The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 02/03: Lake Louise

Posted by  on March 4th, 2012 3 comments
The 2012 Acura ZDX at Icefields Parkway

The 2012 Acura ZDX at Icefields Parkway

Day 02: Ice Fields Parkway
Trip Odometer Total: 633 kms(294 miles)

In the summer months, the stretch of road from Jasper to Lake Louise is one of the most scenic routes you can travel if you’re looking to experience the Canadian Rockies. Highway 93 also known as Icefields Parkway, parallels the Alberta/BC border for 230 km and is a popular tourist attraction. During the winter it’s quite the opposite, extreme weather is common and traffic is minimal.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 02/03

Just before we reached the Highway 93 gates, we were greeted with a road sign that read “Poor” winter travel conditions, we took heed and marched on cautiously. The roads were fair for the first 100 kms, the two lanes bordered by snow on each side. As we progressed south, the conditions became more erratic with increasing flurries and gusts of wind. Here is where our ZDX got its first true battle with winter. Near the half way point we reached the Columbia Ice Fields where I had initially planned to make a stop for some photos. Stopping however was not an option this time. The openness of the area created intense crosswinds that pounded us from the side, blowing in a complete whiteout of snow. We felt the vehicle sway a bit, but for once I think the heavier frame of the ZDX was a real benefit.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 02/03

The strong winds had pushed snow banks stretching across the road, I did my best to slowly swerve around the bigger ones, but at times there was no choice but to plow right over. This is where the ZDX’s SH-AWD, and 200 mm(7.9 in) of ground clearance was a huge asset. The ZDX performed confidently and manoeuvred as it would on dry pavement. I had solid control throughout, not once did I ever lose traction or feel any slip.

After our 3.5 hour drive we finally reached the village of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. We checked into our rooms at the Lake Louise Inn, a popular hotel resort with a ton of amenities, on-site restaurants and its own outdoor ice skating rink. The best part: it’s the closest hotel to Lake Louise Mountain, skiing and snowboarding is just a few minutes away.

Day 03: Lake Louise Mountain Resort 

We awoke to a layer of snow on the ZDX, usually a good sign when you’re hoping for good mountain conditions. After checking the snow report we confirmed our suspicions, 26 cm overnight meant a powder day at Lake Louise. We hooked up with our guide, Lake Louise veteran Mike Moynihan who brought us up a half hour before the public for some fresh tracks. I soon found out that Mike was a huge fan of the original NSX and we chatted about some of the features of the new concept.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 02/03

With 139 runs and 4200 skiable acres, there was more than enough fresh snow for everyone on a day like today. Mike took us down some of his favorite trails, most were untracked with creamy powder to our knees. We ripped our way through until about 2 pm when our legs burned fire. Who said riding pow was easy? We finished off our final run with a lap through Lake Louise’s massive terrain park. With a ton of features and multiple lines, there’s something for skiers and riders of all levels.

Visit snowseekers.ca for more on Lake Louise.

As we returned to the vehicle we noticed a man circling the ZDX, slowly analyzing its every edge and angle. He mentioned that he has never seen one before. I gave him the quick rundown on the ZDX and some of its key features as he seemed legitimately interested with his questions about model years and the type of engine. “It looks sporty, I love the huge wheels” he said.

We packed up our gear and got ready for the 231 km drive to Revelstoke.

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

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The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 01: Marmot Basin

Posted by  on March 2nd, 2012 2 comments
2012 Acura ZDX Jasper National Park

The 2012 Acura ZDX at Jasper National Park

Day 01: Marmot Basin
Trip Odometer Total: 398 kms(247.3 miles)

We picked up our 2012 Acura ZDX loaner at West Side Acura this morning, and with a press of the push-button ignition we headed out to begin our journey.We received a freshly detailed Crystal Black Pearl ZDX with black leather interior and the Technology Package, wrapped in a set of Micheline Latitude Alpin tires for extra snow grip. Coupled with Acura’s exclusive torque vectoring SH-AWD which comes standard on all ZDXs, we couldn’t really ask for anything more in our winter driving machine.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 01

Our first destination was Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park, the closest major ski resort to Edmonton with a drive time of approximately 3.5 hours. Heading west on highway 16, driving conditions were optimal with overcast skies and dry roads. Marmot Basin has always been like a home base for me, and the 360km trek towards the Rockies was a familiar one. We stopped just inside Jasper National Park for some quick shots of the ZDX.

