Archive for 2017

Statement by American Honda Regarding Electronic Power Steering Recall: 2017-2018 Honda Civic and CR-V

  • 54 vehicles will be recalled in the United States to replace the electronic power steering gear box, for free
  • No related crashes or injuries have been reported

American Honda will voluntarily recall 54 model year 2017-2018 Honda Civic and Honda CR-V vehicles in the United States to replace the electronic power steering (EPS) gear box, free of charge. Torque sensors within the affected gear boxes were manufactured incorrectly and could provide incorrect steering torque information if the steering wheel is turned fully to the end of its range of travel (multiple turns in one direction). This condition could cause the EPS to steer with more force than intended by the driver, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda has received no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer as soon as possible for the free repair. Mailed notification to owners of affected vehicles will occur in early-November 2018. Owners of these models can also determine if their vehicles require repair now by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Honda Named in Autotrader’s ‘10-Best Non-luxury CPO Programs for 2018’

Honda has been named as one of Autotrader’s “10-Best Non-luxury CPO Programs for 2018.” Honda’s Certified Pre-Owned program was touted for its 7-year/100,000 mile coverage, its additional 1-year/12,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage, and for its transferability and lack of deductible.

“Beyond being budget friendly, buying a certified vehicle provides an extra level of comfort, knowing your car has been through a rigorous inspection and is backed by the manufacturer for an extended length of time,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “Sometimes, that warranty is longer than you get with a new car and is certainly better than with a non-certified used car.”

Autotrader’s 10-Best CPO Programs awards recognizes the best CPO programs available based on a series of factors, including powertrain warranty length (with a minimum of six years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the original sale date), available inventory, bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage, deductible amount, and transferability to future vehicle owners.

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Digital Trends Names Civic Type R as Best Car of 2017

The Honda Civic Type R has been named the Best Car of 2017 by Digital Trends, a leading technology news site. With its muscular 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo® engine, short-throw 6-speed manual transmission, race bred chassis and rigid body, the Type R is the most powerful Honda ever sold in America.

Digital Trends recognized the Civic Type R for its power and handling, along with its everyday usability and affordability. Digital Trends editors base their picks on the most successful and exciting products in each of the product categories they review.

About Honda

Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Radical and Rapid 2018 Honda Civic Type R Goes On Sale

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TEC Turbo® engine, the Civic Type R is the most powerful Honda ever sold in America. As before, the 2018 Type R is available in one fully equipped trim with a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission, limited slip differential, Adaptive Damper System and an ingenious dual-axis strut front suspension design that virtually eliminates torque steer.

2018 Civic Type R Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim MSRP1 MSRP1 Including $890 Destination Charge EPA MPG Rating2(city/highway/combined)
Civic Type R $34,100 $34,990 22 / 28 / 25

The Honda Civic Type R’s Adaptive Damper System continually adjusts damping force at all four corners and is tied into the Three-Mode Driving System with comfort, sport and track-focused +R modes. The system modifies damper and throttle response along with steering assist, in accordance with the driver’s chosen setting.

Similar to many Civic trims, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R incorporates advanced in-vehicle connectivity and technologies as standard features. These features include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and more, offering drivers a comfortable and convenient in-vehicle experience.

Along with the in-vehicle connectivity features, the 2018 Civic Type R is also equipped with advanced safety features, including Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, Advanced 4-Channel ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, and an Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

The 2018 Civic Type R for the U.S. market is produced exclusively in Honda’s Swindon, UK plant with the engine produced in Anna, Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

Additional media information including high-resolution photography of the Honda Civic Type R is available at http://hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/civic-type-r. Consumer information is available at http://www.automobiles.honda.com/civic-type-r. To join the Civic Type R community on Facebook, please visit facebook.com/hondacivic.

2018 Honda Accord Press Kit – Overview

The Legacy of Accord

First introduced to American car buyers in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second-longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda’s history, after the Honda Civic. Accord has become a household name over nine generations and 42 model years, and since its introduction, American car buyers have purchased more Accords than any other passenger car, with total U.S. sales exceeding 13 million vehicles. The current, ninth-generation, Accord has been the top retail-selling midsize car in America for the past six years (2011-2016).

