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					                                    HONDA ACCORD

                                    CONTENTS – INT




INTRODUCTION                                            2



SAFETY SYSTEMS                                          8



BODY                                                    12



INTERIOR                                                15



DRIVETRAIN                                              21



CHASSIS                                                 27



APPENDIX I - ACCESSORIES                                31



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS - ACCORD                       33



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – ACCORD TOURER                35




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THE ALL-NEW HONDA ACCORD



        All-new saloon and Tourer offer premium sector qualities
        More dynamic, sporty styling
        Refined interior with carefully selected materials and outstanding fit and finish
        All engines Euro 5 emissions compliant
        The debut of the 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine – the second stage in Honda’s diesel development
         programme
        Further refined petrol engines
        6-speed manual transmission or (on petrol engines) a 5-speed automatic transmission with
         steering wheel paddles for manual changing
        Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions, wider track and lower centre of gravity
         for improved handling characteristics
        VSA now complemented by Motion Adaptive EPS for even greater security in slippery conditions
        LKAS, ACC and CMBS safety systems optionally available
        World debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show; sales commence early summer




Aimed squarely at challenging established premium contenders in the D-segment, Honda‟s all-new Accord
saloon and Tourer offer sporty styling, greater refinement and a unique package of safety systems, together with
excellent dynamic capabilities and strong environmental credentials in the form of an all-Euro 5-emissions
compliant engine line-up.


Significantly wider and slightly lower, the styling adopts a more emotional, sporty motif. The „sharp-edged‟ design,
with pronounced muscular wheelarches that emphasise the car‟s wider track, gives the Accord a distinctive,
strong stance with a solid, planted feel. The distinctive nose and more flowing lines deliver a tauter, more athletic
shape.


The evolution from the previous generation Accord is even more pronounced in the case of the Tourer, where a
greater emphasis on load carrying practicality has evolved into a more dynamic expression of its advanced
technology, while still retaining a strong degree of versatility and practicality.




Three advanced new engines with some of the lowest emissions in their segment
The new range is one of the first to offer a complete engine line-up that will comply with the forthcoming Euro 5
emissions regulations which aren‟t due to be introduced until September 2009. Thee exceptional environmental
credentials hasn‟t been achieved at the cost of driving enjoyment, however, and greater frugality is matched by
greater performance and flexibility.


Making its debut is Honda‟s second-generation diesel engine which builds on the outstanding qualities of the
award-winning i-CTDi unit to raise the bar in the diesel stakes once again. Its advanced technology and overall



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capabilities place it firmly at the forefront of diesel development and underpins the Accord‟s claim to offer one of
the strongest combinations of dynamic performance and environmental responsibility in the marketplace.


Like its predecessor, the new i-DTEC engine is compact, lightweight, refined and quiet in operation. It employs
the latest piezoelectric multi-stage fuel injection technology, more efficient exhaust gas recirculation and a
particulate filter for significantly reduced emissions. At the same time both power and torque levels have been
increased for a sportier driving experience.


Output is 10 PS greater at 150 PS/110 kW at the same 4,000 rpm, while peak torque is now 350 Nm at 2,000
rpm. Improved engine flexibility is reflected in a 9.6 second 0-100 km/h time, yet combined fuel consumption, is
only 5.6 l/100km. Equally, CO2 emissions are just 148 g/km.


The 2.0-litre i-VTEC offers similar levels of performance to its predecessor – 156 PS at 6,300 rpm – but builds on
its class leading fuel economy. Combined cycle consumption is now 7.2 l/100 km compared to the 7.7 l/100 km of
the previous Accord saloon.


Key technological changes include increased diameter intake valves, further optimised valve lift and timing and
increased inlet and exhaust air flow volumes.


The 2.4-litre engine is more powerful, delivering 201 PS at 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 234 Nm at 4,500 rpm –
up from 190 PS and 223 Nm. Its effortless performance is all the more remarkable given the improved fuel
economy – now 8.8 l/100km.


Behind the figures are a compression ratio increased from 10.5 to 11.0:1, larger diameter valves, revised valve
timing, and reduced exhaust system pressures.




6-speed manual/5-speed automatic
All three engines are matched to a 6-speed manual transmission, while both petrol engines have the option of a
5-speed automatic.


Manual models feature a „Shift Indicator Light‟ or SIL which appears in the centre of the rev counter. „UP‟ or
„DOWN‟ are displayed to advise the driver of the optimum point at which to change gear; Honda tests have
demonstrated fuel savings of as much as 5 per cent simply by following these commands.


The 5-speed automatic transmission now has a straight „P R N D S‟ gate: using the steering wheel paddles in S
mode provides a sequential shift mode, allowing manual shifting and gear hold.




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Agile, secure handling
Enthusiastic drivers will also appreciate the new Accord‟s greater agility. A lowered centre of gravity, a wider
track and the all-new front double wishbone and rear multilink suspension with variable rate dampers, plus
greater body rigidity mean that the Accord more readily reacts to driver input. Handling is more responsive and
confidence-inspiring and body roll is much reduced.


Speed sensitive electric power steering is standard on all models and the new axial system features a high output,
low inertia brushless motor which provides excellent steering feel at higher speeds for a sense of stability and
confidence. A quicker steering ratio has also been adopted in keeping with the Accord‟s more agile chassis
characteristics.




A comprehensive safety package
Complementing an armoury of passive safety features is an outstanding array of dynamic systems delivering
even greater security.. VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) is standard across the range and is designed to assist the
driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying braking to the
right or left hand wheels as necessary and modulating the engine torque output as required.




Motion Adaptive EPS
The new Accord also features an innovative system in which the capabilities of both VSA and the car‟s Electric
Power Steering are brought to bear. Called Motion Adaptive EPS, it 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.


The input is barely noticeable and control of the steering remains with the driver at all times. But this supporting
steering torque is enough to prompt the driver to act intuitively and the driver‟s reaction as a result is enough to
regain stability or to shorten braking distances, allowing control to be maintained.




ADAS optional across the range
Optionally available on Executive grade on 2.2 i-DTEC and 2.4 i-VTEC is Honda‟s Advanced Driving Assist
System (ADAS), a suite of three ground-breaking technologies that raise safety to a new level. The first of these
is the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) which uses a camera to detect the car deviating from a traffic lane
and provides steering torque when necessary, thereby reducing the burden of motorway driving while at the
same time enhancing safety.


Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses a millimetre-wave radar to maintain a consistent distance to a vehicle
directly in front, for more relaxed, less tiring driving: and Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) monitors the
following distance and closing rate between the Accord and the car directly in front of it, warning the driver when
a collision is likely and helping reduce impact when a collision becomes unavoidable.




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These systems complement the Accord‟s passive safety features which include 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 secure childseat fixture on all models. There are also front seat active
headrests which are triggered when the occupant is pushed into the seat in the event of a rear impact, so causing
a rigid plate to activate a link to the headrest which pushes it forward to support the head.




Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
Progressively introduced throughout the Honda range, the Accord‟s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)
Body Structure provides significantly enhanced occupant protection in a variety of real-world crash conditions.


A front-mounted polygonal main frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through
multiple major load bearing pathways – and away from the passenger compartment. This is particularly important
where a frontal collision occurs between vehicles of differing heights, weights or frame construction.


