Last year more than 99 percent of Hondas sold in America were made in America (using domestic and globally sources parts). No wonder three Honda models – Accord, Odyssey, and Pilot – recently snagged spots on the American-Made Index (AMI) from Cars.com.
Usually the AMI includes the top 10 cars made in the U.S., but this year only eight cars met the criteria. The list rates vehicles produced and purchased in the U.S., taking into account factors such as the percentage of parts used for the car that are considered domestic, cars assembled in the U.S. and U.S. sales. Models with a domestic-part content of less than 75 percent were disqualified as were models built exclusively outside of the country, information from Cars.com said.
Taking those ratings into consideration, the Accord was named second on the AMI, followed by the Odyssey at fourth and the Pilot in fifth.
Where Are They Made?
Below, find out where Honda’s North American models are currently made.
Honda of America Mfg., Marysville Auto Plant, Marysville, Ohio Honda Accord Sedan Honda Accord Coupe Acura TLX Acura ILX
Honda of America Mfg., East Liberty Plant, East Liberty, Ohio Honda CR-V Acura RDX Acura MDX (beginning in 2017)
Honda of America Mfg., Performance Manufacturing Center, Marysville, Ohio Acura NSX
Honda is in the business of moving you in every sense of the word. Honda has developed intelligent technologies that enrich lives and make the world more fun to move around in — on the road, on the water, in the air and beyond. Our driving inspiration will always be to enhance the joy and freedom of mobility for all.
Mobility Today and Tomorrow
What will the future of mobility look like? At our advanced North American facilities, we’re building exciting answers to that question. The Power of Dreams is about watching these answers come to life. The Honda UNI-CUB mobility device was featured in a video by alternative rock band OK Go. Watch now.
Honda is committed to the safety of its customers—and everybody else on the road. To help keep all drivers safe, Honda has developed suites of features that assist drivers in lowering the risk of collisions. It's as if Honda stepped into the realm of making vehicles that think.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Conventional cruise control has always been welcome on long highway trips but is of little use on an urban driver’s daily commute. Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set a desired speed but also maintain a desired following interval to a vehicle detected ahead so you enjoy the benefits of cruise control in light traffic.*
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
To help reduce the likelihood or severity of a frontal impact, Honda developed the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™). Powered by a combination of radar transmitter and forward-facing camera, the CMBS™ determines the distance and closing speed of detected objects that lie directly ahead. If the system determines there is a potential for a crash, it will alert the driver to take action via audible and visual warnings and, in some models, a light tug of the seat belt. If the driver does reduce speed or take other avoidance actions, the CMBS™ will begin light braking. If the system senses that a frontal collision is unavoidable, and even if no prior alerts have been given or light braking applied, the CMBS™ will automatically apply strong braking to help reduce the impact velocity and collision force; in some models, the front seat belts also will be tightened to help ensure proper occupant positioning.*
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
If momentarily distracted, a state-of-the-art warning system can alert the driver to a potentially dangerous situation ahead. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system—using both visual and audible warning—alerts the driver to a potential collision with a vehicle detected ahead. FCW can detect vehicles directly in front of the vehicle. If the distance between the two vehicles is diminishing, the system compares the vehicles’ current speeds to determine if a collision may occur. To alert the driver to apply the brakes, FCW issues a beeping sound and flashes an amber “Brake” message in the Multi-Information Display. To avoid unnecessary warnings, the FCW will not operate at speeds below 3 mph.*
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Using a forward-facing camera mounted above the inside rear view mirror, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) works proactively to keep the vehicle centered in a detected lane. If the LKAS system has been engaged and you start to drift away from the middle of the lane, it will gently apply steering torque and help guide the car back to the center of the lane. The system will not steer the car indefinitely. If it senses no steering input from the driver for a certain period of time, the system presents a message instructing the driver to begin steering again.*
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
The Road Departure Mitigation system uses a camera to identify lane markers such as painted lane lines, Botts Dots and cat eye markers. When the system detects the vehicle is about to leave the road or lane marked by solid lines, it warns the driver with visual and audible warnings; on some models, it will also tug the front seat belt. If the driver fails to take action and the system determines the vehicle had crossed outside of the marked lane, it can apply moderate torque to the steering in an attempt to guide the vehicle back into its detected lane. If it determines that steering assistance will not suffice, it will apply braking to help keep the vehicle from leaving the roadway altogether.*
Honda is a mobility company—we move people. But, for us, safety is an enormous priority. We don’t just want to move you; we want to move you safely.
Real World Tests
That’s why we created another world’s first: a multi-directional crash test facility. Our multi-directional vehicle-to-vehicle crash test facility at the Tochigi R&D center opened in 2001 and is the world's first indoor all-weather facility of its type. In addition to standard barrier tests, the facility tests in situations that simulate actual traffic collisions between vehicles.
To supplement these tests, Honda partnered with 3DEXCITE to develop software that results in extremely reliable, accurate, and cost-effective crash simulations. These simulations are so accurate that the metal deformation from a virtual test and a real test can differ as little as 15mm. The simulations can also be run again and again with differing inputs/parameters in a much smaller time period. This kind of flexibility and affordability allows Honda to make the road safer for everybody on it by engineering for worst case scenarios in an unprecedented way. See more in the video below.
Honda designs all of its vehicles with safety in mind, not only the safety of Honda vehicle occupants, but safety for the occupants of other vehicles and all road users, including pedestrians.