The Accord was the first automobile from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1, 1982, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Total U.S. Accord production exceeds 11 million units. In 1987, Accord became the first U.S-made automobile from a Japanese automaker to be exported overseas (Accord Sedan to Taiwan).

Accord has also played an important role in advancing low-emissions vehicle technology in America and was the first Honda automobile to meet California’s ULEV,SULEV and SULEV30 emission standards. Accord was Honda’s third hybrid (2005 Accord V6 Hybrid) and first plug-in hybrid (2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid).

Accord U.S. Model History

Gen Model Years Body Styles Engine Notable
1st 1976-1981 Hatchback, Sedan (1979) 1.6L L4,
1.8L L4
Hatchback introduced, 5-speed MT or 2-speed AT, CVCC, 68-72hp, digital clock (1978), Sedan introduced (1979), luxury SE (1981)
2nd 1982-1985 Hatchback, Sedan 1.8L L4 75-86hp, catalytic converter, U.S. production in Ohio, first of 31 Car and Driver “10Best” awards (1982), 4-speed AT (1983), fuel injection (1985)
3rd 1986-1989 Hatchback, Sedan and
Coupe (1988)
2.0L L4, 98-120hp, double wishbone suspension, retractable headlights, first Coupe, 4-wheel disc brakes, top-selling car in U.S. (1989)
4th 1990-1993 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon (1991) 2.2L L4, 125-140hp, fuel injection on all trims, electronic AT controls, motorized front shoulder belts, ABS and driver’s air bag (1991), top-selling car in U.S. (1990)
5th 1994-1997 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon 2.2L L4,
2.7L V6
130-170hp, VTEC®, Motor Trend “Import Car of the Year” (1994), first V6 (1995)
6th 1998-2002 Sedan and Coupe 2.3L L4,
3.0L V6
150-200hp, dual-stage front airbags and wide-deploying side curtain airbags, LEV, ULEV and SULEV emissions ratings
7th 2003-2007 Sedan and Coupe 2.4L L4,
3.0L V6
160-255hp, 17-inch wheels, navigation system, side airbags and curtain airbags (2003), PZEV emissions rating, satellite radio (2004), Accord V6 Hybrid (2004)
8th 2008-2012 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback (2010) 2.4L L4,
3.5L V6
177-271hp, V6 with VCM™, first car to achieve NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score (2010), rearview camera (2012)
9th 2013-2017 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback 2.4L L4, 3.5L V6,
iMMD Hybrid
Honda LaneWatch™, HondaLink™, two-motor iMMD powertrain, first Honda plug-in hybrid, Honda Sensing®

The New Accord

The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda’s perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; three advanced new power units, including Accord’s first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a third-generation two-motor hybrid system.

In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey “absolute confidence” in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord – its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics – they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior, and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety, connected-car and driver-assistive technologies.

In summary, the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet.

What’s New?
Virtually everything on the Accord is new and substantially reengineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th-generation Accord redesign are as follows:

Body

  • 29 percent ultra-high strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda
  • ACE™ front body structure with crash stroke design
  • Laser-brazed roof skin
  • Rear crush zones with Softzone technology
  • First use of structural adhesives in Accord
  • First application of acoustic spray foam to Accord
  • More aerodynamically efficient: 3 percent reduction of CdA
  • Lighter (42 pounds, body-in-white), and more rigid (+24 percent torsional stiffness, +32 percent bending stiffness)
  • Active Shutter Grille (2.0-liter models)

Chassis

  • Aluminum intensive front suspension with new ultra-rigid aluminum and steel subframe  
  • Multi-link rear suspension with floating subframe 
  • Adaptive Damper System (Touring trims)
  • Two-Mode Driving System (Touring trims)
  • Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering
  • Electronic Brake Booster (EBB)
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold
  • Six percent lighter chassis (excluding tires and wheels)
  • Five new alloy wheel designs (17″ and 19″)

Powertrain

  • 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) 
  • Available 2.0-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual VTC 
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission^ 
  • Available 3rd-generation Honda iMMD two-motor hybrid power unit (Hybrid model) 

Connectivity and Driver-Assistive Technology

  • Standard HONDA SENSING™ with new Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Available 8-inch Display Audio with over-the-air system updates
  • Available 6-inch Head Up Display
  • Available next-generation HondaLink™ telematics
  • Smartphone entry and engine start (with HondaLink)
  • Available 4GLTE Wi-Fi (with HondaLink)
  • Available wireless device charging
  • Available fast Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication

Packaging and Design
In reimagining Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the “Man Maximum-Machine Minimum (MM)” design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord’s footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance. The move to 4-cylinder engines across the lineup is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance.

