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At a glance                                          1

Key features                                         4

Questions on the tip of your tongue                  7

Positioning                                          10

Accord‟s 10: the men behind the car                  17

Exterior                                             23

Interior                                             25

Chassis                                              33

Engines                                              38

Honda and diesel engines, past, present and future   43

Sector-leading safety technology                     50

Technical specifications                             54

Equipment list                                       60
                                      AT A GLANCE

Honda Accord (2.2 i-DTEC) saloon
Price                       £21,060
Top speed (mph)             131mph
0-62mph                     9.6 seconds
Combined mpg                50.4mpg
CO2                         148g/km
Engine                      2199cc, N22B1, Common rail i-DTEC
Power                       150PS @4,000rpm
Torque                      350Nm @2,000rpm
Service Interval            Variable servicing
Insurance rating            10E / 11E

Honda Accord (2.2 i-DTEC) Tourer
Price                       £22,360
Top speed                   130mph
0-62mph                     9.8 seconds
Combined mpg                47.8mpg
CO2                         155g/km
Engine                      2199cc, N22B1, Common rail i-DTEC
Power                       150PS @ 4,000rpm
Torque                      350Nm @ 2,000rpm
Service Interval            Variable servicing
Insurance rating            10E / 11E

Honda Accord (2.0 i-VTEC) saloon
Price                       £19,260 (Man) £20,560 (Auto)
Top speed (mph)             133mph (Man) 131 mph (Auto)
0-62mph                     9.3 seconds (Man)     10.7 seconds (Auto)
Combined mpg                39.2mpg (Man) 37.6mpg (Auto)
CO2                         170g/km (Man) 178g/km (Auto)
Engine                      1997cc, R20A3, PGM-FI, i-VTEC

Power                156PS @6,300rpm
Torque               192Nm @4,300rpm
Service Interval     Variable servicing
Insurance rating     10E / 11E

Honda Accord (2.0 i-VTEC) Tourer
Price                        £20,560 (Man) £21,860 (Auto)
Top speed (mph)              131mph (Man) 130mph (Auto)
0-62mph                      9.4 seconds (Man)     10.8 seconds (Auto)
Combined mpg                 38.7mpg (Man) 36.6mpg (Auto)
CO2                          173g/km (Man) 183g/km (Auto)
Engine                       1997cc, R20A3, PGM-FI, i-VTEC
Power                        156PS @6,300rpm
Torque                       192Nm @4,300rpm
Service Interval             Variable servicing
Insurance rating             10E / 11E

Honda Accord (2.4 i-VTEC) saloon
Price                        £23,260 (Man) £24,560 (Auto)
Top speed (mph)              141mph (Man) 141mph (Auto)
0-62mph                      7.8 seconds (Man)     9.5 seconds (Auto)
Combined mpg                 32.1mpg (Man) 32.8mpg (Auto)
CO2                          209g/km (Man) 204g/km (Auto)
Engine                       2354cc, K24Z3, PGM-FI, i-VTEC
Power                        201PS @7,000rpm
Torque                       234Nm @4,500rpm
Service Interval             Variable servicing
Insurance rating             12E

Honda Accord (2.4 i-VTEC) Tourer
Price                        £24,560 (Man) £25,860 (Auto)
Top speed (mph)              141mph (Man) 141mpg (Auto)
0-62mph                      7.8 seconds (Man)     9.6 seconds (Auto)
Combined mpg                 31.3mpg (Man) 31.7mpg (Auto)

CO2                215g/km (Man) 211g/km (Auto)
Engine             2354cc, K24Z3, PGM-FI, i-VTEC
Power              201PS @7,000rpm
Torque             234Nm @4,500rpm
Service Interval   Variable servicing
Insurance rating   12E

                                              KEY FEATURES

    Sportier design direction with more muscular wheel arches, sharper lines and wider and lower body
    Involving drive with chassis dynamics benchmarked against BMW 3-series
    High-quality interior with E-sector fit and finish
    More stylish Tourer design combines practicality with contemporary looks
    Advanced technology improves safety, reduces driver fatigue and increases comfort – CMBS
     makes D-sector debut
    Two petrol engines, one diesel – designed to meet the forthcoming Euro V legislation
    Introduction of smoother, cleaner, new i-DTEC diesel engine
    Establishes Honda‟s position as an alternative to the traditional premium manufacturers

Specification overview

Accord saloon (petrol manual) versus competitors

                                   New Accord             A4 SE      3 Series SE     Mondeo
                                    2.0 ES GT                                       Titanium
Engine                              2.0 i-VTEC            1.8 TFSI      2.0 i      2.0 I Duratec
PS                                  156@6300                160         172            145
Bhp                                     154                 158         170            143
Torque (Nm)                             192                 249         210            184
0-62 mph (secs)                         9.3                 8.6          8.2           11.9
Max speed (mph)                         133                 140         142            130
Urban (mpg)                            30.1                28.5         33.6           25.2
Extra Urban (mpg)                      47.9                51.4         58.9           47.1
Combined (mpg)                         39.2                39.8         46.3           35.8
CO2                                     170                 169         146            189

Accord Tourer (petrol manual) versus competitors

                          New Accord        A4 SE      3 Series        Mondeo
                       2.0 ES GT Tourer     Avant     SE Touring   Titanium Estate
Engine                     2.0 i-VTEC      1.8 TFSI      2.0 i       2.0 I Duratec
PS                         156@6300           160        172             145
Bhp                           154             158        170             143
Torque (Nm)                   192             249        210             184
0-62 mph (secs)               9.4             8.9        8.4             10.0
Max speed (mph)               131             140        140             127
Urban (mpg)                   28.8           29.1        33.2            25.2
Extra Urban (mpg)             47.9           48.7        57.6            47.1
Combined (mpg)                38.7           39.2        45.6            35.8
CO2                           173             172        148             189

Accord saloon (diesel manual) versus competitors

                          New Accord          A4       3 Series    Mondeo Titanium
                             ES GT            SE          SE
Engine                     2.2 i-DTEC       2.0 TDI      2.0d          2.0 TDCI
PS                         150@4000           143        179             140
Bhp                           148             141        177             138
Torque (Nm)                   350             320        350             320
0-62 mph (secs)               9.6             9.4         7.9             9.3
Max speed (mph)               131             134        143             130
Urban (mpg)                   38.7           37.7        47.1            37.2
Extra Urban (mpg)             61.4           65.7        68.9            57.6
Combined (mpg)                50.4           51.4        58.9            47.9
CO2                           148             144        128             156

Accord Tourer (diesel manual) versus competitors

                     New Accord           A4         3 Series     Mondeo Titanium
                     ES GT Tourer         SE Avant   SE Touring   Estate
Engine               2.2 i-DTEC           2.0 TDI    2.0d         2.0 TDCI
PS                   150@4000             143        179          140
Bhp                  148                  141        177          138
Torque (Nm)          350                  320        350          320
0-62 mph (secs)      9.8                  9.7        8.1          9.6
Max speed (mph)      130                  130        142          127
Urban (mpg)          37.7                 38.2       46.3         37.2
Extra Urban (mpg)    57.6                 60.1       67.3         57.6
Combined (mpg)       47.9                 49.6       57.6         47.9
CO2                  155                  149        131          156


What’s the general direction for the new Accord?
The new Accord will provide a strong challenge to the traditional premium manufacturers in the D-
sector with sporty styling, greater refinement and excellent driving dynamics. All engines in the line up
are designed to meet Euro 5 legislation, and its sector-leading package of safety systems rivals most
E-sector cars.

The new Accord will play an important role in continuing to strengthen Honda‟s market position,
particularly in the corporate sector.

Who will buy it?
The Accord‟s key customers will be conquest, corporate customers – head office senior managers. We
expect them to be slightly younger than previously – following the trend of Civic and CR-V – and we
also predict to pick up customers from the D-sector mass market who are looking to upgrade.

How many Accords do you plan to sell in the UK?
The UK target for 2008 is 10,000 units. Sales of the outgoing Accord totalled 8,033 units in 2007.

What are the Accord’s main competitors?
Audi A4 (TDI 140 or 170 S Line), BMW 3 Series (320d SE or 318d M Sport) and Lexus IS mid-grade
models (220d or 220d SE).

The Accord‟s key grade is the ES GT, which offers excellent value for money versus its competitors
with sports suspension, half-leather upholstery, an aero kit and 17-inch wheels.

How much will the Accord cost in the UK?
The entry level ES, saloon costs £19,260 on-the-road (petrol) and £21,060 on-the-road (diesel). The ES
GT, which we expect to be the core derivative, is priced at £20,110 OTR (petrol) and £21,910 OTR
(diesel). The Advanced Navigation Pack including DVD Sat Nav, Bluetooth hands-free telephone, rear
parking camera and 6CD changer with premium audio, is available as an option.

The EX grade starts at £22,260 on-the-road and is fitted with the Advanced Navigation Pack as
standard, while the ADAS safety technology package is available as an option.

The entry level Tourer ES is priced at £20,560 OTR (petrol) and £22,360 OTR (diesel). The ES GT
grade starts from £21,410 (petrol) and £23,210 (diesel) and includes the Advanced Navigation Pack,
like the saloon.

The EX grade includes the Advanced Navigation Pack and starts from £24,560 OTR (petrol) and
£25,360 (diesel) and the ADAS safety technology is available as an option.

All prices are correct at launch, but for up-to-date pricing, it‟s best to check the media website,

Why is the car more expensive than the outgoing model?
The new car starts at £19,260 OTR with greater refinement, a much higher level of equipment and a
superior fit and finish. Against competitors it offers remarkable value for money.

Although there has been an increase in retail price, CAP and Glass‟s Guide predict a significant uplift in
residual values – 43 per cent on the core ES GT model (versus 37 per cent for the Sport GT) and an
average 4.4 per cent uplift in RVs across all model grades.

Will there be a high-powered, Type R version built?
There is no plan to introduce an Accord Type R. Honda‟s key customers for Accord are senior
managers and user choosers within the corporate market; they don‟t want an actual performance car,
but they do want a car that looks like a performance car, and that‟s why the new Accord has sportier
styling and more muscular lines.

With the sportier-styled GT models, we‟re looking to compete with S-Line trimmed Audis and M-Sport
trim BMWs, rather than high power RS4s and M3s.

The new car doesn’t look dramatically different to the old model. Why is that?
The styling of the previous Accord, launched in 2003, was very radical at the time and it set the scene
for more stylish, more European Hondas, like the current Civic. But not every new model has to look

markedly different from the last. Accord‟s Large Project Leader, Hiroyuki Ikegami explains: “When a
premium German brand has a full model change, they always retain consistency. They apply an
evolutionary approach – not revolutionary.”

