This is what Honda says about this ad.
"One reason we chose Nick" for the new promotion "is that he has universal appeal, and that's where we're going as a brand—to a total-market approach." "We're leading with some insights in the African-American market but we're really making a general-market appeal".
I always thought that Honda did an excellent job of making its ads age-neutral. Looks like the company has now used the same approach to race. Dick Stroud