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Author Shawn Church
Categories Automotive Technology, All Honda/Acura, TSX, Accord
Create Date June 24, 2003 20:26
Last Update February 14, 2006 14:20
Day 0
It began at the airport - well, at least it did for me. I flew out of Los Angeles at 1:00am PST, on my way to Atlanta for another TOV group test. We try and do these things once a year, rounding up a couple of Honda and Acura's latest cars to get to know them better. We drive them thousands of miles, take them to the drag strip, the auto-x, the dyno. We nap in them, eat in them, and occasionally emit noxious odors in them.

Well, the redeye wasn't the best way to get started, but I arrived in Atlanta at 8:30am EST, allowing us to get in a full day - but we wouldn't be testing cars the first day. Rather, Sage Marie of Honda PR set up a plant tour for us at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Sage picked up Jeff and then they met me at the airport in a Silver Pilot. Hmm, full DVD system, reclining rear seats, gosh I could use the sleep. Time to pop in something boring like Man on the Moon - but no such luck, nobody brought a movie.

We drove about two hours to Lincoln, Alabama, dodging highway patrolmen, sherrifs, etc. along the way - we literally saw dozens. Someone must have tipped off the gendarmes that TOV was in town. We arrived at the Honda plant to find an absolutely massive production facility, and a nearly identically sized new facility under construction. We were met there by several members of the plant team, including plant manager Chuck Ernst. They proceeded to give us an all access tour (including the cafeteria for lunch) that was simply amazing. This plant pumps out 150,000 Odysseys a year, and that will soon double! Even more impressive, they build all their own engines on site. If you've never been to a foundry, or seen (and felt) a 2300 ton press stamp steel, you owe it to yourself to visit an auto plant. Stay tuned for a more in-depth story on our visit, including Jeff dodging sparks on the welding line! :-)

After the plant tour, we drove back to Atlanta and took a short drive in the Accord V6 MT6. More impressions and data will follow, but the powertrain reminded me very much of the CL-S 6spd test we did last year. Only the clutch on the Accord was much better. Why Honda doesn't get more accolades for its V6's is beyond me - they're simply awesome.

Tomorrow, Tuan joins us with the TSX and we start putting on some serious miles. Check in tomorrow night for our Day 2 report.

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07-08-2003 12:12
Vids and reviews????????   (Score: 1, Normal)
zapata
07-09-2003 10:28
Re: Vids and reviews????????   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
07-09-2003 15:14
Re: Vids and reviews????????   (Score: 1, Normal)
zapata
03-17-2004 19:44
Re: Vids and reviews????????   (Score: 1, Normal)
AaronNg
07-28-2003 13:29
Further Information - Conclusion - Etc...   (Score: 1, Normal)
Teirisius
08-06-2003 02:04
Re: Further Information - Conclusion - Etc...   (Score: 1, Normal)
zapata
06-30-2003 20:10
J30a4   (Score: 1, Normal)
Roadmaster
07-23-2003 23:14
Re: J30a4   (Score: 1, Normal)
DRog
07-14-2003 14:31
Is anything else forthcomming???   (Score: 1, Normal)
vtechbrain
07-14-2003 18:06
Re: Is anything else forthcomming???   (Score: 1, Normal)
Tuan
07-15-2003 09:54
Re: Is anything else forthcomming???   (Score: 1, Normal)
vtechbrain
07-17-2003 12:19
Re: Is anything else forthcomming???   (Score: 1, Normal)
DV
07-17-2003 13:28
Re: Is anything else forthcomming???   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
06-29-2003 19:49
How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
T-R
06-29-2003 22:35
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
07-01-2003 16:32
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Lung Fu Mo Shi
07-08-2003 12:27
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
KenB
07-09-2003 01:54
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
WongKN
07-09-2003 11:53
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
07-10-2003 04:09
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
WongKN
07-10-2003 09:04
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
07-10-2003 11:09
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
07-11-2003 20:01
Redline, RPM and parasitic loses?   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
07-11-2003 10:51
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
MaxRC
07-11-2003 12:00
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
07-11-2003 15:42
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
MaxRC
07-11-2003 16:23
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gilbert
07-11-2003 19:50
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
07-11-2003 18:09
Re: How did you come up with HP estimates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
07-11-2003 08:54
1/4 miles times?   (Score: 1, Normal)
99SI
07-11-2003 10:19
Re: 1/4 miles times?   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
06-27-2003 10:00
Nice work!   (Score: 1, Normal)
vtechbrain
07-01-2003 11:16
Re: Nice work!   (Score: 1, Normal)
CivicB18
06-30-2003 17:25
This article needs a conclusion!   (Score: 1, Normal)
hatchback
06-30-2003 18:09
Re: This article needs a conclusion!   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
06-30-2003 22:56
Re: This article needs a conclusion!   (Score: 1, Normal)
provench
06-27-2003 10:40
Cool review   (Score: 1, Normal)
constructicon
06-30-2003 09:49
Re: Cool review   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
06-26-2003 11:04
Accord vs CL instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-26-2003 11:26
Re: Accord vs CL instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
06-26-2003 12:41
Re: Accord vs CL instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
torqueie
06-26-2003 12:56
Re: Accord vs CL instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
06-26-2003 15:38
Re: Accord vs CL instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
torqueie
06-26-2003 19:18
Accord V6 EX sedan vs. TSX AT?   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-29-2003 19:10
Power vs. balance is a more interesting comparison   (Score: 1, Normal)
iceman6
06-29-2003 23:05
Re: Power vs. balance is a more interesting comparison   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-30-2003 00:06
Re: Power vs. balance is a more interesting comparison   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
06-26-2003 18:17
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
hatchback
06-26-2003 20:45
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
NSXman
06-26-2003 23:10
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
purplesage
06-28-2003 02:21
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
hatchback
06-28-2003 21:00
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Classic
06-28-2003 21:41
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
06-28-2003 23:39
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-29-2003 00:41
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
06-30-2003 00:18
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Classic
06-30-2003 05:27
Re: Accord I4 EX 4dr MT vs TSX 4dr MT instead?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Daveg5
06-27-2003 09:51
Why so small pictures ???   (Score: 1, Normal)
danielgr
06-27-2003 13:12
Re: Why so small pictures ???   (Score: 1, Normal)
Tuan
06-27-2003 13:31
Re: Why so small pictures ???   (Score: 1, Normal)
DV
06-28-2003 13:40
Re: Why so small pictures ???   (Score: 1, Normal)
bowersan
06-28-2003 17:14
woops!   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
06-27-2003 13:58
New TSX Dyno   (Score: 1, Normal)
TinkySD
06-27-2003 14:30
Re: New TSX Dyno   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
06-27-2003 16:53
Re: New TSX Dyno   (Score: 1, Normal)
TinkySD
06-28-2003 09:14
Re: New TSX Dyno   (Score: 1, Normal)
Xavi77
06-28-2003 09:21
Re: New TSX Dyno   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
06-27-2003 13:35
SO NICE   (Score: 1, Normal)
ivtec105
06-25-2003 01:02
I'd sure like to be on that trip!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
NSXman
06-25-2003 08:54
Re: I'd sure like to be on that trip!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
06-25-2003 09:27
Re: I'd sure like to be on that trip!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
06-25-2003 11:06
Re: I'd sure like to be on that trip!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
NSXman
06-27-2003 12:13
Re: I'd sure like to be on that trip!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
mugen00
06-26-2003 15:51
Hey what color was the TSX?   (Score: 1, Normal)
mentaloriental
06-26-2003 23:48
Re: Hey what color was the TSX?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
06-27-2003 10:03
Re: Hey what color was the TSX?   (Score: 1, Normal)
vtechbrain
06-27-2003 11:39
Re: Hey what color was the TSX?   (Score: 1, Normal)
mentaloriental
06-24-2003 23:17
HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-24-2003 23:35
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
99SI
06-25-2003 02:18
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
eidji
06-25-2003 08:59
less than 2 hours from ATL   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
06-25-2003 10:05
Re: less than 2 hours from ATL   (Score: 1, Normal)
HiFiGuy
06-25-2003 10:44
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-25-2003 17:47
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
HiFiGuy
06-25-2003 18:25
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-26-2003 19:30
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
HiFiGuy
06-26-2003 19:44
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
06-27-2003 00:44
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
HiFiGuy
06-25-2003 11:38
Re: HMA.... it's in the boonies for sure...   (Score: 1, Normal)
99SI
06-25-2003 18:14
Road Atlanta?   (Score: 1, Normal)
CivicGSiR
06-25-2003 18:32
Re: Road Atlanta?   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
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