Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:48:32 -0700 Corporate: Honda to Host First-Ever Trick-or-Treating Event on Twitter <p>For the first time ever, ghouls, goblins, ghosts and other costumed creatures will be able to trick-or-treat on Twitter on Fri., Oct. 31 by tweeting <a href="https://twitter.com/honda">@Honda</a> a photo of themselves in costume with the hashtag #TreatPromo. Honda will reply to eligible people with a link to a coupon for a free box of MIKE AND IKE® candy as well as a link to a spooky Vine video.</p> <p>Five eerie Vine videos feature the redesigned CR-V opening up when trick-or-treaters come to Honda’s door, so to speak.</p> <p>Honda will use promoted tweets with video cards to announce the effort on Twitter. Both brands will also organically promote the effort on social media—Honda on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda">Twitter</a> and MIKE AND IKE® on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mikeandike">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/mikeandike">Twitter</a>.</p> <p>“In the spirit of Halloween, we wanted a simple and unique way to show some appreciation to our fans. Innovation is at the heart of our brand. Why not look at innovating something as fun as trick or treating?” said Tom Peyton, AVP, Advertising and Marketing at Honda.</p> <p><strong>About Just Born Quality Confections</strong><br> Just Born Quality Confections is a privately owned company founded in 1923 and headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, where it manufactures PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES® and MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies. GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA. All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.</p> <p>For more information on MIKE AND IKE®, new flavors and upcoming programs, visit <a href="http://www.mikeandike.com">www.mikeandike.com</a>. Also be sure to follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/mikeandike">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/mikeandikecandy">Instagram</a> and “like” us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mikeandike">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> 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.</p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.</p> <p>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 U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."</p> <p><sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> Corporate Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:32:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/5186f98c-e3cd-49b2-a195-d5b554f6451b http://hondanews.com/releases/5186f98c-e3cd-49b2-a195-d5b554f6451b Honda to Host First-Ever Trick-or-Treating Event on Twitter <p>For the first time ever, ghouls, goblins, ghosts and other costumed creatures will be able to trick-or-treat on Twitter on Fri., Oct. 31 by tweeting <a href="https://twitter.com/honda">@Honda</a> a photo of themselves in costume with the hashtag #TreatPromo. Honda will reply to eligible people with a link to a coupon for a free box of MIKE AND IKE® candy as well as a link to a spooky Vine video.</p> <p>Five eerie Vine videos feature the redesigned CR-V opening up when trick-or-treaters come to Honda’s door, so to speak.</p> <p>Honda will use promoted tweets with video cards to announce the effort on Twitter. Both brands will also organically promote the effort on social media—Honda on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda">Twitter</a> and MIKE AND IKE® on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mikeandike">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/mikeandike">Twitter</a>.</p> <p>“In the spirit of Halloween, we wanted a simple and unique way to show some appreciation to our fans. Innovation is at the heart of our brand. Why not look at innovating something as fun as trick or treating?” said Tom Peyton, AVP, Advertising and Marketing at Honda.</p> <p><strong>About Just Born Quality Confections</strong><br> Just Born Quality Confections is a privately owned company founded in 1923 and headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, where it manufactures PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES® and MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies. GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA. All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.</p> <p>For more information on MIKE AND IKE®, new flavors and upcoming programs, visit <a href="http://www.mikeandike.com">www.mikeandike.com</a>. Also be sure to follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/mikeandike">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/mikeandikecandy">Instagram</a> and “like” us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mikeandike">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> 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.</p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.</p> <p>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 U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."</p> <p><sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> Corporate: Eight HBCU Bands Selected to "March On" to the 13th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase <p>Students, alumni and fans of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) cast their votes online and took to social media to help their favorite marching bands advance to the 13th annual <a href="http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com" target="_blank">Honda Battle of the Bands</a> Invitational Showcase. The final eight bands have been selected and will take the Georgia Dome by storm on January 24, 2015, when they showcase their incredible musical talent and electrifying showmanship in front of a packed crowd in Atlanta, GA.</p> <p>The following eight bands will perform at the 13th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Alabama State University,</strong> Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Bethune-Cookman University, </strong>Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Howard University,</strong> Showtime Marching Band (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference); performing at Honda Battle of the Bands for the first time</li> <li><strong>Jackson State University,</strong> Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>North Carolina A&T University,</strong> Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Southern University,</strong> Human Jukebox (Southwestern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Talladega College,</strong> Marching Tornado Band (Gulf Coast Athletic Conference); performing at Honda Battle of the Bands for the first time</li> <li><strong>Tennessee State University,</strong> Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Conference)</li> </ul> <p>Tickets to the Honda Battle of the Bands are available for purchase now on the <a href="http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/tickets" target="_blank">official website</a>, starting at just $10. The participating eight HBCUs will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education programs, plus travel to and accommodations in Atlanta for the Invitational Showcase. The final eight were selected through a process that included online fan voting, as well as feedback from band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda.</p> <p>This year's theme, "March On," serves as a reminder to students and fans that life on and off the field is a journey, and no matter the challenge, the dream or what may lie ahead, learning never stops as long as you commit to "March On."</p> <p>"Honda congratulates the eight bands selected to participate in the Invitational Showcase and thanks all of the schools, students, alumni and fans that participated in the process leading to Atlanta," said Stephan Morikawa, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Honda is committed to supporting education at HBCUs by investing in their programs and providing a platform aimed at helping students realize what Honda calls The Power of Dreams."</p> <p>The 2015 Invitational Showcase will feature the first-ever Honda Battle of the Bands Power of Dreams Award. Participating teams and fans will have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding member of their community who is working to help students achieve their dreams. Honda will then select a winner who will be recognized in Atlanta at the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.</p> <p>For updates, follow the Honda Battle of the Bands and join the social media conversation using #HBOB.</p> <ul> <li>Facebook – <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HondaBattleoftheBands" target="_blank">Facebook.com/HondaBattleoftheBands</a> </li> <li>Twitter – @The_Honda / <a href="https://www.twitter.com/the_honda" target="_blank">Twitter.com/The_Honda</a> </li> <li>Instagram – @The_Honda / <a href="http://www.instagram.com/the_honda" target="_blank">Instagram.com/the_honda</a> </li> <li>YouTube - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/hondabotb" target="_blank">YouTube.com/hondabotb</a> </li> </ul> <p>For more information on the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands, visit <a href="http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com" target="_blank">HondaBattleoftheBands.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) began more than 20 years ago with the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda began its support of Honda Battle of the Bands more than 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.<br> 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 for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we do business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and HBCUs to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and support of volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work. Find out more at <a href="http://csr.honda.com" target="_blank">csr.honda.com</a>.</p> Corporate Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/e3de959e-256b-4ed4-9236-e2704cef679f http://hondanews.com/releases/e3de959e-256b-4ed4-9236-e2704cef679f Eight HBCU Bands Selected to "March On" to the 13th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase <p>Students, alumni and fans of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) cast their votes online and took to social media to help their favorite marching bands advance to the 13th annual <a href="http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com" target="_blank">Honda Battle of the Bands</a> Invitational Showcase. The final eight bands have been selected and will take the Georgia Dome by storm on January 24, 2015, when they showcase their incredible musical talent and electrifying showmanship in front of a packed crowd in Atlanta, GA.</p> <p>The following eight bands will perform at the 13th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Alabama State University,</strong> Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Bethune-Cookman University, </strong>Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Howard University,</strong> Showtime Marching Band (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference); performing at Honda Battle of the Bands for the first time</li> <li><strong>Jackson State University,</strong> Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>North Carolina A&T University,</strong> Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Southern University,</strong> Human Jukebox (Southwestern Athletic Conference)</li> <li><strong>Talladega College,</strong> Marching Tornado Band (Gulf Coast Athletic Conference); performing at Honda Battle of the Bands for the first time</li> <li><strong>Tennessee State University,</strong> Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Conference)</li> </ul> <p>Tickets to the Honda Battle of the Bands are available for purchase now on the <a href="http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/tickets" target="_blank">official website</a>, starting at just $10. The participating eight HBCUs will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education programs, plus travel to and accommodations in Atlanta for the Invitational Showcase. The final eight were selected through a process that included online fan voting, as well as feedback from band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda.</p> <p>This year's theme, "March On," serves as a reminder to students and fans that life on and off the field is a journey, and no matter the challenge, the dream or what may lie ahead, learning never stops as long as you commit to "March On."</p> <p>"Honda congratulates the eight bands selected to participate in the Invitational Showcase and thanks all of the schools, students, alumni and fans that participated in the process leading to Atlanta," said Stephan Morikawa, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Honda is committed to supporting education at HBCUs by investing in their programs and providing a platform aimed at helping students realize what Honda calls The Power of Dreams."</p> <p>The 2015 Invitational Showcase will feature the first-ever Honda Battle of the Bands Power of Dreams Award. Participating teams and fans will have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding member of their community who is working to help students achieve their dreams. Honda will then select a winner who will be recognized in Atlanta at the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.</p> <p>For updates, follow the Honda Battle of the Bands and join the social media conversation using #HBOB.</p> <ul> <li>Facebook – <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HondaBattleoftheBands" target="_blank">Facebook.com/HondaBattleoftheBands</a> </li> <li>Twitter – @The_Honda / <a href="https://www.twitter.com/the_honda" target="_blank">Twitter.com/The_Honda</a> </li> <li>Instagram – @The_Honda / <a href="http://www.instagram.com/the_honda" target="_blank">Instagram.com/the_honda</a> </li> <li>YouTube - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/hondabotb" target="_blank">YouTube.com/hondabotb</a> </li> </ul> <p>For more information on the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands, visit <a href="http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com" target="_blank">HondaBattleoftheBands.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) began more than 20 years ago with the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda began its support of Honda Battle of the Bands more than 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.<br> 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 for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we do business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and HBCUs to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and support of volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work. Find out more at <a href="http://csr.honda.com" target="_blank">csr.honda.com</a>.</p> Corporate: Honda Introduces All-New HS720 Snow Blower at 2014 GIE+EXPO <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>Key feature updates for improved performance, better operation</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Compact design for both residential and commercial consumers</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HS720 series of premium residential snow blowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show.  The Honda engineering team integrated several key feature updates into the HS720A and HS720AS models to provide excellent snow throwing performance and convenient operation in a compact package for both homeowners and commercial users.Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GC190 engine, the HS720 series delivers excellent fuel economy with optimal power output.  The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable engine within the HS720, even in the most frigid conditions.  The new HS720AS model adds an easy to use electric start with a 120 volt AC electric starter.</p> <p>Despite its relatively small size, the HS720 can clear up to 55 tons of snow per hour, discharging that snow up to 33 feet away.  Large volumes of snow are no problem, as the HS720 clears a 20-inch width easily at heights of 12 feet.  In addition, the standard semi self-propelled Auger Assist feature makes quick work of snow removal by aiding in propulsion when needed. In addition, the Honda dual operator area control easily adjusts the distance and direction snow can be discharged, for the ultimate in control.  The 220-degree quick chute feature also allows the user to quickly change the direction of thrown snow with the slide of a lever for better snow-throwing.</p> <p>"Honda engineers developed the new HS720 snow blower with an eye to simplify the use of the product for customers," said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment.   To that end, many new features have been incorporated into the design of the model to improve the user experience."  New enhancements include a new, large on and off switch as well as an easy grip fuel tank cap for better operation in freezing temperatures when users are wearing gloves.  For better transportation and storage, folding handles, a more compact design, and large 7-inch wide tires are now design features of the HS720.</p> <p>The new HS720 snow blower will feature a two-year residential warranty and a one-year commercial warranty, and meets all current EPA and CARB emission standards.</p> <p>At the heart of every Honda snow thrower is a world-renowned, easy-starting engine that delivers smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power and low emission levels.  All Honda snow throwers offer the same exceptional level of quality, performance and reliability as every product that carries the Honda name.</p> <p>The new Honda HS720 snow throwers are available now nationally through Honda Power Equipment dealers.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> <p> <strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com" target="_blank">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/" target="_blank">www.honda.com</a>.</p> Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a> Corporate Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/c6199675-a368-4a2f-8202-3128af70953c http://hondanews.com/releases/c6199675-a368-4a2f-8202-3128af70953c Honda Introduces All-New HS720 Snow Blower at 2014 GIE+EXPO <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>Key feature updates for improved performance, better operation</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Compact design for both residential and commercial consumers</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HS720 series of premium residential snow blowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show.  The Honda engineering team integrated several key feature updates into the HS720A and HS720AS models to provide excellent snow throwing performance and convenient operation in a compact package for both homeowners and commercial users.Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GC190 engine, the HS720 series delivers excellent fuel economy with optimal power output.  The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable engine within the HS720, even in the most frigid conditions.  The new HS720AS model adds an easy to use electric start with a 120 volt AC electric starter.</p> <p>Despite its relatively small size, the HS720 can clear up to 55 tons of snow per hour, discharging that snow up to 33 feet away.  Large volumes of snow are no problem, as the HS720 clears a 20-inch width easily at heights of 12 feet.  In addition, the standard semi self-propelled Auger Assist feature makes quick work of snow removal by aiding in propulsion when needed. In addition, the Honda dual operator area control easily adjusts the distance and direction snow can be discharged, for the ultimate in control.  The 220-degree quick chute feature also allows the user to quickly change the direction of thrown snow with the slide of a lever for better snow-throwing.</p> <p>"Honda engineers developed the new HS720 snow blower with an eye to simplify the use of the product for customers," said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment.   To that end, many new features have been incorporated into the design of the model to improve the user experience."  New enhancements include a new, large on and off switch as well as an easy grip fuel tank cap for better operation in freezing temperatures when users are wearing gloves.  