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 www.Imagehonda.com 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

2016 Civic Concept

At the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Honda unveiled the 10th-generation Honda Civic Concept. Launching this fall, the new Civic lineup will include the Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si models along with the return of the Civic hatchback, followed by the launch of a new Civic Type-R as the performance flagship of the Civic lineup. The new Civic also will be the first North American model to apply new VTEC® Turbo engines from the company’s Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrain series.

2016 CIVIC“The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of operations, Honda Canada Inc. “We couldn’t be prouder to be the global manufacturing lead for this epic vehicle, and they’ll be built by Canadians right in here in our renowned Alliston, Ontario facility.”

Featuring a longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance, the new Civic emphasizes its aggressive personality and engaging experience behind the wheel. Its sporty and expressive face is highlighted by bright new LED headlights flanking the “Flying H” Honda grille which is supported by deeply sculpted lower air intakes.

The 10th-generation Civic is based on a compact platform that targets benchmark levels of efficiency, dynamic performance, safety and production efficiency. Leveraging this new platform in conjunction with new Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains – including a new 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo engine with direct injection, a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and a new, more sporty and efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) – the Civic will target class-leading fuel economy ratings and fun-to-drive performance with near-luxury levels of cabin quietness and ride refinement.

The new Civic will also focus on safety performance and will offer the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rear-view Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch™, along with Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

As the best selling passenger vehicle in Canada for 17 years, the redesigned Civic is sure to be a hit and we can’t wait for its debut at Image Honda this fall. For more information about our outstanding Honda vehicle lineup, visit us at www.imagehonda.com or call us at (905) 561-4100.

Source: http://www.honda.ca/future-vehicles

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.

Why You Should Consider Leasing…

Do you love the feeling of getting into a new car, experiencing new technology, knowing that you are in the safest of vehicles?  Then leasing might be right for you.  Unlike finance, where you pay for the entire value of the vehicle, leasing provides you with the option to only pay for a portion of the vehicle known as the residual value (value you expect to use over a set period of time), plus a borrowing charge and applicable taxes.  Leasing also provides you with flexibility, especially when it comes to the end of term process.  You, as the customer, are given the option to purchase and keep, purchase and sell, or drop off the keys and shop for a new vehicle.

There are many benefits to leasing that people are unaware of:

  • You only have to pay for the portion of the vehicle that you intend to use
  • You only have to pay tax on your monthly payments
  • Lease terms are shorter than typical finance terms, which allows you to drive a new vehicle more often
  • You don’t have a trade in obligation
  • With leasing you can drive upgraded models with more features for a lower monthly payment then if you were to finance.  Your payment is often lower because you are only paying for the depreciation of the vehicle over your lease term
  • If you lease, often times you can deduct payments from your taxes if you use your car for business more than 50% of the time – please see your accountant for details
  • Leasing often provides you with the option for better products and lower interest rates.
  • Peace of mind since most leases will fall within the factory warranty period

At Queenston, we provide you with both GM and in house lease programs to accomodate you, no matter your circumstance.  Combined with an award winning product line-up and outstanding GM program lease offers, there really is no better time to consider leasing your vehicle.
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General Motors has won 8 best vehicle awards in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, with all GM brands ranking above the industry average this year!  Topping the chart at number 2 is GMC, followed by Chevrolet, who jumped 10 spots from last year to land at number 5.  Cadillac tied for 13th and Buick came in at 15.  What is even more exciting is that GMC and Chevrolet are the only two non-luxury brands to make the top 5.  Click here to read more about the Survey

Consumer Reports has named the 2014 Chevrolet Impala as Best New Sedan, which has also received a five star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. 

The 2013 Chevrolet Trax has been recognized by Vincentric as a “Consumer Best Value in Canada” in the Compact Sport Utility Vehicle segment. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the GMC Sierra produce the most power and torque of any light duty pick-ups currently on the market.  Lastly, just announced, the 2013 Buick Encore has been recognized by Vincentric as “Consumer Best Value in Canada” in the Premium Compact Crossover Segment.  These awards are only a few and we encourage you to visit our dealerships (Queenston on Centennial and Queenston on the Mountain) for more information or visit Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest updates.

This recognition combined with outstanding fuel economies, state of the art technologies like MyLink, voice recognition, Stabilitrak, Lane Departure Warnings, Forward Collision Warnings, Park Assist and additional airbags that come standard on most models, make the 2014 GM line-up one of the best ever!

