Ninth-generation Accord offers all-new direct-injected powertrain,
class-leading safety innovations and upcoming plug-in hybrid model
MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Honda today announced the all-new
2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe, a storied nameplate that will once again
redefine sophistication, efficiency and driving joy in the intermediate
segment. Completely redesigned for 2013, the all-new Honda Accord
provides a host of powertrain, engineering, electronic and safety
firsts combined with Honda's trademark visibility and smart design.
Better, not bigger, the completely new Honda Accord lineup includes
Sedan and Coupe models powered by 4-cylinder, V-6 and hybrid
powertrains, teamed to manual, automatic and continuously variable
transmission (CVT) options. The 2013 Honda Accord Sedan goes on sale
September 24, 2012, with the Coupe to follow on November 1, 2012. An
all-new, two-motor 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan is scheduled
to debut summer of 2013, and a conventional hybrid based on the same
powertrain architecture in the near future.
Using the most high-strength steel in the model's history, the 2013
Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe bodies combine sophisticated and athletic
styling with remarkable aerodynamic streamlining. Revised Advanced
Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structures improve frontal crash
safety, making the all-new Accord one of few midsize offerings expected
to excel in upcoming small-overlap frontal barrier crash test.
All-new Earth Dreams™ powertrains include the first North American.
application of Honda's next-generation 2.4-litre direct-injected
4-cylinder engine. The 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe will also offer a
more powerful and efficient V-6, and in summer of 2013, an all-new
two-motor 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan will debut initially
as an ATDP (Advanced Technology Development Product). Four
transmissions are available, including the first-ever application of a
continuously variable transmission (CVT) on 2.4-litre 4-cylinder
models, a six-speed automatic on V-6 models, and unique 6-speed manual
transmissions on 2.4-litre 4-cylinder models and the 3.5-litre V-6
Coupe. Fuel efficiency is the best ever for an Accord, with 4-cylinder
models earning up to an estimated 5.5 litre/100 km highway rating1 and V-6 models getting up to an estimated 5.7 litre/100 km highway
Other new Accord technologies include the first application of the
all-new cloud-based HondaLink™ system, which lets drivers put away
their smartphones and still stay connected to the people, music and
social media they love. Also debuting on the 2013 Accord is the
exclusive available Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a
camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of
the passenger-side roadway. The all-new 2013 Honda Accord also receives
a rearview camera and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror as standard
New Accord Technology
Honda's first use of direct injection (DI) in North America contributes to the 2.4-litre inline 4-cylinder
engine's excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions.
A new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available with the 2.4 litre 4-cylinder engine, contributes to the
Accord's improved fuel efficiency. Honda's unique G-Design Shift logic
creates a connected feel and provides a more immediate acceleration
response than conventional automatics or other CVT designs.
New MacPherson-strut front suspension improves ride and handling qualities, while also reducing interior
noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The new lighter aluminum and steel front subframe also uses a proprietary Honda friction-stir welding process.
Three features highly coveted by consumers are now standard on every new
Accord: Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, USB/iPod® integration and rearview camera. No other manufacturer provides this level of standard equipment.
Honda's Expanded View Driver's Mirror is also now standard equipment on every Accord.
All Accord models feature standard Econ button with Eco Assist™
Included on Accord, EX-L and Touring Sedan models and EX-L Coupe, Honda LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display provides an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway through
the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).
All-new Smart Entry & Push Button Start included on Accord EX Coupe, EX-L and Touring Sedan models.
Included on EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX-L Coupe models, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) alerts the driver when a potential collision with another vehicle ahead
Included on Accord EX-L and Touring models, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) alerts the driver when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in
New SmartVent™ side airbags mitigate the risk of excessive airbag deployment force
while eliminating the need for the prior Accord's Occupant Position
Detection System (OPDS). SmartVent also allows improved heating of the
passenger seatback on EX-L and Touring models.
