Archive for 2016

Best-in-Segment Value: 2016 Honda HR-V Receives ALG Pre-Owned Value Award

The 2016 Honda HR-V has received a Pre-Owned Value Award (POVA) from ALG, which projects HR-V to have the lowest depreciation from two to five years of age in the mainstream subcompact utility vehicle category.

Updated for the 2019 model year, all HR-V trims come with updated styling inside and out, and with new youthful Sport and sophisticated Touring trims added to the lineup. HR-V is now available with the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assitive technology, in addition to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The 2019 HR-V continues to feature Honda’s exclusive 2nd-row Magic Seat®, which allows for unparalleled flexibility for owners to maximize the 100.1 cubic feet of interior volume between passengers and cargo.

To determine the POVA winner, ALG (part of examined 28 mainstream and premium vehicle categories from the 2016 model year to project which vehicles will have the lowest depreciation during the period from 2018 to 2021. Eligibility for an overall brand award in either the Mainstream or Premium category requires a company to have vehicles in at least four unique segments.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding Replacement Engine Short Block Recall: 2015-2016 Honda CR-V

  • Sixteen CR-V vehicles that experienced prior engine repairs affected
  • Replacement engine short blocks will be inspected and, if needed, replaced, free of charge

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Honda will voluntarily recall sixteen CR-V vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model years that previously experienced engine short block replacement in the United States to inspect and, if needed, replace the replacement short blocks, free of charge.

A small number of replacement engine short blocks may have been assembled with pistons specified for markets other than the United States. Incorrect pistons could potentially result in a loss of expected engine power, which could increase the risk of a crash. This concern was discovered and reported to Honda by a dealer technician who recognized incorrect pistons prior to installing a replacement short block during an unrelated repair. Honda has received no customer reports of problems related to this issue.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer as soon as possible for repair. Due to the relatively small number of affected vehicles, where possible, Honda is currently attempting to contact owners of affected vehicles by phone to schedule inspections. Owners of 2015-2016 CR-Vs can also determine if their individual vehicles require repair by visiting or by calling (888) 234-2138. Mailed notification to owners of any remaining unrepaired vehicles will occur in early-June 2017.

Honda Calls It Early: American Car Buyers Make Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey Tops in Sales in 2016

  • Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey are America’s best-selling vehicles in their respective segments to individual car buyers in 2016
  • Honda has America’s most popular car, SUV and minivan for 4th straight year
  • Honda is fastest growing automaker in retail sales


With just more than a week remaining in 2016, Honda is assured of having the #1 and #2 best-selling cars, the #1 SUV and #1 minivan in America with individual car buyers, the company announced today. American Honda, including the Honda and Acura brands, is the fastest growing automaker1 in the U.S. in retail sales, according to data from Automotive News.

Highlights of Honda’s projected year-end retail-sales achievements:

  • Civic will post the all-time best sales performance in its 44-year history, making Civic America’s best-selling car with individual car buyers.
  • Accord will post a fourth straight year of retail sales leadership among midsize cars. 
  • CR-V will post a seventh straight year of sales gains and further cement its position as America’s best-selling SUV over the past 21 years.    
  • Odyssey will be the best-selling minivan with retail buyers for a seventh straight year. 
  • Civic, CR-V and Accord will be the three highest retail-selling vehicles in the auto industry after full-size pickups and will combine for sales of more than 1 million units for the fifth straight year in 2016. 

“We want to thank our customers for the trust they’ve placed in Honda, which is the basis for everything we do,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division.  “Retail sales are the results of customers voting with their wallets and pocketbooks, and we think that’s the only true measure of customer demand and product appeal.”

Total Honda Division sales are up 4.5 percent through the end of November to 1,333,253 Honda cars and light trucks, as the brand prepares to post a third straight year of record sales.  Honda will continue its momentum into the new year as the strong cadence of new models continues in 2017 with the launch of a redesigned Odyssey; the Si Coupe, Si Sedan and Type R variants of the tenth-generation Civic; and the introduction of the Clarity Battery Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and more.

