Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:15:36 -0700 Corporate: Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship <ul type="disc"> <li>Taking home its first title, Fisk joins 12 HBCUs that have won HCASC national championships</li> <li>Oakwood University, Tuskegee University and North Carolina Central University completed the Final Four</li> <li>Dr. Rosland Rennae Elliott of Oakwood University named Coach of the year; Gabriel A. Smith of Tuskegee University named Earnest L. Jones Sportsperson of the Year </li> <li>Winning question tested Fisk's knowledge of world mythology </li> </ul> <p> Completing a journey that began in the fall, Fisk University claimed its first ever national championship title at the 25th anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. For a quarter century, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has sponsored this unique academic competition featuring the best and brightest students from America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). <a href="http://youtu.be/wgNAksE2pbE" target="_blank">Watch highlights</a> from this year's competition.</p> <p>A packed studio audience filled with competitors, alumni, volunteers, fans and Honda associates collectively held their breath as Fisk clinched the title over second-place finisher Oakwood University, after answering the following question correctly: What character in various world mythologies, whose name begins with A, B, or C, was the creator God eclipsed by Vishnu? Answer: Brahma </p> <p>Fisk was coached by Dr. Stafford W. Cargill. Team members included: Victor Ray Bradley, team captain, junior; Matthew G. Barthwell, junior; Anthony M. Franklin, senior; and Anna M. Wilkins, junior.</p> <p> "I am very proud of each student on the Fisk University team for the knowledge, spirit and discipline they displayed on the road to the national championship title," said Dr. Stafford W. Cargill, coach, Fisk University.</p> <p>The seven remaining finalists that qualified for this year's Elite Eight included: Oakwood University of Huntsville, AL; Tuskegee University of Tuskegee, AL; North Carolina Central University of Durham, NC; Morgan State University of Baltimore, MD; Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA; Florida A&M University of Tallahassee, FL; and Alabama State University of Montgomery, AL.</p> <p> "Honda congratulates Fisk University for winning its first title, and thanks the team for truly representing the more than 10,000 exceptional students that participated in this year's Honda Campus All-Star Challenge," said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, corporate and community relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We take great pride in the community that has developed around HCASC, and thank all volunteers and alumni who participated for the enduring impact they have on the lives of our student competitors." </p> <p>The 2014 coach of the year was Dr. Rosland Rennae Elliott of Oakwood University. Gabriel Smith of Tuskegee University was named the Earnest L. Jones Sportsperson of the Year.</p> <p>This year's divisional all-stars included: Antoine Armand Southern representing Oakwood; Victoria Monique Jones representing North Carolina Central; Djon-Iva D. Santos representing Alabama State; Gabriel A. Smith representing Tuskegee; Brannon A. Billings representing Prairie View A&M; Victor Ray Bradley representing Fisk; Maryum Styles representing Spelman; and Eric A. Jett representing West Virginia State. </p> <p>In addition to taking home the national championship trophy, Fisk University secured the top prize of $50,000 in university grants. Second place finisher Oakwood University won $25,000, while third and fourth place finishers – Tuskegee University and North Carolina Central University – earned $15,000 each. In total, more than $300,000 in institutional grants, which support academic activities, was awarded to participating HBCUs.</p> <p>"Leading among the mediocre doesn't mean much, but being a champion among giants is a dream worth striving for," said Fisk University team captain Victor Ray Bradley. "This competition is full of immensely talented people who are vying to take your spot, but while you hold the title, the victory is sweet."  </p> <p>For pictures, videos and more information on the 2014 HCASC competition, including a full list of the 48 teams that qualified, visit <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>. Connect with HCASC on Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/HCASC</a>), Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/HCASC</a>) and Instagram (<a href="http://www.instagram.com/hcascpix" target="_blank">www.instagram.com/hcascpix</a>), using the hashtag #HCASC.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:</strong><br> In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda:</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities began 25 years ago with the creation of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. Honda Battle of the Bands was established 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3904ac81-e61c-4283-bff4-08a2bb2b6e75 http://hondanews.com/releases/3904ac81-e61c-4283-bff4-08a2bb2b6e75 Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship <ul type="disc"> <li>Taking home its first title, Fisk joins 12 HBCUs that have won HCASC national championships</li> <li>Oakwood University, Tuskegee University and North Carolina Central University completed the Final Four</li> <li>Dr. Rosland Rennae Elliott of Oakwood University named Coach of the year; Gabriel A. Smith of Tuskegee University named Earnest L. Jones Sportsperson of the Year </li> <li>Winning question tested Fisk's knowledge of world mythology </li> </ul> <p> Completing a journey that began in the fall, Fisk University claimed its first ever national championship title at the 25th anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. For a quarter century, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has sponsored this unique academic competition featuring the best and brightest students from America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). <a href="http://youtu.be/wgNAksE2pbE" target="_blank">Watch highlights</a> from this year's competition.</p> <p>A packed studio audience filled with competitors, alumni, volunteers, fans and Honda associates collectively held their breath as Fisk clinched the title over second-place finisher Oakwood University, after answering the following question correctly: What character in various world mythologies, whose name begins with A, B, or C, was the creator God eclipsed by Vishnu? Answer: Brahma </p> <p>Fisk was coached by Dr. Stafford W. Cargill. Team members included: Victor Ray Bradley, team captain, junior; Matthew G. Barthwell, junior; Anthony M. Franklin, senior; and Anna M. Wilkins, junior.</p> <p> "I am very proud of each student on the Fisk University team for the knowledge, spirit and discipline they displayed on the road to the national championship title," said Dr. Stafford W. Cargill, coach, Fisk University.</p> <p>The seven remaining finalists that qualified for this year's Elite Eight included: Oakwood University of Huntsville, AL; Tuskegee University of Tuskegee, AL; North Carolina Central University of Durham, NC; Morgan State University of Baltimore, MD; Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA; Florida A&M University of Tallahassee, FL; and Alabama State University of Montgomery, AL.</p> <p> "Honda congratulates Fisk University for winning its first title, and thanks the team for truly representing the more than 10,000 exceptional students that participated in this year's Honda Campus All-Star Challenge," said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, corporate and community relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We take great pride in the community that has developed around HCASC, and thank all volunteers and alumni who participated for the enduring impact they have on the lives of our student competitors." </p> <p>The 2014 coach of the year was Dr. Rosland Rennae Elliott of Oakwood University. Gabriel Smith of Tuskegee University was named the Earnest L. Jones Sportsperson of the Year.</p> <p>This year's divisional all-stars included: Antoine Armand Southern representing Oakwood; Victoria Monique Jones representing North Carolina Central; Djon-Iva D. Santos representing Alabama State; Gabriel A. Smith representing Tuskegee; Brannon A. Billings representing Prairie View A&M; Victor Ray Bradley representing Fisk; Maryum Styles representing Spelman; and Eric A. Jett representing West Virginia State. </p> <p>In addition to taking home the national championship trophy, Fisk University secured the top prize of $50,000 in university grants. Second place finisher Oakwood University won $25,000, while third and fourth place finishers – Tuskegee University and North Carolina Central University – earned $15,000 each. In total, more than $300,000 in institutional grants, which support academic activities, was awarded to participating HBCUs.</p> <p>"Leading among the mediocre doesn't mean much, but being a champion among giants is a dream worth striving for," said Fisk University team captain Victor Ray Bradley. "This competition is full of immensely talented people who are vying to take your spot, but while you hold the title, the victory is sweet."  </p> <p>For pictures, videos and more information on the 2014 HCASC competition, including a full list of the 48 teams that qualified, visit <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>. Connect with HCASC on Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/HCASC</a>), Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/HCASC</a>) and Instagram (<a href="http://www.instagram.com/hcascpix" target="_blank">www.instagram.com/hcascpix</a>), using the hashtag #HCASC.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:</strong><br> In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda:</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities began 25 years ago with the creation of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. Honda Battle of the Bands was established 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/1f84/c962/1f84c962-7a80-4db1-a4b2-4bc23b4c2b4e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/fisk-university-wins-25th-anniversary-honda-campus-all-star-challenge-national-championship http://hondanews.com/photos/fisk-university-wins-25th-anniversary-honda-campus-all-star-challenge-national-championship Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/1f84/c962/1f84c962-7a80-4db1-a4b2-4bc23b4c2b4e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Corporate: Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/71ad/6cc1/71ad6cc1-70b1-4e7c-8379-829360f165c3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/fisk-university-wins-25th-anniversary-honda-campus-all-star-challenge-national-championship-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/fisk-university-wins-25th-anniversary-honda-campus-all-star-challenge-national-championship-1 Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/71ad/6cc1/71ad6cc1-70b1-4e7c-8379-829360f165c3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fisk University Wins 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Corporate: David Dupont Appointed International Sportscar Sales Manager For Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research <ul> <li><strong><em>New role to promote LMP2 sales for HPD chassis, Honda engines </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Joint appointment by HPD and Wirth Research</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development together with Wirth Research today announced the joint appointment of David Dupont to the position of International Sportscar Sales Manager across the two businesses.</p> <p>The new position reinforces the companies' commitment to the global endurance racing market, highlighted by the new HPD ARX-04b coupe which is set to debut in 2015.</p> <p>Dupont joined Bicester-based Wirth Research in November 2012, bringing with him a wealth of motorsport business development experience. His previous roles include Sales Director at Performance Friction, Business Development Director at Hewland Engineering and Aftersales Project Manager at Prodrive, where he worked for 20 years.</p> <p>"We're delighted to welcome David in this joint initiative, which further strengthens our customer support infrastructure," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. The design and technology under development will be applied to our stunning new sports car being brought to the market and David is now in the enviable position of presenting this creation to endurance teams around the world. I look forward to seeing our cutting-edge designs racing to victory."</p> <p>Nick Wirth President of Wirth Research, said: "David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from a career which has encompassed the motorsport spectrum to this exciting new project that will see our car designs competing from 2015 onwards in all the major sports car championships around the globe. ."</p> <p>"The combining of this new appointment and my existing role as Head of Business Development at Wirth Research reflects the strength and importance of the close technical collaboration between HPD and Wirth internationally," Dupont said. "This is an exciting new chapter for the companies, which already boast countless joint wins and numerous international championships. I'm looking forward to building on these successes to ensure our continued leadership in this market sector."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012).  </p> <p>In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.  HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.    </p> <p>###</p> Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/6692857a-c2ff-4285-9490-532b9a4f2ffe http://hondanews.com/releases/6692857a-c2ff-4285-9490-532b9a4f2ffe David Dupont Appointed International Sportscar Sales Manager For Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research <ul> <li><strong><em>New role to promote LMP2 sales for HPD chassis, Honda engines </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Joint appointment by HPD and Wirth Research</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development together with Wirth Research today announced the joint appointment of David Dupont to the position of International Sportscar Sales Manager across the two businesses.</p> <p>The new position reinforces the companies' commitment to the global endurance racing market, highlighted by the new HPD ARX-04b coupe which is set to debut in 2015.</p> <p>Dupont joined Bicester-based Wirth Research in November 2012, bringing with him a wealth of motorsport business development experience. His previous roles include Sales Director at Performance Friction, Business Development Director at Hewland Engineering and Aftersales Project Manager at Prodrive, where he worked for 20 years.</p> <p>"We're delighted to welcome David in this joint initiative, which further strengthens our customer support infrastructure," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. The design and technology under development will be applied to our stunning new sports car being brought to the market and David is now in the enviable position of presenting this creation to endurance teams around the world. I look forward to seeing our cutting-edge designs racing to victory."</p> <p>Nick Wirth President of Wirth Research, said: "David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from a career which has encompassed the motorsport spectrum to this exciting new project that will see our car designs competing from 2015 onwards in all the major sports car championships around the globe. ."</p> <p>"The combining of this new appointment and my existing role as Head of Business Development at Wirth Research reflects the strength and importance of the close technical collaboration between HPD and Wirth internationally," Dupont said. "This is an exciting new chapter for the companies, which already boast countless joint wins and numerous international championships. I'm looking forward to building on these successes to ensure our continued leadership in this market sector."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012).  </p> <p>In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.  HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.    </p> <p>###</p> Corporate: David Dupont <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/545c/04b5/545c04b5-20e6-4561-a253-833b1217f19e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> David Dupont Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/david-dupont http://hondanews.com/photos/david-dupont David Dupont <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/545c/04b5/545c04b5-20e6-4561-a253-833b1217f19e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> David Dupont Corporate: Honda Announces 'Leading Mobility Innovation' as Theme for 2015 SAE World Congress <p>"<strong>Leading Mobility Innovation</strong>" will serve as the theme for the 2015 SAE World Congress, it was announced today by Honda, which will serve as the host company for the 2015 SAE World Congress, to be held April 21-23, 2015 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Continental Corporation will be Honda's Tier One Strategic Partner for the 2015 World Congress.</p> <p>The SAE World Congress annually attracts more than 10,000 engineers from around the world, with more than 1,000 technical papers presented by leading engineers representing various automakers, supplier companies, the academic community and others from around the industry.</p> <p>"The theme for the 2015 SAE World Congress is Leading Mobility Innovation,something we believe will communicate that the automotive engineering community and SAE are leading the way to the future of mobility with a spirit of innovation," said Erik Berkman, executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc. and the General Chair for the 2015 World Congress. "To the SAE community of engineers, the theme is a call to arms to truly create mobility for the future through innovative technologies."</p> <p>Honda also served as the host company for the 2009 SAE World Congress. As the 2015 host, Honda will look to highlight a number of pinnacle technological achievements, including the launch of the HondaJet very light jet, the introduction of the next generation Acura NSX supercar and a next-generation Honda fuel cell electric vehicle, as well as the return by Honda as an engine supplier to Formula One racing.</p> <p>"We are very honored to partner with Honda in support of the SAE 2015 World Congress," said Samir Salman, CEO Continental North America. "The SAE World Congress provides an outstanding platform to showcase the latest innovations in the global auto industry."</p> <p> <strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 40,000 associates in North America with a capital investment of more than $22 billion. Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 15 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, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda also operates major research & development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p><strong>About Continental</strong><br> With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is one of the world's leading automotive suppliers. As a provider of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs around 178,000 people in 49 countries.</p> <p><strong>About SAE</strong><br> SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.</p> Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:37:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/05f94d6e-2474-4b8d-add0-e315f5c2b875 http://hondanews.com/releases/05f94d6e-2474-4b8d-add0-e315f5c2b875 Honda Announces 'Leading Mobility Innovation' as Theme for 2015 SAE World Congress <p>"<strong>Leading Mobility Innovation</strong>" will serve as the theme for the 2015 SAE World Congress, it was announced today by Honda, which will serve as the host company for the 2015 SAE World Congress, to be held April 21-23, 2015 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Continental Corporation will be Honda's Tier One Strategic Partner for the 2015 World Congress.</p> <p>The SAE World Congress annually attracts more than 10,000 engineers from around the world, with more than 1,000 technical papers presented by leading engineers representing various automakers, supplier companies, the academic community and others from around the industry.</p> <p>"The theme for the 2015 SAE World Congress is Leading Mobility Innovation,something we believe will communicate that the automotive engineering community and SAE are leading the way to the future of mobility with a spirit of innovation," said Erik Berkman, executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc. and the General Chair for the 2015 World Congress. "To the SAE community of engineers, the theme is a call to arms to truly create mobility for the future through innovative technologies."</p> <p>Honda also served as the host company for the 2009 SAE World Congress. As the 2015 host, Honda will look to highlight a number of pinnacle technological achievements, including the launch of the HondaJet very light jet, the introduction of the next generation Acura NSX supercar and a next-generation Honda fuel cell electric vehicle, as well as the return by Honda as an engine supplier to Formula One racing.</p> <p>"We are very honored to partner with Honda in support of the SAE 2015 World Congress," said Samir Salman, CEO Continental North America. "The SAE World Congress provides an outstanding platform to showcase the latest innovations in the global auto industry."</p> <p> <strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 40,000 associates in North America with a capital investment of more than $22 billion. Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 15 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, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda also operates major research & development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p><strong>About Continental</strong><br> With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is one of the world's leading automotive suppliers. As a provider of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs around 178,000 people in 49 countries.</p> <p><strong>About SAE</strong><br> SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.</p> Corporate: New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fc3b/5b5a/fc3b5b5a-5966-43fe-99df-84be1b88a723-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-t-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-t-1 New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fc3b/5b5a/fc3b5b5a-5966-43fe-99df-84be1b88a723-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate: New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9598/f267/9598f267-cd82-42a0-9a4e-45920be9bcf2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-t http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-t New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9598/f267/9598f267-cd82-42a0-9a4e-45920be9bcf2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate: New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda "#ThumbsUp" campaign uses emoticons to stress importance of not texting while driving</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Social media campaign targets broad audience of English- and Spanish-speaking youth with videos, GIFs and downloadable mobile wallpaper</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda is initiating a new social media program aligned with April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers of texting while driving. In support of this first-ever National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/" target="_blank">initiative</a>, Honda is launching the "Thumbs Up" (#ThumbsUp) social media campaign to reach young drivers by utilizing the emoticons that are essential to millennial texting, along with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJThbomts0" target="_blank">video</a> that illustrates the importance of safe driving. </p> <p>Honda also is launching a Hispanic-focused "Hands on the Wheel" campaign with two videos, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-2Xko3B5M8" target="_blank">World's Fastest Texter</a>" and "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTSu_-B0sVo" target="_blank">Mom</a>," which expound on safe driving with a cross-generational message. </p> <p>"Honda's "Thumbs Up" campaign is designed to resonate with a diverse group of younger drivers to raise awareness of the perils of texting while driving," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "Honda is deeply concerned about the safety of all of our customers and we remain committed to enhancing the safety for all of those on the road."</p> <p>In order to effectively reach millennial drivers, the Honda campaign brings to life emoticons, the must-have characters in any millennial text. Integrated still images and GIFs will be used on Honda social platforms providing information about distracted driving and tips on ways to stay focused while driving. Corresponding downloadable mobile wallpaper and banners will help remind drivers not to text and drive.</p> <p>Communications efforts aimed at Hispanic drivers include videos, online banners, branded giveaways in both Spanish and English and an experiential component that launched at the Long Beach Grand Prix race on April 13. Verizon IndyCar Series® driver Carlos Muñoz, from the Honda-sponsored Andretti team, made a special appearance at Honda's Fan Village booth during the Long Beach Grand Prix race weekend to talk about the importance of not texting and driving. </p> <p>The "Thumbs Up" (#ThumbsUp) campaign, including Hispanic media efforts, will live on safety.honda.com, as well as on Honda's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and @HondaLatino, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter content will be promoted through April.</p> <p><strong>Honda Safety Leadership</strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs meant to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. As of April 8, 2014, American Honda leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings with more models rated <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> and <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. In 2013, Honda marked 40 years of the Civic model, with more than 30 years of producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America, including 20 million in the United States through 2014 using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda currently operates 15 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3203bc62-8901-46b3-8d24-380acfc6cd07 http://hondanews.com/releases/3203bc62-8901-46b3-8d24-380acfc6cd07 New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda "#ThumbsUp" campaign uses emoticons to stress importance of not texting while driving</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Social media campaign targets broad audience of English- and Spanish-speaking youth with videos, GIFs and downloadable mobile wallpaper</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda is initiating a new social media program aligned with April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers of texting while driving. In support of this first-ever National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/" target="_blank">initiative</a>, Honda is launching the "Thumbs Up" (#ThumbsUp) social media campaign to reach young drivers by utilizing the emoticons that are essential to millennial texting, along with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJThbomts0" target="_blank">video</a> that illustrates the importance of safe driving. </p> <p>Honda also is launching a Hispanic-focused "Hands on the Wheel" campaign with two videos, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-2Xko3B5M8" target="_blank">World's Fastest Texter</a>" and "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTSu_-B0sVo" target="_blank">Mom</a>," which expound on safe driving with a cross-generational message. </p> <p>"Honda's "Thumbs Up" campaign is designed to resonate with a diverse group of younger drivers to raise awareness of the perils of texting while driving," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "Honda is deeply concerned about the safety of all of our customers and we remain committed to enhancing the safety for all of those on the road."</p> <p>In order to effectively reach millennial drivers, the Honda campaign brings to life emoticons, the must-have characters in any millennial text. Integrated still images and GIFs will be used on Honda social platforms providing information about distracted driving and tips on ways to stay focused while driving. Corresponding downloadable mobile wallpaper and banners will help remind drivers not to text and drive.</p> <p>Communications efforts aimed at Hispanic drivers include videos, online banners, branded giveaways in both Spanish and English and an experiential component that launched at the Long Beach Grand Prix race on April 13. Verizon IndyCar Series® driver Carlos Muñoz, from the Honda-sponsored Andretti team, made a special appearance at Honda's Fan Village booth during the Long Beach Grand Prix race weekend to talk about the importance of not texting and driving. </p> <p>The "Thumbs Up" (#ThumbsUp) campaign, including Hispanic media efforts, will live on safety.honda.com, as well as on Honda's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and @HondaLatino, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter content will be promoted through April.</p> <p><strong>Honda Safety Leadership</strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs meant to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. As of April 8, 2014, American Honda leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings with more models rated <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> and <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. In 2013, Honda marked 40 years of the Civic model, with more than 30 years of producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America, including 20 million in the United States through 2014 using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda currently operates 15 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> Corporate: New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3975/a57c/3975a57c-5f80-4f3f-a9f8-0a60243bb2a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-texting-and-driving-in-conjunction-with-distracted-driving-awareness-month http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-texting-and-driving-in-conjunction-with-distracted-driving-awareness-month New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3975/a57c/3975a57c-5f80-4f3f-a9f8-0a60243bb2a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate: New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0d34/bc0d/0d34bc0d-79b7-4e92-a265-17d8f108a6a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-texting-and-driving-in-conjunction-with-distracted-driving-awareness-month-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/new-honda-safety-campaign-reminds-millennials-about-dangers-of-texting-and-driving-in-conjunction-with-distracted-driving-awareness-month-1 New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0d34/bc0d/0d34bc0d-79b7-4e92-a265-17d8f108a6a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Honda Safety Campaign Reminds Millennials About Dangers of Texting and Driving in Conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month Corporate: Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing Honda), 83.763 mph race average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 65 degrees F</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver       </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>17.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Mike Conway</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>82.362 mph avg.; led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>14.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+0.9005 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  3.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>16.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Oriol Servia</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>22.