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.
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.
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.
Honda has reached an important milestone in the journey to make veicles in its lineup safer and smarter than ever before. The Honda Sensing ® technology, which will be standard across all Honda vehicles by the year 2022, can now be found in over one million vehicles sold in the United States. Honda Sensing ® was also honored by a study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which demonstrated the technology’s effectiveness.
How Many Involved
69 percent of 2018 model-year vehicles sold by Honda have Honda Sensing ® technology installed on them, indicating that the technology’s application has more than doubled since 2016. Additionally, the study from the IIHS indicated that not only are fewer people injured in vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing ® , but the injuries are less severe and insurance claims less expensive. Honda also recently announced plans to have automatic emergency braking installed on 95% of vehicles by 2020, two years ahead of the legal requirement.
Honda Sensing ® technology is proven to reduce risk of injury and damage in collisions, as well as playing a role in reducing the number of collisions on the road in the first place. Honda’s goals point to a safer and more innovative future in the auto industry.
If you’d like more information about the amazing safety suite, feel free to ask our team at Sunny King Honda.
Just this month, the 2018 Honda Civic and CR-V were honored by being named overall winners in AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards. The Civic won the Best Car of the Year category, whereas the CR-V swept in the Best Utility Vehicle of the Year category. Honda was the most awarded brand within the awards, leading five segments and garnering seven awards total.
Along with the two awards above, Honda beat out the competition and came out on top in the following categories: Best Compact Vehicle of the Year – 2018 Honda Civic, Best Hatchback of the Year – 2018 Honda Fit, Best Sedan of the Year – 2018 Honda Accord, Best Van of the Year – 2018 Honda Odyssey, and Best Small SUV of the Year – 2018 Honda CR-V. The Civic was completely redesigned in 2015, introducing new mechanical specifications and advanced technologies in its most diverse lineup ever. Additionally, the CR-V was completely overhauled in its 2017 model, making similar mechanical and technological advancements that have pleased consumers everywhere.
To determine who receives these awards, AutoWeb performs a thorough review of vehicle price quote requests it receives over its network of auto websites, gathering data from over 120 million potential car buyers in the course of a year.
To see these award-winning vehicles for yourself, be sure to stop by Sunny King Honda.
There are all kinds of fun, reliable, and efficient vehicles in the Honda lineup. At Sunny King Honda, we’re never surprised to see when one of these cars earns an award, but we sure are proud to be a vendor of these vehicles. One Honda car in particular was recently honored by technology news site Digital Trends when the Honda Civic Type R was named the Best Car of 2017.
The Honda Civic Type R has a number of different things that make it stand out from competitors, as well as features that differentiate it from the rest of the Honda Civic lineup. The Honda Civic Type R is a performance-oriented version of this reliable compact car, taking that long-lasting and efficient engineering and adding to it a sporty design and a thrilling powertrain. The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo® engine which gets paired with a 6-speed manual transmission that enhances the drive with hands-on control.
Despite its impressive power and its chassis engineered for performance, the Honda Civic Type R is quite affordable, and still brings to the table other admirable Honda qualities, such as practical and sophisticated comfort and advanced safety. That’s why Digital Trends chose the Honda Civic Type R as its Best Car of 2017, for it’s just as practical as it is thrilling, and that’s a pretty impressive package.
Today many families are turning to the SUV instead of the minivan. The segment tends to offer more luxury options, greater capability, more versatility in the cabin, and connected technology. But with so many SUVs on the market, how can a person choose the right one?
Shoppers can start by turning to the SUV brand that gets ranked the highest. It’s a great honor for the team at Sunny King Honda to report that according to U.S. News & World Report, the Best SUV Brand of 2018 is Honda.
The Honda SUV lineup includes a versatile selection that suits not only families but young couples and individuals who are looking for capable, sophisticated rides. From the spacious Honda Pilot SUV to the sub-compact Honda HR-V, which makes transitioning from city to to off-road simple, the Honda SUV lineup has something for everyone.
U.S. News & World Report picked this lineup for its impressive safety features which come in the Honda Sensing® safety suite of driver-assist tools. The brand was also chosen for its reliability, which is certainly an important feature to shoppers in all circumstances.
