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First Look: 2013 Honda Accord Sedan

Shorter, roomier, more fuel-efficient.

by on Aug.08, 2012

Honda releases the first images of the production 2013 Accord sedan.

After an unexpectedly long wait, Honda is finally giving the world a first look at the completely updated, 2013 Accord sedan.

Until now, Honda had provided only a hint of what was coming in the form of a coupe concept that debuted all the way back in January at the Detroit Auto Show — generating mixed reviews for its relatively conservative looks largely unchanged from the previous coupe.

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The production sedan revealed today “doesn’t scream and shout,” said Honda’s U.S. product chief Vicki Poponi, though she also insisted the 2013 Honda Accord is “the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet,” following Honda’s design dictum, “man maximum, machine minimum.”

The design is sleeker and less extreme than some past updates, with a more coupe-like roofline that reflects today’s industry vogue. The maker also claims the 2013 Honda Accord will be notably more fuel-efficient than the model it replaces.


Details Leak on New 2013 Honda Accord

Dealer discloses key updates -- including hybrid secrets.

by on Jun.21, 2012

So far, Honda has only shown this concept Accord Coupe, but details are beginning to leak out.

The auto industry usually isn’t good at keeping secrets, though Honda has been struggling to keep a wrap on plans for the critical 2013 update of the midsize Accord.  But details have begun to leak out, including some recent spy shots and, now, a list of ’13 updates that one of the Japanese maker’s dealers is revealing in a press release of its own.

Apparently, the folks at Tuscon’s Chapman Honda have decided that the best way to move the outgoing Accords on their lot is by giving customers a preview of the new car.  That’s a sharp shift from traditional strategy.  Usually, retailers like to pretend nothing’s coming before they clear out inventory.

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“We’re confident that drivers will find that the 2013 Accord is a very well-balanced product…whether they’re talking about interior packaging, content of the vehicle, or the fuel economy,” said Chapman Honda General Manager Neb Yonas in a press release.

Among the details provided by the dealership, it appears the 2013 Honda Accord will include:

First Look: Honda Accord Coupe Concept

by on Jan.11, 2012

Honda reveals a Coupe Concept for its ninth-generation Accord line.

“To say last year was an incredible challenge would be a gross understatement,” suggested John Mendel, the chief U.S. executive with American Honda, as he opened up the maker’s Detroit Auto Show news conference.

The maker suffered a double-digit decline in U.S. sales, largely as a result of production shortages following the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11 – but it also had problems with some of its new product launches, the 2012 Honda Civic, for one, taking serious criticism.  So, the upcoming launch of that long-time midsize market mainstay, the Honda Civic, will be a critical step in the maker’s efforts to turn things around.

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Honda is offering a glimpse of what’s to come in the form of the new Accord Coupe Concept making its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.  A production version of the 2-door will be unveiled at an upcoming auto show, with both the ninth-generation Honda Accord Coupe and Accord Sedan set to join the maker’s line-up for 2013.