Last month we posted an infographic showcasing the 30 years the Honda Accord has been rolling about our roads. From barely eight feet in length and weighing in just above a ton, the Accord has grown, both in size, weight, and engine power, in the intervening years. Cost of the price of the Accord has increased as well from the bargain basement $8,245 starting price to $21,680.
A second infographic covers Honda’s latest powertrain technology in more details. Called “Earth Dreams Technology”, future Accords will be powered by fuel-efficient gasoline engines, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, and even pure electricity. The 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent, or mpge, is just but one of the Earth Dreams’ goal. Honda, usually close-lipped about its future plans, openly discussed them last year, including the startling pronouncement to be the fuel-efficient class leader in all segments within three years. Honda’s strategy includes use of continuously variable automatic transmissions in its vehicles; more use of direct injection; and use of two electric motors in future hybrids instead of one. We’ve already driven two vehicles — the 2013 Honda Accord EX and its plug-in hybrid sibling — which are but the first to demonstrate some of these new technologies.