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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2015 Honda Crosstour Remains the Smart Choice in Premium Mid-Size Crossover Segment with CUV Utility, Sedan-Like Drivability and Premium Features

  • Crosstour features host of standard and available advanced safety, driver-assistive and convenience features
  • Available with two fuel-efficient and powerful engine and transmission options and four-wheel drive
With purposeful and premium styling, crossover utility, sedan-like driving manners and impressive features that set it apart from the crowd, the 2015 Honda Crosstour goes on sale tomorrow with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $27,5301 for the well-equipped EX models with two-wheel-drive and 2.4-liter engine. The Crosstour offers a comprehensive range of equipment levels and powertrain options, topping off with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and Real Time Four-Wheel Drive™.
The versatile 2015 Crosstour provides comfortable seating for five people, 51.3 cubic feet of cargo space2 and a hidden removable utility box. Standard features include a rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink™, USB/iPod® connection, fog lights, one-touch turn signals and an expanded-view driver's mirror. Premium available features include LaneWatch™ display, HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).
The two front-wheel-drive Crosstour trim options (EX, EX-L) are powered either by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 192 horsepower3 and an EPA highway rating of 31 mpg4 or a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 horsepower5 and Variable Cylinder Management™ for improved fuel efficiency. The EX-L V-6 model is also available with Real Time 4WD™.
The Crosstour is built exclusively at the Honda of America Mfg. East Liberty, Ohio auto plant6. View, build and price a 2015 Honda Crosstour at automobiles.honda.com/crosstour.
TRIM MSRP1 EPA Fuel Economy Ratings4
(city/highway/combined)
Crosstour 2WD EX $27,530 22/31/25
Crosstour 2WD EX-L $31,215 22/31/25
Crosstour 2WD EX-L Navi $33,315 22/31/25
Crosstour 2WD EX V-6 $31,190 20/30/23
Crosstour 2WD EX-L V-6 $33,840 20/30/23
Crosstour 2WD EX-L V-6 Navi $35,940 20/30/23
Crosstour 4WD EX-L V-6 $35,290 19/28/22
Crosstour 4WD EX-L V-6 Navi $37,390 19/28/22

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/crosstour. To join the Crosstour community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/hondacrosstour. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Crosstour is available at hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-crosstour.
1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 51.3 cu ft total cargo volume with 60-40 split rear seats down, 25.7 cu ft with rear seats up.
3 192 hp @ 7000 rpm and 162 lb-ft. @ 4400 rpm (SAE net).
4 Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
5 278 hp @ 6200 rpm and 252 lb-ft. @ 4900 rpm (SAE net).
6 Using domestic and globally sourced parts.
Third-party trademark: The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

Source: Honda Media Newsroom

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Three Honda Models Among Year's Best Sellers


These days, there are undoubtedly a plethora of really respectable automakers in the world doing some really nice things with their vehicles. None of them, however, are having quite the year that Honda is having in terms of sales, thanks to three standout models that prove how desirable the brand has become to consumers all over the country.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

All-time Record Sales for Honda Accord Leads American Honda to Near-Record August

