US News Ranks Best Cars for Families: CR-V and Odyssey Win Segments

2015 Honda Odyssey

The new Odyssey and CR-V both won their respective segments when US News recently ranked of the Best Family Vehicles on the market. The Odyssey won the Best Minivan for the fifth year in a row, and the new CR-V won the Best Compact SUV for the first time ever. Both Honda models definitely have something every family can enjoy.

According to Honda, the Best Cars for Families award was given to the CR-V and Odyssey because of their incredible performance, fuel efficiency, and safety features. The CR-V has the new Earth Dreams Technology™ engine and continuously variable transmission for excellent fuel economy, as well as a suite of Honda Sensing™ driver assist features.

2015 Honda CR-V

“Recognition from the Best Cars for Families awards for our top-selling CR-V and Odyssey demonstrates that the Honda brand values align with the needs of family buyers in terms of performance, fuel efficiency, and safety performance,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division Senior VP. “The CR-V and Odyssey were designed to offer the ideal vehicle packaging for transporting families in comfort and style positioning Honda strongly in the competition for family buyers.”

The new Odyssey features some new upgrades, including an in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, enhanced safety equipment, and in-car connectivity systems. With an array of new features, great performance, and plenty of seating and cargo room, you can see why these two models were voted the best for families.

Honda Supports New Recall Bill to Increase Safety

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Despite the best efforts of automakers all around the world, vehicles occasionally contain defective products that, once discovered, get recalled. Even worse is that many of these cars are never taken to be repaired.

Fortunately, a bill was introduced earlier this month to solve this problem, and Honda has announced their full support of the idea. The lawmakers behind the bill aim to see “any outstanding safety recall to be completed before a vehicle could be legally registered in a state.”

This will ensure much better vehicle recall completion rates, preventing uncountable car accidents and likely saving lives. Honda isn’t just in favor of this bill; they actually called for a bill like it back in 2014 in a testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Commerce.

For any information on current Honda recalls, you can check out recalls.honda.com. Recalls are serious business, and it’s about time that legislation like this recall bill was passed to make sure they get completed.

If your vehicle has been recalled, please contact Vann York Honda’s Service Department to get your Honda repaired as quickly as possible to prevent possible injury to you, others, or further damage to your vehicle!

 

HondaJet Flight Simulator Comes to North Carolina

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Honda Aircraft Company has announced the very first HondaJet simulator will make its way to the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will be appropriately located on the Honda Aircraft campus in the HondaJet Training Center.

If you haven’t heard of the new HondaJet, learn more about it here. The advanced light business jet aircraft was designed to be easy to operate, intuitive, and incredibly safe. Offering state-of-the-art safety features, top-of-the-line comfort, and best-in-class performance and efficiency, the HondaJet is expected to change the way we think about personal jets.

The flight simulator has been designed in a partnership with FlightSafety International, and offers sophisticated software that will precisely imitate a large range of in-flight scenarios, helping pilots to prepare and understand the jet, before ever leaving the ground. The training will educate pilots on how to handle common in-flight situations along with worst-case scenarios.

“Pilot training is an important factor for safety, and we are putting significant effort and investment into flight training for all of our customers,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino in a statement. “The HondaJet flight simulator will be an invaluable training tool in preparing pilots to operate the world’s most advanced light jet. It is part of a customized training program that will use the latest technologies to create a learning experience that is engaging and real to life.”

So why do we care about the HondaJet here at Vann York Honda? The aircraft branch of Honda exemplifies the company’s commitment to innovative technology. Honda continues to research and develop the cars and airplanes of tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that legacy. Stop by today to see what we’re all about!

Four Honda Models Lead Segments as Most Popular Vehicles in America

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It says a lot about a vehicle if it can claim the title as the country’s best-seller in its segment, especially when the model can consistently hold on to that title. It says even more when an automaker has multiple best-selling vehicles in its lineup. So what does the fact that four Honda models are again the most popular vehicles in America in their respective segments? Honda clearly has a winning recipe for building beloved vehicles.

The Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey have once again captured the hearts of American auto buyers according to last year’s retail registrations posted by IHS Automotive.

The Accord once again stole the show as the most popular car in America; and the Civic led the compact car segment in retail registrations by almost 45,000 units. The CR-V continues to impress, holding on to its title as best-selling SUV for the past decade; and the Odyssey took over 32% of its retail segment share.

“Retail sales are simply a better yardstick for measuring real-world product appeal, and Honda’s focus on retail sales translates to higher resale value and lower lifetime ownership costs for our customers,” said Jeff Conrad, senior VP and general manager of the Honda Division.

“We’re looking to build on our retail sales momentum in the light truck category in the year ahead with innovative new products including the new Honda HR-V crossover and redesigned Pilot SUV.”

With best-sellers in a wide range of vehicle segments, it is clear that Honda’s models consistently provide value that a large population of drivers notice. We at Vann York Honda look forward to checking out Honda’s new models that will be introduced throughout the year as we continue to enjoy our favorites.

Strong Sales Allow Honda to Re-Invest in the Light-Truck Segment

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Last year was the second-best year ever for American Honda Motor Co, and this past record setting January had sales figures tallied up to equal a 25% increase. To celebrate that fact, there is a strong push towards developing exciting new models and a new drive for Honda to re-invest in the light-truck segment and for U.S. production plants to meet the higher demand.

“We’re remaking the entire truck line,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. For starters, the totally re-designed 2016 Honda Pilot was just introduced this month with its class-leading fuel economy and enhanced utility. Also slated for domestic production is a newly unveiled HR-V crossover that will make waves in the compact SUV market, and the exciting re-emergence of the Honda Ridgeline will be a potential game-changer.

