Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:13:31 -0700 Honda Automobiles: Select Honda Pre-Owned Vehicles Recognized as Safer Choices for Teen Drivers by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <ul> <li><strong><em>Certain model year Honda Accord, CR-V, Element, Odyssey and Pilot vehicles rated as some of the best pre-owned vehicles for teen driver safety</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Several model years of Honda pre-owned vehicles have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as part of its first-ever list of safer used vehicles for teen drivers. Research conducted by IIHS found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and suggests that the type of vehicle driven has a big effect on the degree of risk. Further IIHS research showed many teens drive used vehicles lacking important safety technology, and, as a result, a list was compiled to help guide parents in making safer choices. </p> <p> Honda pre-owned vehicles earning this first recognition from IIHS as among the best, safer choices for teen drivers under $20,000<sup>2</sup> include the Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later), Accord Coupe (2013-14), CR-V (2012 and later), Element (2007 and later) and Honda Odyssey (2011 and later). Additionally, the Honda Pilot (2006 and later) and the Honda Odyssey (2005-10) were included on the list of good choices for teen drivers under $10,000<sup>2</sup>.</p> <p> "Enhancing the safety of our customers and the quality of our products is a top priority for Honda," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "Our long-term commitment to enhancing safety and durability makes Honda an ideal choice when shopping for safe, reliable transportation, new or pre-owned, for all drivers including teens."</p> <p> For added piece of mind, customers choosing a Certified Pre-Owned Honda (<a href="http://www.certified.honda.com" target="_blank">http://www.certified.honda.com</a>) vehicle on this list from one of our authorized Honda dealerships, an extensive limited warranty is included. According to IHS Automotive vehicle registration statistics, Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p> Vehicles considered "best choices" for under $20,000<sup>2</sup> have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Vehicles considered "good choices" for under $10,000<sup>2</sup> have good or acceptable side crash protection and head restraints rated better than poor. If rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles earn a 4 or 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score, for model years 2011 and later, or 4 or 5 Stars in the front and side crash safety tests for earlier models tested under NHTSA's old rating system.</p> <p> All Honda vehicles on the list come equipped with standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control (what IIHS calls Electronic Stability Control or ESC) and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crash tests. According to IIHS, systems like Honda's VSA® reduce fatal single-vehicle crash risk by about half and fatal multiple-vehicle crash risk by one-fifth (see Status Report, June 19, 2010, at iihs.org).</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 in the U.S. and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. 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> <table border="0"> <tr> <td><p><strong>IIHS Best Used Car Choices for Teens Under $20,000:</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>IIHS Good Used Car Choices for Teens Under $10,000:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later)</td> <td><p>Honda Pilot (2006 and later)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Coupe (2013-14)</td> <td><p>Honda Odyssey (2005-10)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda CR-V (2012 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Element (2007 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Odyssey (2011 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> <sup>1</sup> Durability based on longevity. Longevity based on IHS Automotive: Polk U.S. vehicles in operation vs. new vehicle registrations for 1988-2013 for Honda and competing non-luxury brands.<br> <sup>2</sup> Based on IIHS pricing research among all used vehicles. Prices will vary and may be higher for certified pre-owned vehicles, which offer multiple benefits, including limited warranty coverage. Honda Automobiles Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/5a0ad603-18fb-4a85-8cfc-b86115c17418 http://hondanews.com/releases/5a0ad603-18fb-4a85-8cfc-b86115c17418 Select Honda Pre-Owned Vehicles Recognized as Safer Choices for Teen Drivers by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <ul> <li><strong><em>Certain model year Honda Accord, CR-V, Element, Odyssey and Pilot vehicles rated as some of the best pre-owned vehicles for teen driver safety</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Several model years of Honda pre-owned vehicles have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as part of its first-ever list of safer used vehicles for teen drivers. Research conducted by IIHS found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and suggests that the type of vehicle driven has a big effect on the degree of risk. Further IIHS research showed many teens drive used vehicles lacking important safety technology, and, as a result, a list was compiled to help guide parents in making safer choices. </p> <p> Honda pre-owned vehicles earning this first recognition from IIHS as among the best, safer choices for teen drivers under $20,000<sup>2</sup> include the Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later), Accord Coupe (2013-14), CR-V (2012 and later), Element (2007 and later) and Honda Odyssey (2011 and later). Additionally, the Honda Pilot (2006 and later) and the Honda Odyssey (2005-10) were included on the list of good choices for teen drivers under $10,000<sup>2</sup>.</p> <p> "Enhancing the safety of our customers and the quality of our products is a top priority for Honda," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "Our long-term commitment to enhancing safety and durability makes Honda an ideal choice when shopping for safe, reliable transportation, new or pre-owned, for all drivers including teens."</p> <p> For added piece of mind, customers choosing a Certified Pre-Owned Honda (<a href="http://www.certified.honda.com" target="_blank">http://www.certified.honda.com</a>) vehicle on this list from one of our authorized Honda dealerships, an extensive limited warranty is included. According to IHS Automotive vehicle registration statistics, Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p> Vehicles considered "best choices" for under $20,000<sup>2</sup> have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Vehicles considered "good choices" for under $10,000<sup>2</sup> have good or acceptable side crash protection and head restraints rated better than poor. If rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles earn a 4 or 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score, for model years 2011 and later, or 4 or 5 Stars in the front and side crash safety tests for earlier models tested under NHTSA's old rating system.</p> <p> All Honda vehicles on the list come equipped with standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control (what IIHS calls Electronic Stability Control or ESC) and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crash tests. According to IIHS, systems like Honda's VSA® reduce fatal single-vehicle crash risk by about half and fatal multiple-vehicle crash risk by one-fifth (see Status Report, June 19, 2010, at iihs.org).</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 in the U.S. and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. 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> <table border="0"> <tr> <td><p><strong>IIHS Best Used Car Choices for Teens Under $20,000:</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>IIHS Good Used Car Choices for Teens Under $10,000:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later)</td> <td><p>Honda Pilot (2006 and later)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Coupe (2013-14)</td> <td><p>Honda Odyssey (2005-10)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda CR-V (2012 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Element (2007 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Odyssey (2011 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> <sup>1</sup> Durability based on longevity. Longevity based on IHS Automotive: Polk U.S. vehicles in operation vs. new vehicle registrations for 1988-2013 for Honda and competing non-luxury brands.<br> <sup>2</sup> Based on IIHS pricing research among all used vehicles. Prices will vary and may be higher for certified pre-owned vehicles, which offer multiple benefits, including limited warranty coverage. Honda Automobiles: HPD Announces Collegiate SAE Program <ul> <li><strong><em>Student SAE programs now eligible to join the Honda Racing Line</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Includes Formula SAE, Baja SAE and other SAE university programs</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Provides access to Honda Racing Line products and services</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) collegiate-level programs will now be able to join the <em>Honda Racing Line</em>, giving them access to products and services offered by Honda Performance Development.</p> <p>Universities operating SAE-affiliated programs, such as Formula SAE and Baja SAE can now apply for membership in the <em>Honda Racing Line</em>, gaining direct access to HPD-developed racing products, original equipment replacement parts and support specifically tailored to the motorsports competitor.</p> <p>"We are delighted to be offering memberships in the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> to universities involved with collegiate-level SAE programs," said Jeff Barrow, HPD Manager of Commercial Motorsports.</p> <p>"Both HPD and our parent company, American Honda, have long been associated with the SAE and the organization's student competitions. Many current HPD associates participated in Formula SAE and similar programs during their university years," Barrow added. "Now these programs will have access to our performance product lines as well as our talented technical support."</p> <p>To join the <em>Honda Racing Line</em>, a university SAE program administrator can contact HPD to obtain an HPD Collegiate SAE Program Racing Product Purchase Agreement. Once completed and returned to HPD, the university program will be assigned a membership number providing access to HPD products and services.</p> <p>For more information on the HPD Collegiate SAE program, contact Jeff Barrow, Manager, Commercial Motorsports, Honda Performance Development, Tel. 661-702-7845 or e-mail <a href="mailto:jbarrow@hra.com">jbarrow@hra.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company. Today, HPD offers a line of race engines and other motorsports products for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets to Indy cars and prototype sports cars, showcasing "fun to drive" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.</p> <p>No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCar open-wheel racing, which includes 210 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories from 2004-2014.</p> <p>HPD's Le Mans prototype sports car racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. 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.</p> <p>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> Honda Automobiles Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/51c7877e-5eaf-44ab-8515-d898f98cb81c http://hondanews.com/releases/51c7877e-5eaf-44ab-8515-d898f98cb81c HPD Announces Collegiate SAE Program <ul> <li><strong><em>Student SAE programs now eligible to join the Honda Racing Line</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Includes Formula SAE, Baja SAE and other SAE university programs</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Provides access to Honda Racing Line products and services</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) collegiate-level programs will now be able to join the <em>Honda Racing Line</em>, giving them access to products and services offered by Honda Performance Development.</p> <p>Universities operating SAE-affiliated programs, such as Formula SAE and Baja SAE can now apply for membership in the <em>Honda Racing Line</em>, gaining direct access to HPD-developed racing products, original equipment replacement parts and support specifically tailored to the motorsports competitor.</p> <p>"We are delighted to be offering memberships in the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> to universities involved with collegiate-level SAE programs," said Jeff Barrow, HPD Manager of Commercial Motorsports.</p> <p>"Both HPD and our parent company, American Honda, have long been associated with the SAE and the organization's student competitions. Many current HPD associates participated in Formula SAE and similar programs during their university years," Barrow added. "Now these programs will have access to our performance product lines as well as our talented technical support."</p> <p>To join the <em>Honda Racing Line</em>, a university SAE program administrator can contact HPD to obtain an HPD Collegiate SAE Program Racing Product Purchase Agreement. Once completed and returned to HPD, the university program will be assigned a membership number providing access to HPD products and services.</p> <p>For more information on the HPD Collegiate SAE program, contact Jeff Barrow, Manager, Commercial Motorsports, Honda Performance Development, Tel. 661-702-7845 or e-mail <a href="mailto:jbarrow@hra.com">jbarrow@hra.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company. Today, HPD offers a line of race engines and other motorsports products for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets to Indy cars and prototype sports cars, showcasing "fun to drive" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.</p> <p>No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCar open-wheel racing, which includes 210 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories from 2004-2014.</p> <p>HPD's Le Mans prototype sports car racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. 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.</p> <p>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> Honda Automobiles: Formula SAE <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a4eb/1764/a4eb1764-a593-4d8a-ba29-1a0c12196b66-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Formula SAE Honda Automobiles Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/formula-sae http://hondanews.com/photos/formula-sae Formula SAE <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a4eb/1764/a4eb1764-a593-4d8a-ba29-1a0c12196b66-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Formula SAE Honda Automobiles: Sage Marie drives the S3700 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/287a/1cc9/287a1cc9-3b58-456c-97d0-eb0d198d4664-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Sage Marie drives the S3700 Honda Automobiles Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associates-make-successful-runs-at-sunday-s-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associates-make-successful-runs-at-sunday-s-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-1 Sage Marie drives the S3700 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/287a/1cc9/287a1cc9-3b58-456c-97d0-eb0d198d4664-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Sage Marie drives the S3700 Honda Automobiles: Corey Taguchi's Honda Fit <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9697/d27a/9697d27a-13da-4375-aad5-c9dfe16cf6fb-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Corey Taguchi's Honda Fit Honda Automobiles Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associates-make-successful-runs-at-sunday-s-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associates-make-successful-runs-at-sunday-s-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb Corey Taguchi's Honda Fit <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9697/d27a/9697d27a-13da-4375-aad5-c9dfe16cf6fb-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Corey Taguchi's Honda Fit Honda Automobiles: James Robinson's Acura NSX <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/56de/5aff/56de5aff-1a29-41c9-a820-2c254118096d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> James Robinson's Acura NSX Honda Automobiles Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associates-make-successful-runs-at-sunday-s-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associates-make-successful-runs-at-sunday-s-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-2 James Robinson's Acura NSX <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/56de/5aff/56de5aff-1a29-41c9-a820-2c254118096d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> James Robinson's Acura NSX Honda Automobiles: Honda Associates Make Successful Runs At Sunday's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb <ul type="disc"> <li><em>Roy Richards' Honda Fit EV Wins with Record Time in Electric Production Class</em></li> <li><em>Honda Powers Romain Dumas to overall win</em></li> </ul> <p>Honda's racing lineup for the 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb had a little something for everyone with a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner racing right alongside Honda associates in vehicles ranging from an Acura NSX to a Honda Fit. At the end of the day, four Honda drivers and riders earned top-five class finishes in Sunday's 12.42-mile sprint to the top of Pikes Peak, while Honda's world-renowned race engines did the job, powering Romain Dumas to his first overall Pikes Peak title.</p> <p>Associates from American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda North America and Honda R&D combined to field six vehicles for Honda associates in this year's race. With five of the six Honda drivers having previously competed at  Pikes Peak,  each of the six vehicles made successful runs to the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak summit, including the Honda Fit EV of Roy Richards, which won the Electric Production class in a race-record time.</p> <p>In addition to the efforts of its associates in Sunday's race, Honda provided power for Dumas in his own Norma RD Limited prototype chassis entry in the Unlimited class. Starting first, Dumas pushed his Honda powerplant to a race-winning time of 9:05.801 to claim his first race win and the first overall Pikes Peak victory for a Honda-powered car.</p> <p>Richards' run of 12:55.591 gave his blue-hued Honda Fit EV the class win, marking the 13th consecutive year that a Honda-powered vehicle has won at least one class in the famed event. </p> <p>James Robinson posted the fastest time of the six Honda associate-driven vehicles in his Acura Pikes Peak NSX, finishing sixth in the Open Class with a time of 11:09.134. Zach Jacobs rode his Honda CBR600RR throughout the course's 156 turns in 11:11.885 to place fifth in the Middleweight motorcycle class, while Sage Marie's effort of 11:59.095 in his Honda S2000 was good for fourth in the Time Attack 2 class.</p> <p>Keith Steidl placed sixth in the quad class with a time of 12:31.245, while the only rookie in the 2014 class, Corey Taguchi, placed fourth in the Exhibition standings after posting a time of 14:26.438 in his Honda Fit.</p> <p><strong>Romain Dumas</strong> (Norma RD Honda) <strong>overall race winner:</strong> "After [finishing 2nd in] 2012, the target was to win one. This year, we did a perfect job, the [Honda engine] was running good and we prepared how we should. I knew I was running smoothly, so I didn't want to take any risks. It was a clear run. It was not incredible, but it was enough to win and that was the target anyway. We are very happy, and this is a big win for the team.'</p> <p><strong>Roy Richards</strong> (Honda Fit EV) <strong>winner, new record time, Electric Production class:</strong> "I am very pleased with the Fit EV's performance this year. "We knew from last year's practice times that the Fit EV had a shot at the record, but weather spoiled our run. Building on the knowledge gained from last year, our team refined the suspension settings and did additional weight reduction. The results were better than we expected with a new record for the production EV class."</p> <p><strong>James Robinson</strong> (Acura Pikes Peak NSX) <strong>6th, Open Class:</strong> " I'm very pleased I got to the top, because just after Glen Cove my rear brakes went out and driving became much more challenging! It was quite a handful getting it to the top with no brakes, so I was all the more thrilled that we were able to beat our time from last year by about 30 seconds!"</p> <p><strong>Steve Eriksen</strong> (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on the 2014 Hill Climb:</strong> "In returning as the Partnering Sponsor for the event, we were very pleased to power Romain Dumas and his team in their successful attempt at the overall title and additionally to set a new Electric Production Car record at the 92nd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Most satisfying was seeing the teamwork and camaraderie exhibited by Honda associates from a variety of Honda companies, including Honda R&D, Honda North America, and Honda Performance Development, working together to support a variety of competition entries highlighting the breadth of products that only Honda can provide. The inaugural application of the AirFence increased safety on the course in the sections applied and proved to be a worthy addition to the event. Despite this safety improvement, racing on the mountain has its risks, and our thoughts go out to the family of fellow competitor Bobby Goodin who succumbed to injuries sustained after completing his run up the mountain."</p> Honda Automobiles Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:17:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/2561dbdd-4425-4071-b333-1eaa8b1bc631 http://hondanews.com/releases/2561dbdd-4425-4071-b333-1eaa8b1bc631 Honda Associates Make Successful Runs At Sunday's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb <ul type="disc"> <li><em>Roy Richards' Honda Fit EV Wins with Record Time in Electric Production Class</em></li> <li><em>Honda Powers Romain Dumas to overall win</em></li> </ul> <p>Honda's racing lineup for the 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb had a little something for everyone with a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner racing right alongside Honda associates in vehicles ranging from an Acura NSX to a Honda Fit. At the end of the day, four Honda drivers and riders earned top-five class finishes in Sunday's 12.42-mile sprint to the top of Pikes Peak, while Honda's world-renowned race engines did the job, powering Romain Dumas to his first overall Pikes Peak title.</p> <p>Associates from American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda North America and Honda R&D combined to field six vehicles for Honda associates in this year's race. With five of the six Honda drivers having previously competed at  Pikes Peak,  each of the six vehicles made successful runs to the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak summit, including the Honda Fit EV of Roy Richards, which won the Electric Production class in a race-record time.</p> <p>In addition to the efforts of its associates in Sunday's race, Honda provided power for Dumas in his own Norma RD Limited prototype chassis entry in the Unlimited class. Starting first, Dumas pushed his Honda powerplant to a race-winning time of 9:05.801 to claim his first race win and the first overall Pikes Peak victory for a Honda-powered car.</p> <p>Richards' run of 12:55.591 gave his blue-hued Honda Fit EV the class win, marking the 13th consecutive year that a Honda-powered vehicle has won at least one class in the famed event. </p> <p>James Robinson posted the fastest time of the six Honda associate-driven vehicles in his Acura Pikes Peak NSX, finishing sixth in the Open Class with a time of 11:09.134. Zach Jacobs rode his Honda CBR600RR throughout the course's 156 turns in 11:11.885 to place fifth in the Middleweight motorcycle class, while Sage Marie's effort of 11:59.095 in his Honda S2000 was good for fourth in the Time Attack 2 class.</p> <p>Keith Steidl placed sixth in the quad class with a time of 12:31.245, while the only rookie in the 2014 class, Corey Taguchi, placed fourth in the Exhibition standings after posting a time of 14:26.438 in his Honda Fit.</p> <p><strong>Romain Dumas</strong> (Norma RD Honda) <strong>overall race winner:</strong> "After [finishing 2nd in] 2012, the target was to win one. This year, we did a perfect job, the [Honda engine] was running good and we prepared how we should. I knew I was running smoothly, so I didn't want to take any risks. It was a clear run. It was not incredible, but it was enough to win and that was the target anyway. We are very happy, and this is a big win for the team.'