On Mar 27, 2011 a Acura Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will applaud a initial 25 years of operation in a United States, while concurrently heralding a attainment of a restyled TL opening oppulance sedan and a new TSX Sport Wagon a division’s 13th product nameplate.
Acura was a initial Japanese luxury-performance nameplate in a universe when it launched in 1986, with cars engineered to plea a heading European oppulance brands of a day. This confidant pierce by Honda, to form an wholly new upscale division, drew tellurian seductiveness by a media and other automakers alike.
Acura dealerships non-stop their doors a quarter-century ago on Mar 27, 1986 with dual graphic models: a Legend oppulance sedan and a sporty Integra that was accessible in 3- and 5-door hatchback variations. Success was immediate, and by a second year, Acura was a best-selling luxury-performance import nameplate in a United States.
Over a years, a Acura lineup continued to enhance with a further of a groundbreaking NSX sports car, that featured a initial mass-produced aluminum monocoque physique for a prolongation automobile along with a initial focus of non-static valve timing and lift with a innovative new VTEC valvetrain system.
Throughout a 90s, Acura solidified a position as a oppulance and technological personality with a introduction of a 3.5RL sedan, that was a initial mass-production automobile to underline an in-dash satellite-linked navigation system, and a 2.2CL coupe, a initial oppulance automobile from an import nameplate to be designed, engineered and fabricated wholly in a United States*.
In 1996 Acura debuted a first-generation 2.5TL and 3.2TL slotted in a lineup subsequent a 3.5RL. A second-generation 3.2TL arrived in 1999, substantiating itself as a mid-size opening oppulance sedan that set a benchmark for a class. It was followed by a 2001 MDX, that was concurrently named North American Truck of a Year and Motor Trend Sport Utility of a Year. A year after a RSX sports coupe debuts as a 2002 indication year vehicle, replacing a Integra.
The 2004 indication year brought an all-new third-generation TL that offering facilities such as Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and DVD-Audio (with 500-times aloft fortitude than normal CD audio) to a oppulance ranks. Also for 2004, Acura launched a neat TSX, designed and targeted generally for Gen X buyers. The TSX finished a contingent of dedicated sedan nameplates for a initial time in Acura history.
Acura shortly debuted an all-new second-generation 2005 RL sedan. Strong and sophisticated, a Acura flagship incited heads with a many absolute Acura engine ever 300 hp from a routinely aspirated 3.5 liter V-6. It also enclosed innovative Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), a new Zagat Survey underline for a navigation complement and a horde of amenities that stirred Edmunds.com to call it “a intelligent choice for value-conscious oppulance sedan shoppers.”
Giving Acura clients a broader operation of SUVs to select from, for 2007 Acura introduced a all-new 5-passenger RDX with unconventional technology, high opening and autarchic application all wrapped into a “right-sized” package. Of sold seductiveness was Acura’s first-ever use of a turbocharged engine.
In motorsports, for 2007 Acura debuted 3 teams in American Le Mans Series competition. At a famed 12 Hours of Sebring continuation race, Acura engines powered vehicles to First, Second and Fourth places in a rival LMP2 class.
Styled from start to finish in a U.S., a innovative new ZDX four-door competition coupe now ordered courtesy during a launch in late 2009. Its new “2+Freedom” pattern judgment tangible it as a totally opposite form of personal oppulance automobile ideal for leisure and shun for dual adults and their cargo. Also in 2009, Acura became a initial automobile association to accept Top Safety Pick honors from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for a whole automobile lineup, as good as a usually oppulance code to accept Five-Star pile-up reserve ratings from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for all automobile models. That same year, Acura also won a initial of dual uninterrupted Auto Lease Guide (ALG) Residual Value Awards for Best Luxury Brand.
Additional reserve honors arrived in 2010, when a whole operation of Acura vehicles again warranted a top measure probable on IIHS frontal offset, side impact and back pile-up insurance tests**. As well, Acura was again a usually oppulance code to accept Five-Star pile-up reserve ratings from a NHTSA for a whole automobile lineup**. Finally, a Acura ZDX crowned a stellar year by being named as a finalist for Esquire’s “Car of a Year” award. The repository called it “the many gorgeous, thrilling, certainly American Japanese float of 2010.”
In 2011, Acura began a 25th Anniversary year by winning a 2011 ALG Residual Value Award for Best Near Luxury Car. The multiplication also denounced a all-new 2011 TSX Sport Wagon with a optimal mix of opening and utility. In addition, a newly polished 2012 TL debuted during a Chicago Auto Show. The 2012 TL facilities new front and back styling with softened aerodynamics, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed involuntary delivery and new multi-clutch torque converter that group to urge acceleration opening along with fuel economy. “The Acura TL is now even some-more polished and aggressive,” pronounced Jeff Conrad, clamp boss of Acura sales.” Already famous for a good performance, a extended TL has a worldly new demeanour and an all-new 6-speed involuntary delivery that will take opening to a subsequent level.”
Today, Acura offers a world-class lineup of cars and light trucks, and continues to lead a oppulance locus with innovative facilities such as Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather, Acura/ELS Surround Premium Audio System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a blind mark information (BSI) complement and Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS).
Acura offers a full line of technologically modernized opening oppulance vehicles by a network of 270 dealers within a United States. The 2011 Acura lineup facilities 6 particular models including a RL oppulance opening sedan, a TL opening oppulance sedan, a TSX sports sedan and all-new Sport Wagon, a turbocharged RDX oppulance crossover SUV, a award-winning MDX oppulance competition application automobile and a ZDX four-door sports coupe.
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*Using domestically and globally sourced parts
**Applies to pre 2011 NCAP testing; NHTSA 5-Star reserve rating does not request to 2011 indication year vehicles