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"Why would a car company set out to build one of the world’s most energy efficient and technologically advanced smart homes? Together, American homes and cars produce almost half of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Honda Smart Home US represents our vision for zero carbon living and mobility. Over the course of a year, the home’s solar panels generate all the electricity needed for the home and there's Honda Fit EV in the garage.
Sustainable and high-tech, Honda Smart Home US is a showcase of environmental innovation, demonstrating Honda's vision for zero-carbon living and personal mobility. A vision of a lifestyle of renewable energy for home and transportation, HSH features new technologies to greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed by individual households, including the use of solar power to directly charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle.
NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Rear Visibility Technology
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.
“Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents—our children and seniors,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.”
Today’s final rule requires all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, manufactured on or after May 1, 2018, to come equipped with rear visibility technology that expands the field of view to enable the driver of a motor vehicle to detect areas behind the vehicle to reduce death and injury resulting from backover incidents. The field of view must include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. The system must also meet other requirements including image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation.
“Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur," said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. "We’re already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today."
On average, there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year caused by backover crashes. NHTSA has found that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of backover fatalities each year, and adults 70 years of age and older account for 26 percent.
NHTSA took time on this regulation to ensure that the policy was right and make the rule flexible and achievable. In fact, at this point, many companies are installing rear visibility technology on their own, due to consumer demand. Including vehicles that already have systems installed, 58 to 69 lives are expected to be saved each year once the entire on-road vehicle fleet is equipped with rear visibility technology meeting the requirements of today’s final rule.
The final rule complements action taken by the agency last year to incorporate rear visibility technology into the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). NHTSA’s NCAP program – widely known for its 5-Star Safety Ratings – highlights for consumers the vehicle makes and models that are equipped with the agency’s Recommended Advanced Technology Features that can help drivers avoid crashes and reduce other safety risks. Forward collision warning (FCW) and lane departure warning (LDW) systems are also highlighted under NCAP on www.safercar.gov.
To help prevent future deaths and injuries, especially those involving small children, NHTSA offers these important safety tips.
"To reduce the risk of devastating backover crashes involving vulnerable
populations (including very young children) and to satisfy the mandate of the Cameron
Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, NHTSA is issuing this final rule to expand
the required field of view for all passenger cars, trucks, multipurpose passenger vehicles, buses,
and low-speed vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds. The agency
anticipates that today’s final rule will significantly reduce backover crashes involving children,
persons with disabilities, the elderly, and other pedestrians who currently have the highest risk
associated with backover crashes. Specifically, today’s final rule specifies an area behind the
vehicle which must be visible to the driver when the vehicle is placed into reverse and other
related performance requirements. The agency anticipates that, in the near term, vehicle
manufacturers will use rearview video systems and in-vehicle visual displays to meet the
requirements of this final rule.
Individual car purchases by Californians make Honda Civic the most popular vehicle in the Golden State in 2013
And I think why not? Why not in Florida too?
Is it the climate, the demographics, the culture? Or is it the marketing, the product, the people that
bring the product to the customer.
The fact is more individual Californians purchased a Honda Civic than any other vehicle in 2013, according to new-vehicle registration data now available from Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS. Individual California car buyers purchased 65,910 Civics in 2013, more than any other vehicle in the state when subtracting sales to government and corporate fleet buyers. California is the largest vehicle market in the United States.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hendrick, 64, tireless philanthropist, creator of an automotive empire and the most successful NASCAR owner of the modern era, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at The Washington Auto Show.
"Rick has become an auto industry icon through his charity, hard work, grit and determination," said Keith Crain, Chairman of Crain Communications and Editor-in-Chief of Automotive News. "He has achieved unimaginable success as an automotive dealer and NASCAR owner and he has persevered through unspeakable grief and continues to give back and that combination makes him unique and the perfect recipient of the lifetime achievement award."
Hendrick is the founder and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, the nation's second-largest privately held automotive dealership group and the sixth-largest automotive dealership group overall andHendrick Motorsports, winners of 13 NASCAR owner's championships and more than 200 victories in the elite Sprint cup Series.