It was our first time inside the cabin of the ZDX, and to say we were impressed would be an understatement. The cockpit was a fusion of real leather and nicely textured plastic features. The premium leather seats with 8-way power adjustments were soft and accommodating, combined with the power adjustable steering column, finding the ideal comfort zone for my 6’1″ frame was easy. Loaded with extra features the dash and center console is laid out intuitively, Kevin and I had it all mostly figured out in about hour. Our 3 favorite features so far: USB iPod integration, trilingual voice recognition and the 10-speaker ELS surround sound audio system.

The mountain climb up to Marmot Basin was steep and slushy, but hardly a work out for the SH-AWD system. Arriving late for an afternoon of riding, we managed to get in some good runs in a short 2 hours. Marmot Basin received 10 cms of snow in the past 7 days with 1 cm overnight, which gave us a nice soft top layer of snow to carve through. With 2 new lifts for the 2011/2012 season, navigating the mountain’s 86 runs and 6.8 km² of of skiable terrain has never been faster or easier.

ZDX Rear Folding Seats

After just barely catching the last chair up, we rode straight out to parking lot number 4 and right to the ZDX. Packing up our gear, the ZDX’s 60/40 folding rear seatbacks provided plenty space and quick access for our 2 snowboards and luggage. We snapped a couple more photos then headed out for a night in the town of Jasper. Next stop, Lake Louise.

For more on Marmot Basin and Jasper, visit SnowSeekers.ca.

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

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The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction

Posted by  on March 2nd, 2012 No comments

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour
This isn’t your average road trip. For me, a snowboarder for nearly 10 years, it’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing. A 10-day tour of the Canadian Rockies, destination: epic powder. An adventure that will take us from Alberta’s capital city Edmonton, down through the continental divide and into interior British Columbia where we’ll make our way to our final ski destination, Whistler. Along the way we’ll get a chance to experience some of the best ski resorts Western Canada has to offer: Marmot Basin, Lake Louise, Revelstoke, Whitewater, Red Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb.

Every road trip requires a vehicle, and when we’re in the midst of winter with roughly 2000 kms of potentially hazardous road to travel, the vehicle of choice will have to meet certain criteria. Reliability and all-wheel drive are absolute necessities. Some extra ground clearance and cargo space would definitely be helpful. And finally a comfortable cabin for those long grueling hours on the road.

Enter the 2012 ZDX, a unique crossover with luxury, utility, performance and Acura’s reputation for reliability. With its powerful 300-hp V-6 engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and a never-ending list of features, the ZDX is the perfect candidate for our Rocky Mountain Road Tour. Follow our review as we take the ZDX for the next 10-days through scenic drives as well as harsh winter conditions on our quest for fresh snow and glorious riding.

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

For more coverage on North America’s Northwest winter destinations, head over to SnowSeekers.ca.

 

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NSX Roadster sketches from the European Patent Office

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NSX Roadster European Patent

NSX Roadster European Patent

A few wireframe sketches of a possible future NSX Roadster have recently emerged on the web. The images coming from the European Patent Office show a roofless NSX Concept almost identical to the one we’ve seen spied on the Avengers set.

There isn’t much more information on the patents, but you can see the roadster on the big screen May 4th when the Avengers is finally released.

Visit Temple of VTEC for more.

