BOSTON – When it debuted in the U.S. in June 1976, Honda Motor Co. Ltd.’s Accord came in just one flavor: a 3-door hatchback. A sedan was added to the lineup in 1979, and over the next two decades the Accord grew in size and weight. Now with the eighth generation set to go on sale in the U.S. next month, Honda expects cumulative Accord sales to reach 10 million units by year’s end. “In the 1980s, the Accord changed the expectations of the customer and, by necessity, the direction of ...

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