Are Bridges Near You Structurally Deficient?

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Are Bridges Near You Structurally Deficient?

An analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recently-released 2016 National Bridge Inventory data finds cars, trucks and school buses cross the nation’s 55,710 structurally compromised bridges 185 million times daily. About 1,900 are on the Interstate Highway System. State transportation departments have identified 13,000 Interstate bridges that need replacement, widening or major reconstruction.

“America’s highway network is woefully underperforming. It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization,” says American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis. “State and local transportation departments haven’t been provided the resources to keep pace with the nation’s bridge needs.”

To help ensure public safety, bridge decks and support structures are regularly inspected for deterioration and remedial action. They are rated on a scale of zero to nine – with nine meaning the bridge is in “excellent” condition. A bridge is classified as structurally deficient and in need of repair if its overall rating is four or below. While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, they are in need of attention.

ARTBA’s website has a map that lets you click on any state to see a listing of which bridges need to be repaired. ARTBA’s chief economist told CNN that the structurally deficient classification only means a bridge needs repair, not necessarily that it’s dangerous.

To see which bridges are near you, please visit: http://www.artba.org/deficient-bridge-report-home/

The Wait Is Nearly Over: New 2017 Honda Civic Type R Makes Global Debut at Geneva Motor Show

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Honda today took the wraps off one of the most anticipated models in its history with the unveiling of the production 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in late spring. The first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold on American soil. The Type R will feature a high performance 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other track-ready, Nürburgring-tuned and tested performance components. The 2017 Civic Type R will make its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 12, 2017.

“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th generation Civic lineup,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president & general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re happy to inform our U.S. enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over!”

The new Civic Type R, sharing the body style of the 5-door hatchback variant of the tenth-generation global Honda Civic platform, will be powered by a U.S.-built 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine with peak ratings of 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The engine will be mated exclusively to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching capability – employing automatic throttle blips for smoother shifts and power delivery. A new single-mass flywheel reduces clutch inertia by 25 percent versus the previous (European) Type R and a lower final gear ratio is employed to improve acceleration response.

The Civic Type R chassis builds on the major upgrades undertaken for the 10th-generation Civic makeover with model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer; a new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers; a retuned and adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio; and a helical limited-slip front differential. Mounted to the suspension are 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod with 245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. Decisive stopping power comes from Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers squeezing 350mm (13.8-inch) cross-drilled rotors at the front. The rear braking system features solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors.

The Type R’s scalpel-sharp responses are further enhanced by a body more rigid than the substantially improved Civic Hatchback on which it’s based – with a 38 percent increase in torsional rigidity and 45 percent gain in bending rigidity versus the previous Civic Type R – enhancing steering response and cornering stability while mitigating body vibration and cabin noise. The improvements are made possible by the application of structural adhesive throughout the body. Ultra-high strength steel is used for 14 percent of the body structure, and the Type R has an aluminum hood, contributing to a 16 kg (35 lb) reduction in body weight versus the previous Type R, and a 7 kg (15 lb) reduction versus the base 2017 Civic Hatchback.

The 2017 Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R.  The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response.

The 2017 Civic Type R will launch this spring in a single, premium-contented Touring trim. A 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with embedded Honda Navigation system has both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility; and should the driver ever tire of hearing the Type R growl, a 540-watt, 12-speaker audio system with SiriusXM 2.0, HD Radio and Pandora compatibility is also provided as standard.

Additional interior Type R features include heavily bolstered sports seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, red Type R driver’s meter and serialized Type R plate on the center console.

The Civic Type R will be manufactured by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing in Swindon, England, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine made by Honda of America Mfg. at its Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. Pricing specifics and additional details on the 2017 Civic Type R will be provided closer to launch.

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1 in 4 Vehicles Has an Open Recall

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1 in 4 Vehicles Has an Open Recall
According to Carfax, more than 63 million recalled vehicles now are in use across the country, an alarming 34 percent increase from 2016.