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastian Saavedra</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVAFS Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em><em></em></p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>79</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>77</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>64</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  4.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  1.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  2.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – carsh </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Munoz Claims Podium Finish at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers dominate first half of race</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multi-car crash eliminates lead trio of Newgarden, Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud recovers from contact to finish fifth</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A dominating Verizon IndyCar Series performance by Honda during the first half of Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach came to naught, as no fewer than a half-dozen Honda-powered potential winners saw their races either ended early or significantly delayed by contact on the concrete-lined Southern California street circuit.</p> <p>Despite the high attrition, star rookie Carlos Munoz claimed his first Indy car podium of 2014 for Honda and Andretti Autosport with a well-judged run to third, while Simon Pagenaud finished fifth, despite a Lap 30 incident that saw the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports driver knocked off course, resuming at the rear of the field.   </p> <p>Starting from the pole – after Honda drivers claimed five of the top six starting positions in qualifying – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the first 26 laps, until his first scheduled pit stop.  After out-of-sequence drivers cycled through their second round of stops, Hunter-Reay returned to the lead until the second round of stops took place just after the 50-lap mark.</p> <p>The exchange of second-round stops saw Josef Newgarden – who had spent much of the first half of the race running a very competitive third for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing – emerge from pit lane with a narrow lead over Hunter-Reay at the start of Lap 56.</p> <p>After closely following Newgarden for several corners, Hunter-Reay attempted a pass, only to see the two Honda-powered Dallaras make contact, sending both into the wall and out of the race.  In addition to the leaders, third-place James Hinchcliffe's Andretti Autosport Honda and the Hondas of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato were also collected in the incident.  </p> <p>Only Hawksworth was able to resume, after a long pit stop for repairs to his Bryan Herta Autosport Honda.  He finished three laps down, in 15th, after running solidly in the top six prior to the incident.  </p> <p>Before the multi-car Lap 56 crash, a tap from Will Power sent Pagenaud's Honda into the Turn 9 tire wall, while another Honda front-runner, Justin Wilson, was tapped into a spin in the Turn 11 hairpin after contact from Graham Rahal.  Pagenaud recovered, posting some of the fastest laps of the race to finish fifth.  But Wilson's attempt at a similar move through the field ended after a second incident of contact – this time with Scott Dixon – sent Wilson's Dale Coyne Racing Honda into the wall and out of the race.</p> <p>Pagenaud's IndyCar rookie teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, finished sixth, followed by veterans Oriol Servia and Marco Andretti as, despite the crashes, Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Teen Cancer America, rock and roll legend Roger Daltrey paired up with a racing legend – Mario Andretti – to lead the field in the two-seat Honda Indy car just prior to the start of Sunday's race. Daltrey and &ldquo;The Who" bandmate Pete Townshend are the founders of Teen Cancer America, intended to ensure that teenagers and young adults with cancer get access to special facilities and treatments designed for them, in every cancer hospital in the U.S.</p> <p>Honda-powered drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson, along with fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon, have ambassadorial roles with TCA and met with Daltrey on Sunday.  Interested fans can find more information on Honda's &ldquo;Fastest Seat in Sports" two-seat Indy car program by going to www.shophonda.com.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at Long Beach, featuring both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, are being posted on a newly created &ldquo;Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.  CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads east to the scenic Barber Motorsports Park for the April 27 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, to be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 2 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>93 points (1 win)</td> <td>6. Scott Dixon</td> <td>51</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Mike Conway</td> <td>66 (1 win)</td> <td><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R</strong>)</td> <td><strong>48</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>60</strong></td> <td>8. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>47</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>55</td> <td><strong>9. Mikhail Aleshin</strong></td> <td><strong>46</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>5. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>54</strong></td> <td>10. Sebastian Saavedra</td> <td>42</td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>245 (2 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>142</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Carlos Munoz </strong>(#34 Cinsay Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 11th, finished 3rd:  </strong>"It's not the way I'd like to earn my third place, with so many accidents, but this is racing.  Anything can happen, especially at this track.  But I'm really happy, it was a nice race.  I pushed hard on the last two laps trying to overtake Will [Power], but it was really difficult, even though I had some &lsquo;push-to-pass' remaining.  But I'm happy, so I'm going to keep pushing."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara) <strong>started 6th, finished 5th:  </strong>&ldquo;Our day was ruined by Will Power, and it's unfortunate because it was dirty driving on his part.  We'll move on, and I'm satisfied with fifth considering the spin and everything else we had to deal with today. We're off to a great start in the championship but the next time we have a car this good we're going to win. I'm very proud of our team for giving me a car to race with the fastest cars out there. We're showing that we're becoming one of the strongest teams in the series and that we can run up front every race weekend."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race:  </strong>"I do believe it was obvious to everyone that the Honda engine was extremely competitive here at Long Beach.  Dominating qualifying, with five of the top six positions on the starting grid, was a good early indication of our performance.  And halfway through today's race, we were running 1-2-3 and held down eight of the top 12 positions.  Unfortunately, that's when the wheels came off the wagon.  Certainly, the multi-car accident that eliminated several of our top-running cars – including the top three – was a big blow, as were several other incidents that eliminated or delayed some of our best-placed entries.  But we're confident in our performance, and that of our teams, and we remain optimistic for the next race at Barber Motorsports Park and the rest of the 2014 season."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709</a></p> Corporate Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:27:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3454b644-7cc4-4e8a-bb9d-88918745a3d4 http://hondanews.com/releases/3454b644-7cc4-4e8a-bb9d-88918745a3d4 Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing Honda), 83.763 mph race average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 65 degrees F</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver       </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>17.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Mike Conway</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>82.362 mph avg.; led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>14.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+0.9005 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  3.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>16.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Oriol Servia</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>22.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastian Saavedra</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVAFS Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em><em></em></p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>79</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>77</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>64</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  4.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  1.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  2.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – carsh </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Munoz Claims Podium Finish at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers dominate first half of race</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multi-car crash eliminates lead trio of Newgarden, Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud recovers from contact to finish fifth</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A dominating Verizon IndyCar Series performance by Honda during the first half of Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach came to naught, as no fewer than a half-dozen Honda-powered potential winners saw their races either ended early or significantly delayed by contact on the concrete-lined Southern California street circuit.</p> <p>Despite the high attrition, star rookie Carlos Munoz claimed his first Indy car podium of 2014 for Honda and Andretti Autosport with a well-judged run to third, while Simon Pagenaud finished fifth, despite a Lap 30 incident that saw the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports driver knocked off course, resuming at the rear of the field.   </p> <p>Starting from the pole – after Honda drivers claimed five of the top six starting positions in qualifying – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the first 26 laps, until his first scheduled pit stop.  After out-of-sequence drivers cycled through their second round of stops, Hunter-Reay returned to the lead until the second round of stops took place just after the 50-lap mark.</p> <p>The exchange of second-round stops saw Josef Newgarden – who had spent much of the first half of the race running a very competitive third for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing – emerge from pit lane with a narrow lead over Hunter-Reay at the start of Lap 56.</p> <p>After closely following Newgarden for several corners, Hunter-Reay attempted a pass, only to see the two Honda-powered Dallaras make contact, sending both into the wall and out of the race.  In addition to the leaders, third-place James Hinchcliffe's Andretti Autosport Honda and the Hondas of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato were also collected in the incident.  </p> <p>Only Hawksworth was able to resume, after a long pit stop for repairs to his Bryan Herta Autosport Honda.  He finished three laps down, in 15th, after running solidly in the top six prior to the incident.  </p> <p>Before the multi-car Lap 56 crash, a tap from Will Power sent Pagenaud's Honda into the Turn 9 tire wall, while another Honda front-runner, Justin Wilson, was tapped into a spin in the Turn 11 hairpin after contact from Graham Rahal.  Pagenaud recovered, posting some of the fastest laps of the race to finish fifth.  But Wilson's attempt at a similar move through the field ended after a second incident of contact – this time with Scott Dixon – sent Wilson's Dale Coyne Racing Honda into the wall and out of the race.</p> <p>Pagenaud's IndyCar rookie teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, finished sixth, followed by veterans Oriol Servia and Marco Andretti as, despite the crashes, Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Teen Cancer America, rock and roll legend Roger Daltrey paired up with a racing legend – Mario Andretti – to lead the field in the two-seat Honda Indy car just prior to the start of Sunday's race. Daltrey and &ldquo;The Who" bandmate Pete Townshend are the founders of Teen Cancer America, intended to ensure that teenagers and young adults with cancer get access to special facilities and treatments designed for them, in every cancer hospital in the U.S.</p> <p>Honda-powered drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson, along with fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon, have ambassadorial roles with TCA and met with Daltrey on Sunday.  Interested fans can find more information on Honda's &ldquo;Fastest Seat in Sports" two-seat Indy car program by going to www.shophonda.com.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at Long Beach, featuring both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, are being posted on a newly created &ldquo;Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.  CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads east to the scenic Barber Motorsports Park for the April 27 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, to be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 2 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>93 points (1 win)</td> <td>6. Scott Dixon</td> <td>51</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Mike Conway</td> <td>66 (1 win)</td> <td><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R</strong>)</td> <td><strong>48</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>60</strong></td> <td>8. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>47</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>55</td> <td><strong>9. Mikhail Aleshin</strong></td> <td><strong>46</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>5. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>54</strong></td> <td>10. Sebastian Saavedra</td> <td>42</td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>245 (2 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>142</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Carlos Munoz </strong>(#34 Cinsay Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 11th, finished 3rd:  </strong>"It's not the way I'd like to earn my third place, with so many accidents, but this is racing.  Anything can happen, especially at this track.  But I'm really happy, it was a nice race.  I pushed hard on the last two laps trying to overtake Will [Power], but it was really difficult, even though I had some &lsquo;push-to-pass' remaining.  But I'm happy, so I'm going to keep pushing."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara) <strong>started 6th, finished 5th:  </strong>&ldquo;Our day was ruined by Will Power, and it's unfortunate because it was dirty driving on his part.  We'll move on, and I'm satisfied with fifth considering the spin and everything else we had to deal with today. We're off to a great start in the championship but the next time we have a car this good we're going to win. I'm very proud of our team for giving me a car to race with the fastest cars out there. We're showing that we're becoming one of the strongest teams in the series and that we can run up front every race weekend."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race:  </strong>"I do believe it was obvious to everyone that the Honda engine was extremely competitive here at Long Beach.  Dominating qualifying, with five of the top six positions on the starting grid, was a good early indication of our performance.  And halfway through today's race, we were running 1-2-3 and held down eight of the top 12 positions.  Unfortunately, that's when the wheels came off the wagon.  