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    Acura Refreshes ZDX For 2013, Kills It One Year Later



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    October 11, 2012

    Back in July, we reported that Acura would be doing a refresh for the 2013 ZDX. This left us scratching our heads as to why Acura would do this. So far this year, Acura has only sold 642 ZDXs. Well, Acura announced this week the refreshed ZDX would only be around for one year before being discontinued. This leaves us scratching our heads even more.

    The 2013 ZDX gets a lightly reworked front shield grille, power folding side mirrors, parking sensors on the front and rear bumpers, lane departure and forward collision warning systems, and some other slight changes.

    If you're thinking about picking up a ZDX before the end is nigh, the 2013 model arrives October 19th with a base price of $50,920 plus $895 in destination charges.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2013 Acura ZDX Luxury Crossover To Get Numerous Enhancements in its

    Final Model Year

    Equipped with new features and safety technologies; priced at $50,920*

    TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2012 – The innovative and stylish Acura ZDX crossover vehicle, introduced in 2009, will receive numerous styling and technology enhancements for the 2013 model year, which will be the final year on the market for ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products, the company announced today.

    The 2013 ZDX will receive several new features, including a redesigned front grille, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors and safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The 2013 Acura ZDX will go on sale October 19, 2012, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $50,920*.

    “People shopping for a luxury crossover vehicle will find the Acura ZDX an even more attractive product,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “Moving forward, we will continue to advance the Acura lineup with a focus on new core models, like the recently redesigned RDX and the upcoming all-new RLX flagship sedan, that provide the ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency that is right for each product and a driving experience that is dynamic and emotional.”

    The ZDX is built in the same Alliston, Ontario plant as the Acura MDX, which shares the platform with ZDX. As a result, ZDX production will be discontinued in conjunction with the transfer of the popular MDX to the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant in early 2013 (as previously announced).

    For 2013, the Acura ZDX will be sold as a single, valued-added package offering clients greater value on a luxury scale. Robust features now standard on the 2013 ZDX include the 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround® 10-speaker audio system with 15 GB hard disk drive (HDD) memory, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, 8-inch high-resolution VGA display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces, Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) and dual-zone automatic climate control system.

    The ZDX will receive several new exterior features for 2013, such as a redesigned front grille, front and rear bumpers with integrated parking sensors, power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors and a dark accent on the wheels for a sportier finish. The interior receives a new trim finish on the center console and a high contrast interior option.

    Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) are two new safety features for the 2013 ZDX. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system can detect vehicles ahead of the ZDX. If the FCW system determines that a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses a camera mounted between the windshield and the rear-view mirror to detect lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn indicator, the system will

    provide the driver with visual and audible alerts.

    The 2013 ZDX is equipped with an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V-6 engine that develops 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Performance is further enhanced by the ZDX's Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission that is designed to satisfy the most discerning enthusiast drivers. The 2013 ZDX EPA city/highway/combined fuel mileage is rated at 16/23/19 mpg**.

    For customers seeking a great balance of utility and performance Acura will continue to offer vehicles in the luxury crossover space with the 5-passenger RDX and the TSX Sport Wagon. Acura also will continue to provide ZDX customers with a high-level of service and parts support throughout the life of their vehicles.

    U.S. sales of Acura models increased 43.5 percent in September and rose nearly 30 percent to 115,773 units for the first nine-months of 2012, the Acura brand’s best nine-month sales results since 2008. The Acura TL sedan, along with the MDX, RDX and TSX Sport Wagon crossover vehicles, have each posted double-digit gains for the year to date, including an 85.7-percent rise in sales of the redesigned RDX and a 25.2-percent gain for the TSX Sport Wagon. The all-new Acura ILX continues to gain momentum, posting its fifth consecutive monthly increase on September sales of 1,737 units.

    Acura will debut its all-new 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan on November 28, 2012, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The new Acura flagship sedan will employ an array of new technologies unique to Acura, including the Precision All Wheel Steer™ system, the next-generation AcuraLink® Communication System, and the all-new Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps to deliver an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

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    This ugly dog is getting an extension due to the way Japan companies do business. The Kariitsu's tend to plan business for 12-18 months out. So this is to allow what has been promised to the subcontracting suppliers time to find other work.

    This dog should have been put down long ago.

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    t's actually a pretty interesting vehicle but it's got an identity crisis....'what is it'? Not a coupe, not a sedan, not an SUV, the x6 has the same problem. Functionally, this vehicle has no trunk space, rear head room is tight, the rear doors are head knockers on entry. Looks are subjective, but it's sporting looking.

    If this thing were 10-12 grand or more cheaper this thin would sell really well. No advertising and bad mpg don't help either.

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    I agree this and the X6 lack an identity in the market, but I think is is way better looking than the X6. Starting to consider picking up a used one since the resale is already piss poor. I think this was the wrong vehicle for Acura to use to push further upmarket...

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    It's odd...I recall seeing the ZDX at a new car show a couple years ago when it first came out, then very rarely ever saw them on the road. Then in the last week, have seen 3 of them on the road...(black, white, silver).

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      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
      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.  
    • By William Maley
      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an urgent warning to owners of certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura model to stop driving them due to these models being equipped with Takata airbags.
       
      Lab tests done by NHTSA revealed that the airbag inflator in these vehicles have a 50 percent chance of the bag rupturing, causing metal shards to enter the interior and possibly injuring or even killing a person.
       
      "With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately. Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
       
      The vehicles involved include,
      2001-2002 Honda Accord 2001-2002 Honda Civic 2002 Honda CR-V 2002 Honda Odyssey 2003 Honda Pilot 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL 2003 Acura 3.2CL According to NHTSA, there 313,000 vehicles that need to have their airbags replaced. 
      One of the main causes for the rupturing is moisture getting inside the inflator. Vehicles in high humid areas such as Florida are susceptible to this.
       
      In a statement, Honda agreed with NHTSA's findings and urged owners to get their vehicles to a dealer as soon as possible.
       
      Source: Reuters, NHTSA
       
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