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2019 Honda Clarity Wins Cars.com 2019 Eco-Friendly Award

Cars.com has recognized Honda’s environmental leadership this Earth Day by naming the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid the winner of its 2019 Eco-Friendly Award. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, with an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 47 and a total driving range of 340 miles, is America’s top-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The 2019 Civic EX earned runner-up status, with Cars.com noting its exceptionally fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid also beat out theToyota RAV4 Hybrid and 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV in earning top environmental status. For this award, Cars.com considers all vehicles that reduce consumption and/or minimize the release of carbon and pollutants, regardless of fuel type.

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is part of a family of electrified midsize five-passenger vehicles that also includes battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell, all on one model platform, offering Honda customers an array of electrified vehicle choices to suit their individual tastes and driving needs.

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2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Arrives at Select Dealerships

  • Clarity Fuel Cell received a 360-mile driving range rating and offers quick refueling
  • Vehicle qualifies for $5,000 California state rebate, single-occupant HOV access
  • Honda intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030

Arriving at select dealerships in California beginning April 16, 2019, the 2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell received an emissions-free 360-mile driving range rating1 and offers quick refueling at an exceptionally competitive lease price of $379 per month. The Clarity’s spacious and sophisticated interior offers ample room for five, and every Clarity Fuel Cell comes standard with advanced technology, such as the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.

“The Clarity Fuel Cell is a compelling choice for customers who want to be on the leading edge of our low-carbon future in a practical vehicle, with premium features and at no compromise to range or refueling times,” said Steven Center, vice president of auto sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The 2019 Clarity Fuel Cell has a 360 mile EPA driving range rating, making it one of the highest rated zero-emission light-duty vehicles in America, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. In addition, the Clarity Fuel Cell received a 68 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) EPA combined fuel economy rating1, the highest rating for any light-duty fuel cell vehicle sold in America, and can be refueled in approximately three to five minutes using 70 MPa refueling stations.

Retail leasing of the Clarity Fuel Cell is available through a network of 12 approved Honda dealerships in select California markets, including six dealerships in Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange County areas), five in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one in the Sacramento area. The Clarity Fuel Cell offers a competitive lease price of $379 per month for 36 months with $2,878 due at signing2 with California customers eligible for a $5,000 rebate3. The lease terms include an attractive mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of access to a luxury vehicle from Avis while in California, 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for California’s Clean Air Vehicle Stickers to allow single-occupant HOV access4.

Honda has invested more than $14 million in California’s hydrogen refueling network.  With nearly 40 retail hydrogen stations across the state, it’s now more convenient than ever before to quickly refuel the Clarity Fuel Cell. Honda intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series, along with the Accord Hybrid and Insight.

Honda Clarity Series
As the next progression of Honda’s dynamic styling for electrified products, each model in the Clarity series – Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric – has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements, including differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps and 18-inch alloy wheel designs. Each Clarity series vehicle also boasts a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials.

Offering Honda’s “fun-to-drive” DNA, each Clarity variant provides a refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® integration, and the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies.

With three different powertrains and luxury packaging, this shared “3-in-1” platform strategy is enabling Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs, and will take Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products that will help reduce CO2 emissions.

For More Information
Additional media information, including detailed pricing, features and high-resolution photography, is available at https://hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/Fuel-Cell. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

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 Clarity Series Wins 2019 MotorWeek “Drivers’ Choice Award” for Best Eco-Friendly Vehicle

The 2019 Honda Clarity series was voted as the Best Eco-Friendly vehicle by MotorWeek in its annual “Drivers’ Choice Awards.” For the awards, MotorWeek evaluates vehicles from a buyer’s perspective with considerations such as value and reliability while also factoring current trends and innovations. More information about the 2019 awards can be found at motorweek.org/reviews/drivers_choice_awards.

The Honda Clarity series of midsize five-passenger electrified vehicles is available as a plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, and battery electric vehicle on one model platform, offering Honda customers an array of electrified vehicle choices to suit their individual tastes and driving needs.

