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Million Mile Accord

Friday, 28 October 2011 at 12.00AM

American Honda has awarded Joe LoCicero a brand new 2012 Accord after he hit the one million mile mark in his 1990 model.

Joe's million mile journey over the past 15 years is a testament to Honda's reliability, and reinforces Honda's reputation for building rock-solid, dependable cars.

Joe drives an average of 62,500 miles a year and began keeping detailed records at around 300,000 miles. He has taken more than 661 photos of his odometer and Honda fans have been following his journey on http://www.millionmilejoe.com as he approached the one million mile mark.

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The Honda Accord range has been given improvements to fuel economy, refinement and exterior design to boost its competitiveness in the corporate market.

Both the Accord Saloon and Tourer models continue to offer impressive quality and high specification, and aim to combine class-leading reliability with lower running costs.

Fuel economy and emissions of Honda's refined 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel engine have been improved by reducing internal frictional losses. The result of this update is a 9 g/km drop in CO2 emissions for the saloon to achieve a sub-140 g/km CO2 figure (6-speed manual) and an 11 g/km reduction for the automatic variant. Power remains at 150 PS with torque at 350Nm/2000rpm.

Crucially for the corporate market, the improvements to the 2.2 i-DTEC and a host of aerodynamic revisions to the car mean the diesel engine in automatic guise along with the 2.0 i-VTEC manual now fit in neatly below the all-important 160g/km Write Down Allowance threshold for the first time.

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Honda Accord Crosstour launched

Wednesday, 2 September 2009 at 12.00AM

Honda has launched its new Accord Crosstour for the North American market. According to Honda, the saloon/SUV crossover mixes car-like ride quality and refinement, with a SUV-style raised ride height and driving position. Styling changes over the regular Accord include a more pronounced front grille, large C-pillars and an aggressively-styled rear end.

Erik Berkman, vice president of American Honda Motor Company, said:

We know SUV buyers like the commanding view of the road that comes with a high eye-point and like the comforts of living with an SUV.

Honda sources have said there are no immediate plans to launch the Accord Crosstour in the UK or Europe.

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Honda Accord tops Which? car survey

Wednesday, 5 August 2009 at 12.00AM

The new Honda Accord has been named as the UK's most reliable car in this year's Which? car survey, it was announced today. The car achieved a reliability score of 99%, one of the highest scores ever achieved; closely followed by the new Honda Jazz in second place with a score of 98%.

Honda cars hold four of the top ten places in the recent survey. As well as the new Jazz reaching second place, the first generation Jazz also scored 95.9% achieving sixth place in the survey. The Civic Hybrid achieved pole position in the hybrid vehicle sector with a score of 95.7%, seventh place in the overall survey and edging ahead of its rival the Toyota Prius with 95%.

A total of 77,000 drivers across the UK took part in the Which? survey to assess customer satisfaction. The survey based its results on breakdowns, faults and general niggles over a 12 month period.

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Hot Honda Accord diesel planned

Friday, 6 February 2009 at 12.00AM

Honda will unveil its first hot diesel, in the shape of the new Honda Accord Type S, at the Geneva motor show in March, the company has announced.

The Honda Accord Type S will use the same 2.2-litre diesel engine as the standard car, but tweaked to produce an extra 22lb ft of torque and 29bhp more.

The power gain is achieved through the use of a larger intercooler and changes to the turbocharger and cylinder head.

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On 26 November 2008, Honda's new Accord achieved the first three star pedestrian test rating for the Large Family class in the latest Euro NCAP crash test results published.

In addition, the Accord has the best overall performance for combined safety in this class with 5 star adult protection, 4 star child protection and 3 star pedestrian protection.

Ken Keir, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe said:

We are delighted with the EuroNCAP result, which confirms the new Accord as the leader for combined adult, child and pedestrian safety in the large family car class. Add to this the advanced active safety features of the Accord and customers can experience the most effective safety technologies put into practice with our goal of providing safety for everyone.

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Accord Diesel Auto Launch

Friday, 21 November 2008 at 12.00AM

The Accord i-DTEC automatic will go on sale in January 2009 priced from £22,400. Honda will launch its first automatic transmission for a diesel engine in 2009, with the new gearbox featuring in the Accord.

The Japanese manufacturer expects automatic transmission in the Accord to appeal to a new segment of customers, particularly in the corporate market, where it considers high mileage user choosers often will only consider an automatic transmission.

Graham Avent, manager - corporate sales, cars, Honda UK, said:

Company car tax legislation has driven much growth in diesel sales and resulted in traditional petrol heads re-assessing their choice of powertrain, For many of these drivers, the final hurdle in their transition to driving a diesel is whether or not it is available as an automatic,

The Accord i-DTEC automatic will go on sale in January 2009 priced from £22,400 (Accord 2.2 i-DTEC ES saloon) and £23,700 (Accord 2.2 i-DTEC ES Tourer).

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Accord Tourer Concept at Frankfurt Motor Show

Tuesday, 28 August 2007 at 12.00AM

Honda will be presenting the world debut of an exciting Accord Tourer Concept at the forthcoming 2007 Frankfurt motor show. A press conference will be held on the Honda stand in Hall 5 on the first Press Day, 11th September, between 13.15 and 13.45.

The Accord Tourer Concept will give a strong indication of the design direction of the all-new generation Accord Tourer set to debut in mid-2008 and its wider, lower look signals a more sporty, more emotional styling approach. This will be matched by a range of advanced, low emissions engines and innovative new chassis technology that will deliver exceptional handling without compromising ride comfort.

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White hot GT joins Honda Accord range

Monday, 18 June 2007 at 12.00AM

Two new versions of the Accord will be launched in September to help Honda battle for honours in the competitive D-sector saloon market. Follow this link for details:

  • Honda Accord GT and SE
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