Last night was a rough night for Sophia – she hates driving in the snow! Every time we came to a stop she would skid to a halt, but that’s because she hasn’t gotten her snow boots, I mean snow tires put on yet.  We’re planning to get that done ASAP.   In case you are wondering who Sophia is, that would be my car.  YES, I named my car…well actually, my girlfriend named my car when I bought her in September.  For as long as I have known my friend, we have been calling her car “Heidi the Hyundai”.  So naturally, when my other friend purchased her Rogue only a couple weeks before me, she was called “Rosie the Rogue”, followed by my beloved “Sophia the Sonic”.


Now, you’re probably doing one of two things – either you’re laughing at the fact I have named my car or you’re relating to me because you, too, have named your vehicle.  Here at the dealership, everyone knows who Sophia is.  I frequently get asked, “How is Sophia?”  In fact, my boss even texted me a couple weeks ago after a major storm, to ask if “Sophia made it safely to work”, sparking some laughs amongst my co-workers who drive SUVs!

Your car is a big investment – you spend hours in it every week, typically have it for many years and you invest a lot of money maintaining it.  Your car is even there for some of the biggest moments in your life!  Maybe it got you to the hospital for the birth of your child or took you on the best road trip of your life.  Whatever the reason may be, naming your car is not uncommon.  In fact, I know just as many people who name their car as those that don’t.  So for all of you people who are ashamed to admit that you have named your car, I say embrace it!  At the end of the day, it always sparks some laughs and you will be surprised how many people will call your car by its name!

If you would like to show your car some love, visit our service departments at www.queenstonchev.com or www.imagehonda.com

By: Amy Cochren


No matter how many times we do it, driving in wintery conditions never gets easier or less frustrating. Driving in snow can be risky and you must always be prepared for the unexpected. When bad weather does strike, we recommend staying off the roads if possible. 

Did you know that snow and ice are more slippery at 0 C than at -20 C or below? It’s a common misconception that the colder the temperature the worse the roads – be aware this isn’t the case.  Even at 4 C there can be black ice on the roads. Always keep a safe distance between yourself and another vehicle as sudden braking can cause skidding.

Few things are more annoying than when you need to get somewhere and you find your car buried in snow.  Although it is tempting to quickly clear your windows and go, it can be dangerous for both you and those driving around you.  See and be seen – make sure that you properly remove all snow and ice from your hood, windows, lights, roof as well as the rear part of your vehicle.  It is also a good idea to take the brush and clear any snow or ice between your wheels and under your bumper.

Transport Canada has put together a highly informative booklet on Winter Driving Safety Tips.   This book is free and highly useful.  It can be viewed online or printed off to keep in your glove compartment.

Some tips in the booklet include:

  • Preventing problems before they occur
  • Getting your vehicle winter ready
  • How to prepare for driving in poor weather
  • Avoiding collisions

To view or download a copy please visit Transport Canada http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safevehicles-safetyfeatures-winterdriving-index-693.htm

If you are interested in purchasing winter tires for your vehicle or would like to make sure your car is ready for winter, please visit us at www.imagehonda.com or www.queenstonchev.com

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Transport Canada

Honda Accord and Fit Receive Car and Driver Magazine’s 10 Best Car Award!

Honda does it again!  We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Honda Fit have been honoured, yet again, with Car and Driver Magazine’s “10 Best Cars” Awards.    This prestigious and highly competitive award is not new to Honda.  The Accord has achieved Car and Driver’s “10 Best Cars” status a record 27 times in the 31 years this competition has been held.  Not to be outdone, the Honda Fit holds the title in each of the 7 years it has been for sale in North America!

So, how does Car and Driver conclude what qualifies as a “10 Best Car”? Each September, the editors of Car and Driver test all 2013 models under $80,000, as well as returning winners.  Over the course of a week, they test-drive these vehicles a combined distance of over 15,000 miles before reaching a decision.

If you are interested in test driving the 2013 Honda Accord, 2013 Honda Fit or any of our vehicles in the award winning line-up – please visit us at www.imagehonda.com or call us at 1-888-375-5914
By: Amy Cochren

Car and Driver
Honda Canada

Greening Canada’s Highway’s at Queenston on Centennial

Today is an exciting day at Queenston on Centennial as we launch our own publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charger.  This green initiative is part of Sun Country Highway’s charging network that has been set up in the Golden Horseshoe from Niagara Falls to Oakville. 

Sun Country Highway, a wholly Canadian owned company, is at the forefront for sustainable transportation and have been leaders in launching this infrastructure to help energize Electric Vehicle adoption across our country.  Over the course of today, SCH will be making a 5 stop tour, led by their founder Kent Rathwell (who will be driving an all-electric Tesla Super Car) across the Niagara region to charge the vehicle.  The final stop on today’s tour will end at our Queenston on Centennial dealership at 3:45 this afternoon.

What few realize is that the Sun Country Highway’s initiative is not only one of the first of its kind, but the charging network they have pioneered is the “World’s Longest/Greenest Electrified Highway” with over 100 charging stations across Canada.  This highway will allow Electric Vehicle owners to travel FREE of charge, emission free, across Canada!  Being a part of the Chevrolet family, we at Queenston on Centennial are proud of our own Electric Vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, and are thrilled to be a part of this project!

If you would like more information on our publicly accessible electric vehicle charger or information on the Chevrolet Volt, please visit us at Queenston on Centennial or contact us at 905-560-2020.

By: Amy Cochren

2013 Honda Accord – Powertrains

There is so much to welcome with the all-new 2013 Honda Accord, it can be overwhelming.  Over the course of the next week or so, we at Image Honda are going to break it down to provide a better understanding for you.

For many, what still remains the most important aspect of a new vehicle is how it performs.  Bearing this in mind, the new Accord offers you your choice of two all-new powertrains. The first is the more powerful, with a 3.5-litre, 24 valve, SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine with 278 hp.  The other is a 2.4-litre, 16 valve, direct injection DOHC i-VTEC 4-Cylnder engine with an available 189hp.

What really makes these powertrains outstanding is that both feature the first North American application of the “Earth Dreams Technology” making the Accord the most fuel efficient Accord yet!    The available transmissions allow for enhanced acceleration, contributing to its high performance and making it fun to drive.

Make sure you visit us at Image Honda and take a test drive in the all-new Honda Accord or visit us at www.imagehonda.com

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Honda Canada