Hear from RealTime Racing’s Peter Cunningham as he gets set to campaign the #42 Acura TLX GT in the upcoming Pirelli World Challenge season. The Realtime Racing team has a long history with Acura cars, previously entering the World Challenge with an Acura Integra Type-R, an Acura NSX and most recently an Acura TSX V6. Peter mentions the challenging task of not only stepping up to the faster GT Class, but doing so in a brand new vehicle.
Check out Peter’s first entry from his new monthly column on Racer.com: Running in RealTime – the Peter Cunningham column.
The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season kicks off next month with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30.
[Source: RACER Magazine]
Consumer Reports has ranked Acura second out of 23 makes in their 2014 Brand Report Card. Acura moved up 3 spots from its 2013 ranking with a score of 75, just 4 points shy of this year’s top ranked brand.
The report card aims to recognize the brands which make the best all-around vehicles based on data from Consumer Reports’ comprehensive road tests as well as from subscriber reliability experiences.
“We calculate each brand’s overall score using an equally weighted composite of our road-test and reliability scores for each of its models that we’ve tested and for which our subscribers have provided reliability data in our Annual Auto Survey. To be included, each brand needs at least three models for which we have test and reliability data.” – Consumer Reports
Visit consumerreports.org for the full article: Consumer Reports - Who makes the best cars?
[Source: Consumer Reports]
The “photo mode” first debuted in Gran Turismo 4 allowing players to take a break from the driving and become a virtual automotive photographer. It gave players a chance to shoot their dream cars in iconic locations with complete creative control over the camera.
Along with last year’s release of Gran Turismo 6 came the opportunity to not only drive, but to photograph the many angles of the NSX Concept. A quick search for the NSX Concept on Flickr resulted in some pretty spectacular user uploads from the game. Check out a few of my favorites in the gallery below.
Acura has been ranked 4th out of 31 brands in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study(VDS).
“The study, now in its 25th year, examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2011 model-year vehicles. Overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.”
While the overall average number of problems per 100 cars has increased for the first time since 1998, Acura saw a decrease in problems from last year’s study, dropping from 120 PP100 in 2013 to 109 PP100 in 2014.
The Acura RDX was awarded highest rank in the Compact Premium CUV segment, while the Acura MDX ranked in the top three of the Midsize Premium CUV segment.
Visit jdpower.com for the full press release: J.D. Power – 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study
[Source: J.D. Power and Associates]
Most people won’t associate the 2014 Acura RDX with off-roading, but that’s not stopping Everyman Driver‘s Dave Erickson from punishing it through a muddy off-road test review at Washington’s Riverside State Park ORV Area. While it lacks the SH-AWD found in its big brother the MDX, the RDX’s All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control and 8.1 inches(205 mm) of ground clearance are enough to handle all but two of the steepest challenges in this video.
Watch the Off-Road Test Review below or visit everymandriver.com for their detailed review of the 2014 Acura RDX AWD.
Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:
Acura MDX and RDX Win U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money Awards
Acura MDX and RDX deliver value on a luxury Scale
02/12/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.
Acura’s hottest sellers, MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and RDX luxury crossover SUV, have won U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 awards with MDX taking the “Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV For The Money” award and RDX winning the “Best Luxury Compact SUV For The Money” category.
“The MDX and RDX continue to win accolades for their outstanding combination of exhilarating, performance, great fuel efficiency, and outstanding value on a luxury scale,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. “With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura has unquestionably two of the most competitive luxury SUVs in the market.”
The “Best Cars for the Money” methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 award categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the “Best Car for the Money” in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings, updated monthly at www.usnews.com/cars, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.