Thursday, June 25, 2015

Three Honda Models Named "Best Family Cars"

When families get to the point where they have a need to purchase a new family vehicle, it’s common for them to turn toward the idea of the “dreaded” minivan. Of course, the 2015 Honda Odyssey is completely awesome and anything but “dreaded,” but we understand and respect that there are some people that would rather go a different direction.

Honda 2015 Digital FactBook

The 2015 Digital FactBook is an annual report which provides an overview of Honda's global operations, as well as detailed historical and up-to-date information concerning Honda's sales, manufacturing and R&D operations in North America. This report includes a general chronology which highlights the significant milestones in Honda's corporate history.
The 2015 Digital FactBook includes the following:
  • Corporate directory of key locations and contacts by region
  • Overview of worldwide operations, sales network and 2014 production
  • Overview of North America (N.A.) operations and subsidiaries
  • History of Honda/Acura vehicle introductions in the U.S., Honda/Acura vehicle and industry sales data for N.A.
  • List of N.A. manufacturing facilities and information on automobile, motorcycle and ATV/PWC production
  • Summary of N.A. R&D/Engineering facilities
  • Summary of exports of N.A. made Honda products
  • Overview of South America operations, subsidiaries, manufacturing facilities and R&D centers
  • Overview of Europe/Middle East/Africa operations, subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities
  • Overview of Japan operations, subsidiaries, R&D centers and manufacturing facilities
  • Overview of Asia/Oceania operations, subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities
  • Overview of China operations, subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities
  • Chronology of corporate milestones
Source: Honda News

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Safety Ratings Elite for 2015 Honda Accord

Put bluntly, safety in automobiles is important. There was a time when kids would slide around on the back bench seat of a huge sedan without any seat belts, just like there was a time when airbags didn’t exist. There was even an automotive era before windshield wipers, if you can believe it, but we’ve obviously come a long way from there.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

All-New 2016 Honda Pilot: The Fully Redesigned Three-Row Honda SUV Sets New Benchmark with More Power, Fuel Efficiency and Space, Plus Top-Class Safety Features and Maximum Family Connectivity

