Honda & GM Partner To Build Two Electric Vehicles

Honda and GM Partnership Will Help Build Two Electric Vehicles | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda and GM Partnership Will Help Build Two Electric Vehicles | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda has joined forces with General Motors (GM) to help move towards a greener future. This Honda and GM partnership will lead to the creation of two new electric vehicles, taking a big step into the future of emission-free driving.

The two new electrified vehicles will feature batteries from GM that are manufactured at its plants in North America. The cars’ interiors and exteriors, though, will be designed by Honda.

“This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor. “We are in discussions with one another regarding the possibility of further extending our partnership.”

GM will also contribute other aspects of its vehicles to these two jointly created rides. They will have the brand’s hands-free advanced driver-assistance technology, and will also feature the GM OnStar safety and security telematics services.

This is the second time Honda and GM have teamed up to create a new eco-friendly vehicle. The two brands previously worked together to create the Cruise Origin, which is a self-driving and shared electric vehicle that debuted earlier this year in San Francisco.

The new electric vehicles created in this partnership are expected to go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2024.

All of us here at Hardin County Honda are eagerly awaiting more details on the results of the Honda and GM’s partnership, and we can’t wait to see you when the all-new EVs are finally road-ready.

Honda Gives $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief

Honda Gives $1 Million to COVID-19 Emergency Relief | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Gives $1 Million to COVID-19 Emergency Relief | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda is committed to supporting the entire Honda family during the COVID-19 outbreak. The brand announced recently that it plants to help associates, customers, and communities throughout North America with an initial pledge of $1 million. This pledge will help provide local food banks and meal programs throughout the country with the items they need to help provide for those in need.

The carmaker also stated that it will match up to $1,000 for each individual gift that Honda associates make to local food programs.

“We are focusing our societal response on three vital and immediate human needs,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America. “We are addressing food insecurity at a time when many families are struggling, investigating the potential to use our manufacturing know-how to produce medical equipment to help those battling COVID-19, and deploying our associate ‘virtual volunteers,’ to help people in need.”

Along with these monetary donations, Honda is also donating N-95 masks to help healthcare providers on the front line. The brand has also repurposed 3D printers to create protective face shields while partnering with other companies to produce critical medical equipment for those who need it.

Eligible Honda employees will also be able to take advantage of the brand’s new temporary paid personal leave of absence program. This will allow them to receive full pay for up to 10 non-production business days.

All of us here at Hardin County Honda are proud to be a part of the Honda family. To learn more about Honda’s donation and all the ways that we’re making your safety our number one priority, give us a call today.

Honda Truck Sales Hit Record High In February

2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda is continuing 2020 strong after posting an all-around sales increase. In fact, the Honda truck lineup had its best February sales yet – and with the release of the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid on March 1st, it’s likely that they will only get better.

“These are challenging times for our industry and the world, so it’s gratifying to see our sales grow in February, led by strong demand for Honda light trucks, and Civic sales gains demonstrating once again that cars still matter,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Auto Sales Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

For the month of February, the Honda truck lineup saw solid sales numbers with a 6.6 percent increase in year-over-year sales. The HR-V posted a new record of sales with an uptick of 14.4 percent, while the Ridgeline increased 46.8 percent and the Odyssey led the minivan segment with its sale numbers.

Along with the trucks, the Honda Civic also saw an 11.5 percent increase in year-over-year February sales, while the Accord Hybrid and Insight both also posted gains in February of 10.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.

In total, Honda of America saw an increase of 4.2 percent in February, with a total of 120,006 vehicles sold.

If you want to learn more about why people are flocking towards Honda vehicles in record numbers, give us a call at Hardin County Honda.

Get 40 City MPG with 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Fuel Rating

2020 Honda CR-V | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda CR-V | Elizabethtown, KY

Efficiency and family-friendliness come together in the all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. The first-ever hybrid crossover from Honda is now available in dealerships across the United States, offering four trim levels to choose from – LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. With a starting MSRP of just $28,870, the CR-V Hybrid is ready to make a lasting impression on your family.*

The CR-V Hybrid is outfitted with the same two-motor system seen in the Accord Hybrid. This system utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to help put out 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. These performance numbers are the highest in the CR-V lineup, which means that the CR-V Hybrid is both efficient and powerful.

