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Honda Creates Special "Minnie Van" for Disney Expo

Honda Creates Special “Minnie Van” for Disney Expo

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Honda Creates Special “Minnie Van” for Disney Expo! To celebrate the partnership between Honda and Disney-ABC, Honda created a one-of-a-kind 2018 Odyssey for Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. The van takes inspiration from one Disney’s most beloved characters, Minnie Mouse, and features a pink polka-dot design with giant mouse ears! This special edition model highlights the “Disney Unlock the Magic Sweepstakes.”

“The all-new Odyssey was developed for modern families offering high-tech features, flexible seating and new styling, all aimed at keeping everyone in the family happy,” said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Marketing. “In creating the MINNIE VAN that will be on display at the D23 Expo, we’re proud to partner with Disney-ABC and be inspired by the style of the most fashionable gal around – Minnie Mouse.”

These custom vehicles including the Mickey and the Roadster Racers custom content pieces will air on Disney Channel and Disney Junior with special Disney characters and the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan. Learn more in the official press release or in the video below:

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The Honda Odyssey is the First Minivan with 4G LTE In-Vehicle Wifi

The Honda Odyssey is the First Minivan with 4G LTE In-Vehicle Wifi

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The Honda Odyssey is the First Minivan with 4G LTE In-Vehicle Wifi! We were excited to share that the Honda Odyssey began production in Alabama, but now we are excited to reveal that the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey is the first minivan with 4G LTE In-Vehicle Wifi, which supports streaming video, music, and more through a prepaid or postpaid unlimited data plan from ATT for as low as $20 a month. Honda believes this new offering will take the connectivity of the Odyssey to a new level, where on-the-go, in-vehicle entertainment can grow!

“As any parent can tell you, keeping everyone connected is a big part of modern family happiness,” said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “With our new CabinWatch™ and CabinTalk™ technologies, reconfigurable Magic Slide™ seats and 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the new Odyssey is all about keeping everyone connected and comfortable.” Currently the plan is available on the Odyssey Touring and Elite models and includes ad 3-months/3GB complimentary trial, followed by the customer-paid subscription plan.

“Honda owners are some of the most loyal customers in the world and we’re pleased to support them by helping create an even better travel experience with unlimited data2 for their vehicles,” said Joe Mosele, vice president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “By accessing the internet through AT&T’s wireless network, passengers now can enjoy all of their content and endless entertainment on the go.”

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Honda Launches CPO Site

Honda Launches CPO Site

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Honda Launches CPO Site! Last week, Honda debuted a completely redesigned Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle website that will provide an easier and more focused shopping experience for its pre-owned vehicles. Honda’s CPO vehicles have enjoyed a 6.8% sales growth, and this new website prioritizes the inventory as a focal point for shoppers, introducing a new inventory alert feature for the most up-to-date vehicle availability information. This newly revamped site also filters inventory search results by specific features (for example, dark gray interior or rearview camera) to better help customers find their perfect CPO Honda!

Another new feature is Honda’s vehicle compare feature, a vehicle recommendations tool, and an interactive payment calculator that all responsive, providing a seamless browsing experience on any device. “Driven by a great deal of research and customer feedback, Honda’s new destination for certified pre-owned vehicles brings inventory front and center,” said Dan Rodriguez, Manager of Auto Remarketing, Certified Pre-Owned at American Honda. “With the booming growth in our Certified Pre-Owned sales, we’ve engineered our new Honda site to make comparisons simple, while providing an online shopping experience that makes finding a vehicle fun and easy.”

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The Civic Type R is Finally Here!

The Civic Type R is Finally Here!

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The Civic Type R is Finally Here! We’ve been excitedly reporting about the World’s Fastest Front Wheel Drive Production Car including its debut at the Paris Motor Show. Now, we are so excited to share that the Civic Type R is finally here! This new model will be the most powerful production Honda ever sold in America, after setting an amazing record lap time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The Type R chassis features a dual-axis strut front suspension and multi-link rear, front and rear anti-roll bars, Type-R exclusive springs, bushings and damper mountings and a newly designed Adaptive Damper System with the ability to continuously adjust damping force at all four corners using input from three on-board G sensors, four suspension stroke sensors and a steering angle sensor. 

