Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet Jacksonville's Number One Honda Dealer, Honda of the Avenues

During last week's Jacksonville's International Car & Truck Show, the guys at took time out to visit one of the area's leading dealerships. It was Saturday, a perfect day in sunny North Florida, when the staff of Honda of the Avenues greeted us.

More than any other set of facts, here is what we took away from our visit:

Folks in Jacksonville agree on one thing. Lou Sobh's Honda of the Avenues is the place to save on a new or used vehicle. As a matter of fact, people come from all around northeast Florida to see in person the area's premier Honda dealership—rated Number One now for the third straight year.

One of the newer dealerships in the Jacksonville area, Honda of the Avenues has quickly earned the trust of the car-buying public through a combination of low prices, extensive selection and excellent service. To be honest, the service department itself is one of the finest we've ever come across.

If you're in the market for a new or used Honda, you can count on Honda of the Avenues to deliver a superior ownership experience every time. It's the place where you'll literally find hundreds of beautiful new Hondas, plus many certified pre-owned Hondas, as well as top-quality used makes in a wide price range.

We came away from Lou Sobh's flagship dealership extremely impressed, not only with the facility, but especially with the caring people work there. Whenever it's time for you to consider a Honda automobile, you owe it to yourself to keep Honda of the Avenues in mind.

All of us at are absolutely positive you will be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

American Makes Are all the Buzz at Jacksonville's Presidents' Weekend Auto Show

During and after the recent Super Bowl, Eminem's stirring commercial on behalf of Chrysler and Detroit has sparked a new patriotic fervor among American car enthusiasts. The buzz continues at the world-class International Car & Truck Show in Jacksonville, February 18-20.

The commercial asks, does Detroit know anything about luxury? The answer is, The Motor City knows luxury as well as super-extreme hard times. And there as been more of the latter in recent decades, for certain.

But we at believe there is a definite resurgence in the air for American automobiles, one led by the old Big 3 from Detroit: Chrysler, Ford and GM. Confidence and quality are up. Consequently, so are sales.

So come see the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show this weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Meet the guys from After all, they're car guys just like you.

Along with them, cheer on the future success of the new Chrysler 200, the Chevy Volt, the Ford C-Max and all of the other great cars now being made in America. All being conceived in Detroit, America's proud Motor City.

After all, it's Presidents' Holiday Weekend.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What Will It Mean Now that the EPA Is Calling for 35+ MPG by 2016

Needless to say, as we roll forward into 2011, car makers are scrambling to meet new CAFE standards as dictated by the U.S. government. For the first time in several years, in fact, 2011 will see the average MPG jump to over 30—plus many new larger models will be included for the first time in the CAFE formula.

What do these facts mean to car makers and car enthusiasts?

Well, for starters, you will be seeing more fuel-efficient models up and down manufacturers' model lines. But you will also discover that car makers will be producing many more compact and subcompact vehicles. And both large and small models will be much more likely to be equipped with four-cylinder motors.

In a surprising (yet inevitable) trend, four cylinder engines will soon be popping up in models by prestige brands such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Lexus. And that means the percentage of four cylinders across product lines of all makers will only be going up from today's 65%+.

So if you have yet to fall in love with a plucky little four-banger, it's time to re-examine the playing field. Because notwithstanding the current influx of electric and hybrid entries, smaller, more fuel-efficient all-gasoline engines are definitely in your future. For example, one report has Audi bringing a four-cylinder A8 to America in 2012.

That's especially true when you consider the EPA-demanded MPG average for 2025 will likely reach 60!