It’s a New Year and there’s a lot to celebrate–like over 40 years of one of the most beloved vehicles of all time, the Honda Accord! In 1954 when my father opened for business he had no way of knowing how his motorcycle shop would evolve into a full blown car dealership stocking 600 cars and covering over seven acres. Ken Harvey’s Dublin Honda has become the place where Bay Area drivers find their next vehicle, and from the beginning the Accord has certainly been a fan favorite.
The Accord is consistently praised for its economy, efficiency, and reliability, and the 2017 Accord is no different. It’s efficient, impressive, dependable, and then some. So as I look back on 40 years of Accord history, I wanted to share a few fun facts about the always sought-after Honda Accord.
- The second generation Accord (1981–1985) was the first car from a Japanese manufacturer to be produced in the United States.
- The 1981 Accord included popular features of the time, including…shag carpet.
- In 2004 on a closed track in Germany a team of engineers tested the capabilities of the diesel-powered Accord 2.2 i-CTDi Sport–it broke 19 land speed records.
- Initial planning for the Accord was designed to rival the Mustang, but engineers shifted their focus to fuel efficiency due to the ongoing fuel crisis and ever tightening emissions regulations.
- The original Accord was marketed as a larger companion model to the Honda Civic.
- The Accord was one of the first Japanese sedans to come with an AM/FM radio as standard equipment.
- Accord takes its name from Honda’s “desire for accord and harmony between people, society and the automobile.”
- Accord wagons that were produced at Honda’s Ohio plant but sold outside the United States during the 1991 model year were affixed with a small badge denoting it was built in Ohio.
- Three grand colors were offered for the Accord’s 10th Anniversary Edition: Frost White, Granada Black Pearl, and Arcadia Green Pearl.
- This 2003 award-winning commercial promoting the precision and reliability of the seventh-generation Accord.