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2020 Acura RDX Hits Dealerships

  • Acura RDX dominates as the retail best-selling model in luxury’s largest segment and with a 10-month streak of record sales 
  • New Platinum White exterior color for 2020 model year
  • RDX offers an array of class-leading technology and safety features, including standard AcuraWatch™ and the award-winning True Touchpad Interface™

The 2020 Acura RDX enters dealerships as the retail best-selling compact luxury SUV in America, helping RDX set a new all-time annual sales record in 2018 and posting its tenth consecutive record month in March, 2019. The 2020 RDX arrives in showrooms nationally beginning tomorrow with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $37,600 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

The 2019 Acura RDX recently was named the “Best Compact Luxury SUV for Families” by U.S. News and World Report as well as a “Best New Car for 2019” by Autotrader. RDX’s available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system was recognized as “Car Audio System of the Year” by Business Insider, while its industry-first True Touchpad Interface™ was named a “Best of What’s New” technology for 2018 by Popular Science.

Featuring a new Platinum White exterior color for 2020, RDX carries forward the next generation of Acura design, performance and technology that debuted on the all-new 2019 model, including the popular A-Spec sport appearance package. RDX delivers an exceptional driving experience thanks in part to its 272-horsepower (SAE net) turbocharged i-VTEC® engine and available Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), along with a class-leading array of standard premium features and technologies, including AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technology, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, next-generation Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights, and next-generation Acura sport seats. The 2020 RDX also includes the critically-acclaimed True Touchpad Interface™, Acura’s groundbreaking user interface tailored around the driver. Also offered on RDX is the available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system, featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers to create a truly immersive listening experience.

The third-generation RDX has received the highest possible safety ratings of TOP SAFETY PICK+ (depending on selected headlights) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and is expected to repeat this feat for the 2020 model year.

Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Model Drivetrain MSRP1 MSRP Including $995 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating2
City/Hwy/Combined
RDX FWD $37,600 $38,595 22 / 28 / 24
RDX w/ Technology Package FWD $40,800 $41,795 22 / 28 / 24
RDX A-Spec FWD $43,800 $44,795 22 / 27 / 24
RDX w/ Advance Package FWD $45,700 $46,695 22 / 28 / 24
RDX SH-AWD $39,600 $40,595 21 / 27 / 23
RDX w/ Technology Package SH-AWD $42,800 $43,795 21 / 27 / 23
RDX A-Spec SH-AWD $45,800 $46,795 21 / 26 / 23
RDX w/ Advance Package SH-AWD $47,700 $48,695 21 / 27 / 23

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of 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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Acura Celebrates 20 Years as Proud Sponsor of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

  • Acura Stage – Jazz Fest’s prime music venue – will host performances by the legendary Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana and Dave Matthews Band
  • Acura partners with jazz artist and producer Trombone Shorty for 5th consecutive year; is presenting sponsor of The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s “Shorty Fest”
  • Attendees can explore full lineup of Acura products at Acura Product Experience Tent
  • Festival goers can gain access to the exclusive Acura VIP Lounge, catered by top local New Orleans chefs

Continuing its deep appreciation and support of musical heritage, Acura returns as a sponsor of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as the iconic cultural event celebrates its 50th anniversary. Acura also returns for the 5th year as a sponsor of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, and this year, as presenting sponsor of “Shorty Fest,” Foundation’s largest fundraising event on Wed., May 1. The Acura Stage at JazzFest will once again be the festival’s main stage with a lengthy list of legendary performers for 2019, including The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles.

Festival goers can visit the Acura Product Experience Tent, where the brand’s full model lineup of performance luxury SUVs and sedans will be on display, along with the opportunity to take complimentary photos in front of a New Orleans landscape backdrop and a chance to win access to Acura’s exclusive VIP Lounge. The Acura Product Experience Tent is open to the public both weekends, Thurs., April 25 thru Sun., April 28 and Thurs., May 2 thru Sun., May 5.

Investing in the Future of Jazz Music

Building on Acura’s relationship with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Acura is, again, the automotive partner of The Trombone Shorty Foundation (www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org), started by iconic singer, songwriter and producer Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Acura’s sponsorship of the Foundation helps support traditional jazz music education, instruction, mentorship and performance in New Orleans, empowering young musicians to continue the musical traditions of the jazz legends before them.

