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See the Future of Driving

Honda is showing people the future of driving in their windshields.

Honda has developed a ‘head up display’ that will show important information right on the windshield of the vehicle. Information like road names of passing streets so drivers do not have to turn their heads to try to find sometimes hidden street signs.

According to this article, “In Honda’s seminar, Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, principal scientist at the Honda Research Institute in Mountain View, Calif., showed head-up display technology that makes current production examples look extremely primitive. Instead of simply projecting a speed readout or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield, Ng-Thow-Hing demonstrated work in augmented reality, projecting location sensitive information useful to drivers.”

Another application of this technology is a projected grid that shows what where the driver’s vehicle is in relation to other cars immediately around it and what they are doing (ie slowing down, stopped).

“The second example projected the path of the driver’s car when waiting to make a turn through an intersection, coloring the path in red when oncoming traffic made going ahead with the turn unsafe. Ng-Thow-Hing pointed out that drivers cannot always correctly estimate the distance and speed of traffic coming through an intersection, and so make mistakes that can lead to a crash. With this system, sensors would see the oncoming traffic and the car’s processor would determine when the driver could safety make a left turn through the intersection.”

While we think this technology is definitely useful, we also wonder if this projection technology would be distracting. What do you think?

 

 

Drive a Honda, Use the HOV Lane

A new report stated that Honda makes the most cars that can legally drive in California’s HOV lanes with only a driver in the vehicle.

Why? Because Honda makes the most gosh-darn environmentally friendly vehicles.

According to the California Air Resources Board, Honda makes four vehicles that meet its air quality standards to be eligible to use the carpool lane even when there’s only one occupant. The four vehicles are:

  • The Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid. The 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid sedan has a EPA driving range of 570 miles with an EPA rating of 115 MPGe, a standard used to measure the combined efficiency of an electric vehicle.
  • The Honda Civic Natural Gas. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas (CNG) has an EPA of 31 MPG.
  • The Honda Fit EV, which has an EPA rating of 118 MPGe with an EPA driving range of 82 miles.
  • The FCX Clarity, which has a EPA rating of 60 MPEe with an EPA driving range of 240 miles.

This article points out that using the HOV lane in California can shave 30 minutes off your commute where a ten mile drive can often take 30 to 40 minutes. That is DEFINITELY something we can relate to if you’ve ever hit Seattle traffic during rush hour or there is an accident in one of the two through lanes in downtown Seattle. The HOV lane is your friend in the Puget Sound area!

“The average annual five year fuel savings of the Honda Accord Plug-In, Honda Civic CNG and Honda Fit EV is about $7,783.  The fuel savings for the FCX Clarity haven’t been released.”

If you care about the environment, saving money and getting around faster (sounds pretty good right?), then be sure to stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships today. Not all of these vehicles may be available in Washington state yet, but no doubt any of them would make a big difference in your life and your budget.

2013 Honda Civic Earns ‘Good’ Safety Rating, Toyota Camry Gets a ‘Poor’

The 2013 Honda Civic earned a ‘Good’ safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), both the two and four door models in its newest crash test.

According to this article, “The crash test assessed the performance of the vehicle under the new and tougher environment, examining the consequence of a collision between the front corner of a vehicle with another vehicle or object like a tree or utility pole.”

The 2013 Honda Civic, with its sleek new design and redone interior, has this new award that simply signifies the complete redesign of the Honda Civic.

“The 2013 Honda Civic has been completely redesigned and it’s really great,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “If you drove the previous model, you really owe it to yourself to come check out the new 2013 Honda Civic. And this safety rating by the IIHS should really convince people that the 2013 Honda Civic is even better vehicle than before…and compared to most other cars in its class.”

By comparison, the 2013 Toyota Camry received a “Poor” rating in the same IIHS test.

It is because of vehicles like the redesigned 2013 Honda Civic that Honda that continues to build Honda’s reputation for safety, dependability and quality. “Honda is a leading manufacturer of automobiles and the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. The automaker is recognized internationally for its expertise and leadership in developing and manufacturing a wide variety of products that incorporate its efficient internal combustion engine technologies ranging from small general-purpose to specialty sports cars.”

For your chance to test drive and take home the completely redesigned 2013 Honda Civic, stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today!

