Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:47:58 -0700 Corporate: 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/da70/b2b2/da70b2b2-c938-423b-9b4a-cf1043ef66a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies Corporate Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-safety-and-driver-assistive-technologies http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-safety-and-driver-assistive-technologies 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/da70/b2b2/da70b2b2-c938-423b-9b4a-cf1043ef66a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies Corporate: All-New 2015 Honda Fit Earns a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety <ul> <li><strong><em>Voluntary product update will enable early-production vehicles to match the 2014 </em>TOP SAFETY PICK<em> rating </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>No other manufacturer has more top-safety rated vehicles built in America than American Honda<sup>1</sup> </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The 2015 Honda Fit (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/</a>), the standout choice in the subcompact segment, has received a 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>ratingfrom the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This includes a top rating of <em>GOOD</em> in four IIHS crash test modes and an <em>ACCEPTABLE</em> score in the Insurance Institute's stringent small overlap frontal crash test. No vehicle in its class has received a higher rating than Fit in this IIHS test procedure. </p> <p>  "Honda's deep-rooted commitment to safety and to our customers is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we were not satisfied with anything but a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> for the new 2015 Honda Fit," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda. "Vehicle by vehicle, our engineers are passionate about developing safety technologies that consumers have come to trust and expect from Honda."</p> <p> An early-production 2015 Honda Fit was originally tested in March for the 2014 award year by IIHS and earned a <em>GOOD</em> in four out of five IIHS crash test modes and a <em>MARGINAL</em> score in the challenging small overlap frontal crash test. Demonstrating a strong commitment to safety, Honda engineers responded quickly with a modification to the Fit's front bumper structure. Subsequent testing by IIHS confirmed the success of the design change, which has been incorporated into new vehicle production.</p> <p> "Though there is no regulatory requirement to do this, in keeping with Honda's long-standing commitment to safety and focus on its customers, Honda has voluntarily engineered a product update which will allow all early-production vehicles to share the 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating," said St. Cyr. </p> <p> In addition to changes in production models, approximately 12,000 early-production 2015 Honda Fit vehicles will be eligible for a product update involving a front bumper beam replacement, which will be completed free of charge at any Honda dealer in the United States. This update allows all early-production vehicles to qualify for a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating and the same score in the small overlap test as recently built models. Honda is announcing this voluntary product update to encourage all owners that purchased an early-production vehicle to take their new Fit to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this update from Honda. At that time, Fit owners will also have access to a special phone line that will allow them to determine if their vehicle is eligible for the update or if it already has the updated bumper design from the factory. Customers can access this information beginning in late-September by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.</p> <p> <strong>About the Fit</strong> <br> Already the benchmark subcompact in terms of passenger and cargo space and innovative features, occupant safety for the 2015 Honda Fit is further enhanced through the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The next-generation ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.</p> <p><strong>Key New Safety and Driver-Assistive Features:</strong><br> In addition to including the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure, the 2015 Fit features a host of standard active and passive safety features and includes many standard and available driver-assistive technologies.</p> <ul> <li>Driver and Front Passenger SmartVent™ Side Airbags</li> <li>Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor</li> <li>Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) – a feature of VSA</li> <li>Hill Start Assist</li> <li>Expanded View Driver's Mirror</li> <li>Honda LaneWatchTM</li> <li>Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines</li> </ul> <p>Standard safety equipment on all 2015 Honda and Acura models includes the next-generation of Honda's ACE™ body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags. </p> <p><strong>About Honda </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. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. </p> <p> Based in part on advancements to Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, American Honda today leads the industry in third-party crash test ratings, with more models achieving top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker. The company also is broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies such as LaneWatch, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning to its product lineup. Also, 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>&nbsp;</p> <p> # # #</p> <p> <sup>1</sup> Based on 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>and<em> TOP SAFETY PICK+ </em>ratings as of 8/21/2014, by brand for vehicles manufactured in the United States.  Honda and Acura vehicles are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> Corporate Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/facf810a-6b43-41eb-ab50-200c878b7458 http://hondanews.com/releases/facf810a-6b43-41eb-ab50-200c878b7458 All-New 2015 Honda Fit Earns a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety <ul> <li><strong><em>Voluntary product update will enable early-production vehicles to match the 2014 </em>TOP SAFETY PICK<em> rating </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>No other manufacturer has more top-safety rated vehicles built in America than American Honda<sup>1</sup> </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The 2015 Honda Fit (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/</a>), the standout choice in the subcompact segment, has received a 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>ratingfrom the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This includes a top rating of <em>GOOD</em> in four IIHS crash test modes and an <em>ACCEPTABLE</em> score in the Insurance Institute's stringent small overlap frontal crash test. No vehicle in its class has received a higher rating than Fit in this IIHS test procedure. </p> <p>  "Honda's deep-rooted commitment to safety and to our customers is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we were not satisfied with anything but a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> for the new 2015 Honda Fit," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda. "Vehicle by vehicle, our engineers are passionate about developing safety technologies that consumers have come to trust and expect from Honda."</p> <p> An early-production 2015 Honda Fit was originally tested in March for the 2014 award year by IIHS and earned a <em>GOOD</em> in four out of five IIHS crash test modes and a <em>MARGINAL</em> score in the challenging small overlap frontal crash test. Demonstrating a strong commitment to safety, Honda engineers responded quickly with a modification to the Fit's front bumper structure. Subsequent testing by IIHS confirmed the success of the design change, which has been incorporated into new vehicle production.</p> <p> "Though there is no regulatory requirement to do this, in keeping with Honda's long-standing commitment to safety and focus on its customers, Honda has voluntarily engineered a product update which will allow all early-production vehicles to share the 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating," said St. Cyr. </p> <p> In addition to changes in production models, approximately 12,000 early-production 2015 Honda Fit vehicles will be eligible for a product update involving a front bumper beam replacement, which will be completed free of charge at any Honda dealer in the United States. This update allows all early-production vehicles to qualify for a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating and the same score in the small overlap test as recently built models. Honda is announcing this voluntary product update to encourage all owners that purchased an early-production vehicle to take their new Fit to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this update from Honda. At that time, Fit owners will also have access to a special phone line that will allow them to determine if their vehicle is eligible for the update or if it already has the updated bumper design from the factory. Customers can access this information beginning in late-September by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.</p> <p> <strong>About the Fit</strong> <br> Already the benchmark subcompact in terms of passenger and cargo space and innovative features, occupant safety for the 2015 Honda Fit is further enhanced through the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The next-generation ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.</p> <p><strong>Key New Safety and Driver-Assistive Features:</strong><br> In addition to including the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure, the 2015 Fit features a host of standard active and passive safety features and includes many standard and available driver-assistive technologies.</p> <ul> <li>Driver and Front Passenger SmartVent™ Side Airbags</li> <li>Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor</li> <li>Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) – a feature of VSA</li> <li>Hill Start Assist</li> <li>Expanded View Driver's Mirror</li> <li>Honda LaneWatchTM</li> <li>Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines</li> </ul> <p>Standard safety equipment on all 2015 Honda and Acura models includes the next-generation of Honda's ACE™ body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags. </p> <p><strong>About Honda </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. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. </p> <p> Based in part on advancements to Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, American Honda today leads the industry in third-party crash test ratings, with more models achieving top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker. The company also is broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies such as LaneWatch, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning to its product lineup. Also, 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>&nbsp;</p> <p> # # #</p> <p> <sup>1</sup> Based on 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>and<em> TOP SAFETY PICK+ </em>ratings as of 8/21/2014, by brand for vehicles manufactured in the United States.  Honda and Acura vehicles are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> Corporate: CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance <ul> <li><strong><em>Accessory supercharger kit boosts powertrain output to 197 hp</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Full range of CR-Z street performance parts from HPD now on sale</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.</p> <p> "The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. "With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts."</p> <p> Available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z, the HPD supercharger kit boosts total powertrain output to 197 hp<sup>1</sup> (vs. 130 hp in the stock 2013 and 2014 CR-Z with manual transmission) and includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and the HPD air filter system. Honda's Suggested Retail Price of the kit is $5,495, not including dealer installation, which is priced similarly to popular aftermarket supercharger kits but is engineered and backed by Honda. The HPD supercharger kit maintains the balance of customer's 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty when installed by a Honda dealer. The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.</p> <p> When equipped with available HPD street performance accessories, the CR-Z (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>) can feature a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> 2013 and 2014 CR-Z estimated SAE Net horsepower. Output will vary by individual vehicle.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/b25d4148-f954-446a-8d14-f693be428649 http://hondanews.com/releases/b25d4148-f954-446a-8d14-f693be428649 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance <ul> <li><strong><em>Accessory supercharger kit boosts powertrain output to 197 hp</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Full range of CR-Z street performance parts from HPD now on sale</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.</p> <p> "The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. "With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts."</p> <p> Available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z, the HPD supercharger kit boosts total powertrain output to 197 hp<sup>1</sup> (vs. 130 hp in the stock 2013 and 2014 CR-Z with manual transmission) and includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and the HPD air filter system. Honda's Suggested Retail Price of the kit is $5,495, not including dealer installation, which is priced similarly to popular aftermarket supercharger kits but is engineered and backed by Honda. The HPD supercharger kit maintains the balance of customer's 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty when installed by a Honda dealer. The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.</p> <p> When equipped with available HPD street performance accessories, the CR-Z (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>) can feature a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> 2013 and 2014 CR-Z estimated SAE Net horsepower. Output will vary by individual vehicle.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: Honda Launches 2015 Fit SEMA Project Vehicle Program on Tumblr <ul> <li><strong>Six build teams will each customize a 2015 Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Enthusiast fans will vote for their favorite customized Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Completed project vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth at the 2014 SEMA Show</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda will demonstrate the great personalization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience launching today and culminating at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. </p> <p> Honda has selected six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, who will each have the opportunity to customize a 2015 Honda Fit leading up to the SEMA Show. To further support enthusiast interest in the Fit project car build process, Honda is initiating the Fit Performance Project (#ProjectFit) on the brand's Tumblr page, which will keep track of the teams' progress with each vehicle.</p> <p>  "Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car."</p> <p> The build teams will each bring their personalized Fit to life with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and more. Photos of the transformations in progress will be posted throughout the campaign at <a href="http://hondaloves.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">hondaloves.tumblr.com</a>. The program will conclude with all six customized Fit project vehicles being displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.</p> <p> From Aug. 21 through Oct. 22, Project Fit content, including photos, animated GIFs and video, will be aggregated on Honda's Tumblr page where people can vote for their favorite customized Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The shop with the highest total likes and reblogs will win and receive an award from Honda. This effort will be promoted on <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>, in Honda newsletters and on the brand's <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda" target="_blank">Twitter</a> profiles.</p> <p> The Fit Performance Project posts will feature several themes including: "Preview," revealing design illustrations or renderings; "Show Us Your Mods," highlighting five modifications made to the vehicle; "In Progress," revealing headway on the design; and more leading up to the vehicles on display at the SEMA Show.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan. </p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p>Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> Corporate Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/83d67555-ce96-459a-901f-0a099252fc33 http://hondanews.com/releases/83d67555-ce96-459a-901f-0a099252fc33 Honda Launches 2015 Fit SEMA Project Vehicle Program on Tumblr <ul> <li><strong>Six build teams will each customize a 2015 Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Enthusiast fans will vote for their favorite customized Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Completed project vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth at the 2014 SEMA Show</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda will demonstrate the great personalization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience launching today and culminating at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. </p> <p> Honda has selected six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, who will each have the opportunity to customize a 2015 Honda Fit leading up to the SEMA Show. To further support enthusiast interest in the Fit project car build process, Honda is initiating the Fit Performance Project (#ProjectFit) on the brand's Tumblr page, which will keep track of the teams' progress with each vehicle.</p> <p>  "Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car."</p> <p> The build teams will each bring their personalized Fit to life with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and more. Photos of the transformations in progress will be posted throughout the campaign at <a href="http://hondaloves.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">hondaloves.tumblr.com</a>. The program will conclude with all six customized Fit project vehicles being displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.</p> <p> From Aug. 21 through Oct. 22, Project Fit content, including photos, animated GIFs and video, will be aggregated on Honda's Tumblr page where people can vote for their favorite customized Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The shop with the highest total likes and reblogs will win and receive an award from Honda. This effort will be promoted on <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>, in Honda newsletters and on the brand's <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda" target="_blank">Twitter</a> profiles.</p> <p> The Fit Performance Project posts will feature several themes including: "Preview," revealing design illustrations or renderings; "Show Us Your Mods," highlighting five modifications made to the vehicle; "In Progress," revealing headway on the design; and more leading up to the vehicles on display at the SEMA Show.