The Redesigned Honda Accord Wants To Be A Leader In Fuel Economy And Safety Features
|   Thursday, August 09, 2012
Honda says the 2013 Accord sedan features is more inclined towards passenger and cargo room and is also shorter and weighs less than the outgoing model.

The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord represents a huge engineering change for a signature car that has slipped against other mid-sized rivals. It will go on sale this autumn with a shorter length, a new engine family and a continuously variable transmission.

The 2013 sedan features nearly flush windshield glass, flush mounted windshield wipers and available LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights.
The car weighs less than the outgoing model, but has more passenger and cargo room.

The front and rear fascias clearly signal a Honda product, but the side flanking and rear-windows indicate at the C-pillar mirroring the styling of BMW's 3 series.

The company calls it the "most sculpted and dynamic Accord ever", clearly aiming for US buyers attracted to the current Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry and 2013 Ford Fusion. The 2013 Accord is being used to introduce several key pieces of Honda technology, and that is in addition to sportier styling.

The first generation of the automakerĀ“s "Earth Dreams" engines debuts featuring direct injection and double overhead cams. This will offer improved fuel economy and lower emissions. Honda's engineers have said the base engine will be a 2.4 liter 4-inline cylinders with more than 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque; that would mean a slight horsepower increase but considerably more torque, leading to at least 10% better fuel economy numbers.

The decision to equip all versions of the Accord with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), could prove to be a gamble because CVTs have not been widely accepted by buyers. The fact that some buyers reported significant reliability issues in some vehicles may have had something to do with it.

Honda has also re-engineered the Accord's 3.5 liter V6 engine and mated it with a 6 speed gearbox; optionally, a new 6 speed automatic transmission is available.

Furthermore, the 2013 Accord will be offered with a two-motor plug-in hybrid system that features there modes: all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive.

In an era of cost-cutting necessitated by the strong Japanese yen, perhaps the biggest question looming over Honda is what the latest Accord looks like on the inside.
Honda said previously that the 2013 Accord would be offered with a lane departure warning, forward collision warning technology, blind spot detection, and a standard rearview back-up camera.

The 2013 Accord will offer more standard equipment compared to the current model, such as Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, a full-color intelligent multi-information display and SMS text messaging that reads received texts from compatible mobile devices aloud over the audio system.

According to Honda bosses, the ninth-generation Accord would "raise the bar again through a tour de force of the new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance." Let's hope they are right and that the car is all it claims to be.
PHOTO GALLERY
Comments:
Name required * Email required Email not valid *
Comment required *

Latest news
Sunday, August 19, 2018 10:30:31 Nissan is present at the Detroit Auto Show with a compact concept SUV called...
Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:25:17 Another Hyundai premiere at the Detroit Auto Show is the new Veloster N,...
Friday, August 17, 2018 10:20:24 The South Koreans from Kia presented at the Auto Show in Detroit the new...
Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:15:59 After a massive promotion campaign, the US subdivision of Hyundai has officially...
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:05:55 Acura boasted that the new RDX is 100% made in the United States and is...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 09:54:10 At the core of the new VW Jetta is the MQB platform, which is already used...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 09:50:38 General Motors held the world premiere for the new generation Chevrolet...
Monday, August 13, 2018 09:45:39 The Ram Trucks brand, currently belonging to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,...
Sunday, August 12, 2018 09:39:52 Ford brought the new generation mid-size Ranger pick-up at the Detroit Auto...
Saturday, August 11, 2018 09:34:13 At the Auto Show in Detroit, American car manufacturer Ford celebrates the...