  • New, more powerful and efficient powertrain features direct injected 3.5-liter
    i-VTEC® engine paired with either a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Sophisticated new torque vectoring i-VTM4 AWD and Intelligent Traction Management system
  • Honda Sensing™ offers most comprehensive set of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever available on a Honda vehicle
  • Maximum family connectivity, with up to four 2.5-amp USB outlets
  • More premium features than ever before, including new line-topping Elite grade
Fully redesigned from the ground up, and substantially re-energized in form and function, the all-new third-generation 2016 Honda Pilot stakes its claim as the new benchmark in the three-row mid-sized SUV segment. With more of everything family SUV buyers are looking for – performance, fuel efficiency, comfort, safety performance and premium features – in every model and trim, the 2016 Pilot goes on sale June 18 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)1 starting at $29,995 for the Pilot LX with 2WD.
Among its many no-compromise attributes, the new Pilot's 280-horsepower2, directed-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC® engine adds 30 horsepower while receiving a segment-topping EPA combined fuel-economy rating of 23 MPG for the 2WD with nine-speed automatic transmission, up 2 MPG from the 2015 Pilot.3 The technology-enhanced efficiencies continue with the available i-VTM4™ AWD system that not only allows you to drive all wheels with traction in a variety of driving conditions but also applies torque vectoring to enhance dynamic driving agility.  And family functionality is better than ever, with a more spacious third row and cargo area and One-Touch Walk-in third row access, and a host of ports and plugs to accommodate virtually every imaginable device, from smartphones to iPads, game consoles to digital video cameras, with up to four 2.5-amp USB outlets for charging the family's most power-hungry stuff.
"The 2016 Pilot takes full advantage of Honda's packaging expertise to deliver the outstanding, family-friendly cabin space that has made Pilot such a popular choice of family SUV buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "This third-generation Pilot reaches higher into the premium end of the three-row SUV market than ever before with a new line-topping Elite model that will give us an even stronger foothold at the upper end of the midsize SUV segment."
The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV, with seating up to eight passengers, joins the best-selling Honda CR-V and all-new HR-V as the flagship of an expanded lineup of innovative, benchmark-setting Honda SUVs. It is the third generation of Honda's popular three-row SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured in America. The new Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio, and is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama.4
"Our design team in California and development team in Ohio worked to create a new breed of no-compromise SUV that meets the diverse lifestyle needs of American families," said Marc Ernst, Pilot Development Leader. "This means the 2016 Pilot has incredible family functionality when the kids are in tow, a stylish and premium experience for a night on the town or an off-road adventure."
Since its arrival in 2003 as the first three-row, mainstream SUV to be developed on a car-like unit-body platform, the Pilot has helped set industry standards for fuel efficiency, spacious and thoughtful interior packaging, safety performance, and dynamic handling performance in the midsize SUV segment. American consumers have responded by purchasing more than 1.4 million Pilots over the past 12 years. Pilot also ties the CR-V in having the highest brand loyalty of any Honda model, with approximately 63 percent of Pilot buyers returning to purchase another Honda vehicle.
Reengineered from the ground up, virtually every aspect of the 2016 Pilot has been thoroughly redesigned to better accommodate the needs of all its occupants – the driver and all passengers – delivering more family-friendly utility, more advanced technology, and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before. The 2016 Pilot also ups the ante for premium refinement with major upgrades to interior quality and more standard comfort and convenience features on all trims, along with the addition of a new, line-topping Elite version that offers a series of Honda-first features including 20-inch wheels and tires, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a first-ever panoramic glass roof and many other premium family SUV features.
The 2016 Pilot is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) – along with the available two new advanced transmissions and a class-defining all-new intelligent variable torque management (i-VTM4™) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management and torque vectoring capability. Together, these features make this the most powerful, refined and capable Pilot Honda has ever offered. These technologies, combined with a nearly 300-pound reduction in vehicle weight (on upper trims), improved aerodynamics and reduced running resistance, make this the most fuel-efficient offering in the midsize SUV segment, with EPA fuel-economy ratings improved by as much as 2/2/2 mpg city/highway/combined3 over the previous model.
The new Pilot also moves to the top of the class in safety performance with the most comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Furthermore, the 2016 Pilot adopts the next generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with a new "3-bone" underbody frame design and new hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings. Taken together, these engineering features and technologies deliver major gains to the Pilot's collision avoidance and collision protection capabilities, as it targets the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings.
New Pilot Features
Features LX EX EX-L Touring Elite
6-Speed Automatic Transmission*    
9-Speed Automatic Transmission*      
Honda Sensing*   Available Available
Blind Spot Indicator*        
Smart Entry*  
Push Button Start*
Blu-ray™ DVD Rear Entertainment System*      
Idle Stop*      
One-Touch 2nd-Row Seat^    
Multi-Angle Rear View Camera*
Intelligent Traction Management System^  
8-inch touchscreen Display Audio system with Android operating system +^  
Remote Engine Start^  
LED Daytime Running Lights*  
LED Headlights with Auto High-Beam        
* First for Pilot, ^ First for Honda

