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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.


2011 Honda Accord (Europe)
  • 2011 Honda Accord (Europe)
  • 2011 Honda Accord (Europe)

  • 2011 Honda Accord (Europe)
  • 2011 Honda Accord (Europe)

  • 2011 Honda Accord (Europe)
  • 2011 Honda Accord (Europe)


[Source: Honda]
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The New Honda Accord Debuts at Geneva

The revised Honda Accord sedan and Tourer models will make their debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Both cars receive a host of changes with the styling, emissions, ride and handling all enhanced for 2011.

Summary of Changes:

• Revised exterior styling
• Detail changes to interior finishes
• Improvements to emissions and economy on all engines
• 138 g/km 2.2 i-DTEC introduced
• Ride and handling improvements for all models
• Auto High-Beam Support System and Active Cornering Lights debut on Accord
• 180 PS Type S model now available across Europe with bespoke interior and exterior styling

Exterior Design

Both the sedan and Tourer have benefitted from small but noticeable changes to the head lights and bumpers to complement the changes under the skin. The head lights have been given a cleaner, crisper appearance with the previously amber indicators now in a clear finish. On top grade cars the lights are now bi-xenon and feature Active Cornering Lights to improve night time visibility. The grille has been subtly remodelled with the two central spars finished in the same chrome material as the outer grille, for a sportier look. The cooling duct and fog light recesses on all models have been re-profiled with the taper of these areas given a more aggressive line, giving the car a more planted appearance.

The rear of the sedan model has been subtly enhanced with the rear lights having a light red finish for the reversing light and indicators to match that of the fog light, giving a balance to the rear styling. The exclusive styling of the sedan is rounded off with a light chrome garnish above the rear licence plate on most models and a dark chrome finish on Type S grade cars. The new exterior design cues are finished off with three new colours consisting of Alabaster Silver, Graphite Lustre and Celestial Blue Pearl added to the line up.

Interior Design

The exterior styling changes have been complemented by a number of subtle changes to the interior with most grades having new seat materials and door linings, changing the ambience of the cabin. Type S models have exclusive half leather, seats in a dark grey finish and a black head lining to further distinguish the top grade. The metal-look finish interior trim that covers the hand brake, gear lever surround, steering wheel garnish, door inlays, with a red background and sweeps up across the centre of the dash is now in a darker hue, to complement the new interior fabrics. The footwells of the majority of models are now illuminated blue if the headlights are on and red on Type S models.

Fuel Economy and Emission Improvements

The refined 2.2 litre 150 PS i-DTEC diesel engine has had internal frictional losses reduced to improve fuel economy and emissions. The result of these changes is an 9 g/km drop in CO2 emissions for the sedan with the 6-speed manual transmission and an 11 g/km reduction for the automatic variant. These internal changes have been combined with a host of underbody aerodynamic aids, including a larger front air dam, underfloor and a rear subframe cover Honda's engineers have also put effort into reducing the frictional losses in the wheels and tyres with low friction wheel bearings and reduced rolling resistance tyres. Accords equipped with Automatic transmission have also benefitted from minimised frictional losses in the gearbox and optimised ratios to improve economy and emissions.

Quieter Cabin

The already impressive NVH performance of the current Accord has been further improved with the adoption of higher density foam in the under bonnet and dashboard areas. The underfloor noise insulation has also been revised and teamed with additional sound deadening shields on the DPF and exhaust manifold cover of the diesel engine. The suite of noise reductions techniques is completed with a small 0.9 mm increase in the thickness of the rear window glass, improving the rear passenger experience.

Chassis

Engineers from Japan worked with their counterparts in Germany and the UK to further refine the dampers of the Accord Tourer and sedan for the vast range of road conditions found in Europe. Detailed refinement of the dual mode dampers has given improvement in both high speed stability for highway driving and a significant improvement in ride quality, even over poor road surfaces.

Active Cornering Lights

One of the most visible changes to the top of the range Accords is the addition of Active Cornering Lights, which provide enhanced illumination when the vehicle is turning. Additional lights units have been subtly integrated into the existing lights units, casting all of their light to the side of the vehicle to help the driver in low visibility conditions. The light unit on the relevant side will be illuminated when the driver activates the indicators in that direction or turns the steering wheel more than 90 degrees. When the vehicle is in reverse, both lights will be activated to give a good view to either side of the driver.

High-Beam Support System

Another new lighting technology for Honda is the High Beam Support system, which is fitted on vehicles with the bi-xenon headlights. This system is controlled by a CMOS camera fitted to the windscreen in the area of the driver rear view mirror. The camera detects oncoming headlights or the taillights of a vehicle in front and automatically dips the headlights onto their normal setting if they are on high-beam. This allows the driver to fully concentrate on the road conditions, without having to manually control the high-beam setting.

