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Honda Super Tuner Legends Series Joins Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour

  • Honda Super Tuner Legends Series debuts May 18 in El Segundo with stops in Denver (Aug. 10), Seattle (Aug. 24) and Santa Clarita (Oct. 19)
  • One vehicle will earn the “Honda Super Tuner” title and an opportunity to be on display at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

Honda will bring the excitement of Honda tuner vehicles to the second annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, a national search for a life-size custom car worthy of being immortalized as a Hot Wheels toy car. The Honda Super Tuner Legends Series, the exclusive live custom tuner component of the Legends Tour, will be making select stops beginning on Sat., May 18 at the Mattel headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., followed by stops in Denver (Aug. 10), Seattle (Aug. 24) and Santa Clarita, Calif. (Oct. 19).

The Honda Super Tuner Legends Series will add a tuner component to the 2019 Hot Wheels Legends Tour, with a panel of expert judges selecting one Honda vehicle from each stop as a Honda Super Tuner Finalist. The four finalists will compete for the “Honda Super Tuner” title, which includes the opportunity to have their vehicle displayed at the SEMA Show, the industry’s premier automotive specialty products trade event, in Las Vegas, November 5-8, 2019.

All three Honda Super Tuner Legends Series stops following the kick-off event in El Segundo will take place at Walmart store parking lots as part of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour. This will give attendees the chance to learn about Honda’s history with Hot Wheels, showcase some of the most interesting Honda tuner vehicles in each region, pick up a reusable Honda tote and check out Honda’s exclusive Civic Type R that was featured at Honda’s 2018 SEMA exhibit.

Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour 
The first-ever Hot Wheels Legends Tour was held in 2018 to commemorate the toy car’s 50th anniversary and drew in more than 3,600 cars and 65,000 fans. Hot Wheels aficionados from across the country entered their life-size custom cars in the hope of it being the winning vehicle chosen to be made into a Hot Wheels toy car. This year, Hot Wheels has partnered with brands including Honda, Mobil 1, Dickies, Microsoft Xbox and Mechanix, expanding the Legends Tour to include more than 18 stops throughout the country at Walmart stores in cities with deep-rooted ties to car culture. Full details on the Hot Wheels Legends Tour can be found at: https://hotwheels.mattel.com/explore/HW_50th/en/legends-tour.

Honda vehicles are favorites of car enthusiasts and the tuner crowd – owners who customize their vehicles with top-of-the line enhancements. The company has celebrated this relationship at SEMA and other exhibitions and rallies, honoring those who make Honda vehicles an expression of their unique personality. This commitment includes the creation of Honda Genuine Accessories that offer vehicle owners the ability to personalize their builds, while enhancing appearance, performance and functionality.

Honda and Hot Wheels™
For nearly two decades, Honda and Hot Wheels have partnered to design dozens of Honda Hot Wheels toys, including 20 currently in production. In 2018, Hot Wheels released a series of eight iconic 1:64 scaled die-cast Honda Hot Wheels toys, including the Honda CR-X, ’90 Honda Civic EF, Honda Civic Coupe, Honda Civic Si, Honda Monkey Z50, Honda Racer 5, Honda S2000 and Honda Odyssey.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

About Honda
Honda will mark its 60th anniversary in America in June 2019, and 40 years of production in America in Sept. 2019. Honda established its first U.S. business operation in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1959. Today, Honda employs more than 31,000 associates in the development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment and powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Transmission Mfg. of America is First Automotive Transmission Plant in U.S. to Earn EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

Plant derives more than 10 percent of its power from on-site wind turbines Ohio facility first to meet new EPA standards

Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. (HTM) is no stranger to environmental firsts.

In 2014, the facility in Russells Point, Ohio became the first major automotive manufacturing plant in the United States to derive a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property. Now, just five years later, HTM is the first U.S. automotive transmission plant to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification.

Along with the energy benefit of getting more than 10 percent of its power from the two 1.7MW turbines on its property, HTM increased its energy efficiency by implementing a robust utility scheduling and monitoring program. This program allows for detailed tracking of energy use and enhanced scheduling of lighting, HVAC units, compressed air valves, and chillers.  Through the commitment of its associates, HTM has been also able to reduce energy through strong non-production energy reduction procedures.

