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2016 Honda Civic Design Revealed

2015 Honda Civic

Current Honda Civic Available at Avery Greene Honda

The best-selling Honda Civic is going into its 10th generation with style. The Civic has become a well-known nameplate, as well as the basis and inspiration for many compact car designs on the market. However, the 2016 Honda Civic design was revealed at a Los Angeles event recently, and for the next generation Honda seems to be taking the car in a sportier, more youthful direction.

The compact car will come in a base model as well as five-door hatchback and coupe styles. Two higher trims will be offered: Civic Si and Civic Type-R. The 2016 Civic design has kept some of the style from the Civic concept unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show and its cabin—which is positioned further back on the body of the car, along with the sculpted wheel arches—grants the Civic a less traditional, more dramatic and muscular appearance.

The 2016 Civic will also come with a more powerful engine ever seen in a Civic, according to Honda. The base model comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC variable valve timing, while there is also an available 1.5-liter turbo engine–the first turbocharged engine to be offered with a base Civic. In terms of tech features, the 2016 Civic will also feature a 7-inch touchscreen display that is compatible with both Android Audio and Apple CarPlay.

The 2016 Honda Civic design has been revamped to lure in new, younger buyers, and with its new looks, standard features, and available options, it may do just that. The Civic is slated to appear on dealer lots sometime this fall, with pricing to be announced closer to the release date.

New Honda Commercial “Ignition” Is One of the Best Yet

The new Honda commercial called “Ignition” will blow you away. It packs a ton of imagery and action into a 90-second clip that references all of the best things from the automaker’s heritage—like Formula 1 racing, aviation, robotics, and of course its consumer automobiles.

You’ll get a glimpse of Asimo the Robot, current McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button, the all-new HR-V, the upcoming Civic Type R, and even the voice the late Ayrton Senna, one of the most revered Formula 1 driver of all time. The ad was created by the British firm Wieden+Kennedy for Honda Motor Europe and ends with the following tagline: “Dare to do what others only dream of.”

We have to admit it’s one of the brand’s best commercials yet. It’s grand and orchestral and although the whole thing runs 90 seconds, there’s so much shown that it’ll probably take more than single viewing to absorb everything. We certainly won’t mind watching again.


McLaren-Honda Team to Match Ferrari in Engine Power at Spa

checkered flagHonda had a lot of catching up to do when it rejoined Formula 1 a year after the new power unit regulations had kicked in, but they’re quickly getting the McLaren-Honda team back in shape and in the midst of competition. Though the team struggled early in the season, it managed a 5th place result at the last Grand Prix in Hungary and continues to improve.

Now, Honda says it will introduce an updated F1 engine at the Belgian Grand Prix that will match the power output of Ferrari—one of the top teams this year—which should make the car significantly more competitive.

“Mk 3 [will be introduced] in Spa [and] we have already started development on next season’s power unit,” said Honda motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai. “Mk 4 will be on the same level as Mercedes, that is the target; Mk 3 will be on a level similar to Ferrari, which is what we’re aiming for. It’s a big step.”

The new power unit will include a revised internal combustion engine with changes to the combustion chamber, intake, gear-train system, and exhaust layout. Avery Greene Honda looks forward to seeing how the team handles the famous Eau Rouge corner at the Belgian Grand Prix!

The Two Types of Sunscreen and How They Work

beachWe all know it’s important to wear sunscreen, protecting our delicate skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays–in turn, protecting us from painful burns, early aging, and even skin cancer.

However, few know the actual differences between the two types of sunscreen: physical and chemical. One of these types might be far more efficient for you depending on your lifestyle, so it’s important to know the difference.

In general, physical sunscreens protect your skin by either blocking or completely deflecting the sun’s rays. This type of sunscreen is effective the moment you apply it, and stays effective until removed from your skin via sweating, swimming, or washing it off.

On the other hand, chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays. These sunscreens become effective about 20 minutes after they are applied, and stop working after a certain amount of time and must be re-applied for functionality.

With either type of sunscreen–even physical–it’s important to re-apply the product every two hours or so, just to be safe. You’ll be glad you did!

This Year, Remember These Beach Safety Tips For Fun in the Sun

beachHeading to the beach this summer? There’s nothing more relaxing than the warm sun, cool breeze, and the rhythmic sound of the waves.

However, beaches do come with some inherent dangers, so it’s important to keep these beach safety tips in mind:

  • Always follow local beach rules, obey any posted signs, and listen to all lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone, and make sure that someone you know always has their eye on you.
  • Drink lots of fresh, clean water (not saltwater!) to stay hydrated, and be sure to frequently lather yourself with sunscreen.
  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended on a public beach where they could be moved or stolen.
  • Never, ever leave children unattended on the beach, especially in the water.
  • Take swimming lessons, not only ensuring your ability to swim but also so you may help others in danger.

