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2016 Honda HR-V Named a Finalist for Green Car Journal's Green SUV of the Year® Award

  • 2016 HR-V is class leader in fuel efficiency with a top EPA fuel economy rating of 35 mpg highway1
  • HR-V crossover blends the functionality of an SUV with the sporty styling and personality of a coupe

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2015 - The stylish and fuel efficient 2016 Honda HR-V crossover has been named a finalist for the 2015 Green SUV of the Year® by the Green Car Journal. The award recognizes the environmental performance of the all-new HR-V, which has a top fuel economy rating of 35 mpg highway1 (2WD CVT) and an additional designation as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV2 ULEV).

"With class-leading fuel economy ratings and interior space, the Honda HR-V compact crossover is a great choice to replace larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "The HR-V also fulfills the Honda brand's promise to deliver both fun-to-drive enjoyment with outstanding fuel efficiency."

The 2016 HR-V is available with an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) which targets both fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance at a high level. When equipped with the available CVT, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 28/35 miles per gallon when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 27/32 miles per gallon when equipped with Real Time AWD™. When equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 25/34 miles per gallon.

"The Honda HR-V is sporty, right-sized, and fun to drive," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "Its approachable price means a great many drivers have access to a versatile crossover with a top fuel economy rating of 35 mpg."

The Green SUV of the Year™ winner will be honored along with winning vehicles for the magazine's 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ and 2016 Connected Green Car of the Year™ awards at a press conference during the Washington Auto Show's Policy Days on January 21, 2016.

About Green Car of the Year®
The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. The magazine's content is featured online at www.CarsOfChange.com.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on its vision of "Blue Skies for our Children," Honda is taking a comprehensive approach to reducing the environmental impact of its products, advancing fuel efficiency, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance with new powertrain technologies, including more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and advanced electromotive technologies. Honda will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including the launch of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in 2016, and an all-new Honda plug-in hybrid model by 2018. Honda will also expand the use of its advanced two and three-motor hybrid systems in the years to come. Together, these vehicles will offer significant sales volume, enabling Honda to bring ultra-low carbon transportation to consumers in the U.S.

1 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Honda Accord Wins a Record 30th 10Best Cars Award from Car and Driver Magazine
Accord recognized more than any other model in the magazine's history

Nov 18, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif.

For a record 30th time in the 32-year history of the award, Car and Driver magazine has named the Honda Accord to its prestigious annual list of the 10Best Cars in America.

"Do something special once, you might be called lucky. Do something special twice, you start to build some credibility. Do something special 30 times, like the 10Best Honda Accord, and you've accomplished something truly extraordinary," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "Earning a record thirty 10Best awards from Car and Driver demonstrates Accord's enduring values of advanced fuel efficiency, safety and fun-to- drive performance all built on a foundation of incredible quality and reliability."

Now in its ninth generation, the Accord went on sale in the U.S. in 1976 and has been produced in America at Honda's Marysville, Ohio auto plant since 19821. Total U.S. sales of Accord now top 12.5 million units, with more than 10.5 million Accords made in America, including models built for export.

"The Accord is the sole- high-volume product to earn this award year after year," noted Car and Driver magazine.

Accord was the most popular car in America in 2013, 2014 and again thus far in 2015, based on IHS Automotive new retail vehicle registration data2.

2016 Honda Accord
The 2016 Accord marks a further advancement of the 9th-generation Accord, building on the foundation established by the 2013 model with more sophisticated, sportier, and even more highly fuel efficient performance. The 2016 Accord features a further refined design, a more rigid body and upgraded chassis, and upsized wheels and tires on select models.

Further, the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive features is available as a standalone option on all trims of the 2016 Accord, with the Touring grade featuring Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment. Additional new available features include the first combined application of Apple CarPlay®3 and Android Auto3 to a Honda model and among the first high-volume cars to apply the two systems in the marketplace.

New premium features and technologies available on the Accord include the expanded use of LED exterior lighting, remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, rear seat heaters, and a 60/40 split and folding rear seat. The Accord Sedan and Coupe, depending on trim, also feature new exterior color and interior fabrics and decor; and the Accord Coupe adds a new line-topping Touring model to match its Sedan counterpart.

