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The 2019 Honda Insight Begins Production in Indiana!

The 2019 Honda Insight Begins Production in Indiana!

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The 2019 Honda Insight Begins Production in Indiana! Recently we shared insight into the new sedan, which is a hybrid sedan that marks Honda’s fifth electrified vehicle introduced over the past year. Introduced last month at the New York International Auto Show, the model holds five passengers and includes standard Honda Sensing technology. The two-motor hybrid system allows the model to get a 151 net system horsepower giving the model to a projected 55-mpg rating in the city. The model will be available in three trims- the Insight LX, Insight EX, and Insight Touring.

Honda announced earlier this week that the Honda Insight would begin production in Indiana, including a $61.5 million investment in Indiana and Ohio for production purposes. This investment reflects Honda’s longterm goals of increasing investment in the production of electrified vehicles in America. By 2030 as part of the Honda Electrification Initiative, Honda plans to have 2/3 of its global auto sales come from electrified vehicles.

“The new Honda Insight exemplifies our growing investment in the production of electrified vehicles in America and our associates in Indiana are proud to play a key role in this initiative,” said Isao Matsuzaki, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. “As the lead plant for Insight production globally, we are committed to delivering the quality and reliability that our customers expect.”

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Do the Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V Retain their Value?

Do the Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V Retain their Value?

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Do the Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V Retain their Value? It seems like every week Honda is winning a new award for the amazing craftsman ship of their line of vehicles. This week, Edmunds has awarded the three top-selling models with Best Retained Value Awards. The awards determine which models are projected to retain the best residual value after five years of ownership.

“Buying a new car is a huge financial decision, and our 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards are designed to help shoppers discover the brands and vehicles that can help them get the most out of their investment,” said Avi Steinlauf, Edmunds’ CEO. “This year’s winners underscore a commitment to quality and reliability, and are good bets to hold their value over the course of ownership.”

In the Compact Car category, the Civic topped the category. Editors at Edmunds share, “It’s hard to overstate how much we like the 2018 Honda Civic. Equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, it’s one of the best cars in its class for delivering both impressive acceleration and high fuel economy. Inside, it has plenty of room for passengers, clever storage solutions and more cargo space than most competitors in any body style. It also offers technology features that put some other compact cars to shame and safety ratings that are among the best. Available as a sedan, coupe or hatchback, the Civic has a version for every niche, and all of them are good.”

For the Midsize Car category, the Honda Accord came out on top because “its improvements are dramatic.It starts on the outside. The new Accord‘s fastback profile and pronounced styling lines make it look more luxurious and European than the norm. Inside, Honda has thoroughly reworked the interior, and it’s now one of the nicest cabins in the class. On the top Touring trim, there’s a pleasing mix of soft-touch plastic, leather upholstery, faux-leather door inserts, and convincing wood trim on the dash. Even on lower levels such as the Sport, the cabin is decked out with carbon-fiber-look trim and faux-leather-trimmed seats. Front and center is a new touchscreen that is much easier to use than the old system.”

And finally, the CR-V, a favorite among many different publication, topped its category for Compact SUV because, “the Honda CR-V was redesigned last year and, frankly, we were surprised by how deep the changes went. Rather than phone in some superficial tweaks to a top-selling model, Honda gave it a ground-up overhaul that decisively parted ways with its predecessor. The 2018 Honda CR-V sets a new pace for its rivals to follow. Among the tricks up this fifth-generation CR-V’s sleeve is a turbocharged engine that comes on all trims except for the base LX.”

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The 2019 Fit is Coming Soon

The 2019 Fit is Coming Soon

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The 2019 Fit is Coming Soon! Starting this past Monday, the new 2019 Honda Fit began arriving at dealerships all over the nation. The model will be available as the Fit LX, Fit Sport, Fit EX and Fit EX-L. All models come standard with Honda Sensing and will come with either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fit features a 1.5-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine that can produce an impressive 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft of torque. It gets and impressive EPA rating of 29/36/31 for manual models and 33/40/36 for CVT models.

Other standard features include a rearview camera, liftgate spoiler, LED taillights, Bluetooth, auto on-off headlights, and a multi-function center console. Eight palette choices include Helios Yellow Pearl, Orange Fury, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red, Aegan Blue Metallic, and new Platinum White Pearl.

