Made its debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor show ,The award winning Honda D-segment quality/premium contender had undergone a facelift for 2006. As well as exterior and interior design alterations, the new Accord was injected with a host of significant technologies, most notably Honda's Advanced Driving Assist Systems comprising Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) technology. It also gets a voice recognition satellite navigation system with the RDS (Radio Data System) function, which helps the driver avoid road congestions. The full high level briefing of this new Accord can be found here Bulletins & Advisories - Differences between Facelift and Pre-Facelift • Honda Karma The ADAS system was as an option only on the 2.4 Executive automatic transmission, right-hand-drive model Available as an option on the 2.4 Executive manual transmission (left-hand-drive) and automatic transmission. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) This European first technology supports the driver in maintaining the car within the same lane. The LKAS identifies the boundaries of the vehicle's lane by processing images from a C-MOS camera mounted behind the windscreen. It then calculates and provides the optimum steering torque to help keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane. The system can work at speeds which suit the European road usage conditions (72 km/h up to 180 km/h). The system automatically switches itself off after a warning if it fails to recognize driver's input on the steering wheel, in order not to promote hands free driving. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) The ACC assesses driving conditions using data from a millimetre-wave radar mounted inside the front grille of the car that measures the distance to the vehicle ahead, along with data from speed and yaw rate sensors. It automatically regulates both the speed of the car and its distance to the vehicle in front, thereby reducing the burden of motorway (or similar road) driving and enhancing driver comfort and safety. After a desired speed is set, the system will maintain that speed as long as it detects no vehicles in front of the car. If a vehicle is detected, then the system automatically slows the car down and keeps it at a predetermined distance. Once that vehicle changes lane or the distance increases again and the system can no longer detect it, then the previously set speed is resumed. Other modifications The main exterior alterations are concentrated on the front area of both the saloon and Tourer versions of the Accord. These include a new front bumper, grille, hood and headlights. Both body styles also get new designs for the 16" and 17" alloy wheels. Unique to the saloon are the rear styling changes, which are a new rear bumper, rear combination lights, and a new side sill garnish. The Tourer also gets altered side sill garnish and chrome plating of quarter moulding, as well as roof rails, now longer than the prefacelift model, as standard equipment. The changes inside the cabin are common to both body styles. The instrument panel has been newly designed and now includes a three-meter cluster being illuminated in a different colour. The steering wheel has a thicker grip and there is a subtle addition of a metal coloured ornamental ring around the horn pad. The shift knob has a new design on both automatic and manual transmissions. Among the new equipment available is a voice recognition RDS navigation system. Through a series of set voice commands, the navigation system can be operated by the driver without taking his eyes from the road. Another useful addition to the navigation system is the RDS function; the system can recognise live traffic hotspots and recalculate the ideal route so as to avoid the congestion. There is also a hands-free telephone system with steering wheel mounted operational buttons and an automatic radio mute function whenever the telephone is in operation. Furthermore, the volume of the sound system is linked to the speed of the vehicle, so the higher the speed, the higher the volume of the music. In terms of powertrains, the new Accord has the same engine line up as before; however, the 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine has undergone some changes to enhance driveability. It now utilises DBW (drive-by-wire) enabling both the maximum power and torque to be attained at 500rpm lower engine speed than before. In addition, models equipped with this engine now have VSA (vehicle stability assist) as standard equipment. The Accords powered by the award winning I-CTDI engine of the year 2005 benefited from a 6th gear.