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Team Honda Week of Service Includes Nearly 600 Activities

Team Honda Week Of Service - Vallejo, CA

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June 7-16 marked this year’s Team Honda Week of Service, a week when Honda employees come together to make a difference in their communities. Every year, the volunteer event is held around Honda’s Founder’s Day in North America (June 11, 1959). This year marked the 60th anniversary of Founder’s Day.

More than 25,000 volunteers with Honda corporate offices, factories, dealerships, and suppliers came together to offer their time and labor via nearly 600 service activities. These activities included pet adoption events, home repairs for people in need, food and blood drives, park and beach clean-ups, and more. Together, volunteers made an impact in 42 states, plus Mexico and Canada.

“Honda’s Week of Service continues to grow and we are grateful to our associates and to those who join us in giving back to the communities where we work and live during this special week,” remarked Jeffrey Smith, vice president, Honda North America, Inc. “Team Honda has become a powerful force for good, demonstrating that by working together we can truly build nurturing communities.”

Here are a few quick numbers from this year’s Week of Service:

Honda volunteers collectively:

  • Donated 2,210 pints of blood.
  • Collected and sorted 65 tons of food.
  • Raised $100,000 for various nonprofits.
  • Served 592,000 meals.

At Avery Greene Honda, we’re proud to represent a brand that’s so committed to doing good.

Best Water Parks In and Around Vallejo

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Are you looking for a way to cool off this summer? Luckily, Vallejo is located near several fun and family-friendly water parks. Check out some of these water parks in and around Vallejo:

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord

Head to nearby Concord, just a 20-minute drive southeast, for a day of family fun at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord. This park has something for everyone, from the thrilling Break Point Plunge to the realistic Breaker Beach to the totally tubular Honolulu Halfpipe. Learn more here.

Aqua Adventure Waterpark

This park is about an hour and a half south in Fremont, depending on traffic. The wet and wild attractions include the Oasis Pool, Round About River, Lil Squirts, Bucket Bay, and Fortress of Fun. Learn more here.

Velocity Island Park

Drive an hour north to Woodland to experience Velocity Island Park. This park has everything, including a floating obstacle course, stand up paddle boarding, beach volleyball, a bar, wakeboarding, relaxation on the beach, and plenty of swimming. Learn more here.

California’s Great America

Travel south about 70 miles to Santa Clara to experience California’s Great America, a thrilling amusement park with plenty of rides, but also its own waterpark, called Boomerang Bay. Learn more here.

Staying cool is easy at a waterpark. Looking cool is easy in a new Honda from Avery Greene Honda. Call or stop into our showroom to browse our selection.

A Patriotic Past: Looking at the American History of Honda

American History of Honda | Vallejo, CA

Honda might be a Japanese carmaker, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have very, very deep roots in America. With the Fourth of July still fresh in our rearview mirror, let’s delve into the American history of Honda, seeing how the brand become established in this North American market.

 

Honda first came to America in 1970, introducing the N600 as its first-ever American-sold vehicle. In 1979, this Japanese carmaker made history by opening its first motorcycle plant on U.S. soil, hiring 55 Americans and 11 Japanese workers to begin this endeavor. The plant eventually expanded into a car plant in 1982.

 

Located in Marysville, Ohio, this Honda manufacturing plant was just the beginning. Since it was created, the plant has seen Marysville increase its population from 7,000 people in 1980 to more than 24,000 people in 2019. Honda has over 15,000 employees and more than 134 suppliers across Ohio. It was also the first Japanese carmaker to build engines and transmissions in the U.S., along with being the first to export U.S.-built cars to overseas markets.

 

Now, Honda has 12 manufacturing plants across the United States. It opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Marysville in 2016 to help build the only supercar produced in America, and has exported 1.3 million automobiles from the United States since 1987. What this means in practical terms: the chances are good that the stylish new vehicle you’re considering at Avery Greene Honda was made right here in the U.S.A.