2016 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
Trim Wheel Drive MSRP1 EPA MPG Rating3 (city/highway/combined)
LX 2WD $29,995 19/27/22
LX AWD $31,795 18/26/21
EX 2WD $32,430 19/27/22
EX AWD $34,230 18/26/21
EX w/Honda Sensing 2WD $33,430 19/27/22
EX w/Honda Sensing AWD $35,230 18/26/21
EX-L 2WD $35,905 19/27/22
EX-L AWD $37,705 18/26/21
EX-L w/Honda Sensing 2WD $36,905 19/27/22
EX-L w/Honda Sensing AWD $38,705 18/26/21
EX-L w/Navi 2WD $36,905 19/27/22
EX-L w/Navi AWD $38,705 18/26/21
EX-L w/RES 2WD $37,505 19/27/22
EX-L w/RES AWD $39,305 18/26/21
Touring 2WD $41,020 20/27/23
Touring AWD $42,820 19/26/22
Elite AWD $46,420 19/26/22
Premium Style and Features
The all-new design of the 2016 Pilot sports a modern, sleek, yet commanding and muscular form incorporating new premium features, including standard LED taillights, and available features such as LED projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, 20-inch wheels and first-ever panoramic glass roof.
The premium quality of the new Pilot carries over to the interior, where designers have applied high quality, soft-touch materials throughout the cabin and added thoughtful details such as LED map lighting. Additional high-end amenities include a standard 4.2-inch color display, available heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. For the first time, the top-of-the-line Elite trim includes second-row captain's chairs, providing for easy walk through between the second and third rows for a 7-passenger configuration, in lieu of the standard second-row three-person 60/40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity.
Advanced Technology
The new Pilot delivers the connectivity and power access that modern families demand, including up to five USB ports, four that provide better recharging with 2.5-amp output – fully adequate to charge iPads or smartphones while they're in use. Additional available ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, an HDMI port for a gaming console or other similarly connected device, two headphone jacks, and up to three 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt AC outlet to power a range of compatible devices.
The new Pilot also incorporates Honda's latest thinking in advanced, family-friendly technology, including an upsized 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio connectivity interface powered by a new Android-based operating system and more powerful processor, along with an available all-new embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. The new navigation system features improved graphics and new capabilities, including 3D renderings of terrain, buildings and road signs, improved lane guidance, live search function and more.
The Pilot's Display Audio system enables simplified smartphone connectivity making for easier access to all the features and connectivity options of the HondaLink® connected-car system. A 9-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and new Blu-ray™ disc capability is available.
Family-Friendly Utility
The new Pilot builds on its reputation for interior space, versatility and utility with 3.5 inches of added overall vehicle length, enabling an inch longer tandem seating distance and a 1.3-inch longer cargo area that can hold an 82-quart cooler without compromising third-row seating capability. Third-row entry and exit is made even easier and more intuitive courtesy of the new available one-touch second-row seat on EX-L and above models, and larger third-row entryway. Compared with the current Pilot, the width of the lower portion of the third-row lower entryway has been increased by 2.5 inches with an inch lower step-over height.
The Pilot's new center console features a cavernous storage compartment capable of accommodating items as large as a full-size iPad or a purse. And with its seamless cover in the closed position, the console provides a convenient, non-slip surface for items that the driver or front passenger may need close at hand.
The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The engine's peak output of 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque is up 30 hp and 9 lb.-ft. over the previous model.3 The engine is matched to a choice of two new advanced transmissions – a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission or, on upper trims, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission – both delivering more refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance.
These new powertrains combine with a new, lighter yet more rigid unit-body and aerodynamically efficient body and chassis designs that result in class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings topping out at 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) for two-wheel-drive models and 19/26/22 mpg for all-wheel-drive models.4
Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD System
The Pilot's available new Intelligent VTM4 (i-VTM4) is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced all-wheel-drive system offered in a mainstream, three-row SUV. This entirely more capable system progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and, for the first time ever in a Honda vehicle, dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels. Benefits include superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is more effective than front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems.
Intelligent Traction Management
This new Pilot features a new button-operated Intelligent Terrain Management System that offers different operating modes, for the AWD: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand; and for the FWD: Normal and Snow. Developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world – including Imperial Dunes "Glamis", California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle's center console. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by-wire map, transmission shift map, Vehicle Stability Assist™ and i-VTM4 torque distribution for AWD-equipped models for optimal performance in a variety of road or surface conditions.
Advanced Safety Performance
In keeping with Honda's commitment to safety, the new Pilot is available with the most comprehensive set of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Together these technologies make up Honda Sensing™, a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver's situational awareness while sensing and responding to potential road hazards, including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians, even to the point of mitigating the possibility or severity of a collision. It includes a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and an available suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that includes Honda's popular LaneWatch™ display, a blind spot information system, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control, and two Honda-first technologies: Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.
The new Pilot is expected to deliver the highest safety ratings in its class and targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in all crash modes. The new Pilot incorporates Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, designed to more efficiently absorb and disperse the energy from a frontal collision, along with new ultra-high-strength door rings designed to help better protect occupants. The 2016 Pilot also incorporates an all-new "3-bone" platform while also utilizing high and ultra-high strength body materials, which together reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), improve handling, increase rigidity and reduce weight.
Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent® side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with real-time display of individual tire pressures.
1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $880 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Peak power: 280 HP @ 6000 RPM (SAE net), peak torque: 262 ft-lb (355 Nm) @ 4700 RPM (SAE net)
3 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
4 Manufactured using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Statement by American Honda Regarding Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators in 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord will add approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign
  • No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators announced on May 28
Honda today announced that it will initiate a national recall to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord models sold in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. The recall will add 1.39 million passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.
In its preliminary announcement on May 28, Honda stated that it would recall a more limited population of vehicles. That announcement, which was based on the specific regional nature of the defect determination made by Takata, indicated that approximately 350,000 additional passenger front airbag inflators would be added to inflators included in an earlier regional action (14V-700). However, the NHTSA subsequently interpreted the Takata defect determination as requiring a national recall and directed Honda to conduct a national recall. As a result, based on the Takata defect determination and the NHTSA's subsequent directive, Honda decided to conduct a national recall that will include approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign (this includes the estimated 350,000 inflators mentioned in the preliminary announcement). According to currently available information, this results in a total of approximately 2.3 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.
Importantly, approximately 915,000 of the affected Civic and Accord vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda's voluntary safety improvement campaigns (13V-132, 14V-349, 14-353 and 14V-700) will transition into the new recall. The same free repair - replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator - will be completed under the new national action.
NOTE: Today's announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that also was announced on May 28, 2015.
Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at and or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.

