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The new High Country Honda dealership in West Glenwood has officially opened, though a few finishing touches are still being added to the exterior and to the main showroom. The opening by auto dealer David McDavid signals a return of the Honda name to Glenwood Springs after a two-year absence.

  
  
  





The new High Country Honda dealership in West Glenwood has officially opened, though a few finishing touches are still being added to the exterior and to the main showroom. The opening by auto dealer David McDavid signals a return of the Honda name to Glenwood Springs after a two-year absence.

High Country Honda co-owner David McDavid, right, in the service bay area of the new auto dealership along with operations manager Teri Walker, center, and certified Honda Master Technician Mack Covington.
            

GLENWOOD SPRINGS - It's been several months' worth of anticipation for Kat Blondin of New Castle as she drove her Honda CRV back and forth by the West Glenwood construction site for the new High Country Honda dealership.

"I literally couldn't wait for them to open," Blondin said Tuesday while sitting in the service department waiting room at the newly opened dealership.

"I haven't had any major service needs, but even just for routine service I prefer to have someone from Honda looking at my car," she said.

After purchasing her car from the former Vista Honda dealership, she was disappointed when Vista pulled out in 2011, leaving the only choices for dealer servicing in Grand Junction or the Denver area.

"I've been saving up my recall items until they opened," added Fred Wooden of Missouri Heights, who said he would only go to Grand Junction "under duress."

"I'm happy to see the dealership come back," Wooden said. "I've had my car [a 2003 Honda Accord] for 10 years, so I'll probably be looking around for another one soon."

Family business

Although several finishing touches are still being completed, David and Kim McDavid, who purchased the local Honda franchise two years ago, decided to open just before the new year.

"We sold our first car on New Year's Eve," said David McDavid, son of the legendary Texas auto dealer by the same name and the third generation of car dealers in his family.

The McDavid family entered the automotive business in 1936, and the David McDavid Automotive Group was started in the 1960s. The dealership chain eventually grew to 17 franchises and more than 1,000 employees throughout Texas at its height.

McDavid tells the story of how his father became one of the first Honda dealers in the United States in 1971.

"The [Irving, Texas] mayor at the time was hounding him to go see the Cowboys in the Super Bowl at the New Orleans Superdome. "There, he met the guy who was hired by Honda to start the first 100 U.S. Honda dealerships."

In the early years, the Civic was the primary Honda model in the U.S.

"When the gas crunch hit in the late '70s, Honda just took off," McDavid said.

In 1998, the Asbury Automotive Group purchased the McDavid Group, and the family stayed on for about five years, he said.

After he left the company in 2003, McDavid worked for period of time as an automotive consultant.

"We wanted to start a new dealership, and looked in other parts of the country ? Florida, the Carolinas," he said. "We had been coming to Glenwood Springs for about 30 years, and this was definitely one of the places we were looking."

When he was advised that the Honda franchise was available, McDavid said he figured it was meant to be. With their son, Mason, in college, and their daughter, Mulvey, a senior in high school in Texas, they figured it was time to make the move to Colorado.

Popular vehicles

Located at 51429 Highway 6 in West Glenwood, next door to the new Mountain Chevrolet dealership, High Country Honda features a 23,500-square-foot building with a large, bright showroom.

The 2.1-acre lot has room for between 200 and 250 new and used cars, including the top-selling CRV, Odyssey and Accord.

"We always had a big connection to American Honda, and it offers a little bit of everything for me as a dealer," McDavid said. "It's a re-energized company that makes cars that really function for the people."

The dealership features a high-tech service department with 14 stalls. The service department is run by operations manager Teri Walker, and Mac Covington is the resident certified Honda Master Technician.

Both are longtime local residents and veterans of the automotive trade in Glenwood Springs.

"We're really excited to see Honda back, and I've been waiting since the old dealership closed to go back to work for them," Walker said. "Once you've owned a Honda or worked for Honda, I think you always have a tie to them."

