Honda announced it is voluntarily recalling Honda Fit hatchbacks from the 2007-2008 model years to replace master power switches for the windows.
The recall affects about 143,000 Honda Fits in the United States.
According to this article, “ Honda said under severe conditions, rain water or other spilled liquids may enter through an open driver’s window and enter the master power window switch on the driver’s door. “Over time, exposure to water and other fluids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, which ultimately can cause the switch to overheat and melt, damaging the switch and potentially damaging an associated wire harness. Additionally, if a switch melts, it could produce smoke and, potentially cause a fire,” Honda said.
No injuries or damage has been reported because of this.
If you are concerned that may be damage to your Honda Fit, please bring it in to Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership and we will take care of you.
New York Motor Insurance recently released a list of the top cars to drive in New York City and the Honda Insight is the top car in the Big Apple.
When creating this list, New York Motor Insurance considered the concerns of the average city driver. As a result, the list aims to help New Yorkers find a safe, affordable, and comfortable car that can handle lengthy, packed, and damaged city streets.
According to this article, “Size is often a concern when it comes to picking out a car that one will be able to park in the city,” stated the article. “Many city dwellers also want to be able to get great gas mileage to compensate for the higher cost of living in cities. There is plenty of traffic and potholes to be found in New York City, so most drivers just want a car that will not compound the problems that they are already dealing with on the roads.”
We love the Honda Insight (what’s not to love) and if the Honda Insight is the best car for New York City, don’t think you it would be the best car for Seattle? For Wenatchee? For Bellingham? For Mount Vernon?
We think so.
Honda has scored some of the highest scores among global companies in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013.
According to this article, “As a result of receiving a high evaluation for both the progress made through its initiatives and the content of its disclosure, the report named Honda one of the world’s top 12 most advanced companies.”
We can’t summarize any better than the original article what the accomplishments of Honda has been in this regard: “For the third consecutive year, Honda was listed as one of only 60 companies in the CDP’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, which features the world’s most advanced companies in the area of global climate change disclosures.
“Honda was also named as one of only 56 companies in the Carbon Performance Leadership Index, which the company’s actual performance in initiatives to address climate change.”
We are proud to be a part of a company that takes its environmental initiatives seriously and that makes a difference in the quality of the world in which we all live.
Hybrid vehicles are not exactly known for their performance.
Well, most hybrid vehicles.
This car journalist could have selected any car his heart desires to race in the MTN Kalahari Desert SpeedWeek, but he chose the Honda CR-Z Hybrid vehicle.
“While you will continue seeing many a Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, I can assure you that nobody else will be bringing a CR-Z to the pan. Not this year. And probably not next year either. So to say that I’m the only person to drive one of these fairly rare coupés down the 5km desert drag strip is quite cool. Well in my book anyway.”
When he wrote this article, he’d gotten it into the 100 mph club, which is very respectable for the soft racing surface and even beats out more expected with V-8 engines like the Porsche 356 Outlaw.
If you own a Honda CR-Z, he also gives you some pointers on how to get to 100mph despite the eco-friendly hybrid technology.
In this article, there are reports that Honda is considering creating a better alternative to the Scion FR-S. One that will be an even lighter, more affordable real-wheel drive sports car.
How affordable? Rumors are it would start around $20,000, which is $5,000 cheaper than the Scion FR-S.
According to the article, “GTChannel sources said the engine of the proposed car would be capable of producing 132 horsepower, which would be dramatic in a sports car as light as the new S2000. The suggested price tag of $20,000 would cement Honda’s reputation as the Best Value Brand, a distinction it earned from Kelley Blue Book earlier this year. It would also have a convertible on the market that Toyota never did for the FR-S, all rumors aside.”
What do you think? If Honda were to create a small, affordable sports car, what would you want it to have?
A couple weeks ago we wrote about Honda’s effort to save the drive-in theaters around the country. One of the ways Honda is doing that is letting people vote on which theaters Honda will donate a new digital projector to.
One of those receiving a new digital projector…and new life…is the Saco Drive-In in Sacrament, Calif.
“It’s important to help preserve this American icon, and we’re excited to see the benefits of digital projection at Saco Drive-In and their local community,” said Alicia Jones, Manager of Honda Social Media at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re continuing to spread the word about this movement and are proud to support these small businesses where families can share the cinema experience together under the stars.”
