Gallery: Acura China’s 2016 Acura RDX

Here are some images of the refreshed 2016 Acura RDX that recently debuted in China. Exterior differences from the American RDX are minimal – the Chinese spec gets clear headlight corners, standard headlamp washers, and a rear fog lamp. There’s also an accessory option for extra chrome trim around the front fog lights.

Check out the gallery and a dramatic debut video below.

[Source: Acura China]

Video: Acura “Oh What Fun It Is To Drive” Holiday Commercials

The “Oh What Fun It Is To Drive” themed commercials are back this holiday season to promote special offers on the 2016 ILX, 2016 RDX, 2016 MDX and 2015 TLX. Visit acura.com to explore current offers.

Last season’s theme song, “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” performed by Julian Casablancas is once again featured in both ads. See the two 30-second spots below:

[Source: Acura via YouTube]

Acura TLX, RDX and MDX Earn 2016 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura TLX, RDX and MDX Take Home 2016 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards

Nov 11, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Three Acura luxury performance vehicles have earned 2016 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards : the 2016 TLX received the Premium Midsize Car distinction, the 2016 RDX was named the Premium Compact Crossover/SUV and the 2016 MDX was lauded the Premium Midsize Crossover/SUV award.

“Earning Consumer Guide Automotive awards for our TLX midsize luxury sedan and class-leading RDX and MDX luxury SUVs demonstrates the growing strength and balance of the Acura lineup,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager, Acura division. “We’ll continue to build on this strong foundation in the future with vehicles that deliver on core Acura brand values of precision-crafted performance.”

The three Acura models were selected by the Consumer Guide Automotive editorial team based on performance, features, accommodations, fuel economy, resale value and price within their respective classes.

Introduced as an all new model in August 2014, the TLX is one of the brand’s best-selling vehicles, with nearly 6,000 units sold in October 2015, and has earned the Best Buy award for the second consecutive year. Three TLX distinct variants appeal to a broad cross-section of luxury sports-sedan customers, with a wide range of powertrain and drivetrain options, and carry a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features for a luxurious driving experience.

The RDX has been named the Best Buy in its class for the fourth consecutive year. The 2016 RDX offers more performance, luxury appointments and advanced safety technology than ever, including a new, more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC®  V-6 engine, standard Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlights  and LED taillights and an expanded list of available AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.

The MDX has earned the Best Buy distinction in the Premium Midsize Crossover/SUV category six times since 2009. For 2016, the Acura MDX offers more performance, safety and luxury including a revised Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design, a new 9-speed automatic transmission, a robust offering of AcuraWatch™ driver-assistive and safety features – now available on all trims – and added luxury appointments such as a bi-directional remote engine starter, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The 2016 Acura TLX, RDX and MDX and complete list of the Best Buy winners can be found at http://consumerguide.com/best-buys/ and in the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys 2016 magazine out Dec. 1.

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[Source: Acura]

Acura Model Lineup Earns 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura Becomes First Luxury Brand to Earn 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating Across its Entire Model Line from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

Sep 30, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • 2016 ILX and RDX are the latest Acura vehicles to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS
  • Acura is the first luxury brand to earn the top designation across its entire model line
  • AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies available across the entire Acura lineup

Acura has become the first luxury brand to earn a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for its entire model line from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS announced today that the significantly refreshed 2016 ILX and 2016 RDX have each received a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, when equipped with AcuraWatch™, resulting in the entire Acura lineup of luxury sedans and SUVs earning the safety distinction.

“As the first luxury brand to earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating across its entire model line, Acura continues to champion safety performance as a key luxury attribute,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager for the Acura Division. “Acura has made the commitment to offer advanced safety performance technologies across our entire lineup, helping all Acura luxury sedans and SUVs earn the top safety rating from IIHS.”

The TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for the 2016 Acura ILX and RDX include a top rating of GOOD in all IIHS crash test modes, including a top score of GOOD in the Insurance Institute’s new small overlap front crash test and a top score of SUPERIOR in its front crash protection test.

“We commend Acura for receiving the highest IIHS award designation for all of its vehicles,” said David Zuby, executive vice president and senior research officer for IIHS. “With qualifying crashworthiness ratings, including in the rigorous front small overlap crash test, and an effective front crash prevention system available across the lineup, Acura is one of the leaders in the luxury segment.”

With both models receiving significant enhancements for 2016, the Acura ILX and RDX boast more advanced safety technology than ever before. The AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is now available on all Acura models and is standard on the 2016 RDX Advance package and 2016 ILX Tech Plus package. AcuraWatch™ can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.

AcuraWatch™ includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). These systems benefit from the adoption of a sensor fusion technology integrating the capabilities of a windshield-mounted monocular camera and front grille-mounted millimeter wave radar system to provide enhanced sensing with the ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including those involving a pedestrian. When the system anticipates a collision or road departure, it can initiate warnings and, in certain instances, initiate emergency braking and steering.

To further improve frontal collision performance, the 2016 Acura ILX and RDX offer enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The next-generation ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, enhancing occupant protection and crash compatibility in front collisions.

For More Information

Consumer information is available at www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles.

[Source: Acura]

Gallery: Optum Pro Cycling Acura RDX at Tour of Alberta

The Optum Pro Cycling team successfully completed another Tour of Alberta race this past week, pushing their riders and their Acura RDX support vehicle through six days of diverse Albertan terrain. We snapped a few shots of the Optum Pro Cycling Acura RDX at the 6th and final stage in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton.

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Acura Earns Top Safety Rating Across Entire Model Lineup

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura Leads in Safety as Only Luxury Nameplate with the Top U.S. Government Safety Rating Across Entire Model Line

Aug 20, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • 2016 RDX is the latest Acura to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA
  • For the sixth time in brand history, Acura earns the top safety rating across its entire model line
  • AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies available across the entire Acura lineup

With the just-announced top rating for the 2016 RDX entry premium SUV, Acura has claimed a leadership position as the only luxury automotive brand with an entire U.S. model line achieving the top U.S. government safety rating1. The 2016 RDX is the latest Acura to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).  This is the sixth time in brand history that Acura has achieved the top U.S. safety rating across its entire model line – more than any other brand.

“Customers expect luxury vehicles to have top safety performance and Acura is leading the way with advanced safety and driver assistive technologies that helped us earn the top safety rating across the entire Acura model line,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager for the Acura Division. “Providing leading safety performance and technology has always been a core characteristic of the Acura brand and our commitment to Acura customers.”

Refreshed for 2016, the Acura RDX boasts more advanced safety technology than ever before. The AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is now standard on the Advance package and available on all 2016 RDX models. AcuraWatch™ can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. New AcuraWatch™ features for the 2016 model include Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Information. AcuraWatch™ is now available across the entire Acura lineup.

To further improve frontal collision performance, the 2016 Acura RDX offers enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. Incorporated in the 2016 RDX, the next-generation ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, enhancing occupant protection and crash compatibility in front collisions.

The 2016 model year of the luxury crossover received several new luxury improvements beyond safety performance, including a 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder-deactivation technology and a retuned AWD with Intelligent Control system featuring increased rear torque bias that further enhances dynamic stability and all-weather performance. The 2016 RDX is the latest to receive Acura’s signature JewelEye™ LED headlights and LED taillights, a restyled front and rear fascia and new wheel designs, among other prestigious upgrades.

The 2016 RDX has posted three consecutive months of record sales, in May, June and July 2015, and remains one of the best-selling models in its class. The RDX received top honors from Consumer Guide and U.S. News & World Report for its class-leading value.

[Source: Acura]