Honda announced today that it’ll uncloak the Accord Tourer Concept at the forthcoming 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to the Japanese firm, the Accord Tourer Concept will give us a clear indication of the design direction for the next generation of the European Accord which will go on sale in Europe from mid-2008. Moreover, since the current European Accord and the Acura TSX is practically the same model, Honda’s Frankfurt Concept will probably also preview the next generation TSX.
Honda supports that its new mid-size model, which will be available in both sedan and SW variants, will feature “wider and lower looks, signaling a sportier styling approach”. However, just like Toyota did yesterday with their Frankfurt press release (see here), Honda decided to keep the Accord Tourer Concept as a surprise for the Show. -Press release after the jump
HONDA AT THE FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW
Honda will be presenting the world debut of an exciting Accord Tourer Concept at the forthcoming 2007 Frankfurt motor show. A press conference will be held on the Honda stand in Hall 5 on the first Press Day, 11th September, between 13.15 and 13.45.
The Accord Tourer Concept will give a strong indication of the design direction of the all-new generation Accord Tourer set to debut in mid-2008 and its wider, lower look signals a more sporty, more emotional styling approach. This will be matched by a range of advanced, low emissions engines and innovative new chassis technology that will deliver exceptional handling without compromising ride comfort.
As well as an extensive selection of models from the passenger car range, the Honda stand will also feature a comprehensive line-up of motorcycles and power equipment products. The stand will focus around the twin themes of “Sports” and “Environment”.
The “Environment” area will centre upon Honda’s ground-breaking environmental technologies, such as petrol-electrical vehicles. This includes the Small Hybrid Sports Concept first revealed at the Geneva Show which demonstrates a unique fusion of advanced hybrid technology and fun-to-drive sports car characteristics. Alongside it will be Honda’s next-generation clean diesel engine, the production Civic Hybrid and the FCX Concept with its fully-functioning fuel cell technology which made its European driving debut at the Gotland Ring in Sweden earlier this year.
The “Sports” area of the stand will include Honda’s current F1 racing car, the RA107 piloted by Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, alongside Civic Type R and Honda S2000 production models, There will also be a strong emphasis on the company’s motorsport heritage and alongside the latest F1 car will be one of Honda’s first, the 1967 RA300.
To emphasise the major contribution made by motorcycles towards Honda’s sporting prowess and reputation there will be displayed examples of both the Repsol Honda RC212V from this year’s MotoGP series – raced by Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden – and one of the HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades which contested this year’s Isle of Man TT races and allowed John McGuinness to capture the first 130mph lap of the circuit and victory in the Senior TT Race.
The line-up of production motorcycles includes the world’s first production motorcycle airbag system, available on the new Gold Wing, which can help lessen the severity of injuries caused by frontal collisions.
Stand visitors will also be welcomed by several displays of Honda’s unique innovation, which include the ASIMO humanoid robot, Honda solar panels and HondaJet