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    Detroit Auto Show: Acura MDX Prototype



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    January 15, 2013

    Acura's 2014 MDX Prototype is a very clear indication of what the production model of the 2014 MDX will look like when its introduced sometime later this year.

    The MDX's overall design looks to be the RDX that has been stretched in all directions. Acura says the new design has a 16% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency compared to the outgoing MDX thanks to a lower roof. Even with the lowered roof, interior space has grown with increased space in second row and improved access into the third row. The MDX will include a lot tech like next-generation multimedia system featuring Pandora, text messaging and the Aha application.

    Power will come a 3.5L V6 that can either go through Acura's SH-AWD or new for the 2014 MDX, the front-wheels.

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    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Acura 2014 MDX Prototype Makes World Debut at North American International Auto Show

    2014 MDX Prototype provides glimpse at luxurious third-generation MDX

    01/15/2013 - DETROIT, Mich

    The 2014 Acura MDX Prototype made its world debut today at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, offering a strong indication of the styling and design direction for the third generation of the popular, 7-passenger Acura MDX performance luxury SUV, launching by mid-2013 in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive layouts.

    "Our goal is to advance on MDX's already great dynamic performance while improving fuel economy and luxury comfort," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "Building on the great momentum we established in 2012 with the launch this year of our flagship RLX, followed later this year by a terrific new luxury SUV in MDX we are very excited about the direction of the Acura brand. And we are truly looking forward to a great 2013."

    The "Aero Sculpture" styling of the 2014 MDX Prototype pursues the direction of a smart, compact and premium appearance with low, wide and sleek proportions; a clean, efficient and uncluttered design; and elegant, premium detailing, including the signature Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights. This "aero" image also reflects significant gains in aerodynamic efficiency, up 16 percent compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX, achieved through extensive testing in Honda R&D Americas' new wind-tunnel laboratory in Raymond, Ohio – where the vehicle is being created.

    The 2014 MDX Prototype's sculpted exterior and arcing roofline (1.5-inches lower than the outgoing model) encase what will be an even more spacious and versatile cabin compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX. The 2014 MDX Prototype features a longer wheelbase that enhances ride quality, increases second-row legroom, and improves third-row seat access.

    "While we aren't showcasing the interior today, I can assure you it will further improve the already great functionality in the cabin and cargo area while really amping up luxury, comfort and quiet," added Jon Ikeda, chief designer, Acura Design Studio. "And that's really the focus of this new MDX, delivering outstanding luxury performance and family capability in a more refined and alluring package."

    In response to strong demand from consumers in warm weather markets Acura also will, for the first time, offer a front-wheel drive version of MDX in addition to the all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) model that has earned MDX a reputation as a leader in dynamic handling and all-weather performance for a luxury SUV.

    The 2014 MDX will also feature an all-new, more rigid and lightweight chassis, including new front and rear suspension designs that deliver a more refined, confidence-inspiring, and sporty driving character. An all-new, direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) will deliver improved torque and more spirited performance while realizing a significant increase in fuel efficiency to class-leading levels. Special attention was also paid to improving cabin quietness, which is greatly enhanced by the vehicle's all-new chassis and body design and new sound-deadening techniques.

    The 2014 MDX also will be equipped with a broad array of advanced safety technologies, including the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, as well as visibility technologies such as the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. Further, the 2014 MDX is designed to achieve top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS. All 2013 Acura models other than the outgoing ZDX achieved at least a TOP SAFETY PICK safety rating, while the TL sedan was one of the first two vehicles in the industry to achieve TOP SAFETY Pick+ status.

    The new MDX will also feature a full array of advanced information technologies, including the next-generation AcuraLink cloud-based connected car system featuring Pandora® connectivity, SiriusXM™ radio, SMS text messaging, and cloud-based Aha™ by Harman connectivity that brings thousands of personalized news, information and media feeds into the vehicle via the customer's compatible smartphone and data plan. A premium Acura/ELS® audio system will be available on the new MDX. Next-generation AcuraLink will also be available with a host of fee-based convenience, assistive and security features, such as automated crash notification, remote locking/unlocking, emergency "SOS" call feature, and live-operator concierge services.

    With the introduction of the all-new 2014 Acura MDX production will move from Alliston, Ontario, to the company's vehicle and V-6 engine manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, the MDX is built exclusively in North America.

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    We'll it looks like Acura might have gotten this one right as it has just the right amount of Buch so it actually look from the front like a manly SUV, but the side profile seems to say Station wagon to me and then the rear says SUV. Over all, I suspect they will sell plenty of these machines.