What’s New for 2019?

  • Auto High-Beams added to Honda Sensing-equipped models
  • New Platinum Pearl White exterior color replaces White Orchid Pearl

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What is the Honda Insight?

What is the Honda Insight?

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What is the Honda Insight? As more and more automakers aim to make more environmentally friendly electric and hybrid vehicles by 2020, Honda has introduced its latest model. The Honda Insight, which will launch this summer, and is a hybrid sedan that marks Honda’s fifth electrified vehicle introduced over the past year. Introduced last month at the New York International Auto Show, the model holds five passengers and includes standard Honda Sensing technology.

“The Honda Insight shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car doesn’t mean sacrificing style, refinement or performance,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises.”

The Insight will be positioned and priced between the Civic and Accord. The two-motor hybrid system allows the model to get a 151 net system horsepower giving the model to a projected 55-mpg rating in the city. The model will be available in three trims- the Insight LX, Insight EX, and Insight Touring. Some of the standard features include LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, push-button start, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth®, Pandora® compatibility and a folding rear seat. The Insight will also include the Honda Sensing suite, which includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition, as standard equipment.

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1 Million Honda Sensing Vehicles Keep Our Roads Safer

1 Million Honda Sensing Vehicles Keep Our Roads Safer

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1 Million Honda Sensing Vehicles Keep Our Roads Safer! Recently, Honda hit a major milestone! The brand now has 1 million Honda Sensing equipped vehicles in the U.S. By 2022, Honda plans to offer the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and drive-assistive technologies as standard across the entire lineup. The effective technologies were found to significantly reduce incollision claim severity, claim rates for damage to other vehicles or other property, and claim rates for injuries to people in other vehicles or others on the road according to studies by the IIHS in partnership with HDLI.

“The data are clear. The role of Honda Sensing is reducing crash risk,” said Matt Moore, senior vice president of HLDI. “We commend Honda for rapidly expanding the application of this safety technology throughout its lineup.”

The Honda Sensing application rate has more than doubled from 2016 to 2017 to more than 50,000. Currently the suit comes standard on the 2018 Accord and 2018 Accord Hybrid, but is available on the 2018 Honda FitCivic Sedan, Coupe and Hatchback, CR-V and Pilot sport-utility vehicles, Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup. The full suit includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) – can apply brake pressure when an unavoidable collision is determined
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) – can detect the presence of vehicles in front, activating audio and visual alerts to warn the driver if they are at risk of collision
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) – can help bring the vehicle back to the center of a detected lane when unindicated lane drift is determined
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) – can adjust steering and braking if you cross detected lanes without signaling
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) – can maintain a set following interval behind detected vehicles as well as maintain a set speed

“Honda dreams of a collision-free mobile society and the Honda Sensing technology has a crucial role to play in advancing us toward that goal,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division & general manager of the Honda brand. “With the rapidly growing population of Honda vehicles applying these technologies, we hope to significantly reduce collisions involving Honda vehicles within the next three to four years.”

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KBB Names Honda the Best Overall Brand

KBB Names Honda the Best Overall Brand

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KBB Names Honda the Best Overall Brand! Honda has had a fantastic year. It seems like each week new honors are bestowed on the brand, especially as they continue to increase the performance and style of their vehicles. These efforts have obviously made off as this year Kelley Blue Book experts have named Honda the “Best Overall Brand,” “Most Refined Brand,” and for the fourth consecutive year, America’s “Best Value Brand.”

The 11th annual KBB Brand Image Awards are based on insights collected in the annual Brand Watch study, which taps into more than 12,000 in market new vehicle shoppers who conduct research at KBB.com. The KBB experts write, “Honda returns to the top spot this year on the strength of one of the freshest, most impressive vehicle lineups in the entire industry. It’s familiar territory for the automaker, which claimed this year’s Best Value Brand and Most Refined Brand trophies, too. By providing buyers with well-built, hassle-free transportation for the past several decades, Honda has built a world-famous reputation for quality and reliability.”