2017 Civic Type R Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim MSRP1 EPA MPG Rating3(city/highway/combined)
Civic Type R $33,900 22/28/25

Key Exterior and Interior Features

The all-new 2017 Civic Type R offers a sporty and stylish exterior with advanced aerodynamics that immediately distinguishes the hatchback at a glance, while also providing a performance-focused interior with comfort, convenience and the latest in technology and connectivity features.

Exterior
Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure with crash stroke front frame design
Acoustic windshield
Unibody structural adhesive at key points
Triple door sealing
Security System with Remote Entry and Trunk Release
Advanced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) countermeasures
LED daytime running lights (DRL)
LED headlights with auto on/off
LED fog lights, turn signals, taillights, brake lights
2-speed intermittent windshield wipers
Smart wipers
Body-colored power side mirrors
Body-colored door handles
Capless fueling system
Aerodynamics package with front splitter, side winglets, air-stabilizing vents, large rear wing, and roof-mounted vortex generators
Interior
97.0 cubic feet of cabin space
Class-leading 25.7-cubic foot cargo area with rear seats up
60/40 split and folding rear seat
Soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper
7-inch Display Audio touchscreen with integrated HVAC controls
7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII) with selectable performance content
Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility
540-watt, 12-speaker stereo
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
Driver Information Interface with performance-oriented information displays
Smart Entry and Push Button Start
Hill Start Assist
Walk Away Door Locking
Electric Parking Brake

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Employee News: Guy Worcester and Kerry Branan

Employee News: Guy Worcester and Kerry Branan

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Our employees are the fabric of our organization, helping us better serve you and we appreciate everything they do everyday to make Wilde Honda Sarasota such a great place to work and get automotive help! 

To start our employee news, last week marked Kerry Branan’s 30th year with Wilde Honda Sarasota. Kerry is a Honda Master Technician and avid Tampa Bay Rays fan! Thanks so much for all your hard work over the years, Kerry! It has been so wonderful working with you and we hope to work with you for many more years.

Employee News: Guy Worcester and Kerry BrananIn other news, Service Advisor, Guy Worcester, is taking a medical leave of absence for the next 2 to 4 months. Guy, you will be greatly missed during your time away, but we wish you nothing but the best as you recover and heal. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions about Guy’s health, please call Skip Strasburger, General Manager, at (941) 923-3413. See what our customers are saying about working with him:

“After 13 great years with our 2002 Odyssey we were ready to move on — Honda quality and great service from Guy Worcester and all the crew at Wilde made our decision to consider the 2017 CR-V an easy one.”

“Have been returning regularly for service and Wilde Honda has not skipped a beat with Guy Worcester continuing to provide stellar and professional service much after the sale. The quality of sincere and professional care is not often seen today. It is a long drive from where I live now to Sarasota but I continue to drive to them because I know the work will be done right and I will be treated well. Thank you Wilde Honda.”

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Honda Planning Level 4 Automated Driving Capability by 2025

Honda Planning Level 4 Automated Driving Capability by 2025

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Honda Planning Level 4 Automated Driving Capability by 2025! Honda recently announced a new target goal– introducing highly-automated driving capability(SAE Level 4) by 2025 . Honda has already begun working on highly automating freeway driving (SAE Level 3) by 2020. Both of these new initiatives are critical steps in Honda’s commitment to contribute to a collision-free society. The SAE defines automated driving on six levels of capability from 0-5. SAE Level 4 or “high automation” means that the vehicle is capable of handling all driving tasks in most situations, with exceptions including inclement weather or unusual driving environments.