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Tips for Trailering or Towing a Boat

lakeHere in Vallejo, where we sit right on the Napa River, summer is the perfect time to haul our boats to the shore and head out for a relaxing day on the water. Hitching your boat safely to your truck isn’t hard, but it’s good to know some tips for towing a boat to keep it safely fastened for the drive.

Number one, make sure the weight in the boat is balanced. You may have to move things around so that the weight in both sides is about the same and the weight in the front and back is about a 60/40 split. You also need to attach—at least to ratchet—straps from the trailer to the bow eye.

When backing out of the driveway, have someone stand behind you to guide you. Steer from the bottom of the wheel, turning the wheel the direction you want the trailer to go.

While driving, give yourself more time to stop than usual, and take wide turns. When going up or down hills, shift down a gear to make braking safer and help you climb it.

Finding Events for Independence Day in Vallejo

Independence DayThis weekend marks the annual celebrations for Independence Day in Vallejo and our neighboring city, Benicia. Benicia will kick things off with the Torchlight Parade at 6:30pm on Friday, June 3rd and the Freedom Festival all day Saturday. The morning of July 4th, Vallejo will hold its 162nd annual parade followed by the Festival on the Waterfront, and the fireworks show will start at 9:15pm on the waterfront.

With events going on all day in both cities on July 4th, you can check out both festivals and keep your family entertained from the Stars and Stripes Forever Parade in the morning to the fireworks in the evening.

The Freedom Festival in Benicia will include music, arts/crafts, a climbing wall, train rides, and a bouncy house. Vallejo’s Red White and Blue Groove has a bit more for adults, like the artisan beer garden, a car show, and jazz performances, along with plenty of fun for kids.

At Avery Greene Honda, we’re excited to celebrate with our fellow citizens! We hope you’ll make it to these festivities.

Three 2015 Honda Vehicles named Best Family Cars by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com

Each year, Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com join forces to create the definitive Best Family Cars list. This year, once again, Honda has a strong presence on that list with three different 2015 Honda vehicles earning the distinction. The Honda Accord, CR-V, and Fit all made the top ten list of Best Family Cars by Parents Magazine.

2015 Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord

All three of these vehicles also earned a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and are all equipped with a standard rearview camera. Those safety features combined with Honda’s overall excellent design, reliable reputation, and technological innovations made these vehicles easy choices for the Best Family Car list. The awards also show the diversity of the Honda lineup—with a subcompact car, sedan, and SUV all making the list.

The Accord earned a place on the list for the third straight year, while the Honda Fit and CR-V were honored as a best budget car and a best crossover for families, respectively. All three vehicles come with tons of great features, many of them all new for the 2015 model year, so come see Avery Greene Honda to learn more about the lineup . With EarthDreams engine technology, elegant design, and fun and convenience for all, the Honda lineup is quite simply the best in the world.

The All-New Honda Fit Remains a Winner for 2015 Model Year

2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit Available at Avery Greene Honda

Honda has introduced the third generation of the popular Fit model to the world, and it remains the best, most fun subcompact on the road today. In fact, the brand has done nothing less than completely improve the all-new Honda Fit, making it even sportier and driver-friendly for the 2015 model year. The car is so all-around excellent, in fact, that it recently landed a spot on the 10 Best Family Cars for 2015 list from Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com.

The Honda Fit has always reminded us of either a raindrop or a bullet. Whichever image you prefer, though, one thing remains the same: the Fit is a zippy and efficient little missile that will get you where you want to go, especially in busy urban settings. The new third-generation Fit comes with more standard features such as automatic headlights, Bluetooth capability, LED taillights, and a six-speed manual transmission. It also comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that jets out 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.

The Fit comes in no less than five trim configurations, so come see us at Avery Greene Honda to learn more about each of those trim levels and their options. We can tell you in advanced that the baseline LX trim gets the best gas mileage, especially when equipped with the CVT transmission. With tons of exterior and interior options—including vibrant color schemes and aesthetic accessories—and Honda’s special “Magic Seat,” this small car is big on both fun and performance.

Honda’s Africa Twin Return for 2015 Gets Debut

HondaHonda made a huge reveal earlier this month, concerning one of the brand’s most beloved models. The automaker recently decided to put the Africa Twin–one of their most popular motorcycles ever–back on the European market.

The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will have all the technological advancements of about a decade to show off, in addition the classic Africa Twin appearance. Plus, it will have Honda’s totally unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)(3) technology.

Honda has been slowly leaking details about the Africa Twin over the better part of a year, sneaking out small teasers and bits of information. Now–finally–it’s been announced for real. You can even check out an image of the 2015 Africa Twin here.

Tragically, this model will only be available in Europe, but maybe if there’s enough renewed interest in the Africa Twin return across the pond, the product could be brought to the United States.

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