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Honda Civic Wins Overall KBB Best Buy Award

The all-new Honda Civic recently received top honors from Kelley Blue Book (KBB). The KBB Best Buy Awards are given to vehicles that exceed in performance, efficiency, styling, technology, affordability, and more. It’s no wonder the Civic took home the gold.

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic

According to Honda, the 2016 Civic topped the Overall Winner category; however, there were also some winners in other categories. The Civic also won the Small Car category, the CR-V won the Small SUV category, the Pilot took the Mid-Size award, and the Odyssey dominated the Minivan category.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, stated, “This prestigious award from KBB.com helps current and future buyers with their purchase decisions and further solidifies the notion that for customers who purchase a Honda, be it a car or a light truck, they are making an ‘overall’ smart choice.”

The KBB Best Buy Award was specifically given to the new Civic because it is a market-leader in every segment. It is new and updated, with a fresh exterior and interior, the best in safety, tons of features, and fantastic performance. What’s not to like about the new Civic?

Honda to Install 120 EV Chargers at Honda Headquarters

charging stationIt was announced in mid-October that Honda will install 120 EV chargers at Honda Headquarters in Torrance, California. The goal of adding these chargers is to encourage the use of electric vehicles and other cars using alternative fuels.

A new generation of plug-in vehicles both hybrid and fully-electric is due by 2018, and Honda wants to prepare for this with the installation of charging stations. The installations will take place in two stages, the first of which is currently going on.

Honda plans to use this opportunity to support the Torrance community as well by installing a fast charging station near the headquarters for the town’s residents to use on their daily commute. Steven Center, the vice president of Environmental Business Development and the Product Regulatory Office, said that “making workplace charging ubiquitous and accessible is the cornerstone of an effective public charging strategy.” He went on that it’s necessary to make driving an EV a convenient option, especially for those who don’t have access to chargers at home.

Honda Self-Driving Cars Approved for On-the-Road Testing

factoryAdd Honda to the list of nearly a dozen automobile manufacturers who have been approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for testing autonomous vehicles on the road. Other companies on the list include Nissan, Volkswagen, and Tesla; until recently no one had been aware of the testing of Honda self-driving cars.

The company has apparently kept this secret well. After unveiling a prototypical Acura RLX concept last year with the sensors and computing power required of an autonomous vehicle, Honda has not said another word about its foray into the self-driving car segment. However, it reportedly has been testing these vehicles at a Honda testing facility in Concord, California, just north of San Francisco.

Just this year, the famous Google car logged 1.8 million miles, and the NHTSA and IIAS announced they were open to the possibility of requiring automatic braking systems in new cars in the future. Those benchmarks, in addition to the sheer amount of manufacturers testing electric autonomous cars, show that this may be where the future of the auto industry lies. Honda self-driving cars could be an excellent investment in coming years for the company.

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!

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.

Get a Good Look: The 2016 Honda Civic Reveal

2015 Honda Civic Sedan

Current Honda Civic Sedan Available at Avery Greene Honda

The new 2016 Honda Civic design has officially been revealed thanks to CivicX.com and its ability to dig up patent drawings from Honda. The drawings reveal what both the coupe and sedan style Civics will look like…and we’re excited!

The Civic Coupe concept that originally debuted at the New York Auto Show earlier this year gave us some insight as to what the new production model would look like. Now, according to the drawings, the new Civic will keep some of the elements from the New York concept, which definitely makes us happy! In addition, it will feature more angular headlamps and front fascia, but the tail lamps will not be much different.

If you’re interested in breaking down all of the differences concerning the 2016 Honda Civic reveal, check out the side-by-side of the patent drawings and the concept that debuted in New York.

In any case, we’re excited for the 2016 Civic to arrive here at Avery Greene Honda and we hope you are too!

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