Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Honda Accord Wins Car and Driver Magazine’s 2014 ’10 Best Cars’ Award

Although the automotive industry is extremely competitive by nature, yet some cars have managed to defy the trends and have maintained their popularity for decades. One of the best and most consistent examples is the Honda Accord, which has managed to win the prestigious ‘Car and Driver’ magazine’s ’10 Best Cars’ award for the seventeenth year in a row. Also, Accord has managed to win twenty eight times in different categories in the award’s 31 year of existence. Now this is not a mean feat to be achieved by a car year after year, that too in a world of cut throat competition and innovative challenges, and yet the Honda Accord manages to surprise us.

Known for its superb mix of fuel efficiency, superb features, comfortable ride and overall pricing, Honda’s flagship sedan model has been sold in the American markets ever since 1976. Currently in its ninth generation, the Honda Accord model has successfully completed 31 years of its production in the American market and has been the highest selling model as well.

The 2014 Accord lineup of models feature Honda’s new and extremely efficient Earth Dreams Technology engines which include either the next-generation 2.4-liter engine or the direct-injected 4-cylinder engine type. These engines are powered by either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission which offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Fuel efficiency levels are the best ever in the Accord midsize models with 4-cylinder engines earning a 36mpg highway rating by EPA and the V6 models getting a decent 34mpg highway rating. Even the Plug-In model offers a remarkable 115 MPGe combined fuel economy rating and the Hybrid Sedan offers the best in lot 50mpg city rating by EPA standards.

And if you thought Honda Accord models are only known for their fuel efficiency and superb internal features, then do consider the fact that Accord has also been the leader in meeting the industry’s strict emission standard guidelines. In fact, Accord Plug-In is the first vehicle to have achieved the SULEV 20 emission standard with the lowest tailpipe emission by any ICE vehicle currently available in the market. The Accord model was also the first vehicle to have met the ULEV (1998) and SULEV (2000) emission standards.


It’s the unique combination of all these factors combined with the superb driving quality and affordable pricing which makes Honda Accord the most popular midsize passenger car ever sold in the American market.

 Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.   

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Honda Accord Lineup for 2014 Gets Stronger With New Models On the Go

Come 2014 and the Honda Accord lineup is all set to get even better with the launch of the 2014 Accord Coupe and Sedan models, both of which have already won quite a lot of accolades and awards from various automotive magazines and websites. Even an all-new dual-motor Accord Hybrid is set to make its debut this fall with the rest of the Accord lineup, which would further strengthen the popularity and sales rankings of the Honda brand. Having completed 31 years of producing Accord models in the US, the 2014 models stand as a testimony to the growing capabilities of the Honda brand and their ever-expanding sales figures.

Ever since its launch in fall 2012, the Honda Accord has managed to emerge as the most popular midsize passenger car in America for the first six months of 2013. It has even won many awards for its fuel-efficiency, customer-friendly connectivity, superb driving performance, advanced safety features and overall value. It has won the 27th Car and Driver “10 Best” title for the model, “Best Family Car” award from Edmunds.com and Parenting magazine, “Best New Sedan Under $25,000” Award from KBB.com. The Accord had also topped the list of six-way midsize sedan comparison test by Cars.com, Motorweek and USA Today and even won the award for the highest resale value car by KBB.com.

For 2014, the Accord Sedan range is available in eight trims, namely LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring models, along with the Plug-In and Hybrid Sedan models. The Coupe variant is available in four trims namely the LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6 models. These models have been designed using the largest amount of high-strength steel ever used in their production till date and combine athletic styling with maximum safety protection. The use of under-covers improves the aerodynamics of these models for increased fuel efficiency, along with other features such as LED headlights, mirror-mounted turn signals, and brake lights.

Both the Accord Sedan and Coupe models are powered by the highly efficient V-6 engines that are mated with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Following the Innovative Earth Dreams Technology all upcoming models of Honda would be powered by a 2.4-liter, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine that would be available with either a CVT or six-speed manual transmission. The Hybrid models use an all-new two-motor hybrid system paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The estimated fuel efficiency for four-cylinder engines stands at 36mpg highway and 34mpg highway for V6 models.

