S.H.I.E.L.D. Evasive Driving Experience

Posted by  on November 17th, 2011 1 comment
Acura S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Evasive Driving Experience

It looks like the lucky winners of the Join S.H.I.E.L.D. campaign had a couple days of fun unleashing some Acuras on a closed road course. Does anyone else think this driving course should come free for all new Acura owners?

“Want a CLASSIFIED look into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top-secret evasive driving facility? As the official vehicle of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster films Thor and Captain America, Acura secured clearance for select aspiring S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to train with the elite force at an undisclosed location. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were recruited to be agents. But only these 6 agents qualified to train on this grueling evasive driving course” – Acura

[Source: Acura via YouTube]

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Acura Brings Back “The Season of Reason” for 2011

Posted by  on November 15th, 2011 2 comments
Bette Midler in “The Season of Reason” Acura TV Spot

‘Tis the season for another round of hilarious holiday ads from Acura. “The Season of Reason” television spots are back, and this time they’ve got the star power of Bette Midler and chef Gordon Ramsay to help push Acura’s year end sales event.

Created by advertising agency rp&, seven spots ran last year showing us some over-the-top and ridiculous ways one may overspend during the holiday season. While those were a bit strange and awkward, I find this year’s ads to be more outrageous, exciting and a whole lot funnier. Of course, you can’t go wrong when you bring Bette Midler or Gordon Ramsay home to liven up the holidays. 

The ads are already running on TV, but you can check them again below.

Chef Gordon Ramsay:

Bette Midler: 

Visit acura.com for more information on current offers.

[Source: Acura via YouTube]

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Motor Trend 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Update 5

Posted by  on November 12th, 2011 No comments

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon © Motor Trend

Hauling new Ikea furniture has never been so easy thanks to the Acura TSX Sport Wagon’s 60.5 cubic feet of cargo space and high revving four-cylinder engine. “Practical and Fun” is how Motor Trend describes the TSX in the latest update of their Long Term Road Test.

“Furniture packed, navi set, it was time to hit the freeway and head home. The circular, tight radius on-ramp near the local Ikea is always a great way to exercise the sport wagon’s ability to out-handle its crossover competitors, and is a solid reminder why wagons are better cargo-carrying alternatives for driving enthusiasts. Roll onto the throttle, suck into the radius, and be amazed that a car carrying this much stuff also has noticeable chassis tuning running through its veins.” – Alex Nishimoto, Motor Trend

Visit www.motortrend.com for the rest, including the full image of the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon under the gorgeous California sunset.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Honda Announces New Electric Concepts for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Posted by  on November 10th, 2011 1 comment
Honda Small Sports EV Concept

As Acura’s parent company, new technology utilized in Honda vehicles will often find its way into Acura models. Honda plans to introduce a few new interesting concepts at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show that may have some influence on future Acuras. While details are limited, Honda has released some real-life photos of a plug-in hybrid sedan named the AC-X, as well sketches of their SMALL SPORTS EV CONCEPT.

Additional information is available in the press release below:

Honda Announces Overview of Display for the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011
Seven Next-Generation Electromotive Concept Models on Display

November 10, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its lineup of production and concept-model automobiles, motorcycles, power products, and other highlights for its display at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11, 2011.

At this motor show, with the booth concept of “What makes people feel good?” Honda will propose an exciting and thrilling mobility life of the future that it envisions as a company providing personal mobility to people all around the world. The display will include a lineup of the next-generation electromotive concept models including two-, three- and four-wheeled commuter vehicles designed for easy and fun mobility in future cities, mid-to-long distance commuters designed to enrich life and enhance the freedom and fun of mobility, and sporty models that pursue the joy of driving/riding.

Furthermore, at the automobile section, N Concept, a new mini-vehicle series that emphasizes the creation of ample space, will be showcased, including introduction of the first production model in the series, N BOX. At the motorcycle section, a variety of models will be on display, including planned production models such as NC700S, INTEGRA and NC700X, which will be equipped with Honda’s newly-developed global 700cc motorcycle engine. Also on display will be the planned production model of the CRF250L which offers both an ease of use in everyday life and the fun of off-road riding. Covering the largest floor area of any single brand at the show, the Honda booth will showcase a diverse lineup of products unique to Honda.

As a part of “SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011″, a themed project the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA) will hold at the motor show venue, Honda will showcase the FCX Clarity advanced fuel cell electric vehicle, EV-neo electric scooter, EV-MONPAL electric cart, as well as the Honda Smart Home System which features several Honda-developed energy production technologies, including a gas engine cogeneration unit and a solar powered system to reduce household and mobility CO2 emissions. The progress Honda has been making in testing program of these technologies also will be showcased.

