Want to Test Drive the New 2013 Acura RDX?

Posted by  on January 12th, 2012 1 comment

Would you like to test drive the all-new RDX? Enter Acura’s RDX Challenge and you could find yourself headed to a luxury resort in sunny Phoenix Arizona for a date with the 2013 RDX. Enter by showing Acura what your essential luxuries are through a short video. Perhaps it’s your appreciation of a classy timepiece, a relaxing massage, or a weekend getaway on the slopes. Have some fun and get creative!

For full contest details head over to Acura’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Acura and click on the “RDX Challenge” tab.

The submission deadline is February 7, 2012, so get your video entry in soon!

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RDX, NSX, ILX Now Featured on acura.com

Posted by  on January 12th, 2012 3 comments

Acura ILX Concept

The RDX Prototype, ILX Concept and NSX Concept are now featured on the Future Vehicles section of www.acura.com. The series of slides offer some different angles and lighting, along with a few notes on the philosophy behind each model.

See the full presentation at www.acura.com.

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2012 NAIAS Acura Video Collection

Posted by  on January 11th, 2012 1 comment

After an exciting few days at the 2012 North America International Auto Show, the Acura team has put together a few videos from the big event. A wrap up video showcases some of the highlights of the press conference, with additional comments from Acura executives on what the three new vehicles have to offer.

Also available are individual videos with panning shots and different views of each model. Believe me, these vehicles look even better in person, so if you can’t make it to the show you’ll want to see the clips below.

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Acura NSX Concept Featured in Gran Turismo 5

Posted by  on January 11th, 2012 1 comment

See Acura’s NSX Concept in motion through this Gran Turismo 5 video introduction. The clip was played briefly at the 2012 NAIAS debut and previews the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD and its regenerative capabilities. Check it out below:

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Top Gear USA Crew at the Acura Booth

Posted by  on January 10th, 2012 No comments

Top Gear on the Acura Show Floor

COBO Center was still buzzing after Acura’s three car debut at the 2012 NAIAS yesterday. Well into day 2 there was a steady crowd on the Acura floor with photographers and video crews still trying to get a piece of the NSX. You would be lucky to get some time alone with the vehicle without some sort of special privileges from Acura.

I even caught what appears to be Rutledge Wood and the Top Gear USA crew checking out the NSX Concept this afternoon. I couldn’t quite make out what they were saying, but you can bet they will want to get their hands on a production model to feature on a future episode of Top Gear.

We’ll have to wait a few more years until that happens, but for now you can look forward to the new season of Top Gear premiering February 14, 2012 on History.

[Source: Acura Connected]

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New Acura NSX Supercar to be Built in Ohio and Developed in the U.S.

Posted by  on January 9th, 2012 No comments
Acura NSX Concept

Acura NSX Concept

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

01/09/2012 – MARYSVILLE, Ohio

Acura today announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that an all-new Acura NSX supercar will be manufactured in Ohio. In addition, the new sports car will be developed in the U.S., including the Ohio Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA).

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takanobu Ito unveiled a concept version of the Acura NSX today in Detroit. Although Acura is keeping most of the vehicle’s details under wraps, the new NSX will employ a lightweight chassis, a mid-mounted V-6 engine and Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. Ito said the new supercar will come to market within three years.

Along with unveiling the NSX concept, Ito announced that it will be built in Ohio. Honda plans to produce the new supercar near its current auto production operations in central Ohio at a unique, advanced manufacturing operation. The original Acura NSX was built at Honda plants in Japan from 1990 to 2005.

“Honda associates are up to the challenge of producing the new NSX for global customers with a high degree of craftsmanship,” said Hidenobu Iwata, head of Honda’s North American manufacturing operations and president of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. “Honda associates in Ohio have been building high-quality Honda and Acura vehicles for nearly 30 years, so this news in many ways is a culmination of their determined efforts.”

A team from HRA Ohio Center will lead the continued design and development of the new vehicle. Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., Honda R&D Americas has major research and vehicle development operations in the Raymond, Ohio center, where much of the work on the NSX will take place.

“We have a rich history of creating innovative new products for our customers in the U.S. and in markets around the world,” said Hiroshi Takemura, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “The responsibility to develop the all-new Acura NSX demonstrates the maturity of our organization, the know-how of our associates and their ability to create an advanced and innovative supercar.”