Most recently, Acura sponsored a group of twelve musically gifted students from The Trombone Shorty Academy with a visit to Los Angeles. Equipped with MDX SUVs (https://www.acura.com/mdx) to get around town and GoPro cameras to commemorate their visit, the students met with professional agents in the music industry, practiced with the USC marching band, played a private performance at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. headquarters in Torrance, California and even performed at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Award-Winning Acura Sound Systems

Acura’s commitment to music includes the brand’s precision crafted product design that turns each vehicle into its own sound studio.

Acura’s award-winning ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system (https://acura.us/RDX_ELSStudio3D) debuted on the 2019 RDX and was developed through a collaboration between Acura and Panasonic and tuned by eight-time Grammy® award-winning recording engineer and music producer Elliot Scheiner. The available critically acclaimed Acura sound system brings the quality and dynamic range heard in recording studios to the comfort of Acura vehicles through a 16-channel, 16-speaker, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers. The ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system  enables both drivers and passengers to experience the feeling of studio-quality sound throughout the vehicle, delivering incredible fidelity and dynamic range while adding a new dimension of sound to the listening experience.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins Thurs., April 25 and runs through Sun., May 5. For the full lineup of artists and more information on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, visit www.nojazzfest.com.    

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of 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.

About Trombone Shorty Foundation
The Trombone Shorty Foundation, founded by musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2013, preserves and perpetuates the distinct musical heritage of New Orleans through music instruction, performance, business education, mentorship, and real-life experience – as part of a time-honored tradition to cultivate a vibrant community through music and tradition. Since launching, the foundation has grown from serving 15 students to 100 per year, preparing aspiring musicians from underserved New Orleans communities for success in music and life, moving the city’s culture forward and teaching real-world skills for success in the music industry. Shorty Fest, the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, is a major draw during Jazz Fest week, and is known for featuring up and coming bands and showcasing the talents of the Academy students. Learn more at tromboneshortyfoundation.org.

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Acura NSX GT3 Evo Teams Earn Pro/Am Wins In Virgini

  • Kyle Marcelli, Martin Barkey score second Blancpain GT World Challenge win of the season
  • Dane Cameron, Bret Curtis take RealTime Acura to Victory Lane in Pro/Am Debut
  • Ryan Eversley, Till Bechtolsheimer earn pair of top-five results

Acura powered a pair of NSX GT3 Evo’s to Victory Lane at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, as Racer’s Edge Motorsports and RealTime Racing each earned Pro/Am class wins in Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

The Racer’s Edge Acura NSX of Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey followed up on a successful opening weekend with a strong performance in Saturday’s opening event, storming to their second win of the year in the hotly-contest ProAm class.

In Sunday’s nightcap, Dane Cameron and Bret Curtis rolled to their first win of the 2019 season, taking the RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo to the checkers.

The Racer’s Edge squad recovered from early-race contact in Saturday’s race and fought through the Pro/Am field. Once in the lead, closing driver Marcelli held off the Gradient Racing Acura of Ryan Eversley on a late restart to earn the win.

Eversley and Till Bectholsheimer held on for second on Saturday, and followed that with a fourth-place run on Sunday.

Sunday showed the strength of the RealTime squad, led by SCCA-? Hall-of-Famer Peter Cunningham. The team was making its 2019 debut in the World Challenge series, and despite having nearly no track time with car before the weekend, RealTime stormed to a dominating win on Sunday.

Cameron made a strong move off the starting line to vault his Acura NSX GT3 Evo into third place overall and first in the Pro/Am class, and spent the duration of his stint building his lead. Bret Curtis took over and protected the lead well, finishing with a 20-second gap over second place.

Next
The series will next compete in three weeks, going north of the border to run at venerable Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada May 17-19.

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

Quotes
Kyle Marcelli (driver, #80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Pro/Am class winner on Saturday: “Things happen in GT3 Racing and when they do, you have to be able to recover and manage your race. It was just a matter of regrouping and getting back in the groove. Martin [Barkey, co-driver] did a great job, we had a great run at the end and got the win. It was a fantastic day.”

