Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Honda Accord Named "2014 Green Car of the Year" by Green Car Journal

The 2014 Honda Accord, America's top-selling car with retail car customers, has been named the "2014 Green Car of the Year®" by Green Car Journal.  The award recognizes the class-leading environmental performance of the Accord family of vehicles, including the fuel-efficient and low emissions Accord 4-cylinder and V-6 Coupe and Sedan, the EPA-rated 50 mpg city Accord Hybrid and the EPA-rated 115 MPGe combined Accord Plug-in Hybrid. 

"Led by the 2014 Accord Hybrid, the entire Accord lineup really embodies the promise of the Honda brand to deliver both fun-to-drive enjoyment and outstanding fuel efficiency at the highest level," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Automobile Operations at American Honda. "I want to say thank you to Green Car Journal, not just for honoring Accord, but for shining a spotlight on the environment and our shared vision for an ultra-low carbon future."

2014 Green Car of the Year® jurorsselected the Accord as the winning model for many reasons, not the least of which is its ability to offer an efficient choice for a wide range of buyers, from those seeking better fuel efficiency in a conventionally powered model to those desiring the milestone efficiency of a world-class hybrid or plug-in hybrid. In addition to the "Green Car of the Year" honor, the Accord was earlier honored as one of Green Car Journal's 'Top 5 Green Cars for 2014' and additionally earned the magazine's 'Green Car Product of Excellence' distinction. 

"With its efficient internal combustion, hybrid, and plug-in choices, the 2014 Honda Accord delivers exactly what consumers are looking for today," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "It all comes together this year for the Accord in ways that speak to significant environmental performance built into a mainstream, volume model that's a joy to drive. The Accord is a deserving winner of Green Car Journal's 2014 Green Car of the Year."

The 2014 Accord is the second Honda brand vehicle named as "Green Car of the Year" in the past three years, joining the 2012 Civic Natural Gas, which netted the distinction in 2011.

2014 Honda Accord
The 2014 Accord lineup features Honda's innovative Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrains, including Honda's next-generation 2.4-liter, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission or 6-speed manual transmission. The Accord Plug-In, with an 115 MPGe combined EPA fuel-economy rating, and the Accord Hybrid Sedan, with a class-leading 50 mpg EPA city fuel-economy rating, are powered an all-new highly efficient Atkinson cycle engine and two-motor hybrid system. Fuel efficiency is the best ever for Accord in the EPA Midsize class, with 4-cylinder models earning a 36 mpg highway EPA rating and the V-6 models garnering a 34 mpg highway EPA rating.

In addition to fuel economy ratings leadership, the Accord has continually led the industry in meeting strict emissions standards. The Accord Plug-In is the first vehicle to achieve SULEV 20 emissions standards, with the lowest tailpipe emissions of any ICE vehicle currently available. Additionally the Accord was the first vehicle to meet ULEV (1998) and SULEV (2000) emissions standards.

Accord was the most popular midsize passenger car in America through September of 2013, based on sales to individual (non-fleet) car buyers, according to new vehicle registration data from R.L. Polk.

Come test drive an Accord today at Executive Honda and be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter for further news and updates.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Honda Wins ALG's 2014 Residual Value Award for Best Mainstream Brand for the Second Straight Year

For the second straight year, Honda is the recipient of multiple 2014 Residual Value Awards from ALG, including the top honor of Best Mainstream Brand. Additionally, the Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Honda Fit and Honda CR-V each received individual Residual Value Awards as the highest ranked vehicles in their respective segments. As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG's annual Residual Value Awards recognize automakers' outstanding achievements for vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year period.

"Providing long-term value for our customers is a top priority at Honda," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations at American Honda. "Honda's commitment to retail sales leadership through top-quality, well-equipped vehicles is a major differentiator for our brand that will pay dividends to our customers for years to come."

The Honda brand was named the Best Mainstream Brand for 2013 and now again in 2014, recognizing the entire Honda lineup for exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability, and long-term reliability. The Accord ranked the highest in the ultra-competitive Midsize Car category for the second straight year. The Odyssey prevailed in the Best Minivan (MPV) category, retaining the top spot for the third consecutive year. The Fit received a Residual Value Award for the sixth consecutive year in the Sub-Compact Car category. The Honda CR-V secured the top position in the Compact Utility category. Since 2000, the Honda brand has earned 32 model awards and eight overall brand awards from ALG.

"Honda used solid fundamentals to earn its second consecutive mainstream brand award," said Eric Lyman, Vice President of Editorial for ALG. "The brand's lack of fleet, lowest-in-industry incentives and quality reputation make it a continual frontrunner in the battle for best residual values."
Award winners are determined through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing and marketing strategies represent key factors that impact ALG's residual value forecasts.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Honda FCEV Concept to Make World Debut at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Yesterday a sketch was released of the Honda FCEV Concept in advance of its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20. The concept model expresses a potential styling direction for Honda's next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) launching in the U.S and Japan in 2015 and later in Europe.

 "The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company's vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future.

Honda has led the industry in the development and deployment of fuel-cell electric vehicles. In 2002, Honda was the first automaker to begin a retail initiative with the leasing of its fuel-cell electric vehicles to fleet customers. Honda also was the first automaker to put a fuel-cell electric vehicle in the hands of an individual retail consumer in 2005. Today, about two dozen customers are driving the FCX Clarity – enjoying the benefits of driving this advanced technology vehicle, while also contributing valuable experience, helping Honda to advance fuel-cell technology for the future.

Further details about the Honda FCEV Concept and the enhanced 2014 Civic, America's best-selling compact car, will be revealed on Nov. 20 at 1:35 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

All-New 2014 Accord Hybrid Sale

Forget the candy corn, the must-have Halloween treat this year is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, with an exceptional EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg city and fun-to-drive performance, sophisticated styling and premium comfort features. The Accord Hybrid goes on sale today to be spirited away from Honda dealerships across the country with an MSRP starting from $29,155.

Behind the Accord Hybrid's class-leading fuel-economy rating is Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system. The innovative and elegant system transitions seamlessly between electric motor power, gasoline engine power and hybrid gas-electric propulsion, delivering power to the wheels without the need for a conventional transmission.

Sharing the Accord Sedan's sophisticated design yet with exclusive styling accents, the made-in-America Accord Hybrid comes very well equipped with standard features including LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Smart Entry, Honda Lane Watch™ and Rearview camera, plus a 10-way power driver's seat, heated side mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Accord Hybrid EX-L adds numerous premium features including leather seating, heated front seats with memory driver's seat, 360-watt premium audio, 4-way power front passenger's seat, and power moonroof. The line-topping Accord Hybrid Touring adds a HDD navigation system, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and Homelink™.

2014 Accord Hybrid Pricing:
TRIM MSRP EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
Hybrid $29,155 50/45/47
Hybrid EX-L $31,905 50/45/47
Hybrid Touring $34,905 50/45/47

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