Honda Reveals a Slightly Bigger Accord for 2008

By: Evander Klum

Honda Motor Corporation finally launched its much awaited Civic EX Hybrid which is filled with new features like DVD voice-activated satellite-navigation as well as the Bluetooth hands-free phone system. The Japanese automaker also recently took the wraps off the new and slightly bigger Honda Accord for the 2008 model year.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the new 2008 Honda Accord look is aggressive, with Honda venturing into the larger car market where competition are the likes of Ford Focus and Toyota Camry.

Chris Martin, a spokesman for Torrance-based American Honda Motor Corporation said, "Americans don't want a car that feels big on the outside, but they definitely want a car that feels like its spacious and luxurious on the inside. We wanted to make the Accord feel bold, roomy and refined."

The new car is 5 inches larger than the current Toyota Camry, sporting a 3% increase in its interior. Last year, the Toyota Camry was able to outsell the Accord with almost 94,000 units.

California has the largest noted car sales for the Honda Accord. It actually ranked next to Toyota Camry last year. "We've been getting so many calls from customers for the car and they haven't even seen a picture of it yet," according to the sales manager Arman Marsoubian.

The 2008 Honda Accord has two coupe and sedan body styles. A new metal sheet is given matched on a more powerful and larger SOHC 3.5-liter iVTEC V6 running on a 268 horsepower and 248 lbs-ft of torque and on five-speed automatic transmission. The coupe version runs on a six-speed automatic transmission.

The sedan version also features the same V6 powertrain part but it was added with new variable cylinder management system that can be used to run either on three, four or six cylinders. The new 19/29 mpg was set as its EPA city/highway mileage giving the new coupe 16/25 mpg mileage as well.

Other options include the two iVTEC 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines running on both 177 horsepower and 190 horsepower respectively. The new car also has both reprogrammed engine control module plus the high-flow exhaust system. These DOHC engines run on 21/31 mpg mileage for its five-speed manual as well as on automatic boxes transmissions. The car also boasts of a more spacious interior.

Honda Accord does not have a hybrid version but the coupe and sedan version will be in showrooms this coming September 12. Prices and other relevant specifications like the are not yet revealed but the Japanese car maker promises to bring them out before the date of availability.

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