Dane Cameron (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Sunday race Pro/Am class winner: “I had a good start. I knew it was going to be feisty out there, so I looked for my lane and was able to make a couple of passes. After that, I knew tire wear was going to be an issue, especially now that it has warmed up a little bit, so I wanted conserve them a little and give the car to Bret [Curtis, co-driver] in a comfortable spot. He took it and did a great job. Acura gave us a great car.”

Blancpain GT World Challenge America

Circuit: Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.
Weather: Breezy, warm, 78 degrees F

Ps. Class   Drivers Team Chassis Laps/ Notes
  1. Pro/Am Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey Racer’s Edge Mtspts Acura NSX GT3 Evo 46 laps
  2. Pro/Am Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer    Gradient  Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo +0.353 seconds
  3. Pro/Am David Askew / Ryan Dalziel DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3  
  4. Pro/Am Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo  
  5. Pro/Am George Kurtz / Colin Braun DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3  

Sunday Race Top Five Pro/Am, Acura Results:

Ps. Class       Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
  1. Pro/Am Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo 51 laps
  2. Pro/Am George Kurtz / Colin Braun DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 +19.054 seconds
  3. Pro/Am Anthony Imperato / Matt Campbell Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R  
  4. Pro/Am Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo  
  5. Pro/Am Alfred Caiola / Matt Plumb One11 Competition Ferrari 488 GT3  
  7. Pro/Am Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey Racer’s Edge Mtspts Acura NSX GT3 Evo 50 laps, running

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Kelley Blue Book Recognizes Acura as ‘Best Value Luxury Brand’ for First Time

Kelley Blue Book has recognized Acura as America’s “Best Value Luxury Brand” in their annual 2019 Brand Image Awards, marking the first time Acura has received the award.

Based on KBB.com shoppers’ feedback, Acura was lauded for its lineup of vehicles that deliver high-tech luxury at affordable prices, with Kelley Blue Book specifically noting the brand’s average transaction price offers significant savings compared to others premium marques. Additionally, Kelley Blue Book applauded Acura’s model offerings, singling out RLX, MDX and TLX as being among the highest-rated vehicles for consumer perceptions of affordability and fuel efficiency.

The Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards recognize automobile manufacturers’ successes in fostering and retaining brand attributes that customers appreciate and pay attention to when considering the purchase of a new vehicle.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of 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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Autotrader Names Acura RDX a ‘Best New Car for 2019’

  • All-new Acura RDX is America’s retail best-selling compact luxury SUV and among the top three models in all of luxury1
  • Exceptional driving experience, leading-edge connectivity and premium feature set continue to earn RDX top-billing in luxury’s largest product segment

The 2019 Acura RDX has been named a ‘Best New Car for 2019’ by the editorial experts at Autotrader. Autotrader selected the RDX after testing nearly every model on the market, and after judging a wide-ranging set of criteria, including interior comfort and materials, build quality, available features and ride quality.

According to Autotrader’s Executive Editor, Brian Moody, “The new RDX is a full-fledged luxury/sport utility vehicle that runs with Europe’s best. No matter which one you get, the turbocharged engine is quick, responsive and efficient.” Autotrader’s Associate Editor, Rob Nestora adds, “If this is what Acura has in store for the future, I’m buying.”

Since its debut in June, 2018, the all-new RDX has posted ten consecutive months of record sales, helping RDX set a new all-time annual record in 2018 and earning RDX the title of America’s top retail-selling compact luxury SUV, among the top three models in all of luxury.

The 2019 Acura RDX raises the bar on the driving experience and all-weather confidence with its 272-horsepower turbocharged VTEC® engine and available Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) technology. The RDX also delivers a premium cabin experience with host of new exceptional features and technologies, including Acura’s award-winning True Touchpad Interface™, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and next-generation Acura sport seats with up to 16-way power adjustability. RDX also offers leading-edge connectivity that includes standard Apple CarPlay® integration and a new 16-speaker Acura/ELS Studio 3D® Premium Audio system.

