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Video: Acura TLX Prototype Teaser

Posted by   on January 12th, 2014 No comments

Acura TLX

With less than two days left until the unveiling in Detroit, Acura has released a 16-second teaser for the TLX Prototype. Watch the clip embedded below or visit Acura’s Facebook page by clicking here.

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Acura USA December 2013 Sales Results

Posted by   on January 3rd, 2014 No comments

Acura Advance

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Honda Sets All-Time December Sales Record to Earn 2nd Best Annual Sales Total for American Honda; Acura Light Trucks Post Best Year in Brand History

01/03/2014

  • CR-V annual sales top 300,000 for first time, joining Accord and Civic
  • Accord posts best annual sales since 2008 with double-digit gain plus strong December
  • RDX posts 20th straight monthly increase, smashes previous mark with sales up 51.6 percent for the year
  • MDX has best sales month in model history

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported total 2013 vehicle sales of 1,525,312 units, an increase of 7.2 percent for the year and the second-best result in company history. A total of 135,255 Honda and Acura vehicles were sold in December, eclipsing last December’s strong sales by 1.9 percent (5.9 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*). Honda Division annual sales reached 1,359,876 units in 2013, a year-over-year increase of 7.4 percent and the second best all-time sales total for the Honda brand. The Acura Division posted year-to-date sales of 165,436, a 5.9-percent gain and the best result since 2007.

Honda Division sold 119,504 vehicles in December, a 2.4-percent increase from the previous December. Acura Division posted December sales of 15,751.

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Acura light trucks continued to break sales records in 2013 with RDX smashing previous bests and the all-new MDX completing a strong fourth quarter with its best-ever month to push Acura trucks to their best sales year ever.

  • RDX recorded monthly bests for 20 straight months, completing its record run in 2013 with a total sales increase of 51.6 percent for the year.
  • MDX sales continued to rise sharply, delivering a 29.0-percent increase in December for its best month in history on strong customer demand and improving vehicle inventories. Full-year sales were up 4.3 percent to 53,040.
  • RLX brought solid growth to the luxury sedan segment for Acura in an abbreviated model year, posting sales of 5,053 since going on sale last Spring.

“Customers are finding the combination of luxury, comfort, performance and utility in the RDX and MDX to be pretty irresistible,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. “With the strongest light truck lineup in our history, we’re now turning our focus on our sedan lineup with the all-new TLX to deliver further growth for Acura in 2014.”

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 25 days for December 2013 and 26 days for December 2012. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 307 days for 2013 and 307 days for 2012. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.

American Acura Vehicle Sales For December 2013
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
December December DSR** December December DSR**
2013 2012 % Chg. 2013 2012 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 15,751 16,034 2.2% 165,436 156,216 5.9%
TL 1,795 2,246 -16.9% 24,318 33,572 -27.6%
TSX 1,019 2,142 -50.5% 17,484 28,865 -39.4%
Memo: TSX Wagon 108 414 -72.9% 1,976 4,234 -53.3%
ILX 1,573 2,485 -34.2% 20,430 12,251 66.8%
Memo: ILX Hybrid 44 119 -61.5% 1,461 972 50.3%
RLX / RL 597 0 0.0% 5,053 379 1233.0%
MDX 6,538 5,069 34.1% 53,040 50,854 4.3%
ZDX 14 50 -70.9% 361 775 -53.4%
RDX 4,215 4,024 8.9% 44,750 29,520 51.6%
Selling Days 25 26 307 307
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate

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Acura’s Top 5 Favorite Moments of 2013

Posted by   on January 1st, 2014 No comments

2014 Acura RLX

2013 brought us more of the NSX Concept, a new MDX, and the debut of the most advanced Acura sedan to date. Find out what Acura chose as their top 5 Moments of 2013 in the gallery above.

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

Posted by   on December 20th, 2013 No comments
2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

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

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

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

Posted by   on December 18th, 2013 No comments
2014 Acura RLX

2014 Acura RLX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

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

Posted by   on December 9th, 2013 No comments

Team Honda Research West Takes Acura ILX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

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

Posted by   on December 6th, 2013 No comments

Acura NSX Concept - Gran Turismo 6

Official release from acuranews.com:

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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