The Japanese car maker has confirmed its Chinese joint venture division Dongfeng Honda will unveil a concept for the next-generation Spirior at the Beijing auto show on April 20.
The outgoing Spirior is based on the current second-generation Honda Accord Euro. Built in China, the Spirior has been available since late 2009, following the launch of the Euro in 2008.
But Honda Australia says the new Spirior “won’t be replacing the Accord Euro we sell here”, leaving question marks hanging over the Euro’s future.
Honda president and CEO Takanobu Ito seemingly put rumours of its demise to bed last year when he said the company was “working really, really hard on development” of a third-generation model.
But Honda Australia told CarAdvice today “there has been no global decision on a new Accord Euro”, and said it would continue to sell the current model “for the foreseeable future”.
The second-generation Honda Accord Euro was also twinned to a US model, the Acura TSX. The TSX will soon be replaced by the all-new TLX, with the production version of that car set to debut at next week’s New York auto show following the unveiling of a prototype version at Detroit in January.
But Honda Australia says the TLX “is also not a replacement for the Accord Euro”, as it’s built only in left-hand drive.
It remains unclear if the new Spirior will continue to be twinned with Acura’s model or if it will be unique to the Chinese market.
Speculation therefore remains that Honda will phase out the Euro after the current generation and offer only the regular Accord sedan. The duo is almost identical in size, with the Accord just 145mm longer than the Euro.
Australian Accord Euro sales plummeted more than 70 per cent last year, down from 6155 in 2012 to just 1834. The ageing model has continued its spiral this year, down a further 54 per cent to just 308 units.
The newer Accord notched up 3006 sales last year, up 92 per cent, though is down 44 per cent so far this year at 490 units.