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2020 Honda Pilot Launches with New Line-Topping Black Edition Trim

  • New Black Edition adds exclusive exterior and interior styling enhancements
  • Honda Sensing® standard on all trim levels, plus available HondaLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, CabinTalk™ and CabinControl™ app
  • Honda i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive available on all trims

Fresh from a thorough style and technology update for model year 2019, the 2020 Honda Pilot begins arriving in dealerships tomorrow with the addition of a new Black Edition trim. Positioned at the top of the Pilot lineup and with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $49,620, the new Black Edition features exclusive styling touches that distinguish it from the rest of the Pilot family.

The 2020 Pilot Black Edition is based on the Elite trim and features numerous exterior and interior styling enhancements. Like the similar Honda Ridgeline Black Edition, the Pilot Black Edition comes exclusively in Crystal Black Pearl paint and includes Black Edition badges on the grille and tailgate. Pilot Black Edition also includes black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, and blackout treatments for the grille, headlight trim, side trim, door handles, window trim and fog light accents. Inside, there is red accent lighting for the dash, doors and center console, with red accent stitching on the front and second row captain’s chairs, door panels and steering wheel. The Black Edition logo is embossed on front seats and floor mats, and the front and second-row seats also get a red accent to the perforated leather seating surface.

The 2020 Pilot LX with standard 2-wheel drive carries a starting MSRP of $31,550 (excluding $1,095 destination and handling) and comes with the full suite of Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive systems as standard equipment. The all-wheel drive Pilot LX carries a starting MSRP of $33,550 and adds Honda’s exclusive i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

The aggressive new styling introduced to Pilot last year emphasizes its capabilities while highlighting the state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly character that has made it one of the most popular midsize three-row SUVs. Pilot also remains one of the few models in its segment to offer eight seats (seven with the optional second-row Captain’s Chairs), with available three-person capacity in both the second and third rows. Third row access is made simple and easy by the available One-Touch Walk-In feature. In addition to standard Honda Sensing, technology highlights include an available 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, CabinTalk™ in-vehicle public address system, wireless smartphone charging, and a hands-free power tailgate. Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims feature 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi capability/compatibility, enabling expanded subscription-based HondaLink® services that include Amazon Key In-Car Delivery2, geo-fencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.3

The 2020 Pilot’s robust off-road and all-weather driving capabilities are assisted by Honda’s available intelligent Variable Torque Management system (i-VTM4®) with true torque-vectoring. Standard on all AWD trims, i-VTM4® uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulically-actuated rear differential to apportion engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits are superior all-weather handling, and neutral, accurate steering under power.

2020 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

TRIM / DRIVETRAIN TRANSMISSION MSRP1 MSRP4
Including $1,095 Destination
Charge
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings 
(City/Hwy/Combined)5
Pilot LX (2WD) 6AT $31,550  $32,645  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot LX (AWD) 6AT $33,550  $34,645  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX (2WD) 6AT $34,430  $35,525  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX (AWD) 6AT $36,430  $37,525  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX-L (2WD) 6AT $37,860  $38,955  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX-L (AWD) 6AT $39,860  $40,955  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (2WD) 6AT $39,860  $40,955  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (AWD) 6AT $41,860  $42,955  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot Touring
(2WD)
9AT $42,620  $43,715  20 / 27 / 23 
Pilot Touring
(AWD)
9AT $44,620  $45,715  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs
(2WD)
9AT $42,920  $44,015  20 / 27 / 23 
Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs
(AWD)
9AT $44,920  $46,015  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Elite
(AWD)
9AT $48,120  $49,215  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Black Edition
(AWD)
9AT $49,620  $50,715  19 / 26 / 22 

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

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Honda to Offer Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery for Eligible HondaLink® Remote Services Subscribers

  • Key by Amazon allows Honda customers with Amazon Prime memberships in 50 cities and surrounding areas to securely receive deliveries in their vehicles
  • Enhanced ownership benefits through HondaLink® Remote Package
  • Available on select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid, Insight, Passport, Pilot and Odyssey

Starting today, Honda is offering Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery service for subscribers of its HondaLink® Remote Services connected-car system. Through the Key by Amazon app, owners of select Honda vehicles with compatible HondaLink®Remote Package and Amazon Prime membership can now opt to have their packages delivered to their vehicles.

