Honda Automated Driving Tech on Display at ITS World Congress

The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress is the best place to show off the latest and greatest new technologies for vehicles. At this year’s congress in Detroit, Honda’s automated driving technologies took center stage.

These technologies include automated freeway merging, exiting, and lane changing. Honda demonstrated these abilities on the Detroit freeways and showed off its unique vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) “virtual tow” program to help drivers in distress.

“The creation and deployment of advanced, intelligent transportation systems represent the new frontier in the effort to one day eliminate traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities,” said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in a statement. “We will demonstrate our vision for realizing Honda’s dream of a collision-free society by showcasing our continued technological innovations in active safety, connected and automated vehicle technology.”

Honda’s “virtual tow” feature is an industry first. It works through V2V communication. A distressed driver can send a signal to other cars to let them know he or she needs assistance. Then, a responding vehicle can pull in front of the distressed car, virtually connect to the car, and “tow” it to safety. The following car would receive its driving cues from the lead vehicle.

What an amazing technology! Imagine how helpful this technology would be if someone had a sudden medical condition that made them lose control of their vehicle, a heart attack, for example. This feature would not only potentially save their life, but could also prevent an accident.

What future Honda technology are you most excited about?

Tire Care Tips to Prepare Your Car for Fall

For many people, it is hard to believe that the only thing between your car and the rode is a little bit of plastic filled with air. While there are many important parts to your car, one of the most important is your tires. These plastic donuts allow you to not only have a smooth ride, but also can increase or decrease your fuel efficiency with ease. Because of the importance of your tires, it’s also important to take care of them. As the weather begins to cool off this fall, make sure you follow these tire care tips to ensure your car will be in prime condition!

Keep an eye on your tire pressure. As the temperature decreases, so can you tire

Tire Tips

Keep your tires in top shape with these care tips!

pressure, which can affect your driving in multiple ways. Not only does tire pressure increase your chances of a blow out, but it also decreases your fuel economy significantly. Your steering is also affected by low tire pressure, which causes your car to drift one way or the other, making handling difficult. To ensure your safety and a great driving experience, be sure to check your tire pressure on the same day each month—we promise, you won’t regret it.

Don’t forget to listen to Honest Abe. According to the history books, Abraham Lincoln wasn’t a liar, which is a good thing because he sure knows how to measure tire tread. One of the most important ways to take care of our tires is to check tire tread. All you need to do is take a penny, insert it into the tread with Abe’s head upside down. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, then you need new tires. If your head mostly disappears, you’re in the clear. Who knew a penny—or Abraham Lincoln, for that matter—could be so helpful even now?

Rotate, rotate, rotate! Tire rotation is the top way to ensure your tires have the equal opportunity to wear down. Rotate them every 5,000 to 7,00 miles to maximize the life of your tire—you might even want to do it every time you get your oil changed. It’s an easy way to remember!

Choose the right tires for you. Each car has a recommended tire that is recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure you choose a tire that the company suggests, as it probably works the best with your car. Also, take the climate in which you live into consideration. If you’re driving through snow every winter, purchasing snow tires might be a good idea, whereas they are not a necessity when you live in Southern California.

These tire care tips are sure to keep your tires in top condition. If you have any questions regarding tire maintenance, bring your car in to Avery Greene Honda today for assistance!

Honda Accord and CR-V Are America’s Most Popular Car and SUV

As kids, we’re taught to do the right thing, even if it isn’t popular. Occasionally, however, the right thing and the popular thing are one and the same. Such is the case for the Honda Accord and CRV, which are America’s most popular mid-size car and SUV, respectively, for the first half of 2014.

2014 Honda Accord

The Accord is America’s most popular car for the first half of 2014!

According to data supplied by IHS Automotive, the retail sales of both the Honda Accord and CR-V have surpassed segment competitors’ sales during the first half of 2014.

If this trend continues, the Accord is on its way to once again be the best-selling mid-size car on the retail market, and the CR-V will continue its decade-long streak as America’s best-selling SUV.