Certainly, the multi-car accident that eliminated several of our top-running cars – including the top three – was a big blow, as were several other incidents that eliminated or delayed some of our best-placed entries.  But we're confident in our performance, and that of our teams, and we remain optimistic for the next race at Barber Motorsports Park and the rest of the 2014 season."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709</a></p> Corporate: 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4b16/ae0d/4b16ae0d-5b81-4c51-839b-5e5c99ca51f7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Corporate Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:52:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/25th-anniversary-honda-campus-all-star-challenge http://hondanews.com/photos/25th-anniversary-honda-campus-all-star-challenge 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4b16/ae0d/4b16ae0d-5b81-4c51-839b-5e5c99ca51f7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 25th Anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Corporate: Watch Live as Final Eight HBCUs Compete for the 25th Anniversary Title of Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Champion <p>After more than eight months of preparation, the best and brightest students from America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will compete today for the title of national champion in this year's 25th anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC). Watch live as the action unfolds on <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">hcasc.com</a> beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT.</p> <p>This year's eight finalists include: Morgan State University of Baltimore, MD, who will be seeking an unprecedented third consecutive national championship title; Fisk University of Nashville, TN; North Carolina Central University of Durham, NC; Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA; Florida A&M University of Tallahassee, FL; Alabama State University of Montgomery, AL; Tuskegee University of Tuskegee, AL; and Oakwood University of Huntsville, AL.</p> <p>More than 10,000 HBCU students have spent a combined 76,000 hours qualifying and preparing for the final round of this unique academic tournament held on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California.</p> <p>This year's road to the title began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for 48 slots in the National Championship Tournament. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged and earned the right to compete for the National Championship.</p> <p>"We're immensely proud of this twenty-fifth anniversary class of students for the work ethic, teamwork and competitive spirit they have displayed throughout the weekend's competition," said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, corporate and community relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Every year we are impressed with the tremendous level of competition from all participating teams, and we wish the eight finalists luck as they compete this morning for their shot at history."</p> <p>Celebrating 25 years of HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda's largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of more than 100,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in <a href="http://www.hcasc.com/nct/grants.asp" target="_blank">grants from Honda</a> of up to $328,000 each year.</p> <p>The White House Initiative on HBCUs recently announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars. Among the group of 75 students, academics and civic leaders honored by the President were five current and former HCASC participants.</p> <p>Through programs like HCASC, Honda is not only helping students academically, but helping position them for future career success. HCASC's impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the <a href="http://www.hcasc.com/alumni/hof.asp" target="_blank">HCASC Hall of Fame</a>, including current ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain of Clark Atlanta University in 2001.</p> <p>For more information on the 2014 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 teams that qualified, visit <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>. Connect with HCASC on Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/HCASC</a>) and Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/HCASC</a>), using the hashtag #HCASC.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:</strong><br> In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda:</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities began 25 years ago with the creation of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. Honda Battle of the Bands was established 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:46:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/fdbd2b70-8ced-4644-adfc-adbf72ad7ef3 http://hondanews.com/releases/fdbd2b70-8ced-4644-adfc-adbf72ad7ef3 Watch Live as Final Eight HBCUs Compete for the 25th Anniversary Title of Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Champion <p>After more than eight months of preparation, the best and brightest students from America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will compete today for the title of national champion in this year's 25th anniversary Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC). Watch live as the action unfolds on <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">hcasc.com</a> beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT.</p> <p>This year's eight finalists include: Morgan State University of Baltimore, MD, who will be seeking an unprecedented third consecutive national championship title; Fisk University of Nashville, TN; North Carolina Central University of Durham, NC; Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA; Florida A&M University of Tallahassee, FL; Alabama State University of Montgomery, AL; Tuskegee University of Tuskegee, AL; and Oakwood University of Huntsville, AL.</p> <p>More than 10,000 HBCU students have spent a combined 76,000 hours qualifying and preparing for the final round of this unique academic tournament held on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California.</p> <p>This year's road to the title began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for 48 slots in the National Championship Tournament. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged and earned the right to compete for the National Championship.</p> <p>"We're immensely proud of this twenty-fifth anniversary class of students for the work ethic, teamwork and competitive spirit they have displayed throughout the weekend's competition," said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, corporate and community relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Every year we are impressed with the tremendous level of competition from all participating teams, and we wish the eight finalists luck as they compete this morning for their shot at history."</p> <p>Celebrating 25 years of HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda's largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of more than 100,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in <a href="http://www.hcasc.com/nct/grants.asp" target="_blank">grants from Honda</a> of up to $328,000 each year.</p> <p>The White House Initiative on HBCUs recently announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars. Among the group of 75 students, academics and civic leaders honored by the President were five current and former HCASC participants.</p> <p>Through programs like HCASC, Honda is not only helping students academically, but helping position them for future career success. HCASC's impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the <a href="http://www.hcasc.com/alumni/hof.asp" target="_blank">HCASC Hall of Fame</a>, including current ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain of Clark Atlanta University in 2001.</p> <p>For more information on the 2014 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 teams that qualified, visit <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>. Connect with HCASC on Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/HCASC</a>) and Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/HCASC" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/HCASC</a>), using the hashtag #HCASC.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:</strong><br> In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at <a href="http://www.hcasc.com" target="_blank">www.hcasc.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda:</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities began 25 years ago with the creation of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. Honda Battle of the Bands was established 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate: Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 winners:</strong> Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr (Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a Honda)<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F </p> <p><strong>Top 10 Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ps.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>77 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Wayne Taylor Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Dallara Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+0.759 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Action Express Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+4.251 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Pla/Gustavo Yacaman</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>OAK Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Morgan Nissan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+29.247 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>5. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/ Richard Westbrook</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+1.19.445</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>John Edwards/Dirk Muller</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Team RLL</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Z4 GTE</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Disappointing Finish for HPD and Extreme Speed Motorsports at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Fuel mileage strategy falls short</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp run fourth until fuel issue intervenes</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Seventh-place run for Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The Honda-powered HPD ARX-03b of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp challenged for a podium finish in Saturday's Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, but the lack of a single full-course caution during the second half of the 100-minute timed event spoiled the strategy for the Extreme Speed Motorsports effort, forcing Dalziel to slow drastically during the final laps and dropping him to an unrepresentative sixth-place finish.</p> <p>The third round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and first temporary street circuit event of 2014, saw the Dalziel/Sharp HPD – along with teammates Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek in a second HPD machine – seeking a second consecutive Long Beach victory, and a fifth overall win in the last six years of sports car competition for Honda.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>Starting eighth after a transmission issue in qualifying, Sharp quickly moved the #1 HPD up to fifth, then handed off to Dalziel at the team's single scheduled pit stop, just prior to the halfway point of the race. Dalziel immediately improved to fourth overall and continued to gain ground on the leaders, until it became apparent the race would run caution-free. Dalziel was forced to reduce his pace, and slowed even further on the final lap, dropping him to a disappointing sixth-place result.</p> <p>Extreme Speed's second LMP2-style prototype, the #2 HPD ARX-03b Honda, was started from seventh by Brown and sustained minor body damage in early-race contact with a GTLM-class entrant. Dropping to 15th after the contact. He recovered several positions before handing the HPD over to van Overbeek at the mid-race pit stop. Van Overbeek finished his run without any major issues to finish seventh, just behind teammate Dalziel.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring both Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship run and Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race, are being posted on a new, specially created "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.</p> <p>Headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin, CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship resumes next month, moving up the California coast to Laguna Seca Raceway for the May 4 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller</strong> (Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"Unfortunately, we didn't quite have the pace we needed this weekend [to contend for the victory]. We struggled for grip in the race, and that led to a decision to attempt to stretch the fuel mileage with the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry. But, without a yellow [caution flag], it then became necessary to lean out the mixture to ensure a finish, and Ryan [Dalziel] quickly went from gaining ground on the leaders, to losing positions in the final laps."</p> <p><strong>Ryan Dalziel</strong> (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-02b Honda) <strong>finished 6th: </strong>"I think we got the most out of the cars, but it has been a difficult weekend. The team did a great job of maximizing what we had. Unfortunately, we were just a little bit behind the top three or four cars. We gambled a little bit on fuel strategy. We were hoping for a yellow right after we pitted as that would have put us in the lead [as the rest of the field would pit]. That's what happened to us at [the 12 Hours of] Sebring [when the eventual race winner pitted just before a full-course caution], so we tried to use it to gain an advantage today. But it wasn't our day. We threw the dice and it didn't work out."</p> Corporate Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:36:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ee68d440-6909-4f27-9f7b-98d65273d94d http://hondanews.com/releases/ee68d440-6909-4f27-9f7b-98d65273d94d Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 winners:</strong> Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr (Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a Honda)<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F </p> <p><strong>Top 10 Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ps.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>77 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Wayne Taylor Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Dallara Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+0.759 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Action Express Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+4.251 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Pla/Gustavo Yacaman</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>OAK Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Morgan Nissan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+29.247 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>5. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/ Richard Westbrook</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+1.19.445</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>John Edwards/Dirk Muller</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Team RLL</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Z4 GTE</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Disappointing Finish for HPD and Extreme Speed Motorsports at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Fuel mileage strategy falls short</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp run fourth until fuel issue intervenes</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Seventh-place run for Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The Honda-powered HPD ARX-03b of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp challenged for a podium finish in Saturday's Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, but the lack of a single full-course caution during the second half of the 100-minute timed event spoiled the strategy for the Extreme Speed Motorsports effort, forcing Dalziel to slow drastically during the final laps and dropping him to an unrepresentative sixth-place finish.