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Honda Named 2019 ‘Best Value in America: Passenger Car Brand’ by Vincentric with 2019 Honda Fit, Accord Hybrid and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Topping their Categories

Honda has been named 2019 “Best Value in America” in the Passenger Car category by automotive analysis firm Vincentric in their annual “Best Value in America” awards. Together with the overall passenger car award, the 2019 Honda Fit won in the Subcompact Hatchback category, the 2019 Accord Hybrid topped the Hybrid segment and the 2019 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid beat out all competition as the best Electric/Plug-in Hybrid.

Winners of the Vincentric awards are determined by a cost of ownership analysis that factors depreciation, fuel and maintenance costs plus other factors. More information about the Vincentric 2019 “Best Value in America” awards can be found at vincentric.com/Home/Best-Value-Awards.

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Honda Finishes 2018 as the Retail #1 Passenger Car Brand for the First Time

Passenger cars drive Honda’s leadership and appeal with young and first-time buyers and a growing multicultural customer base

With retail passenger car sales totaling 667,762 units in 2018, Honda was the retail best-selling passenger car brand in America in 2018 – a first in the brand’s 49-year history – according to just-released retail sales data from Urban Science. Leading the charge was the Honda Civic, which continues to dominate as the retail #1 car in America for the third straight year. Civic also led all cars and light trucks in share of all-important millennial, Gen Z and first-time new vehicle buyers1.

Accord also finished the year on a strong note, leading retail sales in the midsize car segment for the second half of 2018, while also joining Civic as the top two most popular models with first-time retail consumers, according to data from Strategic Vision.

“Passenger cars are a key part of Honda’s brand power and will remain an absolutely essential part of our business,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division & general manager of the Honda brand. “The Honda Civic and Accord play an outsized role in attracting first-time buyers, young buyers and a growing population of multicultural consumers to Honda.”

Honda’s full-year passenger car sales results were boosted by all-time record retail sales of electrified Honda models, led by the Accord Hybrid, Insight compact hybrid sedan and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

Honda also set its fourth consecutive record year for light truck sales in 2018, with big gains from the Pilot, record sales of CR-V, and continued leadership by Odyssey as the retail #1 minivan in America, now nine years running.

Laying the Foundation for Honda’s Future
Passenger cars capture 55 percent of first-time car buyers, according to data from Strategic Vision’s New Vehicle Experience survey, and Honda captures the most first-time new vehicle buyers of any brand in America, spearheaded by Civic and Accord as the #1 and #2 vehicles in the industry among first-time buyers. Civic also has captured the most millennial buyers in every year since 2011, with Accord consistently in the top three among millennial buyers, while Civic also leads the industry in sales to Gen Z customers.

Further, demonstrating leadership among multi-cultural buyers, Civic was recently recognized by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers and IHS Markit for having the highest ethnic volume for the 2018 model year2, an award Honda has won for three straight years.

Honda loyalty also measures at the top of the industry, and that leadership in retention extends to millennial and multicultural buyers, helping Honda create a great opportunity to build lifetime customers for the brand.

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 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 lineup 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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Statement by American Honda Regarding Fuel Cell Voltage Misdetection Recall: 2017-2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

  • 1,082 vehicles affected in the United States, all in California
  • Fuel Cell ECU software will be updated, free of charge
  • No reports of crashes or injuries related to the defect

Honda will voluntarily recall 1,082 model-year 2017-2018 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in the United States to update the Fuel Cell Electronic Control Unit (ECU) software, free of charge. In the U.S., the Clarity Fuel Cell is currently exclusively available for lease in California, and all affected vehicles will require the free repair at one of the twelve authorized Honda Fuel Cell dealers in the state. Honda has received no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fuel Cell ECU software responsible for monitoring voltage in the fuel cell stack may misinterpret a minor voltage variance and erroneously shut down the fuel cell stack in response, resulting in an unexpected loss of motive power, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda announced a recall in February 2018 to address a similar issue with the software in the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle, but three subsequent consumer reports of loss of motive power revealed the potential for a misinterpretation of voltage variation in an area of the fuel cell not anticipated by the earlier software update.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage lessees of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized Honda Fuel Cell dealer as soon as possible for repair. Mailed notification to lessees will occur in mid-February 2019. Clarity Fuel Cell lessees can also determine if their vehicles require repair by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Honda Clarity Series Earns Coalition for Clean Air 2018 California Air Quality Award

