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By on June 30, 2015
A common thread in any Honda car or truck is that "fun to drive" factor.  By design, Hondas are design to maximize that 'factor'.
When it comes to designing a car, sometimes the most important design aspect becomes the feeling the vehicle invokes in its driver. For Honda, that was especially important when it came to the 2015 Honda Civic lineup. Check out Honda's latest ad for the 2015 Honda Civic lineup in the video below:



In a crowded segment of yawn worthy sedans, the 2015 Honda Civic continues to outshine its competition by providing a reliable and enjoyable driving experience. Available in either a sedan or coupe model, each with a variety of trim levels, the 2015 Honda Civic comes equipped with an in-line 4-cylinder engine and either a 5-speed manual transmission or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Regardless of transmission choice, drivers can look forward to experiencing superior gas mileage ratings upwards of 30 combined mpg. To further invoke that joyous feeling in its driver, each 2015 Honda Civic comes loaded with tech-savvy features such as Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Pandora audio streaming compatibility and a rearview camera with guidelines.

It's all so easy.  If you're ready to make your next car buying purchase a 'fun oriented' occasion, and to sustain that spirit after you drive off, then stop by the Hendrick Honda Bradenton showroom in Bradenton, Florida.  We have what you're looking for.
 
 
By on June 30, 2015

Honda Fit is Mega Hit with Buyers and Critics Alike as 2016 Model Goes On Sale Tomorrow


Offering one of the most space efficient and versatile packages in the U.S. market, the 2016 Honda Fit tops it off with fun, fuel efficiency and style.
 
Launching last year to strong reviews and eager buyers, the third-generation Honda Fit has since set a blistering sales pace while continuing to garner praise. Now the playful and practical 2016 Fit is ready to take the baton, carrying forward best-in-class passenger and cargo space, 41 mpg highway fuel-economy rating1 and sporty yet refined dynamics when it goes on sale July 1 at Honda dealerships nationwide.
 
 
 
Outstanding versatility is fundamental to the design of the Fit. With class-leading interior space and clever configurability courtesy of its center-mounted fuel tank and ingenious Magic Seat®, the Fit epitomizes functionality with spacious and comfortable seating for five and the ability to accommodate large amounts of cargo, including long and tall items.

The 2016 Fit offers a sophisticated yet sporty ride, with responsive and stable handling dynamics. Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure also benefits handling, as well as safety performance. In fact, the Fit achieves the highest crash-safety ratings in its class for both the U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

1 LX model with Continuously Variable Transmission
 
 
By on June 30, 2015

Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations, with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.

Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles; automobile engines and transmissions; Honda all-terrain vehicles; power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines; and the HondaJet advanced light jet.

Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2014, more than 97 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks, using domestic and globally sourced parts. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and in 2015 will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation NSX supercar.

Honda also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.
 
 
By on June 22, 2015
Fully redesigned from the ground up, and substantially re-energized in form and function, the all-new third-generation 2016 Honda Pilot stakes its claim as the new benchmark in the three-row mid-sized SUV segment.  With more of everything family SUV buyers are looking for – performance, fuel efficiency, comfort, safety performance and premium features – in every model and trim, the 2016 Pilot goes on sale June 18 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP)1 starting at $29,995 for the Pilot LX with 2WD.

