NHTSA Announces Honda Fit’s Five-Star Safety Rating

2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit Available at Avery Greene Honda

While compact cars tend to offer high fuel economy ratings and terrific performance, many consumers are hesitant when it comes to safety in these small cars—unless they purchase the 2015 Honda Fit. The spacious subcompact hatchback was recently awarded a Five-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), following up the vehicle’s previous Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS. With these top-notch safety scores, the Fit has proven that a small vehicle can still offer big safety.

“The Fit shows that owning a smaller car doesn’t mean you need to skimp on space, comfort or crashworthiness,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motors. “Honda’s commitment to the safety of your customers and other road users is second to none, and the Fit demonstrates this commitment in a powerful way.”

For many consumers, the Honda Fit already offers the best of both worlds with its superior passenger and cargo space, combined with innovative technologies. These technologies produce the Honda Fit’s five-star safety rating, with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure that improves frontal crash energy management.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2015 Honda Fit, make sure you stop into the Avery Green Honda showroom and give the Fit a test drive.

Car-Themed Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Check out these Valentine’s Day – Car Themed Gift Ideas!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You probably feel like you just bought a gift for your significant other last year, but it’s time to do it again. If your loved one happens to love cars, too, here are a few suggestions for some car-themed Valentine’s Day gifts.

  • Visit the California Automobile Museum. Located less than an hour away is the California Automobile Museum. The institute will have a special exhibit opening on February 14 that features “a feast of spectacular fins, chrome, and colors.” With tickets just $8 per adult, this would be a fun, inexpensive way to spend the day with your sweetie.
  • Satellite Radio Subscription. Once you’ve experienced the joy that is coast-to-coast, commercial-free radio, you can never go back to the standard dial. You can get a one-year subscription to SiriusXM radio for only $199.
  • Get the car detailed. Nothing beats having your car detailed. Imagine feeling like you’re driving a brand new vehicle—then give that feeling to your beloved.
  • Rent an exotic car. If your sweetheart yearns for a truly exotic car, consider renting one for a weekend and take it on some long, scenic drives.

What Valentine’s Day gift will you be getting for your sweetie?

History of ASIMO

Enough about cars and events; let’s take a look at robotics. More specifically, let’s look at the history of ASIMO, Honda’s operational humanoid robot.

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Learn more about ASIMO at Avery Greene Honda

In 1986, Honda took up a new challenge: create a two-legged, walking robot. The first three models were engineered to walk like a human. The next three dealt with stabilization and stair climbing. The first humanoid, the P1, stood 6’ 2” tall and weighed over 350 pounds. The next model, the P2, improved walking, climbing, descending, and wireless automatic movement. The final model, the P3, stands at 5’ 2” and weighs 287 pounds.

Today, ASIMO can run and walk on uneven ground, turn without error, climb stairs, grab objects, and respond to simple commands. Other abilities and miracles of engineering are facial recognition for a small group of people, mapping its environment via camera eyes, and avoiding moving obstacles as it walks.

The future of ASIMO looks bright as it tours the world to inspire young students. Someday ASIMO may serve as a set of eyes, ears, arms, or legs for those who can’t use their own. It may also fight fires and clean up toxic spills. ASIMO has come a long way in the past few decades; we at Avery Greene Honda don’t think that’s surprising, though—it is Honda’s handiwork after all.

FCV Is One of Many Exciting Honda Developments Revealed in Detroit

Honda Developments Revealed in DetroitRather than present a bunch of flashy concept cars that never go into production, Honda decided to blow people away with its plan for automotive domination at the recent Detroit Auto Show. Those plans had everything to do with how Hondas get around.

In the gasoline department, Honda released a few details on an entirely new family of engines. Without saying which exact models would be receiving the new engine, the automaker said it would be a four-cylinder VTEC turbo engine. Honda is spending a mere $340 million to get the engines made at its Anna, Ohio plant. We should see the new machine in action by the end of 2015.

In the alternative fuel department, Honda did indeed present a concept at the Detroit Show. The FCV is a sleek, very futuristic-looking fuel-cell vehicle with a projected range is 300 miles. Best of all, its fill-up time only takes about three to five minutes.

That wasn’t all! Honda divulged plans to develop both a battery-electric vehicle as well as a plug-in hybrid in the near future. We at Avery Greene Honda are excited about the future of the Honda Developments Revealed in Detroit.

Honda Alternative Fuel Civics Offer Eco-Friendly Options to Civic Lovers

Honda Alternative Fuel Civics

2015 Honda Civic

The 2015 Honda Civic lineup is growing, offering more options than ever before—and it looks like they’re only going to get greener. Joining the already-released Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, and Civic Si are the 2015 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas. These two Honda alternative fuel Civics provide consumers with fuel-efficient choices when considering the Civic model, all for a low price.

The Civic Hybrid boasts an impressive EPA-rated fuel rating of 45 miles per gallon combined, while the Civic Natural Gas boasts a 31 mpg combined fuel rating. Because of their impressive fuel economy, the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy recognized these two vehicles as part of the top ten Greenest Vehicles of 2014. But these Civic models aren’t just fuel-efficient—they offer plenty of sophisticated features, too.

