2019 Honda Passport Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

  • Honda Sensing® Collision Mitigation Braking System™ rated Superior
  • Eighth 2019 Honda model to receive TSP or higher

 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2019 Honda Passport a TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) rating1. The Passport also earned a “Superior” rating for its Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), part of the Honda Sensing® suite of driver assistive and safety technologies.

Passport comes with Honda Sensing® standard on all trims. In addition to CMBS™, Honda Sensing® includes Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The 2019 Passport is the eighth Honda model to receive a top safety rating from the IIHS. The 2019 Honda Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, Odyssey and Ridgeline all received TSP, while Insight earned TOP SAFETY PICK+. Separately, every Honda model that has been fully evaluated in the NHTSA’s 2019 model year NCAP testing, including the 2019 Passport, has received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score2.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.

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2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Achieves EPA-Rated 48 MPG City and Best-in-Class Horsepower; On Sale Tomorrow

  • Accord is the most affordable midsize hybrid sedan in America
  • Honda Sensing® standard on all trims; includes Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Accord Hybrid leading Honda to another electrified vehicle sales record

Featuring best-in-class horsepower, EPA city and combined fuel economy ratings of 48 mpg1 , and standard Honda Sensing® technology, the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid begins arriving in dealer showrooms tomorrow with a starting price of $25,4702 (excluding $930 destination and handing), making it the most affordable midsize hybrid sedan in America.

With sales up 70 percent through the end of August, the Ohio-made Accord Hybrid is helping power Honda toward a second consecutive annual record for sales of electrified vehicles in America. The Accord Hybrid is in a tight race with its compact-class cousin, the Honda Insight, to be Honda’s top selling hybrid. Sales of the two hybrid models combined are up 139 percent for the first eight months of the year.

New to the Accord Hybrid for 2020 is an updated Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) that functions whenever the car is operating on electric power only (unless in Park), enhancing awareness for pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users.

The 2020 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 48 mpg in city and combined cycles1. The two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain joins a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. The unique two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission and was named to the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines list.

The 2020 Accord Hybrid offers midsize sedan shoppers the same combination of performance, refinement, technology, and value as the non-hybrid Accord, a recipe that has made Accord the winner of dozens of awards and accolades since its introduction, including 2018 North American Car of the Year. The 10th-gen Accord has been called “America’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver,and Accordis the all-time leader in the magazine’s “10 Best” awards with 33 appearances on the coveted list.

All Honda Accords for the U.S. market are manufactured exclusively at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio, auto plant. The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder is manufactured at the company’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, and the two-motor system is assembled at the company’s Raymond, Ohio transmission plant. All are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Pricing & EPA Ratings

Trim / Engine MSRP2 MSRP Including $930 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating
City/Hwy/Combined1
Hybrid $25,470 $26,400 48 / 47 / 48
Hybrid EX $29,370 $30,300 48 / 47 / 48
Hybrid EX-L $31,870 $32,800 48 / 47 / 48
Hybrid Touring $35,140 $36,070 48 / 47 / 48

Safety and Driver Assist Technology

Standard on every 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid is a suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies that includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR). Also standard are automatic high-beam headlights, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and a driver attention monitor. Additional available driver-assistive features include blind spot information (BSI) and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Thanks in part to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and advanced safety systems, Accord Hybrid achieves a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA in its NCAP safety ratings, along with a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest available IIHS rating of “Good” in all crashworthiness tests.

Cutting-Edge Connectivity

All Accord Hybrid trims come standard with Bluetooth® music streaming and Hands Free Link®, as well as Pandora® compatibility. Accord Hybrid EX and above trims add an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, along with a range of leading-edge connectivity features, including HD Radio™ and SiriusXM® satellite radio.

The range-topping Accord Hybrid Touring adds HondaLink® subscription services (subscription required) which allow a wide range of remote services such as locking and unlocking doors from virtually anywhere via a compatible smartphone, automatic emergency calling, stolen-vehicle tracking, automatic collision notification and enhanced roadside assistance. Accord Touring also comes with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi (subscription required) and can even accept in-vehicle package deliveries via Amazon Key (subscriptions required, including Amazon Prime).

