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Honda recalls 1.2M Accords; battery sensors can catch fire

Kayla Schwartz | 14 July, 2017, 19:09

Replacing the Accord is a big deal, given its history of being a top-selling midsize sedan-a perpetual second place to the Toyota Camry but often first when it comes to sales to retail customers, not including rental and corporate fleets. Equities research analysts forecast that Honda Motor Company will post $2.76 EPS for the current year. This gives the impression of the traditional "longer, lower, wider" design philosophy, although the new model is actually 0.39 inches shorter overall. Vehicle dynamics nerds will appreciate the 10-millimeter lower center of gravity and shorter front and rear overhangs, pushing the wheels to the corner of the auto.

It will also see better and be more visible, with LED headlights, fog lights and taillights. To date, more than 11 million have been assembled at this facility in the Buckeye State.

Passenger hip, shoulder and headroom is improved by moving seats slightly inward, the automaker says. The new, more streamlined design is, according to Honda, approximately 3 percent more aerodynamically efficient.

For added comfort, armrests front and rear are longer, wider and more deeply padded, while seats get taller bolstering.

Front seats are heated and ventilated, with rear seats now getting back and bottom cushion heating. The Accord 4-door's length also is lessened a bit.

Inside, drivers get a seven-inch TFT "driver's meter", along Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as standard.

As with the Odyssey, the touchscreen's "app" tiles are customizable in their positioning. The latest version of HondaLink packs emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, and speed tracking.

Srinivasan served notice for flouting Lodha reforms; reprieve for Anurag Thakur
Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah have to reply to the notice when the BCCI case comes up for hearing next on July 24. Point nine mentioned former BCCI president Srinivasan and Shah, who have been kingpins of disruption.

Certain models will offer optional head-up windshield display.

For more on the Honda Accord, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection. Additional goodies include wireless phone charging, automatic Bluetooth pairing, 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and over-the-air automatic software updates.

Pricing and specific trim equipment information will be available closer to launch this fall, but expect the 2018 Honda Accord to hit dealers this quarter. The third is the latest version of Honda's two-mode hybrid system. The 2.0T gets Honda's new 10-speed automatic transmission just released in the '18 Odyssey minivan. It's a 2.0-liter, Atkinson cycle engine coupled with electric motors that contain no heavy rare-earth metals in their magnets, which is a nice boon for both cost and the environment, theoretically at least.

The new engines are much torquier than the ninth-gen Accord's naturally aspirated 2.4L 4-cyl. and 3.5L V-6, but while the 1.5T tops the 2.4L on horsepower (192 vs. 185) the 2.0T's horsepower peak is 25 hp below that of the 3.5L's. While on paper it's not a big leap forward, the low-end torque should make the Accord feel stronger.

As for gearboxes, Honda is throwing a major bone to driving enthusiasts because a six-speed manual is available with either engine, as unpopular as it will probably be. This is no penalty. Horsepower is down from 278 to 252, but torque is up significantly from 252 to 273. Honda tuned the small turbo mill to peak at 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, which it produces between 1,500 and 5,000 rpm. The engine has i-VTEC and is mated to either a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.

The Hybrid's powertrain is also all new, but more evolutionary than revolutionary. Production returns to OH after moving to Japan for the past few years. That means no trunk space is lost and the rear seats can still fold down.

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