New Honda Clarity to Launch by 2017

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are likely the fuel-efficient cars of the future and Honda is getting in on the action. October 6th was National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the United States and the Japanese automaker used the occasion to declare the launch of the much-anticipated Clarity fuel cell vehicle. The new Honda Clarity will hit the market by 2017.

The hydrogen-powered car will debut in California and is expected to pack a fuel stack that’s a third more compact compared to the previous model. Power density will increase by an impressive 60%.

Unlike previous models, the new Honda Clarity’s fuel cell and powertrain fits under the hood alone. That means five passengers can now fit inside the cabin, which wasn’t exactly small to begin with.

Honda hasn’t released any performance details about the North-American model. There isn’t likely to be much change from the 174-horsepower electric motor and 100kW fuel cell stack capacity that comes standard in the Japanese version.

As for driving range, the new Honda Clarity is expected to have a range of more than 300 miles and a refueling time of less than five minutes.

We can’t wait for the official launch of the new Clarity here at Allen Honda!

New Honda Fit Adds More Appeal, Intelligence, and Efficiency

The Honda Fit is hitting the market again, marking the 10th anniversary of this car in the United States. There are plenty of new features that come with the third-generation Honda Fit, including some exciting new design and technology upgrades. We couldn’t be happier to see the new Fit in action.

New Honda Fit

According the Honda, the Honda Fit was named the Best Hatchback for the Money by US News & World Report. In addition, the Fit was also name one of the Best Back-to-School Cars by New features include items like the Lunar Silver exterior color option, as well as a sportier exterior overall. Slim headlights and a solid grille design add an aggressive appeal, while sharp lines and spoiler give the Fit an air of athleticism.

Under the hood is a smart 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. The i-VTEC technology works to keep this vehicle efficient, without sacrificing fuel economy. In fact, the Honda Fit gets up to 40 mpg on the highway when properly equipped. This is partially thanks to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

There are also some high-tech gadgets being added to the list of features that’s offered with this compact hatchback, including a standard multi-angle rearview camera, Honda LaneWatch, and more. Furthermore, this model even earned a 5-Star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

These are just some of the many 2017 Fit features. With impressive performance, efficiency, safety, and entertainment options, it’s easy to fall in love with this model. Get yours today.

Honda Celebrates 40 Years of the Accord

In June 1976, the Honda Accord first hit pavement. Its style and efficiency stood out and it soon became an American staple. That’s why Honda is able to celebrate 40 years of the Accord!

40 years of the Accord

We touched on this last month but to really let something this big sink in, let’s touch on a few other Accord facts!

In 40 years, 12.7 million Accords have been sold, making it consistently a best-selling car. Its fun style and remarkable fuel efficiency make it the best-selling sedan for those under 35.

But no matter what age you are, you can enjoy the Honda Accord. It’s reliable and durable, which means it’ll live a long and healthy motor life. Plus, it’s been on Car and Driver’s “10 Best” list thirty times! No other automobile has made it on the prestigious list that often.

Since 40 years ago, the Accord has majorly expanded, with both sedan and coupe launches. The most recent development is the 2017 Accord Hybrid, an innovative update.

So how about some fun Accord facts? Its name, Accord, actually came from the word accord, which means to be in harmony. Honda wanted the car to be a representation of the harmony between car, driver, and manufacturer.

What are you waiting for? Check out the Honda Accord!

Honda Accord Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

June marks the 40th anniversary of the Honda Accord, which was introduced in the summer of 1976 as a three-door hatchback. Over the last 40 years the Accord has become one of the most popular cars in America. According to Honda, the Accord has been the number one car for buyers under age 35 for five years.

Honda Accords 40th Anniversary

The Accord was the first Japanese car to be exported to America in 1978, and it was also the first Japanese car to be manufactured in America. Production started at Honda’s first American plant in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982, and the Accord has been in continuous production there for 34 years. Since then, Honda has produced more than 10.7 million Accords around the world.

Honda released two videos celebrating the anniversary, one that explores the growth of the Accord called “40 Years of America in Accord” and one called “Then and Now” that compares the 1976 Accord side by side with the 2017 Accord Hybrid to show how far the Accord has come in the last 40 years.

The Honda Accord has been the best-selling sedan in America since it was introduced here, and its popularity is sure to continue thanks to Honda’s dedication to innovation.

So here’s a hearty thank you to Honda and a happy 40th anniversary to the Accord!

Remember These Pet Safety Driving Tips Before You Hit the Road

Planning a road trip this summer – with your pet? Whether you’re undergoing a journey with your pooch or simply taking your cat to the vet, there are some precautions you may want to seriously consider.

Pet Safety Driving Tips

Here are some pet safety driving tips to keep in mind. This all varies on how long you plan on travelling of course but we’ll address that:

  • If your pet isn’t used to long trips, try taking it on short trips around the block periodically, to get the animal used to the concept of driving.
  • Be sure to make frequent stops to give your pet fresh food and water.
  • Keep your pet properly restrained, in a crate or otherwise.
  • For longer trips, familiarize yourself with veterinarians along the route, in case of an emergency.
  • Do not leash your pet inside of a truck bed, which unfortunately kills many dogs each year.
  • And lastly, never – ever – leave your pet in a locked car, even with the windows down. The heat inside of a vehicle can quickly become lethal.


