Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ed Voyles Honda Named TIME Dealer of the Year Nominee

Ed Voyles Honda is being named a TIME Dealer of the Year nominee!

The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional 
performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service. Dealers are nominated by members of the ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives) and the winner is acknowledged at the annual NADA convention.  The 2013 awards will be presented at the opening business session of the NADA annual convention in Orlando on February 9, 2013. At the convention, all Dealer of the Year nominees will be included in the Dealer of the Year photo display at the convention center.

The Ed Voyles Automotive Group is honored to be in a position to give back to our community and the people that everyday shape the minds and lives of our children - our teachers. The Cobb Chamber’s Teacher of the Year Program, now in its 22nd year, honors the Teachers who have won the admiration and respect of students, parents and their peers with a new car.  Through a new partnership with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Ed Voyles Automotive Group will grant a free one-year vehicle lease to the Teachers of the Year.  Ed Voyles Automotive Group intends for the partnership to be long-lasting and to provide teachers with a very real and valuable award for their commitment to excellence in education.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Honda Wins ALG's 2013 Residual Value Award for Best Mainstream Brand Topping All Other Competitors in Long Term Value

2013 Accord, Odyssey and Fit Each Top Value Ratings

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. received multiple 2013 Residual Value Awards from ALG, 
 including the top honor of Best Mainstream Brand.  Additionally, the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey and Honda Fit each received individual Residual Value Awards as the highest ranked vehicles in their respective segments. As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG's annual Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a  three-year period.     
 "Long-term value and reliability are both hallmarks of the Honda brand and we are honored to be recognized by  York) ALG as the industry leader in these key qualities,"said Michael Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations at American Honda. "The Honda engineering philosophy not only delivers immediate value to our customers but will pay off in the long run as well."                                                                
 The Honda brand was named the Best Mainstream Brand for 2013, which recognizes the entire Honda lineup for exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability, and long-term reliability. The all-new 2013 Accord ranked the highest in the ultra competitive Midsize Car category. The Honda Odyssey prevailed in the Best Minivan (MPV) category, retaining the top spot for the second consecutive year. The Honda Fit received a Residual Value Award for the fifth consecutive year in the Sub-Compact Car category. Since 2000, the Honda brand has earned 28model awards and seven overall brand awards from ALG.                        
 "The Honda brand is a constant in ALG's Residual Value Award history, "said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. "With its smart, value-focused financial strategy, excellent perceived quality, and the all-new Accord, Honda has proven that it provides a  compelling, high residual value package for consumers."                                                                 
 ALG determines the award winners through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, as well as pricing strategies are among the key factors that affect ALG's residual value forecasts.                                      
 Additional media information, including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2013 Accord, Fit and Odyssey are available at www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com.                                                   
 About Honda                                
Honda offers a complete lineup of Honda cars, trucks and service through a network of 1,037 Honda dealerships within the United States. In 2012, Honda  will mark 30 years of producing automobiles in the region1, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio in November 1982. Having produced over 23 million vehicles in North America, Honda currently operates 7 major automobile manufacturing facilities in the region.                                                                      
 About ALG                                                                   
 Based in Santa Barbara, California, ALG is a leading provider of insights and consulting services to the automotive industry. ALG publishes the Residual Value Guidebook – the benchmark for residual value projections in North America, and has been forecasting automotive residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.  For more information, visit www.alg.com.                                                           

Monday, November 26, 2012

Santa is Coming to Cobb


We are pleased to announce that Ed Voyles Honda will be participating as a vendor at this years 'Santa's Coming to Cobb' event.  Each child will receive a gift, visit and picture with Santa, arts, crafts, food and the most important part is it is all for free.
Please register for the event at www.santascomingtocobb.com to attend. 



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2013 Honda Civic to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show With More Youthful and Premium Styling

2013 Civic styling honed to make the segment’s best-selling car even better


                TORRANCE, Calif., Nov., 12, 2012 – Honda today revealed the first

look at the much-anticipated 2013 Honda Civic Sedan, in advance of its

debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29. The refined styling

of the 2013 Civic Sedan, which goes on sale at Honda dealerships on

November 29, will encompass a host of safety, feature, comfort, chassis and

interior styling enhancements that will further define the top-selling

Civic as the best car in the compact class.

