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Makes Using Fuel Cell Technology Easier

One of the problems with hydrogen fuel cell technology has been that the fuel cells are so large they take up a lot of interior room. With the announcement that it is producing a vehicle called the Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda says it has reduced the size of the component to about the size of a V6 engine. The result is an interior cabin that can seat five adults without cramping. Honda is releasing the vehicle in Japan next March, with sales in the United States beginning toward the end of next year. A lack of recharging stations continues to be a problem in the U.S. for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Most charging stations are located in major urban areas and on the west coast.

Short Refueling Time, Long Range

The Clarity Fuel Cell only needs about 5 minutes of recharging time. By combining hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity, the vehicle has a range of 300 miles or more between charges. The only emission is pure water. Following the California release in late 2016, the Clarity Fuel Cell will be coming to other states, which are as yet unannounced.

Honda Has Hydrogen Track Record in U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first certified Honda for production of fuel cell vehicles in 2002. The company responded with the production of the FCX, which evolved into the FCX Clarity in 2008. Lessons learned from the evolution of those two vehicles contributed greatly to the upcoming Clarity Fuel Cell, and bodes well for the advancement of hydrogen technology in the coming years. Although you can’t lease a hydrogen vehicle locally, Honda remains the leader in fuel-efficient vehicles that are fun to drive. Check out the entire lineup for yourself with a visit to your Tucson Honda dealer, Chapman Honda.

Happy Honda Days Ending Soon

If almost free money sounds good to you, take advantage of the Happy Honda Days sale that provides 0.9 percent APR financing to qualified buyers. If it’s gas mileage you’re looking for, the 2015 Accord Hybrid seats five passengers and gets 50 mpg in the city. The Accord Plug-in gets 115 mpge and the Civic Hybrid achieves an efficient 47 mpg on the highway. If people hauling is your thing, the Odyssey minivan is consistently the highest rated vehicle in its category by consumer guides. The CR-V dominates the small SUV category with excellent mileage and people hauling ability. Take a drive today to Chapman Honda in Tucson for a test drive to see why Honda remains one of the most popular auto brands in the United States.

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck hints at the styling direction for the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup.

New Truck Coming Early Next Year

When Honda revealed its Ridgeline Baja racing truck at the recent SEMA auto show in Las Vegas, it not only signaled the company’s return to the truck racing circuit, but also gave some clues as to the design of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline that will be for sale at Chapman Honda early next year. Although well-received by critics when first introduced, the previous generation of the Ridgeline suffered from a lack of sales. Honda is hoping the next generation, which is designed and built in the United States, will be able to capture a sizeable share of the growing truck market. The Ridgeline is part of a growing Honda truck line that includes the HR-V crossover, the CR-V SUV and the recently redesigned Pilot. The release of the new Ridgeline will be followed by a totally revamped Odyssey, one of the most popular minivans in America.

Ridgeline to Compete in SCORE Baja 1000

Painted in the red, black and white colors of the Honda racing team, the Ridgeline truck will compete as part of the tube-class unlimited division of the SCORE Baja 1000 circuit. It’s powered by a V6 engine with twin turbochargers that was produced by Honda Performance Development, the company’s U.S. racing division. Some of the key areas of the racing truck expected to be in the upcoming production model include the hood, bed, roof, front fascia and profile. “While this race truck is unique and different from the production Ridgeline, it does a nice job of expressing not only our styling direction, but also the fact that the Ridgeline, for all its unique qualities, has been and will continue to be a pickup with true truck capability,” said Art St Cyr of Honda Performance Development.

Ridgeline First Introduced in 2005

When the first Honda Ridgeline was revealed as a 2006 model, it featured an innovative design with a uni-body that provided superior handling and fuel efficiency. The original Ridgeline offered innovations such as the lockable in-bed trunk and a dual action tailgate. It was named Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” for 2006 and was a consistent leader in the J.D. Power’s quality control studies. The initial Honda Ridgeline ended production in mid-2014. Despite the mediocre sales, the vehicle was one of Honda’s most profitable efforts, which led to the second generation truck coming next year. Stay in touch with Chapman Honda for the actual release date and when you can take a test drive.

2016 Honda CR-Z

Sport Hybrid Long on Fun and Looks

When it comes to redesigning a vehicle, the engineers and designers at Honda leave no stone unturned. The new CR-Z sport hybrid not only features a modern, aggressive look, but it has a peppy little power plant that not only provides thrills but delivers 39 mpg out on the highway. New standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen display that acts just like a tablet. You can point, swipe and pinch your way through a variety of functions to control the audio and other features. Smart entry, push button start/stop, electric parking brake and center console with padded armrest are other standard features this year. Check out the new CR-Z for yourself with a visit to your Tucson Honda dealer, Chapman Honda.

Edgier Look Flows From Front to Back

Stare at the new CR-Z from the front and it resembles a razor’s edge, with a pointy front end ready to slice through the air while providing downward pressure on the front tires. Triangular fog light recessions make the front look wider than it actually is. The sides of the vehicle have flared sculpting that makes it look like it’s hugging a corner even when the car is sitting still. Five-spoke alloy wheels add to the illusion of movement. Move to the rear where the squat trunk lid and exit design elements contribute to the wider stance of the car.

Brushed Metallic Finish Creates Upscale Interior

Move to the cockpit and you immediately notice the brushed metallic trim on the door handles, center console and front paneling. A leather-wrapped steering wheel adds to the sportiness of the CR-Z, while the EX-L trim level features heated leather seats. A deep storage compartment in the console provides lots of room for electronics and gear. The EX and EX-L trim levels also include Honda LaneWatch, which helps eliminate blind spots on the passenger side. The EX-L includes navigation and Honda HD Digital Traffic to help you avoid congestion on the way to your destination. View the entire inventory of CR-Z sport hybrids with a trip to your Tucson Honda dealer.

Three Trim Levels Offer Different Price Points

The new CR-Z comes in LX, EX and EX-L trim packages. All have a 6-speed manual transmission standard, with an available automatic. A wide range of Honda accessories are available to help personalize your new CR-Z. Make sure and stop by the aftermarket desk at Chapman Honda to see how you can make your new car just a little more special.