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 |  Apr 10 2014, 12:15 PM

It's an Automotive Vanity Extravaganza


KBB Brand Award Winners

The folks at Kelley Blue Book have released their annual Brand Image Awards. The study, now in its seventh year, honors automakers for excelling in certain areas. Categories include things like best performance brand, most refined brand and most trusted brand. Overall there are 13 winners and the results may surprise or even appall you. You’ll need to read on to find out.

But first, according to KBB this isn’t some shady survey conducted by annoying telephone marketers; awards are actually the result of “extensive research gathered throughout the year.” Shoppers using the company’s website contribute to the results; in fact more than 12,000 of them participated, and here’s what the people have to say.

 |  Apr 10 2014, 11:41 AM

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Honda’s most sophisticated hybrid to date is turning out to be a bigger hit than the company expected.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 2:02 PM

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The Chinese auto market is getting bigger and Honda is looking to leverage its growth.

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 |  Apr 06 2014, 7:10 AM

2014 mitsubishi evo

Each day we strive to report the latest automotive news but not all stories are created equal. Some just have a life of our own, especially on social media.

Shared heavily on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, here are our most viral news stories from the past seven days.

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 |  Apr 04 2014, 2:35 PM

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Honda will reveal the latest version of its ASIMO robot on April 15.

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 |  Apr 04 2014, 11:02 AM

Ask AutoGuide No. 42


Ask AutoGuide No. 42

Apparently family values matter. Conservative politicians tap-dance around these issues, pundits prognosticate about their demise and segments of the driving population make them a central issue when it’s time to purchase a new vehicle. Not surprisingly they play a starring role in this week’s installment of Ask AutoGuide.

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 |  Apr 02 2014, 2:43 PM

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Honda has set a new world record, but it might not be for what you think.

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 |  Mar 28 2014, 6:07 PM

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Next month, Honda will begin public testing of a technology that will help drivers avoid traffic lights.

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 |  Mar 28 2014, 12:02 PM

Ask AutoGuide No. 41


Ask AutoGuide No. 41

Ask AutoGuide is our community outreach program. Drivers in need of car-buying assistance call on us and we respond with a helping hand, a kind word or a stern warning; if they’re lost we can provide a map and some direction. Usually we recommend sensible sedans, handy hatchbacks or miserly mini-models, but this week we get to have a little fun.

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 |  Mar 26 2014, 11:32 AM

The Kings of the Big Family Haulers


3 row crossover comparison

Until the mid-1980s, those with large families usually bought station wagons with a who-cares-about-safety rearward facing third row of seats. But then the minivan was introduced and everything changed. For the next fifteen years, troops of kids were transported here and there in these pragmatic boxes on wheels. As is often the case though, consumer taste’s changed.

Today the three-row station wagons rival the mountain gorilla on the critically endangered species list while the minivan has become more passé than bridge clubs. Now there is a new king of big family transport – the three-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

And the Crossover Takes Over

After a brief foray with three-row body-on-frame SUVs in the early 2000s, the vast majority of auto manufacturers have settled on unibody crossovers to handle passenger duties of six or more. Last year, more than 1.7 million of these CUVs were sold in the U.S. compared to less than 525,000 minivans.

With nearly two million annual sales up for grabs, manufacturers are constantly tweaking their products to entice customers. Over the last year alone, all-new versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander hit the market while the Kia Sorento and Dodge Durango received significant updates. To see which CUV is the best value for the money, we gathered these five crossovers along with three older models; the large Chevrolet Traverse, the best-selling Ford Explorer and the eight-passenger Honda Pilot. Which one emerged as the victor in this stacked field? Read on to find out.

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 |  Mar 20 2014, 4:34 PM

Honda Celebrates 20 Millionth Automobile Built in the U.S.

As many automakers move production out of North America, Honda is touting the amount of cars the company has built in the U.S. 

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 |  Mar 19 2014, 9:03 AM

NSX-concept

Acura’s NSX prototype will be shown at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and it will be worth watching.

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 |  Mar 12 2014, 7:21 AM

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For over a decade, Honda has neglected to bring any iteration of the Civic Type-R to North America.

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 |  Mar 11 2014, 5:00 PM

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Honda has announced that its 2014 Civic Si Coupe will be priced from $23,580.

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 |  Mar 10 2014, 7:12 PM

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American Honda has revealed that it’ll be restructuring its U.S. operations to help further differentiate the Honda and Acura brands.

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 |  Mar 06 2014, 9:01 AM

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Honda has filed a trademark application in the U.S. for the name HR-V, a badge that will likely appear on the brand’s new sub-compact crossover.

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 |  Mar 04 2014, 3:31 PM

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Honda has once again gave North American car enthusiasts something to be jealous of: The Honda Civic Type-R Concept.

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 |  Mar 04 2014, 11:01 AM

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Honda just officially revealed a concept preview to one of the coolest cars North Americans will be deprived of in the near future.

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 |  Feb 25 2014, 11:15 AM

The 2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car and TLX Prototype

Honda is hoping to accelerate the revitalization of its Acura brand by opening a new office devoted to the development and planning of new Acura vehicles. Continue Reading…

 |  Feb 21 2014, 9:32 AM

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Honda’s Accord out-sold the Camry in 2013 if you ignore Toyota’s fleet sales.

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 |  Feb 14 2014, 10:31 AM

2013 Honda Insight

In 1999 Honda introduced the Insight, the first mass-market hybrid to hit Europe, but now 16 years later, the Japanese automaker will stop offering the Insight and CR-Z Hybrid in Europe due to declining sales. Continue Reading…

 |  Feb 12 2014, 7:32 PM

2014-honda-odyssey

A Honda Odyssey hybrid variant is under consideration and could join the minivan’s lineup in the future.

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 |  Feb 11 2014, 10:54 PM

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Honda has released a sketch of its next-generation Civic Type-R, which will make its official debut as a concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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 |  Feb 11 2014, 9:45 AM

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Honda and Toyota both topped the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash test ratings, earning five stars.

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