We noticed something interesting about the design sketches of the Russian-spec 2013 Accord Honda showed off at the Moscow International Motor Show recently. Aside from the license plate getting swapped from a California tag to a German one, the renderings were identical to the early drawings of the U.S.-spec model Honda showed off during its press presentation for the 2013 Accord.

This is of note because Russian Honda dealers have typically supplied their buyers with Euro-spec Accord models (think Acura TSX). Honda has now confirmed our suspicions that the Russian Accord will be replaced with a version based on the U.S.-spec model. It's also worth noting that Acura is reportedly heading to Russia in 2014.

"We haven't announced plans for Europe," said Chris Martin with Honda public relations, "but the Ruissian model will share sheetmetal and basic design with the U.S. model."

Martin made it clear that there will, of course, be some market differences, but that by and large, the two models will be the same. Honda hasn't said which engine options will show up on the Russian order sheet as of yet.

And what of Europe? Given the German plate on these sketches and the fact that Russia is officially getting the same model as the North American market, we would wager there's a good chance that Honda will grace the EU with the same machine. Stay tuned.


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Standard features include: - Large-diameter cup holder for your favorite bottle of Vodka - 1000watt sound system tune specifically for crappy 90s techno rave music - Dashboard cam w/ 1080p resolution for catching those daily Darwin Award events - Rear-mounted Kalashnikov rack with patented "quick release" for eliminating road rage situations
        bubciak
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        very good said :)
        ICantDrive88
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        In Soviet Russia - car drives you! Wait, that would be awesome.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
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      Indubitably
      • 2 Years Ago
      That sketch actually looks good.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Indubitably
        It does, too bad the actual car will be as dull and boring as all of Honda's other offerings.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh good lord no, no! A thousand times NO!!!
      ss1591
      • 2 Years Ago
      How did Honda draw a good looking car like this but give us a car that looks like crap? Its funny how many times this happens but in the case of Honda they can no longer deliver good looking cars or cars with good tech just another boring car company. Ford and some of the new GM's look much better and seem to be doing ok on the reliability. The nice thing for Honda is if you make all of your cars ugly no one will complain about reliability. I really liked the new Sonata's when they came out but they are looking old fast and thier trim seems to have a hard time staying on.
      DeathKnoT
      • 2 Years Ago
      My guess is they are going to built in the US and exported to Russia.
        BC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DeathKnoT
        The Honda Inspire/US Accord is also built in China and Taiwan for their domestic markets and in Thailand for SE Asia, Australia, and New Zealand
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the EU Accord was just the JDM Accord with LHD, does that mean that the Accord is being discontinued in the Japanese market?
      ohrahj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lexus IS redesign for 2013/2014??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmZHcZs82ps
      ICantDrive88
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the below part of this story is true, good bye TSX forever, as an owner of 2, I will miss you! The ILX is no replacement, I'm not buying a Civic for $30k. 150 hp is not enough!
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda is finally catching on with the design trend, VW front end, sonata side profile with sonata wheels, mercedes fog lights. You got to copy the best to stay in the game, its about time honda.
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