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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.

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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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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

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"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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