To achieve top level, side impact safety, Honda's engineers have increased the side section of the frame and
chosen different material specifications to provide the desired level of stiffness and strength for critical areas,
without adding unnecessary weight.


The new Accord also incorporates many of the pedestrian-protection design features already familiar from recent
Honda models, including windscreen wiper pivots designed to break away on impact, energy absorbing front
wing mounts and bonnet hinges alongside an unobstructed area beneath the bonnet allowing greater space for
deformation.




Premium interior with carefully selected materials and outstanding fit and finish
The sporty feel of the cockpit is reflected in a fascia design characterised by a strong feeling of personal space
for both the driver and front passenger. Distinctive silver trim sweeps inwards across the fascia from either side
before continuing down into the centre console. Stylish and highly supportive front seats have larger bolsters
while a new internal structure is designed to reduce any transmission of vibration.


Black with silver trim, the sporty three spoke steering wheel holds a complete suite of controls – including audio ,
cruise control and mobile telephone control. It is fully adjustable for reach and rake, with an extra 10 degrees of
tilt adjustment compared to the previous Accord.


The new Accord features „floating‟ backlit instruments and contained within the centre of the speedometer face is
an LCD multi-information display showing a variety of information – controls positioned on the steering wheel
allow the driver to cycle the display through multiple screens of information.


A new feature is a service reminder that presents the driver with either the distance or days remaining to a
required service, with an enlarged warning symbol appearing when the due date is imminent.




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Storage space includes two centre console side pockets; a lidded storage area to side of the steering wheel;
large front door pockets able to hold bottles and maps; bottle holders in the rear door panels, and a large centre
console box. Rather than a fold-down pocket design, the large glovebox now has an independent lid and is
subdivided with a tissue box compartment as well as space secured for a manual. The lid of the centre console
box doubles up as an armrest and is slide-adjustable by 89 mm. Two cupholders are provided in the centre
console, while rear seat passengers have access to a further two contained in the centre armrest, revealed when
it is folded down.




Comprehensive equipment availability
The Accord‟s comprehensive specification includes power windows all round, those in the front with auto up and
down and an obstruction detection device; auto lights and wipers on Sport and Executive models; dual-zone
automatic climate control and, on higher grade models, rear seat vents with a feed to the centre console storage
box to enable drinks to be cooled or warmed..


Entry level Accords are equipped with a radio/single CD player with built-in 30W 4 channel amp and six speakers.
Higher grade models have a premium audio system with 6 CD changer unit located in the centre console, a
separate high power amp delivering 45W x 8 channels and no fewer than 10 speakers.


Fifth generation and later iPods can now be played via the USB docking point located in the centre console
storage box, where an auxiliary jack point and power outlet can also be found.


The advanced satellite navigation system – standard on Executive grade and optional on other models – now
boasts an 8-inch screen, RDS, 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.




Load Capacity
At 467 litres (VDA), the saloon‟s luggage capacity is best in class measured against other premium contenders.
The boot loading height is also a convenient 678 mm, down 80 mm. Further practicality is provided by highly
visible and easily reached rear seat release catches located just within the upper edge of the boot opening.
Despite its dynamic styling, the Tourer‟s luggage capacity at 395 litres (VDA) with all seats in place, is one of the
best in the sport wagon category. In practical terms, that is sufficient to comfortably accomodate four 46 inch golf
bags or four large suitcases. Larger loads can be carried with the rear seats folded, and in this configuration the
Tourer is able to transport a mountain bike, without the need to remove the bike‟s wheels first. .


To open up the Tourer‟s luggage area, the one-motion rear seats can be readily collapsed in a single action to
create a virtually flat load space with flush, clean sides.


Set within the rear half of the load area is an underfloor storage space which is a useful 250 mm deep and adds
53 litres to the Accord Tourer‟s overall load space. On either side are two smaller compartments accessed by
means of their own covers.



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The highly practical, retractable tonneau cover features a large, easy-to-grip handle, and large guides on either
side of the luggage area into which it can be quickly and easily slotted.


Like its predecessor, the new Accord Tourer is available with a power operated tailgate, operation is via the key
fob or via a switch located in the tailgate‟s lower edge.




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SAFETY SYSTEMS



        Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure disperses collision forces over a
         larger frontal area
        Optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) and Lane
         Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
        Standard driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags and full-length curtain airbags; ISOFIX
         anchors and tethers




Safety
The new Accord is equipped either as standard, or optionally, with a comprehensive array of the latest active
(accident avoidance) and passive (crash safety performance) safety technologies to place it at the forefront of its
class. Features like Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, heightened handling agility, the new
Motion Adaptive EPS and ABS enhance the new model‟s accident avoidance capability. HID xenon low-beam
headlights contribute to superior night-time visibility.


Perhaps the most notable element of Accord‟s safety armoury is Honda‟s Advanced Driving Assist System
(ADAS), a suite of three innovative elements available as an option and for the first time in combination with all
three engines: Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) which assists the car to help the driver remain in a traffic
lane by providing steering torque when necessary; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which automatically maintains
a consistent distance to a vehicle directly in front, for more relaxed, less tiring driving; and Collision Mitigation
Brake System (CMBS) which monitors the following distance and closing rate between the Accord and the car
directly in front of it, warning the driver when a collision is likely and helping reduce impact when a collision
becomes unavoidable.


Should a collision prove unavoidable, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure of the
Accord is designed to provide a protective cocoon for passengers. Inside, a network of eight airbags work
together with sophisticated restraint systems to minimise injury.




Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
In addition to maintaining a set speed, as with a conventional cruise control, ACC is able to automatically regulate
the distance to a vehicle travelling ahead in the same lane, thereby reducing the burden of motorway (or similar
road) driving and enhancing driver comfort and safety.


It uses a millimetre-wave radar mounted inside the front grille to recognise the presence and the speed of the
vehicle ahead; the frequency difference between the transmitted-wave and the reflected-wave makes it possible
to calculate the exact distance and the relative speed between the vehicles. When this distance falls below a
predetermined value, the system instantly decelerates the vehicle through throttle control and, if necessary, by
application of the brakes (via communication with VSA).



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In instances where quicker deceleration is required, such as sudden braking by the vehicle in front, the system
will alert the driver with a warning light and a buzzer to prompt the driver to apply the brakes. If the vehicle ahead
changes lane or the distance increases again, then the system increases the vehicle speed to the predetermined
value.


ACC operates between 30-180 km/h (or 20-110 mph) and the driver can increase the Accord's speed via the
ACC button on the steering wheel in 5 km/h (or 2 mph) increments.


The driver can monitor the status and function of the ACC system by referring to the specific display in the centre
of the speedometer. This unit will indicate when a vehicle is detected ahead, when the radar sensor is out of
commission and when there is insufficient braking capability, as well as the selected cruise control speed and the
selected distance to the vehicle ahead.




Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS)
The Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) is a revolutionary safety technology which takes the ACC
technology to the next, logical stage by predicting collision situations and reacting accordingly.


