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
Who doesn’t like to WIN?! Austin City Limits 2014 is around the corner and Honda is giving YOU a chance to win a brand new 2015 Honda Fit EX-L, a flyaway trip, or VIP tickets to ACL!
Haven’t purchased your ACL passes yet? Enter here: HondaStage sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip for two + VIP tickets for weekend one of ACL (Oct 3rd – 5th) or a pair of VIP tickets for weekend two of ACL (Oct 10th-12th). You have until September 10th to enter to win the trip and the winner will be announced on 9/11. And you have until September 17th to enter to win the ACL passes (no travel included). The winner for the passes will be announced on 09/18.
When you enter, you will also be automatically added to the drawing to win a new 2015 Honda Fit EX-L! The Fit winner will be announced on November 24th and you have until November 20th to enter the sweepstakes for the Fit.
As you know, as one of the main ACL sponsors, Hondas has its own stage. Keep an eye on the Honda Stage site for updates on artists and more. Honda will also provide kiosks where you can enter to win the 2015 Fit during the ACL festival.
And while you’re at ACL, follow and share your experience online using #HondaStage.
Our team at Howdy Honda is hoping to help raise awareness and funds for the beautiful daughter of Mike Norton, one of the dealership’s valued automotive specialists. Mike’s daughter, Katelyn, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called a schwannoma tumor. Due to an expensive surgery, extensive rehabilitation and treatment for the unfortunate return of the tumor, Mike and his family have incurred unmanageable expenses. The Howdy Honda family wants to help one of its own and also help Katelyn Norton press on during this difficult time.
Katelyn Norton is a fighter. She has already survived a challenging surgery and difficult rehabilitation. She also continues to fight her battle after discovering regrowth of the tumor during a follow-up neurological appointment. As a result of the first surgery, Katelyn has experienced complications that impact her daily life. She has lost hearing in one ear and has experienced paralysis on one side of her face. While these struggles are present, Katelyn keeps a smile on her face and brings joy to all who meet her.
In addition to seeking treatment for the schwannoma, Katelyn’s family also hopes to find specialists to reverse the damage of her surgery complications.
While these surgeries will still need to take place down the line, the Norton family’s primary goal is to get Katelyn healthy again. Katelyn will need to undergo another series of treatments to reduce and eliminate the schwannoma regrowth. The Norton family has weathered the news of Katelyn’s tumor. They have defeated it once before through a series of surgery and rehabilitation. They have also remained strong and optimistic despite the tumor’s regrowth. However, many challenges stand in their way to get Katelyn the help she needs. On top of financial struggles, the Norton family is also battling with its insurance company, which has denied its claim as the specialist they seek is across state lines.
What you can do
While Katelyn and the Norton family are in need of financial support, they also need to share Katelyn’s story and raise awareness for schwannoma tumor treatment.
To help Katelyn and the Norton family, we can make a financial contribution by visiting her YouCaring site at http://bit.ly/KatelynNorton. We can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org if we don’t want to make a contribution online. Additionally we can share Katelyn’s story through social media platforms and e-mail. Send this page to friends, family and generous acquaintances or share Katelyn’s YouCaring site. We can also send the Norton family our love, support, positive thoughts and prayers. For more information on how to help our teammate, Mike Norton, and his brave daughter, Katelyn, contact us at Howdy Honda today.
Winner of 2014 Honda Civic LX Sedan Announced
AUSTIN, Texas (June 30, 2014) – As a result of its fourth annual Auto Raffle for charity, the United Heritage Charity Foundation, Austin, Texas, raised $53,796. On Friday, June 27, 2014, Michael Williams from Round Rock won the new 2014 Honda Civic LX Sedan donated by Howdy Honda of Austin, Texas. The $1.00 winning ticket was purchased at the United Heritage Credit Union branch in Round Rock and randomly drawn at an event held at Howdy Honda.
After learning he was the winner, Williams was initially in disbelief, but later said, “This has been a surreal experience, and I’m extremely fortunate to have won the car. The United Heritage Charity Foundation and Howdy Honda are top-notch organizations, and I am looking forward to working with the United Heritage Charity Foundation to make a difference in people’s lives. What an unforgettable experience.”
Proceeds from the Auto Raffle benefit local charities supported by the United Heritage Charity Foundation. A total of $200,594 has been raised for charity in the first four years of the auto raffle.
The United Heritage Charity Foundation Chairman, May Lofgreen states, “The Charity Foundation appreciates the support from all who purchased raffle tickets and the generous donation of the Honda Civic from Howdy Honda. We look forward to continuing the Foundation’s support of deserving organizations that make a difference in Central and East Texas.”
“It is with a great deal of pride that Howdy Honda partners with United Heritage Charity Foundation in this very worthwhile endeavor – two caring organizations serving Greater Central Texas,” says Cliff Collier, Howdy Honda General Manager/Dealer Principal.
The United Heritage Charity Foundation was established in 2003 as a means to provide ongoing support to charitable projects. Since its inception, United Heritage Charity Foundation has distributed more than $1,180,268 to local organizations including Austin Children’s Shelter, Capital Area Food Bank, CASA of Travis County and Central Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas and Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.
On June 27, 2014, the United Heritage Charity Foundation Auto Raffle winner, Michael Williams of Round Rock, Texas, was presented with a new 2014 Honda Civic LX by United Heritage Charity Foundation Chairman May Lofgreen, Howdy Honda General Sales Manager T.J. Nissen and Howdy Honda Customer Relations Director Jesse Lofgreen.
About United Heritage Charity Foundation
Founded in 2003, the United Heritage Charity Foundation was developed as a 501(c)(3) to support projects and organizations within local communities and, since its inception, has distributed over $1.1 million. The Charity Foundation’s goals are to support participation in events that make communities a better place to live, work and attend school; support education initiatives and medical research; better the lives of sick and neglected children and their families during their times of need; and establish a presence in the community. www.uhcf.org