Possible Mid-Size Honda SUV in the Works Based on Pilot

There are rumors that a mid-size Honda SUV may be in the works that would be a smaller version of the full-size Pilot. Honda currently has the compact CR-V and the subcompact HR-V, so it has plenty of room in the lineup for a two-row mid-size.

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The Rumor

The smaller version of the Pilot, which would have much of the same build but be built on a shorter wheelbase, would compete with other segment leaders like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge. Autoblog suggests the mid-size SUV may be around 187 inches long and be priced at about $27,000, squarely between the CR-V and the Pilot and on par with other vehicles in the segment.

WardsAuto came out with the news about the mid-size Pilot first, and while they have no guesses as to what the name will be, Car and Driver thinks they may revive the Passport moniker. Autoblog disagrees, saying it may go the way of Hyundai and Mitsubishi and call it the Honda Pilot Sport or just come up with an entirely new name.

Production on the new mid-size SUV will begin in September of next year. For more information on this or the Honda SUV lineup, give us a call at Bryan Honda!

Honda Little League Field Restoration in Houston

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Using its versatile Ridgeline pickup truck, Honda has restored an OFA Little League Field in Houston that was damaged throughout 2016 by flooding. Honda donated $55,000 to the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project to get these facilities back up and running.

Honda performed a huge range of renovations and upgrades including regrading their fields, restoring their dugouts, replacing the protective netting, and installing new equipment for the concession stands. Local Honda dealers participated to make the renovations a
reality as well as volunteers and the Honda Ridgeline truck.

The Honda Little League project is a reflection of the long-standing relationship between Honda and Little League Baseball and Softball. Honda has been a Little League sponsor since 1996 and has donated more than $1.2 million to underfunded teams in the last 21 years. Susie Rossick, the Assistant Vice President of Honda Automobile Marketing, said that “Honda is dedicated to helping young people strive to pursue their dreams” through the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project.

The Ridgeline, which was named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year, is packed with design innovations like an in-bed trunk that makes it the perfect truck for projects like this one.

For more information about the Honda Ridgeline or what Honda is doing for your community, give us a call at Bryan Honda.

Honda’s Georgia Plant Receives $100 Million Investment

Honda’s Georgia Plant Receives $100 Million

When it comes to the minivan segment, the Honda Odyssey is a game-changer. With extremely thoughtful features like a rear-seat entertainment system, an in-van vacuum cleaner, and a 115V power outlet, there’s no doubt that this van is ahead of the curve. Yet, it’s about to become even more advanced, thanks to Honda’s investments in its northwest Georgia Plant.

When Honda’s Georgia plant receives $100 million in investments from Honda, it will be put towards developing the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles. The first vehicle to receive the new 10-speed automatic transmission will be the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Later, the same transmission will go into other Honda and Acura vehicles, but for now the Honda-engineered transmission is getting tested on the minivan.

So, why the change? The new 10-speed automatic transmission is expected to greatly increase fuel efficiency as well as acceleration. It should also change gears more quickly, making highway driving more productive and responsive.

Over 18,000 Georgians are employed at automobile factories of some kind. Honda’s new transmission isn’t just good for its lineup, but it’s positive for the job market, too. We can wait to test it out at Bryan Honda, and invite you to join us as soon as it’s available to test drive.

New Honda Civic Type R Is Set to Hit the US

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The Civic Type R is getting plenty of attention from car enthusiasts worldwide, as this new prototype is a promising new take on a classic Honda sedan. The Civic Type R promises up to 300 horsepower and a tuned six-speed transmission, as well as record-setting lap times. This sporty new special edition could just be on the market in the next year or so.

According to CNET, the Honda Civic Type R is a new version of the latest 2017 Honda Civic to hit the market. The Type R comes with great changes, including improved air intake, carbon fiber trim, a front splitter, 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and more. Though this model is offered currently as a hatchback in Japan, the brand recently announced that it will hit the US sometime in the next year.

True Honda fans probably recognize that the Civic Type R was actually released several years ago, first with the NSX and then the Integra. The Civic version came along in the late 1990s and again in the early 2000s, offering up to 182 horsepower. However, the 2017 version promises to nearly double the power of the older version.

What else is new on the Civic Type R? This model also has a mechanical limited-slip differential for added handling around corners, as well as adjustable dampers, front struts, and more. Other great features include Agile Steering Assist torque-vectoring, improving performance on the track. We can’t wait to see the latest Type R when it makes its way to the US.

Honda Serial One Restoration Complete

Honda Serial OneIn 1969 after becoming the best-selling motorcycle brand in the United States, Honda introduced the N600 to our shores. After nearly 50 years of sitting in a junk pile, someone discovered Serial One—an N600 with VIN 1000001. However, they didn’t even know what they had found.

This historic vehicle was in dire shape, but was given to LA-based mechanic Tim Mings for a full restoration. Something he does on a full-time basis. When Mings made the serial number discovery, he contacted Honda and of course they became involved in the restoration.

The project took over a year to complete and the car had to be taken apart down to its sheet metal before any rebuilding could begin. Honda documented the entire process and has released a series of videos so fans could follow along.

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“Throughout the incredible journey of Honda’s Serial One to a complete restoration, fans have been able to witness firsthand how meticulous the process has been to bring the first N600 in America back to its original form,” said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. “Sharing the restoration process with car enthusiasts and Honda fans everywhere is what this program has been all about.”

The finished product was unveiled at the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California this summer.