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Honda releases new Accord with assisted driving function.

TOKYO, Oct. 10 Kyodo

Honda Motor Co. on Thursday took the wraps off a new Accord sedan and station wagon featuring assisted driving functions that help keep the vehicles in their lanes on freeways and an appropriate distance away from other cars.

In the first remodeling of the Accord sedan and station wagon in five years, the added Honda Intelligent Driver Support System reduces the control burden on drivers via a C-MOS camera and front-mounted radar that monitors vehicles ahead, the carmaker said.

In conjunction with cruise control, the system automatically provides the appropriate amount of aid in turning the steering wheel along freeways, it added.

The sedan, the seventh in a series of Accords, will roll into Honda showrooms on Friday, while the station wagon will do so on Nov. 28.

Honda has so far manufactured a combined 12 million Accords and Accord Wagons worldwide.

As for the restyled Accords and Accord Wagons, Honda aims to sell 5,000 vehicles monthly in Japan.

An Accord sedan with slightly different style and specifications was put on the U.S. market in mid-September.

Honda President Hiroyuki Yoshino told a news conference, ''We have already sold 13,000 new Accords since mid-September in the United States, where we launched the new Accord prior to its debut in Japan.''

''We will be able to clear (the domestic sales target) on the strength of the attractiveness of the new Accords,'' Yoshino predicted.

The new Accord also features an aerodynamic design and resultant high fuel efficiency with a coefficient of drag value of 0.26 -- among the world's highest ratings for a sedan. It also has a quiet cabin.

The 24S version of the Accord sedan, which features a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine, carries a suggested retail price of 2.35 million yen.

The 24E version of the Accord Wagon, equipped with a four-wheel-drive system, sells for 2.41 million yen.
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