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2018 Honda Accord has new engine options and driver assistance tech but no coupe model

Honda had just shared detailed specs of the tenth generation Accord. The updated version not only looks better physically - it has been made larger, but lighter. The 2018 model year also comes with new engine options and additional standard safety features. Honda also confirmed that there will no longer be a coupe variant of it.

The new 2018 Honda Accord can actually fit in the Acura’s lineup, especially the range-topping Touring model that comes with LED headlights. As mentioned earlier, the 2018 model is bigger thanks to its longer wheelbase of 2.16 inch (55 millimeters). The sedan also has a sportier look because it is 0.39 inch (10 mm) wider, and 0.59 inch (15 mm) lower. To keep its weight down despite the increase in size, Honda made use of aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel in the chassis, losing a total of 50 to 80 kilos (110 pounds to 176 pounds), depending on the trim.

Having a longer wheelbase always means more space - either for the interior, the trunk, or both. In the case of the 2018 Accord, rear passengers get 2 inches (51 mm) of more legroom for a more comfortable ride, while the driver and front passenger seats have been pushed inward, giving them more hip and shoulder space. Visibility is also improved thanks to the thinner A-pillars. The new Accord also gets a larger trunk capacity, with more than one cubic foot for the combustion models, and up to 3.2 cubic feet for the Hybrid - as the battery pack can’t be found under the hood anymore.

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Honda releases teaser photo of 2018 Accord, watch out for July 14 debut

The tenth-generation Honda Accord is coming our way. Honda recently announced that the 2018 year model will be revealed sooner than you guys expect, that is on July 14. The reveal will take place in Detroit at 11:00 am eastern time. And don’t stress if you can’t make it to the reveal as they will be streaming it live on YouTube. So as we wait for the day to come, Honda decided to first tease us with a photo posted online. And as you can see, the design elements sort of remind us of the current Civic.

Unlike the Civic, specifically the Type R that received some criticism based on its design, it seems like the Accord would not be getting the same negative reception. Based on what we have seen from a number of spy shots and the new teaser, the Accord is going to be one handsome model. In fact, the company itself said that it is probably the most premium and dramatically styled car.

But the 2018 Accord isn’t just about design, the company promises that it will be a fun car to drive. In terms of the engine, the Japanese marque revealed some details to us. First of all, the V6 has been replaced by a pair of turbocharged four cylinder mills combined with Honda’s next-generation hybrid system. But don’t worry if you were a fan of the smooth V6. Sources that have driven the pre-production model say that the new engine will make you forget about the V6.

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2018 Honda Accord gets 2 turbo gas engines and next-gen hybrid system

Honda Accord has been considered by mid-size sedan buyers as the top choice if one is searching for an excellently built, low maintenance and respectable sporty vehicle for the previous years. Now the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will follow an identifiable trend of utilizing turbos and transmission to boost both power and performance without fully neglecting fuel economy when it will be rolled out to dealers this fall.

10th-gen Honda Accord will be released in the latter part of this year. Honda revealed that when it will be released, the 2018 sedan will be equipped with an array of new and updated powertrains that includes 2 turbocharged gas engines and specifically the next-gen of the Japanese automaker's 2-motor hybrid system. For the standard sedan, Honda will provide it with a 1.5 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, likely the version that is currently utilized in Civic and R-V models.

The official output of the sedan has not been released yet, but the Japanese automaker hinted that the engine will be offered with both a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The previous version of Accord's optional V6 engine will be replaced by a greater output, 2.0 L turbo-four that will be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Honda’s US deliveries fall 1.8% in April 2015 amid weak Accord sales

Honda Accord deliveries have been on a steep decline for the last two months, dragging down the automaker’s monthly sales results in the U.S. Last month, American Honda sold 1.8% fewer cars to just 130,068 vehicles. A 20% drop was seen in sales of the Accord midsize sedan -- the second consecutive month in which this model’s deliveries fell by at least a fifth.