When the closing rate between the Accord and the vehicle in front increases to a point where a collision is likely
to occur, the system uses visual, and audible warnings to prompt the driver to take preventative action. If, based
on the driver's response, the system determines that the likelihood of a collision has decreased to an acceptable
level, the CMBS system will disengage. If, however, the driver's response does not sufficiently reduce the risk of
a collision, the system will issue a secondary warning, consisting of audible, visual and tactile elements as well as
light braking, to alert the driver to take action. If the closing rate increases so much that a collision becomes
unavoidable, CMBS can initiate hard braking to reduce the vehicle's speed, and E-pretensioner can tension the
driver's and front passenger's seatbelts to help maximize the restraining ability of the seatbelts.


Stage one: When there is a risk of a collision with the vehicle ahead or if the distance between the vehicles has
dropped below the pre-set level, a buzzer sounds and the word 'BRAKE' appears on the Multi-information display.


Stage two: If the distance between the two vehicles continues to diminish, CMBS applies light braking, and the
driver's E-pretensioner activates an electric motor which retracts the seatbelt gently two or three times, providing
the driver with a tactile warning. The buzzer sounds again and the word 'BRAKE' appears again on the Multi-
information display.


Stage three: If, after issuing the primary and secondary warnings, the system determines that a collision is
unavoidable, the E-pretensioner retracts the driver's and front passenger's seatbelts with enough force to
compensate for seatbelt slack or baggy clothing and activates the brakes forcefully to reduce the speed of impact
and mitigate the effects of the collision on the Accord and its occupants.


CMBS functions only when the Accord is travelling at over 15 km/h and when the speed differential between it
and the car directly in front is 15 km/h or more. It can be turned off using a switch located on the side of the
instrument panel.




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Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
LKAS maintains the position of the car in its lane by providing steering torque when necessary – significantly
reducing driver fatigue and helping to prevent accidents.


The system identifies the boundaries of the vehicle's lane by processing images from a C-MOS camera mounted
behind the windscreen. It then calculates the optimum steering torque – a combination of human input (minimum
20 percent) and the assisted steering torque (maximum 80 percent) – to keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane.
A continuous beep sound will be emitted when the vehicle is about to cross the lane marking.


LKAS operates when the following conditions are fulfilled:


        On roads with left and right lane boundary markings (where markings are clear and visible)
        On motorways or roads that are equivalent to motorways (excluding sharp curves/bends)
        At vehicle speeds between 72 and 180 km/h (45 and 112 mph)
        Driver has to keep contact with the steering wheel – if the system fails to recognise the driver's input on
         the steering, it switches itself off
        Side indicators are not activated
        Steering torque generated by the driver does not indicate imminent lane change manoeuvre
        Only operates on bends that have a less than 230 metre radius (at 80 km/h)




Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
Progressively introduced throughout the Honda range, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body
Structure is designed to deliver significantly enhanced occupant protection in a variety of real-world crash
conditions. These may include a frontal collision between vehicles of differing heights, weights and frame
construction.


The ACE Body Structure has been developed after extensive research by engineers, at the vehicle to vehicle
crash testing facility at Honda‟s Tochigi R&D base. A number of different vehicles were used during the testing in
a selection of realistic scenarios to ensure good real-world crash performance.


The ACE Body Structure uses the engine compartment to efficiently absorb and disperse collision energy during
a vehicle-to-vehicle collision. It features a new frame structure composed of a highly efficient energy-absorbing
main frame, a bulkhead (upper frame) which absorbs the upper part of the collision energy, and a lower member
that helps prevent misalignment of the frames of the vehicles involved. This design disperses collision forces over
a larger frontal area, which enhances energy absorption of the engine compartment, reduces the chance of
deformation of the passenger compartment and results in enhanced occupant protection. At the same time, the
structure reduces the chance of vertical or lateral misalignment between the Accord and another vehicle's safety
structures.




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During a frontal collision, a conventional body structure generally concentrates the loads from the impact through
two pathways running longitudinally through the lower portion of the frame. The ACE Body Structure's front-
mounted polygonal main frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple
major load bearing pathways – and away from the passenger compartment.


To achieve top -level side-impact safety, Honda's engineers have increased the side section of the frame and
chosen different material specifications to provide the desired level of stiffness and strength for critical areas,
without adding unnecessary weight.


The new Accord incorporates many of the pedestrian-protection design features already familiar from recent
Honda models. Research shows that features such as these 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 mitigate injuries
        the bending structure of the bonnet hinges which help mitigate injuries
        a bonnet frame which is 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 secure
childseat fixture. The side airbags now have a dual chamber structure designed to deliver optimum protection for
both the pelvis and the torso.


Since offset frontal impacts can lead to a rebound in which there are strong lateral forces, the curtain airbags are
now deployed in such situations to protect occupants‟ upper bodies.


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




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BODY



        Sharp-edged’, dynamic styling – Tourer’s design moves away from emphasis on load carrying
         practicality
        High tensile steel contributes to excellent body rigidity
        Underbody airflow management optimised




The new Accord adopts a more emotional, more sporty styling motif compared to the previous model. The new
sharp-edged design gives it a distinctive, strong character with a solid, planted feel. The significantly wider, lower
– and in the case of the saloon – longer proportions, distinctive nose and more flowing lines deliver a tauter, more
athletic shape.


The frontal styling is dominated by the strong shield-like grille which now features three horizontal chrome bars
and a chrome surround. Its lines sweep back into the front light cluster, while beneath it, the upper edge of the
bumper runs back, arrow-like into the front wheelarches.


The deep front bumper features three openings in its lower edge, a long central one flanked by smaller elements
which house the front fog lamps, where fitted.


Visually strong elements of the design are the pronounced wheelarches, their surrounds „squared‟ off and
muscular and emphasising the car‟s wider track and greater sportiness. Scallops in the lower door panels and in
the front and rear bumpers provide a strong contrast to the wheelarch surrounds. The beltline now runs through
more sculptured door handles and terminates in a shorter rear deck and a rear taillight treatment, which is similar
in concept and shape to the front light clusters.


The evolution from the previous generation Accord is even more pronounced in the case of the Tourer, where the
emphasis on load carrying practicality has evolved into a more dynamic expression of its sportiness and
advanced technology, while still retaining a strong degree of versatility and practicality. Its smarter, sleeker
proportions are characterised by a gently sloping rear roof line and a steadily rising lower window edge, the
tapering profile conveying the Tourer‟s performance credentials. The curved tailgate glass and the sculpted lower
panel, with a pronounced raised profile, add further distinction at the rear.


The standard roof rails are finished in silver provide a finishing touch.




Common platform
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




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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 handling.


An increased driving range is possible thanks to the improved fuel economy and a fuel tank capacity increased
from 65 to 70 litres. The tank is now fabricated from plastic and is located under the rear seat enhancing safety
and load space flexibility.




Higher rigidity
In the continuing quest for greater in cabin refinement and improved handling for 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,
while specific items include 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 is improved by 20 per cent, while front suspension horizontal rigidity is increased 35
per cent.


Particular attention has been paid to the rear structures of saloon and Tourer. Thus, 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‟. 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.




Saloon Body Structure                                            Tourer Structural “Hoop”




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 manufactured from high tensile steel, providing greater strength without a weight penalty. Ultra high
tensile steel makes up 42 per cent of the total.


An excellent aerodynamic drag coefficient pays dividends in the form of lower wind noise, improved fuel economy
and enhanced stability and Honda‟s engineers have paid particular attention to underbody air flow management



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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 are a front
spoiler that reduces front lift, the rear boot spoiler and a particularly aerodynamic cabin area.




