Friday, December 19, 2014

Vote For Your Favorite Honda Toy Tunes While You Still Can!

We’re less than a week away from Christmas, which means we here at Pacific Honda are already looking toward the end of what has been an extremely fun Happy Honda Days sales event this year. Plenty of sales are still going on, so let’s not mourn the end of the holiday season just yet, but there’s no question that December has gone by very quickly and we’re not at all anxious to see it end.

Honda's Video Overview of the 2016 HR-V

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Skeletor and He-Man singing Jingle Bros

Honda FCV Concept to Make North American Debut at 2015 North American International Auto Show

  • Honda FCV Concept demonstrates the exterior and interior styling evolution of the next-generation zero emissions Honda fuel-cell vehicle
  • Next-generation Honda FCV is intended to provide significant gains in packaging, interior space, cost reduction and real-world performance, including an anticipated driving range in excess of 300-miles
The Honda FCV Concept will make its North American debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12. Continuing more than a decade of Honda leadership in the area of fuel cell vehicle (FCV) technology, the Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of Honda's next fuel-cell vehicle, anticipated to launch in the U.S., following its introduction in Japan, which is scheduled to occur by March 2016.
As the next progression in Honda's dynamic FCV styling, the Honda FCV Concept features a low and wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines. The interior strives to achieve harmony between man and machine by taking advantage of new powertrain packaging efficiencies delivering even greater passenger space than the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle, including seating for up to five people.
The Honda FCV Concept made its world debut in Japan on Nov. 17, 2014, followed by an announcement that Honda will provide FirstElement Fuel with $13.8 million in financial assistance to build additional hydrogen refueling stations throughout the state of California in an effort to support the wider introduction of fuel-cell vehicles.
Honda Fuel-Cell Vehicle Firsts:
The original FCX became the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel-cell vehicle in July 2002. The FCX also was the world's first production fuel-cell vehicle, introduced to the U.S. and Japan in December 2002.
Additional highlights include:
  • The Honda FCX was the first fuel-cell vehicle to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures (2003).

  • The FCX was the first fuel-cell vehicle leased to an individual customer (July 2005).

  • With the FCX Clarity, Honda was the first manufacturer to build and produce a dedicated fuel-cell vehicle on a production line specifically made for fuel-cell vehicles (2008).

  • Honda was the first manufacturer to create a fuel-cell vehicle dealer network (2008).
Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on its vision of "Blue Skies for our Children," Honda is taking a portfolio approach to reducing the environmental impact of its products, advancing fuel efficiency, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance with new powertrain technologies from its Earth Dreams Technology™ lineup, which includes more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and advanced electromotive technologies. Honda's alternative-fuel vehicle lineup includes the Fit EV, Civic Hybrid, the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe and the Accord Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient 5-passenger sedan in America1, as well as the Accord Plug-In Hybrid and the Civic Natural Gas, the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available from a major automaker in America.
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1 Based on 2015 EPA mileage. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.

Source: Honda Media Newsroom

Monday, December 15, 2014

Honda FCV Coming in 2016

For over a decade now, we’ve all looked at hybrid vehicles as the greenest automobiles that engineers have had to offer. EVs, of course, have changed that over the course of the last couple years, but Honda is close to releasing a vehicle with the cleanest, greenest fuel source of them all: hydrogen.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Honda Rolls out the Red Carpet for Developers, Launches Honda Developer Studio in Silicon Valley to Grow App Ecosystem

