Boxy Honda Concept D Debut Occurs in Shanghai

HondaHonda revealed an all-new concept model at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this month, showcasing what could likely be a future production vehicle. This bold crossover concept, called “Concept D,” has the aggressive, boxy front of a truck with the slim, angular body of a crossover.

The truck look continues with the Concept D’s huge 21-inch wheels. It doesn’t appear to have an exhaust tip, however, so many are speculating the model will be an electric car.

While we don’t know what exactly this concept could precede, we are hoping that it does go to production, and further–that the production model hits US markets. The Honda Concept D debut in Shanghai leads us to believe it will be China-only, but fingers crossed!

Here’s a gallery of the concept, so you can check it out for yourself. What do you think of the Honda Concept D? Share your thoughts with Avery Greene Honda in the comments.

Honda Releases 2016 Pilot Trim Levels

The Honda Pilot was redesigned for 2016. Revealed back in February, the new Pilot made every other automaker in the crossover business shake in their boots. Now, Honda has released some details; following are the 2016 Pilot trim levels. All the levels share a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, according to Car And Driver. Get your Pilot at Avery Greene Honda once it becomes available!

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot LX

  • Bluetooth
  • Five-inch LCD in the dash
  • 200-watt stereo with seven speakers and a sub
  • Option: All-wheel drive

 

2016 Honda Pilot EX

  • Remote start
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-inch touch screen with SiriusXM and Pandora
  • Intelligent Traction Management system (two modes for FWD; four modes for AWD)
  • Option: Honda Sensing safety package

2016 Honda Pilot EX-L

  • Leather interior
  • Power moonroof
  • Power tailgate
  • One-touch power-folding second-row seats
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • “GPS with voice recognition and live traffic updates”

2016 Honda Pilot Touring

  • Nine-speed automatic
  • 20-inch wheels
  • “Blu-Ray-capable rear-seat entertainment system”
  • Blue ambient interior lighting
  • Honda Sensing safety pack

2016 Honda Pilot Elite

  • Panoramic roof
  • “Heated and ventilated front seats”
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Blind-spot monitor

Say Goodbye to the Crosstour, Hello to the HR-V Replacing the Crosstour

Last call: this is your last chance to purchase a new Honda Crosstour as production of the model will cease after the 2015 model year. As we say goodbye to the Crosstour, we look forward to saying hello to the all-new Honda HR-V.

2015 Honda HR-V

2015 Honda HR-V

Built at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio, discontinuing production of the Crosstour enables the plant to take on production of more of Honda’s popular models, like the Accord and CR-V as well as other vehicles from its sister company, Acura.

Said executive vice president of American Honda Motor Company, John Mendel, “The Crosstour, introduced in 2010, served a positive role in helping the Honda brand target crossover buyers. However, the crossover segment has evolved and we believe the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V launching later this spring will create new value for crossover shoppers…”

The HR-V, is the ultimate crossover, featuring the exterior styling of a coupe and the interior space of an SUV. The vehicle joins the Honda lineup as the smallest crossover designed to zip around city streets.

For more information on either the 2015 Crosstour or the 2016 HR-V replacing the Crosstour, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Avery Greene Honda. But don’t wait too long; the clock is ticking down for the Crosstour.

The Honda S660 Size Is Scaled Down but the Fun Factor Is Dialed Up

Good things come in small packages, which is the idea behind the newly-unveiled Honda S660 roadster. The styling of this diminutive two-seater carries forward the legacy of the Honda S2000 nose with an aggressive roadster back end and the low, wide stance gives way to the removable top and sculpted deck lid. The sporty look belies the mid-engine minicar’s lightweight construction and crisp handling.

The S660 mini-car receives its name from its tiny 660cc engine producing 63 horses. Although that sounds like very little power, the engine size is proportional to the actual Honda S660 size, which is only 134-inches in length. Honda dialed up the fun with all-wheel disc brakes and by giving the body a lightweight aluminum-and-steel body and frame. This provides the S660 with more rigidity than the Honda S2000, while shedding hundreds of pounds off the car to emphasize its engine’s power.

The little sportster is only sold in Japan, and a US version has not yet been announced. Be sure to stay informed on all things Honda—big and little—with Avery Greene Honda.

The Honda All-Star Academic Challenge: Supporting Historically Black Schools

Honda All-Star Academic ChallengeShowcasing the best and brightest students at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Honda recently hosted an academic tournament. The Honda All-Star Academic Challenge featured students from 48 different HBCU schools in Southern California.

According to Honda, this was the 26th annual tournament, located on the campus of American Honda in Torrance, California. Over 75 HBCU schools in California competed in the National Championship being sponsored by Honda.

“Each student that qualifies for the ‘Great 48′ is a champion in his or her own right,” said Steve Morikawa, Assistant VP of Community Relations at Honda. “Honda is proud to welcome this year’s class into an exceptional community of HCASC alumni that comes together each year to celebrate academic excellence.”

Recognizing academic excellence, this challenge is one of Honda’s largest and oldest charitable initiatives. Since its inception, Honda has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to local HBCU schools. We at Avery Greene Honda see this as just one more way Honda is changing the world of tomorrow.

Honda CR-V and Odyssey Stand Out Among the 2015 Best Cars for Families

2015 Honda Odyssey

2015 Honda Odyssey

The Honda CR-V and Honda Odyssey have been named among the 2015 Best Cars for Families by US News & World Report.

