Honda Zips Up the Accord

With the imminent debut of its eighth-generation Accord, Honda is looking to upgrade its plain vanilla image

My local gourmet shop has an entire wall covered with all the different flavors of ice cream, sorbets and gelatos it offers. Yet despite the exotic offerings, vanilla is still one of the store's biggest sellers. So why should we be surprised to see the same thing in the midsize automotive market, where "plain vanilla" offerings, like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, have consistently dominated the sales charts, year-after-year?

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