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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