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Acura Launches Handcrafted “PMC Edition” Models in New York

  • 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition to debut at New York Auto Show; available this summer
  • Handcrafted in the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC), where the Acura NSX supercar is produced
  • TLX PMC Edition combines the line-topping premium features of the Advance Package with the sporty character of the A-Spec line
  • Highest quality, most vibrant paint Acura has offered on a production car – nano pigment technology previously exclusive to NSX
  • The TLX is the first model to receive “PMC Edition” treatment; MDX to follow
  • View the Acura TLX PMC Edition video

Harnessing the unique capabilities of its bespoke Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, Acura will introduce handcrafted limited-edition vehicles, starting with the 2020 TLX PMC Edition. With production starting this summer, the 2020 TLX PMC Edition will be built by the same master technicians that hand assemble the Acura NSX supercar. Deliveries of the exclusive 2020 TLX PMC Edition will begin this summer with pricing around $50,000. An MDX PMC Edition will follow. Both the production TLX PMC Edition and MDX PMC Edition Prototype make their world debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show and will be on display throughout public show days, April 19-28, at the Jacob Javits Center.

“We designed the PMC not only to build NSX, but to give Acura the flexibility to explore handcrafted production of limited edition models,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura Brand Officer. “The TLX and MDX PMC Edition are the first to take advantage of this unique capability, and we intend to explore additional options.”

With a limited production run, the 2020 TLX PMC Edition is distinguished by its deeply lustrous and grade-exclusive Valencia Red Pearl paint with nano-pigment technology, applied in the bespoke factory’s advanced paint facility.

The 2020 TLX PMC Edition will sit atop the TLX lineup, featuring Acura’s high-performance direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 powertrain and torque-vectoring Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) along with the full complement of premium features shared with the TLX Advance Package. In addition, the TLX PMC Edition will incorporate the bold exterior and interior design elements of Acura’s A-Spec line, plus multiple PMC Edition-exclusive design elements, inside and out.

Extreme Color: Supercar Caliber Paint

Each TLX PMC Edition is finished in Valencia Red Pearl, the highest quality, most vibrant paint ever offered by Acura and previously reserved for only the NSX supercar. This advanced paint features nano pigment technology that produces exceptionally high color saturation (chroma) and deep levels of contrast.

Engineered using mica, metal flake and super-high transparency nano pigments, the paint is applied using PMC’s advanced robotic paint system in multiple base coats to enhance color intensity. This is followed by two clear coats to increase the paint’s luster. Each PMC Edition undergoes the same meticulous hand inspection process given to the NSX. The total time in paint, including curing, is five days.

Handcrafted Build Process
The TLX PMC Edition assembly process begins with the delivery of the body-in-white from the main TLX production facility (Marysville Auto Plant). Once the paint process is finished, the skilled Performance Manufacturing Center master technicians will begin the hand assembly of the PMC Edition, starting with the installation of all drivetrain and chassis components, wiring harnesses and electronics. Next, the PMC Edition 19-inch wheels and tires, and exterior trim are added. Finally, the PMC Edition is fitted with its unique interior including an individually numbered serial plaque on the center console.

When the hand-assembly process is complete, each TLX PMC Edition will undergo the same quality control process as NSX, including dyno check, final paint inspection, rough-road simulation and water leak test. Finally, these PMC Editions will be wrapped in a specially designed car cover before being transported to a dealer via an enclosed car carrier.

Exclusive PMC Edition Features
The TLX PMC Edition combines the line-topping premium features of the TLX Advance Package with the sporty character of A-Spec line – a unique build in Acura’s U.S. line-up. PMC Edition-exclusive exterior design elements include Valencia Red Pearl paint, a body-colored grille surround, gloss black painted roof and door handles; gloss black 19-inch wheels and lug nuts; body-colored side mirror housings, and dark chrome 4-inch dual exhaust finishers.

Inside, the TLX PMC Edition is distinguished by black Milano leather seats with Alcantara™ inserts, black piping and red stitching for the seats, door panels, and center armrest. An A-Spec steering wheel includes perforated black leather, red stitching and metal-finished paddle shifters. The individually numbered serial plaque on the lower console designates the 2020 TLX PMC Edition as handcrafted at the Performance Manufacturing Center.