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan. </p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p>Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> Corporate: The Most Popular Car in the U.S. Among Retail Buyers, Honda Accord Gets Multiple Feature Upgrades with Launch of 2015 Models On Sale Today <ul> <li><strong><em>Accord family offers multiple variations of Honda's fun-to-drive, fuel efficient, roomy and very well appointed midsize car</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>2015 Coupe and Sedan feature upgrades plus multiple awards and accolades recognize and reinforce Accord as the benchmark in its class </em></strong></li> <li><em><strong>Leading all mid-size cars in new-vehicle retail registrations for first six months of 2014<sup>1</sup>, Accord continues as the best-selling passenger car</strong></em></li> </ul> <p> Coming off an exceptional year for Accord that included retail sales leadership and the introduction of the all-new 50-mpg rated<sup>2</sup> Accord Hybrid, the 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe, and 2015 Accord Hybrid begin to go on sale today. Four-cylinder 2015 Accord Sedans have a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $22,105, with the four-cylinder Accord Coupe starting at $23,775. Both models are also offered with a V-6 powerplant. The 2015 Accord Hybrid, with Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system, has a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $29,305. </p> <p> The already very well equipped Accord Sedan and Coupe receive feature upgrades for 2015. The 4-cylinder Sedan and Coupe EX-L and EX-L Navi trims now include the convenience of the HomeLink® universal remote system that can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system. The 2015 Accord EX Coupe with 4-cylinder engine gains the Honda LaneWatch™ display that uses a camera and in-dash display to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. All Accord EX-L and above Coupes will also now come equipped with an auto dimming rearview mirror.</p> <p> The 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe are available with the choice of two highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, a 2.4-liter direct-injected <em>i</em>-VTEC 4-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower<sup>4</sup> (189 horsepower<sup>5</sup> in the Accord Sport Sedan) and a 278-horsepower6 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). </p> <p> The 4-cylinder engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual (6MT) and earns up to a 36 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The Accord Sedan with V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic (6AT) with a 34 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. V-6 Coupe models can be equipped with either the 6AT or a 6-speed manual, with the 6AT having a 32 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The 2015 Accord Hybrid is powered by Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that transitions seamlessly between electric motor power, gasoline engine power and hybrid gas-electric propulsion, delivering power to the wheels without the need of a conventional transmission. This elegant powertrain helps the Accord Hybrid earn a 50 mpg EPA city rating<sup>2</sup>. </p> <p> The 2014 Accord received numerous accolades, including an unprecedented 28th <em>Car and Driver</em> "10 Best" title, as well as an <em>Automobile</em> Magazine "All-Star" award and "Best Family Car" award from <em>Parenting</em> magazine and <em>Edmunds.com</em>. <em>Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com</em> named the Accord a "Best Resale Value" vehicle and recognized it as having the lowest cost of ownership for a midsize sedan over a projected 5-year period. Included in the awards given to the 2014 Accord Hybrid were a <em>MotorWeek</em> "2014 Driver's Choice Award," a <em>KBB.com</em> "10 Best Green Car of 2014" award and a naming to <em>Green Car Journal's</em> "Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014."</p> <p> <strong>2015 Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe and Accord Hybrid Pricing:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><strong> Accord Sedan Trim </strong></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,105</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,905</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Sport</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,865</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,665</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,030</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,830</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,420</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,195</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Sedan Trim (continued)</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr></ <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$33,630</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Coupe Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX-S </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,625</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,450</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$26,300</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Hybrid Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$29,305</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$35,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/accord</a>.<em> To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit</em> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondaaccord" target="_blank">facebook.com/hondaaccord</a>. <em>Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord</a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail  registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014. <br> <sup>2</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.<br> <sup>3</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>4</sup> 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>5</sup> 189 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>6</sup> 278 horsepower @ 6200 rpm (SAE net).</p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p> Corporate Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/980e593c-e461-434f-b1ee-467ad16f5b8f http://hondanews.com/releases/980e593c-e461-434f-b1ee-467ad16f5b8f The Most Popular Car in the U.S. Among Retail Buyers, Honda Accord Gets Multiple Feature Upgrades with Launch of 2015 Models On Sale Today <ul> <li><strong><em>Accord family offers multiple variations of Honda's fun-to-drive, fuel efficient, roomy and very well appointed midsize car</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>2015 Coupe and Sedan feature upgrades plus multiple awards and accolades recognize and reinforce Accord as the benchmark in its class </em></strong></li> <li><em><strong>Leading all mid-size cars in new-vehicle retail registrations for first six months of 2014<sup>1</sup>, Accord continues as the best-selling passenger car</strong></em></li> </ul> <p> Coming off an exceptional year for Accord that included retail sales leadership and the introduction of the all-new 50-mpg rated<sup>2</sup> Accord Hybrid, the 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe, and 2015 Accord Hybrid begin to go on sale today. Four-cylinder 2015 Accord Sedans have a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $22,105, with the four-cylinder Accord Coupe starting at $23,775. Both models are also offered with a V-6 powerplant. The 2015 Accord Hybrid, with Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system, has a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $29,305. </p> <p> The already very well equipped Accord Sedan and Coupe receive feature upgrades for 2015. The 4-cylinder Sedan and Coupe EX-L and EX-L Navi trims now include the convenience of the HomeLink® universal remote system that can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system. The 2015 Accord EX Coupe with 4-cylinder engine gains the Honda LaneWatch™ display that uses a camera and in-dash display to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. All Accord EX-L and above Coupes will also now come equipped with an auto dimming rearview mirror.</p> <p> The 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe are available with the choice of two highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, a 2.4-liter direct-injected <em>i</em>-VTEC 4-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower<sup>4</sup> (189 horsepower<sup>5</sup> in the Accord Sport Sedan) and a 278-horsepower6 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). </p> <p> The 4-cylinder engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual (6MT) and earns up to a 36 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The Accord Sedan with V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic (6AT) with a 34 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. V-6 Coupe models can be equipped with either the 6AT or a 6-speed manual, with the 6AT having a 32 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The 2015 Accord Hybrid is powered by Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that transitions seamlessly between electric motor power, gasoline engine power and hybrid gas-electric propulsion, delivering power to the wheels without the need of a conventional transmission. This elegant powertrain helps the Accord Hybrid earn a 50 mpg EPA city rating<sup>2</sup>. </p> <p> The 2014 Accord received numerous accolades, including an unprecedented 28th <em>Car and Driver</em> "10 Best" title, as well as an <em>Automobile</em> Magazine "All-Star" award and "Best Family Car" award from <em>Parenting</em> magazine and <em>Edmunds.com</em>. <em>Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com</em> named the Accord a "Best Resale Value" vehicle and recognized it as having the lowest cost of ownership for a midsize sedan over a projected 5-year period. Included in the awards given to the 2014 Accord Hybrid were a <em>MotorWeek</em> "2014 Driver's Choice Award," a <em>KBB.com</em> "10 Best Green Car of 2014" award and a naming to <em>Green Car Journal's</em> "Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014."</p> <p> <strong>2015 Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe and Accord Hybrid Pricing:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><strong> Accord Sedan Trim </strong></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,105</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,905</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Sport</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,865</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,665</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,030</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,830</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,420</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,195</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Sedan Trim (continued)</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr></ <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$33,630</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Coupe Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX-S </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,625</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,450</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$26,300</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Hybrid Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$29,305</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$35,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/accord</a>.<em> To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit</em> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondaaccord" target="_blank">facebook.com/hondaaccord</a>. <em>Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord</a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail  registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014. <br> <sup>2</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.<br> <sup>3</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>4</sup> 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>5</sup> 189 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>6</sup> 278 horsepower @ 6200 rpm (SAE net).</p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p> Corporate: Canard Impresses at Inaugural Indiana National with Second Overall <p>This past Saturday, August 16, Ironman MX in Crawfordsville IN played host to the inaugural running of the Indiana National for round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series. Heavy rain throughout the day created extremely difficult conditions for racers, but Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard navigated the unfamiliar track impressively to score second overall for the day.</p> <p><strong>450 Race </strong><br> For the second consecutive week, Canard had a stellar showing aboard his Honda CRF450R, dominating the second moto once again to secure second overall. In moto one, Canard propelled himself down the sludge-covered start straight and rounded the first turn in third. He quickly moved into second and was making a charge for the lead when he went down in a deep rut. He remounted his bike in third, which is where he finished. The rain had dissipated by moto two but the track was still just as treacherous as before. Canard nailed down the holeshot and rode impeccably the remainder of the 30-minute plus two-lap race, going unchallenged for a wire-to-wire victory. </p> <p>"I'm really happy with how today went," said Canard. "I was thankful to get a good start in moto one and was able to make some good ground right away. I pulled off one of my sets of tear-offs and had really clear vision so I tried to make a charge for Ken (Roczen) and fell over and stalled the bike. While I was kicking it, Ryan (Dungey) got by me and I made a few more mistakes but was able to finish third. Moto two was awesome! Man, it is a lot of fun to have races like that; I was pumped for every lap. I got a really good start and just tried to throw as much roost behind me as I could and put in solid laps."</p> <p>Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren overcame adversity in both motos to post an impressive ninth overall with 9-8 scores. In the day's opening race, Noren got off the line to a mid pack start but went down halfway through the first lap, sending him back to 27th. He began navigating his way through the competition, taking the checkered flag in ninth. In moto two, Noren stalled right out of the gate leaving him last heading into turn one. From there, he put together an incredible come-from-behind performance that landed him eighth by the end of the race.</p> <p>"Today was tough, but I am happy with ninth overall," Noren stated. "It rained so hard in the morning, which made practice a challenge. In moto one, I had a pretty good jump off the line but got out into the mushy stuff on the outside and fell back quite a bit. Since I got blasted with mud off the start I couldn't see much and went down half way through the first lap, letting the people I had just passed back by me again. Once I got going again I felt like I rode good and go up to ninth.  I pulled a rookie move off the start of the second moto. I got another good jump but as soon as I came out of the gate I stalled the bike and was dead last. From there I worked my way into eighth by the end. I'm happy but I really want to start getting better starts and improving my finishes." </p> <p>It was a challenging day for Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac who finished seventh-place overall with 4-10 marks. "It was a rough day overall, which is weird because I usually get along with muddy conditions," explained Tomac. "Practice showed I really felt comfortable on the wet and slick track. I was fastest and felt confidant going into the motos. I had to pull off the track to get fresh goggles in moto one because I couldn't see anything. In the second race it was still hard to see but I crashed twice, which really messed me up. I just made a lot of mistakes today that caused me to not be on the podium."</p> <p><strong>250 Race<br> </strong>Indiana's muddy conditions proved a challenge for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda 250 team, with all four riders encountering trouble throughout the day. Justin Bogle finished one position shy of the top 10 with 12-9 scores, while Zach Bell recorded a 17th overall for the day. Teammates Zach Osborne and RJ Hampshire suffered from mechanical issues that left them 35th and 36th.</p> <p>It was a landmark day for Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda's Jessy Nelson who scored the first moto win of his career in the day's opening race with a dominant performance. His 1-8 marks landed him on the podium with third overall.</p> <p><strong>The Focus: Preparing for the Mud</strong></p> <p>Mud races pose a challenge not only to riders but also their mechanics, as they need to prepare their bikes differently for these conditions. According to Trey Canard's mechanic Brent Presnell, there are three main objectives when prepping Trey's Honda CRF450R for a mud race.</p> <p>"First, keeping the air filter dry is very important in a mud race," stated Presnell. "We usually do this by sealing the air box with duct tape and channeling the water away from the filter. Also, we use an extra cover over the filter made by Twin Air. Second, keeping the function of the controls. We will put foam around the shifter and brake pedal to keep mud from jamming them up, and hand guards help keep the grips and levers clean. Third, it is important to try and keep the bike cool, by making sure the radiators don't get clogged with mud. We'll use Twin Air grill covers to help allow airflow but minimize the mud and debris."</p> <p><strong>450 Class Overall Results<br> </strong>1. Ken Roczen 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 3-1</strong><br> 3. Ryan Dungey 2-9<br> 4. Ryan Sipes 10-3<br> 5. Andrew Short 8-4<br> 6. Chad Reed 7-6<br> <strong>7. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-10 </strong><br> 8. Josh Grant 12-5<br> <strong>9. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 9-8</strong><br> 10. Matt Goerke 6-11</p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 11 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Ken Roczen 494<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 474<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 418</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 304<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 281</strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 278<br> 7. Weston Peick 268<br> 8. Josh Grant 243<br> 9. James Stewart 226<br> 10. Chad Reed 185</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results<br> </strong>1. Marvin Musquin 3-1<br> 2. Joey Savatgy 4-3<br> <strong>3. Jessy Nelson 1-8</strong><br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 9-2<br> 5. Cooper Webb 6-5<br> 6. Dean Wilson 8-6<br> 7. Alex Martin 7-7<br> 8. Jeremy Martin 2-15<br> 9. Jason Anderson 5-10<br> 10. Blake Baggett 6-4</p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 11 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 450<br> 2. Blake Baggett 381<br> 3. Cooper Webb 379<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 374<br> <strong>5.