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Honda's new cloud based multimedia system, HondaLink, is coming soon to Baton Rouge!

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Richards Honda of Baton Rouge, LA is proud to announce to our customers that a brand new interactive multimedia system will be introduced in the all-new 2013 Honda Accord, due out this fall! HondaLink is a cloud based system that uses a dedicated smartphone app to access streaming radio, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and other content through their partnership with Aha Radio. HondaLink is compatible with current iPhone and Android operating systems.

"Honda's strategy is about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and services to Honda owners," said Charles Koch, American Honda manager of new business development. "This is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected customer."

The highly anticipated ninth generation, 2013 Honda Accord is expected to be a huge hit when it arrives to Richards Honda's Baton Rouge showroom this fall! For additional news and updates, stay tuned to RichardsHonda.com!!

Honda Earns Edmunds.com Best Retained Value Award for the Second Consecutive Year

Honda's focus on retail versus fleet sales epitomizes dedication to maintaining value for each customer



Honda has captured the 2012 Best Retained Value Award for the second consecutive year from Edmunds.com. Honda was named the top non-luxury brand in the Best Retained Value Awards for maintaining the highest projected residual value after five years of ownership as a percentage of value when new.

"Honda's focus on retail sales has always benefitted our most important client: Honda customers," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "This valuable award from Edmunds.com is recognition of Honda's unending mission of providing true value to customers - one that extends well beyond the showroom."

"Honda has long had a reputation for dependable used vehicles, and that is reflected in today's booming used car market," said Joe Spina, director of remarketing at Edmunds.com. "Honda's family of vehicles continues to expand the company's status as one of the best values available to car buyers today."

Honda Unveils 2013 Crosstour Concept at New York Auto Show

Next Crosstour to feature more capable-looking styling, more efficient V-6 drivetrain along with host of new safety and visibility features.

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Honda unveiled the 2013 Crosstour Concept today at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), providing the first official glimpse of a more capable-looking exterior styling direction for the luxurious mid-size CUV. Set to go on sale this fall, the Crosstour's defined lines will resonate more clearly with the active consumers that form the largest portion of the premium crossover segment. The 2013 Crosstour V-6 will feature improved fuel economy thanks to its new 6-speed automatic transmission, while both four-cylinder and V-6 versions will benefit from a host of safety and visibility upgrades.

"Fueled by a combination of versatility, luxury, and efficiency, owners have demonstrated remarkable devotion to the Honda Crosstour," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The 2013 Crosstour Concept shows how Honda will strengthen the styling and add even more content to one of the most efficient offerings in the class."

Concept Design

The Crosstour Concept features a more capable, SUV-like styling direction for Honda's mid-size crossover. A more aggressive and athletic front end, new contrasting moldings on the lower door garnish, and cleaner front and rear fascias anchored by the rugged look of finished sill plates provide more visual strength to the Crosstour Concept. Adding to the SUV-like stance, a new rear-fender finish helps give the Concept a more solidly planted appearance.

Up front, the new integrated foglamp treatment is complemented by a slotted finish beneath the headlights, which helps integrate the new, bolder grille. The revised tailgate sports a more horizontal design to add visual width to the sculpted lines at the rear of the Crosstour.

The Crosstour Concept is coated in a fresh hue, similar to one of two new shades that will appear on the 2013 Crosstour. Anchoring the Crosstour Concept are unique 5-spoke 19-inch wheels, while the 2013 Honda Crosstour will feature new 18-inch alloy wheels.

Though not on display in the Crosstour Concept, the luxurious interior of the Honda Crosstour will see even further refinement for 2013, including heavily revised trim materials, the addition of an 8-inch, in-dash information display, keyless ignition, and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters on V-6 models.

Advanced and Efficient Powertrains

The Crosstour will offer two powertrains for the 2013 model year: a re-engineered and more powerful 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine, or a     2.4-liter i-VTEC inline four-cylinder engine. The 2013 Crosstour V-6 models will feature a 6-speed automatic transmission and utilize Honda Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology to achieve class-leading V-6 fuel economy1 along with an overall improvement in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model. Also available on Crosstour EX-L V-6 models is Honda's Real Time 4WDTM system, which sends power to all four wheels when front-wheel slippage is detected.

The four-cylinder Crosstour models are powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC   i-VTEC® engine producing 192 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM. To maximize efficiency, a 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.

Safety and Technology Innovations

The 2013 Crosstour will introduce numerous new safety features, and is targeted to earn top scores in the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The next Crosstour will be available with Honda's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) technology. Both systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield to alert drivers if the car is moving unexpectedly out of its lane or to warn drivers of a potential collision in front of them.