TLX PMC Edition Feature Summary

Exclusive to TLX PMC Edition

  • Valencia Red Pearl nano pigment paint
  • Unique PMC Edition numbered serial plaque
  • Gloss black 19-inch split-5-spoke wheels with black lug nuts
  • Gloss black roof panel
  • Gloss black door handles
  • Gloss black diamond pentagon grille with body-colored grille surround
  • Dual 4-inch black chrome exhaust finishers
  • Premium black Milano leather seats with Alcantara™ inserts, black piping and red stitching
  • Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and paddle shifters
  • Red stitching on door panel, center console, and armrest
  • Premium floormats with metal A-Spec badging

Additional Features

  • A-Spec exterior sport appearance package
  • A-Spec interior sport appearance package
  • Jewel-Eye LED headlights, LED fog lights
  • GPS-linked navigation with Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel
  • Acura ELS Studio™ premium audio system with 10 speakers
  • Wireless charging
  • Surround view camera system
  • Power folding door mirrors with auto-dimming
  • Front and rear parking sensors, blind spot information (BSI) system, rear cross traffic monitor
  • AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies

 

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Acura NSX Establishes Production Car Record at Iconic Long Beach Street Circuit

  • New lap record of 1:35.663 set for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit
  • Record set in a production 2019 NSX driven by the legendary Peter Cunningham

Leading up to the 45th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the iconic race’s new title sponsor has established a production car record around the 1.968 mile historic street circuit in the 2019 Acura NSX.

 

In the capable hands of SCCA Hall-of-Famer and long-time Acura racing partner, Peter Cunningham, the 2019 NSX established a new production car lap record of 1:35.663. The record setting run was made with an unmodified NSX, fitted with road-legal tires.

The 2019 NSX will also serve as the official Pace Car for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Race action includes a run for the checkered flag by Acura Team Penske, fielding a pair of ARX-05 Daytona Prototypes driven by Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya along with Ricky Taylor and Dane Cameron co-driving, respectively, in the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach on Saturday. Acura will also join the field in Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series race with a car campaigned by Meyer Shank Racing and driven by Jack Harvey, marking the return of Acura colors to Indy Car racing for the first time since 1994.

About Peter Cunningham 
Peter Cunningham helped to put Acura Motorsports on the map after establishing RealTime Racing in 1987. Over the years, the RealTime Racing team has gone on to record 92 race victories on 27 different tracks in World Challenge competition. Most recently, Cunningham and the RealTime Racing team achieved an Open Class record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In 2018, Cunningham’s many motorsports achievements were recognized with an induction into the Sports Car Club of America’s Hall of Fame.

About 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.

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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American Honda and Honda Brand Set March Sales Records Fueled by Robust Car Sales; Acura Brand Continues Resurgence

  • American Honda nets car, truck and overall March sales records, rising 4%, 4.5% and 4.3% respectively
  • Honda cars gain 5.3% while trucks rise 2.9% resulting in March records for both, as well as Honda brand
  • Honda cars sales surge with Accord gaining 5%, and Civic up 3.3% with a new March record  
  • Acura sales increase 6.4% in March as resurgence continues with 8.9% gain in first quarter of 2019
  • Acura RDX sets yet another monthly sales record with a 32.7% increase

Our investment in benchmark products for both Honda and Acura has put us in position to achieve strong sales results, even in a challenging market,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. While some competitors are using fleet sales to boost their numbers in this relatively flat market, our gains across the board are driven by retail customers buying our products one at a time.

 

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

Honda’s record March sales was led by Accord and Civic, as Honda cars were big contributors, even as trucks also set a new March record with strong sales for HR-V, CR-V and Ridgeline.

  • Civic, the retail car sales leader through February, rose 3.3% on sales of 33,653 units for a new March record.
  • Accord gained 5% on sales of more than 25,000 units for the month.
  • HR-V set a March record, gaining 10.7% on sales of 8,582 units.
  • Ridgeline sales were up 4.2% in March, on sales of 2,804 units.
  • Electrified vehicle sales totaled 5,874, with notable gains from Insight, Clarity PHEV and Accord.

Model Notes

Honda CR-V and Civic are not only the retail #1 CUV and #1 car in America they are the #1 and #2 models in the industry, excluding full-size pickups.