“The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery to our HondaLink Remote Package of in-vehicle services comes at no additional cost to subscribers, yet another way we are creating new value for Honda customers,” said Daniel Tiet, project leader, connected business development for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This latest addition to HondaLink provides a new service, heightening the Honda owner experience in this increasingly connected world.”

How Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery Works

Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery is available at no additional cost to owners of select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid and Insight sedans, Passport and Pilot SUVs, and Odyssey minivan with a HondaLink® Remote Package subscription. Customers must also be Prime members and located in one of 50 cities and surrounding areas supported by the Key service. For more information on supported locations, please visit Amazon.com/keyforcar.

Members download the Key by Amazon app to their smartphone, log-in with their Amazon.com account information, and then select the year, make, and model of their Honda. The Key by Amazon app requests the user’s HondaLink® credentials, which enables Amazon delivery agents limited use of the remote features through HondaLink®. Once setup is complete and a delivery location is registered, customers can shop on Amazon.com and select the “In-Car” delivery option at checkout.

On delivery day, customers should park within two blocks of their selected delivery address. Customers will receive a 4-hour delivery window and an “Arriving Now” notification when the delivery driver is headed to their vehicle. Once Amazon determines that the customer’s car is within range of the delivery address, the driver will locate the car using its GPS location. After the vehicle is identified, the driver scans the package and requests for the vehicle to be unlocked. The driver then places the package inside the car and requests for the vehicle to be relocked. Once the in-car delivery is completed, customers receive a notification from the Key by Amazon app letting them know that their car is locked and their package is waiting inside.

For a limited time, Amazon customers will receive a $10 Amazon gift card after placing their first In-Car Delivery order.

Honda Models Available with Key by Amazon In-Car

Model Trim Model Years
Accord Touring 2018-2019
Accord Hybrid Touring 2018-2019
Insight Touring 2019-2020
Odyssey Touring and Elite 2018-2019
Passport Touring and Elite 2019
Pilot Touring and Elite 2019

HondaLink®

HondaLink® is Honda’s cloud-based connected car system, which links owners’ compatible smartphones and data packages to their Honda’s embedded telematics system. The subscription-based HondaLink® system works any time the phone and the vehicle both have a data connection, and allows Honda owners a wide range of features and functionality. Basic and Link services are complimentary, with Security, Remote and Concierge services available for an additional charge after a trial period.

The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery expands the already robust capabilities of the smartphone-based HondaLink®service and app, offering a wide variety of complementary services, such as the ability to make service appointments, get roadside assistance, and receive recall and vehicle notifications directly on the driver’s smartphone. Additional HondaLink services available on a subscription basis include geofencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.1

HondaLink® Services by Package1

Basic (Complimentary)
Vehicle Guides
Recall Notifications
Service Appointments
Roadside Assistance
Link (Complimentary)
Dashboard
Vehicle Notifications
Favorites
Send Destination
Security ($89/year after 12-month complimentary period)
Automatic Collision Notification
Emergency Call
Personal Data Wipe
Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Remote ($110/year after 3-month trial)
Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery (new service)
Remote Start
Remote Lock & Unlock
Geofence Alert
Speed Alert
Security Alarm Alert
Stolen Vehicle Locator
Find My Car
Destination by Voice
Concierge* ($260/year after 3-month trial)
Personal Concierge
*Includes Remote package

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Honda Recognized as ‘Best Overall Brand,’ ‘Best Value Brand’ and ‘Most Refined Brand’ in 2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards

Kelley Blue Book has chosen Honda as America’s “Best Value Brand” for the fifth year in a row, also naming Honda the “Best Overall Brand” and “Most Refined Brand” for a second straight year.

Kelley Blue Book noted that its “Best Overall Brand” for the 2019 Brand Image Awards went to Honda in part because of the high quality across Honda’s broad product lineup and its commitment to offering vehicles for first-time buyers and loyal owners alike. With its “Best Value Brand” award, Kelley Blue Book called out the class-above amenities in Civic, Accord, CR-V and Pilot, also noting that Honda had eight vehicles in its top 15 in refinement, leading to the “Most Refined Brand” award.

The Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards recognize automobile manufacturers’ successes in fostering and retaining brand attributes that customers appreciate and pay attention to when considering the purchase of a new vehicle.

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Associate Uses Pilot’s License to Serve Critically Ill Patients

Ashley Hayes’ hobby choice puts her in rarefied air

Ashley Hayes let her career at Honda Aircraft Company lead to a passion for aviation outside of work as well. Becoming a pilot, Hayes then incorporated her new skill into a unique way to support organizations serving the critically ill.

“I always thought it might be cool to fly, but I hadn’t considered piloting an aircraft until I got to Honda Aircraft and watched one being built,” said Hayes, who is featured in the latest installment of the What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Hondavideo series. “I thought, If I can learn how to fly one, maybe I can help build one better,” she said.

Women represent only six percent of aircraft pilots in America, but that didn’t deter Hayes. She approaches new challenges with passion and drive, whether it is getting her private pilot’s license or using that license to support community organizations in her local community.

“Being a pilot is an awesome career for women to get into, because there’s such a need for pilots,” said Hayes. She currently works in technology operations where she supports production of the HondaJet.

Hayes volunteers for several organizations including Angel Flight, which helps transport critically ill patients to medical appointments at no charge.

“That’s just what we do at Honda. We take care of each other and we take care of our community,” said Hayes.

The Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda associates exemplify the company’s commitment to The Power of Dreams, a global theme that encourages Honda associates to conceive ideas that will create new value for customers and society and then show the determination required to bring those dreams to life. In addition, the video series spotlights the inspiring efforts of Honda associates in their work and in the community.

The Who Makes a Honda video featuring Ashley Hayes can be viewed on Honda’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ei6qMc7nt5g.

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Statement by American Honda Regarding Center Pillar Garnish Attachment Recall: 2019 Honda Pilot and Ridgeline

  • 403 vehicles are affected in the United States
  • Right center pillar garnishes, which may interfere with side curtain airbag deployment, will be secured, for free
  • No reports of related injuries

American Honda will voluntarily recall 403 Honda Pilot and Ridgeline vehicles from the 2019 model year in the United States to secure the right center pillar garnish, for free.

Affected vehicles may have larger than specified mounting holes for the clip that secures the right center pillar (B-pillar) garnish, an interior cover just behind the passenger-side front door. In the event of a crash necessitating right side curtain airbag deployment, the clip may not hold the center pillar garnish in position and may potentially interfere with side curtain airbag deployment. This interference may not comply with certain federal requirements and may increase the risk of occupant injury. Honda has received no reports of injuries related to this condition.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in mid-January 2019. Owners of these models can also determine if their specific vehicles are included in the recall by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Honda Dominates 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards

  • Civic owns Compact Car category with fifth straight win
  • Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey all lead their segments for 4th time
  • Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is repeat winner in Electric/Hybrid Car category

Honda cars and light-trucks once again dominated the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards for 2019. Leading the industry with six categories of wins including Civic, which took top honors for a fifth straight time, Honda maintains an unbroken winning streak in the Compact Car category since KBB launched its Best Buy Awards in 2015. Additionally, Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey have won their respective categories four times in the past five years, while the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid received a second straight award – the best buy in the Electric/Hybrid category.

Honda’s 2019 KBB Best Buy Award wins include:

  • 2019 Honda Civic: Compact Car – KBB noted Civic for its fuel efficient engines, affordable price, reliability, and retained value. (5-time winner)
  • 2019 Honda Accord: Midsize Car – praised for being “the most sophisticated, most advanced, and most impressive automobile not wearing a luxury badge”. (4-time winner)
  • 2019 Honda CR-V: Compact SUV – accolades for CR-V include its appeal with first-time buyers and those looking for mainstream luxury. (4-time winner)
  • 2019 Honda Pilot: Midsize SUV – Pilot’s family friendly attention to detail helped it win this category against stiff new competition. (4-time winner)
  • 2019 Honda Odyssey: Minivan – KBB praised Odyssey for its numerous safety features and family-friendly design. (4-time winner)
  • 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Electric/Hybrid Car – touted for its excellent driving dynamics, KBB recognized the Clarity’s flexibility and appeal with EV fans and road trippers alike. (2-time winner)

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards are the result of a year-long process of expert evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in the U.S. Criteria include vehicle pricing, 5-Year Cost-to-Own data, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information.