If you are interested in leasing, we encourage you to visit our website for the latest Sign and Drive Event – we’ll make your first payment for you!  Visit Queenston on Centennial and Queenston on the Mountain today and get into the vehicle of your dreams!

5 Star Safety Score For The 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Last month, we were excited to announce that General Motors topped the list for the 2013 J.D. Power Awards with Chevrolet and GMC being the only non-luxury brands to rank in the top 5.  Well, it’s another first for Chevrolet with the redesigned 2014 Impala receiving a five-star safety score.  This score is the highest possible five-star overall vehicle score for safety, as part of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.2014impala

So what makes the Impala so outstanding?  Well, it offers a variety of safety features that are attributed to this ranking.  The Collision Mitigation Braking allows for radar technology to sense traffic in front of the vehicle to adjust the vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in traffic and accelerating again after.  This is the first time that such a feature has been offered in a Chevrolet.  Some additional features include: forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, ultrasonic rear park assist, brake pre-fill feature, hill hold/start assist and full-speed-range-adaptive cruise control.  The 2014 Impala’s also come with 10 standard airbags and OnStar, providing you with an additional sense of comfort.  OnStar’s GPS and cellular phone technology will automatically call for help in case of a crash.

Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness had the following to say. “Safety is a key consideration for all car buyers, and Impala sets a new benchmark for Chevrolet’s flagship sedan.  The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is designed to provide excellent crash safety, and offers customers several safety technologies not previously available in Chevrolet.”

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the 2014 Impala for yourself, we welcome you to either of our Chevrolet dealerships: Queenston on Centennial or Queenston on the Mountain.  Come and take a test drive today in the award winning Impala and see exactly what it has to offer.

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Chevrolet Canada, GM Canada

Coming Soon to Image Honda: 2014 Honda Odyssey

Image Honda is excited to announce that the 2014 Honda Odyssey will be arriving at our dealership sometime next month!  As we have previously mentioned in our blog, the Odyssey underwent a minor model change and is full of interior and exterior design upgrades.  New features like the “HondaVac” make this stunning model a must have.  Two new trims have been added to the Odyssey line up this year: the SE trim and the EX-L-Navi trim, giving the consumer a total of seven trim options.286946_635637346449297_1103444555_o


Whether you choose the base line model or the top-of-the line Touring model, Honda guarantees luxury for everyone with their standard features:

  • New colour availability, and interior pattern change
  • New 17″ and 18″ alloy wheels
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic control
  • Text message function
  • Expanded view driver’s mirror
  • LED taillight bars
  • One-touch turn signals

If you are looking for that little bit extra, we suggest that you take a look at the EX, EX-L RES, EX-L-Navi and Touring models that provide even more exceptional technology.

  • LaneWatch – Blind spot display
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Proximity key entry system and push button start
  • HondaVac in-car vacuum system (TOURING TRIM ONLY)
  • Power folding mirrors (TOURING TRIM ONLY)1008576_635637326449299_1228641143_o

As you can see, this incomparable vehicle provides you with options that are exclusive to the Honda Odyssey.  Please make sure you stay connected to Image Honda and Hamilton Auto Blog regarding arrival dates and other information.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at 905-561-4100 today!

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Honda Canada

J.D. Power Awards Honda of Canada Mfg.

We have more good news resulting from the 2013 J.D. Power Awards.  Honda of Canada Mfg. Plant in Alliston, Ontario has been awarded the bronze plant ranking for North/South America in the 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey. Not only has the plant been recognized individually, but the Honda Civic, Canada’s best-selling vehicle for the last 15 years won for initial quality in the compact car category.  Honda CR-V and Ridgeline also placed first in their categories for initial quality.

Betty Jones, Quality Division Manager for Honda of Canada Mfg was quoted the following: “These results are validation of the dedication of our Associates…our Associates work exceptionally hard to produce the best possible quality for our customers, so it is encouraging to see those efforts reflected in this year’s results.  We are particularly thrilled to see Civic win its category because the 2013 Civic has some significant changes from its predecessor.”

This annual survey, now in its 27th year, closely measures the number of problems on 2013 vehicles reported after 90 days from purchase and ran from February to May of this year.   This survey had many updates, including more consumer feedback with particular focus to newer technologies such as: lane departure warning, navigation and voice activated systems.

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Honda Canada, autos.jdpower.com