Pricing announced for new 2008 Honda Accord



    Innovative 'Green' Technology, Safety and Performance Emphasized

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - The completely redesigned 2008 Honda Accord
makes its Canadian debut at dealerships nationwide with Manufacturer Suggested
Retail Prices ranging from $25,090 for the well-equipped Accord LX Sedan to
$38,290 for the sporty Accord EX-L V6 Coupe featuring Honda's satellite-linked
navigation system with bi-lingual voice activation. The new, stylish Accord
sedans and coupes feature a wide range of innovative technologies designed for
greater efficiency, enhanced safety and improved performance.
    "Our new Accord adds popular features and enhancements while maintaining
competitive pricing," said Jim Miller, executive vice president of Honda
Canada Inc. "Accord has been a perennial segment leader during its 30-year
history with Canadian buyers valuing its refined features, strong performance
and overall design. The eighth-generation Accord provides Canadians a vehicle
that is 'green, safe, fun,' with an emphasis on expressive styling,
fun-to-drive performance and innovative packaging."
    The Accord is available in sedan and coupe body styles with two
variations of a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder and two iterations of the 3.5-litre V6
engine. The two L4 engines have 177 and 190 horsepower, respectively, with
estimated city/highway fuel economy ratings of 9.4/6.4 L/100km (with manual
transmission).
    An available 3.5-litre i-VTEC V6 engine produces 268 horsepower - the
most ever for any Accord - while introducing a new generation of fuel-saving
advanced Variable Cylinder Management(TM) (VCM) technology and achieving low
emissions. The VCM system operates in six-cylinder mode for power in and 4-
and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency, resulting in an estimated city/highway
fuel economy rating of 11.0/6.7 L/100 km. A 268-horsepower VTEC version of
3.5-litre V6 engine is featured in the Accord Coupe EX-L V6 with the 6-speed
manual transmission.
    Another innovative technology for Accord is Variable Gear Ratio (VGR)
steering. This new steering system uses variable mechanical ratio steering, in
addition to variable power assist, to provide precise on-center feel and
greater responsiveness at increased steering angles.
    Premium quality with a spacious design describes the philosophy behind
the Accord's interior. The spacious interior is intended to provide "equal"
seating comfort for front and rear passengers. Redesigned front bucket seats
are larger, and feature substantial lateral support to complement the Accord's
sporty side. The fold-down lockable rear seatback increases cargo-carrying
versatility.
    The Accord Sedan's exterior styling emphasizes both an athletic and
dynamic feel with the sophistication of a timeless sedan form. Even though the
Accord is larger in all dimensions, its torsional rigidity has increased by 20
per cent as a result of advanced body construction.
    The Accord Coupe styling radically departs from the sedan with a more
aggressive image. Its long hood, sleek roofline and muscular lines suggest
power and enhanced agility. The EX-L Coupe with V6 engine also features larger
18" aluminum alloy wheels, chrome door handles, front fog lights, dual exhaust
finishers and rear lip spoiler.
    The Accord Sedan rides on a longer wheelbase and is slightly longer than
the 2007 model. The Accord Coupe wheelbase is also longer than the 2007 model.
The longer wheelbases contribute to improved ride characteristics. The premium
suspension design and wider track (along with wider tire sizes and standard
ABS and VSA) are intended to enhance driver confidence and handling
performance in all situations.
    Through a comprehensive approach to vehicle safety, Honda seeks to
provide the highest level of occupant and pedestrian protection in all its
cars and trucks, regardless of size or price. Every 2008 Accord integrates
sophisticated safety technology that includes driver's and front passenger's
dual-chamber side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection
System; side curtain airbags; and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and
front passenger's airbags.
    New for Accord is an Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE) body
structure that enhances frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of
different sizes and bumper heights. All Accords also feature active head
restraints designed to help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of
a rear collision. Standard active safety features include Vehicle Stability
Assist and four-wheel-disc anti-lock brake system with brake assist and
electronic brake distribution.
    Honda is the world's preeminent maker of engines for automobiles,
motorcycles and power equipment. With 130 manufacturing facilities in 29
countries worldwide, Honda now attracts nearly 20 million customers annually.
Honda Canada manufactures the Honda Ridgeline and Civic, and the Acura CSX and
MDX at its two facilities in Alliston, Ontario. A new, third facility in
Alliston, with the capacity to produce up to 200,000 efficient 4-cylinder
engines annually, is scheduled to open in 2008.

    
    Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices for 2008 Accord Sedan & Coupe:

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    Model         Trim            Engine                Manual    Automatic
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    Accord Sedan  LX              177-hp 4-cylinder    $25,090      $26,290
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                  EX              190-hp 4-cylinder    $27,490      $28,690
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                  EX-L            190-hp 4-cylinder    $29,890      $31,090
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                  EX-L Navi       190-hp 4-cylinder    $32,690      $33,890
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                  EX V6           268-hp V6                N/A      $31,690
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                  EX-L V6         268-hp V6                N/A      $34,990
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                  EX-L V6 Navi    268-hp V6                N/A      $37,790
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    Accord Coupe  EX              190-hp 4-cylinder    $27,990      $29,190
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                  EX-L            190-hp 4-cylinder    $30,390      $31,590
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                  EX-L Navi       190-hp 4-cylinder    $33,190      $34,390
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                  EX-L V6         268-hp V6            $35,490      $35,490
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                  EX-L V6 Navi    268-hp V6            $38,290      $38,290
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For further information: Richard Jacobs, (416) 287-4708; Laura Heasman,
(416)-287-4777


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