“We will strive to achieve the technological establishment of Level 4 automated driving for personal car use by around 2025,” said Hachigo. “We are striving to provide our customers with a sense of confidence and trust by offering automated driving that will keep vehicles away from any dangerous situation and that will not make people around the vehicle feel unsafe.”

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Honda Civic and CVR Win in 2017 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards

Honda Civic and CVR Win in 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards

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Honda Civic and CVR Win in 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards! According to MotorWeek, “Each year we roll out the red carpet for our annual Drivers’ Choice Awards. These are the cars and trucks we would like to have parked in our driveway, or at least dream about owning if we won the lottery. We look at the factors mattering most to consumers – price, practicality, performance and fuel efficiency. Then our editorial staff selects the best models in a variety of lifestyle categories ranging from family sedan to luxury car, to large utilities and pickups. From that group, an overall best of the year is chosen. MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards have been presented annually since 1983.”

The Honda Civic won in the Small Car Category with the editors sharing, “Technically a repeat winner, as it earned the honor last year; but it was the addition of both an energetic Coupe and versatile Hatchback to the lineup that kept the award in the Civic camp this year. But no matter which Civic you choose; you’ll get fun to drive, feature-packed, efficient and reliable transportation, with some of the most dynamic styling we’ve ever seen on Honda.”

The Honda CRV won in the Small Utility Category: “Crossover utility sales continue their record setting ways, with a host of new entries, particularly those smaller in scale. But it’s one of the originals that earned our award for Best Small Utility, the Honda CR-V.  It already did just about everything right and boasts the sales numbers to prove it. But with a well thought-out 5th gen redesign, it fills in all the gaps; even brings back a volume knob; and once again stands out in an incredibly competitive segment.”

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Honda Named Best Overall Value Popular Brand

Honda Named Best Overall Value Popular Brand

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Honda Named Best Overall Value Popular Brand! Recently, Honda was named the 2017 Best Overall Value Popular Brand by MotorTrend’s IntelliChoice. The annual awards identify the vehicles with the lowest total cost to own and operate over the first five years of ownership, selected from nearly 2,300 domestic and import 2017 model-year vehicles. According to the website, “IntelliChoice’s BOVY awards represent the oldest and most recognized automotive data analysis focused solely on identifying vehicles that will cost significantly less to own than other vehicles in their respective class.”

Motor Trend writes, “Honda has established a reputation of building cars that are reliable and practical, often with more interior space than rivals in many segments. And you’ll find Hondas in almost every segment you can name, from the Fit subcompact four-door hatch and Odyssey minivan to the Ridgeline midsize truck and the Accord midsize sedan.” Along with winning the Best Overall Value Popular brand, the 2017 Honda Accord was awarded the Best Overall Value of the Year in the Popular Brand Passenger Category, the 2017 Civic Coupe won the Best Overall Value of the year in the Sporty/Coupe Category.

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Concert Tickets and A New Civic-- Enter Now!

Concert Tickets and A New Civic– Enter Now!

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Concert Tickets and A New Civic– Enter Now! Honda has been committed to the arts and specifically music by sponsoring the Honda Stage at a variety of popular music festivals (Governor’s Ball- NYC, Austin City Limits- Austin, TX, Midtown Music Festival- Atlanta, GA), teaming up with LiveNation to create the Honda Civic Tour, and even partnering with Fox‘s music-centered show Star. Now Honda is giving you the chance to win music festival concert tickets and a new Civic and we are happy to share all the details with you! 

