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Upon introduction of the redesigned and chassis-stretched 6th Generation Camry in 2006, Toyota showed why it was the benchmark in the mid-sized sedan category by offering superior levels of comfort, drive and fuel economy.

18 Jun 2008

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Facelift after facelift, the car has received much kudos from automotive critics and consumers alike. Their repeated record sales figures stand testament to their success.

Honda on the other hand, have found themselves struggling over time to keep up with the momentum the Camry has built in this highly competitive market. The 7th Generation, US Accord garnered bad reception, most resorted to parallel imported, JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) solutions. Has Honda lost its plot? Well, it did, but not anymore.

Exterior

The Accord has always been a great family car with respect to its mechanisms, fixtures and fittings, but the same couldn't be said of its style. With this one, Honda's design team courageously stepped forward with a bold, flowing form that is more of a visual feast compared to the visual catastrophe of the previous model.

Chrome-bordered grills lead to bulging, characteristic headlamps. As you trail to the sides, a deep pronounced belt line carves its way from the top of the front wheel arch, to the beginning of the strong tail lamps. The oversized door handles work together with the rest of the car to project a luxurious, expensive continental feel. Say what you will about its originality, but it works.

The familiar Camry on the other hand, has a safe handsome façade which goes down inoffensively. Plonked next to the Accord however, and it starts to look like an ordinary watermelon next to an intricately carved, pattern-rich fruit, for lack of a better example. Being smaller of the two, the Camry looks misleadingly bigger, owing to an elevated boot lid and pronounced C-pillar.

Interior

When you're appointing a fairly large luxury sedan targeted at the professional, business-class crowd, understanding your market is key.

The new Accord starts at the doors, where they close with a satisfying, weighted thud of a German car. Then, you instantly notice Honda's effort in organising the chaos of buttons within the centre console. As intimidating as it looks, operation is fairly easy with buttons labelled clearly and within reach of the driver. The wood-like veneer compliments high quality black plastics that adorn the dashboard. Together with the silver lining and knobs, they work well and look very professional.

With the Accord's wheelbase now at 2,800mm and its length, width and height increasing to 4,945mm, 1,845mm and 1,475mm respectively, the leg room for all occupants have increased noticeably.

Both cars have rear central vents for rear passengers, Dual Climate Control and Cruise Control as standard.
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line DOHC VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

1998cc

Horsepower

:

110kW (147 bhp)

Torque

:

190 Nm

Transmission

:

4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

11.57sec (tested)

Top Speed

:

-

Fuel consumption

:

10.4 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line 16-valves SOHC i-VTEC

Engine Cap

:

1997cc

Horsepower

:

116kW (156 bhp) / 6300 rpm

Torque

:

189 Nm / 4300 rpm

Transmission

:

5-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

10.73sec (tested)

Top Speed

:

190km/h

Fuel consumption

:

12.2 km/L

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