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2018 HONDA ACCORD LAUNCHED IN OMAN.

The 2018 Honda Accord has been launched in the sultanate. First introduced in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda's history, after the Honda Civic.

The Accord was the first automobile from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company's Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1, 1982, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Total global Accord production exceeds 17.5mn units. In 1987, Accord became the first US-made automobile from a Japanese automaker to be exported overseas (Accord Sedan to Taiwan).

The Accord has also played an important role in advancing low-emissions vehicle technology in America and was the first Honda automobile to meet California's ULEV, SULEV and SULEV30 emission standards.

New 2018 Accord

The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda's perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; two advanced new power units, including Accord's first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey 'absolute confidence' in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord, its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics, they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety and driver-assistive technologies.

In summary, it is the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet.

What's New?

Virtually everything on the Accord is new and substantially reengineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th-generation Accord redesign are as follows: Body - 29 per cent ultra-high strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda; ACE front body structure with crash stroke design; laser-brazed roof skin; rear crush zones with Softzone technology; first use of structural adhesives in Accord; first application of acoustic spray foam to Accord and lighter (10kg, body-in-white), and more rigid (+24 per cent torsional stiffness, +32 per cent bending stiffness).

Chassis

Other features include aluminium-intensive front suspension with new ultra-rigid aluminium and steel sub-frame; multi-link rear suspension with floating sub-frame;a$?two-mode Driving System (Sport trims);a$?Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering; Electronic Brake Booster (EBB); Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold;a$?six percent lighter chassis (excluding tires and wheels); three new alloy wheel designs (17' and 18'); 1.5l direct-injected VTEC Turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC); available 2l direct-injected VTEC Turbo with dual VTC; available 10-speed automatic transmission; connectivity and Driver-Assistive Technology; Honda Sensing; Available eight-inch Display Audio (EX trim and above) and available 6-inch Head Up Display (2.0T Sport trim).

Packaging and Design

In reimagining the Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the 'Man Maximum-Machine Minimum (MM)' design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord's footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance. The move to four-cylinder engines across the lineup is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance.

The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+55mm), a lower overall height (-15mm), a wider body (+10mm) and a shortened overall length (-15mm). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood and a visual centre of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord's greenhouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasising the wide lower body, while inside the cabin, the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants' freedom of movement.

In addition, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 48mm of added rear legroom. Overall passenger volume is increased by 70l (LX trim) and trunk space, at 473l on all models and trims, is up 25l on 1.5l and 2l models.

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord's new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda's signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available nine-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised centre, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and available integrated dual exhaust ports.

2018 Honda Accord Powertrain

The 10th generation 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance with its two new direct-injected VTEC Turbo 4-cylinder engines with dual VTC - a 1.5l 16-valve inline-4 and a 2l 16-valve DOHC inline-4. Both new turbocharged engines produce peak torque across a broad range of engine speed (RPM), delivering smooth and virtually lag-free power for exceptional throttle response and power delivery in all driving conditions.

The 1.5l turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with G-Shift Control. The new 2l turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type-R engine, is mated to a smooth, responsive Honda-designed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car.

The two new automatic transmissions take greater advantage of available torque while maximising quietness and efficiency during highway cruising. The redesigned CVT has an 11 per cent lower ratio compared to the previous generation version for more powerful launch performance, while the new 10AT is 9kg lighter, with a 43 per cent lower first gear and a 17 per cent taller top gear compared to the previous generation Accord's six-speed automatic.

Turbocharged 1.5l In-Line four cylinder

The new DOHC 1.5l engine in the Accord is a further evolution of the powerplant first introduced in the 2016 Civic With direct injection, a low-inertia Mono scroll turbo with electric waste-gate and dual Variable Timing Control (VTC); the turbocharged powerplant delivers more horsepower and torque than before.

Power output is increased in part by a new '4-into-2' exhaust manifold that improves the flow of exhaust gas to the turbo (see below). Peak output of 148kw (198hp) at 5,500rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000rpm, compared to 141kw (189hp) at 6,400rpm and 247Nm of torque at 3,900rpm on the previous Accord's normally aspirated 2.4l engine.

Assembled in Honda's Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally sourced parts, the Accord's available DOHC 2l engine shares much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R and has the highest torque ever offered in an Accord. With peak torque available at a much lower engine rpm, responsiveness and acceleration is notably enhanced. The 2l turbo also offers much broader power delivery, holding a torque advantage over the V6 that spans the entire operating range between 1,200 and 4,800rpm.

The all-new 2018 Accord boasts of a larger, more premium and tech-savvy interior that compliments its elegant new body design and more refined and athletic driving character. The 2018 Accord is available in ten exterior colours including six pearlescent, four metallic and one solid colour.
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Publication:Muscat Daily (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Mar 10, 2018
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