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    2014 Acura RLX To Start At $49,345



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    January 16, 2013

    Acura has announced pricing for their upcoming flagship, the RLX. The base RLX will start $49,345* (includes $895 destination charge) and will come equipped with 3.5L V6 rated at 310 horsepower. All of that power goes to a six-speed automatic down to the front wheels.

    All front-wheel drive RLXs will also come equipped with Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) which adjusts the angle of the rear wheels improve handling and agility. Other standard features will include Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning; Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.

    Acura will offer five different model grades for the RLX. Those grades include,

    • RLX - $49,345
    • RLX with Navigation - $51,845
    • RLX with Technology Package - $55,345
    • RLX with Krell Audio Package - $57,845
    • RLX with Advance Package - $61,345

    *All prices inlcude a $895 destination charge

    The RLX will go on sale in Mid-March. But Acura will be doing a "Destination RLX" program at dealers starting in February to provide potential customers "with the opportunity to experience the numerous new technologies."

    One model not listed here is the new RLX Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Acura says that model will come out sometime later this year.

    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


    Acura Announces Launch Plan and Pricing for 2014 RLX Flagship Sedan

    Feature-rich Acura RLX boasts numerous signature Acura-exclusive technologies, delivers incredible value on a luxury scale with starting price of $48,450

    DETROIT, Mich.,

    The all-new 2014 Acura RLX flagship sedan will debut at Acura dealerships on March 15, 2013, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $48,450*. Featuring an all-new 310-horspower direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC V-6 powerplant, the most spacious passenger cabin in its class, and the first-ever application of signature Acura technologies including Precision All-Wheel Steer™ and Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps, the RLX delivers new levels of technology-enhanced performance, safety, and luxury-class comfort to Acura's range-topping sedan.

    "With an array of signature Acura technologies, the 2014 Acura RLX sets a new standard for luxury in the Acura lineup," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. "The feature-rich RLX epitomizes Acura's 'Man-Machine Synergy' product direction, utilizing advanced technology and smart vehicle design to deliver incredible performance, comfort and value on a luxury scale."

    Destination RLX

    In February, Acura dealers will kick off the "Destination RLX" client experience program – with every Acura dealer nationwide featuring two 2014 Acura RLX sedans, weeks ahead of the March 15 on-sale date, providing Acura clients with the opportunity to experience the numerous new technologies available on the RLX luxury performance sedan.

    Flagship Features

    The 2014 Acura RLX is powered by an all-new, 310-horsepower, direct-injected SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC® V-6 powerplant, Acura's first-ever direct-injected engine architecture. Utilizing Variable Cylinder Management™ (with the ability to deactivate the rear bank of three cylinders) in combination with a lightweight and aerodynamic body design, the new Acura RLX is anticipated to carry a class-leading EPA fuel-economy rating of 20/31/24 mpg1 (city/highway/combined).

    With the longest rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), longest tandem seating distance (36.4 inches), and widest front and rear shoulder room in the mid-luxury class, the new RLX delivers full-size interior space in a nimbler, more efficient midsize luxury sedan exterior package.

    Featuring the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) the RLX achieves new levels of handling agility, high and low-speed maneuverability, and confident handling control for a two-wheel-drive luxury sedan. Precision All-Wheel Steer is the world's first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles. Its benefits include crisper lane changes, more nimble cornering, enhanced dynamic response, tighter radius low-speed turning, and confidence-inspiring control.

    As previously announced, a version of RLX featuring Acura's new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®) technology, producing 370 horsepower with expected EPA fuel-economy ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 combined, will debut later in 2013.

    Further, the new RLX confidently competes in the high-end luxury sedan market with an incredible array of leading-edge technologies, including the next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and, for the first time, surface street traffic information.New standard safety technologies include Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, a driver's knee airbag, and the next-generation of Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™ II) body structure; along with available Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).

    The RLX will also offer a bevvy of leading-edge visibility and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI) system, Multi-view Rearview Camera, Expanded View Driver's Mirror, and front and rear parking sensors.

    The 2014 Acura RLX will be available in five grades – the well-equipped RLX, the RLX with Navigation, the feature-packed RLX with Technology package, the RLX with Krell Audio package, and the top-of-the-line RLX with Advance package.

