East is East and West is West; yet the twain did meet. In the late 1970s, the German juggernaut, Volkswagon launched the Scirocco, followed a little later by the Japanese maverick, Honda, with the Accord.
The Scirocco was one of the first VW models to feature Front-Engine, Front-Wheel Drive and water-cooling. It was typical Teutonic precision engineering, sporty and lively. But if one listened intently, the unmistakable VW Beetle peppered-chug was still there.
The Accord, on the other hand, was more like a graceful ballerina, and had a long-stroke CVCC engine that ran at a leisurely rpm. Not to be forgotten was the award-winning dashboard, which exuded an aura of dignified simplicity with full functionality.
I did test drive both, but was far too poor to afford either one.