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    • Oh Hi There 2015 Acura TLX


    New York was the place Acura chose to introduce the production version of the 2015 TLX and no surprise, it looks the prototype that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show back in January. The overall design reminds us more the ILX than the RLX, which in our view isn't a good thing at all. Compared to the TL and TSX which it replaces, the TLX is about 3.8 inches shorter than the TL and 4.6 inches longer than the TSX.

    Inside, Acura has fitted the TLX with much more premium materials such as a soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel cover, alloy and wood-grain trim, and available Milano leather seats. The center stack features Acura's dual screen infotainment.

    As powertrains, the base is a new 2.4L four-cylinder with direct-injection producing 206 horsepower and paired with a new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Optional is a 3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower paired with a new nine-speed automatic. Both the 2.4 and 3.5 come with front-wheel drive and Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS). The 3.5 can be optioned with the latest generation of the company's super handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD).

    The 2015 TLX arrives at dealers later this year.

    Source: Acura

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show

    - Two new, high-performance engines backed by new 8- and 9-speed transmissions

    - Most advanced dynamic package ever offered by Acura

    - Sophisticated design, premium refinement and extensive luxury appointments

    Acura today unveiled the all-new 2015 TLX performance-luxury sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Developed under the theme of Red Carpet Athlete, the all-new TLX is designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement.

    "Harnessing the exhilarating power of new engines, new highly-efficient transmissions and next-generation dynamics technology – blended perfectly with impeccable style and luxury – the TLX will deliver a thrill like no other," said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Acura. "Both the considerable performance capabilities of the TLX and the serious energy and resources brought to the brand from the newly dedicated Acura team herald the start of a new era for Acura."

    To achieve its dual mission of even sharper sports-sedan performance and increased luxury refinement, the TLX employs a host of new advanced powertrain and super-handling technologies. Powering the 2015 TLX are two Acura exclusive, high-output direct-injected i-VTEC® engines, a 2.4-liter 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine producing 206-horsepower1 mated to an all-new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (8DCT) with torque converter; and a 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 delivering 290-horsepower2 mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT). For handling prowess, the TLX features the latest iterations of Acura super-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA). These new technologies, in combination with its all-new body and chassis design, make the TLX the most dynamically advanced Acura ever produced; quick and responsive in sporty driving, stable and sure-footed in emergency maneuvers, and calm and quiet during long-distance cruising.

    The TLX's new chassis, powertrains and precision-handling technologies are wrapped in a lithe new exterior design with taut body surfaces, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines. Its sporting character is further highlighted by its more compact sports-sedan proportions. Luxury exterior features include Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, standard on all models. The spacious five-passenger interior of the TLX provides a high degree of refinement, luxury and technological sophistication while supporting an exhilarating driving experience. High-end premium elements include a soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper cover, alloy and wood-grain design accents, and available Milano leather seating surfaces and trim.

    The TLX will be available with Acura's most advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Indicator (BSI).

    The TLX was also designed to appeal to a broader cross-section of luxury sports-sedan customers with a wider range of powertrain and drivetrain options. There are three distinct TLX model offerings that carry a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. All TLX models can be upgraded to the Technology Package and the V-6 models are available with the line-topping Advance Package.

    The 2015 Acura TLX is scheduled to go on sale at U.S. Acura dealers nationwide later this year. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.

    Design and Packaging

    For sports-sedan dynamic capabilities the 2015 TLX is 3.8-inches shorter in overall length than the 2014 TL while maintaining the same wheelbase and tandem (front-to-rear) passenger-seating distance. The TLX's front and rear overhangs are also shorter by 3.8-inches in total compared to the outgoing TL. The TLX engineers worked diligently to make the TLX lighter, incorporating a wide range of high strength steel and lightweight materials in the design. As an example, the TLX two-wheel-drive with the 3.5-liter V-6 Technology Package model has a curb weight just under 3600 pounds, about 145 pounds lighter than the TL Technology Package model.

    Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, standard on all models, lend the TLX an advanced and bright-eyed appearance while producing superior down-the-road illumination. It's LED lighting theme carries through to the LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED license plate illumination.