“More individual customers put a new Honda Accord in their driveway in the first

Honda CR-V SUV

The Honda CR-V has been the best-selling SUV in America for a decade.

half of this year than any other new car in America, and SUV buyers continue to choose CR-V more than any other SUV in America,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior VP and general manager. “While competitors rely on deep-discounts and sales to corporate and rental fleets, Honda continues to achieve steady and sustainable growth based on the quality and value of our products in the hands of individual customers.”

The Honda Civic and Odyssey also led their segments in most retail sales from January to June of 2014.

When it comes down to it, Honda vehicles have repeatedly earned the title as “Most Popular in America” because they continue to prove themselves to be the right car for so many customers. Are you ready to make the right choice? Stop by Avery Greene Honda today to check out our selection of Accords and CR-Vs.

The Best Back-to-School Hondas

When headed back to school, whether you are a new high school driver or a college student, you need a car that is affordable, student-friendly, and at least a little bit cool. MSN Autos has compiled a list of the “Top 15 Back-to-School Cars for 2014” and three Hondas made the list.

Here are the best back-to-school Hondas.

  • Honda Fit. The Honda Fit is a great car with a versatile interior. Its multiple
    2015 Honda Fit

    The 2015 Honda Fit is a great back-to-school car!

    seat configurations and hatchback design will allow students to haul practically anything and will provide plenty of space for moving in and out of the dorm. It also offers great fuel efficiency and an affordable staring price of only $16,315.

  • Honda Civic. Perhaps the most common car found in any student parking lot is the Honda Civic. Its practical, reliable, affordable design has made it a mainstay for students across the country. And, with multiple body styles and trim levels, there is a Civic for every personality.
  • Honda CR-V. For students attending school in snowier areas, a Honda CR-V may come in handy with its available all-wheel drive. It also offers up to 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space and is easy to drive.

Which back-to-school Honda will you choose? Stop by Avery Greene Honda today to find your perfect match.

2015 Honda Odyssey Comes with HondaVAC and More Upgrades

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is now on sale at Avery Greene Honda with a starting MSRP of $28,975!

In 2013 and for the first five months of 2014, the Odyssey was the top-selling minivan in the country, based on new-vehicle registration data from HIS Automotive.

2015 Honda Odyssey

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is available right now at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, CA!

For the new model year, it comes with powertrain, styling, interior, feature, and safety equipment upgrades, including the critically-acclaimed in-vehicle HondaVAC vacuum cleaner previously featured on the Odyssey Touring Elite.

Under the hood, the 3.5-liter V6 engine uses i-VTEC and Variable Cylinder Management technology to help maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The 2015 Odyssey has also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to its next-generation ACE body structure, extensive use of high-strength steel, and advanced driver-assist technologies like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. Last year, it was the only minivan to have earned the award.

Get all of the details at Avery Greene Honda! The 2015 Odyssey is available now, along with other great 2015 cars like the Fit hatchback and Pilot SUV! Stop by today – our friendly staff will be clad to help you find the car you’re looking for!

Honda Vehicles Included in IIHS’ Best Used Cars for Teens List

Safety has always been a priority for Honda cars and it shows, even in the brand’s used cars. Several model years of Honda pre-owned vehicles were named as part of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s first-ever list of the best used cars for teens, showcasing just how serious the Japanese carmaker is when it comes to safety.

“Enhancing the safety of our customers and the quality of our products is a top priority for Honda,” said Art. St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “Our long-term commitment to enhancing safety and durability makes Honda an ideal choice when shopping for safe, reliable transportation, new or pre-owned, for all drivers including teens.”

2013 Honda Accord

A used Honda Accord is among the best used cars for teens!

Honda vehicles named in the category of used cars for teens under $20,000 included the 2012-2014 Honda Accord Sedan, 2013-2014 Accord Coupe, 2012-2014 CR-V, 2007-2014 Element, and 2011-2014 Odyssey. The brand also had some vehicles in the category of good choices for teen drivers under $10,000, such as the 2006-2014 Honda Pilot and 2005-2010 Odyssey.

To see what certified pre-owned vehicles Avery Greene Honda has to offer you, come in to our dealership today and give our vehicles a test drive.