    MSRP*

    RLX $48,450

    RLX with Navigation $50,950

    RLX with Technology Package $54,450

    RLX with Krell Audio Package $56,950

    RLX with Advance Package $60,450

    Exterior Design and Function

    The RLX follows an "aero-fused" exterior design motif with its wide and athletic stance, sharp upswept bodylines, aerodynamic greenhouse, and distinctive new Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights offering improved down-the-road illumination and lighting characteristics. The RLX's sleek upper body combines with aerodynamic features to deliver best-in-class levels of aerodynamic efficiency.

    Seven spoke 18x8J aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/45 R18 all-weather tires are standard, while Technology, Krell and Advance grades feature 19x8J wheels and 245/40 R19 tires. The RLX's alloy wheels also feature a noise-reducing design that lowers tire noise by 7 decibels across the audible frequency range.

    Additional exterior features available on the RLX include an acoustic glass windshield and door glass, integrated power rear sunshade, front and rear parking sensors, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

    Interior Design and Function

    The RLX interior features premium, soft touch materials throughout, with the tasteful application of premium metal and wood-grain accents. A stitched leather instrument panel, center console and steering wheel, along with available Milano perforated leather seats, communicate a new level of craftsmanship and refined luxury appeal in Acura's top-of-the-line sedan.

    Luxury form and function are smartly integrated in the RLX's new center console, featuring dual screens – an 8-inch Navigation screen and a 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ touch screen – that provide easy and direct one-touch access to key functions, including audio, climate control, navigation, and text-to-voice SMS text message functionality. The sliding, leather-trimmed armrest conceals a dual-hinged center storage compartment with easy access for both the driver and front passenger to USB connectivity, 12-volt accessory power outlet and space to store tablets and other electronic devices.

    Additional interior comfort and convenience features include push-button start, power tilt and telescoping steering, power sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink®.

    The standard 10-speaker ELS® audio system includes HD radio™, XM radio, Pandora® interface, USB connectivity, and an auxiliary jack. The RLX with Technology package is equipped with a 14-speaker Acura/ELS® Studio premium audio system. The Krell Audio and Advance grades receive an ultra-premium, 14-speaker, Krell audio system that sets a new benchmark for high-fidelity sound in a luxury vehicle.

    Chassis Technology

    Whether on a serpentine mountain pass, congested city street, or cramped airport parking deck, and in all weather conditions, the RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) is designed to deliver an unprecedented level of handling precision and control in a two-wheel drive luxury sedan.

    Working in concert with Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) with Traction Control, and Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking system, P-AWS™ provides enhanced vehicle stability, maneuverability, and control. The RLX's handling performance is further elevated by its new double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension system with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and new high-output, belt-type electronic power steering.

    All RLX models have 4-wheel disc brakes with high-friction pads and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS), along with new Hydraulic Brake Boost that improves brake pedal feel. New Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, and high-efficiency Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) are additional firsts for Acura.

    New Direct-Injected i-VTEC® V-6 with VCM

    The 2014 RLX is powered by an all-new, 3.5-liter, direct-injected SOHC

    i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™. Rated at 310 horsepower, the engine delivers exceptional drivability, with more than 90-percent of its peak 272 lb.-ft. of torque available from 2000 rpm to 6600 rpm. Variable Cylinder Management with 3-cylinder and 6-cylinder operation works in concert with the VTEC valvetrain to deliver superb cruising efficiency. The engine is mounted to a lightweight and rigid aluminum front subframe using a vibration-canceling Active Control engine Mount (ACM) system.

    The new engine is mated to a reengineered Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with revised gearing, an intuitive selector and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A driver-selectable Sport mode provides more aggressive shift points and more pronounced engine braking during deceleration, along with manual operation.

    AcuraLink® Connectivity System

    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 the Aha™ by Harman cloud-based interface to provide users with thousands of customizable cloud-based news, information and media feeds. 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; airbag deployment notification; stolen vehicle tracking; remote locking and unlocking; security alarm notification; and 24-hour personalized concierge services.

    Advanced Safety, Visibility, and Driver Assistive Technology

    The RLX offers a bevy of leading-edge safety technologies, including standard Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), seven smart-deploying airbags including a driver's knee airbag, and Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE II) body structure.

    The RLX is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score2. The RLX is also expected to join the Acura TL sedan in earning an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, including a GOOD rating in the stringent new IIHS small overlap frontal crash test.

