Video: Wide Open Throttle Reviews the 2013 Acura ILX

Posted by  on April 26th, 2012 No comments
Jessi Lang Acura ILX

Host Jessi Lang in the 2013 Acura ILX

In the latest episode of Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang takes the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid to the hills of Malibu California for a video review. Jessi provides an excellent overview on the entire ILX line and her thoughts as a Gen-Y buyer.

Find out how Jessi feels about the ILX Hybrid in the 6-minute video below.

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More 2014 Acura MDX Spy Shots?

Posted by  on April 26th, 2012 4 comments
Acura Spy Shots

The mysterious camouflaged SUV I posted last week has been caught again, this time by Brenda Priddy & Co.

A new image of the possible next-generation Acura MDX has been posted on SEMA’s website. Still under heavy cover, the new photo doesn’t reveal too much, but we do get a better sense of the vehicle’s overall dimensions. Again the shield-type Acura grille peeks through, and we see a few lines of the lower front fascia which looks similar to the 2013 RDX.

According to Brenda Priddy & Co. the new MDX will get a setup similar to the upcoming RLX, with a 3.5L V6, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD and 7-speed dual clutch transmission in the works.

Unfortunately I can’t post the photo here, so head over to sema.org to check out the shot.

[Source: SEMA, Brenda Priddy and Company]

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Gallery: Acura at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show

Posted by  on April 23rd, 2012 1 comment
Red Acura NSX Concept

Red Acura NSX Concept - Courtesy auto.sina.com.cn

Here’s the NSX Concept I mentioned in an earlier post, sporting a new cherry red paint job at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. I’ve also attached a few shots of the ILX and RDX “borrowed” from Chinese site Sina.com. They’ve got full galleries of each model, so head over to auto.sina.com.cn to check out the complete set.

[Source: Sina]

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Acura at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show

Posted by  on April 23rd, 2012 1 comment
Acura NSX Concept

Acura NSX Concept Beijing Motor Show Debut

It should be a busy stretch for Acura dealerships in North America this year with the arrival of the 2013 RDX earlier this month and the 2013 ILX on sale May 22nd. Acura looks to follow suit in China with the introduction of the same two models scheduled to go on sale this fall. The RDX and ILX will join Acura China’s currrent lineup which consists of the RL, TL, MDX and ZDX.

Acura/Honda released a few press images today for the 2012 Beijing Motor Show where the RDX, ILX and the NSX Concept will make its Chinese debut. The images of the NSX Concept are essentially the same we’ve already seen, but rendered with a new red paint color. I’ve read the NSX is indeed displayed at the show with the new paint job, but I haven’t seen any images or videos yet.

The one image of the Chinese spec RDX shows it will get the clear turn-signal treatment as well as headlamp washers which seem to be standard on the Chinese models.

Take a peek at the gallery below for a closer look.

[Source: Acura]

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Honda Begins Production of All-New 2013 Acura ILX at Indiana Plant

Posted by  on April 23rd, 2012 No comments
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Jun Nishimoto, Jeff Conrad at Honda’s Greensburg Plant

Official release from hondanews.com:

04/23/2012 – GREENSBURG, Ind.

GREENSBURG, Ind. (April 23, 2012) – Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN), celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2013 Acura ILX today. The first ILX, built exclusively in Indiana, rolled off the assembly line at 10:30 a.m. EST and was greeted by Honda associates, community partners and elected officials, who gathered to mark its launch.

“Acura has a sparkling reputation and we are thrilled to build the gateway vehicle to this brand at our Greensburg facility,” said Jun Nishimoto, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. “As the exclusive builder of the ILX, HMIN has a big responsibility. Our associates meet this challenge by working together as one team and today we are ready for our customers to share our pride in this beautiful new product.”

The new Acura ILX sedan symbolizes the gateway to the Acura lineup and comes with both gasoline and gas-electric hybrid powertrain options. HMIN produces three versions of the Acura ILX – a 150-horsepower, 4-cylinder 2.0-liter model, a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter model with 6-speed manual transmission, and the ILX Hybrid, with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The gasoline engines for the 2,0- and 2.4-liter versions of Acura ILX come from the Anna, Ohio, engine plant of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

The Acura ILX hybrid version is Acura’s first-ever hybrid model, the first hybrid vehicle to be made in America at a Honda plant, and the first Acura model to be produced in Indiana. The Acura ILX joins the TL sedan, ZDX crossover vehicle, and the MDX and RDX sport-utility vehicles as the fifth Acura model produced exclusively in North America. Acura finished second among all luxury brands in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study.

“This all-new Acura luxury sedan is closely linked to the future of Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura for American Honda. “Just as the Acura ILX is the gateway to the Acura brand, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana is a gateway to Acura customers.”