For more information and downloadable high-resolution images of Honda vehicles, please visit  www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at www.automobiles.honda.com.

[1] Honda products are built using domestic and globally sourced parts.
[2] Based on IHS Automotive new retail vehicle registration data for 2013, 2014, and 2015 CYTD September.
[3] Depending on use, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay® can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers or the connected iPhone, respectively. See Google's and Apple's privacy policies for details regarding the use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto or Apple CarPlay®. Use of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay® is at user's own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay® terms of use, which are, respectively, presented to the user when the Android Auto application is downloaded to the user's Android phone or included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® vehicle integration is provided "as is," and Honda cannot guarantee operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in the applicable software or operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay® when conditions allow you to do so safely.



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Honda Builds 30 Millionth Automobile in North America


MARYSVILLE, Ohio, September 15, 2015 - Honda marked a major milestone today as the company's eight auto plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico reached the 30 million mark in total automobile production. Honda started auto production in North America in Marysville, Ohio, on Nov. 1, 1982.  Last year, more than 97 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.

"The production of 30 million automobiles in North America is the result of the support we have received from our customers and the communities that serve as a strong foundation of our operations in North America," said Takuji Yamada, president of Honda North America, Inc. "This is an incredible achievement by Team Honda - including the tremendous dedication and teamwork of our associates, past and present, together with our suppliers, dealers and business partners - all focused on creating joy for our customers."

Honda was the first Japanese automaker to begin production of automobiles in the U.S. and North America. Since production started in Marysville, Honda has established automobile manufacturing operations in East Liberty, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.; Greensburg, Ind.; Alliston, Ontario; Canada; El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico and Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, in Marysville will begin production next year of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.

Honda auto production in North America is supported by engine manufacturing operations in Anna, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.; Alliston, Ontario and Celaya, Mexico and by the production of automatic transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio, Tallapoosa, Ga., and Celaya. Total investment in Honda's North American auto, engine and transmission facilities tops $17 billion, with these operations now employing more than 28,000 associates.

Honda's automotive manufacturing operations produce 11 different models, including five passenger cars and six light trucks, and have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year.

Honda is supported by a network of 713 suppliers in North America, with purchasing of parts and components last year exceeding $26 billion.

About Honda in North America
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 40,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $23 billion. Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, these plants produce 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 advanced light jet. Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

2016 Honda Pilot



All-New 2016 Honda Pilot: The Fully Redesigned Three-Row Honda SUV Sets New Benchmark with More Power, Fuel Efficiency and Space, Plus Top-Class Safety Features and Maximum Family Connectivity
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  • New, more powerful and efficient powertrain features direct injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC® engine paired with either a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Sophisticated new torque vectoring i-VTM4 AWD and Intelligent Traction Management system
  • Honda SensingTM offers most comprehensive set of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever available on a Honda vehicle
  • Maximum family connectivity, with up to four 2.5-amp USB outlets
  • More premium features than ever before, including new line-topping Elite grade

TORRANCE, Calif., June 17, 2015
- Fully redesigned from the ground up, and substantially re-energized in form and function, the all-new third-generation 2016 Honda Pilot stakes its claim as the new benchmark in the three-row mid-sized SUV segment. With more of everything family SUV buyers are looking for - performance, fuel efficiency, comfort, safety performance and premium features - in every model and trim, the 2016 Pilot goes on sale June 18 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)1 starting at $29,995 for the Pilot LX with 2WD.

Among its many no-compromise attributes, the new Pilot's 280-horsepower2, directed-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC(R) engine adds 30 horsepower while receiving a segment-topping EPA combined fuel-economy rating of 23 MPG for the 2WD with nine-speed automatic transmission, up 2 MPG from the 2015 Pilot.3 The technology-enhanced efficiencies continue with the available i-VTM4TM AWD system that not only allows you to drive all wheels with traction in a variety of driving conditions but also applies torque vectoring to enhance dynamic driving agility. And family functionality is better than ever, with a more spacious third row and cargo area and One-Touch Walk-in third row access, and a host of ports and plugs to accommodate virtually every imaginable device, from smartphones to iPads, game consoles to digital video cameras, with up to four 2.5-amp USB outlets for charging the family's most power-hungry stuff.