</p> <p><strong>Roy Richards</strong> (Honda Fit EV) <strong>winner, new record time, Electric Production class:</strong> "I am very pleased with the Fit EV's performance this year. "We knew from last year's practice times that the Fit EV had a shot at the record, but weather spoiled our run. Building on the knowledge gained from last year, our team refined the suspension settings and did additional weight reduction. The results were better than we expected with a new record for the production EV class."</p> <p><strong>James Robinson</strong> (Acura Pikes Peak NSX) <strong>6th, Open Class:</strong> " I'm very pleased I got to the top, because just after Glen Cove my rear brakes went out and driving became much more challenging! It was quite a handful getting it to the top with no brakes, so I was all the more thrilled that we were able to beat our time from last year by about 30 seconds!"</p> <p><strong>Steve Eriksen</strong> (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on the 2014 Hill Climb:</strong> "In returning as the Partnering Sponsor for the event, we were very pleased to power Romain Dumas and his team in their successful attempt at the overall title and additionally to set a new Electric Production Car record at the 92nd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Most satisfying was seeing the teamwork and camaraderie exhibited by Honda associates from a variety of Honda companies, including Honda R&D, Honda North America, and Honda Performance Development, working together to support a variety of competition entries highlighting the breadth of products that only Honda can provide. The inaugural application of the AirFence increased safety on the course in the sections applied and proved to be a worthy addition to the event. Despite this safety improvement, racing on the mountain has its risks, and our thoughts go out to the family of fellow competitor Bobby Goodin who succumbed to injuries sustained after completing his run up the mountain."</p> Honda Automobiles: American Honda Reports June 2014 Sales <ul> <li><em>Honda Civic and Accord post sales of more than 32,000 each in June for increases of 8.7 and 2.1 percent respectively </em></li> <li><em>Honda CR-V posts best-ever 6-month sales performance with a gain of 6.1 percent YTD</em></li> <li><em>Total Acura truck sales were up 6.1 percent in June</em></li> <li><em>Acura MDX claims best-ever 6-month sales performance with an increase of 68.4 percent</em></li> </ul> <p>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 129,023 units. The Honda division posted sales of 117,817 units in June while Acura sold 11,206 units in the same period. Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 739,436 units.</p> <p><strong>Honda</strong><br> Honda's core models—Accord, Civic and CR-V—continue to set the retail pace through the first half of 2014, with the Civic up 8.7 percent and Accord increasing 2.1 percent in June. However, retail consumers appeared to take a breath last month coupled with an unusually short number of selling days, the shortest June in five years.</p> <ul> <li>Bucking a recent market shift toward SUVs, Civic is up 8.7 percent in June and 5.3 percent for the first six months of 2014—its best such period in a decade </li> <li>Accord sales rise 2.1 percent in June </li> <li>CR-V, the industry's most popular SUV, posted a year-to-date gain of 6.1 percent for its best-ever 6-month sales performance</li> <li>Despite low inventory as supply ramps up, the all-new 2015 Fit is driving new traffic at Honda dealerships</li> </ul> <p>"Despite an easing of the pace in June, the larger sales trend throughout the industry remains robust," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "Our core products remain strong and though we're still filling its supply pipeline, the new 2015 Fit is selling very well and we expect it to add yet another strong pillar to Honda sales in the near future."   </p> <p><strong>Acura</strong><br> Overall Acura sales continue to reflect the decreasing supply of TL and TSX models as the company prepares for launch of the 2015 TLX line of luxury performance sedans later this summer. With an unprecedented first half of the year, MDX and RDX continue to sell at a near record pace, pushing Acura truck sales up 6.1 percent for the month.   </p> <ul> <li>Acura truck sales rise 6.1 percent in June </li> <li>MDX June sales rose 27.7 percent on sales of 4,890 units</li> <li>Posting its best-ever six-month sales performance, the Acura MDX led the division with sales of 30,644 units, an increase 68.4 percent over last year</li> </ul> <p>"The MDX and RDX had a stellar first half of the year, certainly a good indicator that the Acura brand is moving in a strong direction," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "While we expected the reduced supply of sedans to impact sales this summer, the upcoming launch of the all-new 2015 TLX lineup heralds a new era for the Acura brand."</p> <p># # #</p> <img src="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/14junesales.jpg"> Honda Automobiles Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:02:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/33396491-bfbb-40e5-999b-08bdcb142e12 http://hondanews.com/releases/33396491-bfbb-40e5-999b-08bdcb142e12 American Honda Reports June 2014 Sales <ul> <li><em>Honda Civic and Accord post sales of more than 32,000 each in June for increases of 8.7 and 2.1 percent respectively </em></li> <li><em>Honda CR-V posts best-ever 6-month sales performance with a gain of 6.1 percent YTD</em></li> <li><em>Total Acura truck sales were up 6.1 percent in June</em></li> <li><em>Acura MDX claims best-ever 6-month sales performance with an increase of 68.4 percent</em></li> </ul> <p>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 129,023 units. The Honda division posted sales of 117,817 units in June while Acura sold 11,206 units in the same period. Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 739,436 units.</p> <p><strong>Honda</strong><br> Honda's core models—Accord, Civic and CR-V—continue to set the retail pace through the first half of 2014, with the Civic up 8.7 percent and Accord increasing 2.1 percent in June. However, retail consumers appeared to take a breath last month coupled with an unusually short number of selling days, the shortest June in five years.</p> <ul> <li>Bucking a recent market shift toward SUVs, Civic is up 8.7 percent in June and 5.3 percent for the first six months of 2014—its best such period in a decade </li> <li>Accord sales rise 2.1 percent in June </li> <li>CR-V, the industry's most popular SUV, posted a year-to-date gain of 6.1 percent for its best-ever 6-month sales performance</li> <li>Despite low inventory as supply ramps up, the all-new 2015 Fit is driving new traffic at Honda dealerships</li> </ul> <p>"Despite an easing of the pace in June, the larger sales trend throughout the industry remains robust," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "Our core products remain strong and though we're still filling its supply pipeline, the new 2015 Fit is selling very well and we expect it to add yet another strong pillar to Honda sales in the near future."   </p> <p><strong>Acura</strong><br> Overall Acura sales continue to reflect the decreasing supply of TL and TSX models as the company prepares for launch of the 2015 TLX line of luxury performance sedans later this summer. With an unprecedented first half of the year, MDX and RDX continue to sell at a near record pace, pushing Acura truck sales up 6.1 percent for the month.   </p> <ul> <li>Acura truck sales rise 6.1 percent in June </li> <li>MDX June sales rose 27.7 percent on sales of 4,890 units</li> <li>Posting its best-ever six-month sales performance, the Acura MDX led the division with sales of 30,644 units, an increase 68.4 percent over last year</li> </ul> <p>"The MDX and RDX had a stellar first half of the year, certainly a good indicator that the Acura brand is moving in a strong direction," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "While we expected the reduced supply of sedans to impact sales this summer, the upcoming launch of the all-new 2015 TLX lineup heralds a new era for the Acura brand."</p> <p># # #</p> <img src="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/14junesales.jpg"> Honda Automobiles: Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/20a8/3e0b/20a83e0b-0c55-46f7-82ad-e3b9f389a768-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:06:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-vehicles-to-seamlessly-integrate-android-smartphone-features-with-android-auto-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-vehicles-to-seamlessly-integrate-android-smartphone-features-with-android-auto-1 Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/20a8/3e0b/20a83e0b-0c55-46f7-82ad-e3b9f389a768-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto Honda Automobiles: Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/cf5b/0479/cf5b0479-cfd9-4991-8ce7-7f2d001fce62-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:06:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-vehicles-to-seamlessly-integrate-android-smartphone-features-with-android-auto http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-vehicles-to-seamlessly-integrate-android-smartphone-features-with-android-auto Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/cf5b/0479/cf5b0479-cfd9-4991-8ce7-7f2d001fce62-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto Honda Automobiles: Honda Combines Company Resources For Assault On 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda continues race sponsorship and participation</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Working with AMA to introduce new safety technologies</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda to field six vehicles, 10 motorcycles in multiple classes</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on one of the harrowing race circuits in the world, as automobiles, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from around the globe race to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak.</p> <p>And while Honda has always focused its efforts on getting to the top of the mountain before everyone else, this year the company has taken a groundbreaking step toward making the 92<sup>nd</sup> running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as safe as possible.</p> <p>Honda has worked with the American Motorcyclist Association to introduce the use of AirFence Provided by RoadRacing World Action Fund technology at several key corners of the race course. The use of the innovative safety fencing marks the first time that a Pikes Peak competitor has worked with a sanctioning body to improve overall safety at the event.</p> <p>"Honda is proud to have worked with the AMA and event organizers to increase safety for the competitors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb," said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda Division, Jeff Conrad. "Honda has a long and successful history at Pikes Peak, and helping to increase the safety on the race course allows our drivers and riders to focus on getting to the top of the mountain as quickly as possible!"</p> <p>AirFence consists of a system of connected air-filled bladders, serving as a soft wall safety barrier to protect motorcycle racers from direct contact with solid objects.  The RoadRacing World Action Fund, an organization dedicated to improving the safety for motorcycle racing, has provided this technology to circuits across North America through an on-going research and fund raising program.</p> <p>Making the course safer will, of course, allow competitors to run faster, which is something Honda is more than accustomed to at Pikes Peak. Honda-powered vehicles have taken at least one class victory at the legendary event in each of the last 12 years, and have captured 44 wins overall.</p> <p>Looking to extend that streak, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda R&D have joined forces to field six vehicles for Honda associates in this year's race. In addition, Honda is providing power for 2013 overall runner-up Romain Dumas' Norma M20 'RD Limited' in his chase for the overall title.</p> <p>The cooperative effort between Honda companies will see Honda associates racing a diverse lineup of vehicles in the event, ranging from the Fit EV to a first-generation NSX, along with a Honda CBR600RR motorcycle and a Honda TRX450 All-Terrain Vehicle.</p> <p>Ten other competitors will compete on Honda motorcycles in the event's various classes, riding Honda 250, 450, 600 and 1000cc machines.</p> <p>Extending its event support beyond the race track, Honda returns as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2014 event, Honda Power Sports will be the official ATV/UTV of the event and Honda Power Equipment will provide electricity and light to the pits and staging areas, through the use of Honda generators.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/4a7e4b6d-d4a2-4c60-a96a-1cf4a4ad77ac http://hondanews.com/releases/4a7e4b6d-d4a2-4c60-a96a-1cf4a4ad77ac Honda Combines Company Resources For Assault On 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda continues race sponsorship and participation</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Working with AMA to introduce new safety technologies</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda to field six vehicles, 10 motorcycles in multiple classes</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on one of the harrowing race circuits in the world, as automobiles, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from around the globe race to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak.</p> <p>And while Honda has always focused its efforts on getting to the top of the mountain before everyone else, this year the company has taken a groundbreaking step toward making the 92<sup>nd</sup> running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as safe as possible.</p> <p>Honda has worked with the American Motorcyclist Association to introduce the use of AirFence Provided by RoadRacing World Action Fund technology at several key corners of the race course. The use of the innovative safety fencing marks the first time that a Pikes Peak competitor has worked with a sanctioning body to improve overall safety at the event.</p> <p>"Honda is proud to have worked with the AMA and event organizers to increase safety for the competitors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb," said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda Division, Jeff Conrad. "Honda has a long and successful history at Pikes Peak, and helping to increase the safety on the race course allows our drivers and riders to focus on getting to the top of the mountain as quickly as possible!"</p> <p>AirFence consists of a system of connected air-filled bladders, serving as a soft wall safety barrier to protect motorcycle racers from direct contact with solid objects.  The RoadRacing World Action Fund, an organization dedicated to improving the safety for motorcycle racing, has provided this technology to circuits across North America through an on-going research and fund raising program.</p> <p>Making the course safer will, of course, allow competitors to run faster, which is something Honda is more than accustomed to at Pikes Peak. Honda-powered vehicles have taken at least one class victory at the legendary event in each of the last 12 years, and have captured 44 wins overall.</p> <p>Looking to extend that streak, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda R&D have joined forces to field six vehicles for Honda associates in this year's race. In addition, Honda is providing power for 2013 overall runner-up Romain Dumas' Norma M20 'RD Limited' in his chase for the overall title.</p> <p>The cooperative effort between Honda companies will see Honda associates racing a diverse lineup of vehicles in the event, ranging from the Fit EV to a first-generation NSX, along with a Honda CBR600RR motorcycle and a Honda TRX450 All-Terrain Vehicle.</p> <p>Ten other competitors will compete on Honda motorcycles in the event's various classes, riding Honda 250, 450, 600 and 1000cc machines.</p> <p>Extending its event support beyond the race track, Honda returns as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2014 event, Honda Power Sports will be the official ATV/UTV of the event and Honda Power Equipment will provide electricity and light to the pits and staging areas, through the use of Honda generators.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto <ul> <li><strong>A Honda demonstration vehicle is on display June 25-26 at Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA</strong></li> <li><strong>Honda vehicles featuring Android Auto will debut in 2015; models and trims will be announced at a later date</strong></li> <li><strong>Android Auto provides a seamless connection between compatible Android-powered smartphones and Honda's advanced, in-car connectivity systems </strong></li> </ul> <p>Building on a series of advancements aimed at improving the in-car technology experience for consumers, Honda will introduce select vehicles compatible with Android Auto™ in 2015. Honda is displaying a functional prototype at Google I/O 2014, the annual developer conference hosted by Google in San Francisco, CA. Honda and Acura models and trims compatible with Android Auto will be announced in the future.</p> <p>To initiate Android Auto, Honda drivers will simply connect their compatible Android smartphone to the vehicle's USB port using the cable that came with their phone, allowing them to intuitively access supported apps and features using the car's in-dash display and voice controls. After connecting the compatible Android phone to their Honda vehicle, drivers will be able to "project" their smartphone experience onto the car's in-dash display, giving them access to apps and services that have been optimized for the vehicle environment.</p> <p>"Honda's goal is to integrate the power and functionality of today's smartphones directly into our vehicles in a way that is seamless and intuitive for our customers," said Nick Sugimoto, senior program director for Honda Silicon Valley Lab. "By working collaboratively with Google and other technology companies, Honda will help millions of consumers around the world more easily and conveniently access their smartphones' content, data and features."</p> <p>Honda is a founding member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a group of automakers and technology companies committed to bringing the Android platform to cars. The company's open innovation lab, Honda Silicon Valley Lab, spearheads Honda's global interactions with technology companies like Google, as well as developers, to create cutting-edge products and customer experiences.</p> <p>Honda has been an industry leader in equipping its vehicles with technologies that support customers' efforts to be more alert drivers, including the early introduction of hands-free telephone functionality, wide application of back-up cameras to 100 percent of automobiles by model year 2015, as well as other features. Further, Honda is raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving through initiatives like the Honda "#ThumbsUp" campaign, which launched in April 2014.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $16.3 billion.</p> <p>Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet light jet, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks.</p> <p>A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.</p> <p>Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p># # #</p> Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ddf15624-1730-4545-a1ba-5836f2ec00d5 http://hondanews.com/releases/ddf15624-1730-4545-a1ba-5836f2ec00d5 Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto <ul> <li><strong>A Honda demonstration vehicle is on display June 25-26 at Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA</strong></li> <li><strong>Honda vehicles featuring Android Auto will debut in 2015; models and trims will be announced at a later date</strong></li> <li><strong>Android Auto provides a seamless connection between compatible Android-powered smartphones and Honda's advanced, in-car connectivity systems </strong></li> </ul> <p>Building on a series of advancements aimed at improving the in-car technology experience for consumers, Honda will introduce select vehicles compatible with Android Auto™ in 2015. Honda is displaying a functional prototype at Google I/O 2014, the annual developer conference hosted by Google in San Francisco, CA. Honda and Acura models and trims compatible with Android Auto will be announced in the future.</p> <p>To initiate Android Auto, Honda drivers will simply connect their compatible Android smartphone to the vehicle's USB port using the cable that came with their phone, allowing them to intuitively access supported apps and features using the car's in-dash display and voice controls. After connecting the compatible Android phone to their Honda vehicle, drivers will be able to "project" their smartphone experience onto the car's in-dash display, giving them access to apps and services that have been optimized for the vehicle environment.</p> <p>"Honda's goal is to integrate the power and functionality of today's smartphones directly into our vehicles in a way that is seamless and intuitive for our customers," said Nick Sugimoto, senior program director for Honda Silicon Valley Lab. "By working collaboratively with Google and other technology companies, Honda will help millions of consumers around the world more easily and conveniently access their smartphones' content, data and features."</p> <p>Honda is a founding member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a group of automakers and technology companies committed to bringing the Android platform to cars. The company's open innovation lab, Honda Silicon Valley Lab, spearheads Honda's global interactions with technology companies like Google, as well as developers, to create cutting-edge products and customer experiences.</p> <p>Honda has been an industry leader in equipping its vehicles with technologies that support customers' efforts to be more alert drivers, including the early introduction of hands-free telephone functionality, wide application of back-up cameras to 100 percent of automobiles by model year 2015, as well as other features. Further, Honda is raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving through initiatives like the Honda "#ThumbsUp" campaign, which launched in April 2014.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $16.3 billion.</p> <p>Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet light jet, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks.</p> <p>A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.</p> <p>Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p># # #</p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2eec/7bbf/2eec7bbf-cc1f-449c-9627-83af4b153c42-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations-2 Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2eec/7bbf/2eec7bbf-cc1f-449c-9627-83af4b153c42-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles: Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4e86/8f4e/4e868f4e-4406-42b4-8d8b-665cc4d336b7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations-3 Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4e86/8f4e/4e868f4e-4406-42b4-8d8b-665cc4d336b7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles: Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/368c/68dd/368c68dd-55d1-4417-ac2b-5dd110d3b747-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations-1 Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/368c/68dd/368c68dd-55d1-4417-ac2b-5dd110d3b747-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles: Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <p>In its constant pursuit of designing and building safer vehicles for all road users, Honda is pioneering the use of a groundbreaking new three-dimensional, crash-simulation visualization technology based on DELTAGEN, the leading high-end 3D visualization software by 3DXCITE (formerly known as RTT).</p> <p> The technology takes the output from a commonly-used advanced simulation software package, known as LS DYNA CAE, and renders the event in a three-dimensional presentation. The visualization technology, which was first designed for use in the animation and film industry, enables Honda engineers to more easily study the results of a crash simulation, test different design approaches and implement design changes with greater speed and efficiency.  </p> <p> Honda engineers are able to manipulate the rendering, rotate the view in any direction and strip away parts of the vehicle to isolate a section or component for more thorough analysis. The crash barrier can also be rendered transparent in the virtual environment so the immediate effects of a crash can be viewed from multiple points of view, including the driver's seat. </p> <p> The visualization software was co-developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the North American research and development arm of Honda, and 3DXCITE.</p> <p> "With this technology, we have gained the potential to improve the quality of decision making and reduce the time required for finalizing a vehicle design by greatly increasing the ease of communicating and understanding the results of a crash test simulation," said Eric DeHoff, Technical Leader for CAE in the Crash Safety Group of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "This tool will promote a more complete understanding of vehicle safety design amongst all engineers involved in our vehicle development process."