For better transportation and storage, folding handles, a more compact design, and large 7-inch wide tires are now design features of the HS720.</p> <p>The new HS720 snow blower will feature a two-year residential warranty and a one-year commercial warranty, and meets all current EPA and CARB emission standards.</p> <p>At the heart of every Honda snow thrower is a world-renowned, easy-starting engine that delivers smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power and low emission levels.  All Honda snow throwers offer the same exceptional level of quality, performance and reliability as every product that carries the Honda name.</p> <p>The new Honda HS720 snow throwers are available now nationally through Honda Power Equipment dealers.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> <p> <strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com" target="_blank">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/" target="_blank">www.honda.com</a>.</p> Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a> Corporate: Honda Power Equipment Introduces New Design Features for HRX Series of Lawn Mowers <ul> <li><strong>New Select Drive™ functionality adds speed control, comfort and flexibility for users</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HRX series of premium residential lawnmowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show. The significantly updated HRXVKA and HRXVYA models offer best-in-class cutting performance, ease of use, durability, control and reliability.</p> <p>All-new for 2014, these HRX models incorporate the Honda Select Drive™ System, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial – enabling the selection of a desired speed range while also engaging the Select Drive™ control handle to match the mowing stride. Once the control handle is fully engaged, it becomes an integrated part of the lawn mower handle bar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience. Speed also is adjustable while mowing by engaging the Select Drive™ control handle or by turning the speed-adjust dial.</p> <p>In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive™ System, the all-new HRXVKA and HRXVYA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut System® for superior cut quality. The HRXVYA, HRXHYA, and HRXHZA models also incorporate the Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System to stop the blade and not the engine, saving time when removing obstacles or emptying the bag.</p> <p>Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GCV190 engine, the HRX lawnmower delivers excellent fuel efficiency with optimal power output. The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable power source for the mower, even in demanding conditions.</p> <p>"Honda engineers have redesigned these two models of the popular and award-winning HRX lawn mower with the specific intention of creating a more comfortable and convenient mowing experience for our customers,” said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment. "The new Select Drive™ System is a huge step in helping homeowners and landscape professionals get the job done with less effort.”</p> <p>All HRX lawn mowers feature a five-year residential warranty and meet rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA emission requirements, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of 21" walk behind lawn mowers for commercial, premium residential, and consumer applications. The product line consists of 13 models in four different series, including HRX, HRR, HRS, and HRC.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong></em><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Corporate Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/67a1df05-2b66-4086-a9c4-8da6b697cb32 http://hondanews.com/releases/67a1df05-2b66-4086-a9c4-8da6b697cb32 Honda Power Equipment Introduces New Design Features for HRX Series of Lawn Mowers <ul> <li><strong>New Select Drive™ functionality adds speed control, comfort and flexibility for users</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HRX series of premium residential lawnmowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show. The significantly updated HRXVKA and HRXVYA models offer best-in-class cutting performance, ease of use, durability, control and reliability.</p> <p>All-new for 2014, these HRX models incorporate the Honda Select Drive™ System, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial – enabling the selection of a desired speed range while also engaging the Select Drive™ control handle to match the mowing stride. Once the control handle is fully engaged, it becomes an integrated part of the lawn mower handle bar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience. Speed also is adjustable while mowing by engaging the Select Drive™ control handle or by turning the speed-adjust dial.</p> <p>In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive™ System, the all-new HRXVKA and HRXVYA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut System® for superior cut quality. The HRXVYA, HRXHYA, and HRXHZA models also incorporate the Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System to stop the blade and not the engine, saving time when removing obstacles or emptying the bag.</p> <p>Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GCV190 engine, the HRX lawnmower delivers excellent fuel efficiency with optimal power output. The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable power source for the mower, even in demanding conditions.</p> <p>"Honda engineers have redesigned these two models of the popular and award-winning HRX lawn mower with the specific intention of creating a more comfortable and convenient mowing experience for our customers,” said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment. "The new Select Drive™ System is a huge step in helping homeowners and landscape professionals get the job done with less effort.”</p> <p>All HRX lawn mowers feature a five-year residential warranty and meet rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA emission requirements, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of 21" walk behind lawn mowers for commercial, premium residential, and consumer applications. The product line consists of 13 models in four different series, including HRX, HRR, HRS, and HRC.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong></em><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Corporate: Angie Trumpler, Honda Canada Mfg. <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d000/1845/d0001845-2d08-4425-af73-22285dc9aa9e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Angie Trumpler, Honda Canada Mfg. Corporate Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/angie-trumpler-honda-canada-mfg http://hondanews.com/photos/angie-trumpler-honda-canada-mfg Angie Trumpler, Honda Canada Mfg. <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d000/1845/d0001845-2d08-4425-af73-22285dc9aa9e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Angie Trumpler, Honda Canada Mfg. Corporate: Angie looks on as club member walks one of the miniature horses <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/57a7/59d0/57a759d0-5a92-4c34-a8dc-cdfddc8ba1bb-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Angie looks on as club member walks one of the miniature horses Corporate Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/angie-looks-on-as-club-member-walks-one-of-the-miniature-horses http://hondanews.com/photos/angie-looks-on-as-club-member-walks-one-of-the-miniature-horses Angie looks on as club member walks one of the miniature horses <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/57a7/59d0/57a759d0-5a92-4c34-a8dc-cdfddc8ba1bb-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Angie looks on as club member walks one of the miniature horses Corporate: Angie talks with Honda Canada Mfg. associate <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2159/d455/2159d455-cbae-4c27-978e-05e2f2646c27-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Angie talks with Honda Canada Mfg. associate Corporate Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/angie-talks-with-honda-canada-mfg-associate http://hondanews.com/photos/angie-talks-with-honda-canada-mfg-associate Angie talks with Honda Canada Mfg. associate <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2159/d455/2159d455-cbae-4c27-978e-05e2f2646c27-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Angie talks with Honda Canada Mfg. associate Corporate: Honda Canada Mfg. Safety Leader is Who Makes a Honda <p>Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its popular 12-part <a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv_tG8yR7XJlAkzAyyHYvbYDiH0Qhkwgi"><em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda</em></a> video series. Angie Trumpler, a safety leader at Honda of Canada Mfg., is featured for her commitment to job safety and for helping local youths through her involvement with the Miniature Horse Club of Ontario.</p> <p>Trumpler, a 26-year Honda veteran, has led the safety initiative for assembly associates for the last four years. A volunteer with the local fire department, Trumpler started as an assembly-line associate before working her way into an administrative role. In her first months on the job, the new safety lead decided quickly that the best way to teach safety at the plant, was to lead by example.</p> <p>"Every day you have to be consistent. I take great pride in being a driving force of our Safety Culture. Every time you go on the production floor, you have to lead by example," Trumpler said. "And you have to be compassionate. You have to show others that you are concerned for their well-being. It took me about a year before I started seeing that the associates believed that I was truly concerned about them, but once that relationship was established, they started to come forward with great ideas about how to make things better."</p> <p>Away from the plant, Trumpler turns her attention to Ontario youngsters. The Miniature Horse Club of Ontario works with young people between the ages of 7 and 21, teaching the skills needed to handle a horse. At various events and shows, the participants are judged on their abilities to move the horses through in-hand obstacle negotiation, driving and in-hand jumping.</p> <p>Shows range from small, informal gatherings on the local level to major events that can attract more than 200,000 people. The young participants work closely with the horses at each event, but also interact with the public, thus contributing to their growth on a number of levels.</p> <p>"The biggest change I notice about kids in the program is the self confidence that they build and how it helps them solve day-to-day challenges. This gives them the ability to talk to people and adapt to situations," Trumpler said. "They have fun with the mini horses since they are less intimidating and easier to handle than full-sized horses, and it really helps them build confidence and self-esteem. We’ve noticed that many of them are doing better in school after they join the program."</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>video series focuses on Honda’s commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda’s approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>series will run on Honda’s YouTube channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/Honda">http://www.youtube.com/Honda</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North America sales, R&D and manufacturing. It now operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>This includes eight Honda auto plants in the North American region that have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p>In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> Corporate Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/8c4719e4-44b7-45f4-9233-73d3d2835290 http://hondanews.com/releases/8c4719e4-44b7-45f4-9233-73d3d2835290 Honda Canada Mfg. Safety Leader is Who Makes a Honda <p>Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its popular 12-part <a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv_tG8yR7XJlAkzAyyHYvbYDiH0Qhkwgi"><em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda</em></a> video series. Angie Trumpler, a safety leader at Honda of Canada Mfg., is featured for her commitment to job safety and for helping local youths through her involvement with the Miniature Horse Club of Ontario.</p> <p>Trumpler, a 26-year Honda veteran, has led the safety initiative for assembly associates for the last four years. A volunteer with the local fire department, Trumpler started as an assembly-line associate before working her way into an administrative role. In her first months on the job, the new safety lead decided quickly that the best way to teach safety at the plant, was to lead by example.</p> <p>"Every day you have to be consistent. I take great pride in being a driving force of our Safety Culture. Every time you go on the production floor, you have to lead by example," Trumpler said. "And you have to be compassionate. You have to show others that you are concerned for their well-being. It took me about a year before I started seeing that the associates believed that I was truly concerned about them, but once that relationship was established, they started to come forward with great ideas about how to make things better."</p> <p>Away from the plant, Trumpler turns her attention to Ontario youngsters. The Miniature Horse Club of Ontario works with young people between the ages of 7 and 21, teaching the skills needed to handle a horse. At various events and shows, the participants are judged on their abilities to move the horses through in-hand obstacle negotiation, driving and in-hand jumping.</p> <p>Shows range from small, informal gatherings on the local level to major events that can attract more than 200,000 people. The young participants work closely with the horses at each event, but also interact with the public, thus contributing to their growth on a number of levels.</p> <p>"The biggest change I notice about kids in the program is the self confidence that they build and how it helps them solve day-to-day challenges. This gives them the ability to talk to people and adapt to situations," Trumpler said. "They have fun with the mini horses since they are less intimidating and easier to handle than full-sized horses, and it really helps them build confidence and self-esteem. We’ve noticed that many of them are doing better in school after they join the program."</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>video series focuses on Honda’s commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda’s approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>series will run on Honda’s YouTube channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/Honda">http://www.youtube.com/Honda</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North America sales, R&D and manufacturing. It now operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>This includes eight Honda auto plants in the North American region that have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p>In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> Corporate: HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fa7d/d3bd/fa7dd3bd-bf3f-49e5-8bdf-23ae06871f75-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 Corporate Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:35:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014 HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fa7d/d3bd/fa7dd3bd-bf3f-49e5-8bdf-23ae06871f75-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 Corporate: HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9482/0d6f/94820d6f-7671-49a6-bd62-62ae6bfee5c9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 Corporate Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:35:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014-1 HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9482/0d6f/94820d6f-7671-49a6-bd62-62ae6bfee5c9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 Corporate: HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today progress and <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> program achievements during a press conference at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The HondaJet has begun a demonstration tour for customers as Honda Aircraft and the HondaJet dealer network continue final preparations for entry into service.</p> <p>“Over the past three weeks, many customers experienced their first flight in the HondaJet during a special demonstration tour, and we have enjoyed seeing their excitement as we showcase the aircraft’s capabilities,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “The HondaJet program is also in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration with all four flight test aircraft maintaining an intensive certification testing schedule.”</p> <p><strong>Certification Flight Testing</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company has conducted extensive certification flight testing at various locations across the United States. This includes test of minimum control speed on ground (Vmcg) in Kinston, North Carolina; high-field operation test in Telluride, Colorado; high-elevation field performance test in Roswell, New Mexico; crosswind landing test in Lubbock, Texas; avionics system test in Wichita, Kansas; and extreme cold weather testing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.</p> <p>The HondaJet flight test fleet has logged more than 2,000 flight hours and has conducted testing at more than 70 locations across the U.S.</p> <p><strong>HondaJet North American Demonstration Tour</strong><br> In September, the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_139.xml&bhcp=1">first production HondaJet</a> started a demonstration tour with dealers in the United States and Canada. U.S. cities have included Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; and Greensboro, North Carolina. Canadian cities included Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. More than 100 passengers have experienced the HondaJet at these locations. The tour will continue immediately after NBAA with stops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Antonio; Monterrey and Toluca, Mexico; Phoenix; and Southern California.</p> <p>“Our customers are very excited with the climb performance, speed, and comfort of the HondaJet, and have consistently remarked how quiet it is in operation. They are also impressed with the spaciousness of the cabin and its interior fit and finish,” said Fujino. “Our effort to design the best interior with a focus on human factors has been appreciated by customers.”</p> <p><strong>Production Workforce Increases by More Than 300</strong><br> At Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, production is ramping up and the final assembly line is full with 11 aircraft. The second production HondaJet is nearing build completion. Honda Aircraft anticipates its first flight in the next few months.</p> <p>The company has also hired and trained more than 300 assembly technicians in the last 14 months to support aircraft production and its continued ramp-up. Honda Aircraft anticipates adding an additional 150 production jobs prior to entry into service.</p> <p>To support production ramp-up, Honda Aircraft has integrated the latest technology with HondaJet assembly technicians using hand-held tablets that deliver work instructions. A fully interactive parts list allows technicians to easily identify parts and their assembly. These devices improve production efficiency and have the capability to expedite the interface between the assembly line and inspection.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company World Headquarters Expansion</strong><br> Honda Aircraft also announced that the company is expanding its world headquarters located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, to accommodate increasing sales activity and add a dedicated hangar for delivery preparation. Construction has begun on two projects, which include a 49,968-square-foot expansion of the main headquarters building and the addition of a 24,405-square-foot hangar to support aircraft production and delivery. Both projects are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015. The $19 million expansion will bring Honda’s total capital investment in Honda Aircraft Company’s facilities to approximately $160 million and increase its total square footage to more than 680,000 square feet.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has experienced remarkable growth in both our workforce and infrastructure since the company’s founding in 2006,” said Fujino. “Our workforce now exceeds 1,200, and the expansion is part of a phased plan to accommodate our growth.”