"The 2016 Pilot takes full advantage of Honda's packaging expertise to deliver the
outstanding, family-friendly cabin space that has made Pilot such a popular choice of family SUV buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "This third-generation Pilot reaches higher into the premium end of the three-row SUV market than ever before with a new line-topping Elite model that will give us an even stronger foothold at the upper end of the midsize SUV segment."

The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV, with seating up to eight passengers, joins the best-selling Honda CR-V and all-new HR-V as the flagship of an expanded lineup of innovative, benchmark-setting Honda SUVs. It is the third generation of Honda's popular three-row SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured in America. The new Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio, and is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama.4 "Our design team in California and development team in Ohio worked to create a new breed of no-compromise SUV that meets the diverse lifestyle needs of American families," said Marc Ernst, Pilot Development Leader. "This means the 2016 Pilot has incredible family functionality when the kids are in tow, a stylish and premium experience for a night on the town or an offroad adventure."

Since its arrival in 2003 as the first three-row, mainstream SUV to be developed on a car-like unit-body platform, the Pilot has helped set industry standards for fuel efficiency, spacious and thoughtful interior packaging, safety performance, and dynamic handling performance in the midsize SUV segment. American consumers have responded by purchasing more than 1.4 million Pilots over the past 12 years. Pilot also ties the CR-V in having the highest brand loyalty of any Honda model, with approximately 63 percent of Pilot buyers returning to purchase another Honda vehicle.

Re-engineered from the ground up, virtually every aspect of the 2016 Pilot has been thoroughly redesigned to better accommodate the needs of all its occupants - the driver and all passengers - delivering more family-friendly utility, more advanced technology, and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before.

The 2016 Pilot also ups the ante for premium refinement with major upgrades to interior quality and more standard comfort and convenience features on all trims, along with the addition of a new, line-topping Elite version that offers a series of Honda-first features including 20-inch wheels and tires, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a first-ever panoramic glass roof and many other premium family SUV features.The 2016 Pilot is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM(R)) - along with the available two new advanced transmissions and a class-defining all-new intelligent variable torque management (i-VTM4TM) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management and torque vectoring capability. Together, these features make this the most powerful, refined and capable Pilot Honda has ever offered.  These technologies, combined with a nearly 300-pound reduction in vehicle weight (on upper trims), improved aerodynamics and reduced running resistance, make this the most fuel efficient offering in the midsize SUV segment, with EPA fuel-economy ratings improved by as much as 2/2/2 mpg city/highway/combined3 over the previous model.

The new Pilot also moves to the top of the class in safety performance with the most
comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing? advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Furthermore, the 2016 Pilot adopts the next generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure along with a new "3-bone" underbody frame design and new hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings. Taken together, these engineering features and technologies deliver major gains to the Pilot's collision avoidance and collision protection capabilities, as it targets the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings.

Premium Style and Features
The all-new design of the 2016 Pilot sports a modern, sleek, yet commanding and muscular form incorporating new premium features, including standard LED taillights, and available features such as LED projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, 20-inch wheels and first-ever panoramic glass roof.

The premium quality of the new Pilot carries over to the interior, where designers have applied high quality, soft-touch materials throughout the cabin and added thoughtful details such as LED map lighting. Additional high-end amenities include a standard 4.2-inch color display, available heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. For the first time, the top-of-the-line Elite trim includes second-row captain's chairs, providing for easy walk through between the second and third rows for a 7-passenger system configuration, in lieu of the standard second-row three-person 60/40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity.

Advanced Technology
The new Pilot delivers the connectivity and power access that modern families demand,
including up to five USB ports, four that provide better recharging with 2.5-amp output - fully adequate to charge iPads or smartphones while they're in use. Additional available ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, an HDMI port for a gaming console or other similarly connected device, two headphone jacks, and up to three 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt AC outlet to power a range of compatible devices.