When does it go on sale?
The saloon officially goes on sale from 1 June, 2008 but is available to order now. The Tourer goes on
sale from 1 September 2008.

What is the predicted residual value?
High residual values are pivotal to our main target audience, fleet managers and the corporate
customer so we set out to achieve a residual value of 42 per cent for the new Accord. The model we
expect to be the most popular – ES GT – achieved an RV of 43 per cent (saloon).

A table showing the Accord‟s RVs versus its competitors, as well as cost per mile and SMRs feature
later in the pack.


Yes, the new Accord has been designed to challenge the traditional premium manufacturers in the D-
sector. And yes, we‟re well aware there are plenty of other car companies claiming similar intentions. It
seems every new car is launched with talk of „premium‟ quality or ranking.

But when Honda talks about the new Accord being a genuine premium contender, we‟re not just
referring to the quality of the product offering – which is clearly up there with BMW and Audi.
Importantly, we can confidently claim to compete with the big boys with credentials – earned by the
performance of the latest Civic and CR-V models.

Both these cars have not only demonstrated Honda‟s ability to build stylish, well-equipped cars with
excellent driving dynamics – but they have also demanded an uplift in residual values, and a dramatic
increase in the average selling price across each respective range.

During the first few months of CR-V sales last year, 85 per cent of customers were choosing fully-
loaded, top spec EX models, cars approaching £29,000. Our dealers have never seen so much „heavy
metal‟; their forecourts are now populated by Merc MLs and BMW X3s, following trade-ins. We‟d
already witnessed a similar reaction to the launch of the Civic hatch a year earlier.

As a result, the average selling price of a Civic has increased approximately 40 per cent from £11,000
to £15,500, and the average price of a CR-V up 21 per cent from £18,000 to £22,000.

Adding to this shift in buying trends is the change in public perception of what the Honda badge means,
helped by our award-winning advertising campaigns, such as Cog, Impossible Dream and Problem
Playground. These ads have helped differentiate Honda from the traditional premium marques,
illustrating Honda‟s warmer, more human approach to engineering.

Evolution not revolution
Retaining consistency was the development team‟s aim. After all, there are many fans of the outgoing
Accord‟s European looks and nimble driving characteristics. It made sense to retain key aspects and
develop them. Ikegami-san, Large Project Leader for Accord saloon, hopes this will establish a stronger
image for the car and the Honda brand. (See interview on page 17.)

In addition, the approach to the development of the Accord has also evolved. The current, outgoing
Accord was created by two teams of engineers – one solely working on saloon, the other on Tourer.

Both cars followed different paths and were designed to reach slightly different goals. The Tourer aimed
for maximum practicality, with class-leading load volume, while the saloon had a more sporty design
with compact dimensions.

Mr Ikegami and Mr Horikawa led the two separate design teams at that time. Ikegami-san worked as
Large Project Leader (LPL) for saloon, Horikawa-san as LPL for Tourer. The two men worked largely
independently from one another.

But when designing the new Accord, the objective was to create an estate car that was closer to its
saloon sibling – a Tourer that was not just functional, but more stylish, sporty and involving to drive. So
this time around, Honda structured the Accord development team differently.

Instead of having two separate design teams there was just one, with Mr Ikegami heading up the
overall project as Accord LPL; Mr Horikawa becoming Assistant LPL.

Together the engineers worked to create a Tourer that shared a common platform, and thus the same
great driving dynamics, as well as the expected practicality. Only then did the team divide into two.

Pull out quote
Hiroyuki Ikegami, LPL Accord saloon: “At the outset of this project I wanted to break the mould and
make sure the characteristics of the saloon appeared on the Tourer. That meant the Tourer could be
just as sporty and stylish as the saloon.”

In terms of specification, we‟re confident the new Accord will stack up favourably. The high-spec Sport
GT, launched in September 2007, quickly became the best selling derivative of the outgoing model,
making up approximately 50 per cent of Accord sales, confirming that our customers desired sporty
looks with a high level of specification and trim.

Residual Values
Residual values are a key element in the decision making process of fleet managers – the main target
for this car. Honda set out to achieve a residual value on the new car of 42 per cent and the guides
have awarded the key grade – the ES GT – saloon model with an RV of 43 per cent, an uplift that
places the Accord firmly in the company of other premium marques.

Accord pricing versus Competitors

                                                     Price OTR              Residual value
                                                                            (36mth / 60K)
New Honda Accord 2.0 i-VTEC ES GT                    £20,110                41%
New Honda Accord 2.0 i-VTEC EX                       £22,260                38%
2007 YM Accord 2.0 i-VTEC EX                         £21,427                36%
Audi A4 1.8 TFSI 160 S Line                          £24,745                44%
BMW 318i M Sport                                     £24,465                41%
Ford Mondeo 2.0 Ghia                                 £18,655                30%
Mercedes C-Class C200K SE                            £24,505                42%
New Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC ES GT                    £21,910                43%
New Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC EX GT                    £24,910                41%
2007 YM Accord Sport GT                              £20,767                37%
Audi A4 2.0 TDi S Line                               £26,095                45%
Audi A4 2.0 TDI SE                                   £23,595                N/a
BMW 320d SE                                          £26,050                41%
Ford Mondeo 1.8 TDCi Titanium X                      £21,455                30%
Mercedes C220 CDI SE                                 £25,545                44%

                                                       Price OTR              Residual value
                                                                              (36mth / 60K)
New Honda Accord 2.0 i-VTEC ES GT                      £21,410                N/a
2007 YM Accord Sport GT                                £21,967                N/a
Audi A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI 160 S Line                      £25,895                N/a
BMW 318i M Sport Touring                               £25,645                N/a
New Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC ES GT                      £23,210                N/a
New Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC EX                         £25,360                N/a
Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI S Line                           £27,245                N/a
Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI SE                               £24,745                N/a
BMW 320d SE Touring                                    £27,230                N/a

* All residuals provided by CAP Monitor, April 2008. Prices are current at time of print.

RVs for Tourer will be announced at a later date. Please see for latest info.

Ownership costs that make business sense

For the Accord‟s key target customer – fleet managers and user choosers – strong RVs as well as low
SMR costs and respective costs per mile will be critical to their purchase decision.

The new Accord‟s running costs are extremely competitive, given the level of specification.

Cost per mile

Model                                               P11D value (£)         Cost per mile (pence)
New Accord 2.2 i-DTEC ES GT                         21,735                 45.11
2007 Accord 2.2 i-CTDi Sport GT (Sat                20,602                 47.22
Audi A4 2.0 DT 6sp TDI SE 143                       23,775                 44.92

Source: Carcost 14 February, 2008

Service, Maintenance and Repair

2007 Accord                                SMR cost at 60,000 miles           Saving      Saving (%)
2.0 Type S 17-inch alloys                           £1,578.40
2.2 Sport GT 17-inch alloys                         £1,545.22
New Accord
2.0 ES GT 17-inch alloys                            £1,315.37                 £263.03         16.7
2.2 ES GT 17-inch alloys                            £1,427.19                 £118.03         7.6

*Based on 36 months, 60,000 mile contract

Contract Hire
Roughly 75 per cent of fleets use some kind of contract hire to fund their operations and so Contract
Hire rates will be important to business user choosers too. A maintained contract hire quote is below:

Vehicle                               Instalments                    Mileage      Monthly rental
Accord 2.2 i-DTEC ES GT saloon        3 months upfront + 35          10,000       £338.00
Audi A4 2.0 TDI SE                    3 months upfront + 35          10,000       £339.00

* Non-maintained (servicing not included) and excludes metallic paint.

 COMPETITORS                                                                   Rental        Variance
 Lexus IS 220d** (OTR £23,132)                                                  £279          - £59.00
 Mercedes C220 CDI SE (OTR £24,107)                                             £331          - £7.00
 Honda Accord 2.2i DTEC ES GT Saloon (OTR £21,900)                              £338           £0.00
 Audi A4 Saloon 2.0 TDI SE* (OTR £23.940)                                       £339          + £1.00
 BMW 320d SE (OTR £25.940)                                                      £341          + £3.00
 Lexus IS 220d SE (OTR £25,782)                                                 £369         + £31.00
 BMW 318d M Sport (OTR £27,080)                                                 £372         + £34.00

 Rentals based on 3/35, 10k per annum and non maintained

 Please note -
 * Currently advertised on Audi website, however, according to website expires 31/03
 **Currently advertised on Lexus website, however, according to website expires 31/03

The new Accord Diesel also compares favourably with key competitors in Monthly Company Car Tax

                                                                                     BIK %        Car Tax
 New Accord Competitor              OTR       P11d           CO2         Power                   40% Tax
 Analysis                           Price     Price      Emissions        (PS)       2008/9        Payer
 Accord 2.2 ES GT
 Manual                            £21,900   £21,735      148 g/km       150 PS       20%          £145
 BMW 318d M Sport
 Manual                            £27,180   £27,015      123 g/km       141 PS       18%          £162
 Audi A4 2.0 TDi S-Line
 Manual                            £26,440   £25,275      144 g/km       143 PS       19%          £160

Parts pricing
Honda is renowned for its reliability, but we accept from time to time, the odd part will need to be
replaced, particularly if that car is pounding the motorways or munching miles as a corporate vehicle.
So, we‟ve listed a few random parts below and provided the unit prices excluding labour to give you the
full picture on ownership costs.

Oil Filters                         £8.51
Air Filters                         £15.82
Pads             Rear               £38.30
                 Front              £29.79
Discs            Rear               £38.30
                 Front              £42.44
Windscreen wiper                    £8.00

All parts prices exclude VAT and are correct at time of print. For more information contact the Honda
(UK) press office.

                                           ACCORD’S 10
                                 THE MEN BEHIND THE CAR

It might sound a bit odd, but we like to think of the men responsible for creating the latest Accord as
similar to Ocean‟s 11: a team of experts, handpicked for their specialist skills, combining to achieve a
common goal (only in this case, it wasn‟t stealing loot from a casino!).

Hiroyuki Ikegami: Large Project Leader, Accord saloon
Katsumi Horikawa: Large Project Leader, Accord Tourer
Hirofumi Shigeoka: Project Leader, Body design
Masashi Iwai: Assistant Large Project Leader
Masanori Hashimoto: Assistant Large Project Leader, Powertrain
Kota Ikeuchi: Assistant Large Project Leader, Diesel engine
Susumu Ota: Project Leader, Electronics
Toshiro Morita: Assistant Large Project Leader
Kenta Amano: Project Leader, Chassis
Kotaro Hara: Project Leader

What feature of the car are you most proud of?
Hiroyuki Ikegami: “It‟s difficult to pinpoint a definite challenge or one single thing we are proud of.
Each piece of technology on the car is a distillation of the effort we put in. I would say that one of my
main highlights is the diesel engine. We are relatively new to this technology, so I am very proud of
doing something so well that we‟ve never done before.