2019 Honda Passport Safety Rating Gets Top NHTSA Score

2019 Honda Passport | Vallejo, CA

The 2019 Honda Passport recently achieved the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the New Car Assessment Program.* In earning the highest score that NHTSA offers for safety, the new Passport establishes itself as a confident, family-friendly option. What’s more, NHTSA’s recognition of the 2019 Honda Passport means that every Honda vehicle tested in the NCAP has earned the highest possible score for safety.**

 

The Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering™, or ACE™, body structure has been significant in helping Honda vehicles earn these high safety ratings. ACE™ uses font-frame structures to absorb and deflect the energy created from a frontal collision, helping to reduce the likelihood of injury.

 

The 2019 Honda Passport safety rating was also helped by its Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies. This suite, which is standard on the Passport, helps increase the driver’s awareness of his or her surroundings with technologies like Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), a Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and a Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).

 

This technology also comes standard on the 2019 Accord, Clarity series, Insight, Pilot, and Civic.*** Over 85 percent of all new Honda vehicles sold in 2019 have had the Honda Sensing® suite. Honda has sold over 2.1 million vehicles equipped with this technology since its introduction in 2015.

 

If you’re in the market for a vehicle that is stylish, fun to drive, and safe, check out the new Passport at Avery Greene Honda.

 

*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

**2019 Civic Type R, Clarity series and CR-V not yet tested

***Excludes Civic Si and Type R

2019 Honda Passport Receives Autotrader Best New Car for 2019 Award

Autotrader Best New Car for 2019 | Vallejo, CA

The 2019 Honda Passport is the newest addition to the Honda SUV lineup, and it’s starting to make a name for itself. This midsize SUV was recently named an Autotrader Best New Car for 2019, one of only 12 new vehicles to earn this recognition.*

 

“The Passport is one of the few SUVs where the ‘sport’ and ‘utility’ totally and tangibly make sense in the same vehicle,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “We like the Passport because of its rugged look and just the way it comes off like a younger, feistier version of the Honda Pilot.”

 

Autotrader’s editorial experts decided on the Passport as one of the winners by a unanimous vote. To be considered for this award, the vehicle much be a current or next model-year vehicle and available for purchase at the time of the awards announcement.

 

The Passport was recognized for its on-road driving refinement and off-road capabilities. It boasts an ample amount of interior space, making it a solid option for a wide range of consumers.

 

The 2019 Honda Passport was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas. It is manufactured in the brand’s Lincoln, Alabama, assembly plant, along with the Ridgeline, three-row Pilot, and Odyssey minivan. To see the award-winning Passport in action, stop into Avery Greene Honda.

 

*Autotrader, April 2019. See Autotrader.com for more information.

2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards Recognizes Honda

2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards | Vallejo, CA

Kelley Blue Book is known as a go-to website for those looking to do some research before purchasing new and used vehicles. Recently, this website released the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards — of which Honda won three recognitions.

For the fifth year in a row, Honda was chosen as America’s “Best Value Brand.”* Kelley Blue Book mentioned that it awarded Honda its Best Overall Brand award for the 2019 Brand Image Awards due to the brand’s high quality across its broad product lineup. Honda was also recognized for its commitment to offering a range of vehicles for both first-time buyers and loyal customers, which some brands don’t do.

Honda also received two other recognitions from these Kelley Blue Book awards. With the “Best Value Brand” accolade, Kelley Blue Book recognized the amenities available in the four Honda models — the Civic, Accord, CR-V, and Pilot. It also noted that Honda had eight vehicles in its 15 top-ranking vehicles in the refinement category, leading to it earning the “Most Refined Brand” award.

These awards from Kelley Blue Book look to recognizes automotive brands that succeed in fostering and retaining specific brand attributes that customers look for when considering a new-car purchase. For more hands-on experience with your vehicle of choice, stop into Avery Greene Honda.

*2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards are based on the Brand Watch™ study from Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights. Award calculated among non-luxury shoppers. For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. 

2019 Honda Ridgeline Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

2019 Honda Ridgeline IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a pickup truck that manages to stand out from its segment, especially when it comes to safety. This truck was recently named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick when it is equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights, making it the only pickup truck to earn this rating from the IIHS.*

 

Along with this safety rating, the Ridgeline also earned the top “Superior” rating from the IIHS for its available Collision Mitigation Braking System™. This system applies the brakes when a potential collision is detected on the road ahead and is part of the larger Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies.