* Source: Automotive News Data Center


* Source: Automotive News Data Center


* Source: Automotive News Data Center

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

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2015, more than 99 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda Civic and HR-V Place First and Second with CR-V Also Highly Ranked in Kelley Blue Book “10 Most Awarded Cars of 2016″

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With multiple recognitions, including the Overall Best Buy of 2016 by Kelley Blue Book’s, the 2016 Honda Civic placed first in the Kelley Blue Book 10 Most Awarded Cars of 2016 rankings. Coming a close second, the 2016 Honda HR-V was named the lowest 2016 5-Year Cost to Own Award winner in the Compact SUV/Crossover category, amongst its numerous awards. Also included and making Honda the most awarded brand on the list, the 2016 Honda CR-V is a multiple award winner including the Best Small SUV/Crossover Best Buy Award.

Records Fall Again as American Honda Reports September Sales

  • Honda and Acura brand trucks have best-ever September sales
  • Honda Division posts new overall September sales mark
  • Honda CR-V breezes past previous September best with new record for the month
  • Honda passenger car sales remain strong as Civic lineup continues to grow
  • Acura’s refreshed 2017 MDX enjoys robust 14.3 percent increase while RDX gets a new September record

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American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported robust September sales of 133,655 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 0.1 percent decrease from September 2015. American Honda trucks set a new September record, gaining 8.5 percent on sales of 69,069 units. The Honda Division also set a new September mark, gaining 1.5 percent on total sales of 120,842 units, with Honda trucks additionally setting a new September record, rising 8.6 percent on sales of 60,220 vehicles. Acura trucks shared the record bounty as well, with an increase of 8.4 percent on sales of 8,849 units for a new September milestone.

Honda cars continued to dominate the retail market in September while Honda trucks set new sales records. The red-hot CR-V reached new heights and the new Ridgeline added still more strength for the Honda brand.

  • Honda Division sales reach new September milestone, gaining 1.5 percent on total sales of 120,842 cars and trucks.
  • Honda trucks set a new September record with an 8.6 percent gain on sales of 60,220 units.
  • CR-V set a new September mark—rising 6.5 percent on sales of 31,884 vehicles.
  • Civic held steady with 28,184 units sold, while Fit was way up over the same month a year ago, leaping 296 percent on sales of 5,068 cars.
  • Accord remained strong, boasting sales of 27,204 units for the month despite a challenging mid-size sedan market.
  • HR-V had a particularly strong September, jumping 48.7 percent on sales of 6,853 units.

“The return of a new Civic Hatchback to the Honda brand adds a fresh dimension to an already robust car lineup for 2017,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “The expanding 10th generation Civic roster brings new energy to the car side of our business even as our trucks continue with steady gains.”

Truck sales led the way for the Acura brand with a new September record, and sales of the RDX reached a best-ever September as well. The refreshed MDX also performed strongly, with sales gaining 14.3 percent for the month as its new design continues to gain favor with buyers. TLX continues to strengthen its position and share in the challenging mid-size luxury sedan segment.

  • RDX notched its best September ever, gaining 1.8 percent on sales of 3,919.
  • With the MDX gaining significant market strength, Acura trucks sales increased 8.4 percent overall in September, with 8,849 units sold and a new record for the month.

“The success of the refreshed MDX, the first model to showcase the new Acura styling direction, is further validation of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance brand direction,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “Step-by-step we are amping up performance as a signature for the brand and a clear point of difference over the competition.”

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Honda Battle of the Bands Returns to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Polls Now Open for Fans to Vote for the Final Eight Bands to Perform in the Georgia Dome


Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) is back and gearing up for its 15th annual Invitational Showcase that will be held on January 28, 2017 to spotlight the premier marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). As one of the final events held at the Georgia Dome before the stadium closes its doors forever, HBOB will give eight bands the opportunity to display their showmanship on the Dome’s field one last time.