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Honda Celebrates National Dog Week with Some Furry Friends Helping Showcase Honda’s Award-Winning Light-Truck Lineup

Honda’s light truck lineup has something for every breed for National Dog Week, be it the Great Dane-sized interior in the Chihuahua-sized HR-V, the kibble-ready HondaVac in the Odyssey minivan, the “ruff” and rugged Passport, or the Ridgeline pickup with its in-bed trunk/dog wash station. To help showcase these unique features, Honda enlisted the help of some furry friends in a new video to demonstrate how its award-winning lineup of SUVs, minivan and pickups help humans and their canine companions make the most of a day at the park.

(Link to Spanish version: https://youtu.be/C9pqdyXOD44)

Honda’s dog-loving light-truck lineup has booked nine years of continuous growth, spurred on by recent refreshes of the 2019 Pilot and HR-V, and the all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger sport-ute. All Honda light trucks are available with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, along with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, available all-wheel drive (except Odyssey), and a host of innovative family- and pet-friendly features.

  • HR-V: Freshly restyled last year, the 2019 HR-V features a class-exclusive second-row Magic Seat®, which allows amazing cargo and interior flexibility in the HR-V’s small size.
  • CRV: Named SUV of the Year by Motor Trend when the 5th-generation model debuted in 2017, the CR-V is America’s most popular crossover vehicle over the past 22 years1, with U.S. sales approaching 5 million vehicles, thanks to a winning combination of style, functionality, and refinement.
  • Passport: The new Passport 2-row midsize SUV offers both off-road capability and excellent on-road refinement, giving shoppers in the class an unmistakably Honda choice.
  • Pilot: Family friendly, with available all-wheel drive and room for eight, the 3-row Honda Pilot received a substantial refresh last year and is the #2 retail best-selling vehicle in its class2. New for the 2020 model year is a range-topping Black Edition, which includes exclusive perforated leather seats, special badging and exterior trim, and black-treatment 20-inch wheels.
  • Ridgeline: The innovative Honda Ridgeline takes midsize truck utility to the next level with unique features such as the In-Bed Trunk® and Dual-Action Tailgate while offering up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity and on-road refinement second to none in the midsize pickup class, a combination that won it top honors in the Cars.com Mid-Size Pickup Truck Challenge.
  • Odyssey: The retail best-selling minivan in America since 20103, the 2020 Honda Odyssey celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special anniversary edition accessory package, available on all trims. The Odyssey is packed with family friendly features, winning it multiple awards, including multiple wins as Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy for minivans.

 

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Herta, Honda Win Monterey Season Finale, Manufacturers’ Title

  • Colton Herta proves unstoppable at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
  • Scott Dixon secures Manufacturers’ Championship for Honda with third-place result
  • Felix Rosenqvist finishes fifth to claim series Rookie of the Year honors

Rookie standout Colton Herta led 83 of 90 laps in today’s season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey to earn his second NTT IndyCar Series victory of 2019, and the eighth win of the year for Honda, which claimed its second consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship over season-long rival Chevrolet.

Starting from the pole, Herta led throughout the day, but was pursued for the duration of the 90-lap contest by a series of rivals, including fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon, championship contender Simon Pagenaud and eventual second-place finisher Will Power.  Power provided the strongest challenge to Herta following the final round of pit stops around Lap 65, but the rookie proved up to the task, and held on to take the victory by just over a half second at the checkers.

Just over six seconds behind the lead pair, five-time series champion Dixon battled with Pagenaud throughout the final 25 laps, edging his rival at the finish by 11 one-hundredths of a second to finish third and help secure the Manufacturers’ Championship for Honda by 49 points [1436-1387].  The title is the eighth for Honda in IndyCar Series racing with multi-manufacturer competition, and its second in succession.