The 2013 Crosstour will provide a host of visibility enhancements, and will be one of the first models to receive the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. Standard equipment to further enhance visibility on the 2013 Crosstour will also include re-shaped rear headrests, a rearview camera and an ExpandedView Driver's Mirror.

Standard Crosstour convenience features include an automatic dimming rearview mirror, auto-on/off headlights, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and USB audio interface. Other available features on the 2013 Crosstour will include a hard-drive based navigation system, Pandora internet radio interface, XM satellite radio and an SMS text-to-speech function.

Sales, Accolades and Manufacturing History

First launched in 2009, and now available with both V-6 and four-cylinder engines, the Crosstour remains one of the most versatile choices in the midsize crossover segment, and earned the distinction of J.D. Power and Associates' "Highest Ranked Midsize Crossover/SUV in Initial Quality" in their 2011 Initial Quality Study SM (IQS). The Crosstour is produced2 at Honda's East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio.


Honda Unveils 2013 Accord Coupe Concept
 
All-new Accord will feature next-generation powertrain technologies, class-leading fuel economy plus innovative safety and technology features

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Honda unveiled the dynamic Accord Coupe Concept today at the North American International Auto Show, providing the first official glimpse of the athletic styling direction, as well as revealing a host of new technologies for the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 model, set to go on-sale this fall.

The 2013 Accord will feature three all-new powertrains, including the first U.S. application of both a 2.4-liter direct-injected engine and two-motor plug-in hybrid system from Honda's suite of next-generation Earth Dreams™ powertrain technologies. In addition, the V-6 Accord will be the first Honda sedan to feature a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Both the Accord Sedan and the Accord Coupe models are expected to achieve class-leading fuel economy ratings and will be available with a number of innovative new safety and technological features.

"Marking the 30th anniversary of U.S. production, this new ninth-generation Accord will raise the bar again through a tour de force of new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Design and Packaging

The Accord Coupe Concept features an athletic styling direction for Honda's best-selling model. The front bumper's dynamic lines are highlighted by a revised four-sided honeycomb grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. Lower fog-light spoilers are accented by crystallized chrome inlays.

The Accord Coupe Concept's 20-inch, machine-finished, 5-spoke wheels contribute to its solid stance. The rear taillights aggressively sweep into the body, while a trunk -lid spoiler and large exhaust finishers integrated into the bumper underscore the Accord Coupe Concept's muscular exterior.

While the Accord Coupe will remain similarly sized, the Accord Sedan will feature a more compact exterior footprint, adding to its sportier appearance. A shortened length and reduced weight will also give the 2013 Accord Sedan more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics. Both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe will retain the current model's generous cabin space.

Advanced and Efficient Powertrains

The Accord will offer three all-new powertrains for the 2013 model year. The Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe will be the first models in the U.S. to receive the new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine featuring direct- injection (DI). The engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission or a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which utilizes an innovative cooperative control system for excellent acceleration and responsive shifting. The all-new 2.4-liter DI engine generates significant performance improvements compared to the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine it replaces, producing more than 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. In addition to an overall improvement in fuel economy compared to the 2012 model, the new four-cylinder-equipped 2013 Accord models are targeted to deliver class-leading fuel economy1.

The 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe will also be offered with a re-engineered 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine, paired to a new 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 6-speed manual transmission. The new V-6 engine generates an increase in horsepower and torque over the current model. The 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe models equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission will utilize Honda Variable Cylinder Management ™ (VCM™) technology and are targeted to achieve class-leading fuel economy1 along with an overall improvement in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model.

The 2013 Accord lineup will also feature the first application of a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system to the Accord Sedan. The Honda two-motor hybrid system moves continuously through three modes - all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive - to maximize driving efficiency and fuel economy.

In all-electric mode, the 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will use a 6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor to achieve an all-electric range of approximately 10-15 miles in city driving scenarios and a top speed of 62 mph. Fully recharging the battery will take less than four hours using a 120-volt, outlet and less than 1.5 hours using a 240-volt charger.

In the gasoline-electric hybrid mode, the Accord is powered by its fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, i-VTEC inline four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle engine, paired with an electric Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT). For more efficient high-speed cruising, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid can engage in a direct-drive mode, in which only the engine drives the front wheels. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid launch next winter.

All 2013 Accord models will incorporate the Honda ECO Assist™ system, an innovative technology that can enhance efficient vehicle operation at the touch of a button, while also providing visual feedback to the driver to promote and confirm a more efficient driving style.

Safety and Technological Innovations

The 2013 Accord will introduce numerous new features for enhanced driver safety, visibility and security. The new Accord will be available with Honda's first application of Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) technology. Both systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield to alert drivers if the car is moving out of its lane or to warn drivers of a potential collision in front of them.

The 2013 Accord is targeted to earn top scores in both the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety2 (IIHS) vehicle evaluations.