[Source Temple of VTEC]

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Acura USA February 2012 Sales Results

Posted by  on March 1st, 2012 No comments

Acura Advance

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

Acura Announces February 2012 Sales Results
MDX Leads Monthly Sales, But Car Sales Still Best For Acura

03/01/2012 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Acura’s line of sedans again led overall sales in February with 6,612 units sold, up 26.0 percent based on Daily Selling Rate* (DSR). While the TL performance luxury sedan was up 26.0 percent, the TSX sports sedan edged out the TL as Acura’s top selling car. Acura light truck sales were 4,646 (down 17.2 percent) led by strong sales of the MDX luxury SUV. Total monthly sales for Acura were 11,258 units (up 0.1 percent) while year-to-date** sales totaled 19,639 (up 2.6 percent).

“2012 is starting off strong for Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, Acura vice president of sales. “With a new RDX and an all-new ILX arriving in the Spring, Acura sales are expected to increase significantly.”

In February, Acura’s best selling car was the TSX sports sedan with 3,373 units sold (up 15.9 percent) which was a monthly record for February sales. The TL performance luxury sedan closely followed the TSX in sales with 3,211 units sold, up 26.0 percent.

The MDX luxury SUV once again remained Acura’s best selling model in February with 3,583 units sold, down 10.5 percent based on DSR. The RDX crossover SUV was Acura’s next best selling light truck with 1,007 units sold, a decrease of 28.1 percent.

For media information and high-resolution photos of all Acura vehicles, please visit www.acuranews.com. For consumer information, please visit www.acura.com.

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 25 selling days for February 2012 and 24 selling days for February 2011. **Year-to-date sales based on 49 days for 2012 and 48 days for 2011.

American Acura Vehicle Sales For February 2012
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
February February DSR** February February DSR**
2012 2011 % Chg. 2012 2011 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 11,258 10,796 0.1% 19,639 18,757 2.6%
TL 3,211 2,447 26.0% 5,494 4,039 33.2%
TSX 3,373 2,794 15.9% 5,639 4,735 16.7%
Memo: TSX Wagon 380 383 -4.8% 581 588 -3.2%
RL 28 168 -84.0% 61 328 -81.8%
MDX 3,583 3,845 -10.5% 6,444 6,972 -9.5%
ZDX 56 198 -72.8% 110 346 -68.9%
RDX 1,007 1,344 -28.1% 1,891 2,337 -20.7%
Selling Days 25 24 49 48
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate

[Source: Acura]

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March 2012 Desktop Wallpaper from Acura China

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Acura China 2012 TL

Acura China's 2012 TL

Acura China’s desktop wallpaper for the month of March features the 2012 TL.

Select a resolution(right-click on link, Save Target/Link As…): 1024×768 | 1280×1024 | 1366×768

[Source: Acura China]

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Gallery: Bay Area NSXs

Posted by  on February 29th, 2012 No comments

Bay Area NSXs

When you bring two wicked photographers together with a pair of modified NSXs, the result is one sweet set of photos. Ginash George(Synth19 Photo) and Mike Maravilla(Unscene Media) of JDM Chicago recently posted some images from their Norcal photoshoot with NSX owners Mike Cruz and Brian Lee.

Check out a few of the stunning photos below, or visit jdmchicago.com for the high res versions and a feature video from Unscene Media.

[Source: JDM Chicago, Synth19 Photo, Unscene Media]

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Motor Trend 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Update 7

Posted by  on February 28th, 2012 No comments
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon © Motor Trend

In Motor Trend’s latest Long Term Review entry, News Editor Ed Sanchez takes to the California freeways to test out the TSX Sport Wagon’s “people hauling” capabilities.

“This clever hatchback seems like a wagon enthusiast’s dream come true, especially in a market where so few manufactures are willing to bring over their Euro-market ‘estates.’ Many of my fellow staffers have gushed with praise for Acura’s entry-level hauler, and as an unabashed fan of wagons and hatches, I was prepared to heap more praise on the pile.”

Visit motortrend.com for the full entry and gallery.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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