How to Celebrate Halloween at Home This Year

Happy Halloween | Elizabethtown, KY
Happy Halloween | Elizabethtown, KY

Halloween this year will be looking a bit different. Rather than sending your kids out gussied up as fairies, astronauts, or superheroes, you may have to keep them at home – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fun ways to celebrate the spookiest time of the year. Here are some family-friendly ways to enjoy Halloween at home.

Create some crafts

There are a number of crafts that kids of all ages will enjoy making to help make your home spooktacular this year. From paper-plate pumpkins and pumpkin carving to creating monster puppets and flying bats, the options are seemingly endless (especially if you use Pinterest).

Go on a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt

A scavenger hunt is a fun way to celebrate, allowing your kids to stretch their legs and their minds. You can stay inside your home or explore your neighborhood while searching for Halloween-themed items. Think pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, witches, and more. You can even find templates for ready-made scavenger hunts online.

Set up a haunted blanket fort

Blanket forts are a fun way to pass the time, no matter the season, so why not create one with a twist? Dress up in your costumes, grab some fake cobwebs and LED candles, and build a haunted fort. While you’re there, you can tell ghost stories, enjoy sweet treats, or simply watch a good Halloween movie. From the Hardin County Honda family to yours, we want you to wish you a happy, safe, and spooky Halloween!

Honda Dominates 2020 Indy 500

Indy 500 | Hardin County Honda | Elizabethtown, KY
Indy 500 | Hardin County Honda | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda took the 2020 Indy 500 by storm last month, dominating the field to celebrate its 13th victory at the oval. The carmaker claimed the top four spots in the race, with Takuma Sato taking the lead for the brand.

Before the final pit stops, the Indy 500 was led by Scot Dixon, who was driving a Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He was leading by 111 laps, looking for a second Indy 500 victory —but Takuma Sato made a bold move in the final stage of the race to take the win.

Both Sato and his teammate Graham Rahal closed the gap between the lead pair, earning the second and third place after Rossi crashed. Then, Sato followed Dixon closely, eventually passing him on the 185th lap. Despite Dixon’s attempts to overtake Sato, the latter managed to stay in the front.

The race ended under the caution flag in lap 196 rather than 200, due to Spencer Pigot’s hard crash that occurred at the exit of turn four. Because Sato was in the lead at this time, he was named the victor.

Rahal took third place after Dixon, while Santino Ferrucci celebrated fourth after progressing from 19th place with Vasser-Sullivan Honda. We hope you’ll join all of us at Hardin County Honda in celebrating the automaker’s remarkable achievement at this years Indy 500. To get behind the wheel for yourself, check out our online inventory.

HondaLink Driver Feedback System Helps You Improve Driving Skills

HondaLink | Elizabethtown, KY
HondaLink | Elizabethtown, KY

Ever wonder how you can become a better driver? Honda has an available service just for you. The HondaLink Driver Feedback System is now available through the HondaLink app on your smartphone, allowing you to keep track of your driving habits and improve them.

This system provides you with a scorecard after every drive you make, taking in a range of factors. It looks at the length of your trip, its duration, your speed, hard braking, and hard accelerations. The higher your score is, the better your driving skills were.

Through this system, you will also receive weekly score cards. These will average out your scores for the week and provide you with a summary of your individual trip scores. Your weekly rating will also provide you with specific tips, making suggested changes to your driving habits that can help you improve.

You can even potentially use these scorecards to help you receive discounts from your car insurance company.

If you’re wondering if you have access to the Driver Feedback System, you need to have one of the following Honda models and either be currently or previously enrolled in the Security, Remote, or Concierge package:

  • 2018 and newer Accord Touring
  • 2018 and newer Odyssey Touring
  • 2019 and newer Insight Touring
  • 2019 and newer Passport Touring
  • 2019 and newer Pilot Touring/Elite

You can learn more about Honda’s helpful, innovative technologies by visiting our website or giving us a call at Hardin County Honda.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sets New Track Record

2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY
2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda recently highlighted just how much capable its performance segment is. The all-new 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition recently took to the track at the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and it managed to set a brand-new front-wheel-drive record.

The Civic Type R Limited Edition hit the track full speed and set a new lap time of two minutes and 23.993 seconds. This was not only faster than the Ferrari F40, but also only six seconds slower than the Nissan GT-R and Koenigsegg One:1.

Honda has a solid reputation at the Suzuka track, though, so it should come as no surprise that it performed so well on it. The course was first built as a Honda vehicle testing facility, and is the only track in the Formula One calendar to have a figure-eight configuration. This makes it a 3.6-mile long challenger for professional drivers.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition has yet to be released in America but is set to go on sale soon. Only 600 units of this special-edition model will go on sale in this market, making it one of the rarest vehicles Honda has ever produced. It comes with a unique Phoenix Yellow exterior, along with lightweight, forged-aluminum BBS wheels. It has seen eight reduction modifications to help reduce the weight of this model, increasing its speed.

This special-edition model will also feature Micheline® Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and recalibrated steering.

Keep an eye on the Hardin County Honda Blog to see when preorders for the blazingly fast 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition go live at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race

Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race | Elizabethtown, KY

When the world was put on hold earlier this year due to COVID-19, IndyCar races saw a pause, too. Now, though, the racing industry is back on the track – and it looks like Honda is taking the lead. On June 7th, during the first lockdown IndyCar race, Honda showcased its performance abilities, winning over the rest of the field.