Additionally, the Accord will be equipped with several new technologies to help improve the driver's visibility around the vehicle. The Accord will be the first model to receive the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. The Accord will also receive a rearview back-up camera and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror as standard equipment.

The Accord has always been an exceptional value and the 2013 model will offer more standard equipment compared to the current model, including new advanced technology features. High-tech features that will be found on all 2013 Accord models include Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® phone interface, a full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and an SMS text messaging function, which can read received texts from compatible cell phones aloud over the audio system. Another standard feature and first for the Accord is the introduction of a Pandora® Internet Radio interface4, compatible with the Apple® iPhone®, which works with the vehicle's audio controls and i-MID.

Sales, Accolades and Manufacturing History

The Honda Accord, currently in its eighth generation, is one of Honda's best-selling vehicles worldwide and remains one of the top-selling automobiles in the U.S. The Accord was launched in 1976 with subsequent major re-designs in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2003 and 2008. More than 11 million Accords have been sold in the U.S. since 1976.

Since its introduction nearly 36 years ago, the Accord has been honored for its quality, reliability and superior drivability. Car and Driver magazine has awarded the Honda Accord its prestigious and highly competitive annual '10Best Cars' award a record 26 times. No other vehicle in the award's history has been honored as frequently as the Accord. The Accord was also recognized for the highest initial quality in the mid-size sedan segment in the 2011 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey.

In 2012, Honda will celebrate 30 years of Accord production in the U.S. The first Accord Sedan rolled off the Marysville, Ohio assembly line on November 1, 1982 and was the first Japanese-nameplate car assembled in the U.S. Since then, more than eight million Accords have been produced5 at Honda's first U.S. auto plant in Marysville, Ohio. More about Honda in America is available at http://www.hondainamerica.com.

 

Honda Unveils 2013 Crosstour Concept at New York Auto Show

Next Crosstour to feature more capable-looking styling, more efficient V-6 drivetrain along with host of new safety and visibility features.

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04/04/2012 - NEW YORK

Honda unveiled the 2013 Crosstour Concept today at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), providing the first official glimpse of a more capable-looking exterior styling direction for the luxurious mid-size CUV. Set to go on sale this fall, the Crosstour's defined lines will resonate more clearly with the active consumers that form the largest portion of the premium crossover segment. The 2013 Crosstour V-6 will feature improved fuel economy thanks to its new 6-speed automatic transmission, while both four-cylinder and V-6 versions will benefit from a host of safety and visibility upgrades.

"Fueled by a combination of versatility, luxury, and efficiency, owners have demonstrated remarkable devotion to the Honda Crosstour," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The 2013 Crosstour Concept shows how Honda will strengthen the styling and add even more content to one of the most efficient offerings in the class."

Concept Design

The Crosstour Concept features a more capable, SUV-like styling direction for Honda's mid-size crossover. A more aggressive and athletic front end, new contrasting moldings on the lower door garnish, and cleaner front and rear fascias anchored by the rugged look of finished sill plates provide more visual strength to the Crosstour Concept. Adding to the SUV-like stance, a new rear-fender finish helps give the Concept a more solidly planted appearance.

Up front, the new integrated foglamp treatment is complemented by a slotted finish beneath the headlights, which helps integrate the new, bolder grille. The revised tailgate sports a more horizontal design to add visual width to the sculpted lines at the rear of the Crosstour.

The Crosstour Concept is coated in a fresh hue, similar to one of two new shades that will appear on the 2013 Crosstour. Anchoring the Crosstour Concept are unique 5-spoke 19-inch wheels, while the 2013 Honda Crosstour will feature new 18-inch alloy wheels.

Though not on display in the Crosstour Concept, the luxurious interior of the Honda Crosstour will see even further refinement for 2013, including heavily revised trim materials, the addition of an 8-inch, in-dash information display, keyless ignition, and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters on V-6 models.

Advanced and Efficient Powertrains

The Crosstour will offer two powertrains for the 2013 model year: a re-engineered and more powerful 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine, or a 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline four-cylinder engine. The 2013 Crosstour V-6 models will feature a 6-speed automatic transmission and utilize Honda Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology to achieve class-leading V-6 fuel economy1 along with an overall improvement in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model. Also available on Crosstour EX-L V-6 models is Honda's Real Time 4WDTM system, which sends power to all four wheels when front-wheel slippage is detected.

The four-cylinder Crosstour models are powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine producing 192 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM. To maximize efficiency, a 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.

Safety and Technology Innovations

The 2013 Crosstour will introduce numerous new safety features, and is targeted to earn top scores in the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The next Crosstour will be available with Honda's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) technology. Both systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield to alert drivers if the car is moving unexpectedly out of its lane or to warn drivers of a potential collision in front of them.

