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Acura’s First Hybrid SUV Wows

APRIL 13, 2017

Acura gave reporters a shot at driving the new MDX Sport Hybrid at an event in Seattle last week. The new MDX is built on the three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive powertrain technology utilized in the RLX sedan and 2017 NSX. The first hybrid SUV from Acura drew positive reviews from the media drive with comments on the powertrain, smooth ride and spacious interior. Many reporters had good things to say about Acura’s top-selling SUV.

Here are some of their comments:

“You might look at the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid and think, “Hmm … maybe it’s just me, but that looks a lot like the normal 2017 MDX.” But don’t be fooled. This seven-passenger midsize SUV is just an incognito NSX; a tiger in Montessori parking lot camouflage.” – TheTruthAboutCars.com

 “A new seven-speed dual clutch makes for very smooth gear shifts. You’ll barely notice as the vehicle moves through its gears, which contributes to the MDX Sport Hybrid’s excellent handling prowess and refined ride” – VroomGirls.com

 “The technology that makes the NSX so ferocious in the corners and so drama free in general adds confidence, a sharper driving experience and more miles per gallon to this high-riding, seven-passenger family wagon.” – Car and Driver

“With the addition of the new 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, the luxury brand is … trying to attract a younger generation looking for a capable and confident vehicle. The MDX hybrid’s quick torque delivery, good handling, and decent packaging set it apart without compromising any space.” – Motor Trend

“The hybrid MDX offers more power and better handling thanks to its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain technology, which helps inspire more confidence behind the wheel — especially in the rain, which Seattle is famous for getting plenty of. The AWD helped us stay glued to the asphalt as we splashed through a partially flooded country road with barely a wiggle.” – Automobile Magazine

 “The smoothness really comes to the fore when driving the RX450h or QX60h, both of which Acura had on hand and both of which compare poorly to the MDX – especially the Prius-writ-large RX450h, saddled with a CVT and which transmits its green(er) cred through measured lurches, futuristic droning, and a not-insignificant amount of whining. And the QX60h might have one of the best CVTs in the business, but it’s a milquetoast loaf next to the MDX Sport Hybrid’s superior DCT/motor combo.” – Autoblog.com

“What should sell you on the MDX hybrid over the standard car is its improved behavior when used the way SUVs of this type are. There’s more power in highway situations without the indecisive 9-speed auto, and the ability to make the steering and ride a little more disciplined in the corners. And then you have the added benefit of being able to quietly cruise around at traffic speeds before you step on the accelerator to get a decent burst of electric torque.” – Carscoops.com

 “Sandwiching the 1.3-kWh battery pack between the floor and the SUV’s belly pan means no sacrifices when it comes to moving cargo, human or otherwise. There’s ample second row room, especially with the handsome (and optional) captain’s chairs installed in place of the standard bench, and the third row is adequate for both children and adults who still occasionally shop in the children’s section at H&M. The MDX Sport Hybrid also happens to be pleasingly quiet at speed, and can be had with an impressive array of active safety technologies.” –SlashGear.com

 


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Midsize Luxury SUV Comparison: 2017 Acura MDX

By Matt DeLorenzo on April 13, 2017 9:00 AM

Awarded As “Smart luxury”

Starting Price: $45,025

Above Average: Mechanical package, reliability

Below Average: Luxury appointments

Consensus: The rational option in an emotional segmen

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Already a staff favorite, Acura’s 3-row crossover has been enhanced for 2017 with a welcome new face, transmission improvements and more driver assist features.The MDX was one of the test’s more satisfying vehicles to drive, with its beefy 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 providing all the power needed to cruise effortlessly at highway speeds.

Riding on a 111.0-inch wheelbase and measuring 196.2 inches overall, the Acura MDX packs 3-row seating, V6 power and Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system into a relatively compact package.The 9-speed transmission has been much improved compared to the unit in the MDX we tested last year as part of our long-term evaluation fleet; there’s now little to no indecision about which gear should be engaged, and the ratio changes are much more seamless. The front seats provide plenty of support, leaving us none the worse for wear after a long day cruising across the desert. Overall, it scored high across the board, with the only shortcomings found in its rather complex but not overly functional 2-screen infotainment setup. While the MDX doesn’t carry all the cachet of some other brands in the test, it does offer a complete roster of comfort and convenience items.

 

2017 Acura MDX

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Highway Driving

In addition to making 290 horsepower, the 3.5-liter V6 puts out 267 lb-ft of torque, plenty of muscle to move this 4,257-pound all-wheel-drive SUV. While that may seem like a lot of mass, the MDX is actually the lightest vehicle in the test. Thanks to the 9-speed transmission with its multiple overdrive gears, the MDX also turned in the highest average fuel economy of the group, completing our two-leg, all-highway mpg measurement within one mpg of its EPA highway rating of 26. Three driving modes, Eco, Normal and Sport, change the aggressiveness of throttle inputs and the weight of the steering. But even in Eco mode, the MDX was able to step off the line smartly and have decent mid-range passing power to make freeway cruising effortless. Another aid in the long interstate stretches is the adaptive cruise control, one of those must-have features when considering a vehicle in this price class.

City Driving  

While offering enough room inside for three rows of passengers, the MDX, thanks to its relatively short wheelbase, has a fairly tight 38.7-foot turning radius, making it easy to wheel about on city streets and in parking structures. Aiding the maneuverability are the rear and all-around vehicle cameras. Blind-spot warnings are also handy in tight quarters, and the warning chime is less annoying than most. The improvements to the 9-speed transmission were more readily apparent in city driving, where light throttle tip-in on last year’s model would produce a bit of indecision about which gear the vehicle should engage first. That’s been remedied, and while the defeatable auto stop/start system is about as seamless as they get, don’t have any steering angle cranked in when the engine stops—the steering goes dead as a doornail.

Interior Appeal

The interior of the MDX is best described as handsome. It’s not plush or expressive, nor does it boast any groundbreaking interior design flair. The cabin is straightforward with a conventional layout, except for the unusual button arrangement for the 9-speed automatic, which takes a bit of adaptation. Once mastered, it does become more intuitive. The materials are fairly high in quality, with perforated Milano leather on the seats and wood grain accents on the doors, dash and center console, along with plenty of soft touch materials. There are a few stretches of hard, matte-finish plastic here and there that only stands out after you’ve jumped into the MDX from the Range Rover or Audi, which have a more luxe look to them.

Infotainment  

Our biggest gripe with the MDX is the 2-screen infotainment system with its lower touch screen that is used to control things like the heated/ventilated seats, fan speed, audio system and navigation. It’s clunky in operation and really doesn’t get much easier to use the more familiar you get with it. There are some redundant controls for turning on and off the HVAC, temperature settings and modes, but you have to use the screen for the aforementioned fan speed, seats and rear HVAC operation. At least there’s a rotary knob that helps with the nav and sound system as well as a separate volume control and several steering-wheel switches.

Rear Seat Room  

Instead of a second-row bench seat, our test vehicle had a center console in the middle row, turning the ostensible 7-passenger MDX into a 6-passenger vehicle. While that console provides additional storage space for the rear seat passengers, it means that you need to use the third row whenever the passenger count goes above four. Buttons on the rear seats make access to the third row a bit easier and the room back there, while not as generous as the Infiniti QX60, was better than the Audi and about on-par with the Volvo XC90. In other words, it’s usable.

Cargo Utility  

Behind the third row, the MDX offers 15.8 cubic feet of storage. The third row is easily dropped using levers on the seatbacks, which opens up the flat-floor load space to 43.4 cubic feet. With the second row also folded down, the MDX can handle 90.9 cubic feet of cargo. The rear power liftgate and relatively low liftover adds to the utility factor of the MDX.

Fuel Economy  

As noted earlier, the MDX posted the best average fuel economy in the test, logging 24.9 mpg. Official EPA numbers have the Acura rated at 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway for a combined rating of 22 mpg. While much of our test was conducted on freeways and multi-lane boulevards, and considering that we were often cruising at 70 to 75 mph, the overall mileage is impressive for a vehicle with the size and capacity of the MDX.

Resale Value  

As the upscale division of Honda, Acura shares the same solid reputation for high quality, dependability and low-cost operation. Not only does it outperform the other vehicles in its 5-Year Cost To Own, it also promises a good return at resale. The as-tested price of $57,340 is for the top-of-the-line Advance package that includes a long list of features including a full suite of driver assists like blind spot and lane departure warning and lane keeping and collision mitigation. At that price, the 2017 Acura MDX is far and away the smart buy in this category. Whether or not it has enough cachet to satisfy your emotional side is up to you to decide.

Inside and Out: 2017 Acura MDX


The 2018 Acura TLX made its world debut in New York on April 11, and Acura Product Planner Jonathan Rivers was on hand to film an exclusive walkaround video of the interior and exterior of the A-Spec trim. Don’t miss hearing about the all-new features and unique design elements of this remarkable vehicle.

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2018 Acura TLX Makes World Debut with Aggressive, Sporty Design, and New Technology Features

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Acura has unveiled a refreshed and significantly enhanced 2018 TLX performance luxury sedan, delivering the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance design direction to its core sedan. The all-new TLX A-Spec takes the sedan’s design in an even more emotional direction, further broadening the brand’s appeal to younger buyers. The Acura TLX also will be one of the most technologically advanced and well-equipped vehicles in the segment with new technology features including Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and AcuraWatch™ standard on all grades. The 2018 TLX is slated to go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide in June.

The 2018 TLX boasts a more aggressive and sporty look inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted last year, a design direction that has successfully influenced the styling of the 2017 MDX luxury SUV. Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, paired with changes to the sedan’s stance, proportion, wheels and sheet metal boosts its presence on the road.

“We’ve really upped the ante in terms of styling, emotion and road presence, more effectively communicating the TLX’s dynamic capabilities,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager.

The 2018 TLX design illustrates its three variants with distinct characteristics. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-4 cylinder TLX receives a sporty new front fascia featuring the diamond pentagon grille, a new bumper, more sculpted hood, fenders, redesigned Jewel Eye™ headlight design with LED turn signal and a new standard 17-inch wheel and tire package.

The V6 TLX models add an aggressive, refreshed rear fascia with exposed, rectangular dual-exhaust finishers, rear diffuser and standard 18-inch wheels. The V6 TLX with Technology Package adds a new chrome side sill garnish, all-new seats with contrast piping and stitching, and a power-operated thigh extension on the driver’s seat. The Advance Package gains additional technology including trapezoidal LED fog lights, Surround View Camera system, built-in wireless charging pad, white LED ambient light piping in 10 locations throughout the cabin, a heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats, a body-colored decklid spoiler, and power-folding side mirrors.

Acura’s acclaimed torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (SH-AWD™), the best handling all-wheel drive system in the industry, is available for the first time on all V6 TLX models, previously available only with V6 models equipped with Technology or Advance Packages

New TLX A-Spec

Reflecting Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA, the new TLX V6 A-Spec is available in two-wheel drive and SH-AWD™ configurations, adding character and performance inside and out. An exclusive front fascia, round LED fog lights, aggressive side sills, rear diffuser accented by large, round dual-exhaust finishers and gloss black decklid spoiler creates an even bolder character. Exclusive, dark finish 19-inch wheels paired with wide 245-series tires complement a sport-tuned suspension with more aggressive damper settings and retuned electric power steering for a sharper, more precise handling experience. TLX A-Spec models with SH-AWD also receive a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for improved body control. Gloss black trim and A-Spec badging on the rear decklid, fenders, side sill garnish and steering wheel completes the look.

On the inside, a host of sport-oriented refinements and premium features include exclusive leather seats with increased bolstering, red driver’s meter highlights, brushed aluminum-look interior trim, and a thick-rimmed sport steering wheel. Two A-Spec exclusive interior color choices are offered: Red leather or Black leather with Alcantara™ seat and door inserts. Premium enhancements borrowed from the top trim Advance Package include wireless charging pad, ventilated front seats and red LED ambient light piping (white on the Advance Package).

Technology Enhancements

The 2018 TLX is the first Acura to feature a refreshed dual-screen user On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD 2.0) interface that supports Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Sirius XM 2.0. New software improves the system response time and offers more intuitive menus and command structures for a seamless and quicker user experience – approximately 30 percent faster. An enhanced 7-inch touchscreen has a capacitive display that is more responsive to the touch and is positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger.

With its unique AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies, the 2018 Acura TLX is the only vehicle in its class with standard crash avoidance and active driving-assistive features. AcuraWatch™ includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision. With Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist, AcuraWatch can significantly decrease the driver’s workload during freeway cruising by maintaining a set speed and following interval, initiating both braking and throttle inputs, and adding steering input to help the driver maintain their position in the detected lane.

For More Information

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

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Last spring, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

 


With its 2018 TLX, Acura learns the value of good software design

Oh, and these things are pretty fast, too…

Written By: Chris Velazco21h ago
April 12, 2017

Acura just pulled back the curtains on a pair of premium sedans — the 2018 TLX and its sportier A-Spec cousin — and they feature a more sporty, aggressive look than the -models they replace. Fortunately for you road warriors, Acura did more than just give those bodies a makeover: The company redesigned its in-car interface in response to complaints about its complexity. If that seems like a silly thing to get worked up over, just remember that you’re probably going to get stuck with your car’s software and interface for at least a few years. It’s about time car company’s started making these infotainment systems less terrible.

In fairness, Acura had a fair bit of work to do. In addition to the usual instrument cluster, the TLX has two other displays: a big, bright screen for glancing at information and a touch panel below that. The problem is, Acura has had trouble figuring out what kind of information should go on each screen, and people didn’t really know where to look either. “It was kind of hard for them to tell what information was where,” an Acura spokesperson told me. “So it was really hard for them to use it.”

So, after lots of focus testing, Acura mixed things up. Audio controls and related info are now solely located on the touchscreen for easier access, freeing up the bigger screen for navigation (another important feature that was confusing to get to) and data provided by Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. The company also redesigned the menu invoked by the car’s jog dial: It’s now an easy-to-parse list, which should hopefully make for fewer mistakes and even fewer accidents. All told, Acura claims this revamped interface is 30 percent “faster” than the older iteration, but we (or our sister site Autoblog) will be the judges of that.

Beyond a software redesign, both the TLX and its A-Spec variant pack active road safety bits (collectively known as AcuraWatch) as standard equipment to keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe. We’re talking about a collision detection system with automatic braking here, along with adaptive cruise control that works even at low speeds (appropriate for the sort of traffic that’s sure to happen here in New York). Getting all these features as standard sounds like a pretty good deal, but we’ll have to wait to be sure: The 2018 models won’t hit lots for a while yet.


Acura Debuts 2018 TLX With ‘What A Ride’ Marketing Campaign

by , 9 hours ago

April 12, 2017

NEW YORK — Acura gave two for the money at the New York Auto Show, not only unveiling its new TLX performance luxury sedan, but the marketing campaign to go along with it.

Themed “What A Ride,” the mobile-first campaign was created entirely using vertical video. The multi-platform effort, from Mullen Lowe, introduces the refreshed and enhanced TLX. It is slated to go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide in June.

Creative takes viewers on a colorful and unexpected journey filled with fast imagery and thought-provoking language. The campaign is set to hip-hop recording artist and producer Kid Ink’s hypnotic anthem, “The Movement.” It almost has the sound and feel of a tech-forward video game.

The 2018 TLX marketing campaign continues the brand’s “Precision Crafted Performance” messaging but also aims to broaden the appeal of the TLX to younger buyers by showcasing performance, technology and styling enhancements inside and out.

 

The campaign features several commercials illustrating the many new aspects of the performance sedan, culminating with the theme: “What a Ride.” The overall brand tagline remains “Precision Crafted Performance,” says Ed Beadle, Acura senior manager integrated marketing.

“While there is a theme for the individual vehicles, we don’t want to detract from the overall brand messaging,” Beadle tells Marketing Daily.

The spot “Geek + Chic” highlights Acura’s approach to performance. “Wild + Things” introduces the sleek TLX A-Spec model alongside the NSX supercar for a high-performance family outing. “Warp + Speed” shows off the TLX’s precision handling and superior control and “Force +Field” focuses on active safety and driver-assistive features through both symbolic imagery and unique demonstrations that align with the tryptic story arcs.

With content on digital platforms — largely mobile — set to outpace traditional TV in 2017, Acura’s creative approach has evolved based on consumer habits, according to the automaker. The entire “What A Ride” campaign was shot with vertical cameras, leading with social media creative techniques to generate content that is not compromised when translated to mobile. This same content works across horizontal formats, like television, by dividing the screen into three, relying on triptych story arcs and provocative word pairings to express the multi-faceted and dynamic nature of the TLX — and the Acura brand.

Media will focus on raising widespread awareness for the new model, while targeting will drive consideration among TLX’s best prospects. Consumers will see TLX across Acura’s premium networks in cable and premium environments in online video. Local TV efforts will boost awareness in Acura’s key sales markets and among Hispanic consumers. Acura will continue to employ a data-driven approach to reach key shopping prospects by pinpointing in-market households through Addressable TV.

Digital and social efforts surrounding the 2018 TLX will also be targeted to custom shopper profiles on mobile and social. Through immersive opportunities such as Tapad’s mobile vertical video, Facebook canvas and carousel ad units, and Snapchat’s Snap Ads Web view ad opportunity where users can actually learn more about and engage with the TLX, Acura will have the ability to not only prioritize messaging based on consumers’ interests and needs, but also to connect with them in an entirely new way, according to the automaker.

 


 

     How Acura Built Its New TV Campaign for Mobile

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In Acura’s new campaign, it’s hard to tell what moves faster — the car or the ads themselves. The marketer crammed roughly 50 unique images in each one of its five 30-second spots and about 25 images in each of its seven 15-second ads. Each scene shot is vertically and layered into the TV commercials by dividing the screen in three.

The colorful mishmash — which includes flashes of random images like a sci-fi superhero in a red metal suit — is aimed at giving Acura’s new 2018 TLX luxury sedan a modern, youthful feel. But the campaign, called “What a Ride,” also has a more practical goal when it comes to Acura’s media buy: The visuals are shot vertically so they are easily transferable to mobile ad formats. And Acura purposely avoided celebrities and spoken dialogue so that it can adjust the ads on the fly to adapt to market conditions. The so-called modular approach means that if, for instance, Acura wants to tout all-wheel drive in cold-weather cities, it could easily toss in that message in a quick scene without rejiggering the entire ad.

“We also can see what combination performs best over time. Or if we are hearing feedback in terms of other attributes of the car that we may not have predicted, it’s very easy for us to cut it and have that option available quickly,” said Ed Beadle, senior manager-integrated marketing at Acura. “If you are relying on the schtick of some heavy talent spot with comedy and plucky one-liners, it’s very difficult to try to adjust that messaging.”

This type of flexible approach, including vertical visuals, has gained in popularity across the ad industry as brands seek to make ads that are suitable for TV and mobile, where viewers often encounter spots with the sound off. It is proof of how much mobile players like Snapchat and Instagram Stories — which use vertical video ad formats — are influencing creative approaches.

Agencies on the Acura campaign include MullenLowe Los Angeles for creative and RPA for media buying. (Acura is owned by Honda, which recently shifted media duties to RPA.)

Acura executives declined to detail the media buy for the TLX campaign because they said it had not been finalized. But Mr. Beadle said digital will account for roughly 40% of the spending. Acura also confirmed it has prepared 6-second ads and that the buy includes Snapchat ads and Facebook’s Canvas ads. “When you shoot this way from the beginning, you are already prepared so that you can adapt to any channel that is relevant,” he said. “Flexibility is a key strategy for this campaign.”

 The TV spots, which will break at the end of May, are backed by the song “The Movement” by Kid Ink. Acura plans to debut the new TLX campaign at an event today at the ArtBeam venue that near the New York International Auto Show, which gets underway this week at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Pop singer Elle King is scheduled to perform Acura’s event.

The TLX launch comes at a critical time for Acura as it seeks to reverse declining sales and battle industry dynamics in which car sales have been hurt by surging demand for trucks and SUVs. Acura car sales fell 28.5% in the first three months of the year to 9,806 vehicles, according to data compiled by Automotive News. Acura’s SUVs, the MDX and RDX, fell by 8.4% and 9.9% respectively.

In a January interview with Automotive News, Jim Morino, chairman of Acura’s dealer advisory board, called 2016 a “tough year,” citing the Takata airbag recall situation that “caused havoc in all of our lives.” He also said dealers have had “some very candid conversations about aggressiveness of advertising and awareness for Acura,” but credited Acura with “changing that message so that it’s more aggressive than it has been in the past.”

The TLX campaign is under the larger “Precision Crafted Performance” marketing platform that Acura launched in early 2016. Its goal is to give the automaker’s marketing a more consistent feel with a youthful, optimistic tone.

“We have to establish a great foundation for ourselves and get our brand out there and get everybody to understand who we are,” said Jon Ikeda, VP-general manager for the Acura Division of American Honda Motor Co. “Once people understand a little better and get clarity of what we represent and what we are doing, then I think the sales side will come.”

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April 11 world debut of the 2018 Acura TLX 

April 11, 2017

Acura will unveil the refreshed and significantly enhanced 2018 TLX performance sedan in New York on April 11. Don’t miss the chance to watch and share the excitement !

Watch the 2018 Acura TLX World Debut Here 

Watch Acura’s recent new product reveals in the video below, Introducing the All New 2018 Acura TLX

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2018 Acura TLX Receives New Precision Concept Look

Mar 31, 2017 05:30 AM EDT | Joyce Vega

The new 2018 Acura TLX will have a new look and new technologies.

The 2018 Acura TLX will have the Acura Precision Concept that first arrived at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The Precision Concept displays Acura’s vehicle design which looks good and sporty. The concept focuses more on high-contrast details on the interior that highlight performance and prestige through a low and wide stance with a long and deep dashboard. The exterior, however, features a dramatic styling and front pentagonal grille.

As reported by Car Buzz, the new 2018 Acura TLX will make its debut at the New York Auto Show on April 11. Compared to the old model, the 2018 TLX will take a new direction for Acura’s design language, with aggressive and sporty styling inspired by the Acura Precision Concept. As seen on the teaser image, the TLX will have a completely redesigned front-end, with a new grille, bumper, and redesigned headlights.

On top of that, the interior will be packed with premium features and technology enhancement that place the TLX among the most technologically advanced cars in its segment. Vice president and general manager of Acura, Jon Ikeda, said that the new styling of 2018 TLX will reflect Acura’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance.

Paultan’s spy photographers managed to snap a few photos of the TLX during a promotional shoot. The Precision Concept style is evidently present on the new model. As for the powertrain, the current Acura LTX is available with two engines.

The first being a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 206 horsepower and 247Nm of torque and it is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The second engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 362Nm of torque and it is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Models with the V6 engine can be equipped with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, while Precision All-Wheel Steer can be fitted to both engine types. It is still unknown if the engines will stay the same for the 2018 LTX, or they will be changed.


Watch the Acura NSX GT3 in action during the IMSA WeatherTech Championship and Pirelli World Challenge series

April 10, 2017

The NSX GT3 racing season is off to an impressive start with a top-five finish in the grueling 24-hour Daytona race last month, proving that Acura has made a solid return to its racing performance roots.

Click here to watch a video featuring Vice President and General Manager, Acura Division, Jon Ikeda sharing in the excitement and click here for race details.

With Acura racing just warming up, you don’t want miss the excitement. Below is the upcoming schedule of the two series in which the NSX GT3 will be competing: the WeatherTech Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. Share this information with your staff and share in Acura’s triumphant return to racing!


Acura’s new 2017 RDX

April 1st, 2017
by Bill Owneyin , Opinion Columns

Selling from around $22,000 to $36,000, the Acura RDX is a good buy that shows off Acura’s luxury class.

Photo by Photo courtesy of Acura

In the last decade, Americans have fallen in love with crossover SUVs, and few offer better value than the Acura’s compact crossover, the RDX.

Built to truck-like dimensions on a car-like chassis, SUVs provide a pleasant array of capability, capable of hauling people and cargo—or combinations thereof—while providing wonderful visibility, above average safety and  riding and handling like a well-built touring car.

Built on the same platform as the popular Honda CR-V, the Acura RDX takes it up a notch with better seats, premium trim and a V6 that delivers a boatload of extra power while achieving nearly as good fuel economy.

The addition of Honda’s praiseworthy V6 also makes the RDX a strong player in a luxury compact SUV class that includes worthy competitors like the Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC, and Volvo XC60.

Selling from around $22,000 to $36,000, the…

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Though the RDX’ cabin is not quite as luxurious as its rivals’, it gets a leg up by offering the naturally aspirated V6 in a class in which turbocharged 4-bangers are de rigueur. It also helps that the starting price of $35,670 is in the bottom quartile of the class.

It’s fair to say that the V6 is the best engine from Honda, a company known for building great engines.  Let’s look at the numbers. Under the RDX’ hood is 279-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that puts out 279 hp and 252 ft-lb of torque.. The Lexus NX and Mercedes GLC both have 2.0-L, intercooled and turbocharged I-4 engines. The Lexus turns 235 hp and 258 torque, and the Mercedes cranks out 241 hp and 273 torque.

Thanks to variable cylinder management, which deactivates three cylinders under light load, the RDX has nearly identical fuel economy—21 city, 28 highway—as the Lexus. The Mercedes is rated at 22/28.

All three are exceptionally well built.  J.D. Powers and Associates gives the RDX three out of five stars for predicted reliability, while the Lexus NX and Mercedes GLC each earn four. The NX and RDX have similar starting prices, while the Mercedes is about $4,000 greater.

In average actual sales price, the RDX sells for around $34,000, the NX for $36,000 and the GLC goes off the lot for around $39,000.

One reason for that is the RDX pricing structure. There is only one model, so features are available in packages. Usually, manufacturers limit certain desirable options to top-of-line models, which creates sort of a double whammy: You pay for the higher trim line, then for the option, or the package in which it is contained.

One package you must buy is the AcuraWatch Plus package ($1,300), which provides Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System and Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning. I know folks are uncomfortable with this technology, but I wonder how many drivers who have died in the I-30 construction zone would be alive today if their cars had hit the brakes for them before they plowed into the
back of an 18-wheeler.

Selling from around $22,000 to $36,000, the…

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The most you can spend on an RDX, with AWD and every option available, is a little less than $44,000. If you want seating for seven, you can step up to the MDX, which runs from $44,050 to $58,500, which sort of makes the RDX the value leader in its own showroom, too.

Behind the wheel, the RDX is good, not great. Not all the interior materials have a premium feel, so the Acura does not quite escape its Honda origins. The materials are soft touch, and assembly is immaculate, but the car does not sing luxury the way the Lexus or Mercedes do. (For a sleeper in this class, check out the new Nissan Murano, which has a lovely interior).

The Lexus NX has previously earned high praise in this space, especially for its driver-friendly handling. That comes at the expense of a firmer suspension, however, so it’s fair to say that which is preferable is a matter of taste. If you value sportiness, the NX is for you. If comfortable and composed suits you better, the RDX is your machine.

If you want cache’, the BMW or Mercedes-Benz might suit you better.

Bottom Line: The Acura RDX may not advertise its owners’ affluence, but is a solid, good looking, finely crafted vehicle


2018 Acura TLX Receives New Precision Concept Look

Mar 31, 2017 05:30 AM EDT | Joyce Vega

The new 2018 Acura TLX will have a new look and new technologies.

The 2018 Acura TLX will have the Acura Precision Concept that first arrived at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The Precision Concept displays Acura’s vehicle design which looks good and sporty. The concept focuses more on high-contrast details on the interior that highlight performance and prestige through a low and wide stance with a long and deep dashboard. The exterior, however, features a dramatic styling and front pentagonal grille.

As reported by Car Buzz, the new 2018 Acura TLX will make its debut at the New York Auto Show on April 11. Compared to the old model, the 2018 TLX will take a new direction for Acura’s design language, with aggressive and sporty styling inspired by the Acura Precision Concept. As seen on the teaser image, the TLX will have a completely redesigned front-end, with a new grille, bumper, and redesigned headlights.

On top of that, the interior will be packed with premium features and technology enhancement that place the TLX among the most technologically advanced cars in its segment. Vice president and general manager of Acura, Jon Ikeda, said that the new styling of 2018 TLX will reflect Acura’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance.

Paultan’s spy photographers managed to snap a few photos of the TLX during a promotional shoot. The Precision Concept style is evidently present on the new model. As for the powertrain, the current Acura LTX is available with two engines.

The first being a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 206 horsepower and 247Nm of torque and it is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The second engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 362Nm of torque and it is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Models with the V6 engine can be equipped with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, while Precision All-Wheel Steer can be fitted to both engine types. It is still unknown if the engines will stay the same for the 2018 LTX, or they will be changed.


Made in USA

MARCH 18, 2016

More Than Half of Acura’s U.S. Vehicle Sales in Brand’s 30-year History Have Been Made in North America

  • Acura marks twenty years of U.S. production in 2016
  • More than 98 percent of Acura models made in America in 2015

TORRANCE, Calif. (Mar. 17, 2016) – With Acura set to mark its 30th anniversary on March 27, 2016, the Acura brand today announced that more than 50 percent of the brand’s cumulative sales since the brand’s inception in 1986 have been made in North America.

Acura vehicles were first produced in the region in February 1996 (1997 Acura CL Coupe) at the East Liberty, Ohio auto plant, making Acura the first international luxury nameplate to manufacture automobiles in America. Since then, Acura has made more than 2.6 million cars and SUVs in North America on cumulative U.S. sales of 4.2 vehicles.

“Acura was born in America 30 years ago and its U.S. roots run very deep with many significant vehicles developed and built in this region,” said Tom Shoupe, executive vice president and COO of Honda of America, Mfg., Inc.  “Our manufacturing teams are proud to have played such a large role in the history of the Acura brand and with serial production of the NSX about to begin, our associates are more focused than ever on delivering precision crafted performance to our Acura customers.”

The 2017 Acura NSX is set to become the fourth Acura vehicle built exclusively in America, to be produced at the new, dedicated Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, with a unique blend of human craftsmanship and advanced technology. With trial production nearly complete and serial production scheduled to begin this spring, this world-class manufacturing facility employs groundbreaking techniques in weld, body construction, body painting, final assembly and quality confirmation to ensure the highest levels of precision and craftsmanship. Further, the NSX’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine is hand assembled by master builders at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant.

Acura produces the ILX and TLX sedans and the RDX five-passenger SUV in Ohio, and the MDX seven-passenger luxury SUV in Alabama. Starting in 2017, the Acura MDX will be dual sourced from the company’s Lincoln, Alabama and East Liberty, Ohio plants. The Alliston, Ontario plant in Canada also formerly built Acura vehicles, including the first generation of the Acura MDX.

Since developing the 1997 Acura CL Coupe, a number of Acura models have been designed and developed with leadership from the company’s North American R&D operations, including the current Acura TLX, all three generations of the Acura MDX and the 2017 Acura NSX.

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.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance through advanced product design and innovative technologies. On March 27, 2016, Acura will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker. Nearly 98 percent of the products Acura sold in America in 2015 were built in America using domestic and globally sourced parts.

The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura will launch its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance

 


2017 Acura RDX Speeds to Market as the Benchmark Compact Luxury Performance SUV

MARCH 18, 2016

 Coming off an all-time annual sales record last year, the 2017 Acura RDX goes on sale tomorrow with incredible momentum and a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP)1 starting at $35,370 – unchanged from the current model. The 2017 RDX is offered by the luxury marque that KBB.com named as the luxury brand with the lowest projected 5-year cost of ownership and that Edmumds.com voted as the 2015 Best Retained Value® Luxury Brand. The upgraded 2016 Acura RDX earned a 2016 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award in the Premium Compact Crossover/SUV segment and Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value® model-level award.

Significantly refreshed for the 2016 model year, the 2017 RDX retains the upgrades made last year, including a more powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, ride and handling refinements, an expanded list of available AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, restyled exterior and interior elements, and an increased compliment of luxury features and technologies, including Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights. New for 2017 are two exterior colors, Lunar Silver Metallic (replacing Slate Silver Metallic) and Modern Steel Metallic (replacing Graphite Luster Metallic), and for the first time, the Ebony interior is available with the popular White Diamond Pearl exterior.

The 2017 RDX interior has a premium black trim plus standard luxury features including heated front seats, second-row air conditioning vents, a power tailgate and Multi-View Rearview Camera. The 2017 RDX with Technology Package has numerous upgrades including a high-contrast silver and black trim, an 8-way power-operated front passenger seat, Acura’s dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio®, blind spot information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Multi-View rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.

The range-topping RDX with Advance Package features a grade-exclusive machined alloy wheel with grey painted surfaces along with a host of added luxury features including rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, and an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, along with standard AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.

While offered as standard equipment on the new Advance Package, all 2017 RDX models can be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning. In addition to available AcuraWatch™, the RDX includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that enhances frontal collision performance. The 2016 RDX received top-in-class safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), when equipped with the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ – ratings that are expected to carry over to the 2017 model.

All 2017 RDX models with AcuraWatch™, which includes all Advance Package models, also get a 4.2-inch, full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation prompts (when equipped with navigation).

 View, build and price a 2017 Acura RDX: http://www.smithtownacura.com/new-vehicles/rdx/

Engine & Powertrain

Providing exceptional power and fuel efficiency performance, the 2017 RDX’s 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) has a peak output of 279 horsepower at 6,200 and 252lb.-ft. of torque at 4,900 rpm. The powerplant’s broad torque curve delivers immediate and powerful acceleration response across the engine’s full operating range.

The engine’s Variable Cylinder Management™ cylinder deactivation system allows for deactivation of three of the engine’s six cylinders under light engine loads, helping the RDX earn EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined) for AWD models and 20/28/23 mpg for FWD models. The 2017 RDX complies with EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards.

Body & Chassis

The RDX utilizes high-strength steel for 56 percent of the body construction, which not only provides increased strength at a lower weight but also results in a stiffer body for improved dynamic performance and reduced NVH.

The RDX rides on 4-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut design in front and a multi-link design in back. Amplitude Reactive Dampers at all four corners and motion adaptive electronic power steering system further aid sporty handling and refined driving performance.

All RDX models except the Advance Package feature split 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels. The RDX with Advance Package gets a machined 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel with painted grey surfaces. All RDX models have 4-wheel disc brakes that include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

Interior

The 2017 RDX comfortably accommodates five passengers. In front, its “dual personal” cockpit design caters to the driver and front passenger, creating a personal and accommodating space for each. Its available leather seating surfaces (leatherette in base models) and ergonomically designed seat contours provide ample support during spirited drives or long road trips. The power actuated driver seat is 10-way adjustable for a custom fit. For the driver, there is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination and a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows access to multiple electronic functions. The Advance package as well as all base and Technology Package models equipped with AcuraWatch™ feature a 4.2-inch, full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation prompts (when equipped with navigation, standard on Technology and Advance packages).

Among the advanced electronic technologies in the 2017 RDX is a 360-watt audio system with seven speakers, a CD player, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth® Audio,


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2017 MDX Sport Hybrid Playbook

MARCH 17, 2017

This week Acura announced pricing and availability for the powerful and efficient 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid. Featuring the a variation of the three-motor Sport Hybrid system developed for the NSX, Acura’s first-ever hybrid SUV boasts 31 additional horsepower and a 45 percent improvement in city fuel economy over the conventional AWD model (read more).

We created a 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid Playbook that compiles important launch information for you such as:

Click here to download the playbook.


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Acura Electrifies SUV Lineup with Powerful and Efficient 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid

MARCH 15, 2017

Acura’s first-ever hybrid SUV, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid, will arrive at showrooms in early April with more than 30 additional horsepower and a 45 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating as compared to the conventionally-powered MDX SH-AWD.

 With a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $51,9601, a premium of only $1,500 over the conventional MDX SH-AWD®, the MDX Sport Hybrid applies Acura’s innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel DriveÔ (SH-AWD®) system, a ground-breaking technology first offered in the RLX Sport Hybrid and more recently, the NSX supercar.

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is engineered for customers who desire the ultimate in driving refinement, technological sophistication and prestige in a three-row Acura SUV. Taking full advantage of the immediate, high-torque performance of its three powerful electric motors, along with the always-on capabilities of electric torque vectoring, the MDX Sport Hybrid substantially expands dynamic performance and fuel efficiency for luxury SUV customer’s everyday driving needs – all without sacrificing interior space or cargo volume.

Unique elements of the MDX Sport Hybrid’s design and engineering versus its non-hybrid counterpart include the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain with three electric motors and 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT), an advanced Electro Servo braking system, new and model-exclusive Active Damper technology, and an expanded-range Integrated Dynamics System with four distinct modes, including new SPORT+ mode.

The MDX Sport Hybrid’s Integrated Dynamics System engages with nine different dynamic systems within the vehicle, including its electric motors, throttle, steering, transmission and Active Dampers, to provide the driver with an expanded range of selectable performance characteristics to suit their varied driving needs and desires.

The MDX Sport Hybrid is offered in two sophisticated grades: the MDX with Technology Package and the MDX with Advance Package. Both grades have exclusive interior trim, stainless steel sport pedals and feature wood interior accents; wood trim accents are only available with the Advance Package for the other two MDX variants. The MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package includes versatile seating for seven passengers, while the Advance Package features a 6-passenger interior with second-row captain’s chairs and large second-row center console in place of a three-person bench seat.

 New Features

  • Three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain
  • 3.0-liter, SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT)
  • 4-mode Integrated Dynamics System with SPORT+ mode
  • Active Dampers
  • Electric Servo Brake System
  • Exclusive interior trim
  • Body-color lower side sills and front/rear skid garnishes
  • SH-AWD® badge on rear and Hybrid badges on front fenders

 Powertrain

The MDX Sport Hybrid powertrain boasts a total system output of 321 horsepower3 and 289 lb.-ft. of torque, up 31 horsepower over the non-hybrid MDX, making it the most powerful Acura production SUV ever built. EPA fuel economy ratings of 26/27/27 mpg2 (city/highway/combined) are up 8/1/6 mpg over the non-hybrid variant.

A 3.0 liter, 24-valve, SOHC V-6 power plant with i-VTEC® valvetrain and selectable idle-stop capability provides primary motive force, with a peak output of 257 horsepower (SAE net) at 6,300 rpm and 218 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) at 5,000 rpm. Three electric motors – a front motor built into the 7DCT, and a rear Twin Motor Unit (TMU) – provide instant torque for a more responsive and vivid driving experience.

An advanced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) is standard, a feature in common with the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® sedan and in 9-speed form in the NSX. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, the DCT offers ultra-quick gear changes and operates without a torque converter, improving efficiency. The 7DCT can operate in fully automatic mode, or it can be shifted manually via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The hybrid powertrain also features several advancements as part of the on-going development of Acura hybrid technology, including improvements in cooling and packaging of the IPU and PCU, as well as increased hybrid battery power density.

 

Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®)

The MDX Sport Hybrid employs groundbreaking technology offered in the Acura NSX supercar and RLX Sport Hybrid sedan. The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system is optimized to provide both outstanding performance and class-leading fuel efficiency. Depending on the driving mode (COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT+), the system utilizes the V-6 engine, 7DCT with built-in motor, TMU and battery pack to provide exhilarating and confidence-inspiring performance while maximizing efficiency.

The MDX Sport Hybrid’s electric SH-AWD® system operates independently of the gasoline engine as the two rear-mounted electric motors dynamically apportion both positive and negative torque directly to the rear wheels. This system provides for dynamic, immediate and always-on torque vectoring capabilities while eliminating the weight and energy losses associated with a conventional driveshaft and differential mechanism.

When cornering, the MDX Sport Hybrid delivers positive torque to the outside rear wheel, much like mechanical SH-AWD®, to create a yaw moment. In addition, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® can simultaneously apply regenerative brake torque to the inside rear wheel during cornering to further enhance cornering control, a function unique to the Sport Hybrid powertrain. As the MDX Sport Hybrid doesn’t rely on engine torque, the electrified SUV can create a larger torque difference between the left and right rear wheels, even during small throttle applications, at low engine speeds or when decelerating. This substantially magnifies the positive handling benefits of SH-AWD® across a much wider range of driving conditions.

 Safety Performance

All 2017 Acura MDX models come equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies: Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). All models also come equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera, and the top grade adds blind spot information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and new Auto High Beam.

Combining AcuraWatch™ with Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2017 MDX delivers intelligent safety and confident driving performance at the top of the competitive segment, and targets top safety ratings; a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already been achieved, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is anticipated.

 

2017 MDX Sport Hybrid Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

TRIM MSRP1 EPA RATING2
MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package $51,960 26/27/27
MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package $58,000 26/27/27

 The MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time, with five consecutive years of 50,000 sales. The 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif. and the MDX Sport Hybrid is manufactured at the company’s Lincoln, Ala. plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

 About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Last spring, Acura launched the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

For More Information

Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles.

Consumer information is available at www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura.

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1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $975.00. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition and other factors.
3 Combined system horsepower as measured by the peak, concurrent output of the three electric motors and gasoline engine.


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Acura NSX Named as a Prestigious 2017 AUTOMOBILE All-Star

MARCH 13, 2017

The 2017 Acura NSX was selected as a 2017 AUTOMOBILE All-Star (Acura.us/NSXAutomobileAllStar), adding to the supercar’s growing list of accolades and recognition since its spring 2016 launch. AUTOMOBILE today partnered with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to announce the 2017 All-Stars during a live stream on the AUTOMOBILE Facebook channel. The Acura NSX, America’s only U.S-built supercar (1), was selected from a diverse field of 23 contenders to join a select group of six vehicles heralded for their exceptional characteristics including driving dynamics, styling and refinement, and technological advancement.

Click here to watch a celebratory video.

According to the editors and staff at AUTOMOBILE, the Acura NSX earned its All-Star status the old-fash­ioned way: “by consistently putting a grin on drivers’ faces.” With its three-motor, 573-horsepower (2), twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain, the Acura NSX challenged some of the most exotic supercars including past All-Star winners. The NSX impressed the editors with its electrifying driving performance and precision in testing on the roads of Deer Creek Road near Mount Charleston, Nevada.

“Yes, the Acura NSX is a tour de force of advanced engineering, but it’s far from cold and impersonal,” said Automobile Editor-in-Chief Mike Floyd. “Instead, the NSX is a supercar that makes you feel like a hero regardless of skill level at the track, and it’s eminently accessible and easy to drive off of it. A true All-Star.”

AUTOMOBILE All-Stars are chosen from a vehicle contender list made up of all-new, heavily revised, or newly significant variants on sale or otherwise available in the U.S. in the 12 months preceding its test. The editorial staff spends multiple days driving the assembled array of All-Stars contenders on both road and track and casts their votes for the winners by private ballot. After choosing the All-Stars winners, the number of which varies from year-to-year, the staff then spends extensive seat time with the contenders through long-term tests and other epic, feature-based drives.

“We’re extremely proud to have the pinnacle Acura vehicle, the NSX, recognized with one of the industry’s pinnacle honors, the Automobile All-Star award,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. “With NSX, we set out to deliver a unique expression of Acura performance, and this honor further validates that Acura is a performance brand.”

Launched last spring, the 2017 Acura NSX is the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S., and is produced exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

The Acura NSX was evaluated against 22 other cars including: Aston Martin DB11, Audi A4, Bentley Bentayga, BMW M2, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XT5, Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Focus RS, Genesis G90, Honda Civic, Infiniti Q60, Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar XE, Lincoln Continental, Maserati Levante, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 718 Cayman S, Toyota Prius Prime and Volvo S90. For more information, please visit automobilemag.com/awards.

About AUTOMOBILE

AUTOMOBILE, a brand of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, is America’s leading automotive lifestyle brand, with a total audience of more than 5.7 million across its print, online, and social channels. AUTOMOBILE is home to the annual All-Stars awards and is written for the sophisticated enthusiast. For three decades, AUTOMOBILE has set the standard for automotive journalism, maintains a devotion to offbeat adventures, and continues to emphasize #noboringcars.

(1) Manufactured in America using domestic and globally sourced parts.
(2) Total system output


AcuraWatch

100,000+ Acura Vehicles on the Road Now Feature AcuraWatch™ Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies

MARCH 8, 2017

Acura has surpassed the 100,000-unit mark in U.S. sales of vehicles equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. After the first two months of 2017, nearly half of all Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. this year have been equipped with AcuraWatch. Furthermore, Acura will advance the AcuraWatch suite of technologies with the introduction of Traffic Jam Assist technology on certain models later this year.

“We are working toward a zero-collision society, and this approach is resonating strongly with younger luxury customers who show increasing interest in safety technologies,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. “Deploying active safety and driver-assistive technology broadly is one way we are taking care of our customers and differentiating Acura.”

AcuraWatch employs advanced “sensor fusion” technology, using the combined sensing capabilities of millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera to help maintain the vehicle’s position in traffic and to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision, representing a technological bridge to the automated driving technology of the future.

Recent research indicates that younger, Millennial buyers of Acura’s two top-selling models, RDX and MDX, put a greater emphasis on safety features, ranking it as their third most important purchase reason compared to older buyers that rank safety as less important. Supporting this finding, the RDX and MDX luxury sport-utility vehicles, both with AcuraWatch technology, are two of the top three luxury SUVs in the industry with under-35 buyers1.

AcuraWatch was introduced to the Acura lineup in 2014 on the 2015 Acura TLX, and has steadily expanded to all core Acura models, helping Acura drivers more safely and conveniently negotiate traffic with advanced sensing and semi-automated braking, and steering assist capabilities. AcuraWatch is offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX and 2017 RLX models, and available on all 2017 Acura sedans and SUVs.

The AcuraWatch suite of technologies includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), commonly known in the industry as Automatic Emergency Braking; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF).

At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura signaled its intent to apply AcuraWatch as standard equipment on all core models, and announced it will add Traffic Jam Assist as an available technology on certain models starting in 2017, providing increased driver assistance and convenience in stop-and-go highway driving. With Traffic Jam Assist, vehicles will be able to come to a complete stop and accelerate again with traffic without any driver input, as well as steer the vehicle within certain constraints. Traffic Jam Assist has sensors and the functionality of adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, and lane keeping assist, extended by adding electromechanical steering. The components of Traffic Jam Assist include a mid-range radar sensor, long-range radar sensor, multi-purpose camera and stereo video camera. Current AcuraWatch ACC technology provides for semi-automated braking to a stop, but requires driver input to resume speed.

Additional standard safety equipment on all models include Advanced 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. All new Acura models also are equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment.

 

1Based on IHS Markit, U.S. Retail new vehicle registrations by volume for all models in Luxury SUV and CUV segments 2012CY – 2016CYTD through December.


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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

Be Prepared & Read More:  https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/tinted-windows


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


 

NSX GTE

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

MDX

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.

Read More Here: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/in-the-best-light-2017-top-safety-pick-winners-meet-new-headlight-criteria


The Smithtown Acura Team 2016 Thanksgiving Feast !


 

Acura’s Future Interior Styling and Technology Concept –

Watch the Global Debut Here :

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. ” –  CNET.com

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

“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.” – Autoblog.com

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

Read More Here: http://www.acura.com/PressReleaseArticle.aspx?year=2016&id=9317-en


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.

Read More Here: http://www.acura.com/PressReleaseArticle.aspx?category=general&year=2016&id=9290-en


 

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