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INTERIOR



        Greater cabin space as a result of increased body width
        Interface Dial provides quick, intuitive access to navigation, audio, climate control and other features
        Dual-zone automatic climate control system
        Audio system with iPod compatibility
        Satellite navigation system with voice recognition and RDS-TMS traffic information
        Rear-view parking camera
        Bluetooth hands-free enabled




There‟s an air of quality throughout the interior of the new Accord, with soft tactile surfaces, carefully selected trim
materials and plush, supportive seating offering excellent comfort. Elegant luxury and clean, efficient design
create an environment in tune with the car's clearly defined sporting character. And an air of refinement has been
achieved through the careful application of noise absorbing materials in combination with a highly rigid body, a
floating rear subframe and variable rate damping.


Material quality, fit and finish have received exacting attention; plastics have been chosen for their quality and
feel and production techniques introduced to ensure the highest standards of finish. This can be seen with the
use of slush moulding for the fascia, which eliminates mating lines and creates a pleasant texture. The soft-touch
switchgear is engineered for a positive, satisfying feel.




Wider, more spacious cabin
The Accord is now wider by 80 mm and that translates directly into a roomier, airier cabin which promotes a
greater sense of well-being and comfort; shoulder width is now 65 mm greater, for example.


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


There are two cabin treatments: premium black in which all trim elements are black with the exception of a grey
roof lining, and premium grey, in which grey trim is complemented by a black upper dash section. Selective use
of metallic finish trim provides a stylish contrast.


The sporty dynamic of the cockpit is reflected in a fascia design characterised by a strong feeling of personal
space for both the driver and front passenger; distinctive silver trim sweeps inwards across the fascia from either
side before continuing down into the centre console – at this point its flying buttress style creates a side pocket
for both front seat occupants.


Soft-finish grab handles on the front and rear doors flow into padded armrests and hold the seat memory, door
locking and mirror switches. The inner door handles have an aluminium finish and all four doors incorporate



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courtesy lights in their lower edge. All four windows are powered, while those in the front feature auto up and
down complete with an obstruction detection device.


Stylish and highly supportive front seats have larger bolsters while their new internal structure is designed to
reduce any transmission of vibration.


Good visibility is ensured by a field of vision enhanced by the large windscreen and thinner, stronger A-pillars.


Black with silver trim, the sporty three spoke steering wheel holds a complete suite of controls – audio buttons on
the left hand spoke, cruise control on the right hand spoke 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.


The indicators have a soft touch mode: gently touching the appropriate lever causes that indicator to flash three
times before self-cancelling, which is of particular use in motorway lane change manoeuvres.


The Accord‟s „floating‟, LED backlit instruments have red needles, white letters and numerals, and a black
background with a subdued blue accent hue provide a striking but easily legible display. The smaller temperature
gauge on the left and fuel gauge on the right flank the larger rev counter and speedometer.


Contained within the centre of the speedometer face is an LCD multi-information display showing a variety of
information – controls positioned on the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the display through multiple
screens of information including vehicle mileage, trip mileage, instantaneous and average fuel economy, range,
average speed, elapsed time, outside temperature, seatbelt status (including rear seats) and where fitted, ACC,
LKAS and CMBS status.




Shift Indicator Light




Within the centre of the rev counter on manual models is the new SIL (Shift Indicator Light) informing the driver of
the best shifting points to maximise economy, while automatic transmission models feature a display of the shift
gate pattern and the lever position, including the gear selected when using the steering wheel paddles for manual
changes.


There is for the first time a service reminder that appears in the centre of the speedometer – this presents the
driver with either the distance or days remaining to a required service, with an enlarged warning symbol
appearing when the service due date is imminent.




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Convenient storage
As well as the two centre console side pockets, storage space in the Accord includes, a large glovebox, a lidded
storage area to side of the steering wheel, large front door pockets able to hold bottles and maps, bottle holders
in the rear door panels, and a large centre console box. Rather than a fold-down pocket design, the glovebox
now has an independent lid and is subdivided with a tissue box compartment as well as space for the manual.
The lid of the centre console box doubles up as an armrest and this is slide-adjustable by 89 mm. Two
cupholders are provided in the centre console, while rear seat passengers have access to a further two which are
contained in the centre armrest, revealed when it is folded down.


The Accord is equipped with a dual-zone automatic climate control system that lets the driver and front
passenger set temperature modes to their individual liking. Information from a solar sensor located on top of the
instrument panel is used to adjust the temperature and airflow from side-to-side as needed to compensate for
asymmetrical solar heating.


Upper-grade models also feature adjustable rear vents to the rear of the centre console to provide rear seat
passengers with their own dedicated outlets for the air conditioning. A duct is taken from this to feed air into the
centre console storage, thereby warming or cooling drinks; a valve is provided enabling this to be opened or
closed.




Eliminating noise
To address customer feedback on road noise levels perceptible within the cabin of the previous Accord, the new
generation represents a step change in interior refinement. In particular high frequency and middle-frequency
noise suppression has been significantly improved.


A range of measures have increased sound absorption as well as sound insulation and wherever possible
lightweight materials have been used. Key initiatives include:


         Floor carpeting with both sound insulation and sound absorption
         A series of dimples and beads incorporated into the floor panel which reduce acoustic radiation
         The new floating rear subframe which lessens road noise input
         Improved insulation within door pillar structures
         A lightweight noise package that includes an acoustic roof lining, acoustic trunk side lining, wheelarch
          insulators, and sound absorbing/insulating dashboard elements




Sound systems
Entry level Accords are equipped with a radio/single CD player with built-in 30W 4 channel amp and six speakers
– two fascia mounted tweeters, and four 17 cm neodymium speakers – two in the lower front door panels, and a
further two either in the rear shelf (saloon) or in the rear doors (Tourer). Radio stations or CD tracks selected are
displayed on the standard multi-information display in the centre console.




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Higher grade models have a premium audio system with 6 CD changer unit located in the centre console, a
separate high power amp delivering 45W x 8 channels and no fewer than 10 speakers – two tweeters and an 8
cm centre speaker in the fascia, four door speakers, two rear speakers in the parcel shelf (saloon) or in the rear
cargo sides (Tourer) and a 20 cm sub-woofer (in the rear shelf panel of the saloon or in the rear side panel in the
case of the Tourer). Volume of the sound system is linked to the speed of the vehicle, so the higher the speed,
the higher the volume of the music.


Fifth generation and later iPods can now be played via the Accord‟s audio system using the docking point
located in the centre console storage box, where an auxiliary jack point and power outlet can also be found.




Satellite navigation
The advanced satellite navigation system – standard on Executive grade and optional on other models – 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.


There is a directional microphone which only picks up the driver‟s voice, despite surrounding noise, for more
effective operation:


        Voice operation is possible even in the middle of a conversation with a passenger as a microphone can
         discern a driver‟s voice
        Voice operation is available even with open windows and sunroof
        It can learn different voice qualities of different drivers.
        The same directional ability also applies to hands-free telephone conversations


Activation is via the push-to-talk button on the steering wheel; a command such as 'home' will prompt the system
to plot the best route to the driver's house. Similarly, for the nearest restaurant or petrol station, the driver simply
states his or her requirement and the system finds the closest location and provides navigation to it.