The 2013 Crosstour will provide a host of visibility enhancements, and will be one of the first models to receive the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. Standard equipment to further enhance visibility on the 2013 Crosstour will also include re-shaped rear headrests, a rearview camera and an ExpandedView Driver's Mirror.

Standard Crosstour convenience features include an automatic dimming rearview mirror, auto-on/off headlights, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and USB audio interface. Other available features on the 2013 Crosstour will include a hard-drive based navigation system, Pandora internet radio interface, XM satellite radio and an SMS text-to-speech function.

Sales, Accolades and Manufacturing History

First launched in 2009, and now available with both V-6 and four-cylinder engines, the Crosstour remains one of the most versatile choices in the midsize crossover segment, and earned the distinction of J.D. Power and Associates' "Highest Ranked Midsize Crossover/SUV in Initial Quality" in their 2011 Initial Quality Study SM (IQS). The Crosstour is produced2 at Honda's East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio.


Honda CR-V, Odyssey and Civic Are Three of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2012, According to Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com

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02/29/2012

Three Honda vehicles have been named a 10 Best Family Car by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. The 2012 Honda CR-V, 2012 Honda Odyssey and 2012 Honda Civic have all made Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com 10 Best Family Cars of 2012 list. The annual list rates vehicles on 'family-approved' attributes like available safety features, comfort, child-friendliness, strong consumer ratings and impressive Kelley Blue Book Total Cost of Ownership statistics.

"We are honored to have three members of the Honda lineup recognized as benchmark family cars by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com," said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations for American Honda. "To be recognized as providing the kind of safety, features and value required of the modern family machine speaks to the core attributes of every Honda vehicle."

Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com has been naming the best family cars each year since 2008. This is the ninth time Honda has made the list, having garnered a previous award for the Civic, three previous awards for the Odyssey and one for the Honda Crosstour.

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Honda Odyssey Named to Parenting Magazine "Smartest Family Cars of 2012" List

Benchmark minivan recognized for its family-friendly features in magazine's first-ever "Genius" issue

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02/09/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Parenting magazine has recognized the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite as one of the year's "Smartest Family Cars" in its February 2012 issue, on stands now. The list is featured in Parenting's first-ever "Genius" issue, dedicated to helping parents unlock their child's own unique genius potential. Equipped with the latest technology to help ease the load of managing the modern family, the Odyssey allows parents and kids to take advantage of some of the smartest automotive features on the market.

"The Odyssey was conceived as the ultimate family vehicle, and the Odyssey Touring Elite takes that concept to an unprecedented new level," said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Being listed among the 'Smartest Family Cars' pays tribute to the Honda R&D team in Ohio and manufacturing team in Alabama responsible for designing and building the best minivan on the road."

"By recognizing today's smartest cars, Parenting hopes to make it easy for families to use technology on the road, whether it's for a quick run to the store or for an extended road trip vacation," said Ana Connery, Editorial Director for The Parenting Group. "Our editors' top picks have thought of everything so that parents don't have to."

Parenting editors noted that the Odyssey was chosen for this honor based on its many available family-friendly features, such as its Blind Spot Information System that indicates when radar sensors detect another vehicle that may be positioned in the driver's blind spot, and the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) with a 16.2-inch Ultrawide display capable of simultaneously screening two different sources of video programming side-by-side.

Honda Most Honored Brand on ACEEE's "Greenest Vehicles of 2012" List

Honda Civic Natural Gas, Insight, Civic Hybrid and CR-Z earn top green scores

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02/07/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.
A total of seven Honda brand vehicles earned recognition from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), including four Honda vehicles named the "greenest vehicles of 2012." In the annual ACEEE's "Green Book® Online"ranking of environmentally responsible vehicles, the near-zero emissions natural gas-powered Civic Natural Gas five-passenger sedan tied for second place, with the Insight, Civic Hybrid and CR-Z also included on the list of ACEEE's 12 most environmentally responsible vehicles available to the public.

The Insight hybrid, the compact Fit and the Odyssey minivan were also named as "greener choices of 2012" within their respective classes. This is the 14th straight year that multiple Honda vehicles have been named in the top 12.

"Honda is honored to have our natural gas vehicle and our hybrid and gasoline-powered vehicles among ACEEE's 'greenest' and 'greener' choices," said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda. "The ACEEE's annual recognition of Honda's fuel-efficient vehicles further validates our commitment to create a cleaner, more energy-efficient and sustainable transportation future."

The ACEEE ranking system uses a singular measure that incorporates fuel economy and health-related pollution impacts plus global warming and upstream emissions. All vehicles are analyzed and given a "Green Score" which is used to rank a vehicle's total environmental performance, including a list of the 12 "greenest" and 12 "meanest" vehicles along with a ranking of greenest vehicles by segment.

