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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.

Fun New Features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is not your average minivan. For a family-hauler that will exceed your expectations, consider this option. These new features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey will help put the fun back into driving.

Magic Slide Seats

The spacious interior of this minivan now contains versatile Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™, which allow you to easily access the third row. It also opens up more flexibility for storage space.

8-Inch Touchscreen

The new 8-inch display audio touchscreen makes for easy, intuitive control over 2018 Honda Odysseynumerous in-cabin technology features. With available Wi-Fi, passengers can download apps for entertainment and navigation.


Without Wi-Fi, there are still ways to make the most of the 8-inch screen. The CabinControl™ is a social playlist that lets every passenger have a turn selecting music.


Another useful tool on the touchscreen is CabinWatch™, which uses night vision to show you a clear view of the back seat projected on your screen, no matter the time of day.

Available Rear Entertainment

An optional 10.2-inch display allows passengers in the rear to enjoy streaming videos and music.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is an amazing family vehicle with new features that will upgrade the comfort and security of your travels. Stop by Avery Greene Honda to test drive one for yourself.

Honda S2000 Roadster Rumored for 2018

Honda’s 70th anniversary is drawing near and the Japanese automaker could be looking to celebrate in a big way. The automaker’s current S660 roadster isn’t coming to American shores and the Acura NSX is out of many drivers’ budgets. That only leaves one option: the Honda S2000 roadster.

Honda launched the original S2000 roadster back in 1998 for its 50th anniversary which gives many enthusiasts hope. As the brand’s 70th anniversary is in 2018, talk of the glorious return is only increasing.

One sticking point of many pessimists is the fact that Honda doesn’t have a platform for the new compact, rear-wheel drive sports car. That isn’t killing the vibe though. Both the S660 roadster and Acura NSX have their own dedicated platforms. Who’s to say Honda can’t do the same for the S2000 roadster?

Car and Driver talked to a source inside the company who stated that the S2000 successor is on its way. Expected to weigh in at less than 3,000 pounds, it will be powered by an altered 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that’s currently in the Civic Type R.

The source also claims that the S2000 will be built with the Acura NSX at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.

“A large complement of R&D staff from Japan are already in Ohio working on the car,” the source said, “They have more time now that the NSX is finished.”

Here at Avery Greene Honda, we can’t wait for the arrival of the all-new S2000 roadster!

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

The “Futuristic and Unique” Ride of the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda has a long history of creating some of the most reliable and durable cars on the road.  The automaker is also known the world over for building vehicles with superior fuel efficiency. But we can’t forget that when it comes to hybrid technology and implementation, Honda is simply cutting-edge. Torque News took a 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid for a spin and found that it was “futuristic and unique.” Here’s why…

  • The brakes on the Accord Hybrid are electric mechanical regenerating disks.
  • Below highway speeds, the Accord is the only hybrid that keeps the gasoline engine disengaged from the drive wheels.
  • The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid offers 47 mpg combined.
  • The base trim Accord Hybrid comes with backup camera, voice command, and right lane watch in addition to an awesome 8-speaker sound system.
  • The Accord Hybrid is equipped with Honda’s 2.0-liter EarthDreams hybrid engine, which uses “10% less fuel than competition’s comparably sized engine.”

Torque News claims that “the ride comfort, handling and interior noise level is superior to any other car in Honda’s lineup.” When the tester was asked what he would change about the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid, he said, “Nothing, really!”

Visit Avery Green Honda today for more information on the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid!

perfect vehicle for families

The Trusted Minivan Is the Perfect Vehicle for Families

It has been the stereotypical “soccer mom’s” mode of transportation and endured long family vacations, but regardless of who owns it or what it’s used for, everyone knows it as the beloved minivan. With school back in session, the van has made a solid reappearance in the auto industry too—probably because it’s the perfect vehicle for families.

perfect vehicle for families

2014 Honda Odyssey

The Street quotes Brandy Schaffels from, who says, “The minivan has had lasting appeal because of its practical functionality.” It is no question that vans are the most efficient way to transport groups of people and luggage. The competing SUVs lack the low entry for ease of access for the smaller family members. The flat floors also aid in easy passenger loading, along with sliding doors that are large enough to allow nearly anything to be stored in the back. There is no denying that the minivan stands up to the test of time and is nearly essential for every family.

If you’re interested in one, the base price for a Honda Odyssey starts at $28,975 and gets a wonderful 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Join the minivan hype and get your own today from Avery Green Honda!

2015 Honda Odyssey

2015 Honda Odyssey Comes with HondaVAC and More Upgrades

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is now on sale at Avery Greene Honda with a starting MSRP of $28,975!

In 2013 and for the first five months of 2014, the Odyssey was the top-selling minivan in the country, based on new-vehicle registration data from HIS Automotive.

2015 Honda Odyssey

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is available right now at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, CA!

For the new model year, it comes with powertrain, styling, interior, feature, and safety equipment upgrades, including the critically-acclaimed in-vehicle HondaVAC vacuum cleaner previously featured on the Odyssey Touring Elite.

Under the hood, the 3.5-liter V6 engine uses i-VTEC and Variable Cylinder Management technology to help maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The 2015 Odyssey has also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to its next-generation ACE body structure, extensive use of high-strength steel, and advanced driver-assist technologies like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. Last year, it was the only minivan to have earned the award.

Get all of the details at Avery Greene Honda! The 2015 Odyssey is available now, along with other great 2015 cars like the Fit hatchback and Pilot SUV! Stop by today – our friendly staff will be clad to help you find the car you’re looking for!

Honda Ups Its Game at Mexico Plant for 2015 Honda Fit

Honda is celebrating the production start of the redesigned 2015 Fit at its new Honda de Mexico automobile plant. Thanks to the plant’s advanced technology, Honda believes it can significantly improve its ability to meet consumer demand for fuel-efficient subcompact vehicles.