As part of its ongoing effort to elevate the connected car experience, Honda has unveiled Honda Developer Studio, an online portal and open innovation workspace in Silicon Valley. The portal and garage will enable developers to work directly with Honda engineers to create apps that are road-ready more quickly. The announcement comes on the heels of Google's debut release of the Android Auto software development kit (SDK), which allows Android developers to easily extend their apps to the in-vehicle environment.
Starting in December, Honda Developer Studio will enable app developers to test their Android Auto apps in a prototype vehicle environment and collaborate with Honda R&D teams. The goal is to help developers refine their ideas and accelerate the learning curve for newcomers to the automotive industry by encouraging them to consider "automotive grade" engineering principles, as well as driver safety and privacy – top Honda priorities – from the get go.
"App developer participation in the automotive space has the potential to transform the in-car experience," said Nick Sugimoto, senior program director for Honda Silicon Valley Lab. "We want to foster app developer participation and enthusiasm, and help them dream-up new experiences that will give drivers access to the latest in digital innovation."
Honda Developer Studio is the product of Honda Silicon Valley Lab (HSVL), Honda's open innovation laboratory in the San Francisco Bay Area. HSVL was founded to help accelerate Honda's global information technology research and development efforts, and forge new strategic partnerships with technology companies.
Developers interested in working with Honda should visit the Honda Developer Studio portal online, where they will be able to begin a dialogue with Honda engineers and schedule time to meet the team at a newly built workspace in Mountain View.
About Honda
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.
Honda operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S., including the Honda Silicon Valley Lab, with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.
Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 17 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions; Honda all-terrain vehicles; power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines; as well as the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 jet engines.
Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, more than 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production source for the next generation Acura NSX supercar.

Source: Honda Media Newsroom

Thursday, December 11, 2014

American Honda Sets New November Sales Records; Core Vehicles Lead the Way

  • Honda Division and Honda Trucks also set new November marks, up 4.9 and 18.3 percent, respectively
  • Honda CR-V smashes previous November best with a gain of 37.7 percent versus 2013
  • Honda Fit shatters November record, jumping 55.1 percent
  • TLX and ILX sedans push Acura Cars up 29.5 percent in November while driving an overall division increase
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported a new November Honda and Acura vehicle sales record of 121,814 units, an increase of 4.6 percent versus November 2013. Overall AHM truck sales also set a November record, increasing 12.9 percent on sales of 60,384 vehicles. The Honda brand set a new November best, recording sales of 106,957 vehicles—an increase of 4.9 percent for the month. The Acura brand posted sales of 14,857 units in November, increasing 2.0 percent over the same period last year.
Three core vehicles in the Honda lineup contributed to a best-ever November for the brand. The newly redesigned CR-V led the Honda division's record month, posting its best November sales ever while Pilot showed fresh strength with a double-digit increase; the two vehicles boosted Honda Trucks to a new November record. The Honda Fit also set a new November mark.
  • CR-V smashed its previous November milestone, with 32,378 units sold last month for an increase of 37.7 percent versus 2013. 
  • The Pilot showed new strength in a robust truck market for November with sales of 9,228 vehicles for an increase of 13.2 percent.
  • Together, CR-V and Pilot helped push Honda Trucks to a best-ever November, gaining 18.3 percent for the month on sales of 51,735 vehicles.
  • Honda Fit sales shattered the popular subcompact's previous November best, recording a remarkable 55.1 percent rise on sales of 6,421 units.
"While the market seems to be constantly changing, Honda products continue to march on with strong performances month after month," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "Even with plummeting gas prices, compact models like the CR-V and Fit continue to resonate with buyers."
Acura sedans pushed an overall brand increase in November, led by the new popular TLX and growing momentum from the ILX.  Acura trucks also fared well, maintaining strong market performance as MDX continues to lead the Acura division overall.
  • The Acura sedan lineup rose substantially in November, gaining 29.5 percent for the month on sales of 6,208 vehicles.
  • TLX was Acura's second best-selling model again in November with over 4,200 units sold, even as tight supply of some models in the TLX lineup kept the new sedan from eclipsing its stellar October result.
  • ILX gained 4.4 percent for the month on sales of 1,652 units.
"The strength of Acura sedans is clearly on the rise since bringing the hot-selling TLX to market in late summer," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "And with demand outstripping supply, we see even more upside potential with TLX and the rest of our sedan lineup in the coming months."

Source: Honda Media Newsroom