So what gives? According to the official rules, in order to be eligible to win the grand prize, one must:

  • Be able to attend either the Governor’s Ball (June 2-4), Austin City Limits (First two weekends in Oct), or Midtown Music Festival (Sept. 16 & 17)
  • Be a citizen of the 48 contiguous states (sorry Hawaii and Alaska natives) or the District of Columbia
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have access to the Internet

The entry period began at 9:00 am PT on May 5, 2017 and will end at 11:59 pm PT on October 31, 2017.  So how do you enter? Go to this website and complete the entry form. You only need to fill out once as there is a limit of one entry form per person/per email address. Random drawings will be performed to choose the winner and the winner will be notified by either phone or email. Make sure you answer because after 24 hrs without being able to reach the winner a new winner may be chosen. There will be a variety of different entry periods that qualify you for different prizes. Check it out below:

Entry Period # “Entry Period”
(Unless otherwise indicated, period starts at 9:00 a.m. PT on the first day indicated below and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on the last day indicated below)
Selection and Notification
(on or about)
Prize
First Prize Entry Period 1 05/5/17 – 05/19/17 05/24/17 One (1) Entry Period #1 First Prize – Two VIP tickets to Governors Ball on June 2 – 4, 2017
(Travel not included)
First Prize Entry Period 2 05/5/17 – 08/28/17 08/31/17 One (1) Entry Period #2 First Prize – Two VIP tickets to Music Midtown on September 16 – 17, 2017
(Travel not included)
First Prize Entry Period 3 05/5/17 – 09/12/17 09/15/17 One (1) Entry Period #3 First Prize – Two VIP tickets to Austin City Limits on October 6 – October 8, 2017
(Travel not included)
First Prize Entry Period 4 05/5/17 – 09/15/17 09/20/17 One (1) Entry Period #4 First Prize – Two VIP tickets to Austin City Limits on October 13 – 15, 2017
(Travel not included)
Grand Prize Entry Period 05/5/17 – 10/31/17 11/06/17 One (1) Grand Prize – The option to select one of the following: (1) a Honda Civic Coupe EX-L automobile, (2) a Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L, (3) a Honda Civic Sedan EX-L, or (4) $10,000.

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Four Honda Models Named Best Cars for Families

Four Honda Models Named Best Cars for Families

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Four Honda Models Named Best Cars for Families! Recently the Honda CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey were named in U.S. News & World Report “2017 Best Cars for Families.” So how exactly did the experts pick these four Honda models? According to the website, “We looked at 211 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently on sale. The award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, and the availability of family-friendly features. Within each of the 18 automotive classes covered by the awards, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category. Each of the award winners have the best combination of positive reviews from professional car critics, safety ratings, space, and available tech features. Beyond that, the awards highlight the cars, minivans, and SUVs that work for all stages of family life, from bringing home a baby, to handing the keys over to a teen driver, to helping out an aging family member.”

The editors shared about the CR-V, “The 2017 Honda CR-V ranks 1 out of 19 Compact SUVs. The 2017 Honda CR-V is fun to drive and has one of the best interiors in the compact SUV class. It costs a bit more than some competitors, but you’ll get class-leading cargo space. Its available turbocharged engine provides excellent fuel economy.”

“The 2017 Honda Pilot is a good midsize SUV. In addition to solid power from its 280-horsepower V6 engine, the Pilot offers three rows of comfortable, adult-friendly space. Additionally, it earns great safety scores and offers lots of driver assistance features to help you avoid accidents. The Honda Pilot is such a good choice for families that we named it the Best 3-Row SUV for Families, because it has the best combination of space, available family-friendly features and top-notch reviews in the class.” writes U.S. News & World Report about the Honda Pilot.

The editors wrote about the HR-V, “The 2017 Honda HR-V ranks 1 out of 10 Subcompact SUVs. The 2017 Honda HR-V ranks near the top of our subcompact SUV list thanks to its spacious cabin, quality interior, smooth ride, and excellent cargo space. This cargo space is highlighted by Honda’s rear Magic Seat, which allows for multiple configurations. The HR-V also garners ample overall praise from professional auto reviewers. 

“The Honda Odyssey has long been a leader in the minivan market. The 2017 model does nothing to hurt its reputation – it hits almost all the things you want in a good minivan: a V6 engine with decent horsepower, a solidly built interior filled with soft-touch materials, and good safety scores. ” writes U.S. News & World Report about the Honda Odyssey.

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