For more safety tips or to check out the perfect pet-friendly vehicle, visit us anytime at Allen Honda! We love our pets so any questions you may have, we’ll do our best to answer.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid’s Fuel Economy Leads the Segment

The Honda Accord Hybrid is back and in better shape than ever. That’s because the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid’s fuel economy has a good feeling about this.

For the 2017 model year, the Accord Hybrid is bringing lots of class-leading performance numbers to the table, including horsepower and fuel economy.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid’s fuel economy is estimated at 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway, as well as 48 mpg combined, putting it ahead of competitors like the Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota Camry. That’s already a few marks in Honda’s favor. Not that it was terribly hard to do.

This marks a mileage improvement of about 4% compared to the 2015 model. This is thanks to a revised 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and advanced drive modes that automatically switch between engine drive, hybrid drive, and EV drive to maximize power and efficiency. This is something the Accord mastered some time ago and continues to deliver on.

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid will be going on sale soon with 212 horsepower, an increase of 16 horsepower over the previous version, which is more than any other midsize hybrid sedan.

We here at Allen Honda are ecstatic about the the release of this incredible vehicle. Schedule a test drive today to see the difference—you won’t want to miss this one!

2017 Honda Ridgeline is Fuel Economy

Driving down the street in your new truck when it hits you: “What was my fuel economy again?” You’re racing for an answer as the light turns red ahead of you. Slamming on the breaks you reach a startling realization- this isn’t a Honda. Everyone knows the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is fuel economy, it slams out miles like no other truck in its segment. You forgot to go to the Honda dealership didn’t you?

That’s right folks! Compared tot he Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has the best fuel economy at an incredible 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 total fused score. That’s super.

Oh and to mention, when you kick into high gear with all-wheels working on your side,  your numbers drop to: 18 mpg, 25 mpg and 21 mpg when slapped together. This isn’t comparing 4-cylinder options because Honda is not offering one. I’m not seeing many reasons not to turn into that dealership right now.

Honda’s focus has always been to create the right technology for the people who want it. Whether it’s easy access hatchbacks, excellent SUV options or the soon to be 2017 Ridgeline- it makes sense it would have such a high mile per gallon set. The vehicle itself is made for those who only occasionally need a truck. So all you need to do is hop in and watch the miles tick by, just more slowly compared to its competitors.

If you’re a more serious trucker don’t feel like you’re being detracted from. This wonderful tow-machine is made for everyone,  I mean come on, the extra storage place has so much versatility. Where else could you store your  antique map collection on the go?

Trucks are an amazing thing, so if they be your interest, check out more updates here on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline as they come in. Here at Allen Honda, we couldn’t be more excited for this addition to the Honda family!

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Expanding

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is expanding. You heard it right folks. That incredible Hydrogen Cell power source coursing through our hearts is reaching more models. Three more models in fact. What does that mean? Well let us tell you.

Honda is a company that cares. From parades, to energy units for your home they want you, the customer, to be happy. They want a world we can be proud of, one that we can sustain with ease. Honda decided to take the leap and ramp up their electric/clean energy line of vehicles.

The Clarity Plug-In model for instance is projected to have 40 miles or more on just the battery alone. That’s awesome. This coincides perfectly with Honda’s plan of turning all of their models into efficient gas ignoring machines. This is going to take the better part of awhile though so sit tight.

For now the Hydrogen Fuel Cell and EV models will be residing in California due to it having the best Hydrogen fuel network set up as of now. Once the rest of the nation kicks into high gear, expect it to expand with it. The Plug-In will be gracing everyone though, so get excited!

Honda is looking towards the future as the always do. The world is too small and too interconnected to not worry about gearing up for a cleaner future. That’s why Honda always makes sure to keep their ideas run off the power of dreams.

New Online Documentary Explores the History of the First American Honda N600

Very few automotive brands have a history that is as rich or compelling as the history of Honda.  A story as captivating as the one behind the first Honda car in the United States deserves to be told in an impressive way. It would seem that Honda has found the perfect means to tell that story.

According to a Honda press release, the Japanese automaker has created an online documentary series to explore the history of the first American Honda N600.

Named “Serial One”, the first production model of the Honda N600 was actually the very first Honda automobile in the United States. The series will follow the efforts of mechanic Tim Mings to restore “Serial One” to its former glory. Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing an expert in their field bring a legend back to its former glory?

“We’re so proud to bring the story of Honda’s roots in the U.S. to life through the restoration of this vehicle,” said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. “Finding Serial One, the very first Honda N600 test vehicle in America, and documenting the meticulous process of bringing it back to life really embodies the Honda spirit. We can’t wait for viewers to come along with us on this journey.”

From the first Honda model to the latest car off the assembly line, each Honda vehicle has a powerful story behind it, just waiting to be told!

New Honda Civic Hatchback Coming Later This Year

The new Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland in early March and already made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 22nd.

The introduction of the hatchback is the latest in a line of variants on the Civic including the usual sedan and coupe, as well as the all-new Si and Type R, forming what Honda says is “the sportiest most expansive Civic lineup ever.”

According to Honda, the Hatchback Prototype “showcases the aggressive new design of the 2017 Civic Hatchback,” which characterizes the revamp of the whole Civic lineup as a more performance-driven flagship model. That spells out: STELLAR for everyone else. That means more track days for an already incredible model.

The Hatchback will also have turbo engine technology for greater power output with lower fuel costs, so this new Civic will probably have comparable fuel economy to the highly efficient Civic sedan and coupe models, along with having the added versatility of a five-door. That means more road trips spent tearing up asphalt. That’s how every journey should be had.

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