Honda Hybrid Car Without Earth Metals

2015 Honda Civic Hybrid - Fort Smith, AR
Honda is becoming a leader in the field of hybrid vehicle technology.

Of all the automakers in the world, Honda is likely the most advanced of the bunch. With a reach expanding outside of the automotive industry, like ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, the Japanese automaker is constantly innovating its vehicles with new technology. The latest development out of Honda is unprecedented and involves the future of hybrid vehicles.

A Honda hybrid car powered by a motor that doesn’t use rare earth metals may not be as far off as one might think. In partnership with Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Honda has developed just that and, best of all, it can be used in actual hybrid vehicles.

The new motor uses a neodymium magnet that has high resistance to heat, a key factor in hybrid vehicles. According to Honda, the new motor will make its market debut under the hood of the Honda Freed, a hybrid model set to hit dealerships this fall.

Rare earth metals are used in everything from cars to smart phones. More than 80% of 17 rare earth metals comes from China alone and, with China imposing restrictions on exportations of the elements, Honda is taking steps towards independence from them.

Here at Floyd Traylor, we’re pumped to see Honda continuing to lead the market in research and development!

Places to Visit in Arkansas

Summer may be coming to an end here soon but Arkansas still has plenty of amazing places to visit! From scenic hot spots to trails that lead to unforgettable places, this state if full of natural scenery and wildlife you’ll never forget. Here are a few fantastic places to visit in Arkansas.

  • Whitaker Point Trail – Also known as Hawksbill Crag, Whitaker Point Trail will lead you to one of the most scenic spots in all of Arkansas. Look out upon the greenery from on high via the rocky outcrop. Watch your footing; while the rock itself is solid, wet weather can make it slippery!
  • Arkansas Grand Canyon – The deepest canyon in the Ozarks, the Arkansas Grand Canyon offers a unique look at one of the state’s most beloved natural wonders. Take in the colorful sky as you survey miles of land from a single spot.
  • Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail – Located in the Buffalo River Area, Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail leads to the accurately named Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls. The tallest free-falling waterfall in the central United States, let alone Arkansas, it’s truly a bewildering sight. Be sure to bring a camera as it isn’t easy to access off a main road.

DIY Tire Pressure Check

Taking care of your vehicle as a whole is important, and the easiest way to ensure your safety is by checking your tire pressure once a week. A fairly easy process, a tire check can alert you to low pressure, uneven wearing, and more.

Here’s a quick guide to a DIY tire pressure check from us here at Floyd Traylor Honda.

  • Temperature – Before you head out and check your tire pressure, make sure your tires are cold. The best time to check your tire pressure is in the morning or evening. Don’t check your tire pressure after you pull into your driveway. You won’t get an accurate reading.
  • Pressure – Check your owner’s manual or the inside of your driver’s door to determine what the manufacturer-suggested tire pressure is for your vehicle. Note that the pressure might differ between the front and rear tires and that the number on the tire might not match the manufacturer’s suggestion. When in doubt, go with the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Checking – Use an accurate tire gauge, not one at an air hose or gas station. Add air to your tires by putting the nozzle over the tire stem. Don’t hold it for too long; tire pressure increases rather quickly. To lower your tire pressure, press the needle in the middle of the valve.

Honda Ridgeline Rock Drop

2017 Honda Ridgeline - Fort Smith, AR
The 2017 Ridgeline is built to endure even the most extreme conditions thanks to its toughness.

The internet watched as Chevrolet delivered a major blow to the Ford F-150’s aluminum body – literally. The rock drop scratched and dented the Silverado 1500 and left major punctures in the F-150’s aluminum bed. As it turns out, Honda was also watching closely, and the Japanese automaker took the challenge to prove it was just as tough as American-made trucks.

To do so, Honda performed the same rock drop into a Ridgeline’s standard composite bed. A whopping total of 830 lbs. of concrete blocks fell from a height of about five feet into the bare bed. The end result? A few scratches, no dents, and nothing even remotely close to a puncture. Even better, the black composite hid the scratches so they were barely noticeable.

As an added bonus, the tailgate still worked perfectly and the in-bed trunk was unscathed, neither of which Chevrolet showed in their ad. While both the F-150 and Silverado 1500 have add-on bed liners, the Honda Ridgeline doesn’t seem to need one.

The Ridgeline rock drop proved that Honda’s full-size pickup’s bed is more durable than both the Silverado 1500’s steel and the F-150’s aluminum. All three trucks compete with the Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan.

Now that Honda’s thrown down the goblet, who will pick it up?

Top Places to Visit in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Looking for something fun to do in the area? Check out these top places to visit in Fort Smith!

Miss Laura’s Visitor Center

Nothing says fun like visiting the only former bordello on the National Register of Historic Places! Fort Smith was a happening place in the days of the Old West and this building was located in the infamous Red Light District. These days, its role is a little more wholesome—it serves as Visitor Center.

Fort Smith Trolley Museum

The best kind of museum is the interactive type. This trolley museum features a real, restored trolley upon which you can hitch a ride and travel from Garrison Avenue to the National Cemetery. If that doesn’t seem exciting enough, check out the live reenactment of a trolley robbery at the museum!

Fort Smith Air Museum

Located at the Fort Smith Regional Airport Terminal, the Fort Smith Air Museum contains 64 different display cases. Each shares its own story of the many aviators, be them military or civilian, who have hailed from the area.

Belle Grove Historic District

This historic district, comprising 22 square blocks, has been very well preserved by the Belle Grove Historic District Commission. It is a beautiful area that has been on the National Register since 1973. There are four different homes in the neighborhood that are open to visitors. Find them here!