Named as one of the list's 'greenest vehicles,' the Civic Natural Gas is the only OEM-built, dedicated CNG passenger car assembled in the U.S. and the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2 Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emission certification standards. Honda recently announced the expansion of Civic Natural Gas retail sales to 197 dealers in 36 states. The increased availability of the Civic Natural Gas helps bring inherently clean-burning natural gas technology to an even broader audience while also supporting diversity in transportation energy resources. Featuring new styling, enhanced feature content and increased fuel economy, the redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas can now be equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System featuring an exclusive database of publicly accessible Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling stations across the United States.

Honda's Environmental Leadership
Honda has a long history of environmental innovation, including the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX) and the first gasoline-powered vehicles in the hands of consumers to meet stricter emissions standards, including: the 1996 Honda Civic, the first gasoline Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV); the 1998 Honda Accord, the first gasoline Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV); the 2000 Honda Accord, the first gasoline Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV); and the 2001 Civic Natural Gas, the first vehicle to quality as an Advanced Technology Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV). The Honda Fit EV and the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, both coming soon, will be the next critical steps in Honda's portfolio approach to alternative fueled vehicles.

Redesigned 2012 Honda Civic Coming Soon to Richards Honda in Baton Rouge, LA

Richards Honda is pleased to introduce you to the re-designed 2012 Honda Civic! This beautifully designed vehicle arrives at the showroom in Spring 2011! With improved fuel efficiency and styling, this new Civic is sure to impress! Take a look at the photos below and give us your opinion on our Facebook page!

Sedan Model

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Coupe Si Model

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For more information on the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic, call Richards Honda in Baton Rouge at 1-800-720-9466 today!

2011 Honda Accord now available at Richards Honda in Baton Rouge, LA!

Richards Honda is proud to introduce you to the 2011 Honda Accord. Take a look at the exterior enhancements that have been made to this beautiful vehicle (2010 model to the left vs. 2011 model to the right):

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In addition to the exterior improvements, the following features have been enhanced on Sedan models:

  • USB audio input standard on all EX and EX-L trims
  • Automatic on/off headlights standard on EX trims
  • Passenger's 4 way power seat standard on all EX-L trims
  • Driver's side 2 position memory seats on EX-L V6 trims
  • Rearview back up camera with guidelines standard on all navigation trims.

Honda has also added a new trim level to the 2011 model. The Special Edition (SE) trim includes:

  • Leather wrapped seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver's seat power lumbar

The 2011 Accord Sedan is a fuel-efficient[1] automotive wonder. 4-cylinder models with automatic transmission get an estimated 34 highway mpg[1]. V-6 models get an estimated 30 highway mpg - all of which means the new Accord is even more fuel efficient than last year[1]. And as an added bonus, all Accord models run on regular unleaded gasoline.

Come see this beautiful 2011 Honda Accord today at Richards Honda. We are located at 7791 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge (in between Lobdell and Wooddale)!

[1] 23 city/34 hwy/27 combined mpg for 4-cylinder models with automatic transmission. 20 city/30 hwy/24 combined mpg for V-6 models. Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

The Re-Designed 2011 Honda Odyssey now available at Richards Honda in Baton Rouge, LA!

The Honda Odyssey has long been one of America's most popular mini-vans because of its smooth handling, reliability, fuel economy, and value! The all-new re-designed 2011 Honda Odyssey  does not disappoint! It takes everything you loved about the previous models and enhances it to better suit the driver and the passengers. As you can see from the photos below, Honda has completely re-designed the 2011 Odyssey from previous models (2010 on left, 2011 on right):

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The 2011 Odyssey now has a trim level above the touring called the "Touring Elite". Notable features in the Touring Elite model include:

Interior:

  • AM/FM/XM/CD Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Activation
  • Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with split-screen capability
  • External HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) input
  • 150-watt AC power outlet
  • Media tray with integrated beverage holder
  • Removable 1st row center console with hidden storage
  • New cool box in lower center stack (keeps items cool when vehicle is running)
  • Leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats
  • Memory-linked 10-way power driver's seat
  • LATCH child seat anchors in five seating positions, including three positions in the second row to accommodate three child seats simultaneously
  • Two captain's chairs in the second row provide adult comfort with center seat folded down
  • One-strap stowable 3rd Row Magic Seat®
  • Second- and third-row passenger window sunshades
  • 15 beverage holders
  • Trash bag ring

    Exterior:

  • HID front headlights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes
  • Power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators
  • Power tailgate

    Take a look at some of these informational videos about the new 2011 Honda Odyssey:

    Like what you see in the new 2011 Odyssey? Well, then its time to get behind the wheel for a test drive! Our team of trained sales professionals at Richards Honda look forward to helping you find the vehicle that is right for you! Give us a call today at (225) 928-6100 or request more information online! We look forward to serving you soon!

