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Honda has jumped into the hottest segment in the auto industry—the small crossover market. The company has introduced their new 2016 Honda HR-V. This vehicle combines utility, fuel economy and affordability with a fresh sense of style.

The 2016 Honda HR-V is based on Honda’s newest subcompact platform and shares 30% of the Honda Fit’ underpinnings. It’s similar to the size of the CR-V from 20 years ago.

Honda is marketing the HR-V to younger couples and empty nesters who usually have smaller vehicle needs.

With a price tag of $20,690, the HR-V fits in terms of price, size and capabilities smack in the middle of the Fit ($14,575) and the CR-V ($25,990).

Honda’s design approach with the HR-V was to combine their concept of the ideal proportions of coupe-like design, SUV functionality and spirit, with minivan-like passenger and payload flexibility. On the exterior you will find sporty and sleek angles with eye-catching contours and edges. The HR-V also features a body with coupe like styling, accentuated more by higher angles; as well as tucked-away back door handles.

From the interior, the coupe-like styling continues with a cockpit that is driver oriented, an elevated deck console and a well-delineated package of gauges and instruments.

The 7″ instrument panel display works great. The cabin is comfortable, spacious and quiet for a subcompact.

The HR-V is powered by the Civic’s 1.8 liter, SOHC 16-vaulve, 4-cylinder engine that includes i-VTEC (unlike the Fit engine), giving the North American market the power they have been accustomed to. The engine outputs 141 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 pound-foot of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine can equally be mated with the 6-speed manual or the optional CVT continuously variable transmission that includes Honda shift logic “G-Design”.

Entry-level versions can integrate cost effective front-wheel drive with either transmission. However, Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System could be joined to the CVT tranny for the type of all-weather safety that Canadians generally prefer.

There are 3 trim options for the 2016 Honda HR-V — LX ($20,690), EX ($23,190) and EX-L Navi ($29,990). You can add the CVT automatic transmission for an extra $1,300 or the AWD for an additional $2,300.

The entry level LX model includes power windows, doors, mirrors, and tailgate locks. Also standard are heated front seats, de-icer, intermittent windshield wipers, rear-view cameras, electronic parking brake, 17″ alloy wheels, steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth hands free connection, 7″ touch screen, and 160 watt 4 speaker audio system.

Look forward to what’s in store at your Tucson Honda dealership. Check out our large line-up of small crossover vehicles at Chapman Honda.


Light Trucks Set New April Mark

Honda’s light truck division, including the last model year of the Pilot and the popular CR-V, sold 52,635 vehicles last month for the best April ever. It marked a 2 percent gain from the previous year. The CR-V sold almost 30,000 vehicles in April, also the best month for that vehicle. “With the CR-V and current Pilot selling so well, and the HR-V and all-new Pilot soon entering the market, our truck lineup is set to drive a very strong 2015 for the Honda brand,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda VP. “Though the scales are definitely tipped toward trucks at the moment, we’re really pleased at how Fit, Civic and Accord continue to outperform their rivals in the retail marketplace.” See what all the excitement is about by test driving the latest Hondas at Chapman Honda.

Fit Sales Continue to Rise

In the sub-compact category, American buyers continue to love the Honda Fit. Sales of the Fit were up almost 56 percent from April 2014, moving more than 6,500 vehicles. The affordable Civic also had a slight increase, up 2.8 percent from the previous year. Expect sales of these two high fuel mileage vehicles, as well as Honda’s hybrid choices, to increase if gas prices continue to rise.

New Pilot Debuts This Summer

The strong sales of the 2015 Pilot are particularly surprising, considering the debut of an all-new Pilot this summer. The 2016 Honda Pilot will set the standard for family sport utility vehicles by providing a totally redesigned exterior that houses new technology and the powerful Earth Dreams Technology V-6 engine. The Pilot has an available four wheel drive system that provides maximum traction in off-road and bad weather conditions. A innovative reversible cargo lid will keep your dirty and wet items off the clean carpet. Five USB ports offer plenty of charging options for passengers. Options include a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels and safety features like lane assistance and adaptive cruise control.

HR-V Crossover Combines Best of Fit, CR-V and Civic

When Honda delivers its first HR-V Crossovers to your Honda in Tucson dealer this summer, it hopes buyers will be enamored with a vehicle that combines the best of the company’s top sellers. By combining the engine of the Civic, all-wheel drive of the CR-V and the plucky attitude of the Fit, Honda has created a vehicle that provides upscale refinement and a taller perch from which to navigate highways. This provides greater visibility but is low enough to drive like a sports car. Wider tires help plant the HR-V to the road through tight corners, keeping body roll to a minimum.