      The more upscale and premium styling of the 2013 Civic Sedan’s front

end includes a new open-mouth lower bumper with a horizontal chrome accent

and a sportier, black honeycomb mesh grille, anchored by new integrated fog

lights on upper trims. The grille is flanked by new clear-lens corner

lights to provide a more premium look. The 2013 Civic’s more sculpted front

end flows into a new, more deeply faceted hood, complemented by a

collection of sharp new wheel designs.

      In back, a new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid are capped

by a clean, horizontal chrome trim piece. The all-new design of the

jewel-like taillights now carries into the trunk face, providing a more

finished and upscale look. The rear bumper features integrated reflector

treatments and a new lower diffuser panel finished with a honeycomb mesh


      “The 2013 Honda Civic exterior refinements infuse Civic with a more

youthful, premium style. Coupling these with additional changes beneath

will ensure that Civic maintains its top-ranked status,” said Vicki Poponi,

assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda.

      Heading into 2013 with styling and content additions, the Civic’s

fun-to-drive nature and core attributes of safety, spaciousness and fuel

efficiency remain intact. As the compact segment’s retail sales leader, the

Honda Civic continues as the benchmark for consumers looking for the smart

purchase in a very competitive segment.

      Full details of the 2013 Honda Civic will be revealed on Nov. 29 at

10:05 a.m. PST at the Los Angeles Auto Show. For photos showing the styling

direction of the 2013 Civic, visit www.hondanews.com.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last Chance to Register for the First Monday Breakfast

Stephen Dolinger
Last Chance to Register!
Join Dr. Stephen D. Dolinger, president of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, as he addresses businesses’ role in education at the November Cobb Chamber First Monday Breakfast. The Cobb County and Marietta City School's Teachers of the Year will also be celebrated and presented with a one-year car lease from Ed Voyles Automotive Group.
7:30 A.M.
Presenting Sponsor:Children's Healthcare

Cobb Chamber
As one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to create jobs and strengthen the economy and quality of life so businesses and the community can achieve more. The Chamber achieves this by creating jobs and driving economic development; strengthening the community and the region; growing member businesses and nurturing leadership; and connecting businesses, government and the community.




Physical Address:240 Interstate North Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
Main: 770-980-2000
Fax: 770-980-9510


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 671868
Marietta, GA 30006-0032

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Honda Accord Outperforms Luxury Vehicles

New Honda Accord outperforms higher-priced luxury vehicles like BMW,
Mercedes and Lexus
Accord gets highly coveted 5-star review from VehicleTests.com

Friday, October 26, 2012, 5:37 PM

The 2013 Honda Accord starts at $21,680 and is loaded with high-tech standard features.

The 2013 Honda Accord starts at $21,680 and is loaded with high-tech
standard features.

The release of the all-new 2013 Accord arguably marks the biggest launch in
Honda’s history, and the automotive giant is not holding anything back.
Coupled with a complete redesign and a whole slew of industry-leading
standard features, the ninth generation Accord is living up to the hype of
the media buzz surrounding its launch.

“The latest incarnation of the Accord represents the best value-per-dollar
of any vehicle on the market,” said Chris Kelly, who road tested the
all-new Accord for VehicleTests.com. “After seeing all the high-tech
standard features that come with the Accord, I got reverse sticker shock
because the car was so inexpensive with more technology and safety features
than a lot of luxury cars that are twice its price,” which is why
VehicleTests.com awarded the 2013 Honda Accord with its vaunted 5-Star

The 2013 Accord comes at starting price of $21,680 with an array of hi-tech
standard features, including a rear view camera and Expanded View Driver’s
Mirror. Other standard technologies include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone
interface, Multi-Information Display (i-MID), SMS text messaging function
and Pandora Internet Radio interface. These are just some of the reasons
for the high praise from VehicleTests.com, which produces independent
test-drive videos for consumers.

Citing "reverse sticker-shock" based on the vehicle's high-tech features
compared to its affordable price, VehicleTests.com awarded the 2013 Honda
Accord a 5-Star rating.

“After I spent the whole day driving the new Accord, I found myself missing
the great features it has once I got back into my own car,” adds Kelly.
“You get used to those features really fast.”

Drive safer

One of the features to which Kelly refers is the new Honda LaneWatch
blind-spot display, which enhances visibility of the passenger-side roadway
thanks to a camera that displays what is in your blind spot on the i-MID
screen. The Lane Departure Warning system uses cameras to make sure the
vehicle is aligned within the lines on the roadway and alerts the driver if
he or she is drifting. There is also Forward Collision Warning, which
alerts the driver if he or she is closing in too fast on the car ahead.