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Trucks and Electrified Vehicles Spark Strong October Sales for American Honda

  • American Honda trucks gain 6.5% to set new October record
  • Honda electrified vehicles have best month on record, exceeding 6,000 retail sales for second month in a row
  • Honda Pilot sales climb 31% for best October sales; Odyssey rises 15%
  • Acura trucks set new October record, gaining 15%
  • Acura RDX records best October and second best single month in history, jumping 75% 

“With production across our entire Honda and Acura lineups in alignment to meet true consumer demand, we continue to achieve steady and sustainable results as we enter the final two months of the year,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division.

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Honda Associates Navigate 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Ridgeline Across All-Women Rebelle Rally Finish Line

  • Two first-time Honda teams finish among the top five in Crossover Class
  • Honda light trucks’ capability tested across 1,700 miles of Nevada and California desert

Using only compasses and paper maps, two teams of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) associates navigated to a top five finish in the Crossover Class of the 2018 Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation event in the United States. The Ohio-based “Ridgeline Rebels” team #209 of engine test engineer, Maria Guitar, and vehicle safety test engineer, Michelle Klein, drove their 2018 Honda Ridgeline to a fourth place finish. The California-based “Desert Dreamers” team #208 of product planner, Ariel Jen, and senior fabricator, Melanie Morimoto, navigated their 2019 Honda Pilot to a fifth place finish.

The Rebelle Rally is a hybrid of serious competition and the ultimate road trip, spanning over eight days of competition and 1,700 miles across the deserts and backcountry of Nevada and California. It’s not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event where the teams navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint – within set windows of time – using only compasses and paper maps.

“The 2018 Rebelle Rally proved to be an incredibly tough event mentally, physically and spiritually, and the Honda teams did a fantastic job driving their vehicles each day,” said Emily Miller, Rebelle Rally founder. “Both the Pilot and the Ridgeline teams handled each situation professionally, intelligently, and with positive spirits throughout. It was impressive to watch, and we congratulate them and Honda for putting their associates to the ultimate authentic test.”

Demonstrating Honda’s “Challenging Spirit”

As first-time Rebelle Rally competitors, the Honda associates demonstrated a relentless challenging spirit as their navigational accuracy, driving prowess, time management, and endurance were tested.

“On a daily basis, I felt we were living out the Honda core value of the Challenging Spirit,” said Maria Guitar, engine test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “We drove and navigated across different terrains, proving to ourselves and everyone who was watching what the Honda Ridgeline and Pilot were capable of. We pushed ourselves in so many ways, whether it was picking a smart line to drive through the terrain or working together as a team, we grew each day in our abilities.”

Ariel Jen, product planner for Honda R&D Americas, was also proud of her team’s resilience.

“There would be times where I’d be absolutely terrified, but we just had to go for it and do something because there was no other option,” said Jen. “When it’s just you out there with nothing else, and things go wrong, you can’t dwell on the problem. You need to figure out a solution and move forward.”

Empowering Honda Associates

Support for Honda’s first-time Rebelle Rally competitors was a company effort that involved more than two dozen volunteers in California and Ohio. Since preparing for and participating in the Rebelle Rally provided the associates with valuable knowledge and growth experiences in their R&D roles, Honda management agreed to sponsor both first-time teams. Honda supported the associates’ initiative through funding, vehicles, shop space, training opportunities and technical expertise.

“Participating in the Rebelle Rally showed me that there is freedom in taking risks, failing, and learning from your mistakes,” said Michelle Klein, vehicle safety test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “As Mr. Honda said, ‘Instead of being afraid of the challenge and failure, be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing.'”

Showcasing the Honda Pilot and Ridgeline’s Rugged Capability

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Honda Ridgeline remained mostly stock for the rally event, with light modifications for additional durability and safety performance. These modifications included custom skid plates, extra ground clearance, off-road tires, and an interior modified for extra storage of spare tires and other equipment. Both light trucks feature Honda’s highly advanced Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) all-wheel drive system.