Because of this decline, Honda Division sales fell 2.7% with only 115,194 units sold last month. The impact of the Accord decline to the brand had been somewhat offset by the 56% increase in Fit subcompact sales as well as the Honda Division’s record-breaking deliveries of light trucks last April. Sales of the CR-V compact crossover, which is the brand’s top-selling model, increased by 3.4% to 29,452 units.

Meanwhile, a 28% increase was recorded for Pilot sales with 11,222 units sold. In a statement, Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager, said that because of the upcoming arrival of a redesigned Pilot and all-new HR-V subcompact crossover, the brand is “well-positioned” to take advantage of the high demand for pickups, crossovers and SUVs that resulted to an 11% rise last month in light-truck sales throughout the industry in the U.S.

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Honda plans to stop selling the Accord midsize sedan in Europe as the carmaker continues to suffer sales in a segment where premium ones from German groups are preferred. Leon Brannan, Honda’s UK car division’s boss, told Automotive News Europe that the midsize segment is dominated by corporate sales to German premium brands, which makes the cost to compete is “eye-watering.”

Honda started selling the Accord in Europe in 1977 and commenced production at its Swindon site in the UK in 1992. Back then, the Accord’s main selling points are its reliability and affordable technology.

When Honda shifted the production of the vehicle from the UK to Japan in 2000, Honda was unable to offer similar discounts provided by its European rivals, especially when the Japanese yen gained strength against local currencies.

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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is upgrading a probe into around 335,195 Honda Accord sedans (MY2008) from “preliminary evaluation” to “engineering analysis.” The upgrade means a recall could be up ahead if NHTSA determines that Honda needs to address a safety issue.

NHTSA has received 293 complaints that airbags – either at driver or passenger’s side -- in the model may deploy when the door is shut with too much force. Around 14 injuries were tied to the issue, according to documents from NHTSA.

In some instances, the side seat-mounted torso airbag could also deploy inadvertently, NHTSA said. The agency also said it was probing the risk of airbag deployment injuries to occupants in vulnerable positions. NHTSA launched the initial preliminary evaluation in late January.

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Honda Motor Co. posted a 37-percent drop in sales of the Accord in China in the first five months of 2014, far from what the Japanese carmaker had expected of the mid-sized sedan. The Accord was the best-selling midsized sedan in China three years ago, and Honda had tried to revive the car’s dominance in the country with high expectations.

It even released an exclusive 3-liter version featuring a flashy grille and a tag rivalling the Audi A4 luxury sedan. But prospects were getting a bit dimmer for the Accord in China, as it dropped to 9th among mid-sized sedans in April.

In late February, Honda offered a stripped-down Accord at a starting price of CHY180,000 ($29,000) -- less expensive than earlier versions that had base tags of more than CHY200,000. That offer, however, failed to stop lagging sales.

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid vowed to return 47 mpg of fuel mileage, as per Environmental Protection Agency city/highway window sticker rating, but it failed to live up to its promise, according to Consumer Reports.

The 47 mpg rating of the 2014 Accord Hybrid makes its most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the US, but road tests by the magazine showed that it only averaged 40 miles (64 kilometers) per gallon of gasoline in combined city and highway driving.

That is a 7-mpg difference from what consumers could really get from their Accord hybrid, when the EPA rating was supposed to show the actual fuel economy of new cars and trucks.

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Honda Motor Co.’s Accord was the best-selling car to individual customers in the United States in 2013, topping Toyota Motor Corp.'s Camry. The Camry, however, remains the best-selling model in the US in 2013 after all retail and fleet sales are accounted for. Honda, citing registration data from IHS Automotive's Polk unit, said that US customers purchased 360,089 Accords in 2013.

Overall, Honda posted an 11-percent surge in US sales (both retail and fleet) of the Accord in 2013 to 366,678 units. Toyota overall sold 408,484 Camrys in the US in 2013, 342,007 of which were to individual customers, according to Amanda Rice, a Toyota spokeswoman. Honda's strategy to focus on retail sales is finally bearing fruit, as they boost resale values and are usually more profitable than fleet sales.