    The RLX also offers a comprehensive list of advanced visibility and driver-assistive technologies, including the standard Expanded View Driver's Mirror and Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, along with available Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system, Collision Mitigation Brake (CMBS) system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and front and rear parking sensors.

    Additional details on key advances and technologies for the all-new 2014 RLX:

    Class leading interior space based on the RLX's longer wheelbase and efficient packaging. At 196.1 inches, the RLX is similar in length to the outgoing RL, but it has a two-inch longer wheelbase and is nearly two inches wider, placing the new RLX well above the norm in the mid-luxury class. The flagship RLX sedan has up to three inches more rear legroom than competing models, including the BMW 535i, Lexus GS350 and Audi A6.

    Extensive use of lightweight materials includes the application of strength steel to 55 percent of the body, and the intensive use of aluminum-for the front fenders, hood, steering hangar beam, front and rear bumper beams, front subframe, and all-new "hybrid" front and rear door panels (steel inner structure mated to aluminum outer skin). The RLX weighs in at 3,933 pounds. Static bending and torsional body rigidity are up 52 percent and 46 percent, respectively.

    Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights (an Acura first) LED lamps enhance the RLX's modern and distinctive appearance while providing outstanding light distribution and improved down-the-road illumination.

    Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ offers a wide range of search options including local search functionality and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ for both highways and surface streets.

    Agile Handling Assist (an Acura first) uses active braking to help the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line through a curve with smaller steering inputs.

    Electric Parking Brake (an Acura first) provides one-touch parking brake activation.

    Automatic Brake Hold (an Acura first) maintains the vehicle's position when the driving or parking brake are released until the throttle is depressed.

    Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (an Acura first), allows the RLX to independently maintain a set following distance in low-speed traffic situations, including stop and go traffic, and to initiate vehicle braking when necessary.

    Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a camera mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect vehicles ahead of the RLX and audibly and visually alert the driver when it determines a frontal collision with a detected vehicle is possible.

    Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses the same windshield-mounted camera to detect lane markings on the road and alerts the driver if the vehicle is wandering from a detected lane.

    Front seatbelt e-pretensioners use electronic control to reduce belt tension under normal driving conditions, while also enabling automatic belt tensioning in hard cornering maneuvers or in the event of a collision.

    Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines uses dynamic guidelines that reflect steering wheel inputs on the display to aid in backup maneuvers.

    Capless fueling (an Acura first) eliminates the fuel cap and improves ease of fueling.