</strong> Christopher Pourcel 355<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 331<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 270<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 244</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 238</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 204</p> Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:36:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/8f1b3e43-f6a5-4ae8-a4e1-dda020cab252 http://hondanews.com/releases/8f1b3e43-f6a5-4ae8-a4e1-dda020cab252 Canard Impresses at Inaugural Indiana National with Second Overall <p>This past Saturday, August 16, Ironman MX in Crawfordsville IN played host to the inaugural running of the Indiana National for round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series. Heavy rain throughout the day created extremely difficult conditions for racers, but Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard navigated the unfamiliar track impressively to score second overall for the day.</p> <p><strong>450 Race </strong><br> For the second consecutive week, Canard had a stellar showing aboard his Honda CRF450R, dominating the second moto once again to secure second overall. In moto one, Canard propelled himself down the sludge-covered start straight and rounded the first turn in third. He quickly moved into second and was making a charge for the lead when he went down in a deep rut. He remounted his bike in third, which is where he finished. The rain had dissipated by moto two but the track was still just as treacherous as before. Canard nailed down the holeshot and rode impeccably the remainder of the 30-minute plus two-lap race, going unchallenged for a wire-to-wire victory. </p> <p>"I'm really happy with how today went," said Canard. "I was thankful to get a good start in moto one and was able to make some good ground right away. I pulled off one of my sets of tear-offs and had really clear vision so I tried to make a charge for Ken (Roczen) and fell over and stalled the bike. While I was kicking it, Ryan (Dungey) got by me and I made a few more mistakes but was able to finish third. Moto two was awesome! Man, it is a lot of fun to have races like that; I was pumped for every lap. I got a really good start and just tried to throw as much roost behind me as I could and put in solid laps."</p> <p>Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren overcame adversity in both motos to post an impressive ninth overall with 9-8 scores. In the day's opening race, Noren got off the line to a mid pack start but went down halfway through the first lap, sending him back to 27th. He began navigating his way through the competition, taking the checkered flag in ninth. In moto two, Noren stalled right out of the gate leaving him last heading into turn one. From there, he put together an incredible come-from-behind performance that landed him eighth by the end of the race.</p> <p>"Today was tough, but I am happy with ninth overall," Noren stated. "It rained so hard in the morning, which made practice a challenge. In moto one, I had a pretty good jump off the line but got out into the mushy stuff on the outside and fell back quite a bit. Since I got blasted with mud off the start I couldn't see much and went down half way through the first lap, letting the people I had just passed back by me again. Once I got going again I felt like I rode good and go up to ninth.  I pulled a rookie move off the start of the second moto. I got another good jump but as soon as I came out of the gate I stalled the bike and was dead last. From there I worked my way into eighth by the end. I'm happy but I really want to start getting better starts and improving my finishes." </p> <p>It was a challenging day for Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac who finished seventh-place overall with 4-10 marks. "It was a rough day overall, which is weird because I usually get along with muddy conditions," explained Tomac. "Practice showed I really felt comfortable on the wet and slick track. I was fastest and felt confidant going into the motos. I had to pull off the track to get fresh goggles in moto one because I couldn't see anything. In the second race it was still hard to see but I crashed twice, which really messed me up. I just made a lot of mistakes today that caused me to not be on the podium."</p> <p><strong>250 Race<br> </strong>Indiana's muddy conditions proved a challenge for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda 250 team, with all four riders encountering trouble throughout the day. Justin Bogle finished one position shy of the top 10 with 12-9 scores, while Zach Bell recorded a 17th overall for the day. Teammates Zach Osborne and RJ Hampshire suffered from mechanical issues that left them 35th and 36th.</p> <p>It was a landmark day for Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda's Jessy Nelson who scored the first moto win of his career in the day's opening race with a dominant performance. His 1-8 marks landed him on the podium with third overall.</p> <p><strong>The Focus: Preparing for the Mud</strong></p> <p>Mud races pose a challenge not only to riders but also their mechanics, as they need to prepare their bikes differently for these conditions. According to Trey Canard's mechanic Brent Presnell, there are three main objectives when prepping Trey's Honda CRF450R for a mud race.</p> <p>"First, keeping the air filter dry is very important in a mud race," stated Presnell. "We usually do this by sealing the air box with duct tape and channeling the water away from the filter. Also, we use an extra cover over the filter made by Twin Air. Second, keeping the function of the controls. We will put foam around the shifter and brake pedal to keep mud from jamming them up, and hand guards help keep the grips and levers clean. Third, it is important to try and keep the bike cool, by making sure the radiators don't get clogged with mud. We'll use Twin Air grill covers to help allow airflow but minimize the mud and debris."</p> <p><strong>450 Class Overall Results<br> </strong>1. Ken Roczen 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 3-1</strong><br> 3. Ryan Dungey 2-9<br> 4. Ryan Sipes 10-3<br> 5. Andrew Short 8-4<br> 6. Chad Reed 7-6<br> <strong>7. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-10 </strong><br> 8. Josh Grant 12-5<br> <strong>9. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 9-8</strong><br> 10. Matt Goerke 6-11</p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 11 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Ken Roczen 494<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 474<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 418</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 304<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 281</strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 278<br> 7. Weston Peick 268<br> 8. Josh Grant 243<br> 9. James Stewart 226<br> 10. Chad Reed 185</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results<br> </strong>1. Marvin Musquin 3-1<br> 2. Joey Savatgy 4-3<br> <strong>3. Jessy Nelson 1-8</strong><br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 9-2<br> 5. Cooper Webb 6-5<br> 6. Dean Wilson 8-6<br> 7. Alex Martin 7-7<br> 8. Jeremy Martin 2-15<br> 9. Jason Anderson 5-10<br> 10. Blake Baggett 6-4</p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 11 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 450<br> 2. Blake Baggett 381<br> 3. Cooper Webb 379<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 374<br> <strong>5.</strong> Christopher Pourcel 355<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 331<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 270<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 244</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 238</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 204</p> Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/903e/9a2f/903e9a2f-dfd2-48e2-86c1-1037c58fbf91-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana-3 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/903e/9a2f/903e9a2f-dfd2-48e2-86c1-1037c58fbf91-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/989f/f5ec/989ff5ec-e52f-4ca0-b77c-de7ff00fe785-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:33:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana-2 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/989f/f5ec/989ff5ec-e52f-4ca0-b77c-de7ff00fe785-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2f42/0518/2f420518-2cf0-4d27-b0ca-01706f5cc60e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:32:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana-1 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2f42/0518/2f420518-2cf0-4d27-b0ca-01706f5cc60e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate: 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0aa4/55d3/0aa455d3-37c1-4fbd-b197-6d3acefa0e4b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:31:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-indiana 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0aa4/55d3/0aa455d3-37c1-4fbd-b197-6d3acefa0e4b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Indiana Corporate: Honda Accord and CR-V are America’s Most Popular Car and SUV with Retail Car Buyers in First Half of 2014; and Honda CR-V Captures the Title of Best-Selling SUV of the Past Decade <ul> <li><strong><em>Retail car buyers choose Accord more than any other car in America<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>CR-V builds on ten years as the most popular, best-selling SUV in America<sup>2</sup></em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey each post segment-leading retail results at the halfway mark of 2014<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> </ul> <p>With the Accord and CR-V attracting retail customers in record numbers in the first half of 2014, Honda is again leading the industry with the most popular car and SUV in America, according to a Honda analysis of new-vehicle retail registration data from IHS Automotive. Based on Honda forecasts, the Accord and CR-V are on track to repeat their 2013 full-year results as top picks with U.S. retail car and SUV buyers, while CR-V continues to hold the title as the best-selling SUV in America for more than a decade.</p> <p>Accord is once again the most popular car in America, with industry-leading sales to individual U.S. car buyers for the first half of 2014, while CR-V is both the retail and outright best-selling SUV based on retail registrations through June 2014, a position it’s held for seven of the past 10 years, culminating in the highest sales of any SUV in America during the past decade. Joining the Accord and CR-V as retail leaders in their segments for the first half of 2014 are the Honda Civic and Odyssey minivan.</p> <p>Moreover, each of Honda’s four segment-leading models is on target to repeat its retail leadership performance from 2013, despite the fact that Honda has the lowest overall incentive spending among the top seven automakers. Three of the four models – Accord, Civic and CR-V – are each on track to earn sales in excess of 300,000 units for the second consecutive year, with fleet sales in the low single digits, as Honda targets all-time record sales in 2014.</p> <p>"More individual customers put a new Honda Accord in their driveway in the first half of this year than any other new car in America, and SUV buyers continue to choose CR-V more than any other SUV in America," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "While competitors rely on deep-discounts and sales to corporate and rental fleets, Honda continues to achieve steady and sustainable growth based on the quality and value of our products in the hands of individual customers."</p> <p>Honda brand highlights for the first half of 2014 include:</p> <ul> <li>Excluding full-size pickups, the Accord, Civic and CR-V continue to hold three of the top five slots – first, third and fourth, respectively – in retail registrations among individual car buyers in the first half of 2014. </li> <li>The Accord, with retail registrations totaling 181,939 units through June, has strengthened its lead over its nearest competitor in the past three months, compared to the first three months of 2014. </li> <li>Retail registrations accounted for 98.2 percent<sup>3</sup> of all Accord registrations for the period, according to Honda analysis of IHS Automotive new-vehicle registration data<strong><em>. </em></strong></li> <li>Civic retail registrations of 160,293 units led all compact cars, increasing its lead over the closest segment competitor, which is now more than 26,000 units, compared to cumulative totals in the first quarter of 2014. <strong></strong></li> <li>CR-V is America’s outright best-selling SUV of this year, and of the past decade. On a retail basis, CR-V registrations rose 6.6 percent to 153,968 units compared to the first half of last year, giving CR-V a more than 27,000-unit lead over the #2 selling vehicle in the segment so far in 2014.</li> <li>Odyssey retail registrations of 62,096 units continue to make it the top choice among retail minivan customers –at 32 percent retail segment share. As a result, Odyssey sales have comprised nearly 1 of every 3 minivans purchased by individual buyers in America in 2014.</li> </ul> <p><strong>About Honda<br> </strong>Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.</p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>4</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>5</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.</p> <p>Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new vehicle registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014 in the Honda small car, mid-size car, compact passenger van, and mini SUV segment.</p> <p><sup>2</sup> CR-V Total Sales Numbers for Best-Selling SUV of the Decade from Automotive News Data Center</p> <p><sup>3</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail vs total registrations for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014 in the Honda  mid-size car segment.</p> <p><sup>4</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>5</sup> 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.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/b48f9de6-f269-48a4-a1b9-33785aa84de2 http://hondanews.com/releases/b48f9de6-f269-48a4-a1b9-33785aa84de2 Honda Accord and CR-V are America’s Most Popular Car and SUV with Retail Car Buyers in First Half of 2014; and Honda CR-V Captures the Title of Best-Selling SUV of the Past Decade <ul> <li><strong><em>Retail car buyers choose Accord more than any other car in America<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>CR-V builds on ten years as the most popular, best-selling SUV in America<sup>2</sup></em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey each post segment-leading retail results at the halfway mark of 2014<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> </ul> <p>With the Accord and CR-V attracting retail customers in record numbers in the first half of 2014, Honda is again leading the industry with the most popular car and SUV in America, according to a Honda analysis of new-vehicle retail registration data from IHS Automotive. Based on Honda forecasts, the Accord and CR-V are on track to repeat their 2013 full-year results as top picks with U.S. retail car and SUV buyers, while CR-V continues to hold the title as the best-selling SUV in America for more than a decade.</p> <p>Accord is once again the most popular car in America, with industry-leading sales to individual U.S. car buyers for the first half of 2014, while CR-V is both the retail and outright best-selling SUV based on retail registrations through June 2014, a position it’s held for seven of the past 10 years, culminating in the highest sales of any SUV in America during the past decade. Joining the Accord and CR-V as retail leaders in their segments for the first half of 2014 are the Honda Civic and Odyssey minivan.</p> <p>Moreover, each of Honda’s four segment-leading models is on target to repeat its retail leadership performance from 2013, despite the fact that Honda has the lowest overall incentive spending among the top seven automakers. Three of the four models – Accord, Civic and CR-V – are each on track to earn sales in excess of 300,000 units for the second consecutive year, with fleet sales in the low single digits, as Honda targets all-time record sales in 2014.</p> <p>"More individual customers put a new Honda Accord in their driveway in the first half of this year than any other new car in America, and SUV buyers continue to choose CR-V more than any other SUV in America," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "While competitors rely on deep-discounts and sales to corporate and rental fleets, Honda continues to achieve steady and sustainable growth based on the quality and value of our products in the hands of individual customers."</p> <p>Honda brand highlights for the first half of 2014 include:</p> <ul> <li>Excluding full-size pickups, the Accord, Civic and CR-V continue to hold three of the top five slots – first, third and fourth, respectively – in retail registrations among individual car buyers in the first half of 2014. </li> <li>The Accord, with retail registrations totaling 181,939 units through June, has strengthened its lead over its nearest competitor in the past three months, compared to the first three months of 2014. </li> <li>Retail registrations accounted for 98.2 percent<sup>3</sup> of all Accord registrations for the period, according to Honda analysis of IHS Automotive new-vehicle registration data<strong><em>. </em></strong></li> <li>Civic retail registrations of 160,293 units led all compact cars, increasing its lead over the closest segment competitor, which is now more than 26,000 units, compared to cumulative totals in the first quarter of 2014. <strong></strong></li> <li>CR-V is America’s outright best-selling SUV of this year, and of the past decade. On a retail basis, CR-V registrations rose 6.6 percent to 153,968 units compared to the first half of last year, giving CR-V a more than 27,000-unit lead over the #2 selling vehicle in the segment so far in 2014.</li> <li>Odyssey retail registrations of 62,096 units continue to make it the top choice among retail minivan customers –at 32 percent retail segment share. As a result, Odyssey sales have comprised nearly 1 of every 3 minivans purchased by individual buyers in America in 2014.</li> </ul> <p><strong>About Honda<br> </strong>Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.</p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>4</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>5</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.</p> <p>Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new vehicle registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014 in the Honda small car, mid-size car, compact passenger van, and mini SUV segment.</p> <p><sup>2</sup> CR-V Total Sales Numbers for Best-Selling SUV of the Decade from Automotive News Data Center</p> <p><sup>3</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail vs total registrations for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014 in the Honda  mid-size car segment.</p> <p><sup>4</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>5</sup> 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.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate: Honda Core Models Lead Retail Sales in First Half of 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/425b/e598/425be598-672f-4618-967c-7a8435a38456-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Core Models Lead Retail Sales in First Half of 2014 Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-core-models-lead-retail-sales-in-first-half-of-2014 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-core-models-lead-retail-sales-in-first-half-of-2014 Honda Core Models Lead Retail Sales in First Half of 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/425b/e598/425be598-672f-4618-967c-7a8435a38456-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Core Models Lead Retail Sales in First Half of 2014 Corporate: SAE International to Honor Honda Aircraft Company President Michimasa Fujino with Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award <p>Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will be honored with the SAE International Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award. Fujino will receive the award during the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exposition, which will be held Sept. 22-24, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, USA.