Keep Your Car Running with These Spring Car Care Tips

Spring Car Care Tips

As the winter weather begins to wind down, we’re finally able to start looking forward to spring. To get us ready for the warmer weather — and to keep your vehicle running as smoothly as possible — we thought we’d share some spring car care tips.

Give your car a spring cleaning

Deep cleans don’t only have to occur in your home – you should also clean your car inside and out when the weather gets warmer. Give it a good exterior wash and wax, then follow that up by tidying your cabin. Throw out any trash that you might have collected in the winter and vacuum to pick up any salt or dirt that found its way into your vehicle.

Check your tires

Warmer weather means that your tire pressure can fluctuate, increasing after the cold winter – especially if you filled your tires during the winter to compensate for lower pressure readings. As the roads get slicker, too, it’s important to make sure your tires are wearing properly and get them rotated if you haven’t recently.

Change your wiper blades

Spring showers mean your windshield wipers need to be in good working order. Make sure your wipers don’t have any cracks or wear and, if they do, go ahead and replace them with new ones.

If your car needs further care, or if you’d rather just let someone else take care of it, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment at Sunny King Honda. We’ll make sure your car is ready for the warmer weather!

Honda Truck Sales Set New Record in 2018

Honda Truck Sales - Anniston, AL

Honda has finished 2018 with a bang. The Japanese carmaker recently posted its 2018 years sales highlights, and it has finished the year with some impressive improvements.

Honda truck sales has specifically seen an improvement. This segment set both new monthly sales records and annual records, making 2018 the fourth year in a row of record light-truck sales. The CR-V led the way with 42,079 units sold in December, which marks a 13.8% sales gain. The Pilot set its own new annual record, beating its previous record by over 7,000 units. Honda’s three-row SUV was also considered the fastest growing SUV in its segment for 2018.

“In 2018, we took advantage of the continued consumer shift toward light trucks, contributing to another record year for our Honda and Acura light-truck businesses,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division.

Along with these record truck sales, the Accord increased its year-over-year December sales by 29.4% with a total of 28,627 sales. This midsize sedan had the highest transaction prices in the midsize segment, while the Civic compact car managed to hold on to its crown as the best-selling retail compact car in America for the ninth consecutive year.

Honda trucks and SUVs are among the most respected in the industry. Check out the CR-V, Ridgeline and the others at Sunny King Honda to see what they’re all about.

New Honda SUV Marketing Campaign Asks, “Why Not?”

New Honda SUV marketing campaign - Anniston, AL

The SUV segment is becoming more popular than ever. Honda in particular has boasted significant sales growth in this region, highlighted by more than 40% growth in Pilot sales and the battle by the CR-V to be the #1 SUV in America. Because of this, the brand is debuting a new Honda SUV marketing campaign.

Throughout this campaign, Honda will work to highlight how its SUV lineup will help meet the need of all consumers. It will also promote the carmaker’s recent “Best SUV Brand for 2018” accolade it received from U.S. News & World Report.

“We set out to create a campaign that showcases the breadth of the Honda SUV family while showing how each vehicle is tailored to meet the unique needs of our customers,” said Susie Rossick, assistant vice president of Honda Marketing. “Honda SUV customers are showing significant sales growth in all buyer segments, which is why now is the right time to tout our strong and flexible SUV lineup across all audiences.”

The campaign itself will have two new multicultural spots that will incorporate insights around the brand’s Hispanic and African-American buyers; it will also shine the spotlight on the HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot models — and how there is a Honda SUV for every customer need.

If Honda’s new SUV marketing campaign drives you to shop for a new SUV, make sure to swing by Sunny King Honda. Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you!

Why Changing Oil is Important

Why changing oil is important

A car needs many different fluids of varying viscosities to operate, but few fluids are as important as oil. Check out why changing the oil is important to maximizing your vehicle’s lifespan.

Lubricates

Dozens of moving parts make up a car’s engine. Many of these parts move at high speeds and can damage other parts if they aren’t properly lubricated. Owners can consult the owner’s manual or a dealership service technician to determine that the proper oil is used to lubricate the engine.

