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Real-World Testers Choose Honda Fit as Best Sub-Compact Car – USA Today

Real-World Testers Choose Honda Fit as Best Sub-Compact Car

In a neat little feature for USA Today, a real-world married couple tested seven sub-compact vehicles. Their choice? The Honda Fit (now available at Sims Honda, Northwest Honda and Apple Valley Honda dealerships).

After testing cars like the Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, and Nissan Versa “they settled on the Honda Fit hatchback as their clear favorite for its power, comfort and visibility.”

While this ‘regular’ couple, Robyn and Erik Rose, noted that they do not particularly like the look of the Honda Fit, they admitted it was a great car and would be their choice over the seemingly ‘cheap’ Nissan Versa and said that if someone gave them a Rio, they would “trade it in for a motorcycle” (ouch).

“Just like this couple noted, the Honda Fit really is a great car,” said Dave Pitcher, sales manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “It handles awesome; it’s really fun to drive. It is a really a great choice for individuals and couples who don’t need a bigger vehicle. Just like almost all of Honda’s vehicles, it gets good gas mileage and is a solid, dependable car.”

In fact, this couple said “thought the Honda Fit could do little wrong during their drive.”

“As soon as you sit in it and drive it, you feel at home,” Erik said.

This is a funny little article because this couple’s commentary is very honest and colorful. I love how Robyn (the wife) said that in driving the Ford Fiesta, it seemed like, “They want you to forget that it’s a Ford.” (Again, ouch)

If you are looking for a ‘great’ sub-compact car, head to Sims Honda in Burlington, Northwest Honda in Bellingham or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. Maybe you will find yourself feeling “at home” in the Honda Fit, too.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/story/2012-03-19/subcompact-shootout-family/53620420/1

 

Honda CRZ Named Wheels Car of the Year!

Honda CRZ Named Wheels Car of the Year!

Congratulations to the Honda CRZ! The Honda CRZ was named picked to be Wheels Car of the Year, which is Australia’s most prestigious automotive award. Want to bring this winner to your driveway? The CRZ is available now at Northwest Honda, Sims Honda and Apple Valley Honda dealerships!

“We love the CRZ,” said Brent Crowder, Sales Manager at Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “Not only does it have a ton of torque, it’s also small and light. This makes it much for fun to drive, as the judges in the article noted.”

Some have noted that 2011 was a tough year for Honda and, in some respects, it certainly was. But with this award added to Honda’s list of other awards that it won for 2011, Honda still seems to be on the top of its game by creating and producing fantastic new models and continuing to be a top seller of certified used/quality pre-owned vehicles.

According to the article, “the secret behind the CRZ’s performance is IMA Boost, providing immediate torque from the electric motor, combined with high end power from the SOHC i-VTEC engine.”

“Winning such a prestigious industry title helps to validate the CRZ’s position as the ultimate sporty vehicle,” said Graeme Meyer, Head of Marketing for Honda NZ.

While it may be a surprise to some people that the Honda CRZ beat out cars like the Volkswagen Scirocco, Audi A6, Ford Focus, Range Rover Evoque and Skoda Yeti, it certainly isn’t to us. Not only does this car look fast and cool, its peak torque performance at 1000rpm and impressive fuel efficiency of 4.7 litres per 100km (Australian talk for lots of torque and good gas mileage to go with that pretty face it has).

Honda CRZ

Honda CRZ Named Wheels Car of the Year!

 

http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/honda-crz-named-wheels-car-year/5/114786

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

Big Week for the Honda Odyssey

Big Week for the Honda Odyssey

One of Honda’s most popular vehicles, the Honda Odyssey, has earned two awards in one week: the MotorWeek “2012 Driver’s Choice Award for Best Minivan” and Parenting Magazine’s “Smartest Family Car of 2012.”

“These awards tell us what we’ve known all along,” said Paul Binder, Sales Manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “The Odyssey is just a great minivan for families. It’s extremely functional and doesn’t feel like minivan…except that you can get so much done with it.”

This is the sixth time the Odyssey has won the Driver’s Choice Award from MotorWeek, including in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2011! The Odyssey is an American product, designed and built in Alabama and Ohio. The eight-passenger Odyssey Touring has the highest EPA rating with for a vehicle in that class with 28 mpg.

Of course, safety is important when you’re driving around your children, so it’s notable that the Odyssey also received the best possible safety rating from NHTSA (5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and was a Top Safety Pick for the IIHS, an achievement no other currently-tested minivan can match.

