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Honda Aircraft Manager is Who Makes a Honda

It’s true, Apple Valley, Northwest, and Sims Honda dealerships do not sell Honda aircraft, but we wanted to tell you about who does make the aircraft because this is the caliber of person that Honda employs.

Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its popular 12-part What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series. Jon Wells is the Senior Manager of Logistics and Materials Control at Honda Aircraft Company, and is featured for the many unique ways he uses his piloting skills to make a difference in his community.

Wells is a 12-year Honda veteran, and his team manages every part that enters the Honda Aircraft Company facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the innovative HondaJet is being manufactured. Wells ensures that the material needed to prepare the aircraft gets to where it needs to go at each step of the manufacturing process.

“The aircraft first flew in 2003 and I was actually at American Honda on the automotive side. When I saw it fly, I knew that my ultimate goal was to combine what I do with my passion for aviation,” Wells said.

When not working at Honda Aircraft, Wells lives his dream by piloting his own personal aircraft. But Wells takes his dream a step further by combining it with the Honda philosophy he teaches by using his plane to help others.

A licensed Airline Transport Pilot and certified flight instructor, Wells has transported more than 240 patients for medical treatment through Angel Flight, and has also transported more than 200 animals to new homes through the Pilots ‘n Paws program.

“Honda challenges us to be a company that society wants to exist and one of the ways we can do that is by giving back to the community,” said Wells. “You can get your pilot’s license but after you get it, then what? This was an opportunity to put it to work, to do something good and to show how useful aviation can be.”

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 athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxfhBgUbE7w.

2015 Honda Fit is Perfect Back to School Car

We have heard a lot of positive things about the 2015 Honda Fit. How it’s a great commuter car, great for families, one of the safest new vehicles on the road, and, now, a great back to school vehicle.

With it’s amazing folding seats, it’s perfect for packing stuff to school, from apartment to apartment, hauling friends around, and more. And all 0-60 mps in nine seconds.

And according to the article, “And, come on, it’s totally cute. Puffed out, with barely focused eyes and a stony expression, the Fit looks like a startled baby blowfish.”

What’s better than a baby blowfish?

Awesome gas mileage, tons of room, functionality, and performance.

“What people are finding is the 2015 Honda Fit really fits many different kinds of lifestyles and stages of life,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington.

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership to check out the 2015 Honda Fit and how it’s the perfect back to school vehicle.

Honda Crosstour Offers a No Compromise Combination of Versatility, Performance and Features

  • Rearview camera and LaneWatch™ blind sport display boost visibility
  • Available with two engine options and all-wheel drive
  • Crosstour remains the premium choice in the crossover segment

Going on sale today with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price1 (MSRP) starting at $27,380, the 2014 Honda Crosstour offers a unique combination of crossover practicality, sedan-like drivability and premium features. The Crosstour’s impressive standard and available features include keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start, driver visibility enhancing technologies such as LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, and a more powerful, fuel-efficient Earth Dreams™ V-6 engine. With the exceptional versatility of its four-way configurable, 51.3 cubic feet of cargo area2, hidden removable utility box, and comfortable seating for five, the feature-packed 2014 Honda Crosstour is the smartest option in the premium mid-size crossover segment. The purposeful and ruggedly styled Crosstour is available in two front-wheel-drive trim options (EX, EX-L) powered by either a four-cylinder engine with a class-leading EPA highway rating of 31 mpg3 or a powerful 278 horsepower4 V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management™. The EX-L V-6 model is also available with Real Time™ 4WD. All Crosstour models come equipped with a rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink™, USB/iPod® connection, fog lights, one-touch turn signals and an expanded view driver’s mirror as standard equipment. Available features include HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). View, build and price a 2014 Honda Crosstour at automobiles.honda.com/crosstour.

TRIM MSRP1 EPA Fuel Economy Ratings3 (city/highway/combined)
Crosstour 2WD EX $27,380 22/31/25
Crosstour 2WD EX-L $31,065 22/31/25
Crosstour 2WD EX-L Navi $33,165 22/31/25
Crosstour 2WD EX V-6 $31,040 20/30/23
Crosstour 2WD EX-L V-6 $33,690 20/30/23
Crosstour 2WD EX-L V-6 Navi $35,790 20/30/23
Crosstour 4WD EX-L V-6 $35,140 19/28/22
Crosstour 4WD EX-L V-6 Navi $37,240 19/28/22