“At Honda Transmission Mfg, environmental stewardship is one of our core characteristics,” said HTM vice-president Scott Henderson. “Our management team, led by Ryan Eberhart, and our associates make energy efficiency a major focus of their daily activities. We take pride in all of our environmental programs, but being the first transmission facility in the U.S. to earn EPA ENERGY STAR certification is a great achievement for our associates.”

The 1.1-million square-foot Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. plant produces more than 850,000 transmissions per year as well as gear sets and transfer cases and differentials for four-wheel drive vehicles.

The EPA established new ENERGY STAR guidelines for facilities such as Honda’s transmission plant for 2019, and HTM quickly earned the certification through the EPA’s early-registration period. The ENERGY STAR award signifies that the plant performs in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy performance. ENERGY STAR is the only energy-efficiency certification in the U.S. based on verified energy performance.

EPA introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities: energystar.gov/plants

Honda’s Commitment to the Environment
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93-percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

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Honda Conducting Research with American Electric Power to Develop 2nd Life for Used EV Batteries

  • Automaker and utility will study the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles
  • Project seeks to provide 2nd life for used EV batteries, critical to future expansion of EVs

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations, Honda is conducting research with Ohio-based electric utility American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into AEP’s electricity system.

The project seeks to address multiple challenges related to the expansion of EVs, including the repurposing of used EV batteries, the expected impact of EV demand and renewable energy on the nation’s utility operators and the integration of EV batteries as a storage solution for the electric grid.

The increasing volume of EVs has the potential to strain the power grid, including spikes in demand during early evening hours when drivers plug in their EVs after work. Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources.

“Together with AEP, we are exploring opportunities to use the 2nd life battery to improve energy security, reduce CO2 and prepare for broad scale electrification of the transportation ecosystem,” said Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Neither automakers nor utilities can address these complex technical, policy and business issues alone.”

Honda will provide used Fit EV batteries to AEP, which will study integrating the batteries into the utility’s electricity grid.

“AEP is focused on building a smarter, cleaner energy grid and putting in place new technologies that will benefit our customers. We are excited about the possibilities of this collaboration as we work to create the energy system for the future,” said Ram Sastry, AEP’s vice president of Innovation and Technology.

AEP and Honda will jointly gain knowledge and expertise from the pilot project that will help both companies to develop technology and standards for future vehicle grid integration, as well as new business models to improve the value of EVs.

The Honda Fit EV launched in 2012 with a fuel economy of 118 MPGe. The lease-only vehicle gained a loyal following among passionate EV customers. Although replaced by the Honda Clarity family of electrified vehicles, including the Clarity Electric, the Fit EV’s durable battery will continue to support Honda’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through its 2nd life in the vehicle grid integration project.

Honda has set a voluntary goal to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations by 50 percent by 2050 compared to the year 2000, and toward this goal has announced plans to electrify two-thirds of its fleet by 2030. In addition to producing zero emission vehicles, the company is developing vehicle grid integration solutions, including the beta Honda SmartChargeTM program, which incentivizes Honda EV customers to charge their vehicles when more renewable energy resources are online. At CES 2019, Honda introduced its prototype Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) bi-directional energy management system that has the potential to reduce CO2 and create new value for Honda customers.

About Honda 
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for Our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is focused on reducing the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America. Seeking to further minimize its carbon footprint, Honda is actively deploying renewable energy throughout its operations, including wind and solar.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is committed to promoting more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

About AEP
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s approximately 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with more than 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

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Honda Announces Key Changes to U.S. Government Relations Team

Ed Cohen, Vice President of Government & Industry Relations for Honda North America, Inc. will retire effective July 1, 2019. He will be succeeded in that post by Jennifer Thomas, who currently serves as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in Washington, D.C., a major automotive industry trade association.

Cohen has led Honda’s U.S. government and industry relations efforts since September 2000, where he has overseen the company’s legislative affairs, advocacy and public policy efforts for state and federal matters, as well as serving as Honda’s top liaison to the White House. In addition, he has served as Honda’s leading representative to the company’s major trade associations, such as Global Automakers and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

“Ed Cohen is a highly respected advocate for Honda’s business in the halls of Congress, regulatory agencies, and the Administration. Ed has a reputation for credibility, authenticity and expertise in the public policy community,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America. “We will certainly miss Ed’s sage guidance, but we are delighted that Jennifer will join the Honda team in this executive leadership position.”