</p> <p> Honda engineers challenged developers at 3DXCITE to integrate the DELTAGEN software with Honda's existing LS-DYNA CAE crash simulation data to deliver a detailed 3D rendering of the simulation. Honda engineers provided detailed parameters of the tool and oversaw its development. </p> <p> "This technology would not have become a reality without the vision and leadership of Honda engineers," said Tom Celusnak, Solutions Architect for 3DXCITE.</p> <p> "Past efforts at creating this kind of highly realistic rendering involved weeks of concentrated effort by engineers and rendering specialists and would result a single simulation with fixed viewing parameters," added DeHoff.  "With this new technology we can create and manipulate the simulation at the push of a button, and we can do it in hours instead of weeks."</p> <p> Honda R&D has been utilizing LS-DYNA non-linear crash simulation technology since 1998 as part of its new-model development process and has used the technology to help develop new safety designs, including its next-generation Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, now being applied to every new Honda and Acura vehicle, and the innovative one-piece hot-stamped door stiffener ring first applied to the HRA-developed 2014 Acura MDX.  Today, as a result, Honda has more vehicles achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automaker, including the Honda Accord sedan and coupe, the Civic sedan, Odyssey minivan, Acura RLX sedan and Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle. </p> <p><strong>About Honda's Commitment to Safety</strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians.  American Honda leads the industry in third-party crash test ratings, with more Honda and Acura automobile achieving top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker.  The company is also broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies, such as Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, to its product lineup.  Also, American Honda has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to all of its light truck models and 95 percent of its passenger cars for model year 2014, and will achieve 100-percent application by 2015.</p> <p><strong>About 3DXCITE</strong><br> 3DXCITE software, solutions, and CGI services provide high-end 3D visualizations in real-time for high-impact storytelling across all media channels. Leveraging your source data, 3DXCITE opens up creative freedom to deliver emotional assets for digital, interactive marketing and sales experiences. From consulting to workflow to final visualization assets, 3DXCITE transforms engineering data into powerful visual experiences which we call <em>engineered excitement</em>. For more information, please go to <a href="http://www.rtt.ag" target="_blank">www.rtt.ag</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p># # #<br> <br> <u>Editor's Note</u>: Video available for limited-time download at below links.</p> <p> <strong>MP4 </strong><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/oa6k98g4k8gvijq/%20Honda%20Impact%20062314%20v5.mp4" target="_blank"><br> https://www.dropbox.com/s/oa6k98g4k8gvijq/%20Honda%20Impact%20062314%20v5.mp4</a> <br> <strong>WMV <br> </strong><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/3wkma9aejv1poo7/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.wmv" target="_blank">https://www.dropbox.com/s/3wkma9aejv1poo7/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.wmv</a> <br> <strong>H264 </strong><br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/n5krvoln8zi8ulw/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5-h264.mov" target="_blank">https://www.dropbox.com/s/n5krvoln8zi8ulw/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5-h264.mov</a><br> <strong>ProRes</strong> <br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/90qj49ey245itnm/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.mov" target="_blank">https://www.dropbox.com/s/90qj49ey245itnm/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.mov</a></p> Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/16ad8934-1f58-4290-8548-538b71c69c99 http://hondanews.com/releases/16ad8934-1f58-4290-8548-538b71c69c99 Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <p>In its constant pursuit of designing and building safer vehicles for all road users, Honda is pioneering the use of a groundbreaking new three-dimensional, crash-simulation visualization technology based on DELTAGEN, the leading high-end 3D visualization software by 3DXCITE (formerly known as RTT).</p> <p> The technology takes the output from a commonly-used advanced simulation software package, known as LS DYNA CAE, and renders the event in a three-dimensional presentation. The visualization technology, which was first designed for use in the animation and film industry, enables Honda engineers to more easily study the results of a crash simulation, test different design approaches and implement design changes with greater speed and efficiency.  </p> <p> Honda engineers are able to manipulate the rendering, rotate the view in any direction and strip away parts of the vehicle to isolate a section or component for more thorough analysis. The crash barrier can also be rendered transparent in the virtual environment so the immediate effects of a crash can be viewed from multiple points of view, including the driver's seat. </p> <p> The visualization software was co-developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the North American research and development arm of Honda, and 3DXCITE.</p> <p> "With this technology, we have gained the potential to improve the quality of decision making and reduce the time required for finalizing a vehicle design by greatly increasing the ease of communicating and understanding the results of a crash test simulation," said Eric DeHoff, Technical Leader for CAE in the Crash Safety Group of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "This tool will promote a more complete understanding of vehicle safety design amongst all engineers involved in our vehicle development process."</p> <p> Honda engineers challenged developers at 3DXCITE to integrate the DELTAGEN software with Honda's existing LS-DYNA CAE crash simulation data to deliver a detailed 3D rendering of the simulation. Honda engineers provided detailed parameters of the tool and oversaw its development. </p> <p> "This technology would not have become a reality without the vision and leadership of Honda engineers," said Tom Celusnak, Solutions Architect for 3DXCITE.</p> <p> "Past efforts at creating this kind of highly realistic rendering involved weeks of concentrated effort by engineers and rendering specialists and would result a single simulation with fixed viewing parameters," added DeHoff.  "With this new technology we can create and manipulate the simulation at the push of a button, and we can do it in hours instead of weeks."</p> <p> Honda R&D has been utilizing LS-DYNA non-linear crash simulation technology since 1998 as part of its new-model development process and has used the technology to help develop new safety designs, including its next-generation Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, now being applied to every new Honda and Acura vehicle, and the innovative one-piece hot-stamped door stiffener ring first applied to the HRA-developed 2014 Acura MDX.  Today, as a result, Honda has more vehicles achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automaker, including the Honda Accord sedan and coupe, the Civic sedan, Odyssey minivan, Acura RLX sedan and Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle. </p> <p><strong>About Honda's Commitment to Safety</strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians.  American Honda leads the industry in third-party crash test ratings, with more Honda and Acura automobile achieving top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker.  The company is also broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies, such as Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, to its product lineup.  Also, American Honda has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to all of its light truck models and 95 percent of its passenger cars for model year 2014, and will achieve 100-percent application by 2015.</p> <p><strong>About 3DXCITE</strong><br> 3DXCITE software, solutions, and CGI services provide high-end 3D visualizations in real-time for high-impact storytelling across all media channels. Leveraging your source data, 3DXCITE opens up creative freedom to deliver emotional assets for digital, interactive marketing and sales experiences. From consulting to workflow to final visualization assets, 3DXCITE transforms engineering data into powerful visual experiences which we call <em>engineered excitement</em>. For more information, please go to <a href="http://www.rtt.ag" target="_blank">www.rtt.ag</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p># # #<br> <br> <u>Editor's Note</u>: Video available for limited-time download at below links.</p> <p> <strong>MP4 </strong><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/oa6k98g4k8gvijq/%20Honda%20Impact%20062314%20v5.mp4" target="_blank"><br> https://www.dropbox.com/s/oa6k98g4k8gvijq/%20Honda%20Impact%20062314%20v5.mp4</a> <br> <strong>WMV <br> </strong><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/3wkma9aejv1poo7/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.wmv" target="_blank">https://www.dropbox.com/s/3wkma9aejv1poo7/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.wmv</a> <br> <strong>H264 </strong><br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/n5krvoln8zi8ulw/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5-h264.mov" target="_blank">https://www.dropbox.com/s/n5krvoln8zi8ulw/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5-h264.mov</a><br> <strong>ProRes</strong> <br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/90qj49ey245itnm/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.mov" target="_blank">https://www.dropbox.com/s/90qj49ey245itnm/Honda%20IMPACT%20062314%20v5.mov</a></p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fec2/18b1/fec218b1-e6ea-4313-a99e-8383936ec5cc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-leads-industry-first-development-of-visualization-technology-to-advance-study-of-crash-test-simulations Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fec2/18b1/fec218b1-e6ea-4313-a99e-8383936ec5cc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations Honda Automobiles: Honda Brand Wins an Edmunds.com 2014 Best Retained Value® Award <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda has highest projected residual value after five years among all brands</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda earns a Best Retained Value® award three of the last four years</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>For the third time in four years, the Honda brand leads all non-luxury automotive brands in the Edmunds.com Best Retained Value® Brand Awards, with the highest projected residual value after five years, expressed as a percentage of "cash" True Market Value® (<em>i.e.</em>, True Market Value less applicable generally available customer cash incentives).</p> <p>The Honda brand won the 2014 award with a projected residual value of 50.1% as the highest ranked non-luxury brand, while the 2014 Honda Civic and Odyssey earned 2014 Best Retained Value® vehicle award in the Compact Sedan and Minivan segments, respectively.</p> <p>"Honda's industry leading quality, reliability and durability along with our focus on individual customers as opposed to fleet business, has again put Honda in the lead with respect to long-term value," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "This is indicative of our commitment to protect our customers investments and another reason why buying a Honda is always a smart choice."</p> <p>Honda maintains the highest percentage of sales to individual customers among all non-luxury brands, eschewing bulk sales to government and corporate fleets. For the first quarter of 2014, four Honda models – the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey – led their respective segments in retail registrations, according to the latest available new-vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong> <br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z, Insight and FCX Clarity passenger cars along with the Pilot, Odyssey and CR-V sport-utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 15 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts. </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p style="text-align:center"> </p> <p> <sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."</p> <p><sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> Honda Automobiles Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:06:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/c82d2cb5-47e6-494e-8c97-a2e370a8114c http://hondanews.com/releases/c82d2cb5-47e6-494e-8c97-a2e370a8114c Honda Brand Wins an Edmunds.com 2014 Best Retained Value® Award <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda has highest projected residual value after five years among all brands</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda earns a Best Retained Value® award three of the last four years</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>For the third time in four years, the Honda brand leads all non-luxury automotive brands in the Edmunds.com Best Retained Value® Brand Awards, with the highest projected residual value after five years, expressed as a percentage of "cash" True Market Value® (<em>i.e.</em>, True Market Value less applicable generally available customer cash incentives).</p> <p>The Honda brand won the 2014 award with a projected residual value of 50.1% as the highest ranked non-luxury brand, while the 2014 Honda Civic and Odyssey earned 2014 Best Retained Value® vehicle award in the Compact Sedan and Minivan segments, respectively.</p> <p>"Honda's industry leading quality, reliability and durability along with our focus on individual customers as opposed to fleet business, has again put Honda in the lead with respect to long-term value," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "This is indicative of our commitment to protect our customers investments and another reason why buying a Honda is always a smart choice."</p> <p>Honda maintains the highest percentage of sales to individual customers among all non-luxury brands, eschewing bulk sales to government and corporate fleets. For the first quarter of 2014, four Honda models – the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey – led their respective segments in retail registrations, according to the latest available new-vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong> <br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z, Insight and FCX Clarity passenger cars along with the Pilot, Odyssey and CR-V sport-utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 15 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts. </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p style="text-align:center"> </p> <p> <sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."</p> <p><sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Honored as a "Highway Safety Hero" by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for Advancing Pedestrian Safety <ul type="disc"> <li><em>More than 10 million Honda and Acura vehicles purchased in the U.S. feature pedestrian injury mitigation features and designs </em></li> <li><em>More than 95 percent of model year 2014 Honda passenger vehicles and 100 percent of model year 2014 Honda light trucks come equipped with standard rearview cameras, reaching 100 percent overall application for 2015 model year </em></li> </ul> <p>Honda's commitment to introduce advanced vehicle designs aiming to reduce pedestrian injuries and enhance driver visibility with standard rearview camera application has earned Honda recognition as a "Highway Safety Hero" by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates). For 2014, Honda was the sole company honored receiving the "Highway Safety Hero" award along with 26 current and former members of Congress, eight state officials and 14 citizen activists "in recognition of efforts to save lives, prevent injuries and make roads safer."</p> <p>As part of its commitment to improving safety for all road users, Honda has led the U.S. automotive industry in the application of safety and driver assistive technologies as standard equipment – including features that aim to reduce injuries to pedestrians in a collision, such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield wiper pivots, with a focus on reducing severe head injuries, which account for roughly 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities.</p> <p>Further, Honda has taken a comprehensive approach to the application of rearview cameras. More than 94 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras. No other brand has as many models equipped with standard rearview cameras for the 2014 model year and by the 2015 model year, rearview cameras will be standard on all Honda and Acura models.</p> <p>"For more than a decade, Honda has focused on reducing the threat of injuries to pedestrians as part of our ‘Safety for Everyone' approach," said Chuck Thomas, chief safety engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. who accepted the award on Honda's behalf. "As we continue to research other advanced technologies such as vehicle-to-pedestrian sensing technologies, this work will be an integral part of our dream to eliminate motor vehicle collisions entirely." </p> <p>Rearview cameras are just one aspect of Honda's overall approach to enhanced driver visibility and situational awareness, demonstrated by the broad application of technologies such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems on Honda models. These systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield or a front mount radar system to identify and alert drivers to a potential collision with a vehicle detected in front of them, or to alert drivers if the car is unexpectedly moving out of a detected lane. Other available features aimed at improving driver visibility are the Expanded View Driver's Mirror, Honda LaneWatch display and Acura's Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.</p> <p>For more detailed information about Honda's history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and vehicle designs that are meant to enhance the safety of all road users, please view our <a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/issue-brief/releases/2792e86b-320c-4247-906d-e9004c34be8e?query=safety">Safety Issue Brief.</a></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. In advancing its designs, Honda developed the groundbreaking pedestrian crash test dummy POLAR II and later Polar III to better understand the dynamics of pedestrian collisions. The company also 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. 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># # #</p> Honda Automobiles Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:36:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/4611772d-348c-496b-9bb7-25483d220874 http://hondanews.com/releases/4611772d-348c-496b-9bb7-25483d220874 Honda Honored as a "Highway Safety Hero" by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for Advancing Pedestrian Safety <ul type="disc"> <li><em>More than 10 million Honda and Acura vehicles purchased in the U.S. feature pedestrian injury mitigation features and designs </em></li> <li><em>More than 95 percent of model year 2014 Honda passenger vehicles and 100 percent of model year 2014 Honda light trucks come equipped with standard rearview cameras, reaching 100 percent overall application for 2015 model year </em></li> </ul> <p>Honda's commitment to introduce advanced vehicle designs aiming to reduce pedestrian injuries and enhance driver visibility with standard rearview camera application has earned Honda recognition as a "Highway Safety Hero" by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates). For 2014, Honda was the sole company honored receiving the "Highway Safety Hero" award along with 26 current and former members of Congress, eight state officials and 14 citizen activists "in recognition of efforts to save lives, prevent injuries and make roads safer."</p> <p>As part of its commitment to improving safety for all road users, Honda has led the U.S. automotive industry in the application of safety and driver assistive technologies as standard equipment – including features that aim to reduce injuries to pedestrians in a collision, such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield wiper pivots, with a focus on reducing severe head injuries, which account for roughly 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities.</p> <p>Further, Honda has taken a comprehensive approach to the application of rearview cameras. More than 94 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras. No other brand has as many models equipped with standard rearview cameras for the 2014 model year and by the 2015 model year, rearview cameras will be standard on all Honda and Acura models.</p> <p>"For more than a decade, Honda has focused on reducing the threat of injuries to pedestrians as part of our ‘Safety for Everyone' approach," said Chuck Thomas, chief safety engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. who accepted the award on Honda's behalf. "As we continue to research other advanced technologies such as vehicle-to-pedestrian sensing technologies, this work will be an integral part of our dream to eliminate motor vehicle collisions entirely." </p> <p>Rearview cameras are just one aspect of Honda's overall approach to enhanced driver visibility and situational awareness, demonstrated by the broad application of technologies such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems on Honda models. These systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield or a front mount radar system to identify and alert drivers to a potential collision with a vehicle detected in front of them, or to alert drivers if the car is unexpectedly moving out of a detected lane. Other available features aimed at improving driver visibility are the Expanded View Driver's Mirror, Honda LaneWatch display and Acura's Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.</p> <p>For more detailed information about Honda's history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and vehicle designs that are meant to enhance the safety of all road users, please view our <a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/issue-brief/releases/2792e86b-320c-4247-906d-e9004c34be8e?query=safety">Safety Issue Brief.</a></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. In advancing its designs, Honda developed the groundbreaking pedestrian crash test dummy POLAR II and later Polar III to better understand the dynamics of pedestrian collisions. The company also 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. 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># # #</p> Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e13a/bdfe/e13abdfe-4f03-4bf5-8b55-056344328dc0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian Honda Automobiles Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-multimedia-advertising-campaign-features-comedian http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-multimedia-advertising-campaign-features-comedian 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e13a/bdfe/e13abdfe-4f03-4bf5-8b55-056344328dc0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ed58/b5a3/ed58b5a3-0dec-4c9a-82b4-34df7e77a912-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian Honda Automobiles Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-multimedia-advertising-campaign-features-comedian-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-multimedia-advertising-campaign-features-comedian-1 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ed58/b5a3/ed58b5a3-0dec-4c9a-82b4-34df7e77a912-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian Nick Thune, Showcases the Incredible Versatility of the All-New Honda Fit <ul> <li><strong><em>Multicultural extension features award-winning drummer Questlove in 'Meant For You, Fit For You' campaign</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Innovative multiplatform gaming and digital media integration target the resourceful Gen-Y customer</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The all-new 2015 Honda Fit is launching with an integrated advertising campaign themed "Fit for You," with TV spots starring comedian Nick Thune. Other components of the campaign will roll out in conjunction with the TV spots, including digital and social media activations and a multicultural campaign extension featuring award-winning drummer Questlove. Overall, the campaign aims to have cross-generational appeal while specifically targeting Gen-Y customers with additional integrated paid media placements in music and gaming. </p> <p>Highlighted across the entire 2015 Fit marketing campaign is the Fit's unrivaled space and versatility and class-above technology features—including standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®<sup>i</sup>, USB connectivity, auto on-off headlights and a Multi-View Rearview Camera—demonstrating that Fit is the perfect car for everyone and everything.