McDavid said he eventually plans to become involved in the community, though he's busy just getting settled in at this point.

"I do think it's important for me to get to know the community, and for people to get to know who we are and that we are part of the community," he said. "So far, I think I've shook hands with just about every customer who has walked through the door."

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Honda Builds the Most Top Safety-Rated Models in America

02/03/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Four 2014 Honda models made in America achieve a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than any other brand
  • American Honda also leads industry with six TSP+ models overall

Honda has more top safety-rated vehicles made in America than any other automaker.1 Four 2014 Honda models - the Honda Accord Sedan, Honda Accord Coupe, Honda Civic Sedan and Honda Odyssey - have earned the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Civic Coupe was named a TOP SAFETY PICK. Honda associates at plants in Ohio, Alabama and Indiana produce these top-rated Honda vehicles using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Looking at all Honda models including those built in other markets, American Honda has a total of six models, the most of any automaker, that have received a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS under its more challenging requirements implemented for the 2014 model year. Two American Honda models also earned TOP SAFETY PICK ratings. [See chart at the end of this release for a list of all models.]

This leading safety performance is reflective of Honda's unique commitment to "safety for everyone" - based on studying real-world situations to develop vehicles with state-of-the-art collision protection and advanced safety and driver assistive technologies. Ultimately, the company is focused on achieving a collision free society, not only for drivers and passengers of Honda vehicles, but everyone on the road.

"Honda and its passionate engineers are delivering crash safety test performance at industry-leading levels as a result of our strong and continuous focus on innovation in safety technology and vehicle design," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "When you add safety leadership to our world-class durability, inventive packaging and top-class fuel efficiency, you've got the makings for a really smart choice for American car buyers2."

In addition to its leadership in safety, American Honda holds the top spot in overall fuel efficiency among full-line automakers, according to the U.S. EPA's most recent fuel economy trends report. Moreover, the Honda brand also has more vehicles on the road after 25 years of service than any other mainstream automotive brand, according to Polk vehicle registration statistics from 1988-2012.

Honda vehicles are available with leading-edge safety and driver assistive technologies, including Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering? (ACE?) body structure and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system. Honda's ACE body structure, now in its second generation, improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses audible and visual warnings to alert the driver when the system determines that a collision with a detected vehicle or object is likely3.

Other available safety and driver-assistive technologies include: anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist? (VSA®), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and LaneWatch? display; side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front-side airbags. American Honda also is a leader in equipping vehicles with rearview cameras, applied as standard equipment on 17 of 19 models in the company's 2014 new-vehicle lineup, a technology that also will be featured on the all-new 2015 Fit, launching in spring 2014.

For more detailed information about Honda's history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and vehicle designs that are meant to enhance the safety of all road users, please view our Safety Issue Brief.

About Honda 
Honda has more than 30 years of experience producing automobiles in America, beginning with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Honda currently operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.  Honda has produced more than 25 million Honda vehicles in North America using domestic and globally sourced parts, and more than 95 percent of Honda vehicles sold in the United Stated in 2013 were produced in North America.

IIHS Safety Ratings
The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, plus rollover and small overlap front crashes based on performance in the Institute's tests. Under this year's more challenging requirements, the IIHS is using the TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation to recognize vehicles that not only performed well in its crash tests but also are equipped with technologies that help prevent or mitigate front-to-rear collisions. Front collision prevention, which includes both warning systems and automatic braking, is intended to help inattentive drivers avoid rear-ending a stopped or slower-moving vehicle in front of them.

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK+Vehicles:

Honda


Honda Accord Coupe


Honda Accord Sedan


Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Odyssey

 

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK Vehicles:

Honda


Honda Civic Coupe


1Based on 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK ratings as of 12/19/2013, by brand for vehicles manufactured in the United States using both domestic and globally sourced parts.

2Durability based on longevity. Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.

3Intended as a warning system only, FCW will not automatically activate the brakes, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions.


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