Honda Recalls 1.2 Million Accords Over Flaming Batteries

Honda Recalls 1.2 Million Accords Over Flaming Batteries

The 2018 Honda Accord will look to improve on the 2017 edition, in which the automaker sold 345,225 of in 2016 putting it at No. 9 on the country's top-selling cars and trucks for the year.

Honda reveals its 10-generation Accord here, saying it has gone back to its "classic design principles" for its biggest, most technology-laden midsize sedan yet. The new design will be based on the new Honda Civic and although a lot of people were happy with the Civic design, there were also talk that because of the Civic was given a size upgrade, the Accord would also receive a size upgrade.

"Enthusiasts out there have been asking us to "save the manuals" and with cars like the Civic Hatch, Si, Type R and now this new Accord, we're doing just that!" The new battery system is said to be integrated under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, improving cargo capacity and center of gravity. In practical terms, that means the new auto weighs less, has a slightly longer wheelbase, slightly wider body and lower seating position than its predecessor.

To start with, we know that the Honda Accord will be coming in with an upgraded design.

As it has for the past 35 years, Accords will continue to be screwed together in Marysville, Ohio. For other motorists, the 1.5-liter unit can also be had with a CVT, while its larger sibling is offered with a 10-speed automatic, a world first innovation for a front-wheel-drive auto. Additionally, passenger volume swells to just shy of 106 cubic feet.

Mated to that engine will be a new 10-speed auto transmission, said to be a first for a front-wheel drive vehicle.

It will also see better and be more visible, with LED headlights, fog lights and taillights.

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"We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be", said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda.

The sport-inspired steering wheel is more "intricately contoured" and has deep thumb rests.

Front seats are heated and ventilated, with rear seats now getting back and bottom cushion heating.

There is a new infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen that retains buttons for volume and tuning-in response to critics of the lack of a redundant knobs on the Honda Civic. The vehicle will use a next generation of Honda's 2-motor hybrid technology, with a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine boasting more than 40% thermal efficiency, the same thermal efficiency as the current Toyota Prius' 1.8L Atkinson-cycle 4-cyl.

There is wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth phone pairing, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, as well as a number of audio system options and USB charging ports. The automaker has also added new safety driver-assistance and connected-car features. This will include a collision mitigation braking system, a lane departure warning, an adaptive cruise control program and other features. And the new Accord Hybrid will be available in five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Touring. (370 Nm) of torque from 1,500-4,000 rpm.

The era of the Honda Accord V6 is winding down, and no one should be surprised by how it ends: Honda comes late to the 2.0T game, yes.

Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.