</p> <p>The third round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and first temporary street circuit event of 2014, saw the Dalziel/Sharp HPD – along with teammates Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek in a second HPD machine – seeking a second consecutive Long Beach victory, and a fifth overall win in the last six years of sports car competition for Honda.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>Starting eighth after a transmission issue in qualifying, Sharp quickly moved the #1 HPD up to fifth, then handed off to Dalziel at the team's single scheduled pit stop, just prior to the halfway point of the race. Dalziel immediately improved to fourth overall and continued to gain ground on the leaders, until it became apparent the race would run caution-free. Dalziel was forced to reduce his pace, and slowed even further on the final lap, dropping him to a disappointing sixth-place result.</p> <p>Extreme Speed's second LMP2-style prototype, the #2 HPD ARX-03b Honda, was started from seventh by Brown and sustained minor body damage in early-race contact with a GTLM-class entrant. Dropping to 15th after the contact. He recovered several positions before handing the HPD over to van Overbeek at the mid-race pit stop. Van Overbeek finished his run without any major issues to finish seventh, just behind teammate Dalziel.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring both Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship run and Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race, are being posted on a new, specially created "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.</p> <p>Headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin, CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship resumes next month, moving up the California coast to Laguna Seca Raceway for the May 4 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller</strong> (Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"Unfortunately, we didn't quite have the pace we needed this weekend [to contend for the victory]. We struggled for grip in the race, and that led to a decision to attempt to stretch the fuel mileage with the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry. But, without a yellow [caution flag], it then became necessary to lean out the mixture to ensure a finish, and Ryan [Dalziel] quickly went from gaining ground on the leaders, to losing positions in the final laps."</p> <p><strong>Ryan Dalziel</strong> (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-02b Honda) <strong>finished 6th: </strong>"I think we got the most out of the cars, but it has been a difficult weekend. The team did a great job of maximizing what we had. Unfortunately, we were just a little bit behind the top three or four cars. We gambled a little bit on fuel strategy. We were hoping for a yellow right after we pitted as that would have put us in the lead [as the rest of the field would pit]. That's what happened to us at [the 12 Hours of] Sebring [when the eventual race winner pitted just before a full-course caution], so we tried to use it to gain an advantage today. But it wasn't our day. We threw the dice and it didn't work out."</p> Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7a4e/4257/7a4e4257-26ac-47e2-b9a2-3f34c6037008-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-3 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7a4e/4257/7a4e4257-26ac-47e2-b9a2-3f34c6037008-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8bf9/f12c/8bf9f12c-eff6-4e38-be56-7df36f280410-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-4 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-4 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8bf9/f12c/8bf9f12c-eff6-4e38-be56-7df36f280410-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/747f/2766/747f2766-6c45-49a2-8abe-d41c0cb01201-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-2 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/747f/2766/747f2766-6c45-49a2-8abe-d41c0cb01201-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4c42/85da/4c4285da-3efb-4def-9435-51f87bbae0f9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle-1 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4c42/85da/4c4285da-3efb-4def-9435-51f87bbae0f9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3d27/537e/3d27537e-427a-45d8-a089-5bfd20243631-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-seattle 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3d27/537e/3d27537e-427a-45d8-a089-5bfd20243631-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Seattle Corporate: Honda Red Riders Take on the Pacific Northwest <p>Century Link Stadium, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders, was filled Saturday night with 53,927 racing enthusiasts for round 15 of the AMA Supercross series. The Honda Red Riders had a successful night with Eli Tomac landing his Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda in fourth and Team Honda Muscle Milk riders Justin Barcia and Trey Canard scoring fifth and sixth respectively. </p> <p><strong>450 Class</strong> <br> Barcia secured his position in the main event via a second place finish in his heat race on his CFR450R. When the gate dropped on the night's final 20-lap race, Barcia struggled off the line, leaving him 10th after the first turn. For the balance of the race he fought his way forward through the field, ultimately finishing fifth. </p> <p>"I'm not thrilled on how tonight ended up for sure. It was a tough day," stated Barcia. "I struggled a lot with bike setup and the track was really challenging. Going from east coast to west coast dirt and track conditions was difficult and I wasn't able to adapt or find the right settings today. I rode okay in the main event; didn't get a great start and just had to fight through the pack to finish fifth. I'm looking forward to having a weekend after 15 rounds straight so I can regroup and head into New York strong. I want to win there bad; it would be incredibly special since it is a home race for me. I know I can win, we just need to put all the pieces together."</p> <p>In heat one, Canard got a decent jump off the line and was able to sneak to the inside of the first turn, emerging in fourth. On lap five he worked his way into second, which is where he finished, allowing him to move directly into the main. Unfortunately, when the gate dropped for the main Canard was towards the back of the pack heading into the first turn. He spent the remainder of the 20-lap race charging through the field to nab an impressive sixth. </p> <p>"My start was not where it needed to be tonight in the main event," said Canard. "I felt good all day and really enjoyed the track and my bike, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to be up there racing with the top guys. Unfortunately, I started outside the top 15 and had to work my way all the way through the pack. I'm happy to have been able to make it into sixth and be leaving here healthy."</p> <p>Tomac logged his second best finish of his 450-rookie season with a fourth. "Overall I am pretty satisfied with the night," stated Tomac. "It was a long 20 laps, but I'm getting stronger and stronger each weekend. It was an okay start; I was somewhere around the top seven, then made some early passes and ended up settling in fourth place." </p> <p><strong>250 Class  </strong><br> Following an intense battle in his heat race, Zach Osborne scored a second-place finish, transferring him directly into the main event. He then launched his GEICO Honda CRF250R off the line to a less-than-desirable start leaving him towards the back of the pack. The remainder of the 20 laps was spent in an admirable charge through the pack, which eventually netted him sixth place.</p> <p>"The heat race was really good for me. I got off to a decent start and then I had a good battle with Malcolm [Stewart] and then Dean [Wilson] after he crashed," explained Osborne. "In the main event I just blew the start. I was 15th and rode to a mediocre sixth. I really feel like I let one slip away tonight. Being on the podium seemed to be within my reach after the heat race ride, so I am a bit disappointed."</p> <p>Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/ Honda's Cole Seely put together an impeccable race, leading every lap of the main event to capture his second win of the season. With one round remaining in the 250 West competition, Seely sits only eight points out of the championship spot. Teammate Jessy Nelson rode one of his best races of the season, finishing fifth, followed by Malcolm Stewart in ninth and Shane McElrath in 10th. </p> <p>The Focus: Inside the Team Honda Muscle Milk's Race Trucks  </p> <p>Team Honda Muscle Milk utilizes two semi rigs at each Supercross race. The technical truck is where the mechanics and crew spend the majority of their time during race day. This is the semi that transports the race bikes, tools and all spare parts. Each drawer and cabinet in the semi is labeled to make sure everything is kept clean and organized. Every part has a specific part number that correlates with a tracking document in a computer to help keep track of inventory. That way the team knows what parts are being used and what needs to be replenished. The technical truck is also equipped with a full office that includes a TV to watch the live feed of the practices and races, as well as a computer to access AMA information such as qualifying times, and log race data. </p> <p>The hospitality truck has the same basic layout as the technical truck except it is used as a hang out for the riders, a place for them to keep their gear and where lunch/dinner are served for the team. The back portion of the hospitality truck is the team's suspension area, which is where the Showa crew member makes any changes to the rider's suspension that are needed. Additionally, the upstairs of the hospitality truck is where the riders spend a majority of their time during the day. Each rider has their own personal area to keep their belongings and relax throughout the long race day. </p> <p><strong>450 Supercross Results </strong><br> 1. Ryan Villopoto <br> 2.<strong> </strong>James Stewart <br> 3. Ryan Dungey<br> 4. <strong>Eli Tomac (Honda)</strong><br> <strong>5. Justin Barcia (Honda) </strong><br> <strong>6. Trey Canard (Honda) </strong><br> 7.<strong> </strong>Ken Roczen<strong> </strong><br> 8. Andrew Short<br> 9. Josh Hill <br> 10.<strong> </strong>Mike Alessi<br>  <br> <strong>450 Supercross Championship Points (after 15 of 17 rounds) </strong><br> 1. Ryan Villopoto 318<br> 2. James Stewart 270<br> 3. Ryan Dungey 267<br> 4. Ken Roczen 249<br> <strong>5.</strong> <strong>Justin Barcia 214</strong><br> 6. Justin Brayton 196<br> 7. Andrew Short 194<br> 8. Broc Tickle 126<br> 9. <strong> </strong>Josh Hill 124 <br> <strong>10</strong>.<strong> Wil Hahn 122</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Supercross West Results</strong><br> 1. <strong>Cole Seely (Honda) </strong><br> 2. Jason Anderson <br> 3.<strong> </strong>Justin Hill <strong></strong><br> 4.<strong> </strong>Dean Wilson<strong> </strong><br> <strong>5. Jessy Nelson (Honda)</strong> <br> <strong>6.</strong> <strong>Zach Osborne (Honda) </strong><br> 7<strong>. </strong>Cooper Webb <strong></strong><br> 8. Jake Canada <br> <strong>9. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) </strong> <br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath (Honda) </strong> <br>  <br> <strong>250 Supercross West Championship Points (after 8 of 9 rounds) </strong><br> 1. Jason Anderson 178<br> <strong>2. Cole Seely 170</strong><br> 3.<strong> </strong>Justin Hill 139<strong></strong><br> 4. Dean Wilson 138<br> 5. Cooper Webb 121 <br> <strong>6.</strong> <strong>Malcolm Stewart 121</strong><br> <strong>7. Jessy Nelson 103</strong><br> <strong>8. Zach Osborne 100</strong><br> <strong>9. Shane McElrath 96</strong><br> 10. Jake Canada 72 <strong></strong></p> Corporate Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:54:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/eabbceda-f446-49c8-ae1c-2ea045e41ea0 http://hondanews.com/releases/eabbceda-f446-49c8-ae1c-2ea045e41ea0 Honda Red Riders Take on the Pacific Northwest <p>Century Link Stadium, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders, was filled Saturday night with 53,927 racing enthusiasts for round 15 of the AMA Supercross series. The Honda Red Riders had a successful night with Eli Tomac landing his Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda in fourth and Team Honda Muscle Milk riders Justin Barcia and Trey Canard scoring fifth and sixth respectively. </p> <p><strong>450 Class</strong> <br> Barcia secured his position in the main event via a second place finish in his heat race on his CFR450R. When the gate dropped on the night's final 20-lap race, Barcia struggled off the line, leaving him 10th after the first turn. For the balance of the race he fought his way forward through the field, ultimately finishing fifth. </p> <p>"I'm not thrilled on how tonight ended up for sure. It was a tough day," stated Barcia. "I struggled a lot with bike setup and the track was really challenging. Going from east coast to west coast dirt and track conditions was difficult and I wasn't able to adapt or find the right settings today. I rode okay in the main event; didn't get a great start and just had to fight through the pack to finish fifth. I'm looking forward to having a weekend after 15 rounds straight so I can regroup and head into New York strong. I want to win there bad; it would be incredibly special since it is a home race for me. I know I can win, we just need to put all the pieces together."</p> <p>In heat one, Canard got a decent jump off the line and was able to sneak to the inside of the first turn, emerging in fourth. On lap five he worked his way into second, which is where he finished, allowing him to move directly into the main. Unfortunately, when the gate dropped for the main Canard was towards the back of the pack heading into the first turn. He spent the remainder of the 20-lap race charging through the field to nab an impressive sixth. </p> <p>"My start was not where it needed to be tonight in the main event," said Canard. "I felt good all day and really enjoyed the track and my bike, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to be up there racing with the top guys. Unfortunately, I started outside the top 15 and had to work my way all the way through the pack. I'm happy to have been able to make it into sixth and be leaving here healthy."</p> <p>Tomac logged his second best finish of his 450-rookie season with a fourth. "Overall I am pretty satisfied with the night," stated Tomac. "It was a long 20 laps, but I'm getting stronger and stronger each weekend. It was an okay start; I was somewhere around the top seven, then made some early passes and ended up settling in fourth place." </p> <p><strong>250 Class  </strong><br> Following an intense battle in his heat race, Zach Osborne scored a second-place finish, transferring him directly into the main event. He then launched his GEICO Honda CRF250R off the line to a less-than-desirable start leaving him towards the back of the pack. The remainder of the 20 laps was spent in an admirable charge through the pack, which eventually netted him sixth place.</p> <p>"The heat race was really good for me. I got off to a decent start and then I had a good battle with Malcolm [Stewart] and then Dean [Wilson] after he crashed," explained Osborne. "In the main event I just blew the start. I was 15th and rode to a mediocre sixth. I really feel like I let one slip away tonight. Being on the podium seemed to be within my reach after the heat race ride, so I am a bit disappointed."