    The TLX also features a new 60/40-split folding rear seatback for greater cargo-carrying flexibility and a new trunk design featuring a wider and deeper opening, a lower lift-over height, a fully flat cargo floor, and two new hidden underfloor storage compartments (Advance pkg.).

    Interior

    The TLX's spacious five-passenger interior is designed and engineered to underscore the "Red Carpet Athlete" development theme of the new TLX, providing a high degree of refinement, luxury comfort and technological sophistication while supporting an exhilarating driving experience. High-end premium elements include a soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper cover, alloy and wood-grain accents, and available Milano leather seating surfaces and interior trim.

    An abundance of luxury features and technologies are available on the TLX, including heated and ventilated front seats, HomeLink®, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Smart Entry/Push Button Start keyless access system, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting. A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touch screen, located in the center console, controls these and other features, and, with its contextual menus, displays relevant items while minimizing instrument panel clutter.

    Also featured on the TLX is the next-generation AcuraLink®, Acura's cloud-based connected car system, offering Acura owners a broad range of cloud-based and embedded convenience, connectivity and available security features. All TLX models also come equipped with Siri Eyes Free technology that, when paired with a compatible iPhone, allows the driver to control functions using familiar voice commands. Additional standard and available luxury features include one-touch turn signals and power windows, power driver and front passenger seats, GPS-linked automatic climate control, Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, LED accent lighting, HD Radio®, Pandora® and Aha™ integration and USB connectivity.

    In keeping with Acura's commitment to delivering a world-class audio experience, the TLX can be equipped with a 455-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered specifically for the TLX by legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner.

    TLX models featuring the new 3.5-liter V-6 engine utilize the advanced Electronic Gear Selector, using an intuitive push-button array in place of a traditional gear lever, freeing up center-console space while presenting a premium futuristic appearance. All TLX models incorporate the Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, which retains brake pressure when the vehicle is stopped, simplifying stop-and-go driving in heavy traffic or on steep hills.

    New TLX Powertrains

    At the heart of the TLX's athletic sports-sedan performance capabilities are two new powertrains, utilizing direct-injection, V-TEC or i-VTEC valvetrains with Variable Timing Control (VTC) or Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) and low-friction technologies to deliver higher output, more linear and responsive power delivery and anticipated class-leading fuel-economy ratings.

    The direct-injected 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4 produces a peak 206 horsepower1 and 182 lb.-ft. of torque4. The engine is mated to an all-new 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, the world's first DCT to be paired with a torque converter on a production vehicle. The DCT, with its closely spaced ratios, ultra-quick shifts and automatic rev-matching downshifts, gives the 2.4-liter TLX an aggressively sporting yet refined feel. The torque converter provides exceptionally smooth operation in stop-and-go situations, plus it offers off-the-line torque multiplication for substantially improved initial acceleration that a conventional DCT cannot match. The new transmission also features Sequential SportShift.

    The direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the ability to deactivate three of the engine's six cylinders, for improved fuel efficiency. The aluminum-alloy 24-valve engine produces a peak 290 horsepower2 and 267 lb.-ft. of torque5, gains of 10 horsepower and 13 lb.-ft. versus the 2014 TL 3.5-liter engine. The engine is mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission featuring Sequential SportShift. The new 9-speed unit is substantially lighter than the 6-speed automatic in the outgoing TL, with a wider overall ratio range and more closely spaced individual gear ratios to enhance both performance and fuel efficiency. No competitive vehicle in the segment offers as many transmission ratios.

    The TLX SH-AWD also incorporates a model-exclusive idle-stop capability for improved fuel efficiency. And a new 28-volt Active Control engine mount significantly reduces engine vibration during restarts.

    The TLX equipped with the 2.4-liter engine has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 24/35/283 mpg city/hwy/combined. The TLX two-wheel-drive with the 3.5-liter V-6 has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/34/253 mpg (+1 city/+5 highway versus the two-wheel-drive 2014 TL). The TLX SH-AWD has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/253 (+3 city/+5 highway versus the 2014 TL SH-AWD).