Although Herta won twice this season – his first victory coming at Circuit of the Americas in March – Felix Rosenqvist capped his own year of consistent high finishes with a fifth-place result today to claim Rookie of the Year honors.  Rosenqvist had six top-five results this season, including second-place finishes at Mid-Ohio and Portland.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s IndyCar Series action from Monterey are available on the HPD Facebook and Twitter channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Next
Sunday’s race concludes the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series.  The 2020 season gets underway on March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Quotes
Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) Started first, finished first, second race win of 2019 in his rookie IndyCar Series season: “It was a tough race. I was either getting hounded by Dixon, or Pagenaud, or Power the whole time, so they definitely didn’t make it easy on me. But yeah, happy to kind of put together what we had in Portland and learn from our mistakes of the tire-wear issues and go forward with it. Whenever you win an IndyCar race, it has to be a perfect race. You can’t really make mistakes and get away with it, just because there’s always two or three other guys on that day that can win. For sure, there were a few guys that could win today, and we just outdid them. We had the pace on them, and we were definitely the best today, so we definitely deserved to win.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started second, finished third to clinch Honda’s eighth IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship: “The car was by far better on the ‘Red’ [alternate, softer compound] Firestone tires than the black primaries. There was a ton of tire degradation, and it kind of threw us for a loop. It’s a great result for [primary sponsor] PNC Bank; great for Honda winning the Manufacturer title; and great for [teammate] Felix [Rosenqvist] for the Rookie title. It was a hard-fought battle with Simon [Pagenaud] at the end, and I hope it was a good show as we haven’t been back at Laguna Seca for some time.”

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started third, finished sixth, third in the Drivers’ Championship: “I think the ‘blacks’ [harder compound primary tires] were much friendlier for us, which was unfortunate because we started on the used [softer compound] ‘reds’. We made the decision to go opposite of the two cars in front at the start because we knew we were ultimately racing them.  We took a gamble. We were pretty committed to trying to do something different, and if we ended up third swinging, it was better than just being complacent and coming home second.  It was a risk that didn’t pay off, unfortunately, but yeah, it was — it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 14th, finished fifth, won 2019 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year honors:  “Today was exciting, with [fellow rookie] Colton [Herta] starting P1 and us in 14th for the Rookie battle. He led almost every lap. We managed to pass a ton of cars and executed perfectly. It’s well-deserved for all the NTT DATA guys on a season-long effort. I think I used a lot of anger from yesterday to move forward [in the race]. It was a great way to finish the season and I can’t wait until next year with this team.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on Honda’s championship-winning 2019 IndyCar Series season, second consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship for Honda and eighth in IndyCar Series competition: “This award is shared equally by all of our associates at Honda Performance Development. It is through their unstinting efforts that we now get to share this award with them.  I also want to thank all of our partner teams, each of which contributed to our successful title defense.  A win today from our youngest driver, and newest team, helps demonstrate the overall depth of the Honda Racing effort and bodes well for the future.  We were fortunate to have multiple promising rookies as part of our IndyCar program this year, so congratulations to Felix Rosenqvist for becoming Rookie of the Year.  Thanks to Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon for again taking the title chase down to the final race of the season, and to all of our drivers for their commitment to excellence.”

NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
Circuit:               WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile road course) Monterey, Calif.
Weather:           Sunny, mild, 73 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver       Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
  1.   1. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Honda   90 106.057 mph average
  2.   7. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 90 +0.5878 seconds
  3.   2. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90
  4.   6. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 90
  5. 14. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90
  6.   3. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda   90
  7. 19. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda   90
  8.   4. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 90
  9.   5. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 90  
10.   9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda   90  

Other Honda Results

11. 11. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 90  
12.   8. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 90  
14. 22. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda   90
18. 17. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda   90
19. 24. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda 90  
21. 16. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 89 Running
22. 13. Conor Daly Andretti Autosport Honda 89 Running
24. 12. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda   48 Did not finish – contact 

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American Honda Launches Redesigned Media Newsroom

Major redesign of company news site makes it faster and easier to use, with enhanced searchability and “One-Stop Shopping” for model press kit materials

American Honda has launched a newly redesigned Media Newsroom (www.hondanews.com and www.acuranews.com), serving nine divisions in the U.S. including Honda Autos, Acura, Honda Racing, Powersports, Power Equipment, Honda Engines, Honda Marine, HondaJet and Honda Corporate. The substantially reworked media site combines faster operation with simplified access to product and company news, information and assets, all with the goal of making life easier for working media.

