Congratulations to Adam R. for winning first place in our 2015 Summer Cook Book Contest! We reached out to customers in our Loyalty Rewards Program to help create the content for this Summer’s book. Some recipes include awesome Honda owner stories. Download a copy HERE.
Siri Eyes Free in your 2015 Honda is a convenient feature that gives you iPhone capability at your fingertips. Here is a demo on how to use Siri Eyes Free in your 2015 Honda. This demo was video taped in a 2015 Honda Civic however features are similar to the 2015 Honda CR-V and Fit.
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As a larger Austin business, Howdy Honda had already implemented the city’s universal recycling ordinance. But, after personal experience with environmental initiatives at home, General Manager Cliff Collier wanted to go further. He’d added 21 solar panels to his 2,600 square-foot home about three years ago; since then, his energy bills have dropped significantly, and he gets credits in the winter.
“I saw the results at home and wanted to do it here,” he says. “The cost savings makes it easy, but it’s also the right thing to do – we have to take care of this planet.”
Since then, the dealership has made significant environmental modifications that have resulted in big changes – and much less of an environmental impact. Of course, seeing is believing — and this aerial video says it all.
Collier and Howdy Honda have worked with Circular Energy on a complete environmental overhaul over the last three years, including installing the 706 rooftop solar panels you see in the video, as well as replacing all exterior mercury vapor lights with LED alternatives, and all incandescent interior lighting with fluorescents.
Those efforts recently earned the dealership a Gold Award as part of Honda’s national Environmental Leadership initiative. Launched in 2012, the core of the voluntary dealer program includes a 10 percent reduction in energy use, water conservation, and recycling.
Honda has been working to reduce the environmental impact of its products, manufacturing and logistics operations, and facilities in North America over the last 30 years, so expanding its environmental initiatives to dealers was a logical next step.
As independent businesses, each Honda dealer is responsible for developing strategies to reduce their environmental impact – and Collier and team took that to heart. While the award wasn’t Collier’s goal, he’s proud of the recognition.
“Qualifying is a level of accomplishment – it exhibits the fact that we’re doing something positive for the environment,” says Collier. “Now, our goal is to add motion-initiated light switches and other modifications and get to the Platinum level.”
A better customer experience
Collier and the team at Howdy Honda were also recently honored with the 2014 Honda President’s Award. The award is a reflection of the entire dealership scorecard – buying, selling, service, and parts – and the dealership was the only Honda store in the Austin market area to receive it.
“It’s about the total dealership experience – no matter what the need – and we’ve been able to fill it at a level of quality that’s tops in the industry,” says Collier, who has been general manager of Howdy Honda for the last 26 years. “In this business, success is about working hard and treating people well. When people come to Howdy Honda, they’ll be treated better than anywhere.”
Last, but certainly not least, the 2015 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas were added to the Civic lineup by Honda this month! The Civic Hybrid launched Nationwide on November 5th and the Civic Natural Gas is expected to go on sale in 37 states on November 19th. These two Civic models offer even more options when it comes to fuel economy not to mention the added benefit to the environment.
With an EPA rating of 44/47/45 city/highway/combined1 for the Civic Hybrid and an EPA rating of 27/38/311‡ for the Civic Natural Gas, both cars were recognized by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as two of the top ten “greenest vehicles of 2014” in their annual “Green Book® Online” ranking of environmentally-responsible vehicles. The Civic Natural Gas also made KBB.com’s list of 10 Best Green Cars, acclaiming its use of clean-burning fuel that can be sourced in North America.
And both cars certainly don’t fall short on features! The 2015 Civic Hybrid and 2015 Civic Natural Gas both feature the 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio to view and control audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information, Next-Generation HondaLink™ and available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. A rearview camera with dynamic guidelines is standard on all Civics and all 2015 model year Honda vehicles. Smart Entry with Push button Start is standard on the Civic Hybrid. Other standard and available features on both models include the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, LaneWatch™ display and automatic climate control.
The Civic Hybrid is available in standard, Navi, Leather, and Leather Navi model variations, all with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Civic Natural Gas comes in a standard and Leather Navi trim, both with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Both models are assembled at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana located in Greensburg, IN3. View, build and price a 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas at automobiles.honda.com/civic.
1 Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.
2 MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
3 Using domestic and globally sourced parts.
‡ Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE)
Thanksgiving is almost here and many of you will be hitting the road for the holiday. According to AAA, an overwhelming majority of travelers (90%), will get to their destination via car. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also the holiday that statistically has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities. We want you to be SAFE out there so here is a list that The Red Cross put together to help Thanksgiving travelers arrive at their destinations.
- Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
- Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
- Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
- Be well rested and stay alert.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Avoid distractions such as cell phones
- Observe speed limits.
- Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers.
- Be respectful of motorists and follow the rules of the road.
- Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
- Clean the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows.
- Turn your headlights on as disk approaches.
- Don’t overdrive your headlights.
- If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.
A lot of these tips are common sense but keep them in mind, especially when driving long distances. Have a safe Thanksgiving!
