2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Bests Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Car and Driver Comparison Test

The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback has beaten one of its long-time rivals, having been declared the winner by Car and Driver in a head-to-head comparison test against the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback.

Article Quote
“While other solid entries make for a highly competitive compact-car space, the choice between the latest Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla hatchbacks is pretty cut and dry. Along with the Civic lineup being broader as a whole, Honda’s hatch remains attractively priced, better packaged, and far more rewarding to operate—with its only real vice being looks that only its mother could love. Don’t count us as overly maternal. The Civic is simply the more satisfying machine for the money.”

Article Link 
https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a27985659/2019-honda-civic-hatchback-vs-2019-toyota-corolla-hatchback/

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, with nearly two-thirds made in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Bests Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Car and Driver Comparison Test

The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback has beaten one of its long-time rivals, having been declared the winner by Car and Driver in a head-to-head comparison test against the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback.

Article Quote
“While other solid entries make for a highly competitive compact-car space, the choice between the latest Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla hatchbacks is pretty cut and dry. Along with the Civic lineup being broader as a whole, Honda’s hatch remains attractively priced, better packaged, and far more rewarding to operate—with its only real vice being looks that only its mother could love. Don’t count us as overly maternal. The Civic is simply the more satisfying machine for the money.”

Article Link 
https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a27985659/2019-honda-civic-hatchback-vs-2019-toyota-corolla-hatchback/

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, with nearly two-thirds made in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2019 Honda Passport Achieves Top NHTSA Overall Safety Rating

  • Every 2019 Honda model evaluated in NHTSA NCAP safety testing has achieved a top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score
  • 85 percent of Honda vehicles sold now feature Honda Sensing®

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score, the highest available overall safety rating issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). With this result, every tested 2019 Honda vehicle has earned an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA1.

The Passport and other Honda models’ crashworthiness is enabled in part by the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a network of front-frame structures designed to absorb and deflect the energy from a frontal collision.

Beyond crashworthiness, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is now standard equipment on the 2019 Passport, Accord, Civic2, Clarity series, Insight, and Pilot and available on every Honda nameplate. Since its introduction on the 2015 CR-V, Honda has sold over 2.1 million vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing® and nearly 85 percent of all new Honda vehicles sold in 2019 are equipped with Honda Sensing®.

Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helping drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Comprising the Honda Sensing® suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

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Honda Honors Indirect Procurement Suppliers

Suppliers support manufacturing and corporate operations across North America

Honda recently honored 22 suppliers that provide indirect products and services to its manufacturing plants in North America, including Honda’s corporate functions across the region. The awards were presented at the annual Honda Indirect Procurement Supplier Conference held at the Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center in Powell, Ohio.

Award-winning suppliers were selected for achievements in the categories of Special Recognition, Outstanding Value and Performance Excellence, as well as the Supplier of the Year during a ceremony. These outstanding honorees were selected from the more than 2,200 suppliers that provide equipment, products and services to Honda manufacturing plants and corporate functions across North America.

The indirect suppliers providing parts and services to Honda are local, national and even international in scope, with many having grown up along with the expansion of Honda’s production operations in America. Honda will mark 40 years of U.S. production in Sept. 2019.

“Our suppliers and business partners make us a stronger company, helping us realize innovation and advancement, by delivering the benefits the marketplace has to offer,” said Monica Oliverio, department manager of the North American Indirect Procurement Department at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. “This complimentary and valued relationship is an important part of our mutual success.”

Indirect purchasing for business and manufacturing operations in North America totaled nearly $2.3 billion for calendar year 2018.

60th Anniversary of Honda in America
Honda marked its 60th anniversary in America on June 11, 2019, and will reach 40 years of production in America in Sept. 2019. Honda established its first U.S. business operation in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1959. Today, Honda employs more than 31,000 associates in the development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment and powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 12 major manufacturing facilities in America, working with more than 600 suppliers in the region to produce roughly 4 million products annually for customers locally and globally. In 2018, almost two-thirds of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in America, including Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda side-by-side vehicles and power equipment, as well as the HondaJet.