Powertrain The four-cylinder two-wheel-drive EX and EX-L Crosstour models are powered by a fuel efficient 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine. The engine produces 192 horsepower and 162 lb-ft. of torque5. A technologically advanced 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment. The Earth Dreams Technology™ 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine is available on the two-wheel-drive EX and EX-L and is standard on the 4-wheel drive EX-L. The engine utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize efficiency, allowing the engine to run on three or six cylinders, depending on engine load and speed. Producing 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft. of torque4, the V-6 engine allows for quick acceleration, passing and grade climbing. The Crosstour V-6′s 6-speed automatic transmission includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Body The Crosstour’s unique style blends crossover purpose and ruggedness with a sleek and sporty premium look. The distinctive bodywork conceals an accommodating rear cargo area with a large tailgate opening and low lift-in height. Standard exterior features on Crosstour EX include chrome door handles, 17-inch alloy wheels and P225/65R-17 all-season tires. Additional exterior features on the Crosstour EX include auto-on/off projector-beam headlights, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, body-colored folding power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver’s and front passenger’s windows, and rear privacy glass. The top-of-the-line Crosstour EX-L V-6 model adds 18-inch alloy wheels with P225/60R-18 all-season tires. Chassis The Crosstour’s inspired handling is thanks to its rigid body structure using more than 50-percent high-strength steel, and its four-wheel independent suspension—with a double-wishbone front and independent multi-link rear, front and rear stabilizer bars, and a front strut tower bar for added rigidity. All Crosstour models include power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes. For true utility-vehicle capability, the Crosstour provides 6.2 inches of maximum ground clearance in addition to the available Real Time™ 4WD system. Interior Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend throughout the Crosstour’s versatile passenger compartment. Inside the Crosstour EX are automatic air conditioning with an air-filtration system (dual-zone automatic climate control on EX-L V-6 models), a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc CD audio system with seven speakers, Bluetooth™ HandsFreeLink®, a USB audio interface, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, an auto day/night dimming rearview mirror, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden removable utility box, reversible floor panels and more. Crosstour EX-L models add leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, memory driver’s seat and memory side mirrors with reverse tilting capability, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, Kevlar® cone audio speakers, front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, HondaLink™ with Aha™ compatibility, Pandora® compatibility, XM® Radio, compass and outside temperature indicator (also included on EX V-6), and more. The EX-L V-6 model also adds a HomeLink™ transmitter. The Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System6 is available on Crosstour EX-L models. All EX-L and above Crosstour models feature an upgraded multi-view rearview camera with guidance lines integrated into the display. Real Time™ 4WD is available on the Crosstour EX-L V-6. Safety and Driver Assistive Technology Crosstour safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional safety equipment on the Crosstour includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, and active front seat head restraints. Standard on Crosstour EX-L models are Honda’s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems. FCW can alert the driver when a potential collision with another vehicle ahead is detected, and LDW can alert the driver when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. Visibility Technology Technologies and design features that enhance the driver’s outward visibility and situational awareness, offered as standard equipment on all 2014 Crosstour models, include reshaped rear headrests, a standard rearview camera, and a new Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. All models except for four-cylinder EX also feature the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch™ blind spot camera. Manufacturing The Crosstour is produced7 at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio. Warranty The 2014 Honda Crosstour is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.

AutoTrader.com Lists 5 Reasons to Buy 2014 Honda Accord

For about the past year, we’ve been hearing (and reading) a LOT about about the 2014 Honda Accord and how truly awesome it is. Critics love it, consumers love it.

AutoTrader.com has listed five good reasons why should buy one, if you haven’t yet and you’re in the market for one of the best vehicles out there:

  • Slick Styling. Yes, it LOOKS cool.
  • Powertrain Progress. 36 miles/gallon. Need we say more?
  • Up-To-Date Technology. HondaLink and the rearview camera is great. Even better is that they come standard.
  • Innovative Plug-In Hybrid Model. If you’ve been waiting for a plug-in vehicle, then the Accord Hybrid is the one for you. It’s got the reliability of an Accord and the innovation of the latest and greatest technology.
  • Nifty Safety Features. Of which the highlight seems to the lane-departure warning system. That’s right, as you start to drift out of your lane, your 2014 Honda Accord will tell you about it. Again, comes standard.

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership to take the 2014 Honda Accord for a test drive and find out why there are more than five reasons to buy it!

Hot and Cold Commercial for Honda Civic

This Honda Civic commercial seemed appropriate as we slowly transition out of summer and into fall…and eventually winter. As we know, here in the Pacific Northwest the weather can be a bit crazy. Sunny one day and spitting snow the next.

For this reason, we thought it’d be good to share this commercial that showcases that the Honda Civic is hot weather and cold weather approved. In fact, it’s been tested in EXTREMES on both ends of the weather spectrum. Check out the commercial and a brief article about it HERE.

