By on September 19, 2012

With Accord sales tanking in Europe, Honda says it has no plans to bring a next-generation model to Europe, despite introducing variants for North America, Asia and Russia.

The critically acclaimed Accord, also known as our Acura TSX, has become a victim of Europe’s decimated car market, and mid-size sedans have been hit particularly hard. The Accord was never a big player in Europe, despite being praised to high heaven by the motoring press. Just-Auto is reporting that

¬†for now, the emphasis is on rebuilding sales, led by the firm’s new 1.6-litre ‘i-DTEC’ four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. This is now being fitted to the Civic and will be added to the new CR-V from the first quarter of 2013.

A new world-market Accord is expected to bow at either the Sydney Motor Show in October or the Guangzhou show in November. Russia is apparently exempt from the Accord prohibition, since they are considered a distinct entity from Europe, and also get the Acura brand.

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14 Comments on “Europe Won’t Get Next-Generation Honda Accord...”


  • avatar
    stephenjmcn

    Praised to high heaven by the Euro motoring press? It really hasn’t, you know. It’s seen by most as an ‘ok’ car, compromised by it’s too-high price and uncompetitive engines.

    As with most Honda models over here it’s getting less attractive with each generation, same-old engines, and consequently falling sales.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    the 1st generation was well received

    the 2nd generation wasn’t… when your car gains up to 350lbs in some variants with neglible increase in power… with no appreciable increase in interior room… and worse aesthetics…

    its still not a bad car… its a slightly more hip Camry

  • avatar
    Hank

    “since they are considered a distinct entity from Europe”

    900+ years of culturally-distinct history confirming this to be so might have something to do with that.

    (over-caffeinated mischief, not snark)

  • avatar
    Synchromesh

    I used to own a 4-door Integra GS-R which was replaced by the Euro Accord named TSX. That was a huge disappointment. The Integra was small, nimble, quick and oozed quality. The TSX was overweight, underpowered, slow and oozed Eurotrash. This prompted me to not buy anything Honda after 12 years. The new TSX is even worse.

    • 0 avatar
      Brian E

      Whatever you’re smoking should be banned if it isn’t already. The 1G TSX wasn’t as light or nimble as the Integra (which was replaced by the RSX, not TSX). But it certainly does “ooze quality”, and it handles extremely well. It’s cleanly styled and the interior is extremely functional with good materials. What’s “Eurotrash” about that?

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Technically, the TSX did supplant the 4-door sedan version of the Integra in the Acura lineup. Still, everything else he said about it is absurd. Maybe it wasn’t as light as an Integra, but it has proven to have a more durable structure and the first generation’s handling and comfort made for a blissful departure from BMW for my family. Maybe that’s what he meant by Eurotrash. Coming from 20 years of German cars, the TSX was flawless.

    • 0 avatar
      snakebit

      Synchro, I hope you won’t feel picked on, but my experience with a ’94 GS-R coupe and a series of ’04-05 TSX’s, both AT and six-speed, was totally different from yours. I thought the Integra GS-R had a super powertrain, but everything about the chassis, body, and interior felt like a Civic, pretty disappointing. I went to a AHM comparo, pitting the TSX against the IS300, 325i sedan, Volvo S40, and to me the TSX really stood out. To be fair, the 325i was almost a stripper, with vinyl seats. When it came time to choose a company car, I got a TSX, and drove it for a year before leaving the company. I liked the size, the suspension, and not a thing Civic about it. If BMW built a front drive 3-Series, the TSX would be it. To me, it was one sweet car.

  • avatar
    MarkP

    A diesel CR-V? Too bad they didn’t have one of those here in the US last year. We might have traded our ’05 CR-V for one of those instead of a Jetta tdi.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Why is this any sort of surprise? How many non-premium brand sedans sell in Europe every year? Very nearly none would be the answer. There aren’t enough old fogeys still driving over there to make it worth Hondas while to compete with the Mondeo.

    Ultimately the problem is why would you buy an Accord in Europe when you can get an (admittedly less well equipped) 3-series or A4 or C-class for the same money?

  • avatar
    stuntmonkey

    It doesn’t help when you have the British press constantly reminding readers that only olders drive Honda’s over there.

  • avatar
    Zykotec

    Actually fitting the 1.6 diesel in the euro Accord would have helped it’s sales a lot, because I think most of the Passats,A4′s,Avensis and Mondeos have a lot cheaper entry modes to choose from because of tax rules over here. At least here in Norway a well equipped car always beats a powerful car for resale value, and the people who care about reliability buy Avensis’ instead. In Norway a base level Accord wagon (not many people buy sedans here)
    starts at $67k with the 156 hp 2.0 gas engine
    while an Avensis is $49k with the smallest 132 hp diesel.
    The really sad part is that when you start speccing up the Avensis with similar equipment and power as the Accord, the price difference is tiny considering the size and handling difference between the cars (the Accord is the more ‘premium’ car of the two)
    PS:-these prices will not make sense outside Norway, and maybe Denmark because of specific tax rules :P


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