 

2013 Honda Odyssey, 2013 Honda CRV Voted “Best Family Cars for Families” Awards by U.S. News & World Report

Both the Honda CRV and Honda Odyssey have made quite a name for themselves over the past several years, but their reputations and great family cars earned some reinforcement after they both won awards from U.S. News & World Report.

The 2013 Honda CRV and 2013 Honda Odyssey both won awards for “Best Cars for Families.”

The 2013 Honda CRV was named “Best Compact SUV for Families” and the 2013 Honda Odyssey was named “Best Minivan for Families” (like there would be an award for “Best Minivan Not for Families”).

“”If you’re looking for a top safety-rated, fuel efficient, fun-to-drive family vehicle, you can’t really go wrong with a Honda,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Both the CR-V and the Odyssey exemplify ‘family friendly’ with top safety ratings, proven Honda quality and loads of smart features to keep the driver and all passengers comfortable and connected.”

As family vehicles, safety is one of the most important factors and we are happy to report that both are Top Safety Picks by the IIHS and earned 5-start overall ratings by the NHTSA (basically, vehicles don’t get any safer than this unless they come with armored plating).

Here’s what they’re saying about the 2013 Honda CRV: “The 2013 Honda CR-V provides upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and a host of standard convenience features, making it one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America…Compact on the outside and roomy inside, the CR-V represents an unparalleled balance of size and capability in the entry SUV segment. With its car-like interior comfort, a smooth and quiet ride, plus innovative features, the versatile CR-V is a great fit for families or individuals with an active lifestyle.”

Here’s what they’re saying about the 2013 Honda Odyssey, including it’s awesome gas mileage: “The 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan continues to lead its class in fuel economy and safety ratings, while providing spacious accommodations for up to eight passengers and a refined and engaging driving experience. The Odyssey Touring is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg,2 the highest EPA highway fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan.”

“Really, you can’t go wrong with either of these vehicles,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “The 2013 Honda CRV may be more appropriate if you don’t have a lot of kids (yours or the soccer team) to haul around just because it’s got a functional space perfect for packing camping gear, the dogs, or whatever else you can think of. The Odyssey has always been the top minivan and for good reason. It’s safe, good gas mileage, and Honda really designed the details with families in mind.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership to take the 2013 Honda CRV and 2013 Honda Odyssey for a test drive so you can see why U.S. News & World Report named them the “Best Cars for Families.”

Honda Voluntarily Recalls Pilots, Acura Vehicles

Honda announced that it is voluntarily recalling about 100,000 Honda Pilots, 60,000 Acura MDX SUVs, and 21,000 Acura RL Sedans from the 2005 model year. Approximately 800 Acura MDXs  from the 2006 model year are also being recalled.

According to this article,”… if an electrical capacitor on the system’s control unit was damaged during the manufacturing process, the system could malfunction and apply a small amount of brake force for a fraction of a second outside the driver’s control. If the driver applies the brakes during a system malfunction, a crash could result.”

“If you own a 2005 Honda Pilot or one of these Acuras, please do not hesitate to contact us with your concerns,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “If you vehicle has a problem, we will take care of it at no cost to you. We want all our customers and owners of Honda products to be confident in their vehicles and also confident that we will take care of them if there is a problem.”

No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this issue. Honda will mail out notifications to all owners next month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships.

Northwest, Sims, Apple Valley Honda Best Places to Buy Used Vehicles for Anyone

A news story came out today about an elderly couple who had a very unsatisfactory car-buying experience at a local western Washington dealership.

We wanted to take this opportunity to reassure the consumers the Burlington, Bellingham, and Wenatchee areas that your local Honda dealership is the best place to buy a used or new vehicle. You can see a lot our deals on our websites, but we want you to know that we value our reputation as fair and honest dealerships more than getting a little bit more money. To us, happy customers and a solid reputation in the communities we serve is the most important thing.

“We wouldn’t ever want anyone, an elderly couple or recent college grad, to feel pressured into a situation that wasn’t right for them,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda in Bellingham.

Northwest Honda, Sims Honda and Apple Valley Honda are some of the best places to buy a used or new car. They have reputations of honesty and integrity built on years of serving their respective communities.

“Many of our costumers are repeat costumers because they have terrific experiences buying cars from us,” Carter said. “We don’t want to just offer great deals, we want to make sure that people find the right car and the right financing for them. You get the total package with Northwest Honda, so people should absolutely feel comfortable sending their parents or grandparents to us to buy a car. We will treat them like they are our own.”

