Honda’s Wind Turbines Produce Better-Than-Expected Results

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Honda’s wind turbines are overachievers, according to Honda’s recent announcement. The two wind turbines, which went into operation at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc., in Russells Point, Ohio, last January, were meant to produce about 10 percent of the plant’s energy use, or 10,000 MWh per year.

According to the automaker’s announcement, the turbines produced about what they had hoped for and expected in just two of the first six months, while the other four months they produced far more energy than was expected. April turned out to be the highest-performing month of the first six, with total output equaling 16 percent of the plant’s needs.

Overall, output in the first six months exceeded the plant’s expectations by 6.3 percent, making the Honda plant the first of its kind to get any “substantial” amount of power from on-site turbines.

The eight million dollar turbines were provided by Juhl Energy, who installed the alternative power source under a power purchase agreement. This means that Honda didn’t have to pay for the turbines up front, but simply pays for the electricity generated by the turbines.

Undoubtedly, other manufacturers will soon follow suit, and a close watch will be kept on Honda’s wind turbines and their continued success.

Here at Vann York Honda, we are proud to work for a company that makes renewable energy and green operations a priority.

Honda is Turning to Natural Gas Vehicles to Create an Efficient Driving Experience

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Honda is turning to natural gas vehicles as another option of alternative fuel to offer to consumers. Compressed natural gas, or CNG, has been used in a variety of commercial vehicles, but never hit it off with passenger cars.

The automaker is shifting its focus to developing compressed natural gas, or CNG, cars in the U.S. Both commuters and drivers wanting an efficient driving experience will benefit from this natural solution. CNG sells for half as much as gasoline, making Honda’s launch of a natural gas-fueled Civic a very smart move with the current high gas prices.

LA Times reports that “natural gas vehicles can reduce smog-forming emissions of carbon monoxide 70% and produce 20% less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline powered
cars.”

The updated Civic will be able to drive 220 miles between fuel stops, compared with about 80 miles with a typical electric car. The price tag on the new Civic starts at $26,640, about $4,000 more than the comparable gasoline version.

Not sure what Honda or fuel type is right for you? Come on over to Vann York Honda and try out all of your options today!

Honda Fit and Civic are top 3 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20K

In today’s world, it’s all about the technology.  The most popular cars seem to be the ones that offer the coolest, most innovative features to either keep us connected when we are on the go or keep us safe from the dangers around us.  The advancements in the auto industry are inspiring the world to stretch the limits and cross boundaries they didn’t even know existed.  The 2014 Honda Civic and the 2015 Honda Fit both hold top 3 spots on Kelley Blue Book’s Ten Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000.

The 2014 Honda Civic ranks up there at #3 on the list.  This Civic features a 5” intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), which can display your music from Pandora or the USB audio interface.  The 7” Display Audio touch-screen interface functions with your smart phone, allowing you to make calls, view navigation, and check up on social media apps.  The 2014 Honda Civic also has a rearview camera and text-to-voice message reading to keep you safe and accident-free.  The starting price is around $18,390 for the standard 2014 Honda Civic Sedan.  If you spend a little more than $20,000, you can also get Honda’s Lane Watch blind-spot camera, Siri Eyes Free, HondaLink apps, and a swipe-enabled touch screen.

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2015 Honda Fit

The 2015 Honda Fit sits in right above the 2014 Honda Civic in spot #2.  The tech features for the Honda Fit are pretty similar to the 2014 Honda Civic, but are offered at a more affordable price.  All Honda Fit trim levels start under $20,000.

Stop in to Vann York Honda today to see all of the technology features in both the 2014 Honda Civic and 2015 Honda Fit!

Save on Auto Repairs

service_38Most auto repairs these days consist of routine maintenance tune-ups and simple wear and tear fixes.  Occasionally, you may find yourself acquiring a bill equivalent to a month’s rent, and you will have no idea how to pay it!

