2006 Accord: four variants, with V6 or
inline-4 cylinder engines.
5th October 2005.
Motor Company has just launched in the Middle East the
2006 edition of its Accord
sedan with restyled
exteriors, enhanced horsepower and safety features and
plusher interiors, adding value to its already popular
image in the region.
The 2006 Accord comes in four variants
– 2.4 VTi-L, 2.4 VTi-E, 3.0 VTi-L and 3.0 VTi-E and
takes on a dynamic new and sporting character, with
stylish front and rear bumpers, front grill, trunk lid
design with integrated LED brake lamp.
“The Accord has been one of Honda’s
most successful models across the globe, and the Middle
East is no exception. The car
has been known for its striking good looks and remarkable
engine performance, and every change in the 2006 version
had to be made to provide a clear value addition to the
customer,” said Hajime Yamada, General Manager of the
Middle East & Africa Sales Division at Honda
Motor Company. “With the 2006 Accord, we have raised the
bar with regard to luxury, style, comfort and performance,
and we are sure that customers in the Middle East will
welcome this change, especially as it comes at no extra
cost.” As an example, Accord prices start in the UAE
from 72,000 AED.
The interior of the new Accord
also gets an enhanced look with a new steering wheel, new
automatic transmission shift knob and restyled gauge
cluster with a new Maintenance Minder function, which
indicates factors like oil life. Additionally, new seat
fabrics are applied in all cloth models and extensive
application of new lightweight sound deadening material to
improve NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) even further.
comes with a new rear window tray, since the third brake
light is relocated to the trunk lid, in addition to a
front passenger seat belt reminder.
In keeping with Honda’s
industry-leading initiative by safety, all Accords come
equipped with a comprehensive list of advanced safety
features, including dual stage front SRS airbags, front
seat side airbags, side curtain airbags (optional) and
anti-lock brake system (ABS).
Also new for 2006, 2.4 VTi-E, 3.0 VTi-L
and 3.0 VTi-E models come standard with Vehicle Stability
Assist™ (VSA) system.
The engine performance of the 2006 has
also been bolstered, with the V6 engine’s horsepower
increased to 275HP (+5HP) and the 4-cylinder engine’s
horsepower increased to 187HP (+14HP). Horsepower gains
were achieved with extensive improvements to the airflow
of the intake and exhaust systems.
The 4-cylinder engines are now
controlled with Drive-By-Wire (DBW), like the V6 engines,
rather than a throttle cable, providing a smooth operation
and enhanced throttle response.
The well-equipped 2.4 VTi-L is the most
affordable Accord. It comes with a range of standard
features including air conditioning, keyless entry, power
windows, power door locks, AM/FM/CD audio system, center
console with armrest, tilt & telescopic steering
column, remote trunk/fuel lid release, rear window
defroster, folding/lockable rear seatback and immobiliser
theft deterrent system.
The new 2.4 VTi-E model added VSA for
safety driving, and AM/FM/6CD audio system, 16 inch
wheels, power adjustable driver’s seat and dual zone
control auto air conditioning.
The Accord 3.0 V6 VTi-E, added as new
trim, offers an even more extensive list of premium
features, including 16 inch alloy wheels, twin exhaust, AM/FM/6CD
audio system, and steering
wheel audio controls. This version remains as the most
premium trim level for the Accord line-up and offers side
airbags and side curtain airbags for utmost safety for the
driver and passengers.
As for the exterior colours, luxurious
Premium White Pearl, sporty Alabaster Silver Metallic and
noble Royal Blue Pearl are added to the line up.
“The Accord has a 30 year history of
being associated with reliability, luxury and comfort.
With the Accord 2006, Honda is keen to extend its offering
to its loyal customer base and further boost the brand
value of this highly successful model,” concluded