(from Honda Press
Release) Honda Accord Coupe Concept Poised to Reset Segment
The Honda Accord Coupe Concept reveals a totally new look for the
next-generation Accord, along with key technologies for safety, fuel
efficiency and performance, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.,
announced today at the North American International Auto Show
(NAIAS) in Detroit. The Accord is Honda's best-selling model in
North America and its debut at NAIAS marks the first time that an
Accord concept vehicle has ever been shown at a major auto show.
The styling of the Accord Coupe Concept conveys a powerful stance
through its long hood, deeply sculpted lower body and fastback
roofline. A six-sided grille and projector headlamps that recess
deep into the front fenders contribute to an unmistakable and
aggressive front fascia. Quad exhaust outlets integrated into the
rear diffuser further convey performance and style beyond any Accord
"The Accord Coupe Concept demonstrates the styling direction for the
upcoming, eighth-generation Accord," said John Mendel, senior vice
president of American Honda. "As the industry's target for midsize
segment excellence, the all-new Accord will set a new benchmark for
safety, efficiency, performance, refinement and style."
A more powerful and lower-emissions V6 engine will provide higher
fuel efficiency with the incorporation of Honda's next-generation
Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology. Honda leads the
industry with the highest Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)
rating for any full line manufacturer* of 29.2 miles per gallon -
well above the industry average of 25.3 miles per gallon.
As part of Honda's "Safety for Everyone" initiative, all
next-generation Accord models will include the company's Advanced
Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) Body Structure. Honda's ACE
Body Structure incorporates a front-end frame structure that helps
absorb and disperse crash energy over a large area in a frontal
impact. ACE also makes the vehicle more crash compatible in frontal
impacts with vehicles of differing ride heights.
The current generations of the Odyssey (2005), Civic (2006) and CR-V
(2007) all have the ACE Body Structure. Together, the ACE-equipped
vehicles represent more than 50 percent of all 2007 Honda vehicles
sold on a sales-weighted basis. With the addition of the
next-generation Accord to the lineup of vehicles with ACE, more than
75 percent will be equipped with the technology on a sales-weighted
basis after it goes on sale.
Honda Accord History
The Honda Accord, currently in its seventh generation in 30 years,
remains Honda's best-selling vehicle worldwide and has consistently
been one of the top five best-selling automobiles in the U.S. Known
for its ride and handling, comfort and convenience features, safety,
quality and refinement, the Accord delivers world-class style with
sophistication and performance. The Accord was launched in 1976 with
subsequent major re-designs debuting in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998
and 2003. More than 9.5 million Accords have been sold in the U.S.
Car and Driver magazine named the 2007 Honda Accord as one of the
winners of its prestigious and highly competitive annual "10Best
Cars" award. The Accord has achieved "10Best" status 21 times in the
25 years that Car and Driver editors have been conducting the
competition, more than any other vehicle in the award's history.