NSX Prototype set for debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Posted by  on March 19th, 2014 No comments

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Official release from Honda UK Newsroom:

19 March 2014

- Innovative hybrid all-wheel drive supercar to enter production in 2015
- Festival of Speed will showcase NSX’s advanced technologies, performance and handling

The ground-breaking NSX supercar, powered by an innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, and set for launch in 2015, will take centre stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (27-29 June) when it takes on the world’s most famous hillclimb in front of a capacity crowd. The Festival will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to see and hear the all-new version of a supercar whose forebears gained iconic status around the world.

The NSX has a long-standing relationship with the Festival of Speed. In 1993, at the time of the first Festival, a fleet of 10 NSX were showcased at Goodwood. Launched in 1990, the original NSX was already known as a ground-breaking exotic car, delivering super performance and handling, without compromise in usability and ergonomics. Driven by UK journalists, the 10 NSX made a thrilling impression on visitors to the first Festival of Speed. More than two decades have passed and the new NSX is making its return to Goodwood. It will again open the door for a new era of the Super Sports model and Honda sees the Festival as the perfect event to demonstrate its flagship supercar for the first time in Europe.

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Acura Kicks Off “Driven by Passion” Tour

Posted by  on March 17th, 2014 1 comment

Acura RLX at Scottsdale Driven by Passion Event

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura’s Multi-City “Driven by Passion” Tour Showcases 2014 RLX Flagship Sedan, Supports Local Organizations and Causes Along the Way

03/17/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Acura has kicked off a multi-city cross-country tour called “Driven by Passion” to showcase the automaker’s new flagship luxury-performance sedan, the 2014 Acura RLX. The new experiential marketing campaign will occur alongside local cultural events in busy city-center locations while supporting local organizations and philanthropic causes along the way.

The tour began at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair earlier this winter, and will make stops at cultural events around the country. Acura’s “Driven by Passion” events will offer guests an immersive ride & drive opportunity – the chance to take a personalized test drive of the all-new Acura RLX. The tour will culminate this spring in Chicago. (Full tour schedule is listed at http://www.acura.com/Engagements)

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Acura Rearview Camera Systems Earns Recognition from NHTSA

Posted by  on March 12th, 2014 No comments

Acura Advance

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Honda and Acura Rearview Camera Systems First to be Recognized as Advanced Technology Features by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

03/12/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Honda’s efforts in the areas of enhanced driver visibility have been recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its 5-Star Safety Ratings program (also known as the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)), with nearly all Honda and Acura models with rearview camera systems becoming the first vehicles in the industry to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for having met its Advanced Technology Feature performance criteria (http://1.usa.gov/Pv0lKq).

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More 2015 Acura TLX Spy Shots

Posted by  on March 10th, 2014 No comments

2015 Acura TLX Spy Shots

A new batch of 2015 Acura TLX spy shots have emerged today from KGP Photography:

“We caught a couple of undisguised, fresh-from-the-factory 2015 Acura TLX test cars, giving us the first look at at the truly production-spec replacement for the TL and TSX.

The TLX Concept that debuted at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit wasn’t exactly a complete look at a showroom-ready TLX. The black and white test cars caught on their post-build shakedown runs reveal toned-down front- and rear-fascias. The concept showcased a deeper front air-dam and more aggressive rear bumper, with flared sculpting and bold chrome accents. Those aggressive details are not found on the final production models, making for a more tame TLX that will enter Acura’s lineup after its New York Auto Show debut.” KGP Photography

UPDATE: Sources at TOV now say that this is not a North American model.

Head over to Temple of VTEC – vtec.net for the full gallery.

[Source: Temple of VTEC]

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American Honda Creates Acura Division for Sales and Marketing

Posted by  on March 10th, 2014 No comments

Acura Advance

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

American Honda Strengthens Auto Sales Division to Accelerate Sales Growth of Honda and Acura Brands

03/10/2014 – TORRANCE, CA

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will strategically realign its automobile sales and marketing operations into separate divisions organized by brand, as the Honda Division and Acura Division. The moves, effective April 1, are intended to create greater clarity and more cohesive sales and marketing plans that are right for the products and customers of each brand.

In conjunction with the strategy, the following executive changes were announced:

Michael Accavitti will become senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. In his new role, Accavitti will be responsible for all sales, marketing and parts and service business for the Acura brand. Accavitti joined Honda in 2011, and is currently the senior vice president of Auto Operations, which includes responsibility for national marketing for the Honda and Acura brands.

Jeff Conrad will become senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. Conrad will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities for the Honda brand. Conrad joined American Honda in 1982, and is currently the vice president and general manager of Acura Sales.

American Honda automotive operations have long been separated by function rather than by brand. These moves will result in exclusive divisions, with dedicated sales and marketing teams for Honda and for Acura.  Both brands will be housed under a single “American Honda Auto Division” to be headed by John Mendel, executive vice president of what is now called the Automobile Sales Division.

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2015 Acura TLX Spy Shots

Posted by  on March 9th, 2014 No comments

2015 Acura TLX Spy Shots

Recently posted on AcuraZine were these photos of a camo-tattered 2015 Acura TLX. Originating from a Chinese website this TLX is likely a China spec model, but usually there are minimal exterior differences from North American models. It looks like the “gap” in the lower front bumper has been closed, reminding me a bit of the third generation TL. We also get a first peek inside the TLX, and it appears to have the dual screen centre console set up found in the RLX and MDX.

[Source: auto.sohu.com]

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Gallery: NSX at Suzuka Circuit Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day

Posted by  on March 6th, 2014 No comments

NSX CONCEPT-GT

This past weekend Suzuka Circuit’s Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day brought an epic collection of cars to the event, and NSX fans would not be denied. Honda of course brought its newest racing machine the NSX CONCEPT-GT, and put it alongside two iconic NSXs: the Team Kunimitsu NSX – winner of the 1995 Le Mans GT2 class, and the Castrol MUGEN NSX – winner of the 2000 JGTC GT500 class. The trio of NSXs lapping the circuit created some pretty good photo ops seen in the gallery above.

Also included are photos of the NSX CONCEPT-GT with its Super GT Japanese rivals, Lexus’ RC F and Nissan’s GT-R.

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Acura USA February 2014 Sales Results

Posted by  on March 3rd, 2014 No comments

Acura Advance

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

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