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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
“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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
When you’re shopping for a used car, you likely want a
vehicle that will give you both value and features. A certified pre-owned
vehicle will do just that, but how do you know what CPO will work for your
needs? That’s where Autotrader comes
in. This automotive magazine recently released its 10-best CPO cars for 2019, and
the 10th-generation 2016-2018 Honda Civic was recognized on this
“Our list of ‘good as new’ vehicles can bring the car a
consumer wants into the price range they want to pay,” said Brian Moody,
executive editor of Autotrader.
“These CPO vehicles are thoroughly inspected, covered by warranties, and offer
the latest designs, making it difficult to even tell the difference between
their new car counterparts.”
The 10-Best CPO Cars award considers vehicles that are
offered through manufacturer CPO programs. Each eligible vehicle must have a
certified pre-owned warranty that lasts for up to 100,000 miles and must also
have an overall National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety score of
at least for out of five stars. The vehicles must also not exceed $40,000 in
For the Civic to become a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, it
must undergo a thorough 182-point inspection. Like other CPO Hondas, this Civic
must be under six years old and comes with a no-deductible, 7-year/100,000-mile
Powertrain Honda-Backed Limited Warranty.
We’ve always known the Honda Civic to be one of the best CPO vehicles around, but it’s nice to get validation from a reputable publication like Autotrader. Check out our Certified Pre-Owned Honda Civics at Hardin County Honda today!
Get ready for your next adventure with the all-new 2019 Honda Passport. The newest Honda SUV combines powerful performance, rugged capabilities, a versatile interior, and innovative technologies to make it a solid option for consumers that want to go off the beaten path.
Slotted between the compact Honda CR-V and the three-row
Pilot, the Passport looks to fill a gap in the Honda SUV lineup. It will come
with a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood, which is paired to a nine-speed
automatic transmission and puts out 280 horsepower.
If you’re looking to head off road, then you’d be happy to
know that it will have an available Intelligent Variable Torque Management
all-wheel-drive system to enhance on- and off-road capabilities. You will even
get an Intelligent Traction Management system, which will allow you to choose
the terrain mode you want to be in: Snow, Sand, or Mud.
Along with these performance technologies, you will also
find ample safety features, since every Passport comes standard with the Honda
Sensing® driver-assistance technologies. This includes Forward Collision
Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping
Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
For your cargo, you will also find that you can make the
Passport’s interior suit your needs, thanks to its 60/40-split rear seat. You
will find 41.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat, which expands to 77.9
cubic feet with the second row folded flat. There is even a 2.5 cubic feet
space for underfloor storage that has removable and washable bins for your
muddy or wet gear.
At Hardin County Honda, we’re excited to finally see the return of the Passport name. Visit us in Elizabethtown, KY, to check out this all-new, rugged midsize SUV!
These two Hondas have been favorites for decades now, and
the new models continue to impress. 2018 saw the beginning of the tenth
generation for the Honda Accord, and it innovated the segment with its superior
performance, sophisticated style, and fantastic hybrid option. From front to
back, Honda has thought of everything for the Accord, from advanced
connectivity technology like Apple CarPlay™ integration, to standard Honda
Sensing® safety and driver-assist technology that will elevate your confidence
The Civic lineup has something for everyone, from sedans to
hatchbacks, from elegantly simple designs to upscale, sporty interiors. The
Civic Sport, Si, and Type R are particularly notable for their sophisticated and
dynamic performance. Car and Driver even
described the Civic Type R as “quite possibly the highest
performing and most satisfying front-wheel-drive car on the market today.”
Despite being a vehicle line that has been around since the 70s, the Civic
remains undeniably modern with its cutting-edge features.
Visit us at Hardin County Honda to explore the Honda Accord and Civic in detail and discover in person just what makes them so good.
Adding to its impressive lineup of SUVs and crossovers, Honda debuted its all-new 2019 Honda Passport on November 27th at the LosAngeles Auto Show. The new, 5-passenger SUV offers contemporary drivers theperfect balance of performance and capability, as the Passport will smoothlycruise the city streets while also offering admirable off-road capabilities. Anadded bonus is that it boasts best-in-class interior space, offering 115.9cubic feet of passenger space, guaranteeing that everyone stays comfortable.
The 2019 Passport is a welcome addition to Honda’s lineup,
as it provides an option between the popular compact CR-V and the midsize Honda
Pilot. The Passport will come equipped with a 280-horsepower i-VTEC® V6 engine, be easily
maneuverable, and offer an available advanced Honda i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring
all-wheel drive system. Coupled with Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management
System, this system will make traversing any terrain a breeze.
To give you additional peace of mind while driving, the 2019
Passport comes with standard Honda Sensing®. Honda Sensing® is the automaker’s
suite of state-of-the-art safety and driver-assist technologies, including
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road
Departure Mitigation System (including Lane Departure Warning), Lane Keeping
Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control. With such confidence-inspiring
features on your side, you’ll finally be ready to set out on whatever adventure
Earlier this month, Honda announced that it would be unveiling its new 2019 Honda Passport on Tuesday, Nov. 27 via a live stream on Honda’s YouTube channel. This comes one day before its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new Honda Passport will slot between the Honda CR-V and the Honda Pilot. This makes the Passport Honda’s fourth SUV, joining the CR-V and Pilot, as well as the HR-V. The Passport is an American-made product: The design and development took place at Honda R&D Americas, and the physical models will be manufactured at the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama.
“The new Passport is a more personal, powerful, and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability,” commented Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. & General Manager, Honda Division. “With customer demand for SUVs continuing to grow, the new adventure-ready Passport is going to further solidify our lineup, attracting new buyers and keeping existing customers in the Honda family.”
Honda’s SUVs have earned praise for their quality and value. Just this year, Honda was named Best SUV Brand by U.S. News and World Report.* The additional of the 2019 Honda Passport will further improve Honda’s offerings. We at Hardin County Honda are excited about the 2019 Honda Passport debut later this month and will certainly be watching its unveiling.
Honda is developing Smart Intersection technology that uses vehicle-to-everything technology to help reduce accidents. Using advanced connectivity, the technology connects the vehicle to objects and buildings around it to boost the efficacy of vehicle sensors. This is just the latest step in autonomous vehicle technologies, and Honda is leading the way.
According to Honda, the Smart Intersection technology is also referred to as V2X, as this system lets vehicles recognize objects in the environment. Cameras can be mounted in intersections and then send that information to cars in the area, helping vehicle systems to see around buildings and in poor weather conditions. Even if you’re taking a blind corner, the V2X system can send you information to keep you prepared.
“Honda believes that V2X technology is an essential component of a smarter and safer transportation ecosystem and can play a role in our dream for a zero-collision society,” said Ted Klaus, vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “By partnering with the City of Marysville and the State of Ohio, we believe this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users.”
Smart Intersection is yet another step forward by Honda to advance safety for all drivers. Though it won’t be available for some time, current generation models do benefit from the Honda Sensing® suite of driver assistive technologies. Learn more about it at Hardin County Honda.