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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Honda Accord Euro update is now officially on sale following its debut at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.

The 2012 model year update refreshes the second-generation Accord Euro, which was launched in Australia in 2008.

The latest round of revisions brings a new two-bar front grille (replacing the three-bar version); reshaped front bumper, fog light surrounds and air intakes; ‘soft red’ (PR speak for pink) taillight features; and a chrome boot lid strip.

Inside, the door handles, console, steering wheel and other components get a satin-plastic finish. Other equipment upgrades on all models include steering wheel-integrated Bluetooth for phone connectivity, foldaway key, USB input with iPod integration, and Trailer Stability Assist.

The entry-level model scores automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers as standard.

The Luxury model features HID headlights, while the Luxury Navigation model gets new bi-HID headlights with auto low/high beam and a cornering function that operates at speeds up to 40km/h (a first for Honda).

Combined cycle fuel consumption of 8.7 litres/100km for the six-speed manual model and 8.5 litres/100km for the five-speed automatic improves marginally on the previous Euro (8.9 litres/100km for both transmissions).

Prices have increased $1000 across the board from the previous pricing, which only applied for around four weeks. On June 3, Honda Australia dropped the price of all 2011 model year Accord Euro vehicles by $2150. So in practical terms, the 2012 Accord Euro is $1150 cheaper than the previous model was for much of its recent life.

2012 Honda Accord Euro manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • Six-speed manual – $30,340
  • Five-speed automatic – $32,640
  • Luxury six-speed manual – $37,840
  • Luxury five-speed automatic – $40,140
  • Luxury Navigation five speed automatic – $43,140