Honda Insight Production Begins at Indiana Plant

As hybrid and EV technology advances, the auto industry is producing more and more options for fans of the green car segment. Honda’s latest foray into the class is the 2019 Honda Insight, and we’re looking forward to stocking it here at Bill Walsh Honda.

Honda Insight production recently began at the automaker’s plant in Greensburg, Indiana. Honda invested $32.5 million in Greensburg to prepare for manufacturing more hybrids and EVs in the future. Three plants in Ohio will also be a part of Insight production, building its gas engine, electric motor, and battery pack. These plants received $29 million in investments.

To build the 2019 Insight, the Greensburg plant uses a modular subassembly technique that was first introduced in the 2016 Civic. The plant built a 19,200-square-foot expansion to house the new equipment needed for attaching the Honda Insight’s front-end module.

The production version of the Honda Insight debuted at the New York Auto Show in March, where the hybrid showed off a powertrain that pairs a generator motor and propulsion motor to produce 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque. No official word is out yet about EPA fuel ratings, but Honda claims the Insight can drive 55 MPG in the city.

Honda Civic Takes a Plunge in Florida Swimming Pool

Honda Civic | Bill Walsh Honda | Ottawa, ILWhile the 2018 Honda Civic boasts a comprehensive suite of safety technologies that can help protect you from potential hazards, sometimes old-fashioned user error still wins out. Case in point: a Florida driver recently rolled a Honda Civic into a swimming pool with two passengers inside. The good news is, both passengers made it out safely.

The driver left the car and went back to her apartment for something she had forgotten. She said she thought she had put the car in park, but that obviously wasn’t the case, as it proceeded to roll all the way into a nearby pool.

The incident, which occurred recently in Okaloosa County, Florida, was originally posted on Facebook after a sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a Honda Civic fully submerged in a local swimming pool.  “New meaning to the term carpool,” the Sheriff’s Office joked, adding that “all parties are OK.” Of course, this doesn’t include the Civic itself, which was no doubt in bad shape after the incident.

While this story is amusing, we’re also posting it as a serious reminder to our customers at Bill Walsh Honda: Even a car equipped with advanced technology can be unsafe if the driver isn’t paying attention!

Small Crossovers: Comparing the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue

comparing the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue - 2018 CR-V - Bill Walsh HondaCrossover SUVs are a rapidly growing segment. The sheer number of options means you’ll probably want to compare vehicles before deciding which one to buy. For example, the Honda CR-V is a small crossover that has five-passenger seating, tons of storage, and great fuel economy. But how does it compare to the similar Nissan Rogue?

When comparing the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue, you’ll find that both are built on car platforms, and both have four-cylinder engines, continuously variable transmissions, and optional all-wheel drive. However, there are also some key differences that help the CR-V stand out in a head-to-head comparison.

The Honda CR-V is newer than the Nissan Rogue, with a redesign in 2017. As such, the CR-V has an updated turbocharged engine option and a modern interior aesthetic. The Rogue hasn’t been redesigned since 2014, and it just can’t match the new and improved CR-V in these areas.

As part of its redesign, the CR-V received a suspension update. That translates into tighter, more assured handling, especially when turning. The Rogue’s handling in similar situations is much shakier.

The CR-V has some other advantages, too. The CR-V gets up to 184 horsepower, while the Rogue has 170 horsepower. Plus, the CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds, while the Rogue can only manage just over 1,100 pounds.

Another area where the CR-V excels is space, giving you 6 more cubic feet for cargo than the Rogue. The rear passenger space also provides an extra 2.5 inches of legroom compared to the Rogue. That’s an advantage your passengers will notice on any long road trip.

While the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue do have some similarities, the CR-V’s superior redesign, power, handling, and passenger space give it the edge. To see this advantage for yourself, stop by Bill Walsh Honda for a test drive.

2018 Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey Named ‘Best New Cars” By Good Housekeeping

Being named ‘Best New Cars’ is an honor for any vehicle, especially when it comes from a publication like Good Housekeeping. This year, the 2018 Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey took the titles with pride. The popular midsize sedan and minivan were evaluated in a long list of categories, including comfort, technology, and safety.

