New Cloud-Based HondaLink™ Connected Car System Helps Drivers Put Away Their Phones While Maintaining Intuitive Access to Their Favorite Media
July 18, 2012 - Honda today unveiled HondaLink™, a new
in-vehicleconnectivity system that will debut this fall on the all-new,
ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord. Featuring the first automotive OEM
application of AhaR by Harman, HondaLink will provide a personalized
experience connecting drivers to thousands of cloud-based news, information and entertainment feeds from around the world, using an
intuitive, audio-system based interface.
will enable customers to put away their phone and still stay connected
to the people, music and media they love," said Dave Jamieson, assistant
vice president of Honda Canada. "By creating an intuitive and
customizable user interface, HondaLink allows drivers to access digital content as easily as choosing a radio station."
intuitive new HondaLink™ smartphone application allows owners to preset
content on their phone. Once in the car, consumers can enjoy personalized
content accessible via voice recognition, steering-wheel mounted
controls and in-dash audio system controls. With a tethered smartphone
serving as a conduit to a wealth of cloud-based media, HondaLink creates
a unique, connected driving experience.
"Honda's strategy is
about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and
services to Honda owners," said Jamieson. "This is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected customer."
the Aha service, for example, HondaLink users can listen to Facebook
and Twitter audio newsfeeds, podcasts from NPR, location-based
personalized restaurant listings from Yelp!, and access internet
music services such as Slacker. The service is free and instantly
accessible from the cloud.
Aha delivers a user-friendly
experience requiring infrequent smartphone software updates, with
in-vehicle content and channel access updating simply and automatically
throughout the vehicle life. And content available from HondaLink™ will
grow as the system continues to expand its services for Honda owners.
HondaLink™ will also incorporate voice-to-text SMS text services with
pre-programmed responses, which Honda introduced on the 2012 CR-V.
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 5.8
million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities
and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario,
where the Honda Civic and CR-V, Acura MDX and ZDX models are
manufactured. Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada
and each year it sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services from
Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.6 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada. Please visit http://hondanews.ca/
Make-A-Wish® Canada comes out the winner at Honda Indy Toronto with more than $35,000 in funds raised
(July 10, 2012) - Racing fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association
(OHDA) and Honda Canada Inc. raised more than $35,000 for Make-A-Wish®
Canada this past weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto. This brings the
fundraising total to $235,000 for Make-A-Wish from the past three years of racing.
is truly thankful to have Honda Canada and its dealers support our
commitment to give hope, strength and joy to children with
life-threatening medical conditions through the granting of magical
wishes," said Jennifer Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. "Events like the
Honda Indy Toronto help us generate the awareness and funds we need to
fulfill our mission."
The highlight of the fundraising activities
at this year's Honda Indy Toronto was the OHDA's third annual "Free
Friday". On Friday, fans were encouraged to donate to Make-A-Wish in
lieu of paying for admission, which was covered by the OHDA. Throughout
the day, fans had access to Ferrari, Firestone Indy Lights, and IZOD
INDYCAR Series practice and qualifying sessions. Amidst all the on-track
excitement, fans of all ages enjoyed various games and activities in
and around Honda World.
"We are thrilled that the third Free
Friday event was such a success," said Kevin Pearson, president, Ontario
Honda Dealers Association. "Thanks to all the race fans, old and new,
who came out to not only enjoy a day at the Honda Indy, but to also
support a great cause like Make-A-Wish."
Although the Honda Indy
might be over, fans looking to donate can text DREAM to 41010 to make a
five dollar donation to Make-A-Wish. With support from organizations
like Honda Canada and the OHDA, Make-A-Wish grants over 400 wishes a
year through eight regional chapters across the country.
company was founded on a belief in the power of dreams," said Jerry
Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada. "We're happy to help
make the dreams of Canadian children facing life-threatening illnesses come true by raising funds for Make-A-Wish."
The Ontario Honda Dealers Association, which was founded in 1989,
represents 78 Honda dealers located in 62 communities throughout Ontario, which is home to the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants
that produce Civic, Canada's number one selling car, in addition to the
Acura MDX, ZDX and CR-V. The 78 Honda dealerships in Ontario, which have
a proven track record for providing maximum customer satisfaction,
employ approximately 3,000 associates.
Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings
hope, strength and joy to children across Canada living with
life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office,
eight regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from
coast-to-coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-WishR
International, the largest wish-granting organization in the world,
making dreams and wishes come true for more than 290,000 children since
1980. To learn more please visit http://www.makeawish.ca
2012 Honda Odyssey and CR-V Win ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards
ON (February 16, 2012) -Two of Honda Canada's most popular vehicles
have received Canadian Residual Value Awards from automotive insights company
ALG, the industry benchmark for residual values. The 2012 Honda Odyssey
won in the MPV category while the 2012 Honda CR-V, Canada's top-selling import SUV, won in the Compact Utility category.
awards are a testament to the quality and reliability that customers
have come to expect from Honda," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice
president, Honda Canada Inc. "Odyssey and CR-V play very important roles
in the lives of many Canadians and these awards should reassure our
customers of the investment they are making when choosing Honda."