Fresh Face
The new site presents a clean, fresh user interface, with a more mobile-friendly menu structure and a unique page design for the Acura division. New social media portals on the overall and Acura home pages feature content updated daily. Newsfeed views are switchable between list and tile views on most home pages, and news items can be downloaded directly from the newsfeeds.

New Speed
Photo and video previews are dramatically faster while more easily navigated and downloaded. Content is easily shared via popular social media icons attached to each release and asset. Powerful new search tools allow users to quickly search the entire site, specify windows of time down to exact dates, and view results according to relevance or chronological order.

Logical Grouping, Easier Navigation
Individual model landing pages now feature tabs for related releases, specs & features, pricing & EPA data, photos, videos and press kits. New press kit pages feature similar tabs plus links to download individual or groups of related assets, making them a “one-stop shopping” solution. Press kit pages also gain a new “floating” table of contents that is always in view, making it much faster to navigate to desired sections.

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Personal Storytelling Demonstrates Effect of Safety on Human Lives in New Honda Brand Campaign

  • Honda’s new safety advertising campaign portrays an emotional “what if” pedestrian collision scenario, prevented by Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology
  • Multichannel marketing campaign follows debut of new Honda-conceived front passenger airbag technology announced last month
  • “Safety for Everyone” approach extends beyond automobile drivers and motorcycle riders to passengers, pedestrians and everyone using the road, as part of Honda’s vision for a collision-free society

Honda is debuting a brand marketing campaign highlighting the automaker’s deep-rooted and ongoing commitment to safety and the company goal of helping to create a collision-free society. The new “Safety for Everyone” campaign launches today with 60-second and 30-second commercials (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone) that portray a “what if” vehicle-pedestrian collision scenario. Through emotional storytelling, the spot illustrates what could happen to the lives touched by a pedestrian had a collision not been avoided by Honda’s Collision Mitigating Braking System™, part of the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technology that is now standard or available on every Honda model in the U.S.

“Safety for Everyone” represents Honda’s unique approach to safety — that everyone sharing the road should be able to safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility. With nearly 40,000 lives being lost each year in the United States due to motor vehicle crashes, Honda is dedicated to not only improving the safety of drivers and occupants of its vehicles, but all road users such as pedestrians, motorcycle riders, cyclists and occupants of other vehicles, with the ultimate goal of eliminating crashes and vehicle-related fatalities completely.

“We wanted our new Honda brand campaign to capture the type of real-life scenario that inspires Honda engineers to pour their passion into creating technologies that work toward our ‘Safety for Everyone’ approach of protecting everyone sharing the road,” said Ed Beadle, senior manager of marketing for Honda. “Crash statistics alone simply can’t tell the story of how a single crash can have a significant and lasting effect on family, friends and loved ones of people involved in a collision.”

Directed by award-winning commercial director Ringan Ledwidge, Honda’s “Safety for Everyone” spot will first air during tonight’s Friday night college football matchup on ESPN/ABC. The commercial will run on national cable and network television through November 30 and on sports networks through January 2020 during professional football, hockey and basketball games. The commercial leads a multichannel campaign that will also feature creative across Honda’s website and social media through the fall.

In addition, and to further advance its vision for a collision-free society, Honda will roll out a safety-focused social media campaign next month that features actual Honda customers who have benefitted from Honda’s active and passive safety technologies. These inspiring stories are pulled from customers’ social media posts and letters Honda has received from thankful customers.