    Richards Honda's Used Car Indoor Showroom in Baton Rouge, LA

    Honda's used car indoor showroom has used luxury models, family vehicles and fuel economy conscious buys available today! Check out our video to get a personal tour of our indoor used car facilities located at 7791 Florida Blvd in Baton Rouge, LA


    Richards Honda in Baton Rouge Introduces the 2011 Honda Accord.

    The upcoming 2011 Honda Accord brings subtle, elegant changes to the already sophisticated look of the original Accord. The 2011 Honda Accord continues in the Honda tradition of a smooth ride, sleek look and powerful drive. One new option, available on many trim levels of the 2011 Honda Accord is the USB Audio Interface option. This feature allows users to have a direct connection to current audio controllers such as ipods, MP3 players, WMA files and AAC files.

    The front exterior of the 2011 Honda Accord has been modified to a refined and luxurious state with the curved look of the revised grill.

    The 2011 Accord sedan gains a new trunklid with red horizontal reflector bars that span most of car’s width. The 2011 Accord Coupe has new tail lamps that relocate the clear, brake-light portion from the top of the lens to the bottom. This tail light addition has been modified to look straighter, larger and more clearly defined.

    The new 2011 Honda Accord SE is offered as a sedan only and brings to the less expensive models several previously unavailable luxury features, including leather upholstery and heated front seats.

    Lastly, exciting improvements to fuel- economy have also been made to the 2011 Honda Accord. The EPA fuel-economy ratings for Accord 4-cylinder sedans raised by 2 mpg to 23 in the city and raised by 3 mpg to 34 on the highway.

    Richards Honda expects the 2011 Honda Accord in August 2010!

    For more information about the 2011 Honda Accord, contact Richards Honda today! 7791 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge, LA. (225) 928-6100


    Honda, “Lowest True Cost to Own” in Baton Rouge, LA

    When purchasing a car, often people think they must only consider their monthly payment, but a recent Edmunds article revealed much more. Insurance premiums, service needs, taxes, depreciation and fuel costs are just a few factors that should be factored in to the cost of one’s vehicle.

    Edmunds did a study to find the “Lowest True Cost to Own” automobiles in the nation and Honda was one of the major contenders in almost every segment analyzed.

    In the Honda Fit received positive feedback from Edmunds “Sedan $15K to $25K” section of analysis due to the compact car’s impressive fuel efficiency.

    The Honda Accord coupe was the car with the lowest true cost of ownership in the “Coupe $25K-35K” segment. The Honda Accord’s dynamic performance coupled with conservative fuel use makes the Honda Accord a top pick for Edmunds.

    Next, Edmunds “Large Truck” segment revealed that the Honda Ridgeline was not only one of the most capable vehicles to own, but also the least expensive.

    In the popular “SUVs under $25,000” category, the Honda Element is ranked the number one choice. It is extremely affordable and offers many flexible interior options.

    Lastly, the “Hybrid” category named the Honda Insight the car with the “Truest Low Cost to Own.” The EPA ratings speak for itself: 40 mpg city/43 mpg highway/41 mpg combined.

    The results are obvious, Honda consistently makes reliable and affordable cars. Honda owners should be proud to say that they truly got the best deal and the lowest cost.


    2011 Honda Odyssey: Coming this Fall to Richards Honda in Baton Rouge, LA

    The Honda Odyssey is the ultimate family vehicle, equipped for ease of travel, comfort of ride and accessibility of cargo space and storage options.

    The new and improved 2011 Honda Odyssey comes out this fall at Richards Honda in Baton Rouge, LA. The redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey has increased fuel economy, better storage options and a new, fresh look. The lower, wider frame allows for more space throughout the interior of this new 2011 Honda Odyssey. The 2011 Odyssey's new, sleek look is visually appealing and gives the mini-van a new "cool factor".

    To reserve your 2011 Honda Odyssey today, call Richards Honda at (225) 928-6100 or visit us at 7791 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge, LA. The 2011 Honda Odyssey has some great new interior features such as a trashcan, drink cooler, removable center console, one touch flip down back seats and much more. To see all of these new upgrades, check out the videos below!

    Richards Honda Sales Consultant Philip Cash Recognized by American Honda for Top Sales-Volume Achievement

    Baton Rouge, LA, April 9, 2010 – Sales Consultant Philip Cash from Richards Honda in Baton Rouge was recently honored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., for achieving one of the highest sales volumes in 2009 while meeting rigorous standards for customer satisfaction and product knowledge. Cash is one of only 33 out of more than 12,000 Honda Sales Consultants nationwide to receive recognition for this achievement. This prestigious designation was awarded as part of the Honda Council of Sales Leadership program, which promotes professionalism among Sales Consultants in Honda dealerships across the country.

