Honda Civic Si Coupe_  Chicago_Auto_Show__winning_designA 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe wearing a design by video-gamer Tiffany Labedz will get a real-world reveal at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The eye-catching coupe was created as part of a promotion between Honda and one of the gaming world top racing titles, Forza Motorsport, and was chosen from among 170 entries. It’s also the first physical vehicle to showcase a design from the Forza Motorsport community, adding a unique sense of style to what’s already one of the hottest sport compacts on the market today.

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2014 Honda CR-V EX-L AWDThe 2014 Honda Accord and Honda CR-V both received Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards recently, with IHS Automotive honoring the former in the “Non-Luxury Traditional Mid-Size Car” category and the latter recognized in the “Non-Luxury Compact CUV” class. The annual awards go to vehicles that satisfy their owners so completely that those drivers return to the same make or brand for their next purchase. This year’s performance was particularly sweet, too, since Honda earned its trophies in two of the industry’s most popular vehicle segments.

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Calling it “more functional, fuel-efficient and fun to drive than ever before,” John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda, recently introduced the 2015 Honda Fit at the North American International Auto Show (aka, the Detroit Auto Show).

“The Honda Fit is a small car with big aspirations,” according to Mendel. “It’s simply the best Fit to date and, we believe, a new benchmark in the small-car category.”

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Backed by surging customer demand, the 2014 Honda CR-V sold 28,759 units in December to achieve both a monthly sales record and a robust 11.8 percent increase over the same month in 2012. That, in turn, boosted the CR-V’s full-year sales total to 303,904 units, marking an annual record, a 7.8 percent gain in volume and its first finish above the 300,000-sales milestone. Then, all of that made the 2014 Honda CR-V the best-selling crossover in the country last year.

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The 2014 Honda Accord Coupe, Honda Accord Sedan, Honda Civic Sedan and Honda Odyssey have all earned the latest Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS, which has once again tightened qualifications for its much-watched safety-recognition program.

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Almost 12 years to the day since it started mass production back in November of 2001, Honda’s manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama has built its 3 millionth vehicle. It was an important benchmark for both the American economy and American Honda, according to Tom Shoupe, president of Honda Manufacturing Alabama. Said Shoupe: “The commitment and dedication of our 4,000 associates has allowed HMA to achieve this production milestone and fulfill our commitment to more than 3 million Honda customers across the globe.”

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The 2014 Honda Accord can now take hands-free connectivity to the next level by offering “Eyes Free” integration of Apple’s Siri virtual valet feature.

Available as a dealer-installed accessory, the system works with the Accord’s available HondaLink technology to allow iPhone users to seamlessly access Siri when they’re on the road.

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Once again recognizing Honda’s commitment to efficiency and sustainability, the Green Car Journal has named the 2014 Honda Accord its Green Car of the Year. This marks the second time in the past two years that a Honda product has taken home Green Car honors, with the Honda Civic Natural Gas earning the trophy in 2011. However, in the case of the Accord, the honor was more of a team effort.

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2014_Honda_Civic_Ext_20Completely redesigned for 2012, then significantly refreshed in 2013, the 2014 Honda Civic roster is once again pushing the envelope with a slew of further upgrades for the next model year. They were introduced at the recently opened Los Angeles International Auto Show, with highlights including a new continuously variable transmission. The smooth and efficient CVT takes the place of the five-speed automatic in most non-manual Civics and adds some noticeable improvement in fuel-economy ratings.

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Honda LogoBacked by three individual segment winners, Honda was recently honored as the top-ranked mainstream brand in the 2014 ALG Residual Value Awards. Notably, this was the second year in a row that Honda claimed the prize, and a three-peat isn’t out of the question for 2015.

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