</p> <p> The "Fit for You" theme taps into the resourcefulness of Gen Y, showcasing a unique cast of characters and the ability of the Fit to handle whatever life throws at them. The hyper-stylized and humorous national TV spots feature Nick Thune, as host, answering questions and demonstrating the features of the new Fit. The first 30-second spots, "Biker, Fortune, Cup, Meerkat" (<a href="http://youtu.be/-Z-vAqhYjfs" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/-Z-vAqhYjfs</a>) and "Synth and Seattleites" (<a href="http://youtu.be/rC-zopOGVOI" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/rC-zopOGVOI</a> )<strong> </strong>begin airing next week along with three 15-second online versions. Two additional TV spots will roll out in the coming weeks. Each spot will tout the 2015 Fit's standout qualities including the Magic Seat®, which offers multiple seating configurations for added versatility and cargo capacity, standard technology features like a rearview camera and available "swipe, pinch and zoom" navigation integrated into the Display Audio touchscreen.</p> <p> "The campaign takes a typical product demonstration and gives it an unexpected twist to show how the 2015 Honda Fit answers the needs of the customer in a very direct yet humorous way," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "The campaign leverages the Fit's unique combination of space and versatility plus innovative technology and class-leading fuel efficiency to clearly show that the 2015 Honda Fit is the leader of the subcompact class."</p> <p><strong>Multicultural Campaign Extension </strong><br> Two unique multicultural campaigns also will roll out in conjunction with the general market Fit launch, each showcasing the class-leading versatility of the new Fit. To connect with African-American consumers, the "Meant For You, Fit For You" campaign includes a TV spot featuring award-winning drummer, Questlove. The drummer prompts and inspires viewers by asking "What's your fit?" with culturally and contextually relevant situations like an indie artist in need of space for musical gear and parents desiring safety and comfort for their children. In each situation, the Fit demonstrates how it is equipped to deliver the best solution for their unique lifestyle and life stage needs.</p> <p> Additionally, the Spanish and English language #UnBuenFit (A Good Fit) campaign will roll out, targeting U.S. Hispanic millennials. The TV spot features Hispanic comedian Felipe Esparza and highlights how the Fit aligns with diverse Hispanic millennial lifestyles in a fun and youthful manner. The campaign showcases how the Honda Fit is "Un Buen Fit" for their lives and how the vehicle is just as versatile and resourceful as they are.</p> <p><strong>Gaming and Digital Placements</strong><br> Following on the heels of the successful gaming integration of the Civic with the Forza Motorsports franchise, Honda is joining Machinima to promote the upcoming Street Fighter game release, <em>Ultra Street Fighter IV</em>. The campaign launched in late May with a sponsorship of Machinima's highly anticipated live-action series <em>Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist</em>. The 2015 Honda Fit also is integrated in a series of Bonus Stage videos that feature the vehicle in iconic scenes from the popular Street Fighter franchise. Additionally, the sweepstakes promoting a vehicle giveaway provides another touch point to reach a highly engaged gaming audience.</p> <p> To extend the reach to the Gen-Y audience, the Fit campaign will incorporate a mix of media with placements on network and cable TV, online video, gaming and mobile. Digital activations will launch with custom-built iAds starting today and will continue to ramp up throughout the summer, leading into a larger media push in the fall. The second phase will kick off with home-page takeovers on Yahoo! and YouTube, along with a presence on primetime, cable TV and a variety of sports programming. Other notable digital support will help to highlight the Fit's versatility, which includes an "On The Road" video series on Thought Catalog, custom rich media units on Yelp and a Honda-owned channel on Buzzfeed featuring tips on resourcefulness.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda offers a complete lineup of fuel-efficient cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. Honda has more than 30 years of experience producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. With production of nearly 27 million vehicles in North America through 2013, Honda currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions and the HondaJet light jet, using domestic and globally sourced parts. The 2015 Fit is being manufactured for the first time in North America at Honda's eighth and newest auto plant, in Celaya, Mexico. With the introduction of the new manufacturing facility in Mexico, Honda's North American automobile production facilities has an annual capacity of 1.92 million units, with the capability to manufacture upwards of 95 percent of the automobiles sold in America and across all product segments, from subcompacts to light truck models. </p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p> <p><sup>i</sup>The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.</p> <p>For more information:</p> <p> Robyn Eagles (Torrance) (310) 783-3163</p> Honda Automobiles Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/cdd04881-5888-409e-8f93-51038e155ad6 http://hondanews.com/releases/cdd04881-5888-409e-8f93-51038e155ad6 2015 Honda Fit Multimedia Advertising Campaign Features Comedian Nick Thune, Showcases the Incredible Versatility of the All-New Honda Fit <ul> <li><strong><em>Multicultural extension features award-winning drummer Questlove in 'Meant For You, Fit For You' campaign</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Innovative multiplatform gaming and digital media integration target the resourceful Gen-Y customer</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The all-new 2015 Honda Fit is launching with an integrated advertising campaign themed "Fit for You," with TV spots starring comedian Nick Thune. Other components of the campaign will roll out in conjunction with the TV spots, including digital and social media activations and a multicultural campaign extension featuring award-winning drummer Questlove. Overall, the campaign aims to have cross-generational appeal while specifically targeting Gen-Y customers with additional integrated paid media placements in music and gaming. </p> <p>Highlighted across the entire 2015 Fit marketing campaign is the Fit's unrivaled space and versatility and class-above technology features—including standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®<sup>i</sup>, USB connectivity, auto on-off headlights and a Multi-View Rearview Camera—demonstrating that Fit is the perfect car for everyone and everything.</p> <p> The "Fit for You" theme taps into the resourcefulness of Gen Y, showcasing a unique cast of characters and the ability of the Fit to handle whatever life throws at them. The hyper-stylized and humorous national TV spots feature Nick Thune, as host, answering questions and demonstrating the features of the new Fit. The first 30-second spots, "Biker, Fortune, Cup, Meerkat" (<a href="http://youtu.be/-Z-vAqhYjfs" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/-Z-vAqhYjfs</a>) and "Synth and Seattleites" (<a href="http://youtu.be/rC-zopOGVOI" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/rC-zopOGVOI</a> )<strong> </strong>begin airing next week along with three 15-second online versions. Two additional TV spots will roll out in the coming weeks. Each spot will tout the 2015 Fit's standout qualities including the Magic Seat®, which offers multiple seating configurations for added versatility and cargo capacity, standard technology features like a rearview camera and available "swipe, pinch and zoom" navigation integrated into the Display Audio touchscreen.</p> <p> "The campaign takes a typical product demonstration and gives it an unexpected twist to show how the 2015 Honda Fit answers the needs of the customer in a very direct yet humorous way," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "The campaign leverages the Fit's unique combination of space and versatility plus innovative technology and class-leading fuel efficiency to clearly show that the 2015 Honda Fit is the leader of the subcompact class."</p> <p><strong>Multicultural Campaign Extension </strong><br> Two unique multicultural campaigns also will roll out in conjunction with the general market Fit launch, each showcasing the class-leading versatility of the new Fit. To connect with African-American consumers, the "Meant For You, Fit For You" campaign includes a TV spot featuring award-winning drummer, Questlove. The drummer prompts and inspires viewers by asking "What's your fit?" with culturally and contextually relevant situations like an indie artist in need of space for musical gear and parents desiring safety and comfort for their children. In each situation, the Fit demonstrates how it is equipped to deliver the best solution for their unique lifestyle and life stage needs.</p> <p> Additionally, the Spanish and English language #UnBuenFit (A Good Fit) campaign will roll out, targeting U.S. Hispanic millennials. The TV spot features Hispanic comedian Felipe Esparza and highlights how the Fit aligns with diverse Hispanic millennial lifestyles in a fun and youthful manner. The campaign showcases how the Honda Fit is "Un Buen Fit" for their lives and how the vehicle is just as versatile and resourceful as they are.</p> <p><strong>Gaming and Digital Placements</strong><br> Following on the heels of the successful gaming integration of the Civic with the Forza Motorsports franchise, Honda is joining Machinima to promote the upcoming Street Fighter game release, <em>Ultra Street Fighter IV</em>. The campaign launched in late May with a sponsorship of Machinima's highly anticipated live-action series <em>Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist</em>. The 2015 Honda Fit also is integrated in a series of Bonus Stage videos that feature the vehicle in iconic scenes from the popular Street Fighter franchise. Additionally, the sweepstakes promoting a vehicle giveaway provides another touch point to reach a highly engaged gaming audience.</p> <p> To extend the reach to the Gen-Y audience, the Fit campaign will incorporate a mix of media with placements on network and cable TV, online video, gaming and mobile. Digital activations will launch with custom-built iAds starting today and will continue to ramp up throughout the summer, leading into a larger media push in the fall. The second phase will kick off with home-page takeovers on Yahoo! and YouTube, along with a presence on primetime, cable TV and a variety of sports programming. Other notable digital support will help to highlight the Fit's versatility, which includes an "On The Road" video series on Thought Catalog, custom rich media units on Yelp and a Honda-owned channel on Buzzfeed featuring tips on resourcefulness.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda offers a complete lineup of fuel-efficient cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. Honda has more than 30 years of experience producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. With production of nearly 27 million vehicles in North America through 2013, Honda currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions and the HondaJet light jet, using domestic and globally sourced parts. The 2015 Fit is being manufactured for the first time in North America at Honda's eighth and newest auto plant, in Celaya, Mexico. With the introduction of the new manufacturing facility in Mexico, Honda's North American automobile production facilities has an annual capacity of 1.92 million units, with the capability to manufacture upwards of 95 percent of the automobiles sold in America and across all product segments, from subcompacts to light truck models. </p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p> <p><sup>i</sup>The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.</p> <p>For more information:</p> <p> Robyn Eagles (Torrance) (310) 783-3163</p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Civic Tour Infographic <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/61cb/84d3/61cb84d3-3405-4f65-9eb5-82561f1a3421-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Civic Tour Infographic Honda Automobiles Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-civic-tour-infographic http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-civic-tour-infographic Honda Civic Tour Infographic <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/61cb/84d3/61cb84d3-3405-4f65-9eb5-82561f1a3421-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Civic Tour Infographic Honda Automobiles: Honda Civic Tour Expands to Three Successive Tours in 2014; Civic Tour Major Pillar of New Honda Stage Music Platform <ul> <li><em>Honda Civic Tour 2014 to feature Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, followed by American Authors and culminating with 3BallMTY </em></li> <li><em>Grouplove and Portugal. The Man tour on sale starting June 20 </em></li> <li><a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com" target="_blank"><em>www.HondaCivicTour.com</em></a></li> </ul> <p>The 2014 Honda Civic Tour is taking a new turn in its 13th year – with not just one, but three successive tours and three distinct genres of music, as well as becoming a significant pillar of the new Honda Stage music platform. Alternative rock bands <em>Grouplove and Portugal. The Man</em> will co-headline the first 2014 Honda Civic Tour this summer with <em>Tokyo Police Club</em> and Typhoon supporting on various dates kicking off on August 10 in Seattle, WA. The second of the three tours will begin in the fall, with Brooklyn-based pop/rock band American Authors on October 1. Additionally, Latin DJ trio <em>3BallMTY</em> will headline the final tour of the series starting mid-November.</p> <p>"I would say that this is the dream tour. Honda is really invested in all art forms and connecting music with fans," said Hannah Hooper of <em>Grouplove</em>.</p> <p> Tickets for the <em>Grouplove </em>and <em>Portugal. The Man</em> Honda Civic Tour will go on sale starting June 20 and ticket information can be found at <a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com">www.HondaCivicTour.com</a>.</p> <p>The Honda Civic Tour will uphold tradition, as headlining bands will once again design their very own custom Honda Civic, which has always been a highlight of the Honda Civic Tour. Audiences are sure to be awed as headliners <em>Grouplove</em> and <em>Portugal. The Man</em> collaborate on an original design. Additionally, <em>American Authors</em> and <em>3BallMTY</em> will each showcase their creative Civic designs later this year.</p> <p>Honda's commitment to music runs deep, with a 13 year history presenting the popular Honda Civic Tour, as well as hosting Honda Stages at premier U.S. music festivals including Governors Ball, Music Midtown and Austin City Limits Music Festival.</p> <p>Honda's passion for music content curation and delivering unique experiences to music enthusiasts has led to the automaker's development of the new Honda Stage platform.  The Honda Stage program provides music fans one-of-a-kind music experiences through live performances and digital content: <a href="http://www.YouTube.com/HondaStage">www.YouTube.com/HondaStage</a>.</p> <p>Under the Honda Stage program, American Honda brings together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders including Clear Channel (iHeartRadio), Live Nation, REVOLT, Vevo and YouTube to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality music content available today, through dozens of live events and exclusive online content. The success of the Honda Civic Tour makes it a natural fit as a pillar of the Honda Stage program.</p> <p>"There is a new generation of music fans that can now share in Honda's passion for music and fun-to-drive vehicles with the expansion of the Honda Civic Tour, reaching a wider and broader fan base," said Nick Lee, Honda Brand Manager, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We are thrilled to work with so many talented artists, sponsor their tours and underwrite ticket prices so that fans have access to the music they love at an affordable price."</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Honda Civic Tour featuring <em>Grouplove</em> and <em>Portugal. The Man</em></strong></td> <td><strong>+ Support:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 10</td> <td>Seattle, WA</td> <td>Marymoor Park</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 11</td> <td>Portland, OR</td> <td>Edgefield</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 13</td> <td>San Luis Obispo, CA</td> <td>Avila Beach</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 15</td> <td>Los Angeles, CA</td> <td>The Greek Theatre</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 16</td> <td>Las Vegas, NV</td> <td>Brooklyn Bowl</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 17</td> <td>San Diego, CA</td> <td>Open Air Theater</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 19</td> <td>Salt Lake City, UT</td> <td>Red Butte</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 21</td> <td>Morrison, CO</td> <td>Red Rocks</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 22</td> <td>Council Bluffs, IA</td> <td>Harrah's</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 24</td> <td>Milwaukee, WI</td> <td>Eagles Ballroom</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 27</td> <td>Des Moines, IA</td> <td>Simon Estes</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 29</td> <td>Kansas City, MO</td> <td>Crossroads</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 30</td> <td>Dallas, TX</td> <td>South Side Ballroom</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 2</td> <td>Atlanta, GA</td> <td>Masquerade</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 3</td> <td>Charlotte, NC</td> <td>Uptown Theatre</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 5</td> <td>Cincinnati, OH  </td> <td>Horseshoe Casino</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 10</td> <td>Columbus, OH</td> <td>LC Pavilion</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 12</td> <td>Washington, DC</td> <td>Merriweather Post Pavilion</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 14</td> <td>Boston, MA</td> <td>Bank of America Pavilion</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 16</td> <td>New York, NY</td> <td>Central Park Summerstage</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>About Grouplove:</strong><br> Since forming in 2009, LA-based indie band Grouplove has quickly become one of music's most exhilarating young acts. By the time they released their 2011 debut full length, Never Trust A Happy Song (Canvasback Music/Atlantic), Grouplove was already a standout at music festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading & Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. Produced by the band's own Ryan Rabin, Never Trust A Happy Song featured their debut single "Colours." Hailed by SPIN as "one of the most infectious songs you're bound to hear," the song climbed to the top 15 at Alternative radio and continues to be a fan favorite. Their follow-up single "Tongue Tied" garnered even greater success, going to #1 and earning platinum certification, with sales exceeding one million. Grouplove's raucous live show brought surging crowds to their Coachella and Bonnaroo performances and back-to-back sold out headlining tours. Grouplove's second full length album, Spreading Rumours, was released in Fall 2013 and met with a raft of critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and National Public Radio who called it "ludicrously easy to love."  The highly anticipated collection's lead single "Ways To Go" went to #2 on the Alternative radio charts and was supported by pair of sold out tours of North America which also included stops at the Austin City Limits music festival and a return to the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.   <a href="http://www.grouplovemusic.com" target="_blank">www.grouplovemusic.com</a></p> <p><strong>About Portugal. The Man</strong><br> Portland, OR-via-Wasilla, AK-based band Portugal. The Man released their most recent album, <em>Evil Friends</em>, produced by Danger Mouse, last year. With a reputation as one of the most exciting and sought-after live bands on the festival circuit today, the band has headlined shows around the world and played every major notable festival including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and many more. Most recently, the band partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to raise awareness of the Sumatran Tiger, an endangered species, by distributing a previously unreleased song titled "Sumatran Tiger" to 400 influencers on 400 custom polycarbonate records which degraded after a certain amount of plays. With no other copies in existence, the 400 participants were tasked with digitizing and "breeding" the song through their social channels with the hashtag #EndangeredSong. <a href="http://www.portugaltheman.com" target="_blank">www.portugaltheman.com</a></p> <p><strong>About American Authors</strong><br> American Authors reached Platinum with their #1 chart-topping debut single "Best Day Of My Life." The song has been bolstered by prominent placements including Lowe's TV ad, trailers for the film <em>Delivery Man</em>, <em>the Secret Life Of Walter Mitty</em>, Major League Baseball Fan Cave commercial, opening sequence of this year's ESPN <em>World Series Of Poker</em> coverage and more. Recently selected for the highly influential VEVO LIFT emerging artists program and VH1's official "You Oughta Know" selection. American Authors is comprised of Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums). Together they hail from the four corners of the country, each bringing their own influences and experiences to the writing table to create pop-flavored alt rock sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics, and contagious optimism. To hear their music and to watch them perform, it can be said that American Authors has the natural 'it' factor that leads to music's most successful artists. <a href="http://www.weareamericanauthors.com" target="_blank">www.weareamericanauthors.com</a></p> <p> <strong>About 3BallMTY</strong><br> 3BallMTY (pronounced: Tribal Monterrey) is Erick Rincón, DJ Otto, and Sheeqo Beat – they are a cultural phenomenon and an award-winning electronic Latin music group from Monterrey, Mexico that received the Best New Artist awards at the Latin Grammys. These young artists specialize in electronic mixes that combine cumbia and tropical music with pre-Hispanic influenced musical textures. As one of the most important and authentic representatives of "La Generación Tribal" or "tribal generation," 3BallMTY has broken cultural, generational and language barriers. Their first album "Inténtalo" reached great success within a year of its release by going Gold in Mexico and Platinum in the U.S. and Central America. The group is critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine and the New York Times. In 2012, iTunes selected them for "Best Latin Breakthrough Album". The group has won numerous other awards since and is a force of young talent heading into the music mainstream across the U.S. with their newest release "Globall."   <a href="http://www.3ballmty.com.mx">www.3ballmty.com.mx </a></p> <p><strong>About Honda Civic Tour</strong><br> Produced by Marketing Factory, the Honda Civic Tour brings innovation to the masses by combining automotive technology and contemporary music.  With almost three million fans having attending Honda Civic Tour concert events since 2001, Civic Tour has established itself as one of the nation's most compelling, successful music concert tour franchises. Civic Tour has provided concert-goers with an exclusive, interactive concert experience featuring up-close and personal access to their favorite bands, including Linkin Park, blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, The Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Everclear, Incubus, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional and Panic! at the Disco. <a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com" target="_blank">www.HondaCivicTour.com</a> </p> <p><strong>About Honda Civic:</strong><br> One of the best-selling compact cars in the United States, the Civic features a lineup of six distinct models: the conventional gasoline-powered Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, two high-performance Civic Si models, the gasoline-electric Civic Hybrid, the Civic Natural Gas and Civic HF high fuel economy model. The Civic lineup embodies the Honda brand values of 'clean, safe and fun' with the Civic HF achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg on the highway. The Civic Hybrid's EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 44/47/45 city/highway/combined. The Civic Sedan has earned top safety ratings from NHTSA and was the first small car to earn a 'TOP SAFETY PICK+' designation from IIHS. Now in its ninth generation, the Civic remains one of the most fun-to-drive compact cars on the road today. The Civic Sedan starts at a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,390 and is available at Honda dealerships nationwide. For high-resolution photos, broadcast quality video and media information of the entire 2014 Civic lineup, please visit <a href="http://www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Stage:</strong><br> Building on its deep foundation in bringing music to fans, American Honda has brought together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders, including Live Nation, Clear Channel (iHeart Radio), Revolt, YouTube and Vevo to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality music content available under the new Honda Stage name, through dozens of live events and exclusive online content.  