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Accord gets facelift for next year

THE Honda Accord, which put the Japanese manufacturer on the fleet map, is being given a January 2001 facelift. The simplified range also sees the addition of a new 2.3- litre model alongside chassis enhancements to boost ride and handling and upgraded specification.

Specification will be S, SE and SE Executive with Type-R and Type-V models adding performance. The new line-up will be: 1.8i manual/auto in saloon and hatchback options; 2.0i SE manual/auto, saloon/ hatch; 2.0i SE Executive manual/auto, saloon/hatch; 2.3i Type-V manual/auto, saloon/ hatch; 2.2i Type-R saloon.

The 2.3i VTEC engine produces 110bhp at 5,700rpm with peak torque of 152lb-ft at 4,700rpm. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 9.8 seconds for the saloon and fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions are claimed to be on a par with the 2.0-litre, although they have yet to be revealed.

Other changes include a new pentagon-shaped grille, deeper bumpers front and rear to give a more sporty look as well as the revision of some gear ratios to boost acceleration.

Honda (UK) managing director Ken Keir, said despite a traumatic 12 months in the motor industry, Accord residual values had held firm and the vehicle had gained in credibility with leasing companies because of the 'product and service we are offering'.

Honda will also be launching a seven-seat mini-MPV to compete against Renault Scenic, Vauxhall Zafira and Citroen Xsara Picasso in June next year.

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