Hendrick Automotive Group operates 87 dealerships representing 28 nameplates, 121 franchises and 24 collision centers and three accessories distributor installers in 13 states. The company employs more than 9,000 people. Hendrick Motorsports currently fields four teams that are in embroiled in NASCAR's playoffs, The Chase for the Sprint Cup, with drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.
Hendrick also established the Hendrick Marrow Program in 1997 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Even though he did not need a marrow transplant himself, he wanted to help other patients waiting to find a marrow match and a second chance at life.
The Hendrick Marrow Program works with Be The Match Foundation to support the work of the National Marrow Donor Program®. Specifically it raises money to add more potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry, increasing the chances that more patients can find their match. It also helps patients with uninsured transplant costs, which are often a barrier to treatment.
Since inception, the Hendrick Marrow Program has raised more than $12 million, added more than 100,000 marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry, and eased the financial burden of over 8,000 patients with grants from the Hendrick Family Fund for Patient Assistance.
"We are pleased to honor Mr. Hendrick, whose ingenuity and achievement reflects the ingenuity of a true entrepreneur," said Kevin Reilly, president of Alexandria Hyundai and chairman of the 2014 Washington Auto Show.
The Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the close of the 2014 Washington Auto Show Public Policy Preview Day at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where thousands of industry and government leaders will convene for key announcements, networking and an evening Sneak Peek reception. The award presentation will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and program at 8:15 p.m.
Previous recipients of the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award include: Edsel Ford II, Roger Penske, Carroll Shelby, Ralph Nader and Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI).
The 2014 staging of the 71st Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, known in the industry as "The Public Policy Show", will offer a showcase of more than 700 vehicles from over 42 domestic and import manufacturers and a special exhibit of the world's most luxurious rides. In addition, The Washington Auto Show has been accredited by OICA, the industry credentialing organization for the top auto shows in the world, as one of the five top tier Auto Shows in America.
In 2012 the Honda Crosstour was fifth on the top 10 list of cars manufactured in the U.S.A. Assembled in East Liberty, Ohio with 80% of it's part manufacture in the U.S. The 2012 Accord was number four on that list and is assembled in Marysville, Ohio. No other midsized vehicle comes close to having as much U.S. parts and labor thrown into it as the Accord
A nice little backstory:
Honda: Investing in America from Honda Government Relations on Vimeo.
Here's a synopsis of where Honda's at now in the U.S.A.:
Following an operational strategy of building products close to its customers, Honda has invested $1.2 billion into its U.S. manufacturing plants over the last two years alone, bringing Honda¹s total U.S. capital investment to more than $14 billion.
MANUFACTURED IN AMERICA$14 billion capital investment in the U.S.
90% of vehicles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America in 2012
9 manufacturing facilities in America
1.21 million cars and light trucks built in the U.S. in 2012
Honda and Acura products are built using domestic and globally sourced parts
14 R&D facilities in America
First international automaker with the capability to perform "complete product creation" in America
One-third of MY2012 Honda and Acura models sold in America were researched, designed, and developed in the U.S.
The new Acura NSX supercar will be developed in the U.S. and manufactured in Ohio
147,000 jobs created by American Honda dealerships
1,300 Honda and Acura U.S. dealerships sold more than 1.42 million vehicles in 2012
Honda ranked #1 mass-market brand in 2012 JD Power & Associates Initial Quality StudySM
$22 billion in U.S. parts and materials purchases in 2012
More than 500 U.S. OEM suppliers in 34 states provide parts and materials to Honda production facilities
13,500 companies supply maintenance, repair and operational (MRO) services to Honda's U.S. operations
Have you been considering a practical, versatile, fuel efficient car? Honda is skipping the 2014 Model year for the Honda Fit and we have a great inventory of 2013s that will not last long. Why?
The 2015 Fit has been completely reimagined, and we’re excited to share even more details with you. The new Fit features a sleek modern exterior, sporty, fun-to-drive handling and plenty of forward-thinking technology. Additionally, we’re proud to announce that it will be produced at an all-new North American facility.
Here’s what you can expect from our most stunning hatchback yet.
