Honda

Honda bets on redesigned trucks to boost U.S. sales

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Honda expects to beat last year's 1 percent U.S. sales increase as it breathes new life into its truck lineup in 2015. The automaker plans to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 units of the new HR-V compact crossover, which launches in spring, for the first 12 months “when it's up and running,” said Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda division.... Read More »

 

Honda expects new HR-V compact crossover to help spur sales

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Honda expects to beat last year's 1 percent U.S. sales increase as it breathes new life into its truck lineup in 2015. The automaker plans to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 units of the new HR-V compact crossover, which launches in spring.... Read More »

 

JEFFREY HODGE, HONDA NATIONAL DEALER ADVISORY BOARD

Honda dealers gear up for launches of key vehicles

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Even as sales rise, Honda finds itself in a tricky position. It continues to toe the line between keeping margins up and incentives down. Dealers hope three vehicles launching this year -- the redesigned Pilot midsize crossover, the redesigned Civic compact car and the new HR-V subcompact crossover -- will help the brand stay competitive as industry growth tapers.... Read More »

 

Dealers prying payments from some lenders

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to dealers when retail customers finance vehicle purchases and leases.... Read More »

 

Vehicles get fixed while customers sleep

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
In Durham, N.C., Honda customers can drop off their vehicles at the local dealership for service as late as 9 p.m. during the week, get a shuttle ride home and pick up their repaired cars by 7 a.m. the next day.... Read More »

 

Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters... Read More »

 

Honda axes Accord in Europe

Jan. 23, 2015 16:33 CET
Honda will end sales of the Accord midsize sedan in Europe after the car failed to make headway against German rivals.... Read More »

 

Why auto show display design is tricky

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Automakers and suppliers spent an estimated $300 million building out displays for this year's Detroit auto show. Scott Kellner, vice president of marketing for display maker George P. Johnson Co., says display spending is getting smarter, not larger.... Read More »

 

THE TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Takata airbag review panel members named by Skinner

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said six experts -- including Cerberus Chairman John Snow -- will serve on an independent panel that will oversee Takata's efforts to ensure that its airbag inflators meet federal safety standards.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda in talks to put 6,000 fuel cell cars on road in Tokyo by 2020 Olympics

6:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Japan's capital will build 35 stations to fuel hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicles and is in negotiations with Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to put 6,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2020.... Read More »

 

Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Honda dealers look down road to crossovers in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Honda dealers are awaiting two models this year in two of the industry's most popular segments: the all-new HR-V subcompact crossover and newly redesigned Pilot midsize crossover.... Read More »

 

Acura launches new ILX ad during AFC game

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
Acura used Sunday's AFC Championship game as a springboard for the refreshed ILX sedan's marketing campaign.... Read More »

 

THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto suppliers in the wake of massive recalls of Takata airbags.... Read More »

 

Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars

8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emissions.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

In-store experience lacks online efficiency, panelists say

5:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Car shoppers want a buying experience as efficient in the showroom as it is online -- and dealers are getting that message, a panel of marketing executives said Wednesday.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Honda's latest take on personal mobility

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
The mobility movement that's spreading across the industry isn't limited to city streets.... Read More »

 

How NSX morphed into U.S.-built twin-turbo monster

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When Honda engineers pitched the idea of a revived NSX sports car to President Takanobu Ito, it was just a few weeks after Japan's March 11, 2011, earthquake. The appetite for pricey exotic cars was understandably limited.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Top dealers dish on their show favorites

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
The outgoing National Automobile Dealers Association chairman, Forrest McConnell, and the incoming one, Bill Fox, share a passion: the Acura NSX supercar.... Read More »

 

Japanese brands gain U.S. share

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Japanese brands ramped up market share in the United States last year, while Europeans lost share as a group thanks to Volkswagen, and the Koreans gave up ground because of Hyundai. North American brands were flat in 2014.... Read More »

 

A good year, but not for everyone

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Thirteen brands set U.S. sales records last year. The lucky 13: Honda, Subaru, Porsche, Nissan, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Land Rover, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Jeep and Ram.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Exchange rate windfalls a mixed bag for Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
After trading at record highs for several years, the Japanese yen has tanked against the dollar and many other foreign currencies. The shift is generating huge windfalls for Japan's Big 3 automakers: Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. But the jackpot won't benefit the rivals equally.... Read More »

 

Honda supercar father Ito misses rebirth as recalls sully NSX debut

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Honda President Takanobu Ito will be a notable no-show in Detroit next week when he sends company deputies to unveil a new version of the high-end supercar that helped catapult him into the top job.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Could record Honda fine stoke Japan backlash?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Japanese regulators have fretted that the Takata airbag recalls might spur a backlash against the country’s carmakers. Honda's $70 million in US fines could feed those concerns.... Read More »

 

Honda action signals NHTSA emphasis on beefed-up oversight

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Additional federal scrutiny of company processes is emerging as a key part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's arsenal for reining in automakers that violate federal auto safety laws.... Read More »

 

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