The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 in.) and wider body (+0.39 in.), wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 in.) and a lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 in. front, -0.79 in. rear). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord’s greenhouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants’ freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 1.9 inches of added rear legroom. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet (LX trim) and trunk space, at 16.7 cubic feet on all models and trims, is up 0.9 cubic feet on 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models and 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid, aided by the repackaging of the hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats.

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord’s new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and available integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent (based on EX trim) to make it the most streamlined Accord yet.

Elegant and Tech Savvy Cabin
The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord’s mainstream sedan status.

The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and moved rearward on the lower (and relative to the driver’s seating position). The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side doorsills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.

A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters compliment the Accord’s more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and decorations communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.

The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests, front and rear; while the Accord’s newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver’s seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements.

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes a7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter and an available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, further enhance the new Accord.

The Accord also offers the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more. Touring trims also feature a new 6-inch driver’s head-up display, wireless device charging, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and fast, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology.

Turbocharged and Electrified Powertrains
The 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants – two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. A new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, is paired with the new 2.0-liter engine, and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission is available for both turbocharged engines in Sport trim.

The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) and VTEC produces a peak of 192 horsepower (SAE net) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, up from 185 HP (SAE net) at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 3,900 rpm on the existing normally-aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), or in Sport trim to a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT).

The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with VTEC® valvetrain and dual VTC, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or an available 6-speed manual. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP (SAE net) at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE Net) from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, compared to 278 HP (SAE net) at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 4,900 rpm for the 3.5-liter V6 that it replaces.

The new Accord Hybrid is powered by the 3rd-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology featuring a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with two electric motors. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space (16.7 cu.-ft.) and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all Hybrid models and trims.

Body and Chassis Design
The 2018 Accord’s new body structure is lighter and more rigid, utilizing 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most ever for a mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).

Key body features include the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction. Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance.

Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2018 Accord’s chassis is 6-percent lighter than before (not including wheels and tires) and features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum lower arms mounted to an aluminum front subframe. The new setup better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control. The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities.

Touring trims of Accord also feature, for the first time, an Adaptive Damper System with the ability to adjust shock absorber damping force every 1/500 of a second (0.002 second), using a proprietary Honda control algorithm, providing for a more compliant and controlled ride in all driving situations. The adaptive dampers are tied to a Two-Mode Driving System with Normal and Sport modes that allows the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle’s sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with multiple chassis and drivetrain components, including the new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS), automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle, adaptive dampers and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.

The new Accord has a 10-mm lower center of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle’s moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response. All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 percent front/rear. Accords with the new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo and 10AT check in at approximately 61/39 percent front/rear, a significant improvement versus the current V6 Accord with 6AT.

Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package that includes full underbody covers (which also aid aerodynamics), front and rear fender and engine compartment insulators, alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology, sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windshield glass – plus front door acoustic glass on EX and above – and a new, 3-microphone Active Noise Control system. The result is low noise levels with a well-balanced sound quality and a pleasingly sporty engine note.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
For 2018, all Accords feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and, for the first time, Traffic Sign Recognition (see Safety section for more details). Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and all models feature a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.

Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Booster, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings.

Accord Models and Trims
With the application of Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment, the 2018 Accord model and trim lineup is made simpler than before, while also offering customers more choice with the addition of a Touring trim for the 1.5-liter model and a Sport trim for the 2.0-liter model, as well as a new, more affordable base Hybrid trim as well as a new EX trim for the Hybrid.

The 2018 Accord with 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is available in six trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2018 Accord with the 2.0-liter VTEC turbo comes in four trims: Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The new Accord Hybrid has five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.

