Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is one of the best-known automobiles on the face of the earth. It is a vehicle manufactured by Honda and introduced in 1976 as a compact hatchback, with the styling being very similar to an upsized contemporary Honda Civic. One year later, in 1977, a four-door sedan was released as well. The Accord was initially planned to be a V6-powered car with a long hood and sporty design. As rumor has it, Honda chose the name Accord to reflect their for 'accord and harmony' between people, society and the automobile. In reality, this seems a little too in depth for a car, and maybe more appropriate in another context. However, back to the design of the car, the initial design was changed to a fuel efficient, low emission vehicle since it was introduced during the fuel crisis of the 1970s. In the United States a version was produced using Honda's CVCC technology, meeting emission standards of the 1970s and 1980s without a catalytic converter. The Accord's release made it the first Japanese car to be produced in the United States, when production commenced in Marysville, Ohio at the Marysville Auto Plant. Notably, it is also manufactured in Guangzhou, China by the Guangzhou Honda joint venture, and had been since 1999. Like the smaller Honda Civic, the Accord used front-wheel drive and a transverse engine layout. In 1993 Honda released the 10th Anniversary Special Edition model, marking the 10th year for the Accord's US production. The 10th Anniversary Edition was essentially an Accord in LX trim with the addition of ABS, 4 wheel disc brakes, 15" alloy wheels and body colored side moldings. This model was only offered in three colors: Frost White, Granada Black Pearl and Arcadia Green Pearl. In 2006, the Honda Accord was Consumer Search's Best Family Car in Family Sedans. This of course is just one of many awards that the Honda Accord has received over the years.