</p> <p><strong>The HondaJet Ownership Experience<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft is committed to providing the highest-quality <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/training/">training and support</a> for the HondaJet and has partnered with <a href="https://www.flightsafety.com/fs_index.php?sw=1600&sh=900">FlightSafety International</a>, the world’s leading aviation training organization. The HondaJet Training Center is operational with FlightSafety representatives working onsite. The full-motion, Level D simulator will be installed at the HondaJet Training Center in the first quarter of 2015. Pilot training will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multicrew operations.</p> <p>Since the opening of Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility in 2013, the company has been preparing to support customers and dealers around the world. A 24/7 technical support center will be ready to assist dealers in expediting the resolution of maintenance issues, including aircraft on ground (AOG) situations.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aviation Finance Company Established, Accepting Loan Applications</strong><br> Honda Aviation Finance Company, LLC has been established and has begun accepting loan applications. <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/financing/">Term loan financing</a> will be available to qualified HondaJet customers residing in the United States.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has an established infrastructure and network to support sales and service,” said Fujino. “Together with our dealer network, we will be ready to provide our customers with an unsurpassed level of customer service from the first HondaJet delivery.”</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>Editor’s Note: High-resolution photography and video are available via the Honda Aircraft Company media portal. Register</em> <a href="https://media.haciportal.com/_login/HAC.SharePoint.MediaPortal/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f_layouts%2fAuthenticate.aspx%3fSource%3d%252F&Source=%2F">here</a>.</p> Corporate Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:35:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/84680f02-4da9-49df-9164-9311af90aaa2 http://hondanews.com/releases/84680f02-4da9-49df-9164-9311af90aaa2 HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today progress and <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> program achievements during a press conference at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The HondaJet has begun a demonstration tour for customers as Honda Aircraft and the HondaJet dealer network continue final preparations for entry into service.</p> <p>“Over the past three weeks, many customers experienced their first flight in the HondaJet during a special demonstration tour, and we have enjoyed seeing their excitement as we showcase the aircraft’s capabilities,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “The HondaJet program is also in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration with all four flight test aircraft maintaining an intensive certification testing schedule.”</p> <p><strong>Certification Flight Testing</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company has conducted extensive certification flight testing at various locations across the United States. This includes test of minimum control speed on ground (Vmcg) in Kinston, North Carolina; high-field operation test in Telluride, Colorado; high-elevation field performance test in Roswell, New Mexico; crosswind landing test in Lubbock, Texas; avionics system test in Wichita, Kansas; and extreme cold weather testing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.</p> <p>The HondaJet flight test fleet has logged more than 2,000 flight hours and has conducted testing at more than 70 locations across the U.S.</p> <p><strong>HondaJet North American Demonstration Tour</strong><br> In September, the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_139.xml&bhcp=1">first production HondaJet</a> started a demonstration tour with dealers in the United States and Canada. U.S. cities have included Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; and Greensboro, North Carolina. Canadian cities included Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. More than 100 passengers have experienced the HondaJet at these locations. The tour will continue immediately after NBAA with stops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Antonio; Monterrey and Toluca, Mexico; Phoenix; and Southern California.</p> <p>“Our customers are very excited with the climb performance, speed, and comfort of the HondaJet, and have consistently remarked how quiet it is in operation. They are also impressed with the spaciousness of the cabin and its interior fit and finish,” said Fujino. “Our effort to design the best interior with a focus on human factors has been appreciated by customers.”</p> <p><strong>Production Workforce Increases by More Than 300</strong><br> At Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, production is ramping up and the final assembly line is full with 11 aircraft. The second production HondaJet is nearing build completion. Honda Aircraft anticipates its first flight in the next few months.</p> <p>The company has also hired and trained more than 300 assembly technicians in the last 14 months to support aircraft production and its continued ramp-up. Honda Aircraft anticipates adding an additional 150 production jobs prior to entry into service.</p> <p>To support production ramp-up, Honda Aircraft has integrated the latest technology with HondaJet assembly technicians using hand-held tablets that deliver work instructions. A fully interactive parts list allows technicians to easily identify parts and their assembly. These devices improve production efficiency and have the capability to expedite the interface between the assembly line and inspection.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company World Headquarters Expansion</strong><br> Honda Aircraft also announced that the company is expanding its world headquarters located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, to accommodate increasing sales activity and add a dedicated hangar for delivery preparation. Construction has begun on two projects, which include a 49,968-square-foot expansion of the main headquarters building and the addition of a 24,405-square-foot hangar to support aircraft production and delivery. Both projects are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015. The $19 million expansion will bring Honda’s total capital investment in Honda Aircraft Company’s facilities to approximately $160 million and increase its total square footage to more than 680,000 square feet.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has experienced remarkable growth in both our workforce and infrastructure since the company’s founding in 2006,” said Fujino. “Our workforce now exceeds 1,200, and the expansion is part of a phased plan to accommodate our growth.”</p> <p><strong>The HondaJet Ownership Experience<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft is committed to providing the highest-quality <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/training/">training and support</a> for the HondaJet and has partnered with <a href="https://www.flightsafety.com/fs_index.php?sw=1600&sh=900">FlightSafety International</a>, the world’s leading aviation training organization. The HondaJet Training Center is operational with FlightSafety representatives working onsite. The full-motion, Level D simulator will be installed at the HondaJet Training Center in the first quarter of 2015. Pilot training will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multicrew operations.</p> <p>Since the opening of Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility in 2013, the company has been preparing to support customers and dealers around the world. A 24/7 technical support center will be ready to assist dealers in expediting the resolution of maintenance issues, including aircraft on ground (AOG) situations.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aviation Finance Company Established, Accepting Loan Applications</strong><br> Honda Aviation Finance Company, LLC has been established and has begun accepting loan applications. <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/financing/">Term loan financing</a> will be available to qualified HondaJet customers residing in the United States.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has an established infrastructure and network to support sales and service,” said Fujino. “Together with our dealer network, we will be ready to provide our customers with an unsurpassed level of customer service from the first HondaJet delivery.”</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>Editor’s Note: High-resolution photography and video are available via the Honda Aircraft Company media portal. Register</em> <a href="https://media.haciportal.com/_login/HAC.SharePoint.MediaPortal/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f_layouts%2fAuthenticate.aspx%3fSource%3d%252F&Source=%2F">here</a>.</p> Corporate: Honda HR-V Crossover to Make North American Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show <ul> <li><strong><em>All-new stylish entry crossover to offer surprising levels of sophistication and versatility inside and out</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>HR-V will serve as the entry point to Honda light truck lineup </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The all-new Honda HR-V entry crossover (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v/">automobiles.honda.com/hr-v</a>) will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 19. Previously seen only in pictures, the HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size and competing in an all-new segment for the brand.</p> <p>With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the critically-acclaimed Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to an innovative center fuel tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space.</p> <p>Further details about the Honda HR-V will be revealed on Nov. 19 at 12:35 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Auto Show. For the latest HR-V editorial photography, please visit <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-hr-v">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-hr-v</a>.</p> Corporate Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/27917d59-1a2d-45c3-8b4e-7d74fe7819a8 http://hondanews.com/releases/27917d59-1a2d-45c3-8b4e-7d74fe7819a8 Honda HR-V Crossover to Make North American Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show <ul> <li><strong><em>All-new stylish entry crossover to offer surprising levels of sophistication and versatility inside and out</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>HR-V will serve as the entry point to Honda light truck lineup </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The all-new Honda HR-V entry crossover (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v/">automobiles.honda.com/hr-v</a>) will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 19. Previously seen only in pictures, the HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size and competing in an all-new segment for the brand.</p> <p>With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the critically-acclaimed Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to an innovative center fuel tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space.</p> <p>Further details about the Honda HR-V will be revealed on Nov. 19 at 12:35 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Auto Show. For the latest HR-V editorial photography, please visit <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-hr-v">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-hr-v</a>.</p> Corporate: Catch the Debut of the 2016 Acura ILX at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show <p>Acura is preparing to unveil a substantially new 2016 ILX at the L.A. Auto Show next month as the brand aims to raise the stakes again in the entry-premium sedan segment. Already bringing in more buyers under the age of 35 to the segment than any other entry-premium model, the new 2016 ILX stands to solidify and broaden its appeal with a comprehensive update that includes a potent new powertrain, more forceful, sporty exterior styling, and substantially upgraded interior design.</p> <p>Much like its hot new stable mate—the brand new TLX—the 2016 ILX will bring a sharper performance focus while delivering a greater set of high-value comfort, convenience and safety features that consumers desire in the increasingly competitive entry-luxury field.</p> <p>Catch the unveiling of the ILX on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Acura booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically-advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV.</p> <p>Acura’s product lineup was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company’s manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> Corporate Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/71358838-06e2-4dc0-9f1e-de1d50097331 http://hondanews.com/releases/71358838-06e2-4dc0-9f1e-de1d50097331 Catch the Debut of the 2016 Acura ILX at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show <p>Acura is preparing to unveil a substantially new 2016 ILX at the L.A. Auto Show next month as the brand aims to raise the stakes again in the entry-premium sedan segment. Already bringing in more buyers under the age of 35 to the segment than any other entry-premium model, the new 2016 ILX stands to solidify and broaden its appeal with a comprehensive update that includes a potent new powertrain, more forceful, sporty exterior styling, and substantially upgraded interior design.</p> <p>Much like its hot new stable mate—the brand new TLX—the 2016 ILX will bring a sharper performance focus while delivering a greater set of high-value comfort, convenience and safety features that consumers desire in the increasingly competitive entry-luxury field.</p> <p>Catch the unveiling of the ILX on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Acura booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically-advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV.</p> <p>Acura’s product lineup was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company’s manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> Corporate: New Honda HR-V Crossover <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3e3b/9713/3e3b9713-b0b4-4591-966a-798f2548cfe1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda HR-V Crossover Corporate Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-hr-v-crossover http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-hr-v-crossover New Honda HR-V Crossover <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3e3b/9713/3e3b9713-b0b4-4591-966a-798f2548cfe1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda HR-V Crossover Corporate: The Honda CR-V is named 2015 Sport/Utility of the Year by Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief, Ed Loh The Honda CR-V is named 2015 Sport/Utility of the Year by Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief, Ed Loh Corporate Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:32:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/videos/cc268ff0-b95f-4619-97a6-ddae8c82e31b http://hondanews.com/videos/cc268ff0-b95f-4619-97a6-ddae8c82e31b The Honda CR-V is named 2015 Sport/Utility of the Year by Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief, Ed Loh The Honda CR-V is named 2015 Sport/Utility of the Year by Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief, Ed Loh Corporate: Statement by Acura Regarding Certification Label Recall: 2015 Acura TLX <ul> <li>189 model-year 2015 TLX vehicles with SH-AWD affected in the U.S.</li> <li>Updated safety certification label with updated vehicle weight ratings to be installed, free of charge</li> </ul> <p>Acura will voluntarily recall 189 model-year 2015 TLX vehicles with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™) in the United States to replace the safety certification label inside the driver’s door opening, free of charge. Incorrect values for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) are specified on the required safety certification label of certain vehicles. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this labeling issue.</p> <p>Acura is announcing this recall to encourage all owners who purchased an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Acura. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-Oct. In addition, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by going to <a href="http://www.recalls.acura.com/">recalls.acura.com</a> or by calling (800) 382-2238 and selecting option 4. </p> Corporate Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/5f386a93-edf8-4dfe-9d3d-ee5d07065e9a http://hondanews.com/releases/5f386a93-edf8-4dfe-9d3d-ee5d07065e9a Statement by Acura Regarding Certification Label Recall: 2015 Acura TLX <ul> <li>189 model-year 2015 TLX vehicles with SH-AWD affected in the U.S.</li> <li>Updated safety certification label with updated vehicle weight ratings to be installed, free of charge</li> </ul> <p>Acura will voluntarily recall 189 model-year 2015 TLX vehicles with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™) in the United States to replace the safety certification label inside the driver’s door opening, free of charge. Incorrect values for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) are specified on the required safety certification label of certain vehicles. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this labeling issue.</p> <p>Acura is announcing this recall to encourage all owners who purchased an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Acura. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-Oct. In addition, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by going to <a href="http://www.recalls.acura.com/">recalls.acura.com</a> or by calling (800) 382-2238 and selecting option 4. </p> Corporate: Honda CR-V Named 2015 Motor Trend Sport/Utility Of The Year <ul> <li><em>Refreshed CR-V chosen for its fuel economy, driving dynamics, long list of new safety features and overall refinement</em></li> <li><em>Noted for its new Touring trim with Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive safety technologies</em></li> <li><em>America's best-selling SUV over the past decade</em></li> </ul> <p>The Honda CR-V has won <em>Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year </em>for 2015.</p> <p>The CR-V claims the title with a long list of vehicle enhancements for 2015, including its improved fuel economy and uncompromised driving dynamics, thanks to the inclusion of Honda's Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrain, the launch of an all-new Touring trim, the debut of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive technologies and the CR-V's excellent value for money paradigm.</p> <p> <em>Motor Trend</em> editor-in-chief Ed Loh, said, "The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda's responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well."</p> <p>"It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at <em>Motor Trend</em>," said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "Our engineers, planners, and dealers work hard to deliver class leading products to our customers, and it's extremely rewarding to be recognized for that hard work. This award from <em>Motor Trend</em> reaffirms for us that we're meeting that goal."</p> <p> In addition to the Honda CR-V, the 2015 <em>Motor Trend</em> Sport/Utility of the Year competition included 18 other all-new or significantly updated SUVs:</p> <p>BMW X4<br> BMW X5<br> Cadillac Escalade<br> Chevrolet Tahoe<br> Chevrolet Suburban<br> Ford Expedition<br> GMC Yukon<br> GMC Yukon XL<br> Jeep Cherokee<br> Lexus NX<br> Lincoln MKC<br> Lincoln Navigator<br> Mercedes-Benz GLA<br> Nissan Rogue<br> Porsche Macan<br> Subaru Outback<br> Toyota Highlander<br> Volvo XC60 </p> <p><em>Motor Trend's</em> Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test, and is only open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the 12 months from November 1 of the previous year. </p> <p> To judge contenders for the award, <em>Motor Trend's</em> editorial staff conducted an exhaustive three-phase testing process. Phase one includes a full tech check and weigh-in, then full track testing to establish baseline data for acceleration, braking and handling. Phase two involves three days of road loops offering a range of road surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind and road noise and ergonomics. An off-road section tests traction, stability, and braking control systems. In the third phase the judges debate and deliberate. The judging criteria include the following categories:</p> <p> <strong>Design Advancement</strong> - well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.