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    Chicago Auto Show: 2016 Acura RDX


    • Small Changes Are the Story for the 2016 Acura RDX


    Possibly the only bright spot for a few years at Acura has been their crossover lineup. The seven-seat MDX has been a strong seller, while the smaller RDX had its best sales year in 2014. Acura wants to keep that momentum going by introducing a refreshed RDX at the Chicago Auto Show today.

    The 2016 gets minor changes inside and out. Up front is a more chiseled face with a new grille and Acura's Jewel Eye headlights. Around back are a set new LED taillights. A new set of wheels finish off the exterior.

    Heading inside, Acura updated the trim and has installed a new 4.2-inch TFT screen for the instrument cluster. Acura has also added more standard features for each RDX trim level. Here's how it looks,

    • RDX: Heated front seats and air vents for rear passengers.
    • RDX w/Tech Package: Dual-screen infotainment system, eight-way power passenger's seat, blind spot monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.
    • RDX w/Advance Package: rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror, and AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

    The 3.5L V6 has been updated with 6 more horsepower and 1 more pound-feet of torque to deliver final power figures of 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. The V6 also boasts cylinder deactivation which improves fuel economy to 20 City/29 Highway for the front-wheel drive model and 19/28 for the all-wheel drive model.

    The 2016 Acura RDX will be coming this spring.

    Source: Acura

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2016 Acura RDX Brings the Heat in World Debut at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

    • Hot-selling Acura RDX luxury crossover boosts its considerable market strength with significant upgrades to performance, luxury, styling and safety features

    Feb 12, 2015 - CHICAGO

    Coming off its best-ever year, the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, sporting a host of significant upgrades to performance, luxury prestige and styling. Launching at Acura dealerships nationwide this Spring, the 2016 Acura RDX receives Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights, a new, more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, an expanded list of AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including a new line-topping RDX with Advance Package.

    The Acura RDX and MDX have formed a potent 1-2 punch in the luxury SUV game, posting record sales in 2014 well ahead of European rivals in their segments. With the 2016 MDX also getting significant new features and technologies, including a 9-speed automatic transmission, the new RDX and MDX stand as an even more formidable presence in the luxury SUV space.

    "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 Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. "The 2016 RDX gets a major infusion of Acura brand DNA including enhancements to styling, driving performance, and exciting new luxury feature-content, further solidifying its place as the one to beat in the entry luxury SUV segment."

    The 2016 RDX gets an important performance boost courtesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up—279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve for more immediate and powerful acceleration response—right where it counts. Variable Cylinder Management™ allows for deactivation of two of the engine's six cylinders under light engine loads, helping the more powerful 2016 RDX increase its highway EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg, rising to 19/28mpg for AWD models and 20/29mpg for FWD models (city/highway). Driving refinement is further enhanced by new active front and rear engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness. Additionally, the RDX's all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to further enhance dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

    The 2016 RDX also gets key elements of Acura design DNA with restyled front and rear fasciae, including the addition of Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design on all models and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. The lower front and rear fascia areas also support the new look with fresh luxury details while all models receive new wheel designs.

    Inside, the new RDX gets a fresh look with a high-contrast silver and black trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard heated front seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents. The RDX with Technology Package adds a new 8-way adjustable power passenger's front seat (4-way power in base models), Acura's intuitive dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio®, blind spot information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

    A new Advance Package for the 2016 RDX adds rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror, and AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Both the Technology and Advance packages are equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. All RDX models with AcuraWatch™ also get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation.

    While offered as standard equipment on the new Advance Package, all RDX models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Lane Keeping Assist, along with a standard Multi-View Rear Camera and Expanded View driver's side mirror. AcuraWatch™ uses sensor fusion technology, the cooperative operation of a millimeter wave radar system and a windshield-mounted monocular camera to expand both the scope and fidelity of its sensing capabilities, including the ability to sense and respond to numerous road hazards, including a pedestrian detected in the roadway.

    In addition to the available AcuraWatch™ technologies, the 2016 RDX offers enhanced collision performance with numerous changes to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that further improve frontal collision performance. The 2016 RDX targets top-in-class safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

    The RDX is produced at the company's award-winning East Liberty, Ohio, plant, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In January, Acura marked the sale of its two-millionth North American-made vehicle in America. Today, approximately 94 percent of all Acura models sold in America are made in the company's plants in Ohio and Alabama.

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    This is a pretty dang nice CR-V.  Honda did a nicer job disguising the plebeian roots of the RDX than Lexus did with the NX (RAV4).

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    It has been selling like a beast since intro for 2013 model year back in 2012, with the V6 power, fuel economy (if only mom's Terrain 3.6L could put the power done as smoothly and sip gas like the RDX 3.5L/6-speed does...), even with a bit plan interior and looks. Clean and classy.

     

    Now nicely dressed with the latest tech features its been missing and even higher fuel economy, we can't wait to get it.

     

    We have clients in the midsize crossover class who first come to the RDX thanks to knowing its one of the few with a V6 that has more power yet better real world mileage than most of the oddball turbo 4's in the class.

