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Honda Civic Sedan and Honda Civic Coupe First Small Cars to Achieve TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating in IIHS Safety Testing! - 3/14/13
The new 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe have received the highest available safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This recognition makes the Civic Sedan and Coupe the first and only IIHS     moved to file:   
 Small cars in the industry to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+.      pic65528.jpg)    
 Honda leads all other brands in achieving TOP SAFETY                         
 PICK+ ratings with four models – Civic Sedan and Coupe,                      
 and Accord Sedan and Coupe.  Further, for the 2013                           
 model year, all Honda and Acura models tested1 by the                        
 IIHS have received a TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK  Videos              
 + rating.                                                  (Embedded image   
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 "If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+          pic19635.jpg)    
 rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice," said                       
 Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and                          
 logistics at American Honda. "We believe this is a                           
 distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and                       
 more consumers place a premium on crash rating                               
 performance."                                            Contacts            
                                                          Robyn Eagles        
 The new Civic Sedan, equipped with the second            (Torrance)          
 generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Body      (310) 783-3163      
 Structure™ (ACE™II), is not only the first Small car to                      
 earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ in the industry, but also the      Steve Kinkade       
 first and only to earn the highest possible rating of    (Detroit)           
 GOOD on the IIHS' new small overlap frontal crash test   (313) 202-3150      
 (sometimes called a 'narrow offset' test). This                              
 aggressive test is designed to simulate what happens     Chris Naughton (New 
 when the front corner of a vehicle collides with         York)               
 another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility   (212) 707-9920      
 pole at high speed.  The ACE™II reinforced body                              
 structure found on the 2013 Civic further enhances       Sara Pines (Atlanta)
 frontal crash energy through a wider range of these                          
 offset and oblique collision scenarios.                  (678) 339-1385      
 Additional standard safety equipment on all Civic                            
 models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with                         
 traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS);                         
 side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold                         
 front airbags; and driver and front passenger side                           
 Honda Safety Leadership                                                      
 Honda has a long history of leadership in the                                
 development and application of advanced technologies                         
 and designs to enhance the safety of all road users,                         
 including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and                       
 pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's                         
 most sophisticated crash test facilities and is                              
 responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the                           
 areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision                       
 compatibility and pedestrian safety. This commitment to                      
 safety is rooted in Honda's goal to be a company that                        
 society wants to exist, and it complements the                               
 company's leadership in reducing vehicle emissions,                          
 improving fuel efficiency and advancing alternatives to                      

Center Stage Tree Lighting - 11/13/12
Center Stage Cheshire County is pleased to announce the annual Tree Lighting event will take place on Friday, November 30th in Central Square, downtown Keene from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
A generous donation from Bill Fenton, of Fenton Family Dealerships, collaboration with the city of Keene, and help from Davis Tree Service is making this possible.  Center Stage is delighted that these community people and the city of Keene have come together to make this annual community event possible. 
Come and join us to kick off the holiday season and have the children meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa, sing some holiday songs, and watch the lighting of the annual holiday tree at Central Square in downtown Keene on November 30th.

10-7-2012 - Watkins Glen, NY:  Fenton Wins Two Events at Watkins Glen

Keene driver Bill Fenton and his team, Bill Fenton Motorsports, cleaned up at Watkins Glen this weekend in two Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events. On Saturday, in a 35-car field, Fenton won overall in the thirty-minute sprint race, driving a Honda Civic SI. Sunday featured a four-hour endurance race with 50 race entries. The Bill Fenton Motorsports team, with drivers Bill Fenton, Bod Beede of Northampton, Massachusetts, and Chad Gilsinger of Columbus, Ohio won the event overall by twenty seconds over the BMW team of Eric Curran of Holyoke, Massachusetts and Ian Prout of Hartford, Connecticut. Also competing was a Honda factory-backed team from Marysville, Ohio. Fenton crew chief Steve Wheeler of Geneva, New York made excellent pit calls, with a final of three stops for a splash-and-go with fifteen minutes left in the event.

8-15-12 - New 2013 Honda Accord boasts styling updates, fuel economy gains

Consumer Reports - Months ago at the Detroit auto show, Honda introduced its Accord coupe concept, previewing the upcoming production cars. Here, we see the real details, with a more sculpted body and available LED daytime running lights, headlamp accents, and taillights. The exterior length is said to be shortened, while the interior space is slightly increased over the outgoing model.

Visibility, according to Honda, was supposed to be a design priority. Beyond traditional driver line-of-sight, the Accord will offer several related safety technologies, such as camera-based forward-collision warning and lane departure warning systems. The Accord will include a backup camera, and it will offer "LaneWatch"?a blind-spot display. Collectively, Honda presents these technologies as providing 360-degrees of coverage.

The infotainment technology also marks a step forward with standard Bluetooth hands-free calling and text messaging. Plus, the HondaLink stereo will interface with Pandora Internet radio, Aha, and other services using voice recognition.

This Accord is also being introduced with strong fuel economy boasts. To challenge the lead position in this tough segment (remember: an all-new Ford Fusion is coming and the redesigned Nissan Altima is already out), Honda will offer improved four- and six-cylinder engines. The four-cylinder is an all-new 2.4-liter direct-injected, double-overhead cam unit producing 181 hp; the V6 is a revised 3.5-liter single-cam i-VTEC design. Automatic-transmission versions of the new four-cylinder get a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) to boost fuel economy; the V6 uses a conventional six-speed automatic. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission, although only the automatic-equipped V6 includes Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technology.

There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant using two electric motors and an electronic CVT. A 120-kW electric motor will be capable of powering the car alone for 10 to 15 miles, fed by a 6-kWh lithium-ion battery. Honda says the battery can be recharged from a standard wall outlet in less than four hours, or by a 240-volt charger in an hour and a half. The electric powertrain will be teamed with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a CVT.