<br> <strong>Engineering Excellence</strong> - total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.<br> <strong>Performance of Intended Function</strong> - how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.<br> <strong>Efficiency</strong> - low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle's competitive set.<br> <strong>Safety</strong> - a vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.<br> <strong>Value</strong> - competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.</p> <p> Priced from $23,320, the CR-V is offered with a new Honda Earth Dreams Technology™ 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine and CVT (continuously variable transmission). The CR-V can be had in either front- or all-wheel drive, and it earns best-in-class fuel economy, with and EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway/ 29mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models, and 26/33/28-mpg for all-wheel drive.</p> <p> The 2015 CR-V is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and its official safety ratings will be released later this year. The 2015 CR-V is manufactured exclusively for the North American market at Honda plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico using domestic and globally sourced parts. </p> <p> The recognition from <em>Motor Trend</em> validates the sales success of the Honda </p> <p> CR-V, which sold more than 300,000 units last year, and is on track to do the same in 2014. CR-V's strong sales performance has been a consistent triumph for the Honda brand since the vehicle's introduction, leading CR-V to become the best-selling SUV in the industry over the past decade.</p> <p> For more information about the award, judging process, and the contenders check out the December issue of <em>Motor Trend</em> or visit <a href="http://www.motortrend.com" target="_blank">www.motortrend.com</a>.</p> <p> Today, Honda is launching a 60- and 30-second anthem TV commercial, "<a href="http://youtu.be/EEFEkKmVUsI" target="_blank">Music Festival,</a>" with music by Portugal. The Man, a Honda Stage band, to launch the new 2015 CR-V. The commercial speaks to Gen Y and focuses on adults who are establishing themselves and are about to or in the midst of entering their next life stage. While embracing this rite of passage, these singles, couples and young families are still dreamers and doers that continue to make time for a fun, active and fulfilling life. The CR-V advertising campaign will be supported across network primetime and sports, digital, online video, social and print.</p> <p> <strong>About Honda </strong><br> 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. </p> <p>Honda has more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p>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 U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p><strong>About Motor Trend:</strong><br> Motor Trend®, a media brand of <a href="" target="_blank">TEN: The Enthusiast Network</a> was founded in 1949 and is internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in the automotive category. The Motor Trend brand is comprised of Motor Trend magazine; the award-winning website <a href="http://www.motortrend.com/" target="_blank">MotorTrend.com</a>; Motor Trend Auto Shows; Motor Trend Audio; Motor Trend en Espanol; Motor Trend India; and the renowned Motor Trend Car of the Year, SUV of the Year, Truck of the Year, and Best Driver's Car awards programs.</p> <p>About TEN: The Enthusiast Network:<br> <a href="http://www.enthusiastnetwork.com/" target="_blank">TEN: The Enthusiast Network</a> is the world's premier network of enthusiast brands, such as Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod, Surfer, Transworld and GrindTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1000 branded products, the world's largest automotive VOD channel, and the world's largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.enthusiastnetwork.com/" target="_blank">www.enthusiastnetwork.com.</a> </p> <p> </p> <p> # # # </p> Corporate Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/19bc9747-c067-434b-b226-7d394ed06f6e http://hondanews.com/releases/19bc9747-c067-434b-b226-7d394ed06f6e Honda CR-V Named 2015 Motor Trend Sport/Utility Of The Year <ul> <li><em>Refreshed CR-V chosen for its fuel economy, driving dynamics, long list of new safety features and overall refinement</em></li> <li><em>Noted for its new Touring trim with Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive safety technologies</em></li> <li><em>America's best-selling SUV over the past decade</em></li> </ul> <p>The Honda CR-V has won <em>Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year </em>for 2015.</p> <p>The CR-V claims the title with a long list of vehicle enhancements for 2015, including its improved fuel economy and uncompromised driving dynamics, thanks to the inclusion of Honda's Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrain, the launch of an all-new Touring trim, the debut of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive technologies and the CR-V's excellent value for money paradigm.</p> <p> <em>Motor Trend</em> editor-in-chief Ed Loh, said, "The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda's responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well."</p> <p>"It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at <em>Motor Trend</em>," said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "Our engineers, planners, and dealers work hard to deliver class leading products to our customers, and it's extremely rewarding to be recognized for that hard work. This award from <em>Motor Trend</em> reaffirms for us that we're meeting that goal."</p> <p> In addition to the Honda CR-V, the 2015 <em>Motor Trend</em> Sport/Utility of the Year competition included 18 other all-new or significantly updated SUVs:</p> <p>BMW X4<br> BMW X5<br> Cadillac Escalade<br> Chevrolet Tahoe<br> Chevrolet Suburban<br> Ford Expedition<br> GMC Yukon<br> GMC Yukon XL<br> Jeep Cherokee<br> Lexus NX<br> Lincoln MKC<br> Lincoln Navigator<br> Mercedes-Benz GLA<br> Nissan Rogue<br> Porsche Macan<br> Subaru Outback<br> Toyota Highlander<br> Volvo XC60 </p> <p><em>Motor Trend's</em> Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test, and is only open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the 12 months from November 1 of the previous year. </p> <p> To judge contenders for the award, <em>Motor Trend's</em> editorial staff conducted an exhaustive three-phase testing process. Phase one includes a full tech check and weigh-in, then full track testing to establish baseline data for acceleration, braking and handling. Phase two involves three days of road loops offering a range of road surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind and road noise and ergonomics. An off-road section tests traction, stability, and braking control systems. In the third phase the judges debate and deliberate. The judging criteria include the following categories:</p> <p> <strong>Design Advancement</strong> - well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.<br> <strong>Engineering Excellence</strong> - total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.<br> <strong>Performance of Intended Function</strong> - how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.<br> <strong>Efficiency</strong> - low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle's competitive set.<br> <strong>Safety</strong> - a vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.<br> <strong>Value</strong> - competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.</p> <p> Priced from $23,320, the CR-V is offered with a new Honda Earth Dreams Technology™ 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine and CVT (continuously variable transmission). The CR-V can be had in either front- or all-wheel drive, and it earns best-in-class fuel economy, with and EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway/ 29mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models, and 26/33/28-mpg for all-wheel drive.</p> <p> The 2015 CR-V is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and its official safety ratings will be released later this year. The 2015 CR-V is manufactured exclusively for the North American market at Honda plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico using domestic and globally sourced parts. </p> <p> The recognition from <em>Motor Trend</em> validates the sales success of the Honda </p> <p> CR-V, which sold more than 300,000 units last year, and is on track to do the same in 2014. CR-V's strong sales performance has been a consistent triumph for the Honda brand since the vehicle's introduction, leading CR-V to become the best-selling SUV in the industry over the past decade.</p> <p> For more information about the award, judging process, and the contenders check out the December issue of <em>Motor Trend</em> or visit <a href="http://www.motortrend.com" target="_blank">www.motortrend.com</a>.</p> <p> Today, Honda is launching a 60- and 30-second anthem TV commercial, "<a href="http://youtu.be/EEFEkKmVUsI" target="_blank">Music Festival,</a>" with music by Portugal. The Man, a Honda Stage band, to launch the new 2015 CR-V. The commercial speaks to Gen Y and focuses on adults who are establishing themselves and are about to or in the midst of entering their next life stage. While embracing this rite of passage, these singles, couples and young families are still dreamers and doers that continue to make time for a fun, active and fulfilling life. The CR-V advertising campaign will be supported across network primetime and sports, digital, online video, social and print.</p> <p> <strong>About Honda </strong><br> 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. </p> <p>Honda has more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p>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 U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p><strong>About Motor Trend:</strong><br> Motor Trend®, a media brand of <a href="" target="_blank">TEN: The Enthusiast Network</a> was founded in 1949 and is internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in the automotive category. The Motor Trend brand is comprised of Motor Trend magazine; the award-winning website <a href="http://www.motortrend.com/" target="_blank">MotorTrend.com</a>; Motor Trend Auto Shows; Motor Trend Audio; Motor Trend en Espanol; Motor Trend India; and the renowned Motor Trend Car of the Year, SUV of the Year, Truck of the Year, and Best Driver's Car awards programs.</p> <p>About TEN: The Enthusiast Network:<br> <a href="http://www.enthusiastnetwork.com/" target="_blank">TEN: The Enthusiast Network</a> is the world's premier network of enthusiast brands, such as Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod, Surfer, Transworld and GrindTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1000 branded products, the world's largest automotive VOD channel, and the world's largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.enthusiastnetwork.com/" target="_blank">www.enthusiastnetwork.com.</a> </p> <p> </p> <p> # # # </p> Corporate: Quick, Stylish and Well-Equipped 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan Now On-sale <p>The 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan are now on sale at Honda dealers nationwide with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $22,890<sup>1</sup> for the Civic Si Coupe and the Civic Si Sedan starting at $23,090<sup>1</sup>. Both the coupe and the sedan received many upgrades for the 2014 model year including more power, retuned suspension, interior refinements and new driver assistive features, with the Civic Si Coupe also being restyled; the Civic Si Sedan received styling changes the previous year.</p> <p>With 205<sup>2</sup> horsepower and 174 lb-ft<sup>3</sup> of torque on tap, a slick shifting close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension, the 2015 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan are primed for performance fun. Add the sophistication and content richness of a sport-themed premium interior and high tech features such as the standard 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio, Honda LaneWatch™ and review camera, and the 2015 Civic Si remains the enthusiasts choice in its segment.</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>TRIM</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>1</sup></strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel Economy Ratings<sup>4</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$22,890</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$23,090</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Navi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$24,390</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires & Navi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$24,590</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Sedan 6MT</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$23,090</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Sedan 6MT w/ Summer Tires</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$23,290</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Sedan 6MT w/ Navi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$24,590</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/civic/">automobiles.honda.com/civic.</a> <em>To join the Civic community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Honda/Civic">https://www.facebook.com/Honda/Civic</a><em>. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Civic is available at </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-civic">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-civic</a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>2</sup> 205 hp @ 7000 rpm (SAE net) <br> <sup>3</sup> 174 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm (SAE net)<br> <sup>4</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained and other factors.</p> Corporate Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:34:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/906e898e-a2ae-477a-bc2a-f6d141e441a4 http://hondanews.com/releases/906e898e-a2ae-477a-bc2a-f6d141e441a4 Quick, Stylish and Well-Equipped 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan Now On-sale <p>The 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan are now on sale at Honda dealers nationwide with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $22,890<sup>1</sup> for the Civic Si Coupe and the Civic Si Sedan starting at $23,090<sup>1</sup>. Both the coupe and the sedan received many upgrades for the 2014 model year including more power, retuned suspension, interior refinements and new driver assistive features, with the Civic Si Coupe also being restyled; the Civic Si Sedan received styling changes the previous year.</p> <p>With 205<sup>2</sup> horsepower and 174 lb-ft<sup>3</sup> of torque on tap, a slick shifting close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension, the 2015 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan are primed for performance fun. Add the sophistication and content richness of a sport-themed premium interior and high tech features such as the standard 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio, Honda LaneWatch™ and review camera, and the 2015 Civic Si remains the enthusiasts choice in its segment.</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>TRIM</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>1</sup></strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel Economy Ratings<sup>4</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$22,890</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$23,090</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Navi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$24,390</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires & Navi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$24,590</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Sedan 6MT</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$23,090</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Sedan 6MT w/ Summer Tires</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$23,290</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Civic Si Sedan 6MT w/ Navi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>$24,590</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>22/31/25 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/civic/">automobiles.honda.com/civic.</a> <em>To join the Civic community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Honda/Civic">https://www.facebook.com/Honda/Civic</a><em>. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Civic is available at </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-civic">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-civic</a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>2</sup> 205 hp @ 7000 rpm (SAE net) <br> <sup>3</sup> 174 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm (SAE net)<br> <sup>4</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained and other factors.</p> Corporate: Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda-powered Formula F racers sweep podium, top eight positions</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda, Acura drivers also claim titles in STU, STL and H Production</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Six additional Honda, Acura podium results complete successful “Runoffs” </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national titles, including a third consecutive Formula F title, in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>A total of 48 Honda and Acura racers, one of the largest fields since the start of the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> in 2009, traveled to the classic Laguna Seca road course in central California October 7-12 for this year’s 51st annual national championship “Runoffs”, taking part in 10 of the 27 classes.</p> <p>Nineteen drivers in the 26-car Formula F field utilized the HPD L15A7 engine at Laguna Seca, the largest Honda-powered contingent since the engine was approved for the category in 2009.  Jeremy Grenier scored Honda’s third-consecutive victory in the class, leading a 1-2-3 Honda sweep in Formula F.  Chuck Horn finished second and Ethan Shippert rounded out the podium as Honda-powered drivers claimed the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In STU, Honda drivers posted a 1-2 finish with Andrie Hartanto taking his Honda S2000 to a five-second victory over the similar car of Rylan Hazelton.  Honda and Acura drivers claimed four of the top six finishing positions with Bruce Trenery fifth in his Acura RSX and Will Clark sixth in his Honda S2000.</p> <p>“It feels incredible,” Hartanto said after winning the Runoffs in his first attempt. “I had high hopes. We did a lot of preparations and tried everything. The race was amazing. We were on the back step for the first two days chasing Rylan [Hazleton]. We had to ask our friends to come with alignment equipment on the second day to make sure we could catch him. We laid down a pretty good lap and got the pole and that set the tone. I’m really happy.”</p> <p>The Acura Integra of Cliff Ira proved to be both fast and sturdy, claiming the victory in STL despite smoking heavily in the final two laps due to an apparent oil leak.  Qualifying on the pole, Ira fell to third in the early laps in cool, damp conditions.  But as the track warmed and his tires came up to temperature, Ira regained the lead on Lap 16 and began to pull away, until smoke began to billow from the rear of the Integra.  But no fluids were being dropped, and Ira’s Acura completed the 20-lap contest without missing a beat for his first national championship.</p> <p>“There was enough oil to make oil pressure,” Ira said. “That’s all I needed. I had my brother, Greg, on the radio, and he just told me to watch my gauges. He asked me if I was losing power, and I wasn’t, so I just stayed in it, and it had [oil] pressure to the end.  