The new Pilot also incorporates Honda's latest thinking in advanced, family-friendly technology, including an upsized 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio connectivity interface powered by a new Android-based operating system and more powerful processor, along with an available all-new embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM. The new navigation system features improved graphics and new capabilities, including 3D renderings of terrain, buildings and road signs, improved lane guidance, live search function and more.

The Pilot's Display Audio system enables simplified smartphone connectivity making for easier access to all the features and connectivity options of the HondaLink(R) connected-car system. A 9-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and new Blu-rayTM disc capability is available.

Family-Friendly Utility
The new Pilot builds on its reputation for interior space, versatility and utility with 3.5 inches of added overall vehicle length, enabling an inch longer tandem seating distance and a 1.3-inch longer cargo area that can hold an 82-quart cooler without compromising third-row seating capability. Third-row entry and exit is made even easier and more intuitive courtesy of the new available one-touch second-row seat on EX-L and above models, and larger third-row entryway. Compared with the current Pilot, the width of the lower portion of the third-row lower entryway has been increased by 2.5 inches with an inch lower step-over height.

The Pilot's new center console features a cavernous storage compartment capable of
accommodating items as large as a full-size iPad or a purse. And with its seamless cover in the closed position, the console provides a convenient, non-slip surface for items that the driver or front passenger may need close at hand.

Powertrain
The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC(R) V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM) cylinder deactivation technology. The engine's peak output of 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque is up 30 hp and 9 lb.-ft. over the previous model.3 The engine is matched to a choice of two new advanced transmissions - a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission or, on upper trims, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission - both delivering more refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance. These new powertrains combine with a new, lighter yet more rigid unit-body and aerodynamically efficient body and chassis designs that result in class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings topping out at 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) for two-wheel-drive models and 19/26/22 mpg for all-wheel-drive models.4

Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4TM) AWD System
The Pilot's available new Intelligent VTM4 (i-VTM4) is the most sophisticated and
technologically advanced all-wheel-drive system offered in a mainstream, three-row SUV. This entirely more capable system progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and, for the first time ever in a Honda vehicle, dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels. Benefits include superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is more effective than front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems.

Intelligent Traction Management

This new Pilot features a new button-operated Intelligent Terrain Management System that offers different operating modes, for the AWD: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand; and for the FWD: Normal and Snow. Developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world - including Imperial Dunes "Glamis", California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates - the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle's center console. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by-wire map, transmission shift map, Vehicle Stability AssistTM and i-VTM4 torque distribution for AWD-equipped models for optimal performance in a variety of road or surface conditions.

Advanced Safety Performance
In keeping with Honda's commitment to safety, the new Pilot is available with the most
comprehensive set of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a
Honda vehicle. Together these technologies make up Honda SensingTM, a suite of
technologies designed to expand the driver's situational awareness while sensing and
responding to potential road hazards, including other vehicles, road obstacles and even
pedestrians, even to the point of mitigating the possibility or severity of a collision. It includes a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and an available suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that includes Honda's popular LaneWatchTM display, a blind spot information system, Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control, and two Honda-first technologies: Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

The new Pilot is expected to deliver the highest safety ratings in its class and targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in all crash modes. The new Pilot incorporates Honda's nextgeneration Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure, designed to more efficiently absorb and disperse the energy from a frontal collision, along with new ultra-highstrength door rings designed to help better protect occupants. The 2016 Pilot also incorporates an all-new "3-bone" platform while also utilizing high and ultra-high strength body materials, which together reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), improve handling, increase rigidity and reduce weight.

Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA(R)) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent® side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with real-time display of individual tire pressures.

1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $880 destination charge and options.
Dealer prices may vary.
2 Peak power: 280 HP @ 6000 RPM (SAE net), peak torque: 262 ft-lb (355 Nm) @ 4700 RPM (SAE net)
3 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive
and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
4 Manufactured using domestic and globally sourced parts.