Honda “Safety for Everyone” Approach
On the basis of this “Safety for Everyone” concept, Honda is committed to developing innovative safety technologies and equipping them to its automobiles, motorcycles and other powersports products toward Honda’s vision for a collision-free mobile society where its customers, and everyone sharing the road, can safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility.

Honda Sensing®
Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of conditions around the vehicle, and in some cases can help drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, is capable of slowing or even stopping the vehicle if a potential frontal collision has been detected. Comprising the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver assistive technologies are:

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2020 Honda models is available at hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Announces New Passenger Front Airbag Design to Reduce Traffic Injuries and Fatalities in Wider Variety of Frontal Collisions

  • New airbag development led by U.S. engineers at Honda R&D center in Ohio
  • New design focuses on enhancing protection of front passengers in angled front crashes
  • Effort to advance airbag technology reflects Honda “Safety for Everyone” initiative

Honda today announced the development of an innovative new passenger front airbag technology designed to better protect occupants in a wide range of frontal collision scenarios, including angled crashes between vehicles or a vehicle and another object. Honda plans to begin applying its advanced airbag design to new products in the United States in 2020.

Development and testing of the new airbag was led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio in partnership with Autoliv, one of the company’s safety systems suppliers. The new design is based on Honda’s commitment to developing technologies that better protect vehicle occupants in a wide range of crash scenarios. In 2017, upwards of 37,000 people lost their lives on U.S. roadways as a result of motor vehicle traffic crashes, a slight decrease from the previous two years, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“This new airbag technology represents Honda’s continuing effort to advance safety performance in a wider variety of crash scenarios and reflects the innovative thinking that our engineers are bringing to the challenge of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities,” said Jim Keller, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “Guided by Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ commitment, our engineers recognize that their work on this type of breakthrough safety technology will have  far-reaching effects on peoples’ lives for many years to come.”

New Airbag Design

Honda’s next-generation airbag is designed to reduce the potential for injuries that can occur in a wider variety of frontal impacts. It is particularly beneficial in angled frontal impacts in which lateral collision forces can cause an occupant’s head to rotate severely or slide off the airbag, increasing the chance of serious injury.

Unlike conventional airbag systems that rely on a single inflatable compartment, the new system utilizes four major components: three inflated compartments — a center chamber and two outward-projecting side chambers that create a wide base across the dash — along with a “sail panel” that stretches between the two side chambers at their outermost edge. Operating something like a baseball catcher’s mitt, the sail panel catches and decelerates the occupant’s head while also engaging the side chambers, pulling them inward to cradle and protect the head, mitigating the potential for injury.

This next-generation airbag technology is the result of Honda engineers’ study of real-world crash events along with research and testing conducted at the company’s advanced safety research center in Raymond, Ohio. Honda’s Ohio safety center is one the most sophisticated facilities for safety research, development and testing in the world and includes facilities dedicated to advanced crash simulations, pedestrian safety, collision testing and advanced restraint system development and tuning.

Honda Safety Leadership

Honda also is working to develop and deploy advanced passive safety and active safety systems that can reduce the severity of a collision or help avoid it entirely. In addition to passive safety systems such as airbags, seatbelts and advanced crash safety structures like the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, Honda is aggressively deploying its Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatch™ suites of safety and driver-assistive systems. Today, more than 2.5 million vehicles on U.S. roadways are utilizing these technologies, which are now standard or available on all 2019 and newer Honda models and standard on all 2019 and newer Acura sedans and SUVs.  The company has committed to making this broad suite of technologies standard on nearly all of its vehicles by 2022.

Combined, Acura and Honda have ten 2019 model-year vehicles – Acura: MDX, RDX1 and RLX; Honda: Accord1, HR-V,2 Insight, CR-V,2 Odyssey,2 Pilot and Ridgeline2 — that earned a TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Further, all 2019 model-year Acura and Honda vehicles that have been fully tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) have earned a top 5-star Overall Vehicle Score, 15 model nameplates in total.

