Honda’s Week of Service Spreads Across the Country

For the second year in a row, Honda’s Week of Service helps communities all across the country. More than 20,000 volunteers came together to help do the work of local charitable organizations.

The Events

From June 9-18, there were 450 group activities spread throughout 43 states, along with Canada and Mexico. Those events included activities like blood drives, adopt-a-pet events, food drives, home repairs, beach clean-ups, and more.

The Results

Altogether, the teams collected from than 54 tons of food, served more than 162,000 meals, collected almost 1,000 bags of trash, donated nearly 700 pints of blood, and collected more than 11,000 health kits.

“We are so proud of our associates and business partners who took time out to help improve the lives of people in their communities,” said Jeffrey Smith, Vice President, North American Corporate Communications for Honda North America, Inc. “This week shows what can happen when a team of people come together to make a difference.”

Highlights

You can see video highlights from Week of Service on Honda’s YouTube channel.

Here at Bill Walsh Honda, we are proud to be part of a company that dedicates so much time and effort into helping communities all around the United States. Here in Illinois, there were 17 events.

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!

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Purchasing a car is one of the most significant financial decisions that you may have to make this year. Since many people decide that buying a brand new car is not for them, they move on to the idea of buying a used car. Here are a few simple steps that you can take before buying a used car to make sure that you get the best deal possible.

Set your budget

Before you even look at a single car, set a budget that you can afford. If you’re going to be making monthly payments, calculate how much you will be paying each month and how many months it will take you to pay off the car.

Get a car in mind

Once you have a budget in mind, think about the car that you want. If you’re looking for a Civic, for example, search only for Civics before moving on to anything else.

Negotiate

You can’t be afraid to negotiate for your car. When someone is selling a used car, they rarely expect to receive the list price. As long as you’re willing to negotiate, you should be able to get a decent chunk of money dropped from the list price.

All of us here at Bill Walsh Honda know how difficult it can be to purchase a used car. If we can help you in any way, please feel free to give us a call.

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.

 

How to Develop a Strategy to Handle Road Rage

How to Develop a Strategy to Handle Road Rage | Bill Walsh Honda

Strategy To Handle Road Rage

We’ve all been there – maybe we genuinely made a mistake on the road or someone else is just having a bad day. Either way, when the situation has gotten out of hand, we should all have a strategy to handle road rage.

Don’t Engage Them

First and foremost, don’t do anything to escalate the situation. Just like in other parts of life, if you refuse to engage with an aggressive person, they will usually quit their antics. With that being said, don’t do the following: flash your middle finger at them, cut them off, or brake check them. It’s not worth it. An apologetic wave, even if it wasn’t your fault, can quickly defuse a volatile situation.

Get Out Of The Way

Another method is to simply get out of the way. This is often easier said than done, but as long as you can safely do so, get out of the person’s way by pulling off to the side of the road or get off on the nearest exit. Let them pass you and safely pull off into a populated area like a parking lot if you must. But remember, if they end up following you, do not get out of the car and make sure your doors are locked.

Maintain A Good Distance

If the enraged driver seems likely to get out of their car while in traffic, ensure there is enough room for you to pull into a turn lane or some other escape route. And if it has gotten to be that bad, don’t be afraid to call the authorities.

 

Here at Bill Walsh Honda we promote and encourage a healthy and smart way of driving.

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.

See the Hip Hop Nutcracker This Christmas

As we move further and further into the holiday season, the list of holiday events grows longer and longer. However, you can only watch ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Elf’ so many times before you start looking for something different to try. Luckily, the Rosemont Theater in Chicago has just the show for you. Come out on Friday, December 09, 2016 at 7:30 pm to see the Hip Hop Nutcracker. Here is everything that you need to know.

The Nutcracker

For those who have not seen The Nutcracker, it is a ballet that was first performed in St. Petersburg all the way back in 1892. Although the play wasn’t generally well-received at first, it began growing in popularity in the 1960s, and it is now one of the most popular plays (especially holiday plays) in the theater today. It is most famous for its score, which was written by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky.

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

The hip-hop version is a mash-up that was designed for the entire family. The classic score by Tchaikovsky was re-imagined with highly entertaining hip-hop choreography. There will be a dozen talented hip-hop dancers on stage, along with a DJ and an electric violin.

For those looking to experience something a little bit different this Christmas season, consider attending the hip-hop version of The Nutcracker!

Hip Hop Nutcracker
Photo By Ginny Lacey Gorman

Tips for Driving in Bad Weather: The Basics

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Bad weather is right around the corner, especially as the holidays approach. If you encounter rain, snow, ice, or sleet, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Read on to learn more about these inclement-weather driving tips.

According to AAA, one of the most important things to remember is to get enough sleep before driving. The average adult needs roughly 7 to 9 hours of sleep in order to function properly. Any less can seriously affect your reaction time when behind the wheel, so be sure to pull over if you feel fatigued. It’s also important to plan trips when you know you will be awake. If you are heading home for the holidays, for instance, avoid driving when you would normally be sleeping.

Next, don’t run your car in an enclosed area. Despite advanced emission control technologies, vehicle fumes are still powerful enough to asphyxiate the average adult. If you plan on warming up your car, be sure to pull your vehicle to a well-ventilated area.

Finally, don’t use cruise control in bad weather. While it might be easy to set the cruise and forget about driving for a while, this can lead to dangerous situations when the road is wet or covered in ice. Cruise control can’t react to slippery surfaces, an important reason to stay alert and connected to the pedal when driving in bad weather.