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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 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.

Make Your Car Greener This Summer

2019 Honda InsightEven if you drive a gas-guzzling clunker, there are steps you can take to make your car greener. Don’t worry; we’re not going to instruct you to get a new grasshopper-green paint job. But, there are a few easy things every driver can do to increase their efficiency and decrease your carbon footprint while you’re behind the wheel.

Keep your tires properly inflated

Under-inflated tires are simply less efficient than their properly inflated counterparts. The engine has to work double-time to get them moving and keep them moving, which wastes valuable gasoline. Make sure your tires are well-inflated year-round.

Lighten the load

It’s easy to let your cargo space get out of hand in the summertime. Whether you’re overloading your trunk with fishing gear, soccer bags, luggage, or camping supplies, all that extra weight adds up. Save at the pump and save the planet by removing extra weight from your vehicle as soon as you’re done with it.

Roll down the windows

Using A/C puts an extra strain on your engine, as it requires significant electrical energy to run. If you opt for rolling down the windows at slower speeds, you can save your car and your conscious a lot of stress (not to mention give yourself the perfect windswept hairdo).

If you’re interested in opting for an energy-saving model, visit our showroom to learn more about the 2019 Honda Insight, an all-new hybrid perfect for green driving.

2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Now on Sale at Avery Greene Honda

2019 Honda InsightAfter a long wait, the new 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid compact sedan is available at Avery Greene Honda, starting with a low price under $23,000. This long-awaited hybrid, available in LX, EX, and Touring trims, offers best-in-class passenger space and incredible fuel economy from a surprisingly potent engine.

Specifically, the Insight’s two-motor powertrain and engine combo generates 151 horsepower while yielding up to 55 miles per gallon in the city, 49 on the highway, and 52 combined.* Instead of a conventional automatic transmission, the Honda Insight boasts three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport.

Key standard features for the new 2019 Honda Insight include push-button start, a digital driver’s meter, multi-element LED headlights, and the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies. Included in the Honda Sensing suite are the Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, the Road Departure Mitigation System, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System™. Honda Insight EX models boast 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility while Insight Touring models include an eight-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, and additional features.

Test drive the all-new 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid at Avery Greene Honda.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, lithium-ion battery pack age/condition and other factors.

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