</p> <p>Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/ Honda's Cole Seely put together an impeccable race, leading every lap of the main event to capture his second win of the season. With one round remaining in the 250 West competition, Seely sits only eight points out of the championship spot. Teammate Jessy Nelson rode one of his best races of the season, finishing fifth, followed by Malcolm Stewart in ninth and Shane McElrath in 10th. </p> <p>The Focus: Inside the Team Honda Muscle Milk's Race Trucks  </p> <p>Team Honda Muscle Milk utilizes two semi rigs at each Supercross race. The technical truck is where the mechanics and crew spend the majority of their time during race day. This is the semi that transports the race bikes, tools and all spare parts. Each drawer and cabinet in the semi is labeled to make sure everything is kept clean and organized. Every part has a specific part number that correlates with a tracking document in a computer to help keep track of inventory. That way the team knows what parts are being used and what needs to be replenished. The technical truck is also equipped with a full office that includes a TV to watch the live feed of the practices and races, as well as a computer to access AMA information such as qualifying times, and log race data. </p> <p>The hospitality truck has the same basic layout as the technical truck except it is used as a hang out for the riders, a place for them to keep their gear and where lunch/dinner are served for the team. The back portion of the hospitality truck is the team's suspension area, which is where the Showa crew member makes any changes to the rider's suspension that are needed. Additionally, the upstairs of the hospitality truck is where the riders spend a majority of their time during the day. Each rider has their own personal area to keep their belongings and relax throughout the long race day. </p> <p><strong>450 Supercross Results </strong><br> 1. Ryan Villopoto <br> 2.<strong> </strong>James Stewart <br> 3. Ryan Dungey<br> 4. <strong>Eli Tomac (Honda)</strong><br> <strong>5. Justin Barcia (Honda) </strong><br> <strong>6. Trey Canard (Honda) </strong><br> 7.<strong> </strong>Ken Roczen<strong> </strong><br> 8. Andrew Short<br> 9. Josh Hill <br> 10.<strong> </strong>Mike Alessi<br>  <br> <strong>450 Supercross Championship Points (after 15 of 17 rounds) </strong><br> 1. Ryan Villopoto 318<br> 2. James Stewart 270<br> 3. Ryan Dungey 267<br> 4. Ken Roczen 249<br> <strong>5.</strong> <strong>Justin Barcia 214</strong><br> 6. Justin Brayton 196<br> 7. Andrew Short 194<br> 8. Broc Tickle 126<br> 9. <strong> </strong>Josh Hill 124 <br> <strong>10</strong>.<strong> Wil Hahn 122</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Supercross West Results</strong><br> 1. <strong>Cole Seely (Honda) </strong><br> 2. Jason Anderson <br> 3.<strong> </strong>Justin Hill <strong></strong><br> 4.<strong> </strong>Dean Wilson<strong> </strong><br> <strong>5. Jessy Nelson (Honda)</strong> <br> <strong>6.</strong> <strong>Zach Osborne (Honda) </strong><br> 7<strong>. </strong>Cooper Webb <strong></strong><br> 8. Jake Canada <br> <strong>9. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) </strong> <br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath (Honda) </strong> <br>  <br> <strong>250 Supercross West Championship Points (after 8 of 9 rounds) </strong><br> 1. Jason Anderson 178<br> <strong>2. Cole Seely 170</strong><br> 3.<strong> </strong>Justin Hill 139<strong></strong><br> 4. Dean Wilson 138<br> 5. Cooper Webb 121 <br> <strong>6.</strong> <strong>Malcolm Stewart 121</strong><br> <strong>7. Jessy Nelson 103</strong><br> <strong>8. Zach Osborne 100</strong><br> <strong>9. Shane McElrath 96</strong><br> 10. Jake Canada 72 <strong></strong></p> Corporate: American Honda Backs Nicky Hayden's Return to the Honda Family <p>In late 2013, American Honda was presented with an opportunity to bring Nicky Hayden back to the Honda family, and renew our relationship that started in 1999 when Hayden was just 17. By retaining Hayden's services to ride the Honda RCV1000R in the MotoGP World Championship series for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, American Honda is also now a proud sponsor of the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team, and looks forward to this new relationship with a team that has proven results.</p> <p>"Nicky has been in the Honda family for much of his professional career, starting here in the States where he won two AMA championships before earning a spot on the Honda Repsol factory MotoGP team in 2003," said Bob Gurga, Vice President American Honda Motorcycle Division. "He is a great ambassador for our sport, and we couldn't be happier to have him back in the Honda family."</p> <p>His first MotoGP season (2003) saw Hayden finish fifth in the championship on the Repsol Honda RC211V and win Rookie of the Year honors. "The Kentucky Kid" continued to learn the MotoGP ropes in 2004 and 2005, and in 2006 achieved a lifelong dream of becoming the MotoGP world champion. Hayden stayed with Repsol Honda, helping the team develop the new 800cc RC212V through the 2007 and 2008 seasons.</p> <p>With three MotoGP wins, 28 podium finishes and a world championship on his mantel, Hayden's return to Honda for the 2014 MotoGP season aboard the production RCV1000R is a homecoming that Honda fans will be celebrating when Hayden rolls onto an American track on a Honda for the first time in years at the Circuit of the Americas MotoGP, April 11 - 13. It will be a homecoming you won't want to miss.</p> <p><strong>About American Honda</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to <a href="http://www.powersports.honda.com">www.powersports.honda.com</a>.</p> Corporate Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:24:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/b008c3ec-1416-4987-8da2-49ceba2313b3 http://hondanews.com/releases/b008c3ec-1416-4987-8da2-49ceba2313b3 American Honda Backs Nicky Hayden's Return to the Honda Family <p>In late 2013, American Honda was presented with an opportunity to bring Nicky Hayden back to the Honda family, and renew our relationship that started in 1999 when Hayden was just 17. By retaining Hayden's services to ride the Honda RCV1000R in the MotoGP World Championship series for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, American Honda is also now a proud sponsor of the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team, and looks forward to this new relationship with a team that has proven results.</p> <p>"Nicky has been in the Honda family for much of his professional career, starting here in the States where he won two AMA championships before earning a spot on the Honda Repsol factory MotoGP team in 2003," said Bob Gurga, Vice President American Honda Motorcycle Division. "He is a great ambassador for our sport, and we couldn't be happier to have him back in the Honda family."</p> <p>His first MotoGP season (2003) saw Hayden finish fifth in the championship on the Repsol Honda RC211V and win Rookie of the Year honors. "The Kentucky Kid" continued to learn the MotoGP ropes in 2004 and 2005, and in 2006 achieved a lifelong dream of becoming the MotoGP world champion. Hayden stayed with Repsol Honda, helping the team develop the new 800cc RC212V through the 2007 and 2008 seasons.</p> <p>With three MotoGP wins, 28 podium finishes and a world championship on his mantel, Hayden's return to Honda for the 2014 MotoGP season aboard the production RCV1000R is a homecoming that Honda fans will be celebrating when Hayden rolls onto an American track on a Honda for the first time in years at the Circuit of the Americas MotoGP, April 11 - 13. It will be a homecoming you won't want to miss.</p> <p><strong>About American Honda</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to <a href="http://www.powersports.honda.com">www.powersports.honda.com</a>.</p> Corporate: Honda Goes Small in the Big Apple <ul> <li><em>Honda to showcase full array of 2015 Fit subcompact vehicles at 2014 New York International Auto Show</em></li> <li><em>All-new compact SUV to join Fit this winter as Honda expands small car lineup </em></li> <li><em>Next-generation ASIMO also to make appearance with live demonstration</em></li> </ul> <p>With the new 2015 Fit set to go on-sale nationwide in the second half of this month, Honda will showcase a full color spectrum of the newly-launched model at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Possessing class-leading cargo and passenger space, top fuel economy ratings and numerous new standard features, the 2015 Fit is poised to reset the benchmark in the subcompact segment. Complementing the Fit launch, Honda will make an announcement about the compact SUV that will join the lineup this winter during the noon E.T. press conference on April 17.</p> <p>Additionally, the next-generation of Honda's advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO, will hold a special live demonstration on the 17th of its new technology and mobility capabilities at the New York Auto Show during Honda's special lunchtime press conference.</p> <p>For more information on the 2015 Fit, visit <a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/fit" target="_blank">www.automobiles.honda.com/fit</a> and for additional information on ASIMO, visit <a href="http://asimo.honda.com/" target="_blank">http://asimo.honda.com/</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ddc5b260-e818-4fe1-a9eb-0b62589cf332 http://hondanews.com/releases/ddc5b260-e818-4fe1-a9eb-0b62589cf332 Honda Goes Small in the Big Apple <ul> <li><em>Honda to showcase full array of 2015 Fit subcompact vehicles at 2014 New York International Auto Show</em></li> <li><em>All-new compact SUV to join Fit this winter as Honda expands small car lineup </em></li> <li><em>Next-generation ASIMO also to make appearance with live demonstration</em></li> </ul> <p>With the new 2015 Fit set to go on-sale nationwide in the second half of this month, Honda will showcase a full color spectrum of the newly-launched model at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Possessing class-leading cargo and passenger space, top fuel economy ratings and numerous new standard features, the 2015 Fit is poised to reset the benchmark in the subcompact segment. Complementing the Fit launch, Honda will make an announcement about the compact SUV that will join the lineup this winter during the noon E.T. press conference on April 17.</p> <p>Additionally, the next-generation of Honda's advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO, will hold a special live demonstration on the 17th of its new technology and mobility capabilities at the New York Auto Show during Honda's special lunchtime press conference.</p> <p>For more information on the 2015 Fit, visit <a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/fit" target="_blank">www.automobiles.honda.com/fit</a> and for additional information on ASIMO, visit <a href="http://asimo.honda.com/" target="_blank">http://asimo.honda.com/</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate: The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3f6b/de81/3f6bde81-de14-40e8-a44f-5e2c68f1ab22-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Corporate Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:22:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015-1 The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3f6b/de81/3f6bde81-de14-40e8-a44f-5e2c68f1ab22-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Corporate: The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7e33/9f36/7e339f36-3e79-44e3-a382-47432763d86e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Corporate Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:21:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015 The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7e33/9f36/7e339f36-3e79-44e3-a382-47432763d86e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Corporate: Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe unveiled <ul> <li><strong><em> First closed-top prototype from HPD</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Eligible for IMSA, WEC, ELMS and Asian Le Mans Series competition</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>New LMP2 design to debut in 2015</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development will offer customer teams around the world the very latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports car technology next year, with the unveiling of its new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.</p> <p>The new design is a result of the continuing teamwork between California-based HPD and England's Wirth Research.  This technical pairing has already proved to be a winning combination, with success in INDYCAR, the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including LMP2 and LMP1 Privateer class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>The ARX-04b sports car is fully compliant with the new ACO LMP2 regulations, and exceeds the latest safety standards of the new enclosed-cockpit configuration. The proven 2.8-liter twin-turbo, direct injection, production-based Honda HR28TT V6 powerplant now includes a regulation compliant drive-by-wire throttle system and fresh air valve system, eliminating turbo lag and providing improved reliability and performance.</p> <p>"We are very excited for our new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to see the light of day, combining all of our successes in international sportscar racing with the very latest regulations for closed-cockpit prototypes," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. "Our production-based Honda HR28TT engine has powered all of our LMP2 sportscars since the ACO regulations set the new cost-capped direction in 2011, and since its introduction the 2.8-litre twin-turbo V6 powerplant has achieved some truly great successes around the world – including multiple engine manufacturer championships, victory at the Sebring 12 Hours and the 24 Hour of Le Mans, as well as powering the first LMP2 FIA World Endurance Champion. We are confident that our latest iteration of the HR28TT engine and its associated systems will satisfy even the most discriminating drivers and power the new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to even greater successes around the world."</p> <p>Additional features of the ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Energy-efficient technology with low drag and high fuel efficiency.</li> <li>A cost-capped chassis, fully compliant with ACO and IMSA regulations and designed to compete and win the toughest endurance races in the world.</li> <li>"Quick Change" front and rear bodywork.</li> <li>Innovative Honda refueling safety interlock system designed to reduce the potential for pit fires resulting from leaving the pit box with fuel hoses inserted (applied to all IndyCars since 2011)</li> <li>Engine installation includes a proven turbo mounting system and top exit exhaust, meeting all ACO and IMSA noise regulations.</li> <li>Gearbox changes which can be made to cover the complete range of circuits.</li> <li>A 75-litre total capacity fuel cell, and lightweight, durable bodywork.</li> </ul> <p>The ARX-04b will continue the HR28TT powerplant, developed by HPD from the production Honda "J35" series of V6 engines currently found in the Acura MDX and RLX in North America, in addition to the upcoming 2015 Acura TLX.  The racing engine continues to use more than 400 production engine parts, including the engine block and heads, crankshaft, direct-injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire hardware and even the stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>As part of their after-sales support services, HPD and Wirth will provide teams with technical assistance and bulletins, as well as additional options available for purchase. Additional bespoke options include driver-in-the-loop simulator sessions, data-logging, race and performance engineering, and MuRiTyre and Apotheca software.</p> <p>"Wirth Research is proud of its history of consistently creating championship-winning prototype sports cars with and on behalf of Honda Performance Development (HPD).  Using our pioneering CFD design techniques, we have created the all-new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe," said Wirth Research President Nick Wirth. "Not only is it a stunning-looking race car, we are confident that our revolutionary all-digital design approach will ensure that HPD's 2015 LMP2 Coupe customers will benefit from fielding the most aero-efficient, balanced and competitive LMP2 car on the 2015 grid."