 

 

IIHS awarded the 2019 Honda Ridgeline a TOP SAFETY PICK rating when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights, the only pickup truck tested by the IIHS to earn this rating.

 

 

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

Acura sales continued strong momentum with its best March sales in five years, rising 6.4% as the brand completed a strong first quarter. Driving the gains were ILX, up more than 40%, and RDX, which set a new March record.

  • ILX jumped 41.3% on sales of 1,289 units, while TLX sales of 3,141 marked its best month since March 2018.
  • RDX sales increased 32.7% in March, on the way to setting a 10th consecutive monthly record on sales of 5,835 vehicles.
  • MDX maintained a strong pace with sales of nearly 4,000 units.

Model Notes

MDX is posting solid gains over 2018, heading toward an 8th consecutive year of 50,000 units or more — and remaining as the best-selling 3-row luxury SUV of all-time.

 

TLX is outselling key competitors including the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and offerings from Lexus, Volvo, Alfa Romeo and Cadillac.

 

 

 

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2020 Acura TLX Arrives at Dealers With Four New Premium Colors

The 2020 Acura TLX is set to begin arriving in Acura dealerships on April 2, bringing with it four new premium exterior color options. The 2020 TLX will continue to be offered with two performance-minded powertrains, an available A-Spec sport appearance package, as well as a long list of premium features including the AcuraWatch® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, standard on every TLX. Acura’s midsize performance luxury sedan is coming off a solid 2018, where TLX outpaced key competitors from BMW, Lexus, Audi and Infititi in retail sales1.

Expanded Premium Color Palette
For 2020, the TLX enjoys an expanded exterior color palette with four new premium paints offered for the first time on TLX. The new premium color options are: Performance Red Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and an A-Spec exclusive Apex Blue Pearl. These advanced paints are engineered using cutting edge pigment technologies such as micas, metal flakes and nano pigments (super-high transparency), now offered on all Acura models to deliver Precision Crafted Performance in every aspect of the vehicle. Each premium paint color receives additional coats to enhance the color intensity and depth along with a special clear coat to further improve luster.

1Source: Urban Science, January 2018 – December 2018

Effortless Performance
The 2020 TLX is available in one of two performance oriented powertrains: a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter i-VTEC®  mated to quick-shifting 8-speed dual clutch transmission, and a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic.

Front-wheel drive configurations of the TLX feature Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) as standard. This segment-exclusive feature offers independent left and right-rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance overall handling precision, low-speed maneuverability as well as high-speed stability.

TLX V6 models can be equipped with Acura’s renowned Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) technology. SH-AWD allows up to 70 percent of torque to be distributed to the rear wheels, and up to 100-percent of that torque to be transfered to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel, creating outstanding control and agility in all weather conditions.

Premium Tech and Features 
A host of premium features standard on the 2020 Acura TLX include the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, Jewel Eye® LED headlights, a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, Smart Entry with push button start, and an intuitive dual-screen user interface (ODMD 2.0), with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.

Available optional features include a 360-degree Surround View Camera system, heated steering wheel, next-generation AcuraLink® connected services and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System.

Bold and Sporty Returns: TLX A-Spec
The TLX A-Spec, first introduced in the 2018 model year, continues to offer drivers a distinct, sport-themed appearance option, with A-Spec exclusive design elements inside and out. TLX A-spec features include a matte-black diamond pentagon grille surrounded by a dark chrome border, aggressive lower front fascia with broad center air opening flanked by round LED fog lights, and a dark appearance for the signature Jewel Eye LED headlights. A-Spec exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Shark Gray paint are wrapped with 245/40-series tires. A-Spec exteriors include a rear gloss-black decklid spoiler, “smoked” LED taillights, an exclusive rear fascia featuring a lower diffuser accented by 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers and a matte-black side window surround. A-Spec badges appear on the front fenders and rear decklid. A-Spec models are available in several colors, including a trim exclusive Apex Blue Pearl.

Inside, the TLX A-Spec features aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, red LED ambient lighting, red driver’s meter highlights, a black headliner and pillar treatment, brushed aluminum-look instrument panel garnish and pedals, and a thick-rimmed steering wheel with A-Spec badging. Two exciting interior themes are offered on A-Spec models; Black leather with black Alcantara™ inserts or a Full Red leather.