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




Bluetooth enabled
The Accord is also provided with a Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface, allowing further hands-free
operation, with steering wheel mounted buttons to control its operation. A series of speakers and microphones
installed in the car can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled communications device, allowing calls to be made
safely while driving.


The new phone system allows the driver to automatically transfer a call started outside the car onto the HFT once
the ingnition has been turned to the ACC position. The Accord now allows the user to utilise the phone‟s keypad
to make calls as well as holding up to 50 names with one number for each of those names, and all numbers can
be accessed by HFT and speech recognition. If the Accord is also equipped with satellite navigation, then it is



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possible to import the phone books of up to six separate mobiles via the Interface Dial – and up to 1000 names
with 10 numbers per name for each phone. Once imported, numbers are accessed through voice command or by
selecting „search imported phonebook‟ on the screen, followed by a search by keyword or by listing all records.




Rear-view camera
With the satellite navigation driver‟s also have the additional benefit of a rear-view camera, which activates when
reverse gear is engaged. Located in the trim above the rear licence plate, it provides a view of the area directly
behind the car 138 degrees wide and 91degrees vertically. The image is displayed on the sat-nav screen.


Additionally, it is possible via a door-mounted switch to set the passenger-side door mirror to automatically tilt
down when reverse is engaged to allow the area in the vicinity of the rear tyre to be observed on that side.
Parking sensors – all models can be equipped with up to 8 parking sensors, with 4 front sensors and 4 rear, the
Executive grade receives these as standard.




Auto lights/wipers
Sport and Executive models are equipped with automatic headlamps. With the switch set to auto, a light sensor
located on the windscreen detects low light conditions so that the headlamps are automatically lit as the car
enters a tunnel, a garage or any zone which is dark enough to trigger the sensor. Similarly, there is also a rain
sensor that activates the wipers when the first drops of rain fall.

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The headlamp washers operate either with every 40 windscreen washer operation (when the headlamps are on)
or via a push switch on the fascia.




Key fob
The key fob has added functionality. There are separate buttons for the boot release, door locking and door
unlocking. The first 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
At 467 litres (VDA), the Accord saloon‟s luggage capacity is best in class against other premium saloons. The
boot loading height is also a convenient 678 mm, down 80 mm. Further practicality is provided by highly visible
and easily reached rear seat release catches located just within the upper edge of the boot opening.


Despite its dynamic styling, the Tourer‟s luggage capacity at 395 litres (VDA) with all seats in place, is one of the
best in the sport wagon category. In practical terms, that is sufficient to comfortably accomodate four 46 inch golf



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bags or four large suitcases. Larger loads can be carried with the rear seats folded, and in this configuration the
Tourer is able to transport a mountain bike, without the need to remove the bike‟s wheels first. .


To open up the luggage area, the new Tourer offers easy to use, one-motion rear seats that can be readily
collapsed in a single action to create a virtually flat load space with flush, clean sides. There is no need to remove
the headrests and the release catches reside on top of the seat backs, one either side of the car. Since the child
seat tether anchors and seatbelts are fully integrated, once folded, there are no obstructions to become tangled
when a load is being carried.


Set within the rear half of the load area is an underfloor storage space concealed by a lid which is opened by
means of a flush fitting handle. Hinged at its forward edge, the lid split-folds when opened and can either be
propped open using notches cut in the edges of the storage well, or folded right back. The underfloor well is a
useful 250 mm deep and adds 53 litres to Accord Tourer‟s overall load space. Either side of the main well are two
smaller compartments accessed by means of their own covers.


Other practical touches include luggage tie down hooks and a utility hook below the rear window to carry a
shopping bag. Additional storage areas concealed by panels are located in the load bay side walls with that on
the left hand side used to store a hazard warning triangle and first aid kit.


The highly practical, retractable tonneau cover features a large, easy-to-grip handle, and large guides on either
side of the luggage area into which it can be quickly and easily slotted. Available as an option is a vertical cargo
net which can be positioned either behind the rear seats or behind the front seats where it hooks to the grab
handle fixings.


High quality fabric trim covers the whole of the luggage area to give the sense of a fully integrated, stylish interior.


Like its predecessor, the new Accord Tourer is available with a power operated tailgate, operation is via the key
fob or via a switch located in its lower edge. Imminent operation is signalled by an audible warning and flashing
indicators. Safety measures include auto reverse when any resistance is detected, backed up by touch sensors
located around the sides of the tailgate. Manual operation is possible at any time, while the final automatic
closure feature is useful if you don‟t want to disturb a sleeping child by slamming the tailgate, for example. The
latest design uses a thinner motor unit which is much quieter in operation and impacts less on the rear interior
roof line, improving rear visibility for the driver.




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DRIVETRAIN



        Engine line-up fully compliant with new Euro 5 emissions legislation due for introduction
         September 2009
        New 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engine uses third generation injection technology to boost output and
         reduce environmental impact
        2.0 and 2.4 litre i-VTEC petrol engines
        6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions
        5-speed automatic (petrol engines only) features Grade Logic Control and steering wheel-
         mounted paddles for sequential shift mode
        Shift Indicator Light (SIL) on manual models




At first glance the engine line-up in the new range appears broadly similar to the previous generation Accord.
However extensive development of the 2.0 and 2.4-litre petrol engines has brought significant improvements in
power delivery and fuel consumption, while the 2.2-litre diesel is an all-new engine that uses the latest technology
to boost power and combustion efficiency.


The development programme has focused in particular on environmental impact and the new range is one of the
cleanest on the market. Indeed the Accord range is one of the first to offer an engine line-up compliant with the
new Euro 5 emissions legislation, well in advance of their expected introduction in September 2009 for new type
approvals.




i-DTEC builds on the qualities of i-CTDi




The Accord‟s new 2.2 i-DTEC (intelligent Diesel Technology) engine builds and improves on the superb
performance, fuel economy and emission efficiency of the current award-winning i-CTDi diesel engine.


Honda‟s involvement in developing its own diesel engine started with Kenichi Nagahiro, the company‟s chief
engine designer and the inventor of the celebrated VTEC engine. His dislike of the technology meant he at first
refused to design Honda‟s first diesel, and it was only when he was allowed to start with a clean sheet of paper




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that he agreed to the project. The result was the 2.2 i-CTDi, one of the cleanest, most refined diesel engines on
the market today, and used in the Civic, CR-V and FR-V, as well as the current Accord.


Nagahiro has masterminded the Honda diesel development programme since its conception in 2002 and the i-
DTEC is the next exciting stage of Honda diesel engine technology, redefining the diesel concept once again.


This second generation Honda engine boasts a combination of the latest fuel injection technology, more efficient
exhaust gas recirculation and a particulate filter for significantly reduced emissions. However, this is not at the
expense of engine performance, and both power and torque levels have been increased for a sportier driving
experience.


Particulate levels within the exhaust gasses are well below the Euro 5 limit of 5mg/km (compared to 25 mg/km for
Euro 4); and oxides of nitrogen levels (NOx) are well below the new limit of 180 mg/km (down from 250 mg/km
under Euro 4).


Power output is up from 140 PS to 150 PS/110 kW at the same 4,000 rpm, while peak torque is now 350 Nm at
2,000 rpm compared to the 340 Nm of the i-CDTi engine. That means improved engine flexibility reflected in a
9.6 second 0-100 km/h time and a top speed of 212 km/h. Yet even with these improvements and emissions
below Euro 5 levels, fuel consumption, at 5.6 l/100km, is even more frugal. Equally, carbon dioxide (CO 2)
emissions are just 148 g/km.


