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 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.

How to Tell You Need New Tires

How to Tell You Need New Tires - Elizabethtown, KY
How to Tell You Need New Tires – Elizabethtown, KY

Your car’s tires are one of its most important components. They help you stay in control, providing you with the grip you need to keep your car on the road. That’s why you need to know how to tell if you need new tires. Here are a few easy ways to see if it’s time for a new set.

The Penny Test

One of the easiest ways of telling if you need new tires or not is to do the penny test. As its name suggests, all you need is a penny. Place this penny headfirst into your tires’ tread grooves. If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your treads are too worn down, meaning you should have your tires replaced as soon as you can. If you do this test and Lincoln’s head remains covered, then you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth. When that’s the case, your current set is fine for the time being.

Check Your Tires Visually

Every month, you should give your tires a visual check to ensure they’re still in working order. Look for bulges and cracks, as these are signs of weakness in your tires. These signs can lead to a blowout, so replace your tires if you notice any of these clues.

Whether you’re ready for a new set of tires or want a professional to see if you’re due for one, stop by the service department at Hardin County Honda.

Holiday Events in Elizabethtown

Holiday Events in Elizabethtown - Elizabthtown, KY
Holiday Events in Elizabethtown – Elizabthtown, KY

Around the world, people are starting to decorate for the holidays with lights, trees, and more. If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit this year, consider heading to one of these holiday events near Elizabethtown.

Christmas in the Park

Every year, Freeman Lake Park lights up, turning into a sparkling winter wonderland for people of all ages to enjoy. Known as Christmas in the Park, this event boasts more than 100 light displays, dazzling visitors with their creativity. An illuminated roadway will guide you through this festive event. Attendance is free, but donations are accepted. It’s open every evening from November 27th to January 1st from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, so make sure you swing by to get into the holiday spirit.

Merry & Bright at My Old Kentucky Home

Take a step back in time at one of Kentucky’s most famous landmarks – My Old Kentucky Home. Throughout this historic mansion, you can experience what it was like at Christmas during Victorian times – all you have to do is drive 30 minutes to Bardstown. See the six beautifully decorated 12-foot Christmas trees – each with their own decoration theme – and experience the Christmas customs of a bygone era. Guides dressed up in Victorian hoop skirts or tailcoats will educate you on the tradition of the yule log, the origins of the Christmas tree, the legend of the mistletoe, and much more. It’s a fun experience for the whole family, and will be held from November 15th to January 5th. Regular admission is $14 with discounts available for military, seniors, groups, and more.

At Hardin County Honda, we want you to enjoy the best the holidays have to offer in perfect safety. If your car needs any routine maintenance before you set out to one of these events, set up an appointment with our service department.

How to Winterize Your Honda

How to Winterize Your Honda - Elizabethtown, KY
How to Winterize Your Honda – Elizabethtown, KY

Winter can do a number on your car. Make sure you’re ready for the cold weather ahead with these tips on how to winterize your Honda to help you drive safer during the winter.

Switch to winter tires. Winter tires are made with snowy and icy roads in mind. They have special tread designed to give you a better grip on the road during winter weather. Switching your all-season tires to winter ones will keep you in better control of your car.

Check your battery. Cold temperatures can cause your car’s battery to lose its efficiency. If you have an older battery, now is the time to get a new one so you don’t find yourself stranded with a dead battery.

Keep an eye on your tire pressure. As the temperature drops, so will your tires’ pressure levels. Routinely check your tire pressure to ensure that you don’t run the risk of a blowout or losing control while out on the road.

Make sure your fluids are level. From your windshield wiper fluid to your anti-freeze, make sure all necessary fluids are at the appropriate level before the temperature drops too much.

Change your windshield wipers. Good visibility is critical when you’re driving. New windshield wipers will battle the snow and ice you might experience during the colder months better than old ones, providing you with the best sightlines possible.

If your Honda needs any maintenance performed, set up an appointment with the service department at Hardin County Honda. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is ready for whatever the winter roads have to offer.