Announcing This Year’s Car Giveaway Winner!

Patricia Alford

Every year, the Vann York Auto Group is happy to give away a brand new car to one lucky local of the High Point area, and we’re especially excited by this year’s car giveaway winner, Patricia Alford, a kindergarten teacher at Fairview Elementary School.

Alford was one of the many people to pledge their “fair share” or more (0.6% of their annual salary or one hour’s pay per month) in the United Way of Greater High Point fundraiser, which made her eligible for Vann York’s “draw a key” competition.

To get a chance to win the car, names were drawn once a week over the course of a few months by Myers and Associates CPA firm. Of over 4,500 eligible participants, Alford was the last to join the small group of 10 finalists.

The car giveaway winner had her choice of a 2015 Honda Fit, Nissan Frontier, Chevy Cruze, or Scion XD. Ultimately, Alford opted for the 2015 Chevy Cruze (in maroon).

This is Vann York’s 14th year in partnership with United Way of Great High Point. According to Greg York, Vann York’s president, it’s just “part of [their] way of saying thank you to High Point for all that they have done for our business.”

Vann York Celebrates Another Successful Year with Christmas Baskets for All

In keeping with a 45-year-old tradition, Vann York Auto Group gave out hand-filled Christmas Baskets for all of their employees this holiday season.Vann York Christmas Baskets

Each basket (lovingly put together by members of the York family and other York employees) comes filled to the brim with traditional Christmas fruits like apples, tangerines, and a whole pineapple, as well as cashews, cookies, and an entire large ham.

Giving back to their employees who work so hard throughout the year is a sincere joy for the York family, and that’s why Mr. and Mrs. York, our founders, are so committed to seeing it through year after year. The whole family pitches in, including Mr. York’s son and the new president of Vann York Auto Group, Greg York, and his grandsons, Charles and Grey.

One employee stated that “it is such a blessing to work for this company;” all of us here at Vann York Honda wholeheartedly agree!

Is a Second-Generation Honda S2000 in the Works?

For years, we’ve heard rumors of the return of a two-seater Honda sports car, but the second-generation Honda S2000 hasn’t arrived. Yet.

According to inside sources with the automaker, Honda is developing a revival of the S2000 that should be out and about by 2017. It earned its share of fans when it first was released back in 1999, but nothing else like the S2000 has been released by Honda since then. If Honda wanted to keep those fans around, it knew it needed to act soon.

That’s why Honda finally is pulling through with the revival of the S2000 to compete with Mazda and Fiat. According to Autocar, the Honda S2000 revival will be influenced by the NSX sports car, combing similar underpinnings with classic S2000 features. Its base version should be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine with VTEC, run on rear-wheel drive, and might even offer a Type-R version.

Skeptics are still concerned that Honda might not be ready to successfully create and launch a sports car of this caliber, but judging by what Honda has proven in the past, we at Vann York Honda aren’t worried. Honda knows what it’s doing.

Vann York Honda is a Toys for Tots Drop-Off in High Point

Toys for Tots

Christmas is a special time of the year for many people.  It is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate the good things in life. The Christmas season can also provide wonderful opportunities to serve humanity and try to make the world a nicer place.

One such organization striving to make the world a better place is Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots is a non-profit organization that strives to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate children through a new toy. Since 1991, the U.S. Marine Corps has been using Toys for Tots as a way to invest in the children of America.

This foundation not only helps children, but also unites communities in supporting a good cause. This year, Vann York Honda is a Toys for Tots drop-off in High Point, NC. If you would like to participate in this cause, you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to Vann York Honda for collection. We will then make sure the toys get to the organization. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation, or if you would like more information about the program, please visit www.toysfortots.org.

 

Vann York Honda is a Toys for Tots Drop-Off in High Point

Toys for Tots

Christmas is a special time of the year for many people.  It is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate the good things in life. The Christmas season can also provide wonderful opportunities to serve humanity and try to make the world a nicer place.

One such organization striving to make the world a better place is Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots is a non-profit organization that strives to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate children through a new toy. Since 1991, the U.S. Marine Corps has been using Toys for Tots as a way to invest in the children of America.

This foundation not only helps children, but also unites communities in supporting a good cause. This year, Vann York Honda is a Toys for Tots drop-off in High Point, NC. If you would like to participate in this cause, you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to Vann York Honda for collection. We will then make sure the toys get to the organization. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation, or if you would like more information about the program, please visit www.toysfortots.org.

 

Honda Design Updates: CR-Z Hybrid Gets A Serious Makeover

2016 Honda CR-Z Upgrades
2015 Honda CR-Z

Honda design updates include enhanced technologies and better performance. The new 2016 CR-Z Hybrid Sport Coupe is getting some serious upgrades, from infotainment to exterior design. You won’t believe your eyes when you see this new model.

The new CR-Z Hybrid went on sale November 3rd, and car enthusiasts can’t get enough of it. According to Honda, the CR-Z Hybrid Coupe has a hybrid electric powerplant that gets up to 140 lb-ft of torque while retaining up to 39 highway mpg – pretty impressive for a sports car.

“Boasting an edgier, more chiseled look, the redesigned front end features sharp character lines that flow from the sheet work and terminate in an angular eight-point polygon grill. A sharp, blade-like front diffuser sweeps up from the center and dissects the front corners to form triangular fog light wells that create a wider look and feature prominent lower aero sills,” said Honda in a statement.

