sunny, am I right?). The only thing that makes springtime better is springtime deals. Especially, really BIG Honda deals.

Because at Honda, value only comes in one size: BIG.

Here are some of the deals you can take advantage of at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, and Sims Honda in Burlington:

Lease Deals

  • Lease a 2013 Civic Sedan or 2013 Honda Fit for only $169 per month!
  • Lease an award-winning 2013 Honda Accord Sedan for only $219 per month!
  • Lease a 2013 Honda Odyssey for only $329 per month!
  • Lease a 2013 Honda Pilot or 2013 Honda Crosstour for only $269 per month!

Purchase Deals

  • Get .9% APR when you purchase a 2013 Honda CR-V, 2013 Honda Civic Coupe, 2013 Honda Civic Si Coupe, and 2013 Honda Ridgeline!

If you want to take advantage of these BIG Honda deals, stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealerships today!

 

2013 Honda Civic Si Video Review

The 2013 Honda Civic is a new and improved hit with critics and consumers. Here is an honest, short video review of the 2013 Honda Civic Si.

Some of the highlights include the fact that the 2013 Honda Civic Si is “closer to an Acura than Honda” because of its 6-speed manual transmission and the fact that it goes zero to 60 mph in about six seconds. This driver also notes that the interior of the 2013 Honda Civic is Si is very nice inside with comfortable design and seating.

If performance is important to you, than you’ll be interested to know that the 2013 Honda Civic Si has great maneuverability and braking. According to this reviewer, you will “feel like you’re a part of the car.”

True, it’s 201 horsepower engine may not be all that impressive, but on such a small car and with such great design, you don’t really need all those horses to get the performance you want.

“The 2013 Honda Civic Si is a great, contributing member to the Honda Civic family,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda. “Each member of the Honda Civic family has something different for different drivers. The 2013 Honda Civic Si is a fantastic car for people who really care about performance and really want to be able to zip around. You really have to drive it to understand it, so if you’re interested, stop by and take one for a drive.”

Another aspect of becoming a Honda Civic Si owner was also noted by the reviewer: the fantastic reliability and dependability of Hondas! Honda owners know there is no need for Honda offer super-extended warranties because they build their products to last! Point in case, I’ve driven my 2009 Honda Accord into the ground (how about almost 120,000 miles in 4 years) and have only ever had to do regular maintenance on it.

Anyone who is interested in a compact car that has solid performance should stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership to take a 2013 Honda Civic Si for a ride today!

Honda CR-V vs Chevy Equinox

There are a lot of quality crossovers in production right now and two of the most popular vehicles are the 2013 Honda CR-V and the Chevy Equinox. This article does a good job of comparing the two and, wouldn’t you know, the Honda CR-V comes out on top.

Both of these vehicles tend to attract families or couples who need to move stuff around (like dogs, camping equipment, etc.), so I’ll start with the most important comparison: storage.

“The center console of the Honda CR-V provides ample storage room that is easily within reach of the driver and front passenger that makes a great place to store maps or anything that may need to be accessed quickly and easily. The Honda crossover also has plenty of space for larger items. First, the rear seats can be folded nearly flat using a one-touch, spring-loaded lever that is easy to get to and operate. When the seats are folded down, the 2013 Honda CR-V has nearly 80 cubic feet of cargo space. The Chevy Equinox comes in with only 63.7 cubic-feet. ”

The next most important thing is probably gas mileage, which is comparable between the two. The CR-V bests the Chevy Equinox by 1 mpg city driving (23 mpg) and its a draw at 30 mpg highway. But when you add in the reliability and dependability of Honda, there’s really no comparison.

“The 2013 Honda CR-V is truly the best in its class,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “It’s a crossover that has as much storage as you could hope for. It’s easy, intuitive, fun to drive, and, well, it’s a great alternative for those families who don’t want to buy a minivan. And most families are on a budget, so you can’t argue with that gas mileage.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships today so you can see exactly how big the 2013 Honda CR-V is and how it can do more than just transport kids to and from soccer practice.

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