“The roof structure of the car is also something I am proud of, as it was the result of close co-operation
between the design and production teams.”

What do you think customers will like most about the car?
Hiroyuki Ikegami: “The biggest customer requirement of a car like the Accord is quality. With a Minivan,
the need is for passenger room, with a station wagon it‟s functionality – but with a saloon car, high
quality is what the customers most want. And that‟s quality both when the car is stationary and moving.

“I believe the customers will like the very high quality feel to the instrument panel – and the insides of
the doors are resin coated which is pretty rare in this sector.”

Katsumi Horikawa: “The car offers the best performance balance – to be specific, that means a
smooth, comfortable ride with agile handling, and low noise and vibration levels. The diesel engine will
be high quality and have lots of power.

“The platform of this car was aimed at 800,000 sales a year, as it is shared by the American and
Japanese Accords, as well as the Acura TSX and TL models. It will share engines from 2.0 to 3.7-litres.
We created the platform with these needs in mind.”

How does the car compare to its competitors (Audi/BMW etc)?
Hiroyuki Ikegami: “There are many opinions, but styling should set this Accord from its rivals. And it is
not a copy of another car or competitor. The current Accord was well accepted when launched, so I
wanted to keep some elements of that car, but also offer something new.

“For that reason, the styling is in line with the traditional characteristics of Accord – it‟s an evolution of
the previous model. And it is still distinctive.

“But what is distinction? When a premium German brand has a full model change, they always retain
consistency. They apply an evolutionary approach – not revolutionary.

“The traditional Japanese approach is to make a drastic change to the styling to make the car
distinctive. But distinction comes from the brand itself, not necessarily the model. It is important for
Honda to develop a stronger brand image.”

What was the first thing you wanted to change about the old car?
Hiroyuki Ikegami: “At the very early stages of this car I was LPL of both saloon and Tourer. I wanted
to take a very different approach from the development of current Accord, for which there were two
separate teams. One of the teams was responsible for the Tourer, so they concentrated on luggage
capacity etc. The other concentrated on the saloon.

“But at the outset of this project I wanted to break the mould and make sure the characteristics of the
saloon appeared on the Tourer. That meant the Tourer could be just as sporty and stylish as the

Katsumi Horikawa: “At first, I was in charge of the platform of this car. I looked at the current Accord‟s
platform, which had quite rigid suspension settings, as the development team had tried to get the right
balance between performance and ride. But the limits of that set-up had been reached, so we were
forced to make big changes in this area. That was my first point of focus.”

What influenced the team during the design process?
Masashi Iwai: “A few years ago, when we were working on the design for Accord – for American,
Japanese and European markets – designers produced several sketches in the Japanese studios,
many in Europe and some in America. We were trying to find the characteristics that would sit well in
each market. All these sketches shared common elements – features that characterise the Accord –
and a combination of the sketches became the new car.”

When you drive the car, how does it make you feel?
Kenta Amano: “The target was to realise a secure driving feel in all conditions. So, in emergency
situations, tight corners or side winds, we aimed to make the vehicle as stable, comfortable and safe as

“Of course, we also wanted to give a lot of feedback to the driver, but with low noise and vibration levels.

“I am happy to say I feel exactly these things when I drive the Accord.”

What type of testing have you carried out with this car?
Hiroyuki Ikegami: “We have just about finished all of the testing, lots of which was carried out on the
Bosch Proving Ground in Germany. We also tested the car on autobahns or motorways in different
countries and on the test track at Honda‟s plant in Swindon. The engines and transmissions were then
tested on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria.”

Katsumi Horikawa: “Hot weather and performance testing for the diesel engine was carried out in the
Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, but we also took the car into Northern Europe to set up and test
VSA (Honda‟s Vehicle Stability Assist).”

What was the benchmark competitor car for body and interior?
Hirofumi Shigeoka: “In my area, quality is important, so to achieve that, I looked at matching Audi.
When it comes to creating the right atmosphere or feeling, my benchmark cars were from Audi or

What was the benchmark competitor car for the petrol engine?
Masanori Hashimoto: “To develop more power we looked at BMW because in terms of power and fuel
economy results, we really admire their achievements, especially in developing engines of the
displacements we chose – 2.0 and 2.4-litre.”

What was the benchmark competitor car for the diesel engine?
Kota Ikeuchi: “BMW was the benchmark because both driving performance and NVH levels are all

What was the benchmark competitor car for electronics?
Susumu Ota: “My reference points were models from BMW, Audi and Lexus. What I tried to do is
refine Honda technologies – like ADAS – but not completely change them. The idea was to meet the
minimum requirements and then go beyond that with the entire car‟s electronics.”

What was the benchmark competitor car for vehicle design?
Toshiro Morita: “My actual assignment was to manage the project and calculate costs – not the best
job! I looked at BMW as a benchmark – I didn‟t care about Audi. Toyota and Audi can build good quality
cars, but they don‟t have outstanding features – anyone can build cars like that. BMW however, build
good cars with features that are outstanding and these parts make the whole car great.

“To make the Honda brand distinctive, I believe we must take a similar approach and build on the
excellent features of our cars.

“In this project, I was able to control this by pushing more money into areas where we could be
outstanding, and stripping it away from areas where we didn‟t need it.

“For example, I spent a lot of money on the front seats. And they are excellent – absolutely no expense
spared. To pay for the seats I cut costs in the spare wheel well. Why should we shape this recessed

area in a circle like a wheel? It costs more money to do, but doesn‟t need to be that way, so I had it cut
like a square. It‟s simple.

“I believe that customers will not be experts – they will be people like me. I was in a good position, as I
was not immersed in the project design or production, so I could give advice from the „outside‟. I often
asked myself: „Why is this special? What does it do for me?‟”

You seem like a very close team – how will you celebrate together at the end of the project?
Toshiro Morita: “We have already had many occasions! You might get the impression we are close,
but that‟s the work of Ikegami-san, the LPL, who brings it all together.”

Masashi Iwai: “But of course there have been some conflicts along the way – the LPLs wanted to
spend money, but Morita-san wanted to save it! In our daily duties, we often faced a tug of war, as each
member of the team was responsible for different areas. But we all shared a common goal, so we
worked together as a team, and as the project went on, we celebrated as each stage was completed.”


Overall, the new Accord is wider, lower and sportier, with sleeker proportions and a sharp-edged design
that gives the car a strong road presence. With its new compact proportions, the Tourer still offers
class-leading practicality, but housed within a more stylish package.

Both body shapes feature muscular lines around the wheel arches, bumpers, grille and bonnet – all of
which make the whole car appear more athletic and powerful. The GT grade in particular, has been
designed to compete with the likes of Audi S-line and BMW M-Sport trimmed cars, and will appeal to
those key corporate, user chooser customers that want a sporty looking car.

The Accord‟s completely new platform is shared by the saloon and Tourer with approximately 75 per
cent commonality between the two. They now have an identical 2705 mm wheelbase, representing an
increase of 35 mm for the saloon, and a reduction of 15 mm for the Tourer. Both models are 1840 mm
wide, up 80 mm, helping to create a roomier cabin front and rear. The greater width is also reflected in
a 75 mm wider track which is now 1590 mm and a key element in the Accord‟s more responsive

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“The styling is in line with the traditional characteristics of Accord – it‟s an evolution of the previous
model. And it is still distinctive.” - Hiroyuki Ikegami

An excellent aerodynamic drag coefficient pays dividends in the form of lower wind noise, improved fuel
economy and enhanced stability and Honda has paid particular attention to underbody air flow
management to reduce drag and lift in the new Accord. Key elements include a chin spoiler, front and
rear strakes ahead of the wheelarches, an engine undercover, and middle and rear undercovers. Other
significant features include a front spoiler that reduces front lift, the rear boot spoiler and a particularly
aerodynamic cabin area.

Paint colours

A range of paint colours is available on the new Accord. Buran Silver, Cobalt Blue, Crystal Black,
Polished Metal and Volcano Grey are all new for 2008, while Milano Red and Royal Blue continue to be


If the exterior design of the new Accord is an evolution from the previous model, then the interior is a
revolution. It‟s a huge leap forward in terms of layout, equipment, quality of materials and styling.
Honda engineers concentrated on achieving outstanding fit and finish – benchmarking E-sector cars for

The result is a stylish, comfortable, spacious cabin, with a driver-focused design and layout that wraps
around the front seats, giving a cockpit-style feel. Advanced technology also features strongly, and
instruments are positioned to ensure they appear in „line of sight‟, with controls in easy reach of the

Every „touch-point‟ on the new Accord looks and feels premium, particularly the seats, steering wheel,
pedals and other key controls.

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Susumu Ota: “The idea was to meet the minimum requirements and then go beyond that.”

Cockpit style cabin
The Accord‟s interior layout has been carefully considered, and centres around the most important
person in the car – the driver. The cockpit style cabin is enveloping, with the controls „wrapped around‟
the driver.

The Accord is now wider by 80 mm which translates directly into a roomier, airier cabin. Shoulder width
is now 65 mm greater, for example.

While the Accord‟s overall height has been reduced (the saloon by 5mm, the Tourer by 30mm), at the
same time the cabin floor has been lowered by 10mm, to give a sportier driving position.


A key area of focus on the inside of the Accord was the front seats, built to maximise both comfort and
support, with a blend of the best upholstery materials. Large, supportive bolsters in the front seats are
designed to reduce any vibration transmission and their sporting shape hugs the driver, holding them
comfortably in position.

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Toshiro Morita: “I spent a lot of money on the front seats, and they are excellent – absolutely no
expense spared.”

Depending on specification, the seats are upholstered with either cloth (ES), half leather sports
upholstery (ES GT and EX GT) or full leather (EX). On EX grades, seat memory switches are located in
the driver‟s door, and can hold up to three seat positions.

A stubby, sporty, gearstick with short „throw‟ ensures gear changes are snappy, while the three-spoke
steering wheel – in a similar design to that in the Civic and CR-V – is black with silver trim and hosts a
complete suite of controls – audio buttons on the left, cruise control on the right and the telephone
buttons on the lower spoke. It is fully adjustable for reach and rake, with an extra 10 degrees tilt
adjustment compared to the previous Accord.

An impressive main instrument panel with blue and red back-lighting and „floating‟ needles on the rev
counter and speedometer dials form the centre-piece of the dash and underline the more sporting feel
of this latest Accord.

