Words by Leslie Sy | Photos courtesy of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Five years have passed since we saw an all-new Accord, so it's just timely that Honda showcased an all-new model at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand. The 9th generation Accord is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and comes with two new engines - one of which incorporates Honda's new “Earth Dreams” technology.
If you remember, we first featured the all-new Accord's USDM version back in August 2012. And as it turns out, we're getting the exact same model here in Asia, except for some minor mechanical alterations. Plus, this is our first time to see what it looks like inside, so better read on.
Words by Hans Gerald Chua | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
In its commitment in preserving the environment, Honda unveils its newest 1.6L i-DTEC diesel engine. Designed from the ground up, the new block promises high performance, better fuel efficiency, and lower emissions. The Europeans should be feeling pretty lucky, as this new diesel engine will be resting under the hood of the Euro Civic come 2013, followed by the CR-V in the near future. While there are no hints that it will come our way anytime soon, it's still worth knowing what makes this new power block so good.
Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
Honda has been able to afford to give a glimpse of its upcoming ninth-generation Accord Coupe via a concept previewed in Detroit. But while many of their fans might be dazzled by the large chrome wheels, a well chiseled front bumper with an LED-crowned air intake, and topped-off with dual exhausts integrated into the rear bumper, well, don’t be deceived so easily.
The basic lines from current eight-generation Accord are still present albeit with a few nips and tucks here are there. Honda’s conservative design approach is not that surprising as the Accord is selling relatively well; so why mess with a tried and proven formula? Still, we would need to wait for the final production version to be able to judge it properly.
Honda has been at the forefront of engine development since the early 60's when they first entered Formula 1. But in recent years, sad to say, their engine department has somewhat fallen behind. Fortunately, the people’s cries gave Honda the wake up call it needed. Now the Japanese automaker infused their next generation of engines with what they call “Earth Dreams Technology.”
The revolution begins with a new VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System) technology that's set to invade Honda's latest line-up within the next three years. Honda's vision promises to reduce engine weight by 15% and increase fuel efficiency by as much as 10% for engine displacements of 600cc to 3.5L. And beyond petrol power, Honda's also looking into sharpening up their diesels. The present 2.2L unit is getting downsized into a perkier 1.6L turbo that has less mechanical friction and produces 15% less CO2. On top of that, there's a modern CVT along the way which features idle-stop technology.