 

The Honda Sensing® package comes standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition Models. It includes features like Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

 

The Ridgeline is the seventh Honda model to be recognized by the IIHS. Along with this pickup truck, the 2019 Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey all received the IIHS Top Safety Pick title. The Insight was awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ title. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also given all 2019 Honda models that have been tested so far, including the Ridgeline, its top five-star overall vehicle score.

 

Learn more about the 2019 Honda Ridgeline at Avery Greene Honda.

 

*Award applies to RTL-E and Black Edition trims. As of 3/21/2019.

Honda Pastport April Fool’s Day Joke Brings Back ’90s Nostalgia

Honda Pastport April Fool’s Day

 

On the first of every April, people across the country get up to some major hijinks, thanks to April Fool’s Day. This year, Honda was no exception. The Japanese carmaker got into the April Fool’s Day spirit this year by posting about the brand-new Pastport trim for the 2019 Passport — an entirely fictitious model, but one that we really, really wish were true.

 

The fictional Pastport trim is a ’90s-inspired version of the Passport, which features a throwback interior that highlights popular ’90s features, including automatic windows, a cassette player, and plush micro-fiber seats. It even has a mount for your beeper!

 

“From TV reboots to fashion, the ’90s are making a huge comeback, and we saw an opportunity at Honda for consumers who want uniqueness and simplicity, so we decided to reach back and bring the Pastport to market this spring,” said Zack Tanner, historical innovations manager for Honda. “We think the new Pastport is all that and a bag of chips.”

 

While this nostalgic trim level isn’t actually available, you can come in to Avery Greene Honda to check out the actual Passport. This ruggedly handsome SUV is the newest addition to Honda’s SUV lineup. It comes with an available all-wheel-drive system, standard safety technologies, ample power, and an abundance of interior space to make it a solid choice in its segment.

New Honda Passport Ad Campaign Appeals to Adventure Seekers

2019 Honda PassportHonda is looking to attract an entirely new buyer — those that love to go on outdoor adventures. The 2019 Honda Passport is the brand’s newest addition to its SUV lineup, and it’s a solid option for those looking for something on the rugged side. That’s why the Honda Passport ad campaign looks to emphasize its sporty and rugged styling — along with its off-road capabilities.

 

“Our new ‘Your Passport to Adventure’ marketing campaign perfectly captures the kind of adventurous lifestyle the new 2019 Honda Passport was designed to help our customers fulfill,” said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Auto Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

 

The “Your Passport to Adventure” ad campaign highlights the Passport as a good option for outdoor exploration. It is going to be both a television and print campaign, expanding to social channels in the spring. The advertisements themselves will highlight four environments for Passport adventures — the desert, mountains, the coast, and the forest.

 

It will even have location-specific headlines to convince city dwellers to get out of the city and head out into nature. For instance, a billboard in Manhattan reads “Cross bridges beyond Brooklyn.” The campaign will also utilize adventure social media influencers to document their own experiences with the Passport.

 

To experience the 2019 Honda Passport and open yourself up to adventure, stop into Avery Greene Honda.

Honda CR-V IIHS Safety Ratings Reach “Superior” Level

2019 Honda CR-VThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) works to ensure all vehicles out on the road are tested for their safety, awarding those that succeed at their crash tests. For the 2018 and 2019, the CR-V has managed to receive the IIHS’ highest rating of “Superior” on its pedestrian detection and crash prevention tests.

 

“The tests highlight the need to consider the safety of all road users when designing advanced safety systems like those included in Honda Sensing®,” said Jay Joseph, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We have sold nearly 1.8 million Honda vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing in the United States, underscoring our leadership and commitment to the widespread application of these important technologies.”

 

Along with these top-notch crash avoidance ratings, the Honda CR-V IIHS safety ratings also earned the vehicle a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the IIHS when equipped with LED headlights and Honda Sensing®.

 

Currently, the Honda Sensing® technologies come standard on the EX trim level and above. These trims account for 81 percent of American CR-V sales in 2018, which highlights the appeal of driver-assistance technologies. It includes tech like a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

 

If you want to experience the stylish, smart, and safe Honda CR-V for yourself, stop into Avery Greene Honda and we’ll fix you up with a test drive.

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