Which Hondas are best for my teen driver?

Which Hondas are best for my teen driver?

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Which Hondas are best for my teen driver? Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issued a list of pre-owned cars that are better choices for teen drivers. IIHS research shows that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. Interestingly, more research indicates that vehicle choice has a big effect on the degree of risk in a collision and that many teens drive used vehicles lacking important safety technology. Beginning in 2014, the Institute started this list to help parents make the best option.

Four pre-owned Honda vehicles were selected in the “Best Choices” (under $20,000) category–the Accord Sedan and Coupe (2013 and later), CR-V (2015 and later), and Odyssey (2014 and later). Four other Honda models were chosen as “Good Choices” (under $10,000)– the Accord Sedan (2012), CR-V (2012 and later), Element (2007-2011) and the Odyssey (2011-2013).

“Our early investment in advanced body structures for Honda models helped them achieve top third-party safety ratings, which can help teens or their parents in making educated purchases of both new and pre-owned vehicles,” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales.

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New Honda Accord Coming to Dealers

New Honda Accord Coming to Dealers

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New Honda Accord Coming to Dealers! The 2019 Honda Accord lineup is set to begin hitting dealer showrooms this Thursday, November 1. The 10th generation Accord will be offered in three powertrains, one of which is Honda’s unique two-motor hybrid system. Standard features for the new Accord lineup include LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch customizable digital driver’s meter, push-button start, and a full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies.

The new 2019 Accord will offer the latest in connected-car technologies including a 7-inch digital TFT driver’s meter (standard), an 8-inch, high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen with an intuitive smartphone-like layout and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration (Sport and above trims). Additional features include a 6-inch head up display (HUD), automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing, wireless device charging and next-generation HondaLink™ Assist with available 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi and smartphone-controlled remote engine start.

The standard engine powertrain for the 2019 Accord is the turbocharged 1.5-liter, DOHC direct-injected inline 4-cylinder engine with a peak output of 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. The Hybrid Accord is powered by the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. 

For Safety and Driver Assistive Technology, the standard Honda Sensing, makes this one of the safest sedans on the roads. Other available features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, Blind Spot Information System (BSI), and Driver Attention Monitor. Accord Touring trims come with the HondaLink™ telematics system, which allows drivers to lock and unlock doors from virtually anywhere via their smartphone. Additional HondaLinkTM subscription services include automatic emergency calling, stolen-vehicle tracking, automatic collision notification, and enhanced roadside assistance.

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Honda Impresses in 2018 Best Resale Value Awards

Honda Impresses in 2018 Best Resale Value Awards

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Honda Impresses in 2018 Best Resale Value Awards! Recently J.D. Power released their 2018 J.D. Power Resale Value Award, which recognizes the best resale value across 24 model-level vehicle segments.  J.D. Power provides consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Many car-buyers know the J.D. Power name because of its association with satisfaction and vehicle dependability awards.

To choose the winners, 244 vehicle models were evaluated using a sample of over 650,000 transactions with an average of 3,500 data points assed on each vehicle. The award selection process also considers used vehicle wholesale prices (the price a dealer pays for a used vehicle) and then these prices are divided by the vehicle’s original purchase price. The calculations used are based on wholesale records from January through June 2018 for models that are three years old (2015 model year).

The Honda Fit won in the Small Car segment; the Honda Civic won in the Compact Car segment; the Honda Accord won in the Midsize Car; and the Honda Odyssey won in the Minivan segment. These are not the first awards that Honda has won this year, though. The automaker has taken home other awards including: Honda Accord named North American Car of the Year, Honda Accord named KBB’s Overall Best BuyHonda Odyssey and CR-V named Best Cars for Families, and Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey Named Best Cars of 2018. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Honda celebrates 10 years production at Indiana plant

Honda celebrates 10 years of production at Indiana plant

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Honda celebrates 10 years of production at Indiana plant! Earlier this month, Honda Manufacturing celebrated its 10th anniversary of automobile production at is Greenburg, Indiana plant. Honda initially announced plans to build the auto plant in Greensburg in June 2006 and broke ground on the new plant in March 2007.  In October 9, 2008, Honda began production in Indiana by producing the 4-cylinder Honda Civic Sedan with the aid of 1,000 employees on one shift.

“Since launching production a decade ago today, Honda has had a lasting positive impact on the city of Greensburg, the southeast region and the entire state, helping propel our workforce and strengthen Indiana’s reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “With more than 290 Japanese business facilities in Indiana, we are proud of the friendships we have established with companies like Honda and look forward to even more milestones ahead. Congratulations on 10 years of excellence and thank you for your commitment to our state.”    

