Honda releases Honda Accord saloon and Tourer at Geneva. Both cars promise better fuel consumption, better power. Features are drawn up in a long list that will satisfy most buyers in their market segment.

Honda’s Accord is ready to roll after its major debut in Geneva. Launched in two distinctive body styles, Tourer and saloon, the Accord is once again poised for sales glory from the look of things.

Nice new features sent in include the 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine which is in the second stage of development by Honda. It employs piezoelectric multi-stage fuel injection technology, which helps make it also Euro 5 compliant as are other engines from the Honda stable. The popular short-throw 6-speed manual transmission returns, as does the 5-speed automatic with pedal shifts within reach of the driver’s fingers.

Small 2.0-litre i-VTEC punches out 156 PS, while the 2.4-litre engine is a 200 PS machine with torque of 233Nm. Accord has a long list of spec that names a 6-CD changer, 30W 4 channel amp and 6 speakers as some. iPod fans find their auxillary jack in there too, while a USB docking point is also fitted. Satellite navigation has gone 8-inch screen size for better vision and has voice recognition for five languages including English, German and French.

The Tourer, a good idea in Europe where everyone has one, has exemplary space which can measure a hefty 395 litre (VDA) when all seats are up. Fold them and you get more space. It also has underfloor storage space which adds 53 litres to the overall load space.

Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is complemented by Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) for even greater security in slippery conditions.
There is also Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) safety systems optionally available.

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