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 TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Motor Trend magazine has named the all-new 1994 Honda Accord as the Import Car of the Year. The completely redesigned and re-engineered Honda Accord was selected as the winning vehicle by the Motor Trend editorial staff after evaluating and testing every new 1994 import car and mini-van on sale before Jan. 1, 1994.
 In an effort to find the most significant player in the market, Motor Trend writes in its February issue, "Viewed from both an industry and a buyer's perspective, we weighed technological advancement, value, and performance to determine the one standout choice for '94. The new Honda Accord is that vehicle."
 Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year award was first presented in 1976 and is regarded as one of the most prestigious annual awards in the automotive industry. American Honda won its first Import Car of the Year trophy in 1980 with the Honda Civic, followed by the Honda CRX in 1984 and the Honda CRX Si in 1988. The Acura Division of American Honda won the award in 1987 for the Acura Legend Coupe. This is the first time the popular Honda Accord has won the coveted award.
 "Few vehicles have captured the hearts and minds of American automobile buyers like the Honda Accord," according to Motor Trend, which also wrote, "all the money invested in the new Accord was applied to areas where customers would be able to see and feel tangible benefits. Their labors resulted in a new car that's the strongest, safest, quietest, best performing, and most fuel-efficient Accord ever."
 The all-new 1994 Honda Accord provides new levels of safety, styling, performance and refinement. Available in three trim levels, the DX and LX Accords are powered by a 2.2 liter, 16-valve engine producing 130 horsepower, while EX models receive added performance and fuel economy with a newly developed VTEC engine producing 145 horsepower.
 All 1994 Honda Accord models feature a driver's and front passenger's airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) as standard equipment. All Accords meet the 1997 federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for side-impact protection, and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on all EX models and available on all other 1994 Accords.
 Currently, the all-new 1994 Accord is available as a 4-door sedan or 2-door coupe and will be joined by the 5-door wagon in February of this year. Over 80 percent of the Honda Accord sedans, coupes and wagons sold in the United States in 1994 will be manufactured in the United States. All the Accord coupes and wagons are manufactured exclusively in Honda's automobile plant in Marysville, Ohio, and all three bodystyles are exported from the United States to over 25 countries around the world.
 Motor Trend concludes, "An international team effort of unprecedented proportions led to a car that embodies all the personality traits of its popular predecessor and goes one step beyond -- assuming a near-legendary character in the process."
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A photo is available via Wieck Photo DataBase to any newspaper or media outlet with telephoto receiver, or electronic darkroom that can accept overhead transmissions. To electronically retrieve the photo free of charge, call 214-416-3686, or call Chris Marshall at 310-783-3164./
 /CONTACT: Kurt Antonius, 310-783-3170; or Chris Marshall, 310-783-3164; or Mike Ackerman, 212-765-3804, all of American Honda/

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