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.”
There are many, many features in the 2014 Honda Odyssey to love. But probably one of my favorite (besides the space and safety features) is the built in vacuum.
Who’s not so fond of it? The ‘spokescrumbs’ in the new commercials for the 2014 Honda Odyssey. You can see three different spots featuring the voices of Neil Patrick Harris and Rainn Wilson as the ‘lovable’ goodies that left behind by children.
As a mom who has plenty of ‘lovable’ spokescrumbs in the backseat of her 2009 Honda Accord, I am beyond excited about the built-in vacuum. And the new commercials.
Check them out and let us know what you think!
Honda volunteered the 2014 Honda Odyssey for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest safety test and became the first minivan to pass it. The 2014 Honda Odyssey earned the Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS, the first minivan to do so.
Other automakers have opted not to have their minivans tested because the IIHS small overlap test is not required yet.
“Our goal at Honda is to continuously advance the safety performance of every Honda vehicle to fulfill the trust our customers place in Honda,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
“We didn’t have to do this,” he said. “Some of our competitors have made the choice not to target this top safety rating even when introducing new models,” he said. “We are targeting and achieving this high standard even as part of mid-cycle refreshes on key, high-volume products. We are very confident that our model count will grow and grow even further in the coming months with testing of the all-new Acura RLX and the MDX.”
Here at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda dealerships we are proud to sell some of the safest vehicles on the road, including the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the first minivan to earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. We know that you want your family to be safe, so we are proud to be a part of company that doesn’t wait until it’s required to meet safety standards; it initiates change and becomes the first in the industry.
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today to take the safety minivan in the industry for a test drive: the 2014 Honda Odyssey!
The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic have been forever-competitors. According to Business Insider, though, there is no competition with these new models: Honda Civic wins…unless your only consideration is price (the Toyota Corolla is $1,400 cheaper).
Consumer Reports called the Toyota Corolla “bland” and the Motor Trend wasn’t nearly as kinda saying, “The car remains more of an improvement for those who will only drive a Toyota than a real Civic- or Forte-challenger, even with those neat LED headlights and a well-tuned CVT.”
Comparatively, “In June, KBB named the 2013 Honda Civic the sixth best sedan under $25,000. The Corolla did not make the top ten.”
See, it’s not just us that thinks the Honda Civic is better than the “cheap” Toyota Corolla. Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda todayto take the new Honda Civic for a test drive!