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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2013 Acura TL Coupe Rendering

Posted by  on November 1st, 2011 17 comments
2013 Acura TL Coupe Rendering

It’s been a while since Acura has offered a sporty two-door coupe in its lineup; the last model being the Acura RSX discontinued in 2006. Before that there was the Acura CL which ended in 2003, the Acura Legend Coupe ceased in 1995, and we can’t forget the Acura NSX which was last built in 2005.

While there is still no word on when the drought will end, let’s take a moment to visualize the idea of an Acura TL Coupe. I took the current 2012 TL and chopped the doors, lowered the suspension and tweaked the front end to be a bit more aggressive. If they could shorten the dimensions and drop some pounds, I think it would be a great competitor to the G37 and even the 3-Series coupe variants. Not to mention it would inject a little more life into the sporty side of Acura.

What do you think of the Acura TL Coupe?

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[Source: AcuraConnected]

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Acura USA 2011 October Sales Results

Posted by  on November 1st, 2011 1 comment

Acura News

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

Acura Announces October 2011 Sales Results
Strong TSX Sales Help Acura Sedans Edge Out Light Trucks

11/01/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The MDX luxury SUV remained Acura’s best selling model, yet Acura sedan sales edged out light truck sales in October. Acura total car sales for October were 5,661, up 6.0 percent based on daily selling rate* while total light truck sales were 5,454, up 3.6 percent. Total sales for Acura were 11,115 units (a 4.8 percent increase) while year-to-date sales totaled 100,261— down 6.6 percent.

“Despite tight inventories, October sales exceeded last year’s strong pace,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “However, due to parts shortages related to flooding in Thailand, 2011 continues to be a very challenging year.”

In October, Acura’s best selling model was once again the MDX luxury SUV with sales of 3,691 units, down 2.8 percent. The RDX crossover SUV was Acura’s next best selling light truck with 1,632 units sold, up 27.6 percent.

With help from the new TSX sport wagon, Acura car sales were led by the TSX sports sedan with 2,977 units sold (up 37.3 percent) which is a new October sales record. Closely following the TSX in sales was the TL performance luxury sedan with sales of 2,662 units, down 9.1 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 26 selling days for October 2011 and 27 selling days for October 2010.

Year-to-date sales based on 255 days for October 2011 and 225 days for October 2010.

American Acura Vehicle Sales For October 2011
  Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
  October October DSR** October October DSR**
  2011 2010 % Chg. 2011 2010 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 11,115 11,011 4.8% 100,261 107,399 -6.6%
 TL * 2,662 3,042 -9.1% 25,542 28,343 -9.9%
 TSX 2,977 2,251 37.3% 24,698 25,094 -1.6%
 Memo:  TSX Wagon 259 0   2,691 0  
 RL 22 251 -90.9% 1,001 1,728 -42.1%
 MDX * 3,691 3,945 -2.8% 35,375 37,132 -4.7%
 ZDX * 131 194 -29.9% 1,351 2,850 -52.6%
 RDX  * 1,632 1,328 27.6% 12,294 12,252 0.3%
Selling Days 26 27   255 255  
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts. ** Daily Selling Rate

[Source: Acura]

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November 2011 Desktop Wallpaper from Acura China

Posted by  on October 30th, 2011 No comments

2012 Acura China ZDX

Just in time for the winter season, Acura China features their new 2012 ZDX for November’s wallpaper.

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[Source: Acura China]

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