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    LA Auto Show: A Bit Of Sport Hybrid For The Acura RLX



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    November 19, 2013

    It has been quite the wait for the Sport Hybrid version of the RLX since we first saw the concept at 2012 New York Auto Show. But Acura has spilled the beans on the 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid which will be debuting at the LA Auto Show tomorrow.

    The Sport Hybrid is comprised of a direct-injected 3.5L V6 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with a built-in 35 kW electric motor, two 27 kW electric motors in the back that take the place of drive shaft and rear differential, and a 260 Volt lithium-ion battery pack.

    The Sport Hybrid system will work like this: The V6 drives the front wheels, while the two electric motors drive the rear wheels. The electric motor in the transmission charges the battery pack. The electric motors will also handle braking and provide torque vectoring to improve cornering.

    Acura says this system gives the RLX Sport Hybrid comparable 0-60 MPH times to V8 rivals and fuel economy numbers of 28 City/32 Highway/30 Combined.

    The RLX Sport Hybrid's tech doesn't end there. Inside, there is a new push-button selector for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a advance heads-up display.

    Source: Acura

    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.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD: The Most Powerful and Technologically Advanced Vehicle in Acura History to be Showcased at LA Auto Show

    11/18/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif.

    The 377-horsepower Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury-performance sedan will be on public display for the first time this week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, showcasing Acura's dynamic new three-motor hybrid system.

    The 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which launches next spring, is the first vehicle to deploy Acura's new three-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The system combines a highly efficient, direct-injected V-6 engine with an all-new, Acura-designed, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electrically powered variant of Acura's highly regarded torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

    This advanced new hybrid powertrain delivers exhilarating driving performance with incredibly responsive power delivery and precise, sure-footed handling performance like no other vehicle in its class. Supported by the instantaneous torque delivered by its high-output electric motors, the RLX Sport Hybrid runs a 0-60 mph time comparable with competitor's V8-powered machines. This performance, however, is coupled with a 28/32/30mpg (city/highway/combined) EPA fuel economy rating1, which is in the range of 4-cylinder-powered luxury sedans.

    Powertrain and Drivetrain

    The RLX Sport Hybrid's 3.5-liter, 310-horsepower, i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) includes an idle-stop feature to help maximize fuel efficiency. The engine is mated to an all-new, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor. In automatic mode, the transmission provides highly responsive and intuitive gear selection, including matching engine revs during downshifts, in manual mode, the Sequential SportShift paddle shifters give the driver gear selection control to make virtually seamless ratio changes.

    The electric SH-AWD system on the RLX Sport Hybrid eliminates the conventional drive shaft and rear differential, replacing them with two high-output 27-kilowatt electric motors. The rear motors dynamically distribute both positive (drive) and negative (regenerative braking) electric-motor torque, depending on driving conditions, and which torque vectoring assists in cornering. The system is further aided by a 35-kilowatt front electric motor that supplements engine torque to the front wheels and provides regenerative brake torque to charge the vehicle's 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack.

    Body and Chassis

    With a longer wheelbase and wider greenhouse than competing mid-luxury sedans, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD delivers full-size interior space in a nimbler, mid-size luxury sedan package. The RLX boasts the longest rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), and best front (59.6 inches) and rear (57.0 inches) shoulder room in the mid-luxury class. The RLX advanced body design makes extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum, further aiding its outstanding fuel efficiency, straight-line performance and superior handling agility.

    In front, the RLX's double-wishbone, lower double-joint front suspension with Amplitude Reactive Dampers significantly improves handling agility, driver confidence and security, and ride sophistication. In back, the RLX's multi-link rear suspension is optimized for a flat ride during cornering, confident turning capability, and a smooth ride in a variety of urban, highway and open road scenarios.

    Technology

    Acura technology firsts on the 2014 Sport Hybrid also include the Acura electronic gear selector and Acura Head-Up Display System. The Acura electronic gear selector replaces the conventional, center console-mounted shift lever with an efficiently packaged push-button array that allows the driver to easily select the desired drive mode-Park, Drive and Reverse, as well as Sport and Normal driving modes. The Acura Head-Up Display System provides the driver with at-a-glance access to key driving information projected on the windshield. Display modes include Sport Hybrid system operation, turn-by-turn navigation, speedometer and compass, as well as alerts from various driver-assistive systems.