Every CR-V Hybrid will come standard with all-wheel drive, while also boasting three driving modes to choose from. This means you can pick the driving style that best suits your needs.

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid’s fuel rating is rock solid, offering an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. This gives it a combined rating of 38 mpg.**

Alongside its impressive fuel-efficiency and performance numbers, the CR-V Hybrid also comes standard with features like Automatic High Beams, automatic climate control, push-button start, LED headlights, and smart entry. This crossover also comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies to help give you peace of mind out on the road.

If you want to learn more about the all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, give us a call at Hardin County Honda.

*Includes $1,120 destination charge

**40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Honda Unveils 2020 Honda Civic Type R During Tokyo Auto Salon

2020 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY

Get the performance you want from your Honda. The brand recently unveiled the newly redesigned 2020 Honda Civic Type R. With a range of updates for the newest model year, the Civic Type R is ready to make a lasting impression if you want a performance-oriented daily driver.

The 2020 Civic Type R will offer improved driving dynamics with a range of updated engineering features for better performance. For instance, new two-piece brake rotors will allow the performance car to brake more efficiently at higher speeds, while a revised suspension will give you a smoother, more comfortable ride.

On the exterior, this model is sportier than ever with a larger front grille opening. This improvement looks to help improve engine cooling capabilities, enhancing performance. There is even an all-new Type R-exclusive exterior color – Boost Blue.ss

The Civic Type R boasts a sporty yet refined interior that has also been updated for the new model year. Its Alcantara™ leather-wrapped steering wheel and redesigned shifter knob give the cabin a touch of elegance, making it feel even more premium. This model will also come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies this year, helping to give you confidence and peace of mind when you’re behind the wheel.

Performance-wise, the Type R, you will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out a peak 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. You will be able to choose from one of three driving modes – Comfort, Sport, and +R.

We can’t wait to see you here at Hardin County Honda when the 2020 Honda Civic Type R launches later this year.

January Honda Truck Sales Set New Record

2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY

2020 started well for Honda. The Japanese carmaker recently posted its January sales, and it’s managed to set a Honda truck sales record for the new year – and it things will only get better with the arrival of the all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

“As we enter a new decade, we will continue to focus on our core values and maintain the kind of sales discipline that has made us a retail sales leader in the industry,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. “The arrival of our new CR-V Hybrid next month will also bring new opportunities to further strengthen our light-truck lineup and extend our two-year streak of record electrified vehicle sales.”

When the CR-V Hybrid arrives later this year, it will be the first-ever electrified vehicle in the Honda light-truck lineup. It will combine heightened fuel-efficiency with the strongest powertrain in the CR-V lineup, while still offering family-friendly features and ample space.

As for the Honda truck sales this year, many models saw a year-over-year sales increase. The HR-V posted a 24.8 percent increase in its January year-over-year sales, which is an all-time record. For the Ridgeline, sales went up 57.1 percent for the month with 3,083 deliveries. The CR-V also saw a strong sales report with over 26,000 sales for the month. As a whole, the Honda truck lineup had a rise of 2.3 percent in year-over-year January sales.

To test drive and of Honda’s pickups like the Ridgeline, or light trucks like the CR-V, stop by Hardin County Honda and browse our extensive inventory.

Honda Celebrates 60 Years of Racing Excellence

Last year, Honda celebrated a major milestone in its history: 60 years of racing excellence in the World Grand Prix. It had long been a dream of Honda company founder Soichiro Honda to become a world’s best racing company, so back in 1954, Honda entered his company into the Isle of Man TT in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix.

Honda Civic Racing | Hardin County Honda

It was just three years later, in June of 1959, that Honda officially became the first Japanese motorcycle manufacturer to enter the highly competitive race. That year, four racing legends competed with Honda racing bikes, called the RC142. They were Giichi Suzuki, Junzo Suzuki, Teisuke Tanaka, and Naomi Taniguchi.

But Honda’s racing legacy isn’t limited to the world of motorcycles. Not long after entering the world of two-wheeled races, Honda ventured into the world of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It was at the German Grand Prix in 1964 when Ronnie Bucknum raced in an RA271 in the four-wheeled racing division.

