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Old 06-29-2010, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Honda panicking about MPG? Mods current Accord to boost city & hwy MPG.

I love that carmakers are competing more and more on efficiency...

There have been a few articles recently about the tarnish on Honda's MPG crown and what they're doing to try to get their fuel-economy-mojo back.

eg: MPG Mantra: Honda Aims to Redouble its Fuel Efficiency Efforts - Wide Open Throttle - Motor Trend Magazine

I just read yesterday that they've tweaked the current (2011) Accord (which is at the end of its model run before a redesign, I believe) to boost MPG:

Not many details given other than:

EPA fuel economy goes up to 23/34 city/highway mpg (+2/+3) on some models


Improvements to vehicle aerodynamics, engine friction and transmission gear ratios all contribute to fuel economy improvements. The EPA fuel-economy ratings1 for Accord 4-cylinder sedan models equipped with an automatic transmission improve by 2 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 3 mpg on the highway, for a city/highway rating of 23/34 mpg.
Source: Honda press release, via ABG

Unfortunately, they don't tell us what the aero mods are.

Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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