These features include a 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio, which helps view and control a variety of systems including audio, phonebook, media, and vehicle information. It’s also the platform for HondaLink. A rearview camera comes standard on all Civics, while a Smart Entry with Push Button Start helps the Civic Hybrid start with ease.

With all these features and terrific fuel economy, there’s no denying that the Honda alternative fuel Civics are a great way to save on fuel costs. Stop in to Avery Greene Honda to see what these models have to offer.

Honda’s Plants Conserve Energy and Earn ENERGY STAR Certification

Honda's plants conserve energyHonda is dedicated to protecting the environment and our future. Because of this, three of Honda’s plants have earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification. This will be the ninth year in a row two of Honda’s Ohio facilities have earned this award and the third consecutive year for its Indiana plant.

“Every Honda facility makes special efforts every day to improve the energy efficiency of our manufacturing operations, as we continually strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations,” said Karen Heyob, who leads Honda’s environmental sustainability initiatives in North America, in a statement. “This culture is only achieved by involving every associate in the process, not just delegating the task to certain specialists.”

Honda’s plants conserve energy in a variety of ways. At the Ohio plants in Marysville and East Liberty, they opted for efficient LED lighting in a new consolidation center and are installing an innovative hydrogen fuel cell system to use on its tow motors and fork lifts.

At the Indiana plant, employees installed an energy monitoring system to identify ways to conserve energy, including turning off unused equipment during breaks and between shifts.

Here at Avery Green Honda, we are proud to be part of such an environmentally-conscious company.

Top Safety Pick+ Honda CR-V Wins Designation from IIHS

Top Safety Pick+ Honda CR-V

2015 Honda CR-V

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has confirmed the new Honda CR-V is a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor a vehicle can strive for in terms of safety.

Becoming a Top Safety Pick+ is no easy feat for any vehicle. The Honda CR-V had to score the highest possible rating of “good” in four of the IIHS’s crashworthiness evaluations—moderate front, side, roof, and head restraint—as well as a “good” or “acceptable” rating in the recently-added, rigorous small overlap front crash test.

It also needed to achieve a superior or advanced rating for frontal crash prevention, which it earned thanks to the new Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistive technologies. With helpful features like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System, drivers behind the wheel of a Honda CR-V are not only safer but even less likely to crash in the first place!

Improve your safety on the road by visiting Avery Greene Honda and obtaining a Top Safety Pick+ Honda CR-V.

Honda’s 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon Lineup Promises Bold Entries

Honda's 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon LineupHonda has officially announced its impressive lineup for the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, an annual auto show, which will take place this year from January 9th through 11th. However, secretive as always, a few vehicles are still being kept under wraps.

Of the announced, the vehicle that easily stands out the most is the “Cyber Concept N-Box Slash Code: 89” a highly customized model of the recently released N-Box Slash supercompact. With this boxy vehicle, Japanese customizers pay a cheeky tribute to American car culture.

At the show, Honda will also feature “a Vezel (HR-V in North America and Europe) designed by Japanese fashion company ‘Samantha Thavasa’, Mugen versions of the Legend, Grace and Fit RS, racecars and a number of motorcycles,” according to CarScoops.

We at Avery Greene Honda can’t wait to see all of Honda’s 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon lineup, only wishing that we could be there in person. What about you? Lets know your thoughts in the comments.

Michigan Police Give Gifts Instead of Tickets

Michigan PoliceGetting pulled over is the worst. Even worse in the holiday season when you already have money hemorrhaging from your accounts—a ticket can really put a damper on the holiday spirit. In a welcome change of pace, some local Michigan police officers are issuing gifts instead of tickets.

As a part of the Uplift Someone Christmas initiative, Officer Scot VanSolkema of the Lowell Police Department pulled over several drivers for a variety of supposed driving violations. Instead of asking for their license and registration, Officer VanSolkema asked each driver what was on his or her Christmas wish list.

The kind-hearted officer then radioed to fellow officers on standby, who purchased the gifts and delivered them directly to each offender, right there on the side of the road. How’s that for holiday spirit?

Here at Avery Green Honda, we can’t help but wonder, what if we all did more to turn more bad days into good ones for others? Watch the video, get inspired, and do something for someone else this holiday season.

2015 Honda Fit: Making a Good Thing Greater

2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit

One of the most anticipated vehicles of 2014 was neither a pony nor a hellcat, nor was it a pickup or a crossover. It was one of the most fun, affable, and tech-savvy vehicles on the road, and it’s been earning rave reviews from drivers and critics alike since it hit the streets—the 2015 Honda Fit.

The 2015 Fit takes everything that everyone loved about the second-gen Fit and makes it better. It comes with a strong and distinctive new look, an all-new 1.5-liter i-VTEC direct-injected four-cylinder engine that manages to improve power and boost efficiency, and an updated chassis that makes the new Fit a dream to drive.

There’s a fit for everyone in every price range: the well-equipped base model starts as low as $15,650; the line-topping EX-L with Honda Sat-Linked Nav with Voice Recognition, leather-trimmed seats, and 7” Display Audio with HD Radio and Sirius XMRadio starts at an affordable $20,925.

The 2015 Honda Fit is available in a number of trims and colors at Avery Greene Honda. With the holiday just around the corner, why not go all-out and get a very special loved one an absolutely unbeatable gift?