Monday, November 25, 2013

Bad Credit? No Credit? Finance Thorugh Pacific Honda Anyway!

If you were to visit our dealership website right now and read about our excellent financing department, you’d catch a little nugget in the text making the claim that even potential buyers with poor credit or no credit at all (that means you, first time car-buyers!) can get approved for loans that help them drive away in the vehicles of their dreams.

Friday, November 22, 2013

2014 Honda Civic Coupe

by: Michael Harley

Honda lifted the covers off its refreshed Civic Coupe at SEMA earlier this month, showing off its updated styling and redesigned 18-inch wheels, but didn't unveil its interior or mechanical upgrades until today at the LA Auto Show. Eager to show off its latest arrival, Honda allowed me to check out and drive the new coupe a few weeks ago.

The interior, which was hidden beneath heavily tinted glass at SEMA, features new colors, upgraded seating materials and new technology. The interior themes are now more color coordinated and feature upgraded Tricot soft weave. Black is the standard interior color, with a choice of black or gray seats. A new display audio system is also found on the EX/EX-L trims. The seven-inch capacitive-touch screen, with a matte finish to reduce the annoyance of greasy fingerprint marks, allows users to not only tap once for a function, but to double-tap, slide, flick and pinch - as if they are using a familiar smartphone or tablet. The new infotainment interface not only accepts USB and Bluetooth data exchange, but has also been configured with HDMI for future upgrades. Some of you may have also noticed the exterior mirrors on the SEMA car, as they were fitted with cameras for Honda's blind spot minimizing Lanewatch system. It is now offered on the Civic Coupe for EX trims and above.

Mechanically, the new Civic Coupe rides on an upgraded suspension system that features revised spring rates (front up by four percent, rear up by three percent), a stiffer rear stabilizer (up by 25 percent) and larger 16-inch wheels (wearing 205/55R16 tires). The engineering objective was to improve handling and responsiveness while flattening cornering. According to Honda, the tweaks should give the Civic Coupe better linear steering feel than either the Hyundai Elantra or the Ford Focus.

The most significant upgrade is with the transmission, as Honda has fitted the Civic Coupe with an improved continuously variable transmission (CVT). The new belted gearbox promises improved fuel economy thanks to wider ratios (up 22 percent) and reduced friction. It is also lighter (by 12.5 percent) and its driver interface has been enhanced with the automaker's G-Design Shift control system. The new CVT should give better throttle response and a more linear feel to acceleration. Wheel-mounted paddle shifters (EX and EX-L trims) work in D-range and S-range, the latter simulating a seven-speed gearbox. Lastly, Honda has bumped the output of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder slightly to 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque (from 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque) with the help of an exhaust system refinement.

I spent about 15 minutes in the updated and upgraded Civic, driving a big urban loop in Torrance, California where Honda has its North American headquarters.

Driving Notes:
  • The Civic's interior was significantly updated for 2013 after lackluster reception of the all-new 2012 model sent Honda back to the design studio to improve things. The alterations for 2014 aren't nearly as dramatic - consider them a further refinement. I suspect few will notice the upgraded seating materials, but the new flat-panel infotainment display is a nice addition. Gone is the round volume/power dial on the bottom left and the small joystick on the bottom right, as all of the raised buttons, rockers and dials have been replaced by digital interfaces. After playing around with the system for a few minutes inside the studio, I welcomed the new display and its added functionality but didn't like the touchscreen. I missed the previous-generation physical inputs that were clearly labeled and responded instantly to actuation. In my opinion, and you can call me old-school, capacitive-touch screens that require the driver to remove his or her eyes from the road to precisely position a fingertip on a glass screen are not an improvement in a moving and jostling vehicle.
  • On the road, the new suspension tuning has transformed the Civic Coupe from a soft two-door econobox to a mildly sporty coupe. While it still has a long way to go before it ventures comfortably around a racing circuit, its "fun-to-drive" quotient has earned a few more points and its driving dynamics are finally where they should have been several years ago. My seat-of-the-pants g-meter was telling me that the two-door seemed to behave a bit better transitionally, and the ride was more controlled when the road surface went south. Instead of bounding over the broken pavement, it felt stable and anything but nervous.
  • I'm no fan of the CVT gearbox, regardless of the vehicle it is in, as the emotionless transmission fails to stir my enthusiast soul. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised by the refined new CVT in the Civic Coupe. Acceleration was (expectedly) buttery smooth and it responded well when I jumped back on the throttle after coasting. Taking the CVT's many benefits into account, I'd choose it over the five-speed automatic if offered the choice. I didn't have a chance to play with the S-range mode, where the CVT simulates a manual gearbox.
  • While I couldn't feel the trivial additional horsepower or torque, the Civic moved very well off the line and up to highway speeds. The CVT felt like a good match to the engine's output and power band. It is no Si model, but those in a hurry will find that the two-door effortlessly sprints across intersections ahead of other cars when the light turns green. Not that I tried, of course.
  • After two consecutive years of improvements, it appears that Honda has finally delivered a Civic Coupe that earns solid marks in terms of styling, equipment, powertrain and economy. Third time's a charm, right?
Source: Autoblog