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              Honda Division
      9,132
      2,834
      222.2%
      222.2%
      9,132
      2,834
      222.2%
      222.2%
              Acura Division
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
          Total Import Truck Sales
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
           MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION
                    Honda Division Total
      97,178
      90,247
      7.7%
      7.7%
      97,178
      90,247
      7.7%
      7.7%
              * ACCORD
      19,536
      20,765
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
      19,536
      20,765
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
              * CIVIC
      23,095
      26,741
      -13.6%
      -13.6%
      23,095
      26,741
      -13.6%
      -13.6%
                CLARITY FCV
      42
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      42
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
                CR-Z
      89
      192
      -53.6%
      -53.6%
      89
      192
      -53.6%
      -53.6%
              * FIT
      3,078
      3,095
      -0.5%
      -0.5%
      3,078
      3,095
      -0.5%
      -0.5%
                INSIGHT
      1
      19
      -94.7%
      -94.7%
      1
      19
      -94.7%
      -94.7%
                CROSSTOUR
      0
      266
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      266
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              * CR-V
      29,287
      19,208
      52.5%
      52.5%
      29,287
      19,208
      52.5%
      52.5%
                HR-V
      5,689
      4,177
      36.2%
      36.2%
      5,689
      4,177
      36.2%
      36.2%
                ODYSSEY
      6,500
      7,221
      -10.0%
      -10.0%
      6,500
      7,221
      -10.0%
      -10.0%
                PILOT
      7,180
      8,561
      -16.1%
      -16.1%
      7,180
      8,561
      -16.1%
      -16.1%
                RIDGELINE
      2,681
      2
      133,950.0%
      133,950.0%
      2,681
      2
      133,950.0%
      133,950.0%
              ***
      Memo: Accord FHEV
      1,711
      71
      2,309.9%
      2,309.9%
      1,711
      71
      2,309.9%
      2,309.9%
                Memo: Civic Hybrid
      16
      161
      -90.1%
      -90.1%
      16
      161
      -90.1%
      -90.1%
          Acura Division Total
      9,202
      10,250
      -10.2%
      -10.2%
      9,202
      10,250
      -10.2%
      -10.2%
                ILX
      693
      1,233
      -43.8%
      -43.8%
      693
      1,233
      -43.8%
      -43.8%
                NSX
      50
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      50
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
                RLX / RL
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
                TLX
      1,903
      2,239
      -15.0%
      -15.0%
      1,903
      2,239
      -15.0%
      -15.0%
                MDX
      3,274
      3,576
      -8.4%
      -8.4%
      3,274
      3,576
      -8.4%
      -8.4%
                RDX
      3,202
      3,104
      3.2%
      3.2%
      3,202
      3,104
      3.2%
      3.2%
              ***
      Memo: RLX Hybrid
      11
      18
      -38.9%
      -38.9%
      11
      18
      -38.9%
      -38.9%
          Selling Days
      24
      24
          24
      24
                **** Hybrid
      1,878
      461
      307.4%
      307.4%
      1,878
      461
      307.4%
      307.4%
          *    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
      This would have been my fourth Detroit Auto Show (or North American International Auto Show as some would like you to call it) for Cheers and Gears. But due to a leg injury sustained a couple of weeks before the show, I was unable to make it. Maybe that was a blessing in disguise as I would miss out on dealing with individuals who break out tape measures and clipboards to note every little detail, along with journalists complaining about why the show isn't held during a warmer month. But it would turn out this year’s show would be a bit disappointing.
      That isn't to say there were not any breakouts. The new Kia Stinger GT looks very intriguing as the new Lexus LS. I'm interested in checking out the new Toyota Camry (bet you weren't expecting that). Volkswagen's I.D. Buzz concept could bring something new in terms of electric vehicles (if it ever gets built). Plus Ford's announcement that the Bronco and Ranger were coming was some excellent news. But everything else landed with a bit of a thud. 
      So how did we end up here? A lot of this comes down to the past few years at Detroit being very bountiful with vehicles that caused jaws to drop and excitement levels to rise. The likes of the Acura NSX, Buick Avista concept, Chevrolet Bolt, Ford GT, and Lexus LC made our souls stir and revel in this magical time. But sooner or later, the well was going to dry up and leave a show that was lacking in spark. 
      At first, I thought it was part of a cycle. You have your high points before falling back down and then rising back up. But the more I thought about it, this might be a sign that the auto show is beginning to fade.
      The past few years have seen a number of automakers hold events off site before the kick-off of the show. Looking at the various social media feeds on Sunday, I was able to count seven different events. Holding something offsite give an automaker a way of controlling the message. It also gives a bit more time in the spotlight, not having to fight with other automakers for it during a packed press day.
      There are also more outlets for automakers to show their wares. The week before the Detroit Auto Show was the Consumer Electronics Show. The past few years have seen more and more automakers take part in regards to electric vehicles and autonomous driving. It has also been home for a small number of debuts; Volkswagen Budd-e, Chrysler Portal concept, and Faraday Future. 
      The combination of these two, along with some manufacturers pulling out of Detroit over the past few years resulted in this year's show. 
      Does this mean the Detroit Auto Show is doomed? Not at the moment. This year, organizers took a page from the LA Auto Show by doing more in terms of talking about the future of the automotive industry and mobility with press conferences and talks from various industry folks from Sunday to Tuesday.
      But the writing is beginning to appear on the wall. Down the road, it seems the auto show will not be the place where news is made. Instead, it will be the place where vehicles are gathered for all to look at.
      Before that day comes, we might get a couple more high points.

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