2015 Honda’s Year in Review
Jan 11th, 2016
We look back at the Year of Honda and the most significant milestones to come out of the “Power of Dreams”. Over the years we’ve seen tsunamis and swinging tailgates but never has there been changes like 2015 has seen. Honda knew it was going to be big. Early on they declared 2015 to be the YEAR OF HONDA and they were right.
In February Honda named Takahiro Hachigo as the new President and CEO of Honda Motor Co.. Steeped in Honda culture, Mr. Hachigo says: “Instead of a numerical target, my top priority is building Honda-like products that deliver dreams to our customers.”
The HR-V proves once again that Honda is the master of space. Not too big, not too small. This newest Honda made it’s Canadian debut in February at the Canadian International Auto Show and instantly became a Honda Classic.
The third generation 2016 Pilot broke out of it’s box and made it’s way onto dealers’ lots this summer. This all new sleeker, more elegant design amazed everyone with it’s new technology, interior dimensions, refined drive while maintaining it’s rugged drivability.
In 2015 Honda announced a goal of reducing fatalities by half in its vehicles by 2020, going fatality-free by 2030 and eliminating collisions entirely by 2040. One of the first steps towards that goal was the expansion of driver assistive technologies called Honda Sensing which became available in most Honda’s in 2015.
Redesigned for 2015, the all-new FIT emphasizes creature comforts while maintaining it’s class leading cargo capacity and fun drivability.
In July Honda set a new Guinness World Record, for the “Lowest Fuel Consumption”. The carmaker achieved the highest fuel efficiency ever recorded while traversing all 24 adjoining EU countries. The vehicle was an “over the counter” 1.6L diesel Civic Tourer that averaged only 2.8L/100kms or 1500kms between fill-ups.
2015 saw the Accord’s Mid-Model-Shake-Up that added new styling like 19″wheels, the addition of Apple Car Play / Android Auto, expanded use of LED lights, and Honda Sensing available on all trim levels.
Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO has been around for more than 14 years but 2015 saw new developments for ASIMO that will have far reaching implications in Honda’s automotive line up. ASIMO now has what is called “autonomous behavior control technology,” which means the robot has a rudimentary decision-making engine. He can now better understand and react to his environment, as well as predict the motions of others, make a decision to move out of someone’s way and then return to his intended path afterward.
In 2015 our customers voted Halton Honda the best new & used dealer and best auto service centre in Burlington. We’ve tried to earn that praise further by developing a new department in 2015 with 3 new employees whose mandate is to alleviate congestion on the phones, reply to your emails, and coordinate your service appointment promptly. Servicing our customer’s expectations of service; because just like the old Honda ad said: You meet the nicest people “in” a Honda! Thank You Burlington!
Last March Stephen Harper was on hand to congratulate Honda’s Alliston plant on their milestone of building 7,000,000 vehicles and announce that the Alliston plant, for the first time, will be producing the next generation CR-V for the European market .
Honda brings it’s years of turbo technology to North America for the first time with the all new tenth generation Civic. The 1.5L direct-injected turbocharged DOHC 4 cylinder engine produces 174hp and has an impressive combined fuel rating of 6.9L/100kms in the CVT automatic.
Honda Canada’s Alliston Plant made global news when it was announced that they would be Honda’s “Lead Plant” for the 10th generation Civic. This is the first time a Honda Manufacturing Plant outside of Japan has been chosen to lead all the other Honda plants around the world on best practices to build the BEST. CIVIC. EVER. proving once again that Canada is truly a CIVIC NATION
Technically not a Honda in North America but it proudly wears the Honda badge everywhere else. The new 2016 NSX is just too beautiful not to include in this year’s accomplishments.
From gardening equipment, to walking-talking robots, Honda develops new technologies and adapts the very best into all their other products. In 2015 Honda took to the skies and celebrated the first HondaJet delivery. Can space be far behind?
For 2016, Honda plans to keep the momentum rolling with the launch of the all new 2017 Ridgeline this spring and an all new 2017 CRV this fall.