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013 Honda Civic Is America's Best-Selling Compact Sedan

October has been in the rearview mirror for a few weeks now, but sales of the 2013 Honda Civic last month have left us with a pretty interesting discovery: the Civic is now officially the best-selling compact sedan in America, besting some competitors that have long given Honda headaches.

KBB names 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid the PHEV with best resale value

By: Sebastian Blanco

A number of automakers proudly touted their vehicles' inclusion on the 2013 edition of the Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value list this week. But only Honda can say (and did, of course) that the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is the PHEV with the best resale value. Even though the car only went on sale in January 2013 and we don't expect too many to be available on the used market any time soon, KBB puts vehicles on the list that are "expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) after five years of ownership." It's a futures thing.

The Accord PHEV was one of four Hondas on KBB's list – the others were the 2014 Honda CR-V (top ten finalist), the standard Accord (best mid-size car) and the 2014 Civic Si (best sporty compact car) – and there were many more from other automakers. You can read more over on Autoblog.

This is the first year (we think) that KBB has had a special PHEV category in its best resale awards. Last year, the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid was named the best hybrid/alternative energy car. And the year before, the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid was named the best hybrid car.

Official Press Release:

American Honda received four Best Resale Value Awards from trusted vehicle valuation source Kelley Blue Book The 2014 Honda Accord, the all-new 2014 Plug-in Hybrid Accord the restyled 2014 Civic Si, each earned the top award in their respective segment for projected resale value after five years of ownership. Additionally, the 2014 Honda CR-V was honored as one of the overall Top 10 Best Resale Value vehicles in America.

2014 Honda Vehicles Honored with Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards

2014 Honda Accord – Best Resale Value: Mid-Size Car
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid – Best Resale Value: Plug-In Vehicle
2014 Honda Civic Si – Best Resale Value: Sporty Compact Car
2014 Honda CR-V – Best Resale Value: Top 10

"Honda vehicles are engineered to provide a fun-to-drive experience as well as overall value for the money," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations at American Honda. "With a continued focus on quality, fuel efficiency and premium content, we have always believed that a Honda provides every buyer with added value, and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts by valuation leader Kelley Blue Book."

Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide. These prestigious awards honor vehicles expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) after five years of ownership. Since depreciation (or loss of value) is typically a car buyer's primary expense during ownership, these awards are designed to help consumers make more informed car-buying decisions.

"Honda earns three segment awards this year and a seat in the Top 10 with its impressive lineup," said Eric Ibara, director of residual consulting for Kelley Blue Book. "Repeating their category wins for the 2014 model year, Honda Accord, CR-V and Civic Si live up to its high expectations, continuing to dominate among competitors."

For more information about Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards, please visit:

Source: Autoblog

Friday, November 15, 2013

Honda On Top

The Toyota Camry may lose its title as the best-selling car in the US next year and the Honda Civic has already managed to outsell the Toyota Corolla to become the top-selling compact in the US, but it looks like the domination woes have just hit Toyota on its own turf. Bloomberg reports that the all-new Honda Fit carries the distinction of being the best-selling car in Japan for October – the Fit's first full month on sale – outselling the popular Toyota Prius and Toyota Aqua (our Toyota Prius C).

Unlike the Camry's 16-year reign on US car sales, Japan's race seems a little tighter with the Fit most recently topping the sales charts in May 2011. Since then, though, the two Toyota hybrids have been the top two cars in for sale in Japan. The US won't get the next-gen Fit until the third quarter of 2014, but this new hatchback should be another solid option for buyers in the increasingly popular subcompact segment.