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You Must Test Drive the Honda Accord

You Must Test Drive the Honda Accord

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You Must Test Drive the Honda Accord! The Honda Accord is really turning heads this year. Most recently named to the 2018 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars list, the 2018 Honda Accord has been named a “2018 Must Test Drive Award” from Autotrader.

“While most of the car-buying process has moved online, the in-person test drive continues to be a make or break aspect of the purchase decision, and it’s important to consider all your options,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

Autotrader writes about the Accord, “The latest Honda Accord is simply the best-ever version of the popular midsize sedan. While you might be tricked into thinking it’s just a refreshed Accord with some more features, you’re wrong; as Tara says, “The 2018 Accord is different from the previous generation in every way that counts, easily setting the bar for the segment.” Of course, the styling is different, and there’s more available equipment — but big news for the 2018 Accord is the fuel economy, which now reaches as high as 30 mpg city/38 mpg hwy, which is a level previously thought only achievable if you bought a compact or subcompact car. Rob calls it “a grown-up car that’s both attractive and smart,” while Brian notes the new Accord hints at “a luxury experience without denying the practicality Honda Accord owners are known for.”

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Which Honda Models Were Named AUTOMOBILE All-Stars? Recently AUTOMOBILE magazine selected two sporty Honda Models as 2018 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars, but which models were awarded? The Honda Accord and Civic Type R! Of any brand, Honda has the most models on the list. To be considered for the awards, the vehicles must be all-new, heavily revised, or have newly significant model variants on sale in the U.S. within 12 months of All-Star testing. “To receive two All-Star nods in one year speaks to how special we think Honda’s recent offerings have been,” says Mike Floyd, AUTOMOBILE Editor-in-Chief. “The new 10th-generation Accord is a meticulously engineered sedan with soul, especially in Sport trim, and the Civic Type R is arguably the greatest performance car for the money available today. From family haulers to hauling butt, Honda continues to blow us – and the competition – away.” The magazine writes about the Honda Civic Type R, “The engine pulls hard enough to make you think this Civic has more than 306 horsepower. Amazingly, it exhibits zero torque steer under full acceleration, thanks to its brilliant dual-axis strut suspension up front. The engine/induction/turbo sound inside the cabin is most pleasing in Race mode, but even then it’s still pretty quiet and not as racy-sounding as, say, the Ford Focus RS. The brakes are superb and exhibited no fade while lapping at full-tilt speeds in the process of trying (and managing) to lose a well-driven 603-horsepower Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Talk about an overachiever. The Type R’s handling is so well-sorted that I’m not sure I’ve ever driven a better-handling street car on a track right out of the box, not counting far more exotic models that usually have a starting price four to five times greater than the Honda’s.” For more Wilde Honda Sarasota News and Events, follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook!

Which Honda Models Were Named AUTOMOBILE All-Stars?

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Which Honda Models Were Named AUTOMOBILE All-Stars? Recently AUTOMOBILE magazine selected two sporty Honda Models as 2018 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars, but which models were awarded? The Honda Accord and Civic Type R! Of any brand, Honda has the most models on the list. To be considered for the awards, the vehicles must be all-new, heavily revised, or have newly significant model variants on sale in the U.S. within 12 months of All-Star testing.

“To receive two All-Star nods in one year speaks to how special we think Honda’s recent offerings have been,” says Mike Floyd, AUTOMOBILE Editor-in-Chief. “The new 10th-generation Accord is a meticulously engineered sedan with soul, especially in Sport trim, and the Civic Type R is arguably the greatest performance car for the money available today. From family haulers to hauling butt, Honda continues to blow us – and the competition – away.”

The magazine writes about the Honda Civic Type R, “The engine pulls hard enough to make you think this Civic has more than 306 horsepower. Amazingly, it exhibits zero torque steer under full acceleration, thanks to its brilliant dual-axis strut suspension up front. The engine/induction/turbo sound inside the cabin is most pleasing in Race mode, but even then it’s still pretty quiet and not as racy-sounding as, say, the Ford Focus RS.

