What to Do When Your Honda Dealership Has the Identical Name as a Dead Klansman

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It is been a rough week at Frank Ancona Honda of Olathe, Kansas.

The loved ones-owned dealership, in operation just southwest of Kansas City considering that 1961, has successfully weathered all of the storms that periodically pummel dealers of all stripes.

Then, final weekend, a body discovered on the banks of Missouri’s Large River — about a 5-hour drive to the east — gave the dealership the type of consideration that no business wants. The corpse, which had a bullet hole in its head, also had a name: Frank Ancona.

No, the founder of Frank Ancona Honda is nevertheless alive and effectively at 85. But a lot to his dismay, the Frank Ancona found by the Massive River was none other than the 51-year-old imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

There have been phone calls to the dealership. Numerous of them, in truth.

When Automotive News first broke the story, the dealership had currently posted a disclaimer on its internet site. “Frank Ancona Honda is not in any relation to the KKK leader that was not too long ago found dead,” read any car shopper browsing for deals on a Odyssey or Accord.

A excellent point to know. However, not everybody does the groundwork to steer clear of leaping to conclusions.

Ancona told AN not extended after news of the killing spread that his dealership received numerous calls from men and women “ranting and raving,” obtaining mistaken him for the KKK leader.

“I believed, ‘Here we go once more,’” Leon Wharton, the dealer’s basic manager, told the Kansas City Star. The dealer very first discovered there was a hateful duplicate name out there in 2014, when the same Frank Ancona was interviewed following the shooting deaths of three Jewish individuals in Overland Park, Kansas.

Wharton stated the news media has done a good job dispelling any connection between the dealer and the KKK leader, but social media is yet another story. Speculation has run rampant on the internet, and that has led to a lot more telephone calls. Most have come from those looking to uncover out the identity of the Honda-loving Frank Ancona, even though 1 offered sympathies for the dealer’s plight.

Other people, placed by people who think themselves mighty clever, have proved much more of an annoyance.

“We got a telephone get in touch with from a consumer yesterday who pretended to be a member of the KKK in Mississippi,” Wharton stated. “He stated he wanted to provide his condolences at the death of our leader. Our receptionist said, ‘After I explained that our “leader” is alive and effectively and not a KKK member, he fessed up and said, “I was just kidding.”‘”

In spite of the undesirable consideration, Wharton claims he isn’t too concerned about the name hurting the organization.

“February is normally 1 of the worst months in the automobile business as it is,” he explained. “It just by no means does do really properly in comparison to the other months. So could it have some impact? Yes. But can I pinpoint that it is negatively affected company? No, not actually.”

As for the dead man, Ancona’s wife and stepson have been charged in his killing.

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Jeep Patriot and Initial-gen Compass are Really Dead 2018 Wrangler Information Leaked

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited red

Amid all the hand wringing and social media sobbing more than the celebrities we’ve lost in 2016, no 1 thought to mention the Jeep Compass and Patriot — sturdy-promoting, cost-effective yet archaic autos that have been loathed by the automotive press.

Properly, the decade-old twins are dead. Gone. Finito. Pushing up daisies. The Toledo Blade reports that the Patriot and Compass ceased production on December 23, paving the way for a significantly-enhanced second-generation global Compass.

Whilst the new, bigger Compass prepares for its launch, the next-generation of the Jeepiest of all Jeeps — the 2018 Wrangler — remains heavily shrouded. We’ve seen specifics leaked about its appearance and drivetrain, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains silent on a production timeline. Properly, always count on a union representative to spill some beans.

According to the Blade, FCA’s Toledo assembly plant will cease production of the Jeep Cherokee in early April to make way for the subsequent-gen Wrangler. The move is part of a larger game of production musical chairs that is only just begun. A six-month shutdown follows the Cherokee’s Toledo exit, throughout which time the plant will retool for physique-on-frame assembly.

Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, told the Blade that production of the 2018 Wrangler will commence in November. Pre-productions models must seem “much earlier.”

As the plant gears up for the new Wrangler, production of the current model should continue uninterrupted, Baumhower said. He added that the current generation must see production wrap up in March 2018. Soon after that, the line will convert to next-gen Wrangler pickup production — a shadowy model that has played a starring role in the fevered dreams of Jeep aficionados for years.

When out of Toledo, Cherokee production moves to the Belvidere, Illinois facility not too long ago vacated by the Heaven-bound Patriot and Compass. Retooling is currently underway at that plant, UAW officials claim.

(H/T to Tom!)

