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Acura MDX Wins 2014 AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year Award

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2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

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Luxury, performance and efficiency set MDX apart from the competition

12/20/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle received the 2014 AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year Award. The all-new 2014 MDX offers even higher levels of luxury comfort and quietness, together with exhilarating dynamic performance, class-leading fuel-economy ratings, and advanced safety features, and an even more luxurious, technology-packed and versatile passenger cabin.  The 2014 MDX, utilizing Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and exclusive hot-stamped one-piece steel door ring, has also earned the highest available collision safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

“It’s never an easy decision to give an award to a luxury car because they obviously come with top quality finishings and plenty of high-tech features, but what impressed us about the MDX is just what you get for your money,” said AutoGuide Editorial Director Colum Wood.

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2015 Acura TLX Prototype to Debut at NAIAS 2014

Posted by   on December 19th, 2013 No comments

2015 Acura TLX

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12/19/2013 – TORRANCE, CA.

  • Newly-named TLX will feature more dynamic and sporty proportions, two new advanced powertrains and a host of signature Acura technologies
  • TSX to be discontinued as Acura creates clear hierarchy for luxury sedan lineup

Acura today announced that the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype performance luxury sedan will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The TLX will mark the debut of a new name for Acura’s mid-size modern luxury sedan entry, replacing the outgoing TL model. The all-new model will feature more emotional styling with tidier, sports sedan proportions wrapped around two all-new advanced powertrains that provide even more athletic performance, along with a host of signature Acura technologies.  The 2015 TLX Prototype is designed to appeal to current and next-generation luxury sports sedan buyers including existing TL and TSX customers.

In conjunction with the launch of the production TLX in the second half of next year, Acura will discontinue sales of the TSX model in 2014, as it moves to clarify its sedan lineup with a clear hierarchy of three distinct models – the entry luxury ILX, mid-size TLX sports sedan, and flagship RLX performance sedan.

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2014 Acura MDX and 2014 RLX Earn Top-Level IIHS Crash Scores

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2014 Acura RLX

2014 Acura RLX

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Acura Delivers Advanced Safety Performance As Both Acura MDX and RLX Earn Top-Level IIHS Crash Scores

2014 Acura MDX and RLX achieve TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings, while 2014 Acura TL earns TOP SAFETY PICK status

12/18/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new 2014 Acura MDX and 2014 RLX, have earned the highest-available collision safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while the 2014 TL performance luxury sedan achieved a TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

These accomplishments come on top of the 2014 MDX and 2014 RDX having recently received a top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, each received 5-Stars on each of the frontal and side impact crash tests, and each scored 4-Stars for rollover resistance in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

Significantly, both the MDX and RLX achieved the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating while also improving fuel efficiency to class-leading levels.  While employing Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the RLX and MDX reduce the overall mass of each vehicle by 275 pounds.

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Acura ILX Wins E1 Class at 25 Hours of Thunderhill

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Team Honda Research West Takes Acura ILX

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Team Honda Research West Takes Acura ILX To Class Victory at 25 Hours of Thunderhill

12/09/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Team Honda Research West claimed the E1 class victory Sunday in the 11th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as Acura entries from THRW and Fantasy Junction took three of the top four E1 finishing positions in the challenging endurance contest that concluded the 2013 National Auto Sports Association season.

As the checkers flew at the end of 25 hours, during which unseasonably cool temperatures dipped as low as 25 degrees overnight, it was the #27 THRW Acura taking the E1 victory with an eighth-place overall finish, and, a healthy seven-lap margin over a large field that included a trio of works-run Mazda 6 diesel entries.  An Acura RSX fielded by the Fantasy Junction team finished second in class, ninth overall, with the second, #25 THRW Acura ILX, fourth.

Prior to prevailing on track at Thunderhill, the Acura ILX also recently earned two 2013 Motorists Choice Awards for IntelliChoice and AutoPacific for the premium market segment in the Youthful and Cosmopolitan categories.  IntelliChoice and AutoPacific define the “Youthful” winner as a vehicle that “makes you feel young when you own it.” While “Cosmopolitan” is defined as a car that “provides prestige or quiet refuge within a city setting.”

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Acura NSX Concept Debuts in Gran Turismo 6

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Acura NSX Concept - Gran Turismo 6

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Acura NSX Supercar Concept to Debut in Virtual World Of Gran Turismo®6 Game

Best selling PlayStation® driving simulator to feature virtual Acura NSX Concept

12/06/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The highly anticipated Acura NSX, in concept form, will fire up its twin-turbocharged engine and innovative new three-motor, torque vectoring Sport Hybrid powertrain in Gran Turismo®6 (GT6), which releases worldwide today. The ‘real driving simulator’ available exclusively for the PlayStation®3 system gives sports car enthusiasts their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the next generation Acura NSX Concept.

