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Acura Brings Be-Jeweled RDX Update to Chicago

Best-seller gets Jewel Eye LED lighting, increased power.

by on Feb.12, 2015

Acura debuted the 2016 RDX SUV at the Chicago Auto Show. The new version is designed to keep the strong-seller near the top of the luxury SUV segment.

In today’s hotly competitive car market, manufacturers can’t sit back and enjoy the sweet smell of success. So, despite strong demand for its midsize RDX sport-utility vehicle, Acura will be blowing into the Windy City this week with a 2016 model that gets a number of significant updates.

That includes new Jewel Eye LED projector headlamps, LED taillights, a more powerful V-6, and an array of new high-tech safety and convenience technologies.

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“The RDX ended on a high note in 2014, posting its best sales year ever, but at Acura, we are not content in resting on our laurels,” said Acura General Manager Mike Accavitti. By adding a number of enhancements, he said Honda’s luxury brand’s goal with the 2016 RDX is “further solidifying its place as the one to beat in the entry luxury SUV segment.” (more…)

Honda Upping its Truck Game

Maker expanding MDX production to 2nd plant, more to follow.

by on Feb.11, 2015

The 2014 Acura MDX has readily outsold all its competitors in the three-row luxury SUV category.

The only one of the major Japanese automakers not to offer a full-size pickup, Honda has long seemed reluctant to enter the lucrative truck market. But with buyers snapping up its SUVs and crossovers as fast they roll off the assembly line, Honda is finally getting serious.

It will introduce two utility vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show this week, a complete remake of the Honda Pilot, as well as an update of the Acura RDX. And, the maker says, it will invest $85 million to expand production of the bigger Acura MDX to a second plant in East Liberty, Ohio.

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Honda’s U.S. growth “will be driven heavily by our light truck business, such as HR-V and Pilot,” Executive Vice President John Mendel said during a Wednesday morning teleconference.

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First Drive: 2015 Lincoln MKC

A new look and feel from an old brand.

by on Jun.11, 2014

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is more than just a new compact crossover, it shows that Lincoln actually can challenge key competitors like Acura and Audi.

There was a time when change in the luxury market came at an almost glacial pace. No longer. Old models are being refreshed at an ever-quicker pace, while all-new products are coming to market so quickly it’s difficult to keep up – and they’re filling “white spaces” you might never have even considered before..

Consider Mercedes-Benz, which recently revealed plans to roll out 30 new or completely updated products by decade’s end, about one per quarter. BMW and Audi aren’t far behind. Now, compare that to Lincoln which has promised to add just four products to its line-up between the end of 2012 and 2016 – five, if you count the minimal revisions coming to the big Navigator SUV.

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No wonder many observers – and upscale buyers – have written off Ford Motor Co.’s luxury brand. Once rivaling Cadillac for dominance, it is today given barely an afterthought. But Lincoln fans shouldn’t abandon all hope, not just yet. After spending a day logging several hundred miles behind the wheel of the new 2015 Lincoln MKC we have to pause and reconsider. If this compact crossover is any indication, there just might be some life left in this long-struggling Detroit brand.

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Honda and Acura Have Big Plans for Shanghai

Concept C and Concept S, new MPV and two new crossover concepts on tap.

by on Apr.08, 2013

Might Acura be planning a new CUV smaller than its current RDX model for a Shanghai debut?

It wasn’t that many years ago when Chinese auto shows were relatively lame events, manufacturers rolling out production cars and prototypes we’d already seen at other global events, such as Detroit, Geneva or even Tokyo. Not anymore.  This year’s Shanghai Motor Show promises to be a major event with dozens of new offerings from global makers including Honda and its luxury franchise Acura.

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In fact, their stands look likely to be crowded with an assortment of new offerings of both the concept and production type. That includes a pair of show cars of which the maker is saying little which makes it unclear whether they will be more CUV or minivan in character.

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Honda Offers Siri Integration

Automaker is first of several expected to pair Apple's voice assistant with cars.

by on Feb.01, 2013

Honda will offer integration of Apple's Siri as a dealer-installed option in three vehicles starting later this year.

Honda will integrate Apple’s Siri intelligent assistant into its vehicles as an option for customers who own iPhones.

Siri’s is a potentially significant development for an auto industry where carmakers are scrambling to equip vehicles with the next big thing in infotainment systems that can both limit driver distractions while allowing motorists to have access to their media and friends.

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Ford has said that its Sync voice-activated system has driven sales of its cars. It has also triggered a wave of copycat systems, such as Toyota’s EnForm and Cadillac’s Cue. Analysts are now watching to see if Siri integration in cars will become a prime purchasing factor for buyers.