Since the establishment of the company, Honda’s goal has been to make people happy through its technologies and through the creation of products that are useful in people’s daily lives. Driven by these dreams and passion, Honda has been committed to the research and development of mobility which focuses on people. With a passion to create and deliver mobility filled with fun and good feelings for people, Honda’s challenge as a manufacturer of mobility products will continue into the future.

Electromotive concept models:

• AC-X
A next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle which offers a more comfortable and enjoyable time in the vehicle during all driving situations, from urban to long-distance driving. With the choices of an “engine drive mode” for more aggressive driving or an “automatic drive mode” for more relaxed driving, the vehicle broadens the joy of mobility.

• MICRO COMMUTER CONCEPT
A micro-sized, futuristic, electric city commuter which will become a highly accessible form of mobility for more people. This vehicle will offer the joy of a new type of communications between people and mobility and an exterior that the owner can enjoy customizing more casually. The collaboration of Honda’s motorcycle and automobile R&D centers made it possible to load the MOTOR COMPO two-wheel EV commuter in this vehicle.

• SMALL SPORTS EV CONCEPT (tentative name)
A next-generation EV sports model which maximizes the fun of driving while achieving excellent environmental performance.

Visit Honda’s Worldwide site at world.honda.com for more.

[Source: Honda Motor Co. ]

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Acura China’s 2012 ZDX

Posted by  on November 8th, 2011 No comments
Acura China’s ZDX

The ZDX is officially the newest member of Acura China’s lineup with complete model information and photos now available on their website. The “all-terrain coupe” is the fourth model for Acura China in its fifth year, joining the RL, TL and MDX. 

It doesn’t look as though the Chinese ZDX is much different from the North American model with its 3.7-liter V-6 engine, SH-AWD, 6-speed automatic transmission and many of the other standard features. It does appear to have a few exterior differences similar to the Chinese MDX. Clear front turn signals and standard headlight washers are common for the Chinese models, as well as slightly modified rear tail lights with additional sections of clear lenses(pictured below). 

 

Check out the attached gallery or visit www.acura.com.cn for more.

[Source: Acura China]

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Acura TSX Named Top Wagon Under $35,000

Posted by  on November 7th, 2011 No comments

2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Edmunds revealed their top wagon picks in the recently published 2012 Wagon Buying Guide. The Acura TSX Sport Wagon topped the Under $35,000 category as the first recommendation in that price bracket.

Here is what Edmunds had to say:

“The no-doubt winner here is the Acura TSX Sport Wagon. It features a sizable number of standard and technology features, sporty handling and, befitting Acura’s reputation, excellent build and materials quality. It also delivers on interior space, since there are nearly 61 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. That’s better than both the pricier Audi A4 Avant and the BMW 3 Series wagon.” – Edmunds

Visit www.edmunds.com for more wagon buying tips and guides.

[Source: Edmunds]

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A Legendary Feat – 500,000 Miles Reached

Posted by  on November 4th, 2011 9 comments
Drive to Five – Legendary Quest for 500,000 Miles

Road trips are pretty common for Tyson Hugie and his 1994 Acura Legend, but today this one was a little more special.

Driving in from Phoenix Arizona, Tyson reached Torrance California where he timed a “milestone” roll-over for his arrival at Acura’s headquarters. Greeted with a red carpet, Tyson’s family, friends and Acura enthusiasts where all present to celebrate his 500,000 mile achievement. Congrats goes out to Tyson and his 1994 Acura Legend for completing a “Legendary Quest“.

Where will he go from here? I hope to hear from Tyson soon, and bring you more photos and video from today’s festivities. For now enjoy a few photos courtesy of Acura_Insider.

[Source: Drive to Five - Legendary Quest for 500,000 Miles, Acura_Insider]

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2011 Acura MDX Track Test Video

Posted by  on November 3rd, 2011 No comments

Edmunds Inside Line took an Acura to the track, but it wasn’t the TL or the TSX. You won’t often find a 7-passenger SUV running the slalom, but in this test the 2011 Acura MDX proved to be more than accommodating. With impressive numbers like these, it would give your typical sedan a run for its money.

Inside Line Track Test Results:
0-60(sec): 7.3
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout(sec): 7.0
1/4-Mile(sec @ mph): 15.4 @ 90.8
60-0(ft): 125
Skid Pad(g): 0.84
Slalom(mph): 61.3

Visit InsideLine.com for more Track Test Videos.

[Source: Inside Line via YouTube]

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