The sleekly styled Honda FCEV made its debut as a concept car in 2013 at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Honda is one of the three automakers that will be bringing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) to the market in 2015. The new 2016 Honda Civic FCEV will be Honda’s offering and it has a gas cell that is 33% smaller, but generates about the same 135 horsepower.

By compressing the hydrogen, Honda was able to significantly reduce the space taken up by the FCX’s fuel cell. The FCEV will also apply this technology and will allow the whole powertrain to sit under the hood. This allows for 100 litres of hydrogen to produce up to 100 kW of electricity.

By doing this, there is more passenger and torso room on the interior. There is spacious seating for up to five passengers. The range has also improved to over 300 miles (up from the previous 268) and refueling only takes 3 to 5 minutes.

The Honda Civic FCEV will be the first of its kind to be sold to the public in large numbers. Honda is also teaming up with GM to build the next generation of fuel-cells to be ready for the beginning of 2020.

Under the hood, the Honda FCEV will include an electric motor, battery pack and a hydrogen gas cell.
The continuous variable transmission (CVT) will also allow the FCEV to provide the optimal fuel efficiency in any driving conditions. This will be mated to the front wheel by means of a differential that increases the driving experience of the motorist.

The next generation of Honda FCEV promises significant gains in real-world performance, exterior/interior design, product packaging, and longer driving range.

Honda stated that it will retain much of the interior design of the concept FCEV. This is great news since the car has a 2-door extended physical body with distinct curves, very attractive style not to mention fantastic qualities. Inside you can find space for approximately four people and two in the back seat. The car includes a cover design which means that there will definitely be great exposure all around. Inside you will have an excellent climate control system at your disposal, along with a satellite navigation system with two screens. One of the screens is crafted specifically for the instrument cluster and the other screen acts as a satellite navigation/infotainment system.

As for the exterior, the design will be as extreme as the concept car. Honda did state that they will change the front lights and it will probably get a Xenon setup. That is, the tail lights will have some type of patterned LED light system.

Although Honda has not officially released the price of the Civic FCEV, it is expected to be in the $35,000 to $45,000 price range.

You can look forward to the new 2016 Honda Civic FCEV or take a look at other impressive models at Chapman Honda.


Ninth Straight Year for Indy Car Honor

When the 2015 Honda Accord Safety Car takes the track to lead the Indy Cars at the start of the race, it will be the ninth year in a row that a Honda has performed the honors. Based on a production model Honda Accord, the safety car features a series of enhancements from the Honda research and development team that includes increased horsepower, top speed and torque. From the addition of high-flow fuel injectors, a Borg-Warner turbocharger and a hand-crafted intake, the souped up Accord can now generate 400 horsepower from the same 3.5-liter V6 that you can find on the Chapman Honda showroom floor.

Transmission and Chassis also Upgraded

The R&D team boosted Honda’s production six-speed transmission with shot peening, which is a cold process that strengthens steel. They also added a limited slip differential to ensure the Accord gets maximum traction when all that horsepower is transferred to the wheels. Racing rotors, a high intensity braking system and a stiffer chassis help stabilize the Accord around the track and stop when it hits pit row. High performance tires and a racing interior round out the additional modifications.

Production Accord Comes in Six Trim Levels

As one of the most popular mid-size sedans in the world, the Honda Accord comes in a variety of trim levels and pricing options. Starting with the base LX, the Accord’s initial MSRP is just a shade over $22,000. For that you get Honda reliability along with standard features such as remote entry, climate control, an 8-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, power windows and a 160-watt sound system. Step up all the way to the Touring rim package for the same V-6 engine in the safety vehicle (minus enhancements), along with a moonroof, smart entry, navigation, Honda LaneWatch, power seats and a host of other luxurious features. Swing by Chapman Honda at your earliest convenience to see which model is right for you.

Honda Performance Development Big in Indy

The HPD division originated in 1993 and has dominated the Indy car circuit. With more than 200 wins and 10 Indy 500 victories, Honda’s record is unmatched in that time period. HPD also competes in the endurance sport races, nailing a pair of victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. HPD also sells performance race engines for everyone from professionals to amateurs who like the power and lineage that Honda brings to the racing table.


