Formula 1 Technology Inspires 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV

Honda Fit | Fayetteville, NC

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.

1.1-Second Zero-to-60 Time Makes Honda Civic Speed Record

2020 Honda Civic | Fayetteville, NC

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 Makes $1 Million Pledge to COVID-19 Emergency Relief

Honda Makes $1 Million Pledge to COVID-19 Emergency Relief | Bryan Honda

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.

Honda and GM Partnership Set to Build to Electric Vehicles

Honda & GM Partnership | Fayetteville, NC

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 gets an impressive 40 mpg in the city

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.

Honda February Sales See Increases Across Lineup

 

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.

 

Honda Trucks set Sales Record for January

2020 Honda Ridgeline | Fayetteville, NC

Honda has started 2020 off with a bang. The Japanese carmaker recently released its January financial report, and it looks like its truck-based SUVs and trucks set a sales record.

The Honda HR-V saw a 24.8 percent increase in sales in January, setting an all-time record. The Ridgeline also saw a sales jump of 57.1 percent for the month with 3,083 deliveries, highlighting the truck’s increase in popularity. The CR-V also turned in a strong performance with 26,000 individual sales. As a whole, Honda’s truck lineup saw its best January sales with a year-over-year increase of 2.3 percent.

“As we enter a new decade, we will continue to focus on our core values and maintain the kind of sales discipline that has made us a retail sales leader in the industry,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. “The arrival of our new CR-V Hybrid next month will also bring new opportunities to further strengthen our light-truck lineup and extend our two-year streak of record electrified vehicle sales.”

When the Honda CR-V Hybrid arrives later this year, it will be the first-ever electrified model in the Honda light-truck lineup, combining efficiency with the CR-V’s family-friendly features and ample interior space.

The numbers don’t lie: Honda’s truck lineup is a big hit with drivers. Stop by Bryan Honda today and see what all the fuss is about.

2020 Honda Civic Type R Unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon

2020 Civic Type R | Fayetteville, NC

Honda finally gave the world a first-hand look at the 2020 Honda Civic Type R. This performance-focused vehicle was unveiled during the Tokyo Auto Salon, and highlighted a number of updates throughout to make it an even more exciting option if you love to drive.

The Type R has improved its driving dynamics in a variety of ways. Its new two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads help improve high-speed braking efficiency, while its suspension revisions give you superior ride comfort.

On the outside, the Civic R boasts a larger front grille opening to help improve its engine cooling abilities. It will also come available in a new Type R-exclusive exterior color – Boost Blue.

Throughout the cabin, you will find a more refined design that still speaks to the Civic Type R’s athletic persona. The Alcantara™ leather-wrapped steering wheel and newly redesigned shifter knob add an elegant touch to the design. This performance-oriented vehicle also now comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies.

You will be able to get a peak 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque with the Type R, thanks to its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. You can opt for one of three driving modes – Comfort, Sport, and +R.

Come catch the Civic Type R at Bryan Honda when it launches later this year.

2020 Honda Odyssey Earns Solid Reviews

2020 Honda Odyssey

Minivans were created with families in mind, and the 2020 Honda Odyssey is no exception. From its wide range of family-friendly features to its towing capability and efficiency, the 2020 Odyssey is a solid family hauler – and the critics agree. These are some of the features that reviews of the 2020 Odyssey have found appealing.

Clever family features. “Comfort is one of the Odyssey’s strong suits” with seating for up to eight people, according to a CNET review. This minivan also comes equipped with family-friendly technologies that will help make parenting a bit easier. CabinWatch helps you see your backseat passengers without having to turn around, while CabinTalk acts as an in-vehicle PA system, allowing you to speak with your backseat passengers without having to raise your voice. You can even opt for the HondaVac built-in vacuum.

Potent, yet efficient powertrain. Every Odyssey comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. According to U.S. News & World Report, the engine “feels smooth, powerful, and capable. It delivers quick acceleration for a minivan.” The Odyssey also gets “good numbers for the class” when it comes to efficiency, offering an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.* This minivan can also tow up to 3,500 pounds, making it easy to bring your gear with you on the go.

We can’t wait to see you and your family right here at Bryan Honda to test drive the 2020 Odyssey.

*19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Fun February Events in Fayetteville, NC

Fun February Events in Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville is bustling with events throughout the year. If you’re looking for a way to spend your time in February, then consider some of these fun February events in Fayetteville.

Carolina Uncork’d, February 15

Whether you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day or just enjoy a day out with your friends, Carolina Uncork’d is the place to do it. This festival has an array of vendors that will give you a taste of the Carolinas, from chocolatiers and regional wineries to craft beers and beyond. This event will tantalize your taste buds while also helping you discover a new way to support local businesses. You can choose three different admission tickets, ranging from $15 to $50.

North Caroina Home Expo, February 21 to 23

Are you thinking of renovating your house when the weather warms up? Then you should consider heading to the North Carolina Home Expo. Taking place at the Crown Complex Exposition Center, this event will allow you to see the latest in home improvement, remodeling, outdoor living, design, and more. You can check out local and national vendors, giving you the chance to figure out how to tackle your next project. Admission is $5, with children 12 and under getting in for free.

No matter how you choose to spend your February in Fayetteville, odds are you’ll need a car to get you there. Whether you need a new ride or someone to take care of your current one, look no further than your friends right here at Bryan Honda.