Despite having a rough start with racers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal all experiencing electronic control unit problems – and were unable to receive assistance from Honda engineers due to social distancing protocols – the Honda team still managed to pull ahead of the pack.

Scott Dixon managed to pull ahead of his competitors with one of his best IndyCar races so far. Dixon maintained the lead in the race after passing Josef Newgarden on lap 32, eventually coming in first in 157 laps of the 200-lap race, sometimes pulling a gap of over five seconds. This has extended his record for consecutive season wins to 16, tying with A.J. Foyt’s record of scoring at least one IndyCar victory throughout 18 seasons.

“The Honda engine, it was huge, man, the power out there,” said Dixon about his Honda racecar. “Our car was just so fast tonight, in any situation. We had to make a couple of bold moves tonight, and we could just go for it. Huge thanks to the team and everyone involved.”

While none of Honda’s street-ready cars are likely to best Dixon’s lap time, you’re sure to find something just as reliable and exciting on the lot at Hardin County Honda.

Honda and General Motors Partnership Produces Hand Sanitizer

Honda and General Motors Partnership Produces Hand Sanitizer | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda and General Motors Partnership Produces Hand Sanitizer | Elizabethtown, KY

Carmakers across the industry are working together to help alleviate the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. A partnership between Honda and General Motors formed recently, as the two companies work to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer through their Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) partnership.

While each company plans on using the hand sanitizer at their own facilities, Honda will also donate 3,750 bottles to health care facilities in Ohio and Michigan.

The FCSM team is making the hand sanitizer at a Brownstown, Michigan facility. It is repurposing equipment used to develop fuel-cell fuel stacks for the next-generation hydrogen-powered cars to do so. Nearly 75 percent of the brand’s allocation of hand sanitizer will be sent to health care facilities throughout the country.


“It is inspiring to see how the automotive industry continues to find new and innovative ways to help society during this crisis,” said Cathy McEvilly, senior vice president and general counsel of Honda North America, Inc. “The commitment shown by Honda associates and their counterparts at GM is a source of pride to us and we are happy to provide something to help the brave health care professionals fighting this pandemic every day.”

Honda plans on providing 1,500 gallons of the hand sanitizer to use in its manufacturing plants, along with donating it to health care facilities. The packaging needed to ship the product was donated by Packaging Corporation of America, while the FCSM team utilized other companies to actually bottle it. To learn more about how the whole Honda family — including all of us here are Hardin County Honda — are putting your health and safety first every day, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Honda Face Shield Donation Given to American Healthcare Workers

Honda Face Shield Donation Given to American Healthcare Workers | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Face Shield Donation Given to American Healthcare Workers | Elizabethtown, KY

Across the world, COVID-19 is still affecting people of all ages. To fight the virus, healthcare workers are on the front lines, risking their own lives. Honda has decided to help these essential workers by focusing on manufacturing something vital – face shields. Honda recently announced that it has donated 70,000 face shields to healthcare workers across the United States, and plans on sending at least 60,000 more.

The Honda face shield donation will help prevent the spread of coronavirus. To produce these masks, the brand took existing plastic injection molding equipment at Honda Engineering North America in Marysville, Ohio, to create clear plastic shields.

Honda of Canada Manufacturing worked alongside the Marysville plant to create another vital component for the shields – the frames they need to stay secure. With these two manufacturing plants working hard, they sent 70,000 shields to 305 facilities in 45 states, and will be sending out more in the near future.

“It was a comprehensive effort with our Honda design and manufacturing teams working together to quickly solve this challenge,” said Eric Walli, regional planning leader of Honda North America. “We were looking at materials, doing scientific work to understand if what we put in a face shield would be safe for humans to wear, an all of this was occurring as we sought to rapidly begin and then ramp up production.”

Along with these face shields, Honda has also contributed to preventing COVID-19 in other ways, including turning multiple Honda Odyssey minivans into coronavirus-testing transport vans in Detroit.

We hope you’ll join all of us here at Hardin County Honda in praising Honda’s decision-makers for their incredible contribution.

Honda Civic Speed Record Set with 1.1-Second Zero-to-60 Time

2020 Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY

During the Haltech World Cup Finals, a Honda Civic showed just how performance-oriented the car can be. A version of the Civic model set a new speed record for the model, running a quarter-mile track and traveling from zero to 60 mph in just 1.1 seconds at the Maryland International raceway a few months ago.

This Civic’s power was modified to help it become one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. Its custom-built 2.2-liter inline-four engine used billet pistons, a Supertech valvetrain, and custom cams to increase its power.

To add to this, a Garrett GTX50 76-mm turbo added 60 pounds to the Civic’s specs, helping it boast an all-in power of 1,500 horsepower. There was also a MoTeC electronic control unit in use to help run the entire lot, helping give this Civic plenty of pep when it was needed most.

The 1,500 horsepower was then sent through an all-wheel-drive system for optimal performance. A four-speed dogbox was also used in replace of the usual six-speed manual transmission.  

Along with boasting a 0-to-60 time of 1.1 seconds, this special Civic coupe drag car also went on to run a solid quarter-mile time of 7.45 seconds, which is a world record for an all-wheel-drive Honda.

While this particular model may be reserved for the racetrack, you can experience the 2020 Honda Civic for yourself at Hardin County Honda.

2020 Honda Fit e:HEV is Based on Formula 1 Technology

2020 Honda Fit e:HEV | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Fit e:HEV | Elizabethtown, KY

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 & 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.