Since joining the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in 2006, Thomas has served a variety of roles in both state and federal government affairs. In her current position as vice president, Thomas oversees the Federal Government Affairs department’s work advocating for policies that have a positive impact on our nation’s auto industry and its customers, including environmental and trade policy issues.

A graduate of The George Washington University, Thomas lives in Washington, DC, with her family.

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American Honda Announces April Sales Results

  • Civic continues to lead U.S. passenger car sales, driven by strong retail performance
  • Honda truck sales rise 2.7% in April as Passport adds strength and CR-V and Pilot maintain momentum
  • Acura trucks also gain, with RDX surging 17.3% on the way to an overall increase of 6.2% for the month 

“As industry sales continue to level off, we are increasing our share of the market through the strength of our car and truck lineups and our disciplined approach to sales,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr. senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. “The compact SUV segment remains a bright spot for both Honda and Acura brands in 2019, with CR-V the outright retail sales leader in the industry’s largest segment, and the Acura RDX the fastest growing model in the compact luxury SUV segment in 2019 and the top-selling retail model.”

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2020 Acura RDX Hits Dealerships

  • Acura RDX dominates as the retail best-selling model in luxury’s largest segment and with a 10-month streak of record sales 
  • New Platinum White exterior color for 2020 model year
  • RDX offers an array of class-leading technology and safety features, including standard AcuraWatch™ and the award-winning True Touchpad Interface™

The 2020 Acura RDX enters dealerships as the retail best-selling compact luxury SUV in America, helping RDX set a new all-time annual sales record in 2018 and posting its tenth consecutive record month in March, 2019. The 2020 RDX arrives in showrooms nationally beginning tomorrow with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $37,600 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

The 2019 Acura RDX recently was named the “Best Compact Luxury SUV for Families” by U.S. News and World Report as well as a “Best New Car for 2019” by Autotrader. RDX’s available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system was recognized as “Car Audio System of the Year” by Business Insider, while its industry-first True Touchpad Interface™ was named a “Best of What’s New” technology for 2018 by Popular Science.

Featuring a new Platinum White exterior color for 2020, RDX carries forward the next generation of Acura design, performance and technology that debuted on the all-new 2019 model, including the popular A-Spec sport appearance package. RDX delivers an exceptional driving experience thanks in part to its 272-horsepower (SAE net) turbocharged i-VTEC® engine and available Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), along with a class-leading array of standard premium features and technologies, including AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technology, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, next-generation Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights, and next-generation Acura sport seats. The 2020 RDX also includes the critically-acclaimed True Touchpad Interface™, Acura’s groundbreaking user interface tailored around the driver. Also offered on RDX is the available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system, featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers to create a truly immersive listening experience.

The third-generation RDX has received the highest possible safety ratings of TOP SAFETY PICK+ (depending on selected headlights) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and is expected to repeat this feat for the 2020 model year.

Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Model Drivetrain MSRP1 MSRP Including $995 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating2
City/Hwy/Combined
RDX FWD $37,600 $38,595 22 / 28 / 24
RDX w/ Technology Package FWD $40,800 $41,795 22 / 28 / 24
RDX A-Spec FWD $43,800 $44,795 22 / 27 / 24
RDX w/ Advance Package FWD $45,700 $46,695 22 / 28 / 24
RDX SH-AWD $39,600 $40,595 21 / 27 / 23
RDX w/ Technology Package SH-AWD $42,800 $43,795 21 / 27 / 23
RDX A-Spec SH-AWD $45,800 $46,795 21 / 26 / 23
RDX w/ Advance Package SH-AWD $47,700 $48,695 21 / 27 / 23

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Spelman College Wins 30th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s Premier HBCU Academic Competition