The Honda Clarity series was awarded the 2018 California Air Quality Award for Corporate Environmental Stewardship by the Coalition for Clean Air for proving drivers can reduce or even eliminate tailpipe emissions without sacrificing style, comfort or performance. The Coalition for Clean Air is a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of technology, laws and environmental practices, helping promote clean, healthy air for California. So far in 2018, 56 percent of Clarity sales have been in California.1

“The Coalition for Clean Air is proud to recognize Honda with a California Air Quality Award. By leading the way in fuel efficiency among all major carmakers and committing to having two-thirds of its global automobile sales to be electrified vehicles by 2030, Honda has set a gold standard for others to follow,” said Dr. Joseph K. Lyou, president and CEO at Coalition for Clean Air.

The Honda Clarity series is composed of the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, available nationwide, 2018 Clarity Electric, available in select markets in California and Oregon, and 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell, available in select markets in California.

Honda Clarity Series 
The Clarity series – Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric – has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements and standard Honda Sensing®. Each Clarity variant has a spacious five-seat interior, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials, Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, and no-compromise trunk space. Offering Honda “fun-to-drive” DNA, the Clarity series provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration.

The Clarity series shared “3-in-1” platform strategy enables Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs and takes Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products to help reduce CO2 emissions.

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Honda Offers 2018 Clarity Electric Monthly Lease Payment of $199

  • Clarity Electric eligible for $2,500 California and Oregon state rebate
  • Model eligible for California Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing single occupant HOV access

The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric arrives at select California and Oregon Honda dealerships today, competitively lease priced at $199 per month. With a spacious five-person interior, premium appointments, and standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies, the Clarity is a smart choice for customers in search of a roomy, sophisticated and affordable all-electric daily driver. The Clarity series was chosen as Green Car Journal‘s 2018 Green Car of the Year and Edmunds‘ Most Innovative Car in its 2018 CES Tech Driven Awards.

Combined with the 2018 Accord Hybrid and the soon-to-launch 2019 Insight, the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid represent the next generation of Honda vehicles, as the company advances toward its goal of growing electrified vehicles to two-thirds of global sales by 2030.

“We’re upping the ante on both premium appeal and affordability with the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric,” said Steven Center, vice president of Connected and Environmental Business Development at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “At $199 a month, Clarity Electric consumers will not only get a very affordable zero-emissions driving experience, they’ll also enjoy a level of premium quality and driving refinement that really no other electric car in the segment can match.”

The 2018 Clarity Electric sedan is available for lease at select dealerships in California and Oregon with the competitive monthly payment of $199 (plus tax) for 36 months, which includes an attractive allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance. The lease, which reflects a built-in federal tax credit, requires $1,499 due at signing (not including tax, registration or additional fees).1 In addition, consumers from California or Oregon may qualify for state rebates of $2,500.2The Clarity Electric is eligible for California-issued Clean Air Vehicle Stickers that provide single occupant HOV access.

The Clarity Electric gets up to an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes with DC Fast Charging (SAE combo).The Clarity Electric is one of the only electric vehicles to have DC Fast Charging standard. Level 2 charging gives Clarity Electric drivers the flexibility to charge their battery in just 3.5 hours at home, office or anywhere there’s a 240-volt charger.3 The Clarity Electric has an EPA fuel economy rating of 126/103/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined)4 and an 89 mile EPA range rating on a full charge.4

Honda Clarity Series
The Clarity series – Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric – has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements and standard Honda Sensing. Each Clarity variant has a spacious five-passenger interior, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials, Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and no-compromise trunk space. Offering Honda “fun-to-drive” DNA, the Clarity series provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration.

The Clarity series shared “3-in-1” platform strategy enables Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs and takes Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products help reduce CO2 emissions.