    Acura Precision-Handling Technologies

    Two-wheel-drive TLX models, with either the 2.4-liter or 3.5-liter engine, come equipped with the latest iteration of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS). This new P-AWS system was integrated into the fundamental chassis design from the earliest stages of development, allowing engineers to take full advantage of its independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance handling precision, maneuverability and stability.

    The TLX SH-AWD features a new hydraulically controlled version of Acura's acclaimed torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). This next-generation SH-AWD system is 25 percent lighter and friction is reduced. The new rear-drive unit is constantly overdriven by 2.7-percent (compared to 1.7 percent on the previous system), with a greater torque-vectoring effect across a broader spectrum of driving situations, further enhancing cornering capability at lower speeds and in tighter-radius corners.

    Near-limit and emergency maneuvering capabilities of both the P-AWS and SH-AWD models are further enhanced by the use of Agile Handling Assist (AHA), which utilizes the TLX's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and premium 6-piston brake modulator to create a yaw moment (a vehicle turning force), helping the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line with smaller steering-wheel inputs. AHA stabilizes the car earlier than conventional VSA, resulting in more agile and engaging dynamic performance in everyday driving conditions.

    All TLX models also feature the latest development of Acura's Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which allows drivers to customize their driving experience through four selectable modes – ECON, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Depending on the setting, IDS will adjust power-steering effort, throttle response, transmission shift logic, HVAC system operation, active sound control and the control logic for either the P-AWS or SH-AWD systems. The new Sport+ mode, a first for Acura, unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX with the most aggressive settings in all areas.

    Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies

    The TLX also advances Acura's reputation for delivering cutting-edge safety and driver-assistive technologies. The TLX incorporates a new cooperative monocular camera and millimeter wave radar system that expands both the fidelity and scope of the vehicle's road-sensing capabilities. This fusion of camera and radar technology underpins the TLX's available Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM, which can now provide enhanced car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision mitigation while also enhancing the capabilities of the Adaptive Cruise Control.

    The TLX is the first Acura vehicle to deploy a new Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system included with the Advance Package. RDM uses the monocular camera to recognize painted lane lines, Botts' Dots and Cat Eye markers to determine lane boundaries. When the vehicle's current travelling direction would cause it to stray from a detected lane, the system warns the driver and assists by applying corrective steering input, and if required, braking force to help the driver maintain their current lane.

    Additional standard and available driver-assistive features include Blind Spot Information (BSI), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Expanded View Driver's Side Mirror, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and new Cross Traffic Monitor.

    The TLX also employs Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, along with advanced supplemental restraint systems – including front, side, side-curtain and driver's-knee airbags – to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios. The TLX is anticipated to earn a Five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA's NCAP safety ratings, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    All-New TLX Body and Chassis

    The TLX is built on an all-new platform (body and chassis) that was designed from the ground up to support and enhance the vehicle's outstanding driving dynamics, luxury-sedan refinement, class-leading fuel efficiency and high-level collision safety.

    The chassis features a newly designed four-wheel independent suspension system – McPherson Strut front and multi-link rear – with revised geometry and new Amplitude Reactive Dampers for improved ride comfort and handling performance. New Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering delivers a high level of steering precision and responsiveness while aiding fuel efficiency. It also works cooperatively with the vehicle's VSA traction-control system to help the driver maintain vehicle control in slippery road conditions.

    The TLX's unit body utilizes advanced lightweight materials, including ultra-high-strength steels, aluminum (hood, bumper beams and front subframe) and magnesium (steering hangar beam and engine mount), to minimize weight while providing for a high degree of rigidity that benefits both dynamic performance and occupant safety. Also incorporated into the body is the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) frontal body structure, and a new one-piece, hot-stamped-steel door stiffener ring, similar to the design first applied on the 2014 Acura MDX. The new, sleeker body design is also optimized for class-leading aerodynamic efficiency and boasts a 15 percent improvement in Cd.A versus the outgoing TL.