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Acura Announces $25,900 Starting Price for 2013 ILX

Posted by  on April 20th, 2012 No comments
2013 Acura ILX
2013 Acura ILX

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

04/20/2012 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new 2013 Acura ILX will go on sale at Acura dealerships May 22, 2012, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP*) starting at $25,900 Acura announced today. The ILX offers remarkable value for the money with robust feature content and premium appeal.

“The 2013 Acura ILX will serve as the gateway to the Acura brand,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “At the leading edge of a new, sporty compact segment, the ILX delivers style, value, performance and connectivity to younger buyers looking to move into the luxury market.

“The all-new Acura ILX features a windswept exterior design with 5-passenger cabin, a choice of three powertrain options, including Acura’s first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid, and a well appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, premium features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world. Like all Acura models, the ILX is equipped with a rich list of standard features including a power moonroof, aluminium wheels and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®.

The entry-level ILX (starting at $25,900) is powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. For those seeking a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a 2.4-liter engine ($29,200, includes the Premium Package) with an output of 201 horsepower featuring a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission. The ILX Hybrid (starting at $28,900) makes use of a 1.5-liter inline engine and an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor. Paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the ILX 1.5L Hybrid has an EPA estimated** city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 39/38/38 mpg.

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March/April 2012 Acura Review List

Posted by  on April 20th, 2012 1 comment
2013 Acura ILX

2013 Acura ILX

With the verdicts on the new 2013 ILX and RDX rolling in, the Acura Review List is back for 2012. The list is updated often, so check back for more throughout the month.

April 26, 2012

2011 Acura TSX Edmunds’ Inside Line – 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long-Term Test
April 23, 2012

2013 Acura ILX Autoblog – 2013 Acura ILX First Drive Review
April 20, 2012

2013 Acura ILX Edmunds’ Inside Line – 2013 Acura ILX First Drive
2013 Acura ILX AutoGuide.com – 2013 Acura ILX Review
2013 Acura ILX AutoGuide.com – 2013 Acura ILX 2.4 Review
2013 Acura ILX Winding Road Magazine – Driven: 2013 Acura ILX
2013 Acura ILX Leftlane – First Drive: 2013 Acura ILX
2013 Acura ILX Car and Driver – 2013 Acura ILX – First Drive Review
2013 Acura ILX Popular Mechanics – 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive
2013 Acura ILX Auto123.com – 2013 Acura ILX First Impressions
2013 Acura ILX Green Car Reports – 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid: First Drive Review
2013 Acura ILX Automobile Magazine – First Drive: 2013 Acura ILX
2013 Acura ILX SPEEDtv.com – DRIVEN: Acura Revisits Compact Luxury
2013 Acura ILX DailyTech – Driving Impressions: 2013 Acura ILX
April 12, 2012

2013 Acura RDX Edmunds’ Inside Line – 2013 Acura RDX Full Test
2013 Acura RDX Autos.ca – First Drive: 2013 Acura RDX
2011 Acura TSX Motor Trend – 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Verdict
April 2, 2012

2013 Acura RDX Motor Trend – 2013 Acura RDX First Test
2013 Acura RDX Auto123.com – 2013 Acura RDX First Impressions
2013 Acura RDX Autoblog – 2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura RDX Driving Sports TV – 2013 Acura RDX Reviewed
March 29, 2012

2013 Acura RDX AutoWeek – 2013 Acura RDX: Drive review
2013 Acura RDX Winding Road Magazine – Driven: 2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura RDX Motor Authority – 2013 Acura RDX First Drive
2013 Acura RDX AutoGuide.com – 2013 Acura RDX Review
2013 Acura RDX The Car Connection – 2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura RDX Car and Driver – First Drive Review
2013 Acura RDX Leftlane – First Drive: 2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura RDX National Post – Preview: 2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura RDX DailyTech – Driving the Second-Gen. Acura RDX
   
2012 Acura MDX Autos.ca – Test Drive: 2012 Acura MDX Elite

 

 

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Spied: Is This the 2014 Acura MDX?

Posted by  on April 19th, 2012 No comments
2014 Acura MDX

Is this the 2014 Acura MDX?

Edmunds’ Inside Line caught this mystery SUV on a drive by in Arizona this week. The grille outline peeks through just enough to hint at Acura DNA, but not enough to make any formal confirmation.

The majority peg it as the 2014 Acura MDX, and I’d say it’s a pretty good guess. It definitely appears to have the “shield”, but to me the shape of the emblem looks unusually round to contain the Acura logo.

Get a closer look with a high res image at insideline.com.

[Source: Edmunds’ Inside Line]

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