    The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD features Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, which offer outstanding light distribution and excellent down-the-road illumination performance and light characteristics. The RLX taillights utilize periphery LED illumination that is both effective and highly distinctive.

    With the expanded range of standard and available technology features built into the RLX, substantial engineering effort was put into making each feature intuitive and easy-to-use. The focal point of the new instrument panel is a large, 8-inch color screen that combines audio/information and navigation functions and provides access to an array of customizable features. An additional 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touchscreen is positioned within easy reach and controls the audio system and many other features.

    Audio and Connectivity

    Exceptional audio performance has long been an Acura hallmark, and in the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, two audio systems are offered. The Technology package includes the Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with an advanced 14-speaker array. In the Advance package, the 14-speaker Krell system - with speakers and amplifiers engineered by Krell, one of the most respected audio companies in world - sets a new benchmark in automotive audio performance.

    The RLX is equipped with the next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system, delivering a comprehensive array of media, convenience, and security services via embedded two-way communications and web-enabled devices. AcuraLink® leverages Pandora® interface for streaming audio and the Aha™ by Harman cloud-based interface to provide users with thousands of customizable cloud-based news, information and media feeds. The next-generation AcuraLink® also delivers an array of available, subscription-based, security and convenience features, such as AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and, for the first time, surface street traffic information.

    Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies

    The new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD offers an extensive array of advanced safety, visibility and driver-assistive technologies that put the RLX on the leading edge of collision avoidance and assisted driving capability. Standard and features include a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), along with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.

    Utilizing Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, along with seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag), the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS "TOP SAFETY PICK+" rating, plus a GOOD rating in the IIHS small overlap front collision test.

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    WOW, What an Ugly Car and the interior is hideous. There is nothing I can actually say that I like about this Single Buck Tooth Grilled monstrosity.

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    this car sucks, should be dropped, like the Cadenza with it

    Have you actually driven one? To say Kia and Acura in the same sentence is a bit of a sacrilege.

    It may not be a 100k per year seller, but the engineering and performance of this car is impressive. Drive one, if you get a chance.

    Add 3 electric motors to it and a 7-speed DCT, and it should be even more so.

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    this car sucks, should be dropped, like the Cadenza with it

    Have you actually driven one? To say Kia and Acura in the same sentence is a bit of a sacrilege.

    It may not be a 100k per year seller, but the engineering and performance of this car is impressive. Drive one, if you get a chance.

    Add 3 electric motors to it and a 7-speed DCT, and it should be even more so.

    I know you have to sell them CaddyCruiser, but this is an ugly duckling that will not become a swan. Hard to drive something that visually is so terrible. Fact that many humans are visual so this has got to be stunning and it is not IMHO.

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    this car sucks, should be dropped, like the Cadenza with it

    Have you actually driven one? To say Kia and Acura in the same sentence is a bit of a sacrilege.

    It may not be a 100k per year seller, but the engineering and performance of this car is impressive. Drive one, if you get a chance.

    Add 3 electric motors to it and a 7-speed DCT, and it should be even more so.

    Sure, it's a technological powerhouse but it totally misses the mark on styling. At the same time, BMW can get similar performance from a diesel while returning better fuel economy numbers.

    I think of it like this: Acura threw all that hybrid technology at this car, yet the highway mpgs are easily beat by a V6 8-speed Chrysler 300.

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    Which V8 rivals?

    32 highway is nothing to crow about for that much tech.

    Exactly. Unless they mean the Volvo S80 if that still has a V8. Because the V8s in an E550, 550i or Jaguar XF would smash this thing.

    And you can get 38 mpg from a 5-series or A6 and 45 mpg from an E-class so they didn't win their either. These Japanese companies bet on hybrids and they aren't really the answer.

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    Which V8 rivals?

    32 highway is nothing to crow about for that much tech.

    Exactly. Unless they mean the Volvo S80 if that still has a V8. Because the V8s in an E550, 550i or Jaguar XF would smash this thing.

    And you can get 38 mpg from a 5-series or A6 and 45 mpg from an E-class so they didn't win their either. These Japanese companies bet on hybrids and they aren't really the answer.

