New Accord to Hit Market Soon

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Since 1976, Honda has been a strong contender in the midsize car segment when they introduced the Honda Accord. Through the years, the sedan and coupe versions of the Accord have claimed awards and rave reviews from car experts.

The popularity of the Accord is not only limited to those within the automotive circle. Its popularity among consumers is well documented as can be seen in the high sales figures for this particular car model. For the 2008 model year, the Accord will be in its eighth generation and, as can be expected, Honda has made the Accord look even better as can be seen in the 2008 Accord Concept that the Japanese car manufacturer unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) earlier this year.

The concept Accord is expected to get most of its styling cues from the new Honda Civic - another popular Honda car model. Recently, spy shots of the production version of the 2008 Accord has surfaced and car design experts have claimed that the production version looks exactly like the concept Accord which was unveiled earlier this year except for some modifications. Some of the styling cues used on the concept Accord which has made it to the production Accord are the aggressive-looking headlight configuration, the side character lines, and the green house or the glassed-in upper section of the Accord's body. The most notable difference between the concept and the production version is the design of the lower front grille. In the concept Accord, the lower front grille is designed with horizontal slats whereas in the production Accord, these are eliminated.

It can be remembered that during the unveiling of the concept Accord, John Mendel, the senior vice president of American Honda, claimed that the 2008 Accord will be a trendsetter in its class. "The Accord Coupe Concept demonstrates the styling direction for the upcoming, eighth-generation Accord," says Mendel. "As the industry's target for midsize segment excellence, the all-new Accord will set a new benchmark for safety, efficiency, performance, refinement and style," he added.

As far as the power of the Accord is concerned, Honda is yet to make public the specs for the 2008 Accord. If the production Accord would come with the powerplant used by the concept Accord, it will be stowing under its hood a "more powerful and lower-emissions V6 engine". Aside from that the new Accord is expected to be equipped with standard features and can be easily installed with aftermarket parts such as the .

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