Good Housekeeping Institute worked with experts from Car & Driver magazine to evaluate hundreds of vehicles. By the end, it was clear the 2018 Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey were the winners in their respective segments.

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With its latest redesign, the 2018 Honda Accord marks the beginning of the 10th generation. The midsize sedan has stood the test of time as one of the industry’s top selling sedans. The redesigned vehicle brings a more aggressive stance paired with premium styling. The standard turbocharged engines and precision handling ensure this midsize family sedan is more agile than ever before. Inside, passengers will enjoy premium comfort and access to the industry’s latest technologies.

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The 2018 Honda Odyssey underwent a full redesign for the model year. The latest model brings a quieter cabin, thrilling performance, and more interior space. Passengers will also enjoy improved comfort as well as innovative connectivity technologies.

To see these award-winning vehicles up close and experience their power, style, and technology, visit Bill Walsh Honda for a test drive.

Learn More about the Honda Clarity

Honda Clarity - Bill Walsh Honda BlogThe Honda Clarity is one of Honda’s newest models and was designed to be a dedicated alternative fuel vehicle.  It is available in three variations — plug-in hybrid (PHEV), 100% battery electric, or fuel cell. However, the most popular variant, at least in the first few years, will most likely be the PHEV model.

While it has its own design, the Honda Clarity is about the same size as the Accord. According to the EPA, the Clarity should deliver an electric driving range of 47 miles and gets 110 MPGe.* When the gasoline engine is in use, it delivers a combined rating of 42 mpg. Thanks to its long electric range, you will find that you rarely use the gasoline engine.

Along with its excellent powertrain system, the Clarity PHEV comes well-equipped with tech features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and a full suite of active safety features such as Honda LaneWatch™.

If you want even more information about the 2018 Honda Clarity, stop by Bill Walsh Honda. The Clarity will be arriving on our showroom floor very soon.

*110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition and other factors.

2018 Honda Clarity Review

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The 2018 Honda Clarity is the brand’s latest entry into the plug-in hybrid segment, and it does so admirably. Multiple drive modes and smooth, quiet shifts between the electric motor and gasoline engine make it quite the comfortable ride. The third in the Clarity line, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a great car for fuel-conscious drivers.

While the Honda Clarity is a midsize sedan, it’s far from an Accord clone. Its powertrain offers drivers more efficiency as well as multiple drive modes. It has three powertrain variations: fuel cell, electric, and plug-in hybrid.

“The Clarity is intended to be an environmental halo vehicle for Honda,” said spokesman Chris Martin, “so it has to be a distinct model from Accord.”

The Honda Clarity features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, a combination that delivers 212 horsepower. In addition to that kind of power, the fuel-efficient model also features three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport.

In short, the Honda Clarity is a value-oriented, eco-friendly car that comes loaded with features. From the Honda Sensing® safety suite to an eight-inch touchscreen display, it’s clear that the Japanese automaker wanted to give drivers plenty of incentives to check out its latest model.

We here at Bill Walsh Honda are always happy to see the Honda lineup expanding to include more eco-friendly vehicles.

Fun Holiday Activities in Ottawa, IL

The holidays are in full swing, but there’s still time to take part in some activities exclusive to the season. Check out these fun holiday activities in Ottawa recommended by us here at Bill Walsh Honda.

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Holiday Arrangements Workshop

Making the holidays a little more festive is easily done with a themed tabletop centerpiece. The Holiday Arrangements Workshop will help you learn how to create your very own festive arrangement. The event takes place on Dec. 7, at the Wasco Nursery & Garden Center. Bring your gardening gloves and pruners to this hands-on activity.

Plainfield Holiday Lights Tour

A scenic tour of Plainfield can only be made better by some holiday lights. The Plainfield Holiday Lights Tour features a tour of Plainfield’s neighborhoods and holiday lights. The tour begins at the Wine and Cheese by TCC. Entry fees will support the Will Country Center for Community Concerns. The holiday lights tour takes place throughout the month.