2019 Honda Indirect Procurement Supplier Awards

Supplier of the Year
Representing Best of the Best, these suppliers outperform all of the others in Honda’s key business characteristics. 
Gordon Flesch Company Inc. – Dublin, OH

Special Recognition
This award highlights specific initiatives or out of the ordinary contributions by a supplier.
GO2 Partners Inc. – Dublin, Ohio
MSI Packaging Inc. –  Lebanon, Indiana
Grob Systems Inc. –  Bluffton, Ohio
Kelly Services Inc. –  Troy, Michigan
Pine Valley Packaging Group – Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

Outstanding Value
These suppliers provide their competitive advantage to Honda and deliver value through efficiencies and services.
AVI Food Systems Inc. – Warren, Ohio
CISCO SYSTEMS – San Jose, California
Autoelectros LLC – Powell, Ohio
Ovation Wireless Management – Cornelius, North Carolina
Aires – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stefanini – Southfield, Michigan
Fanuc America Corporation, FA Division – Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Telus – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
JRBC Packaging Solutions Inc. – Pell City, Alabama
Gordon Flesch Company Inc. – Dublin, Ohio

Performance Excellence
Recognizes suppliers for meeting or exceeding performance standards. 
Kennametal Inc. – Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Stratosphere Quality LLC – Fishers, Indiana
PSC Crane And Rigging – Plain City, Ohio
Cardinal Group, LLC – Akron, Ohio
Creative Techniques Inc. – Orion, Michigan
Rialto Manufacturing Inc. – Marion, Ohio
L&T Technology Services – New Jersey, New York

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Honda Associate Follows Her Passion for the Ocean

Raminta Jautokas helps lead Honda environmental sustainability efforts

From a young age, Raminta Jautokas has had a deep love for the ocean and a passion for cars. These interests led her to the role of corporate sustainability manager at Honda, where she strives to help Honda minimize its environmental footprint by recommending ways to reduce carbon emissions, while helping lead the Honda Marine Science Foundation. Her position enables her to address climate change in a way that helps people both understand the urgency and how to take action.

“Honda cares about the products we make and also really wants associates to be good citizens,” said Jautokas. “At Honda, we are focused on improving the environment and addressing the changes that are coming in the future.”

Jautokas has been able to express her passion for the ocean through her work with the Honda Marine Science Foundation, which helps to restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience. For her, this was truly an example of Honda’s belief in The Power of Dreams.

Over her lifetime, Jautokas says she has witnessed the negative impact that pollution and climate change has had on the ocean.

“The ocean covers so much of the earth and it is something we would like to help improve through the Honda Marine Science Foundation,” said Jautokas. “My hope is that the work we are doing now will help future generations enjoy the same things that I have enjoyed.”

To view the What Makes a Honda video, click here.

About the Honda Marine Science Foundation

Established in 2016, The Honda Marine Science Foundation is an initiative to help restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience. The foundation supports efforts that improve and preserve coastal areas for future generations. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of sato-umi – the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can harmoniously coexist – HMSF is dedicated to addressing the impact of climate change on our oceans and intertidal areas. The foundation’s board includes marine science researchers and leaders from public and non-governmental organizations who are committed to ocean conservation and restoration

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Team Honda Week of Service to Conduct Record Number of Community Service Projects Across North America

Over 25,000 Volunteers to Participate during Honda’s 60th Anniversary Year in America

Beginning today, more than 25,000 volunteers across North America from Honda companies, dealers and suppliers will participate in the fourth annual Team Honda Week of Service. This will include a record-setting 593 volunteer service activities in 42 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.

This year, the Team Honda Week of Service coincides with the 60th anniversary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the first Honda company established in America, on June 11, 1959. As Honda celebrates 60 years of operations in America, the company remains strongly committed to giving back to the communities where its associates and business partners live and work.

“Honda has been in North America for 60 years and continually strives to be a company that society wants to exist,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president, Honda North America, Inc. “We value giving back to the communities that have supported us and Honda is proud of the 25,000 volunteers who will be making a positive impact on the places we call home.”

The 10-day Week of Service began with a virtual kick-off at noon (EST), when many of the participating volunteers posted to social media using the hashtag #TeamHondaCares. For updates and reactions to the Team Honda Week of Service activities, more information is available online at:

The Team Honda Week of Service continues to grow from its start in 2016 when 425 activities were conducted across 41 states. Over the past three years, volunteers have provided assistance through a variety of activities that include food drives, blood drives, adopt-a-pet events, home repair projects and providing meals at homeless shelters, among many other service activities.

Since its inception, the community impact from the annual event has resulted in more than 2,500 bags of trash cleaned up; nearly 2,350 pints of blood donated; more than 120 tons of food collected and more than 600,000 meals served.

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

60th Anniversary of Honda in North America
Honda marks its 60th anniversary in North America on June 11, 2019, and 40 years of production on Sept. 2019. Honda established its first U.S. business operation in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1959. Today, Honda employs more than 31,000 associates in the development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment and powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 12 major manufacturing facilities in America, working with more than 600 suppliers in the region to produce roughly 4 million products annually for customers locally and globally. In 2018, almost two-thirds of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in America, including Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda side-by-side vehicles and power equipment, as well as the HondaJet.