This new technology, coupled with the 2013 Accord’s standard safety
features, also contributed to its 5-Star rating from VehicleTests.com. The
vehicle comes with four-wheel anti-lock braking system, a total of six
airbags, including front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted
airbags. In addition, the Accord has emergency braking assist, electronic
brake force distribution, both a driver and passenger head restraint
whiplash protection system, stability and traction control and tire
pressure monitoring. Additionally, the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone
interface and SMS text messaging function allows for hands-free phone
usage, which means less distracted driving.

Go faster for less

The 2013 Accord comes in eight different trim levels, from the standard LX
to the EXL, including the all-new Sport and top-of-the-line Touring models.
Engine options include the 2.4L four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and the
six-cylinder with 278 horsepower, which is more horsepower than the Lexus
ES, BMW 328i or Mercedes Benz C Class. However, more power doesn’t mean
less fuel economy. Due to its new Earth Dreams technology, the 2013 Accord
offers better gas mileage than previous Accords that had less horsepower.

While the all-new Accord has a lot more horsepower, the cabin was extremely
quiet during the road test. “Normal conversation volume measures in at 65
decibels,” says Kelly. “The new Accord measures in at an exceptional 56
decibels. It was amazing to see the amount of soundproofing that Honda put
into the vehicle.” Under the hood of the 2013 Accord, you’ll find a thick
soundproofing mat, which helps keeps most engine noise away from the cabin.
However, Kelly says that the Accord also features additional rubber gaskets
around the edges, which provides even more soundproofing.

As part of its road-test, VehicleTests.com drove the vehicle for 50 miles
on the highway at 60 miles per hour with cruise-control, in order to test
the fuel economy — listed at 35 miles per gallon. Kelly and his team found
that the Accord they tested actually exceeded the listed miles per gallon
by a good amount. However, he could not disclose the actual figures for
legal reasons.

Cost of ownership

The American-made Honda Accord has been one of the best selling cars in
history, which is one of the reasons why it has boasted the highest resell
value of any car in its class and has won many resell value awards from
Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds.com. In fact, New York Honda dealers are
already celebrating its sales success - it is selling faster than any Honda
in history.

Based on early reception, this vehicle is receiving — including the high
rating from VehicleTests.com — it looks like Honda’s problem is not going
to be market share because customers know a deal when they see one. With
industry-leading standard features, a shockingly low MSRP and more
technology and safety features than many more expensive luxury vehicles,
Honda may have a challenge keeping up with the demand in the market place.

“The new Accord is selling faster than any Honda in history,” said Rob
Sabbagh, President of the Tri-State Honda Dealers Association.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ridgeline Adds Standard Rearview Camera for 2013

The unique Honda Ridgeline mid-size pickup continues to offer an unrivalled combination of capabilities and comfort for the 2013 model year, and now Honda has announced that it will do so without a cost increase. On the other hand, while its MSRP remains at $29,350, that price of admission now will include a standard rearview camera system on all models.
The 2013 Honda Ridgeline lineup will feature:
Ridgeline RT—Fitted with aggressive 17-inch wheels, power windows/door locks, a power-sliding rear window, air conditioning, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA sound system, an integrated trailer hitch and pre-wiring for a 7-pin trailer hookup.
Ridgeline Sport—Adds a black-out style treatment with 18-inch black aluminum wheels, a model-exclusive black honeycomb grille with black frame, and black headlight and brake light housings, then complements the new look with fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, all-weather floor mats and rear privacy glass.
Ridgeline RTS—Along with its exclusive 17-inch aluminum wheels, a painted grille and body-color door handles, the up-level RTS also welcomes an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (with lumbar support), a dual-zone climate system, and a premium seven-speaker sound system with 160 watts of power and a subwoofer.
Ridgeline RTL—The top-of-the-line Ridgeline caps off the roster with its own 18-inch aluminum wheel design, a power moonroof, heated side mirrors, a leather interior, heated front seats, ambient lighting, and more.
All come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 250 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of torque, with enough grunt to tow up to 5,000 lbs., and all are on sale now at local Honda dealerships.