Infotainment upgrades include a 7-inch display audio touchscreen, Bluetooth, HD Radio and more. This model has three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L with manual, automatic, and continuously variable transmissions available.

Be sure to check back to find out when the 2016 CR-Z arrives, but until then, learn all about the 2015 CR-Z from Vann York Honda!

Honda Airbag Recall: Takata Airbags Recalled on Older Models

Honda Airbag Recall

Honda recently recalled airbags for Honda and Acura Drivers. Committed to addressing the needs and concerns of customers, Honda has provided a list of vehicles that may be affected, as well as a guide on what to do if your airbags have been recalled.

According to Honda, the following Honda and Acura vehicles may have been affected:

  • 2001-07 Accord
  • 2001-05 Civic
  • 2002-06 CR-V
  • 2003-11 Element
  • 2002-04 Odyssey
  • 2003-08 Pilot
  • 2003-06 MDX
  • 2002-03 TL
  • 2003 CL
  • 2005 RL
  • 2006 Ridgeline

The Honda airbag recall affects Takata airbag inflators. Honda will inform all owners affected by these recalls and encourage them to contact an authorized dealer to schedule a repair. The company will also be increasing the supply of replacement airbags to speed up the process of repairs. Finally, Honda will work with dealers to provide a positive experience with customers by making available loan or rental vehicles.

The steps Honda is taking not only reflect its responsibility as an automaker, but also lives up to the trust customers have placed in the brand and products. For more information on affected vehicles, visit safercar.gov or call 1-888-234-2138.

Honda Project 2&4 Concept To Evolve

Concept cars are their own unique niche. Typically they appear in show rooms as a way for designers to exercise their creativity and simply aren’t feasible for mass production due to their unusual, experimental features and appearances. However, Honda‘s Project 2&4 concept could be evolving into something more instead of vanishing from the public eye.

The Project 2&4 concept is a collaboration between Honda’s vehicle and motorcycle design teams. The teams created the vehicle inside-out like a motorcycle, unlike cars, which are designed with a specific exterior in mind. Inspired by the 1965 Formula One race car that that won the Mexico Grand Prix, the Project 2&4 concept is powered by a 1.0-liter V4 from a MotoGP race bike, which gives the car 215 hp. The concept weighs less than 900 pounds.

Bizarre, futuristic creations like the Project 2&4 concept don’t usually have a chance to develop further after their initial debut at an auto show. However, positive reception of the vehicle has caused motorcycle designer Martin Petersson to look into a future for the project. In this case, he believes future iterations of the concept could be possible.

New 2016 Honda Civic Gets Complete Overhaul

Honda logo

The 10th generation of the Honda Civic was rolled out in a Los Angeles show room recently and is being hailed as the “most ambitious remake” yet. The new 2016 Honda Civic is undoubtedly far more luxurious, stylish, and muscular than previous incarnations of the vehicle, and is said to resemble the CR-V in appearance.

The 2016 Civic is said to be longer and have a wider stance, granting it a more spacious cabin and extra room in the trunk. The sleek, fastback-style profile, pronounced LED headlights, boomerang-shaped taillights, and chrome grille all contribute to the new Civic’s bolder personality.

The exterior doesn’t get all the cool updates, however. Inside, you’ll find a new Display Audio System with a 7-inch touch screen that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The new 2016 Honda Civic also comes with an extensive list of safety technology, including adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and collision mitigation braking. For engines, consumers have a choice between a standard 2.0-liter and a turbocharged 1.5-liter.

The new 2016 Honda Civic was designed and engineered to live up to the popularity and success of the previous model, while improving upon the Civic’s looks, both inside and out. With more athletic styling cues and the latest in infotainment technology, the 10th generation model excels.

Fall in North Carolina is a Sight to See

mountains

The treetops all around have lost the deep green of summer and, in exchange, are starting to get that golden under-glow of autumn. Fall in North Carolina has come. On the one hand, you could just sit by the window and stare at the leaves fall along your street. On the other, though, you could get in your car, hit the road, and see the multitudes of lovely fall locations all around North Carolina.

Head on down to Grandfather Mountain

This park gives you year-round spectacular views, but when autumn settles and all the trees for miles and miles turn every shade of yellow, red, and orange, it really is a sight to behold. Grandfather Mountain is great for both heavy-duty hikers and for the lover of a casual woodland stroll. However intense of an experience you’d like, there’s something for you at Grandfather Mountain.

Get close to the sea – and wild horses – at Cape Lookout National Seashore

Who says a trip to the beach can only be done in the summertime? Cape Lookout National Seashore is an absolutely stunning place all year round, and in the fall the surrounding foliage turns to unforgettable hues to make the experience even better. Plus, this beach is well known for its population of wild horses running free through the dunes (just don’t get too close). If you want to see something you’ll always remember, you’ve got to come to Cape Lookout National Seashore this fall.

Come to Asheville for the scenery and the city

If you’re looking for beautiful views but still want access to all your creature comforts, Asheville, NC is a no-brainer for your weekend getaway. Nestled into the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, this town has got the nature and the nightlife for you, your family, or even for a romantic rendezvous with your significant other.

Wherever you end up, if it’s fall in North Carolina, you’re bound to stumble into something beautiful.