Honda Stage will offer music fans access to custom live and online music programming and performances, behind the scenes content, artist interviews and more at <a href="http://www.YouTube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.YouTube.com/HondaStage</a>. With the launch of this channel, Honda becomes a major music curator, as YouTube is the largest distributor or music content and the number 1 environment for music viewing. </p> <p> <strong>About Honda:</strong><br> Honda offers a unique lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States.  In 2014, Honda celebrated it's 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.  Honda currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions, and the HondaJet light jet.  </p> <p>For more information, go to <a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com" target="_blank">www.HondaCivicTour.com</a> and <a href="http://www.HondaStage.Honda.com" target="_blank">www.HondaStage.Honda.com</a> and visit Honda Stage on YouTube at: <a href="http://www.YouTube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.YouTube.com/HondaStage</a>. </p> <p>Check back for more Honda Stage Press announcements throughout 2014 at: <a href="http://honda.us/1kYuYVN" target="_blank">http://honda.us/1kYuYVN</a>  </p> <p># # #</p> Honda Automobiles Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3835b32c-2b94-4de4-8950-7605291c8726 http://hondanews.com/releases/3835b32c-2b94-4de4-8950-7605291c8726 Honda Civic Tour Expands to Three Successive Tours in 2014; Civic Tour Major Pillar of New Honda Stage Music Platform <ul> <li><em>Honda Civic Tour 2014 to feature Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, followed by American Authors and culminating with 3BallMTY </em></li> <li><em>Grouplove and Portugal. The Man tour on sale starting June 20 </em></li> <li><a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com" target="_blank"><em>www.HondaCivicTour.com</em></a></li> </ul> <p>The 2014 Honda Civic Tour is taking a new turn in its 13th year – with not just one, but three successive tours and three distinct genres of music, as well as becoming a significant pillar of the new Honda Stage music platform. Alternative rock bands <em>Grouplove and Portugal. The Man</em> will co-headline the first 2014 Honda Civic Tour this summer with <em>Tokyo Police Club</em> and Typhoon supporting on various dates kicking off on August 10 in Seattle, WA. The second of the three tours will begin in the fall, with Brooklyn-based pop/rock band American Authors on October 1. Additionally, Latin DJ trio <em>3BallMTY</em> will headline the final tour of the series starting mid-November.</p> <p>"I would say that this is the dream tour. Honda is really invested in all art forms and connecting music with fans," said Hannah Hooper of <em>Grouplove</em>.</p> <p> Tickets for the <em>Grouplove </em>and <em>Portugal. The Man</em> Honda Civic Tour will go on sale starting June 20 and ticket information can be found at <a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com">www.HondaCivicTour.com</a>.</p> <p>The Honda Civic Tour will uphold tradition, as headlining bands will once again design their very own custom Honda Civic, which has always been a highlight of the Honda Civic Tour. Audiences are sure to be awed as headliners <em>Grouplove</em> and <em>Portugal. The Man</em> collaborate on an original design. Additionally, <em>American Authors</em> and <em>3BallMTY</em> will each showcase their creative Civic designs later this year.</p> <p>Honda's commitment to music runs deep, with a 13 year history presenting the popular Honda Civic Tour, as well as hosting Honda Stages at premier U.S. music festivals including Governors Ball, Music Midtown and Austin City Limits Music Festival.</p> <p>Honda's passion for music content curation and delivering unique experiences to music enthusiasts has led to the automaker's development of the new Honda Stage platform.  The Honda Stage program provides music fans one-of-a-kind music experiences through live performances and digital content: <a href="http://www.YouTube.com/HondaStage">www.YouTube.com/HondaStage</a>.</p> <p>Under the Honda Stage program, American Honda brings together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders including Clear Channel (iHeartRadio), Live Nation, REVOLT, Vevo and YouTube to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality music content available today, through dozens of live events and exclusive online content. The success of the Honda Civic Tour makes it a natural fit as a pillar of the Honda Stage program.</p> <p>"There is a new generation of music fans that can now share in Honda's passion for music and fun-to-drive vehicles with the expansion of the Honda Civic Tour, reaching a wider and broader fan base," said Nick Lee, Honda Brand Manager, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We are thrilled to work with so many talented artists, sponsor their tours and underwrite ticket prices so that fans have access to the music they love at an affordable price."</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Honda Civic Tour featuring <em>Grouplove</em> and <em>Portugal. The Man</em></strong></td> <td><strong>+ Support:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 10</td> <td>Seattle, WA</td> <td>Marymoor Park</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 11</td> <td>Portland, OR</td> <td>Edgefield</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 13</td> <td>San Luis Obispo, CA</td> <td>Avila Beach</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 15</td> <td>Los Angeles, CA</td> <td>The Greek Theatre</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 16</td> <td>Las Vegas, NV</td> <td>Brooklyn Bowl</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 17</td> <td>San Diego, CA</td> <td>Open Air Theater</td> <td>Tokyo Police Club</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 19</td> <td>Salt Lake City, UT</td> <td>Red Butte</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 21</td> <td>Morrison, CO</td> <td>Red Rocks</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 22</td> <td>Council Bluffs, IA</td> <td>Harrah's</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 24</td> <td>Milwaukee, WI</td> <td>Eagles Ballroom</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 27</td> <td>Des Moines, IA</td> <td>Simon Estes</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 29</td> <td>Kansas City, MO</td> <td>Crossroads</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 30</td> <td>Dallas, TX</td> <td>South Side Ballroom</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 2</td> <td>Atlanta, GA</td> <td>Masquerade</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 3</td> <td>Charlotte, NC</td> <td>Uptown Theatre</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 5</td> <td>Cincinnati, OH  </td> <td>Horseshoe Casino</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 10</td> <td>Columbus, OH</td> <td>LC Pavilion</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 12</td> <td>Washington, DC</td> <td>Merriweather Post Pavilion</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 14</td> <td>Boston, MA</td> <td>Bank of America Pavilion</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 16</td> <td>New York, NY</td> <td>Central Park Summerstage</td> <td>Typhoon</td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>About Grouplove:</strong><br> Since forming in 2009, LA-based indie band Grouplove has quickly become one of music's most exhilarating young acts. By the time they released their 2011 debut full length, Never Trust A Happy Song (Canvasback Music/Atlantic), Grouplove was already a standout at music festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading & Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. Produced by the band's own Ryan Rabin, Never Trust A Happy Song featured their debut single "Colours." Hailed by SPIN as "one of the most infectious songs you're bound to hear," the song climbed to the top 15 at Alternative radio and continues to be a fan favorite. Their follow-up single "Tongue Tied" garnered even greater success, going to #1 and earning platinum certification, with sales exceeding one million. Grouplove's raucous live show brought surging crowds to their Coachella and Bonnaroo performances and back-to-back sold out headlining tours. Grouplove's second full length album, Spreading Rumours, was released in Fall 2013 and met with a raft of critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and National Public Radio who called it "ludicrously easy to love."  The highly anticipated collection's lead single "Ways To Go" went to #2 on the Alternative radio charts and was supported by pair of sold out tours of North America which also included stops at the Austin City Limits music festival and a return to the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.   <a href="http://www.grouplovemusic.com" target="_blank">www.grouplovemusic.com</a></p> <p><strong>About Portugal. The Man</strong><br> Portland, OR-via-Wasilla, AK-based band Portugal. The Man released their most recent album, <em>Evil Friends</em>, produced by Danger Mouse, last year. With a reputation as one of the most exciting and sought-after live bands on the festival circuit today, the band has headlined shows around the world and played every major notable festival including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and many more. Most recently, the band partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to raise awareness of the Sumatran Tiger, an endangered species, by distributing a previously unreleased song titled "Sumatran Tiger" to 400 influencers on 400 custom polycarbonate records which degraded after a certain amount of plays. With no other copies in existence, the 400 participants were tasked with digitizing and "breeding" the song through their social channels with the hashtag #EndangeredSong. <a href="http://www.portugaltheman.com" target="_blank">www.portugaltheman.com</a></p> <p><strong>About American Authors</strong><br> American Authors reached Platinum with their #1 chart-topping debut single "Best Day Of My Life." The song has been bolstered by prominent placements including Lowe's TV ad, trailers for the film <em>Delivery Man</em>, <em>the Secret Life Of Walter Mitty</em>, Major League Baseball Fan Cave commercial, opening sequence of this year's ESPN <em>World Series Of Poker</em> coverage and more. Recently selected for the highly influential VEVO LIFT emerging artists program and VH1's official "You Oughta Know" selection. American Authors is comprised of Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums). Together they hail from the four corners of the country, each bringing their own influences and experiences to the writing table to create pop-flavored alt rock sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics, and contagious optimism. To hear their music and to watch them perform, it can be said that American Authors has the natural 'it' factor that leads to music's most successful artists. <a href="http://www.weareamericanauthors.com" target="_blank">www.weareamericanauthors.com</a></p> <p> <strong>About 3BallMTY</strong><br> 3BallMTY (pronounced: Tribal Monterrey) is Erick Rincón, DJ Otto, and Sheeqo Beat – they are a cultural phenomenon and an award-winning electronic Latin music group from Monterrey, Mexico that received the Best New Artist awards at the Latin Grammys. These young artists specialize in electronic mixes that combine cumbia and tropical music with pre-Hispanic influenced musical textures. As one of the most important and authentic representatives of "La Generación Tribal" or "tribal generation," 3BallMTY has broken cultural, generational and language barriers. Their first album "Inténtalo" reached great success within a year of its release by going Gold in Mexico and Platinum in the U.S. and Central America. The group is critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine and the New York Times. In 2012, iTunes selected them for "Best Latin Breakthrough Album". The group has won numerous other awards since and is a force of young talent heading into the music mainstream across the U.S. with their newest release "Globall."   <a href="http://www.3ballmty.com.mx">www.3ballmty.com.mx </a></p> <p><strong>About Honda Civic Tour</strong><br> Produced by Marketing Factory, the Honda Civic Tour brings innovation to the masses by combining automotive technology and contemporary music.  With almost three million fans having attending Honda Civic Tour concert events since 2001, Civic Tour has established itself as one of the nation's most compelling, successful music concert tour franchises. Civic Tour has provided concert-goers with an exclusive, interactive concert experience featuring up-close and personal access to their favorite bands, including Linkin Park, blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, The Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Everclear, Incubus, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional and Panic! at the Disco. <a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com" target="_blank">www.HondaCivicTour.com</a> </p> <p><strong>About Honda Civic:</strong><br> One of the best-selling compact cars in the United States, the Civic features a lineup of six distinct models: the conventional gasoline-powered Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, two high-performance Civic Si models, the gasoline-electric Civic Hybrid, the Civic Natural Gas and Civic HF high fuel economy model. The Civic lineup embodies the Honda brand values of 'clean, safe and fun' with the Civic HF achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg on the highway. The Civic Hybrid's EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 44/47/45 city/highway/combined. The Civic Sedan has earned top safety ratings from NHTSA and was the first small car to earn a 'TOP SAFETY PICK+' designation from IIHS. Now in its ninth generation, the Civic remains one of the most fun-to-drive compact cars on the road today. The Civic Sedan starts at a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,390 and is available at Honda dealerships nationwide. For high-resolution photos, broadcast quality video and media information of the entire 2014 Civic lineup, please visit <a href="http://www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Stage:</strong><br> Building on its deep foundation in bringing music to fans, American Honda has brought together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders, including Live Nation, Clear Channel (iHeart Radio), Revolt, YouTube and Vevo to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality music content available under the new Honda Stage name, through dozens of live events and exclusive online content.  Honda Stage will offer music fans access to custom live and online music programming and performances, behind the scenes content, artist interviews and more at <a href="http://www.YouTube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.YouTube.com/HondaStage</a>. With the launch of this channel, Honda becomes a major music curator, as YouTube is the largest distributor or music content and the number 1 environment for music viewing. </p> <p> <strong>About Honda:</strong><br> Honda offers a unique lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States.  In 2014, Honda celebrated it's 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.  Honda currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions, and the HondaJet light jet.  </p> <p>For more information, go to <a href="http://www.HondaCivicTour.com" target="_blank">www.HondaCivicTour.com</a> and <a href="http://www.HondaStage.Honda.com" target="_blank">www.HondaStage.Honda.com</a> and visit Honda Stage on YouTube at: <a href="http://www.YouTube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.YouTube.com/HondaStage</a>. </p> <p>Check back for more Honda Stage Press announcements throughout 2014 at: <a href="http://honda.us/1kYuYVN" target="_blank">http://honda.us/1kYuYVN</a>  </p> <p># # #</p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Makes Massive Investment in Music with Launch of Honda Stage <ul> <li>Honda assembles music 'Dream Team' to launch massive youth marketing initiative</li> <li>Honda Stage to provide one-of-a kind curated music content live and online through: hundreds of pieces of exclusive online videos, news, interviews and performances through a dedicated Honda Stage channel <a href="http://www.youtube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/HondaStage</a> and distributed via multiple music channels, dozens of live concert events, expanded Civic Tours and several music festival sponsorships</li> <li>Honda Stage program expected to garner billions of impressions through interactive and online distribution agreements with music industry leaders </li> </ul> <p>Building on its deep foundation in bringing music to fans, American Honda has brought together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders, including Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (iHeartRadio), Live Nation, REVOLT, Vevo and YouTube, to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality, music content available under the new Honda Stage name, through dozens of live events and exclusive online content.</p> <p>Honda Stage is a unique 360-degree, multi-platform music program designed to meet music fans in environments where they are already searching for and consuming music, providing Honda an opportunity to further build brand awareness and loyalty. Launching in phases starting today, Honda Stage will offer music fans access to custom live and online music programming and performances, behind the scenes content, artist interviews and more at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/HondaStage</a>. With the launch of this channel, Honda becomes a major music curator, as YouTube is the largest distributor of music content and the number one environment for music viewing.</p> <p>"Breaking through the clutter and reaching younger buyers through traditional advertising is proving more and more difficult in this always-on, digital generation," said Tom Peyton, assistant vice president of Advertising and Marketing for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Honda is making an even bigger investment in music than ever before. To bring this type of experience to music lovers we had to assemble a program from scratch bringing together both live and online elements that can only be found through Honda Stage."             </p> <p>The Honda Stage program brings <strong>Listen, View, Attend</strong> opportunities through:</p> <ul> <li>Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater L.A. will bring dozens of live and intimate performances by the hottest acts. The concert series will be promoted on air and online across Clear Channel radio stations, which reaches more than 245 million monthly listeners nationwide, and through iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's all-in-one digital music service.  </li> <li>Several major custom Honda Stage concert events in iconic locations across the U.S. produced by Live Nation</li> <li>Honda Stage at REVOLT Studios Hollywood will deliver regular live interviews and in-studio performances on the Honda Stage, broadcast on REVOLT TV, the iOS and Android REVOLT apps and the Honda Stage YouTube Channel</li> <li>Honda Stage at top US Festivals, including performances by leading artists at Governors Ball in New York, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Music Midtown in Atlanta </li> <li>Honda Civic Tour, now in its 13th year, will become three successive tours targeting specific genres, featuring Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, American Authors and 3BallMTY. For additional information on the 2014 Civic Tour visit: <a href="http://www.hondacivictour.com" target="_blank">www.hondacivictour.com</a>. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Honda Stage Music Channel</strong><br> Not only will music fans have access to Honda Stage content through the multitude of live and interactive events, but through the Honda Stage online channel, viewers can experience the best of Honda Stage music and entertainment content, curated by Honda and of its all partners at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/HondaStage</a>. Content published on the Honda Stage channel will also be distributed through the vast music distribution networks Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, YouTube, and Vevo (via their web, mobile/tablet and TV apps) as well as Honda social media channels.</p> <p>"This just pencils out as a smart program due to the massive content distribution platforms. With an expected reach of billions of music fans, the Honda Stage program will reach potential customers far beyond traditional TV advertising," said Peyton.</p> <p><strong>Honda and Music </strong><br> Honda has a deep history in music programming and music marketing through the development of engaging programs and sponsorships aimed at reaching music fans through their love of music. The Honda Civic Tour was created in 2001, and since its inception, 3.5 million fans have attended Civic Tour concert events and the program has become one of the nation's most compelling, successful music concert tour franchises. Concert goers have had the chance to experience their favorite bands up-close-and personal, including live and interactive performances by Maroon 5, Linkin Park, blink-182, The Black Eyed Peas, Paramore, Incubus, Fall Out Boy and many more. Each year, the Honda Civic Tour's headlining artist customizes a Civic vehicle for one lucky tour fan to win.</p> <p>In 2009, Honda began partnering with the biggest and brightest music festivals across the U.S., including Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival and The Governors Ball in New York. The automaker's festival activations have included a Honda-sponsored stage with performances by some of the festivals' best artists, opportunities to win VIP tickets and Honda vehicles, interactive onsite vehicle displays and more. This summer Honda's music festival partnerships continue and will become part of the Honda Stage music program beginning with The Governors Ball in New York June 6-8, Music Midtown in Atlanta September 19-20 and Austin City Limits Music Festival the first two weekends in October.</p> <p>For more information on the Honda Stage music program, including announcements of the latest Honda Stage videos, exclusive concert information, show schedules, news, sweepstakes and more, visit <a href="http://www.HondaStage.Honda.com" target="_blank">www.HondaStage.Honda.com</a>. </p> <p><strong>Check back for more Honda Stage Press announcements throughout 2014 at </strong><a href="http://honda.us/1kYuYVN" target="_blank">http://honda.us/1kYuYVN</a></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 2014, Honda celebrated its 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., 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> Honda Automobiles Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/48317b75-4b78-47be-9156-85457b1daa2d http://hondanews.com/releases/48317b75-4b78-47be-9156-85457b1daa2d Honda Makes Massive Investment in Music with Launch of Honda Stage <ul> <li>Honda assembles music 'Dream Team' to launch massive youth marketing initiative</li> <li>Honda Stage to provide one-of-a kind curated music content live and online through: hundreds of pieces of exclusive online videos, news, interviews and performances through a dedicated Honda Stage channel <a href="http://www.youtube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/HondaStage</a> and distributed via multiple music channels, dozens of live concert events, expanded Civic Tours and several music festival sponsorships</li> <li>Honda Stage program expected to garner billions of impressions through interactive and online distribution agreements with music industry leaders </li> </ul> <p>Building on its deep foundation in bringing music to fans, American Honda has brought together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders, including Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (iHeartRadio), Live Nation, REVOLT, Vevo and YouTube, to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality, music content available under the new Honda Stage name, through dozens of live events and exclusive online content.