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    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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    It's hilarious that two generations on, the 3rd gen TL still looks better. Don't foresee a lot of conquest sales from anywhere but other Honda products.

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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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    8-9 speed transmissions are impressive for Acura, but it is still an Accord with a 20 hp increase.

    LMAO completely agreed!

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      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
      Car Sales Quicken and Trucks Continue Momentum as American Honda Sets New Sales Records in November
      Dec 1, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.
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      Honda
      Continuing to buck the industry trend, Honda car sales helped push the brand to a new November record. Fit and Accord led the way for Honda cars, with strong support from Civic.  Honda truck sales maintained strong momentum with a new November record as HR-V jumped in triple digits and both CR-V and the new Ridgeline had strong sales performances.
      Honda Division sales rose 7.9 percent on sales of 111,308 for a new November record. Honda cars gained 5.6 percent on sales of 56,943 units, while trucks increased 10.3 percent on sales of 54,365 units for a new November record. Accord, recently named one of Car & Driver magazine's 10 Best cars for a record 31st time, enjoyed a robust gain of 6.3 percent on sales of 27,182 units. HR-V sales totaled 8,141 in November, a remarkable 132 percent increase. Civic sales topped 25,000 for the month, gaining 1 percent and keeping Civic on track to set an all-time annual sales mark in December. "Considering the continued consumer appetite for trucks and SUVs, we're excited to see Honda cars resonate so well with our customers," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "This is especially gratifying considering the strength of our light truck lineup, as we continue to hit on all cylinders with individual retail buyers."
      Acura
      Acura light trucks continued to show sales muscle, with MDX leading the month of November for the brand and RDX recording best-ever November sales. On the car side, RLX showed an uptick while NSX reached a new milestone.
      Acura trucks continued on pace to top 2015, gaining 7.6 percent with sales of 8,372 units in November. Sales of the redesigned MDX rose 13 percent on sales of 4,622 for the month. RDX had its best November sales to date, rising 1.6 percent on sales of 3,750 vehicles. RLX sales moved up slightly in November, gaining 16.7 percent on sales of 140 units. Reaching another milestone, the custom-crafted NSX supercar has topped 200 customer deliveries since sales commenced in May. "Strong sales of the new Acura MDX demonstrate that our design direction and focus on performance is the right path for the Acura brand," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "With the NSX and the MDX leading the way, we will take our entire lineup toward Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA."

    • By William Maley
      Car and Truck Balance Continues to Power American Honda Sales in October
      Nov 1, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.
      American Honda trucks set new October sales record with both Honda and Acura trucks setting new October benchmarks Honda CR-V has best-ever October sales Honda Civic remains on pace for best annual sales in model history Powering Acura's October truck record, RDX also set a new October mark and MDX jumped 14.7 percent American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported October sales of 126,161 Honda and Acura vehicles, a decrease of just 4.2 percent versus October 2015 reflecting two less selling days than a year ago. American Honda trucks set a new October record, gaining 2.1 percent while overall sales at the Honda Division dipped slightly, by 2 percent. Both Honda and Acura trucks enjoyed a brisk October pace, setting new records for the month with gains of 1.1 and 8.4 percent respectively.
      Honda
      Honda light trucks enjoyed the largest gains for the month, setting a new October record with CR-V also reaching a record high and HR-V posting a substantial gain. The new Ridgeline also continued to gather strength as inventory continues to grow. Civic remained on pace to post a new annual record while Fit sales jumped in triple digits, and Accord had a strong month with over 25,000 sales in the challenging mid-size segment.
      Honda trucks gained 1.1 percent on sales of 56,573 for a new October record. CR-V also set a new October record with an increase of 4.4 percent on sales of 30,306 units. HR-V sales climbed 46.5 percent on sales of 6,596 units. The best-selling Civic sales crested 26,000 in October to stay on pace for a record year, buoyed by the new Civic Hatchback. Fit sales leaped 240.5 percent on sales of 4,641 vehicles, while Accord posted another competitive month with sales of more than 25,000 units. "The strength of the CR-V in its final days is building great momentum for the upcoming debut of the all-new 2017 model," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "But unique to the industry, the Honda story continues to be one of balanced strength between passenger cars and light trucks."
      Acura
      Acura light trucks set a new October sales record, led by the redesigned MDX with a double digit gain, even with two fewer selling days in the month. RDX returned to its record ways, surpassing its previous best October (2015) for another new record. The new NSX supercar posted its best month to date as the Performance Manufacturing Center, the exclusive global home for the only supercar made in America, continues to work to meet demand for this customized model.
      Acura trucks climbed 8.4 percent with sales of 8,996 to set a new October record. The new MDX posted a gain of 14.7 percent on sales of 5,052 in October. RDX had it best October in history, rising 1.4 percent on sales of 3,944 vehicles. "With sales of the redesigned MDX continuing to gather strength and the all-new NSX earning the Road & Track 2017 Performance Car of the Year award, we are excited about the continued momentum of the Acura brand," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "We will continue to point Acura in a strong performance direction."

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