</p> <p> Wirth Research has been at the forefront of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in high-level motorsports for almost a decade, and has played an indispensable role in the overwhelming success of ARX sports cars.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company, to spearhead the company's entry into IndyCar racing.  No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCars, which includes 205 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and since 2010 has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 private team class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Wirth Research</strong><br> Wirth Research is a fast growing innovative engineering company specializing in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors. Founded in 2003, the business pioneers the use of advanced in-house virtual engineering technologies, which enable the use of a complete simulated vehicle design, development and testing process reducing the need for wasteful manufacture of development models and prototypes. These include flow simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services and a driver-in-the-loop simulator.</p> <p>Wirth Research has a long-term partnership with HPD on the design, development and manufacture of the multiple championship-winning ARX sports car program. For more information about Wirth Research, please visit: <a href="http://www.wirthresearch.com/" target="_blank">www.wirthresearch.com </a></p> <p><strong><em>For photographs of the HPD ARX-04b, go to:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710</a></p> <p># # #</p> Corporate Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:20:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/58e3f19f-829c-4061-837a-0230775edb49 http://hondanews.com/releases/58e3f19f-829c-4061-837a-0230775edb49 Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe unveiled <ul> <li><strong><em> First closed-top prototype from HPD</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Eligible for IMSA, WEC, ELMS and Asian Le Mans Series competition</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>New LMP2 design to debut in 2015</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development will offer customer teams around the world the very latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports car technology next year, with the unveiling of its new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.</p> <p>The new design is a result of the continuing teamwork between California-based HPD and England's Wirth Research.  This technical pairing has already proved to be a winning combination, with success in INDYCAR, the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including LMP2 and LMP1 Privateer class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>The ARX-04b sports car is fully compliant with the new ACO LMP2 regulations, and exceeds the latest safety standards of the new enclosed-cockpit configuration. The proven 2.8-liter twin-turbo, direct injection, production-based Honda HR28TT V6 powerplant now includes a regulation compliant drive-by-wire throttle system and fresh air valve system, eliminating turbo lag and providing improved reliability and performance.</p> <p>"We are very excited for our new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to see the light of day, combining all of our successes in international sportscar racing with the very latest regulations for closed-cockpit prototypes," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. "Our production-based Honda HR28TT engine has powered all of our LMP2 sportscars since the ACO regulations set the new cost-capped direction in 2011, and since its introduction the 2.8-litre twin-turbo V6 powerplant has achieved some truly great successes around the world – including multiple engine manufacturer championships, victory at the Sebring 12 Hours and the 24 Hour of Le Mans, as well as powering the first LMP2 FIA World Endurance Champion. We are confident that our latest iteration of the HR28TT engine and its associated systems will satisfy even the most discriminating drivers and power the new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to even greater successes around the world."</p> <p>Additional features of the ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Energy-efficient technology with low drag and high fuel efficiency.</li> <li>A cost-capped chassis, fully compliant with ACO and IMSA regulations and designed to compete and win the toughest endurance races in the world.</li> <li>"Quick Change" front and rear bodywork.</li> <li>Innovative Honda refueling safety interlock system designed to reduce the potential for pit fires resulting from leaving the pit box with fuel hoses inserted (applied to all IndyCars since 2011)</li> <li>Engine installation includes a proven turbo mounting system and top exit exhaust, meeting all ACO and IMSA noise regulations.</li> <li>Gearbox changes which can be made to cover the complete range of circuits.</li> <li>A 75-litre total capacity fuel cell, and lightweight, durable bodywork.</li> </ul> <p>The ARX-04b will continue the HR28TT powerplant, developed by HPD from the production Honda "J35" series of V6 engines currently found in the Acura MDX and RLX in North America, in addition to the upcoming 2015 Acura TLX.  The racing engine continues to use more than 400 production engine parts, including the engine block and heads, crankshaft, direct-injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire hardware and even the stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>As part of their after-sales support services, HPD and Wirth will provide teams with technical assistance and bulletins, as well as additional options available for purchase. Additional bespoke options include driver-in-the-loop simulator sessions, data-logging, race and performance engineering, and MuRiTyre and Apotheca software.</p> <p>"Wirth Research is proud of its history of consistently creating championship-winning prototype sports cars with and on behalf of Honda Performance Development (HPD).  Using our pioneering CFD design techniques, we have created the all-new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe," said Wirth Research President Nick Wirth. "Not only is it a stunning-looking race car, we are confident that our revolutionary all-digital design approach will ensure that HPD's 2015 LMP2 Coupe customers will benefit from fielding the most aero-efficient, balanced and competitive LMP2 car on the 2015 grid."</p> <p> Wirth Research has been at the forefront of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in high-level motorsports for almost a decade, and has played an indispensable role in the overwhelming success of ARX sports cars.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company, to spearhead the company's entry into IndyCar racing.  No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCars, which includes 205 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and since 2010 has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 private team class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Wirth Research</strong><br> Wirth Research is a fast growing innovative engineering company specializing in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors. Founded in 2003, the business pioneers the use of advanced in-house virtual engineering technologies, which enable the use of a complete simulated vehicle design, development and testing process reducing the need for wasteful manufacture of development models and prototypes. These include flow simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services and a driver-in-the-loop simulator.</p> <p>Wirth Research has a long-term partnership with HPD on the design, development and manufacture of the multiple championship-winning ARX sports car program. For more information about Wirth Research, please visit: <a href="http://www.wirthresearch.com/" target="_blank">www.wirthresearch.com </a></p> <p><strong><em>For photographs of the HPD ARX-04b, go to:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710</a></p> <p># # #</p> Corporate: Honda Named Most Trusted Brand and Best Overall Brand by Thousands of New-Car Shoppers in KBB.com's 2014 Brand Image Awards <p>New-car shoppers have once again recognized the Honda brand (<a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>) as the 'Most Trusted Brand' and 'Best Overall Brand' in Kelley Blue Book's <a href="http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/brand-image-awards/" target="_blank">2014 Brand Image Award study</a>. This is the third straight year that Honda was named the 'Most Trusted Brand' and the second consecutive year as the 'Best Overall Brand,' as decided by non-luxury shoppers.</p> <p>"A brand is really built over the long haul through consumers' experiences with its products, and Honda is committed to delivering class-leading vehicles that provide lasting enjoyment and value to our customers," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. "Honda simply embraces the challenge of being a brand that people can trust."</p> <p> The 2014 Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence's Brand Watch study.  Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study tapping into 12,000+ in-market new-vehicle shoppers annually on Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.  The highly comprehensive study offers insight into how shoppers perceive important factors driving their purchase decisions, and captures brand/model familiarity and loyalty among new-car shoppers. Honda was named 'Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand' by securing the highest average score across ratings of all non-luxury models, and the weight of importance of each of the factors in the study.</p> <p> "The fact that Honda has again won the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards as Best Overall Brand and Most Trusted Brand comes as no surprise," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Our experience has indicated that consumers continue to both respect Honda vehicles and be enthusiastic about them. Honda's reputation for quality, reliability and fun-to-drive continues to resonate with buyers of all ages."</p> <p>Additional comments from the Editors of Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com regarding Honda's Brand Image Award Wins:</p> <p><strong>Best Overall Brand</strong><br> "For the second year in a row, KBB.com visitors have named Honda the Best Overall Brand.  Considering Honda has also won the award for Most Trusted Brand among non-luxury shoppers three years in a row, this win isn't a huge surprise. We have long respected Honda's cars, SUVs and minivans for their reliability and refinement, and it turns out the new-car shoppers at Kelley Blue Book feel the same way."</p> <p><strong>Most Trusted Brand</strong><br> "Honda picks up its third consecutive Most Trusted Brand award, as selected by visitors to Kelley Blue Book's website. The brand is known for building reliable, efficient, safe cars that offer a lot of value when new, and hold that value as used models. No wonder Honda is consistently lauded for delivering on what it promises, year after year."</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/8d9dd3ef-9cfd-4a30-b3e6-40e9dca71cda http://hondanews.com/releases/8d9dd3ef-9cfd-4a30-b3e6-40e9dca71cda Honda Named Most Trusted Brand and Best Overall Brand by Thousands of New-Car Shoppers in KBB.com's 2014 Brand Image Awards <p>New-car shoppers have once again recognized the Honda brand (<a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>) as the 'Most Trusted Brand' and 'Best Overall Brand' in Kelley Blue Book's <a href="http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/brand-image-awards/" target="_blank">2014 Brand Image Award study</a>. This is the third straight year that Honda was named the 'Most Trusted Brand' and the second consecutive year as the 'Best Overall Brand,' as decided by non-luxury shoppers.</p> <p>"A brand is really built over the long haul through consumers' experiences with its products, and Honda is committed to delivering class-leading vehicles that provide lasting enjoyment and value to our customers," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. "Honda simply embraces the challenge of being a brand that people can trust."</p> <p> The 2014 Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence's Brand Watch study.  Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study tapping into 12,000+ in-market new-vehicle shoppers annually on Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.  The highly comprehensive study offers insight into how shoppers perceive important factors driving their purchase decisions, and captures brand/model familiarity and loyalty among new-car shoppers. Honda was named 'Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand' by securing the highest average score across ratings of all non-luxury models, and the weight of importance of each of the factors in the study.</p> <p> "The fact that Honda has again won the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards as Best Overall Brand and Most Trusted Brand comes as no surprise," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Our experience has indicated that consumers continue to both respect Honda vehicles and be enthusiastic about them. Honda's reputation for quality, reliability and fun-to-drive continues to resonate with buyers of all ages."</p> <p>Additional comments from the Editors of Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com regarding Honda's Brand Image Award Wins:</p> <p><strong>Best Overall Brand</strong><br> "For the second year in a row, KBB.com visitors have named Honda the Best Overall Brand.  Considering Honda has also won the award for Most Trusted Brand among non-luxury shoppers three years in a row, this win isn't a huge surprise. We have long respected Honda's cars, SUVs and minivans for their reliability and refinement, and it turns out the new-car shoppers at Kelley Blue Book feel the same way."</p> <p><strong>Most Trusted Brand</strong><br> "Honda picks up its third consecutive Most Trusted Brand award, as selected by visitors to Kelley Blue Book's website. The brand is known for building reliable, efficient, safe cars that offer a lot of value when new, and hold that value as used models. No wonder Honda is consistently lauded for delivering on what it promises, year after year."</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: All New 2015 Honda Fit Designed to Top the Subcompact Class <p>With best-in-class passenger and cargo space, increased power, 41 mpg fuel economy rating (LX with Continuously Variable Transmission [CVT]) and more refined, yet sporty dynamics, the completely redesigned 2015 Fit is poised to lead the subcompact segment. Add to this an abundance of class-above standard features including roofline spoiler, LED taillights, <em>Bluetooth®</em> connectivity and a segment-exclusive rearview camera for a starting price just $100 more than the outgoing model.</p> <p>The 2015 Fit goes on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide the second half of April, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)<sup>2</sup> starting at $15,525 for the LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission. All Fit models are powered by a new, higher power and highly efficient 1.5-liter engine developing 130 horsepower<sup>3</sup> and 114 pound feet of torque<sup>4</sup>,with an EPA fuel-economy rating of 33/41/36 (city/highway/combined)<sup>5</sup> for the LX with CVT. </p> <p>"I'm thrilled that we've been able to greatly enhance and add to the Fit's already excellent attributes to provide Honda customers with class-above features and refinement at such a value price point," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda. "The 2015 Fit is practical, roomy, efficient, affordable and perhaps best of all, great fun to drive."</p> <p>The Honda Fit has always been known for its practicality, fuel efficiency and affordability, but also its feature richness, high-quality interior and driving enjoyment. For the all-new Fit, the unique combination of these traits has been further enhanced with even greater versatility, fresh styling, a more dynamic and refined driving experience, and substantially upgraded technology and luxury features.