</p> <p>Honda Stage is a unique 360-degree, multi-platform music program designed to meet music fans in environments where they are already searching for and consuming music, providing Honda an opportunity to further build brand awareness and loyalty. Launching in phases starting today, Honda Stage will offer music fans access to custom live and online music programming and performances, behind the scenes content, artist interviews and more at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/HondaStage</a>. With the launch of this channel, Honda becomes a major music curator, as YouTube is the largest distributor of music content and the number one environment for music viewing.</p> <p>"Breaking through the clutter and reaching younger buyers through traditional advertising is proving more and more difficult in this always-on, digital generation," said Tom Peyton, assistant vice president of Advertising and Marketing for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Honda is making an even bigger investment in music than ever before. To bring this type of experience to music lovers we had to assemble a program from scratch bringing together both live and online elements that can only be found through Honda Stage."             </p> <p>The Honda Stage program brings <strong>Listen, View, Attend</strong> opportunities through:</p> <ul> <li>Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater L.A. will bring dozens of live and intimate performances by the hottest acts. The concert series will be promoted on air and online across Clear Channel radio stations, which reaches more than 245 million monthly listeners nationwide, and through iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's all-in-one digital music service.  </li> <li>Several major custom Honda Stage concert events in iconic locations across the U.S. produced by Live Nation</li> <li>Honda Stage at REVOLT Studios Hollywood will deliver regular live interviews and in-studio performances on the Honda Stage, broadcast on REVOLT TV, the iOS and Android REVOLT apps and the Honda Stage YouTube Channel</li> <li>Honda Stage at top US Festivals, including performances by leading artists at Governors Ball in New York, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Music Midtown in Atlanta </li> <li>Honda Civic Tour, now in its 13th year, will become three successive tours targeting specific genres, featuring Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, American Authors and 3BallMTY. For additional information on the 2014 Civic Tour visit: <a href="http://www.hondacivictour.com" target="_blank">www.hondacivictour.com</a>. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Honda Stage Music Channel</strong><br> Not only will music fans have access to Honda Stage content through the multitude of live and interactive events, but through the Honda Stage online channel, viewers can experience the best of Honda Stage music and entertainment content, curated by Honda and of its all partners at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/HondaStage" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/HondaStage</a>. Content published on the Honda Stage channel will also be distributed through the vast music distribution networks Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, YouTube, and Vevo (via their web, mobile/tablet and TV apps) as well as Honda social media channels.</p> <p>"This just pencils out as a smart program due to the massive content distribution platforms. With an expected reach of billions of music fans, the Honda Stage program will reach potential customers far beyond traditional TV advertising," said Peyton.</p> <p><strong>Honda and Music </strong><br> Honda has a deep history in music programming and music marketing through the development of engaging programs and sponsorships aimed at reaching music fans through their love of music. The Honda Civic Tour was created in 2001, and since its inception, 3.5 million fans have attended Civic Tour concert events and the program has become one of the nation's most compelling, successful music concert tour franchises. Concert goers have had the chance to experience their favorite bands up-close-and personal, including live and interactive performances by Maroon 5, Linkin Park, blink-182, The Black Eyed Peas, Paramore, Incubus, Fall Out Boy and many more. Each year, the Honda Civic Tour's headlining artist customizes a Civic vehicle for one lucky tour fan to win.</p> <p>In 2009, Honda began partnering with the biggest and brightest music festivals across the U.S., including Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival and The Governors Ball in New York. The automaker's festival activations have included a Honda-sponsored stage with performances by some of the festivals' best artists, opportunities to win VIP tickets and Honda vehicles, interactive onsite vehicle displays and more. This summer Honda's music festival partnerships continue and will become part of the Honda Stage music program beginning with The Governors Ball in New York June 6-8, Music Midtown in Atlanta September 19-20 and Austin City Limits Music Festival the first two weekends in October.</p> <p>For more information on the Honda Stage music program, including announcements of the latest Honda Stage videos, exclusive concert information, show schedules, news, sweepstakes and more, visit <a href="http://www.HondaStage.Honda.com" target="_blank">www.HondaStage.Honda.com</a>. </p> <p><strong>Check back for more Honda Stage Press announcements throughout 2014 at </strong><a href="http://honda.us/1kYuYVN" target="_blank">http://honda.us/1kYuYVN</a></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 2014, Honda celebrated its 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., 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> Honda Automobiles: Honda Stage <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/45e2/f952/45e2f952-f668-4dea-9de5-34960a74d9dd-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Stage Honda Automobiles Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-stage http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-stage Honda Stage <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/45e2/f952/45e2f952-f668-4dea-9de5-34960a74d9dd-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Stage Honda Automobiles: New Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicle Customers In California Eligible for Immediate $1,000 Purchase Credit <ul> <li><em>Civic Natural Gas drivers qualify for single-occupant access to HOV "carpool" lanes and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes in the Greater Los Angeles area</em></li> <li><em>California leads the nation in compressed natural gas refueling stations with more than 150 locations in the state</em></li> <li><em>Natural Gas costs up to 40-percent less than gasoline </em></li> </ul> <p>Californians purchasing a new Civic Natural Gas vehicle (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/</a>) are now eligible for special savings from the California Energy Commission – an immediate $1,000 purchase credit<sup>1</sup> supplied directly by certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealers at the time of purchase. In addition to the purchase credit savings, Civic Natural Gas vehicle customers in California have the added benefit of qualifying for single-occupant access to High Occupancy Vehicle "carpool" and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes<sup>2</sup>. California has the most robust natural gas fueling infrastructure in the nation with more than 150 stations in the state.</p> <p> With a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpge<sup>3‡</sup> and a fuel cost savings of up to 40-percent compared to gasoline, the Civic Natural Gas vehicle can significantly reduce consumers' pain at the pump. The Civic Natural Gas, powered 100-percent by cleaner-burning, abundant and primarily U.S.-sourced natural gas, can be refueled in a matter of minutes, much like a conventional gasoline-powered car. </p> <p> The Civic Natural Gas' interior has been enhanced with a host of new standard features including more premium seating materials and door panel trim, as well as new Display Audio with 7-inch touchscreen that allows users to pinch, swipe and tap just like a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. Also new for 2014, the available Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. The only dedicated CNG-powered passenger car available for retail purchase from a major automaker, the Civic Natural Gas is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Indiana, using domestic and globally sourced parts.   </p> <p>Retail customers and fleet clients interested in receiving the $1,000 purchase credit with the purchase of a new Civic Natural Gas vehicle (up to 20 vehicles per fleet client or retail customer) must make their purchase from a certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealer while California Energy Commission purchase credits remain available. The supply of purchase credits through the California Energy Commission is limited to 1,600 and expires when all have been distributed or on April 22, 2015, whichever occurs first. </p> <p> California leads the nation in the number of statewide compressed natural gas stations. Consumers interested in learning more about local compressed natural gas refueling sites can visit the <a href="http://www.cngvc.org/news-and-resources/fueling-stations.php" target="_blank">California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition</a> web site for a listing of stations in their area.</p> <p><strong>Honda Environmental Leadership</strong> <br> Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX) and five generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998). Honda has been recognized as among the top automakers in the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years.</p> <p><strong>Executive Quotes</strong><br> "With gasoline prices forecasted to rise in California this summer, attractive offers like purchase credits make this a great time to purchase a Civic Natural Gas vehicle," said Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office. "If you're looking to save money at the pump, spend less time in traffic, and reduce your environmental impact, the Civic Natural Gas Vehicle is an ideal choice."   </p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> <p><sup>1</sup> While supply of California Energy Commission funds last. Available only at participating Honda-certified Civic Natural Gas Dealers. See participating dealers for details. </p> <p><sup>2</sup> White Clean Air Vehicle Stickers are available to an unlimited number of qualifying Federal Inherently Low Emission Vehicles (ILEVs). Cars that meet these requirements are typically certified pure zero emission vehicles (100% battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell) and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Per AB 266, the expiration date for the white stickers has been extended to January 1, 2019. Single-occupant access with a qualifying vehicle to the California State Route 110 and Interstate 10 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes in Los Angeles County has been extended through January of 2015 pending state legislative approval. See the California Air Resources Board's web site for more information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm.</p> <p><sup>3</sup> Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.</p> <p><sup>‡</sup> Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE)</p> Honda Automobiles Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/7a1fd0d7-5305-4546-b5fd-fbd78d6b87b2 http://hondanews.com/releases/7a1fd0d7-5305-4546-b5fd-fbd78d6b87b2 New Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicle Customers In California Eligible for Immediate $1,000 Purchase Credit <ul> <li><em>Civic Natural Gas drivers qualify for single-occupant access to HOV "carpool" lanes and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes in the Greater Los Angeles area</em></li> <li><em>California leads the nation in compressed natural gas refueling stations with more than 150 locations in the state</em></li> <li><em>Natural Gas costs up to 40-percent less than gasoline </em></li> </ul> <p>Californians purchasing a new Civic Natural Gas vehicle (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/</a>) are now eligible for special savings from the California Energy Commission – an immediate $1,000 purchase credit<sup>1</sup> supplied directly by certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealers at the time of purchase. In addition to the purchase credit savings, Civic Natural Gas vehicle customers in California have the added benefit of qualifying for single-occupant access to High Occupancy Vehicle "carpool" and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes<sup>2</sup>. California has the most robust natural gas fueling infrastructure in the nation with more than 150 stations in the state.</p> <p> With a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpge<sup>3‡</sup> and a fuel cost savings of up to 40-percent compared to gasoline, the Civic Natural Gas vehicle can significantly reduce consumers' pain at the pump. The Civic Natural Gas, powered 100-percent by cleaner-burning, abundant and primarily U.S.-sourced natural gas, can be refueled in a matter of minutes, much like a conventional gasoline-powered car. </p> <p> The Civic Natural Gas' interior has been enhanced with a host of new standard features including more premium seating materials and door panel trim, as well as new Display Audio with 7-inch touchscreen that allows users to pinch, swipe and tap just like a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. Also new for 2014, the available Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. The only dedicated CNG-powered passenger car available for retail purchase from a major automaker, the Civic Natural Gas is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Indiana, using domestic and globally sourced parts.   </p> <p>Retail customers and fleet clients interested in receiving the $1,000 purchase credit with the purchase of a new Civic Natural Gas vehicle (up to 20 vehicles per fleet client or retail customer) must make their purchase from a certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealer while California Energy Commission purchase credits remain available. The supply of purchase credits through the California Energy Commission is limited to 1,600 and expires when all have been distributed or on April 22, 2015, whichever occurs first. </p> <p> California leads the nation in the number of statewide compressed natural gas stations. Consumers interested in learning more about local compressed natural gas refueling sites can visit the <a href="http://www.cngvc.org/news-and-resources/fueling-stations.php" target="_blank">California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition</a> web site for a listing of stations in their area.</p> <p><strong>Honda Environmental Leadership</strong> <br> Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX) and five generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998). Honda has been recognized as among the top automakers in the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years.</p> <p><strong>Executive Quotes</strong><br> "With gasoline prices forecasted to rise in California this summer, attractive offers like purchase credits make this a great time to purchase a Civic Natural Gas vehicle," said Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office. "If you're looking to save money at the pump, spend less time in traffic, and reduce your environmental impact, the Civic Natural Gas Vehicle is an ideal choice."   </p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> <p><sup>1</sup> While supply of California Energy Commission funds last. Available only at participating Honda-certified Civic Natural Gas Dealers. See participating dealers for details. </p> <p><sup>2</sup> White Clean Air Vehicle Stickers are available to an unlimited number of qualifying Federal Inherently Low Emission Vehicles (ILEVs). Cars that meet these requirements are typically certified pure zero emission vehicles (100% battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell) and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Per AB 266, the expiration date for the white stickers has been extended to January 1, 2019. Single-occupant access with a qualifying vehicle to the California State Route 110 and Interstate 10 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes in Los Angeles County has been extended through January of 2015 pending state legislative approval. See the California Air Resources Board's web site for more information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm.</p> <p><sup>3</sup> Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.</p> <p><sup>‡</sup> Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE)</p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Performance Development Entering Its Third Decade with Strongest-Ever Support for North American Motorsports at Professional and Entry Levels <p>Honda's U.S. based racing company, Honda Performance Development (HPD), is entering its third decade of operations with a more diverse range of racing products and race engineering services than ever before. Established in 1993, HPD is the technical operations center for Honda's high-performance racing programs and specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, as well as technical/race support. </p> <p> In addition to participation in pinnacle racing, through its Honda Racing Line program, HPD is helping customers and enthusiasts fuel their own motorsports passion through its vast array of performance parts and original equipment and replacement parts across a broad spectrum of professional, semi-pro, and amateur racing classes, from karting and quarter midgets all the way up to the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.</p> <p> "We have steadily expanded the scope of our capabilities and operations in America over the past two decades, as we endeavor to share Honda's passion for racing with Honda fans, customers, and racing enthusiasts of all stripes," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development and vice president of Auto Operations for American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "As we enter our third decade of operations, we are strongly committed to the continued support of U.S. racing at all levels and to sharing our passion for racing, which is at the core of Honda's DNA."</p> <p> Today, HPD employs more than 150 associates at its Santa Clarita, California headquarters and its Tech Center in Brownsburg, Indiana. HPD officially opened its Tech Center in May 2013. The facility features a state-of-the-art Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) driving simulator that can save racing teams both time and money, as extensive test programs can be run through the simulator with the team's driver at the wheel and team engineers monitoring driver performance.</p> <p> "The HPD Tech Center is another example of Honda bringing R&D activities to the heart of the North American motorsports community," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and chief operating officer. "This is a development tool that will bring benefits to all of our motorsports activities, through a focus on total vehicle performance encompassing engine, chassis, tires and the driver."</p> <p> HPD was originally established to support Honda's entry into U.S. open-wheel racing. Honda's record of success in IndyCar racing includes 208 race wins, 15 drivers' championships, 6 manufacturers' championships in competition, and 10 Indianapolis 500 race wins. From 2006 to 2011, Honda was the sole engine supplier to the IndyCar series. </p> <p><strong>Following are highlights of HPD's race engineering and race support portfolio</strong></p> <p><strong>Open Wheel</strong></p> <ul> <li>IndyCar – <ul> <li>Honda's HI14RTT twin-turbo V8 powers 8 teams and 15 drivers in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar series. </li> <li>Honda has supplied engines to America's premier open-wheel racing series since 1994 and was the sole engine supplier to the series from 2006 until 2011, delivering failure-free power to teams competing in the legendary Indianapolis 500 for six years and nearly 15,000 race miles.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Formula Atlantic – Honda has sponsored the Atlantic Championship Series since 2012. The HPD K20 with two power variants is legal for competition within both this series and the SCCA.</li> <li>Formula Lites – The new series announced in May that it has adopted the Honda K24 to power its Crawford Composites produced chassis.</li> <li>Formula F – In February 2010 HPD began shipping 1.5-liter Honda Fit engines for use in the SCCA's Formula F class, the entry point of U.S. open-wheel racing. Today, the Honda-HPD 1.5L power plant is the engine of choice within North America; legal in the following series: F1600 Formula F Pro Series, Pacific F1600 Championship, Formula Tour 1600, Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, and the SCCA.</li> <li>Karting – HPD provides support for 125cc and 250cc shifter karts, where a new HPD-developed 4-stroke package will be available for one of the quickest categories in karting.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Short Track</strong></p> <ul> <li>USAC – In 2012 Honda announced its title sponsorship of USAC, and the National Midget, Honda/HPD Midget and 0.25 Midget series classes.</li> <li>Midgets – Honda K24 'crate' engines are the spec power plant for the Honda/HPD Midget Series. USAC began delivering the sealed engines to their competitors in early May.</li> <li>Quarter Midgets – Honda has had a long relationship with Quarter Midgets of America and has supported USAC 0.25 Midget programs since 2011.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Closed Wheel</strong></p> <ul> <li>Prototype Sportscars – <ul> <li>Honda been supplying engines and race cars for U.S. sports car racing since 2007. HPD swept all manufacturer, engine, team and driver awards in the LMP1 and LMP2 classes of the American Le Mans Series in 2012 and repeated this feat in 2013.</li> <li>In April 2014 HPD announced plans to offer customer teams the very latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports car technology with the HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe, developed in partnership with longtime technical partner Wirth Research. The car is powered by the proven 2.8-liter twin-turbo, direct injection, production-based Honda HR28TT V6.</li> <li>The original HR28TT was co-developed by HPD and Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the North American arm of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. The engine uses a stock block, heads and drive-by-wire system, the same systems employed in production Honda and Acura models including the Odyssey minivan and Pilot and Acura MDX sport-utility veh icles.</li> </ul> </li> <ul> </ul> <li>Club Racing – <ul> <li>Since 2010, HPD has provided support in the form of products and contingency for professional Touring Car teams taking part in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge and Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.</li> <li> It also offers contingency support for NASA US Touring Car Championship competitors racing in 2006 or newer Honda Civic Si; and, for autocross competitors in both SCCA Pro Solo and the Solo National Championships.</li> <li>HPD also offers contingency support for competitors in both individual SCCA Rallycross events and its Rallycross National Championships.</li> </ul> </li> <ul> </ul> <li>Spec Racer – <ul> <li>In December, 2010, Honda and Mazda jointly announced the formation of B-Spec Showroom Stock class, to provide a lower cost car class. Honda's B-Spec kit, developed around the Honda Fit, utilizes a stock engine and chassis. By fitting it with a competition roll cage, racing seat and other safety equipment – and HPD specified suspension components, tires and wheels – providing an affordable entry level race car.</li> <li>HPD has supplied crate engines to TMI for its Arial Atoms since 2010. TMI and HPD collaborated on the limited edition Honda Racing/HPD Track-day Car, which employs a unique blend of performance components and is powered by the 'HPD-spec K24Z7' engine.