    They could have done a skateboard base so a much bigger battery, then use pure CNG or BioDiesel Generator and have the auto fully driven AWD by electric motors. This would be Rockin! :)

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      Sep 1, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.
      American Honda and Honda Division trucks have best August sales ever Honda CR-V sets 2nd consecutive all-time sales record Honda core models—Civic, Accord and CR-V—each top more than 30,000 sales Honda's smallest vehicles—Fit and HR-V—post largest gains for the brand Refreshed Acura MDX posts 8.1 percent gain to push Acura trucks up 2.5 percent in August American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported strong August sales of 149,571 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 3.8 percent decrease over August 2015 due in part to the lack of the Labor Day sales weekend. American Honda trucks set a new August record, rising 4.3 percent on sales of 76,140. Honda Division sales totaled 135,325 units, with Honda trucks also setting an August record, gaining 4.5 percent on sales of 66,802. Acura Division sales were down 7 percent on sales of 14,246 units, also feeling the effects of the lost weekend. However, Acura trucks were up 2.5 percent on sales of 9,338 as new models continued to fill the pipeline.
      Honda
      Honda Division's August sales almost matched the same period last year without one of the biggest holiday sales weekends of the year. Despite the handicap, CR-V continued its record-setting ways for the second straight month while all three of the brand's best-selling models (Accord, Civic and CR-V) topped 30,000 units apiece and Honda's compact HR-V and Fit posted major gains. Honda trucks posted a new August record supported by brisk sales of CR-V, HR-V and Ridgeline, while Civic and Fit drove car sales for the brand.      
      Honda trucks set a new August record, rising 4.5 percent with sales of 66,802 units CR-V climbed 5 percent on sales of 36,517 for a 2nd consecutive all-time record HR-V sales jumped 66 percent on sales of 7,580 vehicles Civic and Fit were up 2.4 percent (32,807 sales) and 85.1 percent (5,370 sales) "Our continued success with strong sales of both passenger cars and light trucks demonstrates once again that the key to great sales is great product," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "As we continue with our rapid cadence of new models, our focus will remain on selling vehicles one at a time to individual customers."
      Acura
      With inventories building for the new 2017 MDX, sales continue to rise as more customers experience the bold new exterior styling and expanded complement of premium features and technologies. Adding a solid result from RDX, Acura truck sales were up 2.5 percent in August, with sedan sales held back in part due to the lost holiday weekend compared to August 2015.
      MDX sales increased 8.1 percent in August on sales of 5,131 units Acura trucks were up 2.5 percent overall for the month, with 9,338 vehicles sold The new NSX posted 22 sales in August as production continues to ramp up in Acura's new NSX global production facility "It's great to see Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA resonate with customers, as the new MDX gives luxury buyers their first taste of our new performance design direction," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "Together with the launch of the amazing new NSX, a resurgent Acura Motorsports program and growing intentions from younger buyers, we continue to build strong momentum for the Acura brand."
      American Honda Vehicle Sales for August 2016
            Month-to-Date
      Year-to-Date
            August 2016
      August 2015
      DSR** % Change
      MoM % Change
      August 2016
      August 2015
      DSR** % Change
      YoY % Change
          American Honda Total
      149,571
      155,491
      -3.8%
      -3.8%
      1,094,725
      1,054,816
      3.8%
      3.8%
          Total Car Sales
      73,431
      82,483
      -11.0%
      -11.0%
      564,425
      542,210
      4.1%
      4.1%
          Total Truck Sales
      76,140
      73,008
      4.3%
      4.3%
      530,300
      512,606
      3.5%
      3.5%
          Honda Total Car Sales
      68,523
      76,281
      -10.2%
      -10.2%
      526,962
      498,695
      5.7%
      5.7%
          Honda Total Truck Sales
      66,802
      63,897
      4.5%
      4.5%
      460,849
      438,806
      5.0%
      5.0%
          Acura Total Car Sales
      4,908
      6,202
      -20.9%
      -20.9%
      37,463
      43,515
      -13.9%
      -13.9%
          Acura Total Truck Sales
      9,338
      9,111
      2.5%
      2.5%
      69,451
      73,800
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
          Total Domestic Car Sales
      67,054
      81,873
      -18.1%
      -18.1%
      524,739
      537,277
      -2.3%
      -2.3%
            Honda Division
      62,265
      75,859
      -17.9%
      -17.9%
      488,231
      495,393
      -1.4%
      -1.4%
            Acura Division