    In their effort to significantly reduce the intrusion of wind, road and engine noise into the cabin, Acura engineers paid special attention to body sealing, reducing open air paths by 50 percent compared to the outgoing TL. The TLX is also the first Acura to utilize acoustic spray foam, which is applied in 10 critical locations throughout the body. Additional noise-reduction features include triple door seals, the expanded application of body sealing and sound absorptive materials, an acoustic glass windshield, and electronic Active Noise Control (ANC).

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    I won't add any Acura spin, but will say...wait until you drive it. Despite a few global platform bits being related to an Accord, there is no similarity whatsoever in any way. Look, interior, size, power train or feel. Seeing it in person it even appears smaller, which is a nice detail.

    Aggressive driving dynamics combined with the quietest interior to date in an Acura sedan, and a higher end "feel" within the first 50 feet is their goal. The fact that the new styling doesn't set anyone on fire but looks perfect in a world of 3-series, Q50's & G's, IS's, etc. is a great thing. The current TL stands out but is a bit of an odd duck in the crowd. The new one is not.

    I've been in and out of it, up close, and it's not aggressive but is a very impressive vehicle along the lines of our recent MDX, but in an aggressive smaller to midsize sedan package. Will be a fun drive. We have more people waiting for this car than any other recent new Acura introduction, so good predictions await.

    Now, if only they didn't show the NYC premier car in Fathom Blue...the least purchased color...or with the accessory wheels. It looks SOOOO much more appropriate in a new color such as Slate Silver with the standard 18" wheels, etc.

    Hopefully the blue doesn't turn anyone off too much. Wait until the drive reviews come in.

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    Nothing particularly interesting about the styling. The sizing is good though. Previously, Acura has the problem of having plenty of cars in the same size class. The TL as practically the same size as the RL, the only difference being that the RL had AWD and a bigger displacement engine (as default). The TL also grew in size with the last cycle and got to nearly TL size.

    The new lineup makes more sense from a sizing standpoint:-

    ILX = Luxurious Civic

    TLX = Small Mid-Size

    RLX = Large Mid-size

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    I like the toned down buck tooth grill but over all a snoozer post-12-0-31446200-1397749898.gif sedan that will be an upgrade for those Honda Fans that are ready to pay more money for the name alone. Very conservative, it might for those frusterated with the poor quality of Lexus conquest those buyers.

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    Accord buyers looking to trade up will probably like it. But anyone considering this car should go buy the 2015 C-class instead. I'd imagine they aren't goint to compete much with BMW or Infiniti since performance minded drivers don't want a FWD car.

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    I really don't understand where Acura is trying to go with this car. So, they combined the TL and TSX, which is appropriate considering the overlap. That's all fine and dandy, but where is the substance? It's still a flashy Accord, but now somehow is more of a driver's car. Yes, it may have a trick AWD system, but they've effectively alienated any real driving enthusiasts by eliminating the choice of a manual transmission. I'm sure someone will argue that the new 8-speed dual clutch automatic is quicker, more efficient, and gives you more performance to play with; You know, better in every way. The competition and I will respectfully disagree. Beyond that is what are two essentially carryover engines with direct-injection added. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. It's not a bad thing, not necessarily a good thing either. I suppose it depends on your preference for engineering advancement. Now, finally, we have the styling to talk about. Perhaps it's the purest expression of Acura's new design language, but it's far from expressive. It's, well... placid. It's just so damn soft and not very exciting. A very flashy Accord that will compete with... the exact opposite of what Acura wants, I imagine.

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    What a snoozer... it doesn't feel at all special inside. The Regal and Lacrosse feel far more luxurious inside.

    Pretty much this. I am glad that I am not the only one who feels Acura has lost its mojo....

    I really don't understand where Acura is trying to go with this car. So, they combined the TL and TSX, which is appropriate considering the overlap. That's all fine and dandy, but where is the substance? It's still a flashy Accord, but now somehow is more of a driver's car. Yes, it may have a trick AWD system, but they've effectively alienated any real driving enthusiasts by eliminating the choice of a manual transmission. I'm sure someone will argue that the new 8-speed dual clutch automatic is quicker, more efficient, and gives you more performance to play with; You know, better in every way. The competition and I will respectfully disagree. Beyond that is what are two essentially carryover engines with direct-injection added. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. It's not a bad thing, not necessarily a good thing either. I suppose it depends on your preference for engineering advancement. Now, finally, we have the styling to talk about. Perhaps it's the purest expression of Acura's new design language, but it's far from expressive. It's, well... placid. It's just so damn soft and not very exciting. A very flashy Accord that will compete with... the exact opposite of what Acura wants, I imagine.