The LCD instrument display (in the centre of the speedometer) has a host of new features. Linked to
the on-board computer, it‟s able to display vehicle mileage and trip mileage, instant and average fuel
economy, range, average speed, journey time, as well as outside temperature, seatbelt status
(including rear seats) and displays status information on ACC, LKAS and CMBS, where fitted.

For the first time, the new Accord features a service reminder that lights up in the centre of the
speedometer providing the driver with either the distance or days remaining to a required service, while
an enlarged warning symbol appears when the service due date is imminent.

In addition, a new shift-indicator appears here too, advising the driver of the best point to change gear,
in order to maximise fuel economy. Automatic transmission models instead feature the shift gate
pattern and the lever position.

Eliminating noise
We‟ve listened closely to customer feedback, and improvements have been made to reduce NVH and
interior noise levels on the new Accord, in order to create a relaxing driving space that reduces driver

The new car has a more refined interior thanks to a range of measures that have increased sound
absorption as well as sound insulation. Lightweight materials have also been used wherever possible to
eliminate even the smallest of rattles.

How about this for imaginative engineering? There‟s floor carpeting with both sound insulation and
sound absorption; a series of dimples and beads incorporated into the floor panel which reduce
acoustic radiation; a new floating rear subframe which lessens road noise; improved insulation within
the door pillar structures and a lightweight noise package that includes an acoustic roof lining, acoustic
trunk side lining, wheelarch insulators, and sound absorbing/insulating dashboard elements.

Intelligent climate control
The Accord comes equipped with a dual-zone automatic climate control system that lets the driver and
front passenger adjust the temperature settings to their individual liking.

Until now, intelligent climate control has only been available on the Honda Legend, but this E-sector
technology will now be available on all Accords with satellite navigation.
Hi-tech optical sensors determine the sun‟s position and automatically adjust the interior climate
accordingly, so that a constant and comfortable temperature is maintained throughout the cabin at all
times. To use intelligent climate control, the „auto‟ button on the centre console must be selected.

Higher specification models feature adjustable rear vents which provide rear seat passengers with their
own air conditioning. The centre console can also have cool or warm air pumped into it from this air
feed – perfect for cooling or warming drinks.

Voice Activated Satellite Navigation

We‟ve worked hard to improve the quality and usability of our technology. DVD Satellite Navigation
comes as standard on the EX grades and as an option on the ES GT grade. It now boasts an 8-inch
screen, voice recognition in five languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) and covers
most European countries, including for the first time Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

A directional microphone ensures only the driver‟s voice is picked up and there are some other clever
features, too:

       Voice operation is possible even in the middle of a conversation with a passenger as a
        microphone can distinguish between the driver‟s and a passenger‟s voice
       Wind down the windows, open the sunroof and the voice operation will still work
       It can learn different voice qualities of different drivers, so great for pool cars or if different
        people will be driving it on a regular basis
       All of this detection and directional ability also applies to the Bluetooth hands-free telephone kit
        (HFT), available as part of the Advanced Navigation Pack

The push-to-talk button on the steering wheel activates the voice control. A command such as “home”
will prompt the system to plot the best route to the driver's house. To find the nearest restaurant or
petrol station, just say the command and the system will find the closest and navigate to it.

Another useful feature of the navigation system is the RDS function which means the system can
recognise live traffic hotspots and recalculate the ideal route to avoid the congestion.

Bluetooth Hands-Free Telephone
Accords fitted with the Advanced Navigation Pack will also have a Bluetooth wireless hands-free
telephone kit (HFT).

The new phone system has been improved from that on the previous Accord, and now allows the driver
to automatically transfer a call started outside the car onto the HFT once the ignition has been turned to
the ACC position. The user can also utilise the phone‟s keypad to make calls as well as storing up to 50
names with a speed-dial number. More importantly all numbers can be accessed by HFT and speech

Thanks to the satellite navigation, it is also possible to import the phone books of up to six separate
mobiles via the Interface Dial, up to 1000 names with a potential of 10,000 numbers! Once imported,
numbers are accessed through voice command or by selecting „search imported phonebook‟ on the
screen, followed by a keyword search or by listing all records.

Reversing and parking
Where fitted, the centre screen, used for satellite navigation, doubles up as a rear-view camera when
reverse gear is selected. Located above the rear registration plate, the camera provides a view of the
area directly behind the car (138 degrees wide and 91 degrees vertically).

In addition, the passenger side wing mirror automatically tilts downwards, when reverse gear is
selected. A switch mounted in the driver-side door enables this function.
EX grade models are fitted with parking sensors as standard – four front sensors and four rear.

Sound systems
Entry level (ES) Accords come with a radio and single CD player while EX grades or ES GT models
with the Advanced Navigation Pack have a premium audio system with 6 CD changer unit located in
the centre console. Volume of the sound system is linked to the speed of the vehicle to maintain an
optimum volume throughout the entire journey.

MP3 players or iPods can be connected via a docking point in the centre console storage box, where
an auxiliary jack point and power outlet can also be found.

Key fob
The key fob has added functionality. There are separate buttons for the boot release, door locking and
door unlocking. The first push of the door unlocking button unlocks the driver‟s door only, a second
push unlocks all four doors. On higher grade models it is also possible to close open windows and
sunroof by holding down the door lock button (conversely, holding down the unlock button opens
windows and sunroof).

Rather than a lever on the door sill, the fuel filler cover is now linked to the driver‟s door lock switch.
Once it is unlocked, you simply press on the flap and it springs open.

Luggage space
Even with the Tourer‟s compact and stylish new proportions, there‟s still ample luggage space. With all
seats in place, there‟s 395-litres (VDA), meaning it is still one of the best in its class. When the Tourer‟s
rear seats are folded down, luggage capacity increases to 672-litres (VDA – to window line) ensuring
larger loads can still be accommodated. As an example, there‟s still room for a mountain bike, without
needing to remove the bike‟s front wheels first.

The Tourer has a range of practical accessories to organise luggage and protect the boot interior. A
cargo space divider and dog guard maximise the use of space while a tailor-made boot tray, a cargo
mat and a boot edge protection mat, reduce wear and tear. There‟s also a tie down belt to hold luggage
in place, a cargo net and boot side net.

The saloon‟s luggage capacity remains best in class against other premium saloons with 467-litres
(VDA) and a lower loading position of 678mm, down 80mm. Like the Tourer, it also has an exclusive
boot pack which includes a cargo net, side pocket, and utility hooks on the underside of the rear shelf to
hang shopping bags, all providing even greater practicality and flexibility.

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In real terms 395-litres equates to four medium-sized golf bags or four large suitcases.

The Tourer has easy to use, one-motion rear seats that can be collapsed easily in one motion and
without removing the headrests, creating a virtually flat load space. The child seat tether anchors and
seatbelts are also fully integrated into the seats, leaving a neat, flat surface for loading.

There‟s additional under-floor storage too, adding 53-litres to the overall load space, plus storage areas
concealed in the boot side walls – the left hand compartment used to store a hazard warning triangle
and first aid kit.

Other practical touches on both saloon and Tourer include two lined pockets either side of the centre
console, great for storing sunglasses, a large glovebox, lidded storage area to side of the steering
wheel, large front door pockets, bottle holders in the rear door panels, and a large centre console box
which doubles up as an armrest and is slide-adjustable. There are two cupholders in the centre console,
and rear passengers have two more in the rear centre armrest.

Like its predecessor, the new Accord Tourer is available with a power operated tailgate – the key fob or
a switch located in the boot‟s lower edge operates this. When opening, an audible warning sounds and
the indicators flash. There‟s also an automatic close function, to save slamming it, which is ideal if
there‟s a sleeping child (or grown up!) in the car. Safety measures include auto reverse when any
resistance is detected, backed up by touch sensors located around the sides of the tailgate.

The latest tailgate design uses a thinner motor unit located in the roof lining which is quieter and
impacts less on rear visibility.

Cabin colours
There are two cabin colours: Premium Black - in which all trim elements are black except the grey roof
lining; and Premium Grey, which has a grey trim complemented by a black section on the upper dash.
Stylish interior contrasts are created using carefully selected metallic finishes throughout the cabin.


Honda‟s engineers have been quite clear about their aspirations for developing the Accord‟s handling
characteristics, with the BMW 3 Series openly discussed as a benchmark vehicle for chassis dynamics.
Their brief was to create an Accord with a more involving driving experience, balanced with ride comfort
and stability at high speeds, during cornering and under heavy braking.

The new Tourer and saloon now share the same platform – albeit a completely new one – as well as an
all-new double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, which together with increased
rigidity, create a chassis that offers an involving yet comfortable ride.

The front suspension geometry has been configured to reduce pitch under braking compared to the
previous Accord, while a larger compliance bush enhances ride comfort.

Similarly the rear suspension is designed to minimise lift under braking. Featuring two diagonal links,
three lateral links and a high rigidity bearing, it is tuned to match the Accord‟s quicker steering
responses and contributes to a nimble yet solid feel.

Lowered centre of gravity and higher roll centre
Lowering the position of the engines and fuel tank within the Accord platform has helped to shave
18mm off the car‟s centre of gravity, improving cornering stability. Greater roll stiffness has been gained
from the 75mm wider front and rear tracks.

Furthermore, the suspension geometry has been set up to raise the new Accord‟s roll centre axis (the
point about which it rolls during cornering). The result, in simple terms, means passengers can enjoy a
stable, flat ride, minimal body roll, linear cornering feel and more control.

Greater ride comfort
Finding the right balance between sharp handling and ride comfort is an eternal challenge for chassis
engineers, and with the new Accord, a lot of time and effort was invested on delivering a car that
cornered well, but also felt smooth and refined over bumps in the road.

This more comfortable ride is delivered through an increase in suspension rebound travel at both front
and rear, larger compliance bushes in the front suspension and a floating rear subframe capable of
greater absorption of bumps and road noise.

The Accord features dampers that use internal deflector plates, a first for a Honda production vehicle.
While most conventional dampers are tuned to provide a compromise between ride comfort and sporty
handling at different speeds, a new „Super Progressive Valve‟ is engineered to provide ideal damping
rates at both low and high speeds.

With a typical suspension unit, damping forces rise with the speed of damper compression, for example,
hitting a series of bumps at high speed. This can cause significant ride harshness and noise inside the
cabin. However, the new dampers are tuned to provide the ideal damping rates for comfort at low
speeds, while also limiting maximum damping forces to reduce ride harshness at higher speeds.

In this way the Accord provides a wider range of comfortable ride quality and exceptional road holding
under a wide variety of driving speeds and conditions.