    To merit the Top Sales Volume award, Cash had to first qualify for the 2009 Council of Sales Leadership by exceeding an annual sales objective, receiving exceptional customer satisfaction scores, and demonstrating expertise in Honda product knowledge. By excelling in these categories, Cash was judged to have the ability to best serve Honda’s customers. This is the fourth year Cash has earned membership in the Council of Sales Leadership.

    In recognition of his top-ranking sales, Cash received a special plaque at a Council of Sales Leadership awards banquet and other recognition awards.


    Kelly Blue Book Awards the all-new 2010 Honda Crosstour

    March 26, 2010

    The automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com have named their "2010 Top 10 Family Cars." And Honda's very own 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has taken its place in the highly esteemed group. So what made the Crosstour stand out from the ever-growing pack of family-friendly choices?

    The KBB editors considered factors like fuel efficiency, resale value and kid-friendliness. In the end, they saw that the Accord Crosstour offers all the qualities of its sedan counterpart, plus the additional benefits of available 4-wheel drive and increased cargo space. As they put it, it's "a big win for families."

    RichardsHonda.com is the place to find your 2010 Honda Crosstour in Baton Rouge! View Richards Honda's inventory online or come to our showroom at 7791 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA to test drive today!

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    Honda to Debut Next-generation Odyssey Concept at Chicago Auto Show

    TORRANCE, Calif. January 26, 2010

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will debut a concept version of the next-generation Honda Odyssey minivan at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show on February 10, the company announced today. The next-generation Odyssey will further enhance its hallmark qualities of innovation, quality, safety and fun-to-drive character, while increasing its overall efficiency. The Odyssey, currently in its third generation, was the best-selling minivan in the United States in 2008 and 2009. It is produced from domestic and globally sourced parts by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC in Lincoln, Alabama.

    Stay tuned to the Richards Honda Blog and RichardsHonda.com for the latest news on the new Honda Odyssey. We will be sure to post pictures as soon as they are released!

    UPDATE:

    Honda released the first official photos of the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey. Contact Richards Honda's Internet Sales Department to learn more and reserve one today! You could be one of the first people in Baton Rouge to drive this beautiful automobile!

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    Production Version of 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Makes Official Debut. All-new hybrid model set to go on sale in the U.S. this summer

    DETROIT January 11, 2010

    The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, making its U.S. production debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, introduces sleek styling and sporty handling to the hybrid segment, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

    "The CR-Z is a personal sport hybrid coupe for people with a spirit of adventure and an elevated sense of responsibility toward the environment," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "It's the first hybrid designed to maximize style and fun, in addition to efficiency and economy."

    Set to go on sale late summer in the U.S., the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system. The two-passenger CR-Z introduces a new three-mode drive system that allows the driver to select between Sport, Econ (Economy) and Normal driving modes.

    The exterior's distinctive "one-motion" wedge form originates from its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance. A side profile with a deeply inset beltline conveys a dynamic tension, while the short wheelbase and large, wide front grille accents the vehicle's athletic presence.

    The futuristically styled interior offers a high-tech appearance and ergonomically intuitive controls. Instrument panel meters illuminate with a three-dimensional, vibrant blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered appearance. Set against a motif of textured black materials and aluminum-style trim accents, the upper portion of the dashboard extends toward the driver to provide a wrap-around cockpit environment. The passenger zone offers an open, comfortable space. Premium sport-oriented cloth seats are designed to provide excellent lateral support along with everyday driving comfort. A mid-ship console behind the front seats optimizes cargo space. A hard-shell separator can be closed to create additional hidden storage.

    The two trim levels include the well-equipped CR-Z and the feature-rich CR-Z EX. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available. Standard features on the CR-Z include Vehicle Stability Assist, an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, cruise control, and more. The CR-Z EX adds, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights with Auto-On/Off, fog lights, a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD premium audio system with seven speakers including subwoofer, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The CR-Z EX is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System1 with voice recognition.

    The CR-Z represents the sixth unique version of Honda's original IMA technology since the launch of the 2000 Insight, the first hybrid vehicle available in North America in December 1999. The foundation of the CR-Z's hybrid powertrain is a 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single overhead cam engine with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional power from the IMA system's DC brushless electric motor. The i-VTEC system controls the opening and closing of one intake valve per cylinder to enhance combustion at low RPMs. The 10-kilowatt electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy that recharges the 100-volt IMA nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The gasoline engine can automatically turn off during vehicle stops to improve efficiency.

