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September 1, 2009

US: Honda to launch five-door Accord

Honda is readying a five-door hatchback version of the US market Accord called the Crosstour for launch next autumn.

Honda is readying a five-door hatchback version of the US market Accord called the Crosstour for launch next autumn.

“Our concept is to broaden the appeal of the Accord line-up by leveraging traditional Accord strengths of fun-to-drive performance and handling while also adapting to dramatic shifts in the light truck marketplace,” said American Honda vice president Erik Berkman.

“The Accord Crosstour accomplishes that by offering a modern interpretation of a CUV while integrating the refinement and efficiency of a premium sedan.”

“We know SUV buyers like the commanding view of the road that comes with a high eye-point and like the comforts of living with an SUV,” said Berkman. “This vehicle meets the needs of buyers looking for those attributes yet at the same time want an image that is different from a conventional SUV.”

The Crosstour will be priced at the top of the Accord line.

Honda offered three-door hatchback variants of the first three generations of Accord and later offered five-door wagons. The current Accord Euro (sold as the Acura TS-X in the US) is sold in some markets with a wagon option.

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