According to this press release: “With the end of 35-mm film distribution this year, and the costly switch to digital projection nearing, Honda created Project Drive-In as a national effort to save as many of America’s remaining drive-ins as possible. Through Project Drive-In awareness is being raised across the country, offering communities simple ways to get involved and helping this historic part of American cinema and car culture live on.”
Find out more about Honda’s Project Drive-In
and vote for the next four theaters to received their new digital projectors!
We are very excited to announce that the much anticipated 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is headed to production to the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio! This means it should be on local dealership lots like Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda later this year.
“We are extremely excited to get the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “We think this vehicle will appeal to a lot of people for a couple reasons. One, because it’s an Accord and will have the performance and reliability of an Accord. Two, because the Accord hybrid gets 50 miles per gallon the freeway and 45 city driving.”
According to this article, “The 2014 Accord Hybrid combines the sophisticated exterior styling and spacious interior packaging of the Accord Sedan with a highly efficient two-motor hybrid system from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology advanced powertrain series.”
“Even before it hits showrooms this fall, the Accord Hybrid is already surpassing the competition and claiming segment leadership,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda. “For customers looking for a 50 mpg rated 4-door sedan, there is no other choice than the 2014 Accord Hybrid.”
Look for the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership later this fall!
It’s no secret. We adore the built-in vacuum in the 2014 Honda Odyssey. We love the idea. We love the commercials. It’s just fabulous.
But does it really work.
According to Consumer Reports, it does.
We’re sure many people would expect a vacuum built into the vehicle itself not to work as well as a “real” vacuum, which is something Consumer Reports wanted to test.
What they found was that the vacuum in the 2014 Honda Odyssey “really cleans up.” Here’s what they said: “The bottom line. Honda’s built-in vacuum is a worthy addition to an impressive van.”
Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda today to find out why the 2014 Honda Odyssey is the best minivan on the market and test the Odyssey-worthy vacuum.
The 2014 Honda Fit EV is an electric vehicle that just about anyone can love. It gets 188 MPGe and can go 82 miles on a full charge; that’s more than enough to get you around town or even a quick jaunt down the highway. That’s a big deal considering the national average is 16 miles per trip.
Sheesh. That will barely get to you Costco and back. But we digress.
According to this press release, “A highlight of the 2014 Honda Fit EV is the short charging time. From the low-charge indicator light point, the Honda Fit EV is capable of charging in three hours or less when using a 240-volt circuit. That’s a full hour faster than Ford’s 2014 Focus Electric using the same voltage. As charging time is typically one of the biggest concerns for consumers looking to buy electric, the Honda Fit EV is likely to come out on top.”
And you don’t need to worry about what happens if you find you need a charge while you’re out and about, there are currently more than 6,100 charging stations around the country.
“Driving an all-electric vehicle is not what it used to be,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager. “If you’ve ever been intrigued by an EV, but not felt entirely comfortable with it, the Honda Fit EV may be the perfect car for you. Honda and the Honda Fit are incredibly reliable, so you can have that same confidence in the EV technology.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda to take the 2014 Honda Fit EV for a test drive!
As a global company, Honda has consistently shown it cares about environments around the world. In a recent announcement, Honda Canada announced it is going to plant 18,000 trees in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.
Why 18,000? Because that represents one tree for every Honda customer who bought a Honda ATV or lawn care product.
“At Honda, our goal is to be a company that Canadians want to exist and we make every effort to ensure the preservation of the environment in all of our corporate activities. This campaign is a national initiative with local benefits and will contribute to the Canadian landscape long into the future,” explains Jeff Stralak, Senior Manager, Motorcycle & Power Equipment Division, Honda Canada Inc. “The Forest RecoveryCanada program is a perfect fit and the “One Honda. One Tree.” campaign has far exceeded our expectations. Honda, along with our customers, associates and families, has helped plant more than 94,000 trees in Canada over the past seven years. ”
“These new trees will contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians, from Victoria to St. John’s,” explains Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario. “Honda Canada has become a strong supporter of the Forest Recovery Canada program and we applaud their customers’ efforts who, through their purchases, have contributed to increasing forest cover across the Canadian landscape.”