Like the i-CDTi unit, the new engine is all-aluminium, transversely mounted, with 4-cylinders, DOHC, four valves
per cylinder, a variable nozzle turbocharger and a second order balancer shaft for added refinement. Honda
believes that the 4-cylinder configuration and the 2.2 litre capacity are the optimum combination for a car of the
Accord‟s size and in terms of its blend of qualities it remains best in class, and engines of higher output tend to
be 6-cylinder units offering inferior economy.




Piezo-injectors and multi-stage injections
Like its predecessor, the new i-DTEC engine is compact, lightweight, refined and quiet in operation, but there are
a number of key changes designed to enhance overall efficiency. Most fundamental is a switch from a 1600 bar
common rail system using solenoid injectors to an 1800 bar one using piezo-injectors able to provide more
precise, multi-stage injections.


The injection pattern of the i-CTDi engine, under most conditions except high load and high engine speeds,
consists of a pilot fuel injection, followed by the main injection. In the new system there are up to five injections:


    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.




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It is this constant ability to make adjustments to the combustion characteristics across all driving conditions that
plays such a large part in improved on-road performance while meeting ever more stringent emissions
requirements.


The fuel injection system continues to interact with the variable nozzle turbocharger to ensure optimum control
over intake pressure, facilitating higher pressures at a lower speed, as well as better fuel economy and reduced
emissions through lean burn combustion.




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 combined with its in engine bay location, reduces the period of time taken to reach working
temperature. This reduced warm up time minimises the quantity of fuel used for the post injection phase in the
combustion cycle and improves DPF regeneration.


The Exhaust Gas Recirculation efficiency is also improved, with finer valve control and a water cooling system
that can now be bypassed when required. Playing a key role in the intelligent combustion control system is the
continuously variable swirl control valve located in the intake manifold; this provides a smoothly graded control of
the swirl ratio, varying from a high setting during idling and mid range operating conditions to a low setting at
higher rpm to give the ideal combustion environment at all times. In the new engine, this is even more responsive
to demand.




2.0 and 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines


2.0 i-VTEC                                                                           2.4 i-VTEC




The new Accord models are once again offered with two advanced i-VTEC petrol engines, in 2.0 and 2.4 litre
capacities, offering outstanding performance, fuel economy that places them firmly at the forefront of their class,
and compliance with the requirements of Euro 5 emissions legislation. The choice of transmission is either a 6-
speed manual – for the first time on the 2.0-litre model – or a 5-speed automatic.


Revisions to the 2.0 litre engine have concentrated on achieving class leading fuel economy while retaining
similar levels of performance. Combined cycle consumption is now 7.2 l/100 km compared to the 7.7 l/100 km of
the previous Accord saloon. Power output increases slightly to 156 PS at 6,300 rpm, while peak torque increases


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slightly to 192 Nm at a slightly lower 4,300 rpm. Equipped with the automatic transmission, the Accord 2.0 litre
saloon uses 7.5 / l/100 km. Key technological changes include increased diameter intake valves, optimised valve
lift and timing and increased inlet and exhaust air flow volumes.


The 2.4 litre engine is more powerful, delivering 201 PS at 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 234 Nm at 4,500 rpm –
up from 190 PS and 223 Nm. Its effortless performance is all the more remarkable given that fuel economy is
improved – now 8.8 l/.


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


Both petrol engines feature a drive-by-wire (electronic) throttle, ensuring very smooth and responsive
adjustments directly proportional to driver input. Integration with the software of the automatic transmission
(where fitted) and cruise control enhances the precision of those systems for driver enjoyment. The engine can
be throttled by the engine management system during upshifts and downshifts, for faster, seamless shifting and
the elimination of shift shock.


Catalytic converters – one close-coupled and one underfloor – ensure emissions fall below the Euro 5
requirements (a 25 per cent reduction in NOx emissions (a limit of 60mg/km)).


Both petrol engines use Honda‟s long-established VTEC system which is able to adjust the lift and opening
duration of the valves. In this application it is complemented by Variable Timing Control (VTC) which takes into
consideration engine load, controlling the phasing of the inlet camshaft. These systems work in concert 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, together with a whole range
of other data, the engine control unit varies the inlet camshaft position relative to that of the exhaust camshaft by
means of a hydraulically driven, compact vane-type pump located on the front end of the inlet 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 utilising 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 (ie optimal torque to optimal power), but
with the same degree of overlap.


At high engine speeds, during motorway cruising for example, 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.


Service intervals for all three engines are 20,000 km or once every year, with a 40,000 km air filter change. The
new Accord features for the first time a service reminder that appears in the centre of the speedometer – this


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provides 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.




Transmissions
In place of a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 2.0-litre petrol engined Accord is now matched to a 6-speed ‟box, like
the 2.4-litre model, for optimised gear ratios and superb 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 changes.


The Accord i-DTEC is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission specifically designed to cope with the
engine‟s enhanced output.


Manual transmission-equipped Accords are provided with a „shift indicator light‟ or SIL in the centre of the rev
counter. This displays „up‟ or „down‟ to provide the driver with optimal gear shift points. Honda tests have
demonstrated fuel savings of as much as 5 per cent by simply following these commands.




5-speed automatic with manual mode
The 5-speed automatic transmission offered on petrol engined models features a wide spread of ratios to
maximise off-the-line acceleration and provide relaxed and fuel-efficient cruising.


Its operation is now simpler and more logical to fully exploit its capabilities. So 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 you
momentarily want a more urgent response 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 you can 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.




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


A further enhancement of the latest automatic gearbox is 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 convenience.




Grade Logic Control
When in automatic mode, the transmission incorporates an advanced Grade Logic Control System and Shift Hold
Control, both of which work to reduce gear 'hunting' and unnecessary 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
then 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 (such as 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.




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CHASSIS



           All-new platform with wider track
           New front double wishbone suspension and rear multi-link suspension on both saloon and Tourer
           Variable rate dampers
           High rigidity body
           Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) for even greater security
           EPS rack and pinion steering
           New Motion Adaptive EPS provides steering inputs for stability
           Ventilated disc brakes front and rear with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist




Building on the smooth ride and precise, stable handling of their predecessors, the saloon and Tourer share an
all-new platform and all-new double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension
.
Sharper, more responsive handling with a flatter ride, designed to reward the enthusiast driver, is matched to
greater ride comfort and refinement, while good straight line stability and a solid steering feel about the centre
position ensure confidence-inspiring high speed stability. The high rigidity body provides an ideal suspension
platform.


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 engines and fuel tank within the Accord platform has helped to shave 18 mm off the car‟s centre of
gravity, improving cornering stability. And greater roll stiffness results from the 75 mm 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).


Since the amount of body roll is related to the distance between the roll centre and the centre of gravity (if they
were at the same height, the car would not roll at all) the aim is to raise the roll centre relative to the centre of
gravity. Suspension design plays a key part in determining the location of the roll centre and by optimising the
hypothetical suspension arm length, the chassis team have achieved a higher roll centre axis, while minimising
suspension jack-up.