Honda Civic Natural Gas Incentives

Imagine a car that’s built in the United States, can achieve 31 mpg in combined driving, and requires fuel that’s about half as expensive as gasoline and comes almost exclusively from sources in this country. And now imagine that the vehicle also comes standard with a $3,000 debit card to make fill-ups even less painful. Well, if all that gets your attention, then so will the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, because it offers those advantages and more.
The Civic Natural Gas is the only OEM-manufactured, CNG-powered car that’s currently available to retail customers in the U.S., and it’s built at Honda’s manufacturing complex in Greensburg, Ind. More to the point, if you purchase a Civic Natural Gas from a participating Honda dealer, between now and Jan. 2, 2013, you’ll receive a $3,000 debit card from the Clean Energy Fuel Corp. that can be used at any one of its CNG fueling stations across America.
Needless to say, thanks to EPA ratings that are equivalent to 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway/31 mpg combined, and CNG prices that are hovering just over $2.00 a gallon, taking advantage of this new promotional effort from Honda won’t require much effort at all.
“With gas prices spiking in California, Civic Natural Gas sales at an all-time high, and the public gaining greater awareness of the benefits of using natural gas, we believe this a great time to launch our fuel card promotion with our partner Clean Energy.” said Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office. “If you’re looking to save money at the pump, spend less time in traffic, and reduce your environmental impact, the 2012 Civic Natural Gas is a great choice.”

2013 Honda CR-Z Powers Up in Paris

Honda’s CR-Z sport hybrid will be getting even sportier for the 2013 model year, thanks to new powertrain upgrades that were introduced at the recent 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Engineers went to work on both the CR-Z’s high-efficiency 1.5-liter I4 engine and its advanced electric motor system, fine-tuning the former to make roughly 7 more horsepower, and adding 5 kW to the latter by swapping its nickel-metal-hydride batteries for lighter, more efficient lithium-ion ones. As a result, combined system power has been increased approximately 10 percent, allowing CR-Z drivers to enjoy 135 hp and 140 lb.-ft. of torque, noticeably quicker acceleration, and unchanged fuel-economy marks of up to 35 mpg city/39 mpg highway/37 mpg combined.
The CR-Z will look more athletic, too. Designers have revised its front bumper and grille to create a more aggressive face, which is complemented by a redesigned rear diffuser. Two funky new exterior colors also have been added—Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet—while the cabin gets a fresh color scheme as well.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the 2013 CR-Z, but any changes are unlikely to affect the car’s value proposition. The current model, for example, starts at just $19,695, and that includes LED brake lights, a six-speaker sound system, air conditioning (with an air-filtration system), and a three-mode drive system. The latter technology allows drivers to tailor the CR-Z’s driving dynamics for ECON, Normal and Sport modes—enhanced by a Plus Sport performance enhancer that can deliver a 10-second jolt of electrically boosted power in certain driving scenarios.
Consumers can look for the 2013 Honda CR-Z to reach U.S. dealerships early next year.
New Promotion Offers $3,000 Fuel Card for the Civic Natural Gas


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Counterfeit Airbag Information

NHTSA  has become aware of a problem involving the sale of counterfeit air bags for use as replacement parts in vehicles that have been involved in a crash. While these air bags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts—including bearing the insignia and branding of major automakers — NHTSA testing showed consistent malfunctioning ranging from non-deployment of the air bag to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during deployment. NHTSA is not aware of any deaths or injuries connected to counterfeit air bags.
While the full scope and scale of the problem of counterfeit air bags is uncertain from currently available data, NHTSA has identified certain vehicle makes and models for which these air bags may be available and believes this issue affects less than 0.1 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet. Only vehicles which have had an air bag replaced within the past three years by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership may be at risk.
Consumers whose vehicles have been in a crash and had their air bags replaced by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership within the past three years or who have purchased a replacement air bag online should contact the call center that has been established by their auto manufacturer to have their vehicle inspected at their own expense and their air bag replaced if necessary. The full list of call centers and additional information are available at www.SaferCar.gov.
NHTSA is currently gathering information from automakers about their systems for verifying the authenticity of replacement parts and is working with the industry to make the driving public aware of the potential safety risk posed by counterfeit air bags. Moving forward, the agency will continue to monitor consumer complaints, police accident reports, and other sources for additional information.
  • Consumers who purchased their vehicle new and have not had their air bags replaced
  • Consumers who have full knowledge of the entire history of their used vehicle (including knowing whether the vehicle had been in a crash in the last three years and being certain that the air bag was replaced at a new car dealership)
  • Consumers who have had air bags replaced within the past three years at a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership
  • Consumers who have purchased a used car that may have sustained an air bag deployment before their purchase
  • Consumers who own a car with a title branded salvage, rebuilt, or reconstructed
  • Consumers who have purchased replacement air bags from eBay or other non-certified sources—especially if they were purchased at unusually low prices (i.e. less than $400)
While the full scope and scale of the problem of counterfeit air bags is uncertain from currently available data, NHTSA has identified certain vehicle makes and models for which these air bags may be available and believes this issue affects less than 0.1 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet. Only vehicles which have had an air bag replaced within the past three years by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership may be at risk.
Consumers whose vehicles have been in a crash and had their air bags replaced by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership within the past three years or who have purchased a replacement air bag online should contact the call center that has been established by their auto manufacturer to have their vehicle inspected at their own expense and their air bag replaced if necessary. The full list of call centers and additional information are available at www.SaferCar.gov.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2013 Honda Accord Nominated to Car of the Year Short List

