The Japanese car maker’s saloon car began life as far back as 1976 when it won a number of world car of the year awards. The original design was a response to the energy crisis which rocked the car industry. The car was engineered to provide low emissions and high fuel efficiency. In 1982 Honda developed the second generation of the Accord. In this model, cruise control and an automatically levelling suspension system were to be found. Anti-lock brakes were also included for the first time.
The Accord received a second makeover in 1986, when the body was extensively redesigned to give it a much sportier appearance. This third generation of the car also sported retractable headlamps. In 1990 the fourth generation of the car was launched and, in that year, Honda celebrated the second of three consecutive years which saw the model being the most sold passenger car in the United States. Two further generations were released in the 1990s when Honda’s famous i-VTEC engine was introduced to the model for the first time.
In 2003 Honda announced another redesign. This seventh version of the Accord was much more aerodynamic than any other previous version – something of a novelty amongst family cars. It came with a 2.4 litre engine as well a 2 litre option. Honda now supplied the Accord with five speed transmission as standard. The ninth generation of the car came about in 2013. This version is currently made with a five speed automatic transmission as well as a 6 gear manual gearbox option.