  • Top academic quiz bowl teams from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) vied for HCASC championship in Los Angeles
  • Florida A&M University, Jackson State University and Morehouse College finished in the top four  
  • Daniel Bascelli of Spelman College named HCASC Coach of the Year
  • Chuck Hobbs, HCASC alumnus and volunteer, received HBCU Power of Dreams Award for his three-decade commitment to the HBCU community

In front of a packed studio audience consisting of top HBCU students, school presidents, HCASC alumni and Honda associates, Spelman College took home the championship title and a $75,000 institutional grant at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, America’s premier academic competition for HBCUs. Hosted on the Honda campus in Torrance, California, HCASC is the only program of its kind and provides a national stage for high-achieving HBCU students to advance their dreams. Each year, Honda awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs in addition to providing travel, meals and accommodations for the 48 teams.

In a two game sweep against Florida A&M University, the Spelman team demonstrated superior academic prowess, gameplay and teamwork by accurately answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Spelman bested teams from 47 HBCUs and qualified for the National Championship Tournament after winning a series of regional competitions throughout the academic year.

The winning team was coached by Daniel Bascelli and includes Jessika Agyepong, Maati McKinney, Naomi Steplight, and team captain, Ariana Benson.

“Winning itself isn’t the only reward. It’s about bringing these students together and watching them represent their school in the best possible way,” said Daniel Bascelli, coach, Spelman College. “The spirit at Spelman is really strong. If you talk to the students, the feeling for Spelman, the feeling for HCBCUs and the support that Honda gives them is all a part of the pride that they feel.”

Runner-up Florida A&M University was awarded a $30,000 grant, while the third and fourth place finishers – Jackson State University and Morehouse College – received $20,000 each.

This year’s HCASC theme was “30 Years of Advancing Dreams.” In 1989, Honda established Honda Campus All-Star Challenge to recognize and celebrate the academic talents of HBCU students as well as to provide personal development and experiential learning opportunities. Participants gain life-changing experiences through travel, community involvement, networking opportunities with business leaders and making friends for life.

“Honda is proud to commemorate the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and continue shining a spotlight on HBCU students’ academic talents,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. “Through HCASC, students are given an opportunity to demonstrate the value of their HBCU experience, represent their schools on a national stage, and connect with like-minded peers. We look forward to celebrating the HCASC legacy and the friendships we’ve made over the past 30 years.”

Every year, dedicated volunteers, coaches and alumni help to make the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge a success. Honda recognized outstanding individuals who have made an impact during this year’s competition, naming Daniel Bascelli, 17-year HCASC coach of Spelman College, Coach of the Year. Fellow HCASC competitors selected Ariana Benson of Spelman College to receive this year’s Ernest C. Jones Sportsperson Award. Named for one of HCASC’s early volunteers who mentored students, the award recognizes a student who epitomizes team spirit, camaraderie, good sportsmanship and academic focus during the National Championship Tournament.

HBCU Power of Dreams Award

In addition to celebrating the HCASC scholars, Honda also honored an individual who has dedicated his or her life to service in the community with the fifth-annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. This year’s recipient is Chuck Hobbs of Tallahassee, Florida. Hobbs is a Honda Campus All-Star Challenge alumnus and volunteer. He has mentored thousands of young people over the past three decades, including students at Florida A&M University (FAMU), FAMU Developmental Research School and Morehouse College. He is active on social media, promoting HBCUs and the unique role they play in the African American community. A video about Hobbs’ positive impact can be seen at https://honda.us/HBCUAward2019.

“Chuck embodies the Power of Dreams and encourages young people to realize the power of their own dreams, so it’s very fitting that we honor him with this award,” said Morikawa.

Honda presented Hobbs with a surprise grant to help him continue his mission and positive impact in the HBCU community.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: Facts and Figures

  • More than 150,000 scholars have participated in HCASC since 1989. Building a legacy of greatness, HCASC alumni have gone on to become engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.
  • Across 21 states, there are 87 HCASC-eligible HBCUs in the U.S.  
  • To prepare for the competition, students spend hundreds of hours studying science, history, art, current events, math, African American history, geography, literature, sports, and pop culture.
  • Since HCASC was established, Honda has awarded more than $9 million in grants to participating HBCUs, which have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment.
  • More than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives participated in and attended the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles.
  • 125 volunteers, including Honda associates, helped produce the 2019 National Championship Tournament, hosting the students, conducting registration and serving as game officials. 