Source: Honda News

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Honda Owns "Car Wars" Report

The auto industry is essentially an arms race, with every automaker on the face of the planet constantly trying to one-up the competition by offering more features in newer models with updated technology and improved efficiency and safety. It’s not easy to stay ahead of this curve, but Honda always does a good job giving consumers a nice balance between cost and value, which is why it wasn’t all that surprising to see Honda do so well in this year’s Merryll Lynch “Car Wars” report.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

All-New Honda HR-V Crossover Advertising Campaign Gets Everything Right

  • Unexpected car advertising unveils all-new HR-V Crossover brand personality by walking down Honda's memory lane and brand's commitment to innovation
  • Campaign utilizes the magic of CG to introduce the versatile HR-V Crossover
In sync with the launch of the all-new 2016 HR-V Crossover, Honda is launching an original advertising campaign illustrating the brand's history of innovation that led to this crossover that gets everything right.
The campaign is made up of two distinctive TV spots, "Give and Take" and "Great Thinking Inside." "Give and Take" takes a lighthearted approach to depict a literal molding of people's faces, stretching and pulling ears, chins and foreheads to express the truth that it's difficult to get everything just the way you want it. The HR-V Crossover has found that no-compromise sweet spot where everything is perfect.
"Great Thinking Inside" appeals to Honda enthusiasts' sense of nostalgia. With the Honda Prelude, del Sol, Element and others set in Russian-nested-doll fashion, the advertisement shows how one good idea leads to another, and how Honda's continuous building on past successes have arrived at its latest iconic car, the HR-V Crossover. Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Gonna Build a Mountain" provides a classic, memorable soundtrack.
"The versatility, sleek design and advanced technology of the all-new HR-V Crossover provides a multi-dimensional element that will appeal to a variety of people," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The vehicles in ‘Great Thinking Inside' are iconic Honda models that demonstrate our evolution of thinking, while ‘Give and Take' illustrates our dedication to innovations, and we're proud to continue this track record with the all-new HR-V."
Simple, eye-catching print work conveys the idea that big isn't the only way to versatility. Print insertions will be seen in Road & Track, Autoweek, MotorTrend and more and will be in the form of magazine fold-ins. Unfolded, the car stretches out to show a bigger vehicle. Folded in, the ad depicts the HR-V Crossover and all the cargo items it can transport.
The campaign will incorporate a wide mix of media, kicking off with home-page takeovers on Yahoo! and YouTube, along with a presence in network primetime, cable and a variety of sports. Digital support will be featured across various partners, helping to bring to life unique interactive experiences. Notable digital efforts include: sponsoring the brand new Amazon 3D printing store that features a sweepstakes to give users a chance to win an actual 3D printer, collaborating with Thrillist on a Culinary Road Trip event, sponsoring the National Geographic Wanderlust Instagram contest with a chance to win a Nat Geo Yosemite Expedition and custom videos and a personalized interactive post on Buzzfeed.
In addition, the all-new HR-V Crossover is being supported with a completely redesigned model section at Every 2016 Honda model will showcase this new look and feel.
About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight, along with the Pilot and CR-V sport/utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has the longest-lasting cars1 of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
1 Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988–2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.

Source: Honda News

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot Gets Big Update