</li> </ul> </li> <ul> </ul> </ul> <p>Since 2009, Honda Performance Development has also operated Honda Racing Line which is a club targeted at participants in the amateur and entry-level professional racing ranks who race Honda or Acura products. The Honda Racing Line provides its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the pinnacle levels of motorsport. This channel to factory support offers Honda Racing Line members the opportunity to purchase racing-performance parts for expedited delivery</p> <p> The same innovation that has driven two decades of unprecedented success in pinnacle motorsports is at the core of HPD's Street Performance brand, announced at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers (SEMA) show in November 2013. The HPD Supercharged CR-Z kit features a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades; and, will be sold through Honda dealers. These include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger (available Summer 2014), HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, air filter system and HPD sport exhaust, as well as HPD sport dampers, coil springs, disc brakes and 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. <p>This release may also be seen on HPD's website here:<br> <a href="http://hpd.honda.com/indycar/press/detail.aspx?id=51086286577965876076" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com/indycar/press/detail.aspx?id=51086286577965876076</a></p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> Honda Automobiles Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/d40c50b2-9fd7-4106-a704-12826cd9a0cc http://hondanews.com/releases/d40c50b2-9fd7-4106-a704-12826cd9a0cc Honda Performance Development Entering Its Third Decade with Strongest-Ever Support for North American Motorsports at Professional and Entry Levels <p>Honda's U.S. based racing company, Honda Performance Development (HPD), is entering its third decade of operations with a more diverse range of racing products and race engineering services than ever before. Established in 1993, HPD is the technical operations center for Honda's high-performance racing programs and specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, as well as technical/race support. </p> <p> In addition to participation in pinnacle racing, through its Honda Racing Line program, HPD is helping customers and enthusiasts fuel their own motorsports passion through its vast array of performance parts and original equipment and replacement parts across a broad spectrum of professional, semi-pro, and amateur racing classes, from karting and quarter midgets all the way up to the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.</p> <p> "We have steadily expanded the scope of our capabilities and operations in America over the past two decades, as we endeavor to share Honda's passion for racing with Honda fans, customers, and racing enthusiasts of all stripes," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development and vice president of Auto Operations for American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "As we enter our third decade of operations, we are strongly committed to the continued support of U.S. racing at all levels and to sharing our passion for racing, which is at the core of Honda's DNA."</p> <p> Today, HPD employs more than 150 associates at its Santa Clarita, California headquarters and its Tech Center in Brownsburg, Indiana. HPD officially opened its Tech Center in May 2013. The facility features a state-of-the-art Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) driving simulator that can save racing teams both time and money, as extensive test programs can be run through the simulator with the team's driver at the wheel and team engineers monitoring driver performance.</p> <p> "The HPD Tech Center is another example of Honda bringing R&D activities to the heart of the North American motorsports community," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and chief operating officer. "This is a development tool that will bring benefits to all of our motorsports activities, through a focus on total vehicle performance encompassing engine, chassis, tires and the driver."</p> <p> HPD was originally established to support Honda's entry into U.S. open-wheel racing. Honda's record of success in IndyCar racing includes 208 race wins, 15 drivers' championships, 6 manufacturers' championships in competition, and 10 Indianapolis 500 race wins. From 2006 to 2011, Honda was the sole engine supplier to the IndyCar series. </p> <p><strong>Following are highlights of HPD's race engineering and race support portfolio</strong></p> <p><strong>Open Wheel</strong></p> <ul> <li>IndyCar – <ul> <li>Honda's HI14RTT twin-turbo V8 powers 8 teams and 15 drivers in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar series. </li> <li>Honda has supplied engines to America's premier open-wheel racing series since 1994 and was the sole engine supplier to the series from 2006 until 2011, delivering failure-free power to teams competing in the legendary Indianapolis 500 for six years and nearly 15,000 race miles.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Formula Atlantic – Honda has sponsored the Atlantic Championship Series since 2012. The HPD K20 with two power variants is legal for competition within both this series and the SCCA.</li> <li>Formula Lites – The new series announced in May that it has adopted the Honda K24 to power its Crawford Composites produced chassis.</li> <li>Formula F – In February 2010 HPD began shipping 1.5-liter Honda Fit engines for use in the SCCA's Formula F class, the entry point of U.S. open-wheel racing. Today, the Honda-HPD 1.5L power plant is the engine of choice within North America; legal in the following series: F1600 Formula F Pro Series, Pacific F1600 Championship, Formula Tour 1600, Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, and the SCCA.</li> <li>Karting – HPD provides support for 125cc and 250cc shifter karts, where a new HPD-developed 4-stroke package will be available for one of the quickest categories in karting.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Short Track</strong></p> <ul> <li>USAC – In 2012 Honda announced its title sponsorship of USAC, and the National Midget, Honda/HPD Midget and 0.25 Midget series classes.</li> <li>Midgets – Honda K24 'crate' engines are the spec power plant for the Honda/HPD Midget Series. USAC began delivering the sealed engines to their competitors in early May.</li> <li>Quarter Midgets – Honda has had a long relationship with Quarter Midgets of America and has supported USAC 0.25 Midget programs since 2011.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Closed Wheel</strong></p> <ul> <li>Prototype Sportscars – <ul> <li>Honda been supplying engines and race cars for U.S. sports car racing since 2007. HPD swept all manufacturer, engine, team and driver awards in the LMP1 and LMP2 classes of the American Le Mans Series in 2012 and repeated this feat in 2013.</li> <li>In April 2014 HPD announced plans to offer customer teams the very latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports car technology with the HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe, developed in partnership with longtime technical partner Wirth Research. The car is powered by the proven 2.8-liter twin-turbo, direct injection, production-based Honda HR28TT V6.</li> <li>The original HR28TT was co-developed by HPD and Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the North American arm of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. The engine uses a stock block, heads and drive-by-wire system, the same systems employed in production Honda and Acura models including the Odyssey minivan and Pilot and Acura MDX sport-utility veh icles.</li> </ul> </li> <ul> </ul> <li>Club Racing – <ul> <li>Since 2010, HPD has provided support in the form of products and contingency for professional Touring Car teams taking part in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge and Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.</li> <li> It also offers contingency support for NASA US Touring Car Championship competitors racing in 2006 or newer Honda Civic Si; and, for autocross competitors in both SCCA Pro Solo and the Solo National Championships.</li> <li>HPD also offers contingency support for competitors in both individual SCCA Rallycross events and its Rallycross National Championships.</li> </ul> </li> <ul> </ul> <li>Spec Racer – <ul> <li>In December, 2010, Honda and Mazda jointly announced the formation of B-Spec Showroom Stock class, to provide a lower cost car class. Honda's B-Spec kit, developed around the Honda Fit, utilizes a stock engine and chassis. By fitting it with a competition roll cage, racing seat and other safety equipment – and HPD specified suspension components, tires and wheels – providing an affordable entry level race car.</li> <li>HPD has supplied crate engines to TMI for its Arial Atoms since 2010. TMI and HPD collaborated on the limited edition Honda Racing/HPD Track-day Car, which employs a unique blend of performance components and is powered by the 'HPD-spec K24Z7' engine.</li> </ul> </li> <ul> </ul> </ul> <p>Since 2009, Honda Performance Development has also operated Honda Racing Line which is a club targeted at participants in the amateur and entry-level professional racing ranks who race Honda or Acura products. The Honda Racing Line provides its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the pinnacle levels of motorsport. This channel to factory support offers Honda Racing Line members the opportunity to purchase racing-performance parts for expedited delivery</p> <p> The same innovation that has driven two decades of unprecedented success in pinnacle motorsports is at the core of HPD's Street Performance brand, announced at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers (SEMA) show in November 2013. The HPD Supercharged CR-Z kit features a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades; and, will be sold through Honda dealers. These include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger (available Summer 2014), HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, air filter system and HPD sport exhaust, as well as HPD sport dampers, coil springs, disc brakes and 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. <p>This release may also be seen on HPD's website here:<br> <a href="http://hpd.honda.com/indycar/press/detail.aspx?id=51086286577965876076" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com/indycar/press/detail.aspx?id=51086286577965876076</a></p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> Honda Automobiles: Honda Adds Standard Roadside Assistance to All 2015 Models <p>Beginning with the 2015 model year, all new Honda automobiles will be covered by a 24-hour nationwide roadside assistance program for the 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty term. The 2015 Fit and Pilot are the first vehicles in Honda's lineup to benefit from this upgrade to Honda's customer service program.</p> <p>The program features a comprehensive list of roadside assistance services, including lockout service, fuel delivery and towing, plus reimbursement for trip interruption<sup>1</sup> and assistance for alternate transportation<sup>2</sup>, hotel reservations<sup>2</sup> and more. With the Honda Roadside Assistance service, if a driver experiences a problem while on the road, they can call the program's toll-free telephone number (866-864-5211) 24 hours a day, seven days a week from anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada. So, should an owner suffer a lost key or their Honda run out of fuel, get a flat tire, require a jump start or need to be winched or towed, Honda Roadside Assistance will dispatch a service vehicle to perform one or more of these necessary services:</p> <ul> <li>Assist the owner in unlocking the vehicle<sup>4</sup></li> <li>Deliver fuel<sup>3</sup></li> <li>Change a flat tire with the Honda vehicle's spare<strong></strong></li> <li>Assist with use of the Tire Repair Kit (TRK)<strong></strong></li> <li>Jump a battery<strong></strong></li> <li>Winch the vehicle<strong></strong></li> <li>Arrange to transport the vehicle to the nearest Honda dealership. <strong></strong></li> </ul> <p>Additional program benefits include trip interruption reimbursement, alternate transportation<sup>2</sup>, hotel reservations<sup>2</sup>, airline information, message relay and directory assistance. Honda Roadside Assistance provides reimbursement consideration for up to $300 in expenses incurred during the first three days following a vehicle disablement that occurs 100 miles or more away from the Honda owner's primary residence<sup>1</sup>. This is to cover such costs as food, lodging, alternate transportation, a rental vehicle and/or commercial transportation. Upon request, Honda Roadside Assistance will attempt to secure a rental vehicle or taxi for the Honda owner and will assist in locating emergency lodging when away from home. The service can also provide information such as airline flight times and fares plus enhanced directory assistance for the location of nearby service stations, ATMs, banks, etc., including telephone numbers, addresses and directions. Should an emergency arise, Honda Roadside Assistance will attempt to contact persons for whom telephone numbers are provided, such as the owner's spouse or workplace, in order to relay important messages.</p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/"><em>automobiles.honda.com.</em></a><em> To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Honda"><em>facebook.com/Honda</em></a><em>. Useful information and services for Honda owners is available at </em><a href="http://owners.honda.com/"><em>owners.honda.com</em></a><em>. For additional media information including Honda vehicle pricing, features and high-resolution photography, visit </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles"><em>hondanews.com</em></a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup>The total Trip Interruption benefit is $300; $100 per day for three days maximum. Costs for reuniting the Honda owner with the vehicle are included in the total of $300 maximum benefit.<br> <sup>2</sup>Any third party costs (such as vehicle rental, taxi, lodging, flight fares, etc.) associated with the rendering of the Trip Continuation Services shall be borne by the driver requesting such service.<br> <sup>3</sup>Two gallons provided, not to exceed twice in a calendar year. Requires VIN at time of service request.<br> <sup>4</sup>The program covers owners up to $100 for emergency lockout services.</p> <p>Cross Country Motor Club, Inc. (CCMC) acts merely as a dispatcher or referral service to persons or entities who provide the actual service. These persons and/or entities are independent contractors. Accordingly, CCMC assumes no responsibility for the acts, errors, omissions, negligence, malfeasance or misfeasance of such persons and/or entities. All persons availing themselves of this benefit of Honda Roadside Assistance are to look solely to such persons and/or entities for liability arising in connection therewith, and not to CCMC. Honda Roadside Assistance services are provided through Cross Country Motor Club, Inc., Medford, MA 02155, except in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming, where services are provided through Cross Country Motor Club of California, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Honda reserves the right to limit services or reimbursements to an owner or driver when, in the judgment of Honda, the claims become excessive in frequency or type of occurrence. Honda also reserves the right to alter or withdraw the Honda Roadside Assistance program at any time without notice.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Automobiles Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/552b020e-4382-40b0-92c3-550994304572 http://hondanews.com/releases/552b020e-4382-40b0-92c3-550994304572 Honda Adds Standard Roadside Assistance to All 2015 Models <p>Beginning with the 2015 model year, all new Honda automobiles will be covered by a 24-hour nationwide roadside assistance program for the 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty term. The 2015 Fit and Pilot are the first vehicles in Honda's lineup to benefit from this upgrade to Honda's customer service program.</p> <p>The program features a comprehensive list of roadside assistance services, including lockout service, fuel delivery and towing, plus reimbursement for trip interruption<sup>1</sup> and assistance for alternate transportation<sup>2</sup>, hotel reservations<sup>2</sup> and more. With the Honda Roadside Assistance service, if a driver experiences a problem while on the road, they can call the program's toll-free telephone number (866-864-5211) 24 hours a day, seven days a week from anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada. So, should an owner suffer a lost key or their Honda run out of fuel, get a flat tire, require a jump start or need to be winched or towed, Honda Roadside Assistance will dispatch a service vehicle to perform one or more of these necessary services:</p> <ul> <li>Assist the owner in unlocking the vehicle<sup>4</sup></li> <li>Deliver fuel<sup>3</sup></li> <li>Change a flat tire with the Honda vehicle's spare<strong></strong></li> <li>Assist with use of the Tire Repair Kit (TRK)<strong></strong></li> <li>Jump a battery<strong></strong></li> <li>Winch the vehicle<strong></strong></li> <li>Arrange to transport the vehicle to the nearest Honda dealership. <strong></strong></li> </ul> <p>Additional program benefits include trip interruption reimbursement, alternate transportation<sup>2</sup>, hotel reservations<sup>2</sup>, airline information, message relay and directory assistance. Honda Roadside Assistance provides reimbursement consideration for up to $300 in expenses incurred during the first three days following a vehicle disablement that occurs 100 miles or more away from the Honda owner's primary residence<sup>1</sup>. This is to cover such costs as food, lodging, alternate transportation, a rental vehicle and/or commercial transportation. Upon request, Honda Roadside Assistance will attempt to secure a rental vehicle or taxi for the Honda owner and will assist in locating emergency lodging when away from home. The service can also provide information such as airline flight times and fares plus enhanced directory assistance for the location of nearby service stations, ATMs, banks, etc., including telephone numbers, addresses and directions. Should an emergency arise, Honda Roadside Assistance will attempt to contact persons for whom telephone numbers are provided, such as the owner's spouse or workplace, in order to relay important messages.</p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/"><em>automobiles.honda.com.</em></a><em> To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Honda"><em>facebook.com/Honda</em></a><em>. Useful information and services for Honda owners is available at </em><a href="http://owners.honda.com/"><em>owners.honda.com</em></a><em>. For additional media information including Honda vehicle pricing, features and high-resolution photography, visit </em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles"><em>hondanews.com</em></a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup>The total Trip Interruption benefit is $300; $100 per day for three days maximum. Costs for reuniting the Honda owner with the vehicle are included in the total of $300 maximum benefit.<br> <sup>2</sup>Any third party costs (such as vehicle rental, taxi, lodging, flight fares, etc.) associated with the rendering of the Trip Continuation Services shall be borne by the driver requesting such service.<br> <sup>3</sup>Two gallons provided, not to exceed twice in a calendar year. Requires VIN at time of service request.<br> <sup>4</sup>The program covers owners up to $100 for emergency lockout services.</p> <p>Cross Country Motor Club, Inc. (CCMC) acts merely as a dispatcher or referral service to persons or entities who provide the actual service. These persons and/or entities are independent contractors. Accordingly, CCMC assumes no responsibility for the acts, errors, omissions, negligence, malfeasance or misfeasance of such persons and/or entities. All persons availing themselves of this benefit of Honda Roadside Assistance are to look solely to such persons and/or entities for liability arising in connection therewith, and not to CCMC. Honda Roadside Assistance services are provided through Cross Country Motor Club, Inc., Medford, MA 02155, except in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming, where services are provided through Cross Country Motor Club of California, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Honda reserves the right to limit services or reimbursements to an owner or driver when, in the judgment of Honda, the claims become excessive in frequency or type of occurrence. Honda also reserves the right to alter or withdraw the Honda Roadside Assistance program at any time without notice.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Automobiles: American Honda Sales Increase 9.0 Percent in May <ul> <li><em>American Honda sets May record for light truck sales</em></li> <li><em>Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V each post double digit gains, together selling over 100k units</em></li> <li><em>Acura MDX shatters May record, lifts light trucks to best May in division history</em></li> </ul> <p>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported May 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 152,603 units—an overall increase of 9.0 percent (5.0 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*) compared to May 2013, which showed a similar increase vs. the previous year. The Honda Division posted an increase of 9.8 percent with May sales of 137,928 units. Acura division gained 2.2 percent on May sales of 14,675, with light trucks increasing 32.9 percent for the month on sales of 10,301 units. Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 610,413 units.</p> <p><strong>Honda</strong><br> On the heels of strong retail sales in the first four months of the year, Accord, Civic and CR-V each topped 30,000 units in brisk May business, combining for sales of more than 100,000 units. The Honda division was up 9.8 percent overall in May. </p> <ul> <li>Honda light trucks set a new May sales record, selling 57,835 units for a gain of 2.1 percent  </li> <li>Accord, America's best-selling retail car in the first quarter of 2014, was up 19.3 percent in May with 39,637 units sold </li> <li>CR-V, the industry's most popular SUV, posted its best May sales ever with 32,430 units sold, an increase of 18.8% </li> <li>Civic also had a strong May, with sales up 19.2 percent to 36,089 units vs. May 2013</li> </ul> <p>"With spring finally in full force across the country, Accord, Civic and CR-V are really starting to bloom," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "With our three core models out-selling some entire brands and the all-new Fit starting to hit the ground next week, our dealers are preparing for heavy customer traffic in the coming months."</p> <p><strong>Acura</strong><br> Hot-selling Acura light trucks continued their record-setting pace, combining to achieve the best May sales in division history. The MDX also posted its best May ever, topping sales of over 5900 for the month and up 115.6 percent for the year.  After posting 24 consecutive months of record sales, the RDX netted May sales of 4,299 and gaining 3.8 percent for the year. Monthly sales of both the TL and TSX models reflect very tight supply with the anticipation of the launch of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX later this year.    </p> <ul> <li>Total Acura division sales increased 2.2 percent over last year on sales of 14,675 units in May</li> <li>Acura trucks led the division with an increase of 32.9 percent on sales of 10,301 for a best-ever May performance   </li> <li>MDX also posted its best May with sales up 115.6 percent on sales of 5,997 units</li> </ul> <p>"Acura light trucks continue to exceed even our high expectations, with the MDX posting another record increase in May," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "As dealers and customers anxiously await the all-new TLX, it's great to see models like the ILX having one of its better months and drawing a new, younger customer to the Acura brand."</p> <p>*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 27 days for May 2014 and 26 days for May 2013. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 128 days for 2014 and 127 days for 2013. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.</p> <p># # #</p> <img src="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/may2014sales.jpg"> Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:48:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/945bfe9e-229e-418d-954e-3cd4e69a5e0d http://hondanews.com/releases/945bfe9e-229e-418d-954e-3cd4e69a5e0d American Honda Sales Increase 9.0 Percent in May <ul> <li><em>American Honda sets May record for light truck sales</em></li> <li><em>Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V each post double digit gains, together selling over 100k units</em></li> <li><em>Acura MDX shatters May record, lifts light trucks to best May in division history</em></li> </ul> <p>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported May 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 152,603 units—an overall increase of 9.0 percent (5.0 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*) compared to May 2013, which showed a similar increase vs. the previous year. The Honda Division posted an increase of 9.8 percent with May sales of 137,928 units. Acura division gained 2.2 percent on May sales of 14,675, with light trucks increasing 32.9 percent for the month on sales of 10,301 units. Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 610,413 units.