</p> <p>Established in 1992, the award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft. It’s made possible through a fund established by the Lockheed Advanced Development Company.</p> <p>Fujino is responsible for the research and development, production, sales and marketing of the innovative HondaJet. Fujino rose through the engineering ranks to become a vice president with Honda R&D Americas Inc., and named the project leader for the HondaJet. He led all design tasks of the HondaJet through advanced analysis, experimental verification and flight testing.</p> <p>Fujino’s clean sheet design for an advanced light jet that could achieve both higher speed and higher fuel efficiency led to the development of key HondaJet technologies. He discovered the optimum Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration, which reduces wave drag at a high Mach number, and applied it to the HondaJet design. This aeronautical breakthrough was proven to greatly enhance aircraft performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. He also developed a new natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose for the light jet with application of a new concept composite construction to the fuselage structure. These innovations allow the HondaJet to achieve highest speed, superior fuel efficiency and the most cabin and luggage space over other light jets in its class.</p> <p>Fujino has been the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, including the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences Innovation Award (2014), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aircraft Design Award (2012), Aviation Week and Technology’s Vision Award (2008) and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) Technology Award (2004). His research and theories on aircraft design, advanced aerodynamics and aeroelasticity have been published in numerous technical and academic journals, and he holds several patents.</p> <p>SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like <em>A World in Motion®</em> and the Collegiate Design Series™.</p> <p>- <a href="http://www.sae.org">www.sae.org</a> -</p> Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/211d8263-0415-4f07-9936-af910a6c5377 http://hondanews.com/releases/211d8263-0415-4f07-9936-af910a6c5377 SAE International to Honor Honda Aircraft Company President Michimasa Fujino with Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award <p>Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will be honored with the SAE International Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award. Fujino will receive the award during the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exposition, which will be held Sept. 22-24, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, USA.</p> <p>Established in 1992, the award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft. It’s made possible through a fund established by the Lockheed Advanced Development Company.</p> <p>Fujino is responsible for the research and development, production, sales and marketing of the innovative HondaJet. Fujino rose through the engineering ranks to become a vice president with Honda R&D Americas Inc., and named the project leader for the HondaJet. He led all design tasks of the HondaJet through advanced analysis, experimental verification and flight testing.</p> <p>Fujino’s clean sheet design for an advanced light jet that could achieve both higher speed and higher fuel efficiency led to the development of key HondaJet technologies. He discovered the optimum Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration, which reduces wave drag at a high Mach number, and applied it to the HondaJet design. This aeronautical breakthrough was proven to greatly enhance aircraft performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. He also developed a new natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose for the light jet with application of a new concept composite construction to the fuselage structure. These innovations allow the HondaJet to achieve highest speed, superior fuel efficiency and the most cabin and luggage space over other light jets in its class.</p> <p>Fujino has been the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, including the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences Innovation Award (2014), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aircraft Design Award (2012), Aviation Week and Technology’s Vision Award (2008) and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) Technology Award (2004). His research and theories on aircraft design, advanced aerodynamics and aeroelasticity have been published in numerous technical and academic journals, and he holds several patents.</p> <p>SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like <em>A World in Motion®</em> and the Collegiate Design Series™.</p> <p>- <a href="http://www.sae.org">www.sae.org</a> -</p> Corporate: Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0702/5395/07025395-c7b4-452c-9ea4-811fd8c3d977-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company Corporate Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/dr-michimasa-fujino-president-and-ceo-of-honda-aircraft-company http://hondanews.com/photos/dr-michimasa-fujino-president-and-ceo-of-honda-aircraft-company Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0702/5395/07025395-c7b4-452c-9ea4-811fd8c3d977-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company Corporate: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) 136.848 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>145.243 mph avg.; led 249 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+2.7949 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 14 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>249</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>168</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – suspension</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>130</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Late-Race Charge Nets Newgarden Fifth for Honda at Milwaukee</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud remains in championship contention with seventh-place run</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Issues in pit lane and a fuel strategy gamble that came up short hampered Honda Verizon IndyCar Series efforts Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as Josef Newgarden led the way for the manufacturer with a fifth-place run at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. </p> <p>Starting fifth, Newgarden ran in the lead group throughout the first half of the 250-lap contest. Then, during the only caution period of the race on Lap 133, Newgarden's Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team elected to go "off sequence", moving him up to third as the rest of the field pitted, in the hopes that a later, fuel-saving caution would permit him to finish with just three pit stops. But with no additional yellow flags, Newgarden was forced to come in for a fourth and final stop on Lap 236. Resuming in 10<sup>th</sup> place with just 14 laps remaining, but on fresh tires, Newgarden charged through the field, taking fifth place from Ryan Briscoe on the final lap.</p> <p>Problems in pit lane delayed several other Honda-powered contenders, including Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's day also came to an early end with suspected suspension failure.</p> <p>Simon Pagenaud kept his championship hopes alive with a seventh-place finish, gaining ground on second-ranked Helio Castroneves and moving into third in the title fight, 92 points behind leader and race winner Will Power.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car action at The Milwaukee Mile are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads to California for the final two races of 2014, starting with the August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, at Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 16 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>602 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>472(1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>563 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>425</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>510 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>424</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>494 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>418 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>488 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>400</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,327 (10 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,382 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 5<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"It's really hard to pass around here; it's just a very difficult track to make something happen. I was trying so hard to save fuel, leaning out as much as I could. I was lifting and even then it was hard for Kanaan to get around me, and he was one of the strongest guys today. It's just a tough place. It's very dependent on aero [downforce], so when you get behind someone with the same mechanical grip, it's kind of what you got. I thought we had a really good car today. We took a gamble and it didn't work, but I'm happy we got fifth, because I think we deserved that."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 16<sup>th</sup>, finished 7<sup>th</sup>:</strong> "When people talk about ovals, they tell you it's all about momentum and timing. But until you really [experience] it for yourself, those are just words. In sports-car racing, you learn about fighting against other types of cars that [often] are slower than you in different corners. It is all about timing and momentum. Today, I made the connection between the two. It was a big step forward for me personally as a driver on ovals. The team did a great job this weekend. We decided to go a different direction in terms of setup. We were more aggressive, and it worked out really well. The crew was awesome in the pits, too. Coming into this weekend, I thought Milwaukee was going to be the hardest of the final three races for us. We gained some points today, so now I'm really looking forward to the last two races."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"This was a race of missed opportunities for us. Our Honda engines performed well all weekend, but issues in pit lane hampered several of our strongest runners today. The strategic call by the Sarah Fisher Hartman team for Josef Newgarden was a risk worth taking, but failed to pay off. Still, it was another strong run for them, and fifth was a good way to bounce back from the disappointment at Mid-Ohio. Simon Pagenaud did what he needed to stay in the thick of the drivers' championship battle, and congratulations to Mikhail Aleshin on finishing eighth, as the top rookie, at a track that is notoriously difficult for first-year drivers."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726</a></p> Corporate Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:55:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/4ca598de-89dc-49b5-971f-8983e9438093 http://hondanews.com/releases/4ca598de-89dc-49b5-971f-8983e9438093 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) 136.848 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>145.243 mph avg.; led 249 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+2.7949 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 14 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>249</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>168</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – suspension</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>130</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Late-Race Charge Nets Newgarden Fifth for Honda at Milwaukee</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud remains in championship contention with seventh-place run</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Issues in pit lane and a fuel strategy gamble that came up short hampered Honda Verizon IndyCar Series efforts Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as Josef Newgarden led the way for the manufacturer with a fifth-place run at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. </p> <p>Starting fifth, Newgarden ran in the lead group throughout the first half of the 250-lap contest. Then, during the only caution period of the race on Lap 133, Newgarden's Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team elected to go "off sequence", moving him up to third as the rest of the field pitted, in the hopes that a later, fuel-saving caution would permit him to finish with just three pit stops. But with no additional yellow flags, Newgarden was forced to come in for a fourth and final stop on Lap 236. Resuming in 10<sup>th</sup> place with just 14 laps remaining, but on fresh tires, Newgarden charged through the field, taking fifth place from Ryan Briscoe on the final lap.</p> <p>Problems in pit lane delayed several other Honda-powered contenders, including Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's day also came to an early end with suspected suspension failure.</p> <p>Simon Pagenaud kept his championship hopes alive with a seventh-place finish, gaining ground on second-ranked Helio Castroneves and moving into third in the title fight, 92 points behind leader and race winner Will Power.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car action at The Milwaukee Mile are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads to California for the final two races of 2014, starting with the August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, at Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 16 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>602 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>472(1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>563 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>425</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>510 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>424</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>494 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>418 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>488 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>400</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,327 (10 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,382 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 5<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"It's really hard to pass around here; it's just a very difficult track to make something happen. I was trying so hard to save fuel, leaning out as much as I could. I was lifting and even then it was hard for Kanaan to get around me, and he was one of the strongest guys today. It's just a tough place. It's very dependent on aero [downforce], so when you get behind someone with the same mechanical grip, it's kind of what you got. I thought we had a really good car today. We took a gamble and it didn't work, but I'm happy we got fifth, because I think we deserved that."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 16<sup>th</sup>, finished 7<sup>th</sup>:</strong> "When people talk about ovals, they tell you it's all about momentum and timing. But until you really [experience] it for yourself, those are just words. In sports-car racing, you learn about fighting against other types of cars that [often] are slower than you in different corners. It is all about timing and momentum. Today, I made the connection between the two. It was a big step forward for me personally as a driver on ovals. The team did a great job this weekend. We decided to go a different direction in terms of setup. We were more aggressive, and it worked out really well. The crew was awesome in the pits, too. Coming into this weekend, I thought Milwaukee was going to be the hardest of the final three races for us. We gained some points today, so now I'm really looking forward to the last two races."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"This was a race of missed opportunities for us. Our Honda engines performed well all weekend, but issues in pit lane hampered several of our strongest runners today. The strategic call by the Sarah Fisher Hartman team for Josef Newgarden was a risk worth taking, but failed to pay off. Still, it was another strong run for them, and fifth was a good way to bounce back from the disappointment at Mid-Ohio. Simon Pagenaud did what he needed to stay in the thick of the drivers' championship battle, and congratulations to Mikhail Aleshin on finishing eighth, as the top rookie, at a track that is notoriously difficult for first-year drivers."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726</a></p> Corporate: Honda/HPD Midget Series Engines Take to the Track <ul> <li><strong><em>Milestone in continuing Honda-USAC partnership</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Spec, sealed race engine developed from Honda K24</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Provides affordable entry to Midget racing</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The United States Auto Club (USAC) has made the first deliveries of the Honda/HPD Midget Series engines to racers in the open-wheel category, marking the next milestone in Honda's continuing partnership with the sanctioning body announced in 2013.</p> <p>Utilizing chassis similar to those run in the National Midget Championship, but featuring sealed, performance-capped Honda engines, the Honda/HPD Midget Series is designed as an entry-level category, where drivers as young as 12 years old can compete.</p> <p>Based on the production, four-cylinder Honda K24 engine from the Honda Civic Si and developed for racing by Honda Performance Development and USAC, the sealed engines are now available through USAC for an introductory price of $9,995.00, and can be raced alongside previous-generation engines in the series. USAC worked to produce a balance of performance between the different engine designs.</p> <p>"HPD has long championed a logical development ladder system for young drivers in all forms of motorsports," said Marc Sours, HPD senior manager and chief engineer. "The Honda/HPD Midget Series slots in perfectly, above our already popular Quarter Midgets and below the USAC National Midget program, where Honda engines can also be campaigned." </p> <p>USAC sanctions six regional series for the Honda/HPD Midgets, on both dirt and pavement. The first race win for the Honda/HPD Midget engine was recorded on July 2 by Ross Rankine at Toledo Speedway, as part of the USAC Midwest Pavement Series.</p> <p>"USAC is extremely excited about the Honda K24 Midget engine and the Honda/HPD Midget Series," said Kevin Miller, USAC CEO/president. "We believe this engine installation, in development for the past year, will be the basis for the next generation of Midget racing in the United States."