“Whether in the virtual world of Gran Turismo today, or on real-world roads and racing circuits less than two years from now, the Acura NSX will be an incredibly innovative and thrilling ride that delivers something entirely new to the world of super sports cars,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Auto Operations at American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. “The wait is over for NSX fans eager to get behind the wheel of the next Acura supercar, and they can rest assured the actual production car will be even more amazing than the in-game concept version.”

Targeting next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, the Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V-6 engine mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

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Acura USA November 2013 Sales Results

Posted by   on December 3rd, 2013 No comments

Acura Advance

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American Honda Posts Second-Best November Sales on Record; Acura Posts nearly 19-Percent Increase on Record Light-Truck Sales

12/03/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

• CR-V sets second consecutive monthly record
• Acura RDX sets 19th consecutive monthly record
• Acura light trucks post record November sales on strength of all-new MDX and RDX

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported November 2013 U.S. total sales of 116,507 units, a decrease of 0.1 percent compared with record November 2012 sales (down 3.9 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*). Year-to-date sales reached 1,390,057, an increase of 7.8 percent. Honda Division November sales reached 101,948, a decrease of 2.3 percent when compared to record division sales last November. Acura Division posted sales of 14,559, an increase of 18.9 percent compared to November 2012.

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• Acura posted November sales of 14,559, an increase of 18.9 percent compared to last November, with Acura light trucks topping a record set in November of 2006
• MDX was the brand’s best-selling vehicle in November with 6,091 units, up 80.8 percent compared to last November
• RDX set its 19th consecutive monthly record with sales of  3,663, up 20.7 percent compared to last year

“It’s gratifying that the new MDX has sparked such a strong customer response so shortly after we hit a home run with RDX,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales. “It’s clear we’ve found the sweet spot of the luxury SUV market.”

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days for November 2013 and 25 days for November 2012. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 282 days for 2013 and 281 days for 2012. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.

American Acura Vehicle Sales For November 2013
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
November November DSR** November November DSR**
2013 2012 % Chg. 2013 2012 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 14,559 12,246 14.3% 149,685 140,182 6.4%
TL 1,466 1,918 -26.5% 22,523 31,326 -28.4%
TSX 1,071 1,768 -41.8% 16,465 26,723 -38.6%
Memo: TSX Wagon 104 384 -74.0% 1,868 3,820 -51.3%
ILX 1,582 2,108 -27.8% 18,857 9,766 92.4%
Memo: ILX Hybrid 44 174 -75.7% 1,417 853 65.5%
RLX / RL 676 11 5809.1% 4,456 361 1130.0%
MDX 6,091 3,368 73.9% 46,502 45,785 1.2%
ZDX 10 37 -74.0% 347 725 -52.3%
RDX 3,663 3,036 16.0% 40,535 25,496 58.4%
Selling Days 26 25 282 281
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate

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2015 Acura NSX Gets Twin-Turbo Longitudinal Engine

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2015 Acura NSX Drivetrain - Courtesy Motor Trend

From a Honda event in Japan a few days ahead of the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Acura has revealed significant details about the upcoming NSX.

Unveiling a new 90-degree V-6 engine, Acura has confirmed it will be twin-turbocharged, which combined with the three electric motors should boost numbers to well over 500 horsepower. Sources have speculated the V-6 will have a displacement of 3.5 or 3.7-liters.

The other big news item is that Acura has made the switch to a longitudinal engine layout, which deviates from their original transverse layout design also used in the first-generation NSX. Even with the change, Acura maintains it is still on track for a 2015 launch date.

Get the full story at motortrend.com - Acura NSX Deep Dive: Supercar Gets Big Drivetrain Changes

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2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Showcased at LA Auto Show

Posted by   on November 18th, 2013 No comments

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD: The Most Powerful and Technologically Advanced Vehicle in Acura History to be Showcased at LA Auto Show

11/18/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The 377-horsepower Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury-performance sedan will be on public display for the first time this week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, showcasing Acura’s dynamic new three-motor hybrid system.

The 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which launches next spring, is the first vehicle to deploy Acura’s new three-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The system combines a highly efficient, direct-injected V-6 engine with an all-new, Acura-designed, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electrically powered variant of Acura’s highly regarded torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

This advanced new hybrid powertrain delivers exhilarating driving performance with incredibly responsive power delivery and precise, sure-footed handling performance like no other vehicle in its class. Supported by the instantaneous torque delivered by its high-output electric motors, the RLX Sport Hybrid runs a 0-60 mph time comparable with competitor’s V8-powered machines. This performance, however, is coupled with a 28/32/30mpg (city/highway/combined) EPA fuel economy rating1, which is in the range of 4-cylinder-powered luxury sedans.

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