Five Arkansas Razorbacks Taken in the NFL Draft

Everyone knows how stacked the Arkansas Razorbacks have been as of late. That’s why it comes as no surprise that there were five Arkansas Razorbacks taken in the NFL Draft this year.

Hunter Henry Tight End – San Diego Chargers

Henry was awarded the John Mackey Award, given to the best college tight end. This no doubt helped secure his position on the Chargers roster.

Jonathan Williams Running Back – Buffalo Bills

Williams’ missed the 2015 season because of injury, but he earned 1190 yards and 12 touchdowns during a stellar junior campaign in 2014. Buffalo hopes Williams gets back to full strength and adds more depth to a loaded backfield.

Alex CollinsRunning Back – Seattle Seahawks

The versatile Collins was projected to go in the third round but fell to Seattle on the last day. With Marshawn Lynch’s retirement, Collins has a chance to earn carries for a stout team.

Brandon Allen  Quarterback – Jacksonville Jaguars

In many ways, Collins was the second best quarterback to ever play for the Razorbacks. He left with the second best completion number at .583.

Sebastian Tretola Offensive Guard – Tennessee Titans

Tretola was a standout for the Razorbacks. This very talented lineman committed only one penalty in 901 plays. He also led the team with 75 knockdowns.

Honda Successfully Delivers the First HondaJet in Europe

Honda is known for their cars and crossovers around the world. However, Honda doesn’t just manufacture these two types of vehicles! In fact, the company just achieved a benchmark in their aerial vehicles.

According to a Honda press release, Honda has successfully delivered their first HondaJet in Europe.

Beginning last December, Honda had successfully delivered several of its HondaJets to areas across North America. In 2016, Honda made it their mission to deliver these jets in Europe as well.

The first of the European HondaJets is set to be distributed by Rheinland Air Service, named the exclusive dealer for the jets in Europe by Honda.

“Delivering the first HondaJet in Europe is a significant milestone in our journey to bring new value to the light jet market,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Our first customers who have made their commitment to fly the HondaJet are taking Honda skyward in a bold way. It has been rewarding to see the joy in their faces as they take delivery of their aircraft.”

Whether it is on the road or in the skies, Honda is paving the way toward better vehicles!

The Best Side Dishes for Barbecues

family cookout - Fort Smith, AR
What’s your favorite side dish to bring for a family barbecue?

We are finally in the month of May, which means that warmer weather is finally here. The best way to celebrate is with a good old-fashioned barbecue! Delicious ribs, mouth-watering pulled pork, and many other recipes await. And what would a barbecue be without some delicious side dishes? Here are some of the best side dishes for barbecues!

Macaroni and Cheese

For a side dish that is nearly as hearty as the barbecue itself, cook up some macaroni and cheese. Choose your favorite noodles and your favorite cheese to really make the recipe your own!

Corn Bread

Savory and full of homemade goodness, there is no bread that can complement a barbecue better than corn bread. Pro tip: add a little maple syrup for a sweeter twist.

Baked Beans

Smothered in sauce and thus smothered in flavor, baked beans are sure to be a hit all across the table!

Cole Slaw

After a healthy helping of barbecue, nothing helps to cool down the palate like a portion of refreshing cole slaw. It is the perfect side dish for any barbecue!

 

Serving these side dishes at your next barbecue is sure to make the event a hit!

Five Reasons to Bring Back the Sunday Drive

2016 Honda Fit - Fort Smith, AR
Sunday drives can be so peaceful and relaxing. Where are your favorite places to go?

The Sunday Drive was a tradition that began when automobiles were first becoming popular. Back then, people didn’t see them as mere transportation but rather as an adventure. Here are five reasons to bring back the Sunday Drive.

1. Escape from it all

We spend so much of our lives “connected.” As much we enjoy it, sometimes it can be overbearing. The Sunday Drive provides a great opportunity to disconnect and indulge in some quality “me time.”

2. Discover new music

The car is a great place to rock out, especially if you have the 7-speaker 360-Watt system included with the new Honda Accord. Put on your favorite Pandora radio station and enjoy the scenery.

3. Explore local culture and fare

Fort Smith is surrounded by all sorts of unique and beautiful places. The Sunday Drive gives you a great excuse to casually explore these areas without a plan or pressure.

4. Get in some quality family time

We live such busy lives. The Sunday Drive can be a time where we don’t have to be any particular place at any particular time. Instead, we get to focus on what’s important, like family.

5. Focus on vehicle performance and maintenance issues

The Sunday Drive is just that: a drive. Feel free to see it as a time when you can focus on your vehicle, enjoying its performance.

Serial One, the First Honda Imported to US, Begins Journey to Restoration

The history of Honda automobiles in the United States started back in 1969, the summer of love. There couldn’t have been more appropriate an era to see the arrival of the Honda N600. That’s because the N600 was different.

It was light on emissions and highly fuel-efficient; in other words, definitely not a square. By today’s standards, it was quite small. In fact, the N600 was nearly three feet shorter than the average car at the time and weighed in at around half the weight of the best-selling vehicle in 1969.

Unbelievably, the very first Honda N600 to be imported into the United States was recently discovered in a junk yard. Neglected for almost five decades, this historic model has begun the journey to full restoration. Honda has dubbed it Serial One.

The automaker has subsequently handed the project to one Tim Mings, a highly reputable restoration specialist. He will spend a year to year and a half restoring the N600. Honda will be documenting the exciting process here.