This is a really close class. They created this STL class, and I’m an IT racer. This is truly a dream come true.”</p> <p>The fourth Honda championship of the weekend came in H Production, where Lawrence Loshak won his fifth Runoffs championship – and third with Honda after winning E Production in 2006 and repeating his H Production title from 2013.</p> <p>Loshak took the early lead after starting on the pole in his Honda CRX, a car built and prepared this year after Loshak sold his 2013 championship-winning Honda. However, the Toyota of Jason Isley stayed close and was even able to record one lap as the official leader. Entering the final three laps, Isley closed up to the rear bumper of Loshak, but could not complete a final pass.  Driving Loshak’s championship-winning Honda CRX from 2013, Steven Hussey returned from an 11-year “retirement” to finish third.</p> <p>“I was doing everything I could to stay ahead of Jason [Isley],” Loshak said. “It was a little crazy.  Toward the end, my rear tires weren’t happy with me, and then my front tires joined the party. Jason was right there to apply the pressure and all I could think is ‘Don’t make a mistake, don’t make a mistake. Oh, I almost made a mistake.’ I just tried to hang it out there. It’s not fun just to qualify [on the pole], and then walk away from everyone else. It’s all about racing door-to-door with the best drivers in the country.”</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs can be found on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG provided video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The videos can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development [HPD], through the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>offered contingency awards of up to $2,500, along with additional support to help offset travel costs for the racers.  HPD also hosted catered, trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their team members, providing an infield paddock tent where competitors could prepare and maintain their cars, and buffet lunches from October 7-11.</p> <p>Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun” products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts. </p> <p>Launched in 2009, the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing.  The <em>Honda Racing Line</em> was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and to register for the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>please visit <strong><a href="http://hpd.honda.com">http://hpd.honda.com</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><u>2014 Honda/Acura SCCA National Championship Runoffs Victories and Podiums:</u></strong></p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Formula F:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><strong>1. Jeremy Grenier, Citation Honda</strong><br> 2. Chuck Horn, Swift DB6 Honda<br> 3. Ethan Shippert, Piper DL7 Honda</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STU:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Andrie Hartanto, Honda S2000<br> </strong>2. Rylan Hazelton, Honda S2000</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STL:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Cliff Ira, Acura Integra GSR<br> </strong>3. Spencer Trenery, Acura Integra</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>H Production:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Lawrence Loshak, Honda CRX (2nd consecutive championship)<br> </strong> 3. Steven Hussey, Honda CRX</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Prototype 1</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. Jim Devenport, NormaM20FC Honda</p></td> </tr> </table> Corporate Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/b9d15ff0-927b-41a7-b445-1610f6ac1060 http://hondanews.com/releases/b9d15ff0-927b-41a7-b445-1610f6ac1060 Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda-powered Formula F racers sweep podium, top eight positions</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda, Acura drivers also claim titles in STU, STL and H Production</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Six additional Honda, Acura podium results complete successful “Runoffs” </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national titles, including a third consecutive Formula F title, in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>A total of 48 Honda and Acura racers, one of the largest fields since the start of the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> in 2009, traveled to the classic Laguna Seca road course in central California October 7-12 for this year’s 51st annual national championship “Runoffs”, taking part in 10 of the 27 classes.</p> <p>Nineteen drivers in the 26-car Formula F field utilized the HPD L15A7 engine at Laguna Seca, the largest Honda-powered contingent since the engine was approved for the category in 2009.  Jeremy Grenier scored Honda’s third-consecutive victory in the class, leading a 1-2-3 Honda sweep in Formula F.  Chuck Horn finished second and Ethan Shippert rounded out the podium as Honda-powered drivers claimed the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In STU, Honda drivers posted a 1-2 finish with Andrie Hartanto taking his Honda S2000 to a five-second victory over the similar car of Rylan Hazelton.  Honda and Acura drivers claimed four of the top six finishing positions with Bruce Trenery fifth in his Acura RSX and Will Clark sixth in his Honda S2000.</p> <p>“It feels incredible,” Hartanto said after winning the Runoffs in his first attempt. “I had high hopes. We did a lot of preparations and tried everything. The race was amazing. We were on the back step for the first two days chasing Rylan [Hazleton]. We had to ask our friends to come with alignment equipment on the second day to make sure we could catch him. We laid down a pretty good lap and got the pole and that set the tone. I’m really happy.”</p> <p>The Acura Integra of Cliff Ira proved to be both fast and sturdy, claiming the victory in STL despite smoking heavily in the final two laps due to an apparent oil leak.  Qualifying on the pole, Ira fell to third in the early laps in cool, damp conditions.  But as the track warmed and his tires came up to temperature, Ira regained the lead on Lap 16 and began to pull away, until smoke began to billow from the rear of the Integra.  But no fluids were being dropped, and Ira’s Acura completed the 20-lap contest without missing a beat for his first national championship.</p> <p>“There was enough oil to make oil pressure,” Ira said. “That’s all I needed. I had my brother, Greg, on the radio, and he just told me to watch my gauges. He asked me if I was losing power, and I wasn’t, so I just stayed in it, and it had [oil] pressure to the end.  This is a really close class. They created this STL class, and I’m an IT racer. This is truly a dream come true.”</p> <p>The fourth Honda championship of the weekend came in H Production, where Lawrence Loshak won his fifth Runoffs championship – and third with Honda after winning E Production in 2006 and repeating his H Production title from 2013.</p> <p>Loshak took the early lead after starting on the pole in his Honda CRX, a car built and prepared this year after Loshak sold his 2013 championship-winning Honda. However, the Toyota of Jason Isley stayed close and was even able to record one lap as the official leader. Entering the final three laps, Isley closed up to the rear bumper of Loshak, but could not complete a final pass.  Driving Loshak’s championship-winning Honda CRX from 2013, Steven Hussey returned from an 11-year “retirement” to finish third.</p> <p>“I was doing everything I could to stay ahead of Jason [Isley],” Loshak said. “It was a little crazy.  Toward the end, my rear tires weren’t happy with me, and then my front tires joined the party. Jason was right there to apply the pressure and all I could think is ‘Don’t make a mistake, don’t make a mistake. Oh, I almost made a mistake.’ I just tried to hang it out there. It’s not fun just to qualify [on the pole], and then walk away from everyone else. It’s all about racing door-to-door with the best drivers in the country.”</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs can be found on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG provided video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The videos can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development [HPD], through the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>offered contingency awards of up to $2,500, along with additional support to help offset travel costs for the racers.  HPD also hosted catered, trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their team members, providing an infield paddock tent where competitors could prepare and maintain their cars, and buffet lunches from October 7-11.</p> <p>Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun” products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts. </p> <p>Launched in 2009, the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing.  The <em>Honda Racing Line</em> was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and to register for the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>please visit <strong><a href="http://hpd.honda.com">http://hpd.honda.com</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><u>2014 Honda/Acura SCCA National Championship Runoffs Victories and Podiums:</u></strong></p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Formula F:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><strong>1. Jeremy Grenier, Citation Honda</strong><br> 2. Chuck Horn, Swift DB6 Honda<br> 3. Ethan Shippert, Piper DL7 Honda</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STU:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Andrie Hartanto, Honda S2000<br> </strong>2. Rylan Hazelton, Honda S2000</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STL:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Cliff Ira, Acura Integra GSR<br> </strong>3. Spencer Trenery, Acura Integra</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>H Production:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Lawrence Loshak, Honda CRX (2nd consecutive championship)<br> </strong> 3. Steven Hussey, Honda CRX</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Prototype 1</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. Jim Devenport, NormaM20FC Honda</p></td> </tr> </table> Corporate: 2015 Honda Fit SEMA Project Gears Up for Last Week of Voting on Tumblr <ul> <li><strong>Six build teams, each customizing an all-new 2015 Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Enthusiast fans can vote for their favorite customized Fit on Tumblr through Oct. 22 with the winner being announced on Nov. 4 at the SEMA Show </strong></li> <li><strong>Honda to host second annual "Honda Soiree" on Nov. 4 for media attending the SEMA Show </strong></li> </ul> <p>Over the last five weeks, Honda has followed the progress of six build teams as they each customize the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience (#ProjectFit). A little over one week remains for fans to vote for the winner of the project (through Oct. 22), with the favorite vehicle to be announced at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas on Nov. 4, where all six vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth.</p> <p> The six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, have each personalized their Fits with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, suspension and audio-system upgrades, custom paint jobs and more. Photos, video and animated GIFs of the transformations in progress have been posted throughout the campaign at <a href="http://hondaloves.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">hondaloves.tumblr.com</a> where fans can like or reblog posts to cast their votes.</p> <p> This effort continues to be promoted on <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>, in Honda newsletters and on the brand's <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda" target="_blank">Twitter</a> profiles.</p> <p> After viewing all of the impressive vehicle displays at the 2014 SEMA Show, attendees with media credentials are also invited to celebrate at the second annual "Honda Soiree" on Nov. 4 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Tao Nightclub inside The Venetian hotel complex. Please visit the Honda booth in the Central Hall at the SEMA Show on Nov. 4, where a limited number of entry wristbands will be available for members of the media.</p> <p> </p> <p> # # # </p> Corporate Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/65d8ff20-7683-4bf4-a725-7fed2ae94b91 http://hondanews.com/releases/65d8ff20-7683-4bf4-a725-7fed2ae94b91 2015 Honda Fit SEMA Project Gears Up for Last Week of Voting on Tumblr <ul> <li><strong>Six build teams, each customizing an all-new 2015 Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Enthusiast fans can vote for their favorite customized Fit on Tumblr through Oct. 22 with the winner being announced on Nov. 4 at the SEMA Show </strong></li> <li><strong>Honda to host second annual "Honda Soiree" on Nov. 4 for media attending the SEMA Show </strong></li> </ul> <p>Over the last five weeks, Honda has followed the progress of six build teams as they each customize the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience (#ProjectFit). A little over one week remains for fans to vote for the winner of the project (through Oct. 22), with the favorite vehicle to be announced at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas on Nov. 4, where all six vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth.</p> <p> The six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, have each personalized their Fits with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, suspension and audio-system upgrades, custom paint jobs and more. Photos, video and animated GIFs of the transformations in progress have been posted throughout the campaign at <a href="http://hondaloves.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">hondaloves.tumblr.com</a> where fans can like or reblog posts to cast their votes.</p> <p> This effort continues to be promoted on <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>, in Honda newsletters and on the brand's <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda" target="_blank">Twitter</a> profiles.</p> <p> After viewing all of the impressive vehicle displays at the 2014 SEMA Show, attendees with media credentials are also invited to celebrate at the second annual "Honda Soiree" on Nov. 4 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Tao Nightclub inside The Venetian hotel complex. Please visit the Honda booth in the Central Hall at the SEMA Show on Nov. 4, where a limited number of entry wristbands will be available for members of the media.</p> <p> </p> <p> # # # </p> Corporate: Statement by Acura Regarding Seat Belt Recall: 2014 RLX and 2014-2015 MDX <ul> <li>Approximately 43,000 Acura vehicles are subject to this recall in the U.S.</li> <li>Both front seat belts will be replaced, free of charge</li> </ul> <p>Acura will voluntarily recall approximately 7,000 model-year 2014 RLX vehicles and approximately 36,000 MDX vehicles from the 2014-2015 model years in the United States to replace the front seat belts, free of charge. In very low temperatures (below 0°F) the driver's and front passenger's seatbelts may not release from the retracted position. A seatbelt that cannot be used by the seat occupant increases the risk of injury in a crash. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.</p> <p> Acura is announcing this recall to encourage all owners who purchased an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Acura. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-Oct. In addition, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by going to <a href="http://www.recalls.acura.com/" target="_blank">recalls.acura.com</a> or by calling (800) 382-2238 and selecting option 4. </p> <p> </p> <p># # #</p> Corporate Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:37:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/e5f5c38a-a5e6-474a-aad6-356a7b3578de http://hondanews.com/releases/e5f5c38a-a5e6-474a-aad6-356a7b3578de Statement by Acura Regarding Seat Belt Recall: 2014 RLX and 2014-2015 MDX <ul> <li>Approximately 43,000 Acura vehicles are subject to this recall in the U.S.</li> <li>Both front seat belts will be replaced, free of charge</li> </ul> <p>Acura will voluntarily recall approximately 7,000 model-year 2014 RLX vehicles and approximately 36,000 MDX vehicles from the 2014-2015 model years in the United States to replace the front seat belts, free of charge. In very low temperatures (below 0°F) the driver's and front passenger's seatbelts may not release from the retracted position. A seatbelt that cannot be used by the seat occupant increases the risk of injury in a crash. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.</p> <p> Acura is announcing this recall to encourage all owners who purchased an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Acura. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-Oct. In addition, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by going to <a href="http://www.recalls.acura.com/" target="_blank">recalls.acura.com</a> or by calling (800) 382-2238 and selecting option 4. </p> <p> </p> <p># # #</p> Corporate: SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships <p>Today, at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, TX, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) and Honda have renewed their partnership with a new fund expected to finance $50 million in solar projects. The new commitment will make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers and dealerships in the U.S. The companies have completed or initiated a range of solar projects for homeowners, dealerships and corporate facilities that total more than 12.5 MW of solar generation capacity. The two companies have already brought enough solar capacity online to offset more than 400 million pounds of CO2 over a 30-year lifecycle<sup>i</sup>. The $50 million fund is a follow-up to a $65 million fund the companies created in 2013.</p> <p>The partnership, which is aimed at addressing air pollution and global climate change by reducing CO2 emissions and particulate emissions from home, business and transportation energy use, covers the cost of solar equipment and installation and makes it possible for many homeowners to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for electricity from utilities, with insurance, repairs and monitoring service included.<sup>ii</sup></p> <p>Envisioning a future in which personal mobility products will be powered in large part by renewable energy, the two companies have begun implementing <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-plug-in/lease-offer/">co-marketing programs</a> that specifically encourage owners of either solar powered homes or plug-in electric vehicles to adopt the complementary product. The companies have also collaborated on advanced projects that demonstrate the full potential of distributed renewables combined with plug-in electric vehicles, including <a href="http://www.hondasmarthome.com/">Honda Smart Home US</a>. SolarCity installed the high-efficiency and cost-effective solar system used in this project.</p> <p>SolarCity has developed a proprietary system that has greatly simplified the process by which homeowners can go solar. From an initial phone call or Web consultation, SolarCity can quickly assess whether a homeowner is a good candidate for solar, and can design a custom solar system to meet a customer’s specific energy needs. Honda and Acura customers and dealers interested in solar can find more information at <a href="http://www.hondasolarcity.com">www.hondasolarcity.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Executive Quotes</strong><br> “The first phase of this partnership has proven that Honda drivers have a high affinity for solar power, while owners of solar-powered homes have a high affinity for Honda products,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we look toward a future in which renewable energy will be an increasingly pervasive fuel source for personal mobility products, we are excited about capitalizing on the technological, environmental and market opportunities available through partnerships of this nature.”</p> <p>“Our partnership with Honda is creating local jobs and helping to address air pollution, water pollution and climate change,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “Honda’s commitment is making a difference for the economy and the environment.”