In case the time comes that you ever do need work done on your Honda, here are a few tips to keep that repair bill low and to a minimum:

  1. Don’t neglect routine maintenance—If your oil needs changed, get it changed.  Don’t put small things like this off.  Also, check your owner’s manual to see how often you really need to change your oil.  Not all cars are every 3,000 miles anymore.  Some cars can go up to 10,000 miles now before they need to change its oil.
  2. Take advantage of free services—For example, Advanced Auto Parts will perform free electrical checks on your starter, alternator, and battery.  Take advantage of these!
  3. Keep an eye out for coupons and discounts.
  4. Shop around—Compare prices to get the best deal!
  5. Ask questions—If the repair man tells you that you need to get something fixed, ask why!  Make sure there is a legitimate reason you need the repair and spend more money.  If they can’t take the time to explain it to you, take your business elsewhere.  Don’t fall in the trap!
  6. Learn how to DIY—YouTube is a gold mine for simple fixes, such as replacing your air filter or changing your wiper blades.  Utilize these tools instead of paying someone to do it for you!

Don’t forget that Vann York Honda has an excellent Service Department!  Give us a call today if there is anything you need serviced on your Honda vehicle and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have!

Steps to Take If You Lend Your Car

Maybe people often lend their car to family or friends, but some people even use various car-sharing apps that allow total strangers to borrow their car!  Many people don’t think about the fact that when you lend someone your car, you are also lending them your insurance policy.

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2014 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L

There are many preventative steps you can take to make sure that your good deed does not end up costing you:

  1. If you lend your car to a friend or neighbor every now and then, your insurance provider may cover you and your vehicle.  Double check that they do, though, before you start agreeing to this!  It also helps if the person you are lending your car to has insurance.  If something were to happen, it is possible that the insurance providers could split the cost, or the person borrowing your car’s insurance could cover the cost entirely.
  2. If you regularly lend you car to a family member, roommate, or significant other, you will want to add those drivers on your insurance policy to make sure they are covered.
  3. If you have a guest staying at your house for an extended period of time and they will be using your car, it would be smart to add them to your policy for the time that they are staying.
  4. If you have a teenager that just got their permit or license, you definitely want to add them to their policy.  Because teenagers can be a little more impulsive and don’t have previous experience on the road, expect your premium to increase 50-100%.
  5. If you are someone who rents your car to strangers through a car-sharing app, usually these websites provide some type of insurance since your policy probably does not cover you or the person sharing your car.

10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2014 Includes Honda Fit and Civic

August is upon us, which means it is time for stubborn high school teenagers and rowdy college kids to say goodbye to summer and hello to the dreaded upcoming school year.

Kelly Blue Book has made it super easy to find the best new car for your busy student with their 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2014.  It is not surprising that Honda has earned two of the top spots this year!

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2015 Honda Fit

The brand-new 2015 Honda Fit trumped all others, ranking in at #1!  This subcompact car has superior handling, a surprising amount of interior space, and amazing fuel efficiency.  The 2015 Honda Fit is powered by a 130 horsepower, 1.5 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive and 29/37 mpg* (city/highway).

The ever-popular and trusted 2014 Honda Civic also ranked in at #6 due to its lasting value and strong reliability.  The 2014 Honda Civic is powered by a 143 horsepower, 1.8 liter I-4 engine with front-wheel drive, 28/36 mpg* (city/highway), and is available in two body styles, the 4-door sedan or the 2-door coupe.

Get your student excited to wake up and drive to school today with a brand-new car from Vann York Honda!

Honda Save the Drive-In


Has anyone heard of the Honda Drive-In Project?  Honda recently posted on Facebook saying how they recently lent an all-new 2015 Honda Fit to Lindsey Rickert.  She has taken it upon herself to travel the country and document all of the abandoned, run-down, drive-in theaters that once used to be an iconic staple in American culture.  (Check out her travels around the United States, visiting drive-in theaters, here.)

