Honda

Honda Vehicle Information:

Accord
Civic
Odyssey
Pilot

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Auto Glass OE Manufacturer : PPG

Introduction

When it comes to reliability, many consider Honda to be an automotive
front-runner. Founded in the 1930s as the Eastern Sea Precision
Machine Company, Honda initially focused on manufacturing piston
rings for Toyota. Honda dedicated its work to motorcycles through the
1940s, and by the early 1960s, had developed its first production car.
In 1986, Honda introduced Acura, a competitive luxury brand for the
North American market. As the 1990s rolled around, Honda was being
continuously outpaced in the auto market. As a result, the company
was forced to change its corporate culture, from engineer-led product
development to market-driven design concepts. In 1992, Honda ended
its successful participation in Formula One racing for financial and
environmental reasons. In 1995, the corporation began its aerospace
subsidiary, the Honda Aircraft Company. More recently, Honda has
gained popularity for its innovative research and development of the
ASIMO robot, which has applications in assisting people with limited
mobility.

Popular Makes and Models

Honda’s change in design mentality gave rise to well-known models,
culminating in the ever-steady Civic compact and Accord sedan, which
are historically popular with consumers. Catering to the family market,
the Odyssey minivan began production in 1994, and is now in its fourth
generation. The Odyssey has become a competitive seller in the North
American minivan market, recently winning awards for its retained
value (Edmunds.com) and crash safety (Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety). The CR-V, the compact SUV in the family, began
production shortly after, with model years commencing in 1997.
Knowing well that the convenience and safety of larger vehicles
appealed to North Americans, Honda produced the Pilot mid-size SUV
starting with the model year 2003. In 2005, Honda desired to enter the
North American pickup truck market, and did so by introducing the
Ridgeline, a mid to full-size sport utility truck. The Ridgeline gained a
positive reputation early on, being awarded the Motor Trend “Truck of
the Year” award in 2006. Those living in a dense urban setting may be
more familiar with the Honda Fit, a subcompact vehicle which first
starting selling in North America in 2006. An all-electric version (the Fit
EV) was introduced to the United States in July 2012. Honda previously
offered three hybrid vehicles; the Civic hybrid sedan, the Insight
hybrid, and the CR-Z sport hybrid. Now, a fourth model can be added
to that list for 2014.

What’s Coming in 2014

For 2014, Honda is introducing the Accord hybrid and the Accord hybrid
plug-in. This is no surprise due to the ever-growing demand for
alternative energy vehicles. Honda has also announced that the 2014
Civic coupe will be available with a new, sportier design and improved
performance. This past year, Honda unveiled a few concept cars, the
most popular being their new “urban SUV”. The vehicle was revealed at
Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January 2013. If
released in 2014, the car will likely have flexible packaging options and
next-generation connectivity, targeting young professionals and those
with an active lifestyle. The model is said to be fun-to-drive and
fuel-efficient, ultimately providing further competition to the emerging
small SUV market. A new feature that is sure to excite minivan fans
around the world is the new HondaVAC, an in-car vacuum designed for
the 2014 Odyssey and manufactured by the Pennsylvania-based
Shop-Vac Corporation. It is standard on the Touring trim, but otherwise,
you’ll have to pay extra. Although the vacuum is designed for dry-pick
up only, the included QuattroFlex hose has a four-to-one stretch ratio,
ensuring that you can reach all corners of the vehicle.

Windshield Manufacturer Information

The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of auto glass for Honda
models is Pittsburgh-based company PPG Industries. PPG operates as a
global supplier of a variety of optical products, paints, coatings, glass,
and fiberglass. This manufacturing power allows PPG to excel in
specialized windshield designs for higher-end models, including many
modern safety features. The company has in excess of 150
manufacturing facilities and operates in more than 60 countries.
Experts recommend using OEM replacement glass components during
windshield repair to ensure continued safety and functionality of your
vehicle.

New Features That Affect Windshield Replacement Prices

As car makers produce more modern-looking vehicles, glass
replacement costs often escalate due to increasingly complicated
designs. Due to its sleek construction, the new Honda Civic has a
notably large windshield, although its front and rear door glass panels,
quarter glass, and back glass are rather standard. The Crosstour has
two back glasses divided by a midlevel spoiler, which adds some
complication to the replacement and installation process. The Pilot and
Odyssey, as large passenger vehicles, have much more glass and thus
replacement may be more costly in general. Note that some models,
such as the Accord and the Crosstour, have special safety systems
optionally built in to the framework of a windshield. These include the
forward collision warning system and the lane departure system.
Proper windshield repair for these systems will doubtlessly be more
expensive to ensure their continued functionality. Acoustic windshields,
which are specifically engineered to reduce driving noise within the
cabin, will also drive up repair costs. These are optional on models
such as the Pilot, the Odyssey, and the Insight. If your Honda has
sustained sunroof damage and you’re looking to repair or replace it, be
aware that your sunroof is usually the most expensive glass
component in the car, and costs can be quite high.

Conclusion

Honda is an automotive leader for reliability and quality control. New
models boast impressive technological advancements and attractive
designs while keeping Honda’s reputation for economically viable
vehicles. For 2014 and beyond, Honda appears to be maintaining its
market-driven design outlook. Many consumers enjoy the brand for
affordability when it comes to maintenance and practicality with
respect to repairs. In some cases, however, windshield repair or
replacement costs may be above average. This is especially true for
models with larger windshields and high-end models with optional
safety features such as forward collision warning and lane departure
systems. When unsure about proceeding with any windshield repair,
don’t hesitate to get a second opinion.