Honda Safety for Everyone Commitment

As a manufacturer of a wide variety of products including automobiles and powersports vehicles, Honda’s “Safety for Everyone” commitment is not limited only to the needs of car drivers and motorcycle riders, but extends to passengers, pedestrians, and occupants of all vehicles — in short, to everyone sharing the road. On the basis of this “Safety for Everyone” concept, Honda is committed to developing innovative safety technologies and equipping them to its automobiles, motorcycles and other powersports products toward Honda’s vision for a collision-free mobile society where its customers, and everyone sharing the road, can safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility.

About Honda Safety Leadership

Based on its “Safety for Everyone” approach, Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians.

Toward Honda’s goal of a “zero-collision society,” the company is broadly applying active safety and driver-assistive systems such as Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatch™. These technologies can significantly reduce the likelihood or severity of a collision and also serve as a bridge to highly automated vehicles of the future. Honda is targeting 2020 for the deployment of vehicles with highly automated highway driving capability and 2025 for the technological achievement of SAE Level 4 automated vehicles for personal use.

About Honda R&D

Operating 14 facilities in the United States, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) was incorporated in 1984 after beginning operations in California in 1975. HRA is responsible for creating advanced products and technologies that provide new value to Honda and Acura customers. HRA conducts all phases of product development in the U.S., from market and technology research and styling through engineering design to prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement and support for mass production preparation.

With major facilities in California, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, HRA is engaged in the development of Honda and Acura automobiles and Honda powersports and power equipment products. HRA is also playing a lead role in the development of leading-edge safety, driver assistive and environmental technologies. Learn more at http://www.hondaresearch.com/

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Acura Team Penske Dominates at Laguna Seca

  • Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya lead 1-2 finish for Acura
  • Acura unofficially clinches 2019 IMSA Manufacturers’ Championship
  • Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen take their Acura NSX GT3 Evo to sixth in GTD

Acura Team Penske swept today’s IMSA Monterey Grand Prix, dominating the two-hour, 40-minute contest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca as Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya scored their third victory of the season and a 1-2 result for Acura. The result unofficially clinches the Manufacturers’ Championship for Acura, while Cameron and Montoya neared the drivers’ title.

In GTD, Katherine Legge and co-driver Christina Nielsen led the Acura NSX GT3 Evo effort, finishing sixth for Heinricher/Meyer Shank Racing; while teammates Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman closed on the GTD Drivers’ Championship following an eighth-place finish.

All championships will be formally decided in the season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, October 10-12.

Acura Team Penske ARX-05

Starting from the pole, Ricky Taylor took the #7 Acura ARX-05 prototype to an early lead, with teammate Montoya close behind. Near the end of the first hour, the pair swapped positions in traffic, with Cameron now at the wheel of the #6 Acura Team Penske entry.

Except for pit stops, the #6 Acura led the rest of the way for the third win of the season for Cameron and Montoya, and their seventh consecutive podium finish. They now hold a 12-point lead in the DPi Drivers’ Championship, and will secure the title with a finish of eighth or better at the season-ending Petit Le Mans 10-hour race in October.

With an eight-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship, Acura will officially claim the title at the season finale next month.

After fending off a mid-race challenge from the Cadillac prototype of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande, Ricky Taylor and co-driver Helio Castroneves came home second to complete the 1-2 finish for Acura, moving the pair to third in the drivers’ title chase with one race remaining.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo

In GTD, Christina Nielsen and Katherine Legge ran as high as fifth in the competitive, production- based class, but faded in the closing laps as the handling deteriorated for both Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evos at the end of the race. Legge lad the pair home with a sixth-place finish in her #57 Acura.

Teammates Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman fought the same issues, and finished eighth in GTD in the #86 NSX GT3. Still, the result was enough to all but clinch the GTD Drivers’ Championship for the pair, as they leave WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a 32-point lead, with a maximum of 35 points available in the sole remaining race.

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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now takes three weeks off before resuming October 12 with the season-ending Petit Le Mans 10-hour endurance event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, near Gainesville, Georgia.

