Honda’s Future: 2008 Accord coming in September, plus a hard top S2000 in 2008

Oh yes, the 2008 Honda Accord is going to be the hottest thing since sliced bread – okay maybe not. But the eighth-generation Accord is big news for the Japanese auto maker as it gets ready to make its official debut in September. Automotive News says reports that the 2008 Honda Accord is the biggest, sportier and more powerful than its predecessors.

“The Accord is the single most important product in Honda’s lineup,” John Mendel, American Honda Motor Co.’s senior vice president, told Automotive News. “We believe this new design will bring emotion to (the Accord) like what happened with the redesigned Civic.”

While not many are fans of the new redesigned Civic as John implies, other upcoming models, like a hard-top S2000, may give consumers something to look forward to.

Click through to see the entire list of Honda’s upcoming models.

Honda Fit: U.S. sales began in April 2006 and it seems consumers can’t get enough of Honda’s smallest car. But now since the model has been selling in Japan since 2002, it’s time for a redesign. A redesigned version debuts this fall in Japan with a five-door hatchback. It is expected to get a longer wheelbase. Source say that the US won’t get the redesigned Fit until 2009. Hopefully they bring the hatchback here as well.

Honda FCX: The most anticipated Honda car goes on sale next year as a 2009 model. The four-door fuel cell car is expected to have a 270-mile range. The Honda FCX is even green on the inside with the the interior made from biofabric, partly made from corn. Unfortunately, the car will not look like the concept FCX.

Honda’s new hybrid-only model: Honda will introduce a hybrid-only model for the 2010 model year that will be smaller than the Civic. Sources say it will be a sedan version of the redesigned Fit.

Honda Remix: The Civic CRX sport hatchback will return to the United States as a sporty hybrid for the 2011 model year. The three-door CRX was killed in 1997.

Honda Civic: A total Civic redesign is planned for 2011. But until then, consumers can enjoy the 2008 Civic Mugen Si made by Mugen, a company known for making race car engines and racing components. This is the first time Honda has put the Mugen name on a vehicle sold in the United States. Honda plans to sell about 1,000 Mugens here with a price tag of under $30,000 with sales to begin this fall.

Honda Accord: The redesigned 2008 Accord sedan and coupe are bigger inside-out than the previous models. The new 2008 Honda Accord will be powered by a a 3.5 liter V6 engine producing more than 260 horsepower. The base four-cylinder engine will produce over 175 hp. The Accord hybrid was killed at the end of the 2007 model year, making way for a new diesel Accord.

Honda S2000 Finally, we have some new information on the next Honda S2000. The Mazda MX-5 rival will get a get a stiffer suspension for the 2008 model year. The engine is the same, but the 2008 version is lighter than the current model and will have large front and rear spoilers. A removable aluminum hard top replaces the convertible soft top. Total redesign is expected in 2011

Honda CR-V: The SUV was just redesigned for the 2007 model year so no major changes are planned. Although, Honda will give the CR-V its new clean four-cylinder diesel for the 2010 model year.

New Crossover: A new Honda seven-passenger crossover is planned to be slotted between the CR-V and the Pilot. Coming as a Nissan Murano competitor the new crossover will come as a 2010 or 2011 model year. Front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are expected.

Honda Piolt: A complete redesign is finally expected for the 2009 model year. You can expect more aggressive and dramatic styling, similar to the CR-V. The car will be powered by a larger V6 engine as well as a V6 diesel for the 2010 model year.

Honda Ridgeline: The struggling Ridgeline will get a a V6 diesel to help increase sales. A total redesign is expected for the 2011 model year.

Honda Element: Due for a redesign in the 2010 model year.

Honda Odyssey: The minivan will get a facelift for the 2008 model year with slight changes to the the grille and taillights. The Odyssey will be the first Honda vehicle to offer the its  new V6 clean diesel engine when it is redesigned in 2010.


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