Archive for the ‘Honda in the News’ Category

Find the Honda Passport Trim Level that Best Fits Your Lifestyle!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
White 2019 Honda Passport Towing an ATV on a Trail

What Are the 2019 Honda Passport Trim Levels and Features?

Set to arrive at dealerships later this year, the all-new 2019 Honda Passport is a breath of fresh air in the Honda model lineup that will cater to adventurous families on the go. With many car shoppers chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of the five-passenger Honda Passport, many want to know – what are the 2019 Honda Passport trim levels and features? Find the Honda Passport trim level that best fits your lifestyle with this quick guide provided by Howdy Honda! (more…)

All-New Honda Passports Makes its Debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

Friday, December 7th, 2018
Silver 2019 Honda Passport with Roof Rack and Canoe Parked at a Campsite by the Lake

2019 Honda Passport Release Date and Design Specs

With the debut of the all-new 2019 Honda Passport at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda has added to an already versatile vehicle portfolio. Destined to fit between the Honda CR-V compact crossover and the three-row Honda Pilot in the lineup, the Honda Passport features an off-road-oriented design, a spacious cabin, a power-packed engine and innovative tech features at every turn. Learn more about the Honda Passport with this guide to the 2019 Honda Passport release date and design specs. (more…)

When will the new Insight be available?

Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Honda Insight Prototype exterior front

2019 Honda Insight Release Date

The Insight will be returning to the Honda lineup for the 2019 model year. The prototype for the new car was revealed at the North American International Auto Show. Information has been released about the new car, including the 2019 Honda Insight release date. (more…)

United Heritage Charity Foundation Willie Nelson’s Special Edition Honda Ridgeline

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson Special Edition Honda Ridgeline Signed by Willie Himself!

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, United Heritage Charity Foundation wanted to do something to raise funds and awareness for the victims left with nothing. With a donated Honda Ridgeline in and the spirit of giving, anything is possible.

Willie Nelson and friends played a benefit concert in Austin, Texas on September 22nd of 2017. Central Texas Dealers attempted to auction off the truck, but unfortunately, engagement was low.

So United Heritage Charity Foundation took the opportunity to try to raise more money this holiday season for victims in need. They have launched a raffle for the truck with only 1000 tickets available for purchase at $100 each. All funds benefit victims left with nothing this holiday season. 

This is a great opportunity to help the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The all-new 2018 Honda Ridgeline has been signed by Willie Nelson himself and has hand painted details on it by Joe from the hit TV show, “Iron Resurrection.” The truck’s hood is covered by a popular mural of Willie from downtown Austin, by Ross Wiley. This truck has an MSRP of $44,092.

Purchase tickets at local Honda dealers in Austin, including Howdy Honda or visit any United Heritage Credit Union location for tickets. Call 512-443-4300 for more information! The raffle ends December 29th, 2017. Make sure your name is on the lucky ticket!




Check out Honda’s Super Bowl 2017 Commercial!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
2017 CR-V

Honda CR-V Super Bowl 2017 Commercial

To celebrate 20 years of one of the most popular SUVs in America, Honda produced “Yearbooks” for Super Bowl 51. The ad features some of the world’s biggest stars and takes viewers back in time through a look at the high-school dreams of those famous celebrities before they rose to stardom. Honda wants to remind viewers of “The Power of Dreams” and how it has inspired the CR-V’s evolution into what it is today. Enjoy the Honda CR-V Super Bowl 2017 Commercial below.  


The 2015 Honda Fit : SEMA Show Stopper

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Austin TX Honda dealer
Tjin Edition Honda Fit

Tjin Edition Honda Fit


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 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.”


Bisomoto Project Fit

Bisomoto Project Fit


Kenny Vinces Project Fit

Kenny Vinces Project Fit


MAD Industries Project Fit

MAD Industries Project Fit


Spoon Sports USA Project Fit

Spoon Sports USA Project Fit


Bisomoto Project Fit

Bisomoto Project Fit


Kontrabrands Project Fit

Kontrabrands Project Fit


HPD Fit B-spec race car

HPD Fit B-spec race car


Fit loaded with Honda Genuine Accessories

Fit loaded with Honda Genuine Accessories

Howdy Honda has over 60 Honda Fits available! Contact us for a test drive and details on Honda accessories!

Honda’s First Halloween Trick or Treating Event on Twitter

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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?”

Honda Treat Promo Terms

If you are looking for family friendly festivities in Central Texas visit for local Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses and more Halloween fun.

Happy Hondaween!

 Honda Halloween

The 2015 Honda Fit Project

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit

  • 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.”

2015 #ProjectFit

2015 #ProjectFit

I’m excited to vote and see each final product!

Project Fit FAQs

HondaStage Sweepstakes Comes To Austin City Limits 2014

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Honda Stage Fit for Music Sweeps

Honda Stage Fit for Music Sweeps

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.

The Honda Smart Home Offers Zero Carbon Living and Mobility

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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The Honda Smart Home is now complete! Honda first announced the development of the Smart Home project last year. It all started with this concept  and the completion of this eco-friendly foundation at the beginning of the year. Honda’s smart home was designed to generate more electricity than it consumes. Not only that, it can even power an electric Honda Fit with renewable energy. The Honda Smart Home is located in UC Davis West Village and a university faculty or staff member will live in the home for three years, during which Honda will collect data on how well the home performs. That data will then be published for academic researchers and utility companies to analyze.

This 1,944 square foot home uses renewable energy sources, sustainable building materials, and innovative construction techniques. The average home consumes 13.3 megawatt hours of electricity each year. The Honda Smart Home concept drastically reduces the amount of energy consumption with an impressive 2.6 megawatt hours. Mostly due to a 9.5 kW solar array on the roof. Some of the solar power stored goes directly to a Honda Fit EV which comes with the house. The Honda Fit can charge in just 2 hours!

“We are focused on more than just mobility,” said Michael Koenig, project leader. “As a society, we really need to look beyond just vehicles.” Only about a third of an average household’s carbon footprint is due to vehicle use. The Honda Smart Home aims to cut not only that, but the additional energy consumption that comes from lighting, heating, and air conditioning. In addition to solar panels, the Smart Home features a geothermal heat pump for hot water, heating and cooling. Shutters and vents open and close automatically for passive heating and cooling and all hot water pipes are designed to keep water travel distance as short as possible to minimize heat loss.

Koenig calls the Smart Home the “house of the near future,” and stresses that 90 percent of the technology involved in building the home is off-the-shelf and available today. “They’re not quite in the mainstream conversations people are having when they’re building their homes or remodeling their homes,” Koenig said.

Here is a time lapsed video of the Smart Home construction: