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New York State Issues new law on Tinted windows

Effective January 1st 2017, examination of tinted or shaded windows will be required during motor vehicle inspections.

Section 375 (12-a) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow a windshield or front side windows that are dark.

  • The windshield and front side windows cannot block more than 30% of the light.
    • Seventy percent or more of the light from the outside must pass through the window.
  • This law also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides.
    • The mirrors must give the driver a full and clear view behind the vehicle.
  • Rear side windows must also allow at least seventy percent of light from the outside to pass through the window if the vehicle is classified as a
    • station wagon
    • sedan
    • hardtop
    • coupe
    • hatchback
    • convertible

A vehicle falls into one of these categories if it is labeled “Passenger Car” on the Federal ID label found on the left front door panel.

It is illegal to sell, offer for sale, or install glass that does not comply with this law. It is illegal to operate a vehicle with glass that does not comply with this law.

NYS Health department regulations specify that only the following medical conditions may be used to justify an exemption from the limits on light transmittance. If you have one of the medical conditions below that require you to have tinted vehicle windows, you may request an exemption from the law using the Application for Tinted Window Exemption (MV-80W).

  • Porphyria
  • Xeroderma Pigmentosa
  • Severe Drug Photo-Sensitivity

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downloadThe 2017 Acura MDX Rewarded as TOP PICK for Luxury Mid sized SUV from Edmunds Most Wanted Awards

Most Wanted Awards: Edmunds Picks the 16 Most Coveted Vehicles

With our first Most Wanted awards, Edmunds is recognizing 16 vehicles that both capture car shoppers’ attention and command our editors’ approval.

The winners of the 2017 Edmunds Most Wanted awards stand as the most coveted vehicles in their segments.

Honda won the most honors, with the Civic, CR-V, Accord and Pilot receiving awards in the compact car, compact SUV, midsize SUV and midsize car categories, respectively. The Acura MDX was recognized as the winner in the luxury midsize SUV category. Toyota and Lexus took two awards each — Toyota for the Sienna (minivan category) and the Avalon (large car) and Lexus for the RX 350 (luxury compact SUV) and the ES 350 (luxury midsize car).

Ford’s F-150 took the honors in the large truck category. Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche also took home one award each in the remaining segments.

How do we decide which vehicles are most coveted? The Most Wanted awards are unique in that they weigh our editorial team’s opinions with market factors such as sales, shopper interest and days to turn, the average number of days that vehicles remain in dealer inventory before they are sold.

“The Edmunds Most Wanted designation gives car shoppers assurance that both other buyers and Edmunds’ experts believe these vehicles are a smart choice,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ executive director of industry analysis.

To come up with our Most Wanted list, we analyzed data from the first 10 months of 2016 for all model years on sale during that period. For each vehicle category, we identified which models commanded the most shopper consideration based on activity on the Edmunds website, had the highest sales and spent the lowest average number of days on dealer lots.

The rankings for these three data sets were weighted equally to settle upon the finalists in the 16 segments. Then the Edmunds editorial team ranked the finalists based on Edmunds’ reviews of those models. To determine the winners, we took the average of the data rankings and the editorial team’s rankings. The results are the vehicles Edmunds would most recommend to car shoppers.

The full list of the 2017 Edmunds Most Wanted award winners by clicking HERE



Acura Reveals NSX GT3 Race Liveries; Rolex 24 Driver Pairings Set

DECEMBER 20, 2016

The two-car Michael Shank Racing effort in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature striking “mirror image” black, grey and white graphics on the team’s pair of Acura NSX GT3 entries.

The #86 car, commemorating Acura’s 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1986, will have a black nose, fading to a grey cross hatch pattern before giving way to white at the rear.  The #93 team car, representing 1993, the year HPD was founded, will reverse the color pattern, with a white front end transitioning to a black rear deck.

Acura’s rich heritage of success in sports car racing is reflected in the design.  Splashes of orange, a traditional color for Acura Motorsports dating to the company’s first era of IMSA competition in the 1990s, and green, indicating that the cars are GT Daytona class entries, complete the graphic package on both cars.

“The debut of the Acura NSX GT3 at the prestigious Rolex 24 will mark the return of the Acura brand to IMSA sports car competition,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Acura Motorsports. “We’ve aimed to race the NSX in North America since the car was just a sketch on paper, and we couldn’t more excited than to debut at Daytona.”

