Honda Announces New Accord for Europe
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Thursday, 14 February 2008
Honda announced the creation of an brand new Accord designed for the European market. Honda’s all-new Accord will offer more safety features and powerful engine to compete with premium cars in Europe. The environment will benefit from a complete Euro 5 emissions engine line-up that is compliance with regulations, which will further emphasize Honda’s intent to go green with the brand new Accord.
The Three new engines will have many of the lowest emissions readings in their market segment
The new engine is one of the first that will have a total engine line that will meet the standards of the upcoming Euro 5 emissions rules that are scheduled to be introduced in September of 2009. The environmental credentials don't seem to have harmed the power or the ride available with the Honda Accord. Power will be supplied from one of five engines. There will be three diesel engines and two gas engines available in the new European Honda Accord.
All three of the new diesel engines will be matched with a 6-speed manual transmission, while both gas engines have the choice of a 5-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Standard shift models feature a ‘Shift Indicator Light’ or SIL which shows in the center of the rev counter. “up” or “down” are displayed to let the driver know when to best (in relation to best gas economy) at which to shift gears.
Speed sensitive electric power steering is standard on all of the new Honda Accord models and the cars have a quicker steering ratio.
Vehicle Stability Assist will be standard across the full range of the Accords. The VSA is designed to help the driver to maintain control during hard cornering and sudden acceleration.
Other features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which uses a wave radar to maintain a consistent distance to vehicles right in front of the car, for easier cruise controlled driving.
Other safety features include dual from side airbags, curtain airbags and load limiters on the front seatbelts.
These systems complement the Accord’s passive safety features which include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, ISOFIX fittings as well as tether anchor points for secure child seats, dual side front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, full length curtain airbags and fixture on all models. There are also driver and passenger seat active headrests which are activated when the passenger is pushed into the seat in the event of a rear collision, so causing a stiff plate to activate a link to the seat which then pushes forward to provide head support.
Other changes include the changes to the interior with increased personal space for front seat passengers and drivers. The new silver trim offer a sport look on the three spoke steering wheel. The Accord also has a backlit instrument panel and speedometer. The display will feature LED lights that appear to float on the black instrument panel
The dash will also include warning lights with information on when the next service is due. The ash will also display increasingly larger icons as service dates draw near.