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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.”

2014 Honda Civic is “Safe, Reliable, Fuel Efficient”

This article is a pretty straight-forward review of the 2014 Honda Civic, but the bottom line is the “Civic retains its high-scoring personality.”

Sure the author complained that the mirrors in the visors didn’t have lights and trunk didn’t have a pull down lever (I don’t think I’ve ever owned a car with one of those), but he didn’t miss the boat on the overall quality of vehicle, drivability, safety, and fuel efficiency that makes the 2014 Honda Civic the best new compact car available.

“The 2014 Honda Civic is simply one of the best cars for commuters and people who want a smaller car with great gas mileage, dependability, and safety,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Sometimes people think that smaller cars aren’t as safe and around here we get some pretty crazy weather, but with the new Civic you don’t have to compromise safety to get a smaller, more affordable, fuel efficient car.”

Not only is it safe and affordable, it is “fun to drive.”

“The revised Civic—most especially the Si—is fun to drive. It steers nicely and moves easily through curves with its all-independent suspension, stability assist and traction control systems and front/rear stabilizer bars.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda today to take the 2014 Honda Civic out for a test drive!

Honda Will Continue its “Green” Dominance

We like to brag about the efforts the Honda corporation makes in every step of the design and manufacturing of its products to be environmentally friendly. And we are not the only ones who notice that Honda is truly and industry-leader in it’s “green” efforts.

This article on Torque.com, “Honda’s philosophy will insure company’s green automotive dominance,” he gives several reasons why Honda is a global leader in environmentally friendly automotive manufacturing and why that won’t change.

  • “The Fit and CV-R manufacturing facility scheduled to open in Mexico in 2014, will be the first zero manufacturing waste by product plant in North America.”
  • The 2014 Honda Accord has been named “greenest car”
  • It is developing fuel cell technology
  • The redesigned Honda Ridgeline will be the first half-ton truck to get more 30 mpgs
  • Fuel economy levels have increased 9.5% from 2012

But it all comes back to their philosophy as nicely summed up with this quote: ”Honda is not so much in the business of selling cars as it is in the business of selling products that improve and enrich people’s lives,” says Honda design engineer Toriyama.

From the manufacturing, selling, and operating of the vehicles, Honda’s automobiles are ones you can be proud to own because they are designed, not with just future owners in mind, but future generations of our world.

Website Uses 2014 Honda Accord PHEV to Show How to Optimize Gas Mileage

In the news we here a lot of complaints, and even law suits, when cars’ gas mileage doesn’t match up to the one on the sticker. The title of this article, “2014 Honda Accord PHEV Has Impressive Real World Fuel Economy Statistics,” supports the fact that it does in fact get its reported 50 mpg city/45 mpg highway.

This is encouraging because there have been recent incidences of car manufacturer fudging their fuel efficiency numbers, which is one of the major problems the article sites as the EPA designates the a vehicle’s gas mileage.

The second problem was probably the most entertaining to read about because I live in the Seattle-area and know this to be true: “The second problem is that, for the most part, drivers have no idea what they’re doing. Sad, but true, perhaps they don’t properly maintain their vehicles, they overload them, or they drive too fast. You might have bought the latest and best-fuel-economy vehicle, such as the award-winning 2014 Honda Accord PHEV, but if you can’t drive it responsibly, you’ll never see fuel economynumbers anywhere near those on the EPA window sticker.”

There is also a really great infographic that illustrates exactly how the way a driver drives affects the gas mileage they get out of their car. Check it and slow down! :)

2014 Honda Fit Hybrid Gets 85 MPG, Only in Japan

Of course this article caught our attention as we read that the 2014 Honda Fit Hybrid is expected to get 85.6 mpg (36.4 km/L). Wow. Then we were disappointed when we read that the 2014 Honda Fit Hybrid will probably only be made available in Japan.

Insert teenage whiny voice: “But whyeeeeee?!”

According to the article, “The Honda Fit is sold in the U.S. with a 1.5-liter four cylinder and gets 35 mpg with the automatic transmission. And it’s also sold as a 100 percent electric. But Honda is apparently not offering the hybrid model in the U.S. Honda may be working on a new compact sedan and crossover based on the Fit, for the U.S. and it could be sold in North-America early in 2014 with a similar hybrid system.”

That’s not really an answer. Personally, I’d want a model that gets 85.6 mpg. Right?!

“The all-new 2014 Honda Fit Hybrid will launch in Japan in early September. Hopefully the Japanese automaker will either bring the hybrid Fit to the U.S., or develop a new compact sedan and crossover based on the Sport Hybrid i-DCD hybrid system. Stay tuned.”