What do you think of the commercial?

Not Too Late To Take Advantage of Honda Summer Clearance!

It is true. Labor Day Weekend, the sign that summer is coming to an end, is upon us. As as sad as that is to think about, all is not lost. There is STILL time to take advantage of some very sunny deals that are part of the Honda Summer Clearance!

What kinds of deals?

  • Lease a 2014 Honda Civic Sedan for $159/mo!
  • Lease a 2014 Honda Accord Sedan for $189/mo!
  • Lease a 2014 Honda CR-V for $209/mo!
  • Lease a 2014 Honda Odyssey $269/mo!

Want something even NEWER?

  • Lease a 2015 Honda Pilot for $269/mo!
  • Lease a 2015 Honda Fit for $149/mo!

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealerships to check out these Summer Clearance deals and more…before summer really ends!

Honda Launches 2015 Fit SEMA Project Vehicle Program on Tumblr

  • Six build teams will each customize a 2015 Fit
  • Enthusiast fans will vote for their favorite customized Fit
  • Completed project vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth at the 2014 SEMA Show

Honda will demonstrate the great personalization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience launching today and culminating at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Honda has selected six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, who will each have the opportunity to customize a 2015 Honda Fit leading up to the SEMA Show. To further support enthusiast interest in the Fit project car build process, Honda is initiating the Fit Performance Project (#ProjectFit) on the brand’s Tumblr page, which will keep track of the teams’ progress with each vehicle.

“Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car.”

The build teams will each bring their personalized Fit to life with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and more. Photos of the transformations in progress will be posted throughout the campaign at hondaloves.tumblr.com. The program will conclude with all six customized Fit project vehicles being displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.

From Aug. 21 through Oct. 22, Project Fit content, including photos, animated GIFs and video, will be aggregated on Honda’s Tumblr page where people can vote for their favorite customized Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The shop with the highest total likes and reblogs will win and receive an award from Honda. This effort will be promoted onautomobiles.honda.com, in Honda newsletters and on the brand’s Facebook and Twitter profiles.

The Fit Performance Project posts will feature several themes including: “Preview,” revealing design illustrations or renderings; “Show Us Your Mods,” highlighting five modifications made to the vehicle; “In Progress,” revealing headway on the design; and more leading up to the vehicles on display at the SEMA Show.

All-New 2015 Honda Fit Earns a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

  • Voluntary product update will enable early-production vehicles to match the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK rating
  • No other manufacturer has more top-safety rated vehicles built in America than American Honda1

The 2015 Honda Fit (http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/), the standout choice in the subcompact segment, has received a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK ratingfrom the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This includes a top rating of GOOD in four IIHS crash test modes and an ACCEPTABLE score in the Insurance Institute’s stringent small overlap frontal crash test. No vehicle in its class has received a higher rating than Fit in this IIHS test procedure.

“Honda’s deep-rooted commitment to safety and to our customers is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we were not satisfied with anything but a TOP SAFETY PICK for the new 2015 Honda Fit,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda. “Vehicle by vehicle, our engineers are passionate about developing safety technologies that consumers have come to trust and expect from Honda.”

An early-production 2015 Honda Fit was originally tested in March for the 2014 award year by IIHS and earned a GOOD in four out of five IIHS crash test modes and a MARGINAL score in the challenging small overlap frontal crash test. Demonstrating a strong commitment to safety, Honda engineers responded quickly with a modification to the Fit’s front bumper structure. Subsequent testing by IIHS confirmed the success of the design change, which has been incorporated into new vehicle production.

“Though there is no regulatory requirement to do this, in keeping with Honda’s long-standing commitment to safety and focus on its customers, Honda has voluntarily engineered a product update which will allow all early-production vehicles to share the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK rating,” said St. Cyr.

In addition to changes in production models, approximately 12,000 early-production 2015 Honda Fit vehicles will be eligible for a product update involving a front bumper beam replacement, which will be completed free of charge at any Honda dealer in the United States. This update allows all early-production vehicles to qualify for a TOP SAFETY PICK rating and the same score in the small overlap test as recently built models. Honda is announcing this voluntary product update to encourage all owners that purchased an early-production vehicle to take their new Fit to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this update from Honda. At that time, Fit owners will also have access to a special phone line that will allow them to determine if their vehicle is eligible for the update or if it already has the updated bumper design from the factory. Customers can access this information beginning in late-September by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.

About the Fit
Already the benchmark subcompact in terms of passenger and cargo space and innovative features, occupant safety for the 2015 Honda Fit is further enhanced through the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The next-generation ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.