</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns through a diverse lineup of products and technologies, including more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, natural gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).</p> <p>Today, Honda is targeting a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its U.S. automobile product lineup by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. In pursuit of its vision for a zero-carbon future, the company is advancing electromotive technologies in many forms, and will introduce an advanced new fuel cell electric car in 2015.</p> <p>In keeping with its commitment to produce vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions at plants with the smallest environmental footprint, the company is broadly addressing emissions, energy, water use and waste in all phases of its products life cycles. In the manufacturing realm, this includes a 95 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills in North America. Honda is working to extend its “green factory” and “green purchasing” initiatives to its more than 650 parts suppliers in North America and is also pursuing more environmentally responsible business practices among its U.S. dealers through the company’s “Green Dealer” program.</p> <p>Honda is also demonstrating its vision for zero-carbon mobility <em>and</em> living with the creation of the Honda Smart Home US, in Davis, California, which was opened in early 2014 and is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.</p> <p><strong>About SolarCity</strong><br> SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes clean energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 15 states and signs a new customer every minute of the workday. Visit the company online at <a href="http://www.solarcity.com/">www.solarcity.com</a> and follow the company on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/solarcity">Facebook </a>&amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/solarcity">Twitter</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><sup>i</sup> Internal calculation based on data from US EPA: <a href="http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html">http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html</a></p> <p><sup>ii</sup> This is a limited time offer. Customer eligibility will depend on individual customer credit and home-specific solar insolation levels, energy usage, permitting requirements and availability of local incentives. A solar power system is customized for each home, so savings and lease terms vary based on system size, government rebates, the rate paid for retail electricity and the rate received from the retail electric provider for any surplus generation. 20-year lease or power purchase agreement term applies. Zero Down Payment: $0 due upon contract signing. No security deposit required. A 3 kW system starts at $25-$100 per month with an annual increase of 0 - 2.9% each year for 20 years, on approved credit. Prepaid:  Prepayments are due upon delivery of materials and building inspection. No security deposit required. Not available in all areas, may require local permits or approvals and is subject to change or cancellation without notice prior to customer acceptance. Additional eligibility requirements, terms and conditions apply. Services provided by SolarCity Corporation.</p> <p>This release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding expected customers, potential new products and other future business opportunities. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward looking statements. You should read the section entitled “Risk Factors” in SolarCity’s registration statement on Form S-1, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which identifies certain of these and additional risks and uncertainties. SolarCity does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.</p> Corporate Wed, 08 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/13fe4b1c-3c60-493c-a6ce-3f9f9f7a648c http://hondanews.com/releases/13fe4b1c-3c60-493c-a6ce-3f9f9f7a648c SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships <p>Today, at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, TX, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) and Honda have renewed their partnership with a new fund expected to finance $50 million in solar projects. The new commitment will make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers and dealerships in the U.S. The companies have completed or initiated a range of solar projects for homeowners, dealerships and corporate facilities that total more than 12.5 MW of solar generation capacity. The two companies have already brought enough solar capacity online to offset more than 400 million pounds of CO2 over a 30-year lifecycle<sup>i</sup>. The $50 million fund is a follow-up to a $65 million fund the companies created in 2013.</p> <p>The partnership, which is aimed at addressing air pollution and global climate change by reducing CO2 emissions and particulate emissions from home, business and transportation energy use, covers the cost of solar equipment and installation and makes it possible for many homeowners to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for electricity from utilities, with insurance, repairs and monitoring service included.<sup>ii</sup></p> <p>Envisioning a future in which personal mobility products will be powered in large part by renewable energy, the two companies have begun implementing <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-plug-in/lease-offer/">co-marketing programs</a> that specifically encourage owners of either solar powered homes or plug-in electric vehicles to adopt the complementary product. The companies have also collaborated on advanced projects that demonstrate the full potential of distributed renewables combined with plug-in electric vehicles, including <a href="http://www.hondasmarthome.com/">Honda Smart Home US</a>. SolarCity installed the high-efficiency and cost-effective solar system used in this project.</p> <p>SolarCity has developed a proprietary system that has greatly simplified the process by which homeowners can go solar. From an initial phone call or Web consultation, SolarCity can quickly assess whether a homeowner is a good candidate for solar, and can design a custom solar system to meet a customer’s specific energy needs. Honda and Acura customers and dealers interested in solar can find more information at <a href="http://www.hondasolarcity.com">www.hondasolarcity.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Executive Quotes</strong><br> “The first phase of this partnership has proven that Honda drivers have a high affinity for solar power, while owners of solar-powered homes have a high affinity for Honda products,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we look toward a future in which renewable energy will be an increasingly pervasive fuel source for personal mobility products, we are excited about capitalizing on the technological, environmental and market opportunities available through partnerships of this nature.”</p> <p>“Our partnership with Honda is creating local jobs and helping to address air pollution, water pollution and climate change,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “Honda’s commitment is making a difference for the economy and the environment.”</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns through a diverse lineup of products and technologies, including more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, natural gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).</p> <p>Today, Honda is targeting a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its U.S. automobile product lineup by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. In pursuit of its vision for a zero-carbon future, the company is advancing electromotive technologies in many forms, and will introduce an advanced new fuel cell electric car in 2015.</p> <p>In keeping with its commitment to produce vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions at plants with the smallest environmental footprint, the company is broadly addressing emissions, energy, water use and waste in all phases of its products life cycles. In the manufacturing realm, this includes a 95 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills in North America. Honda is working to extend its “green factory” and “green purchasing” initiatives to its more than 650 parts suppliers in North America and is also pursuing more environmentally responsible business practices among its U.S. dealers through the company’s “Green Dealer” program.</p> <p>Honda is also demonstrating its vision for zero-carbon mobility <em>and</em> living with the creation of the Honda Smart Home US, in Davis, California, which was opened in early 2014 and is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.</p> <p><strong>About SolarCity</strong><br> SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes clean energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 15 states and signs a new customer every minute of the workday. Visit the company online at <a href="http://www.solarcity.com/">www.solarcity.com</a> and follow the company on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/solarcity">Facebook </a>&amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/solarcity">Twitter</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><sup>i</sup> Internal calculation based on data from US EPA: <a href="http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html">http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html</a></p> <p><sup>ii</sup> This is a limited time offer. Customer eligibility will depend on individual customer credit and home-specific solar insolation levels, energy usage, permitting requirements and availability of local incentives. A solar power system is customized for each home, so savings and lease terms vary based on system size, government rebates, the rate paid for retail electricity and the rate received from the retail electric provider for any surplus generation. 20-year lease or power purchase agreement term applies. Zero Down Payment: $0 due upon contract signing. No security deposit required. A 3 kW system starts at $25-$100 per month with an annual increase of 0 - 2.9% each year for 20 years, on approved credit. Prepaid:  Prepayments are due upon delivery of materials and building inspection. No security deposit required. Not available in all areas, may require local permits or approvals and is subject to change or cancellation without notice prior to customer acceptance. Additional eligibility requirements, terms and conditions apply. Services provided by SolarCity Corporation.</p> <p>This release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding expected customers, potential new products and other future business opportunities. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward looking statements. You should read the section entitled “Risk Factors” in SolarCity’s registration statement on Form S-1, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which identifies certain of these and additional risks and uncertainties. SolarCity does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.</p> Corporate: SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4a78/1b24/4a781b24-f33a-4e86-8cb5-35eb2b022bb8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships Corporate Wed, 08 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/solarcity-and-honda-announce-50-million-commitment http://hondanews.com/photos/solarcity-and-honda-announce-50-million-commitment SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4a78/1b24/4a781b24-f33a-4e86-8cb5-35eb2b022bb8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships Corporate: 2015 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Combines Sporty Driving Dynamics with Fuel Sipping Powertrain <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>Compact dimensions provide sporty handling </em></strong><strong>and<em> around-town agility</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Hybrid powertrain offers spirited performance with a EPA highway fuel economy rating of 39 mpg<sup>1</sup> making the CR-Z both fun </em></strong><strong>and<em> frugal </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>With sleek and sporty styling paired with spirited performance and high efficiency that lives up to its sport hybrid moniker, the 2015 CR-Z went on-sale today with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $20,145<sup>2</sup>.  </p> <p>The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter <em>i</em>-VTEC® engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) electric motor, paired to either a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission or sport-tuned continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. Engine and motor combined peak output is 130 horsepower<sup>2</sup> and 140 lb-ft of torque<sup>3</sup> (127 lb-ft<sup>4</sup> on CVT models).</p> <p> Both the standard CR-Z and the feature-rich EX trim come standard with <em>Bluetooth</em>® HandsFreeLink®, <em>Bluetooth</em>® Audio, rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><strong> TRIM </strong></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>5</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel Economy Ratings<sup>1</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z 6-speed manual</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$20,145</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z CVT</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$20,795</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX 6-speed manual</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$21,990</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX CVT</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$22,640</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX 6-speed manual with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$23,490</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX CVT with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$24,140</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>36/39/37</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>For those wishing to raise the CR-Z's fun factor even further, Honda Performance Development (HPD) offers a full range of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades and accessories. These include front brake, sport suspension and exhaust kits, limited-slip differential, clutch, 18-inch alloy wheels and spoilers. For more information visit: <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>.</p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong> <br> <em>Consumer information is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z</a>. <em>To join the CR-Z community on Facebook, visit</em> <em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/hondacrz">www.facebook.com/hondacrz</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda CR-Z is available at <a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-z" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-z</a>.</em></p> <p><sup><em>1</em></sup><em>Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.</em></p> <p><em><sup>2</sup> </em><em>130 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (SAE net plus electric motor).</em></p> <p><em><sup>3</sup> </em><em>140 lb-ft @ 1000-2000 rpm (SAE net plus electric motor).</em></p> <p><em><sup>4</sup> </em><em>127 lb-ft @ 1000-3000 rpm (SAE net plus electric motor).</em></p> <p><em><sup>5</sup></em><em> MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.</em></p> <p><em>Third-party trademarks: The </em>Bluetooth<em> word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license. Pandora, the Pandora logo and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. </em></p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/85efb649-f8da-4ce2-a1ef-b2419089a716 http://hondanews.com/releases/85efb649-f8da-4ce2-a1ef-b2419089a716 2015 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Combines Sporty Driving Dynamics with Fuel Sipping Powertrain <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>Compact dimensions provide sporty handling </em></strong><strong>and<em> around-town agility</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Hybrid powertrain offers spirited performance with a EPA highway fuel economy rating of 39 mpg<sup>1</sup> making the CR-Z both fun </em></strong><strong>and<em> frugal </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>With sleek and sporty styling paired with spirited performance and high efficiency that lives up to its sport hybrid moniker, the 2015 CR-Z went on-sale today with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $20,145<sup>2</sup>.  </p> <p>The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter <em>i</em>-VTEC® engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) electric motor, paired to either a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission or sport-tuned continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. Engine and motor combined peak output is 130 horsepower<sup>2</sup> and 140 lb-ft of torque<sup>3</sup> (127 lb-ft<sup>4</sup> on CVT models).</p> <p> Both the standard CR-Z and the feature-rich EX trim come standard with <em>Bluetooth</em>® HandsFreeLink®, <em>Bluetooth</em>® Audio, rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><strong> TRIM </strong></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>5</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel Economy Ratings<sup>1</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z 6-speed manual</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$20,145</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z CVT</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$20,795</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX 6-speed manual</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$21,990</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX CVT</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$22,640</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX 6-speed manual with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$23,490</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="212" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX CVT with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$24,140</p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p>36/39/37</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>For those wishing to raise the CR-Z's fun factor even further, Honda Performance Development (HPD) offers a full range of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades and accessories. These include front brake, sport suspension and exhaust kits, limited-slip differential, clutch, 18-inch alloy wheels and spoilers. For more information visit: <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>.</p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong> <br> <em>Consumer information is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z</a>. <em>To join the CR-Z community on Facebook, visit</em> <em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/hondacrz">www.facebook.com/hondacrz</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda CR-Z is available at <a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-z" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-z</a>.</em></p> <p><sup><em>1</em></sup><em>Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.</em></p> <p><em><sup>2</sup> </em><em>130 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (SAE net plus electric motor).</em></p> <p><em><sup>3</sup> </em><em>140 lb-ft @ 1000-2000 rpm (SAE net plus electric motor).</em></p> <p><em><sup>4</sup> </em><em>127 lb-ft @ 1000-3000 rpm (SAE net plus electric motor).</em></p> <p><em><sup>5</sup></em><em> MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.