With all the attention that Honda SUVs have been getting over the course of the last several months, it would be easy to miss that the 2016 Honda Pilot is slated to receive a generational upgrade and will feature a slew of great new additions ranging from design to technology to features. The HR-V is the buzzy new kid on the block and the CR-V is the best-selling All-Star, but this new Pilot, big enough to seat eight passengers comfortably, is more than good enough to warrant plenty of attention all on its own.

American Honda Reports May 2015 Sales: Gateway Models Power Honda Light Truck and Sedan Sales; Acura Continues Momentum as Sedan Sales Accelerate

  • Honda Fit again impresses with an 82-percent gain to lead strong Honda sedan sales
  • New HR-V debuts with incredible 6,381 units sold in half a month to lead record May Honda light truck sales with a 10.6-percent year-over-year gain to 63,979 units
  • Acura's first-year TLX continues to drive Acura sedan sales increases with second  consecutive 4,000+ unit month for a 43.5-percent year-over-year sedan sales hike
  • Upgraded RDX first full sales month punches well over 5,000 units smashing May 2014 numbers by 24.3 percent and setting a new all-time monthly sales record
  • Top Acura performers accelerated the luxury brand sales by a substantial 16.1 percent
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported May 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 154,593 units, with Honda light trucks gaining 10.6 percent on sales of 63,979 units and Acura sedans increasing 43.5 percent on sales of 6,278 vehicles. American Honda total sales were up 1.3 percent year-over-year, with the Acura Division gaining 16.1 percent on sales of 17,042 vehicles in May and the Honda Division posting sales of 137,551 vehicles, a decrease of 0.3 percent for the month.
With the introduction of the all-new HR-V entry crossover further strengthening the perennially popular Honda light truck lineup, the trifecta of HR-V, CR-V and Pilot CUVs proved a winning sales combination in May. The lineup will gain greater momentum with the June debut of the all-new third-generation 2016 Pilot.  The introductory vehicle to the Honda car lineup, the Fit is finding homes with a steeply increasing number of individual buyers, posting an 82-percent gain to 6,342 units in May. Accord and Civic continue to be incredibly popular, topping 30,000 units in sales, along with America's most popular SUV, the Honda CR-V.
  • Honda light trucks beat previous May record by 6,144 units for a total of 63,979 vehicles.
  • Sales of the second-generation 2015 Pilot increased 17 percent to 11,760 ahead of introduction of the third-generation 2016 model.
  • Fit posts third consecutive month of over-6,000 unit sales for an 82-percent year-over-year May increase.
"The new Honda HR-V hit the ground running with an incredible sales performance in just a half month on the market with the all-new 2016 Pilot coming to market this month to further accelerate light truck sales," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "Despite the market trend toward light truck sales, our trio of Fit-Civic-Accord remains popular with individual buyers, and we're looking forward to a summer of hot sales."
Sales of the new TLX luxury sport sedan and upgraded ILX gateway luxury sedan boosted Acura sedan sales to an impressive increase of 43.5 percent from May 2014 with a total of 4,352 TLX models and 1,673 ILXs sold. Adding to Acura's overall 16.1-percent gain to 17,042 vehicles was the refreshed RDX with all-time record sales of 5,343 units, combining with the popular MDX to produce sales of 10,764 Acura luxury SUVs in May.
  • With a total of 17,042 units sold, Acura brand sales gained 16.1 percent in May; every current Acura model up from previous month
  • Acura sedan sales up by 43.5 percent for May with a total of 6,278 vehicles driven by TLX sales of 4,352 units and ILX sales of 1,673.
  • MDX and RDX both post sales numbers over 5,000 units each for a May record total Acura light truck sales of 10,764 vehicles
"The Acura sedan lineup continues to build strong momentum with an increasing number of luxury customers getting behind the wheel of our TLX and ILX luxury performance models, " said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. "Together with the benchmark MDX and recently refreshed RDX, both topping 5,000 units in sales, we're on track for a summer of accelerating Acura sales."