“Beyond great packaging, class-leading fuel economy, unparalleled safety ratings and cutting-edge family-friendly features, the Odyssey was designed to be fun to drive.” said Michael Accavitti, VP of marketing operations for American Honda. “Being honored with a Motorweek Driver’s Choice Award for a second consecutive year confirms that the Odyssey remains the best minivan choice for those who truly enjoy driving.”

Besides being friendly on your wallet when it comes to getting gas, extremely safe, and fun to drive, the Odyssey is the smartest choice for families. Just ask Parenting Magazine. The magazine picked the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite as one of the year’s “Smartest Family Cars.”

“By recognizing today’s smartest cars, Parenting hopes to make it easy for families to use technology on the road, whether it’s for a quick run to the store or for an extended road trip vacation,” said Ana Connery, Editorial Director for The Parenting Group. “Our editors’ top picks have thought of everything so that parents don’t have to.”

Some of this technology includes its Blind Spot Information System that indicates when there may be something in the driver’s blind spot, which is very helpful when you’ve got kid number two and three going at it in the back seat. Honda’s DVD Rear Entertainment System has a 16.2 inch screen that allows you to view video from two different sources simultaneously; again, great for solving arguments over what the kids want to watch.

“The Odyssey was conceived as the ultimate family vehicle, and the Odyssey Touring Elite takes that concept to an unprecedented new level,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Being listed among the ‘Smartest Family Cars’ pays tribute to the Honda R&D team in Ohio and manufacturing team in Alabama responsible for designing and building the best minivan on the road.”

Northwest Honda, Sims Honda and Apple Valley Honda have a great supply of Honda Odysseys, so if you are in the market for an award-winning family vehicle, head there first!

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/09/4251639/honda-odyssey-named-to-parenting.html

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/09/4251704/honda-odyssey-receives-motorweek.html

The Benefits to Buying a Honda with the Navigation System Included

The Benefits to Buying a Honda with the Navigation System Included

 

If you decide to buy a new vehicle from Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda then it is worth considering opting to have a model with GPS built-in to the dashboard.  It’s possible to have fully-integrated GPS with the following ranges; Accord, Civic, Crosstour, CR-Z, CRV, Element, Fit, Insight, Odsyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline.  But why pay a small bit extra for GPS?  There are a number of reasons, both economical benefits and also green-living factors.  Here’s why you should consider this added extra.


No Need to Buy a Standalone GPS

 

If you have the Honda Navigation System then there is no need to spend money on a separate device such as a Garmin or TomTom.  In addition to that, the GPS will be fully integrated into your dashboard with no messy wires visible, plus some models even come with a rear-view camera installed so you can get in and out of those tricky small spaces a lot easier.


Using a GPS Device Saves You Money

 

Recent research conducted in Germany monitored the driving habits over a year of one thousand people.  Half of them used a GPS, and the remaining half relied on instinct and road knowledge.  The ones using a GPS satellite navigation product on average made the following savings over a 12 month period:

 

  • Overall drove shorter distances
  • They spent less time driving and behind the wheel
  • Their fuel efficiency was increased by a factor 12%
  • Gas consumption fell from a high of 8.3 to 7.3 liters every 100km
  • This better fuel economy equated to a .91 ton reduction their C02 emissions annually per driver
  • They manage to reduce their annual driving distances 2,500km for each driver

 

The reason these savings are made in both the wallet and environment is because a GPS like the Honda Navigation System will always try to route you the quickest or shortest route possible.  The new Honda Navigation units also come with Real-Time Traffic alerts.  This means you will know about a traffic jam before you reach it, and the GPS will re-route you to avoid it.  Traffic jams are the number one place for high fuel consumption and gas costs due to the “stop-start” nature of the driving style adopted.

 

For more information on Honda Navigation System updates and the savings you can make with the Honda dashboard devices please visit: www.hondanavigationdvd.net.  Also please make sure that you speak to you local dealer about the price options available should you wish to opt for the system in your new Honda purchase.

 

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

Professor Builds Homemade Electric Honda Civic

Professor Builds Homemade Electric Honda Civic

We think Honda should hire Professor Paul Pancella of Western Michigan University to be one its engineers because his passion for efficiency that led him to convert his old 1992 Honda Civic into an electric car is right in line with Honda’s commitment to efficiency and environmentalism.

Pancella’s creation, which he named ‘Hondatron,’ is a technical accomplishment and practical wonderment.

“What that professor did is amazing,” said Tony Lane, Service Manager at Sims Honda in Burlington. “Honda engines and parts are one of a kind, but I guess taking it all out isn’t so hard. But finding a way to make it completely electric without having any car experience is really cool.