    The accord sport at 22k is a decent car, available 6mt, and actually better looking than the Acura.

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    I suppose the TLX would handle better than the Accord on the track... but that really doesn't effect my morning commute does it. After that, I don't see much substance the TLX gives me that a nicely equipped Accord couldn't.

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    Accord buyers looking to trade up will probably like it. But anyone considering this car should go buy the 2015 C-class instead. I'd imagine they aren't goint to compete much with BMW or Infiniti since performance minded drivers don't want a FWD car.

    I would much rather have a C class.

    I suppose the TLX would handle better than the Accord on the track... but that really doesn't effect my morning commute does it. After that, I don't see much substance the TLX gives me that a nicely equipped Accord couldn't.

    I kind of agree with you over caddy cruiser here.

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      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
       
    • By William Maley
      Honda Sets New Car and Truck Sales Records as American Honda Reports July Sales
      American Honda sets new all-time record for total truck sales and a July record for total vehicle sales Honda Division truck sales reach an all-time monthly high with 68,518 sold, an increase of 12.2 percent Honda CR-V shatters all-time monthly record on sales of 36,017, a 13.3 percent increase  Honda Civic sets new July record; joined by the Accord with sales of over 31,000 units New 2017 MDX and NSX deliveries boost Acura in July TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported July sales of 152,799 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 4.4 percent gain over last July and a new July record. Total American Honda truck sales set a new all-time monthly record of 77,740 sales to jump 10.1 percent. The Honda Division set a new July total vehicle sales record, rising 5.9 percent on sales of 139,125, while Honda trucks set an all-time monthly record with a 12.2 percent increase on sales of 68,518 vehicles. Honda car sales were up 0.4 percent for the month, netting 70,607 sales. The Acura Division, though gaining momentum with the launch of key new models, posted July sales of 13,674, a decrease of 8.3 percent versus last year.   Honda With strong retail customer demand driving Honda's record U.S. production in the first half of 2016, Honda sales posted another record in July with continued strong demand for both cars and trucks. CR-V shattered its all-time sales record while the new Ridgeline pickup had a strong first full month of sales even as production continues to ramp up. Pilot and HR-V also were up as Honda trucks set a new all-time sales mark for the month. The new Civic continued its remarkable run with another record month in July.  CR-V sales rose to an all-time monthly record of 36,017 sales in July, an increase of 13.3 percent over last year The Honda Civic broke a July sales record set in 2013, rising 5.8 percent on sales of 32,952 units Accord sales again topped 30,000 units, keeping sales of Honda's three core models on track to top 1,000,000 units for the fourth consecutive year Increases for both Fit and HR-V topped 25 percent in July while Pilot gained 8 percent "The strong cadence of new Honda products we continue to bring to market has created extraordinary retail demand that is unprecedented in our history," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "With the Civic Hatchback on the way along with our step-by-step effort to fortify our truck business, we will continue to grow our sales through individual car buyers."
       