MSR team principal Michael Shank has also revealed the driver lineups for each of the team’s two Acura NSX GT3 racers.

Second-generation racer and IndyCar Series race winner Graham Rahal will join series regulars Andy Lally and Katherine Legge in the #93 NSX GT3, joined by endurance racer Mark Wilkins.

The team’s #86 Acura will feature Indy 500 and IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay alongside full-season drivers Jeff Segal and Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, Jr.; with Tom Dyer completing the endurance race lineup.

All eight drivers will take part in the January 6-8 “Roar Before the 24”, IMSA series open test prior to January 28-29 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, the opening round of the 12-race 2017 WeatherTech Championship.


Acura MDX Earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating from IIHS 4th Year in a Row

DECEMBER 8, 2016


The 2017 Acura MDX earned TOP SAFETY PICK+, the highest designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), for its fourth consecutive year. Acura earned a total of two TOP SAFETY PICK+ and two TOP SAFETY PICK ratings for 2017, making Acura a top leader in safety ratings in the automotive industry. 

2017 Acura TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles:

  • MDX
  • RDX with available AcuraWatch™

2017 Acura TOP SAFETY PICK  Vehicles:

  • ILX with available AcuraWatch™
  • RLX

The AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies is offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX and 2017 RLX models, and is available on all 2017 Acura sedans and SUVs. AcuraWatch technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF). To date, AcuraWatch has been deployed on more than 70,000 Acura vehicles.  At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura signaled its intent to eventually apply AcuraWatch as standard equipment on all core models, and announced it will add Traffic Jam Assist to the AcuraWatch suite in certain models next year.

All new Acura models come with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment.  Additional standard safety equipment on all models include Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); advanced front airbags; and front side airbags.

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The Smithtown Acura Team 2016 Thanksgiving Feast !


Acura’s Future Interior Styling and Technology Concept –

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Published on Nov 16, 2016

At 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura revealed a bold, new exterior design direction in the Acura Precision Concept. Now Acura will deliver part two — a near-production interior styling and technology concept that fuses a sporty, ergonomic design with a new operating system and interface that goes beyond traditional approaches. Together, the Acura Precision Concept and new interior concept form the fundamental building blocks for Acura’s future.

Positive Reactions from the Press

The automotive news were highly impressed with the concept after seeing it up-close in the Acura booth. Here are quotes from some of the articles that have already been published:

“If this concept is any hint, Acura’s next-gen interiors will be simple — and simply gorgeous. ” –

“There are a lot of good ideas inside. The whole thing is surprisingly intuitive … pretty darn quick – and pretty.” –

“First Acura did away with its awkward beak grille. Now Honda’s premium brand is looking inward for its next transformation. ” – Automotive News

“If it comes with all the tech Acura’s promoting here, Precision Cockpit stands to be a significant step forward in the digitization of car interiors.” –

“Acura has introduced a new concept that demonstrates how upcoming technology such as autonomous driving can push the boundaries of interior design.” –

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Acura Showcases Performance & Racing Spirit at SEMA

TORRANCE, California – Published Oct 27, 2016

  • Display to feature NSX GT3 race car atop a matching, custom fabricated trailer, towed by 2017 Acura MDX sporting an NSX GT3-inspired racing livery
  • NSX GT3 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge drivers to be announced at SEMA on Nov. 1
  • Driver Meet-and-Greet at the Acura SEMA Booth 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 1

Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance and motorsports resurgence will dominate its display at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4. The Acura NSX GT3 race car, which will make its North American racing debut in 2017, will be featured on an NSX-inspired, custom-fabricated trailer, towed by 2017 Acura MDX wrapped in a matching racing livery. Building on the performance theme, Acura’s GT3 racing partners, Real Time Racing and Michael Shank Racing, will announce driver lineups for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge and 2017 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship on Nov. 1. A 2017 Acura NSX supercar featuring factory-installed features and options as well as a 2017 TLX sedan with the new GT Package will complete the exhibit space.

“SEMA is an opportunity to have some fun with customization concepts, and our approach this year is to showcase Acura’s performance direction by literally connecting our GT3 racing program to our production models,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura.

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