    The system delivers a combined peak output of 122 horsepower2 at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft. of torque2 at 1,000 to 1,500 rpm (123 lb-ft on CVT-equipped models). Preliminary fuel economy estimates are anticipated to result in a rating of 36 city/38 highway miles per gallon3 on CVT-equipped models. Manual transmission models are anticipated to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 31 city/37 highway miles per gallon3. The CR-Z is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in states that adhere to California Air Resource Board (CARB) ZEV standards (EPA Tier 2, Bin 2 in all states).

    The standard six-speed manual transmission is engineered for optimal acceleration performance in gears one through five and for optimal fuel economy in sixth gear. When starting on steep inclines from a stop, hill start assist temporarily prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards during the moment between releasing the brake, depressing the throttle and releasing the clutch (for a duration of approximately 1.5 seconds). The available CVT provides the convenience of an automatic transmission with a seamless transition between minimum and maximum ratios, while also keeping the engine within an optimal RPM range for overall efficiency. To increase the performance potential of the CVT, paddle shifters located on the steering wheel allow the driver to manually simulate the stepped holding pattern. In Sport mode, the paddle shifters will hold and maintain a selected ratio.

    The CR-Z's three-mode drive system allows the driver to select between individual modes of performance for Sport, Normal and Economy driving styles. The system is activated via three backlit buttons to the left of the steering wheel.

    The Sport mode enhances multiple vehicle systems for performance including the engine throttle responsiveness, electric power steering effort and the electric motor power assist. The inner ring of the tachometer illuminates red when the vehicle is in Sport mode.

    During Econ mode operation, the engine's responsiveness is tuned for optimal economy, the electric motor assist gives priority to fuel efficiency and the air conditioning system can reduce its overall load on the engine. The inner ring of the tachometer transitions between blue and green when the vehicle is in Econ mode, with the green representing more ecological driving.

    Normal mode provides standard settings for steering, engine response, motor assist and air conditioning. Similar to Econ mode, the tachometer ring transitions between blue and green when the vehicle is in normal mode, with the green representing more ecological driving. Like the Honda Insight, the CR-Z offers an Eco Guide and Eco scoring feature to help drivers track progress of efficient driving styles.

    The front MacPherson strut suspension and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, solid and dynamic driving experience. All models are equipped with 16x6-inch aluminum wheels with 195/55 R16 86V tires. Accessory 17x7 alloy wheels with 205/45R17 84V tires with are available. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. The low vehicle height and placement of the battery and other hybrid components beneath the rear cargo area further contribute to a low center of gravity, which is key to the new CR-Z's responsive, sporty handling. Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering enhances steering performance and improves efficiency.

    In addition to being environmentally responsible, the CR-Z demonstrates a commitment to safety in its design and construction. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect vehicle occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; standard front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags, active head restraints; an anti-lock braking system; a tire pressure monitoring system; and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle.

    Additional Honda media information is available at Hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com.

    1. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the CR-Z EX in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
    2. Preliminary estimate provided by Honda. Final specification is subject to change.
    3. Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


    USA Today says "Honda gets Accord Crosstour just right"

    Take a look at what USA Today had to say about the all-new Honda Accord Crosstour, now available at Richards Honda!

    Honda Accord and Fit Receive Car and Driver Magazine's "10Best Cars" Awards

    12/01/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif.

    Car and Driver Magazine has named the 2010 Honda Accord and the 2010 Honda Fit as two of the winners of its prestigious and highly competitive annual "10Best Cars" award. Now in its eighth generation, the Accord has achieved "10Best" status 24 times in the 28 years that Car and Driver editors have been conducting the competition, more than any other vehicle in the award's history. The Honda Fit has been honored with 10Best status in each of the four years that it has been on sale in the United States.

    "The Car and Driver '10Best' awards recognize Honda's ongoing emphasis on performance, quality and safety," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Honda is honored to have its vehicles regarded so highly over the years with one of the most coveted awards in the industry."

    Honda Model-- 10Best Award Model Year:

    Accord: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1994,1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983

    Civic: 1996, 1991,1990, 1989, 1988

    CRX: 1988, 1985

    Fit: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

    Prelude: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995,1994,1993, 1992, 1986, 1985, 1984

    S2000: 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000


    Three Honda Models Achieve Top Value Rating

    12/02/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif.

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced that it has received three Residual Value Awards from ALG. ALG's 11th annual Residual Value Awards, for the 2010 model year, honored the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period.

    The Accord won the award in the Best Midsize Car category, the Fit was the winner in the Best Compact Car category and the Odyssey prevailed in the Best Minivan category. Since 2001, the Honda brand has earned 20 model awards and six overall brand awards from ALG.

    "In a challenging economy, residual value moves up on the list of buyer considerations," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "These ALG awards once again recognize Honda's commitment to offer high-quality products with long-term value."

    ALG determines the award winners after carefully studying the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing strategies are among the key factors that affect ALG's residual value forecasts.

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