 
Among its many no-compromise attributes, the new Pilot’s 280-horsepower2, directed-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC® engine adds 30 horsepower while receiving a segment-topping EPA combined fuel-economy rating of 23 MPG for the 2WD with nine-speed automatic transmission, up 2 MPG from the 2015 Pilot.3 The technology-enhanced efficiencies continue with the available i-VTM4™ AWD system that not only allows you to drive all wheels with traction in a variety of driving conditions but also applies torque vectoring to enhance dynamic driving agility.  And family functionality is better than ever, with a more spacious third row and cargo area and One-Touch Walk-in third row access, and a host of ports and plugs to accommodate virtually every imaginable device, from smartphones to iPads, game consoles to digital video cameras, with up to four 2.5-amp USB outlets for charging the family’s most power-hungry stuff.
“The 2016 Pilot takes full advantage of Honda’s packaging expertise to deliver the outstanding, family-friendly cabin space that has made Pilot such a popular choice of family SUV buyers,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. “This third-generation Pilot reaches higher into the premium end of the three-row SUV market than ever before with a new line-topping Elite model that will give us an even stronger foothold at the upper end of the midsize SUV segment.”
The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV, with seating up to eight passengers, joins the best-selling Honda CR-V and all-new HR-V as the flagship of an expanded lineup of innovative, benchmark-setting Honda SUVs. It is the third generation of Honda’s popular three-row SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured in America. The new Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio, and is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama.4
“Our design team in California and development team in Ohio worked to create a new breed of no-compromise SUV that meets the diverse lifestyle needs of American families,” said Marc Ernst, Pilot Development Leader. “This means the 2016 Pilot has incredible family functionality when the kids are in tow, a stylish and premium experience for a night on the town or an off-road adventure.”
Since its arrival in 2003 as the first three-row, mainstream SUV to be developed on a car-like unit-body platform, the Pilot has helped set industry standards for fuel efficiency, spacious and thoughtful interior packaging, safety performance, and dynamic handling performance in the midsize SUV segment. American consumers have responded by purchasing more than 1.4 million Pilots over the past 12 years. Pilot also ties the CR-V in having the highest brand loyalty of any Honda model, with approximately 63 percent of Pilot buyers returning to purchase another Honda vehicle.
Reengineered from the ground up, virtually every aspect of the 2016 Pilot has been thoroughly redesigned to better accommodate the needs of all its occupants – the driver and all passengers – delivering more family-friendly utility, more advanced technology, and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before. The 2016 Pilot also ups the ante for premium refinement with major upgrades to interior quality and more standard comfort and convenience features on all trims, along with the addition of a new, line-topping Elite version that offers a series of Honda-first features including 20-inch wheels and tires, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a first-ever panoramic glass roof and many other premium family SUV features.
The 2016 Pilot is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) – along with the available two new advanced transmissions and a class-defining all-new intelligent variable torque management (i-VTM4™) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management and torque vectoring capability. Together, these features make this the most powerful, refined and capable Pilot Honda has ever offered. These technologies, combined with a nearly 300-pound reduction in vehicle weight (on upper trims), improved aerodynamics and reduced running resistance, make this the most fuel-efficient offering in the midsize SUV segment, with EPA fuel-economy ratings improved by as much as 2/2/2 mpg city/highway/combined3 over the previous model.           

The new Pilot also moves to the top of the class in safety performance with the most comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Furthermore, the 2016 Pilot adopts the next generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with a new “3-bone” underbody frame design and new hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings. Taken together, these engineering features and technologies deliver major gains to the Pilot’s collision avoidance and collision protection capabilities, as it targets the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings.

1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $880 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Peak power: 280 HP @ 6000 RPM (SAE net), peak torque: 262 ft-lb (355 Nm) @ 4700 RPM (SAE net)
3 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
4 Manufactured using domestic and globally sourced parts.
 
 
By on May 31, 2015
What's you favorite Automotive publication? And why?




Like any great company, Car and Driver is reaching out to it's readership with the following questions:

• Your favorite car you or your family has owned, and your favorite story about it.
• Your favorite car of the past 60 years.
• When you first discovered Car and Driver.

Great questions. It's really not all that dificult to 'stay in touch'. It's where the rubber meets the road.

Here's how Honda wished the publication a Happy 60th anniversary. 


 
 
By on May 31, 2015
The new 2016 Honda HR-V crossovers started to arrive here at Hendrick Honda Bradenton. Seems no sooner do they hit the ground they are being test driven, purchased and enjoyed!

Honda's Senior VP & General Manager of the Honda Division shared the following words just prior to the arrival of the 2016 Honda HR-Vs here.

"The announcement this week of a sub-$20,000 starting price for the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V crossover underscores its important role as the new gateway to the Honda light truck lineup. The HR-V is the next critical step forward in the fortification of our light truck line-up and a vehicle that's certain to generate a lot of excitement and customer traffic when it arrives at Honda dealerships in two weeks.

From the refreshed 2015 CR-V that came to market last fall, to the arrival of an all-new Pilot this summer, we're building the foundations for our future success, step-by-step. Now, we're putting our focus on the newest piece of the puzzle with HR-V, which combines class-leading fuel economy, dynamic styling and Honda packaging magic to create an incredible value proposition.

With the CR-V and Pilot already sharing the highest brand loyalty ratings in our lineup, and the HR-V pulling in new, younger buyers at the gateway to the lineup – it will only get better next year with the arrival of a new Ridgeline and redesigned Odyssey.