We’re happy to have the Best SUV Brand on our lot at Sunny King Honda. If you’re looking for the best option out there, don’t hesitate to stop by and try out of these versatile SUVs at your leisure.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey arrives completely redesigned this year. Some notable changes include sliding second-row seats, lots of new technology, and available premium features to make the Odyssey more sophisticated than ever.
Standard features on all models include anti-lock brakes, a rearview camera, stability control, front-impact airbags, overhead airbags, side impact airbags, knee airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, seatbelt pretensioners, and an ignition-disabling security system.
Beyond these basic features, there are a lot of available safety features. The EX trim, which is just one step above the base LX trim, comes equipped with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning and mitigation.
For even more security, the Touring model comes equipped with front and rear parking sensors and HondaLink services. HondaLink adds extra peace of mind with mobile features that include Automatic Collision Notification, Personal Data Wipe that can reset your navigation system, enhanced roadside assistance with live help, and more.
Come test drive the 2018 Honda Odyssey at Sunny King Honda to see how safe you and your loved ones can feel with a signature Honda vehicle.
Anniston, Alabama is a welcoming community with tons of events and activities. At Sunny King Honda, we’re proud to serve the Anniston area, as there is a wide selection of things to do. Whether you’d like to learn more about local history or see some of the coolest nearby landmarks, there’s something for everyone in Anniston.
Things To Do
One of the top things to do in Anniston is to visit the Anniston Museum of Natural History. This museum has tons of open-air exhibits, mummies, and more. There are educational programs offered by the museum, and many people will enjoy exploring the outdoor nature trails offered by the museum. Some of the central exhibits focus on North America and Africa, including ancient Egypt.
Next, check out the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail. Perfect for those who want to hike on foot or cyclists who want to explore off-road trails, the Coldwater Trail has everything you could ever want. With stunning views, challenging trails, and various flora and fauna, anyone can enjoy this trail.
Finally, stop by the Happy Hour Comedy Club. You can see some of your favorite performers here, eat great food, and have a good time. Few things compare to a local comedy club on a Friday night, so be sure to visit. These are just some of the many things we love to do around town, and we hope you’ll enjoy them too.
Honda has won a handful of awards for the 2017 lineup in the past; in fact, Honda was even named the Most Awarded Brand of 2017 by Kelley Blue Book (KBB). KBB is an industry leader in automotive reviews, offering objective evaluations of some of the industry’s most popular vehicles. And, it seems that Honda is the among the top on the market.
According to The News Wheel, Honda earned 28 awards from KBB for 2017 models, more than any other brand. Some of the top awards include recognition for having affordable cars, vehicles that are great for families, quality engineering, and more. The Accord earned the most awards, gaining recognition in seven areas.
“Honda’s extensive portfolio of cars and SUVs, as well as its truck and minivan, top decades of reliability and strong resale value with fun-to-drive appeal and thoughtful touches,” wrote KBB.com editors. “The Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline all won awards this year—including four Best Buy Awards—for a jaw-dropping 28 accolades.”
The Civic also won several awards, while the CR-V was the top scoring crossover. If you’d like a truly award-winning vehicle, check out the 2017 Honda lineup today at Sunny King Honda.
For the 2018 model year, the popular Honda Accord is being redesigned. This next-generation model will offer buyers a more modern car with some great updates. One notable change is that Honda will no longer offer an Accord coupe model.
Buyers will get to choose from two turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a hybrid powertrain. In addition, there are three transmission options: manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT), or automatic. Honda will officially release efficiency information closer to the fall; however, we expect to see some gains in fuel economy, based on these updates.
Safety-wise, the Accord is receiving another big update. Honda says nearly 55 percent of the Accord’s structure will be made from high-strength steel to help withstand the forces of an accident. Additionally, every model will come standard with HondaSensing technology. This technology includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition technology, and more.
Inside, drivers will find an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system that works in a similar way to a smartphone, making it even more user-friendly.
The all-new, redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will be coming to Sunny King Honda this fall. Give us a call today if you want to be one of the first in line to take home this next-generation model.