Honda to debut new Accord in Geneva

Business Materials 27 February 2008 08:36 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Honda will debut five new models including the new Accord and its zero-emission FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer has announced.

The Accord will dominate the Geneva stand, where 10 models of the latest Accord will be on display in both sedan and Tourer body styles, the car maker said.

The new Accord has a sleeker exterior look with pronounced muscular wheel arches. The new range of three petrol and diesel engines are more powerful and economical, complying with the Euro 5 emission standard.

The diesel employs the latest piezoelectric multi-stage fuel injection technology, more efficient exhaust gas recirculation and a particulate filter for significantly reduced emissions, according to the manufacturer.

At the same time, both power and torque levels have been increased for a sportier driving. Output is 10 hp greater at 110 kW/150 hp at the same 4,000 rpm, while peak torque is now 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Key changes to the two litre i-VTEC petrol engine include increased diameter intake valves, optimised valve lift and increased inlet and exhaust air flow volumes.

All three engines are matched to a 6-speed manual transmission, while both petrol engines have the option of a 5-speed automatic.

Highlighting the environment zone is the FCX Clarity, a 4-seat saloon fuel cell vehicle, already seen at the Los Angeles Show. It will be available to lease in the U.S. this summer and in Japan in autumn.

Also on show is the Honda CR-Z concept design study which the car maker describes as "the basis of a forthcoming global sports hybrid."