2017 Civic Si Is Sporty Take on a Classic

2017 Civic Si

The 2017 Civic Si is a sporty sedan that’s returning for the latest model year. This model, known for its impressive performance and design, is being released alongside the Civic Type R. Both the Type R and the Civic Si are highly anticipated this year, building on the tenth-generation of Civic design to improve various facets of driving.

New Features

According to Forbes, the latest Civic will have a 25 percent increase in torsional rigidity and a 100-pound weight reduction, two aspects that will carry over to the new Si version. The Si will receive a few added features including a revamped front bumper, 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, center exhaust outlet, and a lower ride height.

Fun Factor

“A car like the Civic Si certainly benefits from increased power, but the Si’s real focus is the total driving experience. Enhancements to the Si’s suspension and wheel/tire package keep the 2017 Si true to previous models’ reputation,” remarks Forbes auto-writer Karl Brauer.

Performance

In addition to the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine you’ll find under the hood, there are some exciting new aspects to the Civic Si include the brand’s first use of adaptive dampers. There’s a standard limited-slip differential, selectable “Normal” and “Sport” modes, and special Si badging for the interior. There’s nothing quite like the new Civic Si. Come in and see the 2017 Honda Civic Si at Bill Walsh Honda today!

2017 Honda Civic Type R Preview

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2017 Honda Civic Type R

While the new Honda Civic isn’t a lightweight when it comes to performance, the upcoming Civic Type R definitely puts it to shame. The Japanese automaker revamped the entirety of the Civic a few years ago, but left enthusiasts wanting a Type R as well. Now thrill seekers and speed demons are about to get their wish. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially heading to American shores!

 

Europe and parts of Asia have had their own Honda Civic Type R for years now, but the North American market did not. Instead, we got red-badged Civic Sport models and video game simulations. Now the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially arriving on American shores in all of its glory. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers a heart-pounding 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque via 91 octane fuel. That engine comes mated to a six-speed manual engine control unit.

 

The entire model rolls out on 20-inch aluminum wheels equipped with Brembo front brake calipers, cross-driller rotors, and a suspension tuned for the track. Expect pricing for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R to come closer to the official launch date. Until then, prepare yourself for a hotshot unlike any other.

 

We here at Bill Walsh Honda can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Civic Type R!

A First Look at the Honda Civic Type R Hatchback

 

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The Geneva auto show brought with it a variety of new models that auto enthusiasts looked to in anticipation of cool new trends coming soon in the next few years. From the final versions of models that are preparing to head into production to exciting new concepts, there was something for everyone. One of the most anticipated vehicles to make its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, however, was the upcoming Civic Type R hatchback.

Honda isn’t necessarily known for being a performance-focused brand, though it’s known for its reliability, great safety ratings, and affordable prices – especially when it comes to the popular nameplate the Honda Civic. The sedan variant has been a staple among modern American families for years. However, Honda decided to bring a bit of European-style performance with the new Honda Civic Type R, a sporty hatchback that cranks out 306 horsepower.

Features:

There are a number of other features that make the Civic Type R hatchback a more athletic option for drivers who want some sports appeal in their everyday ride – an upgraded suspension, adaptive electrical power steering system, and Brembo brakes. Pricing could put it in the $30,000-range, so keep an eye out for it at Bill Walsh Honda.

 

Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem Unveiled at CES 2017

Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem
More Than Just a Car; An Entire Ecosystem

The Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem, a concept combining robotics, artificial intelligence, and big data, was unveiled early this month at CES 2017, a global tradeshow for consumer electronics and technology.

The Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept aims to revolutionize mobility by creating a network of cars that communicate with each other and the infrastructure to control traffic congestion and eliminate traffic accidents.

Honda aims to increase driver productivity and enjoyment by lessening their load and introducing new entertainment features, and the autonomous vehicles will even provide extra services when not in use. Inspired by this concept, Honda developed the NeuV, an autonomous mini-vehicle with an artificial intelligence “emotion engine” and personal assistant.

Honda also introduced Honda Riding Assistant, a motorcycle that uses robotics technology to maintain balance. CES attendees could test out Honda robotics technologies at their exhibit by test-driving the UNI-CUB, Honda’s self-balancing personal mobility device.

Honda is also teaming up with Visa and DreamWorks Animation for future projects, as well as opening up new startups through its Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator open innovation programs. Honda has also established a website where companies can participate in Honda’s AI and robotics initiatives, accelerating their open innovation philosophy.

Here at Bill Walsh Honda, we’re excited to see all of the exciting new technology the future holds! We can’t wait to see the Honda Technology roaming around Ottawa, IL.

All-New 2017 Honda Ridgeline at NAIAS Wins “North American Truck of the Year” Award

Praise is buzzing this month for the new, ground-breaking 2017 Honda Ridgeline at NAIAS in Detroit. Completely redesigned and reengineered, the Ridgeline has been named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year (NATOTY).

Since the start of June last year, Honda’s prized truck is packed with numerous industry-exclusive and available features that make it a stand-out in its class. These include, but are not limited to, unibody construction, In-Bed Trunk®, a scratch- and dent-resistant truck bed and the world’s first Truck Bed Audio System. Move over Chevy and Ford!

Our Ridgeline is also the first and only pickup truck to achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), due to available features such as the front crash prevention system and LED headlights. This follows up on the previous year when Honda won the honor for its Civic, which won the North American Car of the Year in 2016.

Winning this award shows the consistency of the Ridgeline. The pickup won the award back in 2006, so it’s no surprise to see history repeat itself.

“This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team’s work,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This is a terrific way to kick off 2017, and we’re looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead.”

The NATOTY award is handed out by a group of 50 members of the North American automotive media and is unique in and of itself because it is not tied to a single publication, radio or television station.

The Ridgeline is just one vehicle in Honda’s expanded lineup of innovative light-truck model, including the HR-V crossover, CR-V, Pilot and the new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan. This announcement comes at a strong point in time for Honda. Their light-truck sales were at an all-time high of 661,188 units in 2016 – a 7% increase from 2015.