Updated 2011 Honda Accord Euro goes on sale in NZ

Updated 2011 Honda Accord Euro goes on sale in NZ

The 2011 Accord Euro has gone on sale in NZ with upgraded styling and is set to continue its run as a highly regarded model in the mid size sedan segment.

Since its original addition to Honda New Zealand’s model line-up in 2003, the Accord Euro has scored points for its premium performance.

The 2011 updates include fresh new styling to the front bumper and grille, headlights, detailing on the boot lid and rear lights, along with new wheel designs.

The 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine continues with a 148kW power rating and peak torque of 234Nm at 4,400 rpm matched to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission, depending on the model. The 5-speed automatic transmission has a straight ‘P R N D S’ gate with steering wheel mounted shift paddles for self-shifting.

Fuel economy is rated at 8.9 L/100km for both the manual and automatic sedan, whilst the Tourer’s is 9.1 L/100km. In Honda’s local real-world driving Optimal NZ Drive Test, the Euro sedan achieved a figure of 6.49 L/100km and 6.53 L/100km for the manual and automatic respectively, whilst the Tourer got down to  6.36L/100km. Both variants also performed well at the recently held AA Energywise Rally with the Sedan achieving 7.54L/100km and the Tourer 7.50L/100km.

Dynamic safety control technologies combine with advanced passive protection technologies to provide improved safety on the Accord Euro. The steering set up includes a Motion Adaptive Power Steering system in which the capabilities of both Electronic Stability Control (Honda’s VSA) – which is standard across the range – and the car’s electric power steering are brought to bear. Called Motion Adaptive EPS (Electric Power Steering), it detects instability and loss of grip during cornering, on uneven surfaces and under braking, and provides an intuitive prompt through the steering wheel to reinforce steering in the correct direction to correct the problem.

Other safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, dual stage front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), full length curtain airbags and ISOFIX fittings and tether anchor points for secure child-seat fixture on all models. There are also front seat active headrests.

The 2011 Accord Euro’s specification list includes power windows all round with auto up/down and an obstruction detection device; a jack-knife key that can be stowed away comfortably, partnered with a key-fob operated window and sunroof open/close function and memory seat key link – extremely useful for those vehicles with multiple drivers; dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat vents. The glovebox and centre console storage box have a feed from the climate control system enabling drinks to be cooled or warmed.

There’s also Bluetooth integration for mobile device synchronisation, Trailer Stability Assist, a premium seat design and a modified dash layout. The 2011 Accord Euro also has the addition of USB input jack for iPod and memory stick audio integration played through its premium audio system delivering 415 watts through 8 channels and 10 speakers, including a centre speaker and subwoofer.

The Euro L Sedan and Tourer models add leather interior, sunroof, front fog lamps, power front seats, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers and auto headlights. The Tourer also features dark privacy glass in the rear and a retractable tonneau cover to provide security for stored items.

If you want to go sporty any Accord Euro can be upgraded to an RSport model, which comes with front and rear Sport bumpers and side skirts.

To find out more about the 2011 Honda Accord Euro visit the Honda NZ website.

Accord Euro pricing:
Accord Euro S Manual $43,700
Accord Euro S Auto $47,200
Accord Euro L Auto $51,000
Accord Euro Tourer L Auto $53,200

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