Quotes

Dane Cameron (#6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner, third IMSA victory of 2019, closes on Drivers’ Championship with co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya: “It’s really, really nice to get a big win here. This is the level of performance and execution [three wins and seven consecutive podium finishes] that is expected of a Team Penske program: to be a contender for race wins week-in and week-out. It’s what makes us excited to be a part of it. It’s also what is expected of us as a group. I really feel like we’re firing on all cylinders and the team is doing an amazing job with both pit stops and race strategy. The car’s been absolutely amazing.”

Ricky Taylor (#7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) finished second: “The primary goal today was to maximize the [championship] points for the #6 car [their teammates]. After today, they’re going to the Petit Le Mans season finale in great shape. It’s a perfect day for the team. We were there to support them the best way we could and bring Acura our second 1-2 finish of the season. I’m really happy for the #6 car guys and the team, and now we can focus on getting the win at Petit.”

Katherine Legge (#57 Heinricher/Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished sixth in GTD : “It was a tough race with varying degrees of tire degradation. I think we had great pace at the beginning of each stint, but after that it became a matter of preserving tires. Basically, we finished one place ahead of where we started. I think we deserved a top five, but unfortunately that’s not the way it worked out.”

Mario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished eighth in GTD, closes on GTD Drivers’ Championship with co-driver Trent Hindman: “We struggled a little bit for speed. It seemed like the Lamborghinis were on a different planet today. We did the best we could do to hit our smaller goals; we finished the race and scored points for the championship. Unfortunately, the Sprint Cup championship is over and you aren’t always going to win everything. I feel like we made the best of what we had today, and we’re in good shape going to Road Atlanta.”

Matthew Niles (Principal Engineer, Honda Performance Development): on today’s DPi race win and unofficial Manufacturers’ Championship crown: “It was near-perfect weekend for us. It doesn’t get much better than starting and finishing 1-2. The teamwork and execution from Acura Team Penske were exemplary, and we’re very close to achieving all of our championship goals for the season. But the job’s not quite done, and we need to continue to focus all of our efforts on finishing strong next month at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.”

Monterey SportsCar Championship
Circuit: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile road course) Monterey, Calif.
Weather: Sunny, mild, 68 degrees

Top Five, Acura Prototype Results:

Ps. Class Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Prototype Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 88 laps/caution free
2. Prototype Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 +9.784 seconds
3. Prototype Pipo Derani / Felipe Nasr Action Express Cadillac DPi VR 88 laps
4. Prototype Jordan Taylor / Renger Van Der Zande Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi VR 88 laps
5. Prototype Joao Barbosa / Felipe Albuquerque Action Express Cadillac DPi VR +1 Lap

Top Five, Acura GTD Results:

Ps. Class Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. GTD Bryan Sellers / Corey Lewis Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan 68 laps 
2. GTD Toni Vilander / Cooper MacNeil Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3                      +31.424 seconds
3. GTD Andy Lally / John Potter Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan 67 laps
4. GTD Scott Hargrove / Zach Robichon Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R 67 laps
5. GTD Jeoren Bleekemolen / Ben Keating Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 67 laps
6. GTD Katherine Legge / Christina Nielsen Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 67 laps
7. GTD Bill Auberlen / Robby Foley Turner Motorsports BMW M6
8. GTD Mario Farnbacher / Trent Hindman Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX 66 laps

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Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Associate Focuses on Mentoring

Tarver Founded Business Resource Group to Help Associates

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana associate Karen Tarver’s career began at Honda as a co-op engineer in 2004 before she was even out of college, and she has called Honda home ever since. She is the newest subject of the Who Makes a Honda is What Makes a Honda video series.

“I had a lot of good mentors during my co-op years, and I could tell that my opinions and ideas were valued,” said Tarver. “That’s when I knew I was going to work at Honda.”

Tarver has served in a number of roles in both Ohio and Indiana. This included leading the purchasing team in the launch of the 2019 Honda Insight where the team, “really accomplished something great in bringing this beautiful car to the market,” said Tarver.