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First Drive: 2013 Acura RDX

Honda’s luxury brand bucks conventional wisdom, replacing a turbo four with a V-6.

by on Sep.25, 2012

Acura redesigned the RDX to be more luxury oriented and less sporty.

Just when many carmakers are downsizing their engines, it came as quite a shock when Acura announced at the Detroit auto show earlier this year that it was replacing the turbocharged four cylinder in the RDX compact luxury ute with its venerable 3.5-liter V-6.

But cars are about the bottom line, the way the car performs, not what’s under the hood. If bucking conventional wisdom works, then why not?

Powerful, Yet Efficient!

In a lot of ways a V-6 makes a lot of sense for a luxury sport utility. No matter what you do to make a four feel smooth, an extra pair of cylinders will almost always feel smoother.

So, what’s the verdict? Does the new V-6 make for a better luxury crossover? Let’s found out.

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Acura Pushing For 45% Sales Growth in 2012

Maker betting on new ILX, redesigned RDX for big surge.

by on Mar.23, 2012

The 2013 Acura ILX will be a critical piece of the brand's turnaround strategy.

After years of struggle, Japan’s first luxury car brand is forecasting a 45% surge in demand this year that will help it challenge top-tier rivals.

Acura officials say they’re counting on new and updated models – notably the entry-luxury ILK sedan and redesigned RDX crossover — to provide the moment that will boost sales to 180,000 for the year.  An all-new flagship scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show next month should also add momentum.

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“This is where we think we would have been” were it not for the impact of last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami, said Acura marketing chief Jeff Conrad.

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Acura Swaps RDX’s Turbo Four for V-6 in Revamped 2013 Model

Automaker says decision was made to improve fuel economy.

by on Jan.12, 2012

Acura's Vicki Poponi introduces the 2013 Acura RDX prototype at the Detroit Auto Show.

Acura is revamping in attempt to return to its core values, but the decisions regarding the second-generation RDX small crossover seem to go against the current convention.

The 2013 RDX will trade its turbocharged 240-horsepower 2.3-liter four cylinder for parent Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6, producing 273 horses, Acura announced this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The larger engine is a surprise as almost every other automaker is frantically replacing its V-6 engines with turbocharged four cylinders precisely for the reason Honda says it is moving to the V-6.

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Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president for product planning for Acura, admitted during her part of the presentation on the Acura stand that fuel mileage for the RDX has been a disappointment to owners.

But maybe Acura is onto something. It claims that the RDX will have the best fuel economy in the compact luxury crossover class with 20 mpg city and 28 highway for the front-wheel-drive model.

Also helping improve fuel economy, the new RDX also gets a new six-speed automatic replacing the old five-speed and a new, lightweight all-wheel-drive system.

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Acura Swaps RDX’s Turbo Four for V-6 in Revamped 2013 Model

Automaker says decision was made to improve fuel economy.

by on Jan.10, 2012

Acura has made the curious decision to replace the 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder in the RDX with the venerable 3.5-liter V-6. The reason? Fuel economy.

Acura is revamping its RDX crossover in attempt to return to its core values, but the decisions regarding the second-generation small crossover seem to go against the current convention.

The 2013 RDX will trade its turbocharged 240-horsepower 2.3-liter four cylinder for Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6, producing 273 horses. The larger engine is a surprise as almost every other automaker is frantically replacing their V-6 engines with turbocharged four cylinders precisely for the reason Honda says it is moving to the V-6.

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Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president for of product planning for Acura, admitted during her part of the presentation on the Acura stand that fuel mileage for the RDX has been a disappointment to owners.

But maybe Acura is onto something. It claims that the RDX will have the best fuel economy in its class with 20 mpg city and 28 highway for the front-wheel-drive model.

Also helping improve fuel economy, the new RDX also gets a new six-speed automatic replacing the old five-speed and a new, lightweight all-wheel-drive system.

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Acura to Develop, Build New NSX in the U.S.

Using high-performance hybrid, supercar returns in late 2014.

by on Jan.09, 2012

Acura races back onto the scene with a long-delayed remake of its legendary NSX supercar.

The original Japanese supercar will make its return late in 2014, Acura officials have announced, but the next-generation NSX will be quite a bit different from the original, which debuted more than two decades ago.

For one thing, it will feature a new hybrid-electric drivetrain. And the Japanese maker, the luxury arm of Honda Motor Co., will develop and produce the reborn NSX in the United States, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito announced during a news conference at the Detroit Auto Show.

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The new Acura NSX will serve as a halo car for the brand, which has been struggling to catch up with Asian rivals Lexus and Infiniti in recent years.  Acura used its briefing to also unveil the next-generation RDX crossover and all-new ILX entry-luxury sedan, two mainstream models that could use a bit of momentum.

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