Source: Autoblog

2014 Honda Accord Among Finalists for Green Car of the Year Award

We can say with absolute confidence that Honda prides itself on being one of the “greenest” automakers on the face of the planet. Considering how much time, money, and energy goes into making Honda vehicles so efficient, we know that the engineers who make these things happen would love to be nominated for the Green Car Journal’s annual Green Car of the Year award.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Honda's Next-Gen Fuel Concept to Debut in LA, Along With Civic Updates

by: Brandon Turkus

Honda is bringing a new concept to the this month's Los Angeles Auto Show called the FCEV Concept. "FCEV" stands for something, and no, it's not "funky chicken earns victory" or other such nonsense - it's short for fuel-cell electric vehicle, a market that Honda has played in, most recently, with its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity.

The FCEV is nothing more than a styling exercise (click above to enlarge the sketch) for an eventual production fuel-cell vehicle set to hit US and Japanese dealers in 2015 (sorry Europe, you're stuck waiting). It's not heading to LA to tell us anything about the wider application of the technology used in the FCX Clarity, so fans of hydrogen power shouldn't get too excited. Still, the news that Honda is still pondering a wider-spread for its fuel-cell technology is quite exciting.

"The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company's vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles. As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda.

Besides the world debut of the FCEV, Honda will also be showing more updates for the 2014 Civic. Following the showing of an enhanced Civic Coupe at SEMA last week, Honda doesn't make it clear if we'll be seeing tweaks for the coupe and sedan or if it will just be a reshowing of the models we saw in Las Vegas. Take a look below for the official press release from Honda, and then check back here on November 20 when we have a full recap of everything that happened on the Honda stand at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Honda FCEV Concept sketch hints at futuristic and aerodynamic design of next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle launching in 2015
Honda also will announce further upgrades to the 2014 Civic, the best-selling compact car in the U.S.

Today a sketch was released of the Honda FCEV Concept in advance of its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20. The concept model expresses a potential styling direction for Honda's next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) launching in the U.S and Japan in 2015 and later in Europe.

"The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company's vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future."

Honda has led the industry in the development and deployment of fuel-cell electric vehicles. In 2002, Honda was the first automaker to begin a retail initiative with the leasing of its fuel-cell electric vehicles to fleet customers. Honda also was the first automaker to put a fuel-cell electric vehicle in the hands of an individual retail consumer in 2005. Today, about two dozen customers are driving the FCX Clarity – enjoying the benefits of driving this advanced technology vehicle, while also contributing valuable experience, helping Honda to advance fuel-cell technology for the future.

Further details about the Honda FCEV Concept and the enhanced 2014 Civic, America's best-selling compact car, will be revealed on Nov. 20 at 1:35 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Auto Show. For photos showing the styling direction of the Honda FCEV Concept, please visit

Honda Environmental Leadership
In addition to producing the FCX Clarity, Honda has deployed numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, including those incorporated in the Accord Hybrid, Accord Plug-In Sedan, Honda Fit EV and the Civic Natural Gas. Honda has also led the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and numerous Honda vehicles have been awarded top green accolades from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), appearing on the ACEEE's list of America's greenest vehicles for 16 consecutive years. The FCX Clarity was also named the 2009 World Green Car.

Source: Autoblog

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Honda Odyssey Lauded for 1999 Redesign

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” insinuating that people who stubbornly stick to the status quo are doomed to live pretty unrewarding and uninteresting lives.

Automakers like Honda understand this all too well, which is why they put their best and most dynamic minds to work every year to update the cars, trucks, and SUVs most in need of major changes. Honda pours millions of dollars into these redesigns, so when a publication like calls out the Honda Odyssey as one of the most improved automobiles of the last fifteen years, we can’t help but feel a little proud.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Honda flaunts freshened 2014 Civic Coupe at SEMA

by: Michael Harley

Honda took the wraps off its 2014 Civic Coupe (red car pictured above) and 2014 Civic Si  at SEMA today, revealing a mid-cycle refresh for each model. The standard Civic coupe benefits from several cosmetic enhancements, while the Civic Si gets the bulk of its improvements under the hood – precisely where the enthusiasts want them.

The best-selling Civic Coupe sports a new front fascia that is "fun and sporty," says the automaker. The more aggressive snout is a step in the proper direction, as its new shape and exclusive grille design gives the two-door a distinctive appearance that sets it apart from its sedan sibling. The rear end follows the same design language, as the lower portion of the urethane bumper gains some character – its smooth surface has been re-sculpted and re-contoured. Newly available 18-inch wheels complete the exterior transformation.