      Acura The Acura brand's renewed commitment to Precision Crafted Performance continues to take shape in dealer showrooms with the first deliveries of the all-new Acura NSX and the refreshed 2017 Acura MDX – the first model to reflect the new design direction that debuted with the Acura Precision Concept. On the market just five weeks, the newly-refreshed 2017 MDX posted strong sales of 4,902 units in July despite inventory issues related to the ramp-up of production. The NSX has brought high energy and excitement to Acura showrooms as the world's first customers of NSX begin to take delivery of the only supercar made in America.     "The first deliveries of the all-new Acura NSX are electrifying Acura showrooms and generating tremendous excitement for all Acura customers," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. "Showcasing the Acura brand's new design direction, the 2017 MDX is the next step in our commitment to deliver on Precision Crafted Performance."       American Honda Vehicle Sales for July 2016
            Month-to-Date
      Year-to-Date
            July 2016
      July 2015
      DSR** %
      Change
      MoM %
      Change
      July 2016
      July 2015
      DSR** %
      Change
      YoY %
      Change
          American Honda Total
      152,799
      146,324
      4.4%
      4.4%
      945,154
      899,325
      5.1%
      5.1%
          Total Car Sales
      75,059
      75,711
      -0.9%
      -0.9%
      490,994
      459,727
      6.8%
      6.8%
          Total Truck Sales
      77,740
      70,613
      10.1%
      10.1%
      454,160
      439,598
      3.3%
      3.3%
            Honda Total Car Sales
      70,607
      70,350
      0.4%
      0.4%
      458,439
      422,414
      8.5%
      8.5%
            Honda Total Truck Sales
      68,518
      61,059
      12.2%
      12.2%
      394,047
      374,909
      5.1%
      5.1%
              Acura Total Car Sales
      4,452
      5,361
      -17.0%
      -17.0%
      32,555
      37,313
      -12.8%
      -12.8%
              Acura Total Truck Sales
      9,222
      9,554
      -3.5%
      -3.5%
      60,113
      64,689
      -7.1%
      -7.1%
          Total Domestic Car Sales
      69,017
      75,110
      -8.1%
      -8.1%
      457,685
      455,404
      0.5%
      0.5%
            Honda Division
      64,671
      69,964
      -7.6%
      -7.6%
      425,966
      419,534
      1.5%
      1.5%
            Acura Division
      4,346
      5,146
      -15.5%
      -15.5%
      31,719
      35,870
      -11.6%
      -11.6%
          Total Domestic Truck Sales
      77,740
      70,613
      10.1%
      10.1%
      454,160
      439,593
      3.3%
      3.3%
            Honda Division
      68,518
      61,059
      12.2%
      12.2%
      394,047
      374,904
      5.1%
      5.1%
            Acura Division
      9,222
      9,554
      -3.5%
      -3.5%
      60,113
      64,689
      -7.1%
      -7.1%
          Total Import Car Sales
      6,042
      601
      905.3%
      905.3%
      33,309
      4,323
      670.5%
      670.5%
            Honda Division
      5,936
      386
      1,437.8%
      1,437.8%
      32,473
      2,880
      1,027.5%
      1,027.5%
            Acura Division
      106
      215
      -50.7%
      -50.7%
      836
      1,443
      -42.1%
      -42.1%
          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
      139,125
      131,409
      5.9%
      5.9%
      852,486
      797,323
      6.9%
      6.9%
            * ACCORD
      31,946
      34,496
      -7.4%
      -7.4%
      201,300
      190,242
      5.8%
      5.8%
            * CIVIC
      32,952
      31,139
      5.8%
      5.8%
      222,792
      189,440
      17.6%
      17.6%
              CR-Z
      272
      270
      0.7%
      0.7%
      1,477
      1,562
      -5.4%
      -5.4%
            * FIT
      5,432
      4,332
      25.4%
      25.4%
      32,817
      39,966
      -17.9%
      -17.9%
              INSIGHT
      5
      113
      -95.6%
      -95.6%
      53
      1,204
      -95.6%
      -95.6%
                                       CROSSTOUR
      11
      924
      -98.8%
      -98.8%
      713
      5,520
      -87.1%
      -87.1%
            * CR-V
      36,017
      31,785
      13.3%
      13.3%
      195,092
      194,803
      0.1%
      0.1%
              HR-V
      7,394
      5,909
      25.1%
      25.1%
      43,837
      20,050
      118.6%
      118.6%
              ODYSSEY
      11,228
      12,851
      -12.6%
      -12.6%
      75,889
      75,487
      0.5%
      0.5%
              PILOT
      10,350
      9,584
      8.0%
      8.0%
      72,524
      78,540
      -7.7%
      -7.7%
              RIDGELINE
      3,518
      6
      58,533.3%
      58,533.3%
      5,992
      509
      1,077.2%
      1,077.2%
                                    ***  Memo: Accord FHEV
      565
      1,481
      -61.9%
      -61.9%
      830
      7,888
      -89.5%
      -89.5%
                  Memo: Accord PHEV
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      60
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                  Memo: Civic Hybrid
      60
      463
      -87.0%
      -87.0%
      767
      2,727
      -71.9%
      -71.9%
          Acura Division Total
      13,674
      14,915
      -8.3%
      -8.3%
      92,668
      102,002
      -9.2%
      -9.2%
              ILX
      1,201
      1,613
      -25.5%
      -25.5%
      9,659
      10,084
      -4.2%
      -4.2%
              NSX
      21
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      23
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              RLX / RL
      106
      213
      -50.2%
      -50.2%
      833
      1,413
      -41.0%
      -41.0%
              TL
      0
      3
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      84
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              TLX
      3,124
      3,530
      -11.5%
      -11.5%
      22,037
      25,702
      -14.3%
      -14.3%
              TSX
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      3
      30
      -90.0%
      -90.0%
                                      MDX
      4,902
      4,977
      -1.5%
      -1.5%
      29,517
      34,397
      -14.2%
      -14.2%
              RDX
      4,320
      4,577
      -5.6%
      -5.6%
      30,596
      30,290
      1.0%
      1.0%
              ZDX
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                                    ***  Memo: ILX Hybrid
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      1
      19
      -94.7%
      -94.7%
                  Memo: RLX Hybrid
      11
      28
      -60.7%
      -60.7%
      115
      147
      -21.8%
      -21.8%
                  Memo: TSX Wagon
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
          Selling Days
      26
      26
          178
      178
                **** Hybrid
      934
      2,356
      60.4%
      60.4%
      3,266
      13,607
      76.0%
      76.0%
                *    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
       