The 2016 Honda HR-V

The Uniquely Personal and Functional 2016 Honda HR-V Goes On Sale May 15 Bringing a Shot of Energy to Growing Entry Crossover Market

Coupe-like style and sportiness blends perfectly with SUV usability to create segment-defining compact crossover

4/30/2015

 
With bold and sporty coupe-like styling, SUV versatility, 35 mpg highway fuel economy rating (2WD CVT), and Honda packaging magic, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is set to challenge the growing entry crossover market when it hits Honda dealerships nationwide on May 15. The all-new Honda HR-V crossover will deliver incredible value with a long list of standard features and technologies including 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brake, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora(R) radio and Bluetooth(R) HandsFreeLink(R) (1) - all for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at just $19,115.

Available in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, the 2016 HR-V is powered by a highly refined and efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC(R) engine producing a peak 141 horsepower2 and 127 lb.-ft. of torque3. The engine is paired with one of two efficient and responsive Honda transmissions, a seamless and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT), available on all models, or an engaging, short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.

The HR-V also targets class-leading safety ratings and features Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure for enhanced frontal collision protection. The HR-V is designed to achieve top safety ratings: an NCAP five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Developed on the new global platform, the HR-V utilizes a center-mounted fuel tank layout and reconfigurable 2nd-Row Magic Seat® to deliver voluminous interior space along with a flexible cabin featuring multiple seating/cargo modes. With 100.1 cu.-ft. of passenger space and 58.8 cu.-ft. of cargo volume (LX FWD) with the 2nd-Row seats folded down, the HR-V has space to rival some competitors' midsize SUV offerings.

The HR-V's dynamic appearance and sporty, solid stance is aided by its coupe-like cabin shape and bold and powerfully tapered face. Distinctive side contours, including a sharply upswept character line and deeply sculpted lower body flow into a tapered rear fascia that adds to the visual appeal. Concealed rear door handles further enhance the HR-V's coupe-like appearance.

The equally sporty and sophisticated interior features an expansive, airy cockpit with an abundance of soft-touch materials and premium detailing punctuated by precise bezels, sophisticated stitch lines and up-market brushed chrome and piano black highlights - all fitting its mission as a youthful yet refined personal crossover vehicle. The three-meter driver's instrument cluster features "floating" illumination rings and Honda's ECO Assist? feature, wherein the speedometer illumination changes from white to green depending on current fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Honda HR-V is covered by a comprehensive 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Honda Roadside Assistance, which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance during the 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty term.

1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $880 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 141 horsepower @ 6500 rpm (SAE net)
3 127 lb-ft @4300 rpm (SAE net)
4 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
5 LEV2 ULEV (Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle) models as certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
6 VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.
7 Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.
8  For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
9 Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.
10 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.
11 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work.
12  The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply. Please see HondaLink terms and conditions for details.
13  Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: www.pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply.
14 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System? is available on EX-L Navi trims in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska)
15 SiriusXM services require a subscription after any trial period. If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. ©2014 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.
16 HD Radio is a proprietary trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.


2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Technological Tour de Force 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Goes On Sale June 3 with Greater Feature Content

Acura's flagship luxury sport sedan receives additional premium features including AcuraWatch(TM) suite of safety and driver assistive technologies plus new "Surround View" Camera

Jun 2, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif.
With pricing unchanged from the current model, the 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will be available at Acura dealers nationwide beginning June 3 boasting new features including AcuraWatch(TM), now offered as standard equipment on all models, and an available 360-degree Surround View Camera system. The only luxury sedan with a three-motor, torque-vectoring hybrid powertrain, the 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will carry a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $59,950 with Technology Package and $65,950 with Advance Package.

Producing a combined 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque2, the RLX Sport Hybrid is powered by a direct injected 3.5-liter V6 engine and three-motor hybrid system with Acura's signature Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. This highly effective powertrain provides a unique combination of exhilarating all-weather, any-road dynamic performance, and exceptional acceleration, while also receiving an impressive 32 mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating3. These performance attributes are matched by the RLX Sport Hybrid's luxurious appointments and for 2016 even more comprehensive feature content including the AcuraWatch(TM) suite of safety and driver assistive technologies and available Surround View Camera4, bi-directional starter and heated steering wheel.

All RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD models now include AcuraWatch(TM), which helps to improve the driver's situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The AcuraWatch(TM) suite of available feature s includes:
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Cross Traffic Monitor

The 2016 Acura RLX is available in two trims, RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package and RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package. The RLX with Technology Package has been enhanced with AcuraWatch(TM) as standard. The RLX with Advance Package has been additionally improved with Surround View Camera(4), bi-directional keyless remote engine starter and heated steering wheel.

 TRIM MSRP(1) EPA Rating(3)
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package$59,95028/32/30
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package$65,95028/32/30
 

AcuraWatch(TM)

At the heart of AcuraWatch(TM) is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with improved vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the RLX Sport Hybrid from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision. These systems include Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Cross Traffic Monitor, both of which are new to the RLX Sport Hybrid.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)(4)

New for the 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts' Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and braking force, via VSA, to help the RLX Sport Hybrid from leaving a detected lane or detected roadway.

The monocular camera can recognize lane features and identify a lane or roadway edge. If the RDM system determines that the RLX Sport Hybrid is about to leave a detected lane or roadway defined by solid lines without a turn signal in use, it will provide steering assist (primary) and, in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist to help the driver stay on the road. If a lane only identified by dashed lines, Bott's Dots or Cat Eye markers and the system determines that there is an unintended departure, no braking assist will be provided. Instead, the RLX Sport Hybrid will use active steering force to help return to the detected lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.
Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver's Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration and/or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Cross Traffic Monitor(5)

Another new driver assistive technology included with AcuraWatch(TM), the Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the RLX's blind spot information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver's seat.

The system utilizes a pair of radar units located in the rear quarter panels. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle's direction are shown on the center display's rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.

Surround View Camera(6)
For 2016, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package includes Acura's Surround View Camera system6 that provides a 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. The surround view camera system is designed to assist drivers during critical and precise maneuvers in snug parking situations. Using four separate cameras, views from behind, directly in front of, and both left and right sides of the vehicle can be displayed on the navigation screen. The system can also use all four cameras to seamlessly create a composite bird's eye image, to provide the driver with information about the surroundings. In addition, dynamic on-screen guidelines help the driver see their projected path relative to the lines demarking parking spaces or other objects, allowing them to maneuver with greater confidence.

(1) MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.
(2) Combined engine and hybrid electric motor system power and torque ratings.
(3) Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.
(4) RDM only activates when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
(5) The Cross-Traffic Monitor system and Rear View Camera are not a substitute for your own visual assessment before backing up; display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear or to the sides of your vehicle. Cross-Traffic Monitor may not detect all objects behind or to the side of a vehicle and may not detect a given object; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
(6) Visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up or parking. Certain conditions (such as weather, lighting and high temperatures) may also restrict the camera view. Do not rely on the camera displays as they may not give you all information about conditions, persons, objects or obstructions around your vehicle.


2016 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA



IRVINE, Calif., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The wait is almost over, as North America-bound 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata production began today, signaling the imminent arrival of the next generation of the world's most popular two-seat roadster at U.S. dealers. Additionally, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has released pricing for the entire MX-5 range, including the first 1,000 cars earmarked as Launch Edition models.

"The three trim levels available - Sport, Club and Grand Touring - are tailored for three very different types of customers, broadening the MX-5's appeal," said Rod McLaughlin, MX-5 vehicle line manager, MNAO. "Whether customers opt for a Sport, Club, Grand Touring or Launch Edition, we're confident the new MX-5 will deliver the same owner passion, excitement and pride that have made the previous generations among the most beloved cars on the road or racetrack at any price point."

MX-5 Miata Launch Edition Limited Treats Buyers with Creature Comforts, Exclusivity

The 2016 MX-5 Launch Edition will comprise the first 1,000 fourth-generation roadsters sold in the U.S., carrying unique badging and with an MSRP of $30,495[1]. MX-5 Launch Edition comes equipped with features reserved for the MX-5 Grand Touring trim, in addition to Advanced Keyless entry, which is optional in other trim levels. All 1,000 Launch Editions are painted Soul Red with a Sport Tan leather interior - a combination exclusive to the Launch Edition for 2016.