About Honda Manufacturing in Ohio

Based on Honda’s longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer” Honda opened its first auto plant in the U.S. nearly 30 years ago, on November 1, 1982, in Marysville, Ohio. Today, Honda builds more cars and light trucks in the state of Ohio than all other automakers combined. Honda has the capacity to build 680,000 passenger cars and light trucks at its two auto plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio.

The company’s Anna, Ohio, engine plant, with capacity of 1.18 million units, is the largest automobile engine factory in Honda’s global production network. Honda also manufactures automatic transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio.

Honda currently employs more than 13,500 Ohioans and has invested more than $8 billion in its extensive operations in the state. In addition, Honda annually purchases nearly $7 billion in parts and materials from more than 150 Ohio suppliers and more than $17.5 billion in parts and materials from more than 600 North American suppliers.

Honda has seven auto plants in North America with the overall capacity to manufacture 1.63 million automobiles. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, approximately 90 percent of the Honda and Acura products sold in the U.S. are built in North America.

About Honda R&D in Ohio

Honda began auto research and development in Ohio in 1985. Today, the Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Ohio Center is engaged in complete product creation, encompassing everything from market and technology research to engineering design, prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement, and support for mass production.

Honda’s U.S. R&D operations have developed 24 new models and are responsible for six vehicles in the company’s current U.S. product portfolio—the Honda Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV, Ridgeline pickup, and the Acura TL, MDX and ZDX luxury-performance automobiles.

About Acura

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV, the MDX luxury SUV and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

For more information, contact:

Ron Lietzke at Honda of America Mfg.: 937-441-0968

Gary Robinson at Acura Public Relations: 310-783-3165

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Acura Reignites Product Lineup in Detroit

Posted by  on January 9th, 2012 No comments

Acura NSX Concept

The automotive media roared in applause today at COBO Center as Honda CEO Takanobu Ito unveiled the new Acura NSX concept. The rebirth of the NSX brings a type of excitement that hasn’t been felt in recent years by Honda and Acura enthusiasts.

Automotive journalists, reporters and photographers crammed the Acura floor to get the first glimpse of a trio of new Acura models. After an introduction by Vice President and General Manager Jeff Conrad, taking turns on stage to present the three vehicles were Assistant Vice President of Product Planning Vicki Poponi, Head of the Acura Design Studio Jon Ikeda, and Honda CEO Takanobu who had the honor of presenting the NSX Concept. Full press conference remarks are available for viewing at www.acuranews.com

Covered for most of the day the NSX sat centre stage, teasing its viewers with sharp edges that creased the sheets. Finally, at the climax of Acura’s presentation and to the delight of the anxious audience, the stunning mid-engine concept was revealed, with aggressive futuristic styling and sharp lines that left most in awe. It was the return of the NSX. It filled the room with emotion, and it left a good feeling for fans and all those who support Acura.

While Acura’s hybrid halo car was the definite show stopper and received most of the attention, we can’t ignore the debut of the next generation RDX prototype and the all-new ILX Concept. The upcoming RDX gains a 6-speed automatic transmission, V6 engine, and looks “grown up” with bold new exterior styling. The ILX Concept was revealed as a luxury compact sedan, with nice proportions and a sleek, “jet-like” front end. It will be offered with a 2.0-liter I4 engine, a 2.4-liter I4 engine, and a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid power train. More details should be coming in the next few months.

The RDX and ILX are scheduled to be released this year, but NSX fans will have to wait another 2-3 years to see a production model. Acura is not done with concepts quite yet though, watch for a new flagship possibly at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April.

[Source: Acura Connected]

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Acura Debuts Three New Vehicles at the 2012 NAIAS

Posted by  on January 9th, 2012 No comments

Acura RDX, NSX Concept, ILX Concept

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

Representing the leading edge of a wave of new products and technologies, Acura today unveiled three new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show, including a concept version of the all-new gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX luxury compact sedan; a prototype of the 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle; and the NSX Concept, which presages the direction for Acura’s next-generation supercar.

Acura also announced that the next-generation NSX will feature Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® technology and that the vehicle will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio.

“Over the next 24 months the Acura brand will unleash a series of new models that will remake our product lineup and shake up the luxury market,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura. “Acura will once again defy conventional wisdom to become one of the top luxury brands by creating luxury vehicles based on our own unique values.”

Debuting three new models in Detroit heralds the beginning of Acura’s second 25 years as a premium luxury-performance automobile brand.

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