Air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and twin front and side airbags become standard across the five-car line-up of S, LS and ES models with sequential sports shift automatic transmission £1,000 range option. Higher-efficiency VTEC engines offering more power with better economy are a key feature of the new cars, which dispense with the L-series Rover 2.0-litre turbodiesel option offered in the outgoing line-up.
The VTEC layout is credited with a 6% improvement in official economy figures for the combined cycle and the company is claiming a 12% improvement with the 2.0-litre in automatic form. Insurance costs are said to be lower - ABI ratings start at 8E - and the range gets higher service intervals.
The Accord will also be the first Honda UK model to come with a three-year warranty, a move Fleet NewsNet believes will be reflected across the rest of the company's product range in the near future. Pitched to be £325 cheaper than the Vauxhall Vectra, the entry-level Accord has five three-point seatbelts, keyless entry, an alarm /immobiliser, power mirrors, heat-absorbing green glass, an RDS stereo radio/cassette, seat height adjustment, power front windows and wood trim on the dashboard.