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Honda Honors its Top U.S. Power Equipment Suppliers

As Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) prepares to celebrate its 35th anniversary of making power equipment products in the U.S. this August, the company honored 19 of its parts and material suppliers for excellence at the 2019 Honda Power Equipment Supplier Conference in Greensboro, N.C. In 2018, HPE purchased more than $227 million in parts and materials from 158 OEM suppliers, supporting sales of more than 3 million Honda power equipment products in North America.

HPE has the annual capacity to produce more two million Honda general-purpose engines and 400,000 finished products, including Honda lawn mowers, snow throwers, string trimmers, mini-tillers and generators at its plant in Swepsonville, N.C. HPE started building products in 1984, the third Honda manufacturing plant in America, with cumulative production now topping 37 million products for Honda customers in the U.S. and around the world.

Today, many Honda power equipment products are developed in Haw River, at the Honda R&D Americas, Inc. North Carolina Center, located adjacent to HPE.

“Over the past 35 years, Honda Power Equipment and our suppliers in America have worked together to create over 37 million products that have made people happy through technology,” said Shane McCoy, HPE senior vice president. “Looking to the future, we will continue to help make people’s lives better through the products made by our team of Honda associates in North Carolina.”

Honda honored suppliers for outstanding achievement in the categories of quality and on-time delivery. Six suppliers won awards in both categories.

About Honda Power Equipment

Honda markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general-purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Learn more at: https://powerequipment.honda.com.

40 Years of Honda Manufacturing in America

Honda will mark its 40th anniversary of manufacturing products in America in Sept. 2019. Honda was the first Japanese automaker to produce products in America, beginning with motorcycles in 1979, followed by the start of automobile production in Marysville, Ohio, on Nov. 1, 1982.

Over the course of four decades, Honda has steadily grown its manufacturing capabilities in the region. The company now employs more than 25,000 associates at 12 plants in America with the capacity to produce more than one million automobiles, three million engines, 400,000 power equipment products and 330,000 powersports products each year, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In 2018, nearly two-thirds of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were made in America.

Honda also manufactures the HondaJet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines in America. Cumulatively, and has invested more than $20.2 billion in its American manufacturing capabilities, including more than $5.9 billion over the past five years. The company also works with more than 600 original equipment suppliers in America with cumulative parts purchases of nearly $400 billion over 35 years.

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Victor Gonzalez Earns First Win of 2019 in SRO Touring Car R Class at Sonoma

  • Civic Type R driver wins Saturday, finishes second on Sunday
  • Chris Haldeman scores a pair of podium finishes with Honda Civic Si in TCA
  • Taylor Hagler takes top-five finish on Sunday

The 2019 Touring Car America season saw a new car in Victory Lane on a sunny Saturday at Sonoma Raceway as Victor Gonzalez used a daring last-lap, last-corner pass to put his Honda Civic Type R on the top of the TCR results sheet for the first time this year.  In the TCA class, X-Factor Racing leader Chris Haldeman again paced the Texas-based squad, earning a pair of podium finishes.

Honda Civic Type R TCR
Starting fifth in Saturday’s opening race, Gonzalez benefitted from contact among the leaders to gain several early positions, then closed on leader Michael Hurczyn in the final laps.  After a couple of attempts around the outside, Gonzalez used a timely thrust on his last trip through the Sonoma track’s signature hairpin turn to pass Hurczyn and roll to the win.

The Honda Civic Type R TCR driver followed his win up with an equally-impressive drive to second in Sunday’s race. Coming from fourth on the grid, he vaulted into third place with less than four minutes to go in the timed race, then again slid past Hurcyzn – this time in the downhill Turn 9 chicane – on the last lap to claim second place.

Making his 2019 debut with LAP Motorsports, Harry Cheung improved throughout the weekend, taking his Honda Civic Type R TCR to fifth on Sunday, after finishing ninth in Saturday’s opening race.

Honda Civic Si TCA
In the companion TCA category, Haldeman powered his XFactor Racing Honda Civic Si to third-place results on Saturday and Sunday, finishing behind Tyler Maxson and Mark Pombo in both events.

As she did at Virginia International Raceway last month, series rookie Taylor Hagler improved over the weekend and came home in fifth place in Sunday’s contest, leading a pack that included the Hondas of seventh-placed Cole Ciraulo and fellow first-year TCA racer Sally McNulty in her Team Sally Civic Si.