The brakes are superb and exhibited no fade while lapping at full-tilt speeds in the process of trying (and managing) to lose a well-driven 603-horsepower Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Talk about an overachiever. The Type R’s handling is so well-sorted that I’m not sure I’ve ever driven a better-handling street car on a track right out of the box, not counting far more exotic models that usually have a starting price four to five times greater than the Honda’s.”

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Odyssey and CR-V Named Best Cars for Families

Odyssey and CR-V Named Best Cars for Families

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Odyssey and CR-V Named Best Cars for Families! Recently, U.S. News & World Report‘s released the 2018 “Best Cars for Families” awards and named the 2018 Honda Odyssey and CR-V as the Best Minivan and Best Compact SUV respectively. This marks the 8th consecutive year that the Odyssey has been recognized and the 4th consecutive year the CR-V has been highlighted. U.S. News & World Report chooses their awards based on safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, available family-friendly features and professional automotive reviews.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey has won numerous awards this year. U.S. News & World Report writes about the Honda Odyssey, “The new generation of the Odyssey is a home run. Agile handling and a strong V6 engine make the Odyssey a blast to drive, which you probably don’t expect from a minivan. Passengers have ample room to stretch out and get comfortable, and you can haul a lot of cargo. There’s also a long list of features that both kids and adults will appreciate, including a rear entertainment system and an in-cabin camera system. The Odyssey’s outstanding amenities and high-class cabin help make it a great value. That combination of quality and value led to us declaring it our 2018 Best Minivan for the Money. Most minivans are good family vehicles, but the Odyssey’s long list of features, cavernous cabin, and wealth of positive reviews make it one of the best. That’s why we gave it our 2018 Best Minivan for Families award. ”

The 2018 CR-V has also been highly awarded this year and U.S. News & World Report writes about the model, “The 2018 CR-V is one year removed from a full redesign that Honda nailed. An optional turbocharged engine provides good power for all your daily needs, and a soft ride quality should hit the mark for comfort. Inside, the CR-V provides plenty of utility. The base model has few standard features, but there’s ample seating space and class-leading cargo volume. The cabin is awash in quality materials, making every trip a pleasant one. Because the CR-V has the best combination of quality and value in its class, we named it our 2018 Best Compact SUV for the Money. We also named it our 2018 Best Compact SUV for Families thanks to its sizeable cabin, host of safety features, and positive feedback from automotive writers.”

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Honda Builds its 25 Millionth US Automobile

Honda Builds its 25 Millionth US Automobile

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Honda Builds its 25 Millionth US Automobile! Recently, Honda built its 25 millionth U.S. Automobile, a 2018 Honda Accord, produced at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. This plant also made Honda the first Japanese automaker to produce cars in the U.S. when it opened for production in 1982. Honda has invested almost $14 billion in its U.S. facilities that support automotive production including $3.4 billion in new investment during the past four years to advance Honda’s U.S. operations.

“For over 35 years, Honda associates in America have focused on building high quality automobiles for our customers, a passionate commitment that has enabled us to reach this production milestone,” said Tom Shoupe, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. “This achievement truly represents 25 million customers who put their faith in the Honda brand and we will continue to honor this relationship with a focus on achieving the highest levels of quality and innovation in the next 25 million vehicles.”

Honda U.S. Automobile Plants

Plant Production
Start
Models Produced Investment Employment Annual Capacity
Marysville Auto Plant
(Ohio)
1982 Accord Acura TLX Acura ILX $4.9 billion 4,000 440,000 vehicles
 East Liberty Auto Plant
(Ohio)
1989 CR-V Acura RDX Acura MDX $1.6 billion 2,300 240,000 vehicles
Performance Manufacturing Center (Ohio) 2016 Acura NSX $70 million 100 Made-to-order
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama 2001 Odyssey
Pilot Ridgeline V6 engines
$2.6 billion 4,500 340,000 vehicles, 340,000 engines
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana 2008 Civic sedan
CR-V Insight
$1 billion 2,400 250,000 vehicles
Anna Engine Plant (Ohio) 1985 Engines $2.5 billion 2,850 1.18 million
engines
Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America (Ohio) 1996 Transmissions $870 million 1,100 1 million
transmissions
Honda Precision Parts of Georgia 2006 Transmissions $410 million 500 375,000
transmissions

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