Honda Uni-Cub Makes Walking Obsolete

Honda has long been working on robotic balancing devices, think ASIMO, the walking Honda robot. Now, Honda has transferred some of that technology into a personal mobility device called the Honda Uni-Cub.

The Uni-Cub works along the same lines as a Segway, but instead of standing on a large device, you sit on it, like a stool. To control the movements, you simply lean in the direction you want to move and it responds accordingly.

We could see a device like this being great for workers who spend large parts of their days walking through large warehouses, or those with physical handicaps. A device like this could cut down on time spent walking letting them get more work done. And, it leaves your hands free, so you can check notes or make a phone call while you ride.

Check out this video to get an idea of how it works.

What do you think about the Uni-Cub? Will it be a useful device or something that will just make some people lazier?

Visit Avery Greene Honda today to learn about new Honda developments, both inside and outside the automobile industry! We offer a great selection of new and used cars for Vallejo-area buyers!

Honda Begins Production of All-New 2015 Acura TLX in Ohio

Honda may be a Japanese automaker, but with the start of production of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX at Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio, over 90% of the Acura lineup sold in America is actually also built right here in the United States. The 2015 Acura TLX, Acura’s all-new luxury sedan, brings all kinds of style, convenience, and technology to the luxury market, and we know that American luxury car customers can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

Acura TLX

Honda has started production of the 2015 Acura TLX in Marysville, OH.

“The start of mass production of the TLX marks a new era for our Acura sedan lineup,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “The TLX is built in a world-class facility with a world class workforce and we can’t wait to get this thrilling sedan into the hands of our customers in just a few short weeks.”

The new TLX comes with two separate but equally awesome engines, both with direct injection technology—a 2.4L four-cylinder with 206 horsepower and the bigger 3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower. If you’re looking for an awesome new luxury sedan, come see us here at Avery Greene Honda to check out our lineup—and check back on our blog for updates early and often.

Honda Performance Development Works with University Engineer Programs

Honda Performance Development (HPD) is partnering with university Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) programs to offer students the unique opportunity to join the Honda Racing Line.

Through this partnership, students have access to HPD racing products, original equipment replacement parts, and the expertise of professional technicians.

“We are delighted to be offering memberships in the Honda Racing Line to universities involved with collegiate-level SAE programs,” said Jeff Barrow, Manager of Commercial Motorsports for HPD.

“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,” he added. “Now these programs will have access to our performance product lines as well as our talented technical support.”

We at Avery Greene Honda get excited about opportunities like these for today’s younger generations. We expect these students will play a large part in transforming the auto industry for the better over the next several years.

For more information about joining the Honda Racing Line, university SAE administrators can call 661.702.7845.

You can also learn more about Honda’s current developments in ALL areas of the auto industry by stopping by Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, CA! We offer a great inventory of new Honda cars with impressive cutting-edge safety and comfort features!

The 2014 American-Made Index Includes 3 Honda Vehicles

Every year, Cars.com releases the American-Made Index, which rates “vehicles built and bought in the U.S” on factors that “include the percentage of parts considered domestic under federal regulations, whether the car is assembled in the U.S., and U.S. sales.” Under these rules, obviously, it’s not just the Detroit Big 3 that’s eligible to be named one of the best American-made cars. In fact—Honda happens to boast three vehicles on the 2014 American-Made Index, a ten-car list.

2014 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey was named one of the most American-made cars by Cars.com!

The Honda Odyssey, which is built in Lincoln, Alabama, comes in at number three on the list, while the Honda Ridgeline and Crosstour slide in at numbers 8 and 9, respectively. The Ridgeline is also built in Lincoln, but the Crosstour is assembled up in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda’s strong presence in North American manufacturing has helped North American sales as well—Honda sold a total of 129,023 Honda and Acura vehicles in June 2014 alone.

So, when you’re brimming with patriotism this Fourth of July weekend, remember that just because Honda’s headquarters aren’t in the States doesn’t mean it’s an un-American brand. In fact, if we dare to say it, we think you just might find that Honda is even more American than those other brands that pretend to bleed red, white, and blue.

Come see us at Avery Greene Honda to buy a truly American-made vehicle today!