Source: Honda News

Thursday, June 4, 2015

2015 Honda CR-V Wins Today/“MotorWeek” Compact SUV Challenge

2015 CR-V applauded for its optimal balance of family-friendly features, interior room, excellent visibility and rewarding driving experience

The 2015 Honda CR-V, America's most popular SUV for the past decade (, has won the top spot in the TODAY/"MotorWeek" Compact SUV Challenge (, with a panel of experts and customers choosing CR-V over six competing models.
"The compact SUV segment is among the most competitive in the industry, and we took nothing for granted with the 2015 CR-V," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "The CR-V has been America's top SUV choice for many years now, and it's great to see that real-world customers and experts from, USA TODAY and "MotorWeek" agree that the 2015 CR-V continues to live up to their high expectations."
In winning the competition, the CR-V earned praise for its rewarding driving experience, generous interior room and family-friendly features. The 2015 CR-V features upgrades to styling, performance, fuel efficiency and family-friendly technology.
"The 2015 Honda CR-V came out on top because it provided the best blend of good interior room, excellent visibility and a surprisingly rewarding driving experience," said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief. "The CR-V was also packed with great family-friendly features like easy-to-fold seats, a low load floor, rear air vents and much more."
The Challenge pitted seven of the most popular compact SUVs against each other in a series of expert and consumer testing, which determined that the 2015 CR-V was overall best-in-class. To qualify for the competition, vehicles had to cost less than $28,000 and achieve a combined city/highway EPA fuel economy rating of at least 26 mpg.
About Honda
Honda offers a complete lineup of Honda cars, trucks and service through a network of more than 1,000 Honda dealerships within the United States. Eight Honda auto plants in North America, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year1. In 2014, more than 97 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.
Launched in 1998, is an award-recognized online destination for car shoppers and owners that offers information from experts and consumers to help research, price and find new and used cars, as well as information around service and repair for car owners. With more than 30 million monthly visits to its web properties, offers millions of new and used vehicle listings, expert and consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison, build and price tools, unbiased editorial content and much more. In 2015, introduced a new service and repair feature to help consumers find the right service provider and understand how much to pay with the fair-price estimator tool. puts millions of car buyers, and now owners, in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make stress-free buying, selling and servicing decisions.
1Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Source: Honda Media News