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    Honda Readies Their Ford SYNC Competitor


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    July 2, 2012

    While most automakers like Ford, Toyota, and General Motors have been putting a larger focus on infotainment systems, Honda has been playing it safe.

    Compared to the current crop of infotainment systems, Honda's system shows its age. The navigation and audio sources are somewhat severely dated. That will be changing for 2013.

    Wired's Autopia reports that Honda is readying a new infotainment system called Hondalink that will first appear in the Fit EV, due out sometime in July. After the Fit EV, HondaLink will be in the new 2013 Accord. Honda representatives say they don't know if the system will utilize a cellular modem or work through a smartphone. This is due to Honda moving many of its connected services away from satellite data.

    Honda's first move of connected services was at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, where Honda announced its partnership with Aha Radio. Aha Radio allows owners of Android and iOS devices to access thousands of streaming audio feeds that can be played on the head unit.

    Source: Autopia

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    I still think Honda is making a mistake here by putting this into a limited group of cars, they should do their whole product line and get this going sooner rather than later. Role it out car by car, but plan to have it out to all cars within 6 months.

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    I'm interested to see how well they do. Honda's in a precarious position of potentially having its brand new product being a generation behind the competition.

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    I'm interested to see how well they do. Honda's in a precarious position of potentially having its brand new product being a generation behind the competition.

    Very true, if they do not move the needle, I think they will loose customers in numbers.

