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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.

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.

 

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.

2015 Honda Fit

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.

Honda Developments Revealed in Detroit

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's plants conserve energy

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

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.

new Honda Fit

New Honda Fit Wins Automobile Magazine All Star Award

The automobile all-star team has a new point guard: the new Honda Fit. The compact car was named an Automobile Magazine All Star for the 2015 model, thanks to its balance of practicality, customization, and fun-to-drive experience. We can’t say we are surprised here at Avery Greene Honda, since we see the Fit earning more converts every single day.

new Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit

“The Fit remains the benchmark for packaging, versatility and value in its segment,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. “Automobile Magazine’s recognition of the Honda Fit validates our ongoing efforts to deliver best-in-class vehicles for our customers, and our continued investment in North American manufacturing.”

The 2015 Fit is now the 20th Honda to make the All Star list. Here at Avery Greene Honda, though, we basically think all of our vehicles are all-stars. So come see us today to find the right fit for you!

Green Honda Civic models

Green Honda Civic Models Add Diversity and Efficiency to Lineup

The Honda Civic, all on its own, is a reliable and affordable sedan. However, thanks to new green Honda Civic models like the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas, it’s now even more than that—it’s a sedan that brings incredible efficiency and value to the equation. Whether you’re interested in hybrid technology or want to test out the CNG as a renewable resource, the Civic is the way to go.

Green Honda Civic models

Honda Civic CNG

It’s not like the Civic is only special because of that powertrain technology, though. All these 2015 Civics also come with features like Display Audio with a 7 inch touchscreen, leather seats, and safety tech like LaneWatch and a standard rearview camera. They both, of course, post excellent fuel efficiency numbers and will be highly in demand when they hit the market.

The Civic Hybrid actually recently did hit the market on November 5, and the Civic Natural Gas is right on its heels on November 19. So come see us at Avery Greene Honda to learn more about all the Honda Civic models available today.  

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