Honda Accord (Japan and Europe eighth generation)
Japan and Europe (CU1/2)
|Also called||Acura TSX (US & Canada)|
Honda Spirior (China)
Wuhan, China (Dongfeng Honda)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Engine||2.0L R20A3 I4|
2.4L K24Z2 I4
2.4L K24Z3 I4
2.2L N22A2 I4
|Wheelbase||2,705 mm (106.5 in)|
|Length||Sedan: 4,726 mm (186.1 in)|
Tourer: 4,740 mm (186.6 in)
|Width||1,840 mm (72.4 in)|
|Height||1,440 mm (56.7 in)|
|Predecessor||Honda Accord (Japan and Europe seventh generation)|
|Successor||Honda Accord (ninth generation)|
The eighth generation Honda Accord for Japanese and European markets is a mid-size car. It went on sale in mid-2008 for the 2009 model year. The Japanese-built Accord is also sold in Australia and New Zealand as the Accord Euro. It is also available in US, Canada, and Mexico as the second-generation Acura TSX. From late 2009, it is available as Honda Spirior in China. While not as large as the North American Accord, sold in Japan as the Honda Inspire, this generation Accord is not in compliance with Japanese Governments regulations concerning exterior dimensions, and is not classified as a compact sedan in Japan.
Honda revealed some detail shots and a teaser video of the European-spec Accord in January 2008, before debuting it at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new Accord comes in both sedan and wagon forms, offering a host of engine and transmission options. Available engines are the 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines, as well as the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. All engines come with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the petrol engines get in addition to that a 5-speed automatic transmission. Dimensionally, the Accord has become longer, wider, and lower for a sleek, sporty look, along with sharper body lines and slightly redesigned headlights. Honda has built the Accord on its new ACE body structure, available with a host of new safety features.
In Australia, the Euro variant of this model won the prestigious Wheels Car of the Year award for 2008. It also won the South African CAR OF THE YEAR for 2009. For March 2012, Wheels magazine Australia compared 11 mid-sized sedans, and the Accord Euro won top position.
This new model competes with the likes of the Audi A4, Citroën C5, Ford Mondeo, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Peugeot 508, Renault Laguna, Skoda Superb, Toyota Avensis, Toyota Camry/Aurion and the Volkswagen Passat as well as the top of the range Volkswagen Jetta in some markets.
Production ended at the end of February 2015 for Australian and New Zealand spec models, however there should be enough cars built to last until the end of 2015. Sales end in Europe, Israel, and Turkey also.
It was a version with wagon body. The concept vehicle was unveiled in 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Production version included 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC engine rated 206 PS (152 kW; 203 hp), 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Accord Type S
The Accord Type S was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008.
The Type S is available in both Saloon and Tourer. The Type S has 18" alloy wheels, a front spoiler, and a rear diffuser (Saloon only) which differentiate it from the other models.
The Type S runs with the beefed-up iDTEC 2.2 diesel engine which now has 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp). The increased power is due to a modified turbo, cylinder head and larger intercooler. Also, the radiator has grown in size. In addition, the clutch has been updated to handle the increased torque of 380 Nm over the standard 350 Nm.
The front brake discs on the Type S are larger in diameter than the saloon versions being 320 mm Ø the 150ps versions have 300 mm Ø Front discs.
Other Type S additions are red lighting in the dash and in the courtesy lights in the footwells and in the map lighting binnacle.
In addition to increased power, the torque is now up from 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) to 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft).
Honda Accord MUGEN 24sc
The Accord Euro, which had been selling along the larger US-designed Accord in Australia and New Zealand since 2003, was launched in Australia in June 2008 as the second generation. Beginning at A$32,990, the Euro's base model contained a plethora of equipment, including dual-zone climate control, power windows, and an auxiliary jack. Serving as the central model, the "Luxury", starting from A$39,990 added a sunroof, leather interior, fog-lights, front/rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, (among others). The flagship model, the "Luxury Navi" started at A$42,990 added a navigation system and a rear parking camera.
All models carried the 2.4 engine, which had been reinfed, resulting in improved outputs of 148kW, (compared to 140kW previously), and better fuel economy, reducing from 9.1L/100KM to 8.9L/100KM, among other things. 
All models came with side/curtain airbags, front active head restraints as well as ABS & Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist program.
In October 2014, it was announced by Honda Australia's director, Stephen Collins, that the Accord Euro would be pulled from the market in July 2015 due to cessation of production in Japan. The second generation Euro had amassed approximately 25,000 sales within Australia, making it a strong competitor within Australia's Mid-Size class.
|24iL, 24TL, sports style, 24E||2008-2012|
|K24A||2008-||2,354 cc (2.354 L; 143.6 cu in) I4 (K24A)||206 PS (152 kW; 203 hp)@7000, 232 N⋅m (171 lb⋅ft)@4300|
|R20A3 (2.0 i-VTEC)||2008-||1,997 cc (1.997 L; 121.9 cu in) I4 SOHC i-VTEC (R20A3)||156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp)@6300, 192 N⋅m (142 lb⋅ft)@4100 (95RON)|
|K24Z3 (2.4 i-VTEC)||2008-||2,354 cc (2.354 L; 143.6 cu in) I4 DOHC i-VTEC||201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp)@7000, 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft)@4200 (95RON)|
|N22B (2.2 i-DTEC)||2008-||2,199 cc (2.199 L; 134.2 cu in) I4 DOHC i-DTEC (N22B)||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)@4000, 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)@2000|
|N22B2 Type S 2.2 i-DTEC||2009-||2,199 cc (2.199 L; 134.2 cu in) I4 DOHC i-DTEC||180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp)@4000, 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft)@2000|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Honda Accord (2007).|
- Honda Accord Saloon - Official UK site
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- Honda Accord - worldwide site