Rumor: 2015 Acura TLX Details Leaked

Posted by  on April 14th, 2014 3 comments

2015 Acura TLX

A few days before the official Acura TLX unveil at the New York International Auto Show, a TLX Forums member who recently attended a TLX training session shared his notes on the car. Keep in mind the information posted below has not been confirmed.

Two engines:

• 3.5L V6 with specs of 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. 9-speed automatic transmission is paired with this engine. Acura says that regular shifts will occur at a rate 25% faster than the TL, and paddle shift inputs will be realized up to five times faster than the TL. Regarding fuel economy, both the FWD and AWD models will see an increase of 5 mpg highway over the TL. For city fuel economy ratings, the FWD is up 1 mpg and the AWD model is up 3 mpg over the TL. The SH-AWD system weighs 75% of the weight of the TL’s system, and because it’s smaller, Acura engineers were able to add an under storage space in the trunk (like the RLX). The TLX V6 is about 0.5 seconds faster than the TL in the 0-60mph race.

• 2.4L inline-four cylinder with 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft. This powertrain features an 8-speed torque converter automatic (the new ZF box?). Expect fuel economy to increase by 2 mpg in the city and by 4 mpg on the highway

More info:

• Internally, Acura is targeting a sales goal of 45,000 TLX models per year. I am confident this model will make targets – it’s quite impressive in person.
• The TLX has about the same wheelbase length as the TL, but the overhangs are 4 inches shorter.
• Auto start-stop is standard (if it’s like the BMW system, I’m turning it off every single time I get in)
• There’s a new sport mode feature called Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) with an optional Sport Plus mode. It changes throttle response and steering feel. It also has an economy mode for when you feel like driving like a grandma.
• Siri Eyes Free is standard. I’m really excited for this!
• Electronic parking brake
• Rear seats fold down for cargo
• TLX FWD model is 150 lbs lighter than the TL FWD!

[Source: TLX Forums]

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Gallery: Acura China’s 2014 MDX with Accessories

Posted by  on April 11th, 2014 No comments

Acura China's 2014 MDX - Courtesy auto.sohu.com

Have a look at some of the additional exterior accessories Acura China offers for the 2014 Acura MDX.

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Gallery: NSX CONCEPT-GT Debuts in Super GT Round 1

Posted by  on April 7th, 2014 1 comment

NSX CONCEPT-GT

The NSX CONCEPT-GT made its Super GT debut this past weekend in Round 1 at Okayama International Circuit. Five teams are running the NSX CONCEPT-GT in the GT500 class this season, but the Weider Modulo DOME Racing Team had the best result of the group, finishing 5th place out of 15 cars overall.

The NSX teams will need to regroup for Super GT Round 2 which takes places on May 4th at Fuji Speedway.

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Acura ILX Wins 2014 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award

Posted by  on April 7th, 2014 No comments

2014 Acura ILX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

ILX takes top spot in Premium Compact Passenger Car category

04/07/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The Acura ILX luxury sports sedan has earned the 2014 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award in the Premium Compact Passenger Car category. The IntelliChoice award is based on analysis of every new model sold in the United States and identifies those that have low total ownership costs and lower than expected costs over time when compared to similar models.

“With great performance, premium features and a luxurious interior, ILX is the very definition of value on a luxury scale,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “This Overall Best Value award demonstrates customers can step into luxury through this great gateway to the Acura lineup of luxury vehicles.”

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2015 Acura TLX Spy Shots from China

Posted by  on April 3rd, 2014 2 comments

2015 Acura TLX Spy Shots

A Chinese website has posted photos of a partially camouflaged China-spec 2015 Acura TLX. These new TLX images don’t reveal much more than previous spy shots, but they do offer more contrast and crisper lines than the last batch which were rather unflattering due to poor light. The lone interior shot shows us an electric parking brake and wood trim.

The North American TLX is set to debut on April 16th at the New York International Auto Show.

