Honda Vigor

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The 1981-1995 Honda Verno dealer network derived from the Honda Accord, and sold in North America from 1992 to 1994 as the Acura Vigor. The first versions were more Vigors category Accord and served as the flagship of Honda until the arrival of the Honda Legend. In 1989, the Force could further differentiate the Accord with unique styling and an engine longitudinal five cylinders available and a double for the Vigor was introduced with the Honda Inspire, available at the Honda Clio dealerships. Honda Verno was replaced in North America with the Acura TL and in Japan with the Honda Saber / Inspire, which were the same vehicle sold through different networks.

Honda Vigor 1st Generation

As of September 25, 1981, Honda produced a variant of the Honda Accord christened the Honda Vigor Japan only. The first generation Vigor was a higher grade 4 door sedan and three-door hatchback, with the 1.8 L engine as only engine available, using the system Honda CVCC-II. The Vigor was a faster, sportier Accord, “vigorous” with the higher level of equipment in the quietest Accord. Due to the higher level of luxury equipment oriented help Vigor “set the stage” for the market to accept a Honda equipped luxury car, which appeared in 1985 with the Honda Legend. The Vigor competed with the Toyota Chaser and the Nissan Laurel in Japan. The implementation consisted backlight installed license plate on the bumper with a black piece of cut between the rear tail lights and the word “Force” inscribed. The Accord installed the rear license plate between the rear tail lights.

With some differences in the equipment available between Accord and Vigor,  vehicle was essentially the same. The production of the vehicle with 2 different names allowed Honda to sell the car in different sales channels in Japan; Honda Vigor was sold at Honda Verno dealerships, Accord and was sold at Honda Clio dealerships. The 2-door hatchback Vigor fully equipped cargo carrying flexibility on the first generation Nissan Leopard coupe, which was not a hatchback, a shared approach to the first and second generation Toyota Supra offered. Here is a Japanese television commercial for Honda Vigor. In 1997, Honda re-use this approach to add an upgraded mainstay Agreement, by duplicating their efforts made in this generation Honda Vigor, and name the new car from Honda Torneo.

Honda Vigor 2nd Generation

The second generation also benefited from Vigor Honda decide to use Double wishbone at the ends somewhat front-and rear design that spread to other Honda products in the following years. While more expensive than competitors’ MacPherson strut systems, this setup is provided better stability and more precise handling for the vehicle. All had front sway bars and the upper models had rear sway bars as well. Brakes were either small discs on all 4 wheels with dual-piston calipers (only available on the JDM 2.0-Si model), larger four-wheel discs with single piston calipers, or a set of front disc / rear drum . ABS was available as an option on models, 4 wheel disc brakes.

Honda Vigors base model wheels mounted on 13-inch steel with hubcaps with more expensive models have a choice of alloy wheels of 14 inches. As established with the first generation car, luxury content was too wide compared with luxury equipment available to competitors at the time. Some of the items at the top level 2.0Si including a stained glass sunroof, four-wheel antilock brakes optional, optional color LCD digital instruments, tilt steering wheel with sensitive power steering system, cruise control, electric windows power central locking, radio AM / FM stereo with cassette and electronic 4 speakers (high power) with subwoofer and amplifier, front intermittent wipers (variable), disc brakes, 4 wheel (front 2-piston ventilated front discs) and Optional leather inside.

Honda Vigor 3rd Generation

At the launch of the fourth generation Accord, the Acura Vigor is no longer based on the Accord chassis. The third generation of Vigor, serving as the top level sedan Honda Verno dealerships in Japan, it was shared with the new Honda Inspire and the new second generation Honda Legend, sold at the Honda Clio dealerships. The Honda Vigor was sold in the United States and was badged as the first generation Acura Vigor in 1992 in Japan, the Vigor competed with the Toyota Chaser and the Nissan Laurel. The Honda Vigor in Japan was available in four trim packages, starting with the Type N, Type E, W type, and type X.  In North America, the Vigor came in two packages equipment; LS and GS content increased, and the 2.5 L engine was the only engine available. In Japan, the smaller engine G20A uses regular grade fuel, while the G25A engine uses fuel more superior. One element was optionally available digital signal processing integrated into the stereo system that allows modification of various types of sound of music.

Acura Vigor White

Acura Vigor White

Comparisons with the Lexus ES 300, which was the roomier and softer in ride, generally favored the Lexus as the most attractive for the average buyer to purchase luxury cars, while the Honda Vigor was stiff and small. In response to criticism, Acura made several changes to the Vigor for the 1994 model year, increasing space in the back seat, softening the suspension and re-engineering the steering rack to help isolate the driver of imperfections road in an attempt to make the model more like the ES. The tactics were unsuccessful, the buyers favored more powerful Legend as a sports sedan and still seemed to prefer the ES as a model of entry-level luxury. Poor sales and no improvement in market response led Honda to drop model, and production ended on May 13, 1994 The Honda Vigor was replaced by the 1996 Acura TL / Honda Saber.

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