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2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Arrives at Select Dealerships

  • Clarity Fuel Cell qualifies for $5,000 state rebate
  • Model eligible for California Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing single occupant HOV access
  • Clarity Fuel Cells 366-mile driving range rating is the highest of any zero-emission vehicle

The 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell arrived at select Honda dealerships today, competitively lease priced at $369 per month. With a spacious and sophisticated five-occupant interior, advanced alternative-fuel powertrains and long list of standard features, including the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, the Clarity series was chosen as Green Car Journals 2018 Green Car of the Year and Edmunds Most Innovative Car in its 2018 CES Tech Driven Awards.

“Customers interested in being part of the electrified future have a great choice with the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell,” said Steven Center, vice president of Connected and Environmental Business Development at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Hondas approach is to create electrified vehicles that people want to drive – with appealing styling, a premium and spacious cabin, and an engaging driving performance.”

Coupled with the 2018 Accord Hybrid and the recently announced 2019 Insight, the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid represent the next generation of Honda vehicles, as the company advances toward its aim to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds of global sales by 2030.

The Clarity Fuel Cell is competitively lease priced at $369 per month for 36 months with $2,868 due at signingi with California customers eligible for a $5,000 rebate.iiThe lease terms include an attractive mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of access to a luxury vehicle from Avis while in California,iii 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for Californias Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing single occupant HOV access.2 In addition, the Clarity Fuel Cell has the highest EPA driving range rating of any zero-emission light-duty vehicle in America, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, with a 366-mile range rating and fuel economy rating of 68 combined MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent).iv The Clarity Fuel Cell has a refueling time of approximately three to five minutes using 70 MPa refueling stations.

Retail leasing of the Clarity Fuel Cell is available through a network of 12 approved Honda dealerships in select California markets, including six dealerships in Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange County areas), five in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one in the Sacramento area. Honda will continue to invest in its fuel cell vehicle dealer network as the network of public hydrogen fueling stations expands.

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Consumer information is available at http://www.automobiles.honda.com/clarity.

Honda Clarity Series
As the next progression of Honda’s dynamic styling for electrified products, the Clarity series, Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric, has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements, including its own special hero color, and differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps, non-compromised trunk space, Honda Sensing standard and 18-inch alloy wheel designs. Combined with elegant and advanced exterior styling, each Clarity series vehicle has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials.

Offering Honda’s “fun-to-drive” DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration, and the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies.

With three different powertrains and luxury packaging, this shared “3-in-1” platform strategy is enabling Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs, and will take Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products that will help reduce CO2 emissions.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information, including detailed pricing, features and high-resolution photography of all 2018 Honda models, is available at hondanews.com. 

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, 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.

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Honda Clarity Series and CR-V Honored as the Most Innovative Car and SUV By 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards

Reflecting Honda’s progressive approach to design and technology, the editors at Edmunds.com named the 2018 CR-V and all-new Clarity series the Most Innovative SUV and Car of the Year, respectively, in the 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards.

“With wins in two of six categories, it is clear that pushing the boundaries of automotive innovation is in Honda’s DNA,” said Alistair Weaver, Edmunds editor-in-chief. “Both the forward-thinking Honda Clarity and class-leading Honda CR-V are prime examples of how Honda innovates with buyers in mind, and makes advanced technology features that are both easy to use and accessible beyond high priced luxury vehicles.”

The Honda Clarity series was recognized by Edmunds’ editors for its leading-edge approach to electrified powertrain technology: “With options including pure electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell models, the 2018 Honda Clarity provides unmatched flexibility when it comes to alternative fuel choices, and proves that innovative design can push the industry further toward a future using renewable energy.”

The experts at Edmunds praised the 2018 CR-V for its packaging, efficiency and innovation, saying “the 2018 Honda CR-V offers advanced driver assistance technologies and active safety features at an affordable price point, a rarity among SUVs. Coupled with other outstanding features such as a deftly balanced ride and handling, class-leading fuel economy ratings, and a large and clever storage space, the CR-V is a winner.”

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