To commemorate 60 years of racing heritage at Honda, the Japanese automaker has been holding several “Honda Racing Anniversary Year” events. Honda also rolled out a new 60th-anniversary racing logo for its competition vehicles to mark the occasion. While the consumer-available Honda vehicles may not be burning rubber on the race track, they are efficient, safe, and full of spirit. Get behind the wheel today at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Introduces First-Ever 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid - Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid – Elizabethtown, KY

Efficiency and versatility blend together inside the newest member of the Honda eco-friendly lineup. Honda recently announced its first-ever hybrid SUV – the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Here are some of the features you can expect from this fuel-efficient hybrid model.

It’s the most powerful CR-V model. Every 2020 CR-V Hybrid will come equipped with the two-mode hybrid system that is currently used in the Accord Hybrid. This system uses a 2.0-liter engine and an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor to offer a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful output available in the whole CR-V range.

Save money at the gas pump. Along with being the most powerful CR-V model, the CR-V Hybrid is also the most efficient. It’s expected to increase fuel-efficiency ratings in the city by up to 50 percent over the standard engine.

Get traction with all-wheel drive. Take on slick roads with ease with the CR-V Hybrid’s standard all-wheel drive.

Feel confident behind the wheel. Each Honda CR-V Hybrid comes standard with the Honda SensingÒ suite of safety technologies, helping to give you peace of mind behind the wheel.

Enjoy a modern, sleek design. The CR-V Hybrid builds on the model’s elegant look with LED headlights and available 19-inch alloy wheels. The blue-accented Honda logos hint at its eco-friendly power.

We can’t wait to see you right here at Hardin County Honda for a test drive when the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid hits roads later this year.

Safer Honda Airbag in Development

Honda Airbag | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Airbag | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda’s engineers are tireless in their efforts to make your car safer. The Japanese automaker recently announced that it is developing new front-passenger airbag technology to help better protect passengers in a variety of front collision scenarios.

The new Honda airbag was created and tested by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. These highly-scientists worked with Autolive — one of the company’s safety systems suppliers — to create this revolutionary safety technology.

“This new airbag technology represents Honda’s continuing effort to advance safety performance in a wider variety of crash scenarios and reflects the innovative thinking that our engineers are bringing to the challenge of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities,” said Jim Keller, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

This next-generation airbag technology will address a previously neglected collision-type: the angled frontal impact, in which lateral collision forces can cause the occupant’s head to rotate or slide off of the airbag. It will have four major components: three inflated compartments and a “sail panel” that stretches between the two side chambers at their outermost edge. This “sail panel” will act like a baseball catcher’s mitt, decelerating the occupant’s head to cradle and protect it.

Honda plans to introduce this life-saving feature in 2020. For a closer look at the latest and greatest in automotive safety, swing by Hardin County Honda and go for a test drive.

What Your Dashboard Lights Mean

Honda Dashboard Lights | Hardin Honda Co | Elizabethtown, KY

Your vehicle has many ways of telling you that that something is wrong. One convenient way is through its dashboard lights. Here is what some of the most common dashboard lights on your vehicle mean:

  • Check Engine Light: The little yellow submarine (not the one the Beatles live in) means there is potentially an issue with your engine. Some issues could be minor, while others could be major. Ignoring the light, however, will only lead to more expensive repairs, so it’s best to bring your vehicle to our service center right away.
  • Antilock Brake Warning: When you see ABS in a circle and parentheses, it means there is a problem with your antilock brake system that needs to be addressed.
  • Oil Pressure Warning: This light, which looks like a dripping teapot or genie’s lamp, indicates that you are possibly low on oil (or else there is a problem with the system). Get this checked out by a professional.
  • Tire Pressure Warning Light: This yellow exclamation point in a strange U shape means that one of your tires has low pressure. If you fill the low tire and the light comes back on, your tire likely has a leak that needs to be patched.

If there are other illuminated lights on your vehicle’s dashboard and you’re not quite sure what to do, just bring your vehicle in to our Service Department here at Hardin County Honda and we’ll take care of it for you.