     

    Should be a solid increase.

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      0.0%
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      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION
      Honda Division Total
      125,531
      123,369
      1.8%
      1.8%
      333,531
      319,828
      4.3%
      4.3%
        * ACCORD
      26,824
      30,523
      -12.1%
      -12.1%
      69,815
      77,073
      -9.4%
      -9.4%
        * CIVIC
      31,520
      32,855
      -4.1%
      -4.1%
      81,654
      87,303
      -6.5%
      -6.5%
          CLARITY FCV
      23
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      92
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
          CR-Z
      129
      163
      -20.9%
      -20.9%
      336
      483
      -30.4%
      -30.4%
        * FIT
      5,060
      4,771
      6.1%
      6.1%
      11,902
      11,513
      3.4%
      3.4%
        INSIGHT
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      1
      21
      -95.2%
      -95.2%
        CROSSTOUR
      0
      110
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      3
      566
      -99.5%
      -99.5%
        * CR-V
      32,872
      26,730
      23.0%
      23.0%
      94,057
      71,188
      32.1%
      32.1%
        HR-V
      7,653
      6,398
      19.6%
      19.6%
      19,696
      15,515
      26.9%
      26.9%
        ODYSSEY
      7,727
      11,224
      -31.2%
      -31.2%
      21,027
      27,439
      -23.4%
      -23.4%
        PILOT
      9,945
      10,593
      -6.1%
      -6.1%
      25,224
      28,726
      -12.2%
      -12.2%
        RIDGELINE
      3,778
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      9,724
      1
      972,300.0%
      972,300.0%
                            *** Memo: Accord FHEV
      1,843
      51
      3,513.7%
      3,513.7%
      5,421
      190
      2,753.2%
      2,753.2%
        Memo: Civic Hybrid
      15
      166
      -91.0%
      -91.0%
      39
      470
      -91.7%
      -91.7%
      Acura Division Total
      11,696
      14,852
      -21.2%
      -21.2%
      31,762
      37,875
      -16.1%
      -16.1%
         ILX
      824
      1,554
      -47.0%
      -47.0%
      2,256
      4,287
      -47.4%
      -47.4%
        NSX
      37
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      133
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
        RLX
      110
      130
      -15.4%
      -15.4%
      293
      331
      -11.5%
      -11.5%
        TLX
      2,815
      3,768
      -25.3%
      -25.3%
      7,124
      9,087
      -21.6%
      -21.6%
        TSX
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
        MDX
      4,141
      4,088
      1.3%
      1.3%
      10,956
      11,956
      -8.4%
      -8.4%
        RDX
      3,769
      5,310
      -29.0%
      -29.0%
      11,000
      12,212
      -9.9%
      -9.9%
                            *** Memo: RLX Hybrid
      30
      19
      57.9%
      57.9%
      68
      49
      38.8%
      38.8%
        Memo: TSX Wagon
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      Selling Days
      27
      27
          75
      75
            **** Hybrid
      2,054
      401
      412.2%
      412.2%
      5,998
      1,213
      394.5%
      394.5%
       
       
      *    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
      **   Daily Selling Rate
      ***  Memo line items are included in the respective model total
      **** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid, MDX Sport Hybrid and NSX
       
    • By William Maley
      The 2017 Acura MDX was the first model to lose the beak grille and the next model that is destined to lose it is the 2018 TLX. Acura has released a teaser for the model before its debut at the New York Auto Show next month. 
      The image shows off the TLX's new front end with the diamond shape grille and oversized Acura logo first shown on the Precision concept from last year. There is also a set of the company's 'Jewel-Eye' headlights.
      "The 2018 TLX will receive new styling elements that ratchet up its emotion and reflect Acura's focus on Precision Crafted Performance. Acura customers embraced the MDX when we raised its game with bold, new styling, and we're pumped to show how we're elevating the TLX experience," said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager.
      Acura also says that the 2018 TLX will come with "new premium features and technology enhancements".
      Source: Acura
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Refreshed 2018 Acura TLX to Make World Debut on April 11: Bringing Precision Crafted Performance Design Language to Acura Sedan Lineup
      Mar 28, 2017 - LOS ANGELES

      Acura will unveil the refreshed and significantly enhanced 2018 TLX performance sedan in New York on April 11. The 2018 TLX will boast a more aggressive, sporty and alluring look inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2016, a design direction that already has successfully influenced the styling of the 2017 Acura MDX. The TLX refresh also includes new premium features and technology enhancements that place the TLX among the most technologically advanced and well-equipped cars in its segment. Watch the 2018 Acura TLX reveal live on April 11 at 4:45 p.m. ET at acura.us/2018TLXDebut.
      "The 2018 TLX will receive new styling elements that ratchet up its emotion and reflect Acura's focus on Precision Crafted Performance,"said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager. "Acura customers embraced the MDX when we raised its game with bold, new styling, and we're pumped to show how we're elevating the TLX experience."
      The 2018 TLX five-passenger performance sedan was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif. and will continue to be produced at the company's Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio with domestic and globally sourced parts.

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