HondaLink coming this month, will take on Ford’s SYNC

Article by Christian A., on July 2, 2012

Honda may not have made significant advances yet when it comes to in-car technology but it has been confirmed that it will launch a new HondaLink system in July. Other automakers such as Ford have been updating infotainment systems while Honda hasn’t been able to keep up. But now, Honda is moving away from using satellite data for its connected services.

According to the Autopia blog on Wired magazine, Honda’s reps are not aware if the newer system will use a built-in modem or if it will be connected to a driver’s smartphone. Honda first displayed its connectivity at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show where it revealed that it has partnered with Aha Radio. With this Aha radio app, users are able to stream thousands of audio feeds.

2013 Honda Accord is the first model in the range to have this app. It’s not clear at this point which vehicles will get Apple’s Siri Eyes Free function but it’s likely to be the 2013 Accord. The Honda Fit EV is where the revamped HondaLink system will officially debut. But then, the Fit will only be available in a few markets. It will be widely seen only on the new 2013 Accord, which starts selling this fall.

The latest 2013 Honda Accord Coupe and Honda Accord Sedan define the start of the 9th series of Honda's world renowned midsize vehicle. More elegant, more sleek, better functioning and more ready than any other variant in the Accord's 37-year old reign, the 2013 variants particularly move forward the idea of craftsmanship and luxury, car dynamics and the range of basic equipment to the topmost levels in their segment. Made in two factories in Ohio, the release of the latest models commemorates three decades of manufacturing the Accord in the US.

The wheelbase and the body length of the Accord Coupe and Sedan are somehow more compact compared to the previous Accord series while still giving enhancements in important interior proportions like the legroom for passengers at the back and the capacity of the trunk. The outcome is a spacious brand new Accord that prides itself for its athletic look, better response handling and enhanced driving function.

From the edge of the bumpers at the front down to the exhaust finishers, there is nothing that was left unnoticed when the Accord was being reimagined. This change was significantly seen in major parts such as the sheet metal, unit-body, aerodynamics and glass, together with the features on the car's inside like the engines and transmissions, electronic systems, chassis components and a lot of safety features.

In spite of the total overhaul, the 2013 Accord Coupe and Sedan are still primarily focused on giving the same traditional mix of unparalleled security and safety, value for the buck, exciting handling and performance, and passenger convenience and comfort.

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