Saturday’s event saw Ciraulo post a sixth-place result in his Civic Si while Hagler finished seventh, one spot ahead of teammate Stephen Jeu. Once again, the field of five turnkey, affordable Honda Civic Si’s completed the doubleheader race weekend without a single mechanical-related retirement.

Next
Both the SRO Touring Car America TCR and TCA classes will next complete July 12-14 at Portland International Raceway for round 9 and 10 of the 16-race season.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Honda Racing activities at Sonoma Raceway are available on HPD’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).

Quote
Victor Gonzalez (#99 VGMC Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR) on his Saturday TCR race win“I’m so happy. We’re such a small team from Orlando, and we did not know what to expect this weekendWe knew our setup would allow us to come on later in the race, so I saved my tires until the halfway point of the race and then went for it. I have to thank HPD, the TC America series, our partners, and LA Honda for letting us borrow some extra parts.  We could not have done this without them!”

SRO Motorsports TC America
Circuit: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.
Weather: Clear, warm, 84 degrees F Saturday
Mostly sunny, hot, 91 degrees F Sunday

Saturday Race Top Five TCR Results:

Ps. Driver Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Victor Gonzalez VGMC Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 laps
2. Michael Hurczyn FCP Euro VW Golf GTI +2.554 seconds
3. James Walker Risi Competizione Alfa Romeo Giulietti
4. Nate Vincent FCP Euro VW Golf GTI
9. Harry Cheung LAP Motorsports Honda Civic Type R

Saturday Race Top Five TCA Results:

Ps. Driver Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Tyler Maxson Copeland Mtrsprts Mazda MX5 Cup 21 laps
2. Mark Pombo MINI JCW Team Mini Cooper JCW +4.975 seconds
3. Chris Haldeman X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si
6. Cole Ciraulo X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si
7. Taylor Hagler X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si
8. Stephen Jeu X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si
10. Sally McNulty TeamSally Honda Civic Si

Sunday Race Top Five TCR Results:

Ps. Driver Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Mason Filippi Copeland Mtrsprts Hyundai Veloster N 19 laps
2. Victor Gonzalez VGMC Racing Honda Civic Type R +3.009 seconds
3. Michael Hurczyn FCP Euro VW Golf GTI
4. Nate Vincent FCP Euro VW Golf GTI
6. Harry Cheung LAP Motorsports Honda Civic Type R

Sunday Race Top Five TCA Results:

Ps. Driver Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Tyler Maxson Copeland Mtrsprts Mazda MX5 Cup 19 laps
2. Mark Pombo MINI JCW Team Mini Cooper JCW +3.447 seconds
3. Chris Haldeman X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si
5. Taylor Hagler X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si
7. Cole Ciraulo X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si
9. Sally McNulty TeamSally Honda Civic Si
DNF Stephen Jeu X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si

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2019 Honda CR-V Bests Subaru Forester in Car and Driver Head-to-Head Comparison Test

The 2019 Honda CR-V continues to beat out its rivals, with Car and Driver declaring it the winner in its latest compact SUV head-to-head comparison test against the 2019 Subaru Forester.

Article Quote
“Both are excellent examples of modern compact SUVs. But the Honda is more powerful and satisfying to operate as a vehicle while remaining perfectly agreeable, which is a quality we appreciate even in basic driving appliances. Along with its well-rounded list of attributes, that’s enough for the CR-V to edge out the Forester in our ranking of the segment.”

Article Link
https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a27658552/2019-honda-cr-v-vs-2019-subaru-forester

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Acura NSX Named a Best Performing Car by The Car Connection for 2019

The Car Connection has named the 2019 Acura NSX a Best Performing Car for 2019. The expert staff at The Car Connection selected the NSX out of 300 cars based on criteria that factored in power, speed and handling, plus requiring a little something extra in order to be named one of the vehicles deemed “Perfect Performers.” According to The Car Connection, NSX’s innovative technology and performance evolution from the first generation of the supercar to the current make it a timeless vehicle, calling the 2019 NSX, “The future, now.”

More information on The Car Connection’s selections for Best Performing Cars of 2019 can be found here: https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1123205_the-car-connections-best-performing-cars-of-2019.

Acura NSX

Introduced at Monterey Car Week this past August, the 2019 NSX features a host of chassis enhancements include stiffer stabilizer bars, a new grippier tire and software tuning designed to elevate performance in all driving situations—whether on the street or race track. The result is a supercar even more responsive to the will of the driver, leading to a nearly 2-second faster lap time around the legendary Suzuka Circuit. For more information about the Acura NSX, please visit: https://acuranews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/nsx-press-releases/releases/2019-acura-nsx-debuts-in-monterey-with-design-updates-chassis-enhancements-and-expanded-color-palette.

About Acura

Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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