2015 Honda Fit Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick!

It’s been a long wait, but the 2015 Honda Fit is almost here, with a scheduled arrival date of September 19th! Just when we thought this vehicle couldn’t get any better, the 2015 Honda Fit earns a 2014 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Receiving “Standout Choice” in the subcompact segment, the Fit received a top rating of “Good” in four IIHS crash test modes as well as an “Acceptable” score in the IIHS small overlap frontal crash test. The Fit is the only vehicle in its class ever to have received this high of a rating in this IIHS test procedure.

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For more information on the 2015 redesigned Honda Fit and what it has to offer, please refer to our previous blog.

As you can see, the 2015 Fit is one vehicle you’ll want to be sure to test drive. Be sure to visit www.imagehonda.com or subscribe to Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest in Honda News and to stay up-to-date on the release of the newly redesigned 2015 Honda Fit.

Valet Parking Is That Much Better With The 2015 Corvette…

Just when you thought you couldn’t fall in love with the Corvette anymore, GM announces the Corvette Valet Mode. This new system takes security features for your car one step further. No longer having to worry about handing over the keys to your car, this industry-exclusive system allows you to lock interior storage, disable your infotainment system, and record video, audio and vehicle information when you set your new Corvette into “Valet Mode”.

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The introduction of the Performance Data Recorder will provide owners with added peace of mind when handing over their keys. Initially designed to allow race drivers to record their laps and improve driving skills, all Corvette owners can now activate this feature through their settings menu using a unique four digit code. Data including: speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force can be viewed instantly on the Corvette’s eight-inch touchscreen when the vehicle is in park.

 

Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder will be made available on all 2015 Corvette models. If you would like further information on this feature, or if you would like to inquire about the 2015 Corvette, please contact us at Queenston on Centennial or Queenston on the Mountain.

Queenston ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Presumably most of you have heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but a lot of you probably don’t know how or why it was started.  Pete Frates, a former baseball captain for Boston College was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 27.  Since his diagnosis in 2011, Pete has made it his goal to focus more attention on the disease, to make a difference and have his fight matter.  This unprecedented and viral fundraising effort all started when a group of Pete Frates friends invited him to take on the now infamous “Ice Bucket Challenge”.  When Pete posted his own video challenging others he knew to participate, it went viral.  Since then, everyone from leaders of state, celebrities, athletes, colleagues, neighbours and friends have taken this challenge to help raise money for a horrific and debilitating disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Please see Pete’s Challenge below:

Through the use of social media networks, the Ice Bucket Challenge encourages friends to challenge each other to either brave a bucket of ice-filled water, and donate $10 to ALS research, or donate $100 to ALS research if they choose to forgo the icy water.

Today, one of our own accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Thus, we challenge you, our customers, colleagues and friends to participate and donate to the ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE! http://www.ALS.CA/ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

 

 

Please help us raise money for ALS!  Don’t forget to tag #IceBucketChallenge #ALSICEBUCKETCHALLENGE #StrikeOutAls

About ALS:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neuromuscluar disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed.  Everyday 2 or 3 Canadians die from this disease.  For more information or to find out how you can donate, please visit http://www.als.ca

Video Credit: Tube test and ESPN
Credit: http://www.als.ca, http://www.alsa.org

Convenience Comes Standard!

Convenience is something we all look for in a vehicle and now, Buick has taken this one step further with standard connectivity! The ability to stay connected, while exercising safety and following the rules of the road, has become a desired and sometimes costly feature in a vehicle. Well, we have exciting news to share with you, as Buick makes the announcement that all 2015 models will have standard hands-free connectivity with Apple Siri Eyes Free and text message alerts. Additionally, most 2015 models will also include a built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot, powered by OnStar with 4G LTE, a feature that will be standard next year on all 2016 models.

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Using the Buick IntelliLink system, drivers are able to experience the convenience of a text message alert feature with a Bluetooth profile (M.A.P), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers.  The Siri Eyes Free feature works with iPhone 4s or later and must operate with iOS 6 or later.  Whether you want to place a call, find directions, music, or hear and compose text messages, Siri is your go to vehicle companion for connectivity and peace of mind.

Available on the Buick LaCrosse, Verano, Regal and Encore for the 2015 model year, OnStar’s 4G LTE with built in Wi-Fi creates a mobile hub for passengers.  The hotspot is accessible whenever the vehicle is on or in accessory mode.  Owners are provided with a 3 Month/3GB data trial with the option to purchase additional data plans later.

If you would like more information on the Buick line-up, please call Queenston on the Mountain at 905-528-7001 or visit us online at http://www.queenstononthemountain.com

Child focused safety features for the exterior of your vehicle: PART 2

PART 2: Child focused safety features for the exterior of your vehicle

Most family friendly vehicles come with a long list of child focused safety features, but what do they actually mean?

We have put together a brief list of vehicle safety features that you might want to consider when purchasing a child friendly vehicle. A lot of the features we mention are standard, but we want to explain what role they play in your family’s safety.

DOOR LOCKS – REAR CHILD SECURITY LOCKS: Child safety locks are built into the rear doors of most vehicles to prevent rear seat passengers from opening the doors, both during transit and while the vehicle is stationary. These locks provide the driver with a simple, safe & secure method of preventing unauthorized exit from the car.

 WINDOWS – REAR WINDOW LOCK-OUT FEATURE: A driver-controlled lockout switch prevents passengers (usually small children) from accidentally triggering the switches.

