Why You Should Clean Your Steering Wheel

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Why You Should Clean Your Steering Wheel

Your steering wheel is one of the most-used parts of your car, but it’s also usually one of the least-cleaned. Leather steering wheels have natural pores and crevices that can easily collect dirt, grime, oil, food residue, and who knows what else, especially in the areas where you typically grip the wheel.

The good news is that cleaning a steering wheel is quick and easy.

The first step is to remove any loose dirt and grime. You can pick up a good leather cleaner at many stores or through Amazon (Meguiar’s is a popular leather cleaner). Spray a small amount of the product on a cloth – we recommend spraying it on the cloth rather than directly on the wheel, since this helps prevent overspray from reaching your instrument cluster. And it’s best to use a microfiber towel rather than terrycloth, which can spread lint all over the place.

Gently wipe the wheel, making sure you don’t rub too hard-you’ll be surprised at how much dirt comes off! Then use a damp cloth to wipe off any excess cleaner and dry the wheel with a dry microfiber towel.

The second very important step is to protect your cleaned steering wheel by replenishing the oils with a good conditioner that will help keep the leather soft, flexible, and durable. Apply the product and allow the oils to be absorbed, then simply rub it down with a clean towel to remove any excess.

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050, industry says

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2018 Clarity Fuel Cell in Honda of Oakland’s Showroom

BONN, Germany — Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday.

To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota and Air Liquide helped set up the Hydrogen Council, a global lobby launched in January this year.

Its 27 members include automakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda and Hyundai, and energy firms such as Shell and Total.

The council said using hydrogen for transport, energy generation, energy storage, industry, heat and power could cut annual carbon emissions by 6 billion tonnes by 2050.

“This would … contribute roughly 20 percent of the additional abatement required to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius,” the council said in a report released on the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference in Bonn.

To achieve a two-degree limit this century agreed by governments in Paris in 2015, the world must reduce energy-related carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2050.

The report said one in 12 cars sold in California, Germany and Japan were expected to be powered by hydrogen by 2030.

By 2050, hydrogen could power 400 million cars, 15 million to 20 million trucks, around 5 million buses, a quarter of passenger ships and a fifth of non-electrified train tracks, as well as some airplanes and freight ships.

Achieving this shift in transport and other sectors would require investment of $280 billion by 2030, with about $110 billion to fund hydrogen output, $80 billion for storage, transport and distribution, and $70 billion to develop products.

Fuel cell vehicles combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity to power an electric motor, producing water as a byproduct. However, making hydrogen from fossil fuels, a common route, also produces some greenhouse gas emissions.

So far the take-up of hydrogen vehicles is tiny and industry experts say their wider use is years away, with high purchase prices and a lack of refueling stations the major barriers.

But some firms, such as miner Anglo American and carmaker Toyota, are pushing for fuel cell cars to play a role even with the rise of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs).

Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman of automotive research and development at Hyundai said EVs and hydrogen fuel cell cars were needed because EVs were better for city driving and fuel cell vehicles better for longer journeys.

Some countries have set targets for hydrogen use, such as China, which aims to have 1 million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2030. Britain has a 23 million pound ($30 million) fund to accelerate the take-up of hydrogen vehicles.

Some Chinese firms are interested in joining the Hydrogen Council, Pierre Etienne Franc, vice president of the hydrogen initiative at Air Liquide, told Reuters. “Most probably we will have a Chinese member in the next six months,” he said.

The council believes that, with the right policies, the investment needed was “feasible” and the hydrogen market could see revenues of more than $2.5 trillion a year.

Original credit: autoblog http://www.autoblog.com

 

2018 Honda HR-V

Versatile, Segment-Leading 2018 Honda HR-V Arriving Now

With its stylish coupe-like design and SUV functionality, the versatile and segment-leading (1) 2018 Honda HR-V is here. The HR-V has become America’s best-selling subcompact SUV(1), outpacing all other subcompact SUVs.

For 2018, the Honda HR-V offers a vibrant new color, Aegean Blue Metallic, available on select trims. The HR-V also features a refreshed wheel design with black-painted inserts available on select models to enhance its sporty personality.

The 2018 HR-V will continue to deliver one of the most versatile interiors in the segment, thanks to Honda’s 2nd Row Magic Seat that offers four different modes for multiple seating and cargo-hauling configurations. With the 2nd row seats folded down, the HR-V has 100.1 cu. ft. of passenger space and 58.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume (LX FWD), space that rivals some competitors’ midsize SUV offerings.

The 2018 HR-V is also fun to drive, with lively yet secure handling and a standard 6-speed manual transmission (2WD models). The HR-V is powered by a responsive 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC valvetrain. The HR-V is available with Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System for outstanding all-weather handling and control. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available on all models, and a 6-speed manual transmission is available on the LX and EX trims with 2WD.

The 2018 Honda HR-V offers standard safety and driver-assistive features including anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) electronic stability control system, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and more.

For more information on the award-winning 2018 HR-V or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at 866.839.2119.

1 Based on Urban Science retail sales data for 2017CYTD June.

Tailgating Tips

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7 New Tailgating Tips

As football season gets underway, it’s also time to kick off another season of tailgating. Here are some fresh tips to help you get the most out of your tailgating adventure:

1. Cool beverages quickly using an ice bath.
Chilling any item fast is all about maximizing its exposure to the cold, so rather than using just ice, use ice and water to cover the enter surface area of a drink. Adding salt to the mixture also lowers the freezing point of water, allowing the temperature to drop below 0°C to provide even faster cooling.

2. Prefreeze your water.
Put water bottles in the freezer the night before (and remember to leave room in the bottles for the frozen water to expand). Throw the frozen bottles in your cooler to act as ice packs during the morning, and then enjoy ice-cold water once they melt by afternoon.

3. Be magnetic.
Surfaces are scarce when tailgating. Attach magnets to your koozies so you can attach them to the car when you need two hands for grilling.

4. Keep it clean.
Create a convenient hand-washing station by filling an empty industrial-size laundry detergent container with water. As a bonus, hang a paper towel roll from the poles of your tent with bungee cords so you can dry your hands.

5. Don’t invite mosquitoes.
Throw some sage or rosemary on the charcoal to act as a natural mosquito repellent and also to add aroma.

6. Foiled again.
A restaurant-supply house is a great source for disposable foil pans, indispensable for transporting and reheating foods brought from home. And while you’re there, pick up some beverage and take-out containers-handy for packing leftovers-along with plastic cutlery and sturdy garbage bags.

7. X marks the spot.
Tie distinct balloons or flags to your car or tent so it’s easy for friends to find the right parking spot or “red truck.”

Of course, if you’re looking for the ultimate tailgating tip – why not arrive in a new Ridgeline from Honda Oakland – please call us at (866) 822-9314 to schedule a test drive.