With the Kentucky Derby just a day away, I'd sum it up by saying that the new HR-V is an early favorite to win one of the most closely watched races in the auto industry today. We're off to the races!"

Jeff Conrad
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Honda Division
 
 
By on May 31, 2015
As a CR-V owner what's your opinion on the success of the CR-V. Is it style, safety, performance and engineering, economy? Or any combination of these.

Here's the view from Mr. Jeff Conrad,Senior Vice President and General Manager,Honda Division:


"When we launched the 2015 Honda CR-V with a significant mid-cycle redesign, we aimed to provide our customers with across-the-board upgrades—in styling, performance, fuel efficiency and family-friendly technology; and customers have responded by voting with their pocketbooks to make CR-V the best-selling SUV in America.

The experts also have taken notice. This week, the Cars.com/USA TODAY/"Motor Week" Compact SUV Challenge chose the CR-V for the top spot over six competing models. This adds to the accolades CR-V has earned from Motor Trend as the 2015 Sport Utility of the Year, from Kelly Blue Book as a KBB.com Best Buy for 2015, as well as from U.S. News and World Report as a Best Cars for Families winner.

The Cars.com/USA TODAY/"Motor Week" selection of CR-V as the top SUV is all the more sweet because the panel of expert judges included real-world customers. With sales topping 100,000 units in the first four months of this year – an all-time record start for CR-V – clearly customers are choosing CR-V. And with a new HR-V crossover in dealer showrooms, and a new Pilot SUV heading there soon, the Honda light truck lineup just keeps getting stronger."

Jeff Conrad
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Honda Division



 
 
By on April 28, 2015

Hands-Free Selfie Technology — another first from Honda

Honda prides itself on always being at the forefront of
the latest automobile technologies.

That’s why we're proud to announce the all-new HR-V Selfie Edition.

With 10 cameras across the interior and exterior, the HR-V Selfie Edition
allows drivers to snap self-portraits while the car is in park.

Watch the video above for a demonstration from our beta-tester, Ashley.

For More Information and a Gallery of Pictures Click Here
Always drive responsibly and avoid distractions. HR-V SLF is currently being beta tested.
 
 
By on April 28, 2015
 If you've been a loyal Honda customer or you've achieved a level of financial status that you're proud of, you should consider leasing your next Honda car or truck.  When you visit our dealership we'll provide you with all of the information that you need to make that informed decision, to Buy or Lease.

Here are just a few of the highlights of a lease through Honda Financial Services. 
  • Turn-in fee waived for loyal customers
    A loyal customer is one who purchases or leases another new Honda automobile within 30 days prior to or after the turn-in date.
  • $500 Excessive Wear and Use Waiver
    A loyal customer may be eligible for an excessive wear and use waiver of up to $1,000.
  • Flexible Terms
    Contracts can range from 24-60 months. You can even eliminate monthly lease payments with our One-Payment Leasing program.
  • Multiple Mileage Options
    Choose from 12,000 or 15,000 miles per year. Additional miles can be purchased at signing.
  • Automatic GAP Coverage
    Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) generally covers the difference between insurance payments and the outstanding lease if our vehicles is stolen or deemed a total loss. GAP coverage is standard on all Honda Leadership Leasing.
  • Guaranteed Purchase Price
    Honda Leadership Leasing locks in the end-of-lease purchase price at signing, which can protect you against market fluctuations.
  • End-of-Term Flexibility
    Even after your lease is over, Honda Leadership Leasing can still give you options. You can purchase the vehicle for the guaranteed price, lease or purchase a new Honda, or simply return the vehicle.
  • No purchase-option fee.
 
 
By on April 28, 2015
The sky used to be a reasonable limit.  Perhaps metaphorically for most but not for Honda. Last June 2014 Honda's first production jet took flight.  These days, at Honda it would seem that 'the sky' is just another milestone.  As the potential for new forms of transportation are without limit.  The Sky and Beyond.  Take a look at the Honda Jet.

With the completion and flight of Honda's first production Business Jet the future is exciting. There's a market for business jets and the benefits are depicted in the illustration below:



There's one profoundly evident characteristic that has gone without mention.  It's public recognition will likely occur at the knee of the curve of that market acceptance curve.  Please watch the first video clip from May 2014 and the more recent video from June 2014, and share your thoughts..








 
 
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