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.

MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Award Highlights

2018 Honda Odyssey | Sunny King Honda | Anniston, AL

Every year, since 1983, MotorWeek has presented its Drivers’ Choice Awards. These awards are handed out to the best vehicle from each segment depending on what you—the drivers—really want from a car. According to their website, this includes “price, practicality, performance and fuel efficiency.” This year’s awards made several worthy mentions of vehicles that we have here at Sunny King Honda.

Best Minivan – Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey was all-new for this model year, which is one of the reasons it was chosen by MotorWeek as their winner in this category. New comfort, new safety, new technology, and new family-oriented features all make this an excellent family hauler.

Best Small Car – Honda Civic

Thanks to its consistent reliability and intelligent design, the Honda Civic wins the Best Small Car award for the third year in a row. That’s, in part, is thanks to versatile variants including the Civic Si and the Type R Hatchback.

Best Family Sedan – Honda Accord

It turns out that the Honda Odyssey isn’t the only top-rated family hauler in the Honda lineup. The mid-size Honda Accord offers plenty of luxurious features, advanced technology and safety, and an efficient performance for a sedan that can’t help but stand out.

If you would like to get better acquainted with these award-winning Hondas, come visit us for a test drive at Sunny King Honda.

2018 Civic and CR-V Winners for AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards

AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice AwardsJust 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.

 

Civic Type R is the Digital Trends Car of 2017

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.

Civic Type R

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.

Honda is the 2018 “Best SUV Brand”

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?

 

Best SUV Brand

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.

Top Fall Festivals in Anniston, Alabama

Fall Festivals In AnnistonIf you live in Anniston or anywhere in east-central Alabama and you’re looking for some fun things to do this fall, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of the best fall festivals in Anniston, Alabama. Check out this list and the many other festivals going on in the Anniston area!

One festival our staff here at Sunny King Honda is all excited for is the CWM FatTire Festival, a mountain bike race and festival with music, vendors, a beer garden, and much more.

Another festival is the Fall Freedom Festival. With brand-new 2018 Harley Davidson models, catering by Johnny’s Bar-B-Que, and great live music, this is sure to be a fun one for the auto enthusiasts like us.

Then there’s LOBSTERFEST 2017, which will take place this Saturday, October 21. With delicious lobster, family fun events, and live music, this is a great event for all ages, and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

If you’re looking for some authentic autumn activities, the Bellview Fall Festival, held on October 28, includes a hayride, candy, and a chili cook-off.

Finally, you don’t want to miss the Blues and Brews Festival, a—you guessed it—blues music and craft beer festival taking place Saturday the 21st at the AMP at Anderson Square. Featuring five music artists, the event costs $30 to attend at the door. You must be 21 or over.

The Sunny King Honda staff wishes you a wonderful fall!

Fall Car Maintenance Checklist

Fall Car Maintenance

Getting regular service on your car is the best way to keep it running for as long as possible. As we transition into fall, check off these essential fall car maintenance tasks to make sure your car is ready for winter.

 

Brakes

One task you should do is have your brakes checked. Fallen leaves, rain, snow and ice are frequent hazards of fall and winter weather, which make things much more slippery. Good brakes can be the difference between getting in an accident and avoiding one. If your brake pads or thin or you have other issues, get it repaired before the weather gets any worse.

 

Lights

Make sure your headlights and taillights are working, and if you notice they’re foggy or dirty, now is a great time to clean them. In snowstorms, fog, and other bad weather, you want to make sure you can see well, and that other cars can see you.

 

Oil Change

Get an oil change if you’re due for one, and change your wiper blades. If you live in a snow-heavy area or if you’re traveling to one, then you might want to consider winter wiper blades, which are better at combatting snow and ice.

 

Check Your Battery

Finally, have both your battery and your heating and cooling systems checked. Not only is this important for staying warm, but it also keeps your engine at a normal temperature. And batteries are much more vulnerable to dying in cold weather, so if it’s old or weak, consider replacing it.

 

These are just a few maintenance tasks you should complete during the fall. For more fall service tips, reach out to us at Sunny King Honda!

Things to Do in Anniston: Explore the Area

Mountain Bike In Anniston

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 Accolades: The KBB Most Awarded Brand

2017 Honda CR-V

 

KBB 2017 Awards

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.

2018 Honda Accord is Being Redesigned

2018 Honda Accord redesign

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.