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Volkswagen CC Dead, to be Replaced by Some thing Individuals Might Want

2016 Volkswagen CC, Image: Volkswagen Group of America

The slow-promoting Volkswagen CC premium sedan — a model you’d be forgiven for forgetting — has reportedly ended production in Germany.

In happier instances, the model added a dash of upscale panache to the squeaky-clean brand. Now, Volkswagen has cast off the aging, underperforming model as it seeks to reclaim lost marketplace share and income with the CC’s shadowy replacement.

Sources inform Britain’s Autocar that assembly of new CCs has ceased as the automaker preps an all-new entry to slot above the midsize Passat. Don’t be concerned about provide drying up overnight, however. Provided the model’s slow sales, there’s likely sufficient inventory to hold the company more than till the replacement shows up next year.

Not that buyers are flooding dealer lots in search of the coupe-like CC. Right after reaching a sales higher in 2011 with 29,502 U.S. sales, demand for the model slipped to just six,276 units in 2015. The very first ten months of 2016 saw only two,595 sales.

Launched in 2008, the model bowed as the Passat CC prior to dropping its sister car’s name in the course of its 2011 redesign. The CC name isn’t probably to seem on the model’s replacement. The exact same sources claim Volkswagen desires to drop the name like a hot potato, preferring anything new and distinctive that requires buyers’ minds off the past (specially the current previous).

There’s a quantity of spy pictures floating around that claim to show the CC’s replacement. If these photographs are certainly of the unnamed successor, anticipate a lengthy sedan with a fastback-like profile. The automaker has reportedly selected its Sport Coupe GTE notion automobile as inspiration, which could signal a high-performing hybrid variant.

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The Honda CR-Z is Now Dead Across North America

2016 Honda CR-Z, Image: Honda

So, Honda’s two-seater hybrid sports vehicle is officially belly-up in North America. There will not be a nicely-attended service or procession, just a solemn trickle of old models off of dealer lots.

Following TTAC confirmed that the CR-Z was done in Canada, and soon after a ‘Final Label’ edition bowed in Japan, word comes that the model has shuffled off into history everywhere else. Honda representatives confirmed to Auto and Driver that the automaker has pulled the plug on the CR-Z in North America.

Sales of the CR-Z rivaled continental drift for momentum, so it is no surprise the firm desires to turn its interest to two “volume models,” which is how the Honda reps referred to the 2017 Accord Hybrid and EV/plug-in/fuel cell Clarity lineup.

The CR-Z didn’t excel as a sports vehicle or a hybrid. For far less money, a utilised Chevrolet Cruze Eco beats it by 4 miles per gallon on the highway, and a sporty Civic can at least carry more than a single passenger. The model didn’t just fail to capture its niche — it killed it altogether.

With production discontinued (or slated to finish soon — either way, 2016 will be the last year), the flow of new models onto dealer lots will soon end. Neglect a funeral, celebrations may possibly spontaneously break out. Soon after the tap turns off, salespeople can begin getting rid of the enormous backlog of CR-Zs currently clogging inventories. Who knows, they may possibly truly mark them down.

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The Honda CR-Z Is Officially Dead In Canada

2016 Honda CR-Z

2016 will be the final model year for the extraordinarily slow-selling Honda CR-Z in Canada. Honda Canada spokesperson Maki Inoue confirmed that the CR-Z is completed, indirectly supplanted in Honda Canada’s lineup by the reborn Honda Accord Hybrid.

“As Honda aligns its solution portfolio to very best take benefit of growth opportunities in the marketplace, it will add a new Accord Hybrid, and discontinue CR-Z this year,” Inoue told GoodCarBadCar earlier this afternoon.

Of course, we knew the CR-Z was completed for. Separate articles on TTAC earlier nowadays made mention of an American Honda spokesperson’s impression that the CR-Z was currently dead and the glut of CR-Z inventory of which Honda dealers need to now rid themselves.

News that the CR-Z is dead north of the border is thus no surprise, particularly given the car’s disastrous reception in Canada. You believed the two-seat, hybrid hatchback was unpopular in the American marketplace? Oh, Canada: in comparison with their northerly neighbors, Americans were downright enamored with the Honda CR-Z.

Think about this: Americans purchase around nine times much more new automobiles than Canadians, but CR-Z sales in the United States were 25 times stronger than Canadian sales more than the vehicle’s lifespan.

It’s not that Canadians won’t buy Hondas. Much more than 11 percent of the new passenger cars sold in Could have been Civics. Indeed, the Civic has been Canada’s very best-selling auto in every single of the final 18 years.

But the CR-Z, underpowered and not as effective as you’d count on a two-seat hybrid to be, did Honda Canada no favors.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free of charge and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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