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Confusion over Honda's plans for future of Accord

CONFUSION surrounds the future of the Honda Accord.

According to some reports Honda is said to be running out the mid-size motor in Europe.

But officially Honda in Europe says the Accord in its current form will continue for the rest of 2015.

The speculation started after the company's UK car division's chief, Leo Brannan told Automotive News Europe: "We are running out the Accord and we will not return to the segment."

He is quoted as saying of the midsize segment: "The cost to compete is eye-watering."

The Accord, an excellent car in so many ways, just didn't come up to scratch when it came to the sales leagues dominated by the big German names.

The first Accords were rolled out for Europe way back in 1977. The company started building the car at its Swindon factory in 1992.

But when they shifted production to Japan in 2000, the company found it couldn't compete with discounts European automakers could offer when the yen strengthened against local currencies.

Now we'll have to wait and see what happens.

Irish Independent