For photos, videos and additional information about the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit HCASC.com. Connect with HCASC on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and follow the conversation using #HCASC.

About Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Honda has supported and celebrated America’s HBCUs for more than 30 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage. Both HCASC and HBOB enable HBCUs to earn grants and receive positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 170,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

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Spelman College Wins 30th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s Premier HBCU Academic Competition

  • Top academic quiz bowl teams from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) vied for HCASC championship in Los Angeles
  • Florida A&M University, Jackson State University and Morehouse College finished in the top four  
  • Daniel Bascelli of Spelman College named HCASC Coach of the Year
  • Chuck Hobbs, HCASC alumnus and volunteer, received HBCU Power of Dreams Award for his three-decade commitment to the HBCU community

In front of a packed studio audience consisting of top HBCU students, school presidents, HCASC alumni and Honda associates, Spelman College took home the championship title and a $75,000 institutional grant at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, America’s premier academic competition for HBCUs. Hosted on the Honda campus in Torrance, California, HCASC is the only program of its kind and provides a national stage for high-achieving HBCU students to advance their dreams. Each year, Honda awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs in addition to providing travel, meals and accommodations for the 48 teams.

In a two game sweep against Florida A&M University, the Spelman team demonstrated superior academic prowess, gameplay and teamwork by accurately answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Spelman bested teams from 47 HBCUs and qualified for the National Championship Tournament after winning a series of regional competitions throughout the academic year.

The winning team was coached by Daniel Bascelli and includes Jessika Agyepong, Maati McKinney, Naomi Steplight, and team captain, Ariana Benson.

“Winning itself isn’t the only reward. It’s about bringing these students together and watching them represent their school in the best possible way,” said Daniel Bascelli, coach, Spelman College. “The spirit at Spelman is really strong. If you talk to the students, the feeling for Spelman, the feeling for HCBCUs and the support that Honda gives them is all a part of the pride that they feel.”

Runner-up Florida A&M University was awarded a $30,000 grant, while the third and fourth place finishers – Jackson State University and Morehouse College – received $20,000 each.

This year’s HCASC theme was “30 Years of Advancing Dreams.” In 1989, Honda established Honda Campus All-Star Challenge to recognize and celebrate the academic talents of HBCU students as well as to provide personal development and experiential learning opportunities. Participants gain life-changing experiences through travel, community involvement, networking opportunities with business leaders and making friends for life.

“Honda is proud to commemorate the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and continue shining a spotlight on HBCU students’ academic talents,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. “Through HCASC, students are given an opportunity to demonstrate the value of their HBCU experience, represent their schools on a national stage, and connect with like-minded peers. We look forward to celebrating the HCASC legacy and the friendships we’ve made over the past 30 years.”

Every year, dedicated volunteers, coaches and alumni help to make the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge a success. Honda recognized outstanding individuals who have made an impact during this year’s competition, naming Daniel Bascelli, 17-year HCASC coach of Spelman College, Coach of the Year. Fellow HCASC competitors selected Ariana Benson of Spelman College to receive this year’s Ernest C. Jones Sportsperson Award. Named for one of HCASC’s early volunteers who mentored students, the award recognizes a student who epitomizes team spirit, camaraderie, good sportsmanship and academic focus during the National Championship Tournament.

HBCU Power of Dreams Award

In addition to celebrating the HCASC scholars, Honda also honored an individual who has dedicated his or her life to service in the community with the fifth-annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. This year’s recipient is Chuck Hobbs of Tallahassee, Florida. Hobbs is a Honda Campus All-Star Challenge alumnus and volunteer. He has mentored thousands of young people over the past three decades, including students at Florida A&M University (FAMU), FAMU Developmental Research School and Morehouse College. He is active on social media, promoting HBCUs and the unique role they play in the African American community. A video about Hobbs’ positive impact can be seen at https://honda.us/HBCUAward2019.

“Chuck embodies the Power of Dreams and encourages young people to realize the power of their own dreams, so it’s very fitting that we honor him with this award,” said Morikawa.

