Mike Chan goes from Bellanova White Pearl to Crystal Black Pearl for #TheTLXproject2. This 2015 Acura TLX gets the same Vossen VFS/2 wheels, this time in Satin Bronze. Rolling shots courtesy of Tony Phanvu.
Bloomberg Business talks new and old NSX, with some “first look” video footage of the Pikes Peak International Hill Club Acura NSX pace car:
“The Acura NSX has been a beloved supercar since its release in 1989, but after being discontinued in 2005, fans have been eagerly awaiting an updated version. Finally, the wait is over. Acura brought a prototype of their new NSX to the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Club to participate as the Pace Car. Bloomberg’s Hannah Elliott spent an exclusive weekend with the prototype and shares her first impressions. Archival footage supplied by Acura.” – Bloomberg Business
Watch the 3:36-minute video below and head over to bloomberg.com for the full article: Watch the New Acura NSX Dominate a 14,000-Foot Mountain.
[Source: Bloomberg Business]
Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:
Passenger Cars Join Light Trucks in Boosting American Honda June 2015 Sales
July 1, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.
- Honda and Acura trucks post record June sales, beating the previous best by more than 3,500 units
- Acura sedan sales double to lead brand increase of 38.6 percent in June
- Acura RDX sets June sales record, up 45.1 percent on sales of 5,056 units
- Honda CR-V sales up rise 8.5 percent with sales of 28,349 for a new June record
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 134,397 units, an increase of 4.2 percent. Acura sedans led AHM’s June increase, gaining 107.9 percent on sales of 5,878. Acura truck sales also increased, rising 15.2 percent with sales of 9,649 vehicles for a new June record. Honda trucks gained 18 percent on sales of 57,667, also a record for June, while Honda car sales were down 11.3 percent with 61,203 units sold. Total Honda brand sales reached 118,870 for a gain of 1 percent.
Acura sedans stepped into the sales limelight in June, continuing recent momentum and doubling last year’s June sedan sales total on the strength of TLX and ILX. Overall Acura sales totaled 15,527, lifting the brand 38.6 percent in June. Not to be outdone, Acura’s RDX captured yet another sales record in June while MDX remained in high demand, though somewhat capacity constrained. Overall, Acura truck sales were up 15.2 percent with sales of 9,649 vehicles.
- TLX sales continued to gain momentum, nearly reaching 4,000 units again.
- ILX took a sharp upward turn with a record June performance, gaining 79.1 percent on sales of 1,662. Acura sedan sales totaled 5,878 in June, a 107.9 percent increase.
- The recently refreshed RDX continued to resonate strongly with customers, up 45.1 percent on sales of 5,056 for its best June on record.
“It is exciting to see Acura sedans enjoy success in the face of a market where light trucks have been dominating,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. “We’re pleased by the record month for the refreshed RDX, but the growing momentum of the TLX and ILX is key to the future of the Acura brand.”
|American Acura Vehicle Sales for June 2015|
|2015||2014||% Chg.||2015||2014||% Chg.|
|Acura Division Total||15,527||11,206||33.0%||87,087||77,951||11.7%|
|*** ILX Hybrid||1||44||-97.8%||19||271||-93.0%|
|*** RLX Hybrid||27||0||0.0%||119||0||0.0%|
|*** TSX Wagon||0||67||-100.0%||2||542||-99.6%|
|* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total
Acura has released these epic images of the NSX Pace car at yesterday’s Race to the Clouds:
“Pace car driver Sage Marie pilots the new NSX up the mountain at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.”
Honda UK wants the child inside all of us to visit their unique “Playset” display at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Life-sized Honda models including the next-generation NSX, Civic Type R, and McLaren-Honda MP4-30 were placed inside over-sized display boxes to mimic the look of a child’s toy car collection. Check out a few images posted by Honda UK in the gallery above.
Read the full press release at hondanews.eu – Honda UK unveils stand design for Goodwood Festival of Speed.
[Source: Honda UK via Facebook]
Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:
Next-Generation Acura NSX to Serve as Official Pace Car for the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Pikes Peak-first 360-degree video to capture NSX run to the top
Jun 25, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.
The next-generation Acura NSX supercar will serve as the official pace car in the 93rd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. With a custom racing-inspired livery, the twin-turbo charged NSX pace car will lead the field of 140 entrants to the top of the 14,110-foot Colorado mountain.
“The Acura NSX is the ultimate performance vehicle and a novel way to promote its capabilities is the iconic race up Pikes Peak,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “As the pace car, the beast that is NSX will not be fully let of its cage, but fans and drivers will still get a first glimpse of the unique character, performance and handling of the NSX in a one-of-a-kind racing environment.”
Powering the NSX through the 12.4-mile, 156-turn course is a bespoke 75-degree twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and three motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, which delivers ‘on the rails’ cornering capability essential to conquering the demanding mountain course. The pace car was specially prepared for the race by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., which is also leading the global development of the NSX. The supercar will be driven by Sage Marie, senior manager of American Honda Public Relations, a two-time Pikes Peak competitor and road racer. Marie won the first Pirelli World Challenge B-Spec race in 2012 and has raced in several other major motorsports events, including the 2013 and 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
In a Pikes Peak first, Acura will install 24 cameras along the course to capture the NSX’s historic run as the official pace car with a 360-degree series of images of supercar. Fans can head to Acura’s social media channels – Instagram, Twitter,Facebook, Google+ and YouTube – where the images will be transformed into to an exclusive video, after the NSX heads to the top of the mountain at 7:40 a.m. MDT. Additionally, the run will be covered live on Acura social media channels.
For those able to attend Pikes Peak in person, the NSX will be available for viewing at a number of pre-race activities including the event’s media day and VIP reception in Colorado Springs on Thursday, June 25, and at the popular Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs, 5–10 p.m. MDT on Friday, June 26.
The NSX is one of four Acura models making the Pikes Peak run, which also includes the Acura ILX and TLX sports sedans and a previous generation NSX.
Here’s a look at the new Acura NSX all dressed up as the pace car for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which takes place this weekend in Colorado. Click here for a 960×960 pixel image. The photo was posted by Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site) via Facebook.
See the full press release from Acura here: Next-Generation Acura NSX to Serve as Official Pace Car for the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
[Source: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site) via Facebook]