Deflector plate technology
Honda‟s new dampers automatically adjust compression damping characteristics to suit the car‟s speed,
cornering forces and road surface. The dampers use an ingenious “deflector plate stack” that deflects
when the compression forces reach a certain level, such as when encountering a large bump or dip in
the road at high speeds. When these severe forces act on an ordinary damper, oil cannot move quickly
enough through the damping orifices and the effective damping rate climbs, resulting in an excessive
shock transmitted into the vehicle body.
With the new system, when severe conditions are encountered, the plate stack deflects, allowing oil to
pass through at a higher rate and in essence “capping” the damping rate at a preset level. This
markedly reduces the shock transmitted into the body while enhancing handling stability and road

While the amount of oil passing through the damper orifices always remains consistent in different
situations, the Accord‟s system allows an increased flow rate in extreme situations, thereby limiting the
maximum damping rate. Deflection of the plate stack is carefully calibrated and controlled by spring
pressure behind the plate stack. The simplicity of the new system also means that no electronics or
movable valves are required.

Higher rigidity
To offer improved handling and a sportier driving experience, the new Accord‟s body shell has been
engineered to provide even greater body rigidity and reduced torsion.

Highly efficient load absorbing pathways in both the front and rear frames effectively deal with
suspension input, through specific items such as an upper bar running between the two front
suspension struts and additional strengthening in the fascia panel area and in the junction between the
door pillars and roof structure. Rear suspension vertical rigidity has improved by 20 per cent, while front
suspension horizontal rigidity has increased 35 per cent.

The rear structures of both body shells also have significant changes – on the saloon a key component
is formed by the C pillars, the wheel housings and the floor cross member which form a complete
structural „hoop‟, while a similar arrangement in the Tourer is created by the tailgate opening, the frame
of the rear side windows and again the wheel housings. Torsional rigidity in the Tourer is up by 20 per
cent as a result.

High tensile steel
Around 50 per cent of the Accord‟s body, including the complete passenger cell frame and front and
rear side members, is made from high tensile steel, which provides greater strength without additional
weight. In fact 42 per cent of this is made up from ultra high tensile steel.

Kenta Amano: “The target was to realise a secure driving feel in all conditions…We aimed to make the
vehicle as stable, comfortable and safe as possible.”

Superb braking
The new Accord has greater stability when braking from high speeds, and a more solid feel overall.
Excellent stopping power is achieved by larger brake callipers and discs.

The braking system also includes Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), anti-lock braking and Brake
Assist, the latter helping drivers to apply full braking pressure when required.

Vehicle Stability Assist

All Accords are now fitted with Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system which is designed to help
the driver maintain control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying braking
to the right or left hand wheels as necessary and managing the engine torque systems.

At its simplest level, VSA has a traction control function whereby it detects wheel slip under
acceleration and coordinates the use of braking and engine torque to regain traction. In situations
where the driven wheels are on surfaces with different levels of traction, such as a partially wet road
surface, the system applies braking action to the wheel that's slipping, allowing the tyre with better grip
to move the vehicle. In addition, the system reduces engine output to minimise wheelspin.

An indicator light flashes on the instrument panel while the system is actively enhancing the car‟s
stability. There is also a switch to the side of the instrument panel which disables the VSA.

Trailer Stability Assist
Trailer Stability Assist, now fitted across the entire Accord range, is a development of VSA which
detects if the trailer is starting to yaw while being towed at speed. TSA uses a combination of torque
reduction and individual wheel braking to bring the car and trailer back under full control.

In addition, towing weights have also been increased. The 2.4-litre i-VTEC is now capable of towing up
to 1600kg, while Accords with the 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine can tow up to 1700kg. The 2.0-litre i-VTEC
towing weight remains at 1500 kg.

Motion Adaptive EPS
Motion Adaptive EPS is an innovative system using the capabilities of both VSA and EPS. The system
detects instability in slippery conditions both during cornering and under braking and automatically
initiates steering inputs aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct direction.

Steering control remains with the driver at all times, but this supporting steering torque is enough to
prompt the driver to act and regain stability, allowing control to be maintained.

EPS is an advanced, speed sensitive Electric Power Steering system fitted on the entire Accord range
which features a high output, low inertia brushless motor with enhanced rigidity providing excellent,
precise and stable steering. A quicker steering ratio is also used in keeping with the Accord‟s agile
chassis characteristics.


The new Accord is powered by an engine line-up designed to meet the forthcoming Euro 5 emissions
regulations. Honda‟s second generation diesel engine, the i-DTEC, makes its debut on the car. The
2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engines have also been refined to offer lower emissions and greater power.

2.2-litre i-DTEC
Key features:
Capacity:          2199cc
Power: 150PS
Torque: 350Nm @ 2,000rpm
Max speed:         131mph (saloon), 130mph (Tourer)
CO2:               148g/km (saloon), 155g/km (Tourer)

The all-new i-DTEC engine uses a combination of the latest injection technology, more efficient exhaust
gas recirculation and a diesel particulate filter to create a diesel engine that‟s even quieter, cleaner and
smoother than the current i-CTDi.

With significantly reduced levels of NOx and particulates emissions, it will exceed the expected Euro 5
standards, while offering even better performance with increased power and torque levels.

The i-DTEC delivers 150PS at the same 4,000 rpm as the i-CTDi, and peak torque has also increased
by 10 Nm to 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Together both power and torque improvements provide smoother
acceleration, with the diesel cracking 0-62 mph in 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 131mph (saloon) and
130mph (Tourer).

Fuel consumption levels have been maintained, with the diesel recording 50.4mpg (saloon), making it
well suited to the mile-munching regime of many corporate cars.

An engineering evolution
Most of you will be aware of the current i-CTDi engine – it appears under the bonnet of many Hondas in
the current range and is widely regarded as one of the most refined diesel engines on the market.

“The diesel engine is superb, it is smooth, powerful and frugal.” – What Car?
“Honda‟s i-CTDi is among the smoothest and most petrol-like units on the market.” – Diesel Car

The i-DTEC is an evolution of the current i-CTDi. In direct response to customer feedback, Honda
engineers were challenged to increase the maximum power of the diesel engine to improve driving
characteristics. The result is an increase of 10PS, taking max power to 150PS. While doing so, they
also added further refinement to the diesel powerplant, making the unit quieter, and the delivery of
power even smoother.

Euro 5 compliance – NOx and Particulates
We all know that diesel engines emit lower levels of CO 2 than petrol engines, but they generally emit
much higher levels of NOx (oxides of nitrogen) and particulates. High levels of these emissions can
contribute to poor local air quality (NOx) and contribute to human ill-health (particulates).

The challenge for engineers has been to create an engine that emits low levels of CO 2, NOx and
particulates. That‟s what Honda is striving to achieve.

Euro 5 legislation will limit the amount of NOx and particulates that can be emitted from vehicles. All
new cars will have to be Euro 5 compliant by September 2009.

The new i-DTEC engine – like all Accord engines at launch – will be one of the first Euro 5 compliant
engines to the market, delivering dramatic reductions in NOx and particulates.

This is a key benefit of the new i-DTEC.

i-DTEC - NOx and Particulates improvement:
                                                                           NOx           Particulates
 Current Accord 2.2 i-CTDI Sport GT (17” alloys)                        175mg/km          14.5mg/km
 New Accord 2.2 i-DTEC ES GT (17” alloys)                               146mg/km          2.4mg/km
 Euro 5 Limits                                                          180mg/km           5mg/km

i-DTEC in detail
The i-DTEC is an all-new diesel engine from Honda that builds and improves on the performance, fuel
economy and emission efficiency of the award-winning i-CTDi diesel engine. It has an all-new cylinder
block, head and most components have been changed or updated from the current diesel.

Like its predecessor, the refined i-DTEC engine is compact, lightweight, smooth and quiet, but there are
a number of key changes designed to enhance overall efficiency.

The new i-DTEC engine is all-aluminium, transversely mounted, with 4-cylinders, DOHC, four valves
per cylinder, a variable nozzle turbocharger and a second order balancer shaft.

However, the big difference is that the engine has been turned 180 degrees in the engine bay. This has
allowed for the fitment of a new, integrated diesel particulate filter and catalytic converter.

Diesel particulate filter
The new exhaust arrangement dispenses with the underfloor catalytic converter and places the diesel
particulate filter (DPF) in a close coupled position on the side of the engine. This new location reduces
the fall-off in exhaust gas temperature, and means the DPF reaches working temperature more quickly,
both of which improve DPF regeneration.

Contributing to a reduction in NOx levels is an improvement in Exhaust Gas Recirculation efficiency,
with finer valve control and a water cooling system that can now be bypassed when required – to feed
higher temperature gasses to the DPF, which aids regeneration.

A continuously variable swirl control valve, located in the intake manifold, provides fine control of the
swirl ratio, to give the ideal combustion environment within the cylinders at all times. This helps to
reduce noise levels (through reduced knocking) and produce smoother performance.

Piezo-injectors and multi-stage injections
One of the key developments on the i-DTEC engine is the installation of Piezo-injectors. The traditional
injector system used on the i-CTDi – a 1600 bar common rail system using solenoid injectors - has
been swapped for an 1800 bar one using Piezo-injectors, able to provide more precise, multi-stage

In the new i-DTEC system there are up to five fuel injections per phase, giving more precise fuel
delivery, reducing noise and improving fuel consumption.

    1. A pilot injection in the low to medium engine speed range
    2. A pre-injection in high load and low engine speed conditions
    3. The main injection – under all conditions and in isolation at high load/high speed
    4. An after-injection at low loads and in the middle engine speed range for cleaner emissions
    5. A post injection at low load designed to improve the CAT purification rate and allow
        regeneration of the particulate filter.

The fuel injection system interacts with a new, variable nozzle turbocharger to ensure optimum intake
pressure is created. This allows higher pressures at lower speeds, as well as better fuel economy and
reduced emissions through lean burn combustion.

It‟s this constant ability to make adjustments to the combustion characteristics across all driving
conditions that helps achieve improved performance while still meeting the increasingly stringent
emissions requirements.

What is piezoelectric technology?
Certain crystalline materials (like quartz, Rochelle salt and certain ceramics) have piezoelectric
behaviour. When you manipulate them in a certain way, often by applying pressure, you get a charge
separation within the crystal and a voltage across the crystal that is sometimes extremely high.

For example, piezoelectric materials are often used in push button lighters. When you press the button,
the popping noise you hear is a little spring-loaded hammer hitting a crystal and generating thousands
of volts across the faces of the crystal. The voltage created is about the same amount as the voltage
that drives a spark plug in a petrol engine.

Piezoelectric materials also work the other way: if you apply a voltage across the crystal, the crystal will
change shape. The change is very slight in most cases, but it is enough to push or drive small items.
For example, in digital watches with a beeping alarm, the beeper is a little piezoelectric speaker. In
Honda‟s i-DTEC engine, the piezo crystal controls precise fuel injection!