The Accord Touring Sedan and EX-L V6 Coupes offers Honda's first light
emitting diode (LED) projector headlights for improved visibility. In addition, LED daytime running lights (DRLs)
are found on V-6 powered models, while LED brake lights come on all EX-L and Touring models.
The all-new available HondaLink™ connected-car system allows owners to put their smartphones away and
still stay connected to their favorite digital content.
Heated Rear Seats are available on EXL and Touring trims.
The 2013 Honda Accord Sedan will be available in six model choices,
including an all-new top-spec Touring trim (LX, Sport, , EX-L, EX-L V6,
and Touring), with the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan arriving summer
of 2013. The striking 2013 Honda Accord Coupe will be available in four
model choices (EX-L and EX-L V6).
The 2013 Accord Sedan is available in eight exterior colours, including
three metallic and five pearl colours. All-new colours include
Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and
Obsidian Blue Pearl. The 2013 Accord Coupe is available in seven
exterior colours, including two metallic and five pearl. All-new
colours include Modern Steel Metallic, Still Night Pearl, Tiger Eye
Pearl and White Orchid Pearl.
As in previous generations, two gasoline engines are available on the
2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe. These include a new Earth Dreams™
2.4-litre 4-cylinder with Honda's first use of direct injection in
North America, and an Earth Dreams™ 3.5-litre V-6 with revised VTEC +
VCM functions. The base 185-horsepower (hp) 4-cylinder engine is
coupled to a choice of an efficient new continuously variable
transmission (CVT), or a new fun-to-shift 6-speed manual transmission
on selected models. The Accord Sport Sedan model provides a
189-horsepower version of the 2.4-litre 4-cylinder. Meanwhile, Accord
V-6 models feature a 278-horsepower 3.5-litre engine coupled to a
6-speed automatic or, in the V-6 Coupe, a 6-speed manual transmission.
In early 2013, the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will debut Honda's new
2.0-litre 4-cylinder two-motor plug-in hybrid system. Available in the
Sedan only, this system operates continuously through three modes -
all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive - to maximize fuel
Crisply styled and aerodynamically efficient, the 2013 Accord Sedan and
Coupe body designs are the most sophisticated in Accord history. The
2013 Accord unit-body uses 55.8-percent high-tensile steel, more than
in any previous Accord. In addition, 17.2-percent of the steel is now
grade 780, 980 and 1,500 - extremely high grades that have never before
been used in any Accord. This contributes to higher body rigidity and
reduced weight, which directly benefits ride and handling, interior
quietness, performance and efficiency and long-term durability.
With its contoured body-sides, the Sedan's exterior design is sleek,
bold and decisive, while the Coupe's design is rakish, taut and
athletic. Extensive use of under-covers improve aerodynamics for
increased fuel efficiency, while other advances include available LED
headlights, DRLs and brake lights, mirror-mounted turn signals, and the
standard Expanded View Driver's Mirror that increases the driver's
field of vision by 4.2 degrees.
Literally every aspect of the Accord's chassis was reviewed or
redesigned to create the best possible driving experience. Altogether,
the highly rigid unit-body, refined suspension technology and advanced
electronics define the 2013 Accord chassis as the most capable in model
history. The new Accord is quieter and more responsive on city streets,
smoother and more composed on the highway, and even more faithful to
the driver's wishes on winding roads.
New features for Accord include a MacPherson strut front suspension, a
steel and aluminum front subframe and electric power steering (EPS).
Standard Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) on
both 4-cylinder and V-6 models counteract engine noise, particularly at
The lightweight MacPherson strut front suspension improves ride and
handling qualities while also reducing interior noise, vibration and
harshness (NVH). The new aluminum and steel front subframe reduces
weight and, in conjunction with the new independent multi-link rear
suspension, further reduces NVH. Careful aerodynamic tailoring of the
underbody and suspension systems provides additional noise reductions.
