Honda Accord 2012 sedan now shipped from United States
We were wondering why Honda Middle East didn’t do this sooner. Prices of Japanese cars are so high nowadays due to the retarded world of currency fluctuations that the American-built Honda Accord Coupe was priced higher than the Japanese-built Honda Accord sedan in 2011. Of course, now the sedan is also being imported from the United States, although Honda isn’t making a big deal out of it.
What they did announce is that all 2012 Accord sedans, including the basic LX models, will now come with six airbags as well as stability control, ABS and active headrests. But we bet you always knew that U.S. cars got the good stuff as standard.
Not all is good news however. We believe this switch to U.S. supplies has more to do with the Japanese supply shortage after the March earthquake rather than any desire to make Accord sedans cheaper in the GCC. Because UAE prices have actually increased by a tiny bit, with the base 2.4 LX model starting out at Dhs 89,900 and the loaded 2.4 EX navigation-equipped model topping out at Dhs 119,900. The V6 model tops out at around Dhs 138,000.
On another note, Japanese manufacturers have recovered from the March quake much quicker than anticipated, including Honda. Most of them are back at near-original production capacity, so any supply issues are officially over.
Keep track of updates in the Honda Accord buyer guide.