To purchase an MX-5 Launch Edition, customers can currently preregister at www.LongLiveTheRoadster.com and will receive a reminder email prior to orders opening on May 5. Customers will then have the opportunity to place a $500 deposit toward the purchase of a 2016 MX-5 Launch Edition, also providing them the opportunity to select a dealership from where they can take delivery. MX-5s are expected arrive in dealers starting late summer.
The Launch Edition's sole option will be the choice of a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or the six-speed automatic, the latter of which carries an MSRP of $31,570[2].

"The MX-5 Launch Edition will give enthusiasts the opportunity to take ownership of one of the very first, very exclusive, 2016 MX-5s to arrive in the U.S.," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "Along with the privilege of exclusivity and being among the first 1,000 to take delivery, owners will be able to enjoy one of the purest expression of open-top driving exhilaration available today as well as our latest entertainment, safety and luxury technologies - many of which are unique among sports cars."
Customers who take delivery of an MX-5 Launch Edition also will receive a Mazda-branded BOSE® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® speaker in a customized gift box, along with select items from Mazda's upcoming Heritage Collection apparel line.

MX-5 Sport to Have More Standard Features Than Previous Generation
At the opposite end of the MX-5 lineup, the 2016 MX-5 Sport has a starting MSRP of $24,915[3], riding on 16-inch alloy wheels and carrying a host of new standard features such as a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, cruise control, LED headlights and tail lights, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, leather-wrapped shift knob, power door locks, single USB input and cruise control.

As in the Launch Edition and all models, an automatic transmission option is available as a $1,075 option. Advanced Keyless entry is available for $130 (standard with automatic transmission).

MX-5 Club and Grand Touring Personalize Roadster Experience

Those who want to step up to a higher level of content will have a choice between distinct trim packages: the distilled, performance-focused MX-5 Club or MX-5 Grand Touring, lavished in premium amenities and technology.

MX-5 Club has a starting MSRP of $28,600[4] and adds 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels wrapped in 205/45R17 tires, front air dam and trunk-mounted rear lip spoiler, piano black seat back bars and exterior mirror caps, MAZDA CONNECTTM with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and commander control knob and an AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM® satellite radio with a nine-speaker BOSE® audio system with headrest speakers - all in addition to MX-5 Sport's standard equipment. A limited-slip rear differential, Bilstein® shocks and shock-tower brace are standard when equipped with the manual transmission.

Additionally, MX-5 Club is available with a package for $3,400 that equips it with forged, lightweight BBS 17-inch wheels, Brembo® front brake rotors and calipers with painted front and rear calipers, functional aerodynamic side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt.

Moving to MX-5 Grand Touring endows the roadster with 17-inch bright alloy wheels, leather-trimmed heated seats, automatic climate control, BOSE® nine-speaker audio system with headrest speakers, AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM® radio, MAZDA CONNECTTM with and seven-inch touchscreen monitor, commander control knob, Homelink® garage door opener, rain-sensing wipers and adaptive headlights in addition to MX-5 Sport's standard equipment. Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning. MX-5 Grand Touring has an MSRP of $30,065[5].

Smaller, lighter and more focused, the 2016 MX-5 is purpose-built with one goal in mind: providing the thrills and wind-in-the-hair driving experience that only the MX-5 can deliver. At 2,332 lbs. when equipped with SKYACTIV-MT (2,381 lbs. with the automatic transmission), MX-5 is approximately 150 lbs. lighter than the vehicle it replaces as a result of Mazda's efficient SKYACTIV®[6] TECHNOLOGY. MX-5's lighter weight, enhanced technologies and greater performance should help ensure that the 26th year of the MX-5 will be just as exciting from behind the wheel as the first 25 have been.