Named the “Hottest Sport Compact” at this year’s SEMA Show, the 2015 Honda Fit arrived in STYLE with 9 customs to display! Six of which were part of Honda’s Fit Performance Project. Honda officially launched Project Fit back in August and provided performance shops with a 2015 Fit to customize, for a planned unveiling at this year’s SEMA show. The progression of the vehicle projects was documented on Honda’s official Tumblr page hondaloves.tumblr.com. The performance shops featured for Project Fit included Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces.
The Honda booth at the SEMA Show was highlighted by the Fit customized by Tjin Edition, who was voted as the Fan Favorite in the 2015 Fit Performance Project. The fan favorite was determined by which project vehicle received the most buzz on social media. The progress of each car was documented virtually with interactive photos, videos and animated GIFs, adding a unique touch to the ambitious project!
Three additional personalized 2015 Honda Fit vehicles on display included a Fit B-spec race car prepped for competition by Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s North American racing company; a Fit loaded with available dealer-installed Honda Genuine Accessories; and an additional Fit personalized by prominent tuner, Bisimoto, on behalf of Norm Reeves Honda in response to fan feedback prompted through the 2015 Fit Performance Project.
“The 2015 Fit is a worthy addition to Honda’s strong heritage of developing tuned sport compact vehicles, and it wears the mantle of “Hottest Sport Compact” well,” said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “Fun to drive, versatile and a great value, the new Fit does so many things right, and it’s great to see it becoming a popular platform for owner personalization.”
Is your costume ready for Halloween?! Well get dressed and show off your awesome costume with Honda’s first ever virtual Trick-or-Treating event. This year’s event will be hosted via Twitter on Halloween Day. Tweet a photo of yourself in your costume @Honda with the hashtag #TreatPromo. Honda will reply to eligible tweets with a FREE Mike and Ike treat or a Vine video card!
Tom Peyton, AVP, Advertising and Marketing at Honda said ”In the spirit of Halloween, we wanted a simple and unique way to show some appreciation to our fans. Innovation is at the heart of our brand. Why not look at innovating something as fun as trick or treating?”
If you are looking for family friendly festivities in Central Texas visit http://family.do512.com/ for local Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses and more Halloween fun.
The Honda CR-V has been America’s best-selling SUV for the past decade. So it’s no surprise that America’s best selling SUV was named Motor Trend’s SUV of The Year!
Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh, said, “The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda’s responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 HondaCR-V does virtually everything well.”
“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at Motor Trend, ” said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “Our engineers, planners, and dealers work hard to deliver class leading products to our customers, and it’s extremely rewarding to be recognized for that hard work. This award from Motor Trend reaffirms for us that we’re meeting that goal.”
The 2015 CR-V owned the title with its phenomenal value, engineering, and safety features combing with performance.
The 2015 Honda CR-V was stacked up against the following SUVs for the 2015 SUV Title:
- BMW X4
- BMW X5
- Cadillac Escalade
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Ford Expedition
- GMC Yukon
- GMC Yukon XL
- Jeep Cherokee
- Lexus NX
- Lincoln MKC
- Lincoln Navigator
- Mercedes-Benz GLA
- Nissan Rogue
- Porsche Macan
- Subaru Outback
- Toyota Highlander
- Volvo XC60
- Six project teams will each customize a 2015 Fit
- Fit fans and car enthusiasts will vote for their favorite custom Fit
- Completed project vehicles will be on display at the 2014 SEMA Show Honda booth
There’s a Honda Fit for every one! Honda launched an interactive 2015 Fit experience on Tumblr today to show the customization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit. All six final products will be on display at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Honda selected six performance shops to participate in the custom building project. These shops include Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces.
Each team will use modifications such as body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and much more to build their creations. View the official Tumblr posts (including photos, animated GIFs and video), and progress of each custom Fit here. From August 21st through October 22nd you can vote for your favorite Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The performance shop with the highest total number of likes and reblogs will win an award from Honda.
“Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car.”
I’m excited to vote and see each final product!
For the fourth year, Howdy Honda will be at the Austin Heart Walk 5k on the morning of Saturday, October 18th at The Long Center. If you haven’t been, the Heart Walk is a super fun, non-competitive 5k walk through downtown Austin that promotes a heart-healthy lifestyle and raises funds for cardiovascular research and educational programs in Central Texas.
Last year, we had the honor of donating almost $40k to the Heart Walk and this year we aim to raise an additional $40,000 for the American Heart Association. Please join our efforts as we reach this goal. You can easily donate electronically following the three steps detailed below. In addition, we’ll also be raising funds by donating $100 per vehicle sold during the month of October!
How to help:
- 1. Go to http://bit.ly/HeartWalk14
- 2. Click on the Gray “Donate Now” button on the top righthand side of the page
- 3. Select amount and submit payment information
You can still participate and help us raise funds by spreading the word! During the month of October, Howdy Honda will be donating:
- $100 for every vehicle sold
Share this blog post and tell your family & friends. Heart disease is the no. 1 killer of American men and women in the U.S. and we can all do our part to reduce cardiovascular-related deaths in the country.
Join us and spread the word!
Date: October 18, 2014
Where: The Long Center
Time: 8:00am – Opening Ceremony; 9:00am – Walk Start