Honda presented Hobbs with a surprise grant to help him continue his mission and positive impact in the HBCU community.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: Facts and Figures

  • More than 150,000 scholars have participated in HCASC since 1989. Building a legacy of greatness, HCASC alumni have gone on to become engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.
  • Across 21 states, there are 87 HCASC-eligible HBCUs in the U.S.  
  • To prepare for the competition, students spend hundreds of hours studying science, history, art, current events, math, African American history, geography, literature, sports, and pop culture.
  • Since HCASC was established, Honda has awarded more than $9 million in grants to participating HBCUs, which have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment.
  • More than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives participated in and attended the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles.
  • 125 volunteers, including Honda associates, helped produce the 2019 National Championship Tournament, hosting the students, conducting registration and serving as game officials. 

For photos, videos and additional information about the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit HCASC.com. Connect with HCASC on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and follow the conversation using #HCASC.

About Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Honda has supported and celebrated America’s HBCUs for more than 30 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage. Both HCASC and HBOB enable HBCUs to earn grants and receive positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 170,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

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Acura Celebrates 20 Years as Proud Sponsor of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

  • Acura Stage – Jazz Fest’s prime music venue – will host performances by the legendary Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana and Dave Matthews Band
  • Acura partners with jazz artist and producer Trombone Shorty for 5th consecutive year; is presenting sponsor of The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s “Shorty Fest”
  • Attendees can explore full lineup of Acura products at Acura Product Experience Tent
  • Festival goers can gain access to the exclusive Acura VIP Lounge, catered by top local New Orleans chefs

Continuing its deep appreciation and support of musical heritage, Acura returns as a sponsor of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as the iconic cultural event celebrates its 50th anniversary. Acura also returns for the 5th year as a sponsor of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, and this year, as presenting sponsor of “Shorty Fest,” Foundation’s largest fundraising event on Wed., May 1. The Acura Stage at JazzFest will once again be the festival’s main stage with a lengthy list of legendary performers for 2019, including The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles.

Festival goers can visit the Acura Product Experience Tent, where the brand’s full model lineup of performance luxury SUVs and sedans will be on display, along with the opportunity to take complimentary photos in front of a New Orleans landscape backdrop and a chance to win access to Acura’s exclusive VIP Lounge. The Acura Product Experience Tent is open to the public both weekends, Thurs., April 25 thru Sun., April 28 and Thurs., May 2 thru Sun., May 5.

Investing in the Future of Jazz Music

Building on Acura’s relationship with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Acura is, again, the automotive partner of The Trombone Shorty Foundation (www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org), started by iconic singer, songwriter and producer Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Acura’s sponsorship of the Foundation helps support traditional jazz music education, instruction, mentorship and performance in New Orleans, empowering young musicians to continue the musical traditions of the jazz legends before them.

Most recently, Acura sponsored a group of twelve musically gifted students from The Trombone Shorty Academy with a visit to Los Angeles. Equipped with MDX SUVs (https://www.acura.com/mdx) to get around town and GoPro cameras to commemorate their visit, the students met with professional agents in the music industry, practiced with the USC marching band, played a private performance at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. headquarters in Torrance, California and even performed at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Award-Winning Acura Sound Systems

Acura’s commitment to music includes the brand’s precision crafted product design that turns each vehicle into its own sound studio.

Acura’s award-winning ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system (https://acura.us/RDX_ELSStudio3D) debuted on the 2019 RDX and was developed through a collaboration between Acura and Panasonic and tuned by eight-time Grammy® award-winning recording engineer and music producer Elliot Scheiner. The available critically acclaimed Acura sound system brings the quality and dynamic range heard in recording studios to the comfort of Acura vehicles through a 16-channel, 16-speaker, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers. The ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system  enables both drivers and passengers to experience the feeling of studio-quality sound throughout the vehicle, delivering incredible fidelity and dynamic range while adding a new dimension of sound to the listening experience.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins Thurs., April 25 and runs through Sun., May 5. For the full lineup of artists and more information on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, visit www.nojazzfest.com.    