The annual ALG Residual Value Awards recognize automakers' outstanding
achievements in producing vehicles that demonstrate the ability to
retain the highest percentage of their original price after a
three-year period. Awards are given in 19 vehicle categories and two
brand categories (mainstream and luxury). This year's awards are based
on 2012 model year vehicles.
Award winners are determined
through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical
vehicle performance, industry trends, and economic conditions.
Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing and
marketing strategies remain the key factors that impact ALG's residual value forecasts.
Ample space, dramatic exterior styling and engaging driving experience are among the well-deserved impressions people get from Honda's eight-passenger, luxurious family-mover that continues to be a class leader in fuel efficiency and safety. For a family on the go, Honda's Odyssey is the ultimate recreation room on wheels.
"Honda has kept incentives and fleet penetration to a minimum on the Odyssey, which is a rolling showcase of emerging technology and smart packaging," said Geoff Helby, Canada Regional Director for ALG. "Alwaysversatile, the Odyssey can transform from upscale family transporter to voluminous cargo carrier in a matter of seconds."
The Odyssey is unsurpassed for safety with an extensive list of safety equipment including the Advanced Compatibility EngineeringT (ACET) body structure - a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Combining that with a 248 horsepower, i-VTECR V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management for enhanced fuel efficiency, and the highest estimated highway fuel economy in its class, the Odyssey balances power, fuel efficiency, safety and fun.
All new for 2012, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V embraces a
sophisticated styling direction in conjunction with improved interior
comfort, improved fuel economy, a smoother and quieter ride, and more
innovative features as part of a 'total package' approach. Long
established as the benchmark vehicle in its class with high levels of
quality, refinement and value, the 2012 CR-V is designed to exceed
customer expectations in the compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment
with increased value resulting from lower MSRPs across the entire CR-V
lineup and added content.
"With improved styling and feature-rich
content, the redesigned CR-V provides a strong value proposition for
consumers," said Geoff Helby, Canada Regional Director for ALG. "In a
hyper-competitive segment, adding competitive features and drivetrain to
an already class-leading vehicle and the strength of the Honda brand
deliver great value for consumers."
All CR-Vs are powered by a
2.4-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb.-ft.
of torque. In addition, a new ECON operating mode increases the
potential for drivers to improve the vehicle's fuel efficiency when the
system is activated. The 2012 Honda CR-V is built at Honda's assembly
plant in Alliston, Ontario.
Based in Santa Barbara, California, ALG is the industry standard for
residual values and a leading provider of insights and consulting
services to the automotive industry. ALG publishes the Automotive Lease
Guide - the benchmark for residual value expectations in North America,
and has been forecasting automotive residual values for nearly 50 years
in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Honda Indy Toronto renews important contracts, secures core features of the event through to 2014
May 14, 2012 (Toronto, ON) - Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, owners of Green Savoree Toronto LLC, announce today the renewal of contracts that reside at the heart of the Honda Indy Toronto, an annual event that has entertained Toronto residents and visitors since 1986. Contract renewals have been signed with the City of Toronto, Honda Canada, Exhibition Place, Tourism Toronto and INDYCAR through to 2014.
"The Honda Indy is a great example of the diverse sports scene in Toronto," said Mark Grimes, Chair of Exhibition Place and City Councillor for Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore. "This race, and all the great events that come with it, is a Toronto tradition that offers great entertainment for local families, fans and visitors while contributing to the economic prosperity of our city."
"Honda Canada is very proud to continue to be a key member of the team bringing the Honda Indy Toronto to our great city," said Dave Gardner, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. "This partnership continues to build on the successes of recent years and brings the highest level of racing excitement to Torontonians and Canadians."
"The Honda Indy Toronto is more than just a race," said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "It's an open and accessible festival for thousands of residents, a driver of tourism and a platform through which we promote our skyline, people and landmarks to the world. We all benefit from that."
"With a strong heritage in open-wheel racing, Toronto continues to be a great fit for INDYCAR," said Randy Bernard, CEO of INDYCAR. "It's important from a business standpoint to be in one of the largest DMAs in North America. The circuit continues to produce some of our most competitive and memorable races and the Canadian race fans are some of the most enthusiastic in all of sports. Green Savoree has produced a first-class event in Toronto and we look forward to continuing our relationship well into the future."
"This event is a part of our heritage, our fabric and our future," said Charlie Johnstone, Vice President and General Manager of the Honda Indy Toronto. "We take the responsibility of putting on a good show very seriously and it is clear that a growing community of partners and fans believe in our vision and are ready to take a stake in the event."
Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto, was created in 2009 to manage the Toronto event with a focus on partnerships, people and fiscal responsibility.
"Auto racing is exciting and accessible for fans, but it is also very attractive to corporate and public partners," said Kim Green, Co-Owner of Green Savoree Racing promotions. "We wish to thank Honda Canada and all of our partners for helping us bring the Honda Indy Toronto to life."
The Honda Indy Toronto takes place July 6-8, 2012 on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. With 26 years of IndyCar racing history in Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, and a festival of live entertainment and interactive activities.