                               HONDA AND DIESEL ENGINES
                               PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Honda firmly believes the most effective way to significantly reduce CO 2 emissions in the UK is through
developing petrol-electric hybrid technology. While a lot of other manufacturers are building small diesel
engine city cars in order to bring their overall CO2 levels down to meet European emissions targets,
Honda‟s general direction is to put diesel engines into larger, family cars and develop hybrid technology
for its smaller, more affordable and lighter weight vehicles.

Meanwhile, Honda‟s development programme for the next-generation of cleaner diesel engines – which
use advanced technology to reduce exhaust emissions – continues to motor ahead.

Phase one of the programme – compliance with forthcoming Euro 5 legislation – has already been
achieved with the i-DTEC engine, which will power the new Accord.

In the early nineties, to meet growing demand for diesel power, Honda employed oil-burning engines
from other manufacturers (ISUZU and Rover, for example), but they were never long-term solutions.

Honda‟s involvement with developing its own diesel engine started with Kenichi Nagahiro, the
company‟s chief engine designer and the inventor of the celebrated VTEC engine. Mr Nagahiro hated
diesel engines – he thought they were noisy, smelly and dirty. When asked to design Honda‟s first
diesel he flatly refused – unless he was allowed to start completely from scratch. The result is one of
the cleanest, most refined diesel engines on the market today, the 2.2 i-CTDi that sits in the current UK
Accord, Civic, CR-V and FR-V.

Mr Nagahiro has masterminded the Honda diesel development programme since its conception in 2002
and at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007, he proudly presented the next exciting stage of its
diesel engine technology: i-DTEC.

Meeting Tier II/Bin 5
Euro 5 has already prompted manufacturers to build engines with cleaner exhaust gasses, but
forthcoming emissions regulations – including TierII/Bin 5 in America – will target not just CO2, but also

Not a problem for Honda, as building a low particulate, low NOx, low CO2 diesel engine has always
been part of the plan. Nagahiro-san‟s overall aim has been to redefine “the diesel” and prove that a
diesel engine can be powerful and clean.

Honda is currently developing an innovative Ammonia Catalytic Converter for its diesel engine exhaust
systems. Just as three-way catalytic converters in petrol engines can reduce NOx emissions by as
much as 99 per cent, this Honda converter will reduce NOx at a similar efficiency. The ammonia
creates a chemical reaction that detoxifies the NOx and turns it into harmless nitrogen using a two-layer

A diesel Honda engine equipped with such technology should comply with North America‟s stringent
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier II/Bin 5 emissions requirements, which stipulate that NOx
emissions be no higher than approximately 43.5 mg/km. These requirements will be introduced in 2009.

Honda‟s diesel engine Ammonia Catalytic Convertor technology will be launched in the US within the
next two years.

Petrol engines
Honda has upgraded its advanced 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines to offer more power and
fewer emissions, and both are now compliant with Euro 5 legislation.
CO2 emissions have reduced from 176g/km to 170g/km for the 2.0 i-VTEC and from 214g/km to
209g/km for the 2.4 i-VTEC.

2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol i-VTEC
Key features:
                         2.0-litre                         2.4-litre
Capacity:                1997cc                            2354cc
Power:                   156PS @ 6,300rpm                  201PS @ 7,000rpm
Torque:                  192Nm @ 4,300rpm                  234Nm @ 4,500rpm

CO2: (saloon)             170g/km (Man)                     209g/km (Man)
                          178g/km (Auto)                    204g/km (Auto)
(Tourer)                  173g/km (Man)                     215g/km (Man)
                          183g/km (Auto)                    211g/km (Auto)

The two petrol engines offer a combination of impressive performance and fuel economy to meet
customer demand. Both are now available with 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual
transmission – a new development for the 2.0-litre engine, which was previously only available with a 5-
speed gearbox.

The 2.0-litre engine‟s class leading fuel economy offers combined fuel consumption of 39.2mpg
(saloon) and 38.7mpg (Tourer). Fitted with automatic transmission, the 2.0-litre engine uses 37.6mpg
(saloon) and 36.6mpg (Tourer).

Power output has been increased slightly to 156 PS at 6,300 rpm, along with peak torque at 192 Nm at

Improvements in fuel consumption, power and torque have been achieved through increasing diameter
intake valves, optimising valve lift timing and increasing inlet and exhaust air flow volumes. In addition,
two catalytic converters – one close-coupled and one underfloor – ensure emissions have been
reduced to exceed the expected Euro 5 requirements.

Comparatively, the 2.4-litre engine delivers a significant 201 PS at 7,000rpm and peak torque of 234Nm
at 4,500rpm (up from 190 PS and 223 Nm) which is all the more significant given its improved fuel
economy – now 32.1mpg for saloon and 31.3mpg for Tourer. With automatic transmission fuel
consumption is 32.8mpg (saloon) and 31.7mpg (Tourer).

Behind the performance boost is a compression ratio increase from 10.5 to 11.0:1 plus larger diameter
valves, revised valve timing, and reduced exhaust system pressures.

The drive-by-wire (electronic) throttle balances the switch between high output cams and fuel economy
cams, making smooth and responsive adjustments to driver input. When paired with the automatic
transmission and cruise control as well, the precision of those systems improves even further. The

engine can be throttled by the engine management system during upshifts and downshifts, for faster,
seamless shifting and the elimination of shift shock.

Getting technical
Both petrol engines use Honda‟s long-established VTEC system which is able to adjust the lift and
opening duration of the valves. The system is complemented by Variable Timing Control (VTC) which
takes into consideration engine load, controlling the phasing of the inlet camshaft. These work together
to produce a remarkably broad and smooth power band with exceptional torque and horsepower.

Based on input from a position sensor located at the rear end of the inlet camshaft, the engine‟s ECU
varies the inlet camshaft position relative to that of the exhaust camshaft. In this way it can advance
and retard the opening of the inlet valves.

During acceleration, VTC is set at a relatively small degree of valve overlap which provides the best
output, the valve opening angle using the inertia of the intake air. In addition, as engine speed builds,
the VTEC mechanism switches from the low speed cam to the high speed cam, but with the same
degree of overlap.
At high engine speeds, there is much greater overlap which reduces pumping losses, maximises
exhaust gas recirculation, and provides the best balance between fuel consumption and output.

Finally, at idle and low engine speeds during light load conditions, inlet valve opening is retarded for
minimal overlap, generating strong swirl and therefore stable combustion.

All three engines are paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, while the two petrol engines have the
option of a 5-speed automatic transmission as well.

Currently, the i-DTEC can only be paired with a manual transmission – but an automatic will be
available in 2009, creating Honda‟s first automatic diesel.

The six-speed gearbox is new to the 2.0-litre petrol engine and gives optimised gear ratios and
flexibility, excellent cruising characteristics and economy. Gear changes are characterised by short,
quick, low effort shifting, helped by multi-cone synchronisers on first and second gears for lighter, more
fluid gear change.

A new „Shift Indicator Light‟ (or SIL), which appears in the centre of the rev counter, is included on
manual transmission Accords. „UP‟ or „DOWN‟ is displayed to advise the driver of the optimum point at
which to change gear, ultimately improving fuel efficiency. Honda‟s testing has found following SIL
commands achieved a fuel saving of five per cent!

5-speed automatic
The 5-speed automatic transmission available on petrol engine models features a wide spread of ratios
to maximise „off-the-line‟ acceleration and provide fuel-efficient cruising.

Its operation is now simpler and more logical to fully exploit its capabilities. Instead of two interlinked
gates – one for conventional operation in auto and a parallel gate for sequential shifting – the new
design is a simple „P R N D S‟ gate. Slot the gear lever into Drive and the Accord will provide
conventional automatic changing; if a more urgent response is required, then you can simply change
down a gear using the steering wheel paddles, and once the car is identified as returning to cruising
mode, the system reverts back to automatic operation.

Alternatively, move the shift lever to S mode for sportier change points and added engine braking effect.
Using the steering wheel paddles in S mode provides a sequential shift mode, allowing manual shifting
and gear hold. To heighten control and driver involvement, the shift logic in manual mode delivers
quicker, firmer shifts than in fully automatic mode.

To help protect the engine and drivetrain from damage, an array of preventative features are active
when the transmission is in manual mode. In second, third and fourth, the logic changes, and the
transmission ECU cuts off fuel flow to the engine if there is a possibility of over revving.

In the rare situation where the fuel cut-off alone is unable to prevent engine over revving (as could
happen on a steep downhill) the transmission will change up to prevent engine damage. And finally,
when changing down, the transmission won't execute a driver-commanded downshift that would send
the engine beyond the redline in the lower gear.

The system will also automatically select first gear as the Accord comes to a stop, to prevent pulling
away in a high gear.

The latest automatic gearbox now has a kick-down „click‟ system. Instead of a vague stab of the pedal
to initiate the kick-down mechanism, the driver is given a clear indication of the point in the accelerator
pedal‟s travel at which the gear change will operate – once a „click‟ is sensed, a further slight movement
of the foot will initiate the down change.

A graphic of the shift lever position is provided in the centre of the rev counter dial for added

Grade Logic Control
When in automatic mode, the transmission includes an advanced Grade Logic Control System and
Shift Hold Control, both of which help reduce gear 'hunting' and unnecessary gear changes.

Grade Logic Control alters the shift schedule when travelling uphill or downhill, reducing shift frequency,
and improving speed control. Throttle position, vehicle speed and acceleration/deceleration are
continuously measured, then compared with a map stored in the transmission computer. The Grade
Logic Control System determines when the car is on a hill; if this is the case, the shift schedule is
adjusted to automatically hold the transmission in a lower gear for better climbing power or increased
downhill engine braking.

Shift Hold Control keeps the transmission in its current (lower) ratio when the throttle is quickly released
and the brakes are applied (like when decelerating to enter a corner). Shift Hold Control leaves the
chassis undisturbed by excess shifting during spirited driving, ensuring that abundant power is
immediately available without a downshift, maintaining momentum and allowing rapid acceleration out
of a corner.

The use of low friction clutches for all gears and the super-thin, highly efficient torque converter in the
5-speed automatic transmission contributes to the Accord‟s excellent fuel economy.


The new Accord features a whole suite of advanced safety technology which places it firmly at the
forefront of the category. Some of this technology is new to the Accord and new to the D-sector – it‟s
the first time CMBS has been available in this market, and it‟s the first time ADAS technology has been
available on all three engine variants.

Honda‟s Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) – which is available as an option on the EX and EX
GT grades – comprises three separate technologies: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane
Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). HID Xenon headlights are also
available as part of the ADAS option, which give superior visibility.