What’s new for 2019?
The TLX’s color pallete expands from seven to eight, with the addition of four new premium exterior paint colors, each at a price of $400 over the standard colors:

  • Canyon Bronze Metallic
  • Majestic Black Pearl
  • Performance Red Pearl
  • Apex Blue Pearl (exclusive to TLX A-Spec)

Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Model / Trim Transmission MSRP1 MSRP2 Including $995 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating3
City/Hwy/Combined
TLX 2.4L 4-Cyl. 8DCT4 $33,000 $33,995 23 / 33 / 27
TLX 2.4L 4-Cyl. with Technology Package 8DCT $36,700 $37,695 23 / 33 / 27
TLX 2.4L 4-Cyl. A-Spec 8DCT $39,400 $40,395 23 / 32 / 26
TLX 3.5L V6 9AT $36,200 $37,195 20 / 31 / 24
TLX 3.5L V6 with Technology Package 9AT $40,100 $41,095 20 / 31 / 24
TLX 3.5L V6 A-Spec 9AT $42,800 $43,795 20 / 30 / 23
TLX 3.5L V6 SH-AWD 9AT $38,200 $39,195 20 / 29 / 23
TLX 3.5L V6 SH-AWD with Technology Package 9AT $42,100 $43,065 20 / 29 / 23
TLX 3.5L V6 SH-AWD A-Spec 9AT $44,800 $45,795 20 / 29 / 23
TLX 3.5L V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package 9AT $45,950 $46,945 20 / 29 / 23

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2019 Acura RDX Named ‘Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families’ by U.S. News & World Report

  • Acura’s RDX delivers premium driving experience, leading-edge technology and highest available safety ratings with AcuraWatch® technology
  • Acura RDX a runaway hit as top-selling model in segment with nine consecutive record months

The 2019 Acura RDX is the ‘Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families’ according to the experts at U.S. News and World Report: www.cars.usnews.com/cars-families.  The all-new RDX received the highest composite score from U.S. News and World Report’s automotive experts – earned through a combination of professional automotive reviews assessments, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features.

Since its June 2018 launch, the 2019 RDX has recorded nine consecutive months of sales records, helping RDX set a new all-time annual record in 2018 and earning RDX the title of America’s top retail-retail compact luxury SUV, among the top three models in all of luxury.

The all-new Acura RDX ups the ante on driving enjoyment and all-weather confidence with its 272-horsepower turbocharged VTEC® engine and available Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) technology. The RDX also delivers a premium, family-friendly cabin experience with spacious seating for five, class-leading second-row legroom and a larger cargo area with compartmented underfloor storage, along with leading edge connectivity that includes standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility and a new 16-speaker Acura/ELS Studio 3D® Premium Audio system.

On the safety front, the 2019 RDX has received the highest possible safety ratings of a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The RDX features AcuraWatch® advanced safety and driver-assistive technology as standard equipment on all models, along with Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and eight airbags, including new driver and front-passenger knee airbags.

2019 Acura RDX

Debuting the next-generation of Acura design, performance and technology, and the model’s first-ever A-Spec variant, the all-new 2019 Acura RDX features a class-leading array of premium features and technologies and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $37,300 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

The 2019 RDX is built on an all-new, Acura-exclusive body and chassis architecture and incorporates a host of new premium features and technologies, including Acura’s award-winning True Touchpad Interface™, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and next-generation Acura sport seats with up to 16-way power adjustability.

The 2019 RDX is powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC® valvetrain mated to the segment’s only 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Peak output of 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) bests RDX’s key competitors from Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volvo. The RDX is available with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system, capable of distributing up to 70-percent of torque to the rear wheels, and up to 100-percent of that torque to either the left or right rear wheels, creating outstanding control and agility.

The 2019 Acura RDX is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Like its predecessor, the new RDX is manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, with the powertrain produced at the company’s plants in Ohio and Georgia.

About U.S. News Best Cars
Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News also publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Vehicle Brands, Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families. U.S. News Best Cars had more than 69 million visitors over the past year, with the majority actively shopping for a car. Eighty percent of active shoppers reported that the U.S. News Best Cars site influenced their car purchasing decision.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of 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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