The new EPS setup uses an electric motor to assist the rack-and-pinion
steering rather than the hydraulic assist of the previous Accord. The
result is reduced steering effort and fuel consumption, with improved
precision, feel and stability.
Alloy wheels are now standard across the Accord model range, and range
in size from 17 to 18 inches. Four-wheel disc brakes are also standard,
as is Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist, a
4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist™
(VSA®) with Traction Control, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Hill start assist is also now standard on the Accord.
A completely new interior provides a level of luxury and craftsmanship
never before seen in the Accord. Available in Black, Gray and Ivory
cloth or leather, the interior combines welcoming comfort with an
impressive range of available technologies. Standard features include
redesigned seating, Heated Front Seats and simplified controls and
Compared to the prior edition, both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe
offer spacious accommodations for five passengers, and a roomy trunk
with a flatter load floor for greater utility. Although the Accord's
length has decreased over 68 mm and the wheelbase is almost 25 mm
shorter, key interior dimensions grow. Rear legroom increases over 33
mm, both front and rear shoulder room increase, and trunk space is up
50 L. Altogether, the interior is remarkably quiet, stylish and
upscale, with high-quality materials, exemplary fit and finish, and
advanced seating comfort and ergonomics.
Contemporary onboard electronics help the Accord driver seamlessly
interface with the latest generation of compatible personal mobile
electronics. Features include a bright, full-color 8-inch (diagonal)
"intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID), a new available Audio
with touchscreen display, Pandora® internet radio interface, SMS text messaging and a Bluetooth®2 HandsFreeLink® phone interface. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice
Recognition is also available.
The 2013 Accord is also the first Honda product to offer available
HondaLink™ technology, which works with the owner's compatible
smartphone to connect the Accord with music and media resources such as
Aha™ by Harman, internet apps, roadside assistance and more. Forward
Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive
Cruise Control (ACC) are also available.
The 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe offer the greatest range of active and
passive safety features in Honda history. Vehicle Stability Assist™
(VSA®) is standard on all Accord models, and available new technologies
include Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning
Collision safety engineering includes the updated Advanced Compatibility
Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which improves occupant protection
and crash compatibility in frontal collisions, and the most extensive
use of high-strength steel in Accord history. The Accord's
impact-absorbing front body design can even help attenuate energy in
the event of a frontal collision with a pedestrian.
Passive-safety features include six airbags, including dual-stage,
multiple-threshold front airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain
airbags. New SmartVent™ side airbags reduce the risk of excessive
airbag deployment force and eliminate the need for the Accord's
previous Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS).
Based on internal testing, both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are
expected to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and 5-star
ratings in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) crash tests3.
The Accord is produced4 at two plants in Ohio by Honda of America Mfg. Inc. using domestic and
globally sourced parts.
Additional media information including detailed pricing, features and
high-resolution photography of the 2013 Honda Accord is available at www.hondanews.ca.
1 Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only.
Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary
depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
2 Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work
correctly in Hawaii and Alaska. These functions include but are not
limited to automatic clock updates and time zone adjustments.
3 Based on frontal crash- and side crash-safety ratings and Overall
Vehicle Score in the NHTSA NCAP testing. Government 5-Star Safety
Ratings are part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). Vehicles tested under
the new program cannot be compared to MY10 and earlier vehicles.
4 Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.
® The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.,
and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd is under license.
® HomeLink is a registered trademark of Johnson Controls, Inc.
® iPod is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. All rights reserved.
iPod not included.
® Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM
Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries.
Image with caption: "Honda announced the all-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe today, a storied nameplate that will once again redefine sophistication, efficiency and driving joy in the intermediate segment. The 2013 Honda Accord Sedan goes on sale September 24, 2012, with the Coupe to follow on November 1, 2012. (CNW Group/Honda Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120905_C4088_PHOTO_EN_17519.jpg
SOURCE: Honda Canada Inc.
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