Honda Accords Are Sitting at Dealers

Plus Honda in F1 and the return of the California Special.

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Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.


Accords Sitting

The Honda Accord is one of the best selling cars of all time. The 2018 model is supposed to be one of the most impressive cars Honda has ever built and one of the finest Accords ever. But there's a problem: the Accord isn't selling like it should.

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Honda is known for turning inventory on its dealer lots quickly, but right now dealers have a 104 day supply of the cars on average, which is a lot of Accords. Some are even turning down shipments of the new sedan? Why isn't it selling if it's so good? Well, it seems Honda isn't courting buyers who plan to lease the vehicles, with rates that require more down and a higher monthly payment than the Camry. It's a shame.

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Toro Rosso's Engine Gamble

This year will be Toro Rosso's first with a Honda power unit in Formula One. It's also the first year that the series will limit teams to three power units for the entire 21 race season. That's kind of crazy considering just a few years ago there were engines that would be just for qualifying.

Toro Rosso is considering that there might be a point when an engine will be on its last legs and it'd make sense t. Sure, you'd start further back in the pack, but you'd have more power. It likely depends on how easy it is to pass this year. And if the Honda has power to be competitive.

Welcome Back

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If you've ever driven on the PCH from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you've seen more Mustangs than any other time in your life. Now, the Mustang built specifically for that journey is back.

The California Special makes an appearance once again. It's linked to a GT, so that means it has a 5.0 with 460 horsepower, a side stripe, blacked out grille, suede seats, and a B&O stereo. Nice.

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