Major feature variations by trim
See “Models and Trims” section for complete details
LX/Hybrid
1.5L & Hybrid
Sport
1.5L
Sport
2.0L 
EX
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-L
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-LN
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Touring
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Honda Sensing™
17″ wheels & tires
19″ wheels & tires
Paddle shifters1
Aluminum sport pedals
LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
Digital driver’s meter
Dual-zone climate control
8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™,
Apple CarPlay™
Power moonroof
Heated front seats
12-way power driver’s seat
60/40-split rear seat
Blind Spot Information
HD Radio & SiriusXM
Remote engine start
4-way power FR pass seat
10-speaker premium audio
Honda satellite-linked navigation system
Full-LED headlamps
Adaptive Damper System with Sport Mode
Head-Up Display
Wireless device charging
HondaLink telematics
Auto phone pairing (NFC)
Ventilated FR seats
Noise insulation package

Accord Manufacturing
All variants of the 2018 Accord are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant. The company has invested $220 million to further advance quality and efficiency, including the introduction of new technologies and processes such as laser brazing and Honda’s inner frame weld body construction process — the latter involving the creation of an all-new $165 million weld department.

The 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo engines are produced at the Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, Honda’s highest volume engine plant globally. Its CVT transmission is manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts and its new Honda-designed 10-speed automatic transmission is being produced at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Honda has invested $47 at the Anna Engine Plant for Accord engine production and a combined $149 million in its Russells Point and Tallapoosa transmission plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT for multiple models, beginning with the 2018 Odyssey and now including the 2018 Accord.

2018 Honda Accord Press Kit – Overview

The Legacy of Accord

First introduced to American car buyers in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second-longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda’s history, after the Honda Civic. Accord has become a household name over nine generations and 42 model years, and since its introduction, American car buyers have purchased more Accords than any other passenger car, with total U.S. sales exceeding 13 million vehicles. The current, ninth-generation, Accord has been the top retail-selling midsize car in America for the past six years (2011-2016).

The Accord was the first automobile from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1, 1982, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Total U.S. Accord production exceeds 11 million units. In 1987, Accord became the first U.S-made automobile from a Japanese automaker to be exported overseas (Accord Sedan to Taiwan).

Accord has also played an important role in advancing low-emissions vehicle technology in America and was the first Honda automobile to meet California’s ULEV,SULEV and SULEV30 emission standards. Accord was Honda’s third hybrid (2005 Accord V6 Hybrid) and first plug-in hybrid (2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid).

Accord U.S. Model History

Gen Model Years Body Styles Engine Notable
1st 1976-1981 Hatchback, Sedan (1979) 1.6L L4,
1.8L L4
Hatchback introduced, 5-speed MT or 2-speed AT, CVCC, 68-72hp, digital clock (1978), Sedan introduced (1979), luxury SE (1981)
2nd 1982-1985 Hatchback, Sedan 1.8L L4 75-86hp, catalytic converter, U.S. production in Ohio, first of 31 Car and Driver “10Best” awards (1982), 4-speed AT (1983), fuel injection (1985)
3rd 1986-1989 Hatchback, Sedan and
Coupe (1988)
2.0L L4, 98-120hp, double wishbone suspension, retractable headlights, first Coupe, 4-wheel disc brakes, top-selling car in U.S. (1989)
4th 1990-1993 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon (1991) 2.2L L4, 125-140hp, fuel injection on all trims, electronic AT controls, motorized front shoulder belts, ABS and driver’s air bag (1991), top-selling car in U.S. (1990)
5th 1994-1997 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon 2.2L L4,
2.7L V6
130-170hp, VTEC®, Motor Trend “Import Car of the Year” (1994), first V6 (1995)
6th 1998-2002 Sedan and Coupe 2.3L L4,
3.0L V6
150-200hp, dual-stage front airbags and wide-deploying side curtain airbags, LEV, ULEV and SULEV emissions ratings
7th 2003-2007 Sedan and Coupe 2.4L L4,
3.0L V6
160-255hp, 17-inch wheels, navigation system, side airbags and curtain airbags (2003), PZEV emissions rating, satellite radio (2004), Accord V6 Hybrid (2004)
8th 2008-2012 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback (2010) 2.4L L4,
3.5L V6
177-271hp, V6 with VCM™, first car to achieve NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score (2010), rearview camera (2012)
9th 2013-2017 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback 2.4L L4, 3.5L V6,
iMMD Hybrid
Honda LaneWatch™, HondaLink™, two-motor iMMD powertrain, first Honda plug-in hybrid, Honda Sensing®

The New Accord

The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda’s perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; three advanced new power units, including Accord’s first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a third-generation two-motor hybrid system.

