Honda defends the controversial Crossover's styling
8 September 2009

Honda has released more official pictures of its new Accord Crosstour, which is specifically for the North American market.

When Honda released the initial pictures last week, the Crosstour's looks came in for stinging criticism and Honda released a statement with the latest pictures defending the styling.

See the Honda Accord Crosstour picture gallery

"Arguably, the two studio photos we posted didn't give you enough detail, nor were they the best to showcase the vehicle," the company said. "Maybe it's like a bad yearbook photo or something, and we think the new photos will clear things up.

"Many of you don't like the styling; it may not be for everyone. Our research suggests that the styling does test well among people shopping for a crossover."

According to Honda, the saloon/SUV crossover mixes car-like ride quality and refinement, with a SUV-style raised ride height and driving position.

Styling changes over the regular Accord include a more pronounced front grille, large C-pillars and an aggressively-styled rear end.

Erik Berkman, vice president of American Honda Motor Company, said: “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.

“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.”

Honda sources have previously told Autocar there were no immediate plans to launch the Accord Crosstour in the UK or Europe.

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2 September 2009

The Americans can keep it.....

2 September 2009

Erik Berkman, vice president of American Honda Motor Company, said:

“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. “This vehicle meets the needs of buyers looking for those attributes yet at the same time want........ an eyesight test"

2 September 2009

As a fan, rather a childhood fan, of the automotive industry, I can say with some level of confidence that almost every vehicle evokes a feeling, a comment, or a thought, no matter how short that maybe. I have looked at the pictures of this vehicle more than once and the only thought which has crossed my mind every time is, “whether they should have made it to begin with?”

2 September 2009

Have Honda taken on some of GM's redundant designers in the states?. Seriously though, they need to be careful in the past couple of years their designs have gone from elegant (if sometimes uninspiring) to chunky and ugly.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

2 September 2009

I agree, In Europe too me the previous Accord and Civic where more elegant than the latest generation models. But this Honda Accord Crosstoad sorry Crosstour is far from elegant.

2 September 2009

Honda has launched its new Accord Crosstour for the North American market.

Has ever a truer sentence been written?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

2 September 2009

It does look very 'American' but i have tried to picture it with a Euro Accord nose, and dropped back down to a sensible hight and normal wheels. It would then make a decent Accord Hatch to add to our range. But i doubt they will bother. They think Hatches are down market, hence the saloon and Estate only range now.

If Honda brought us anything from their American range, how about the Civic coupe? Accord coupe? The latter ideally with the V6 and the manual box. Oh, and please can we have them at American prices instead of the silly inflated European ones please!

2 September 2009

[quote Autocar]Honda has launched its new Accord Crosstour for the North American market.[/quote] I don't know what all the fuss is about, this is so ugly it would fit in just nicely with the rest of the European Honda range. Hondas used to be reasonable looking cars (probably ten years ago at least) but the latest lot are dreadful.


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3 September 2009

How can you say hondas are ugly? the new accord euro is all class! and the civic is a good looker too!

You can judge a car soley on looks because that is completely subjective. And if people did then BMW would have died years ago.

8 September 2009

The Accords used to be well priced, well engineered cars with looks that does not offend anyone. The latest generation looks ugly and overpriced. Both the Mondeo and the Insignia are better looking cars and are better VFM as well.

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