Aggressive new styling
Aerodynamic body constructed from high-tensile steel
Striking new grille and headlights
Available 16-inch, alloy wheels
52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®
Increased passenger volume and rear legroom
Available leather-trimmed seats
i-VTEC® engine with Earth Dreams Technology generates 130-horsepower (SAE net) at 6600 rpm and 114 lb.-ft of torque at 4600 rpm
6-speed manual or available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Revised, sport-tuned suspension
Packed with technology
Standard Bluetooth® connectivity, rearview camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
Available Smart Entry with push button start, Honda LaneWatch™ and 7-inch Display Audio touch-screen
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) II Body Structure
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5th ANNUAL TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN 10K / 5K / FUN RUN
Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on printMore Sharing ServicesTake Stock in Children of Manatee County will hold the 5th Annual Take Stock 10k/5k/Fun Run, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Runners will start and finish on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Both the 10k and 5k are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. Post Race party with food, entertainment, raffles, age group awards and kids activities immediately following the race.
All proceeds from this event benefit Take Stock in Children of Manatee County.
Take Stock in Children is a non-profit organization that helps children from low-income families achieve academic and personal success by providing mentoring programs and college scholarships. The Florida Pre-Paid College Foundation matches the money we raise dollar-for-dollar, thus creating opportunity for young people who have shown their desire and commitment to attend college by maintaining a 2.5 or higher grade point average and remaining drug and crime-free.
Online registration will close on February 28th, at 11:59 p.m. After 2/28/14, price increases to $35 for all participants.
To Register please visit: http://raceroster.com/events/2014/1724/5th-annual-take-stock-10k-5k-fun-run
Mar 01 11:00 AM - YMCA Health and Wellness Expo / Packet Pick Up
Mar 02 6:30 AM - Race Day Registration
Mar 02 7:30 AM - 10k / 5k Start
Mar 02 8:30 AM - Fun Run Start
Mar 02 9:00 AM - Awards Presentation
The 2014 Honda CR-V (http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/), the best-selling SUV in America for the past two years, has won a U.S. News & World Report "Best Cars for the Money" award. The highly-versatile and feature-packed CR-V was named "Best Compact SUV for the Money" among 2014 vehicles sold in the United States.
"The CR-V offers more quality, utility, comfort, fuel-efficiency, and fun-to-drive character than many more-expensive competitors," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Automobile Operations at American Honda. "Value for the money is one of the key things that customers expect when buying a Honda, and this award recognizes the CR-V's fulfillment of that promise."
The "Best Cars for the Money" methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 award categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the "Best Car for the Money" in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings, updated monthly at www.usnews.com/cars, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts' opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle's five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.
American Honda became a net exporter in the U.S. for the first time in 2013 - exporting 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles versus the 88,537 vehicles it imported from Japan. With sustained growth, Honda achieved record production of automobiles in 2013, both in North America (1,781,213 units) and in the U.S. (1,309,917 units), enabling this first-ever net exporter achievement.
"Achieving net exporter status is a natural result of our commitment and investment in the U.S. and North America," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president & CEO of Honda North America, Inc. "The achievement of this tremendous milestone is a result of the efforts of the tens of thousands of associates in America who develop and produce our vehicles and those who manage the export of these products to customers in global markets."
Over the past three years, Honda has invested more than $2.7 billion to expand its U.S. and North American auto production operations. As a result, today nearly 95 percent of the Honda and Acura cars and trucks sold in the U.S. are made locally in North America.
Honda vehicles are the most durable and longest lasting of any mainstream automotive brand*, according to Polk vehicle registration statistics from 1988-2012. No other mainstream brand had a greater percentage of vehicles on the road than the Honda brand. In the mainstream segment, an industry best 75% of all Honda vehicles sold in the last 25 years were still on the road.
"One of the most important considerations for a new vehicle purchase is how long that vehicle will last and this study demonstrates that Honda quality and reliability is not just part of our hard-earned reputation but represents our industry-leading performance on the road," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "If consumers want the most durable, longest lasting mainstream brand, Honda vehicles are the clear choice."