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The result, in simple terms, means passengers can enjoy a stable, flat ride, minimal body roll, linear cornering
feel and a high level of controllability at all times.




Greater ride comfort
Contributing to a comfortable, smooth ride are an increased suspension rebound travel 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 utilising internal deflector plates, a first for a production Honda vehicle. While most
conventional dampers are tuned to provide a compromise between ride comfort and sporty handling at different
speeds, the 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, such as occurs when
the vehicle encounters road irregularities at high speed. This can cause significant ride harshness and noise that
reduces passenger comfort and enjoyment. However the new dampers are tuned to provide the ideal damping
rates for comfort and smoothness at low speeds, while also limiting the 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 vehicle 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 holding.


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.


A key contributor to the Accord‟s chassis dynamics is the body/platform rigidity. As a result of careful analysis of
the body structure, the rear suspension vertical rigidity is increased by 20 per cent, while front suspension




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horizontal rigidity is increased by 35 per cent, compared to the previous model. Similarly, torsional body rigidity is
up by 20 per cent.




Enhanced braking
Greater stability when slowing from high speeds and a more rigid feel characterise the new Accord‟s braking
system. Excellent stopping power is delivered by larger brake callipers and discs.


The system includes Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), anti-lock braking and Brake Assist, the latter
helping drivers apply full braking pressure in an accident avoidance situation.




EPS on all models
An advanced, speed sensitive Electric Power Steering system is now used across the Accord range. The axial
system features a high output, low inertia brushless motor with greatly enhanced rigidity which provides excellent
steering feel at higher speeds for a sense of stability and confidence. In particular, the on-centre feel is very
precise and linear, with no discernible 'dead spot'. A quicker steering ratio has also been adopted in keeping with
the Accord‟s more agile chassis characteristics.




Vehicle Stability Assist
All Accords have Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system which is designed to assist the driver in
maintaining 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.


New for the latest generation of Accord is an additional safety system known as Motion Adaptive EPS in which
the VSA, working in conjunction with the Electric Power Steering system, initiates steering pulses to prompt the
driver to steer intuitively.


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.


By monitoring input from a series of vehicle sensors, VSA calculates a predicted range of vehicle response while
constantly monitoring the vehicle's actual response and the driver's control inputs. If the actual response is
outside the predicted response range, as when cornering forces exceed the tyres' performance, VSA
automatically intervenes with corrective action.


In the case of oversteer (which may lead to a spin), VSA applies braking to the outside wheel to counter the
yawing tendency. On the other hand, if understeer is detected, VSA applies braking to the inside wheel and
reduces engine power to turn the car back on to the intended course.



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An indicator light flashes on the instrument panel while the system is actively enhancing the stability of the
vehicle. A cockpit switch to the side of the instrument panel is provided to disable the VSA.




Motion Adaptive EPS
A stability system which automatically initiates steering inputs aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct
direction in situations where the car is threatened with instability is the latest addition to Honda‟s dynamic safety
systems armoury.


Called Motion Adaptive EPS, it relies on the integration and networking of the VSA and EPS systems and is
standard on Accord models.


Typical situations are where low grip, slippery conditions cause the car to understeer or oversteer when entering
a corner or during sharp braking where the performance is affected by a road surface which has different friction
coefficients – for example where it is dry on one side and slippery on the other because of, say, wet leaves or
snow and where there is a danger of the car becoming unsettled as a result of the overbraking of a wheel.


The VSA sensors immediately identify the instability and via the EPS a steering impulse in the required direction
is initiated.


The input from the EPS is barely noticeable and represents just a small amount of steering wheel movement;
control of the steering remains with the driver at all times. But this supporting steering torque is enough to prompt
the driver to act intuitively and to choose the optimum steering movement – steering into the skid when
oversteering or prompting greater steering movement into the turn when understeering.


This steering support and the driver‟s reaction as a result is enough to regain stability or to shorten braking
distances, allowing control to be maintained.




Towing weights raised
Towing weights have also been increased and while that of the 2.0 litre remains at 1500 kg with a braked trailer,
it rises to 1600 kg for the 2.4-litre models and 1700 kg for 2.2 iDTEC models.


Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) is fitted to all models in the Accord range to enhance driver‟s safety when towing.
The system is an enhancement of the Honda Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system which detects when the trailer
is starting to oscillate while being towed at speed. TSA utilises a combination of torque reduction and individual
wheel braking to bring the car and trailer back under full control.




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APPENDIX I - ACCESSORIES




Sports exterior accessories
For the saloon, front and rear sports bumpers are offered with matching side skirts in a new sports package. For
the Tourer, the rear sports bumper is replaced by a rear add-on underspoiler. These sports bumpers and skirts
can be combined with a front sports grille and an aerodynamic boot spoiler (only for saloon), all available in the
car‟s bodywork colour. In addition to the body accessories, Honda Accessories has developed a new range of
alloy wheels including sporty and premium 18” designs.




Interior accessories
The car‟s interior can be personalised with metal or wood-effect interior exchange panels and come with
matching gear shift knobs. A perforated leather sports steering wheel further enhances interior ambience.




Child seat safety
This year, a new version of the largest child seat (Group 2&3) will be available which can be secured in the car
using Isofix anchors, providing quick, easy and proven security for children up to twelve years old.




New Rear Entertainment System
The new portable Rear Entertainment System compliments the style of the Accord‟s interior and is installed in the
back of the front seat(s). Importantly the new system does not interfere with the function of the active headrests.
It offers the option of adding a second monitor on the passenger side. A compact remote control is included &
wireless headphones are available in two sizes.




New Honda Compact Navigation System
The newly developed widescreen portable navigation system is also designed to complement the car‟s interior.
Its attachment fits perfectly to the dashboard; no more suction cups falling down and almost no wiring on show. It
includes full European mapping, and the latest European Points-of-Interest including a complete list of Honda car
& motorcycle dealers. The unique anti-glare back reduces distracting windscreen reflections. Extra features
include Bluetooth wireless technology, WMA/MP3 function, JPEG viewer & audio book player.




Saloon Exclusive
A new trunk room pack adds to the practical side of the Accord. This package has been specially designed for
the saloon‟s boot. It includes a cargo net, a side pocket and hooks that attach to the underside of the rear shelf
to hang your shopping bags.



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Tourer Exclusive
The Tourer also benefits from a range of highly practical accessories to organise luggage and protect the boot
interior. A cargo space divider and a dog guard make the most of the available space, while a tailor-made boot
tray, a cargo mat and a boot edge protection mat, reduce wear and tear. To hold luggage in place there‟s also a
tie down belt, a cargo net and a boot side net.




