The 2018 Honda Accord will be New from the Ground Up

The 2018 Honda Accord will not be a refresh or have an updated look. The 2018 Honda Accord will be new from the ground up – according to Honda. That means, the lauded 2018 Toyota Camry is about to have some serious competition.

While Toyota is sticking with and updating their V6 with an all-new, dual-injected unit, the 2018 Honda Accord will have turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Discontinuing the V6 and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) to be replaced by an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Here’s the press release:

  • Two high-performance, high-efficiency turbocharged engines
  • First-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-wheel drive car
  • Available 6-speed manual transmission for both turbo engines
  • Next-generation Honda two-motor hybrid powertrain technology
  • New, more aggressive design direction complements powertrain lineup

Jun 9, 2017 – TORRANCE, CA — Honda will launch the most stylish and fun-to-drive Accord ever later this year. The all-new, completely redesigned and reengineered 2018 Honda Accord is the tenth generation of America’s best-selling midsize sedan, the number one choice of individual American car buyers cumulatively since 20101. A new-from-the-ground-up design that features a more aggressive stance and proportion than any previous Accord complements the lineup of advanced new powertrains.

The three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains in the 2018 Accord will include two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission and a sporty 6-speed manual transmission that will be available on both turbo engines, as well as the next-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The new Accord design will have a dramatically lower and wider appearance that creates a more aggressive and athletic stance. Additional details on the all-new 2018 Accord design, technology and performance will be released in the weeks ahead.

Next Generation Honda 10-Speed Automatic

“With these three advanced new powertrains, the tenth-generation Accord will be the most fun-to-drive, refined and fuel-efficient Accord yet,”said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of America Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Just as the new Honda Civic injected new energy into the compact car segment, we expect this all-new 2018 Accord will make people rethink the midsize sedan.”

The 2018 Accord will feature two available high-torque, high-efficiency turbocharged powerplants, a 1.5-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC), mated to either a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual transmission; and a 2.0-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with i-VTEC® valvetrain, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the industry’s first 10AT for a front-wheel-drive passenger car – or a 6-speed manual. An all-new, even more refined Accord Hybrid will be powered by the next-generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid technology, which uniquely operates without the use of a conventional automatic transmission.

A perennial best-seller with American car buyers, the Accord has been the U.S. retail sales leader in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016). For the first five months of 2017, based on retail sales data, Accord is the top selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall, surpassed only by the new Honda Civic2. Accord also is an unprecedented 31-time recipient of Car and Driver magazine’s coveted 10Best award.

Since its launch in 1976, American car buyers have purchased more than 13 million Accords. Accord is the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be made in America and has been in continuous production at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1982, with cumulative U.S. production exceeding 11 million units over 35 years of U.S. manufacturing3.

The new 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines will be produced at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant. The Accord’s CVT transmission will be manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant, and its new 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced in the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant. Honda recently announced a $149 million investment in the Russells Point and Tallapoosa plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT and its components in America. Additional investments related to manufacturing of the new Accord will be announced closer to its fall 2017 launch.

2017 HONDA CIVIC SI AND HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

By: Nathan Adlen

Story and video via: Tflcar.com

Two of the most anticipated small cars to enter our market are the 2017 Honda Civic SI and the Honda Civic Type R. Both of these vehicles, along with the whole Honda Civic line were on display at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Considering the success of other hot hatchbacks like the Ford Focus ST and RS along with new offerings from Hyundai, Volkswagen and Mini (to name a few), this is an important segment for Honda.

Davis Adams, West Coast PR Manager for American Honda Motor Company was kind enough to take Andre through the details of 2017 Honda Civic SI and the Honda Civic Type R, along with the rest of the Civics available. It was interesting to see the differences side-by-side between all of the Civic line.

The Honda Civic SI coupe on display produces 205 horsepower and 195 lbs-feet of torque. It has a limited slip differential and it comes standard with a 6-speed manual (short-shift) transmission. The Civic Type R produces 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Currently, that represents the most powerful compact front-drive production vehicle sold in North America.

The 2017 Honda Civic SI and the Honda Civic Type R go on sale soon. The Civic SI goes on sale in May 2017 and the 2017 Honda Civic Type R goes on sale in June. Expect mid $20,000 for the SI and mid $30,000 for the Type R.

Here’s TFLcar’s Honda Civic coverage right from the floor of the 2017 New York Auto Show!

The New Autopia is Powered by Honda

Excerpt from “Ask Nathan” on TFLcar.com

Hi Nathan! I know you’re a Disney freak, so riddle me this.

Disneyland California (Anaheim) closed Autopia ride in January for refurbishment. It was sponsored by Chevron Gasoline but my friend’s recent visit to Disneyland showed a new sign. It’s now sponsored by Honda! I can’t believe it! Honda is all I drive and they are in Disneyland! Now, it’s going to be a year or two before I can visit Disneyland again. I live in Portland and it’s an expensive vacation to go to Disneyland. But every trip has been worth it. I was going to wait until the new Star Wars Land opened in 2019 but maybe I should go sooner?

Do you know anything about the new Autopia? Please let me know!

Your the man!

Todd

 

A: Hi Todd!

You’re absolutely correct, I am a Disney nut. Growing up in L.A., I would buy season passes all the time. I often found “ways” to head to Disneyland forgoing other commitments. When I was a kid, I grew up with the Autopia cars that looked like tiny Corvettes. Loved that ride!

Did you know that Autopia is one of the few rides remaining at Disneyland that dates back to the park’s opening back in 1955? Crazier still, my mom visited the year it opened and drove one of the original cars! Also, the maximum speed of the cars is supposed to be around 7 mph; however, these golf-cart-powered machines occasionally exceed 8 mph, but often have a hard time surpassing 5 mph.

As for Autopia’s now Honda sponsorship: Yes, there are quite a few small changes, but nothing big. If you live for the details, you’ll notice many things right away.

Entering the line, you’ll see many vintage animated shorts showing transportation predictions for tomorrow. Many of these films were produced in the late 1940s-1960s. You’ll see films that inspired The (non-Disney) Jetsons. Some of these films are present on smaller screens while others are on a big screen hanging near the actual Autopia cars.

The cars still have the same body and drive, but they have new colors. The track is the same, fortunately Disneyland changed some of the scenery giving the ride a retro-futuristic vibe. Honda has been pretty quiet on additional changes to the ride, but I feel that there may be a few cool things brewing.

That’s all I have for now. If any of you readers have info, please let everyone know below!

Give Mr. Toad my best!

N