“Reducing the number of open recalls on the road is an ongoing effort,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “It may be inconvenient, but people driving recalled cars should make getting them fixed a high priority.”

The new data also suggests that family life may be a factor for some vehicle owners not knowing about a recall or getting it fixed. Minivans and SUVs, which are typically family-oriented vehicles, are the ones most likely to have unfixed recalls.

To find out if your vehicle has an open recall, you can visit this government website and enter your vehicle’s VIN number: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls The site also lets you check for recalls on child seats and tires.

If you need to schedule a service appointment, please give us a call at (866) 900-8854.

Debut of the All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey

Debut of the All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey
Honda recently took the wraps off the sleek, sophisticated, innovative new 2018 Odyssey minivan that will be arriving at our dealership this spring.

Already the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for seven years running, the next-generation Odyssey brings a host of first-time features and technologies for 2018, including a new and uniquely versatile Magic Slide second-row seat; new CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies; new Display Audio touchscreen with Honda-developed OS; 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity; new Rear Entertainment System with streaming video; and Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, now offered standard on EX and above trims.

For more information on the all-new Odyssey, please give us a call at (866) 900-8854.
“This new Odyssey raises the stakes for family-friendly packaging, performance, and technology in the minivan segment,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “In all aspects of its design, the new Odyssey is made to keep every member of the family happy, no matter the seating position, no matter the destination.”

Sophisticated and Family-Friendly Design
The Odyssey’s modern new styling adopts Honda’s signature flying-wing front grille flanked by available LED front headlights. The bold and sporty front fascia also conceals a new Active Shutter Grille for improved fuel efficiency when cruising. The Odyssey’s signature lightning-bolt beltline now provides an even more elegant design element with the sliding door tracks hidden in the lower portion of the rear quarter windows. At the rear there are LED taillights and an available new hands-free power tailgate with foot activation.

Inside, the new Odyssey features high-grade materials, including a soft-touch instrument panel. The driver’s meter features a new 7-inch, full-color TFT display, and in the center of the dash there is an available 8-inch high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen interface (EX and above). In upper grades, stain-resistant leather first- and second-row seating surfaces and door trim and black carpeting and black seatbelts are designed to conceal stains, while a new grooveless tambour lid on the spacious and versatile center console resists the accumulation of crumbs and debris.

In-Vehicle Connectivity
This feature takes on a whole new “family connectivity” concept. Old-fashioned family connectivity-also known as a conversation-is made easier than ever with the quietest cabin in the class, and is augmented with a multitude of new connected-vehicle features and technologies:

New Display Audio: Featuring a new Honda-developed operating system, more intuitive menus, and customizable app tiles, this 8-inch high-resolution (720P) touchscreen interface serves as the nerve center for a multitude of new audio and telematics options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and adds a physical volume knob for improved usability.

System updates: Users can download available updates to the Display Audio operating system and rear entertainment system at their convenience via 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, or USB.

CabinWatch: Using a camera, CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers both day and night via the 8-inch Display Audio screen.

CabinTalk: The driver can talk to second- and third-row passengers though the second- and third-row speakers and the rear entertainment system headphones.

Connected Rear Entertainment System: Second- and third-row passengers can enjoy streaming video on the ceiling-mounted 10.2-inch WSVGA Rear Entertainment System, including PBS Kids, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and more, through the available in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, public Wi-Fi, or user’s cell phone data plan. A new “How Much Farther?” app lets passengers track the family’s trip progress.

CabinControl: With a downloadable app on their smartphone, users can control the rear entertainment system and rear cabin heat and air conditioning as well as send destinations to the embedded Honda navigation system.

Social Play List: Part of CabinControl, Social Playlist operates like a virtual jukebox, allowing up to seven family members to upload their music choices to the audio system via their smartphones.

Cabin quietness is enabled by new features and technologies that include triple door seals; available acoustic front and side glass; increased use of sound-deadening materials under the floor, in the engine compartment, and under the fenders; and standard Active Sound Control technology.

