Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype

The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype is set to make its North American debut on March 22, in advance of the 2016 New York International Auto Show.  This highly anticipated prototype showcases the aggressive styling of the 2017 Civic Hatchback, which is launching later this year.  This will be the third new variant of what is considered the sportiest Civic lineup ever, whose options include the 2016 Sedan and Coupe, as well as the upcoming Civic Si and radical Civic Type R.


The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype’s looks are sporty and aggressive, with a major influence from European hatch styling.  It features Honda Turbo engine technology, the handy utility of a hatchback, and an impressive lineup of premium features and class-leading safety technology.


With the production model launching late in 2016, everyone in Civic Nation will be anxiously awaiting the return of an icon – the Civic Hatchback.

Stay tuned to Hamilton Auto Blog for more updates on the expanded Honda Civic lineup.  To view out current Civic inventory, please visit

Source: Honda Canada

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is coming soon…and we can’t wait!

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe made its Canadian debut at the Montreal International Auto Show, and it was a showstopper! The newest addition to the Civic lineup features an abundance of upgrades including a new sporty, sophisticated chassis and a roomier, quieter cabin. The Civic Coupe will arrive at Image Honda later this spring, joining the 2016 Civic Sedan.


Like its sedan counterpart, the Civic Coupe will feature two advanced new engines, including the first-ever 1.5L turbo engine for the Coupe, delivering more power, performance and fuel efficiency. The trim lines, from the well-equipped LX to the all-new Touring, receive significant upgrades to interior style, with soft-touch materials and high-grade finishes. Technology and safety are a priority, with standard and available features, including the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as well as both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

“The Honda Civic Coupe has always represented uncompromising style and design in the lineup and the 10th generation is no exception,” said, Jean Marc Leclerc, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “With an all new look, new powertrains, and new technology, the Coupe will continue to satisfy enthusiasts who have come to expect the very best from the Civic badge.”

The 2016 Civic Coupe is the second in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that Honda is launching over the course of 18 months, including the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, the 5-door hatchback and Civic Si performance variants. And for the first time in Canada, the radical new Civic Type-R will be available (can we all say “Squeeeee!” about that one – it will be AWESOME!).


The 2016 Civic Coupe sports the premium character of the 10th-generation Civic design, including the bold front fascia, fast-back profile and sharp-edged detailing. The new Coupe also benefits from a lower seating position, which amplifies the Coupe’s low and wide dynamic driving character. It also features an exclusive rear taillight design is distinctly C-shaped, with LED taillights across the full length of the rear deck lid.

The 2016 Civic Coupe’s sportier design does not come at the expense of passenger comfort, boasting 222L more interior space and 130 mm more rear legroom than the outgoing Coupe model. The new Civic Coupe interior has premium touches, with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrument panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; door inserts with real stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift lever boot.

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New standard equipment includes full-colour TFT centre meter, seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen, auto on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, acoustic glass windshield, automatic climate control (dual-zone in upper trims), Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold and Walk-Away auto door locks. New available features include Honda LED headlights, Remote engine start and rain-sensing wipers.

The 2016 Civic Coupe provides the latest in audio and connected-car technology, including more powerful audio systems; a standard new Android OS-based, 7-inch Display Audio touch screen interface; a wide selection of streaming audio options such as SiriusXM® and HD Radio™; and full compatibility with both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® platforms. The Civic Coupe’s highest trim will also feature a new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ developed in cooperation with the experts at Garmin.

Looking for power and fuel efficiency? The 2016 Civic Coupe delivers, with two more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains. Lower trims receive a new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC™ engine, with 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque and can also be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Civic Coupe mid to highest trims are powered by a new 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected TURBO – the first-ever turbocharged engine for Civic Coupe – putting out a peak 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is exclusively mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission with paddle shifters for the Canadian market.

Safety has always been Honda’s number one priority and the 2016 Civic Coupe is no exception.  It utilizes Honda’s next generation Advanced Compatibility Body Structure™ (ACE™) working in conjunction with advanced airbags and seatbelts to provide a high degree of safety performance. Utilizing these with the available new Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, the 2016 Civic Coupe with Honda Sensing™ targets the highest available U.S. safety ratings – an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is set to arrive at Image Honda later this spring.  Follow Hamilton Auto Blog for more exciting details on Honda’s 2016 lineup.


The Ridgeline is Back! 2017 Honda Ridgeline

After a brief hiatus, the Honda Ridgeline is back, delivering superior driving dynamics with the largest interior space offered in a mid-size 4 door pickup.  Revealed in Detroit on January 11th at the North American International Auto Show, the Honda Ridgeline sets new benchmarks for versatility and comfort.

2017 ridgeline

Designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S., the 2017 Ridgeline will launch in the first half of 2016.  Designed to suit the needs of the “every day” driver, there are a number of features and capabilities that are unlike anything else in today’s market. Such features include:

  • Class-leading space
  • Class-exclusive features – In-Bed Trunk, dual-action tailgate and the industry’s first in-bed audio system.
  • Available Honda Sensing suite of Safety and driver-assisted technologies.
  • 8-inch Display Audio featuring Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility

The new design, based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, has a rigid yet lightweight unibody construction, with fully independent suspension.  As such, it helps to deliver an excellent ride with even better handling.  Powered by a 3.5 litre, direct-injected, i-VTEC V-6 engine with automatic transmission, the Ridgeline provides segment-leading EPA fuel economy ratings.  For the first time ever, we are excited to announce that the Ridgeline will be available in both front wheel and all-wheel drive.