Speaking at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana’s (HMIN)’s STEM Day, as part of the National Urban League Youth Leadership Summit in July, Tarver shared with students the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Passionate about mentoring, Tarver sees it as a critical step in developing young talent within Honda.

“I feel that a lot of my success is because I had managers around me who planted seeds. It’s why I want to do the same thing for others,” she said.

Tarver is also a founding member of the African American Resource Collaborative of Honda, a business resource group at HMIN. She finds fulfillment in seeing its members benefit from the career development, relationships and mentoring that take place within the group.

To view the What Makes a Honda video, go to: https://youtu.be/9RYQrZ9DogY

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Blackstock, O’Gorman Run Third for Honda at Laguna Seca

  • Shelby Blackstock, Tom O’Gorman continue their TCR class championship chase with third-place finish at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
  • Brian Henderson, Todd Lamb combine to finish fifth in Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR
  • Honda, O’Gorman and Blackstock take championship battles to next month’s season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

 LA Honda World Racing drivers Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock kept their TCR class championship hopes alive today with a third-place finish in Saturday’s two-hour MICHELIN Pilot Challenge event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The fourth podium finish of the season for the pair moved them to second in the TCR Drivers’ Championship, 11 points behind leaders Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis (256-245) with one race remaining.  Honda goes into next month’s season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta tied for second in the TCR Manufacturers’ Championship, just four points behind Audi (293-289) and tied with Hyundai in a three-way fight for the title.

Starting fifth, Blackstock moved his Honda Civic Type R TCR up to third in the opening hour, then handed off to co-driver O’Gorman at a pit stop during a full-course caution that jumbled the running order.  O’Gorman resumed his chase of the leaders to the finish, but took the checkers just over three seconds adrift of race winners Gavin Ernstone and Jon Morley.

The Atlanta Speedworks duo of Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb brought its Honda home fifth to remain fifth in the championship; while HART racing returned to the series after missing the previous event at Virginia International Raceway to finish seventh with Ryan Eversley and Chad Gilsinger.

Also returning to TCR competition, Matt Pombo and Mike LaMarra saw their hopes of a strong finish ended by contact with a GS class competitor near the end of the race, dropping their LA Honda World entry to 11th.  Paired with a new co-driver, Harry Cheung, Colin Mullan brought their LA Honda World Civic Type R home in ninth.

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The MICHELIN Pilot Challenge now takes three weeks off before resuming October 11 for the season-ending Petit Le Mans race weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta near Gainesville, Georgia.

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Shelby Blackstock (#37 LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R TCR) finished third in TCR: “Overall, it was a pretty decent day.  We qualified pretty well [fifth], and brought it up to third in our stint.  The whole day was about managing tires; that was our game plan from the start.  So I ran the pace [the team] gave me, then handed it over to Tom [O’Gorman].  Thanks to the team for all their hard work this weekend, and to Honda for all their support.  It’s been an amazing year so far.”

Tom O’Gorman (#37 LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R TCR) finished third in TCR: “It was a tire race for everybody so, honestly, I think we did a really good job, managing tire wear.  We came out [after the final pit stop] just a little too far back from the leaders to challenge for the win.  But we moved up [to second] in the Drivers’ Championship, and Honda also is second in the Manufacturers’ headed to Road Atlanta, so we’ll see how things shake out there next month.”

MICHELIN Pilot Challenge WeatherTech 120

Circuit: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile road course) Monterey, Calif.

Weather: Sunny, warm, 84 degrees

Ps. Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Gavin Ernstone / Jon Morley Roadshagger Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 71 laps
2. Mark Wilkins / Michael Lewis Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR +0.276 seconds
3. Tom O’Gorman / Shelby Blackstock LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R TCR +3.016 seconds
4. Roy Block / Tim Lewis Jr. KMW Motorsports Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR +6.669
5. Brian Henderson / Todd Lamb Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR 70 laps
7. Chad Gilsinger / Ryan Eversley HART Honda Civic Type R  70 laps
9. Colin Mullan / Harry Cheung LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R 70 laps
11. Mat Pombo / Mike LaMarra LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R 69 laps

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