</p> <p>The 2.4-liter Honda Civic Si crate engine is adapted by USAC for Honda/HPD Midget competition. The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body is the single source for purchasing new engines, which are tested and sealed by USAC prior to delivery. The engine internals are all Honda OEM, with competition modifications including a custom aluminum oil pan designed for dry-sump lubrication, a three-stage oil pump, competition alternator, intake manifold and custom air inlet system.</p> <p>The wiring harness has been modified to allow ease of use, and all connectors are clearly marked for installation. The harness design also provides connections for USAC technical inspectors to maintain parity in the series.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development</strong></p> <p>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 211 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including this year's triumph by Ryan Hunter-Reay. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.</p> <p>HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/f51d40a7-16a1-4472-ad22-8a2126e9afe5 http://hondanews.com/releases/f51d40a7-16a1-4472-ad22-8a2126e9afe5 Honda/HPD Midget Series Engines Take to the Track <ul> <li><strong><em>Milestone in continuing Honda-USAC partnership</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Spec, sealed race engine developed from Honda K24</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Provides affordable entry to Midget racing</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The United States Auto Club (USAC) has made the first deliveries of the Honda/HPD Midget Series engines to racers in the open-wheel category, marking the next milestone in Honda's continuing partnership with the sanctioning body announced in 2013.</p> <p>Utilizing chassis similar to those run in the National Midget Championship, but featuring sealed, performance-capped Honda engines, the Honda/HPD Midget Series is designed as an entry-level category, where drivers as young as 12 years old can compete.</p> <p>Based on the production, four-cylinder Honda K24 engine from the Honda Civic Si and developed for racing by Honda Performance Development and USAC, the sealed engines are now available through USAC for an introductory price of $9,995.00, and can be raced alongside previous-generation engines in the series. USAC worked to produce a balance of performance between the different engine designs.</p> <p>"HPD has long championed a logical development ladder system for young drivers in all forms of motorsports," said Marc Sours, HPD senior manager and chief engineer. "The Honda/HPD Midget Series slots in perfectly, above our already popular Quarter Midgets and below the USAC National Midget program, where Honda engines can also be campaigned." </p> <p>USAC sanctions six regional series for the Honda/HPD Midgets, on both dirt and pavement. The first race win for the Honda/HPD Midget engine was recorded on July 2 by Ross Rankine at Toledo Speedway, as part of the USAC Midwest Pavement Series.</p> <p>"USAC is extremely excited about the Honda K24 Midget engine and the Honda/HPD Midget Series," said Kevin Miller, USAC CEO/president. "We believe this engine installation, in development for the past year, will be the basis for the next generation of Midget racing in the United States."</p> <p>The 2.4-liter Honda Civic Si crate engine is adapted by USAC for Honda/HPD Midget competition. The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body is the single source for purchasing new engines, which are tested and sealed by USAC prior to delivery. The engine internals are all Honda OEM, with competition modifications including a custom aluminum oil pan designed for dry-sump lubrication, a three-stage oil pump, competition alternator, intake manifold and custom air inlet system.</p> <p>The wiring harness has been modified to allow ease of use, and all connectors are clearly marked for installation. The harness design also provides connections for USAC technical inspectors to maintain parity in the series.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development</strong></p> <p>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 211 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including this year's triumph by Ryan Hunter-Reay. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.</p> <p>HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate: Honda Aircraft Company Announces Banyan Air Service as the HondaJet Dealer for the Southeast United States <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today a new <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> dealer for the Southeast United States. <a href="http://www.banyanair.com/">Banyan Air Service Inc.</a>, based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), will provide HondaJet sales and service for the eight-state territory that includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina.</p> <p>"Banyan Air Service has an outstanding reputation for providing exemplary customer satisfaction through aircraft sales and service. We are proud to have a partner who shares Honda's commitment in making customers our highest priority," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Banyan Air Service will complement and further strengthen the HondaJet dealer network."</p> <p>Banyan Air Service was established in 1979 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company has more than 30 years' experience serving the general aviation market, and its facility is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) certified repair station. The company provides 24-hour Fixed Based Operation (FBO) services as well as heavy aircraft maintenance, full avionics capabilities and turbine engine services. Banyan Air Service's maintenance division has been recognized as an FAA Diamond Award recipient, and the company is consistently ranked by the industry as one of the country's top FBOs.</p> <p>"We are excited to represent the HondaJet in the Southeast U.S.," said Banyan Air Service President Don Campion. "Banyan Air Service looks forward to providing exceptional aviation services to HondaJet customers."</p> <p><a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/">HondaJet dealers</a> in North America and Europe are diligently preparing for entry to service and will provide customers the quality of service expected from Honda.</p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> Corporate Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ee72c433-3e0e-4dc6-affc-c75a98b5bf1e http://hondanews.com/releases/ee72c433-3e0e-4dc6-affc-c75a98b5bf1e Honda Aircraft Company Announces Banyan Air Service as the HondaJet Dealer for the Southeast United States <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today a new <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> dealer for the Southeast United States. <a href="http://www.banyanair.com/">Banyan Air Service Inc.</a>, based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), will provide HondaJet sales and service for the eight-state territory that includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina.</p> <p>"Banyan Air Service has an outstanding reputation for providing exemplary customer satisfaction through aircraft sales and service. We are proud to have a partner who shares Honda's commitment in making customers our highest priority," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Banyan Air Service will complement and further strengthen the HondaJet dealer network."</p> <p>Banyan Air Service was established in 1979 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company has more than 30 years' experience serving the general aviation market, and its facility is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) certified repair station. The company provides 24-hour Fixed Based Operation (FBO) services as well as heavy aircraft maintenance, full avionics capabilities and turbine engine services. Banyan Air Service's maintenance division has been recognized as an FAA Diamond Award recipient, and the company is consistently ranked by the industry as one of the country's top FBOs.</p> <p>"We are excited to represent the HondaJet in the Southeast U.S.," said Banyan Air Service President Don Campion. "Banyan Air Service looks forward to providing exceptional aviation services to HondaJet customers."</p> <p><a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/">HondaJet dealers</a> in North America and Europe are diligently preparing for entry to service and will provide customers the quality of service expected from Honda.</p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> Corporate: Honda Associate Jon Wells <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4ed5/bea4/4ed5bea4-b8eb-4042-b493-9d59eb1721d6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Associate Jon Wells Corporate Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associate-jon-wells http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associate-jon-wells Honda Associate Jon Wells <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4ed5/bea4/4ed5bea4-b8eb-4042-b493-9d59eb1721d6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Associate Jon Wells Corporate: Honda Aircraft Manager is Who Makes a Honda <p>Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its popular 12-part <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda</em> video series. Jon Wells is the Senior Manager of Logistics and Materials Control at Honda Aircraft Company, and is featured for the many unique ways he uses his piloting skills to make a difference in his community.</p> <p>Wells is a 12-year Honda veteran, and his team manages every part that enters the Honda Aircraft Company facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the innovative HondaJet is being manufactured. Wells ensures that the material needed to prepare the aircraft gets to where it needs to go at each step of the manufacturing process.</p> <p>"The aircraft first flew in 2003 and I was actually at American Honda on the automotive side. When I saw it fly, I knew that my ultimate goal was to combine what I do with my passion for aviation," Wells said. </p> <p>When not working at Honda Aircraft, Wells lives his dream by piloting his own personal aircraft. But Wells takes his dream a step further by combining it with the Honda philosophy he teaches by using his plane to help others.</p> <p>A licensed Airline Transport Pilot and certified flight instructor, Wells has transported more than 240 patients for medical treatment through Angel Flight, and has also transported more than 200 animals to new homes through the Pilots 'n Paws program.</p> <p>"Honda challenges us to be a company that society wants to exist and one of the ways we can do that is by giving back to the community," said Wells. "You can get your pilot's license but after you get it, then what? This was an opportunity to put it to work, to do something good and to show how useful aviation can be."</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>video series focuses on Honda's commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda's approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>series will run on Honda's YouTube channel at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxfhBgUbE7w" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxfhBgUbE7w</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North America sales, R&D and manufacturing. It now operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>This includes eight Honda auto plants in the North American region that have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p>In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/71b1ec3a-17ad-48bd-af4d-92181734cd30 http://hondanews.com/releases/71b1ec3a-17ad-48bd-af4d-92181734cd30 Honda Aircraft Manager is Who Makes a Honda <p>Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its popular 12-part <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda</em> video series. Jon Wells is the Senior Manager of Logistics and Materials Control at Honda Aircraft Company, and is featured for the many unique ways he uses his piloting skills to make a difference in his community.</p> <p>Wells is a 12-year Honda veteran, and his team manages every part that enters the Honda Aircraft Company facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the innovative HondaJet is being manufactured. Wells ensures that the material needed to prepare the aircraft gets to where it needs to go at each step of the manufacturing process.</p> <p>"The aircraft first flew in 2003 and I was actually at American Honda on the automotive side. When I saw it fly, I knew that my ultimate goal was to combine what I do with my passion for aviation," Wells said. </p> <p>When not working at Honda Aircraft, Wells lives his dream by piloting his own personal aircraft. But Wells takes his dream a step further by combining it with the Honda philosophy he teaches by using his plane to help others.</p> <p>A licensed Airline Transport Pilot and certified flight instructor, Wells has transported more than 240 patients for medical treatment through Angel Flight, and has also transported more than 200 animals to new homes through the Pilots 'n Paws program.</p> <p>"Honda challenges us to be a company that society wants to exist and one of the ways we can do that is by giving back to the community," said Wells. "You can get your pilot's license but after you get it, then what? This was an opportunity to put it to work, to do something good and to show how useful aviation can be."</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>video series focuses on Honda's commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda's approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>series will run on Honda's YouTube channel at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxfhBgUbE7w" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxfhBgUbE7w</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North America sales, R&D and manufacturing. It now operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>This includes eight Honda auto plants in the North American region that have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p>In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate: Jon Wells (center) at work in the Honda Aircraft Facility <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1677/ff9f/1677ff9f-43fa-4a72-86f9-9d1ce84963a1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Jon Wells (center) at work in the Honda Aircraft Facility Corporate Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:59:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/-jon-wells-center-at-work-in-the-honda-aircraft-facility http://hondanews.com/photos/-jon-wells-center-at-work-in-the-honda-aircraft-facility Jon Wells (center) at work in the Honda Aircraft Facility <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1677/ff9f/1677ff9f-43fa-4a72-86f9-9d1ce84963a1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Jon Wells (center) at work in the Honda Aircraft Facility Corporate: Honda Associate Jon Wells with a canine companion <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/b307/d07d/b307d07d-01ba-483b-a583-39ac32aadd4d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Associate Jon Wells with a canine companion Corporate Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:58:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associate-jon-wells-with-a-canine-companion http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-associate-jon-wells-with-a-canine-companion Honda Associate Jon Wells with a canine companion <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/b307/d07d/b307d07d-01ba-483b-a583-39ac32aadd4d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Associate Jon Wells with a canine companion Corporate: American Honda Enhances Marketing Efficiencies with New Digital Agency for Automobile Business <ul> <li><strong><em>New enhanced digital capabilities ensure innovation and advance competitiveness in evolving online landscape</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In an extension of the multi-agency automotive advertising structure it initiated in April 2013, American Honda today announced that it has selected Razorfish as the new digital agency for both the Honda and Acura brands to further enhance marketing innovation and efficiency. Razorfish will work collaboratively with brand creative agencies RPA and Mullen to develop digital platforms and support activities across Honda and Acura online properties. </p> <p> The new digital agency assignment for Razorfish is the result of a nearly 8-month review process designed to advance American Honda's competitiveness in the evolving online landscape. </p> <p> Under the new digital marketing structure, RPA will continue to be responsible for all consumer-facing content related to traditional and digital advertising along with social media support as the creative agency for the Honda brand. Mullen, appointed the agency of record for Acura in April 2013, will continue to be responsible for all consumer-facing content related to traditional and digital advertising as the creative agency for the Acura brand. </p> <p> Razorfish will work together with both creative agencies to optimize the brand and consumer-facing websites while maintaining the independent brand characteristics of each site. Additionally, Razorfish will be responsible for both Honda and Acura owner websites and social media support for Acura.</p> <p> <strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan. </p> <p> Honda has the highest brand fuel economy1 and the longest-lasting cars2 of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p> Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.<br> <sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically-advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX gateway luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Acura's product lineup was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p><p></p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/513199f5-ec3b-4b26-9365-3dd19f7615d5 http://hondanews.com/releases/513199f5-ec3b-4b26-9365-3dd19f7615d5 American Honda Enhances Marketing Efficiencies with New Digital Agency for Automobile Business <ul> <li><strong><em>New enhanced digital capabilities ensure innovation and advance competitiveness in evolving online landscape</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In an extension of the multi-agency automotive advertising structure it initiated in April 2013, American Honda today announced that it has selected Razorfish as the new digital agency for both the Honda and Acura brands to further enhance marketing innovation and efficiency. Razorfish will work collaboratively with brand creative agencies RPA and Mullen to develop digital platforms and support activities across Honda and Acura online properties. </p> <p> The new digital agency assignment for Razorfish is the result of a nearly 8-month review process designed to advance American Honda's competitiveness in the evolving online landscape. </p> <p> Under the new digital marketing structure, RPA will continue to be responsible for all consumer-facing content related to traditional and digital advertising along with social media support as the creative agency for the Honda brand. Mullen, appointed the agency of record for Acura in April 2013, will continue to be responsible for all consumer-facing content related to traditional and digital advertising as the creative agency for the Acura brand. </p> <p> Razorfish will work together with both creative agencies to optimize the brand and consumer-facing websites while maintaining the independent brand characteristics of each site. Additionally, Razorfish will be responsible for both Honda and Acura owner websites and social media support for Acura.