The new Accord goes on sale across Europe from April this year.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, a real lot of uninformed people posting their opinions here. Apart from the upper grille insert and the color of reflectors in the headlight housing, this is every bit the exact car you can buy at the Acura dealership today, wagon or sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "For example, the TSX lux with manual transmission & Nav in Europe starts at $42,750 and the TSX with manual and NAV starts at $32,710"

        What you fail to realise is that the $42,750 is the cost to an American converting their greenbacks and travelling to Europe to buy one. In real terms (purchasing power parity) to a western European, there's no difference in price between the cars with this level of specification between Europe and the US. Whatsmore, prices also vary quite considerably between different European countries. The Benelux and Denmark, for example, are traditionally lower priced than the UK.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you new to Autoblog. Even the editors at Autoblog are generally clueless and don't get facts correct.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, some people really don't know their cars.. surprise surprise..
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you can't get it with a manual transmission (my concern) or diesel engine (likely others care)

        The body is the same, though. At least that is true.

        And you have to pay for an "Acura"
        • 4 Years Ago
        except it will be more expensive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry I meant accord EX which in Australia is considered the lux.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @spacegravity4me, you do know that the Euro Accord is actually more expensive than the TSX in the US??

        You actually don't pay a premium for an Acura here at all, and in fact you pay LESS.

        For example, the TSX lux with manual transmission & Nav in Europe starts at $42,750 and the TSX with manual and NAV starts at $32,710
      • 4 Years Ago
      What every other car company calls a mid-cycle refresh Honda calls a whole new car. What exactly has Honda been doing for the past few years, other than "reducing internal friction losses?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Evidently Honda thinks it's different enough to merit an introduction at the Geneva Auto Show. Most carmakers don't make a big deal out of debuting a refreshed model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you are telling us, the only cars that will be displayed at the Geneva autoshow are totally new cars except for this Acura?

        I highly doubt your claims.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Scorch, my question was simple,

        you claim Honda said this is an all new model. I ask for where?

        • 4 Years Ago
        Can you point me to where Honda called this an all new car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I get it, judging by your other posts you feel the need to stand up for everything Honda/Acura. Most companies choose to unveil things like concept cars. Even Toyota is teasing the new FT-86.

        Of course, if you're Honda and your last three product launches have been busts (CR-Z, Insight, Crosstour), I would be cautious about introducing new models as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody at Honda has been looking at too many Merc C class brochures.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. They copied the C Class because it has 4 wheels....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, so Honda has finally put adaptive headlights on a car since the 05' RL/Legend.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty nice, I wonder if the price point is the same as an Accord over here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does Europe have that Accord Wagon when we only get the Crosstour?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's endlessly frustrating for Europe to get models that we don't, even from brands that sell here.

        Were I looking for a vehicle, this is the kind of thing I would seriously consider. Manual transmission, decent styling, Honda reliability, Euro-style ride and it's a wagon.

        Instead we get a pile of boring crossovers and boxes on wheels with automatics because the demographics show that most of us are fat, lazy and are terrified of a manual transmission.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the Accord was much bigger than the TSX, but you certainly have a point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Jason: Very true about the diesel, I should have clarified. While it is sad we cannot get a nice diesel you can get the same vehicle with some powerplant differences. The point I was trying to make is many people are complaining how a nice wagon from Honda is not available here. It clearly is just as an Acura. However I agree with you on all points.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not with a manual transmission.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dudes, if you really want the car you see in the picture at the top, you can go buy it right now here in the USA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Jason
        You can get the TSX with a 6 speed stick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @onwayroll - you can not get the TSX _wagon_ with a 6-speed stick. It's only available in automatic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @SilentRunning14 - you cannot get this _exact_ same car in the US. It has a diesel engine and a manual transmission. The US get a gas engine and five speed automatic.

        Really. Go to the Acura website. You can't get it. Which is what pisses me off since it's not like European motor vehicle standards are that different from the US ones. I wish they would find a compromise and remove bunch of stupid red tape that stifles trade and drives up vehicle costs.

        • 4 Years Ago
        What part of TSX Sport Wagon is THIS EXACT same car do you people not understand? It is priced similarly and with the exception of the beak grille is the exact same car. So yes we DO have this car here right now! If you can't understand it now there is no saving you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody's getting long in the tooooooooooooooooooooth
      • 4 Years Ago
      After not getting the incredible euro version of the civic hatch here in the states I kinda hate honda right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The North American Civic Si has an excellent independent rear suspension setup. The UK Civic has a torsion beam shared with the Fit. Just because it's British doesn't necessarily mean it's better, and the Civic is one of those situations.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I only like the hatch because I think it looks much better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spell Check POLICE:

      Did they really "quited" the cabin ?


      Last paragraph ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed. Second one I spotted today. And I haven't been paying that much attention.
      rjander03
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to catch someone praising this car that had previously trashed the TSX. OMFG EURO!!!111
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda has forgotten how to make cars :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup... and u r here to remind them..... ? lol.... I am sure your discreet commenting will remind them..



      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty good. Way better than the TSX at least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So in your opinion, by combining the two upper slats in the grill into one, makes the entire Euro version look "way better"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't really know what you're talking about, since the TSX grille has that awful (IMO) beak thing that the Euro Accords never got... but either way, yeah: I do think the Accord looks way better than the TSX. Does my opinion bother you?
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