      4,789
      6,014
      -20.4%
      -20.4%
      36,508
      41,884
      -12.8%
      -12.8%
          Total Domestic Truck Sales
      76,140
      73,008
      4.3%
      4.3%
      530,300
      512,601
      3.5%
      3.5%
            Honda Division
      66,802
      63,897
      4.5%
      4.5%
      460,849
      438,801
      5.0%
      5.0%
            Acura Division
      9,338
      9,111
      2.5%
      2.5%
      69,451
      73,800
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
          Total Import Car Sales
      6,377
      610
      945.4%
      945.4%
      39,686
      4,933
      704.5%
      704.5%
            Honda Division
      6,258
      422
      1,382.9%
      1,382.9%
      38,731
      3,302
      1,073.0%
      1,073.0%
            Acura Division
      119
      188
      -36.7%
      -36.7%
      955
      1,631
      -41.4%
      -41.4%
          Total Import Truck Sales
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      5
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
            Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      5
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
            Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
           MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION
      Honda Division Total
      135,325
      140,178
      -3.5%
      -3.5%
      987,811
      937,501
      5.4%
      5.4%
            * ACCORD
      30,115
      40,931
      -26.4%
      -26.4%
      231,415
      231,173
      0.1%
      0.1%
            * CIVIC
      32,807
      32,031
      2.4%
      2.4%
      255,599
      221,471
      15.4%
      15.4%
              CR-Z
      222
      333
      -33.3%
      -33.3%
      1,699
      1,895
      -10.3%
      -10.3%
            * FIT
      5,370
      2,901
      85.1%
      85.1%
      38,187
      42,867
      -10.9%
      -10.9%
              INSIGHT
      9
      85
      -89.4%
      -89.4%
      62
      1,289
      -95.2%
      -95.2%
                                      CROSSTOUR
      7
      930
      -99.2%
      -99.2%
      720
      6,450
      -88.8%
      -88.8%
            * CR-V
      36,517
      34,771
      5.0%
      5.0%
      231,609
      229,574
      0.9%
      0.9%
              HR-V
      7,580
      4,567
      66.0%
      66.0%
      51,417
      24,617
      108.9%
      108.9%
              ODYSSEY
      9,992
      13,423
      -25.6%
      -25.6%
      85,881
      88,910
      -3.4%
      -3.4%
              PILOT
      9,269
      10,202
      -9.1%
      -9.1%
      81,793
      88,742
      -7.8%
      -7.8%
              RIDGELINE
      3,437
      4
      85,825.0%
      85,825.0%
      9,429
      513
      1,738.0%
      1,738.0%
                                    ***
      Memo: Accord FHEV
      890
      1,369
      -35.0%
      -35.0%
      1,720
      9,257
      -81.4%
      -81.4%
              Memo: Accord PHEV
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      62
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              Memo: Civic Hybrid
      50
      590
      -91.5%
      -91.5%
      817
      3,317
      -75.4%
      -75.4%
                                    Acura Division Total
      14,246
      15,313
      -7.0%
      -7.0%
      106,914
      117,315
      -8.9%
      -8.9%
              ILX
      1,172
      1,660
      -29.4%
      -29.4%
      10,831
      11,744
      -7.8%
      -7.8%
              NSX
      22
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      45
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              RLX / RL
      118
      187
      -36.9%
      -36.9%
      951
      1,600
      -40.6%
      -40.6%
              TL
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      85
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              TLX
      3,595
      4,353
      -17.4%
      -17.4%
      25,632
      30,055
      -14.7%
      -14.7%
              TSX
      1
      1
      0.0%
      0.0%
      4
      31
      -87.1%
      -87.1%
                                      MDX
      5,131
      4,747
      8.1%
      8.1%
      34,648
      39,144
      -11.5%
      -11.5%
              RDX
      4,207
      4,364
      -3.6%
      -3.6%
      34,803
      34,654
      0.4%
      0.4%
              ZDX
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                                    ***
      Memo: ILX Hybrid
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      1
      20
      -95.0%
      -95.0%
              Memo: RLX Hybrid
      19
      34
      -44.1%
      -44.1%
      134
      181
      -26.0%
      -26.0%
              Memo: TSX Wagon
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                                    Selling Days
      26
      26
          204
      204
                **** Hybrid
      1,212
      2,414
      -49.8%
      -49.8%
      4,478
      16,021
      -72.0%
      -72.0%
               
        *    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 and NSX
       
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