As the country continues to focus on reducing the number of COVID-19 cases, Honda is looking to help out. The carmaker has joined forces with General Motors to produce one of the most essential tools for frontline workers in this pandemic – hand sanitizer.
The Honda and General Motors partnership recently began working to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for healthcare workers across the country.
Through the two automaker’s existing Fuel Cell System manufacturing (FCSM) partnership, they are also working to produce as much hand sanitizer as possible to use in their own manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.
The Honda brand has already given 3,750 nine-ounce bottles to healthcare facilities in Ohio and Michigan. Overall, 75 percent of the hand sanitizer that Honda will receive from this partnership will be sent to healthcare facilities.
“It is inspiring to see how the automotive industry continues to find new and innovative ways to help society during this crisis,” said Cathy McEvilly, senior vice president and general counsel of Honda North America, Inc. “The commitment shown by Honda associates and their counterparts at GM is a source of pride to us and we are happy to provide something to help the brave health care professionals fighting this pandemic every day.”
The FCSM team is producing the hand sanitizer at its Brownstown, Michigan facility. It’s using repurposed equipment that usually creates fuel-cell fuel stacks for future hydrogen-powered vehicles.
We hope you’ll join all of us at Bryan Honda in celebrating these automakers’ commitment to keeping us all safe during these difficult times.
People around the world are reaching out and lending a helping hand in a time of need. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Honda is looking to help out, too. The carmaker recently started manufacturing and delivering vital ventilator parts to Dynaflo Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania. These Honda ventilator parts will allow Dynaflo to produce their diaphragm compressors – a key component of portable ventilators.
Honda is working with Dynaflo to produce 10,000 compressors every month, working to do so until the end of August. The Dynaflo portable ventilators are used in hospitals and by first responders across the country.
“Honda associates have successfully transformed a portion of our technical training center into an assembly line that will help support the urgent need to produce ventilator components,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President, Honda North America, Inc. “With our supply of these key components to Dynaflo, we hope to help address one of the most pressing needs within the COVID-19 crisis.”
To produce these parts, Honda has transformed its Technical Development Center in Marysville, Ohio, which stretches over 6,000 square feet. The Center has used its production expertise to ramp up production, ensuring best practices are used in compressor assembly. Each part is built and tested for quality before behind shipped to add to the ventilators.
If you want to learn more about how Honda is putting your health and safety at the forefront of its operations, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Bryan Honda.
Around the world, people are sitting in wait to get their hands on the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition model – and its current sale-speed reflects that. Recently, Honda put this special-edition model on sale on its Canadian website, and each of the 100 available units sold out within four minutes.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, either. In the United Kingdom, a similar event occurred with each of the 20 units available in the country going to buyers at roughly the same pace, highlighted just how people want to get their hands on this vehicle.
The Type R Limited Edition is currently available for a $1,000 deposit in the United States. It comes with a Phoenix Yellow exterior and a weight reduction to help increase its speed, while also boasting 20-inch BB alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tires, a new teardrop gear knob, and an Alcantara steering wheel.
Only 1,000 Civic Type R Limited Edition models were created to be sold around the world, and 600 will go on sale in the United States later this year. While we’re not sure what the exact pricing this model will have in the United States, we do know that it was listed in the UK for £39,995 – the equivalent of $46,600 USD. Since the US model will be slightly different than the European option, including standard features like an air-conditioning system – it will likely have a similar or slightly higher price tag.
While you wait for the Civic Type R Limited Edition to go on sale, take a look at the online inventory at Bryan Honda to check out the Civic.
As coronavirus continues to disrupt the world, many healthcare workers are spending their days fighting to keep us safe. To help out essential workers across the United States, Honda recently announced that it donated 70,000 face shields to those on the frontlines – and plants on giving at least 60,000 more.
Honda’s face shield donations were sent to 305 facilities in 45 states. The shields help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Honda produced these shields at the Honda Engineering North America production plant in Marysville, Ohio. The site took existing plastic injection molding equipment to create the clear plastic shields, then combined them with frames created at Honda of Canada Manufacturing.
“It was a comprehensive effort with our Honda design and manufacturing teams working together to quickly solve this challenge,” said Eric Walli, regional planning leader of Honda North America. “We were looking at materials, doing scientific work to understand if what we put in a face shield would be safe for humans to wear, an all of this was occurring as we sought to rapidly begin and then ramp up production.”
Honda has also contributed to preventing COVID-19 in other ways. Along with its face-shield production, the carmaker has turned multiple Honda Odyssey minivans into mobile coronavirus-testing transport vans in Detroit.
All of us at Bryan Honda are proud to be a part of the Honda family, and we hope you’ll join us in thanking it for its efforts to protect public health.
Finding a solid balance of power and efficiency isn’t always easy, but the 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV manages to do just that. As the newest hybrid hatchback in the Honda lineup, this model offers racetrack-inspired efficiency to match its fuel economy.
During the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced this electrified model, which combines a two-motor hybrid system with a 1.5-liter engine. The Fit e:HEV also comes with three driving modes to choose from – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive – which were inspired by the Honda Formula 1 program.
Each mode allows you to find the right balance of power and fuel efficiency based on your driving style at any given moment. It also utilizes an electronic control system to help you seamlessly switch between these options on the go.
“During a Formula 1 race weekend, teams have to manage very carefully how much fuel they use to comply with the sport’s regulations,” Yasuaki Asaki, the head of power unit development at Honda, explained, “In a race, we can divide the total fuel allowance over the number of laps, but there are going to be situations where a team might wish to use more fuel in order to get higher performance and in other parts of the race they will want to save fuel for later, while behind a safety car for example.”
