Honda Previews Concepts Ahead of Beijing
- One design shows sedan that could be new Accord
- Other design may preview an upcoming Odyssey
- More details available during Beijing Auto Show
Honda recently previewed two upcoming concept cars ahead of their debut later this month at the Beijing Auto Show. While the automaker only revealed silhouettes of the futuristic concepts, Honda says that the designs were specifically created for the growing Chinese automotive market.
The first design bears a striking resemblance to the US market Honda Accord sedan, which went on sale in 2008. While the Accord is already available in China, some industry observers speculate that Honda could design an entirely new Accord specific to Chinese tastes - something the automaker has done for its North American consumers since 1994. But other experts suggest the concept may simply preview the next generation Accord sedan, which would follow up on the Accord Coupe Concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The second design previews what will likely be a large hatchback or minivan. Although the popular Honda Odyssey is already sold in China, the minivan offered there is entirely different from the larger North American model. Instead, China shares its Odyssey with Europe, Asia and several other global markets, leading to speculation that the upcoming concept car will preview a new Odyssey for countries outside of North America.
Regardless of which upcoming models are shown in the previews, they clearly illustrate Honda's desire to expand its presence in China. According to the automaker, it will release 10 new models in China over the next two years with the goal of doubling sales there by 2015. While those are ambitious goals, several other automakers have set similarly optimistic forecasts for sales in China - including Ford, which predicted a 50 percent increase in global sales primarily fueled by emerging markets like China and India.
We'll provide more information about Honda's upcoming concept cars as further details are released during the Beijing Auto Show.
What it means to you: With the Chinese market continuing to grow, it's likely that we'll see more new cars revealed at auto shows there, and some of those models may make it to the U.S.