Warren-Sharpe Center’s Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree

Is there anything that says “Christmas” better than live music and dancing while simultaneously supporting a good cause? The Warren-Sharpe Center’s Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree will feature an evening of live music put on by the Euphony Band. Dance the night away while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event kicks off on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Make the Most of Your Trip

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, whether you’re driving or flying. Driving is a great way to save money, especially if you have a large family, but flying may be quicker if you’re travelling long distances. Whichever way you choose to travel this November, just be sure to follow these Thanksgiving travel tips.

According to ABC News Writer Rick Thanksgiving travel tips - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, ILSeaney, planning is everything. If you don’t know your plans yet, contact family and friends as soon as possible to see what times and dates work best. When driving, it’s best to avoid the holiday itself (which is on November 23 this year) by arriving to your destination a few days early. When flying, you lose about $2 per day when you delay a purchase; however, on Thanksgiving rates can double or even triple.

When travelling, packing is key. If you’re staying at your destination for several days, you might consider doing laundry while you’re there instead of bringing an entire wardrobe. If you’re uncomfortable doing laundry at a friend’s or family member’s house, go to a drycleaner. Space is precious on a long road trip, so if you can limit your bags, you’ll be more comfortable. If you’re flying, you’ll also save money by not having to check luggage.

Finally, look for hubs. If you’re driving, you may want to take a less direct route if you can avoid going through a big city. Even if this takes a little longer, you’ll avoid traffic. When flying, you want to do the opposite. Head to a major city if it has a bigger airport—rates are usually lower at big airports, especially if you can avoid a connecting flight. These are just some of the many tips we at Bill Walsh Honda recommend.

Honda Civic Si Features: An Ideal Sports Car for Any Driver

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2017 Honda Civic Si

The Honda Civic is a high-quality sedan with a reliable build and next-generation technologies. However, with new trims like the Civic Si, this car is quickly becoming one of the top affordable sports cars on the market. If you want added performance behind the wheel without breaking the bank, the Honda Civic Si might be the right car for you.

The Honda Civic Si features include a responsive six-speed transmission that, along with a powerful engine, allows the Civic Si to do zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. According to the Chicago Tribune writer Robert Duffer, the Civic Si also has a top speed of up to 137 mph, and with its sleek exterior, the Civic Si is one sports car you won’t want to stop driving.

The Civic Si has a contoured exterior and a long hood, as well as a bold grille and alloy wheels. It also has a stiff suspension for better handling on the track with responsive steering and a lightweight design. Inside the cabin, the Civic Si comes with a digital instrument cluster to provide bright, visible displays to provide easy-to-read information when you’re travelling at high speeds. Check out the Civic Si in person at Bill Walsh Honda. This is one sports car you simply must see in person.

Explore the Area: Ottawa Fall Events

Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the outdoors. You can take the whole family on a trip in your new Honda, exploring the many events and activities in your community. In fact, there are multiple Ottawa fall events that you don’t want to miss.Ottawa fall events - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, IL

According to Pick Us Ottawa, one of the top events this year is the Summer Concert Series. Held in Washington Park on Sept. 15 starting at 7 p.m., this concert series will feature music from the band Crash. This is actually the final event for the series, so you definitely don’t want to miss it.

You should also check out the “parkrun” event held at Heritage Harbor on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. Held every Saturday, this free timed 5K event lets you run, walk, or job along the path. You can register online for the event, which follows the Harbor Wall Trail.

Oktoberfest will be held all-day on Sept. 22 and 23. There will be a wide selection of beers, bratwurst, and other German cuisine. Don’t forget to enjoy some traditional polka music or to participate in the 5k beer run/walk.

Finally, visit the local library to learn Mandarin Chinese or how to knit and crochet. Held at the Reddick Public Library on a Sept. 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Loop Group welcomes knitters, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. You can also learn Mandarin Chinese at the library that day at 3 p.m.

There are so many great things to do in the area that we at Bill Walsh Honda were only able to list a few. Be sure to visit at least one of these fun events during the fall.