Key New Safety and Driver-Assistive Features:
In addition to including the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure, the 2015 Fit features a host of standard active and passive safety features and includes many standard and available driver-assistive technologies.

  • Driver and Front Passenger SmartVent™ Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) – a feature of VSA
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
  • Honda LaneWatchTM
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines

Standard safety equipment on all 2015 Honda and Acura models includes the next-generation of Honda’s ACE™ body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags.

Badge of Honor: Older Honda Accords are Most Stolen

The reliability of the Honda vehicles throughout the years has made them the most stolen vehicles. According to this article, car theft has actually got down because of new, high-tech ignitions. But older Hondas are still susceptible and are, apparently, the most desirable, to car thieves.

“Criminals generally have not been able to circumvent the technology or make counterfeit keys….Instead, criminals have stuck to stealing older cars. You can see this in the pattern of thefts of America’s most stolen car, the Honda Accord. About 54,000 Accords were stolen in 2013, 84 percent of them from model years 1997 or earlier, according to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.”

But older vehicles are not worth as much, so thieves have to steal more of them. And because Hondas are so reliable and last so long, that’s what is stolen most. “In any case, it turns out that Hondas remain the most stolen cars in America because they’re still worth something even if they were built before 1997. Looked at a certain way, that’s a badge of pride.”

What do you think? Is this something Honda and you as a Honda owner are proud of or is it concerning?

Honda Accord and CR-V are America’s Most Popular Car and SUV with Retail Car Buyers in First Half of 2014; and Honda CR-V Captures the Title of Best-Selling SUV of the Past Decade

  • Retail car buyers choose Accord more than any other car in America1
  • CR-V builds on ten years as the most popular, best-selling SUV in America2
  • Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey each post segment-leading retail results at the halfway mark of 20141

With the Accord and CR-V attracting retail customers in record numbers in the first half of 2014, Honda is again leading the industry with the most popular car and SUV in America, according to a Honda analysis of new-vehicle retail registration data from IHS Automotive. Based on Honda forecasts, the Accord and CR-V are on track to repeat their 2013 full-year results as top picks with U.S. retail car and SUV buyers, while CR-V continues to hold the title as the best-selling SUV in America for more than a decade.

Accord is once again the most popular car in America, with industry-leading sales to individual U.S. car buyers for the first half of 2014, while CR-V is both the retail and outright best-selling SUV based on retail registrations through June 2014, a position it’s held for seven of the past 10 years, culminating in the highest sales of any SUV in America during the past decade. Joining the Accord and CR-V as retail leaders in their segments for the first half of 2014 are the Honda Civic and Odyssey minivan.

Moreover, each of Honda’s four segment-leading models is on target to repeat its retail leadership performance from 2013, despite the fact that Honda has the lowest overall incentive spending among the top seven automakers. Three of the four models – Accord, Civic and CR-V – are each on track to earn sales in excess of 300,000 units for the second consecutive year, with fleet sales in the low single digits, as Honda targets all-time record sales in 2014.

“More individual customers put a new Honda Accord in their driveway in the first half of this year than any other new car in America, and SUV buyers continue to choose CR-V more than any other SUV in America,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “While competitors rely on deep-discounts and sales to corporate and rental fleets, Honda continues to achieve steady and sustainable growth based on the quality and value of our products in the hands of individual customers.”

Honda brand highlights for the first half of 2014 include:

  • Excluding full-size pickups, the Accord, Civic and CR-V continue to hold three of the top five slots – first, third and fourth, respectively – in retail registrations among individual car buyers in the first half of 2014.
  • The Accord, with retail registrations totaling 181,939 units through June, has strengthened its lead over its nearest competitor in the past three months, compared to the first three months of 2014.
  • Retail registrations accounted for 98.2 percent3 of all Accord registrations for the period, according to Honda analysis of IHS Automotive new-vehicle registration data.
  • Civic retail registrations of 160,293 units led all compact cars, increasing its lead over the closest segment competitor, which is now more than 26,000 units, compared to cumulative totals in the first quarter of 2014.
  • CR-V is America’s outright best-selling SUV of this year, and of the past decade. On a retail basis, CR-V registrations rose 6.6 percent to 153,968 units compared to the first half of last year, giving CR-V a more than 27,000-unit lead over the #2 selling vehicle in the segment so far in 2014.
  • Odyssey retail registrations of 62,096 units continue to make it the top choice among retail minivan customers –at 32 percent retail segment share. As a result, Odyssey sales have comprised nearly 1 of every 3 minivans purchased by individual buyers in America in 2014.
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