In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey “absolute confidence” in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord – its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics – they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior, and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety, connected-car and driver-assistive technologies.

In summary, the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet.

What’s New?
Virtually everything on the Accord is new and substantially reengineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th-generation Accord redesign are as follows:

Body

  • 29 percent ultra-high strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda
  • ACE™ front body structure with crash stroke design
  • Laser-brazed roof skin
  • Rear crush zones with Softzone technology
  • First use of structural adhesives in Accord
  • First application of acoustic spray foam to Accord
  • More aerodynamically efficient: 3 percent reduction of CdA
  • Lighter (42 pounds, body-in-white), and more rigid (+24 percent torsional stiffness, +32 percent bending stiffness)
  • Active Shutter Grille (2.0-liter models)

Chassis

  • Aluminum intensive front suspension with new ultra-rigid aluminum and steel subframe  
  • Multi-link rear suspension with floating subframe 
  • Adaptive Damper System (Touring trims)
  • Two-Mode Driving System (Touring trims)
  • Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering
  • Electronic Brake Booster (EBB)
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold
  • Six percent lighter chassis (excluding tires and wheels)
  • Five new alloy wheel designs (17″ and 19″)

Powertrain

  • 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) 
  • Available 2.0-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual VTC 
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission^ 
  • Available 3rd-generation Honda iMMD two-motor hybrid power unit (Hybrid model) 

Connectivity and Driver-Assistive Technology

  • Standard HONDA SENSING™ with new Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Available 8-inch Display Audio with over-the-air system updates
  • Available 6-inch Head Up Display
  • Available next-generation HondaLink™ telematics
  • Smartphone entry and engine start (with HondaLink)
  • Available 4GLTE Wi-Fi (with HondaLink)
  • Available wireless device charging
  • Available fast Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication

Packaging and Design
In reimagining Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the “Man Maximum-Machine Minimum (MM)” design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord’s footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance. The move to 4-cylinder engines across the lineup is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance.

The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 in.) and wider body (+0.39 in.), wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 in.) and a lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 in. front, -0.79 in. rear). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord’s greenhouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants’ freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 1.9 inches of added rear legroom. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet (LX trim) and trunk space, at 16.7 cubic feet on all models and trims, is up 0.9 cubic feet on 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models and 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid, aided by the repackaging of the hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats.

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord’s new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and available integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent (based on EX trim) to make it the most streamlined Accord yet.

Elegant and Tech Savvy Cabin
The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord’s mainstream sedan status.

The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and moved rearward on the lower (and relative to the driver’s seating position). The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side doorsills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.

A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters compliment the Accord’s more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and decorations communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.

The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests, front and rear; while the Accord’s newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver’s seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements.

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes a7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter and an available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, further enhance the new Accord.

The Accord also offers the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more. Touring trims also feature a new 6-inch driver’s head-up display, wireless device charging, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and fast, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology.

Turbocharged and Electrified Powertrains
The 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants – two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. A new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, is paired with the new 2.0-liter engine, and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission is available for both turbocharged engines in Sport trim.

The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) and VTEC produces a peak of 192 horsepower (SAE net) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, up from 185 HP (SAE net) at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 3,900 rpm on the existing normally-aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), or in Sport trim to a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT).

The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with VTEC® valvetrain and dual VTC, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or an available 6-speed manual. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP (SAE net) at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE Net) from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, compared to 278 HP (SAE net) at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 4,900 rpm for the 3.5-liter V6 that it replaces.

The new Accord Hybrid is powered by the 3rd-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology featuring a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with two electric motors. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space (16.7 cu.-ft.) and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all Hybrid models and trims.

Body and Chassis Design
The 2018 Accord’s new body structure is lighter and more rigid, utilizing 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most ever for a mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).

Key body features include the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction. Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance.

Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2018 Accord’s chassis is 6-percent lighter than before (not including wheels and tires) and features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum lower arms mounted to an aluminum front subframe. The new setup better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control. The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities.

Touring trims of Accord also feature, for the first time, an Adaptive Damper System with the ability to adjust shock absorber damping force every 1/500 of a second (0.002 second), using a proprietary Honda control algorithm, providing for a more compliant and controlled ride in all driving situations. The adaptive dampers are tied to a Two-Mode Driving System with Normal and Sport modes that allows the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle’s sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with multiple chassis and drivetrain components, including the new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS), automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle, adaptive dampers and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.

The new Accord has a 10-mm lower center of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle’s moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response. All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 percent front/rear. Accords with the new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo and 10AT check in at approximately 61/39 percent front/rear, a significant improvement versus the current V6 Accord with 6AT.

Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package that includes full underbody covers (which also aid aerodynamics), front and rear fender and engine compartment insulators, alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology, sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windshield glass – plus front door acoustic glass on EX and above – and a new, 3-microphone Active Noise Control system. The result is low noise levels with a well-balanced sound quality and a pleasingly sporty engine note.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
For 2018, all Accords feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and, for the first time, Traffic Sign Recognition (see Safety section for more details). Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and all models feature a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.

Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Booster, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings.

Accord Models and Trims
With the application of Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment, the 2018 Accord model and trim lineup is made simpler than before, while also offering customers more choice with the addition of a Touring trim for the 1.5-liter model and a Sport trim for the 2.0-liter model, as well as a new, more affordable base Hybrid trim as well as a new EX trim for the Hybrid.

The 2018 Accord with 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is available in six trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2018 Accord with the 2.0-liter VTEC turbo comes in four trims: Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The new Accord Hybrid has five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.

Major feature variations by trim
See “Models and Trims” section for complete details
LX/Hybrid
1.5L & Hybrid
Sport
1.5L
Sport
2.0L 
EX
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-L
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-LN
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Touring
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Honda Sensing™
17″ wheels & tires
19″ wheels & tires
Paddle shifters1
Aluminum sport pedals
LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
Digital driver’s meter
Dual-zone climate control
8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™,
Apple CarPlay™
Power moonroof
Heated front seats
12-way power driver’s seat
60/40-split rear seat
Blind Spot Information
HD Radio & SiriusXM
Remote engine start
4-way power FR pass seat
10-speaker premium audio
Honda satellite-linked navigation system
Full-LED headlamps
Adaptive Damper System with Sport Mode
Head-Up Display
Wireless device charging
HondaLink telematics
Auto phone pairing (NFC)
Ventilated FR seats
Noise insulation package

Accord Manufacturing
All variants of the 2018 Accord are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant. The company has invested $220 million to further advance quality and efficiency, including the introduction of new technologies and processes such as laser brazing and Honda’s inner frame weld body construction process — the latter involving the creation of an all-new $165 million weld department.

The 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo engines are produced at the Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, Honda’s highest volume engine plant globally. Its CVT transmission is manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts and its new Honda-designed 10-speed automatic transmission is being produced at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Honda has invested $47 at the Anna Engine Plant for Accord engine production and a combined $149 million in its Russells Point and Tallapoosa transmission plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT for multiple models, beginning with the 2018 Odyssey and now including the 2018 Accord.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Makes Cars.com “Car Seat Check Honor Roll”

2017 accord hybrid

Grades are in and the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid earned straight A’s in the Cars.com “2017 Car Seat Check Honor Roll.” Cars.com tested 65 model year 2017 and 2018 vehicles with only those scoring an “A” grade in each of the applicable six criteria being included on the list. The 2017 Accord Hybrid was one of only 10 to earn the required grades.

Cars.com’s certified child passenger safety technicians reach their decision by investigating a vehicle’s Latch system as well as how different car-seat styles fit into the vehicle. Overall, the Cars.com “Honor Roll” recognizes vehicles that make car seat installation easy for families.

Honda Fit Top Ranked in Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2017″ List; Civic and HR-V also Highly Placed

2017_Honda_Fit_13Three 2017 Honda models, the Fit, Civic and HR-V were each ranked highly by the experts at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) in their “10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2017” list. More Honda vehicles were chosen by KBB than any other competitor, with the 2017 Fit subcompact car taking top honors and the Civic sedan and HR-V small SUV taking third and fourth places respectively.

