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2012 Honda Accord Offers Style, Performance and Value

TORONTO, ON - Aug. 17, 2011 – The 2012 Honda Accord combines a unique balance of style, performance, efficiency and value within a diverse range of spacious sedan and sporty coupe models.  For the 2012 lineup, features and specifications remain similar to the 2011 model year when the Accord received upgrades for fuel economy and styling, plus the addition of a Special Edition (SE) trim level. For 2012, additional user technology is added with a USB audio interface now standard on every Accord.

The Accord Sedan’s exterior conveys an upscale and powerful presence with a prominent two-bar grille consisting of chrome-style crossbars, windswept headlights, inset character lines along the body sides and distinctively-shaped C-pillars. Building on the sedan’s design character, the Accord Coupe’s muscular stance is enhanced by a sporty front fascia design, a sleeker overall roof profile, a shorter wheelbase and an exclusive trunk and tailgate design.

The comfortable and spacious interior is complemented by high-quality materials with an emphasis on switchgear refinement. A hallmark of Honda design, the Accord exhibits simple and intuitive ergonomics with the audio, climate and vehicle controls organized by expected frequency of use. Often-used climate-control buttons are positioned on the left side of the centre stack within easy reach of the driver for quick access while less-frequently used buttons are positioned on the right side.

The front seats are designed to provide supportive cushions for long-range cruising comfort and progressive lateral support while cornering. The fold-down, rear seatback offers cargo-carrying versatility and also includes a lockable pass-through for long items.

The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan earns a U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) best5-star safety rating. Helping the sedan achieve its top overall score were 5-star ratings in each of the three combined categories of overall frontal crash safety, overall side crash safety and rollover resistance. These achievements represent a significant safety milestone for the automotive industry, as the 2011 Accord Sedan was the first vehicle to receive 5-Star ratings in each combined category.  

Listed by increasing levels of feature content, sedan models include the 4-cylinder Accord SE, EX and EX-L and the 6-cylinder Accord EX-L V-6. Coupe models include the 4-cylinder Accord EX, EX-L, and the 6-cylinder Accord EX-L V-6. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is available on all Accord EX-L models.

Four engine variations are available, starting with a 177-horsepower, 2.4-litre, i VTEC 4-cylinder engine in the Accord SE sedan. Next is the 190-horsepower, 2.4-litre, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that’s standard on Accord EX and EX-L sedan models and all 4-cylinder coupe models. The top-of-the-line 3.5-litre, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine produces 271 horsepower and is available in the Accord EX-L Sedan model and the Accord EX-L Coupe.

To increase fuel efficiency, Accord V-6 models with automatic transmissions take advantage of Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology, an innovative valvetrain system that can deactivate up to half of the cylinders while cruising. The performance-oriented Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe with the 6-speed manual transmission takes advantage of a special 271-horsepower 3.5-litre V-6 VTEC engine that replaces VCM with a performance-tuned valvetrain, intake and exhaust systems to further broaden the torque curve in the low- to mid-rpm range.

Transmission choices vary by engine and trim level and include a 5-speed manual transmission (available on select 4-cylinder models) and a 5-speed automatic transmission (standard on select 4-cylinder models and all V-6 models). Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe with an automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission is available exclusively on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe.

Aerodynamic body features, low-friction engine technology and optimal transmission gear ratios all contribute to excellent fuel efficiency. The most fuel-efficient Accord model is the 4-cylinder sedan equipped with 5-speed manual transmission, which returns an estimated 8.8/5.8/7.4 L/100km city/highway/combined.

For safety, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. Extensive safety features include front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and driver's and front passenger's active head restraints.

The fully independent, double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension systems inspire confident handling performance while also providing a comfortable ride. The 2012 Accord Sedan comes standard with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on SE models, with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels standard on EX and above sedan models. The Accord Coupe EX and EX-L (4-cylinder) models have 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard equipment, with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels standard on the Accord V-6 Coupe. All Accords feature Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control and 4-wheel disc brakes with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

A premium 270-watt audio system comes standard on all Accord models, which includes a 6-disc CD changer and seven speakers including an 8-inch subwoofer. XM Radio® is standard equipment on all Accord models. This audio system also provides full MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) playback capability, an auxiliary input jack and the USB audio interface.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System (available on Accord EX-L) has an 8-inch screen and an interface dial for user input. The navigation system features a rear-view camera as an option on the EX-L Sedan. All Accord models include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® as standard equipment for connecting wirelessly with compatible mobile phones.

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Laura Heasman
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Honda Canada Inc.
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E: laura_heasman@ch.honda.com

Mark James
Media Profile
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T: 416-400-5263 (mobile)
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