On the interior, the 60/40-split and folding second-row seats not only provide convenience, but give you the versatility that you need.  When folded down, the truck can comfortably seat 5 passengers while still accommodating larger items that can be stored under the seat such as a golf bag.

If you’re looking for the convenience of hauling large loads, the truck bed on the Ridgeline is like no other.  At 5’ wide and 5’4” long, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the only vehicle in its class able to offer 4-foot wide flatbed space.  Additionally, the composite of the bed is UV-stabilized and scratch resistant and comes with a dual action tailgate, available 400-watt AC power inverter and the industry’s first in-bed audio system.

With so much excitement surrounding the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, you’ll want to be sure to follow us at Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest updates. As always, please stop by and visit us online at Image Honda or in person.

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The 2016 Honda Civic awarded “North American Car of the Year”

What an honour! The all-new 2016 Honda Civic was awarded the prestigious 2016 North American Car of the Year Award. This win is the second for the Civic model in the award’s history, following a win for the 2006 Civic a decade ago.

“The 10th generation Civic was developed and is built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter,” said Dave Gardner, Senior Vice President of Operations, Honda Canada Inc. “Being built at our facility in Alliston Ontario and the number one car for Canadians for 18 consecutive years has cemented Civic’s importance in Canada. We are delighted that automotive press has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, advanced technology, safety, and value that characterize the new Civic.”


Who is behind the North American Car of the Year Award?  It’s given by a group of 53 international automotive journalists and is very unique. Instead of being given by a single publication, radio or television station, it is given by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it recognizes the most outstanding car of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety performance, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

Truly all-new, the 2016 Civic features dynamic and sporty exterior styling and a roomier, more sophisticated cabin. There are two advanced new engines including the first application of Honda turbo engine technology to Civic, as well as a host of new available premium features and technologies.


The 2016 Honda Civic offers buyers a wider range of options than ever before and we have plenty of sedans to choose from at Image Honda – click here to view our inventory.  Watch for the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe to arrive in our showroom later in 2016!


2016 Chevrolet Camaro and 2016 Honda Accord make Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars List

Car and Driver has released their exciting list of 10 Best Cars for 2016 and it’s an impressive lineup.  Every year, Car and Driver enters a weeklong evaluation, looking for these new and improved vehicle virtues: value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul and character.

“It’s our job to unearth gems. Cars on the 10 Best list should have your neighbors asking questions, sometimes relating to your sanity. Issues of personal taste, social conformity, and other base impulses rarely factor in.”, says Eddie Alterman, editor at Car and Driver.

For us at Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC and Image Honda, it’s exciting to see two of our models appear on this prestigious list.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro – “A Corvette with a back seat”, J. Gall


The Camaro’s Highs: Uncommonly precise chassis, stonking performance, spectacular seats and steering wheel.

For the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s full review, click here.


2016 Honda Accord – “Someone who cares obviously headed development”, D. Sherman


The Accord’s Highs: Peerless powertrain, roomy interior, subtle good looks.

For the 2016 Honda Accord’s full review, click here.



Visit us at www.queenstononthemountain for our full lineup of Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models and at to view our exciting Honda cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.



Honda Donates its Seven-Millionth Honda Build in Canada

How does Honda Canada celebrate its seven-millionth Honda vehicle built in Canada?  Well, they donate it of course! The grey 2015 Honda Civic EX sedan was given to the Annual Rally for Kids Cancer fundraiser for live auction, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Sick Kids Foundation!

SickKids Event Listings – SickKids Foundation


This is one of many reasons why Image Honda is proud to be a part of the Honda Family. Honda Canada continually strives to be a company that Canadians are proud of, which is why the Honda Canada Foundation provides annual funding to registered non-profit charities across Canada “in support of science-and engineering-based education, environment and family initiatives.”

Each year, the Honda Canada Foundation gives back to the community and participates in local programs across the country to build a better community.  “The Honda Canada Foundation is committed to giving back to the communities where its associates and customer live, work and play and is involved with such programs as Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild, Junior Red Riders, Let’s Talk Science, CP24 CHUM  Christmas Wish, Make-A-Wish Canada and the Ontario Science Centre.”

For more information on the Annual Rally for Kids Cancer Fundraiser, click here.

Stay connected and up to date with Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest Honda news and for ways you can help our community through special projects and initiates.

2016 Honda HR-V Achieves Highest Overall Score for Collision Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

If you haven`t had the opportunity to view and test-drive the all-new Honda HR-V, now is the time to do so. In addition to its stunning appeal, advanced technology and affordable pricing, the new 2016 Honda HR-V has just received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top score available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program.

As an entry crossover, the HR-V also achieved an IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  With multiple standard and available safety features including SmartVent Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction control, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering, Anti-Lock Braking System, Honda LaneWatch (EX, EX-L Navi), Hill Start Assist, Expanded View Driver`s Mirror, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning (LWD) (EX-L Navi) it`s no wonder this vehicle received such a high accolade.

Summarizing it best, Dave Gardner, Senior Vice President of Operations, Honda Canada said “Using Honda’s packaging magic, powertrain innovation and safety engineering expertise, the HR-V delivers a high level of occupant safety protection along with top class fuel economy and interior space…”

Without a doubt, this is one Honda vehicle you must experience.  Visit us at to schedule a test drive or stop in and speak with one of our reputable sales consultants. As always, stay connected to Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest news at Image Honda.

Source: Honda Canada