“The feedback we got from everyone was how surprised they were by the way the Pilot performed,” said Melanie Morimoto, senior fabricator, Honda R&D Americas. “We got really off track a couple of times and ended up in some extremely rough roads more suited to 4×4 vehicles. The Pilot was a solid ride on the roughest roads.”

Added Klein, “With the Ridgeline’s Sand Mode and capable suspension, we were able to cross steep river beds, climb rocky hills, and have a comfortable ride.”

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Associates Navigate 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Ridgeline Across All-Women Rebelle Rally Finish Line

  • Two first-time Honda teams finish among the top five in Crossover Class
  • Honda light trucks’ capability tested across 1,700 miles of Nevada and California desert

Using only compasses and paper maps, two teams of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) associates navigated to a top five finish in the Crossover Class of the 2018 Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation event in the United States. The Ohio-based “Ridgeline Rebels” team #209 of engine test engineer, Maria Guitar, and vehicle safety test engineer, Michelle Klein, drove their 2018 Honda Ridgeline to a fourth place finish. The California-based “Desert Dreamers” team #208 of product planner, Ariel Jen, and senior fabricator, Melanie Morimoto, navigated their 2019 Honda Pilot to a fifth place finish.

The Rebelle Rally is a hybrid of serious competition and the ultimate road trip, spanning over eight days of competition and 1,700 miles across the deserts and backcountry of Nevada and California. It’s not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event where the teams navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint – within set windows of time – using only compasses and paper maps.

“The 2018 Rebelle Rally proved to be an incredibly tough event mentally, physically and spiritually, and the Honda teams did a fantastic job driving their vehicles each day,” said Emily Miller, Rebelle Rally founder. “Both the Pilot and the Ridgeline teams handled each situation professionally, intelligently, and with positive spirits throughout. It was impressive to watch, and we congratulate them and Honda for putting their associates to the ultimate authentic test.”

Demonstrating Honda’s “Challenging Spirit”

As first-time Rebelle Rally competitors, the Honda associates demonstrated a relentless challenging spirit as their navigational accuracy, driving prowess, time management, and endurance were tested.

“On a daily basis, I felt we were living out the Honda core value of the Challenging Spirit,” said Maria Guitar, engine test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “We drove and navigated across different terrains, proving to ourselves and everyone who was watching what the Honda Ridgeline and Pilot were capable of. We pushed ourselves in so many ways, whether it was picking a smart line to drive through the terrain or working together as a team, we grew each day in our abilities.”

Ariel Jen, product planner for Honda R&D Americas, was also proud of her team’s resilience.

“There would be times where I’d be absolutely terrified, but we just had to go for it and do something because there was no other option,” said Jen. “When it’s just you out there with nothing else, and things go wrong, you can’t dwell on the problem. You need to figure out a solution and move forward.”

Empowering Honda Associates

Support for Honda’s first-time Rebelle Rally competitors was a company effort that involved more than two dozen volunteers in California and Ohio. Since preparing for and participating in the Rebelle Rally provided the associates with valuable knowledge and growth experiences in their R&D roles, Honda management agreed to sponsor both first-time teams. Honda supported the associates’ initiative through funding, vehicles, shop space, training opportunities and technical expertise.

“Participating in the Rebelle Rally showed me that there is freedom in taking risks, failing, and learning from your mistakes,” said Michelle Klein, vehicle safety test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “As Mr. Honda said, ‘Instead of being afraid of the challenge and failure, be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing.'”

Showcasing the Honda Pilot and Ridgeline’s Rugged Capability

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Honda Ridgeline remained mostly stock for the rally event, with light modifications for additional durability and safety performance. These modifications included custom skid plates, extra ground clearance, off-road tires, and an interior modified for extra storage of spare tires and other equipment. Both light trucks feature Honda’s highly advanced Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) all-wheel drive system.

“The feedback we got from everyone was how surprised they were by the way the Pilot performed,” said Melanie Morimoto, senior fabricator, Honda R&D Americas. “We got really off track a couple of times and ended up in some extremely rough roads more suited to 4×4 vehicles. The Pilot was a solid ride on the roughest roads.”

Added Klein, “With the Ridgeline’s Sand Mode and capable suspension, we were able to cross steep river beds, climb rocky hills, and have a comfortable ride.”

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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