SAFETY RATINGS – NCAP 5 STAR SAFETY RATING: The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rates vehicles to determine crash worthiness and rollover safety. The safety ratings are gathered during controlled crash and rollover tests, which are conducted at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s research facilities. Five stars indicate the highest safety rating.

AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM: This system recirculates cabin air to help prevent exhaust fumes from entering the interior of the vehicle. The filters also remove dust, pollen and other airborne irritants from outside air that is pulled into the vehicle.

REINFORCED STEEL SAFETY CAGE: Helps diffuse impact energy in the passenger compartment and provides a stronger foundation structure.

CRUMPLE ZONES: Crumple zones literally crumple up in a collision by absorbing the energy of the collision and diverting it from the passenger compartment.  As a result the safety cage remains intact.

SIDE IMPACT BEAMS:Side impact cross-car beams help channel energy during a collision.

STABILITRAK:  Electronic Stability Control System intervenes automatically, helping prevent lateral skids and restore steering control.

PROCACTIVE ROLL AVOIDANCE (on most SUV’s):  Proactive roll avoidance reduces the vehicle’s tendency to roll over in a panic situation.

TRACTION CONTROL: A system that automatically applies brake pressure to appropriate wheels, limiting the wheel-spin and helping to re-establish traction.

FORWARD COLLISION ALERT:Forward Collision Alert is a crash-avoidance system that uses sensors to help detect when the driver is getting too close to a vehicle. The systems alerts the driver with visual cues on the dashboard, as well as an audible alert.

LANE DEPARTURE WARNING AND SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT:A camera, mounted in the rear-view mirror, reads the lines on the road. Should the vehicle stray, the system alerts the driver via visible and audible cues.

REAR PARK ASSIST: This is designed to alert the driver of obstacles while parking. These systems use either electromagnetic or ultrasonic sensors.

REAR BACK-UP CAMERA: Back-up camera displays are activated on a monitor when the vehicle is set in reverse. This is alternatively known as ‘reversing cameras’ or ‘rear view cameras’ and it is specifically designed to avoid a backup collision.

HILL START ASSIST: The system prevents the car from rolling away when driving on an upward or downward incline. The system engages automatically when the vehicle is completely stopped on an incline; it then acts to hold the car stationary for two seconds after the brake is released, giving the driver time to apply the throttle.

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM: A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an electronic system for monitoring your vehicle’s tire pressure. A tire pressure monitoring system will alert drivers when underinflated tires are detected.

SOME OTHER CONVENIENT SAFETY FEATURES TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A VEHICLE WITH A CHILD IN MIND ARE: Wheel mounted audio controls, DVD entertainment with headphones, auxiliary audio input jack, USB Port, flat-folding rear seats, fold-flat front passenger seats, remote start, cargo area security net, halogen headlamps, fog lights, cup holders, extra lighting, keyless entry, Bluetooth and a large storage area.

We hope you enjoy all the excitement that comes along with selecting a new vehicle with your family. Please remember to ask your sales associate what standard and optional features come with your vehicle of choice. Walk away with peace of mind knowing that your family is safe and secure.

Honda Toronto Indy

Start your engines!  It’s that time of year again, when race fans brace the hot and sticky weather of the GTA and head to the Honda Indy Toronto – but this year will be different.  For the first time ever, Honda Indy Toronto achieves full summer festival status, July 18-20. “The festival aspect of Honda Indy Toronto continues to grow”, said Charlie Johnstone, president of the event.  There are several newcomers to the festival including the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series for its Canadian Championships.  Fans will have the opportunity to see top professional logger sport athletes compete in several events, such as the Standing Block Chop.  Also making a repeat appearance is the Honda Canada Junior Red Rider program and the Honda World exhibit.

Honda World has numerous interactive activities that fans can engage in, as well as games for both children and adults. If you’re up for a challenge, you can participate in the Honda Pit Stop Challenge held each day at Honda world.  This gives you the opportunity to test your skills like the pros and change a tire on a real race car.  Prizes will be awarded each day to the individual who has the fastest recorded time.

FAN FRIDAY in support of Make-a-Wish Canada

Your Ontario Honda Dealer will cover your cost of admission in lieu of a donation for Make-a-Wish Canada.  Honda Canada is a loyal partner of Make-a-Wish Canada and have raised more than $200,000 during the 2 previous Fan Friday’s!  Participate in contests, autograph sessions, stunt shows and even watch the Indy Car series qualifying for Saturday’s race!

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HONDALINK — The Next Generation — App Introduction PART 2


App Introduction – HONDALINK 2014

The Connect App — With features like Maintenance Minder Alerts, Service Scheduling and access to your Owners Guide, this app also connects you to points of interest, locations and provides you with weather forecasts.

The Navigation App – This cloud connected navigation app features continuous traffic updates, points of interest and text search capabilities. This navigation app is the first developed by an automaker.

The Aha App — Keeps you connected to audio books, music, Twitter, Facebook and local listings.

The Launcher App — Finds 3rd party approved apps for your Honda.

The safety features of HondaLink are something to talk about. In emergency situations; like airbag deployment, HondaLink Assist (with the connection of your mobile device) will contact an operator, advise them of your location and contact emergency response if needed. This is another fantastic way that by simply connecting your mobile device Honda can use this connective technology to keep you safe.

Get connected and stay connected with Image Honda.

Enjoy and thanks for watching!