2015 Honda Fit

Honda is expanding its Mexico production facility in anticipation of the 2015 Fit.

The plant, which was constructed starting only two years ago in Celaya, Guanajuato, will employ 3,200 associates with an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines when it reaches full production capacity later this year—increasing Honda’s annual automobile production in North America to about 1.92 million units. This also means that Honda will now be producing more than 95% of all its vehicles in North America compared to the 90% that it does now.

Keeping in line with the Honda Fit’s environmentally-friendly theme, the new plant also takes efficiency to the next level. Here, check it out:

  • A high-speed servo stamping press and high-speed die change process have increased the efficiency of the stamping process by about 40%
  • An all-new welder system allows for less welding robots while increasing the number of weld points, improving quality and efficiency
  • A new water-based painting process reduces energy consumption during the painting process by about 40% while enhancing paint finish quality.

And these are just a few of the improvements! The all-new 2015 Honda Fit will go on sale later in spring 2014 at Avery Greene Honda!

2014 Honda Insight

Honda Vehicles Named in ACEEE’s 12 Greenest Vehicles List

Honda has announced that four of their vehicles have earned recognition for superior environmental performance from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Three of those vehicles—the Honda Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas, and Insight—placed among the group’s “12 Greenest Vehicles of 2013” list. Additionally, the Honda Odyssey minivan topped its segment and was named one of the “greener choices of 2014.”

“Honda has embraced the challenge to bring to market more energy-efficient mobility solutions to reduce CO2 emissions,” said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda Motor Co., Inc, in a press release. “ACEEE’s recognition of Honda’s fuel-efficient models over the past 16 years, including a diverse lineup of alternative fuel vehicles, is recognition of the Honda engineers who continue to work towards our goal to leave ‘Blue Skies for our Children.’”

2014 Honda Insight

The Insight is one of 4 Honda cars named greenest by the ACEEE.

The 2014 Civic Hybrid scored a fifth place ranking on the Greenest Vehicles of 2014 list thanks to its ability to return 44 miles per gallon city/47 mpg highway; the Civic Natural Gas and its 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway took ninth; and the Honda Insight ranked 10th with 41 mpg city/44 mpg highway. The vehicles totaled respective Green Scores of 55, 54, and 53.

The Honda Odyssey, meanwhile, scored a “Superior” class ranking in the Minivan category with a Green Score of 36 earned from 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

With Honda’s vehicles routinely making multiple appearances on ACEEE’s 12 Greenest Vehicles list (this year’s honor marks the sixth-straight such occasion), why not come down to Avery Greene Honda to see for yourself what makes Honda vehicles among the most efficient on the road today?

Bruce Willis Wants You to Hug it Out in Honda Super Bowl Ad

Bruce Willis begins his Honda Super Bowl ad by asking the ill-fated question: “Great game, right?” Oh, Mr. Willis, if only you knew. Of course, this was the only aspect of Honda’s #hugfest ad that wasn’t entirely on point. The commercial defies expectations of crashing a car or blowing things up, instead offering soft piano music, v-neck sweaters, and a creepy appearance by Portlandia’s Fred Armisen.

The Die Hard star’s primary goal is to talk to viewers about car safety, which is particularly prescient after Honda’s Monday announcement that they build the most top safety-rated vehicles in America. He instructs you to hug the friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones who were no doubt crowding around you on Sunday evening with handfuls of chips and pizza (or mouthfuls) and remember that Honda’s vehicles keep them safe.

The slow pan-out reveals the almost terrifying presence of SNL alum Armisen, who is clasping tight around John McClain’s waist.

“Our simple, yet engaging, big-game spot is intended to highlight not only Honda’s deep concern for the safety of our customers, but the actual industry-leading crash test results that back up our commitment,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc, in a statement. “We know that safety is high on a new-car shopper’s purchase consideration list. Honda leads the industry in crash test performance and the Super Bowl represents a great opportunity to move the needle on consumer awareness of that fact.”

In addition to the ad itself, Honda was live-Tweeting video reactions from Willis as the game unfolded. Including a victory hug for Seattle, a consolation hug for Denver, and even hugs for holding calls, Willis was giving away hugs as readily as Denver seemed willing to give away the Lombardi Trophy.

Did you engage in a #hugfest during the Super Bowl? We here at Avery Greene Honda want to know! Send us your best picture of you and your friend hugging it out…but please, no creepy Fred Armisens.

New Avery Greene Honda Facility

New Avery Greene Honda Facility to Open Next Week

Avery Greene Honda is excited to announce that we will be moving into our brand new state-of-the-art Honda facility next Friday, January 31st!

In order to accommodate for our ever-growing inventory of new Honda cars and used vehicles, Avery Greene Honda is upgrading to an all-new service facility and primary business and sales center. Construction of the new facility has been going on for the last few months, and we’re finally ready to open our new doors to the public.

New Avery Greene Honda Facility

Avery Greene Honda moves to its new facility next week!

The upgrade to our new building is in no small part thanks to our dedicated customer base, which helped Avery Greene Honda become the largest-growing new Honda dealership in 2012. Thank you all for making this a possibility!

Everyone at Avery Greene Honda is thrilled to make the big move to the new building! Be sure to stop by our Vallejo Honda facility this week to bid farewell to our current facility with us, and while here you can come check out the brand new Avery Greene Honda facility! We also want to assure our customers that we are open and operating throughout the transition to our new building – our sales and service departments are ready to assist you with a test drive or a vehicle check-up. For more information, be sure to visit Avery Greene Honda online or check out our dealership on Google+!

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