The New Civic Hatchback

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback: (Hatch)Back and Better than Ever

If you’re like a lot of people, the first thing you think of when you think of a Civic Hatchback is that sporty looking little number from the 90’s zipping around fastly and furiously in those movies back in the day.

Fast and Furious Wikia
Hey, remember me?

Honda is relaunching the Civic hatchback with a new look, an evolved version of the old school hatchback that were so popular around the turn of the century.  Edgy and exciting, the look of this car is only the beginning.  A sleek, spacious, and adaptable interior, and sporty and quick turbo charged engine, the new Civic hatchback is beyond anything you’ve seen before.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback – see the difference?

You can take a look a look at the new 2017 Civic hatchback on Honda’s site here and keep an eye out for it to hit the ground here in Buffalo in the next couple of weeks.  Call us at Ray Laks Honda – 716 824 6300 – or stop by to check them out soon!

 

Happy National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day!

2017 FCX Clarity
The New Honda FCX Clarity Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle

Today is National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.  In order to raise awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Honda is joining with organizations across America in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day (www.hydrogenfuelcellday.org).  In honor of the day, here is a list of Honda Fuel Cell Vehicle Firsts:

  • The first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel cell vehicle (July 2002)
  • The world’s first production fuel cell vehicle, introduced to the U.S. and Japan (December 2002)
  • The first fuel cell vehicle to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures (2003)
  • The first fuel cell vehicle leased to an individual customer (July 2005)
  • The first manufacturer to build and produce a dedicated fuel cell vehicle (FCX Clarity) on a production line specifically made for fuel cell vehicles (2008)
  • The first manufacturer to create a fuel cell vehicle dealer network (2008)

Honda Commitment to the Environment
Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s energy and environmental concerns. Honda is targeting a 50 percent reduction in its CO2 emissions companywide on a global basis by 2050, compared to 2000 levels.  Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” very soon, Honda will begin introduction of a new generation of the Honda Clarity series of vehicles, with the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle, followed by a new Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017, as Honda strives to realize significant growth in sales of electrified vehicles.

Fall Gas Saving Tips and Tricks

Before your Sunday Fall-Foliage Drive, check out these tips
Before your Sunday Fall-Foliage Drive, check out these tips

Fall and winter driving, believe it or not, is less gas-efficient than spring and winter driving.  The colder air is denser, increasing drag on your car, wreaks havoc on your oil viscosity, and generally makes your car work harder than it does when the weather is warm.  Your tire pressure also decreases, and the less full your tires are, the more your tires surface touches the pavement, increasing friction and again causing your car to use more energy to move you.  So before you go out on your fall foliage tour, here are a few tips from fueleconomy.gov:

 

  • Park your car somewhere sheltered and warmer, such as a garage, to help maintain the temperature of your engine and cabin.
  • Combine trips and errands so that you drive more often with a warm engine.  A warmer engine runs more efficiently, and the energy it takes for your car to warm up is energy wasted on each trip.  That being said –
  • Try not to idle your car too long to warm it up. Honda recommends driving off gently after about 30 seconds. Your engine will heat up faster being driven, which will allow the heat to turn on sooner, and decrease your fuel costs.
  • Don’t overuse window defrosters or seat warmers.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and check them often.
  • Remove accessories that increase wind resistance, like bike and luggage racks, when not in use to streamline your vehicle.
  • If you drive an electric vehicle, preheating the cabin while plugged into the charger can extend your vehicle’s range, and using the seat warmers instead of the cabin heater can save energy extending your vehicles range.

Using these tips will save you money on fuel and maintenance on your vehicle in the colder months ahead.  Check back frequently for more tips and tricks

 

 

Back to School Automotive Tips

People carrying shovels walk in the street beside tall snowbanks in Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Ingrao
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but winter is coming to Buffalo. REUTERS/Aaron Ingrao

This week kids all over Western NY are going back to school, and back to school time is a great time to get a jump on getting your Honda winter-ready. Here are a couple of things you can do to make sure you’re ready when the snow inevitably comes to Buffalo.

Honda Tire
Tires are your cars first line of defense

1)Snow/All-Season Tires: Get your tires checked out, make sure your tread has the proper depth to grip icy or snow covered roads. If the tires on your Honda don’t grip the road properly, other safety features could be compromised. If your tires don’t have the proper tread depth, make sure to swing in to Ray Laks Honda’s Service department for a fresh set of snow shoes for your Honda.

Honda Windshield Wipers
If the roads aren’t clear, you can at least keep your windshield clear with new blades

2)All Season Wipers: You’ve got to be able to see, right? Having fresh wipers on your car is probably the quickest (and easiest) winterization tip, and one of the most important. Having faulty or worn out wiper blades in the driving snow can be dangerous, affecting your vision and ultimately your ability to spot trouble on the winter highways. Stop in to Ray Laks Honda’s Parts Department for fresh wiper blades. Our guys will even put them on for you.

Headlights Clean
Notice a difference?

3)Headlights/Foglights: Make sure your headlights and fog lights are clean and clear.  Again, seeing trouble is the first step towards avoiding it.  There are several off the shelf remedies for this, but our Detail Department would be happy to handle this and any other detailing your car needs.  Speaking of which….

Honda All Season Mats
Honda All Season Mats go a long way towards preserving your cars interior during the winter season.

4)All Season Floor Mats: Honda’s custom fit floor mats will keep your Civic, CRV, or Accords carpet clean by deflecting the salt, slush and sludge that follows you into the car during winter months. These All-Season Mats are available at our Honda Parts Department location in Orchard Park.

Please feel free to Contact Ray Laks Honda at 3590 Southwestern Blvd in Orchard Park, or give us a call at 716-824-6300. Stay safe!