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Hot selling and Award-winning RDX goes on sale

Posted by  on April 2nd, 2014 1 comment

2015 Acura RDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

04/02/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The 2015 RDX crossover SUV goes on sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price* (MSRP) starting at $34,895, Acura announced today. Ever popular with customers, the RDX has been a sales hit, posting its 22nd consecutive monthly sales record in February 2014. RDX again earned honors and won the 2014 ALG Residual Value Award by delivering the highest projected three-year resale value of any vehicle in the Premium Compact Utility Vehicle category.*

The 2015 RDX features a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system (available as a $1,400 option). The RDX exterior incorporates an aerodynamically efficient body with Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a motion adaptive electric power steering system.

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Automobile Magazine’s Collectible Classic: 1991-2005 Acura NSX

Posted by  on April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Collectible Classic: 1991-2005 Acura NSX

It’s hard to believe the first generation NSX is now twenty-four years old. Although it may not qualify as a true “classic car” just yet, Automobile Magazine explains why it makes their “Collectible Classic” for the month of April 2014:

“The NSX would be sold under the premium Acura sales channel in the United States, a shot-in-the-arm for a brand fighting to carve its niche in the crowded marketplace. Launching as a 1991 model, the supercar wasn’t just a landmark event for Honda, it was an engineering breakthrough for the industry, and the first production car to use an all-aluminum chassis and body. Hand-built in Tochigi, Japan, the NSX cost about $65,000, making it the most expensive Japanese car ever to that point.” Greg Migliore, Automobile Magazine

Check out the full feature at automobilemag.com: Collectible Classic: 1991-2005 Acura NSX.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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Acura USA March 2014 Sales Results

Posted by  on April 1st, 2014 No comments

Acura Advance

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

American Honda Announces Sales Results for March 2014

04/01/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Acura division sales up 10.5 percent with MDX and RDX setting monthly records

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported March 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 133,318 units. Acura division gained 10.5 percent (14.7 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*)on sales of 15,580, with light trucks increasing 45.8 percent for the month on sales of 10,387 units. The Honda Division recorded sales of 117,738 vehicles in March.

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Acura’s flagship SUV, the MDX, drove a 10.5 percent division increase as Acura light truck sales climbed nearly 46 percent from a year earlier. RDX also contributed to its remarkable string of monthly increases, with sales rising for the 23rd straight month.

  • Acura division sales increase 10.5 percent with 15,580 units sold in March
  • Acura trucks rise 45.8 percent on sales of 10,387, a new March record
  • MDX sales set a new monthly record with total sales up 80.6 percent, totaling 5,793 in March
  • RDX recorded an increase of 18.2 percent on sales of 4,580 units, another March record

“It’s unusual to have such strength and consistency in the hyper-competitive luxury SUV segment,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “It’s clear that MDX and RDX possess the key qualities that give lasting appeal.”

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days for March 2014 and 27 days for March 2013. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 75 days for 2014 and 76 days for 2013. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.

American Acura Vehicle Sales For March 2014
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
March March DSR** March March DSR**
2014 2013 % Chg. 2014 2013 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 15,580 14,100 14.7% 37,948 34,953 10.0%
TL 2,004 3,080 -32.4% 4,852 6,793 -27.6%
TSX 1,119 1,492 -22.1% 2,923 4,176 -29.1%
Memo:  TSX Wagon 104 203 -46.8% 304 613 -49.7%
ILX 1,683 2,059 -15.1% 4,141 5,614 -25.3%
Memo:  ILX Hybrid 46 145 -67.1% 115 383 -69.6%
RLX 387 344 16.8% 1,178 384 210.9%
Memo:  RLX Hybrid 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0%
MDX 5,793 3,207 87.6% 14,597 8,728 69.5%
ZDX 14 43 -66.2% 36 99 -63.2%
RDX 4,580 3,875 22.7% 10,221 9,159 13.1%
Selling Days 26 27 75 76
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate

[Source: Acura]

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