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March 9, 2014

Commonwealth Motors earns top Honda award

American Honda Motor Co. has given Commonwealth Motors its top honor, granting the dealership its 2014 Honda President’s Award for Commonwealth’s performance in 2013. This is the third time Commonwealth has won Honda’s highest annual distinction.

This year Commonwealth competed against more than 1,000 Honda dealers across America that vied for the distinction. Of those, Honda singled out 173 for the President’s Award. Selection required superior performance in such areas as customer satisfaction, sales, training, and facility image.

“The President’s Award was introduced in 1995 as a way to challenge our dealerships to achieve the exacting standards Honda established for the brand. Throughout the years, the criteria have been altered to ensure we remain industry leaders in customer service and satisfaction, “said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for Honda.

Located in Lawrence, Commonwealth Motors sells Chevrolet, Kia, Nissan and Volkswagen vehicles, in addition to Honda.

Gas prices increase again

Regional and national gasoline prices stepped higher last week, making it the second straight week of increases, according to tracking by the auto club AAA.

The Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular gas reached $3.544 on Wednesday, up 2.8 cents from the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.516, the auto club reported. But even with the increase, Wednesday’s Bay State average was 20.6 cents below the $3.750 level reported on the same day of 2013.

In New Hampshire, drivers paid an average of $3.491 for self-service regular on Wednesday, up 4.2 cents from $3.449 seven days earlier, according to AAA. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.712 was 22.1 cents above Wednesday’s figure.

AAA’s 50-state average moved to $3.464 on Wednesday, up 3.2 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.432. But on the same day of 2013, the overall U.S. average of $3.737 was 27.3 cents above Wednesday’s average.

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