The 2014 Civic Si benefits from a larger spoiler and new wheels, but the big news is in the powertrain. Honda has massaged the 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine and opened up the exhaust system. As a result, output climbs to 205 horsepower (up from 201) and torque increases to 174 pound-feet (up from 170). The power gains aren't extraordinary, but they should allow the coupe to hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in about six seconds flat and still return over 30 mpg on the open road.

- 2014 Civic Coupe features sportier exterior styling
- 2014 Civic Si boosts fun-to-drive performance with more horsepower
- Launch of Honda Performance Development Street Performance Accessory lineup beginning with CR-Z
- 133-mph Honda "Mean Mower" joins stock and modified cars and motorcycles on display

A significantly updated 2014 Honda Civic Coupe ( made its world debut today at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, offering a first look at new exterior styling updates to America's best-selling1 compact car. Honda also announced that the performance-oriented Civic Si will benefit from increased power and larger wheels and tires, making both the two- and four-door varieties even more fun to drive.

Honda also surprised performance enthusiasts by announcing plans to begin sales of street-oriented performance parts developed by Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), Honda's U.S.-based race engineering company, starting with a full range of performance accessories for the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe ( that go on-sale at Honda dealerships today. A power-boosting CR-Z supercharger package will follow in the spring of 2014. In the longer term, HPD engineers are also investigating other models and platforms in order to expand Honda's street performance product line.

"With the further advancement of the 2014 Civic Coupe and Si models and an exciting path forward for performance parts drawing on our racing experience we are making a statement about our commitment to the fun to drive character of the Honda brand", said John Mendel, executive vice president auto sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The 2014 Civic Coupe and Coupe Si

Following a major refresh of Civic Sedan styling for 2013, Honda turns its attention to the Civic Coupe and Coupe Si, implementing a host of exterior design changes that include a more aggressive grille, hood, front fenders and headlight design. Additional Coupe exterior changes include new taillight lenses, sportier front and rear bumpers, new side mirrors and new wheel designs.

The Civic Si Coupe benefits from the same styling enhancements as the standard Civic Coupe but adds Si-exclusive design cues, including a unique lower front bumper garnish, larger rear decklid spoiler, a distinctive front spoiler and sporty rear air diffuser. The Civic Si Sedan picks up on these same cues, and both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan get larger, 18-inch (+1 inch) wheels and tires with new wheel designs.

The performance-tuned Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan also get a retuned exhaust system that helps boost peak output to 205 horsepower2 (+4 horsepower) and 174 lb-ft of torque3 (+4 ft-lb).

More details about the full 2014 Civic lineup will be made available at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

Source: Autoblog

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rise on Record CR-V and Strong Civic Sales

Source: Honda Media Newsroom

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported October 2013 U.S. total sales of 114,538 units, an increase of 7.1 percent compared with October 2012 (up 3.1 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*). Year-to-date sales reached 1,273,550, an increase of 8.5 percent. Honda Division October sales reached 100,242, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to last October. Acura Division posted sales of 14,296, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to October 2012.
  • CR-V surpasses the previous October record set in 2006, with sales of 22,554 up 11.6 percent from October 2012
  • Civic sales for October were the best since 2001 and up substantially over the previous year with an impressive 32.1 percent rise, posting sales of 27,328
  • Accord posted October sales of 25,162, with America's best-selling retail model handily passing the 300,000-unit mark for year-to-date, up 11.2 percent for the year versus 2012
"Despite consumer uneasiness early in the month, real demand remains strong across the Honda brand and we remain on track to achieve number one retail sales this year for our core models: Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda. "With the all-new Accord Hybrid arriving at dealerships this week and a significantly updated Civic coming later in the year, we anticipate sales will continue to be hot even as the weather cools down heading into winter."
  • Acura posted October sales of 14,296, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to last October with Acura light trucks recording their best October ever
  • MDX sales set an October monthly record with 5,608 units, up 48.7 percent compared to last October
  • RDX also set an October record with sales of  3,333, up 25.3 percent compared to last year
  • RLX posted its best sales month since its release in March
"The poise and power of Acura's line of light trucks continues to win over an ever-increasing number of discerning SUV customers," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales. "With MDX recording its best October since 2004 and RDX continuing to set sales records month over month, Acura has the strongest one two punch in the industry."
*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 27 days for October 2013 and 26 days for October 2012. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 256 days for 2013 and 255 days for 2012. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.

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