If you have any questions about buying a used or new car from Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda, do not hesitate to contact us.

Driver of Honda Fit Walks Away from Rollover Crash

The driver featured in this articleand video was driving his Honda Fit when it looks like he was driving too fast for conditions and found himself rolling down the hill.

In fact, his Honda Fit rolled over seven times. And he walked away from it. And he caught the whole thing on video.

The article points out that if a person had a choice what car to be in if they knew they were going to be in a rollover crash, most people wouldn’t pick the Honda Fit. Maybe this video will change a few minds and car buyers will realize all Hondas, including the Honda Fit, are some of the safest in the industry.

Check out the video of a driver walking away from his Honda Fit after it rolled seven times.

 

Honda is “Recycling” Rare Earth Metals

Honda is putting to good use material from the batteries of hundreds of hybrid vehicles that were rendered unsellable after the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

 

Honda is now able to extract rare earth metals from the batteries of 387 hybrid vehicles and put them into new batteries for new hybrid vehicles. This is an important process because the metals from these batteries are, well, rare, so any opportunity to not have mine for more is awesome.

According to this article there is no need to worry about the quality of battery in Honda hybrids.

“The good news is that the rare earth metals extracted in this process have a purity ofmore than 99%, which is as high as that of ordinary traded, newly mined rare earth metals. In addition, the new process enables the extraction of as much as above 80% of rare earth metals contained in nickel-metal hydride battery.”

This new ‘rare earth metals’ extraction system will not only be used on hybrid vehicles damaged by the tsunami in Japan, but as the process is worked out, will be used for batteries collected by dealerships as they get used hybrid vehicles. That will, undoubtedly, make a big difference in the overall environmental impact of the hybrid vehicle itself and Honda processes in general.

 

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Raises the Bar

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In is the latest and greatest in the Honda lineup with some very impressive specs that should alleviate most people’s concerns about owning a plug-in.

For example, some people worry about having to leave the car plugged in all day in order to take it for a short drive. The Honda Accord Plug-in only takes 3 hours to completely charge on a 120-volt outlet and only 1 hour on a 240-volt outlet.  Consumers also worry about the range of a plug-in vehicle (no one wants to go for a drive and run out of a charge), but the Honda Accord Plug-in can go almost 600 miles!

Another comforting fact is that the Honda Accord Plug-In is, well, still an Accord with all of the dependability, technology and comforts you expect from an Accord.

Check out this great and informative video about the Honda Accord Plug-In.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xirRve1OmEI

2013 Honda Civic Keeps Great Gas Mileage

The 2013 Honda Civic is improved in a couple areas, namely the upgrade of interior materials, but one thing that hasn’t changed from previous models is its industry-leading gas mileage. This article goes into detail, but here’s what you need to know if you care about getting a new car with incredible fuel efficiency:

  • The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid gets a combined 44 mpg
  • The 2013 Honda Civic with a 1.8 liter HF, five-speed automatic gets 33 mpg (29 city/41 highway)
  • The 2013 Honda Civic with a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine automatic (the base Civic) gets 31 mpg combined (28 city/19 highway). If you want a manual, you get 28 mpg combined (28 city/36 highway)
  • The Honda Civic Natural Gas (sold in select markets) uses natural gas instead of traditional gasoline. It gets 31 mpg combined (27 city/38 highway).
  • The Honda Civic Si with a 2.4 cylinder four-cylinder engine gets 25 mpg combined (22 mpg/31 highway)

As you can see, if gas mileage is a high priority for you, then the Honda Civic is still the car for you. However, 2013 Honda Civic also has improved performance.

According to the article, “As for the driving experience, the 2013 Civic’s modest suspension changes produce nimbler handling without creating an overly-harsh ride. The cabin is a quieter place to spend time, too, thanks to thicker glass and added soundproofing, while the car’s softer dash also seems to help with interior acoustics. Front seats are quite good, especially in light of the car’s price positioning…”

“The 2013 Honda Civic is a great car for commuters, folks who do a lot of road trips, older individuals who don’t need to haul kids around and need an economic vehicle,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “The Honda Civic has a record of delivering fantastic gas mileage and the 2013 Honda Civic is no different. With the upgraded materials and performance, the redesign was very successful. Everyone should check out the 2013 Honda Civic.”

Stop by Northwest Honda, Apple Valley Honda or Sims Honda dealerships to test drive the 2013 Honda Civic today!

 

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