[1] MSRP is the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  MSRP does not include $820 destination charge (Alaska $865), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
[2] MSRP is the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  MSRP does not include $820 destination charge (Alaska $865), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
[3] MSRP is the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  MSRP does not include $820 destination charge (Alaska $865), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
[4] MSRP is the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  MSRP does not include $820 destination charge (Alaska $865), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
[5] MSRP is the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  MSRP does not include $820 destination charge (Alaska $865), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
[6] SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).


Audi eTron Electric Hybrid

Coming together to drive change

The A3 Sportback e-tron(R) is much more than just another hybrid car. It can operate on pure electric power, gas power or a combination of the two. And by uniting a responsive 204-hp powertrain with the innovative Audi energy program, the A3 Sportback e-tron(R) can outperform other hybrids in more ways than one. Read more about each component that makes up e-tron(R) below.

Electric power

Enjoy the silent, smooth, low-cost operation of driving on pure electric power with a range up to 18 miles1 - enough to cover many short commutes.

Gas power

Go just about anywhere with the gas engine. It provides power when the battery is low, charges the battery and supplements the electric motor to provide faster acceleration when needed.

Hybrid power

In hybrid mode, the A3 Sportback e-tron® picks the best combination of driving power - all electric, gas or a combination of both, for optimal performance depending on the situation.

Audi energy

Audi energy is a revolutionary suite of services only Audi could create - designed to enhance the e-tron(R) ownership experience. It's a holistic approach that includes carbon offsets, home solar partnerships and a no-cost home charger2.

(2) 240v wall-mounted charging hardware and cabinet included with the vehicle. Installation and wiring costs are extra, and will vary. See your participating dealer for details.

The 2015 Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX Achieves Highest Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration TORRANCE, Calif. - 3/4/2015


-Acura TLX is third new Acura model to earn highest possible safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS
-TLX is one of only three new midsize luxury/near luxury vehicles to earn top NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings
-Acura brand is positioned for safety leadership with all models expected to achieve an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating

Acura continues to advance its reputation as a safety leader and innovator with the 2015 Acura TLX receiving a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top available rating in the U.S. government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), including 5-stars in all six vehicle test modes. The Acura TLX performance luxury sedan, introduced in August 2014, has quickly become one of Acura's best-selling vehicles and is one of only three 2015 model vehicles in the midsize luxury/near luxury category to earn both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating and the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.

"The TLX exemplifies how advanced safety performance is an inherent part of how Acura delivers luxury," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. "Safety is a core value of the brand and all Acura models are expected to earn top safety scores. When you think of safety performance and luxury, you'll think Acura."

Acura anticipates earning top NCAP and IIHS ratings for every model in its lineup for this year. The brand currently has four models earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score: the 2015 ILX, TLX, RDX and MDX. The Acura RLX sedan has yet to undergo NCAP testing. Three models also earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS: the 2015 RLX, TLX and MDX.

Innovative Safety and Drive Assistive Technologies
The 2015 TLX was the first Acura model equipped with the exclusive AcuraWatch?, utilizing sensor fusion technology - the cooperative operation of a millimeter wave radar system and a windshield-mounted monocular camera - to expand both the scope and fidelity of the vehicle's sensing capabilities, including the ability to sense and respond to pedestrians in the roadway and numerous road hazards. Acura is expanding the availability of its AcuraWatch? suite of advance safety and driver-assistive technologies to all models for the 2016 model year.
Standard and available driver-assistive features in the AcuraWatch? suite include:
-Collision Mitigation Braking System? (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
-Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
-Blind spot information (BSI)
-Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
-Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
-Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
-Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

The TLX also utilizes its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) frontal body structure along with advanced airbags systems - including front, side and side-curtain airbags - to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios.

The award-winning TLX is one of Acura's best-selling models. Designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, the TLX is appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury customers with three new powertrains and advanced chassis technologies that respond intelligently to the will of the driver. The TLX lineup features three distinct model offerings that deliver new levels of quietness and ride comfort for a luxurious driving experience.

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The automaker will invest $1 billion to bring Tiguan production to North America. Output is expected to reach 500 units per day once in full swing at the Puebla plant. Volkswagen makes it official, naming its Puebla, Mexico, operation the production site of a new-generation Tiguan CUV that will hit the market in 2017. Read Full Article

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