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ACCORD TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


ENGINE                                  2.0 SOHC i-VTEC                 2.4 DOHC i-VTEC                     2.2 i-DTEC

Engine type                                   R20A3                           K24Z3                           N22B1
Bore x stroke                 mm             81×96.9                         87×99.0                         85×96.9
Capacity                        cc             1997                            2354                            2199
Compression ratio                              10.6                            11.0                            16.3
Max power                  PS/kW             156/115                         201/148                         150/110
@ rpm                                         6,300                           7,000                            4,000
Max torque                    Nm               192                             234                              350
@ rpm                                         4,300                           4,500                            2,000
Fuel system                                  PGM-FI                          PGM-FI                       Common Rail
Fuel rating                              UNLEADED(95)                    UNLEADED(95)                        DIESEL

ELECTRICAL

Battery                        Ah           12V-45Ah                        12V-45Ah                        12V-74Ah
Alternator                       A          12V-105A                        12V-105A                        12V-105A

TRANSMISSION

Gear ratios
MT/AT
                               1st         3.266/2.785                     3.266/2.651                        3.933/-
                              2nd          1.884/1.684                     1.884/1.613                        2.037/-
                               3rd         1.297/1.128                     1.361/1.081                        1.297/-
                               4th         1.023/0.772                     1.023/0.772                        0.975/-
                               5th         0.829/0.592                     0.829/0.566                        0.777/-
                               6th            0.720/-                         0.686/-                         0.634/-
                           reverse         3.583/2.000                     3.583/2.000                        4.008/-
                              final        4.388/4.437                     4.764/4.437                        3.550 /-

SUSPENSION

Front                                 Double wishbone, coil spring, variable gas pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear                                      Multi-link, coil spring, variable gas pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

STEERING

Type                                                        Electric, power-assisted, rack and pinion
Turning circle at body          m             5.85m                           5.86m                           5.86m
                at wheel        m             5.49m                           5.49m                           5.50m
Turns, lock to lock                            2.61                            2.61                            2.61

BRAKES

Front                                                                     Ventilated disc
Rear                                                                           Disc

WHEELS AND TYRES

Wheels                                        16x6.5                          17x7.5                          16x6.5
Tyres                                      205/60 R16                       225/50 r17                     215/60 R16




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ACCORD TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS,
                                                     2.0 SOHC i-VTEC    2.4 DOHC i-VTEC       2.2 i-DTEC
CAPACITIES
Overall length                        mm                  4726                4726               4726
Overall width                         mm                  1840                1840               1840
Overall height                        mm                  1440                1440               1440
Wheelbase                             mm                  2705                2705               2705
Front track                           mm                  1590                1590               1590
Rear track                            mm                  1590                1590               1590
Ground clearance                      mm                   150                 150               150
Luggage space VDA                    litres              460-467             460-467           460-467
Kerb weight MT/AT                       kg      1414-1514/1443-1544    1484- 1575/1518-1607   1540-1632/-
Max. permissible weight MT/AT           kg              1935/1960           1995/2030           2030/-
Max. towing weight braked MT/AT         kg              1500/1500           1600/1600           1700/-
                   unbraked MT/AT       kg               500/500             500/500             500/-
Max. trailer nose weight                kg                 75                   75                75
Max. roof load                          kg                 60                   60                60
Fuel tank                            litres                70                   70                70

PERFORMANCE

Maximum speed MT/AT                  km/h                215/212             227/227             212/-
Acceleration M/T/AT 0-100 km/h       secs                9.3/10.7             7.8/9.5            9.6/-
FUEL CONSUMPTION
(93/116/EC)
Urban MT/AT                       l/100km                9.4/10.2           11.9/12.0            7.3/-
Extra urban MT/AT                 l/100km                5.9/5.9              7.0/6.6            4.6/-
Combined MT/AT                    l/100km                7.2/7.5              8.8/8.6            5.6/-
CO2 emissions MT/AT                  g/km                170/178             209/204             148/-




All information correct at time of going to print.




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ACCORD TOURER TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


ENGINE                                  2.0 SOHC i-VTEC                 2.4 DOHC i-VTEC                     2.2 i-DTEC

Engine type                                   R20A3                           K24Z3                           N22B1
Bore x stroke                 mm             81×96.9                         87×99.0                         85×96.9
Capacity                        cc             1997                            2354                            2199
Compression ratio                              10.6                            11.0                            16.3
ax power                   PS/kW             156/115                         201/147                         150/110
@ rpm                                         6,300                           7,000                            4,000
Max torque                    Nm               192                             234                              350
@ rpm                                         4,300                           4,500                            2,000
Fuel system                                  PGM-FI                          PGM-FI                       Common Rail
Fuel rating                              UNLEADED(95)                    UNLEADED(95)                        DIESEL

ELECTRICAL

Battery                        Ah           12V-45Ah                        12V-45Ah                        12V-74Ah
Alternator                       A          12V-105A                        12V-105A                        12V-105A

TRANSMISSION

Gear ratios
MT/AT                          1st         3.266/2.785                     3.266/2.651                        3.933/-
                              2nd          1.884/1.684                     1.884/1.613                        2.037/-
                               3rd         1.297/1.128                     1.361/1.081                        1.297/-
                               4th         1.023/0.772                     1.023/0.772                        0.975/-
                               5th         0.829/0.592                     0.829/0.566                        0.777/-
                               6th            0.720/-                         0.686/-                         0.634/-
                           reverse         3.583/2.000                     3.583/2.000                        4.008/-
                              final        4.388/4.437                     4.764/4.437                        3.550 /-

SUSPENSION

Front                                 Double wishbone, coil spring, variable gas pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear                                      Multi-link, coil spring, variable gas pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

STEERING

Type                                                        Electric, power-assisted, rack and pinion
Turning circle at body          m             5.85m                           5.86m                           5.86m
                at wheel        m             5.49m                           5.49m                           5.50m
Turns, lock to lock                            2.61                            2.61                            2.61

BRAKES

Front                                                                     Ventilated disc
Rear                                                                           Disc

WHEELS AND TYRES

Wheels                                        16x6.5                          17x7.5                          16x6.5
Tyres                                      205/60 R16                       225/50 r17                     215/60 R16




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ACCORD TOURER TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS,
                                                     2.0 SOHC i-VTEC            2.4 DOHC i-VTEC      2.2 i-DTEC
CAPACITIES
Overall length                        mm                  4740                        4740              4740
Overall width                         mm                  1840                        1840              1840
Overall height                        mm                  1470                        1470              1470
Wheelbase                             mm                  2705                        2705              2705
Front track                           mm                  1590                        1590              1590
Rear track                            mm                  1590                        1590              1590
Ground clearance                      mm                   150                        150               150
Luggage space VDA                                        395-672                    395-672           395-672
(to window line)                     litres
Kerb weight MT/AT                       kg      1432-1585/1462-1613            1489-1640/1524-1672   1559-1702/-
Max. permissible weight MT/AT           kg              1990/2015                  2050/2085           2100/-
Max. towing weight braked MT/AT         kg              1500/1500                  1600/1600           1700/-
                   unbraked MT/AT       kg               500/500                     500/500            500/-
Max. trailer nose weight                kg                 75                          75                75
Max. roof load                          kg                 80                          80                80
Fuel tank                            litres                70                          70                70

PERFORMANCE

Maximum speed MT/AT *                km/h                212/210                     222/222            207/-
Acceleration M/T/AT 0-100 km/h       secs                9.4/10.8                    7.8/9.6            9.8/-
FUEL CONSUMPTION *
(93/116/EC)
Urban MT/AT                       l/100km                9.8/10.7                   12.3/12.5           7.5/-
Extra urban MT/AT                 l/100km                5.9/6.0                     7.1/6.8            4.9/-
Combined MT/AT                    l/100km                7.3/7.7                     9.0/8.9            5.9/-
CO2 emissions MT/AT                  g/km                173/183                     215/211            155/-


* In-house data


All information correct at time of going to print.




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