Fans of the Honda Accord will be glad to know that the D-segment sedan is set to undergo a major model change for this year beginning in the US market. Company president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo recently held a press meeting to discuss the future plans and direction of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. One of the matters that was discussed during the meeting was about the next-generation Accord.
Hachigo-san did not go into detail but he did say that the Accord will undergo a full model change this year from the US market. He added that the next-gen Accord will have a more advanced design and better driving experience.
It's also highly likely that the Accord will be one of the first new models that will receive Honda's new design direction. Honda plans to introduce the said design language at an auto show by Q4 of 2017. Beyond that, new technologies for improved driving experience are also slated to be revealed but are still being heavily developed.
Apart from the next-gen Accord and new design direction, Honda also plans to release two new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2018. Both EVs are still under development by the company's Electric Vehicle Development Division along with a China-exclusive model which is also slated to be released next year.
Further development of automated driving technologies were discussed as well as a way for future human society to have 'collision-free mobility'. It is set to be introduced by 2020 and will come with automatic lane-change function. By 2025, Honda hopes that their automobiles will have level 4 autonomous driving.