The all-new 2013 Honda Accord has only just gone on sale, but it’s already up for one of the U.S. auto industry’s most prestigious honors: The North American Car of the Year award, presented each year during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
The Accord took its first steps toward joining past Honda Car (and Truck) of the Year winners by recently being named to the award’s short list—a selection of the top new or significantly redesigned vehicles offered for North American buyers. The next stage in the process will occur in December, when three finalists are announced, with the overall winners scheduled to be revealed in January, at the opening of the 2013 NAIAS.
Certainly among the favorites for the honor, the Accord family actually includes two members: The sedan, on sale now for $21,680, and the coupe, on its way to dealerships with a starting price of $23,350. Both packages wrap the latest technologies in taut new sheet metal, and add increased power—and efficiency—over their 2012 counterparts. For example, the previous Accord sedan had a standard I4 engine that delivered 177 hp, 161 lb.-ft. of torque and EPA ratings of 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway/27 mpg combined with a five-speed automatic transmission; the completely redesigned 2013 model offers 185 hp (+4.5 percent), 181 lb.-ft. of torque (+12.4 percent), a six-speed automatic (+20 percent) and an EPA line of 27/36/30 (+11.1 percent in combined driving).
Other Honda vehicles that have come up big in the North American Car and Truck of the Year voting include:
2012—Honda CR-V (finalist)
2008—Honda Accord (finalist)
2007—Honda Fit (finalist)
2006—Honda Civic (winner), Honda Ridgeline (winner)
2003—Honda Element (finalist)
2001—Honda Insight (finalist)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Gets Donation of 1,000 Books

Over 1000 books were placed in Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (MSGA) classrooms, as a result of a donation from the Ed Voyles Automotive Group.
Over 1000 books were placed in Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (MSGA) classrooms, as a result of a donation from the Ed Voyles Automotive Group honoring Marietta City Schools Superintendent, Emily Lembeck.
The books for MSGA consist of six-pack sets of books that cover social studies and science standards while integrating reading and language arts instruction.
Similar books were purchased for fifth grade to address teaching and learning social studies and science standards. Each fifth grade class across the district will receive these materials.
Valery Voyles, president and CEO of Ed Voyles Automotive Group and Bill Brantley, President and Chief Operating Officer, Ed Voyles Automotive Group will join Emily Lembeck for a book donation ceremony, at the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy on Thursday.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Honda Makes it Easier to Purchase the All-New Accord

The brand-new 2013 Honda Accord is at dealerships now, bringing customers a wealth of new technologies, impressive fuel-economy gains, and agile reflexes. And for some folks, it’s also going to bring a healthy dose of cold, hard cash. It’s all part of the Accord’s soon-to-launch Cash Car promotion, inspired by the popular “Cash Cab” television show.Slated to kick off on Oct. 6, 2012, in New York, the Accord effort will invite participants to compete for cash awards based on their knowledge of Honda’s completely redesigned mid-sized sedan. Each stop on the Cash Car tour will be hosted by Emmy-winning comedian Ben Bailey—who also starred in the “Cash Cab” TV series—and be broadcast on big-screen displays for maximum exposure. To check it out for yourself, you can visit www.AccordCashCar.com or:
Times Square, New York City, Oct. 6
Gateway Park at Navy Pier, Chicago, Oct. 20
Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, Nov. 3
Hollywood & Highland Central Courtyard, Los Angeles, Nov. 10
Priced from $21,680, the latest iteration of Honda’s hot-selling Accord is once again available in coupe and sedan body styles, with a choice of two conventional engines, three transmissions and, starting early in 2013, two hybrid powertrains—including a plug-in model.
“With an innovative, fun-to-drive product like the all-new 2013 Honda Accord, we wanted to create an exciting, innovative contest to help people experience it,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of automotive marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  ”Accord is the new value leader in the mid-size class because it excels in all areas and the Accord Cash Car promotion will bring that story to life.”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Valery Voyles is Georgia's 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year

