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Acura Updates 2011 TSX, Adds Sport Wagon

Building on one of brand’s strongest models.

by on Dec.08, 2010

Acura adds a Sport Wagon to the TSX line for 2011.

Hoping to build demand for what is already one of its strongest models, Acura has some significant plans in store for the 2011 update of the TSX model.

The maker is freshening the small car up, both inside and out, even taking steps to boost the mileage of the 2011 TSX engines, but the most significant news is that Acura is bucking conventional wisdom by adding a new sport wagon to the TSX line-up.

The wagon, as the name implies, has a decidedly crisp and sporty look, especially when compared to Honda/Acura 2-box designs of the past.  The comic book-style Acura grille is notably downplayed, while a sharp character line runs from the flared front wheel wheels to the wraparound tail lamps.

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Acura, which has expanded its SUV/crossover line-up, is aiming the 2011 TSX Sport Wagon at buyers who might want not only the cargo-carrying utility of a crossover but better fuel economy.  The wagon provides comparable space, with a number of hidden storage areas, and there’s an available power liftgate, something normally not offered in the segment.  With the rear row folded down, the TSX Sport Wagon offers 60.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

“With the Sport Wagon, the customer simultaneously enjoys the benefits of sports-sedan performance along with SUV-like cargo capacity,” said Jeff Conrad, Acura’s vice president of sales.


First Look: 2011 Acura TSX Wagon

The wagon is back...maybe.

by on Mar.31, 2010

Acura is betting a new generation of buyers will embrace the 2011 TSX Wagon.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the station wagon have been greatly exaggerated.  But so have stories predicting the comeback of that hallmark of the Leave it to Beaver era.

But that isn’t stopping Acura from giving one more try.  The luxury arm of Honda used the New York Auto Show to unveil a two-box version of its popular TSX model.  And the maker’s top U.S. executive, John Mendel, says he’s cautiously optimistic that changing tastes and lifestyles will help generate demand for the 2011 Acura TSX Wagon.

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“We see growing potential for this type of alternative in the U.S.,” said Mendel, citing a forecast projecting that in the luxury segment, wagon sales will grow by as much as 40% between 2010 and 2014.


First Drive: 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

What do European drivers know that we don't?

by on Feb.16, 2010

Caddy's first 2-box, the 2010 CTS Sport Wagon, shares a platform and lines with the CTS sedan.

A fuel prices rise, there’s been a slow but steady shift in demand in the U.S. market, buyers downsizing both the cars they drive and the engines that power them.  In fact, the American market is beginning to look more and more like Europe’s, where compact models serve the same purpose as mid-size models do here.

But one gap remains.  Europeans love station wagons, the body style that Baby Boomers abandoned as they entered their rebellious youth.  Too bad.  Wagons are a functional and fuel-efficient alternative to the crossovers and sport-utility vehicles that dominate American roads.

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But the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon could help shift that mindset.  Based off the same platform as Caddy’s CTS sedan, it’s stylish as well as utilitarian.  And it’s drawing a small but loyal following that could give momentum to those reluctant industry planners considering other wagon programs.