Cools

Thanks to so many parts moving at high speeds, the engine heats up rather quickly. As oil moves through the engine, it takes some of that excess heat along with it, effectively cooling the engine. Routine oil changes allow the oil to cool the engine more efficiently.

Protects

To put it simply, routine oil changes protect the engine. Old oil can’t cool, lubricate, and protect the engine as well as fresh oil. Drivers who forego routine oil changes could see a shorter engine lifespan in their vehicle.

Efficiency

A poorly lubricated engine won’t make the most of every drop of fuel. Routine oil changes can improve fuel economy by up to two percent. That may not seem like much, but it adds up over time. Consider improved fuel economy an added bonus to a properly maintained, cooled, and protected engine.

If you need an oil change, or are not sure whether you need an oil change, visit us at Sunny King Honda. We’ll make sure your car is in tip-top shape for its next trip.

2019 Honda Insight Safety Earns Top Ratings from IIHS and NHTSA

Honda Insight safety

The 2019 Honda Insight, Honda’s hybrid compact car, has earned a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The NHTSA and IIHS are highly respected in the auto industry for their extensive crash test ratings. The NHTSA’s website displays any recalls, investigations, and complaints about a vehicle, which the 2019 Insight has none of, as well as its crash test ratings, in which the Insight received straight 5-star ratings.

The IIHS has strict criteria for its Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. Top Safety Picks have to achieve high scores in crash tests, but to earn the Plus rating, they also have to have high-quality front crash prevention technology.

Thanks to the many 2019 Honda Insight safety features such as standard Honda Sensing® technology, this hybrid is among the highest-rated vehicles across the market and especially in its segment. The Honda Sensing®suite includes of Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and other features that work together to keep drivers safe in every situation.

The Insight isn’t just a good option in terms of safety — it’s also incredibly fuel-efficient thanks to its powerful hybrid engine, offers sporty styling with great curb appeal, and is spacious and comfortable despite its convenient, maneuverable small size. Test drive it today at Sunny King Honda.

How to Decorate Your Honda for Halloween

Decorate Your Honda“Trunk or treat” events are quickly gaining attention over traditional trick or treating. If you’re attending one of these events soon, here are some tips to help your decorate your Honda for these family-friendly community gatherings.

 

I Spy

This idea is both creative and adds a level of interactivity to your car. Fill the trunk of your Honda with various dolls, stuffed animals, toys, and other knick-knacks and trinkets, then have trick-or-treaters play I Spy!

Dinosaur Fossils

Decorate your car with pictures of dinosaurs and exotic trees, then set out a small, makeshift sandbox filled with candy that kids have to dig out.

Pirate Treasure

X marks the spot! Fill your trunk with fake gold coins and plastic bead jewelry, as well as a couple skeletons for good measure, as well as a treasure chest full of candy. Bonus points if you dress up as a pirate, too.

Coffee Shop Drive-Thru

Setting this up requires a bit of additional supplies, like a cardboard cut-out drive-thru window. Dress up like a barista and lean out the “window” to give trick-or-treaters exactly what they ordered.

Toaster

For a low-effort decoration, just put two “slices” of bread sticking out the top of your vehicle to make your Honda look like a toaster.

 

Of course, to trunk or treat with the neighborhood, you’ll need a car. Check out our selection at Sunny King Honda today.

See the Wizard of Oz at Oxford Performing Arts Center in October

Crowd at Event

At Sunny King Honda, we’re always happy to highlight remarkable events in our community, but there’s one upcoming shin-dig that we’re particularly excited to share with you: The Wizard of Oz the musical is coming to Oxford Performing Arts Center!

Head to Oxford Performing Arts Center at 7:00 PM on October 18th for this one-night-only performance. This show is just a stop on the Broadway cast’s national tour, so now’s your only chance to enjoy a first-class musical performance without travelling all the way to The Big Apple.

The musical is developed from the timelessly famous 1939 film. Anyone who loves the movie will adore this opportunity to hear their favorite songs performed live and on stage.