GADA is proud to announce Georgia's 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year nominee Valery Voyles, CEO/Chairman of the Ed Voyles Automotive Group. 
A second-generation dealer, Voyles grew up going to the dealership with her father, Ed, working after school and during summers. She officially entered the business in 1990, when her children were of school age. When her father passed away in 2004, Voyles took over as CEO/Chairman. Under her leadership, the Ed Voyles dealerships have been more profitable than ever before, and have earned numerous distinguished factory awards, including the Honda President's Award, Acura Precision Team Award and Hyundai Board of Excellence award. She credits having a loyal, hard-working and knowledgeable management team and employees for the longevity and success of the Ed Voyles dealerships.
Voyles is a new member of the GADA Board of Directors, beginning her term in July 2012. She also serves on the Shepherd Center Foundation and Cumberland Academy of Georgia's boards of directors; Cobb County Chamber of Commerce advisory board; and the Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre advisory committee.
The Ed Voyles dealerships are heavily involved in their communities, contributing to the United Way, American Red Cross, March of Dimes and other organizations, and sponsoring the Teacher of the Year program since 2007. Voyles, a breast cancer survivor, also gives much of her personal time and funds to various cancer charities. She is proud of the Ed and Dora Voyles Breast Health Center at St. Joseph's Hospital, a cancer treatment center named after her late parents. 
Voyles and her husband, Rob Jordan, are parents to a blended family of five. She is enjoying seeing the third generation of the Voyles family enter the business. Her daughter and nephew sell cars, while her son will soon attend dealer school and join the family business as well. Voyles will attend the 2013 NADA Convention in Orlando (Feb. 8-11, 2013), where she and other state award nominees will be honored. Congratulations to Valery Voyles on her nomination!  

Monday, September 24, 2012

2013 Honda Pilot Features Standard Rearview Camera, Bluetooth®, USB Integration and Dramatic New Exterior Color

2013 Honda Pilot Features Standard Rearview Camera, Bluetooth®, USB Integration and Dramatic New Exterior Color

2013 Honda Pilot Features Standard Rearview Camera, Bluetooth®, USB Integration and Dramatic New Exterior Color
Award-winning eight-passenger Honda SUV has class-leading fuel-economy ratings and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick    
2013 Honda Pilot Front 2013 Honda Pilot
After receiving an extensive mid-cycle refresh for 2012 that included more refined styling, fuel efficiency improvements and upgraded feature content, the Honda Pilot returns for 2013 as the most fuel-efficient and flexible eight-passenger SUV. The Pilot combines family-friendly features with excellent EPA fuel economy ratings (25 mpg highway on 2-wheel-drive (2WD) models), and solid towing capability (4,500 pounds1 on 4-wheel drive models (4WD) models). Upscale exterior and interior designs, advanced electronics and safety features and a choice of 2WD or 4WD, makes Honda's Pilot a truly versatile transportation solution. The 2013 Honda Pilot goes on sale September 6, and pricing begins at $29,4202.
For 2013, the Pilot offers a significant number of new standard features, including Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, USB integration, high-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), automatic climate controls and a standard rearview camera. Also new for 2013 is a dramatic Obsidian Blue Pearl exterior color (replacing Bali Blue Pearl).
As in previous years, the Pilot is available in LX, EX, EX-L (leather) and Touring trim levels, with a Honda Satellite-Linked4 Navigation System™ and a Rear Entertainment System available on the EX-L model and standard on the Touring model. All 2013 Pilots are powered by a refined 250-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with VCM that includes numerous measures for reducing friction and improving fuel efficiency.