“Maybe he should come work for us,” Lane said with a laugh.

By Pancella’s own admission, the technology he used is not new or groundbreaking. He just had an idea and went with it. And while it doesn’t say it in the article, the Honda Civic was the perfect car for his experiment. The Civic’s compact, light-weight body will allow less energy to make it go further.

“And the Civic parts are meant to last,” added Lane. “We’ve seen Civics with 250,000 miles on them and it’s because of the way the car was built. Whether it’s powered by gas or electricity wouldn’t matter much on the wear and tear of the rest of the body, so that professor made a smart choice by picking the Civic because he shouldn’t have to worry about the rest of the car giving out on him (as long as he does regular maintenance) now that he has a new electric engine.”

While a fully electric Honda vehicle isn’t off the production lines yet, Honda has a great line of hybrid vehicles, including Civic and Accord. Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships to get your efficient new, quality pre-owned and/or certified used vehicle today!

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/01/western_michigan_university_ph.html

 

 

Honda Puts Almost Zero Waste in Landfills!

Honda Puts Almost Zero Waste in Landfills!

In this article by the ‘Plastics News’ and ‘Waste Recycling News’ web sites, we were impressed to learn that Honda manufacturing plants in North America put practically nothing in landfills, which only re-emphasizes Honda’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

“In the manufacturing domain, we realized our longstanding goal to achieve virtually zero waste to landfills from manufacturing operations in North America,” Tetsuo Iwamura, chief operating officer, North American Regional Operations, said in the report. “As of April 1, 2011, 10 of 14 plants in North America are operating with absolutely zero waste to landfills, while the remaining four plants are producing a very small amount of landfill waste that accounts for less than one-half of 1 percent of all manufacturing-related waste.”

Even as Honda fans, we were surprised at how little waste these titan manufacturing plants dump in landfills: 95 percent of all waste generated on the assembly lines in North America is either recycled or re-used!

“Honda is really dedicated to creating environmentally friendly cars,” said Keith Hofkamp, General Manager of Sims Honda Dealership in Burlington. “Not only do we make environmentally friendlier vehicles than other companies, but the vehicles are even made in environmentally friendlier ways!”

So now, we have to wonder: with Honda leading the industry in commitment to environmental responsibility, starting with the manufacturing process, how long will it take other companies to step in line and start pulling their weight?

To see how Honda is being environmentally friendly in your local community, stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships to day! While you’re there, you might as well test drive some of the great new products or quality pre-owned, certified used vehicles, too!

http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/headlines2.html?id=1327424176&headline=Honda+striving+for+zero+waste-to-landfill+status

http://www.plasticsnews.com/headlines2.html?id=24315

Honda Predicts Sunny Forecast

Honda Predicts Sunny Forecast

The president of Honda Motor Co. predicted 2012 will be Honda’s best year in last five…and we agree. It makes perfect sense that Honda Motor Co. president, Takanobu Ito said the recovery would be led by sales of the Accord Sedan and Civic compacts in North America when you look at the needs of consumers in the North America and slowly recovering economy of the United States. Local Honda dealerships like Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda and Sims Honda will contribute to the recovery of Honda and the local economy.

“It will be the year of the complete rebound,” Ito said at the company’s Tokyo headquarters. “Sales in North America will lead the recovery. We’ll introduce a fully revamped Accord in the fall, and that will be a big plus to our sales.”

More and more, Americans need fuel efficient cars like the Civic and mid-size sedans, like the Accord, with great features…and gas mileage. With the economy slowly recovering, Americans seems ready to start purchasing big-ticket items again (just refer to our record-breaking ‘Black Friday’ and solid holiday season), including cars.

The revamped Accord, coming to markets in fall 2013, should lead the way.

“Honda’s targets are definitely aggressive, but the U.S. economy seems like it’s going to recover to a better-than- expected level this year so it’s likely for them to achieve it,” said Mitsushige Akino, who oversees $600 million at Ichiyoshi Investment Management Co. in Tokyo. “They’ve remodeled their best-selling cars, and we can expect strong sales in North America to help them regain market share.”

Here in the northwest, we expect to lead the way in the economic recovery because we have handled the recession with great resilience and businesses are cautiously optimistic that 2012 will be a great year, including for local Honda dealerships like Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda and Sims Honda.

Head to one of these great Honda dealerships to check out the Accord, Civic, CR-V or any other new, certified used, or quality pre-owned Honda!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-26/honda-s-ito-forecasts-return-to-pre-lehman-profits-in-complete-rebound-.html

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