</em></p> <p><em>Third-party trademarks: The </em>Bluetooth<em> word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license. Pandora, the Pandora logo and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. </em></p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: 2015 Honda CR-Z Pricing and EPA Data <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="172"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td width="108"><p align="center"><strong>Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="61"><p align="center"><strong>MSRP*</strong></p></td> <td width="164"><p align="center"><strong>EPA**</strong><br> <strong>City/Hwy/Combined MPG</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z  </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">6-Speed Manual</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$20,145</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center"> CVT<sup>1</sup></p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$20,795</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">6-Speed Manual</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$21,990</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">CVT</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$22,690</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX w/ Navigation</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">6-Speed Manual</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$23,490</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX w/ Navigation</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">CVT</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$24,140</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="4" valign="top"><p><sup>1</sup>CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="4" valign="top"><p>*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="4" valign="top"><p>**Based on 2015 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.</p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> Corporate Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:58:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3f563672-d0fb-4fdd-8651-eaf2aeb31069 http://hondanews.com/releases/3f563672-d0fb-4fdd-8651-eaf2aeb31069 2015 Honda CR-Z Pricing and EPA Data <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="172"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td width="108"><p align="center"><strong>Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="61"><p align="center"><strong>MSRP*</strong></p></td> <td width="164"><p align="center"><strong>EPA**</strong><br> <strong>City/Hwy/Combined MPG</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z  </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">6-Speed Manual</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$20,145</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center"> CVT<sup>1</sup></p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$20,795</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">6-Speed Manual</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$21,990</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">CVT</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$22,690</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX w/ Navigation</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">6-Speed Manual</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$23,490</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">31/38/34</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="172" valign="top"><p>CR-Z EX w/ Navigation</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p align="center">CVT</p></td> <td width="61" valign="top"><p align="center">$24,140</p></td> <td width="164" valign="top"><p align="center">36/39/37</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="4" valign="top"><p><sup>1</sup>CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="4" valign="top"><p>*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="4" valign="top"><p>**Based on 2015 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.</p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> Corporate: New Acura and Honda Products Fuel Surge in September Automobile Sales <ul> <li><em>Hot new Acura TLX powers an 18.8 percent division increase with 3,884 September sales</em></li> <li><em>Acura RDX posted its best-ever September with sales of 3,230, rising 6.9 percent for the month and helping Acura trucks to its best September on record</em></li> <li><em>New Honda Fit achieves best September ever on sales of 6,628 units, up 66.5 percent </em></li> <li><em>Honda CR-V also sets new September record, rising 10.6 percent on sales of 23,722</em></li> </ul> <p>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported September 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 118,223 units, an increase of 12.0 percent versus September of last year. The Honda division had its best September since 2007 with sales of 104,391 vehicles, while Acura posted sales of 13,832 units in the same period. Acura trucks posted its best-ever September, rising 6.8 percent vs. 2013. Year-to-date total American Honda sales reached 1,160,605 vehicles.</p> <p><strong>Honda</strong><br> The Honda brand showed considerable strength across its broad lineup in September, with nearly every model gaining for the month and two models—Fit and CR-V—setting new September records. Overall, the Honda brand was up 11.2 percent, the division's best post-recession September – since 2007.</p> <ul> <li>The outgoing 2014 CR-V enjoyed its best-ever September, with sales of 23,722 yielding a 10.6 percent increase for the month. The new 2015 CR-V, featuring enhanced styling, a new powertrain and a host of safety features, went on-sale today.</li> <li>The new 2015 Honda Fit, now produced in North America, surpassed its popular predecessor by posting a new September record with sales of 6,628, an increase of 66.5 percent over the same period in 2013. </li> <li>Honda Accord gained sharply for the ninth straight month, rising 30.9 percent on sales of 32,956 units. </li> <li>Odyssey also showed strength with an increase of 13.7 percent, posting sales of 8,769 units in September.</li> </ul> <p>"With all core Honda models now made in North America the Honda brand is continuing to gain strength with American car buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "And with the redesigned 2015 Honda CR-V going on sale today we expect our momentum to continue to grow as step-by-step we reinforce our light truck lineup."</p> <p><strong>Acura</strong><br> Less than two months on the market and without full supply of the three-model lineup at dealerships, the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury performance sedan sparked an 18.8 percent sales surge for the luxury brand, boosting division sales to 13,832 for September over the same month in 2013.  TLX sales were second only to the Acura MDX within the entire division, followed by another record performance by the RDX, with the luxury SUVs pushing Acura truck sales to a new September record.  </p> <ul> <li>The hot-selling new TLX posted sales of 3,884 in September to become Acura's best-selling sedan and second best-selling vehicle, already approaching segment leaders in only its first full month on the market.</li> <li>ILX sales were also up in September, adding 7.4 percent with sales of 1,464 units.</li> <li>Acura truck sales set a new September record, rising 6.8 percent on sales of 8,097 vehicles.</li> <li>Acura's RDX rose 6.9 percent to post its best-ever September for the brand on sales of 3,230 units. </li> <li>MDX sales increased 7.2 percent with 4,864 units sold in September, continuing to solidify its place as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV in America. </li> </ul> <p>"With the MDX and RDX as the best one-two punch in the luxury SUV segment, the TLX is proving to be the knockout punch we've been looking for in the luxury sedan arena," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "The TLX is attracting so much attention online and showroom traffic at our dealers that we don't yet know the car's true potential."</p> <p># # #</p> <img src="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/sept14sales2.jpg"> Corporate Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:36:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/aa0597d4-794b-4cc6-b636-62896c9e6d70 http://hondanews.com/releases/aa0597d4-794b-4cc6-b636-62896c9e6d70 New Acura and Honda Products Fuel Surge in September Automobile Sales <ul> <li><em>Hot new Acura TLX powers an 18.8 percent division increase with 3,884 September sales</em></li> <li><em>Acura RDX posted its best-ever September with sales of 3,230, rising 6.9 percent for the month and helping Acura trucks to its best September on record</em></li> <li><em>New Honda Fit achieves best September ever on sales of 6,628 units, up 66.5 percent </em></li> <li><em>Honda CR-V also sets new September record, rising 10.6 percent on sales of 23,722</em></li> </ul> <p>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported September 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 118,223 units, an increase of 12.0 percent versus September of last year. The Honda division had its best September since 2007 with sales of 104,391 vehicles, while Acura posted sales of 13,832 units in the same period. Acura trucks posted its best-ever September, rising 6.8 percent vs. 2013. Year-to-date total American Honda sales reached 1,160,605 vehicles.</p> <p><strong>Honda</strong><br> The Honda brand showed considerable strength across its broad lineup in September, with nearly every model gaining for the month and two models—Fit and CR-V—setting new September records. Overall, the Honda brand was up 11.2 percent, the division's best post-recession September – since 2007.</p> <ul> <li>The outgoing 2014 CR-V enjoyed its best-ever September, with sales of 23,722 yielding a 10.6 percent increase for the month. The new 2015 CR-V, featuring enhanced styling, a new powertrain and a host of safety features, went on-sale today.</li> <li>The new 2015 Honda Fit, now produced in North America, surpassed its popular predecessor by posting a new September record with sales of 6,628, an increase of 66.5 percent over the same period in 2013. </li> <li>Honda Accord gained sharply for the ninth straight month, rising 30.9 percent on sales of 32,956 units. </li> <li>Odyssey also showed strength with an increase of 13.7 percent, posting sales of 8,769 units in September.</li> </ul> <p>"With all core Honda models now made in North America the Honda brand is continuing to gain strength with American car buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "And with the redesigned 2015 Honda CR-V going on sale today we expect our momentum to continue to grow as step-by-step we reinforce our light truck lineup."</p> <p><strong>Acura</strong><br> Less than two months on the market and without full supply of the three-model lineup at dealerships, the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury performance sedan sparked an 18.8 percent sales surge for the luxury brand, boosting division sales to 13,832 for September over the same month in 2013.  TLX sales were second only to the Acura MDX within the entire division, followed by another record performance by the RDX, with the luxury SUVs pushing Acura truck sales to a new September record.  </p> <ul> <li>The hot-selling new TLX posted sales of 3,884 in September to become Acura's best-selling sedan and second best-selling vehicle, already approaching segment leaders in only its first full month on the market.</li> <li>ILX sales were also up in September, adding 7.4 percent with sales of 1,464 units.</li> <li>Acura truck sales set a new September record, rising 6.8 percent on sales of 8,097 vehicles.</li> <li>Acura's RDX rose 6.9 percent to post its best-ever September for the brand on sales of 3,230 units. </li> <li>MDX sales increased 7.2 percent with 4,864 units sold in September, continuing to solidify its place as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV in America. </li> </ul> <p>"With the MDX and RDX as the best one-two punch in the luxury SUV segment, the TLX is proving to be the knockout punch we've been looking for in the luxury sedan arena," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "The TLX is attracting so much attention online and showroom traffic at our dealers that we don't yet know the car's true potential."</p> <p># # #</p> <img src="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/sept14sales2.jpg"> Corporate: Boldly Restyled and Significantly Enhanced 2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Powertrain, Advanced Features and New Premium Touring Trim <p>Launching at Honda dealerships nationwide on October 1, 2014, the new 2015 Honda CR-V receives the most significant mid-model cycle refresh in its history, with a new direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology™<em> i</em>-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT), a new suite of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive features, significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, a long list of new standard and available features and a new premium Touring trim. </p> <p> Starting with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,320<sup>2</sup>, the 2015 CR-V has increased EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg<sup>3</sup> (city/highway/combined) for front-wheel-drive models and 26/33/28 mpg<sup>3</sup> for Real Time AWD models, both increasing +4/+3/+3 mpg over 2014 models.</p> <p> New for the 2015 CR-V:</p> <ul> <li>More efficient direct-injected engine with torque up 11 percent</li> <li>New seamless and sporty CVT for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency</li> <li>Bold new exterior design plus chassis, braking system and sound isolation improvements </li> <li>New standard features include a center console armrest, sliding sunvisors and rear console ventilation ducts</li> <li>New available features include a power tailgate, 10-way power and heated driver's seat with memory, LED daytime running lights, and Display Audio </li> <li>Available Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features that includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)<sup>4</sup>, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)<sup>5</sup>, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)<sup>6</sup>, Lane Departure Warning (LDW)<sup>7</sup> and Honda LaneWatch™<sup>8</sup> </li> </ul> <p>The CR-V is notably enhanced with multiple functionality upgrades, including a new configurable center console, new rear console heat/air ventilation ducts, and an available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. A redesigned high-quality and high-tech interior further increases the CR-V's sophistication. Exterior design changes, including re-styled front and rear bodywork, mirrors and wheels, lend the CR-V a bolder, sportier appearance with unique Honda style. <br> For 2015, the CR-V includes a longer list of standard features on all trims. The CR-V EX, for example, adds 7-inch Display Audio, a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, Honda LaneWatch™, Smart Entry/Push-Button Start and LED daytime running lights.</p> <p> A new top-of-the-line Touring trim includes the first Honda application of two advanced driver-assistive technologies, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and the first CR-V adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). These systems, plus Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Honda LaneWatch™ are part of the new Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that, together with other high-end features, such as a power tailgate, bring a new level of sophistication to America's top-selling SUV<sup>1</sup>. </p> <p> These improvements, especially the significant feature upgrades and new line-topping Touring trim, provide customers with more value and choice than ever before. Add in its car-like interior comfort and smooth, quiet ride, and the enhanced and upgraded 2015 Honda CR-V once again sets a new benchmark for the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Customers can view, build and price at 2015 Honda CR-V at <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-v.</a></p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="473" colspan="4" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2015 CR-V Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p><strong>Wheel Drive</strong></p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>2</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA mpg<sup>3</sup> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>LX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$23,320 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>LX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$24,570 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$25,420 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$26,670 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$28,020 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$29,270 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$29,520 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$30,770 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Touring</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$31,520 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Touring</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$32,770 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Telematics</strong><br> The 2015 CR-V includes easy-to-read instrumentation and, for the first time on CR-V, Honda's new 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. Display Audio, standard on EX and above trim levels, allows the user to tap, pinch, and swipe – just like on a smart phone or tablet – to control audio and other telematics features, including the available next-generation HondaLink™<sup>9</sup> and the Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System™<sup>10</sup>. All CR-Vs retain the full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (<em>i</em>-MID) that offers a range of customizable features via fingertip controls on the steering wheel. The CR-V's audio and telematics systems offer a high level of connectivity, including a standard Pandora®<sup>11</sup> internet interface and SMS text messaging function, <em>Bluetooth</em>®<sup>12</sup> HandsFreeLink® phone interface.</p> <p><strong>Powertrain</strong><br> The 2015 CR-V's new Earth Dreams Technology™ 2.4-liter direct-injected DOHC <em>i</em>-VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine produces 181 lb-ft of torque, an 11-percent increase over the previous engine's 163 lb-ft<sup>13</sup> while making the same 185 horsepower<sup>14</sup>. The new lighter-weight engine is mated to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-design Shift that provides smooth, seamless ratio changes and contributes to increased EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg<sup>3</sup> (city/highway/combined) for front-wheel-drive models and 26/33/28 mpg<sup>3</sup> for the Real Time AWD models. </p> <p><strong>Chassis</strong><br> An updated suspension design, and features such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)<sup>15</sup> and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) all contribute to the 2015 CR-V's quality driving experience, which is enhanced further on the EX and above trims with wider front and rear track dimensions due to wider wheels (+0.5 inches). The CR-V uses front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension systems that benefit from tuning changes. The rear multi-link system helps maximize rear seating and cargo space while providing stable and comfortable handling and ride quality. Newly revised shock absorber tuning helps deliver a refined driving feel.</p> <p><strong>Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology</strong><br> As with all Honda vehicles, safety is a primary focus, starting with the CR-V's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that helps make the CR-V highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal collision crash. Overall, the body receives more than 60 changes to improve stiffness and collision performance, and the 2015 CR-V is targeted to achieve top safety ratings, including a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. Standard safety equipment on all models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) electronic stability control system, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, frontal airbags, side-curtain airbags, SmartVent® front-side airbags, and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. The newly available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive features includes Honda LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). These systems benefit from the adoption of new sensor fusion technology that integrates the capabilities of a windshield-mounted monocular camera and millimeter wave radar to provide enhanced sensing with ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including a pedestrian collision, and initiate warnings and, in some cases, emergency braking.