Acura USA May 2015 Sales Report

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

American Honda Reports May 2015 Sales: Gateway Models Power Honda Light Truck and Sedan Sales; Acura Continues Momentum as Sedan Sales Accelerate

Jun 2, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Honda Fit again impresses with an 82-percent gain to lead strong Honda sedan sales
  • New HR-V debuts with incredible 6,381 units sold in half a month to lead record May Honda light truck sales with a 10.6-percent year-over-year gain to 63,979 units
  • Acura’s first-year TLX continues to drive Acura sedan sales increases with second  consecutive 4,000+ unit month for a 43.5-percent year-over-year sedan sales hike
  • Upgraded RDX first full sales month punches well over 5,000 units smashing May 2014 numbers by 24.3 percent and setting a new all-time monthly sales record
  • Top Acura performers accelerated the luxury brand sales by a substantial 16.1 percent

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported May 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 154,593 units, with Honda light trucks gaining 10.6 percent on sales of 63,979 units and Acura sedans increasing 43.5 percent on sales of 6,278 vehicles. Month-to-month American Honda total sales were up 1.3 percent year-over-year, with the Acura Division gaining 16.1 percent on sales of 17,042 vehicles in May and the Honda Division posting sales of 137,551 vehicles, a decrease of 0.3 percent for the month.

Acura

Sales of the new TLX luxury sport sedan and upgraded ILX gateway luxury sedan boosted Acura sedan sales to an impressive increase of 43.5 percent from May 2014 with a total of 4,352 TLX models and 1,673 ILXs sold. Adding to Acura’s overall 16.1-percent month-to-month gain to 17,042 vehicles was the refreshed RDX with all-time record sales of 5,343 units, combining with the popular MDX to produce sales of 10,764 Acura luxury SUVs in May.

  • With a total of 17,042 units sold, Acura brand sales gained 16.1 percent in May; every current Acura model up from previous month
  • Acura sedan sales up by 43.5 percent for May with a total of 6,278 vehicles driven by TLX sales of 4,352 units and ILX sales of 1,673.
  • MDX and RDX both post sales numbers over 5,000 units each for a May record total Acura light truck sales of 10,764 vehicles

“The Acura sedan lineup continues to build strong momentum with an increasing number of luxury customers getting behind the wheel of our TLX and ILX luxury performance models, ” said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. “Together with the benchmark MDX and recently refreshed RDX, both topping 5,000 units in sales, we’re looking forward to a long, hot summer of Acura sales.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for May 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
May May DSR** May May DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 17,042 14,675 20.6% 71,560 66,745 8.1%
ILX 1,673 1,629 6.7% 6,809 7,429 -7.6%
RLX/RL 239 324 -23.4% 976 1,855 -47.0%
TL 10 1,480 -99.3% 76 8,026 -99.0%
TLX 4,352 0 0.0% 18,186 0 0.0%
TSX 4 941 -99.6% 27 4,744 -99.4%
MDX 5,421 5,997 -6.1% 24,828 25,774 -2.9%
RDX 5,343 4,299 29.1% 20,657 18,864 10.4%
ZDX 0 5 -100.0% 1 53 -98.1%
*** ILX Hybrid 4 63 -93.4% 18 227 -92.0%
*** RLX Hybrid 24 0 0.0% 92 0 0.0%
*** TSX Wagon 0 82 -100.0% 2 475 -99.6%
Selling Days 26 27 127 128
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total

[Source: Acura]

2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid On Sale June 3

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Technological Tour de Force 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Goes On Sale June 3 with Greater Feature Content

Acura’s flagship luxury sport sedan receives additional premium features including AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies plus new “Surround View” Camera

Jun 2, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

With pricing unchanged from the current model, the 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will be available at Acura dealers nationwide beginning June 3 boasting new features including AcuraWatch™, now offered as standard equipment on all models, and an available 360-degree Surround View Camera system. The only luxury sedan with a three-motor, torque-vectoring hybrid powertrain, the 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $59,950 with Technology Package and $65,950 with Advance Package.

Producing a combined 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque2, the RLX Sport Hybrid is powered by a direct injected 3.5-liter V6 engine and three-motor hybrid system with Acura’s signature Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. This highly effective powertrain provides a unique combination of exhilarating all-weather, any-road dynamic performance, and exceptional acceleration, while also receiving an impressive 32 mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating3. These performance attributes are matched by the RLX Sport Hybrid’s luxurious appointments and for 2016 even more comprehensive feature content including the AcuraWatch™suite of safety and driver assistive technologies and available Surround View Camera4, bi-directional starter and heated steering wheel.

All RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD models now include AcuraWatch™, which helps to improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The AcuraWatch™ suite of available features includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Cross Traffic Monitor

The 2016 Acura RLX is available in two trims, RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package and RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package. The RLX with Technology Package has been enhanced with AcuraWatch™ as standard. The RLX with Advance Package has been additionally improved with Surround View Camera4, bi-directional keyless remote engine starter and heated steering wheel.