In October 2011, the plant added a second shift, doubling the production capacity to 200,000 vehicles per year. Since then, the plant has grown to hire 2,500 associates who operate two shifts, producing the Honda Civic Sedan, the 2019 Honda Insight, and Honda CR-V. The cumulative production at the plant is more than 1.8 million vehicles, producing roughly 250,000 vehicles annually. 

“This milestone is the result of the commitment our Honda associates in Indiana have made every day over the past decade to build products of the highest quality for our customers,” said Isao Matsuzaki, president at HMIN. “Indiana is our home and with the strong support of our local communities, the state and beyond, we are excited about our future here in Greensburg.” 

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New Honda Technology Allows Vehicles to See Around Walls

New Honda Technology Allows Vehicles to See Around Walls

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New Honda Technology Allows Vehicles to See Around Walls! Responding to a statistic that shows roughly 40% of all collisions 20% of the nearly 35,000 traffic deaths that occur each year in the U.S. occur at intersections, Honda recently demonstrated its new “Smart Intersection” technology. This vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology was developed in partnership with the City of Marysville as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor pilot project, which seeks to address the limitations of on-board vehicle sensors in addressing traffic collisions at roadway intersections.

“Honda believes that V2X technology is an essential component of a smarter and safer transportation ecosystem and can play a role in our dream for a zero-collision society,” said Ted Klaus, vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “By partnering with the City of Marysville and the State of Ohio, we believe this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users.”

The “Smart Intersection” technology allows cars to virtually see around and through walls and buildings in nearly all weather conditions through object recognition software that works in conjunction with intersection-mounted cameras and V2X communications.

“Research underway in Marysville and along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor holds great promise in advancing world-changing transportation technologies and is the 21st century version of Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers made their early aviation discoveries,” said Governor John R. Kasich. “With the help of strong public- and private-sector partners, and our unmatched Transportation Research Center, Ohio is aggressively working to maintain its leadership role for developing vehicles and smart technologies of the future.”

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Honda Releases North American Environmental Report

Honda Releases North American Environmental Report

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Honda Releases North American Environmental Report! Over the years, Honda has shown its dedication to the environment, whether through the development of electric cars such as the Clarity or more powerful hybrids like the Insight. Recently, Honda released their annual environmental report to highlight measures the company is making to reduce its environmental impact. The 44-page report explains Honda’s views on public policy initiatives as they pertain to energy use and development of alternative fuel technologies and vehicles. 

“We continue to make important progress in reducing the environmental impact of our products and our business operations in North America,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of Honda North America, Inc. “We have set forth challenging targets, including the halving of our company’s total CO2 emissions by 2050 and the transition to electrified vehicles, an important direction in the future of personal mobility.”

 2018 North American Environmental Report Highlights:
Product Development

  • Twelve of 15 models produced in FY18 have PVC-free interiors
  • Honda is recycling fabrics, using soybean-based foam as sound insulation in vehicles

Manufacturing  

  • The CO2 emissions from powersports production was reduced 23 percent from a year ago.
  • Waste-to-landfill from manufacturing operations was reduced 23.7 percent.
  • Water use per automobile produced decreased 4.1 percent in FY18

Sales and Service

  • Ninety-nine percent of the waste from Honda’s 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers was recycled in FY18, the highest rate in company history
  • The CO2 emissions intensity of U.S. service parts shipments fell 4.4 percent from a year ago, and has been reduced 46.6 percent over the past six years.
  • In FY18 more than 210 U.S Honda and Acura dealers received a Honda Environmental Award and combined for an annual reduction of 24,000 tons of CO2

Products In Use

  • The unadjusted fleet-average fuel economy of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S.i was 38.7 mpg in model year 2017 (MY17), outpacing the automobile industry average of 32.3 mpg by 6.4 mpg, or 19.8 percent.
  • The unadjusted fleet average CO2 emissions of the company’s U.S. automobile fleetii is 19.1 percent below (better than) the industry average.
  • The fleet-average fuel economy of Honda motorcyclesiii is up 69.8 percent from the MY2000 baseline.

Additional information on Honda’s environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company’s Sustainability Report. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Honda Civic gets Sport Trim for 2019

Honda Civic gets Sport Trim for 2019

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Honda Civic gets Sport Trim for 2019! The 2019 Honda Civic is set to launch at dealers beginning October 10 with some small changes including refreshed designs, standard Honda Sensing technology on all trims, and a new Display Audio system with a volume knob and physical buttons. This model year will also introduce the Civic Sport trim which features unique styling, 18-inch wheels and tires, enhanced handling and value-added feature content.