</p> <p><strong>Warranty</strong><br> The 2015 Honda CR-V is covered by a comprehensive 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Honda Roadside Assistance, which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance during the 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty term. CR-Vs are manufactured at the Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="478" colspan="2" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2015 Honda CR-V Feature Upgrade Summary</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="410" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>LX</p></td> <td width="410" valign="top"><p>- Earth Dreams Technology™ 2.4-liter direct-injected <em>i-</em>VTEC engine<br> - Earth Dreams Technology™ continuously variable transmission (CVT)<br> - Exterior and interior styling upgrades <br> - Center console with armrest with rear air ducts<br> - Sliding sunvisors</p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p><strong>Upgrades from Preceding Trim</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>EX</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em> Changed or added from CR-V LX:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p>- 7-inch Display Audio<br> - 10-way power driver's seat<br> - Heated front seats<br> - Honda LaneWatch™ <br> - Smart Entry/Push Button Start<br> - LED daytime running lights</p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p>- 17-inch aluminum wheels<br> - Sunroof<br> - Privacy glass<br> - Fog lights<br> - Security system<br> - Cargo cover<br> - Fully automatic headlights<br> - Tweeter speakers<br> - Body colored door handles<br> - Body colored side mirrors<br> - Variable speed windshield wipers<br> - Additional USB<sup>16</sup> jack<br> - Seatback pockets<br> - Illuminated vanity mirrors</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p><strong>Upgrades from Preceding Trim</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>EX-L</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em>Changed or added from CR-V EX:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p>- Auto-dimming rearview mirror</p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p>- Leather seating surfaces<br> - Leather steering wheel cover<br> - Dual zone auto HVAC<br> - Roof rails<br> - SiriusX® Radio<sup>17</sup><br> - Heated side mirrors<br> - Subwoofer speaker<br> - Audio amplifier</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em>Changed or added from CR-V EX-L:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p>- HD Radio™<sup>18</sup> </p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p>- Honda Navigation System</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>Touring</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em>Changed or added from CR-V EX-L Navi:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>(new trim)</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)<br> - Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)<br> - Power tailgate<br> - Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)<br> - Lane Departure Warning (LDW)<br> - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)<br> - Larger 18-inch wheels<br> - Driver's memory seat<br> - Side mirror turn signal lights<br> - HomeLink remote system<br> - Projector headlights<br> - Special badging</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-v.</a> <em>To join the CR-V community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondacrv" target="_blank"><em>facebook.com/hondacrv</em></a><em>. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda CR-V is available at </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-v" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-v</a>.</p> <p> <em><sup>1</sup></em><em>The Honda CR-V was the best-selling compact SUV with individual American buyers in 2013 according to new-vehicle registration data compiled by Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS.</em></p> <p> <sup>2</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $830 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.</p> <p> <sup>3</sup> Based on 2015 EPA fuel-economy ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.</p> <p><sup>4</sup> CMBS™ cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.</p> <p><sup>5</sup> ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision. </p> <p><sup>6</sup> LKAS only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LKAS may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.</p> <p><sup>7</sup> LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.</p> <p><sup>8</sup> Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes</p> <p><sup>9</sup> HondaLink™ access within the Display Audio interface is currently only compatible with iPhone® 5 and newer models.</p> <p><sup>10</sup> The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models and standard on Touring models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska). Please see your Honda dealer for details.</p> <p><sup>11</sup> Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: www.pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply.</p> <p><sup>12</sup> The <em>Bluetooth®</em> word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.</p> <p><sup>13</sup> 181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm (SAE net)</p> <p><sup>14</sup> 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net)</p> <p><sup>15</sup> VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.</p> <p><sup>16</sup> The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.</p> <p><sup>17</sup> SiriusXM services require a subscription after any trial period. If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. ©2014 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.</p> <p><sup>18</sup> HD Radio™ is a proprietary trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:05:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/0d980178-5840-4bbe-ab2c-18b0b4fcc701 http://hondanews.com/releases/0d980178-5840-4bbe-ab2c-18b0b4fcc701 Boldly Restyled and Significantly Enhanced 2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Powertrain, Advanced Features and New Premium Touring Trim <p>Launching at Honda dealerships nationwide on October 1, 2014, the new 2015 Honda CR-V receives the most significant mid-model cycle refresh in its history, with a new direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology™<em> i</em>-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT), a new suite of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive features, significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, a long list of new standard and available features and a new premium Touring trim. </p> <p> Starting with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,320<sup>2</sup>, the 2015 CR-V has increased EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg<sup>3</sup> (city/highway/combined) for front-wheel-drive models and 26/33/28 mpg<sup>3</sup> for Real Time AWD models, both increasing +4/+3/+3 mpg over 2014 models.</p> <p> New for the 2015 CR-V:</p> <ul> <li>More efficient direct-injected engine with torque up 11 percent</li> <li>New seamless and sporty CVT for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency</li> <li>Bold new exterior design plus chassis, braking system and sound isolation improvements </li> <li>New standard features include a center console armrest, sliding sunvisors and rear console ventilation ducts</li> <li>New available features include a power tailgate, 10-way power and heated driver's seat with memory, LED daytime running lights, and Display Audio </li> <li>Available Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features that includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)<sup>4</sup>, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)<sup>5</sup>, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)<sup>6</sup>, Lane Departure Warning (LDW)<sup>7</sup> and Honda LaneWatch™<sup>8</sup> </li> </ul> <p>The CR-V is notably enhanced with multiple functionality upgrades, including a new configurable center console, new rear console heat/air ventilation ducts, and an available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. A redesigned high-quality and high-tech interior further increases the CR-V's sophistication. Exterior design changes, including re-styled front and rear bodywork, mirrors and wheels, lend the CR-V a bolder, sportier appearance with unique Honda style. <br> For 2015, the CR-V includes a longer list of standard features on all trims. The CR-V EX, for example, adds 7-inch Display Audio, a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, Honda LaneWatch™, Smart Entry/Push-Button Start and LED daytime running lights.</p> <p> A new top-of-the-line Touring trim includes the first Honda application of two advanced driver-assistive technologies, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and the first CR-V adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). These systems, plus Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Honda LaneWatch™ are part of the new Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that, together with other high-end features, such as a power tailgate, bring a new level of sophistication to America's top-selling SUV<sup>1</sup>. </p> <p> These improvements, especially the significant feature upgrades and new line-topping Touring trim, provide customers with more value and choice than ever before. Add in its car-like interior comfort and smooth, quiet ride, and the enhanced and upgraded 2015 Honda CR-V once again sets a new benchmark for the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Customers can view, build and price at 2015 Honda CR-V at <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-v.</a></p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="473" colspan="4" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2015 CR-V Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p><strong>Wheel Drive</strong></p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>2</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA mpg<sup>3</sup> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>LX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$23,320 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>LX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$24,570 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$25,420 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$26,670 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$28,020 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$29,270 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$29,520 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$30,770 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Touring</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>FWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$31,520 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>27/34/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Touring</p></td> <td width="113" valign="top"><p>AWD</p></td> <td width="81" valign="top"><p>$32,770 </p></td> <td width="180" valign="top"><p>26/33/28 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Telematics</strong><br> The 2015 CR-V includes easy-to-read instrumentation and, for the first time on CR-V, Honda's new 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. Display Audio, standard on EX and above trim levels, allows the user to tap, pinch, and swipe – just like on a smart phone or tablet – to control audio and other telematics features, including the available next-generation HondaLink™<sup>9</sup> and the Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System™<sup>10</sup>. All CR-Vs retain the full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (<em>i</em>-MID) that offers a range of customizable features via fingertip controls on the steering wheel. The CR-V's audio and telematics systems offer a high level of connectivity, including a standard Pandora®<sup>11</sup> internet interface and SMS text messaging function, <em>Bluetooth</em>®<sup>12</sup> HandsFreeLink® phone interface.</p> <p><strong>Powertrain</strong><br> The 2015 CR-V's new Earth Dreams Technology™ 2.4-liter direct-injected DOHC <em>i</em>-VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine produces 181 lb-ft of torque, an 11-percent increase over the previous engine's 163 lb-ft<sup>13</sup> while making the same 185 horsepower<sup>14</sup>. The new lighter-weight engine is mated to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-design Shift that provides smooth, seamless ratio changes and contributes to increased EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg<sup>3</sup> (city/highway/combined) for front-wheel-drive models and 26/33/28 mpg<sup>3</sup> for the Real Time AWD models. </p> <p><strong>Chassis</strong><br> An updated suspension design, and features such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)<sup>15</sup> and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) all contribute to the 2015 CR-V's quality driving experience, which is enhanced further on the EX and above trims with wider front and rear track dimensions due to wider wheels (+0.5 inches). The CR-V uses front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension systems that benefit from tuning changes. The rear multi-link system helps maximize rear seating and cargo space while providing stable and comfortable handling and ride quality. Newly revised shock absorber tuning helps deliver a refined driving feel.</p> <p><strong>Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology</strong><br> As with all Honda vehicles, safety is a primary focus, starting with the CR-V's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that helps make the CR-V highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal collision crash. Overall, the body receives more than 60 changes to improve stiffness and collision performance, and the 2015 CR-V is targeted to achieve top safety ratings, including a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. Standard safety equipment on all models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) electronic stability control system, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, frontal airbags, side-curtain airbags, SmartVent® front-side airbags, and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. The newly available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive features includes Honda LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). These systems benefit from the adoption of new sensor fusion technology that integrates the capabilities of a windshield-mounted monocular camera and millimeter wave radar to provide enhanced sensing with ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including a pedestrian collision, and initiate warnings and, in some cases, emergency braking.</p> <p><strong>Warranty</strong><br> The 2015 Honda CR-V is covered by a comprehensive 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Honda Roadside Assistance, which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance during the 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty term. CR-Vs are manufactured at the Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="478" colspan="2" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2015 Honda CR-V Feature Upgrade Summary</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="410" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>LX</p></td> <td width="410" valign="top"><p>- Earth Dreams Technology™ 2.4-liter direct-injected <em>i-</em>VTEC engine<br> - Earth Dreams Technology™ continuously variable transmission (CVT)<br> - Exterior and interior styling upgrades <br> - Center console with armrest with rear air ducts<br> - Sliding sunvisors</p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p><strong>Upgrades from Preceding Trim</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>EX</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em> Changed or added from CR-V LX:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p>- 7-inch Display Audio<br> - 10-way power driver's seat<br> - Heated front seats<br> - Honda LaneWatch™ <br> - Smart Entry/Push Button Start<br> - LED daytime running lights</p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p>- 17-inch aluminum wheels<br> - Sunroof<br> - Privacy glass<br> - Fog lights<br> - Security system<br> - Cargo cover<br> - Fully automatic headlights<br> - Tweeter speakers<br> - Body colored door handles<br> - Body colored side mirrors<br> - Variable speed windshield wipers<br> - Additional USB<sup>16</sup> jack<br> - Seatback pockets<br> - Illuminated vanity mirrors</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p><strong>Upgrades from Preceding Trim</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>EX-L</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em>Changed or added from CR-V EX:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p>- Auto-dimming rearview mirror</p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p>- Leather seating surfaces<br> - Leather steering wheel cover<br> - Dual zone auto HVAC<br> - Roof rails<br> - SiriusX® Radio<sup>17</sup><br> - Heated side mirrors<br> - Subwoofer speaker<br> - Audio amplifier</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em>Changed or added from CR-V EX-L:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="189" valign="top"><p>- HD Radio™<sup>18</sup> </p></td> <td width="221" valign="top"><p>- Honda Navigation System</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p><strong>Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>New 2015 Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>Touring</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><em>Changed or added from CR-V EX-L Navi:</em></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="68" valign="top"><p>(new trim)</p></td> <td width="410" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)<br> - Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)<br> - Power tailgate<br> - Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)<br> - Lane Departure Warning (LDW)<br> - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)<br> - Larger 18-inch wheels<br> - Driver's memory seat<br> - Side mirror turn signal lights<br> - HomeLink remote system<br> - Projector headlights<br> - Special badging</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-v.</a> <em>To join the CR-V community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondacrv" target="_blank"><em>facebook.com/hondacrv</em></a><em>. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda CR-V is available at </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-v" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-v</a>.</p> <p> <em><sup>1</sup></em><em>The Honda CR-V was the best-selling compact SUV with individual American buyers in 2013 according to new-vehicle registration data compiled by Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS.</em></p> <p> <sup>2</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $830 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.</p> <p> <sup>3</sup> Based on 2015 EPA fuel-economy ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.</p> <p><sup>4</sup> CMBS™ cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.</p> <p><sup>5</sup> ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision. </p> <p><sup>6</sup> LKAS only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LKAS may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.</p> <p><sup>7</sup> LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.</p> <p><sup>8</sup> Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes</p> <p><sup>9</sup> HondaLink™ access within the Display Audio interface is currently only compatible with iPhone® 5 and newer models.</p> <p><sup>10</sup> The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models and standard on Touring models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska). Please see your Honda dealer for details.</p> <p><sup>11</sup> Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: www.pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply.</p> <p><sup>12</sup> The <em>Bluetooth®</em> word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.</p> <p><sup>13</sup> 181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm (SAE net)</p> <p><sup>14</sup> 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net)</p> <p><sup>15</sup> VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.</p> <p><sup>16</sup> The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.</p> <p><sup>17</sup> SiriusXM services require a subscription after any trial period. If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. ©2014 Sirius XM Radio Inc. 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