Acura at Auto Shanghai 2015

Yesterday the new Acura NSX made its Chinese debut at Auto Shanghai 2015. The NSX will join Acura China’s growing model lineup along with an upcoming SUV designed and developed for the Chinese market slated for production in 2016. According to Acura China’s website, the Acura “Concept SUV-X” will be be powered by a turbocharged engine and a two-motor hybrid system.

[Source: Acura China]

Grand Prix of Long Beach Acura Motorsports Race Report

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Apr 20, 2015 – LONG BEACH, Calif

Acura TLX GT RealTime Racing Squad Scores Pair of Top-10s at Long Beach

  • Ryan Eversley scores sixth-place finish
  • Peter Cunningham gains 14 positions, gets season-best ninth-place result
  • First double top-10 finish of 2015 season
  • Everlsey moves into top-five in point standings

RealTime Racing teammates Ryan Eversley and Peter Cunningham took vastly different routes to the front during Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, but in the end both trips resulted in top-10 finishes for the Acura TLX GT drivers.

Eversley started fifth and turned that grid spot into a strong result, running up front all day on his way to a sixth-place finish. Cunningham started 23rd but survived early-race contact and picked his way through field, making up 14 positions to finish ninth.

“It was a top-notch race. I’m very pleased to get out on the other side with a top-10 finish,” Cunningham said. “Hats off to the RealTime guys, the car worked flawlessly throughout. Our No. 42 doesn’t look as pretty as it did at the start, but it should be fine for next weekend [at Barber Motorsports Park].”

Eversley fought off challenges from the McLaren of Kevin Estre and JD Davison’s Nissan to run as high as fourth, where he chased the Bentley of Chris Dyson through the latter half of the race. Duncan Ende’s spin brought out the final caution of the day, and Michael Lewis and Davison got around Eversley on the restart, but his sixth-place finish moved Eversley into the top five in the championship standings after five races.

“It was really frustrating to give up spots on the restarts to cars that we were faster than throughout the race, but that’s the nature of the beast here,” reported Eversley. ” It just wasn’t our day, but I had a lot of fun and it’s been awesome to compete in front of HPD’s home crowd and the 55 engineers that came here for support. All in all, a good weekend.”

Cunningham emerged from early contact that left his Acura TLX GT without a rear deck lid, but the series’ all-time winningest driver kept moving forward. By the time Duncan Ende spun in the hairpin to cause the last of the race’s four caution flags, Cunningham had climbed to 11th. On the last restart with five minutes remaining, Cunningham found a way around two more cars to earn a season-best ninth-place finish.

“Some of it was fair-and-square passing and out-braking other cars into the corner, but some of it was guys spinning off in front of me like ping-pong balls,” Cunningham said of his march to the front.

The team won’t have much time to bask in the afterglow of their promising result, as the Acuras will load up and head across the country for next weekend’s doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama.

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition.  It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda racing activities in Long Beach, including Verizon IndyCar, TUDOR sports car and Acura Pirelli World Challenge efforts, are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV

Race Results Sunday:

Pos Driver Team Car Status
1 Olivier Beretta Ferrari of Ontario Ferrari 458 GT3 25 Laps
2 Chris Dyson Team Bentley Dyson Racing Bentley Continental - 0.999 sec
3 Ryan Dalziel EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 - 1.488
6 Ryan Eversley RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT -3.917
9 Peter Cunningham RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT -9.275

Ryan Eversley (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT, qualified and finished 6th in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race): The car is in one piece, so we go to Barber and hopefully get a better result. The front of the field raced really strong. James Davison and I had a great battle and maybe nudged each other once or twice, but that’s what happens on a street course. I was really impressed with him today—he always left me a lane to race, which is important.

Peter Cunningham (owner/driver, #42 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT; qualified 23rd, finished 9th): Going into the Fountain, Bill Ziegler drove into the back of me at 25mph. That forced me into the guy in front of me, even though I was all the way on the brakes. The hit hurt the aero on the front straightaway, but I was still able to go flat.

[Source: Acura]

Snapshot: Rolling 2015 Acura TLX

An amazing rolling shot of Mike Chan’s 2015 Acura TLX build taken by photographer Tony Phanvu. Click here for a 1200×800 pixel image.

2016 Acura RDX On Sale April 16th

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Ready for Liftoff: 2016 Acura RDX Launching with More Performance, Luxury Appointments and Advanced Safety Technology than Ever Before

Apr 15, 2015- TORRANCE, Calif.

In a major commitment to advance what is already one of its most successful models, Acura is launching a more powerful, fuel efficient and luxuriously appointed 2016 RDX luxury SUV at dealerships nationwide tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $35,270 – an increase of just $175 over the 2015 model, despite the additional performance, features and capability.

Coming off an all-time record sales year in 2014, the refreshed 5-passenger RDX now packs an even stronger punch in the compact luxury SUV class for 2016 with a more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, ride and handling refinements, an expanded list of available AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, restyled exterior and interior elements and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including standard Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights. A new line-topping Advance grade ties the improvements and new features together in one comprehensive package.

“The new RDX is another great example of how we are continuing to advance our Acura lineup with a focus on prestige, performance and dynamic proportion,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “With the all-new TLX and upgraded MDX, RDX and ILX all getting a major injection of Acura DNA, we have one of the strongest Acura lineups in a decade.”