Do you want to turn the show into a romantic evening for you and your significant other? Grab dinner at Garfrerick’s Café beforehand. In the mood for something more casual? Then we casually suggest stopping into Cheaha Brewing Company in Anniston for a bite and a brew. Or are you bringing the whole family along? Fill up at Brad’s Bar-B-Que before heading somewhere over the rainbow.

Make October 18th your night to show your Oxford community and its local businesses some love before enjoying the talents of those fine performers from New York. Our Sunny King Honda community will be doing the same!

Atlanta Summer Activities for the Whole Family

Atlanta summer activities

There’s just a few more weeks until the kids start school, so now’s the time to find things to do so that summer ends spectacularly. These Atlanta summer activities can certainly help.

 

Georgia Aquarium

Get out of the summer heat and enjoy the water in a different way by visiting the Georgia Aquarium, a nonprofit focused on the effort of promoting aquatic biodiversity. The aquarium is filled with over 10 million gallons of water and various forms of sea life.

World of Coke

Dedicated to celebrating the heritage of Coca-Cola, World of Coke is located at Pemberton Place and has been an integral attraction in Atlanta for over 25 years. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process, learn about the history of Coca-Cola, and enjoy a refreshing drink.

Zoo Atlanta

Take the whole family to see exotic animals from all over the world. There’s plenty to do here, from its various exhibits to an onsite playground, a rock wall, the Treetop Trail, and even a petting zoo.

Atlanta Braves Games

Is there anything that says “summertime in America” quite like baseball season? It’s not too late to catch a game with the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.

 

Make lasting family memories with these Atlanta summer activities. If you need a vehicle to get you there, visit Sunny King Honda before the summer ends.

Honda and GM Team Up for Next Generation Battery System

There is no denying that the future of the automotive industry will rely more heavily on electricity and battery power. Current battery systems are getting smaller and offering more electric driving range. However, to help advance this technology even further, Honda and GM have joined forces. This will help both companies accelerate their respective plans for all-electric vehicles.

“In addition to our ongoing joint development and production of fuel cells, this battery component collaboration will enable us to take a new step toward the realization of a sustainable society,” said Takashi Sekiguchi, Chief Officer for Automobile Operations and Managing Officer of Honda.

As part of this agreement, the two companies will collaborate on GM’s next generation battery system with Honda sourcing the battery modules from GM. Each company will be able to use the technology in the distinct vehicles. With a larger, global production scale, both automakers will be able to provide better overall value to customers.

This is not the first time Honda and GM have worked together. They previously formed the first manufacturing joint venture for an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system. This collaboration should produce a new hydrogen system by 2020 that is more affordable and efficient.

Here at Sunny King Honda, we are excited to see what innovation Honda will introduce next.

2019 Honda Insight Plant in Indiana

2019 Honda Insight

 

Honda has made a major investment in its Indiana and Ohio production facilities. Part of that investment includes launching the production of the all-new 2019 Honda Insight in Indiana. The Honda Insight is powered by a two-motor hybrid powertrain that generates 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque.

What & Where

A $61.5 million investment aims to add to Honda’s electrified vehicle portfolio. The Honda Insight will be produced exclusively at the Greensburg, Indiana production facility. Three Ohio facilities will produce powertrain parts that make the Insight into an efficient sedan drivers are sure to love.

$32.5 million of the investment is going towards producing the all-new Honda Insight. A new 19,200-sq ft. building expansion will be home to assembly of the Insight’s front end. Other processes directed to the 2019 Insight include high-voltage wiring and the power control system.

When

The 2019 Honda Insight will land in dealership showrooms this summer. It will slot between the Civic and Accord with seating for five. The Honda Sensing® safety suite comes standard on all models. The Insight marks the fifth electrified Honda model launched in the past 18 months.

With the launch of the Honda Insight, the manufacturer is on track to achieve its goal of electrified vehicles making up more than half of its sales by 2030. Here at Sunny King Honda, we’re excited to see what Honda’s electrified future will bring to the industry.