Beginning today, fans can go online and vote daily to help secure a spot for their favorite HBCU bands to “March On” in Atlanta. Voting ends on October 28, 2016 at midnight Eastern. Tickets for the 2017 showcase start at $10 and are available now for purchase at

This year’s theme – “Celebrate the History, Create the Future” – encourages HBOB participants and fans to reflect on the amazing history of the program and the role HBCUs have played throughout the years in defining the notion of what’s possible.  The theme also calls attention to looking ahead to the future, and powering the creativity of next generation of HBCU students who excel on and off the field, in music education and other areas.

“Honda Battle of the Bands is a celebration of these exceptional HBCU student musicians,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility & American Honda Foundation. “For 14 years, we’ve witnessed an epic display of passion and talent, and Honda is proud to support these students and HBCUs both on and off the field.”

The 2017 Invitational Showcase will also feature the third annual Power of Dreams Award. Members of the HBCU community will have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding individual who is positively affecting the lives of others in the community.    Honda will recognize the winner during the Invitational Showcase.

Honda continues its commitment of over 25 years to the HBCU community, awarding nearly $12 million to support music and education initiatives primarily through the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All- Star Challenge. Created in 2002 to honor and support the excellence of black college marching bands and the unique academic experience at HBCUs, HBOB continues to infuse new and exciting elements, including last year’s first-ever drumline showcase reaching audiences worldwide. The 2016 Invitational Showcase drew over 63,000 spectators to the event while reaching fans from all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, with #HBOB reaching the top five trending topics on Twitter. Watch the 2016 HBOB highlights on Facebook and join the social media conversation using #HBOB:

For more information on Honda Battle of the Bands and to buy tickets to the Invitational Showcase,

Sporty, Functional Honda HR-V Enters 2017 with Fresh Color and Green Credentials

  • Hot-selling crossover continues to gain accolades
  • Coupe-like styling and sportiness combine with SUV functionality


The stylish and versatile Honda HR-V crossover vehicle, the 2016 Green SUV of the Year, adds a new color for 2017 and goes on sale tomorrow with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $19,365 for the LX 2WD with a 6-speed manual transmission.

With bold and sporty coupe-like styling, SUV versatility and a 34-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating (2WD CVT), by any measure the 2017 Honda HR-V is a standout in the entry crossover market. Delivering outstanding value with a long list of standard features and technologies, including 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora® radio and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, the 2017 HR-V also adds a sophisticated new color – Lunar Silver metallic – to its palette, replacing Alabaster Silver.

Available in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, the 2017 HR-V is powered by a highly refined and efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine producing a peak 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with one of two efficient and responsive Honda transmissions: a seamless and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT), available on all models, or an engaging 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.

2017 HR-V Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
Trim Drivetrain MSRP1 EPA MPG2 Ratings (city/
LX 2WD w/ 6MT $19,365 25/33/28
LX 2WD w/ CVT $20,165 28/34/31
LX AWD w/ CVT $21,465 27/31/29
EX 2WD w/ 6MT $21,415 25/33/28
EX 2WD w/ CVT $22,215 28/34/31
EX AWD w/ CVT $23,515 27/31/29
EX-L Navi 2WD w/ CVT $24,840 28/34/31
EX-L Navi AWD w/ CVT $26,140 27/31/29

Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
The HR-V is designed to achieve class-leading safety ratings and features including Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for enhanced frontal collision protection. For 2017 HR-V carries forward the 2016 model’s five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) electronic stability control system; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; driver and front passenger side airbags; side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Honda LaneWatch® display is included with EX and EX-L Navi trims.

Powertrain and Drivetrain
Power comes from a highly refined and responsive 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain, producing a peak 141 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a sporty and fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda “G-design” shift logic, or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission (LX and EX FWD only). The HR-V is available with front-wheel-drive or with Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ for outstanding all-weather traction and control.

Body and Chassis
The HR-V utilizes a unique center-mounted fuel tank layout that enables the 2nd-Row Magic Seat® to fold completely flat into the floor, creating a more spacious and versatile interior package. Driving efficiency, handling performance and cabin quietness are further aided by an aerodynamic shape and a lightweight yet rigid body structure with significant noise-insulating materials and design features. Twenty-seven percent of the body is composed of advanced ultra-high strength steel for improved rigidity that enhances collision-protection, handling response, ride quality and a quiet cabin environment.

Fully independent front and torsion-beam rear suspension systems with amplitude reactive dampers maximize rear seating and cargo space while also providing outstanding handling characteristics and ride quality. Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides a refined and sporty steering feel while minimizing energy requirements. All models feature power-assisted four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Hill Start Assist, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 215/55R17 all-season tires.

Statement by American Honda Regarding Rear Side Marker Lights Recall: 2016 Civic Coupe

  • 11,846 Civic Coupes affected in the United States;
  • Rear side marker lights will be inspected and, if necessary, repaired, free of charge


American Honda will voluntarily recall 11,846 Civic Coupes from the 2016 model year to inspect the rear side marker lights to determine if they illuminate properly and, if necessary, replace the rear light assembly, free of charge. Honda discovered this issue during routine vehicle inspections at the factory and has received no related customer or dealer reports.

Certain taillight assemblies may have a light emitting diode (LED) side marker light circuit board that was damaged during transit from a parts supplier, making the marker light inoperable and thus noncompliant with federal safety standards (FMVSS 108). Affected vehicles with an inoperative rear side marker light may have decreased visibility in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in early-September 2016. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles will require inspection by going or by calling (888) 234-2138.

Honda Sets New Car and Truck Sales Records as American Honda Reports July Sales

  • American Honda sets new all-time record for total truck sales and a July record for total vehicle sales
  • Honda Division truck sales reach an all-time monthly high with 68,518 sold, an increase of 12.2 percent
  • Honda CR-V shatters all-time monthly record on sales of 36,017, a 13.3 percent increase 
  • Honda Civic sets new July record; joined by the Accord with sales of over 31,000 units
  • New 2017 MDX and NSX deliveries boost Acura in July

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American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported July sales of 152,799 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 4.4 percent gain over last July and a new July record. Total American Honda truck sales set a new all-time monthly record of 77,740 sales to jump 10.1 percent. The Honda Division set a new July total vehicle sales record, rising 5.9 percent on sales of 139,125, while Honda trucks set an all-time monthly record with a 12.2 percent increase on sales of 68,518 vehicles. Honda car sales were up 0.4 percent for the month, netting 70,607 sales. The Acura Division, though gaining momentum with the launch of key new models, posted July sales of 13,674, a decrease of 8.3 percent versus last year.

With strong retail customer demand driving Honda’s record U.S. production in the first half of 2016, Honda sales posted another record in July with continued strong demand for both cars and trucks. CR-V shattered its all-time sales record while the new Ridgeline pickup had a strong first full month of sales even as production continues to ramp up. Pilot and HR-V also were up as Honda trucks set a new all-time sales mark for the month. The new Civic continued its remarkable run with another record month in July.

  • CR-V sales rose to an all-time monthly record of 36,017 sales in July, an increase of 13.3 percent over last year
  • The Honda Civic broke a July sales record set in 2013, rising 5.8 percent on sales of 32,952 units
  • Accord sales again topped 30,000 units, keeping sales of Honda’s three core models on track to top 1,000,000 units for the fourth consecutive year
  • Increases for both Fit and HR-V topped 25 percent in July while Pilot gained 8 percent

“The strong cadence of new Honda products we continue to bring to market has created extraordinary retail demand that is unprecedented in our history,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “With the Civic Hatchback on the way along with our step-by-step effort to fortify our truck business, we will continue to grow our sales through individual car buyers.”


WATCH: Honda Civic Take on Crowd-Sourced Stunt Track

2016_Civic_Coupe_01If you want to see some incredible driving and an incredible performance by the all new Honda Civic, check out this clip! A stunt driver takes on a stunt course, the Civic Dream Track, that was funded by YOU! And it includes painting a duck with the car.

Who doesn’t want to see the Honda Civic in a giant pinball machine?

Check out the video HERE!