</p> <p>Outstanding versatility is fundamental to the design of the 2015 Fit. With class-leading interior space and versatility courtesy of its center-mounted fuel tank and ingenious Magic Seat®, the Fit epitomizes smart functionality with spacious and comfortable seating for five and the ability to carry voluminous cargo, including long and tall items. The larger interior features a remarkable 4.9 cubic feet increase in passenger volume and a 4.8-inch increase in rear seat leg room compared to the previous Fit, all the more remarkable considering its even more compact exterior footprint, including a 1.6-inch decrease in overall length.</p> <p>A highly space-efficient new body structure pairs with an all-new chassis to create a completely new, more rigid and lighter subcompact platform. The new Fit's platform features a longer wheelbase and numerous improvements to front and rear suspension and steering systems that improve overall driving dynamics. The net effect of these upgrades is a more settled and stable, yet nimble and sporty ride, with greatly improved steering and improved ride comfort and quietness. The adoption of a new frame structure, including Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) front body structure, also benefits safety performance, with the 2015 Fit targeting the highest-available crash-safety ratings of both the U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).</p> <p>The 2015 Fit also raises the bar on acceleration fun <em>and</em> fuel efficiency with major advances to its powertrain. A new Earth Dreams Technology™ engine significantly increases power, torque and throttle response with support from two newly developed transmissions – a slick-shifting 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control. The 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control features direct fuel injection, reduced weight and friction, increased compression ratio, and other changes to deliver an 11 percent increase in peak horsepower to 130<sup>3</sup>, and a 7.5 percent increase in peak torque to 114 lb.-ft<sup>4</sup>.</p> <p>The 6MT is an all-new design, with closer ratios to aid performance and a wider overall ratio range to improve fuel efficiency. The newly-developed CVT enhances engine responsiveness by providing quicker and smoother acceleration while improving fuel efficiency with a wider ratio range and reduced internal friction.</p> <p>With the combination of the new engine and transmissions, the Fit has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 29/37/32 (city/highway/combined)<sup>5</sup> for the manual transmission, 33/41/36 for the LX trim with CVT and 32/38/35 for the EX and EX-L trim with CVT. The new Fit sports a fresh and dynamic exterior design with slimmer headlights that integrate into a solid grille design and an aggressive lower intake. Chiseled sides emphasize the wheels and the dynamically tapered roofline that terminates in a color-matched spoiler. Eight colors, including several new and vibrant options, accentuate the fresh exterior styling.</p> <p>Inside, the increased interior room and visibility create a sense of airy spaciousness, which is complemented by upgraded, soft-touch materials that raise the feeling of quality. The rich and sophisticated black with silver accented design of the interior surfaces and controls, and blue backlit instrument dials are stylish and functional. The available Display Audio touchscreen interface and first-ever leather seating (EX-L models) further increase the premium feel of this new Fit.</p> <p>The 2015 Fit boasts a high level of standard and available features and now aligns with other Honda models by being offered in LX, EX, and EX-L trims, each with a higher spec than the previous equivalent trim. New standard features on all Fit models include auto on-off headlights, LED brake lights, <em>Bluetooth</em>®<sup>6</sup> HandsFreeLink® and a center storage console with armrest. Items such as Smart Entry Push Button Start, a one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio<sup>7</sup> with next-generation HondaLink and heated leather seats are among the upgrades available for the first time in Fit.</p> <p>The Fit also features a long list of standard safety features. That list includes Vehicle Stability Assist<sup>TM</sup> (VSA®) with traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The new Fit targets the highest available crash-safety ratings: a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the (IIHS). Standard drive-assistive features on all trims include a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and expanded view driver's mirror. The Honda LaneWatch™ display is standard on EX and above trims.</p> <p>The new U.S.-market Fit will be produced for the first time in North America at an all-new plant in in Celaya, Mexico. View, build and price at 2014 Honda Fit at <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/">automobiles.honda.com/fit.</a></p> <table border="1" width="477"> <tr> <td width="252" valign="top"><p><strong>TRIM</strong></p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>1</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel Economy Ratings<sup>4</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit LX 6MT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$15,525</p></td> <td width="167"><p>29/37/32 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit LX CVT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$16,325</p></td> <td width="167"><p>33/41/36 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX 6MT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$17,435</p></td> <td width="167"><p>29/37/32 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX CVT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$18,235</p></td> <td width="167"><p>32/38/35 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX-L CVT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$19,800</p></td> <td width="167"><p>32/38/35 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX-L CVT with Navi</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$20,800</p></td> <td width="167"><p>32/38/35 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/">automobiles.honda.com/fit.</a> <em>To join the Fit community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Honda/Fit"><em>facebook.com/Honda/Fit</em></a><em>. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Honda Civic is available at </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-fit">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-fit</a>.</p> <p><sup>2</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>3</sup> 130 hp @ 6600 rpm (SAE net) <br> <sup>4</sup> 114 lb-ft of torque @ 4600 rpm (SAE net)<br> <sup>5</sup> 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, and other factors <br> <sup>6</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.<br> <sup>7</sup> The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply. Please see HondaLink terms and conditions for details.</p> Corporate Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:07:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/7704116d-8b73-4d4e-843b-34ef32e14d9b http://hondanews.com/releases/7704116d-8b73-4d4e-843b-34ef32e14d9b All New 2015 Honda Fit Designed to Top the Subcompact Class <p>With best-in-class passenger and cargo space, increased power, 41 mpg fuel economy rating (LX with Continuously Variable Transmission [CVT]) and more refined, yet sporty dynamics, the completely redesigned 2015 Fit is poised to lead the subcompact segment. Add to this an abundance of class-above standard features including roofline spoiler, LED taillights, <em>Bluetooth®</em> connectivity and a segment-exclusive rearview camera for a starting price just $100 more than the outgoing model.</p> <p>The 2015 Fit goes on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide the second half of April, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)<sup>2</sup> starting at $15,525 for the LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission. All Fit models are powered by a new, higher power and highly efficient 1.5-liter engine developing 130 horsepower<sup>3</sup> and 114 pound feet of torque<sup>4</sup>,with an EPA fuel-economy rating of 33/41/36 (city/highway/combined)<sup>5</sup> for the LX with CVT. </p> <p>"I'm thrilled that we've been able to greatly enhance and add to the Fit's already excellent attributes to provide Honda customers with class-above features and refinement at such a value price point," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda. "The 2015 Fit is practical, roomy, efficient, affordable and perhaps best of all, great fun to drive."</p> <p>The Honda Fit has always been known for its practicality, fuel efficiency and affordability, but also its feature richness, high-quality interior and driving enjoyment. For the all-new Fit, the unique combination of these traits has been further enhanced with even greater versatility, fresh styling, a more dynamic and refined driving experience, and substantially upgraded technology and luxury features.</p> <p>Outstanding versatility is fundamental to the design of the 2015 Fit. With class-leading interior space and versatility courtesy of its center-mounted fuel tank and ingenious Magic Seat®, the Fit epitomizes smart functionality with spacious and comfortable seating for five and the ability to carry voluminous cargo, including long and tall items. The larger interior features a remarkable 4.9 cubic feet increase in passenger volume and a 4.8-inch increase in rear seat leg room compared to the previous Fit, all the more remarkable considering its even more compact exterior footprint, including a 1.6-inch decrease in overall length.</p> <p>A highly space-efficient new body structure pairs with an all-new chassis to create a completely new, more rigid and lighter subcompact platform. The new Fit's platform features a longer wheelbase and numerous improvements to front and rear suspension and steering systems that improve overall driving dynamics. The net effect of these upgrades is a more settled and stable, yet nimble and sporty ride, with greatly improved steering and improved ride comfort and quietness. The adoption of a new frame structure, including Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) front body structure, also benefits safety performance, with the 2015 Fit targeting the highest-available crash-safety ratings of both the U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).</p> <p>The 2015 Fit also raises the bar on acceleration fun <em>and</em> fuel efficiency with major advances to its powertrain. A new Earth Dreams Technology™ engine significantly increases power, torque and throttle response with support from two newly developed transmissions – a slick-shifting 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control. The 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control features direct fuel injection, reduced weight and friction, increased compression ratio, and other changes to deliver an 11 percent increase in peak horsepower to 130<sup>3</sup>, and a 7.5 percent increase in peak torque to 114 lb.-ft<sup>4</sup>.</p> <p>The 6MT is an all-new design, with closer ratios to aid performance and a wider overall ratio range to improve fuel efficiency. The newly-developed CVT enhances engine responsiveness by providing quicker and smoother acceleration while improving fuel efficiency with a wider ratio range and reduced internal friction.</p> <p>With the combination of the new engine and transmissions, the Fit has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 29/37/32 (city/highway/combined)<sup>5</sup> for the manual transmission, 33/41/36 for the LX trim with CVT and 32/38/35 for the EX and EX-L trim with CVT. The new Fit sports a fresh and dynamic exterior design with slimmer headlights that integrate into a solid grille design and an aggressive lower intake. Chiseled sides emphasize the wheels and the dynamically tapered roofline that terminates in a color-matched spoiler. Eight colors, including several new and vibrant options, accentuate the fresh exterior styling.</p> <p>Inside, the increased interior room and visibility create a sense of airy spaciousness, which is complemented by upgraded, soft-touch materials that raise the feeling of quality. The rich and sophisticated black with silver accented design of the interior surfaces and controls, and blue backlit instrument dials are stylish and functional. The available Display Audio touchscreen interface and first-ever leather seating (EX-L models) further increase the premium feel of this new Fit.</p> <p>The 2015 Fit boasts a high level of standard and available features and now aligns with other Honda models by being offered in LX, EX, and EX-L trims, each with a higher spec than the previous equivalent trim. New standard features on all Fit models include auto on-off headlights, LED brake lights, <em>Bluetooth</em>®<sup>6</sup> HandsFreeLink® and a center storage console with armrest. Items such as Smart Entry Push Button Start, a one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio<sup>7</sup> with next-generation HondaLink and heated leather seats are among the upgrades available for the first time in Fit.</p> <p>The Fit also features a long list of standard safety features. That list includes Vehicle Stability Assist<sup>TM</sup> (VSA®) with traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The new Fit targets the highest available crash-safety ratings: a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the (IIHS). Standard drive-assistive features on all trims include a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and expanded view driver's mirror. The Honda LaneWatch™ display is standard on EX and above trims.</p> <p>The new U.S.-market Fit will be produced for the first time in North America at an all-new plant in in Celaya, Mexico. View, build and price at 2014 Honda Fit at <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/">automobiles.honda.com/fit.</a></p> <table border="1" width="477"> <tr> <td width="252" valign="top"><p><strong>TRIM</strong></p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>1</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="167" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel Economy Ratings<sup>4</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit LX 6MT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$15,525</p></td> <td width="167"><p>29/37/32 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit LX CVT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$16,325</p></td> <td width="167"><p>33/41/36 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX 6MT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$17,435</p></td> <td width="167"><p>29/37/32 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX CVT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$18,235</p></td> <td width="167"><p>32/38/35 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX-L CVT</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$19,800</p></td> <td width="167"><p>32/38/35 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="252"><p>Fit EX-L CVT with Navi</p></td> <td width="59" valign="top"><p>$20,800</p></td> <td width="167"><p>32/38/35 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/">automobiles.honda.com/fit.</a> <em>To join the Fit community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Honda/Fit"><em>facebook.com/Honda/Fit</em></a><em>. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Honda Civic is available at </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-fit">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-fit</a>.</p> <p><sup>2</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>3</sup> 130 hp @ 6600 rpm (SAE net) <br> <sup>4</sup> 114 lb-ft of torque @ 4600 rpm (SAE net)<br> <sup>5</sup> 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, and other factors <br> <sup>6</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.<br> <sup>7</sup> The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply. Please see HondaLink terms and conditions for details.</p> Corporate: 2015 Honda Fit 2015 Honda Fit. 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