Demand for Crossovers Soars: 2015 Honda Sales

Honda Civic

Hondas are selling like hotcakes – in fact, many Honda vehicles saw their best figures ever this year. In particular, the Honda CR-V had its best-ever April, rising 3.4% since March. The Honda Fit and Pilot also saw jumps in sales, proving how popular the new lineup really is.

According to Honda, 2015 Honda Sales numbers actually show that trucks and SUVs are on the rise. That’s why affordable vehicles like the CR-V and Pilot are selling so well – customers recognize that you get more bang for your buck with these models compared to competitors.

“With the CR-V and current Pilot selling so well, and the HR-V and all-new Pilot soon entering the market, our truck lineup is set to drive a very strong 2015 for the Honda brand,” said Jeff Conrad, general manager at Honda. “Though the scales are definitely tipped toward trucks at the moment, we’re really pleased at how Fit, Civic and Accord continue to outperform their rivals in the retail marketplace.”

What does this mean for you? Besides seeing more Hondas around, the increase in sales means that Honda will most likely put more money into crossover technology. Although we might not see this pay off for a few years, one thing is for sure: Honda is quickly becoming America’s favorite automaker.

New Honda HR-V Adds Depth to Brand’s SUV Lineup

2016 Honda HRV

The Honda CR-V is everyone’s favorite SUV already, but now it has a little sister as well. The Honda HR-V will hit showrooms like ours here at Vann York Honda very soon, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. The HR-V is basically the size of the original CR-V, but that makes it a small-sized SUV on today’s market.

The HR-V comes with a 1.5L gas-powered engine, great interior leg and cargo room, a seven-inch touchscreen, and even a standard rearview camera. Obviously, even for a first year model, Honda has really tricked this vehicle out. The HR-V is built on the same platform as the Honda Jazz, and comes with an affordable price tag that makes it seem like a very valuable pick on the SUV market.

That engine might seem small, but it helps you out in more ways than one. For one thing, it gets you up to 129 horsepower. But it also greatly decreases the car’s running costs. Equip it with a diesel engine and the CVT transmission, and you can get up to 71 mpg in this car.

Come see us here at Vann York Honda to learn more about the new HR-V today.

Honda Teams Up with NBC to Sponsor Saturday Night Line Web Series

2016 Honda HRV

If you are a fan of Saturday Night Live, but haven’t heard of ‘Saturday Night Line,’ you’re missing out. Saturday Night Line is a web series that airs on NBC’s website every Saturday night, a few hours before the network’s long-time hit Saturday Night Live airs.

If you’ve ever encountered the dreaded standby line, you know that fans are willing to wait in a long line for hours and hours just for the mere chance to get into a show’s audience. Saturday Night Live is rewarding those die-hard fans with the opportunity to participate in a little pre-show fun. The unique series features Saturday Night Live’s cast as they interact with fans who find themselves stuck in the standby line.

Now, Honda is getting in on the action, and has signed on as the program’s automotive sponsor. In its role, Honda vehicles will be featured in upcoming episodes of Saturday Night Line. Specifically, the redesigned 2015 Honda CR-V and all-new 2016 Honda HR-V crossover will be featured in sketches – including some “Car’aoke” with the show’s fans.

In a recent news release, Honda says that it’s involvement with Saturday Night Line is a part of its “continued investment in engaging young and young-at-heart car shoppers.”

Look for new episodes to air at 8pm on Saturdays.

Here at Vann York Honda, we encourage you to stop by to check out the 2015 Honda CR-V and the upcoming 2016 Honda HR-V for yourself.

2016 Honda Pilot Review

2016 Honda Pilot

The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot made its debut earlier this year and the buzz has not died down. The new Pilot is set to make its way to our doorstep this summer, and we couldn’t be more excited. If you want to know more details about the upcoming model, check out our 2016 Honda Pilot review below.

Design

The new Pilot features a sleek, confident exterior that’s sure to grab attention anywhere you go. There’s a level of sophistication that is also present in the new model as it features a new panoramic roof and lighting.

Performance

The 2016 Pilot is equipped with a direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC EarthDreams Technology engine that generates 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot will host either a 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission.

Technology

The 2016 Pilot will come equipped with a new display audio and navigation system and the Honda Sensing Suite (Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control).

Overall, the 2016 Honda Pilot is everything you will want out of a family SUV. Stay tuned to our blog and we will let you know once the new Pilots arrive here at Vann York Honda.  Until then, click here to learn more about the 2016 Honda Pilot!

Next Generation Civic Redesign Sportier

Last year, Honda Civic sales fell behind the CR-V for the first time, and it lost ground in the compact car segment as well, to 13%. Consumer Reports couldn’t recommend the model for the first time ever in 2012. But with a new generation, Honda’s hoping for a fresh start.

“The Civic established Honda as a viable Japanese automaker in the U.S., but recent versions haven’t lived up to its iconic status,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book. “The 2016 Civic should correct that trajectory, offering styling and performance that will stand out in the crowded compact car segment.”

 

Previously viewed as an economy car, Honda’s taking it up a notch. The next generation Civic is said to look sportier but looks aren’t everything. Under the hood will be a VTEC turbo engine, the first Honda model to have one as stock. Other changes include a longer wheelbase and hood, 20 inch wheels, lower air intakes, and LED headlights.

The next generation Civic, the model that gave Honda a foothold in the United States, is scheduled to debut later this year. There’s no official pricing information just yet but hopefully with the new design, the price won’t change much.  Be sure to stay in touch with Vann York Honda in order to find out more information about the next-gen Civic.

Honda Vehicle Production in India to Increase to Meet Demand

Honda Fit

Honda is currently facing the best sort of problem for an automaker—trying desperately to keep up with the incredible demand for its vehicles on the Indian auto market. In fact, Honda is about to pour $156 million into its manufacturing plants in India. They will build a new plant in Tapukara and bolster the facilities at their two-wheeler plant in Narsapura as well.

Altogether, these production increases should allow the Honda brand to make up to 180,000 vehicles by the summer of 2016, which would be equal to a 50% increase in yearly production. The increase in production is even more impressive considering that the overall Indian market has seen sales fall over the last couple years.

“Driven by strong sales momentum for its cars, India has emerged as a very important market for Honda and holds great potential for future growth as well,” the brand said in a statement. Of course, Honda vehicle production growth in India is simply a symptom of the company’s overall health. Come see us here at Vann York Honda to learn more about our great brand and its products today.

European Honda Civic Hatchback Might Return to U.S.

2014 Honda Civic Coupe

Honda might be adding yet another model to its Honda Civic lineup. The Japanese carmaker recently discussed bringing the European Honda Civic hatchback across the pond to the North American market. The hatchback, which is a popular vehicle choice throughout Europe, will offer both versatility and fun-to-drive performance, but that’s not necessarily why Honda wants to bring the hatchback to the U.S.

Honda’s United Kingdom assembly plant, located in Swindon, England, currently has an inactive line. The Japanese carmaker is hoping to make use of this line, increasing the production capacity of the sporty Civic hatchback.

This brand-new U.S. market Civic will rival a variety of American-marketed hatchbacks, including the five-door Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf. Currently, the Civic sedan and coupe are extremely popular model choices for American consumers, so we can only guess that the hatchback would make a lasting impression on the industry.

For more information on the European Honda Civic hatchback, check back often to Vann York Honda.

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

Honda Jet

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!