Models and Features

As with the prior model year, the 2013 Pilot is available in four model choices (LX, EX, EX-L and Touring), and each is offered in either a 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive configuration.
Standard 2013 Honda Pilot features include:
  • Simplified center stack
  • High-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
  • Rearview camera display
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 2GB CD-Library
  • Album artwork display
  • User-loadable wallpaper function
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Bluetooth® Audio
  • USB connection
Pilot LX
Standard comfort and convenience features on the Pilot LX include a tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration, high-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Bluetooth® Audio, USB connection, rearview camera, tilt and telescope steering column, cruise control, power windows with auto-up/down driver's and passenger's window, power door and tailgate locks, AM/FM/CD stereo system with seven speakers including a subwoofer and Radio Data System (RDS), AAC audio file playback capability from data discs to the CD player, trip computer, heat-rejecting tinted glass, integrated Class III tow-hitch receiver, and more.

Pilot EX
The Pilot EX adds a power driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment with lumbar support, security system, XM5 Radio®, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, alloy wheels, fog lights, exterior temperature indicator, HomeLink® Remote System, 2 GB CD Library (CD-L), and more.

Pilot EX-L
Additional Pilot EX-L features include leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heated front seats, 4-way power front passenger's seat, one-touch power moonroof, a power tailgate, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror and the availability of either the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 or the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System with a 9-inch screen. The addition of the rear entertainment system also adds a 115-volt power outlet in the center console.

Pilot EX-L with Navigation
The Pilot EX-L with Navigation adds an upgraded navigation system with a high-resolution VGA display and an internal hard drive. Additional features include FM Traffic, Song by Voice™, rearview camera with a multi-view display and a Multi-Information Display in the center of the gauge cluster.

Pilot Touring
The top-of-the-line Pilot Touring includes the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 with rearview camera, a Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink® and Audio Streaming (with selected phones), the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System, 2-position memory seats, roof rails, corner and backup sensors, side-mirror integrated turn indicators and more.
Colors available for 2013 include Alabaster Silver Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl (replaces Bali Blue Pearl), Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Taffeta White, White Diamond Pearl and Dark Amber Metallic. Fabric and leather interior color choices, which are matched to selected exterior colors, include beige, black or gray.

Power comes from an advanced 24-valve, all-aluminum V-6 engine with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) technology with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). The VCM system allows the V-6 engine to operate in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4- or 3-cylinder modes for efficiency. The Pilot has an EPA3 city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 17/24/20 mpg on 4-wheel-drive models and 18/25/21 mpg on 2-wheel-drive models. This gives the 2013 Pilot 2WD the highest fuel economy rating of any 8-passenger SUV and the Pilot 4WD the highest fuel economy rating for any mid-size 4WD SUV.
Engine friction-reduction technologies including a plateau-honed engine block, low-friction piston treatments, ion-plated piston rings and 0W-20 oil contribute to the high fuel efficiency. Additional fuel efficiency-enhancing measures include the use of a load-variable alternator, high-efficiency spark plugs and a wide VCM operating range.

The 5-speed automatic transmission features Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when going uphill or downhill, thereby avoiding gear "hunting." The available VTM-4 system on Pilot 4WD models adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability. VTM-4 delivers seamless, "decision-free" application of 4-wheel-drive when needed, a key benefit compared to conventional systems. The system also provides a "lock mode" – available when in first or second gear up to 18 mph and activated by a button on the instrument panel – that can deliver the maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid in extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.

The Pilot's grille and front fascia feature a distinctive 3-bar horizontal design, while multi-reflector halogen headlights and integrated turn signals contribute to the premium look. A front air dam and optimized strakes (the rectangular air deflector in front of the wheels) help reduce unwanted air turbulence, which can help improve fuel efficiency. The Pilot EX and above models have a 5-spoke, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel design, while Pilot Touring alloy wheels feature an exclusive 6-spoke design with a high-contrast machined surface. Pilot LX models are equipped with 17-inch styled-steel wheels.

The tailgate features a lift-up glass hatch for convenient access to the rearmost cargo area. The model's 18.0 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row matches or exceeds the trunk space of a typical large sedan and can accommodate items as large as a mid-size cooler or a folded stroller. For maximum cargo space, the second and third rows fold flat into the floor to provide sufficient width for 4-foot-wide items.

The cargo area has a hidden storage well that provides 2.8 cu-ft. of additional space and can combine with the above-floor storage area by securing the hinged cover against the seatback. The Pilot Touring also provides a load-supporting cargo net (20 lbs. maximum weight) to further subdivide the rear cargo area. In exterior dimensions, the 2013 Pilot is 78.5 inches wide, 71.0 inches tall (72.7 inches for Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring), and features a 109.2-inch wheelbase and 67.7-inch front / 67.5-inch rear track. Overall length is 191.4 inches, while ground clearance is 7.97 inches.

