Wind tunnels aren’t a new concept in the world of automotive manufacturing, but automakers are constantly working to improve. Honda is the latest automaker to add a brand new multi-million dollar wind tunnel to its list of facilities, or it will at the groundbreaking in June. The new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will cost $124 million and help designers and engineers create quieter cars.
Honda’s new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will feature two roads. The first is a five-belt rolling surface designed to test production vehicles like the Honda Civic and CR-V. The second, a single-belt rolling road, is primarily reserved for high performance and sports cars. When all is said and done, the new facility will be able to test at wind speeds of 192 mph.
Aeroacoustics is the study of the noise created when aerodynamic forces, in this case the wind, act on an object, like a car. The new wind tunnel will help designers and engineers create new wind noise reduction methods.
The new aeroacoustic will tunnel will be built at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is schedule to take place in late summer of 2017.
Here at Babylon Honda, we’re excited for the next generation of aerodynamic designs from Honda!
Since 1983, MotorWeek has been choosing the best cars each year to honor them with its Drivers’ Choice Awards. The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are the cars that the editors would love to have in their driveways. They focus on a variety of consumer factors including practicality, performance, price, and efficiency.
This year, two Honda models earned the top choice in their segments. The Honda Civic won the award in the small car category, while the CR-V was chosen as the best small utility. This was the second year in a row the Civic has earned this award.
MotorWeek noted that it was impressed with the addition of both coupe and hatchback models to the Civic lineup. The editors love the Civic’s fun-to-drive personality, feature-rich interior, excellent reliability, and its dynamic styling.
As for the CR-V, it arrives fully redesigned for the 2017 model year and MotorWeek loves the thoughtful redesign. For years, the CR-V has been one of the most popular choices in its segment. However, even in this tight, competitive segment, the CR-V continues to stand out with just the right combination of features and overall performance.
Come check out both of these award-winning models, along with the rest of the Honda lineup, available now at Babylon Honda.
The 2017 Honda CR-V is one of four Honda vehicles named to the Kelley Blue Book “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” list. The list, which is curated annually by KBB editors, looks at the most family-friendly vehicles in each category in terms of safety, value, comfort and convenience, cargo versatility, technology, and more.
KBB recognized the Honda CR-V in the compact crossover category, calling it “a good reminder of why families are abandoning the traditional sedan in favor of compact SUVs” and citing its impressive updates and reliability. The CR-V, according to KBB, has always prioritized cargo and safety, with tons of cargo space and affordable safety packages.
The subcompact crossover HR-V was also a winner, thanks to its efficiency, amazing value, and practical size. KBB called it “a big draw for young families.” The Pilot won in the mid-size SUV category and was praised for being “unexpectedly refined” as well as spacious and affordable. Finally, KBB named the Honda Odyssey as its best family minivan thanks to its easy-to-use features like the fold-flat rear seat as well as its smooth handling.
Honda won more spots on the 12 Best Family Cars list than any other automaker in the industry, proving the brand’s dedication to families and their needs. If you would like to check any of them out, stop by Babylon Honda in West Babylon, NY and discover all of our Honda Models today.
Only a handful of automakers have chosen to stick to hydrogen fuel cells instead of moving to electric- and battery-powered vehicles. The Honda Clarity made a name for itself but a lack of infrastructure has pushed the Japanese automaker in another direction. Honda’s new partnership puts a new focus on electric vehicles. Unlike other automakers, however, Honda’s vehicles will use both batteries and fuel cells.
Honda has partnered with Hitachi to produce more affordable electric motors. The joint venture is a sign that, while Honda isn’t walking away from hydrogen power, the company is pushing for more alternative fuel sources.
Hitachi has a reputation for building electric motors for vehicles of all shapes and sizes. As federal emissions standards grow tighter, the call for more affordable electric powertrains has been deafening. The Honda-Hitachi partnership aims to lower the cost of mass producing engines.
The partnership will originally launch in Japan manufacturing operations. The venture will eventually expand to operations in North America and China as well. While Hitachi and Honda will work together, Hitachi will continue to produce motors for other automakers while Honda will use in-house motors in some vehicles.
We here at Babylon Honda are happy to see such an incredible automaker getting ahead of the game when it comes to electric vehicles! The world could certainly use more green vehicles!
The minivan segment may not be as populated as it once was but there’s still plenty of heat among the remaining competitors. Chrysler raised the bar with the new Pacifica and now Honda is responding with a monstrous, tech-savvy, safe minivan of its own. The fifth-generation Honda Odyssey debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and looks to be a serious competitor.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey boasts all the technologies a modern minivan should have. The new model will boast a long list of in-car apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, video streaming, and more. The new model will even feature 4G Wi-Fi!
Modern families need a minivan that can adjust to their lifestyle and the Odyssey delivers with flexible seating and stain-resistant leather upholstery.
“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,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, America Honda Motor Co.
The Odyssey isn’t without its powertrain updates. The new model will boast an available 10-speed automatic transmission designed for smoother shifting and higher fuel economy.
We here at Babylon Honda are ready to see the 2018 Odyssey dominate the competition with ease! Apply for financing today to take home your own Honda Odyssey!