• Dec 5, 2006
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The Accord is Honda's best-selling vehicle. Last month it outsold the Civic (22,488 vs. 20,143 units) and to date this year 324,555 units have been sold. The Accord and Accord Coupe are Honda's bread-and-butter cars, so it is with great interest that we view the sketch above, which is the Honda Accord Coupe Concept that will be unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in early January. In a press release, Honda comes right out and says, "a bold new look for the next-generation Honda Accord Coupe will be unveiled at the January 2007 (NAIAS) in Detroit." While coupe and sedan versions of the Accord do vary in sheetmetal, their looks are practically identical ahead of the A-pillar. The Accord Coupe Concept we see in Detroit come January should reveal in its lines the next-gen Accord family.

It's extremely difficult to cull any real information about a production vehicle from a concept, and even more difficult to do with a concept sketch where all dimensions of reality are exaggerated by the artist's pen. Still, we can make out what appears to be a wider track that allows for broad shoulders above the rear fenders, something the current coupe doesn't have it all with its slicked back side sheetmetal. The C-pillar is an attractive design, as well, with a kink not unlike that of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

We'll be on hand in Detroit when the Honda Accord Coupe Concept is unveiled to bring you plenty of pics and analysis of the car in person. You can check out the full press release for the concept after the jump.

[Source: Honda]

PRESS RELEASE:

Honda Accord Coupe Concept to Debut at North American International Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif. 12/05/2006 --

A bold new look for the next-generation Honda Accord Coupe will be unveiled at the January 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The Accord Coupe Concept will convey exterior styling cues and design features that provide a first look at the direction the next-generation Accord will take and it promises to set a new benchmark for Accord and for the segment. The Accord is Honda's best selling model in North America, and this vehicle's debut at NAIAS will mark the first time an Accord concept car has ever been shown at a major auto show.

Car and Driver magazine recently named the current-generation 2007 Honda Accord as one of the winners of its prestigious and highly competitive 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


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      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 Mike -

      You've got to be kidding. The new Altima looks like a turd. This sketch is infinitely superior.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear Honda,

      Please build a car that looks like the one in the picture, give it a V6 with a 6-speed and about 275HP, and sell it for under 30 grand. I will buy it.

      • 8 Years Ago
      "Yeah, you and five other people on this earth. Get over the stupid turbo-diesel crap, guys. There's no market outside of racing for it."

      No market outside racing? Diesels are relatively new to racing. Their real market is the car-buying public! You are aware the diesel market penetration is 53% in Europe, right? Meaning more diesels are sold than petrol motors. That's "no market" that I'd sure like to sell to.

      Anyone who drives as much as I do (22k miles/year, almost exclusively highway) is salivating at the thought of these engines showing up in the US. Great torque and great gas mileage with Honda reliability and the Accord Coupe's presence? That's a winning combination that a damn sight more than five people will buy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey RisingSun -

      I agree with you on the convertible, but if Honda builds it, the car won't hit the Sebring or Mustang convertibles hard, if at all. Honda doesn't sell to rental fleets! heeheehee....

      I think my 99 V6 coupe was my favorite, but my '03 EX-V6 sedan is going to stick around until the new model comes out. As others have said, it's more appliance than the others, but when one drives over 30000 miles a year, I need a maytag!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 98-02 (6th gen) Accord Coupes where the best of the bunch. The 03-07 (7th gen) failed to impress. But if the production model looks anything like the concept, they have one already sold.
      • 8 Years Ago
      and Honda, while you're at is, can you please make an exact copy of the Nissan Altima Coupe recently unveiled? Thanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Accords have always been handsome automobiles (early 7th gen sedan excepted)... knowing that what'll actually appear in sheetmetal will be more refined than what this sketch indicates, I'm confident that I'll love the new look.

      You know they'll keep the v6 manual option... the competition requires that they do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yay! A BMW 6-series every schmo can afford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear Honda,

      We would like a Accord Coupe.

      Lots of Love,
      Australia.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about a supercharger on top of the 3.0V6, 300hp, 300ft-lbs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now make a convertible Accord coupe (folding hardtop or soft, doesn't matter) and rob Chrysler's Sebring sales, and even some Mustang sales.

      I'm still waiting for the Civic to get a refresher, lose the catfish lower front bumper.

      And where's the new TSX sedan and coupe!?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wouldn't interest me in the slightest as a FWD...make it RWD or adapt the Acura SHAWD setup and you've got a BMW and Audi beater.
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