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
One of the most common causes of accidents is the delay between the driver acknowledging an
oncoming accident and the taking of evasive action.

As a result, Honda has concentrated on pre-crash developments like CMBS, which improve the car‟s
response to critical situations. CMBS is particularly effective at minimising rear-end impacts.

A millimetre-wave radar sensor in the Accord‟s front grille recognises a collision is imminent. CMBS
reacts in three ways; the driver is given an audio warning and a visual brake warning. If no action is
taken the alarm is given again and an E-pre-tensioner lightly tugs at the driver‟s seatbelt as light
braking is applied. If still no action is taken and the system decides that a collision is unavoidable,
strong braking is applied along with strong seatbelt retraction.

CMBS will not bring the car to a complete stop, but it will aid the driver to avoid a collision, or lessen the
severity if an accident does occur. As with all Honda driving aids, the driver remains in control at all

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Fatigue and distraction are serious issues for drivers, particularly those pounding the motorways for
long periods of time, which is why Honda originally developed the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).

LKAS uses images from a camera mounted inside the upper front windscreen to recognise which lane
the car is travelling in. If the car begins to cross the lane markings without driver input on the steering
or indicators, it calculates the optimum steering torque to keep the car in the centre of the lane.

A continuous warning beep is emitted when the car is about to cross the marking, and if no response is
taken the system self-steers using Electric Power Steering (EPS) to maintain the correct course.

LKAS operates within a speed range of 45-112mph.
1. If the LKAS system detects the car is straying or changing lanes without driver input, it will give a
    visible warning on screen and then steer the vehicle back into position by applying up to 80 per
    cent torque to the steering
2. The system doesn‟t intervene if you use the indicators or if you make a positive steering movement
3. Never be tempted to take your hands off the wheel – LKAS detects this after a few seconds and
    switches itself off…it‟s not there to replace the driver completely.
4. Pressing the LKAS button turns the system off

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Using the same millimetre-wave radar as CMBS, mounted in the grille, ACC measures the time (thus
distance) to the vehicle ahead, while vehicle speed and yaw rate sensors detect the vehicle‟s driving

ACC can maintain a set speed like a conventional cruise control, but in addition it can also
automatically control vehicle speed and distance relative to the car in front, travelling in the same lane.
When the distance to the car in front falls below a predetermined value (set by the driver), the system
instantly decelerates the car through throttle control and if necessary by braking (with a force of up to
0.25 g).

In instances where quicker deceleration is required e.g. sudden braking by the car in front or being cut
up, the system will alert the driver with a warning light and a buzzer, prompting them to apply the
brakes. If the car in front changes lane or increases speed again, then the system will increase the
speed back to the predetermined value.

ACC operates at speeds between 20-112 mph and providing the M „main‟ switch is activated.

Safety in detail
The Accord, as well as most other current Honda models, features an Advanced Compatibility
Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, designed to enhance passenger safety in the event of a collision
between multiple vehicles. ACE disperses and absorbs collision forces over a larger frontal area, and
prevents misalignments with another vehicle‟s safety structures helping to reduce damage to that car
as well.

The new Accord incorporates many of the pedestrian-protection design features already familiar from
recent Honda models. Research shows that features such as ACE dramatically improve a pedestrian's
chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle. Items include:

          windscreen wiper pivots designed to break away
          a new collapsible boxed frame structure beneath the base of the windscreen which provides
           impact energy absorption
          energy absorbing front wing mounts which help lessen injuries
          the bending structure of the bonnet hinges which help mitigate injuries
          a bonnet frame designed to bend and deform
          an unobstructed area beneath the bonnet allowing greater space for deformation
The new Accord is equipped with front seat active headrests which reduce the likelihood of neck injury
in rear impacts. As the occupant is pushed against the seat back, a rigid plate in the seat presses a link
to the headrest pushing it up and forward to support the head.

All models feature front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, dual stage front airbags, driver and
front passenger side airbags, full length curtain airbags and ISOFIX fittings and tether anchor points for
child seats.

The side airbags now have a dual chamber designed to offer optimum protection for the pelvis and the
torso. As offset frontal impacts can lead to a rebound where there are strong lateral forces, the curtain
airbags are now deployed to protect occupants‟ upper bodies in such situations.

The front passenger seat airbags can be deactivated when using a childseat and the airbag status is
displayed in the information display in the centre console.

                                   TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

SALOON PETROL                      2.0 i-VTEC ES     2.0 i-VTEC ES GT    2.0 i-VTEC EX      2.4 i-VTEC EX
                                    MAN/AUTO           MAN/AUTO           MAN/AUTO           MAN/AUTO
Type                               SOHC i-VTEC        SOHC i-VTEC        SOHC i-VTEC        DOHC i-VTEC
Displacement                           1997                1997              1997               2354
Maximum power                       156 @ 6300         156 @ 6300         156 @ 6300         201 @ 7000
(PS @ rpm)
Maximum torque                      192 @ 4300         192 @ 4300         192 @ 4300         234 @ 4500
(Nm @ rpm)
Recommended fuel rating           95 RON Unleaded    95 RON Unleaded    95 RON Unleaded    95 RON Unleaded
(Research Octane Number -
Fuel Economy (man/auto)
Urban (mpg)                          30.1 / 27.7        30.1 / 27.7        30.1 / 27.7        23.7 / 23.5
Extra urban (mpg)                    47.9 / 47.9        47.9 / 47.9        47.9 / 47.9        40.4 / 42.8
Combined (mpg)                       39.2 / 37.7        39.2 / 37.7        39.2 / 37.7        32.1 / 32.8
CO2 (g/km)                           170 / 178          170 / 178          170 / 178          209 / 204
6 speed manual                       Available           Available         Available          Available
5 speed automatic                    Available           Available         Available          Available
Performance (man/auto)
Acceleration 0-62 mph (secs)         9.3 / 10.7         9.3 / 10.7         9.3 / 10.7          7.8 / 9.5
Maximum speed (mph)                  133 / 131          133 / 131          133 / 131          141 / 141
Weights and Capacities (man/auto)
Boot capacity seats up (litres,       460-467            460-467            460-467            460-467
VDA method)
Fuel tank (litres)                       65                 65                 65                 65
Kerb weight (kg)                  1414-1514 /1443-   1414-1514 /1443-   1414-1514 /1443-   1484-1575 /1518-
                                       1544                1544              1544               1607
Turning radius - kerb to kerb           5.49               5.49               5.49               5.49
Maximum towing weight with             1500                1500              1500               1600
brakes (kg)
Maximum trailer nose weight              75                 75                 75                 75
Maximum roof load (kg)                   60                 60                 60                 60

Technical specifications contd…

Length (mm)                            4726            4726              4726             4726
Width excluding door mirrors           1840            1840              1840             1840
Height (mm)                            1440            1440              1440             1440
Wheelbase (mm)                         2705            2705              2705             2705
Wheels and Tyres
Wheels                            205/60R16 92V    225/50R17 98V     225/50R17 98V    225/50R17 98V
Tyres                                16x6 1/2J       17x7 1/2J         17x7 1/2J        17x7 1/2J

SALOON DIESEL                     2.2 i-DTEC ES   2.2 i-DTEC ES GT   2.2 i-DTEC EX   2.2 i-DTEC EX GT
Type                              DOHC i-DTEC      DOHC i-DTEC       DOHC i-DTEC      DOHC i-DTEC
Displacement                           2199            2199              2199             2199
Maximum power                       150 @ 4000      150 @ 4000        150 @ 4000       150 @ 4000
(PS @ rpm)
Maximum torque                      350 @ 2000      350 @ 2000        350 @ 2000       350 @ 2000
(Nm @ rpm)
Recommended fuel rating               Diesel           Diesel           Diesel            Diesel
(Research Octane Number -
Fuel Economy (man/auto)
Urban (mpg)                            38.7             38.7             38.7              38.7
Extra urban (mpg)                      61.4             61.4             61.4              61.4
Combined (mpg)                         50.4             50.4             50.4              50.4
CO2 (g/km)                             148              148              148               148
6 speed manual                       Standard         Standard         Standard          Standard
5 speed automatic                        -               -                 -                -
Performance (man/auto)
Acceleration 0-62 mph (secs)           9.6              9.6               9.6              9.6
Maximum speed (mph)                    131              131              131               131
Weights and Capacities (man/auto)
Boot capacity seats up (litres,      460-467          460-467           460-467          460-467
VDA method)

Technical specifications contd…

Fuel tank (litres)                   65              65              65              65
Kerb weight (kg)                  1540-1632       1540-1632       1540-1632       1540-1632
Turning radius - kerb to kerb       5.49            5.49            5.49            5.49
Maximum towing weight with          1700            1700            1700            1700
brakes (kg)
Maximum trailer nose weight          75              75              75              75
Maximum roof load (kg)               60              60              60              60
Length (mm)                         4726            4726            4726            4726
Width excluding door mirrors        1840            1840            1840            1840
Height (mm)                         1440            1440            1440            1440
Wheelbase (mm)                      2705            2705            2705            2705
Wheels and Tyres
Tyres                           215/60R16 95V   225/50R17 98V   225/50R17 98V   225/50R17 98V
Wheels                            16x6 1/2J       17x7 1/2J       17x7 1/2J       17x7 1/2J

Technical specifications contd…

TOURER PETROL                       2.0 i-VTEC ES     2.0 i-VTEC ES GT   2.4 i-VTEC EX
                                     Man/AUTO            Man/AUTO         Man/AUTO
Type                                 SOHC i-VTEC        SOHC i-VTEC       DOHC i-VTEC
Displacement                             1997               1997              2354
Maximum power                         156 @ 6300         156 @ 6300        201 @ 7000
(PS @ rpm)
Maximum torque                        192 @ 4300         192 @ 4300        234 @ 4500
(Nm @ rpm)
Recommended fuel rating             95 RON Unleaded    95 RON Unleaded   95 RON Unleaded
(Research Octane Number -
Fuel Economy (man/auto)
Urban (mpg)                            28.8 / 26.4        28.8 / 26.4       22.9 / 22.5
Extra urban (mpg)                      47.8 / 47.0        47.8 / 47.0       39.7 / 41.5
Combined (mpg)                         38.6 / 36.6        38.6 / 36.6       31.3 / 31.7
CO2 (g/km)                             173 / 183          173 / 183         215 / 211
6 speed manual                         Available          Available         Available
5 speed automatic                      Available          Available         Available
Performance (man/auto)
Acceleration 0-62 mph (secs)           9.4 / 10.8         9.4 / 10.8         7.8 / 9.6
Maximum speed (mph)                    131 / 130          131 / 130         141 / 141
Weights and Capacities (man/auto)
Boot capacity seats up (litres,         406-672            406-672           406-672
VDA method)
Fuel tank (litres)                         65                 65                65
Kerb weight (kg)                       1432-1585          1432-1585         1489-1640
                                      / 1462-1613        / 1462-1613       / 1524-1672
Turning radius - kerb to kerb             5.85               5.85              5.86
Maximum towing weight with             1500/1500          1500/1500         1600/1600
brakes (kg)
Maximum trailer nose weight                75                 75                75
Maximum roof load (kg)                     80                 80                80

