Paragon Honda picked up right where it left off last year, selling more certified pre-owned Honda vehicles than any other Honda dealership in the world for the second consecutive year. Sister store Paragon Acura joined in on the success, leading in certified pre-owned Acura sales for 2012. Read more »
Paragon Dealerships Number 1 in the World in 2012 for Honda, Acura CPO Thanks To Successful Vehicle Exchange Program
Brian Benstock attended the Automotive Leadership Roundtable in Miami, Florida in April. As part of the event Brian presented about best practices for improving customer retention by looking at all dealership departments and how they work together. Pictured below is some highlights from the event. In attendance at the event were David Wescott (Chairman of NADA), Jack Harbaugh (Former NFL Player, Coach, and father of 2012 NFL Superbowl coaches John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh), Google Automotive, Facebook, and many more.
Paragon Honda brought a 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, a fully electric Fit EV and the Civic Natural Gas to Earth Day New York at Union Square on April 21. The three environmentally friendly Honda vehicles were part of the event’s CO2 E Drive, which is an exhibition of green vehicles from multiple manufacturers.
“Honda is always ahead of the curve in fuel-efficiency technology, and this is the perfect event to showcase it,” said Brian Benstock, vice president and general manager of Paragon Honda. “It was an honor to be able to bring along our vehicles to such an important and well-known event.”
The third annual CO2 E Drive allowed the estimated 20,000 attendees who roamed Union Square from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to get up close and personal with multiple green vehicles. The 2013 Honda Fit EV provided by Paragon was one of the biggest hits of the event and drew a lot of interest from guests. The Honda Fit EV has a combined adjusted EPA mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, an EPA-rated driving range of 82 miles and a low energy-consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles.
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In is rated by the EPA with a maximum EV Mode driving range of 13 miles and a gasoline fuel-economy rating of 47/46/46 mpg (city/hwy/combined). The 2014 Accord Plug-In earned the highest EPA MPGe rating (115 MPGe) in its class, topping all plug-in-class competitors. In addition to being Honda’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Accord Plug-In is the first production car in the U.S. to meet the new, more stringent LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard.
The 2013 Civic Natural Gas engine produces almost zero smog-forming emissions and is the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The vehicle was also named 2012 Green Car of the Year.
The 2014 Accord Plug-In, the fully electric Honda Fit EV and the Civic Natural Gas are all available at Paragon Honda.
Earth Day New York is an organization that promotes environmental awareness and solutions through partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses and government entities. This year’s main event spanned three days from April 20-22 at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall.
Brian Benstock competed in the London Marathon on April 21, marking Benstock’s 20th marathon. See photos of his successful run below.
Brian Benstock applauded Honda’s decision to keep incumbent creative agency RPA with a letter to editor of Automotive News, where the article announcing Honda’s retention of RPA was originally published. The article, entitled “RPA has been part of Honda’s success,” can be read here. Following the publication of Benstock’s letter to the editor, Benstock received a kind thank you note from RPA; see below for a picture of the complete thank you from the folks at RPA. The full text of the letter to the editor is also below. Read more »
The Wall Street Journal recently published a scathing review of the 2014 Acura RLX. Brian Benstock, Vice President and General Manager of Paragon Acura, defended Acura’s all-new flagship luxury sedan in a letter to the editor. Read more »
Brian Benstock, Vice President and General Manager of Paragon Honda and Paragon Acura, visited Laura Smith’s WABC Radio show “Living Better With Laura Smith” again on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
Brian Benstock visited Laura Smith again on her WABC Radio show “Living Better With Laura Smith” on Feb. 3, just before Super Bowl XLVII kicked off.
Brian Benstock, vice president and general manager of Paragon Acura and Paragon Honda, was featured in an article in AutoSuccess magazine speaking about dealerships’ disaster preparation – especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The article was a panel interview with Benstock and other influential auto dealers — Jim Evans, owner and president of Evans Motorworks in Dayton, Ohio; Chris Saraceno, vice president and partner of Kelly Automotive Group in Pennsylvania and Florida; and Tony Provost, president and dealer principal for Nissan of Bourne in Massachusetts.