The 2016 Honda Civic concept is visually amazing and turbocharged! Designed and manufacured in USA, this “world car” delivers ample cutting edge performance and tech-driven personal connectivity. The 2016 Civic also offers unique bonus features that will blow the competition away. We are all stunned!

John Mendel of Honda presents what will inevitably become a sales winner for American Honda Motors. But the presentation proved to be just a fraction of the big show that is “The Year of Honda”. Unleashing Wednesday in New York, the civic coupe concept is just the start of a bevvy of news that will send a ripple effect through the entire auto industry.

We are only beginning to scratch the surface of the “Year of Honda”. Designed and manufactured in USA, the 2016 Civic elevated benchmarks for design and performance that was originally considered the compact economy class. This up-sized performance masterclass steers Honda Civic down new paths.

Ten million strong and 9 generations deep, 2016 Civic will rule its class.

Flashing forward to the New York International Auto Show(NYIAS) Honda stage, viewers were blown away by a 2016 Honda Civic Coupe prototype of greater proportion, futuristic design dynamics and fat-wide-tracked attitude. Perhaps not the European Type R, the American designed “ World-Car” platform upholds the Civic lineage forward through downwind, tunnel sweeping, road hugging Flatitude ™.

Honda reports that its sedan iteration of the 2016 Civic will be ready for North American dealerships like Chapman Honda. In addition, the coupe and the European imported 5-door hatchback will be available around the beginning of 2016.

3 Body Styles, 2 Engine and 2 Transmission Options

For 2016, Civic buyers will appreciate the choice of 3 body styles, in addition to the imported Euro-5 door Civic Hatchback. Not to mention the American manufactured and powered Sedan and Coupe. Special occassion indeed as this will serve as the first Civic Hatchback is available in North America since 2003. Even more remarkable is the fact that this vehicle will be the first 5-door Civic Hatchback presented in the history of American Honda.

While Honda has not supplied exact specifications, according to Mr. Mendel, a 1.5 liter North American built EarthDreams ™ turbocharged VTEC will be opted in higher trims. A DOHC direct will also be injected within the VTEC engine standard. A close ratio 6 speed MT and “G” patterned CVT will transfer torque to the pavement through a limited slip, FWD differential.

Imported European Type-R for North America

John Mendel agress that it’s time to import a Type-R to North America. Honda will follow up with details later in the year as news develops.

Torque News believes that if Honda’s 2016 Civic Coupe Concept is any sign of the design direction and overall strategy of the production car, it will undoubtedly rule the compact segment with unrivaled performance.


The idea of a high speed Hyperloop train offered by Elon Musk has gained much attention and interest. However, Honda thinks that there is a much more practical and universally accepted ways to get similar results.

Imagine travelling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a tube adjacent to the I-5 and making the trek in under 1 hour. Honda stated that for the automotive and transportation industries, a more practical and universally appealing exist drastically increases the speed of travel.

According to President of research and development for Honda Americas, Frank Paluch’s Hyperloop is a lofty idea but is doesn’t address the human desire for personal mobility. Instead, Paluch proposed a dedicated lane on the I-5 where connected vehicles will use swarm technology that will allow them to travel as fast as 180 mph (300kph). It would add an hour to the Hyperloop time but you don’t have to worry about getting to and from the train station. In addition you aren’t dependent on train schedules and therefore have the freedom to come and go as you please. Paluch stated that the US can utilize its existing interstate highway system to make a big leap forward in high-speed transportation.

This system can eventually include all major interstates which will work together to form an infrastructure of super-connected cars. Your range for commuting to work could be as much as 100 miles. In essence your car becomes one part of a high-speed nationwide hyperloop that has much more flexibility.

In Paluch’s example, your automobile would move into total automation mode when it got on the ramp on to the super-fast lane on the highway. It will then interact with other automobiles close by to ensure safety at very high speeds. In the automatic mode, the driver and passenger seats will turn to face each other. When exiting the hyper highway, the driver will turn around and take control while the autopilot goes off.

The major drawback is that at high speeds, more fossil fuels are needed to make these fast cars go. But Honda is already looking at alternatives. In 2016 a new Honda sedan, the FCV, will be released that will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and will have a range of 300 miles.

The current model the FCX is on the market in LA as a lease-only vehicle and for $600 per month you get the car, fuel, insurance and maintenance.

Learn more about Honda vehicles at Chapman Honda. Also, if you are looking for your next Honda vehicle, don’t forget to visit Honda in Tucson.