Retail sales made up over 98 percent of Accord's volume in 2013, compared with around 84 percent for the Camry. US carmakers usually depend on fleets for a quarter or more of sales. "Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products," John Mendel, Honda's US executive vice president, said in the statement.

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American Honda Motor Co. will offer Apple's Siri Eyes Free in several of its models, including the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX, starting December 3, 2013.  The Siri Eyes Free will allow drivers with compatible iPhone models to voice-instruct Siri to perform certain functions on their phone while keeping their focus on driving.

This hands-free software employs the vehicle's onboard speakers and microphones to read and send e-mails and text messages.

Siri Eyes Free can also check the weather and set up calendar entries while providing voice navigation, sports scores, and stock quotes. The hands-free program also aims to limit distractions by keeping the iPhone's screen from lighting up. 

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Green Car Journal has named the Honda Accord as the Green Car of the Year for 2013. According to Ron Cogan, editor of the Green Car Journal, the Accord got the award mainly because it offers high fuel economy ratings for gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. "This year's winner offers something for everyone," Cogan said.

There were five finalists: the Accord, the Audi A6 TDI, the BMW 328d, the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla. It was also the second straight year that the winning car was a top-selling sedan that offered US consumers with gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

The Green Car of the Year for 2012 was the Ford Fusion. Mike Accavitti, head of automotive operations for American Honda, remarked that the award is an obvious selling point for the Accord.

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The 2014 Accord Hybrid is set to make its debut at U.S. dealerships on October 31. The EPA has given this model a rating of 50mpg in the city. John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda, said that this hybrid offers an excellent mix of fuel efficiency, technology and value as well as sophisticated technologies standard on all Accord Hybrids.

The well-equipped Accord Hybrid is priced from $29,155 MSRP. The price could go up to as high as $34,905 for the luxurious Accord Hybrid Touring model. This price includes $790 in destination and handling costs. Mendel also said that the growing lineup with the Accord Hybrid will boost the Accord’s reputation as the United States’ most popular passenger car with individual buyers.

Each new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid comes with many standard features such as Honda's exclusive LaneWatch blind spot display system, which is a premium feature that’s not yet offered on rival hybrids.

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will have an EPA rating of 50 mpg city/45 highway/47 combined, allowing it to travel more than double the distance the previous version covered with just a gallon of fuel.  The Accord Hybrid car was discontinued after just three model years (2005-2007).

2014 Accord Hybrid is equipped with a powertrain that employs two electric motors as well as more powerful lithium ion batteries, compared to previous models run by just one electric motor and powered by a nickel metal hydride battery pack.

Although the Accord tops the Ford Fusion's 47 mpg city rating, both have an identical 47 mpg combined rating. It however packs more mpg than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which has an EPA rating of 43 mpg city/39 highway/41 combined. The Accord, however, loses to Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid in highway mpg, at the German car boasts of 48 mpg.

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Auto experts at have included the 2013 Honda Accord and Civic on their list of the 10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000. The 2013 Accord topped the list of new vehicles introduced in 2013 while Civic was the highest rated compact car. Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda, said both models deliver on all fronts like “value, performance, fuel efficiency, top safety ratings and a wide array of standard features “at a competitive price point.

The editors of recognized the Accord’s sophisticated styling, excellent driving performance and innovative features like the available LaneWatch blind spot display to vote on tops of the site’s list.  The 2013 Accord also earned industry-leading safety scores.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the 2013 Accord as a Top Safety Pick+ while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the sedan a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score.

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The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 has just received a limited edition Honda Factory Performance (HFP) package and it will go on sale today at select dealers in the United States. This new vehicle was first shown back in 2012 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and was recently performance tested by Honda’s North American racing company, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD).

According to Honda, the HFP package consists of 19-inch HFP alloy-wheels, a new HFP sport suspension which lowers the height of the car by 15 mm and enhances handling, a decklid spoiler, new front, side and rear underbody spoilers developed by HFP, red interior illumination, HFP floor mats and HFP badges for each side and the trunk.

Honda offers a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty for the HFP package. Only 500 examples of the 2013 Accord Coupe V6 with the HFP package will be sold. The price of the package is $4,620 and does not include installation.

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The all-new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid made its debut today and the Japanese manufacturer announced that the new car will hit the US dealerships this October. According to the official press release, the 2014 Accord Hybrid uses Honda’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain, much of which is shared with the Accord Plug-In that went on sale in January.

2014 Accord Hybrid features the two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain which allows the driver to use three different driving modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In the EV Drive, the 2014 Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode. The Engine Drive uses the 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine.

The Hybrid Drive uses the 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and petrol engine. The Accord Hybrid is anticipated to get a class-leading mid-size sedan EPA fuel economy rating of 49/45/47 mpg (city/highway/combined). Regarding the design, the 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same styling found on the Accord Sedan plus unique hybrid badging and blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design and a decklid spoiler.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given a five-star crash-test rating to the two-door coupe version of the 2013 Honda Accord. The agency has also given the Accord sedan with a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has also named these models as Top Safety Pick+ vehicles.

The coupe did even better than the sedan in the New Car Assessment Program of the NHTSA. The coupe scored five stars in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests. In the side and rollover test, the Accord sedan had gotten five stars. However, it only received four stars in the frontal crash test.

IIHS has given a “Good” rating to the 2013 Accord coupe in all the categories except when it got an “Average” score for the small overlap front test. The sedan got a “Good” rating for all tests. The Nissan Altima coupe, which is the main rival for the Accord coupe, wasn’t fully tested by the NHTSA but did earn five stars in the rollover crash test.

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Honda will produce a third-generation Accord Euro, according to CarAdvice. There were speculations that the Honda Accord Euro, which is the basis for the U.S.-market Acura TSX, won’t have a direct replacement. But since the Acura TSX and TL are expected to be combined into one TLX model within the next few years, it’s not clear if the TSX will get a new generation.

Honda President Takanobu Ito said that the company was working “really, really hard” to develop the Honda Accord Euro. However he declined to confirm the launch date. But we’ll know soon as the U.S.-market Acura TSX and Acura TL are nearing the end of their cycles if the ILX will still be available together with a TSX and TL, or if a TLX model will lead to the discontinuation of the TSX.

The presence of a next-gen TSX may justify the engineering costs of a new Accord Euro. Last year, the 28,865 TSX units were sold (which include 4234 TSX wagons), falling behind the 33,572 units sold of the TL. The smaller ILX had higher sales than the TL and TSX in December 2012. Meanwhile, Acura’s SUVs (the RDX and MDX) made up over half of the brand’s overall December sales.

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The 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has started to arrive in select dealerships in the U.S. Initially, this model will make it to dealerships in New York and California. The Accord PHEV will eventually be offered throughout the country. It’s possible that it will be available across the nation this summer.

According to Honda, the non-plug-in Accord Hybrid, which features basically the same driveline, will be offered all throughout the country in summer 2013. Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system is used in all 2014 Accord PHEVs.

This system is coupled with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson cycle I-4 with a CVT and a pair of electric motors. While one motor works as a generator, the other drives the wheels. Honda hasn’t announced the final power outputs for the driveline yet but its lithium-ion battery pack offers around 13 miles of pure EV driving.

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Honda Motor Co.’s revamped 2013 Accord received high marks from Consumer Reports, which said the model ranks among the market's best mid-sized cars. In a statement, Consumer Reports said that the new Accord, which was rolled out in September 2012, topped other sedans with four cylinder engines, like the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry.

Both the four-cylinder and V-6-poweded Accords received Consumer Reports’ recommended status that the 2012 Honda Civic failed to earn. Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, said in the statement that while Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, it “nailed this one,” referring to the 2013 Honda Accord.

According to the magazine, Accord's appeal was a product of good combination of interior room, high fuel economy, ride and handling, features and price.

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