</p> <p> <strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan. </p> <p> Honda has the highest brand fuel economy1 and the longest-lasting cars2 of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p> Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.<br> <sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically-advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX gateway luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Acura's product lineup was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p><p></p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: Honda Partners with Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Award Assistance to Hispanic College Students <p>American <a href="http://www.honda.com/">Honda</a> Motor Co., Inc. and the <a href="http://www.hsf.net/">Hispanic Scholarship Fund</a> (HSF) today announced the awarding of scholarship assistance to 16 outstanding Latino undergraduate students from around the country at today's Scholar Awards Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio.</p> <p>Selected based on their demonstrated academic excellence, interest in science and engineering, and knowledge of the automotive industry, each student recipient received $5,000 to help in their pursuit of a higher education, along with other opportunities to expand their career horizons. </p> <p>In order to be considered for the scholarship, students were required to carry a major in business administration, chemical, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. Selections were also based on knowledge of the automotive industry. The grants will help students pay for tuition, books and living expenses.</p> <p>This year's winners are:<br> Andre Marin, <strong>North Dakota State University</strong> – Electrical Engineering<br> Victor Rosario-Melendez, <strong>University of Puerto Rico</strong> – Mechanical Engineering <br> Jonathan Larrazabal, <strong>New Jersey Institute of Technology</strong> – Mechanical Engineering <br> Mark Kachelmyer, <strong>Texas A&M University</strong> – Engineering<br> Paige Sanchez, <strong>Embry Riddle</strong> <strong>Aeronautical University</strong>– Mechanical Engineering<br> Samy Amar, <strong>Stevens Institute of Technology</strong> – Mechanical Engineering<br> Maria Correa, <strong>St. Mary's University</strong> – Industrial Engineering/Technology<br> Ernesto Covarrubias-Flores, <strong>Cal State Univ., Los Angeles</strong> – Mechanical Engineering<br> Alexander Oliva, <strong>Massachusetts Institute of Technology</strong> – Electrical Engineering<br> Spencer Hernandez, <strong>University of California – Irvine</strong> – Chemical Engineering<br> Esteban de la Torre, <strong>University of California – Davis </strong>– Electrical Engineering<br> Jeronimo Mora, <strong>University of California – Davis </strong>– Mechanical Engineering<br> Moses Kodur, <strong>University of California – San Diego</strong> – Chemical Engineering<br> Eduardo Aguirre, <strong>University of Texas – Arlington</strong> – Electrical Engineering<br> Alexandra Reyes, <strong>Texas Tech University</strong> – Petroleum Engineering<br> Alexander Guerra, <strong>University of Oklahoma</strong> – Mechanical Engineering</p> <p>During the award program held in Columbus, the scholarship recipients heard from speakers including Honda Executive Vice President Rick Schostek, who spoke about the opportunities that a quality education can provide in today's automotive manufacturing field.</p> <p>In addition, the students and their guests attended a Columbus Clippers minor league baseball game on Monday night and took a tour of the assembly line at the Marysville Auto Plant on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Honda is proud to have partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and to provide help to the next generation of engineers," said Marc Burt, Assistant Vice President, Office of Inclusion & Diversity. "Honda is always looking ahead to the future of innovation, and we are excited to do something for those young minds that are going to lead us into that future."</p> <p>For more information about Honda's partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, please visit at <a href="http://www.HSF.net">www.HSF.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda was the first Japanese automaker to produce automobiles in America. Today, the company produces nearly 95 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in America in the region.</p> <p>Honda employs more than 25,000 associates at 16 plants in North America with the capacity to produce more than 4 million Honda and Acura products each year, including 1.92 million automobiles, 340,000 power equipment products and 1.8 million general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Eight auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., manufacture 11 Honda and Acura models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. 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. The company also is constructing the third Honda automobile transmission plant in the region in Celaya, Mexico, and a plant in Burlington, North Carolina, for production of the GE-Honda HF120 turbofan jet engine. </p> <p>Honda has invested more than $2.7 billion in its North American manufacturing operations over the past two years, including more than $1 billion in its U.S. factories. In 2013, the company produced a record 1.72 million automobile in North America and purchased a record $25.5 billion in parts and materials from its more than 650 North American suppliers.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/84fc384b-e8f5-435e-bfef-e593bc18beb2 http://hondanews.com/releases/84fc384b-e8f5-435e-bfef-e593bc18beb2 Honda Partners with Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Award Assistance to Hispanic College Students <p>American <a href="http://www.honda.com/">Honda</a> Motor Co., Inc. and the <a href="http://www.hsf.net/">Hispanic Scholarship Fund</a> (HSF) today announced the awarding of scholarship assistance to 16 outstanding Latino undergraduate students from around the country at today's Scholar Awards Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio.</p> <p>Selected based on their demonstrated academic excellence, interest in science and engineering, and knowledge of the automotive industry, each student recipient received $5,000 to help in their pursuit of a higher education, along with other opportunities to expand their career horizons. </p> <p>In order to be considered for the scholarship, students were required to carry a major in business administration, chemical, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. Selections were also based on knowledge of the automotive industry. The grants will help students pay for tuition, books and living expenses.</p> <p>This year's winners are:<br> Andre Marin, <strong>North Dakota State University</strong> – Electrical Engineering<br> Victor Rosario-Melendez, <strong>University of Puerto Rico</strong> – Mechanical Engineering <br> Jonathan Larrazabal, <strong>New Jersey Institute of Technology</strong> – Mechanical Engineering <br> Mark Kachelmyer, <strong>Texas A&M University</strong> – Engineering<br> Paige Sanchez, <strong>Embry Riddle</strong> <strong>Aeronautical University</strong>– Mechanical Engineering<br> Samy Amar, <strong>Stevens Institute of Technology</strong> – Mechanical Engineering<br> Maria Correa, <strong>St. Mary's University</strong> – Industrial Engineering/Technology<br> Ernesto Covarrubias-Flores, <strong>Cal State Univ., Los Angeles</strong> – Mechanical Engineering<br> Alexander Oliva, <strong>Massachusetts Institute of Technology</strong> – Electrical Engineering<br> Spencer Hernandez, <strong>University of California – Irvine</strong> – Chemical Engineering<br> Esteban de la Torre, <strong>University of California – Davis </strong>– Electrical Engineering<br> Jeronimo Mora, <strong>University of California – Davis </strong>– Mechanical Engineering<br> Moses Kodur, <strong>University of California – San Diego</strong> – Chemical Engineering<br> Eduardo Aguirre, <strong>University of Texas – Arlington</strong> – Electrical Engineering<br> Alexandra Reyes, <strong>Texas Tech University</strong> – Petroleum Engineering<br> Alexander Guerra, <strong>University of Oklahoma</strong> – Mechanical Engineering</p> <p>During the award program held in Columbus, the scholarship recipients heard from speakers including Honda Executive Vice President Rick Schostek, who spoke about the opportunities that a quality education can provide in today's automotive manufacturing field.</p> <p>In addition, the students and their guests attended a Columbus Clippers minor league baseball game on Monday night and took a tour of the assembly line at the Marysville Auto Plant on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Honda is proud to have partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and to provide help to the next generation of engineers," said Marc Burt, Assistant Vice President, Office of Inclusion & Diversity. "Honda is always looking ahead to the future of innovation, and we are excited to do something for those young minds that are going to lead us into that future."</p> <p>For more information about Honda's partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, please visit at <a href="http://www.HSF.net">www.HSF.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda was the first Japanese automaker to produce automobiles in America. Today, the company produces nearly 95 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in America in the region.</p> <p>Honda employs more than 25,000 associates at 16 plants in North America with the capacity to produce more than 4 million Honda and Acura products each year, including 1.92 million automobiles, 340,000 power equipment products and 1.8 million general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Eight auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., manufacture 11 Honda and Acura models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. 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. The company also is constructing the third Honda automobile transmission plant in the region in Celaya, Mexico, and a plant in Burlington, North Carolina, for production of the GE-Honda HF120 turbofan jet engine. </p> <p>Honda has invested more than $2.7 billion in its North American manufacturing operations over the past two years, including more than $1 billion in its U.S. factories. In 2013, the company produced a record 1.72 million automobile in North America and purchased a record $25.5 billion in parts and materials from its more than 650 North American suppliers.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate: Hispanic Scholarship Logo <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3757/1e85/37571e85-6f69-4346-b8a7-466134e8b021-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Hispanic Scholarship Logo Corporate Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:28:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hispanic-scholarship-logo http://hondanews.com/photos/hispanic-scholarship-logo Hispanic Scholarship Logo <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3757/1e85/37571e85-6f69-4346-b8a7-466134e8b021-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Hispanic Scholarship Logo Corporate: Canard Nails Down Second Overall at Unadilla National <p>Following a one-week hiatus, the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series returned to action this past Saturday, August 9, at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard put on quite a show, capturing his first career 450 moto win to secure second overall with 4-1 scores. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac also had an impressive showing, landing on the podium for the sixth consecutive time this season with a third. </p> <p>450 Race </p> <p>Canard started the day off strong, scoring the Oakley Bomb Award with the quickest qualifying time in practice aboard his CRF450R. In moto one, Canard got off the line to a less-than-desirable start and was 12th by the completion of the opening lap. He fought through the field, making his way into fourth on lap seven, which is where he finished. </p> <p>During the final moto of the day, Canard nabbed a second-place start and quickly set his sights on the leader. Within a couple laps it was an all-out battle for the front spot, with the two riders swapping back and forth multiple times before Canard was able to make a pass stick. Once out front, he fended off advances from the competition to earn the first 450 Class moto win of his career.</p> <p> "I can't explain how good this feels. The team and I have been working really hard, so it is nice to finally have it all pay off and get a win," Canard said after his moto two win. "The day started off great. Getting the fastest qualifying time in practice always puts you in a good position and gives you momentum heading into the day's motos. I spun off the start in moto one and by the time I made my way into fourth the leaders were so far gone. I got a much better start in the second moto and it was an intense battle from beginning to end. Once I got around Eli (Tomac) and took over the lead, I just tried not to make any mistakes because we were all within a couple seconds of each other. I am so grateful to be healthy and can't wait for the last two rounds."</p> <p> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren put in another solid performance, finishing 10th overall with 8-10 scores. Noren kicked off the day with the sixth-quickest qualifying time in practice, giving him a good gate pick heading into the opening moto. In moto one, Noren piloted his CRF450R out of the gate to a top-10 start and rode consistent throughout the 16-lap race to finish eighth. When the gate dropped for the second time, he propelled himself off the line to another good start and was running eighth before going down, ultimately loosing two positions to finish 10th.  </p> <p> "I think getting to ride on press day helped me out a lot, especially with qualifying," stated Noren. "The track conditions weren't the same but the layout was, so I didn't have to spend much time trying to learn the obstacles and could focus on trying to go fast. I was sixth overall in timed practice, which is where I want to be each week. I got good starts in both motos but went down in the second race and lost some positions. I'm still happy with a top 10 overall finish but I want to keep improving and do even better." </p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac finished third in both of the day's races to grab third-place overall. In moto one, Tomac asserted himself into third on lap two and rode a consistent race all the way to the finish.  After a great start in the second moto, he quickly moved to the forefront and led the first four laps before being passed by Canard. A mistake later in the race caused Tomac to loose another position, taking the checkered flag in third. Despite competing in only six rounds of the series, Tomac now sits fifth overall in the championship points standings. </p> <p>"Another good weekend that probably could have been a little better," Tomac said. "But we're running so strong and consistent overall it's hard to be too upset. The team did a great job and we made the necessary adjustments as the day went along to make it better for me."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p>Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda squad, earning a podium finish in the second moto for fourth overall with 5-3 scores. "The day was good," Bogle said. "Any time you get to climb up on the stage you're pretty happy. Practice went well and we were able to make some changes to the suspension early on that made the bike better. That helped us have this really solid day, going 5-3 for fourth overall. It's not exactly what I wanted. I would have preferred getting an overall podium, but we just missed making that happen. </p> <p> 2014 AMA Horizon Award winner and GEICO Honda rider RJ Hampshire made his professional debut this past weekend at Unadilla after wrapping up two Loretta Lynn amateur titles last week with a flawless 6-0 performance. Hampshire had an action-packed day, launching his CRF250R off the line to a solid start in both motos but going down in each race to finish 13th overall with 11-16 marks. </p> <p> Fellow Muscle Milk- supported GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne returned to the series after injury to log 14th overall. Teammate Zach Bell went 17-17 for 18th overall, while Matt Bisceglia was sidelined for the day after going down hard in moto one. </p> <p> The Focus: Honda History at Unadilla</p> <p>Unadilla was a part of the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972 and is known as one of the sport's most historic venues. The track also has some of the most uniquely named obstacles in the country like the Gravity Cavity, the Wall, and the Skyshot. The first premier class (now 450) race held at Unadilla was on July 16, 1972 and since then Honda has claimed a total of six victories. In the support class (now 250), Honda Red Riders have topped the podium three times, with the last being Eli Tomac in 2013.</p> <p> <u>450 Class Winners </u><br> July 15, 2007- Kevin Windham <br> July 18, 2004- Ricky Carmichael<br> July 20, 2003- Kevin Windham<br> July 21, 2002- Ricky Carmichael<u></u><br> July 18, 1999- Mike LaRocco<u></u><br> <u>250 Class Winners</u><br> August 10, 2013- Eli Tomac<br> August 14, 2010- Trey Canard<br> July 21, 1996- Steve Lamson<br> <u>500 Class Winners </u><br> October 14, 1990- Rick Johnson <br> October 15, 1989- Jean-Michel Bayle<br> July 31, 1977- Marty Smith<br> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-1</strong><br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> 5. Justin Brayton 6-7<br> 6. Andrew Short 5-8<br> 7. Weston Peick 10-5<br> 8. Phil Nicoletti 7-9<br> 9. Brett Metcalfe 12-6<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 8-10</strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 447<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 440<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 373</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 280<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 252 </strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 247<br> 7. Weston Peick 244<br> 8. James Stewart 226 <br> <strong>9. </strong>Josh Grant 218<br> 10. Chad Reed 159</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Christopher Pourcel 1-2<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 3-1 <br> 3. Marvin Musquin 2-5 <br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-3</strong><br> 5. Blake Baggett 6-4<br> 6. Dean Wilson 4-6<strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 9-9<br> 8. Chris Alldredge 13-8<br> 9. Alex Martin 12-10<br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath 10-13</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 422<br> 2. Blake Baggett 356<br> 3. Cooper Webb 348<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 329<br> <strong>5. </strong>Christopher Pourcel 321<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 310<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 243<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 225</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 200</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 176<br> </p> Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/de1e143b-ce91-44a8-beb1-6679dfeabe9c http://hondanews.com/releases/de1e143b-ce91-44a8-beb1-6679dfeabe9c Canard Nails Down Second Overall at Unadilla National <p>Following a one-week hiatus, the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series returned to action this past Saturday, August 9, at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard put on quite a show, capturing his first career 450 moto win to secure second overall with 4-1 scores. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac also had an impressive showing, landing on the podium for the sixth consecutive time this season with a third. </p> <p>450 Race </p> <p>Canard started the day off strong, scoring the Oakley Bomb Award with the quickest qualifying time in practice aboard his CRF450R. In moto one, Canard got off the line to a less-than-desirable start and was 12th by the completion of the opening lap. He fought through the field, making his way into fourth on lap seven, which is where he finished. </p> <p>During the final moto of the day, Canard nabbed a second-place start and quickly set his sights on the leader. Within a couple laps it was an all-out battle for the front spot, with the two riders swapping back and forth multiple times before Canard was able to make a pass stick. Once out front, he fended off advances from the competition to earn the first 450 Class moto win of his career.</p> <p> "I can't explain how good this feels. The team and I have been working really hard, so it is nice to finally have it all pay off and get a win," Canard said after his moto two win. "The day started off great. Getting the fastest qualifying time in practice always puts you in a good position and gives you momentum heading into the day's motos. I spun off the start in moto one and by the time I made my way into fourth the leaders were so far gone. I got a much better start in the second moto and it was an intense battle from beginning to end. Once I got around Eli (Tomac) and took over the lead, I just tried not to make any mistakes because we were all within a couple seconds of each other. I am so grateful to be healthy and can't wait for the last two rounds."</p> <p> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren put in another solid performance, finishing 10th overall with 8-10 scores. Noren kicked off the day with the sixth-quickest qualifying time in practice, giving him a good gate pick heading into the opening moto. In moto one, Noren piloted his CRF450R out of the gate to a top-10 start and rode consistent throughout the 16-lap race to finish eighth. When the gate dropped for the second time, he propelled himself off the line to another good start and was running eighth before going down, ultimately loosing two positions to finish 10th.  </p> <p> "I think getting to ride on press day helped me out a lot, especially with qualifying," stated Noren. "The track conditions weren't the same but the layout was, so I didn't have to spend much time trying to learn the obstacles and could focus on trying to go fast. I was sixth overall in timed practice, which is where I want to be each week. I got good starts in both motos but went down in the second race and lost some positions. I'm still happy with a top 10 overall finish but I want to keep improving and do even better." </p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac finished third in both of the day's races to grab third-place overall. In moto one, Tomac asserted himself into third on lap two and rode a consistent race all the way to the finish.  After a great start in the second moto, he quickly moved to the forefront and led the first four laps before being passed by Canard. A mistake later in the race caused Tomac to loose another position, taking the checkered flag in third. Despite competing in only six rounds of the series, Tomac now sits fifth overall in the championship points standings. </p> <p>"Another good weekend that probably could have been a little better," Tomac said. "But we're running so strong and consistent overall it's hard to be too upset. The team did a great job and we made the necessary adjustments as the day went along to make it better for me."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p>Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda squad, earning a podium finish in the second moto for fourth overall with 5-3 scores. "The day was good," Bogle said. "Any time you get to climb up on the stage you're pretty happy. Practice went well and we were able to make some changes to the suspension early on that made the bike better. That helped us have this really solid day, going 5-3 for fourth overall. It's not exactly what I wanted. I would have preferred getting an overall podium, but we just missed making that happen. </p> <p> 2014 AMA Horizon Award winner and GEICO Honda rider RJ Hampshire made his professional debut this past weekend at Unadilla after wrapping up two Loretta Lynn amateur titles last week with a flawless 6-0 performance. Hampshire had an action-packed day, launching his CRF250R off the line to a solid start in both motos but going down in each race to finish 13th overall with 11-16 marks. </p> <p> Fellow Muscle Milk- supported GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne returned to the series after injury to log 14th overall. Teammate Zach Bell went 17-17 for 18th overall, while Matt Bisceglia was sidelined for the day after going down hard in moto one. </p> <p> The Focus: Honda History at Unadilla</p> <p>Unadilla was a part of the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972 and is known as one of the sport's most historic venues. The track also has some of the most uniquely named obstacles in the country like the Gravity Cavity, the Wall, and the Skyshot. The first premier class (now 450) race held at Unadilla was on July 16, 1972 and since then Honda has claimed a total of six victories. In the support class (now 250), Honda Red Riders have topped the podium three times, with the last being Eli Tomac in 2013.</p> <p> <u>450 Class Winners </u><br> July 15, 2007- Kevin Windham <br> July 18, 2004- Ricky Carmichael<br> July 20, 2003- Kevin Windham<br> July 21, 2002- Ricky Carmichael<u></u><br> July 18, 1999- Mike LaRocco<u></u><br> <u>250 Class Winners</u><br> August 10, 2013- Eli Tomac<br> August 14, 2010- Trey Canard<br> July 21, 1996- Steve Lamson<br> <u>500 Class Winners </u><br> October 14, 1990- Rick Johnson <br> October 15, 1989- Jean-Michel Bayle<br> July 31, 1977- Marty Smith<br> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-1</strong><br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> 5. Justin Brayton 6-7<br> 6. Andrew Short 5-8<br> 7. Weston Peick 10-5<br> 8. Phil Nicoletti 7-9<br> 9. Brett Metcalfe 12-6<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 8-10</strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 447<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 440<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 373</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 280<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 252 </strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 247<br> 7. Weston Peick 244<br> 8. James Stewart 226 <br> <strong>9. </strong>Josh Grant 218<br> 10. Chad Reed 159</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Christopher Pourcel 1-2<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 3-1 <br> 3. Marvin Musquin 2-5 <br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-3</strong><br> 5. Blake Baggett 6-4<br> 6. Dean Wilson 4-6<strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 9-9<br> 8. Chris Alldredge 13-8<br> 9. Alex Martin 12-10<br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath 10-13</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 422<br> 2. Blake Baggett 356<br> 3. Cooper Webb 348<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 329<br> <strong>5. </strong>Christopher Pourcel 321<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 310<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 243<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 225</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 200</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 176<br> </p> Corporate: Acura TLX GT Debuts at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c202/501f/c202501f-d87c-4293-bf85-04399b2070c0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Debuts at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-debuts-at-mid-ohio-sports-car-course http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-debuts-at-mid-ohio-sports-car-course Acura TLX GT Debuts at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c202/501f/c202501f-d87c-4293-bf85-04399b2070c0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Debuts at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Corporate: Acura TLX GT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/41e3/0459/41e30459-1148-4be7-8ef5-89341eb348a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-1 Acura TLX GT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/41e3/0459/41e30459-1148-4be7-8ef5-89341eb348a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Corporate: Acura TLX GT takes part in the Pirelli World Challenge <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ba44/2105/ba442105-ef75-43fc-8413-4af871564f55-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT takes part in the Pirelli World Challenge Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:50:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-takes-part-in-the-pirelli-world-challenge http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-takes-part-in-the-pirelli-world-challenge Acura TLX GT takes part in the Pirelli World Challenge <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ba44/2105/ba442105-ef75-43fc-8413-4af871564f55-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT takes part in the Pirelli World Challenge Corporate: Acura TLX GT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fe1a/2577/fe1a2577-df46-4101-a0cb-b39253bec379-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:48:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt Acura TLX GT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fe1a/2577/fe1a2577-df46-4101-a0cb-b39253bec379-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Corporate: Acura TLX GT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9e13/49e9/9e1349e9-049e-4b91-9602-7ccb3364afab-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:47:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-2 Acura TLX GT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9e13/49e9/9e1349e9-049e-4b91-9602-7ccb3364afab-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Corporate: Acura Launches All-New 2015 TLX Performance Luxury Sedan with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History <ul> <li><strong><em>Acura TLX delivers "It's that kind of thrill" in 360-degree campaign  </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>"My Way" anthem spot captures passion of U.S. team of engineers and designers who developed the TLX</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Bite-sized and clever creative deployed across multiple platforms for sustained launch effort through fall</em></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong></strong> Acura is launching the all-new 2015 TLX performance luxury sedan with the biggest marketing campaign in the brand's history. The TLX, which combines sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, is the star of a 360-degree marketing campaign under the theme <em>"It's that kind of thrill."</em> </p><p> The marketing campaign launches on-air August 17 with the TV anthem spot, <em>"My Way",</em> which captures the passion of the team of Acura design, development and manufacturing engineers who created the new TLX. The emotionally engaging spot features a modern rendition of the iconic song <em>My Way</em> as the soundtrack for images shot onsite at the R&D and manufacturing facilities that were integral to the TLX development. <em>"My Way,"</em> and eight additional 15-second spots featuring high-energy music tracks, will run on high-profile national TV programming throughout the late summer and fall.</p> <p> "The TLX heralds a new era for the Acura sedan lineup and the scale of the marketing effort behind the launch signifies the importance of the model both to the brand and its position within the luxury sedan market," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager for the Acura division.</p> <p>  "The TLX delivers a thrill like no other and the marketing effort delivers that message front and center in an emotionally engaging way."</p> <p> The entire campaign utilizes 'bite-sized' contextually relevant video and digital elements that demonstrate the thrill of driving the new TLX by focusing on specific product highlights, including on-board Siri Eyes Free voice-command capability, Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) and the Acura exclusive, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™).</p> <p> <strong>Integrated Media Placements and Digital Extensions</strong><br> Acura will run a massive video road block on Facebook with TLX videos reaching nearly 100% of users starting in early September. On Twitter, Acura will run a unique Twitter Cards execution that will allow users to design a car directly within a Tweet. Acura will be using both Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts to support this initiative.</p> <p> Additional awareness for the TLX will be generated via homepage takeovers on major web portals (Yahoo and MSN), and through unique social media "Thrillustrations" - custom illustrations created by <em>New Yorker </em>contributing illustrators. TLX will also be supported with custom digital content on <em>Slate</em>, <em>Business Insider</em> and <em>Car & Driver</em>.</p> <p> The TLX will be front and center on cable television with "My Way" running concurrently across more than 25 cable networks starting on August 17th.  Additionally, the TLX will be integrated into ESPN's SportsCenter with a month long sponsorship of top college football highlights. </p> <p> To get customers up close to the TLX, the model will be the featured vehicle at <em>The New Yorker</em> Festival in October and the Sundance Institute NextFest film festival in Los Angeles in August.  Acura is also sponsoring a series of Pop-Up dinners across the country and select nights at the Hollywood Bowl; each venue prominently features the TLX. To capture attention on a large scale, TLX will be featured on several large wallscapes, billboards and street level displays in nine key markets.  </p> <p> To see featured video elements from the TLX <em>"It's that kind of thrill"</em> campaign visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Acura" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/user/Acura</a> and all campaign creative elements at <a href="http://acuracampaigns.com/" target="_blank">http://acuracampaigns.com/</a>.</p> <p> <strong>About the 2015 TLX</strong> <br> The all-new 2015 TLX was designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury customers with three all-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. </p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong> <br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p> <strong>For More Information</strong><br> Consumer information about Acura is available at <a href="http://www.acura.com" target="_blank">acura.com</a>. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">facebook.com/Acura</a>. Additional media information including detailed features, pricing and high-resolution photography of the Acura model line is available at <a href="http://acuranews.com/" target="_blank">acuranews.com.</a></p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ac77b6ab-ae7f-44fe-9dc1-cecccc3d67ad http://hondanews.com/releases/ac77b6ab-ae7f-44fe-9dc1-cecccc3d67ad Acura Launches All-New 2015 TLX Performance Luxury Sedan with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History <ul> <li><strong><em>Acura TLX delivers "It's that kind of thrill" in 360-degree campaign  </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>"My Way" anthem spot captures passion of U.S. team of engineers and designers who developed the TLX</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Bite-sized and clever creative deployed across multiple platforms for sustained launch effort through fall</em></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong></strong> Acura is launching the all-new 2015 TLX performance luxury sedan with the biggest marketing campaign in the brand's history. The TLX, which combines sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, is the star of a 360-degree marketing campaign under the theme <em>"It's that kind of thrill."</em> </p><p> The marketing campaign launches on-air August 17 with the TV anthem spot, <em>"My Way",</em> which captures the passion of the team of Acura design, development and manufacturing engineers who created the new TLX. The emotionally engaging spot features a modern rendition of the iconic song <em>My Way</em> as the soundtrack for images shot onsite at the R&D and manufacturing facilities that were integral to the TLX development. <em>"My Way,"</em> and eight additional 15-second spots featuring high-energy music tracks, will run on high-profile national TV programming throughout the late summer and fall.</p> <p> "The TLX heralds a new era for the Acura sedan lineup and the scale of the marketing effort behind the launch signifies the importance of the model both to the brand and its position within the luxury sedan market," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager for the Acura division.</p> <p>  "The TLX delivers a thrill like no other and the marketing effort delivers that message front and center in an emotionally engaging way."</p> <p> The entire campaign utilizes 'bite-sized' contextually relevant video and digital elements that demonstrate the thrill of driving the new TLX by focusing on specific product highlights, including on-board Siri Eyes Free voice-command capability, Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) and the Acura exclusive, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™).</p> <p> <strong>Integrated Media Placements and Digital Extensions</strong><br> Acura will run a massive video road block on Facebook with TLX videos reaching nearly 100% of users starting in early September. On Twitter, Acura will run a unique Twitter Cards execution that will allow users to design a car directly within a Tweet. Acura will be using both Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts to support this initiative.</p> <p> Additional awareness for the TLX will be generated via homepage takeovers on major web portals (Yahoo and MSN), and through unique social media "Thrillustrations" - custom illustrations created by <em>New Yorker </em>contributing illustrators. TLX will also be supported with custom digital content on <em>Slate</em>, <em>Business Insider</em> and <em>Car & Driver</em>.</p> <p> The TLX will be front and center on cable television with "My Way" running concurrently across more than 25 cable networks starting on August 17th.  Additionally, the TLX will be integrated into ESPN's SportsCenter with a month long sponsorship of top college football highlights. </p> <p> To get customers up close to the TLX, the model will be the featured vehicle at <em>The New Yorker</em> Festival in October and the Sundance Institute NextFest film festival in Los Angeles in August.  Acura is also sponsoring a series of Pop-Up dinners across the country and select nights at the Hollywood Bowl; each venue prominently features the TLX. To capture attention on a large scale, TLX will be featured on several large wallscapes, billboards and street level displays in nine key markets.  </p> <p> To see featured video elements from the TLX <em>"It's that kind of thrill"</em> campaign visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Acura" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/user/Acura</a> and all campaign creative elements at <a href="http://acuracampaigns.com/" target="_blank">http://acuracampaigns.com/</a>.