Acura USA February 2014 Sales Results

Posted by  on March 3rd, 2014 No comments

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Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura Gains Drive American Honda Sales Results in February 2014

03/03/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey continue sales momentum
  • Acura light trucks rise 29.8 percent to set fifth consecutive monthly sales record

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported February 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 100,405 units. Acura light trucks bucked the February trend, gaining 29.8 percent for the month on sales of 7,482 units. The Honda Division recorded sales of 88,860.

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Acura light truck sales topped even last year’s torrid pace with a fifth straight monthly record, rising 29.8 percent.

  • Acura Division sales bucked market trends with an increase of 1.6 percent overall on sales of 11,545 units
  • MDX sales continue to soar with a 54.9 percent increase on sales of 4,563 units last month
  • RDX posted its 22nd consecutive monthly sales record with sales up 4.2 percent with 2,911 units sold

“Offering the comfort, connectivity and performance every luxury customer wants at a price no other luxury brand can match is clearly a winning formula for Acura light trucks,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. “With Acura trucks setting records month after month, we are creating great momentum for the introductions this year of the RLX Sport Hybrid and all-new TLX luxury performance sedan.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales For February 2014
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
February February DSR** February February DSR**
2014 2013 % Chg. 2014 2013 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 11,545 11,364 1.6% 22,368 20,853 7.3%
TL 1,480 2,216 -33.2% 2,848 3,713 -23.3%
TSX 911 1,358 -32.9% 1,804 2,684 -32.8%
Memo:  TSX Wagon 103 214 -51.9% 200 410 -51.2%
ILX 1,301 1,997 -34.9% 2,458 3,555 -30.9%
Memo:  ILX Hybrid 42 154 -72.7% 69 238 -71.0%
RLX 371 16 2212.6% 791 16 4818.9%
Memo:  RLX Hybrid 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0%
MDX 4,563 2,946 54.9% 8,804 5,521 59.5%
ZDX 8 25 -68.0% 22 56 -60.7%
RDX 2,911 2,795 4.2% 5,641 5,284 6.8%
Selling Days 24 24 49 49
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate

[Source: Acura]

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Video: NSX CONCEPT-GT Testing at Suzuka Circuit

Posted by  on February 27th, 2014 No comments

NSX CONCEPT-GT

Honda has released a new 2:15-minute video featuring Team Kunimitsu as they fine tune the RAYBRIG NSX CONCEPT-GT in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Super GT season.

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The Peter Cunningham Column: Stepping Up with the TLX GT

Posted by  on February 27th, 2014 No comments

Acura TLX GT

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]

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Acura Ranked 2nd in Consumer Reports’ 2014 Brand Report Card

Posted by  on February 25th, 2014 1 comment

2014 Acura RLX

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]

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Gallery: NSX Concept in Gran Turismo 6

Posted by  on February 18th, 2014 2 comments

NSX Concept - Gran Turismo 6

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.

[Source: jereswinnen, Snake206 GT6 photos, Ronin_GTAndy36 via Flickr]

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Acura Ranked 4th in J.D. Power 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study

Posted by  on February 14th, 2014 No comments
2011 Acura RDX

2011 Acura RDX

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]

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Video: 2014 Acura RDX AWD Off-Road Test Review

Posted by  on February 12th, 2014 2 comments

2014 Acura RDX AWD Off-Road Test Review

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.

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Acura MDX and RDX Win “Best Cars for the Money” Awards

Posted by  on February 12th, 2014 No comments
2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

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.

[Source: Acura]

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