Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Revised Honda Accord for Europe will debut in Geneva

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2011 Honda Accord (Europe)
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Honda has announced that it will use the world stage of the Geneva Motor Show to pull the covers off its latest Accord sedan and wagon for Europe. Just to be clear, this car is very different from the Accord offered in the United States. In fact, the European Accord is very similar to the Acura TSX that's available Stateside. 'Course, we do wish we could get the European Accord's fascia on our TSX, but we digress...

So what's new? Naturally, the exterior styling has been revised ever so slightly, mostly to the front fascia and headlights. Honda has also added what it calls Active Cornering Lights that illuminate when the steering wheel is turned more than 90 degrees and a High-Beam Support System that uses a CMOS camera embedded in the windscreen that senses when to turn the brights on and off.

There are also three new colors: Alabaster Silver, Graphite Lustre and Celestial Blue Pearl, while inside you'll find a few detail updates to the finishes, including red interior lighting for the Type S models and blue interior lighting for all other trims.

Perhaps more important are subtle changes to the car's 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine (mostly the rather nebulous "reduced internal frictional losses") that, coupled with a "host of underbody aerodynamic aids," increase fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions, if even just a small amount.

As for the stuff you can't see on the surface, Honda says it has quited the cabin and revised the dual-mode dampers for greater high-speed stability and "a significant improvement in ride quality, even on poor road surfaces." If you like what you've read so far, you're bound to love the entire press release, which can be found after the break.

[Source: Honda]

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