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Honda Accord 3.5 VTEC (South Korea)

The best selling import in South Korea in 2008: the Honda Accord (8th Generation North American). As Honda's South Korean subsidiary was only a few years old, this feat was amazing.

 

South Korea gets the North American Accord (known as Inspire in Japan), rather than the smaller European Accord that is common in other parts of Asia (known in North America as the Acura TSX). Moreover, South Korean Accords almost always come with 3.5L V6 engine to emphasize power and luxury. A 4-cylinder Accord would not be too competitive against domestics like the Hyundai Sonata, whereas the V6 is competitive against more expensive domestics like the Hyundai Grandeur. (The domestic Sonata never offered V6.)

 

Even before Honda Korea was established, an official independent distributor had been selling Accords in South Korea since the late 1980s. South Korea used to ban Japanese-made automobiles until 1998, and during those days, South Korea-bound Accords were sourced from the US state of Ohio. Nowadays South Korean Accords are most likely to be sourced direct from Japan. Honda's joint venture assembly plant in Guangzhou, China, is another alternative source for South Korea-bound Honda automobiles.

 

Honda Korea was also doing fairly well with a few other models, including the Legend luxury car (known as Acura RL in North America) and the Civic. And though not distributed by Honda Korea, Honda's North American models, such as the Odyssey minivan and the Acura TL, occasionally showed up in South Korea.

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Taken on September 21, 2008