Almost all of the Honda and Acura vehicles that are sold in the U.S. are made in North America (97%) so a push towards higher production and greater flexibility will mean more investment in American Honda plants. Already, Honda has committed $85 million tow  ards the production of light trucks and SUVs at their East Liberty Ohio plant with an eye on meeting the demand for superior vehicles.

Contact us at Vann York Honda if you have any questions regarding the re-emerging Honda Ridgeline.

Packing a Roadside Emergency Kit: Are You Prepared for the Worst?

Roadside emergency kitIf you’ve ever broken down on the highway, then you’ll understand the importance of a roadside emergency kit. Packed with lifesaving supplies and tools, it’s always a good idea to carry one of these wherever you go. That’s why we put together a list of the necessities.

Roadside emergency kits should have three basic things: safety, survival, and maintenance supplies. Always carry a first aid kit that you’re familiar with, as well as flares and triangle reflectors. According to the DMV, a fire extinguisher is also a good idea in case the worst should happen.

Survival supplies are great for if you get stranded. These include things like food rations (granola or power bars), water, blankets, and a flashlight. You should also consider keeping an old cell phone in your car, as most of them will allow you to call 911 for free.

Last but not least, always carry maintenance supplies – we don’t just mean a spare tire, either. Always have a small reserve of oil, brake fluid, and coolant in case you get a leak. Carry an empty gas can in case you run out, and consider buying a tool kit. An adjustable wrench, small screwdriver, and duct tape can do wonders in a pinch. With all of these supplies, you should be safe in most roadside emergency situations.

And if you ever need your broken down car repaired, be sure to give Vann York Honda’s Service Department a call!

All-New 2015 Honda Fit Earns 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA

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The all-new 2015 Honda Fit has earned the highest-possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Thanks to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the 2015 Fit features improved frontal crash energy management, making it even better at redirecting and mitigating crash forces that would otherwise be transmitted to the passenger compartment.

In addition to the ACE body structure, the subcompact is equipped with driver and front passenger SmartVent side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, hill-start assist, an expanded view driver’s mirror, Honda LaneWatch, and a multi-angle rearview camera. Throw in the Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control and Anti-lock Braking System and it’s unlikely that anyone at the wheel of a Fit would find himself crashing at all!

At Vann York Honda, we think that might be even better than a 5-star safety score!

Just Call 2015 the “Year of Honda”

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Honda is has big plans for 2015. Calling it the “Year of Honda,” the automaker has unveiled a variety of innovative products and technologies at the 2015 North American international Auto Show that are promised to make 2015 an amazing year.

“No other automaker in the world has the depth of R&D know-how and experience to create such a diverse array of advanced technology products, let alone bring them to market,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in a statement. “These all-new products and technologies represent significant advancements for our customers and for the future of mobility everywhere; innovations that only a comprehensive mobility company like Honda can truly achieve.”

Some of the highlights include:

  • Honda’s fuel cell vehicle
  • The all-new 2016 HR-V crossover
  • The fully redesigned Pilot 8-passenger SUV
  • The HondaJet advanced light jet
  • Acura NSX gas-electric supercar
  • UNI-CUB personal mobility device
  • Honda’s return to Formula One racing
  • Ohio-made VTEC® Turbo engines
  • A new plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric vehicle expected by 2018.
  • A new Ridgeline pickup truck in 2016

Here at Vann York Honda, we can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. Stop by today to learn more about the exciting features of our current lineup, and the models that will be making their way into our showroom later this year!

Honda Civic Remains Canada’s Bestselling Passenger Car

Best Selling Passenger Car

More than 15,000 units separate the Honda Civic from the next closest competitor, marking the 17th year that the Honda Civic has been Canada’s bestselling passenger car.

“We truly value the trust that our customers put in us when they buy a Civic,” VP of sales and marketing Dave Gardner told Business Wire. “Nearly every Civic sold in Canada is built for Canadians, by Canadians, right here in our Ontario manufacturing facility. Seventeen years is an accomplishment that the entire Honda family can be very proud of.”

The 17-year run is a testament to the always improving durability, reliability, and quality of the Honda Civic.

In 2014, over 66,000 Civics hit the Canadian roadways. Another reason for the popularity is the resale value. Kelly’s Blue Book reports that Honda Civics with over 160,000 miles are selling for around $8,000.

With a base model for under $20,000, that isn’t a bad deal in the slightest. The Honda Civic has held consistent sales in both the United States and Canada, a trend that looks to continue in 2015.

Updated Honda SUV Ready for Mid-2015 Release

New Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot has always been an aptly named vehicle—you both feel like you’re flying and like you’re in complete control when you’re behind the wheel of the SUV. Plus, it’s a roomy people-mover with plenty of storage and cargo space—so you’ll feel like you’re in the cockpit of a commercial airline. Making hacky airplane pilot jokes is optional, though.

Honda is working on a new, updated version of the Pilot right now, too—it will be due out sometime this spring. The updated Honda SUV will come after the 2016 HR-V’s release and will be the third generation of the Pilot. At the North American International Auto Show, John Mendel pronounced 2015 as the Year of the Honda—and with great new vehicles like the Pilot coming down the road, it’s hard to disagree.

We have very few details about the new Pilot model, of course, but we suspect it will be powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, an engine that jets out 310 horsepower. The previous model maxes out at 250 horsepower, so this would be a vastly more powerful SUV. Plus it would come with an optional CVT transmission. To more about the Honda Pilot, no matter which generation, come see us at Vann York Honda.