The suspension is a fully independent system with front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link with trailing arm designs that contribute to responsive driving characteristics for an SUV. The 109.2-inch wheelbase facilitates a smooth ride. A tight turning diameter of 37.9 feet aids maneuverability in tight parking situations.

Advanced chassis features that directly benefit fuel efficiency include a variable-displacement power steering pump, low-rolling-resistance tires, and low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes. Finely tuned aerodynamics, the front strakes, splash shields and inner fenders, and minimal frontal area also contribute to improved fuel efficiency.

Sophisticated interior styling, high-quality materials and advanced electronic features provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for passengers in all three rows of seating. Standard features include 16 different seating configurations, 60/40 split-folding second- and third-row seats, and generous cargo room, plus an estimated fuel-economy display, three voice-recognition languages, and an intuitive audio interface.

For 2013, the Pilot LX and EX add a simplified center stack that was previously exclusive to EX-L and Touring models. The upgrade means that all Pilot models now include a high-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with rearview camera display (multi-angle on EX-L and Touring), iPod album artwork display and user-loadable wallpaper function, plus Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, USB connection and automatic climate controls. The Pilot EX and EX-L models include a 2GB CD Library (CD-L), while Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring models additionally include a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and tri-zone automatic climate control.
The latest version of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 offers 60 GB of total system memory (includes 15 GB allocated for user media) and voice recognition for three languages. The system uses multiple global positioning satellites covering all of the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. Its included FM Traffic feature provides free, continuous updates on traffic and incidents, helping drivers avoid gridlock. The hard drive can store thousands of minutes of music, which is accessible by simple voice commands using the Song By Voice™ feature. Additionally, 2013 Pilot models with navigation feature a multi-view rear camera (wide view, normal view and top-down view), with the image displayed on the navigation screen for convenient parking help when in Reverse.

Adding to the comfort level of the 2013 Pilot is pleasingly low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Enhanced body seam sealing around the unit-body connection points, and specially tuned rear suspension sub-frame mounts, result in lower noise levels in the passenger cabin. Other specific NVH countermeasures include body-seam sealants to reduce air leaks, enhanced pillar separators, revised insulation materials and acoustic windshield glass on all models.

Interior dimensions include front headroom of 40.0 inches for Pilot LX and EX (39.3 inches for moonroof-equipped Pilot EX-L and Touring), second-row headroom of 39.8 inches and third-row headroom of 38.2 inches. Legroom is 41.4 inches in front, 38.5 inches for the second row, and 32.1 inches for the third row. Passenger volumes are 153.7 cu-ft. for Pilot LX and EX (152.7 cu-ft. for Pilot EX-L and Touring), and the cargo volume is 87.0 cu-ft. total (47.7 cu-ft. behind second-row seats and 18.0 cu-ft. behind third-row seats).

Safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that helps reduce the amount of crash energy reaching the passenger compartment in a frontal collision and can enhance frontal collision compatibility. Additional standard safety equipment includes 3-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver's and front passenger's front and side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active front seat head restraints and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist. Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is standard on all models.

Awards, Accolades and Ratings
From building initial quality impressions to providing fun-to-drive character with lasting durability and reliability, the Pilot carries forward the essential DNA that defines all Honda vehicles. These traits have earned the redesigned Pilot multiple awards, including "Family Car of the Year" from Cars.com, which took special note of the Pilot's size, roominess, efficiency and versatility. The Pilot also took the top spot in the "USA Today, MotorWeek and
Cars.com $37k and Under SUV Shootout," which touted it as "the perfect SUV for buyers who want to comfortably haul the entire family and all of their gear." And finally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the Pilot as a "2012 Top Safety Pick."

The Pilot is assembled from domestic and globally sourced parts at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda R&D Americas designed and developed the Pilot in Raymond, Ohio, and Torrance, California.

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1 Requires surge-type or electric trailer brakes, available Honda accessory towing package with automatic transmission cooler and hitch ball. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended when towing above 3,500 lbs. Towing capacity for Pilot 2WD without automatic transmission cooler is 2,000 lbs.
2 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
3 Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
4 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the Pilot EX-L model and standard on the Pilot Touring model in the United States, except Alaska. Please see the navigation system manual for details.
5 Required XM Radio subscription sold separately after 90-day trial period. Subscriptions are governed by the XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com/serviceterms.
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