Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Honda Automobiles: Honda Civic Tour Launches 'Guess the 2013 Headliner' Sweepstakes

To kick-off the 12th year of the Honda Civic Tour, Honda is asking fans to guess this year's tour headliner for the opportunity to meet the act in person. Starting March 21 at 9:00 am ET and running through April 1, fans can enter the 'Guess the 2013 Headliner' sweepstakes on the Honda Civic Tour Facebook page( Additionally, all sweepstakes entrants receive a special pre-sale code redeemable for the purchase of up to four tickets* starting April 2.

One grand prize winner will be selected to fly with a guest to Los Angeles, attend a Honda Civic Tour video shoot in Hollywood and meet the headliner. Prize includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations. The 2013 Honda Civic Tour headliner will be announced on April 1.
For more information on the Honda Civic Tour, visit or the Honda Civic Tour Facebook page at

* Tickets to the Honda Civic Tour are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed. Acquisition and possession of a pre-sale code does not guarantee access to tickets. Each pre-sale code is good for up to four tickets per show, with a limit of 12 tickets for the tour. The pre-sale code may be used starting on April 2, 2013 until the pre-sale closes.

About the Honda Civic Tour
With almost three million fans having attended 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. Featuring the hottest music acts, giveaways of Civics customized by the headlining artists and dynamic, interactive attractions, Civic Tour consistently delivers its goal to bring its fans across the U.S. closer to their favorite music.

About Honda Civic
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, 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 rating1 of 41 mpg on the highway. The Civic Hybrid's EPA-estimated fuel economy rating1 is 44/44/44 city/highway/combined. The Civic Sedan has earned top safety ratings from NHTSA and 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 price2 (MSRP) of $18,165 and is available at Honda dealerships nationwide. For high-resolution photos, broadcast quality video and media information of the entire 2013 Civic lineup, please visit

1 Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
2MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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Abbreviated Sweepstakes Rules:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Term: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on 3/21/13 9:00 a.m. ET on 4/1/13. Eligibility: entrants must be legal residents that are physically located in the 48 contiguous United States or D.C., who are 18 yrs or older. All other entries are VOID. To Enter: you may access the Sweepstakes Application by visiting the official Honda Civic Tour Facebook Fan Page at From the Fan Page, complete and submit all required fields of the on-screen registration form. You will be asked to "guess" the headliner of the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, but your guess will not be evaluated or judged for prize determination. Winners will be randomly selected. When you submit an entry, you will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Upon entry, all entrants will receive an email from Sponsor that includes a unique pre-sale code. The code is redeemable for the purchase of up to four tickets to the Honda Civic Tour and may be used starting on April 2, 2013 until the pre-sale closes. All entries must be completed and submitted by 9:00 AM ET on April 1, 2013, to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing. Limit: One entry per person. One Grand Prize: A trip for the winner and one (1) guest to Los Angeles, CA to attend the Honda Civic Tour video shoot with the 2013 headliner. Trip includes: round-trip coach air transportation from a major U.S. Gateway airport nearest winner's residence to Los Angeles; standard hotel accommodations [one (1) room, double occupancy, room and tax only], $100 gift card for incidentals, for three days, transfers to and from airport and video shoot in Los Angeles. Winner and guest must be available for travel during April 16, 2013 to April 18, 2013 period or prize will be considered forfeited. (ARV: $3,857). Additional terms and restrictions apply. See full rules at for full details. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: American Honda Motor Co. Inc., 1919 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501. The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook.

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2014 Honda Odyssey set to clean up in NY with world's first in-car vacuum

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2014 Honda Odyssey - front three-quarter view, blue

Much of the minivan segment's volume has been sucked up by the industry's ever-increasing appetite for crossovers, but a few major players are hanging in there, eager to serve as beasts of burden for America's families. Chief among those players is Honda, which is showing its revamped 2014 Odyssey at this week's New York Auto Show with a potential game-changing feature - an in-car vacuum.

2014 Honda Odyssey - new HondaVAC in-car vacuumCo-developed with Shop-Vac, the HondaVAC system will come standard on the range-topping Touring Elite model. The system includes a replaceable filter and canister bag, along with a range of attachments located in the cargo hold. Honda says this first-ever feature includes a hose that is long enough to clean the entire interior. Better still, the vacuum will run for up to eight minutes after the vehicle is turned off, so you can get every last Cheerio out of the seat cushions, and it never needs plugging in or recharging, as it runs off of the vehicle's electrical system.

In other news, the 2014 Odyssey gets a new aluminum hood and fenders to pair with its revamped grille and lower fascia. Headlamps get a more sinister look thanks to darker surrounds, and there are new LED taillamps out back, as well as revamped side mirrors on the doors. Underneath the skin, Honda says the 2014 Odyssey has received structural changes to help it ace the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety's new small-overlap frontal crash test, and it's also added active safety features like lane departure warning and forward collision warning to the optional features list.

Honda has chosen to make no mention of any drivetrain innovations, so we assume it will continue to be motivated by a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 powering the front wheels.

Inside, existing Odyssey owners will note a revamped center stack and new trim finishes, along with available new features including pushbutton start, HondaLink cloud-based infotainment options with smartphone integration, HD radio and so on.

