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Did you know 7’7″ former NBA star Manute Bol can lie down with the seats folded flat in the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit? If you were the lucky winner of the Chapman Honda 48 Hours with a Fit contest, what would you fit in the back?

Customers can enter the contest via Chapman Honda’s Facebook page, and tell us why you would be a great fit to win 48 Hours with the new Fit. Do you have awesome social media skills? Love blogging? Maybe video diaries are your thing. Tell us why you should get the chance to drive the latest new vehicle from Honda, and you just might find yourself enjoying the Honda Fit for a weekend.

The 2015 Honda Fit includes standard features such as a Magic Seat, the second row seating area that folds flat, giving the back of the Fit 52.7 cu.ft. of space inside. Need to load a bicycle inside? No problem. A surfboard? Simply fold down the front passenger seat as well. Manute Bol? He can fit as well. This versatile hatchback can seat five adults, and still gets great gas mileage, getting an EPA estimated 33mpg in the city and 41mph on the highway. The Fit comes standard with a rearview camera, air conditioning with air-filtration system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Daytime Running Lights, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Speed-sensitive Volume Control and Exterior Temperature Indicator. The base LX model starts at $15,525 MSRP.

If you have what it takes to promote and tell the social media world what you think of the 2015 Honda Fit, enter the Chapman Honda Fit for 48 Hours contest by visiting our Facebook page, or logging into http://woobox.com/xgm6yx.

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The mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” isn’t just for plastic water bottles and newspapers. There is a new niche of products that makes use of old car parts and turns them into usable (and wearable) works of art.

Chapman Honda customers who do a keyword search of craft marketplace Etsy will find many objects  made from car parts, such as an iPhone dock made from an engine piston from Gear Heads, or a swag-a-licious necklace made from a Cadillac hood ornament and offered by DecorByKay. Some items are brand –specific, like a table made from an eight-cylinder Honda engine, or a pool table made from a vintage 1960s Ford Mustang, while other pieces bring together camshafts, gears and springs to become lamps, clocks and tables.

Honda also has begun a “rare earth” recycling program of materials found in EV batteries. According to Forbes Magazine, Honda is using molten salt electrolysis to pull the materials out of an oxide extracted from the batteries, removing about 80 percent of what’s in the original. Those substances are being supplied to a battery maker, which is using them for negative electrode materials in hybrid vehicle batteries.

Chapman Honda also is getting in on the green initiative, setting up a dealership-wide recycling service, engaging employees by developing a “Green Team” and working on recycling issues with local recycling expert Mrs. Green, aka Gina Murphy-Darling, who drives a TDI Jetta from the dealership. She can be heard weekly on her radio show and her website, mrsgreensworld.com, has information on recycling, reusing and repurposing items.

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Noted California artist Ronmen Tinman uses recycled auto and motorcycle parts in his artwork, creating items such as lamps, clocks, shelves, tables and couches. He notes on his website that his work is influenced by his background in mechanical engineering. ” I enjoy giving a “front seat” to the more minor aspects of these automobile parts, making sure every ounce of potential is squeezed from each one,” his website states. “So many resources are invested in creating these parts – I’m convinced that they can be reused, instead of constantly finding new raw material to work with.”

In addition to artists, scrap yards are a major recycler of vehicles. According to the Automotive Recyclers Association, approximately 10 million vehicles are recycled annually. Cars are the number-one recycled product in the United States- not plastic water bottles, soda cans or newspapers. More than 75 percent of the material in a vehicle is currently being recycled, and it is estimated recycling saves more than 80 million barrels of oil each year. Honda USA has begun a program to recycle rare-earth minerals in used and dead EV batteries, instead of polluting landfill and groundwater sources. And at Chapman Honda, our very own “Green Team” leads recycling, education and repurposing efforts at the dealership, under the direction of local Tucson environmentalist and teacher Gina Murphy-Darling, aka “Mrs. Green.”

For those who need a sense of accomplishment and want to upcycle used Honda car parts into stuff themselves, a variety of websites offer instructions, including Instructables.com, curbly.com and co-oprouduct.org. Not feeling the DYI love? Try etsy.com, coroflot.com or redesignrevolution.com to spruce up your space with authentic car-part art and furniture.

And if you’re thinking along the lines of repurposing your old ride for a new one, don’t forget to check out the selection of new vehicles at Chapman Honda.