When it comes to combining efficiency with power, the 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV is raising the bar. This hybrid hatchback — which was unveiled during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show — is certainly efficient, but its designers took inspiration from the Honda Formula 1 program, giving the Fit e:HEV ample power.
This electrified Fit model uses a two-motor hybrid system, which works alongside its 1.5-liter engine. It also offers three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive – to give you the combination of efficiency and performance you want.
The Fit e:HEV has an electronic control until that allows it to seamlessly switch between the modes, which is where the influence from the Honda F1 team is evident.
“During a Formula 1 race weekend, teams have to manage very carefully how much fuel they use to comply with the sport’s regulations,” Yasuaki Asaki, the head of power unit development at Honda, explained, “In a race, we can divide the total fuel allowance over the number of laps, but there are going to be situations where a team might wish to use more fuel in order to get higher performance and in other parts of the race they will want to save fuel for later, while behind a safety car for example.”
With these thoughts in mind, Asaki goes on to mention that this F1 experience has allowed the Fit e:HEV to “deliver the best possible power to efficiency ratio for the driver, in any required driving mode.”
If you want to experience Honda’s engineering prowess for yourself, feel free to stop by Hardin County Honda and take a 2020 Fit for a test drive.
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’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.
Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM helps prevent accidents before they happen by sensing the speed of those in front of you and applying your car’s brakes if needed.
Road Departure Mitigation System keeps you on the road by alerting you if you start drifting off the road as well as help adjust your steering if needed.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow makes cruise control easier and safer by adjusting your cruising speed to the speed of those in front of you, maintaining a safe following distance.
Lane Keeping Assist System will stop you from crossing into other lanes unintentionally by guiding you back in the lines if you drift without a signal.
These features help to keep drivers and passengers safer by decreasing both the number of collisions and the severity of collisions, which is why Honda has already sold one million vehicles equipped with this technology.
The new 2018 Odyssey design offers performance, comfort, and connectivity like never before. This all-new minivan now has a more powerful engine and an advanced transmission to optimize fuel economy and performance, while a significant exterior redesign leads to class-leading power and cabin quietness. You’ll also find added space and family-friendly features that are perfect for long trips and running errands. Read on to learn more about what makes this new Odyssey design so exciting.
To start, the revamped 2018 Odyssey design now comes with standard Honda Sensing® technology, a Display Audio system, smartphone connectivity, and the ingenious Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™ that enhance convenience. This means that you can not only keep the kids entertained in the rear seat, but it also allows you to hook up your smartphone to the car to access important information, apps, and to lock/unlock and remote start.
Under the hood, Honda added a new 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine that gets 32 horsepower more than its predecessor. You also get up to 19/28/22 mpg city/hwy/combined when properly equipped.* The new minivan also comes with your choice between a 9-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters.
The 2018 Odyssey is also made with comfort in mind. This model is noticeably quieter to provide a low-stress environment for parents as they drive. You can thank the triple-sealed doors, acoustic glass, and aerodynamic doors for this quiet ride. Plus, with Active Noise Control technology, the Odyssey is the perfect place to relax. With a Top Safety Pick rating from the NHTSA, you’ll definitely be at ease when you’re behind the wheel.*
The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline is setting new standards in the US mid-size pickup market. This truck model is designed to provide the perfect balance of efficiency and performance, offering utility and versatility in one sporty package. With some great new features, the 2017 Ridgeline design is bound to impress.
According to Honda, the 2017 Ridgeline features will include the world’s first available Truck Bed Audio system, which also comes with a 400-watt outlet, a Honda-exclusive In-Bed Trunk®, and a dual-action tailgate system. Making this model ideal for work or tailgating, these features are just the tip of the iceberg.
“We’ve advanced the best and most beloved elements of the original Ridgeline and combined them with an outstanding new platform and the most advanced technology to create new value in the midsize pickup segment,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “The result is an amazingly versatile Honda truck with uncompromised capability.”
Other Honda Ridgeline features include a more powerful V6 engine with an available torque vectoring all-wheel drive system to improve handling and off-road performance. Best-in-class fuel economy is standard, and this pickup also targets the highest collision safety ratings with an available Honda Sensing™ suite of driver assist technologies. If you want a truly advanced pickup, check out the new Ridgeline.
You’re in luck! Hardin County Honda has the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline in stock! View our inventory here.