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

About Trombone Shorty Foundation
The Trombone Shorty Foundation, founded by musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2013, preserves and perpetuates the distinct musical heritage of New Orleans through music instruction, performance, business education, mentorship, and real-life experience – as part of a time-honored tradition to cultivate a vibrant community through music and tradition. Since launching, the foundation has grown from serving 15 students to 100 per year, preparing aspiring musicians from underserved New Orleans communities for success in music and life, moving the city’s culture forward and teaching real-world skills for success in the music industry. Shorty Fest, the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, is a major draw during Jazz Fest week, and is known for featuring up and coming bands and showcasing the talents of the Academy students. Learn more at tromboneshortyfoundation.org.

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Acura Celebrates 20 Years as Proud Sponsor of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

  • Acura Stage – Jazz Fest’s prime music venue – will host performances by the legendary Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana and Dave Matthews Band
  • Acura partners with jazz artist and producer Trombone Shorty for 5th consecutive year; is presenting sponsor of The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s “Shorty Fest”
  • Attendees can explore full lineup of Acura products at Acura Product Experience Tent
  • Festival goers can gain access to the exclusive Acura VIP Lounge, catered by top local New Orleans chefs

Continuing its deep appreciation and support of musical heritage, Acura returns as a sponsor of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as the iconic cultural event celebrates its 50th anniversary. Acura also returns for the 5th year as a sponsor of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, and this year, as presenting sponsor of “Shorty Fest,” Foundation’s largest fundraising event on Wed., May 1. The Acura Stage at JazzFest will once again be the festival’s main stage with a lengthy list of legendary performers for 2019, including The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles.

Festival goers can visit the Acura Product Experience Tent, where the brand’s full model lineup of performance luxury SUVs and sedans will be on display, along with the opportunity to take complimentary photos in front of a New Orleans landscape backdrop and a chance to win access to Acura’s exclusive VIP Lounge. The Acura Product Experience Tent is open to the public both weekends, Thurs., April 25 thru Sun., April 28 and Thurs., May 2 thru Sun., May 5.

Investing in the Future of Jazz Music

Building on Acura’s relationship with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Acura is, again, the automotive partner of The Trombone Shorty Foundation (www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org), started by iconic singer, songwriter and producer Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Acura’s sponsorship of the Foundation helps support traditional jazz music education, instruction, mentorship and performance in New Orleans, empowering young musicians to continue the musical traditions of the jazz legends before them.

Most recently, Acura sponsored a group of twelve musically gifted students from The Trombone Shorty Academy with a visit to Los Angeles. Equipped with MDX SUVs (https://www.acura.com/mdx) to get around town and GoPro cameras to commemorate their visit, the students met with professional agents in the music industry, practiced with the USC marching band, played a private performance at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. headquarters in Torrance, California and even performed at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Award-Winning Acura Sound Systems

Acura’s commitment to music includes the brand’s precision crafted product design that turns each vehicle into its own sound studio.

Acura’s award-winning ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system (https://acura.us/RDX_ELSStudio3D) debuted on the 2019 RDX and was developed through a collaboration between Acura and Panasonic and tuned by eight-time Grammy® award-winning recording engineer and music producer Elliot Scheiner. The available critically acclaimed Acura sound system brings the quality and dynamic range heard in recording studios to the comfort of Acura vehicles through a 16-channel, 16-speaker, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers. The ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system  enables both drivers and passengers to experience the feeling of studio-quality sound throughout the vehicle, delivering incredible fidelity and dynamic range while adding a new dimension of sound to the listening experience.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins Thurs., April 25 and runs through Sun., May 5. For the full lineup of artists and more information on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, visit www.nojazzfest.com.    

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

About Trombone Shorty Foundation
The Trombone Shorty Foundation, founded by musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2013, preserves and perpetuates the distinct musical heritage of New Orleans through music instruction, performance, business education, mentorship, and real-life experience – as part of a time-honored tradition to cultivate a vibrant community through music and tradition. Since launching, the foundation has grown from serving 15 students to 100 per year, preparing aspiring musicians from underserved New Orleans communities for success in music and life, moving the city’s culture forward and teaching real-world skills for success in the music industry. Shorty Fest, the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, is a major draw during Jazz Fest week, and is known for featuring up and coming bands and showcasing the talents of the Academy students. Learn more at tromboneshortyfoundation.org.

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