Technical specifications contd…

Length (mm)                                 4740                        4740                       4740
Width excluding door mirrors                1840                        1840                       1840
Height (mm)                                 1470                        1470                       1470
Wheelbase (mm)                              2705                        2705                       2705
Wheels and Tyres
Tyres                                205/60R16 92V                 225/50R17 98V               225/50R17 98V
Wheels                                 16x6.5 1/2J                   17x7 1/2J                  17x7.5 1/2J

TOURER DIESEL                     2.2 i-DTEC ES      2.2 i-DTEC ES GT          2.2 i-DTEC EX    2.2 i-DTEC EX GT
Type                              DOHC i-DTEC         DOHC i-DTEC              DOHC i-DTEC        DOHC i-DTEC
Displacement                          2199                2199                     2199               2199
Maximum power                       150 @ 4000         150 @ 4000                150 @ 4000        150 @ 4000
(PS @ rpm)
Maximum torque                      350 @ 2000         350 @ 2000                350 @ 2000        350 @ 2000
(Nm @ rpm)
Recommended fuel rating               Diesel              Diesel                   Diesel             Diesel
(Research Octane Number -
Fuel Economy (man/auto)
Urban (mpg)                            37.6                37.6                     37.6               37.6
Extra urban (mpg)                      57.6                57.6                     57.6               57.6
Combined (mpg)                         47.8                47.8                     47.8               47.8
CO2 (g/km)                             155                 155                      155                155
6 speed manual                       Standard            Standard                 Standard          Standard
5 speed automatic                       -                   -                        -                    -
Performance (man/auto)
Acceleration 0-62 mph (secs)           9.8                 9.8                      9.8                9.8
Maximum speed (mph)                    130                 130                      130                130
Weights and Capacities (man/auto)
Boot capacity seats up (litres,      406-672             406-672                  406-672            406-672
VDA method)

Technical specifications contd…

Fuel tank (litres)                   65              65              65              65
Kerb weight (kg)                  1559-1702       1559-1702       1559-1702       1559-1702
Turning radius - kerb to kerb       5.86            5.86            5.86            5.86
Maximum towing weight with          1700            1700            1700            1700
brakes (kg)
Maximum trailer nose weight          75              75              75              75
Maximum roof load (kg)               80              80              80              80
Length (mm)                         4740            4740            4740            4740
Width excluding door mirrors        1840            1840            1840            1840
Height (mm)                         1470            1470            1470            1470
Wheelbase (mm)                      2705            2705            2705            2705
Wheels and Tyres
Tyres                           215/60R16 95V   225/50R17 98V   225/50R17 98V   225/50R17 98V
Wheels                           16x6.5 1/2J      17x7 1/2J       17x7 1/2J       17x7 1/2J


SALOON                                               2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.4 i-VTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC
                                                          ES        ES GT           EX           EX           ES        ES GT           EX        EX GT
16" alloy wheels                                         ●            -            -            -            ●           -             -            -
17" alloy wheels                                         o            ●            ●            ●            o           ●             ●            ●
18" alloy wheels                                         -            o            o            o            -           O             o            o
Instant Mobility System (IMS) repair kit                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●           ●             ●            ●
Sports suspension                                        -            ●            ●            ●            -           ●             ●            ●
Advanced Driver Assist System includes: Adaptive         -            -            -            o            -            -            o            o
Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking
System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System
(LKAS) and HID Xenon headlights with automatic
headlight height and headlight washers* (* HID
Headlights available as standard on 2.2 EX GT)
Multi-function driver computer                           ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Adjustable dashboard illumination - White                ●            -            ●            ●            ●            -            ●            -
Adjustable dashboard illumination - Red                  -            ●            -            -            -            ●            -            ●
Cruise control                                           ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Digital odometer (A / B trip)                            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Audible headlight-on reminder                            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Illuminated ignition switch                              ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Internally adjustable headlight height                   ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            -
Front interior welcome light                             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
                                                     2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.4 i-VTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC
                                                          ES        ES GT           EX           EX           ES        ES GT           EX        EX GT

Fuel filler release                                    ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
External temperature gauge (built into odometer)       ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Digital clock                                          ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Automatic headlight height                             -            -            -            -            -            -            -            ●
Front map lights                                       ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Rear interior welcome light                            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Low fuel warning light                                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Dual front Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)         ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Dual side Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)          ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Dual curtain Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)       ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
airbags - front and rear
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)                         ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)              ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Emergency Brake Assist                                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Active front head restraints                           ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
High level rear brake light                            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Side impact protection beams                           ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners                          ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Height adjustable front seatbelts                      ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
5 x 3 point seatbelts                                  ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
ISOFix childseat restraint mechanism                   ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Headlight washers                                      -            -            -            -            -            -            -            ●
                                                   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.4 i-VTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC
                                                        ES        ES GT           EX           EX           ES        ES GT           EX        EX GT

Front ventilated disc brakes                                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Rear disc brakes                                             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Honda advanced pedestrian safety system                      ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering                      ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)                               ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)                               ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Drive-By-Wire throttle (DBW)                                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Rolling code ECU engine immobiliser                          ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Honda Superlocks (deadlocks)                                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Externally visible Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)       ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Remote keyless entry                                         ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Central locking                                              ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
High security integrated audio                               ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Lockable glovebox                                            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Locking wheelnuts                                            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Perimeter security alarm                                     ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Interior and perimeter alarm (CAT 1)                         ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Tilt sensor                                                  -            -            -            ●            -            -            -            -
Body coloured front & rear parking sensors                   -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Rear view parking camera                                     -            *            ●            ●            -            *            ●            ●
Automatic headlights with dusk sensor                        -            -            -            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Body coloured bumpers                                        ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
                                                         2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.4 i-VTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC
                                                              ES        ES GT           EX           EX           ES        ES GT           EX        EX GT

Body coloured door mirrors                             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Chrome door handles                                    ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Glass sunroof                                          -            -            -            ●            -            -            ●            -
High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights              -            -            -            -            -            -            -            ●
Aerodynamic body kit (GT body kit)                     o            ●            o            o            o            ●            o            ●
Front foglights                                        -            ●            ●            ●            -            ●            ●            ●
Single chrome exhaust                                  ●            ●            ●            -            -            -            -            -
Twin chrome exhaust                                    -            -            -            ●            -            -            -            -
Chrome window surround                                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Standard slat front grille                             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Rear windscreen integrated aerial                      ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Heat absorbing tinted windows                          ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Half shade windscreen                                  ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Mirror integrated indicators                           ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Auto dimming rear view mirror                          -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment          ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Leather multi function steering wheel                  -            ●            ●            ●            -            ●            ●            ●
Organ accelerator pedal                                ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Rain sensing windscreen wipers                         -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Tie down hooks in boot                                 ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Motion adaptive electric power assisted steering       ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
                                                   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.4 i-VTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC
                                                        ES        ES GT           EX           EX           ES        ES GT           EX        EX GT
Boot light                                             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●

Ambient footwell lighting                               ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Front power socket                                      ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Auto climate control air conditioning (left:right       ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
GPS Dual auto climate control (left:right               -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Pollen filter                                           ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Driver vanity mirror with lid in sunshade               ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Passenger vanity mirror with lid in sunshade            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Driver vanity mirror illuminated with lid               -            ●            ●            ●            -            ●            ●            ●
Passenger vanity mirror illuminated with lid            -            ●            ●            ●            -            ●            ●            ●
Refrigerated glovebox                                   ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Driver's foot rest                                      ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Sunglasses storage box                                  ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Driver seatback pocket                                  -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Passenger seatback pocket                               ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Front electric windows                                  ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Rear electric windows                                   ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Leather wrapped gear knob                               -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            -
Alloy gear knob                                         -            ●            -            -            -            ●            -            ●
8 way power assisted driver and passenger seat          -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Driver's seat height adjustment                         ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            -            -
                                                    2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.4 i-VTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC
                                                         ES        ES GT           EX           EX           ES        ES GT           EX        EX GT
Driver's seat memory                                    -            -            ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Driver's seat lumbar support                            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●

Front seat - centre armrest                               ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Front seat - 3 stage heating system                       -        -             ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Rear centre headrest and 3 point seatbelt                 ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Rear seat central armrest                                 ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
60:40 split folding second row seats                      ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Leather upholstery                                        -        -             ●            ●            -            -            ●            -
Sports upholstery                                         -        ●             -            -            -            ●            -            ●
Fabric upholstery                                         ●        -             -            -            ●            -            -            -
Stereo CD tuner with RDS                                  ●        ●             -            -            ●            ●            -            -
Rear speakers                                             ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Front speakers                                            ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Tweeters                                                  ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Subwoofer                                                 -        -             ●            ●            -            -            ●            ●
Speed adjusting audio volume                              ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
Aux Jack                                                  ●        ●             ●            ●            ●            ●            ●            ●
USB port                                                  -        ●             ●            ●            -            ●            ●            ●
Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone (HFT) System               o        ●             ●            ●            o            ●            ●            ●
Advanced Navigation Pack includes: Voice                  -        o             ●            ●            -            o            ●            ●
recognition DVD Satellite Navigation, rear parking
camera and premium audio with 6 CD changer
* part of the Advanced Navigation Package option where chosen

TOURER                                                          2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   2.4 i-VTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC   2.2 i-DTEC
                                                                     ES        ES GT           EX           ES        ES GT           EX        EX GT
16" alloy wheels                                                    ●            -            -            ●            -            -            -

17" alloy wheels                                                               o                ●                ●                 o             ●   ●   ●
18" alloy wheels                                                               -                o                o                 -             o   o   o
Instant Mobility System (IMS) repair kit                                       ●                ●                ●                 ●             ●   ●   ●
Sports suspension                                                              -                ●                ●                 -             ●   ●   ●
Advanced Driver Assist System includes: Adaptive Cruise Control                -                -                o                 -             -   o   o
(ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping
Assist System (LKAS) and HID Xenon headlights with automatic
headlight height and headlight washers* (* HID Headlights available
as standard on 2.2 EX GT)
Advanced Navigation pack includes: Voice recognition DVD Satellite             -                o                ●                 -             o   ●   ●
Navigation, rear parking camera and premium audio with 6 CD

Full Tourer specifications will be released later this year. For up to date information, please go to the media website


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