Posted by on August 6th, 2014
The Legend, sold as Acura’s flagship model from 1986 through 1995, offered luxurious appointments as well as a sense of style that has endured the test of time. In its day, Legend was the best-selling import luxury car in America. The Legend propelled Acura to become an industry frontrunner and it set a benchmark by which other brands were measured. Today, nearly two decades later, the Legends live on with a strong enthusiast following. In late July 2014, a group of Legend owners congregated in southern California to participate in the 10th annual National Acura Legend Meet (NALM). A few of these die-hard Legend fans had driven from as far away as Florida to be a part of the festivities.
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Filed under: Acura History, Legend Tags: Acura History, Drive to Five, Tyson Hugie
Posted by on August 1st, 2014
If you consider the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina Xperimental) concept car in 1984 as the starting point of the NSX, it took Honda 6 years to turn their vision into reality. Perfection takes time, but it were those long years of development, testing, and even failures that helped to define the NSX as an engineering icon.
In this video flashback from the late ’80s, legendary Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna takes an NSX prototype around Suzuka Circuit for testing. His direct input and collaboration with Honda engineers would eventually help to fine-tune the NSX’s driving characteristics to perfection.
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Filed under: Acura History, NSX, Videos Tags: Acura History, Ayrton Senna, Flashback Friday
Posted by on July 11th, 2014
Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:
07/11/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.
Record sales in the first six months of 2014 have strengthened the third-generation MDX’s position as America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time. Through June, sales of MDX are up 68.4 percent (compared to the same period last year) to 30,664 units, bringing cumulative sales of the MDX over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units, making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time*. In fact, the MDX has topped all other three-row luxury SUVs in the annual sales rankings in every year since 2002. Cumulative U.S. sales of MDX are anticipated to surpass 700,000 units before the end of the year.
“Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. “MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.”
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Filed under: Acura History, Acura News, Acura Official Releases, MDX Tags: Acura History, Acura Infographic
Posted by on April 2nd, 2014
It’s hard to believe the first generation NSX is now twenty-four years old. Although it may not qualify as a true “classic car” just yet, Automobile Magazine explains why it makes their “Collectible Classic” for the month of April 2014:
“The NSX would be sold under the premium Acura sales channel in the United States, a shot-in-the-arm for a brand fighting to carve its niche in the crowded marketplace. Launching as a 1991 model, the supercar wasn’t just a landmark event for Honda, it was an engineering breakthrough for the industry, and the first production car to use an all-aluminum chassis and body. Hand-built in Tochigi, Japan, the NSX cost about $65,000, making it the most expensive Japanese car ever to that point.” Greg Migliore, Automobile Magazine
Check out the full feature at automobilemag.com: Collectible Classic: 1991-2005 Acura NSX.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]
Filed under: Acura History, NSX Tags: Acura History, Automobile Magazine
Posted by on March 21st, 2014
Did you notice today’s Ayrton Senna Google Doodle? The graphic honors the Brazilian Formula One Legend on what would have been his 54th birthday. Almost 20 years ago Senna suffered fatal injuries at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix where his life was cut short at the age of 34.
Senna rose to fame piloting the Honda powered McLaren MP4 to three Formula One World Championships, and it was because of that connection, Honda engineers were able to tap into his racing expertise to help improve NSX, forever imprinting his legacy onto the car.
“In February of 1989, right around the same time the demonstration car was dropping jaws with its svelte, mid-engined looks, a gaggle of Honda engineers were waiting with polite expectation to hear a positive verdict on one of the company’s most ambitious projects ever. It was called the New Sportscar Experimental, and the engineers were confident that the newly-minted Formula 1 champion driving their creation could not fail to be impressed. The team had just completed an entire month at the Suzuka Circuit, and considered their all-aluminum machine to be as forged and honed as a katana. They were about to be disappointed.” Brendan McAleer, Road & Track
Read the rest of this feature from Road & Track: How Ayrton Senna made the Acura NSX exceptional.
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Filed under: Acura History, NSX Tags: Acura History, Ayrton Senna, Flashback Friday, Road & Track
Posted by on January 1st, 2014
2013 brought us more of the NSX Concept, a new MDX, and the debut of the most advanced Acura sedan to date. Find out what Acura chose as their top 5 Moments of 2013 in the gallery above.
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Filed under: Acura Galleries, Acura History, Acura News Tags: Acura History
Posted by on December 14th, 2012
With news of the 2014 MDX Prototype heading to North American International Auto Show next month, I think it’s fitting that I feature a past iteration of the MDX for this Flashback Friday. Let’s dip into the Acura archive and take a look at a prelude to the second generation MDX.
Referred to as the MD-X Concept, the above sketch was teased ahead of its debut at the 2006 New York International Auto Show.
“The MD-X Concept is fashioned as a true driver’s SUV, with its low, wide stance and aggressive design. Its sleek surface lines are modeled after a high-powered megayacht.”
For the most part, many of the styling cues from the concept carried over to the production model 2007 MDX, including the grille. The “shield” styled grille lasted three model years on the MDX, until it was updated to the “Power Plenum” grille for 2010.
Steady sales of the second generation MDX has kept it as Acura’s top selling model in recent years.
Filed under: Acura Galleries, Acura History, MDX, Renderings Tags: 2007 Acura MDX, Acura History, Flashback Friday
Posted by on November 23rd, 2012
After seventeen years and two model generations, the RL officially comes to a quiet end in 2012. Reborn as the RLX for the 2014 model year, it’s a small name change for Acura’s new flagship sedan, but it signals the beginning of some exciting new technologies that should eventually trickle down into the rest of the Acura’s future models.
In essence, Acura’s flagship sedan has always been a progressive evolution since the 1986 Acura Legend, but for nostalgic purposes, let’s take a visual look back at the last seventeen years starting with the first generation Acura 3.5RL in 1996.
Filed under: Acura Galleries, Acura History, RL, RLX Tags: 2014 Acura RLX, Acura History