</p> <p><strong>Honda</strong><br> On the heels of strong retail sales in the first four months of the year, Accord, Civic and CR-V each topped 30,000 units in brisk May business, combining for sales of more than 100,000 units. The Honda division was up 9.8 percent overall in May. </p> <ul> <li>Honda light trucks set a new May sales record, selling 57,835 units for a gain of 2.1 percent  </li> <li>Accord, America's best-selling retail car in the first quarter of 2014, was up 19.3 percent in May with 39,637 units sold </li> <li>CR-V, the industry's most popular SUV, posted its best May sales ever with 32,430 units sold, an increase of 18.8% </li> <li>Civic also had a strong May, with sales up 19.2 percent to 36,089 units vs. May 2013</li> </ul> <p>"With spring finally in full force across the country, Accord, Civic and CR-V are really starting to bloom," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "With our three core models out-selling some entire brands and the all-new Fit starting to hit the ground next week, our dealers are preparing for heavy customer traffic in the coming months."</p> <p><strong>Acura</strong><br> Hot-selling Acura light trucks continued their record-setting pace, combining to achieve the best May sales in division history. The MDX also posted its best May ever, topping sales of over 5900 for the month and up 115.6 percent for the year.  After posting 24 consecutive months of record sales, the RDX netted May sales of 4,299 and gaining 3.8 percent for the year. Monthly sales of both the TL and TSX models reflect very tight supply with the anticipation of the launch of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX later this year.    </p> <ul> <li>Total Acura division sales increased 2.2 percent over last year on sales of 14,675 units in May</li> <li>Acura trucks led the division with an increase of 32.9 percent on sales of 10,301 for a best-ever May performance   </li> <li>MDX also posted its best May with sales up 115.6 percent on sales of 5,997 units</li> </ul> <p>"Acura light trucks continue to exceed even our high expectations, with the MDX posting another record increase in May," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "As dealers and customers anxiously await the all-new TLX, it's great to see models like the ILX having one of its better months and drawing a new, younger customer to the Acura brand."</p> <p>*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 27 days for May 2014 and 26 days for May 2013. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 128 days for 2014 and 127 days for 2013. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.</p> <p># # #</p> <img src="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/may2014sales.jpg"> Honda Automobiles: Honda Accord and Odyssey Named Best Family Cars for 2014 by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com <ul> <li><strong><em>Accord recognized as one of the top family sedans for the second straight year by parenting and car experts</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Odyssey featured in Best Minivan category on annual list</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The 2014 Honda Accord (<a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/Accord">www.automobiles.honda.com/Accord</a>) and 2014 Odyssey minivan (<a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/Odyssey">www.automobiles.honda.com/Odyssey</a>) have both been named to the 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at <em>Parents </em>magazine and Edmunds.com. The two family-friendly Honda vehicles – each earning the highest possible rating of <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - were selected out of hundreds of models for excelling in the key areas of safety, convenience features, performance and value.</p> <p>"The Accord and Odyssey lead their segments in the areas that matter most to the family buyer – safety ratings, fuel efficiency, value and innovative features," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "As the top vehicles in their segments in sales to individual buyers, we know families appreciate the hard work we've put into making these vehicles value and performance leaders."</p> <p>The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for families by <em>Parents </em>magazine and Edmunds.com for the second straight year. The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch™ display and a standard multi-view rearview camera. With safety a top shopping consideration for families, the Accord shined by earning the highest possible rating of <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+ </em>from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and nabbing the best possible rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing with a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score.<sup>1</sup></p> <p>The Odyssey was also recognized as one of the best minivans for families on the 10 Best Family Cars annual list. As the top-selling minivan to individual retail car buyers in the U.S.<sup>2</sup>, the Odyssey continues to lead its class in the areas that families look for when selecting a vehicle like fuel efficiency, safety, interior spaciousness and driving experience. The Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest possible rating of IIHS <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em><sup>3</sup>, and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score<sup>1</sup>. Additionally, the Odyssey is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg<sup>4</sup> highway, the highest EPA fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan.</p> <p>For more information about <em>Parents </em>magazine and Edmunds.com's list of the 10 Best Family Cars for 2014, please visit <a href="http://www.parents.com">www.parents.com</a> and <a href="http://www.edmunds.com">www.edmunds.com</a>. The full list will be featured in the July 2014 issue of <em>Parents </em>magazine.</p> <p><strong><u>About Honda<br> </u></strong>Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. In 2014, Honda celebrated its 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., 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><sup>1</sup>Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (<a href="http://www.safercar.gov/">www.SaferCar.gov</a>). Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs).<br> <sup>2</sup>Based on IHS Automotive, Polk new-vehicle retail registration data through the end of December 2013.<br> <sup>3</sup>The Odyssey was the only minivan to qualify as a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ as of March 1, 2014 and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.<br> <sup>4</sup>Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.</p> <p style="text-align:center">###</p> Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/0172e244-70e3-45dc-9b5a-1cc2754ae86c http://hondanews.com/releases/0172e244-70e3-45dc-9b5a-1cc2754ae86c Honda Accord and Odyssey Named Best Family Cars for 2014 by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com <ul> <li><strong><em>Accord recognized as one of the top family sedans for the second straight year by parenting and car experts</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Odyssey featured in Best Minivan category on annual list</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The 2014 Honda Accord (<a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/Accord">www.automobiles.honda.com/Accord</a>) and 2014 Odyssey minivan (<a href="http://www.automobiles.honda.com/Odyssey">www.automobiles.honda.com/Odyssey</a>) have both been named to the 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at <em>Parents </em>magazine and Edmunds.com. The two family-friendly Honda vehicles – each earning the highest possible rating of <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - were selected out of hundreds of models for excelling in the key areas of safety, convenience features, performance and value.</p> <p>"The Accord and Odyssey lead their segments in the areas that matter most to the family buyer – safety ratings, fuel efficiency, value and innovative features," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "As the top vehicles in their segments in sales to individual buyers, we know families appreciate the hard work we've put into making these vehicles value and performance leaders."</p> <p>The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for families by <em>Parents </em>magazine and Edmunds.com for the second straight year. The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch™ display and a standard multi-view rearview camera. With safety a top shopping consideration for families, the Accord shined by earning the highest possible rating of <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+ </em>from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and nabbing the best possible rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing with a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score.<sup>1</sup></p> <p>The Odyssey was also recognized as one of the best minivans for families on the 10 Best Family Cars annual list. As the top-selling minivan to individual retail car buyers in the U.S.<sup>2</sup>, the Odyssey continues to lead its class in the areas that families look for when selecting a vehicle like fuel efficiency, safety, interior spaciousness and driving experience. The Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest possible rating of IIHS <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em><sup>3</sup>, and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score<sup>1</sup>. Additionally, the Odyssey is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg<sup>4</sup> highway, the highest EPA fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan.</p> <p>For more information about <em>Parents </em>magazine and Edmunds.com's list of the 10 Best Family Cars for 2014, please visit <a href="http://www.parents.com">www.parents.com</a> and <a href="http://www.edmunds.com">www.edmunds.com</a>. The full list will be featured in the July 2014 issue of <em>Parents </em>magazine.</p> <p><strong><u>About Honda<br> </u></strong>Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. In 2014, Honda celebrated its 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., 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><sup>1</sup>Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (<a href="http://www.safercar.gov/">www.SaferCar.gov</a>). Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs).<br> <sup>2</sup>Based on IHS Automotive, Polk new-vehicle retail registration data through the end of December 2013.<br> <sup>3</sup>The Odyssey was the only minivan to qualify as a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ as of March 1, 2014 and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.<br> <sup>4</sup>Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.</p> <p style="text-align:center">###</p> Honda Automobiles: The Go-Anywhere, Do-Anything 2015 Honda Pilot Adds Even More Value with New Special Edition Trim Level <ul> <li><strong><em>New-for-2015 Pilot Special Edition (SE) includes styling, technology and convenience upgrades</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pilot remains the uniquely capable eight-passenger "Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle" and is now available in five feature-rich trim levels</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>With the new Special Edition (SE) trim level, class-leading fuel efficiency and a go-anywhere, do-anything capability that fits the lifestyles of active families, the 2015 Honda Pilot goes on sale today with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $29,870<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p>Honda's renowned engineering excellence and quality combine to produce a practical and versatile three-row, eight-passenger family SUV with a class-leading EPA highway fuel economy rating<sup>2</sup> of 25 mpg (2WD models) and towing capacity<sup>3</sup> of 4,500 pounds (4WD models). Add a low cost of ownership and five feature-rich trim levels and the 2015 Pilot is the "Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle."</p> <p>New for 2015, the Pilot Special Edition (SE) is positioned between the EX and EX-L trim levels and includes sporty pewter gray aluminum alloy wheels, special SE badging, a one-touch-open power moonroof with tilt feature, Sirius XM radio and a Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System. Standard features on all 2015 Pilots include remote entry, rearview camera and an integrated Class III trailer hitch.</p> <p>All 2015 Pilots are powered by a refined and fuel-efficient 250-horsepower<sup>4</sup> 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when climbing or descending steep grades. All trims are available with 2-wheel drive or with Honda's Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel-drive system (VTM-4®) that adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability and features a "lock mode" that can deliver the maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.</p> <p>The Pilot's powertrain is complemented by a rigid body structure and fully independent suspension – with MacPherson strut front and multi-link with trailing arm rear – that provides the foundation for its responsive handling and comfortable ride. These traits are complemented by chassis geometry producing impressive cornering capability and easy maneuverability in tight parking situations.</p> <p>The Honda Pilot was designed and engineered at Honda's R&D facilities in California and Ohio, and is built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama<sup>5</sup>. View, build and price a 2015 Honda Pilot at <em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/pilot">automobiles.honda.com/pilot</a></em>.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p><strong>TRIM</strong></p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>1</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel EconomyRating<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot LX 2WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$29,870</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX 2WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$32,120</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot SE 2WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$33,120</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 2WD with RES</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$36,970</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 2WD with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$37,370</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot Touring 2WD with RES and Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$40,020</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot LX 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$31,470</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$33,720</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot SE 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$34,720</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$36,970</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 4WD with RES</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$38,570</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 4WD with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$38,970</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot Touring 4WD with RES and Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$41,620</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong> <br> <em>Consumer information is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/pilot"><em>http://automobiles.honda.com/pilot</em></a>. <em>To join the Pilot community on Facebook, visit</em> <em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondapilot">https://www.facebook.com/hondapilot</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Pilot is available at <a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-pilot">http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-pilot</a>.</em></p> <p><sup>1</sup> MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>2</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.<br> <sup>3</sup> Maximum towing capacity for 4WD models is 4,500 lbs. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended when towing above 3,500 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD models is 2,000 lbs. Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Trailer harness is standard on Touring models. Please see your Honda dealer for details.<br> <sup>4</sup> 250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>5</sup> Using domestically and globally sourced parts. </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:04:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/bbe8a8c7-ee17-4417-aa36-d8b661d1a9fa http://hondanews.com/releases/bbe8a8c7-ee17-4417-aa36-d8b661d1a9fa The Go-Anywhere, Do-Anything 2015 Honda Pilot Adds Even More Value with New Special Edition Trim Level <ul> <li><strong><em>New-for-2015 Pilot Special Edition (SE) includes styling, technology and convenience upgrades</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pilot remains the uniquely capable eight-passenger "Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle" and is now available in five feature-rich trim levels</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>With the new Special Edition (SE) trim level, class-leading fuel efficiency and a go-anywhere, do-anything capability that fits the lifestyles of active families, the 2015 Honda Pilot goes on sale today with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $29,870<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p>Honda's renowned engineering excellence and quality combine to produce a practical and versatile three-row, eight-passenger family SUV with a class-leading EPA highway fuel economy rating<sup>2</sup> of 25 mpg (2WD models) and towing capacity<sup>3</sup> of 4,500 pounds (4WD models). Add a low cost of ownership and five feature-rich trim levels and the 2015 Pilot is the "Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle."</p> <p>New for 2015, the Pilot Special Edition (SE) is positioned between the EX and EX-L trim levels and includes sporty pewter gray aluminum alloy wheels, special SE badging, a one-touch-open power moonroof with tilt feature, Sirius XM radio and a Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System. Standard features on all 2015 Pilots include remote entry, rearview camera and an integrated Class III trailer hitch.</p> <p>All 2015 Pilots are powered by a refined and fuel-efficient 250-horsepower<sup>4</sup> 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when climbing or descending steep grades. All trims are available with 2-wheel drive or with Honda's Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel-drive system (VTM-4®) that adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability and features a "lock mode" that can deliver the maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.</p> <p>The Pilot's powertrain is complemented by a rigid body structure and fully independent suspension – with MacPherson strut front and multi-link with trailing arm rear – that provides the foundation for its responsive handling and comfortable ride. These traits are complemented by chassis geometry producing impressive cornering capability and easy maneuverability in tight parking situations.</p> <p>The Honda Pilot was designed and engineered at Honda's R&D facilities in California and Ohio, and is built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama<sup>5</sup>. View, build and price a 2015 Honda Pilot at <em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/pilot">automobiles.honda.com/pilot</a></em>.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p><strong>TRIM</strong></p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>1</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p><strong>EPA Fuel EconomyRating<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot LX 2WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$29,870</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX 2WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$32,120</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot SE 2WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$33,120</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 2WD with RES</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$36,970</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 2WD with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$37,370</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot Touring 2WD with RES and Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$40,020</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>18/25/21</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot LX 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$31,470</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$33,720</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot SE 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$34,720</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 4WD</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$36,970</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 4WD with RES</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$38,570</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot EX-L 4WD with Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$38,970</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="216" valign="top"><p>Pilot Touring 4WD with RES and Navi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>$41,620</p></td> <td width="162" valign="top"><p>17/24/20</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>For More Information</strong> <br> <em>Consumer information is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/pilot"><em>http://automobiles.honda.com/pilot</em></a>. <em>To join the Pilot community on Facebook, visit</em> <em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondapilot">https://www.facebook.com/hondapilot</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Pilot is available at <a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-pilot">http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-pilot</a>.</em></p> <p><sup>1</sup> MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>2</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.<br> <sup>3</sup> Maximum towing capacity for 4WD models is 4,500 lbs. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended when towing above 3,500 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD models is 2,000 lbs. Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Trailer harness is standard on Touring models. Please see your Honda dealer for details.<br> <sup>4</sup> 250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>5</sup> Using domestically and globally sourced parts. </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1473/1094/14731094-8675-4686-b01c-ef0cccfd02dc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-9 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-9 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1473/1094/14731094-8675-4686-b01c-ef0cccfd02dc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7dc5/66b6/7dc566b6-ef1d-4921-9a7c-413853e6f514-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-19 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-19 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7dc5/66b6/7dc566b6-ef1d-4921-9a7c-413853e6f514-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0634/6596/06346596-d588-40f1-8151-c5669a460fa3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-39 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-39 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0634/6596/06346596-d588-40f1-8151-c5669a460fa3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0d81/fcb4/0d81fcb4-3519-4da1-8150-e44bce3c3d17-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-2 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0d81/fcb4/0d81fcb4-3519-4da1-8150-e44bce3c3d17-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1283/528e/1283528e-f978-4c60-b63f-e9f6a33f445d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-1 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1283/528e/1283528e-f978-4c60-b63f-e9f6a33f445d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2ba0/f22a/2ba0f22a-94f4-4b70-ac38-788735af07f5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-13 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-13 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2ba0/f22a/2ba0f22a-94f4-4b70-ac38-788735af07f5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3333/a337/3333a337-e27a-45e1-89f4-e299fe8f5bd8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-26 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-26 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3333/a337/3333a337-e27a-45e1-89f4-e299fe8f5bd8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3a3c/b315/3a3cb315-462b-45c4-98fe-422f985404c2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot Honda Automobiles Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-8 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-pilot-8 2015 Honda Pilot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3a3c/b315/3a3cb315-462b-45c4-98fe-422f985404c2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Pilot