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2015 Honda Fit

The Honda Drive-In Project is Honda’s attempt at saving the drive-ins.  At the end of 2013, nearly all of America’s drive-ins were facing foreclosure due to the movie industry’s switch from film to digital.  In less than one year, Honda has saved 10 drive-ins and, and due to an overwhelming positive response from other drive-in enthusiast, 17 more have been saved so far.

Everyone needs to get in on this movement and try to preserve a piece of American history!  Check out this link with a list of drive-in movie theaters in North Carolina and find one close to Vann York Honda!  This site also shows how many drive-in theaters in North Carolina have been closed and the dwindling numbers from year to year.  Help Honda today by supporting Project Drive-In!

Honda Opens Racing Line to Collegiate SAE Programs

Honda has announced that it is expanding its Honda Racing Line program to include collegiate SAE programs. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) works to create global engineering standards which numerous industries can adhere to.

Now, SAE-affiliated racing groups at top universities, such as Formula SAE and Baja SAE can apply for membership in the Honda Racing Line and gain direct access to HPD-developed products and parts.

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Through collegiate SAE programs, students are learning to be engineers.

“We are delighted to be offering memberships in the Honda Racing Line to universities involved with collegiate-level SAE programs,” said Jeff Barrow, HPD Manager of Commercial Motorsports, in a statement. “Both HPD and our parent company, American Honda, have long been associated with the SAE and the organization’s student competitions. Many current HPD associates participated in Formula SAE and similar programs during their university years. Now these programs will have access to our performance product lines as well as our talented technical support.”

Here at Vann York Honda, we love to see Honda reaching out to the next generation of future engineers and giving them access to a great program like the Honda Racing Line. So if you are interested, make sure you check out what the program has to offer, and who knows, maybe you will be developing a new Honda in the future.

Honda Self-Parking Electric Prototype is Your Own Valet

Getting back home after a long day is so nice and relaxing, but sometimes don’t you wish that you had a valet to park your car in the garage and bring the key back to you? Well, that may be closer to your future than you think, but it won’t be a person doing it. The Honda Self-Parking Electric Prototype is said to be able to park itself, not to mention start charging itself as well.

If this is getting a little too I, Robot for you, then you may want to stop reading from here on down.

Cars that park on their own will be a huge step forward for autonomous driving, and the technology isn’t too hard to explain. Using cameras mounted on your home, a data chip in the vehicle, and a rear-view camera inside the car, the Honda Self-parking Electric Prototype is able to maneuver its way into the right spot.

All of this will also be based around an app on your phone. Yes we said on your phone. From your phone you will be able to tell your car that you are out and ready for it to park itself. Once in position you just signal for the car to charge itself and voila! It is all taken care of.

Unfortunately this technology and the Honda Self-Parking Electric Prototype, currently a Honda Fit EV, have not come to us at Vann York Honda…yet. So until it does, why don’t you come see what other kind of technology and vehicles we have for you try out.

10 Best Family Cars for 2014 Includes Honda Accord and Odyssey

Edmunds.com, a car news and model expert, has paired together with Parents Magazine, an informational magazine for parents, to create the 10 Best Family Cars for 2014. Among these best vehicles you will find two staples to the Honda lineup, the Accord and Odyssey.

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2014 Honda Odyssey

Named as best family sedan and the best minivan for families, the Accord and Odyssey proudly rank among the 10 Best Family Cars because of safety, reliability, and comfort.

“We do this to save parents time during the car-shopping process and make it easier for them to buy the right vehicle to haul their family and their stuff,” said Scott Oldham,Edmunds.com editor in chief.

All of the choices provided by Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine include budget-conscious vehicles with great fuel efficiency to help parents and drivers save some money, like the Accord. It also provides vehicles that can fit your entire family, like the Odyssey.

So, if you are ready to put your family in one of the 10 Best Family Cars for 2014, then come to Vann York Honda and test drive one to see if it is the right fit for you. We will be glad to help answer any questions you may have!