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      Transmission
      6-speed manual transmission
      Chassis
      Drivetrain
      Front wheel drive with limited slip differential
      Steering
      Dual pinion electric power steering with variable ratio and active steering
      Suspension
      Dual axis front strut suspension and independent multilink rear suspension with adaptive damper system
      Brakes
      Front Brembo aluminum four piston calipers with drilled 350mm (13.8-inch) rotor brakes. Rear brakes feature solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors
      Wheels
      20-inch aluminum alloy wheels
      Tires
      245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires
      Driving Modes
      Three-mode driving dynamics control with Comfort, Sport (default) and “+R” modes adjust dampers, steering, throttle response, transmission (rev matching), VSA (vehicle stability assist) and traction control systems Body
      Increased body stiffness over current Civic Hatchback and previous generation Type R Exterior
      LED headlights, fog lights, brake lights and turn signals Interior
      High-bolstered sport seats with red/black suede-effect fabric Leather wrapped steering wheel Leather wrapped shift knob Sport/racing pedals Illuminated visors Features
      Display Audio with Navi Dual Auto HVAC XM and HD Radio 12 speaker 540-watt premium audio system Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
    • By William Maley
      February Brings More Sales Records for American Honda
      American Honda continues record pace in February for total vehicle and truck sales Honda CR-V raises the bar again, breaking February record with a 26.3 percent jump Honda HR-V also nets a February record, gaining 28.6 percent Acura RDX has its best-ever February, rising 6.1 percent as it continues to pace division TORRANCE, Calif., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported total February sales of 121,686 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 2.3 percent over February 2016 and a new record for the month. American Honda trucks also set a February record, rising 12.2 percent on sales of 63,989. Total Honda Division sales as well as Honda truck sales also set new February marks, with total Honda Division sales gaining 4.3 percent on sales of 110,822 and trucks up 15.3 percent on sales of 56,419 units. Acura Division sales were down 14.9 percent, with 10,864 vehicles sold in February.
      Honda
      The Honda Division continued its record sales streak into the second month of the year, gaining 4.3 percent on sales of 110.882 units to set a new February benchmark. CR-V and HR-V repeated strong January performances, driving Honda trucks to a February record as well. The Fit also gained in February while Civic and Accord held their own in a market tilting toward trucks.
      Honda trucks set a new benchmark in February, gaining 15.3 percent on sales of 56,419. CR-V and HR-V drove truck sales, both setting new February marks; CR-V sales were up 26.3 percent on sales of 31,898, and HR-V up 28.6 percent with 6,354 units sold. Accord and Civic continue to swim against the tide, with sales cresting 23,000 and 27,000 units, respectively. "The new CR-V is exceeding our own expectations with production and deliveries now fully up to speed," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "It's clearly hitting a sweet spot in the market and complemented by HR-V at the entry level."
      Acura
      Acura sales continued recent trends, with the RDX enjoying its best-ever February. NSX also remained steady, showing no signs of the winter doldrums that can affect ultra-performance cars. And after a strong first outing at Daytona in January, the NSX GT3 racecar goes to the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring in search of endurance racing glory later this month. 
      Acura's popular RDX set a new February record, gaining 6.1 percent on sales of 4,029 vehicles. Continuing a steady production and sales pace, 46 NSX supercars were sold in February.   American Honda Vehicle Sales for February 2017
            Month-to-Date
      Year-to-Date
            February
      2017
      February
      2016
      DSR** %
      Change
      MoM %
      Change
      February
      2017
      February
      2016
      DSR** %
      Change
      YoY %
      Change
          American Honda Total
      121,686
      118,985
      2.3%
      2.3%
      228,066
      219,482
      3.9%
      3.9%
          Total Car Sales
      57,697
      61,950
      -6.9%
      -6.9%
      106,264
      116,332
      -8.7%
      -8.7%
          Total Truck Sales
      63,989
      57,035
      12.2%
      12.2%
      121,802
      103,150
      18.1%
      18.1%
            Honda Total Car Sales
      54,403
      57,267
      -5.0%
      -5.0%
      100,244
      108,079
      -7.2%
      -7.2%
            Honda Total Truck Sales
      56,419
      48,945
      15.3%
      15.3%
      107,756
      88,380
      21.9%
      21.9%
              Acura Total Car Sales
      3,294
      4,683
      -29.7%
      -29.7%
      6,020
      8,253
      -27.1%
      -27.1%
              Acura Total Truck Sales
      7,570
      8,090
      -6.4%
      -6.4%
      14,046
      14,770
      -4.9%
      -4.9%
          Total Domestic Car Sales
      46,581
      58,489
      -20.4%
      -20.4%
      85,936
      109,939
      -21.8%
      -21.8%
            Honda Division
      43,390
      53,909
      -19.5%
      -19.5%
      80,099
      101,887
      -21.4%
      -21.4%
            Acura Division
      3,191
      4,580
      -30.3%
      -30.3%
      5,837
      8,052
      -27.5%
      -27.5%
          Total Domestic Truck Sales
      63,989
      57,035
      12.2%
      12.2%
      121,802
      103,150
      18.1%
      18.1%
            Honda Division
      56,419
      48,945
      15.3%
      15.3%
      107,756
      88,380
      21.9%
      21.9%
            Acura Division
      7,570
      8,090
      -6.4%
      -6.4%
      14,046
      14,770
      -4.9%
      -4.9%
          Total Import Car Sales
      11,116
      3,461
      221.2%
      221.2%
      20,328
      6,393
      218.0%
      218.0%
            Honda Division
      11,013
      3,358
      228.0%
      228.0%
      20,145
      6,192
      225.3%
      225.3%
            Acura Division
      103
      103
      0.0%
      0.0%
      183
      201
      -9.0%
      -9.0%
          Total Import Truck Sales
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
            Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
            Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
           MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION
                    Honda Division Total
      110,822
      106,212
      4.3%
      4.3%
      208,000
      196,459
      5.9%
      5.9%
            * ACCORD
      23,455
      25,785
      -9.0%
      -9.0%
      42,991
      46,550
      -7.6%
      -7.6%
            * CIVIC
      27,039
      27,707
      -2.4%
      -2.4%
      50,134
      54,448
      -7.9%
      -7.9%
            CLARITY FCV
      27
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      69
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
            CR-Z
      118
      128
      -7.8%
      -7.8%
      207
      320
      -35.3%
      -35.3%
            * FIT
      3,764
      3,647
      3.2%
      3.2%
      6,842
      6,742
      1.5%
      1.5%
            INSIGHT
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      1
      19
      -94.7%
      -94.7%
                                      CROSSTOUR
      3
      190
      -98.4%
      -98.4%
      3
      456
      -99.3%
      -99.3%
            * CR-V
      31,898
      25,250
      26.3%
      26.3%
      61,185
      44,458
      37.6%
      37.6%
            HR-V
      6,354
      4,940
      28.6%
      28.6%
      12,043
      9,117
      32.1%
      32.1%
            ODYSSEY
      6,800
      8,994
      -24.4%
      -24.4%
      13,300
      16,215
      -18.0%
      -18.0%
            PILOT
      8,099
      9,572
      -15.4%
      -15.4%
      15,279
      18,133
      -15.7%
      -15.7%
            RIDGELINE
      3,265
      -1
      -326,600.0%
      -326,600.0%
      5,946
      1
      594,500.0%
      594,500.0%
                                      ***    Memo: Accord FHEV
      1,867
      68
      2,645.6%
      2,645.6%
      3,578
      139
      2,474.1%
      2,474.1%
                    Memo: Civic Hybrid
      8
      143
      -94.4%
      -94.4%
      24
      304
      -92.1%
      -92.1%
          Acura Division Total
      10,864
      12,773
      -14.9%
      -14.9%
      20,066
      23,023
      -12.8%
      -12.8%
            ILX
      739
      1,500
      -50.7%
      -50.7%
      1,432
      2,733
      -47.6%
      -47.6%
            NSX
      46
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      96
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
            RLX / RL
      103
      103
      0.0%
      0.0%
      183
      201
      -9.0%
      -9.0%
            TLX
      2,406
      3,080
      -21.9%
      -21.9%
      4,309
      5,319
      -19.0%
      -19.0%
                                      MDX
      3,541
      4,292
      -17.5%
      -17.5%
      6,815
      7,868
      -13.4%
      -13.4%
            RDX
      4,029
      3,798
      6.1%
      6.1%
      7,231
      6,902
      4.8%
      4.8%
                                      ***   Memo: RLX Hybrid
      27
      12
      125.0%
      125.0%
      38
      30
      26.7%
      26.7%
          Selling Days
      24
      24
          48
      48
                **** Hybrid
      2,066
      351
      488.6%
      488.6%
      3,944
      812
      385.7%
      385.7%
                *    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
          **   Daily Selling Rate
          ***  Memo line items are included in the respective model total
          **** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid, MDX Sport Hybrid and NSX
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