Asaki has managed to “deliver the best possible power to efficiency ratio for the driver, in any required driving mode” because he utilized these practices, making the hybrid Fit a solid option in its segment.
All of us at Bryan Honda are continually impressed with the automaker’s engineering prowess, including currently available Honda Fit.
For many years, the Honda Civic has been known as being a solid option if you want a performance-oriented ride. During the Haltech World Cup Finals, this was highlighted when a modified Honda Civic set a brand-new speed record for the model. In just 1.1 seconds, this special Civic went from zero to 60 mph at the Maryland International Raceway, showcasing the model’s performance abilities.
To reach this record-breaking speed, the Civic was modified to become one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. It boasts a custom-built inline-four engine, which has billet pistons, a Supertech valvetrain, and custom cams to offer the most power possible. It also added 60 pounds to its own specs thanks to the use of a Garrett GTX50 76-mm turbocharger. With this additional heft, it had a total system output of 1,500 horsepower.
A Motech ECU was used to help run the entire setup, giving the Civic the outstanding acceleration it needed to beat the previous record. The Civic also had an all-wheel-drive system and a four-speed dogbox instead of the usual six-speed manual transmission.
This Civic didn’t just post a record-breaking zero-to-60-mph time of 1.1 seconds. The coupe drag car also ran a quarter-mile time of 7.45 seconds, which is a world record for an all-wheel-drive Honda vehicle.
Even though the 2020 Honda Civics on the lot here at Bryan Honda may not be a match for the record-setting model on the track, they’re still exceptional family sedans.
Honda is lending a helping hand in this trying time. The brand recently announced its goal to help associates, customers, partners, and communities throughout the country with an initial donation of $1 million. This pledge will go towards food banks and meal programs across North America.
In addition to this promise, when a Honda associate donates to a local food program, the brand will match up to $1,000 for each individual gift.
“We are focusing our societal response on three vital and immediate human needs,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America. “We are addressing food insecurity at a time when many families are struggling, investigating the potential to use our manufacturing know-how to produce medical equipment to help those battling COVID-19, and deploying our associate ‘virtual volunteers,’ to help people in need.”
Honda is also donating N-95 masks to healthcare providers and manufacturing protective face shields with repurposed 3D printers. The carmaker is even partnering with other companies to build critical medical equipment to help fight the disease.
And that’s not all. The brand has even set up a new temporary paid personal leave of absence program, which allows eligible associates to receive full pay for up to 10 non-production business days.
To learn more about how the entire Honda family — including everyone here at Bryan Honda — is working to keep you safe, give us a call today.
Sometimes, two heads are better than one. That’s why Honda has teamed up with General Motors (GM) to help take them into the future of electric vehicles. The Honda and GM partnership will result in the building of two new electric cars, allowing both brands to expand their electrified lineup.
The new EVs will use GM batteries that are manufactured at its plants in North America. Honda will design the interiors and exteriors of the vehicles.
“This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor. “We are in discussions with one another regarding the possibility of further extending our partnership.”
Along with utilizing GM’s batteries, the vehicles will also use the brand’s hands-free advanced driver-assistance technology. It will also use the OnStar® safety and security telematics services, while still being badged as a Honda vehicle.
This isn’t the first time that Honda and GM have partnered up. They previously worked together on the Cruise Origin, an electrified vehicle that was self-driving and meant for sharing city rides. It launched earlier this year in San Francisco.
Honda expects the two electrified vehicles to go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2024.
This newest partnership between Honda and GM is exciting, and we can’t wait to see you here at Bryan Honda when the two mystery EVs finally hit the road.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid might be new to the Honda lineup, but it’s a solid option if you want a ride that’s both family-friendly and efficient. Now available in dealerships across the United States with a starting MSRP of just $27,750, the CR-V Hybrid is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.
This hybrid crossover balances efficiency and power. Its two-motor hybrid system uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that allows it to get a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. With these numbers, the CR-V Hybrid is actually the most powerful of the entire CR-V lineup in addition to being the most efficient.
The 2020 CR-V Hybrid has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which gives it a combined fuel-efficiency rating of 38 mpg.** It also comes standard with all-wheel drive and has three driving modes to choose from to suit your mood.
With the CR-V Hybrid, you will also get a range of standard features. This includes the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistance technology, automatic climate control, LED headlights, a push-button start, smart entry, and automatic high beams.
To learn more about the powerful, efficient 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, please reach out to us here at Bryan Honda.
The 2020 sales year is continuing on solid footing for Honda. The carmaker recently published the Honda February sales, and it saw year-over-year increases all around. Its truck lineup, in particular, had its best February sales yet – and it’s likely only going to improve with the release of the first-ever 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, which arrived in dealerships on March 1st.
“These are challenging times for our industry and the world, so it’s gratifying to see our sales grow in February, led by strong demand for Honda light trucks, and Civic sales gains demonstrating once again that cars still matter,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Auto Sales Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The Honda truck lineup saw an increase of 6.6 percent in its February year-over-year sales numbers. This was aided by the HR-V posting a new record with a 14.4 percent increase. The Ridgeline also saw a solid sales rise after going up 46.8 percent compared to last year’s sales, while the Odyssey led the minivan segment.
Other Honda models saw gains, too. This includes the Honda Civic, which saw a year-over-year February sales increase of 11.5 percent. The Accord Hybrid and Insight also posted sales bumps of 10.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.
There was a total sales increase for American Honda of 4.2 percent in February, with a total of 120,006 vehicles with happy new drivers.
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, give us a call at Bryan Honda. One of our experts will be happy to discuss what makes Honda’s current lineup so appealing.