This is the fifth year in a row the Odyssey has been selected as the Best Minivan for Families, while the CR-V—which has just been significantly refreshed—bodes well for families interested in a compact SUV.

The two models offer a long list of standard and optional family-friendly features, including Earth Dreams Technology, Honda Sensing, and—our personal favorite at Avery Greene Honda—the highly-acclaimed “HondaVAC” in-vehicle vacuum cleaner in the Odyssey Touring Elite.

At the heart of both vehicles, however, is just plain old automotive excellence, regardless of their own unique features. A smooth and efficient powertrain, enhanced safety equipment, and ride quality place the Odyssey and CR-V at the top of the list for any family seeking new transportation.

“Recognition from the Best Cars for Families awards for our top-selling CR-V and Odyssey demonstrates that the Honda brand values align with the needs of family buyers in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and safety performance,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager.

Spring Car Care Tips You Don’t Want to Skip

spring cleaningSpring is in the air, and with warmer temperatures comes an important reminder to make sure your car is up-to-date on all its maintenance. Ensure your car is ready to help you leave behind the long winter months with evening drives, weekend road trips, and sunny daily commutes.

Here is our spring car care checklist:

Get caught up on regular maintenance. Give us a call at Avery Greene Honda and we’ll make sure you’re all caught up on oil changes, filter replacements, and more.

Flush the radiator. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to correctly flush and refill the cooling system before the hot summer months set in.

Check the belts. Inspect the condition and tightness of belts. Cracks and obvious wear can be a sign of trouble to come.

Check the battery. Now is a good time to check the life of your battery, and make sure it’s holding a charge so that you don’t find yourself stuck with a car that won’t start.

Check the tires. Here in California, we’re doing the rain dance. Make sure you’re prepared just in case that call is answered with tires that provide optimal traction. Make sure they aren’t over-worn, over- or under-inflated, or misaligned.

Check the wiper blades. Consistent, direct sunlight can cause major damage to the rubber that clears water from your windshield. If you find that yours are warped or cracked, or just don’t clear the windshield like they should, replace them.

Wash and wax. If you’ve spent the winter months ignoring your car, now is the time to clean it out, wash it out, and shine it up.

Check the air conditioning. Have a trusted dealership or mechanic shop check your A/C for any issues before the sweltering summer months hit.

Print this handy infographic from The News Wheel and use it as a reminder and “to-do” list.

Honda Civic Type R’s Nurburgring Lap Time Trounces Old Record

In stunning fashion, the Honda Civic Type R officially clobbered its past Nurburgring lap time and crushed stereotypes about a front-wheel drive in the process. The upcoming 2015 Civic Type R posted a lap time of 7:50.63, beating the previous front-wheel drive record of 7:54.36.

Honda released the video of the Civic Type R’s lap time and it will surprise you as much as it did anyone else. The turbocharged Type R generates 306 horsepower and has a top speed of nearly 170 mph; it’s outfitted with a three-pedal manual gearbox.

The Honda Civic Type R’s Nurburgring lap time is only 10 seconds off of the pace of the Porsche Cayman GT4 and 30 seconds off of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Although the Honda Civic Type R is only bound for Europe we at Avery Greene Honda still love it just as much! If you want to see the full video of the Civic Type R’s Nurburgring lap time check out the video below.

Honda Takes Title of Bestselling Automaker in California

2015 Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord

Time to downshift, Toyota Prius. After taking bestseller in California for the past three years, the hybrid has been pushed out. In 2014, the Honda Accord has taken the title of bestselling automaker in California. It was a close race and came down to the wire, with the Accord selling 71,578 units to the Prius’ 71,210 units. That’s not all. The Prius also faced fierce competition in another Honda model: the Civic.

Both the Accord and Prius come in four models. The Accord sells in coupe and sedan body styles with an additional hybrid model and plug-in hybrid version. The latter two sell in low volumes. The Prius consists of the Liftback, C subcompact, V wagon, and plug-in hybrid. With an aging design and an increasing number of hybrids and electric cars, it was only a matter of time.

Prius sales increased by only 2%. The Accord, however, rode the recovery wave and jumped 17.3% compared to 2013. Now that the Honda Accord has ousted the Prius for bestseller in California, what model will be next to overtake the Prius? The 13-time bestselling car in America, the Toyota Camry? The longtime favorite nameplate, the Toyota Corolla? We at Avery Greene Honda can’t wait to see these two Japanese automakers duke it out over California.

Year of Honda Continues with Upgraded 2016 Honda Pilot Launch

The Honda brand has officially claimed 2015 as the “Year of Honda,” and so far, the brand’s product lineup is doing an excellent job backing that claim. After the new Honda CR-V was named the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year, a new 2016 Honda Pilot further bolstered the Honda SUV lineup. The new Pilot premiered at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

The Pilot retains the formula which has made the full-size, three-row SUV so popular, but adds tweaks in all the right places. For example, it comes with new Earth Dreams Technology powertrains, LED headlights, running lights, and taillights, and a panoramic roof option.

“This means the all-new Pilot will comfort, entertain and assist active families in all aspects of their lives, whether it’s an evening out for two, a road trip adventure for all or just the chores of everyday life,” summed up Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Division, at the 2016 Honda Pilot launch.

The Honda Pilot is chock-full of technology as well, helping you keep the whole family entertained, either on long trips or just riding home from school. You’ve got the Display Audio system, the HondaLink connected-car system, and even a 9” entertainment system with Blu-Ray capability. Come see us at Avery Greene Honda to learn more about the Year of Honda.