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Honda Accord Coupe Concept Debuts at North American International ...

01/08/2007
Next-Generation Accord Designed to Set New Benchmarks

DETROIT, MI, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - 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. The Accord is Honda's
best-selling model in North America and its debut at the North
American
International Auto Show in Detroit 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 to date.
"The Accord Coupe Concept highlights the new styling direction
for the
next-generation Accord," said Jim Miller, executive vice president
of Honda
Canada Inc. "The all-new Honda Accord is designed to set new
benchmarks for
safety, efficiency, performance, refinement and style in its
segment."
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 that can deactivate three of the
engine's six
cylinders during cruising and deceleration for enhanced fuel
efficiency.
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(TM) Body
Structure
incorporates a front-end frame structure that helps absorb and
disperse crash
energy over a large area in a frontal impact. ACE(TM) also makes
the vehicle
more crash compatible in frontal impacts with vehicles of differing
ride
heights.
The current generations of the Honda Odyssey (2005), Civic
(2006) and
CR-V (2007) all feature the ACE(TM) Body Structure. Together, the
ACE(TM)-equipped vehicles represent more than half of all 2007
Honda vehicles
sold in North America on a sales-weighted basis, increasing
passenger
protection.

Honda Accord History
--------------------
The Honda Accord, currently in its seventh generation in 30
years,
remains Honda's best-selling vehicle worldwide. Known for its ride
and
handling, 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 in 1982, 1986,
1990, 1994,
1998 and 2003. Nearly 725,000 Accords have been sold in Canada
during the past
three decades.
Car and Driver magazine named the 2007 Honda Accord as one of
the winners
of its 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.
The
current-generation Accord, which was launched in the 2003 model
year, was
voted the "Best New Family Vehicle" for 2003 by the Automobile
Journalists
Association of Canada (AJAC).
Across its entire portfolio of products, Honda Canada provides
Canadians
with dependable vehicles, motorcycles, power equipment and marine
engines.
With 130 manufacturing facilities in 29 countries worldwide, Honda
attracts
nearly 20 million customers annually. Honda Canada currently
manufactures the
Honda Ridgeline, Pilot and Civic at its two plants in Alliston,
Ontario.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is
available on
the CNW Photo Network and archived at
http://photos.newswire.ca.
Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo
Archive
website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to
accredited
members of the media/

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