  • Honda Accord sets all-time monthly record with 51,075 units sold – up 32.5% in August
  • Honda Division sales reach 151,551, just 263 units shy of second-best month in history
  • New Acura TLX drives heavy dealer traffic in its first weeks on the market
  • Acura ILX has best-ever August sales, rising 5.7% for the month
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported August 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 167,038 units, an increase of 0.4 percent versus August of last year. The Honda division posted the third highest monthly sales result its 44-year history, on sales of 151,551 vehicles in August while Acura posted sales of 15,487 units in the same period. Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 1,042,382 units.
Honda
Accelerating its strong summer sales performance, the Honda brand topped 150,000 units in a single month for only the third time in its history, as Accord led the way selling at an all-time record pace in August.  [The all-time record of 153,104 units was set in the midst of a severe gas price hike in May 2008.]
  • 51,075 Accords were sold in August, an all-time monthly record and an increase of 32.5 percent. It was the eighth-straight monthly gain for Accord. 
  • Odyssey also showed strength in August, with 12,488 units sold for a gain of 12.9 percent.
"The fundamental strengths of the Honda brand are on full display as the Accord strengthened its position as the best-selling car uniquely driven by retail sales to individual buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "Our other core models, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey are also performing well and continue to drive our retail sales leadership in 2014. And the early market response to the redesigned 2015 Fit is a strong indicator of great things to come as supplies improve," added Conrad.
Acura
With the new Acura TLX arriving at dealers across the country last month, enthusiastic customers gave Acura dealers much to cheer about in August, as the new luxury performance sedan sold nearly as fast as dealers could unload them from transport trucks. While TLX supplies continue to ramp up, the best-selling MDX continued to set a near-record pace, and ILX enjoyed its best August on record.
  • TLX went on-sale mid-August and is driving heavy dealer traffic to dealerships nationwide. The great majority of these early units were 3.5-liter V6 models as the 2.4-liter four cylinder began arriving later in the month and V6 SH-AWD models just starting to ship.
  • With supplies improving, the Acura ILX posted its best ever August result on sales of 1,798 units, an increase of 5.7 percent.
"With TLX less than a month on the market, our dealers are reporting incredible showroom traffic with customers trying to buy a TLX before we can get it on the dealer lot," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "Customer interest is the strongest we’ve seen on a new model launch, and we’re just now starting to deliver the highly-rated TLX four-cylinder and V6 SH-AWD models."

 
 
Source: Honda Media Newsroom

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Most Popular Car in the U.S. Among Retail Buyers, Honda Accord Gets Multiple Feature Upgrades with Launch of 2015 Models

  • Accord family offers multiple variations of Honda's fun-to-drive, fuel efficient, roomy and very well appointed midsize car
  • 2015 Coupe and Sedan feature upgrades plus multiple awards and accolades recognize and reinforce Accord as the benchmark in its class
  • Leading all mid-size cars in new-vehicle retail registrations for first six months of 20141, Accord continues as the best-selling passenger car
Coming off an exceptional year for Accord that included retail sales leadership and the introduction of the all-new 50-mpg rated2 Accord Hybrid, the 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe, and 2015 Accord Hybrid begin to go on sale today. Four-cylinder 2015 Accord Sedans have a starting MSRP3 of $22,105, with the four-cylinder Accord Coupe starting at $23,775. Both models are also offered with a V-6 powerplant. The 2015 Accord Hybrid, with Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system, has a starting MSRP3 of $29,305.
The already very well equipped Accord Sedan and Coupe receive feature upgrades for 2015. The 4-cylinder Sedan and Coupe EX-L and EX-L Navi trims now include the convenience of the HomeLink® universal remote system that can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system. The 2015 Accord EX Coupe with 4-cylinder engine gains the Honda LaneWatch™ display that uses a camera and in-dash display to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. All Accord EX-L and above Coupes will also now come equipped with an auto dimming rearview mirror.
The 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe are available with the choice of two highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, a 2.4-liter direct-injected i-VTEC 4-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower4 (189 horsepower5 in the Accord Sport Sedan) and a 278-horsepower6 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM).
The 4-cylinder engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual (6MT) and earns up to a 36 mpg EPA highway rating2. The Accord Sedan with V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic (6AT) with a 34 mpg EPA highway rating2. V-6 Coupe models can be equipped with either the 6AT or a 6-speed manual, with the 6AT having a 32 mpg EPA highway rating2. The 2015 Accord Hybrid is powered by Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that transitions seamlessly between electric motor power, gasoline engine power and hybrid gas-electric propulsion, delivering power to the wheels without the need of a conventional transmission. This elegant powertrain helps the Accord Hybrid earn a 50 mpg EPA city rating2.
The 2014 Accord received numerous accolades, including an unprecedented 28th Car and Driver "10 Best" title, as well as an Automobile Magazine "All-Star" award and "Best Family Car" award from Parenting magazine and Edmunds.com. Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com named the Accord a "Best Resale Value" vehicle and recognized it as having the lowest cost of ownership for a midsize sedan over a projected 5-year period. Included in the awards given to the 2014 Accord Hybrid were a MotorWeek "2014 Driver's Choice Award," a KBB.com "10 Best Green Car of 2014" award and a naming to Green Car Journal's "Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014."
2015 Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe and Accord Hybrid Pricing:
Accord Sedan Trim Engine/
Transmission
MSRP3 EPA Ratings2
(city/highway/combined)
Accord LX 4-cyl/6MT $22,105 24/34/27
4-cyl/CVT $22,905 27/36/31
Accord Sport 4-cyl/6MT $23,865 24/34/27
4-cyl/CVT $24,665 26/35/29
Accord EX 4-cyl/6MT $25,030 24/34/27
4-cyl/CVT $25,830 27/36/31
Accord EX-L 4-cyl/CVT $28,420 27/36/31
Accord EX-L Navi 4-cyl/CVT $30,195 27/36/31