“Passive” and “Active” Safety Systems
There are two main types of safety systems: active and passive. “Active safety” technologies, like those in the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, are working while you’re driving. This includes the automatic emergency braking (a component of CMBS) and other technologies that help mitigate the potential for a collision or its severity. Other technologies, such as rearview cameras, can augment your view of the road.
Then, there are “passive safety” systems. These are the systems that you hope you never need. But they’re critical to your safety in the event of a collision. One of most innovative Honda passive safety systems is the ACE™ Body Structure.
ACE™ stands for Advanced Compatibility Engineering™, and it’s a Honda-exclusive body design that uses a network of front frame structures to absorb and deflect the energy from a frontal collision. This helps reduce the force transferred to the cabin and more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles involved. That means it’s not just Honda drivers that are safer in the event of a collision—it’s everybody.
To help us create a safer driving experience for our customers—and to continue the refining ACE™ Body Structure—Honda operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash safety research and testing facilities, in Ohio and Japan. This includes the world’s first multi-directional crash test facility at our automobile R&D center in Japan. Not all collisions in the real world are head on, so Honda didn’t want to test only head-on collisions, but many types of crash scenarios including: car-to-car impacts, car-to-barrier collisions, front, side and rear impacts and offset and oblique-angle collisions.
Virtually Protecting our Customers
Honda has recently helped develop an advanced safety visualization technology called Real Impact. This technology creates highly detailed three-dimensional models of a vehicle’s crash safety structure and allows Honda engineers and designers to better visualize how these systems work in a variety of collision scenarios.
Engineers are able to manipulate the 3D rendering, rotate the view in any direction and strip away parts of the vehicle to isolate a section or component for more thorough analysis. The crash barrier can also be rendered transparent in the virtual environment so the immediate effects of a crash can be viewed from multiple points of view, including from the driver's seat.
We do this work because it’s part of our company DNA – clean, safe fun. We work every day to create safer driving experiences for everybody on the road. Honda asks everyone on the road to help make it even safer by buckling up, putting away phones, and texting only when you’ve arrived safely at your destination.
Creating a world where collisions no longer happen is one of our most monumental dreams yet, and we’re already working toward making it come true. Join us on our mission to reduce collisions by 50% by 2020, and make them a thing of the past by 2040.
We are passionate about the safety of not just everyone who gets in a Honda, but of everyone who shares the road with them too — from other drivers, to bicyclists, to pedestrians.
That’s why we are leading society toward a radically transformed mobility experience, one that is safer than most can currently even imagine. Our goal is a world where collisions simply no longer happen.
We call this dream a Cooperative Car Society, and we’re already working hard to make it real. It will be made possible by a remarkable convergence of technologies, including self-driving cars, connectivity between vehicles and everyone else on the road, and other unprecedented collision-stopping capabilities.
“We have a responsibility — to each other, to our industry, and, most importantly, to society — to think bigger.” —Frank Paluch, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
On the way to building this collision-free world, highly automated vehicles will become the platform for a completely transformed mobility experience.
By the Year 2020
People, vehicles and infrastructure will be connected like never before through an omni-directional safety system. New technologies will emerge that will help to reduce driver workload and enable a 50% reduction in collisions involving Honda vehicles.
By the Year 2030
It won’t be only cars that are connected now. By this time technology will have comprehensively linked all road users, including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders.
By the Year 2040
Honda-connected vehicles will be collision-free, paving the way for radical changes in the way people move and live. We wholeheartedly expect our efforts in this area to inspire other vehicle makers too, and we look forward to being inspired by them in turn.
There's been a lot of interest recently in pickup truck beds and the 2017 Ridgeline has one of the most versatile in the industry. CLICK HERE to watch and retweet a video that shows 60 rough-cut landscaping stones, weighing about 14 to 16 pounds each, being dropped from a loader into the Ridgeline's standard composite bed. Is the Ridgeline bed tough? You be the judge.
Your new Honda is likely equipped with some truly value added technology. Much of it is the next generation of traditional function like GPS/Navigation, Audio, and Camera technologies that make for a more comfortable, safer and enriched driving experience.
So what happens when you have questions. Sure your sales person covered much of the technologies from a brief introduction on that test drive and at delivery by going over the personalized settings checklist with you.
Now there are myriad videos on YouTube to refresh what was covered during the delivery of your new car or truck.
Did you know that a QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of or two-dimensional barcode. (aka matrix barcode) first designed for the automotive industry in JAPAN. Wow! Scan the QR code above to check out some awesome 'how to' videos.
Honda is a force in our society. Having a reputation for making the safest cars on the road, it would appear that the focus on both passive and active safety features plus enhanced ergonomics inside each and every Honda vehicle, Honda is creating a synergy of state of the art safety.
"Honda is deeply committed to enhancing the safety of everyone on the road, so it's imperative that we encourage everyone to stay focused, and remind them about the dangers of texting and other potential distractions while behind the wheel," said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Honda. "This campaign is intended to be both relatable and sharable content that will reach millennials and deliver an easy-to-understand message about the very human limitations we all have when it comes to driving while distracted."
This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!!
Honda is encouraging safer driving habits through a new social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp in support of Distracted Driving Awareness month in April.
Since distracted driving is a form of multitasking, Honda is launching a new social media video series demonstrating the difficulty and danger in trying to do two things at once. The #PhoneDownEyesUp 'Distracted Texting' videos will be shared and promoted on multiple social media channels including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube(below). Which one is your favorite video!?