What do you think? Should Honda bring the 2014 Honda Fit Hybrid to the U.S. so we can all have the opportunity to drive a car that gets the “fuel sipping” mileage of 85.6 mpg?? Yes! :)

Honda Accord Hybrid Set Up to Take Down Competition

There has been a lot written about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid set to land at dealerships like Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, and Northwest Honda in October of this year.

We LOVE this brief set up of the battle among the hybrids. Basically, the 2014 Honda Accord getting almost 50 miles per gallon will be enough to overtake the competition and become the hybrid supreme.

Well, according to this article it is.

“We are extremely excited to get the 2014 Honda Accord here at Sims Honda,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The market has been warming up to hybrid technology more and more as the technology gets better and people begin to get used to it. Combine better hybrid technology with the dependability and reliability of the Honda Accord brand and no doubt it will be a top seller everywhere. Who doesn’t want 50 miles to the gallon?!”

What do you think? Will getting 49 mpg (far more than other hybrid competitors) be enough to make the 2014 Honda Accord the top hybrid?

Honda Insight is “Engineering Marvel”

When you think hybrid vehicle, do you think top speed of 112 mph? What about 0-60 mph in 10.6 seconds?

Thanks to the Honda Insight, you can.

Generally, we don’t come across too many articles about the less publicized Honda Insight, Honda’s pioneering hybrid vehicle. So we were really impressed by this one that stated it was a hybrid with “a little NSX” in it.

Here’s what you may want to know: “…the Insight was, and remains, an engineering marvel. The issue with hybrids is always the weight of the batteries, right? Honda made the Insight’s body from aluminium so its kerb weight was just 850kg. Less weight means less power is required and greater efficiency results.”

And: “Powertrain specs mean we best talk performance. With a fully-charged battery, Car&Driver in the US timed an Insight from 0-60mph in 10.6 seconds, a second faster than Autocar’s time for the second-gen Insight tested in 2009. Taking times with a 50 per cent depleted battery and no IMA assist at all, the Insight’s average 0-60mph time was 12 seconds. No fireball, but that’s still quicker than today’s crop of city cars. Top speed, no doubt thanks to its 0.25Cd, is 112mph.”

Power? On a hybrid? Mind blown.

Of course, here at Honda we’ve always known what a fantastic hybrid the Honda Insight was and has become. If you want a hybrid with some personality and power, be sure to stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda today to take one for a test drive!

Three Video Reviews of 2013 Honda Civic

We love video reviews. Why? Because it’s more fun to watch a review than read it and it’s really helpful to see what the reviewer is talking about as the video shows us. So, we were tickled when we found this article with three different reviews of the 2013 Honda Civic.

The consensus? The 2013 Honda Civic is even better than the 2012 Honda Civic, which was one of the best-selling cars of 2011. You owe it yourself to check out the “fun to drive” 2013 Honda Civic if you need a compact car or love the Civic.

“The 2013 Honda Civic is one of the most popular cars we have,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “It’s compact, great gas mileage, drives really responsively and is fun!”

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee to take the 2013 Honda Civic for a test drive and find out why the 2013 Honda Civic is the best one yet!

Honda Accord Hybrid Gets Better Gas Mileage Than Toyota Camry Hybrid

The much-anticipated 2013 Honda Accord Hybrid will go on sale in June in Japan and gets much better gas mileage than the Toyota Camry Hybrid. We have read reports that say the Honda Accord Hybrid will arrive in the U.S. late this year.

According to this article, the 2013 Honda Accord Hybrid “has a fuel-efficiency rating of 30 kilometers a liter under the country’s JC08 testing standards, Tokyo-based Honda said in a statement today. The Camry hybrid travels 23.4 kilometers a liter, according to Toyota, while Nissan Motor Co. says its Teana, which runs on gasoline, goes 11.4 kilometers. ”

Ok, so we don’t measure our gasoline in liters, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that 30 miles/liter is a significant improvement on 23.4 miles/liter.

The latest model’s fuel efficiency is “extraordinary,” Koichi Sugimoto, a Tokyo-based auto analyst at BNP Paribas SA with a buy rating on Honda, said by phone. “The new hybrid technology will definitely be a big strength for Honda.”

The 2013 Honda Accord is one of the best-selling and most popular sedans in the United States and we cannot wait to see the Accord Hybrid in action. We are very interested to find out how it performs and drives. And you can bet that you’ll be able to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda and Apple Valley Honda to take one for a test drive!

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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