The interiors of the 2014 Accord models offer an extra-ordinary level of luxury and craftsmanship which has never been witnessed in any of the models prior to this. Available in black, ivory and gray colors, in both leather and cloth, the interiors of the Accord spell maximum comfort and luxury. Other standard features on the models include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone interface, rearview camera, 8-inch "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Pandora internet radio interface and an SMS text messaging feature. Other innovative features include the cloud-based HondaLink connected car system, Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display, a standard rearview camera along with an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror.

A refined suspension technology combined with a powerful chassis allows the Accord to account for a quiet ride on the city streets, highways and even on rugged roads. Moving on to standard safety features, the Accord models are available with Vehicle Stability Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning system. The Accord’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure helps improve frontal crash safety performance and it has even earned an overall 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2014 Honda Accord Sedan has been priced at $21,955 and the Coupe would be available for $23,625. The Plug-In Hybrid Sedan model is priced at $39,780 and the price for the 2014 Hybrid Sedan model would be announced closer to its launch in October 2013.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Honda Accord Wins KBB.com’s Best New Sedan Under $25,000 Award

I was checking out some latest reviews on the KBB.com website when I read this interesting piece of news that two of the 2013 Honda models, Accord and Civic have won KBB.com’s award in the top 10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000 category. While the Honda Accord is believed to have won the top ranked vehicle introduced in 2013 award, the Civic has been the highest rated compact car on the list compiled by the automotive experts at KBB.com.

The Accord model was recognized by the KBB experts for its brilliant driving performance, remarkable styling, and innovative features like the LaneWatch blind spot display. Additionally, Accord has even won the highest scores in safety and has been rated as the TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and has won a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The latest Accord is expected to be as refined and stylish as its predecessor but has a sportier look and latest user-friendly technologies which add to the overall driving comfort of the 2013 Honda Accord.

Interestingly, not only the Accord, even the 2013 HondaCivic has been applauded by the experts for its interesting features which include Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera and Pandora internet radio capability.

In the words of senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda, Mike Accavitti, “Nothing beats the value Accord and Civic offer customers…Both models deliver on all fronts – value, performance, fuel efficiency, top safety ratings and a wide array of standard features – all at a competitive price point.”

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Honda Earth Dreams Technology Engines listed in Ward’s “10 Best Engines for 2013”


Honda adds one more feather to its list of accolades. Two Honda Earth Dreams Technology engines powering the all new 2013 Honda Accord were listed in Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for 2013. The honored engines are a direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine while the other is a 3.5-liter V6 coupled to Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). Both the engines have been designed to increase driving performance and fuel efficiency. Almost all the Accord on sale in the US is powered by either of the honored engines.

The Ward’s 10 Best Engines is one of the prestigious titles in this category. Now in its 19th year, the title is meant to honor powertains of engines that have set new benchmarks in its respective segment. Nominees for this award need to have a base price at $55,000 must be all-new or significantly improved and should be available in production vehicle that will be on sale by first-quarter of 2013.

“Honda is first and foremost a motor company, and the new Earth Dreams Technology engines once again assert Honda's desire to lead the industry in powertrain efficiency while providing responsive power and fun for drivers," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "Having both the 4-cylinder and the V-6 from the 2013 Accord honored on Ward's 10 Best Engines list shows that world-class powertrain technology doesn't have to come at a premium price."

"The 2.4L 4-cyl., Honda's first direct-injected engine in North America, is stunningly efficient and delivers ample low-end torque and a wonderful mid-range punch," said Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto World. "We drove the car 537 miles, and two editors exceeded 33 mpg, not bad for a generously proportioned sedan."

The new direct-injected 2.4-liter i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder is standard on Accord models and is capable to churn out 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers 4-percent more horsepower and 12-percent more torque compared to its predecessor. It can be coupled to either 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.5-liter V-6 engine pumps out 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled to a new 6-speed automatic transmission that significantly improves both acceleration and fuel efficiency. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

2013 Honda Accord and Fit among 10 Best Cars Awards

2013 Honda Accord Sedan
Good news for Honda fans- two of its popular models, the all-new 2013 Honda Accord and the Honda Fit, have been honored by the prestigious title “10 Best Cars” award by Car and Driver magazine.

