Honda is reinforcing its dedication to American industry by announcing it will build the new Acura NSX in Ohio.
Why Ohio? According to Hidenobu Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of American Manufacturing, it’s because of the high quality of workers.
“It’s about people,” Iwata said at Tuesday’s press event. “The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering talent in the world.”
What’s the big deal about building the Acura NSX? “Gov. John Kasich commented that the NSX looks like the kind of car James Bond would drive; the NSX will be exclusive, powerful and sexy, with a price tag to match (exact pricing hasn’t been announced, but those who have to ask, probably can’t afford it).”
With more than 13,700 employees in Ohio, Honda is bolstering its presence and showing consumers that many Honda vehicles are truly ‘made in America.’
Does it make a difference to you whether a car or a Honda is made in America?
The 2012 Honda CR-V has won an impressive website award across the pond!
The 2012 Honda CR-V won the Honest John “Most Popular 4×4″ award given by the expert auto website honestjohn.co.uk. This is the second year in a row the Honda CR-V has won this specific award from the website.
Dan Harrison, editor of honestjohn.co.uk, commented: “The 2012 Honda CR-V picks up where its predecessor left off – the previous generation model won this award last year and impressively the latest version has picked up the 2013 award. Refined and upmarket it has all the qualities to be a big seller in the SUV market and as our figures prove, users of honestjohn.co.uk are certainly showing plenty of interest. The addition of the new 1.6 i-DTEC engine will surely only increase its appeal.”
The Honest John awards are chosen by the people, for the people. Here’s what the press release
had to say about it: “The honestjohn.co.uk awards aren’t awarded by judges or a panel, instead they come from the best experts of all: the website users. The main awards recognise and reward the cars and vans that users search for most on the site. Put simply, the reviews which create the most interest among honestjohn.co.uk users are the winners. The data to measure this is taken from Google Analytics and calculates the number of page views each review has had over the previous 12 months from April 2012 to April 2013.”
While we realize that not very many of our readers have heard of the Honest John awards, we think any award like this is a good one and thought it was a great opportunity to talk about how awesome the 2012 Honda CR-V is and how so many people just love it.
You don’t have to go overseas to get your very own 2012 Honda CR-V, though. Oh, no. Just stop by Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Sims Honda in Burlington to take one for a test drive and find out why it’s on the top of so many lists!
Honda is applying its practical automotive design to small jet airplanes and may be soon jetting individuals off into the wild blue yonder.
According to this Wall Street Journal blog article, “Motor Co.’s aircraft unit said it began flight testing of its fifth HondaJet aircraft. The company said the test is a significant step toward FAA certification of the light-jet design, which is designed for business and personal use.”
Honda has been developing a HondaJet for decades and seems to be closer than ever to its sky-high goal. The HondaJet still has standards and safety tests to go through, but with the most recent model of the HondaJet completing a successful test flight, things are headed in the right direction (up).
“An aircraft’s first flight is an important and emotional milestone,” said Honda Aircraft Co. president and chief executive Michimasa Fujino. “This is especially true for our fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet,” he said.
While the $4.5 million price tag is definitely more than your average Honda automobile, it seems like a pretty reasonable deal and HondaJet promises to have better gas mileage than other light aircraft, which is important in keeping jet ownership costs down (wouldn’t want to have start charging yourself ridiculous baggage fees like major airlines do in order to compensate for the price of fuel). What do you think? Would you purchase a HondaJet for you business? Would your ride in one or do small aircraft make you nervous no matter the maker?
We are always looking for interesting commercials (hey, we are human and will be the first ones to admit that it’s more fun to watch videos than read articles) and this one definitely caught our attention. It’s a Honda motorbike advertisement for France (although the announcer is speaking English…in a very block-buster movie sort of way) and it is…intense.
First of all, it’s just over two minutes long and it doesn’t feel like two minutes. You really feel like you just watched a trailer for a major motion picture.
Second of all…it’s just intense.
For the first part of the commercial, I thought it was some sort of Dracula-themed commercial but it turned out to be much less cheesy and a lot more real with the close ups of the motorbike riders. Not to mention I was transfixed on the overhead shot of that HUGE race start on the beach (how did they get those words so big and perfect on the sand? Totally kidding…)
Take a look at this very different kind of Honda commercial. It’s not about hopes and dreams and leap lists…it’s about fear.
2013 Honda CR-V
Occasionally we write about Honda commercials that are usually entertaining or funny. But this time, we are writing about one that touched our hearts. Why?
Because of grandma.
We LOVE this commercial of a grown grandson driving his grandmother on what appears to be a short road trip to see where grandma grew up, an item on his “leap list.”
