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.

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.

How to keep your car running like new

Keep your car running like new | Hardin County Honda

Keeping your vehicle in great shape is important for your safety and for eventual resale value. But what’s the best way to keep your car running like new? Here are a few tips to keep it in top condition.

Keep up with all regular maintenance

Follow along with your vehicle’s required maintenance using the owner’s manual. If you bring your vehicle to Hardin County Honda at every maintenance interval, we’ll take care of all the hard work for you. We’ll also keep an eye out for potential problems so we can catch them early and save you money in the long run.

Obey all traffic rules

By following all traffic laws, you are less likely to be involved in an accident, which is the best way to keep your vehicle running soundly. But also, when you follow traffic laws, you’ll avoid speeding, distracted driving, hard braking, and other bad habits that can be hard on your car.

Check your tires, fluids, and more

While the expert technicians at Hardin County Honda will do thorough inspections at every maintenance visit, it is crucial that you monitor your Honda between visits. Check the tire tread and pressure, ensure none of your vehicle’s fluids are leaking, and listen for weird sounds that could indicate a problem with the brakes or transmission. If you’re due for any routine maintenance — or want an expert evaluation on a potential problem — pay us a visit at Hardin County Honda and let our certified technicians keep your car running like new for years to come.

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.

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.

What is a Sure Sale Warranty?

What is a Sure Sale Warranty? - Elizabethtown, KY
What is a Sure Sale Warranty? – Elizabethtown, KY

Purchasing a used car can be a nerve-wracking experience. Many times, you don’t know the full details of the vehicle you’re getting. At Hardin County Honda, we strive to ensure you have the peace of mind needed to make a used-car purchase. That’s why we offer a Sure Sale warranty when you buy from us.

A Sure Sale Warranty provides you with coverage for five months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. Within this timeframe, you will also receive towing and roadside assistance, should you find yourself stranded on the side of the road. If your new-to-you car doesn’t fit your lifestyle, this warranty even gives you a five-day/500-mile grace period during which you can return your vehicle.

Along with the peace of mind that comes with this warranty, SureSale — the company that provides the Sure Sale Warranty — also allows you to get a sense of your used car’s past. This company completes a background check on your vehicle, helping to confirm certain facts about your its previous history, including:

  • That your car isn’t a junk or salvage car
  • There’s no fire, flood, or hail damage reported
  • That there’s no rebuilt title

The company also checks the odometer’s accuracy, the car’s manufacturer’s warranty, and whether there are any recalls issued on the model. Finally, we complete an inspection of your vehicle that has over 150 individual points of focus, including under the car and the under the hood, along with its exterior, interior, safety features, tires, and wheels.

If you’ve been looking for a quality used car but feel apprehensive about taking a risk, don’t settle for anything but the best: a Sure Sale Warranty through Hardin County Honda. Stop by today and browse through our extensive pre-owned inventory.

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.