The 2016 RDX gets an important performance boost courtesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up to 279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve for more immediate and powerful acceleration response—right where it counts. Variable Cylinder Management™ allows for deactivation of three of the engine’s six cylinders under light engine loads, helping the more powerful 2016 RDX increase its highway EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg, rising to 19/28mpg for AWD models and 20/29mpg for FWD models (city/highway).1 Driving refinement is further enhanced by new active front and rear engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness. Additionally, the RDX’s available all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to further enhance dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

The 2016 RDX also gets key elements of Acura design DNA with restyled front and rear fascia, including the addition of Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design on all models and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. All models also receive new wheel designs.

Inside, the new RDX gets a freshened look with a high-contrast silver and black trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard heated front seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents. The RDX with Technology Package adds a new 8-way adjustable power passenger’s front seat (4-way power in base models), Acura’s intuitive dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio®, blind spot information (BSI), Multi-view Rear Camera with dynamic guidelines and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

A new line-topping Advance Package for the 2016 RDX features unique machined alloy wheels (18″ x 7.5″) with painted gray inserts and adds rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and the full suite of AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Both the Technology and Advance packages can be equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. All RDX models with AcuraWatch™ also get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation prompts (when equipped with navigation).

While offered as standard equipment on the new Advance Package, all RDX models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning, along with the Expanded View driver’s side mirror.

In addition to the available AcuraWatch™ technologies, the 2016 RDX offers enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that further improve frontal collision performance. The 2016 RDX targets top-in-class safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The RDX continues to be produced at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio, plant, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In January, Acura marked the sale of its two-millionth North American-made vehicle in America. Last year, approximately 94 percent of all Acura models sold in America were made in the company’s plants in Ohio and Alabama.

[Source: Acura]

Gallery: PASMAG Edition 2015 Acura TLX

With the new NSX making limited appearances at only the biggest events, this matte gray 2015 Acura TLX by Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) has been used as a centrepiece for Acura Canada at the Canadian auto shows. Here’s some info from PASMAG:

Arlon Graphics provided our TLX with a unique color for the vehicle wrap, “Gunpowder”, and GTA Wrapz helped us out with the application. The stance of the vehicle was accomplished with the help of Medel Service Center (Mississauga, ON) and a D2 Racing RS Series coilover system with Vossen VFS2 gloss graphite wheels wrapped in Nitto INVO tires. A Wilwood big break setup was installed on the front and rear of the TLX by Defcon Racing.

Rendered: RealTime Racing Acura Coupe Concept

Artist Robert Meijer created this RealTime Racing Acura Coupe based on the new Civic Concept. I do love the design of the Civic Concept, but seeing this render I actually think the V-shape of the Acura grille is a better fit with all the hard angles on the front bumper.

Although this render was all in good fun, with the announcement of some new turbocharged engines and a Civic Type-R launching in the U.S., you’ve got to wonder if Acura will follow up with it’s own sporty coupe.

[Source: RealTime Racing via Facebook]

Acura USA March 2015 Sales Report

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

April, 2015

  • Honda Fit continues to post major increases, gaining 58 percent in March on sales of 6,640 units while jumping 73.2 percent for the first quarter of 2015
  • Honda Pilot had another hot winter month, netting 11,937 sales for a 34.2 percent increase
  • Acura posts a month-over-month increase of 12.9 percent on sales of 14,670 vehicles in March

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported March 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 126,293 units, with Honda trucks gaining 0.8 percent on sales of 51,516 units, while overall sales decreased 5.3 percent versus March 2014. The Honda Division sold 111,623 vehicles in March, a decrease of 5.2 percent for the month. The Acura brand posted sales of 14,670 units, down 5.8 percent over the same period last year.

Acura

Acura posted a month over month sales gain as trucks continue to set the pace for the luxury SUV segment. Acura sedans continue to build momentum, led by the TLX and the redesigned, repowered ILX, which is just arriving at dealerships nationwide.

  • Total Acura sales are up 4.5 percent through the first quarter of 2015.
  • TLX notched its third straight month-over-month increase with sales of 3,430 in March.
  • MDX and RDX maintained a solid pace as total sales surpassed 9,400 units, even as significantly enhanced versions of each come to market.

“The continued leadership of the MDX and RDX in the luxury SUV segment demonstrates the positive direction we are taking with our Acura product lineup,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. “As we turn our attention to strengthening our lineup of Acura sedans, we are buoyed by the first Pirelli World Challenge series victory of the Acura TLX GT race car as a sign of good things to come.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for March 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
March March DSR** March March DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 14,670 15,580 -2.1% 39,644 37,948 4.5%
ILX 1,554 1,683 -4.0% 3,505 4,141 -15.4%
RLX/RL 194 387 -47.9% 543 1,178 -53.9%
TL 16 2,004 -99.2% 56 4,852 -98.8%
TLX 3,430 0 0.0% 9,741 0 0.0%
TSX 9 1,119 -99.2% 19 2,923 -99.3%
MDX 5,503 5,793 -1.2% 14,437 14,597 -1.1%
RDX 3,963 4,580 -10.7% 11,342 10,221 11.0%
ZDX 1 14 -92.6 1 36 -97.2
*** ILX Hybrid 4 46 -91.0% 12 115 -89.6%
*** RLX Hybrid 18 0 0.0% 53 0 0.0%
*** TSX Wagon 0 104 -100.0% 1 304 -99.7%
Selling Days 25 26 75 75
* 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]