Disappears in silence on the Honda Accord Coupe and with it extinguished their segment

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Honda Accord coupe model 2017, the latter marketed.

The arrival of the tenth generation of the Honda Accord to the north american market will lead to the end of the variant coupé of the Accord, a version of two-door that has been available for decades in that market, and that will not be continued with this new generation. Although what is truly remarkable is not the disappearance of the model itself, but it’s segment in the working, the coupes media, because the Accord coupe it was the latest model available in the segment.

The segment coupé us mostly consists of versions of two-door sedans regular, was a niche, very strong in that market. Until the decade of the nineties it was rare not to find a sedan medium, the equivalent to the models in the D segment european and alternatives of size C, which did not have a version of two doors. Models such as the Subaru Impreza, the Toyota Camry or the Chrysler Neon, just to name some examples, they were for years with variants of two doors.

The sales of these models began to decline in the decade of the eighties, and with the arrival of the XXI century practically there were no models of this type, following the same path as the coupes of large size or full-size bed, which was a long time ago that there is no alternative in the market.

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Honda Accord Coupe 2005.

while it is true that we can still find models such as the Mercedes C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe, as well as the 4 Series from BMW, these are really included in the segment coupe media luxury or “midsize luxury coupes”, as in the united States the segments are divided between the regular supply, and what in Europe we call premium, forming two separate segments.

In this category were all those models of two doors that were derived from a saloon, in a greater or lesser extent, we can also find exceptions, such as the Mazda MX-6 or its derivative, and most famous, the Ford Probe, which really was developed as a replacement for the Ford Mustang but that was as a coupe affordable due to the complaints of the customers. So as the Mazda, was to horse between the segments of the coupé and sports (sports cars).

At the end of the eighties and early nineties saw a resurgence of the coupes of this size in Europe, with the arrival of models like the Fiat Coupe, Alfa Romeo GTV, Vw Corrado, Opel Calibra and many others. Which also had an impact on the north american market, which led many brands to abandon the format of the saloon two doors traditional looking models look more aggressive. After that decade, none of these types remain in the market.

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Toyota Solara 2006.

With the arrival of the new century, very few models have remained faithful to these versions of two-door, the last to leave were the coupes derived from the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, all of them product lines much sales success and whose variants two-door disappeared years ago. While the model of Toyota would be the Camry Solara in 1996, becoming a line of product separated, which was removed in 2007, the model of Nissan, endured some more until 2012. So far, the Accord coupe was the only survivor of this particular segment of the north american market.