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan will be offered in five total trims the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring, while the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe will be available in LX, Sport, EX, and Touring trims. The full model line will also include the Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R. More details regarding these models will come later. 

The 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe Sport Trim utilizes a  2.0-liter engine paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or optional Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT).  Unique exterior styling for the models includes fog lights with gloss black trim, 18-inch wheels wrapped in the same all-season tires as the Civic Si, a black-painted decklid spoiler, Sport badging and a sport muffler capped by a wide, center-mounted chrome exhaust finisher styled after Civic Si complete the package. For the interior, the Sport trims get red gauges, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, paddle shifters (CVT-equipped models), textured aluminum sport pedals, and unique seat materials with a combination of synthetic leather and cloth. The sport trim also gets upgraded tech over the LX model along with an 8-speaker audio system.

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The 2019 Honda Insight is an IIHS Top Safety Pic

The 2019 Honda Insight is an IIHS Top Safety Pic

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The 2019 Honda Insight is an IIHS Top Safety Pic! Recently, we shared all you need to know about the Honda Insight! The hybrid sedan, which was released this summer, marks Honda’s fifth electrified vehicle introduced over the past year. The Insight holds five passengers and includes standard Honda Sensing technology.

The model offers an EPA rating of 55 mpg, class-leading power and passenger space, as well as a sporty style that aims to bring a new level of sophistication to the compact hybrid market. The new model has already begun production in Indiana and gets an impressive output of 151-horsepower. The Insight will be available in the LX, EX and Touring trims and include standard multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. It will also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The model has now earned the 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest overall safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Insight received top ratings of “GOOD” in all crashworthiness tests, a standard “GOOD” rating for the Insight’s LED headlights and a “SUPERIOR” rating for the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) feature of the standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced driver safety technologies.

“Insight continues to prove that it’s much more than just a pretty face with great fuel-efficiency ratings.” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. “With standard Honda Sensing® active safety tech and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, Insight is a hybrid with some serious safety chops.” For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Which Honda Model is Best for a Dog Lover?

Which Honda Model is Best for a Dog Lover?

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Which Honda Model is Best for a Dog Lover? The Honda Fit! Last week, we shared that U.S. News and World Report chose the 2019 Honda Fit as the winner for the “Best New Cars for Teens Under $20,00” award. The U.S. News and World Report picks cars with the best combination of overall quality, reliability, safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies across five different price brackets. Not only is this affordable and hip Honda perfect for teenagers, but it is also perfect for dog lovers! 

Autotrader editors write about their decision sharing, “Although it qualifies as a subcompact car, the Honda Fit is surprisingly roomy inside, making it the ideal dog/human mobility device for those on a tight budget. A tall roof, low step-in height and a unique rear-seat design go a long way to accommodating dogs of all sizes, and the Fit’s reputation for reliability and strong resale value make it a good used car choice. Along with a pleasant ride and great fuel economy, you’ll find a number of dog-friendly aftermarket accessories for the Fit, ranging from simple seat covers to cargo-area mats and beds. The Honda Fit is a great car for dog owners as a new or used car.”

But which features make this model the perfect choice? The Fit has a friendly and roomy interior, tall roof, low step-in height, and multi-configarable second-row Magic Seats® that give the model unequaled cargo capacity, boasting a class-leading 52.7 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

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The Honda Fit is Affordable and Perfect for Teens

The Honda Fit is Affordable and Perfect for Teens

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The Honda Fit is Affordable and Perfect for Teens! Recently U.S. News and World Report chose the 2019 Honda Fit as the winner for the “Best New Cars for Teens Under $20,00” award. The U.S. News and World Report picks cars with the best combination of overall quality, reliability, safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies across five different price brackets.

The editors share what about the Honda Fit made them chose this model. They write, “From our No. 2 ranked subcompact cars to our No. 1 ranked subcompact. The Honda Fit, which sits at just $16,190, won our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. A luxurious interior, high fuel economy estimates, massive amounts of cargo room, and a multitude of tech and safety features make this little car a good “fit” for anyone.

The Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There is an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) that increases fuel economy. However, the CVT is known to emit a droning sound when you’re on the highway.”

The Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, which includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)., is now available on all trims and standard on EX and above,  adding an additional level of peace of mind for parents. 

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