TRIM MSRP1 EPA Rating3
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package $59,950 28/32/30
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package $65,950 28/32/30

AcuraWatch
At the heart of AcuraWatch™ is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with improved vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the RLX Sport Hybrid from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision. These systems include Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Cross Traffic Monitor, both of which are new to the RLX Sport Hybrid.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)4
New for the 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and braking force, via VSA, to help the RLX Sport Hybrid from leaving a detected lane or detected roadway.

The monocular camera can recognize lane features and identify a lane or roadway edge. If the RDM system determines that the RLX Sport Hybrid is about to leave a detected lane or roadway defined by solid lines without a turn signal in use, it will provide steering assist (primary) and, in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist to help the driver stay on the road. If a lane only identified by dashed lines, Bott’s Dots or Cat Eye markers and the system determines that there is an unintended departure, no braking assist will be provided. Instead, the RLX Sport Hybrid will use active steering force to help return to the detected lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration and/or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Cross Traffic Monitor5
Another new driver assistive technology included with AcuraWatch™, the Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the RLX’s blind spot information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver’s seat.

The system utilizes a pair of radar units located in the rear quarter panels. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle’s direction are shown on the center display’s rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.

Surround View Camera6
For 2016, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package includes Acura’s Surround View Camera system6 that provides a 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. The surround view camera system is designed to assist drivers during critical and precise maneuvers in snug parking situations. Using four separate cameras, views from behind, directly in front of, and both left and right sides of the vehicle can be displayed on the navigation screen. The system can also use all four cameras to seamlessly create a composite bird’s eye image, to provide the driver with information about the surroundings. In addition, dynamic on-screen guidelines help the driver see their projected path relative to the lines demarking parking spaces or other objects, allowing them to maneuver with greater confidence.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/rlx.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.

2 Combined engine and hybrid electric motor system power and torque ratings.

3 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.

4 RDM only activates when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

5 The Cross-Traffic Monitor system and Rear View Camera are not a substitute for your own visual assessment before backing up; display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear or to the sides of your vehicle. Cross-Traffic Monitor may not detect all objects behind or to the side of a vehicle and may not detect a given object; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

6 Visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up or parking. Certain conditions (such as weather, lighting and high temperatures) may also restrict the camera view. Do not rely on the camera displays as they may not give you all information about conditions, persons, objects or obstructions around your vehicle.

[Source: Acura]

Video: Black Acura NSX Prototype Spied at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

The first all-black Acura NSX Prototype was seen this week testing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Chin Motorsports.com captured this short clip of the stealthy NSX pulling out of a garage.

NSX spy shot! Tuesday afternoon: we’re preparing for departure from Mid-Ohio, and some guys showed up for an evening test session. Some guys from Honda, driving this:

Black Acura NSX Prototype Spied at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Posted by Chin Motorsports.com on Friday, May 29, 2015

[Source: Chin Motorsports.com via Facebook]

Car and Driver: 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD Instrumented Test

How does the 2016 Acura MDX’s new ZF nine-speed transmission improve over the old 6-speed automatic? Car and Driver‘s recently published Instrumented Test results show improved fuel economy and quicker launch times:

The MDX storms out of the hole from rest using a 20.4:1 overall ratio and sprints to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, half a second quicker than the 2014 model we tested with the six-speed automatic. It then continues on to a 95-mph quarter-mile trap speed in 14.6 seconds, three-tenths more rapid than the 2014.- Ron Sessions, Car and Driver

Car and Driver Test Results:
2016 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX
Transmission:
9-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
0-60 mph:
5.9 sec
6.4 sec
0-100 mph:
16.4 sec
17.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile:
14.6 sec @ 95 mph
14.9 sec @ 95 mph
Observed fuel economy:
21 mpg
19 mpg

See the full review and test results at caranddriver.com – 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD with 9-Speed Automatic.

[Source: Car and Driver]

Video: Next Generation Acura NSX Spied at Gas Station

Now that the NSX nears production we’re seeing more of the prototypes out and about on city streets. This latest video catches the NSX at a gas station in close proximately as it fires up and drives off. The video capture is actually pretty good quality considering it was probably a camera phone, and it gives us a some good audio of the engine and exhaust note. See the 1-minute video clip below.

[Source: illest jay via YouTube]

Gallery: 2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC in Bellanova White Pearl

Another Acura, another road trip to the Canadian Rockies. This time around I had the pleasure of shooting a Bellanova White Pearl 2016 Acura ILX with Technology Plus and A-SPEC Package.

Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the new ILX received some relatively significant exterior updates. It features a new Jewel Eye LED Headlight design which adds some nice chrome styling details and uses a lower LED strip as daytime running lights. It’s also the first production Acura model to wear the new, slimmer grille which to me resembles a contoured wing or boomerang.

The A-SPEC Package further adds to exterior styling with fog lights, side skirts, a deck lid spoiler, and some funky 18-inch wheels. My only wish is that it was equipped with the front and rear Aero Kit pieces for the full effect.

All the photos in the gallery were shot in one day, in and around Alberta’s Jasper National Park.