Us? We just want to go spill some things and try out that vacuum. In the meantime, sit tight, kids - we'll have live photos of the new Odyssey from its New York debut before you can finish sucking down that sippy cup.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Honda Automobiles: Honda CR-V and Odyssey Win "Best Cars For Families" Awards From U.S. News & World Report

The 2013 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Honda Odyssey were both honored by U.S. News & World Report among its "Best Cars for Families." The efficient and capable CR-V was named "Best Compact SUV for Families" and the stylish up to 8-passenger Odyssey was named "Best Minivan for Families" among 2013 model year vehicles sold in the United States.

"If you're looking for a top safety-rated, fuel efficient, fun-to-drive family vehicle, you can't really go wrong with a Honda," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Both the CR-V and the Odyssey exemplify 'family friendly' with top safety ratings, proven Honda quality and loads of smart features to keep the driver and all passengers comfortable and connected."

The "Best Cars for Families" methodology combines quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Quality is measured using a weighted average of scores from the U.S. News rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of automotive critics' opinions. Size is based on a vehicle's seating capacity and interior space. For family-friendly features, the availability of features deemed to be helpful to families by U.S. News editors is factored in.

The 2013 Honda CR-V provides upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and a host of standard convenience features, making it one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America. The CR-V is rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a TOP SAFETY PICK and is distinguished by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-star Overall Vehicle Score.1 Compact on the outside and roomy inside, the CR-V represents an unparalleled balance of size and capability in the entry SUV segment. With its car-like interior comfort, a smooth and quiet ride, plus innovative features, the versatile CR-V is a great fit for families or individuals with an active lifestyle.

The 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan continues to lead its class in fuel economy and safety ratings, while providing spacious accommodations for up to eight passengers and a refined and engaging driving experience. The Odyssey Touring is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg,2 the highest EPA highway fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan. All Odyssey models are an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.1

1 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). Vehicles tested under the new program cannot be compared to MY10 and earlier vehicles.

2 Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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Honda Automobiles: 2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Read Across America Day with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Associates

Read Across America Day with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Associates
On March 1, a group of Honda associates traveled to Stemley Road Elementary School in Talladega to share their favorite childhood stories with students in honor of annual "Read Across America" day.Sponsored by the National Education Association, "Read Across America" is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. March 2 is designated as the honorary "Read Across America" day each year because it is the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.
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Friday, March 8, 2013

2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe First Small Cars to Achieve TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating in IIHS Safety Testing

The new 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe have received the highest available safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This recognition makes the Civic Sedan and Coupe the first and only IIHS Small cars in the industry to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+.

Honda leads all other brands in achieving TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings with four models Civic Sedan and Coupe, and Accord Sedan and Coupe. Further, for the 2013 model year, all Honda and Acura models tested1by the IIHS have received a TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

"If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance."

The new Civic Sedan, equipped with the second generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Body Structure (ACEII), is not only the first Small car to earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ in the industry, but also the first and only to earn the highest possible rating of GOOD on the IIHS' new small overlap frontal crash test (sometimes called a 'narrow offset' test). This aggressive test is designed to simulate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole at high speed. The ACEII reinforced body structure found on the 2013 Civic further enhances frontal crash energy through a wider range of these offset and oblique collision scenarios.

Additional standard safety equipment on all Civic models include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and driver and front passenger side airbags.

Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. This commitment to safety is rooted in Honda's goal
to be a company that society wants to exist, and it complements the company's leadership in reducing vehicle emissions, improving fuel efficiency and advancing alternatives to gasoline.

2013 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK+:

Honda Accord Coupe
Honda Accord Sedan
Honda Civic Coupe
Honda Civic Sedan

Acura TL

2013 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICKS:

Honda Fit
Honda Crosstour
Honda Civic Sedan
Honda CR-Z
Honda CR-V
Honda Insight
Honda Pilot
Honda Odyssey
Honda Ridgeline

Acura ILX
Acura TSX Sedan
Acura MDX
Acura RDX

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1Acura ZDX, Honda FCX Clarity and Honda Fit EV have not been completely tested by the IIHS for the 2013 Model Year.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Honda opening first new motherland plant in almost 50 years

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2012 Honda Fit Sport - front three-quarter view, red

Despite opening dozens of overseas plants in the past several decades in locations all over the globe, Honda Motor Co. has not expanded its car manufacturing capabilities in its home market of Japan since opening a facility in Sayama back in 1964.

But all of that is set to change this July when Honda opens the doors to a new assembly plant in Yorii, about two hours north of Tokyo. According to Bloomberg, the new facility has a projected annual capacity of 250,000 vehicles. The plant is part of the automaker's reorganization efforts, plans that include scaling back its older Sayama plant and bringing Yorii online with more efficient and innovative technology. There are additional benefits, too, as the Yorii plant is expected to create 3,800 jobs, both on-site and at its suppliers, and boost the local economy as other businesses ramp up to accommodate the influx of new workers.

While the automaker has not released specifics about which models will be produced at Yorii, Honda is expected to consolidate production of models including the Fit, a best-seller in its domestic market.

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