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Honda's vehicles are 14 percent more fuel efficient than the industry average

Honda has several manufacturing facilities in the U.S. All are under orders to go greener.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda's U.S. fleet of vehicles is 14 percent more fuel-efficient than the industry average when it comes to fuel economy according to recently-released report on the company's environmental activities in North America.

Among the highlights of the Honda-produced report's findings is that for the 2019 model year, the unadjusted average fuel economy of the company's U.S. automobile fleet decreased 3.6 percent, to 37.5 mpg, but remains 14 percent higher (better than) the industry average of 32.9 mpg.

The 2021 Honda Insight has received new safety technology, has best-in-class passenger space, and achieves 55 mpg.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

That's no small number. On a car with a 14-gallon fuel tank, the average Honda has 525 miles of range with a full tank while the industry average vehicle would have 460.

During that same period, the unadjusted average CO2 emissions for the company's U.S. automobile fleet is 11.9 percent below (better than) the industry average of 269 g/mi.

It's not just cars that are proving to be more fuel-efficient. The average fuel economy of Honda U.S. motorcycle fleet in model year 2019 was up 10.7 percent from a year ago.

"Throughout this challenging year, our associates have continued to reduce our environmental impact throughout our processes," said Shinji Aoyama, president & CEO of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. "We remain committed to realizing our long-term vision for a zero-carbon society, while finding new and innovative ways for our technology to benefit the world."

In addition to its vehicles, Honda's manufacturing facilities have been getting greener. Total location-based CO2e emissions from North American manufacturing decreased 4.5% to its lowest level in seven years. Solid waste from manufacturing was down 6.2 percent and water usage fell 3.3 percent. Emissions from auto body painting decreased to their lowest level in a decade.

The biggest number is the next one. Ninety-nine percent of the waste from Honda's 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers was recycled during the 2019 fiscal year. Additionally, carbon dioxide emissions intensity of North American service parts shipments fell 4.2 percent moving the dial to a 49.7 percent reduction over the past decade.

This marks the 16th consecutive year that Honda has released detailed data on the environmental impact of its operations in North America.

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Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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