We think this tenderhearted commercial speaks to us because we all know how important and special grandmas are. It’s also touching that this young man made it a point to go see where his beloved grandma grew up. And chose the 2013 Honda CR-V to take them to check off an item on his leap list.
Which brings us to this: what is on your leap list? If you had a 2013 Honda CR-V, what are some things you would do that you can’t do with your current vehicle?
One business in London is using all Honda hybrid vehicles to power its fleet, including one Honda CR-Z that logged more than 100,000 in three years without skipping a beat!
Renewable Solutions UK designs and installs renewable energy systems all over the English countryside and only uses Honda hybrids like the CR-Z, Insight and Jazz to get business done. Altogether, the hybrid fleet has traveled half a million miles since 2010!
“Honda hybrids are a perfect fit for our business, with the efficiency of battery power and the many environmental and financial benefits this brings,” said Mike Lowes, Managing Director of Renewable Solutions UK. “The fleet has worked very hard, every day, for both short and long journeys, but we’ve only ever had to pay for standard servicing and wear and tear costs, and no major breakdowns. They just keep going without skipping a beat!”
And in a testament to the great Honda service model, each hybrid in the fleet was bought from the same dealership because they trust the Honda brand and service!
“We have complete free rein in what we buy and where we buy it from, so the fact that we stick with Honda is testament to the trust we have in the brand. Honda hybrids are a reliable, no-compromise solution to our needs, and Greenacre have offered us great customer service and value for money.”
Read the complete article HERE.
What is the most amount of miles you have ever put on a vehicle and in what period of time? If you own a hybrid, how many miles have you put on it?
The Honda Accord has been around for a long time. In fact, we are now in the 9th generation of the Honda Accord.
The first Honda Accord came out in 1976 and cost $3,995. Since then, the Honda Accord has become a juggernaut in the midsize sedan category. Check out the visual below from http://visual.ly/history-honda-accord to see a visual history of the Honda Accord culminating in the 2013 Honda Accord, which is a hit with critics and consumers.
Which generations of Honda Accord did you drive?
We love video reviews. It’s so much better to see the features critics are talking about. We really love this review of the 2013 Honda Civic by Cars.com because Cars.com is very respected and it’s not at all critical of the much improved 2013 Honda Civic.
Check out the 5 minute video review of the 2013 Honda Civic by Cars.com.
The only negative thing Cars.com had to say about the 2013 Honda Civic in this video review is that the hubcaps of the LX trim do not quite work because you can see the metal tire behind it (something that is easily fixed, as pointed out in the video).
Here are the highlights you’ll want to know:
- There are significant features that come standard on every model, including text message reading, back up camera, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration, and more! And, as the reviewer pointed out, all these features, even in the base model, are executed well and are high quality.
- All the features described above work well and are easy to sync up with your smartphone (if it’s compatible). In fact, it’s easier to sync up your smartphone with the 2013 Honda Civic than any other car.
- The 2013 Honda Civic is safer. It has a new front subframe, which helped it earn the presitigious ’Top Safety Plus’ rating.
- The Honda Civic regained its “fun to drive character” with new suspension which made makes it “more composed.”
- The 2013 Honda Civic is still a “big compact car” with lots of space in the back for passengers.
There’s more to know about the impressive 2013 Honda Civic, so be sure to stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership to take the 2013 Honda Civic for a test drive and see why it is “back on top of its game.”
Like any automotive company, Honda’s profits are tied to the quality and sales of its products. Well, I guess you could say that the quality of Hondas and the number of Hondas is at a high because Honda’s profits rose by a net of 6.6 percent last quarter.
Honda posted a net profit of $760.88 million.
Of course, profit all has to do with sales and strong Honda sales were led by the 2013 Honda Accord that jumped 36 percent over the previous month forcing the Toyota Camry to second place.
According to this article, “In the U.S., Honda’s deliveries rose 5.5 percent to 337,651 units in the three months ended March, according to industry researcher Autodata Corp. Honda saw its best year in the U.S. in 2007 at 1.55 million vehicles and is aiming to break that record this year, according to Tetsuo Iwamura, executive vice president.”
In the next year, Honda expects deliveries to rise by 10 percent led by the redesigned Honda Accord and assisted by the new Honda Fit. Honda’s growth will be global and not just in sales, but also in manufacturing.
“Honda wants to grow rapidly by focusing on emerging markets and small cars, and the automaker is expanding capacity globally. It plans a new plant in Thailand that will open in 2015. This year, it will add an extra line at a factory in Malaysia, start operations at Yorii in Japan and then open a new plant in Mexico in 2014.”
We are encouraged by the growth we see in Honda. After a rough couple years of sales and production because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, it’s very heartening to hear that Honda is continuing to grow and thrive.