    • By William Maley
      Volkswagen finds itself in legal trouble once again as three U.S. states - Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York - have filed separate lawsuits over the diesel emission scandal. The lawsuits allege that the automaker undertook a massive cover-up of the illegal software and was orchestrated by high-level executives - including the former CEO.
       
      “The idea that this level of fraud could take place and involve so many people at such high levels of a major international corporation is appalling,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at a press conference this week.
       
      The New York Times, Road & Track, and Car and Driver got their hands on the New York lawsuit and it is quite damning. The suit cites internal documents, staff emails, interviews, and investigation as to how Volkswagen got to this point.
      The defeat device was originally developed back in 2004 by Audi. Internally known as "Acoustic Function," the system would reduce emissions by turning off a system called "Pilot Injection" Pilot Injection would inject additional fuel during engine start to help reduce diesel clatter This system would be used on the European market 3.0L TDI V6 from 2004 to 2006 In 2006, Volkswagen was trying to figure out how to make the 2.0L TDI four-cylinder meet U.S. emission standards Engineers apparently looked at selective catalytic reduction (SCR) that uses urea injection to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. This was thrown out due to needing a separate tank for the urea and paying Mercedes-Benz for a license to use it. Instead, the decision was made to use a lean-trap system. This system works by trapping particulates in a soot filter. The particulates would be burned off by running the engine in a fuel-rich mode. This system had a major problem as the filter would prematurely fail due to excess build up. Thus the fateful decision of employing the "Acoustic Function" was used. The complaint also notes that communications between executives within each brand, along with lateral moves of employees and executives between the brands meant that everyone knew about the use/possible use of this device in various vehicles. We highly recommend checking out the pieces from the sources below as we only scratched the surface on this. 
      Source: Car and Driver, The New York Times, Road & Track


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    • By William Maley
      Volkswagen finds itself in legal trouble once again as three U.S. states - Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York - have filed separate lawsuits over the diesel emission scandal. The lawsuits allege that the automaker undertook a massive cover-up of the illegal software and was orchestrated by high-level executives - including the former CEO.
       
      “The idea that this level of fraud could take place and involve so many people at such high levels of a major international corporation is appalling,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at a press conference this week.
       