</p> <p> <strong>About the 2015 TLX</strong> <br> The all-new 2015 TLX was designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury customers with three all-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. </p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong> <br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p> <strong>For More Information</strong><br> Consumer information about Acura is available at <a href="http://www.acura.com" target="_blank">acura.com</a>. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">facebook.com/Acura</a>. Additional media information including detailed features, pricing and high-resolution photography of the Acura model line is available at <a href="http://acuranews.com/" target="_blank">acuranews.com.</a></p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d79f/ee82/d79fee82-9605-4528-9ed5-75be9d86fa83-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-tlx-launches-with-biggest-marketing-campaign-in-brand-history http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-tlx-launches-with-biggest-marketing-campaign-in-brand-history 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d79f/ee82/d79fee82-9605-4528-9ed5-75be9d86fa83-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History Corporate: 2015 TLX 'My Way' commercial 2015 TLX 'My Way' commercial. Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/videos/29e5da8f-49fd-4e47-8e4e-bd0f122390cc http://hondanews.com/videos/29e5da8f-49fd-4e47-8e4e-bd0f122390cc 2015 TLX 'My Way' commercial 2015 TLX 'My Way' commercial. Corporate: 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5c59/c8b7/5c59c8b7-a707-4fad-a0ef-49a033eb5b0e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History Corporate Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-tlx-launches-with-biggest-marketing-campaign-in-brand-history-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-tlx-launches-with-biggest-marketing-campaign-in-brand-history-1 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5c59/c8b7/5c59c8b7-a707-4fad-a0ef-49a033eb5b0e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 TLX Launches with Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History Corporate: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Race Report <p> Circuit:  Road America (4.048-mile road course), Elkhart Lake, WIs.<br> 2013 winners: Klaus Graf / Lucas Luhr [Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD-ARX-03c Honda] <br> Weather: Partly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F </p> <p>Top 10 Results:</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><strong>Ps. </strong></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  1.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Action Express</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Oswaldo Negri Jr./John Pew</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Michael Shank Rcg</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.240 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  3.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>3.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.650 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>4.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+4.770 secnds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  5.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>5.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Eric Curran/Burt Frisselle </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Marsh Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  6.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Mirco Schultis/Ranger van der Zande</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  7.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Luis Diaz/Sean Rayhall</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>8 Star Motorsports</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  8.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>6.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Katherine Legge/Andy Meyrick</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing DWC13</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>7.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>8.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Other Honda-Powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>47.</p> </td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>12.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>James Hinchcliffe/Scott Mayer</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley DP Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>  2 laps – Did Not Finish (crash)</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dalziel, Sharp Produce Podium Finish for HPD, Honda at Road America</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Dalziel scores second consecutive pole for HPD ARX-03b Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multiple late-race restarts hamper victory efforts</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Riley Honda Daytona Prototype returns to TUDOR competition</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Once again, the Extreme Speed Motorsports pairing of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp led the way for Honda Performance Development Sunday at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, starting from the pole and finishing third in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Road America.</p> <p>Dalziel claimed the pole on Saturday, in a last-lap effort that netted his second consecutive top qualifying position this season.  Teammate Sharp started and ran the first two stints in the two-hour, 45-minute contest in the LMP2-specification HPD ARX-03b Honda, then handed off to Dalziel.  Both kept the #1 HPD-Honda in the lead group, but a total of six caution flags – three of them coming in the final hour of the contest – hindered their efforts as the frequent restarts handed the advantage to the larger displacement Daytona Prototype-spec machines.</p> <p>The frequent cautions led Extreme Speed to split pit stop strategies for its two cars, with the #2 HPD-Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek pitting 10 laps later than its #1 HPD Honda teammate.  Other teams also chose to pit either early or late, resulting in separate Prototype groups for the final, seven-lap sprint to the checkers. </p> <p>In the end, those who pitted earlier, including Dalziel, constituted the lead pack of five at the front of the field, with the second group of three contesting eighth place.  Featuring a larger engine displacement – 3.5 liters, to 2.8 for the LMP2 machines – the Daytona Prototypes pulled away, led by the Action Express duo of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, which took the overall victory.</p> <p>The sole Honda-powered Daytonta Prototype in the field, the Starworks Motorsport Riley Honda, returned to competition this weekend for the first time since debuting at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.  Driven by IndyCar Series race winner James Hinchcliffe and Scott Mayer, the Riley-Honda demonstrated promise and produced performance gains throughout practice and qualifying, but unfortunately was eliminated in an early-race two-car crash.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Road America are being posted on a new "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group, headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continues next month with the September 18-20 Lone Star Le Mans weekend, which will also feature the fourth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>Allen Miller (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "It was a near-perfect weekend for Extreme Speed Motorsports.  The HPD chassis and Honda engines were strong all weekend; the cars and drivers were quick – as proven by our second consecutive pole with Ryan Dalziel on Saturday – and the split pit stop strategy for the #1 and #2 cars was the right call.  But it's tough for us on restarts with the Daytona Prototype cars, and the high number of cautions worked against us today in the battle for the race win.  Our own Daytona Prototype entry was unfortunately eliminated in an early-race accident, and that prevented us from showing the potential of the DP-Honda package.  The team did a good job of making steady progress throughout the weekend, and [driver] James [Hinchcliffe] was a large part of making those improvements.  We hope to progress with the Riley-Honda next month at the Circuit of the Americas. We're also looking forward to returning to the World Endurance Championship at COTA with Extreme Speed Motorsports."</p> <p>Ryan Dalziel (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda) started 1st, finished 3rd: "My stint was good, but to be honest, Scott's stint was awesome. He put us in a good position [to win]. This is frustrating. The Honda HPD was fast, but restarts and starts are killing us. There is nothing else we can do. We go one way, they go the other and pass us before the brake zone. It is what it is. I have my foot flat on the floor, and the DPs power by us. I wish I could push harder, but the throttle pedal only goes so far. The fastest car should have won the race, in my opinion. We did everything perfectly. We had the fastest car, the best pit stops and we finished third.  Podiums are good. It is nice to be on the podium. It is nice to have a good, solid couple of races. We've had a difficult run mid-season, but we've got some consistency now. The car has been really good the last couple of races, and it is great to be at Road America with all the great fans here."</p> Corporate Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:22:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/9345a514-1c0f-48be-8849-2132ddb3ea2d http://hondanews.com/releases/9345a514-1c0f-48be-8849-2132ddb3ea2d Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Race Report <p> Circuit:  Road America (4.048-mile road course), Elkhart Lake, WIs.<br> 2013 winners: Klaus Graf / Lucas Luhr [Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD-ARX-03c Honda] <br> Weather: Partly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F </p> <p>Top 10 Results:</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><strong>Ps. </strong></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  1.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Action Express</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Oswaldo Negri Jr./John Pew</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Michael Shank Rcg</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.240 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  3.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>3.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.650 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>4.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+4.770 secnds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  5.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>5.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Eric Curran/Burt Frisselle </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Marsh Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  6.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Mirco Schultis/Ranger van der Zande</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  7.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Luis Diaz/Sean Rayhall</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>8 Star Motorsports</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  8.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>6.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Katherine Legge/Andy Meyrick</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing DWC13</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>7.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>8.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Other Honda-Powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>47.</p> </td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>12.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>James Hinchcliffe/Scott Mayer</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley DP Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>  2 laps – Did Not Finish (crash)</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dalziel, Sharp Produce Podium Finish for HPD, Honda at Road America</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Dalziel scores second consecutive pole for HPD ARX-03b Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multiple late-race restarts hamper victory efforts</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Riley Honda Daytona Prototype returns to TUDOR competition</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Once again, the Extreme Speed Motorsports pairing of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp led the way for Honda Performance Development Sunday at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, starting from the pole and finishing third in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Road America.</p> <p>Dalziel claimed the pole on Saturday, in a last-lap effort that netted his second consecutive top qualifying position this season.  Teammate Sharp started and ran the first two stints in the two-hour, 45-minute contest in the LMP2-specification HPD ARX-03b Honda, then handed off to Dalziel.  Both kept the #1 HPD-Honda in the lead group, but a total of six caution flags – three of them coming in the final hour of the contest – hindered their efforts as the frequent restarts handed the advantage to the larger displacement Daytona Prototype-spec machines.</p> <p>The frequent cautions led Extreme Speed to split pit stop strategies for its two cars, with the #2 HPD-Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek pitting 10 laps later than its #1 HPD Honda teammate.  Other teams also chose to pit either early or late, resulting in separate Prototype groups for the final, seven-lap sprint to the checkers. </p> <p>In the end, those who pitted earlier, including Dalziel, constituted the lead pack of five at the front of the field, with the second group of three contesting eighth place.  Featuring a larger engine displacement – 3.5 liters, to 2.8 for the LMP2 machines – the Daytona Prototypes pulled away, led by the Action Express duo of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, which took the overall victory.</p> <p>The sole Honda-powered Daytonta Prototype in the field, the Starworks Motorsport Riley Honda, returned to competition this weekend for the first time since debuting at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.  Driven by IndyCar Series race winner James Hinchcliffe and Scott Mayer, the Riley-Honda demonstrated promise and produced performance gains throughout practice and qualifying, but unfortunately was eliminated in an early-race two-car crash.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Road America are being posted on a new "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group, headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continues next month with the September 18-20 Lone Star Le Mans weekend, which will also feature the fourth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>Allen Miller (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "It was a near-perfect weekend for Extreme Speed Motorsports.  The HPD chassis and Honda engines were strong all weekend; the cars and drivers were quick – as proven by our second consecutive pole with Ryan Dalziel on Saturday – and the split pit stop strategy for the #1 and #2 cars was the right call.  But it's tough for us on restarts with the Daytona Prototype cars, and the high number of cautions worked against us today in the battle for the race win.  Our own Daytona Prototype entry was unfortunately eliminated in an early-race accident, and that prevented us from showing the potential of the DP-Honda package.  The team did a good job of making steady progress throughout the weekend, and [driver] James [Hinchcliffe] was a large part of making those improvements.  We hope to progress with the Riley-Honda next month at the Circuit of the Americas. We're also looking forward to returning to the World Endurance Championship at COTA with Extreme Speed Motorsports."</p> <p>Ryan Dalziel (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda) started 1st, finished 3rd: "My stint was good, but to be honest, Scott's stint was awesome. He put us in a good position [to win]. This is frustrating. The Honda HPD was fast, but restarts and starts are killing us. There is nothing else we can do. We go one way, they go the other and pass us before the brake zone. It is what it is. I have my foot flat on the floor, and the DPs power by us. I wish I could push harder, but the throttle pedal only goes so far. The fastest car should have won the race, in my opinion. We did everything perfectly. We had the fastest car, the best pit stops and we finished third.  Podiums are good. It is nice to be on the podium. It is nice to have a good, solid couple of races. We've had a difficult run mid-season, but we've got some consistency now. The car has been really good the last couple of races, and it is great to be at Road America with all the great fans here."</p> Corporate: Honda Mowers on line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/202d/32b4/202d32b4-fd52-4492-8db9-54409e551d8d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mowers on line Corporate Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mowers-on-line http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mowers-on-line Honda Mowers on line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/202d/32b4/202d32b4-fd52-4492-8db9-54409e551d8d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mowers on line Corporate: Honda HRC online <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/06af/96b6/06af96b6-db6c-456a-9920-1a333411325d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRC online Corporate Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrc-online http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrc-online Honda HRC online <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/06af/96b6/06af96b6-db6c-456a-9920-1a333411325d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRC online Corporate: Honda Mower heads <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8f06/7a1b/8f067a1b-a831-48db-9e17-311a072138c0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mower heads Corporate Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mower-heads http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mower-heads Honda Mower heads <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8f06/7a1b/8f067a1b-a831-48db-9e17-311a072138c0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mower heads Corporate: Honda 30th anniversary line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/75a3/e488/75a3e488-fe66-467a-829e-70a9b1b12f0d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th anniversary line Corporate Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-anniversary-line http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-anniversary-line Honda 30th anniversary line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/75a3/e488/75a3e488-fe66-467a-829e-70a9b1b12f0d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th anniversary line Corporate: HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7610/48ce/761048ce-31f1-4431-8b74-f12456096e16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Corporate Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-4 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-4 HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7610/48ce/761048ce-31f1-4431-8b74-f12456096e16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary