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European Accord Press Release
 Date: September 10, 2002 09:11
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: world.honda.com/news/2002/4020910.html
 Credibility Rating: 10


All-New Accord Targets Quality Sports Segment

Slough, September 10, 2002 --- Honda Motor Europe Ltd. today reveals details of an all-new European Accord, which is to be debuted at the Paris Motor Show (press days: 26 - 27th September; open to the public 28th September - 13th October), firmly targeted at the quality sports saloon market.

Distinctive styling, greater driving enjoyment from two lively DOHC i-VTEC engines and a tauter, more finely tuned chassis, are matched with a roomier cabin, increased levels of safety, greater refinement, superb fit and finish and high fuel efficiency.

The 155 PS (114 kW) 2.0 litre engine delivers peak torque of 190 Nm at 4,500 rpm, and can be equipped with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic with Sequential Sports Shift. The 2.4 litre engine, providing 190 PS (140 kW) at 6,800 rpm, and torque of 220 Nm at 4,500 rpm, is mated to the same automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. Both engines are fully EU2005 compliant.

In recognition of the importance placed on carbon dioxide emissions in UK vehicle taxation, particularly in the company car sector, Honda is also making available two high fuel economy variants of the 2.0 litre model, the Econo and Comfort, specifically for that market. They feature revised gearing, an Electric Power Steering system and a number of weight saving measures, to achieve outstanding fuel efficiency.


Standing out from the crowd

In a market segment noted for its conservatism, the Accord's distinctive and stylish design signals its individuality from the outset. Harmonious proportions are characterised by a high curvature glass area and an aerodynamically efficient bluff rear end, and the Accord's outstanding ability to penetrate the air results in a drag coefficient of Cd 0.26, placing it at the very forefront of the D-segment.

While the wheelbase remains unchanged, overall dimensions are increased, contributing to a more spacious cabin.


Comprehensively equipped

An enhanced specification includes rain sensitive wipers on selected models, a revised optional DVD satellite navigation system with touch screen operation and CD/radio packages offered as standard throughout the range. With the exception of the 2.0 litre Econo model (RHD) and 2.0 litre Comfort model (LHD), all Accords are equipped with dual zone climate control air conditioning.

Front and side airbags are now complemented on certain models by curtain airbags to offer enhanced safety in the event of a side impact.

The aerodynamic package is matched by a chassis developed in Europe to provide a strong sense of stability, using Honda's established and respected double wishbone front and 5-link double wishbone rear suspension, revised in a number of key areas.

The chassis's effectiveness is helped by a bodyshell that possesses even higher levels of dynamic stiffness. 2.4 litre models have the added advantage of VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), and all models are equipped with ABS, EBD and brake assist.

Built in Japan, the Accord saloon offered in Europe will be similar to that on sale in Japan. The US market has a different Accord sedan, built in the US, dimensionally different and tailored specifically for that market.


Sales start in 2003

Available at launch as a saloon only, the simplified European Accord line-up makes its public debut at the Paris Salon in September, with sales commencing in early 2003. Later in the year, the Accord range will become the first to be offered with Honda's all-new, in-house developed diesel engine. This eagerly awaited debut looks set to redefine current diesel benchmark criteria.


New European Accord 2.0L SPORT

Last edited by JeffX on September 10, 2002 12:14

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