      The New York Times, Road & Track, and Car and Driver got their hands on the New York lawsuit and it is quite damning. The suit cites internal documents, staff emails, interviews, and investigation as to how Volkswagen got to this point.
      The defeat device was originally developed back in 2004 by Audi. Internally known as "Acoustic Function," the system would reduce emissions by turning off a system called "Pilot Injection" Pilot Injection would inject additional fuel during engine start to help reduce diesel clatter This system would be used on the European market 3.0L TDI V6 from 2004 to 2006
      [*]In 2006, Volkswagen was trying to figure out how to make the 2.0L TDI four-cylinder meet U.S. emission standards
      Engineers apparently looked at selective catalytic reduction (SCR) that uses urea injection to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. This was thrown out due to needing a separate tank for the urea and paying Mercedes-Benz for a license to use it. Instead, the decision was made to use a lean-trap system. This system works by trapping particulates in a soot filter. The particulates would be burned off by running the engine in a fuel-rich mode. This system had a major problem as the filter would prematurely fail due to excess build up. Thus the fateful decision of employing the "Acoustic Function" was used.
      [*]The complaint also notes that communications between executives within each brand, along with lateral moves of employees and executives between the brands meant that everyone knew about the use/possible use of this device in various vehicles.


      We highly recommend checking out the pieces from the sources below as we only scratched the surface on this.
       
      Source: Car and Driver, The New York Times, Road & Track
    • By William Maley
      American Honda Reports June Sales Increase, Setting New Records for Light Trucks
        Jul 1, 2016 AHM and Honda Division set new June sales records for light trucks as the all-new 2017 Ridgeline launches Honda CR-V leads with new June sales record Honda cars continue to show gains, with across-the-board increases in June Acura NSX deliveries begin and the redesigned 2017 Acura MDX hits the market American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June sales of 138,715 Honda and Acura vehicles, a year-over-year increase of 3.2 percent and a new June record for light trucks which gained 2.2 percent on sales of 68,780. Honda division trucks also set a new June record, jumping 6.6 percent on sales of 61,469 vehicles while Honda cars enjoyed an even greater increase, rising 7.7 percent on sales of 65,894 units. Acura division sales totaled 11,352 in June, a decrease of 26.9 percent versus last year. Total American Honda six-month sales of Honda and Acura vehicles are up 5.2 percent versus year-ago results.   Honda Continued robust demand for both cars and light trucks pushed the Honda brand to strong June results, including a new June record for trucks and substantial gains for Honda cars. On the truck side, sales of CR-V reached a new all-time June record, while Pilot and Odyssey each made notable gains for the month and the all-new 2017 Ridgeline got off to a strong start in its first weeks on the market. The hot-selling Civic nearly reached 32,000 sales while Accord topped 28,000 for the month, with added support from the just-launched 2017 Accord Hybrid. The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup notched a robust 2,472 sales after just over one week on the market.   CR-V, America's best-selling SUV over the past 20 years, set a new June sales record, rising 4.5 percent on sales of 29,615 units. The 10th-generation Civic lit up the compact car segment with another double-digit gain, posting sales of 31,810 for a gain of 10.7 percent in June. Accord posted a 4.8 percent increase for the month on sales of 28,806 as Honda celebrated the 40th birthday of the model, America's best-selling car over the past 40 years. The award-winning Accord lineup was joined this month by the all-new 2017 Accord Hybrid, boasting the highest EPA fuel economy ratings and most horsepower of any midsize hybrid sedan. "With the all new Ridgeline pickup and the redesigned Accord Hybrid back in the lineup, we're continuing to expand and strengthen our portfolio as we look toward a third straight year of record results," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division.   Acura After the recent sell-down of 2016 RDX and MDX and 2017 models starting to fill the pipeline, Acura posted a 26.9 percent decline in June on sales 11,352 vehicles. With a newly refreshed 2017 Acura MDX hitting the ground and a special summer sales campaign launching soon, Acura looks toward an improving summer sales picture.   "With initial deliveries of the NSX under way and the redesigned 2017 MDX now hitting showrooms, we're looking ahead to a strong second half of the year," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division.  
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