Thrifty engines will combine with overall weight savings to raise fuel economy. We'll find if the car makes good on the promises when we buy examples to test.

The Accord goes on sale this fall, with the plug-in hybrid following in the winter.

8-9-2012 - Today/MotorWeek Compact SUV Shootout, the premier online resource for new- and used-car buyers, announced today that the 2012 Honda CR-V is the winner of the Compact SUV Shootout. The shootout pitted six compact SUVs under $25,000 that also get at least a 30 mpg highway rating against each other in a series of tests.

"This was a competitive shootout of an important segment, and we were impressed with all of the vehicles," said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief. "The winning Honda CR-V is a great choice for compact SUV shoppers because of its impressive lineup of standard features, great comfort and overall ride, all combined with Honda's history of strong reliability."

The Shootout featured testing by experts from, USA Today and "MotorWeek." Additionally, a Chicago-based family tested these six vehicles to determine which one fit their needs of comfort, reliability and efficiency.

Vehicle testing included:

  • A 200-mile drive ranging from urban streets to a wide-open interstate.
  • Driving of every vehicle by every expert over the same course to test for overall ride, handling, acceleration and braking.
  • One day of testing by a family in the market for a new vehicle; they joined the experts to give their impressions on the six compact SUVs.

"With fuel efficiency and affordability becoming top of mind for many car shoppers, the compact SUV segment is quickly becoming one of the most popular categories," said Olsen. "Not only does every vehicle we tested get a minimum of 30 mpg, but the segment in general is becoming more affordable than ever and coming with an impressive lineup of standard features."

Other vehicles tested included the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Hyundai Tucson, 2013 Mazda CX-5 and 2012 Kia Sportage.

7-27-2012 - Pals for Paws

Honda of Keene and KROCK 101.9 FM will be at Walmart in Keene, NH on Friday July 27th supporting Pals for Paws.  They will be accepting food, toy and cash donations that will be shared equally between Fast Friends and the Monadnock Humane Society.  Stop by and help out this great cause!

September 8th and 9th, 2012 - Fenton Family Dealerships is excited to announce that we are sponsoring this years Keene Air and Auto Show!  This years show will feature Aerobatic flying, parachute jumping demonstrations, civilian and military aircraft on display, helicopter rides, antique autos on display, tethered hot air balloon rides, kite flying demonstrations and lots of fun and food for the family! Bring your walking shoes, and a blanket or lawn chairs; stay for the day. We love pets, but only service animals will be allowed entrance. All at the Keene Airport, 80 Airport Road, Keene. For more information contact Monadnock Aviation at 603-357-7600.  Check out there website @

Honda reveals new cloud-based infotainment system

Honda let the cat officially out of the bag today, revealing details about its new HondaLink infotainment system that will be featured in the new 2013 Accord.

HondaLink will feature Aha Radio, a cloud-based digital content service that uses the driver's smart phone data connection for streaming through the vehicle's audio system. The interface uses a radio station model, with users creating content presets. Besides music, news, podcasts and other traditional audio content, Aha will allow drivers to listen to Facebook and Twitter feeds.


When the all-new 2013 Accord Coupe Concept was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the press got a taste of what to expect from the ninth-generation Accord.

Its bold, athletic profile is only the beginning. A choice of three powertrains will be available: an efficient 2.4-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder, a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 and a plug-in hybrid, all of which are expected to receive class-leading fuel economy ratings from the EPA[1].

Both the Coupe and the Sedan will show off a host of new technologies, along with an entirely new design. And while both will retain their current spacious cabin size, the Sedan's exterior will be more compact, creating a more aggressive appearance.

The 2013 Accord will debut ingenious new available features, such as Lane Departure Warning (LDW)[2], Forward Collision Warning (FCW)[3] and the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch™ blind spot display[4]. The new Accord also introduces HondaLink™, a cloud-based system that connects you to your favorite digital content without hassling with your mobile phone. Access Aha™ by Harman[5], Pandora® internet radio[6], SMS text message function[7] and more via the audio system interface and voice recognition.

The Accord has been one of the best-selling cars in America since its introduction 36 years ago. And it's poised to continue this tradition when it hits the streets this fall.

Be sure to sign up to stay in-the-know about the all-new 2013 Accord.

[1] Preliminary mileage ratings determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage ratings not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

[2] LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

[3] FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

[4] Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.

[5] Aha Radio is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.

[6] Compatible with select Apple® iPhone® devices only. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply.

[7] Compatible with select phones with Bluetooth®. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature. Only use texting feature when conditions allow you to do so safely.


All proceeds from this event went to the Keene Community Kitchen. This was the 20th year of this Golf Tournament and each year it gets better!  This year through registration, raffles, silent auctions and more we raised $36,038 for the Community Kitchen.  Thank you to everyone who played, sponsored and participated in this great event!

This years event was held again at the Keene Country Club which features 18 demanding holes with water hazards, forest hazards, tight fairways, sand traps and doglegs which will prove to be an interesting challenge for every level of player.  The greens are manicured to perfection for optimal playing conditions.  Golfers played for Hole-In-One awards and also took their chances at winning a variety of excellent golf equipment through a charity raffle.  The evening ended with a great dinner and charity raffle!

The Community Kitchen is a direct-service not-for profit United Way Agency providing hot meals, take-home food boxes and advocacy to low and moderate-income individuals and families in the Monadnock Region.  Your help is very much appreciated!  In 2011 the Community Kitchen served more than 977,000 meals to more than 12,000 people.  Thank you again to all who sponsor and participate in this wonderful event.

Honda of Keene is now accepting American Express!


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