The ninth generation Honda Accord has won this title for 27 times in past 31 years, achieving a record of winning the title more than any other vehicle in the award’s history. The Honda Fit has won this "10Best Cars" status in each of the seven years that it has been on sale in the United States.
2013 Honda Fit
"The Accord and Fit both embody Honda's core values of ingenious packaging, great visibility, fun driving dynamics and fuel efficiency," said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The editors of Car and Driver continue to recognize these attributes and our vehicles as among the  industry's best, a sentiment clearly echoed by Honda's customers."


The Fit has been sold in the U.S. since the 2007 model year and is manufactured in Sayama, Japan. The Accord has been sold in the U.S. since the 1976 model year and this year marks 30 years of Accord manufacturing in America.

A quick look at Honda Car and Driver '10Best Cars' Award History

Honda Model
"10Best Cars" Award Model Year
Accord
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1994,1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983
Civic
1996, 1991,1990, 1989, 1988
CRX
1988, 1985
Fit
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Prelude
1998, 1997, 1996, 1995,1994,1993, 1992, 1986, 1985, 1984
S2000
2004, 2002, 2001, 2000

Visit Gerry Wood Honda, the full-serviceHonda dealership located at 414 Jake Alexander Blvd S, Salisbury, NC 28147 to learn more about the Honda Accord and Fit. You can browse our inventory online, take advantage of our current internet specials to drive home your dream Honda car today!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2013 HONDA RIDGELINE

2013 Honda Ridgeline


Honda Ridgeline receives a refreshed look for 2013 including a new high-value Sport trim. For 2013 model year, Honda has incorporated a new front styling and improved fuel efficiency. Also, the rearview camera is now standard on all trims. Here is a sneak peak of the 2013 Honda Ridgeline.

Body style

The Honda Ridgeline gets a new fascia for 2013. Unique 17-inch steel wheels, power windows, power sliding rear window, rearview camera, 6-speaker 100-watt audio system with CD player, keyless entry, 60/40 split lift up rear seat with under-seat storage are some of the standard features on the improved Ridgeline.  

Ridgeline Sport includes exclusive 18-inch aluminum wheels, black headlight and brake light housings, leather-clad steering wheels, all weather floor mats, fog lights, audio controls, rear view privacy glass, and much more.

Powertrain

The 2013 Ridgeline is powered by VTEC V-6 engine that can churn out 250-hp with a max torque of 247 lb-ft. Standard transmission include 5-speed automatic featuring Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear while driving uphill or downhill. 

Safety

All Ridgelines offer standard safety features that include dual stage, multiple-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s SRS airbags, front side airbags with occupant position detection system for the passenger side, side curtain airbags, vehicle stability assist, daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system.

To learn more about 2013 Ridgeline Honda, visit Gerry Wood Honda, a full-serviceHonda dealership in Salisbury, North Carolina. Browse through our vast inventory of new Honda and used vehicles online and schedule a test drive today!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lexington Barbecue Festival 2012

Lexington Barbecure Festival



The Barbecue Festival at Lexington, North Carolina, is back again and all barbecue lovers are invited! Lexington, North Carolina, is the barbecue capital of the world and if you are a barbecue lover residing in or around Lexington, you can’t miss the chance to taste some of the finest barbecues in the world. As an added bonus, this October has been officially declared by the City of Lexington and Davidson Country as “Barbecue” month. Exciting events are being organized throughout the month of October leading to the grand finale, the Barbecue Festival. 

The Barbecue Festival is one of the biggest food festivals of its kind in the area. Today, the festival has become an annual tradition that is held on the last two Saturdays in October. The 29th Annual Barbecue Festival for this year is set on October 27. 

Apart from some sumptuous barbecues, plenty of other events have also been organized for your entertainment. These include Tour de Pig- the annual cycling event, golf tournament, a tennis tournament, 5K Hawg run, and the Hawg Shoot Air Rifle Tournament and much more. 

So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar and get ready to taste some lip-smacking barbecue this October. Here are the venue details.

Where: Uptown Lexington, North Carolina
Time: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Date: October 27, 2012
Admission: Free

For more information please visit. http://www.barbecuefestival.com/

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