MUGEN Parts for New Honda Legend

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MUGEN 2015 Honda Legend

Honda tuning company MUGEN has released details on the parts and accessories they will offer for the new 2015 Honda Legend. Exterior parts include a Carbon Front Lower Spoiler, a Carbon Air Spoiler, and Aluminum Wheels. A Sports Suspension package developed to work with the SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD system will also be available.

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Honda to Begin Sales of All-New “Legend”

Posted by  on November 9th, 2014 No comments

2016 Honda Legend

Official release from Honda Media Website:

TOKYO, Japan, November 10, 2014— Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced it would begin sales of the all-new Legend flagship sedan at dealerships across Japan on January 22, 2015. The new hybrid system features revolutionary hybrid technology to deliver a combination of unprecedented driving pleasure, a refined and comfortable ride and outstanding environmental performance.

The fifth-generation Legend features SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD*1, which comprises three electric motors. Featuring a gasoline engine, a single front motor and twin rear motors, the hybrid system automatically combines front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with EV Drive, Hybrid Drive or Engine Drive to respond continuously to driver inputs and driving conditions and ensure optimally efficient performance.

The twin rear motors provide drive and deceleration power to the rear wheels in any ratio. This revolutionary torque vectoring*2 technology delivers highly stable handling in every type of driving and refined driving comfort that exceeds expectations for the Legend’s class. At the same time, the Legend’s advanced hybrid system offers outstanding fuel economy of 16.8 km/L as measured in JC08 mode.*3

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Acura Creative Director Dave Marek Hints at Future Performance Model

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Speaking with Car and Driver at SEMA 2014, Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek hinted at the sportier direction Acura will take in the next few years.

“There are changes coming, and then there are more changes coming… There are lots of resources and activity going into making Acura back into what it was.”- Dave Marek

Unfortunately Marek wasn’t able to go into detail about the changes, but Car and Driver mentions a more affordable performance model coming after the launch of the NSX in 2015.

Oh and if you like the new “Andaro Blue” seen on the Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX, apparently it will be offered on future Acura models, including the NSX.

Read the full post on caranddriver.com – A New Acura Integra? “Just Wait,” We’re Told.

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Gallery: Acura at the 2014 SEMA Show

Posted by  on November 4th, 2014 No comments

Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX

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2015 Acura TLX Earns 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating

Posted by  on November 4th, 2014 No comments

2015 Acura TLX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

2015 Acura TLX Earns 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating as Acura Leads All Luxury Brands with Most IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus-Rated Models

TLX equipped with AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies for increased road sensing capabilities

11/04/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new 2015 Acura TLX, equipped with the latest generation of advanced Acura safety technologies, has received the highest possible rating of 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The TLX joins the RLX flagship sedan and MDX sport-utility vehicle in earning top marks from the IIHS, making Acura the leader among all luxury brands with the most 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rated models.

“Our goal in developing TLX was to contribute to Acura’s unmatched safety leadership in the luxury segment as part of an exceptional all-around luxury driving experience,” said Mat Hargett, chief engineer of the 2015 TLX. “The TLX utilizes a highly advanced body construction plus the latest in safety and driver-assistive technologies to provide occupant protection that is unmatched in the segment.”

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Video: Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX Build for SEMA 2014

Posted by  on November 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX

Learn how the team at Galpin Auto Sports came up with the design for the custom Acura TLX headed for the 2014 SEMA Show.

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2015 Acura TLX at 2014 SEMA Show

Posted by  on November 3rd, 2014 No comments

Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura Puts 2015 TLX Performance and Personalization Front and Center at 2014 SEMA Show

11/03/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX to debut at SEMA featuring custom styling and performance modifications
  • Acura Racing Spirit alive with radical TLX GT Race Car for Pirelli World Challenge series
  • 2015 Acura TLX features Acura Genuine Accessory package

Acura’s 2014 SEMA Show vehicle display will feature three distinct iterations of the hot-selling, all-new Acura TLX luxury performance sedan, with each variant expressing the performance character of the Acura brand and its customization potential.

The display is highlighted by the debut of the Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX, which features custom exterior styling and chassis modifications by Galpin Auto Sports. The Galpin Auto Sports TLX will be joined by the twin-turbo TLX GT Race Car, jointly developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and RealTime Racing, and a 2015 Acura TLX with the Genuine Acura Accessory package.

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Acura USA October 2014 Sales Results

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Acura Advance

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Honda Division Breaks Another Monthly Sales Record in October; Acura October Sales Jump Nearly 8% with another Big Month for the All-New TLX

11/03/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Honda Division has its best-ever October sales—up 5.5 percent on delivery of 105,745 new cars and trucks
  • All-new Acura TLX sales reach nearly 5,000 units in October, driving an overall 7.9 percent increase for the brand
  • Honda CR-V smashes previous October record with 29,257 sales, an increase of 29.7 percent over the same period in 2013; New Fit also sets new October sales mark

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported total October 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 121,172 units, an increase of 5.8 percent versus October of last year. The Honda division set a new October record on sales of 105,745 vehicles, an increase of 5.5 percent for the month. The Acura division posted sales of 15,427 units to rise 7.9 percent in the same period.

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With the 3.5L SH-AWD model enjoying its first full month on the market, the new Acura TLX gained more than 25 percent versus last month’s strong performance, reaching sales of nearly 5,000 units in October after less than three months on the market. TLX helped push Acura brand sales up 7.9 percent for the month.

  • TLX sales reached 4,890 units in October, jumping 25.9 percent over last month for its best month since joining the Acura lineup, and came within just a few hundred units of ranking as Acura’s best-selling model.
  • With 5,324 units sold in October, Acura’s current best seller—MDX—jumped 9.5 percent month-over-month despite being limited by tight supplies.

“With TLX sales nearly topping 5,000 units in a segment full of notoriously tough competitors, the new TLX is quickly establishing itself as a top player in the mid-size luxury sedan game,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “This early success of TLX also demonstrates the strong potential of the performance direction for the Acura product lineup.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for October 2014
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
October October DSR** October October DSR**
2014 2013 % Chg. 2014 2013 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 15,427 14,296 7.9% 135,177 135,126 0.%
TL 105 1,295 -91.9% 10,462 21,057 -50.3%
TLX 4,890 0 0.0% 11,060 0 0.0%
TSX 48 1,211 -96.0 6,250 15,394 -59.4%
Memo: TSX Wagon 5 132 -96.2% 635 1,764 -64.0%
ILX 1,618 2,005 -19.3% 14,472 17,275 -16.2%
Memo: ILX Hybrid 15 137 -89.1% 360 1,373 -73.8%
RLX 260 830 -68.7% 2,955 3,780 -21.8%
Memo: RLX Hybrid 36 0 0.0% 67 0 0.0%
MDX 5,324 5,608 -5.1% 53,632 40,411 32.7%
ZDX 4 14 -71.4% 73 337 -78.3%
RDX 3,178 3,333 -4.7% 36,273 36,872 -1.6%
Selling Days 27 27 256 256
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts ** Daily Selling Rate ***Memo line items are included in the respective model total

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