New Magic Slide seats
A major innovation to family-friendly cabin seating flexibility is the Odyssey’s new Magic Slide second-row seat, easily reconfigurable for optimal passenger comfort, people- and cargo-hauling flexibility, and easy access to third-row seating, even when one or two rear-facing child seats are placed in the second row. Use modes include:

Easy Access mode
With the center seat removed, the outboard seats slide laterally through five selectable positions, allowing for easy access to the third row, even with one or two rear-facing child seats installed in the second row. And with the centermost seat slid forward, a child is put within easy reach of the front-seat occupants.

Super mode
Similar to Easy Access mode but with the driver’s side seat set to walk-in position (slid full-forward with the seatback tilted), this feature provides maximum access to the third row.

Wide mode: With the center seat removed and two outboard seats in their outermost positions, this feature provides a wide center walkthrough to the third row (and eliminates “Dad, he’s touching me again!”).

Buddy mode
With the center seat removed and two outboard seats abutting one another in the center of the vehicle, this feature puts two people in close proximity and within easier reach of the front-seat occupants.

Safety for the Family
All 2018 Odysseys in EX and above trims, expected to comprise about 95 percent of all Odyssey sales, will feature the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Combined with the Odyssey’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and advanced airbags, including new driver and front passenger knee airbags, the Odyssey targets the highest available safety ratings: an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

Additional Features and Technologies
Additional new standard and available features include LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, heated side mirrors and steering wheel, auto high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot information (on all models with Honda Sensing), front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold, three-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, multi-zone audio, Sirius 2.0, Pandora compatibility, HD Radio, and HondaVac in-vehicle vacuum.

Advanced New Powertrains, Body, and Chassis
The 2018 Honda Odyssey will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management. Peak engine output is 280 SAE net horsepower (+32 HP) and benefits from the advanced capabilities of its two available new transmissions: a 9-speed automatic and, for upper grades, an all-new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind in a minivan, providing more confident and refined performance.

These advanced new powertrains, together with a more rigid and lightweight body, new chassis technology, and Odyssey’s sleek and aerodynamic new design, are expected to result in class-leading performance and top-in-class EPA fuel-economy ratings. Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management system adds normal and snow modes and combines with Agile Handling Assist and a more powerful braking system for improved all-weather traction and control.

Advanced New Body and Chassis
An all-new body and chassis design underpins the new Odyssey’s incredibly quiet cabin and class-leading steering precision, handling prowess, and ride comfort. The Odyssey body utilizes advanced materials, including ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium to simultaneously minimize weight and improve body rigidity. Vehicle weight is down by up to 96 pounds, depending on trim, and torsional body rigidity is up 44 percent from the outgoing model.

New chassis features include highly responsive new Dual-Pinion Electric Power Steering with .44 fewer turns lock-to-lock for increased response and easy maneuverability as well as a compact new trailing arm rear suspension with stabilizer bar that not only enables improved handling and ride comfort but also provides for the most spacious rear cargo area in the class.

Fore more information on the Odyssey, please give us a call at (866) 900-8854.

All New Innovative 2017 Honda Ridgeline Wins Award

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All New Innovative 2017 Honda Ridgeline Wins Award
The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year (NATOY). Launched in June 2016, the 2017 Ridgeline includes a host of industry-exclusive standard and available features, including unibody construction, a Dual Action Tailgate, In-Bed Trunk, a scratch- and dent-resistant composite truck bed, and the world’s first Truck Bed Audio System.

The 2017 Ridgeline is also earned an excellent rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when equipped with available front-crash-prevention system and LED headlights. It’s Honda’s second consecutive year to earn a top honor, with the Honda Civic winning North American Car of the Year honors in 2016. Moreover, this marks Ridgeline’s second NACTOY award – the first came in 2006, when the Honda Civic also won the 2006 North American Car of the Year.

“This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team’s work,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This is a terrific way to kick off 2017, and we’re looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead.”

For more information on the 2017 Ridgeline or to schedule a test drive, please give us a call at (866) 900-8854.