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      Acura brand sales remained fairly steady in January, with Acura light trucks demonstrating continued strength as RDX gained ground and MDX maintained a solid pace, even before dual sourcing of Acura's three-row luxury SUV begins this spring in Ohio, promising increased supply. 
      RDX sales were up 3.2 percent for the month, with 3,202 vehicles sold in January. NSX notched sales of 50 units for the month. "In a month marked by major storms across the country, Acura maintained a steady pace with trucks leading the way," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "And a strong showing of the Acura NSX GT3 in its debut at Daytona last weekend just adds to the momentum building around the Acura brand."
      American Honda Vehicle Sales for January 2017
            Month-to-Date
      Year-to-Date
            January 2017
      January 2016
      DSR** % Change
      MoM % Change
      January 2017
      January 2016
      DSR** % Change
      YoY % Change
          American Honda Total
      106,380
      100,497
      5.9%
      5.9%
      106,380
      100,497
      5.9%
      5.9%
          Total Car Sales
      48,567
      54,382
      -10.7%
      -10.7%
      48,567
      54,382
      -10.7%
      -10.7%
          Total Truck Sales
      57,813
      46,115
      25.4%
      25.4%
      57,813
      46,115
      25.4%
      25.4%
          Honda
      Total Car Sales
      45,841
      50,812
      -9.8%
      -9.8%
      45,841
      50,812
      -9.8%
      -9.8%
          Honda
      Total Truck Sales
      51,337
      39,435
      30.2%
      30.2%
      51,337
      39,435
      30.2%
      30.2%
          Acura
      Total Car Sales
      2,726
      3,570
      -23.6%
      -23.6%
      2,726
      3,570
      -23.6%
      -23.6%
          Acura
      Total Truck Sales
      6,476
      6,680
      -3.1%
      -3.1%
      6,476
      6,680
      -3.1%
      -3.1%
          Total Domestic Car Sales
      39,355
      51,450
      -23.5%
      -23.5%
      39,355
      51,450
      -23.5%
      -23.5%
              Honda Division
      36,709
      47,978
      -23.5%
      -23.5%
      36,709
      47,978
      -23.5%
      -23.5%
              Acura Division
      2,646
      3,472
      -23.8%
      -23.8%
      2,646
      3,472
      -23.8%
      -23.8%
          Total Domestic Truck Sales
      57,813
      46,115
      25.4%
      25.4%
      57,813
      46,115
      25.4%
      25.4%
              Honda Division
      51,337
      39,435
      30.2%
      30.2%
      51,337
      39,435
      30.2%
      30.2%
              Acura Division
      6,476
      6,680
      -3.1%
      -3.1%
      6,476
      6,680
      -3.1%
      -3.1%
          Total Import Car Sales
      9,212
      2,932
      214.2%
      214.2%
      9,212
      2,932
      214.2%
      214.2%
              Honda Division
      9,132
      2,834
      222.2%
      222.2%
      9,132
      2,834
      222.2%
      222.2%
              Acura Division
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
          Total Import Truck Sales
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
           MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION
                    Honda Division Total
      97,178
      90,247
      7.7%
      7.7%
      97,178
      90,247
      7.7%
      7.7%
              * ACCORD
      19,536
      20,765
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
      19,536
      20,765
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
              * CIVIC
      23,095
      26,741
      -13.6%
      -13.6%
      23,095
      26,741
      -13.6%
      -13.6%
                CLARITY FCV
      42
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      42
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
                CR-Z
      89
      192
      -53.6%
      -53.6%
      89
      192
      -53.6%
      -53.6%
              * FIT
      3,078
      3,095
      -0.5%
      -0.5%
      3,078
      3,095
      -0.5%
      -0.5%
                INSIGHT
      1
      19
      -94.7%
      -94.7%
      1
      19
      -94.7%
      -94.7%
                CROSSTOUR
      0
      266
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      266
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              * CR-V
      29,287
      19,208
      52.5%
      52.5%
      29,287
      19,208
      52.5%
      52.5%
                HR-V
      5,689
      4,177
      36.2%
      36.2%
      5,689
      4,177
      36.2%
      36.2%
                ODYSSEY
      6,500
      7,221
      -10.0%
      -10.0%
      6,500
      7,221
      -10.0%
      -10.0%
                PILOT
      7,180
      8,561
      -16.1%
      -16.1%
      7,180
      8,561
      -16.1%
      -16.1%
                RIDGELINE
      2,681
      2
      133,950.0%
      133,950.0%
      2,681
      2
      133,950.0%
      133,950.0%
              ***
      Memo: Accord FHEV
      1,711
      71
      2,309.9%
      2,309.9%
      1,711
      71
      2,309.9%
      2,309.9%
                Memo: Civic Hybrid
      16
      161
      -90.1%
      -90.1%
      16
      161
      -90.1%
      -90.1%
          Acura Division Total
      9,202
      10,250
      -10.2%
      -10.2%
      9,202
      10,250
      -10.2%
      -10.2%
                ILX
      693
      1,233
      -43.8%
      -43.8%
      693
      1,233
      -43.8%
      -43.8%
                NSX
      50
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      50
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
                RLX / RL
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
      80
      98
      -18.4%
      -18.4%
                TLX
      1,903
      2,239
      -15.0%
      -15.0%
      1,903
      2,239
      -15.0%
      -15.0%
                MDX
      3,274
      3,576
      -8.4%
      -8.4%
      3,274
      3,576
      -8.4%
      -8.4%
                RDX
      3,202
      3,104
      3.2%
      3.2%
      3,202
      3,104
      3.2%
      3.2%
              ***
      Memo: RLX Hybrid
      11
      18
      -38.9%
      -38.9%
      11
      18
      -38.9%
      -38.9%
          Selling Days
      24
      24
          24
      24
                **** Hybrid
      1,878
      461
      307.4%
      307.4%
      1,878
      461
      307.4%
      307.4%
          *    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
        **   Daily Selling Rate
        ***  Memo line items are included in the respective model total
        **** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid, MDX Sport Hybrid and NSX
       
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