Accord Sedan Trim (continued) Engine/
Transmission
MSRP3 EPA Ratings2
(city/highway/combined)
Accord EX-L V-6/6AT $30,495 21/34/26
Accord EX-L Navi V-6/6AT $32,270 21/34/26
Accord Touring V-6/6AT $33,630 21/34/26

Accord Coupe Trim Engine/
Transmission
MSRP3 EPA Ratings2
(city/highway/combined)
Accord LX-S 4-cyl/6MT $23,775 24/34/27
4-cyl/CVT $24,625 26/35/29
Accord EX 4-cyl/6MT $25,450 24/34/27
4-cyl/CVT $26,300 26/35/29
Accord EX-L 4-cyl/CVT $28,495 26/35/29
Accord EX-L Navi 4-cyl/CVT $30,270 26/35/29
Accord EX-L V-6/6MT $30,775 18/28/22
V-6/6AT $30,775 21/32/25
Accord EX-L Navi V-6/6MT $32,550 18/28/22
V-6/6AT $32,550 21/32/25

Accord Hybrid Trim Engine/
Transmission
MSRP3 EPA Ratings2
(city/highway/combined)
Accord Hybrid 2-motor hybrid $29,305 50/45/47
Accord Hybrid EX-L 2-motor hybrid $32,055 50/45/47
Accord Hybrid Touring 2-motor hybrid $35,055 50/45/47

For More Information
Consumer information is available automobiles.honda.com/accord. To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/hondaaccord. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is available at hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord.
1 Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail  registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014.
2 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.
3 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
4 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).
5 189 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).
6 278 horsepower @ 6200 rpm (SAE net).

Source: Honda Media Newsroom 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Honda Launches 2015 Fit SEMA Project Vehicle Program on Tumblr

  • Six build teams will each customize a 2015 Fit
  • Enthusiast fans will vote for their favorite customized Fit
  • Completed project vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth at the 2014 SEMA Show
Honda will demonstrate the great personalization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience launching today and culminating at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Honda has selected six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, who will each have the opportunity to customize a 2015 Honda Fit leading up to the SEMA Show. To further support enthusiast interest in the Fit project car build process, Honda is initiating the Fit Performance Project (#ProjectFit) on the brand's Tumblr page, which will keep track of the teams' progress with each vehicle.
 "Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car."
The build teams will each bring their personalized Fit to life with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and more. Photos of the transformations in progress will be posted throughout the campaign at hondaloves.tumblr.com. The program will conclude with all six customized Fit project vehicles being displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.
From Aug. 21 through Oct. 22, Project Fit content, including photos, animated GIFs and video, will be aggregated on Honda's Tumblr page where people can vote for their favorite customized Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The shop with the highest total likes and reblogs will win and receive an award from Honda. This effort will be promoted on automobiles.honda.com, in Honda newsletters and on the brand's Facebook and Twitter profiles.
The Fit Performance Project posts will feature several themes including: "Preview," revealing design illustrations or renderings; "Show Us Your Mods," highlighting five modifications made to the vehicle; "In Progress," revealing headway on the design; and more leading up to the vehicles on display at the SEMA Show.
About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has the highest brand fuel economy1 and the longest-lasting cars2 of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
1 Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."
2 Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.

Source: Honda Media Newsroom