Rendered: Acura ILX Wagon

Posted by  on November 8th, 2013 3 comments

Acura ILX Wagon

This is the second time an Acura ILX Wagon has been rendered in less than a month’s time, maybe there really is a market for a new sporty hatchback from Acura? The designer Hondatalover has a few small requests though: the new ILX Wagon should be offered with a V6 engine and SH-AWD. If only it were possible.

Check out some of Hondatalover’s clean cut renderings in the gallery above.

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Acura to Debut Custom Performance Sedans at SEMA

Posted by  on November 5th, 2013 No comments

2014 Acura RLX VIP Sedan

Official release from acuranews.com:

11/05/2013 – Las Vegas, NV.

  • Acura demonstrates tuner potential of RLX Luxury Performance Sedan and ILX Compact Luxury Sedan using Acura Genuine Accessories and top aftermarket brands

Acura today unveiled three customized sedans at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, including the Acura RLX VIP Sedan, created by Evasive Motorsports, the RLX Urban Luxury Sedan and Street Performance ILX, both created by MAD Industries.

“How better to amp up the inherent luxury, excitement and prestige of the Acura Brand than to partner with the enthusiast crowd and create these custom RLX and ILX sedans,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Auto Operations. “SEMA is where we go to add that little bit of spice that brings out the true performance character in our Acura lineup.”

Acura engaged MAD Industries and Evasive Motorsports, both located in Southern California, to use Acura sedans as the platform to create even more exciting and dynamic custom vehicles.

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Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD On Display at LA Auto Show

Posted by  on November 1st, 2013 No comments

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Official release from acuranews.com:

11/01/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever made, producing 377 horsepower; delivering V-8 power and 4-cylinder fuel economy

The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, the flagship of the Acura luxury-performance sedan lineup, will be on display at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on November 20, 2013.

Acura’s first luxury sedan to use hybrid powertrain technology and electric-powered all-wheel-drive, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD delivers V8-like performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy, along with the outstanding handling and all-weather performance capabilities of Acura’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever made, and combines a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch  transmission and three high-output electric motors to produce a combined 377 horsepower and an EPA-rated 30 miles per gallon combined city-highway fuel economy.1

The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will join the 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) in the Acura model line in 2014. The RLX P-AWS model made its world debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2012 and went on sale earlier this year.

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

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Acura USA October 2013 Sales Results

Posted by  on November 1st, 2013 No comments

Acura Advance

Official release from acuranews.com:

Honda October Sales Rise on Record CR-V and Strong Civic Sales; Acura Posts over 17-Percent Increase on Record Sales of Truck of the Year Candidate MDX

11/01/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

• CR-V boasts record October sales
• Civic sales up 32.1 percent over October 2012
• Acura light trucks post record October sales on strength of all-new MDX and RDX

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported October 2013 U.S. total sales of 114,538 units, an increase of 7.1 percent compared with October 2012 (up 3.1 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*). Year-to-date sales reached 1,273,550, an increase of 8.5 percent. Honda Division October sales reached 100,242, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to last October. Acura Division posted sales of 14,296, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to October 2012.

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• Acura posted October sales of 14,296, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to last October with Acura light trucks recording their best October since 2007
• MDX sales set an October monthly record with 5,608 units, up 48.7 percent compared to last October
• RDX also set an October record with sales of  3,333, up 25.3 percent compared to last year
• RLX posted its best sales month since its release in March

“The poise and power of Acura’s line of light trucks continues to win over an ever-increasing number of discerning SUV customers,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales. “With MDX recording its best October since 2004 and RDX continuing to set sales records month over month, Acura has the strongest one two punch in the industry.”

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 27 days for October 2013 and 26 days for October 2012. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 256 days for 2013 and 255 days for 2012. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.

American Acura Vehicle Sales For October 2013
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
October October DSR** October October DSR**
2013 2012 % Chg. 2013 2012 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 14,296 12,163 13.2% 135,126 127,936 5.6%
TL 1,295 2,560 -51.3% 21,057 29,408 -28.4%
TSX 1,211 1,577 -26.1% 15,394 24,955 -38.3%
Memo: TSX Wagon 132 392 -67.6% 1,764 3,436 -48.7%
ILX 2,005 1,529 26.3% 17,275 7,658 125.6%
Memo: ILX Hybrid 137 144 -8.4% 1,373 679 102.2%
RLX / RL 830 21 3706.0% 3,780 350 980.0%
MDX 5,608 3,771 43.2% 40,411 42,417 -4.7%
ZDX 14 46 -70.7% 337 688 -51.0%
RDX 3,333 2,659 20.7% 36,872 22,460 64.2%
Selling Days 27 26 256 256
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate

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2014 Acura MDX and RDX Achieve Top NHTSA Crash Scores

Posted by  on October 30th, 2013 2 comments
2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

Official release from acuranews.com:

2014 Acura MDX and RDX Achieve Top NHTSA Crash Scores Advancing Acura’s Continued Safety Leadership

10/30/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and 2014 RDX luxury crossover SUV recently received the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).  Both Acuras received 5-Star scores, across the board, for each of the frontal and side impact crash tests and scored 4-Stars for rollover resistance.

MDX and RDX engineers also targeted top-level safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and anticipate the highest rating of GOOD in the Institute’s new stringent small overlap front crash test.  A TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating is expected for MDX and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating is expected for RDX.

Acura MDX offers a rich array of safety and driver assistive technologies including the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System.

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Acura Third in Consumer Reports 2013 Reliability Rankings

Posted by  on October 28th, 2013 No comments
2014 Acura RDX

2014 Acura RDX

Acura was placed as a top three brand for reliability in Consumer Reports 2013 Annual Auto Reliability rankings. Acura came in third out of 28 brands included in the study.

“Those findings are from our 2013 Annual Auto Survey, which was conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. They’re based on subscribers’ experiences with 1.1 million vehicles. We use that pool of data to compile reliability histories and predict how well new cars that are currently on sale will hold up.” – Consumer Reports

All Acura models scored an above average rating from Consumer Reports.

Visit consumerreports.org for more information on their reliability ratings.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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Snapshot: Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Posted by  on October 23rd, 2013 No comments

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Here is another look at the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. The image above is a camera phone shot from the latest issue of Acura Style magazine which contains a short “sneak peek” feature on the upcoming Sport Hybrid RLX.

Expect more information to be released in the next few weeks.

[Source: AcuraZine]

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2014 Acura MDX Wins ALV Award in Luxury Family Category

Posted by  on October 22nd, 2013 1 comment
Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year: Luxury Family – 2014 Acura MDX

Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year: Luxury Family – 2014 Acura MDX

The 2014 Acura MDX has won the 10th Annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year award against other finalists in the Luxury Family category. The Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year program, known in short as ALV, is unique in that it brings together automotive journalists as well as elite athletes whose opinions are combined in naming winners in 8 categories. The 2013 event was held on Saturday, October 19 in Chandler, Arizona at the Local Motors micro-factory.

No matter the sport they participate in – biking, kayaking, soccer, and many more – active people demand a lot from their vehicles. That’s why automakers choose to enter their most versatile and rugged vehicles in the competition each October. The all-new MDX, completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, received top honors at the event for its space utility, power, and intuitive technology.

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