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20 Apr 09 18:51
The new Honda Accord 2.0 E New Looks More Oomph!
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John K. Lindgren
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In Thailand there are three premium Japanese executive sedans and Korean: the "Toy-o-taa" Camry and Nissan ex Datsun “Teeaanaa” (ex Cefiro) and the new kid on the block the Korean Hyundai Sonata and the venerable Honda Accord.

Accord is the more conservative of the three (four) they have never changed their name nor their logo but they have kept the number one ranking for generations in many countries.

In the US the Honda Accord is called mid size sedan, or executive entry-level-luxury saloon also mid-luxury but in France this segment is called "Grande Routière "a big road car”. Oh, la, la the French.

Here in the Kingdom where size where size does matter I would call it a large car, a big Honda. The small or compact Honda's are (Honda Dream motorbike) the diminutive, white cute often heavily modified Honda Jazz, the new restyled Honda City and another global best seller Honda Civic. And let's not forget Honda's compact SUV Honda CR-V. (The complete roundabout vehicle). Honda Accord was born in the 1976. The same year as Jimmy Carter was the US president and Sylvester Stallone's “Rocky” was the movie of the year.

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Styling elements
The new Honda Accord base model in Thailand is the 2.0 E model which is the 8th generation Accord now bigger, longer and wider than ever. You immediately notice the new fresh angular front, the clear projector headlights, the pronounced and muscular wheel-arches, the hockey stick c-pillar similar to BMW and Teana and the new large, rear mirrors with integrated blinkers. Long, flowing lines that form a well groomed, athletic shape usually found on larger (more expensive)imported European executive saloons. The new Accord is fact, longer than the Mercedes Benz E-class.

Interior
Inside in the cockpit all meters and gauges are clearly visible anytime (no glare) important especially during night-time driving. Steering wheel comes with good grip and audio plus cruise control buttons. Everything at your fingertips. The rear passenger cabin has a luxurios feel and smell. And since the car is now lower and is longer there is more space and comfort for everyone. Rear passengers also have separate air vents.

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Power plant
The Honda is powered by a silky smooth 2,0 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine pumping out 156PS at 6,300rpm and 189Nm at 4,300rpm is smooth and responsive. One of the best engines in the market. Even though the car is large and long the two liter motor does perform – but within normal and comfortable family driving style. And the seamless 5-speed automatic transmission itself will put a smile on your face -

CarSanook verdict
Driving on Bangkok city roads, highways and provincial B-roads we had good grip and traction on the tarmac. This two liter Honda is fun and easy to drive.

So the new the Accord made it. A new model with more room, style and power. Way to go Honda! (Too bad that you pulled out of the Formula One racing circus last year.)

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In Japan the Accord is known as Honda Inspire and the new Accord 2.0E is truly inspiring. And the sticker price for this large premium saloon? 1,275.000 THB.


www.honda.co.th/accord/
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