The 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list focuses on vehicles with a purchase price of less than $20,000 that are appealing to both parents and their student children. Of the top ranked Honda Fit, KBB lauded its value, reliability and safety plus its style, fun-to-drive nature and class-leading cargo flexibility. They praised the Honda Civic as being a good first new car for students and just about anyone else, and the Honda HR-V for being the benchmark subcompact SUV.

Honda CR-V Named “2017 Best New Car for Teens” by U.S. News & World Report

2017_Honda_CR_V_007With a primary focus on safety, U.S. News & World Report awarded the 2017 Honda CR-V as the 2017 Best New Car for Teens” in the SUV and Crossover category with MSRPs from $25,000 to $30,000. The all-new 2017 CR-V includes many passive and active safety features such as the available Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver assistive technologies. Honda Sensing® includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow.

Strong Sales of Core Models Drive American Honda July 2017 Auto Sales

  • Honda Civic sets new July record, gaining 11.3%
  • Honda HR-V has hottest month on record as it jumps 32.3%
  • Honda core products Accord, Civic and CR-V all top 30,000 in sales in July
  • Acura Division rises 3.7% in July on gains from ILX and RDX
  • Acura trucks set new July record, rising 11.3% percent
  • Acura RDX sets new July mark with a strong 28.2% increase

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American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported total July sales of 150,980 Honda and Acura vehicles, driven by the success of core models even as tight supplies of certain products contributed to a slight decrease of 1.2 percent vs. July 2016. Combined sales of Honda and Acura cars were up 1.9 percent on sales of 76,468, while combined trucks decreased 4.2 percent on sales of 74,512. Total Honda Division sales decreased 1.7 percent on sales of 136,803. Honda Division cars gained 2.8 percent with 72,557 vehicles sold in July, and Honda trucks were down 6.2 percent on sales of 64,246 units due mostly to limited inventory. Acura Division sales were up 3.7 percent in July on sales of 14,177 vehicles, with trucks rising 11.3 percent on sales of 10,266 for a new July record, and cars down by 12.2 percent on sales of 3,911 units.

Honda
Well-balanced sales of both cars and trucks were a familiar theme for the Honda Division in July. Despite tight supplies of Odyssey and certain CR-V, Pilot and Ridgeline models, Honda truck sales managed a solid showing against a record July 2016, with HR-V having its best month ever and CR-V surpassing 30,000 units for the month.  Civic and Accord continued to show strength with sales above 30,000 units, with the hot new Civic Type R and Si variants bringing renewed energy to the showroom, helping overall Civic sales to a new July record.

  • HR-V set a new all-time monthly record, gaining 32.3 percent on sales of 9,779.
  • Civic sales reached 36,683 for a new July record, rising 11.3 percent for the month.
  • Accord continued to show strength in July, surpassing 30K sales for the month.

“Honda is the outlier in the industry in that we see solid demand for our products rather than demand for incentives to buy them,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda. “With models like Civic, Accord, CR-V, HR-V and Odyssey, each number one in their segments in retail sales for the first half of 2017, our position continues to get stronger.”

Acura
Gateway models drove Acura’s success in July, with RDX setting a new July mark to lift Acura trucks to a new record for the month, and ILX gaining 10 percent for the month as Acura’s gateway sports sedan showed a second consecutive monthly increase.  TLX continued to sell well in July with the A-Spec model drawing showroom interest, but tight supplies due to strong sales the past two months limited total TLX sales in July.

  • Acura trucks set new July mark, gaining 11.3 percent on sales of 10,266 vehicles.
  • RDX sales set a new July record with a 28.2 percent gain on sales of 5,539.
  • ILX sales rose for the second straight month, up 10.1 percent in July on sales of 1,322 units.

“In the face of increased fleet sales in the luxury market we continue to focus on the growing momentum of the Acura brand with retail customers,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of the Acura division. “We’re excited with the drawing power of our products and the sales success of our gateway models to millennial buyers shows that our product and marketing direction is beginning to pay dividends.”