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  1. Trucks and Compacts Star as American Honda Reports August Sales Sep 1, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif. American Honda and Honda Division trucks have best August sales ever Honda CR-V sets 2nd consecutive all-time sales record Honda core models—Civic, Accord and CR-V—each top more than 30,000 sales Honda's smallest vehicles—Fit and HR-V—post largest gains for the brand Refreshed Acura MDX posts 8.1 percent gain to push Acura trucks up 2.5 percent in August American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported strong August sales of 149,571 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 3.8 percent decrease over August 2015 due in part to the lack of the Labor Day sales weekend. American Honda trucks set a new August record, rising 4.3 percent on sales of 76,140. Honda Division sales totaled 135,325 units, with Honda trucks also setting an August record, gaining 4.5 percent on sales of 66,802. Acura Division sales were down 7 percent on sales of 14,246 units, also feeling the effects of the lost weekend. However, Acura trucks were up 2.5 percent on sales of 9,338 as new models continued to fill the pipeline. Honda Honda Division's August sales almost matched the same period last year without one of the biggest holiday sales weekends of the year. Despite the handicap, CR-V continued its record-setting ways for the second straight month while all three of the brand's best-selling models (Accord, Civic and CR-V) topped 30,000 units apiece and Honda's compact HR-V and Fit posted major gains. Honda trucks posted a new August record supported by brisk sales of CR-V, HR-V and Ridgeline, while Civic and Fit drove car sales for the brand. Honda trucks set a new August record, rising 4.5 percent with sales of 66,802 units CR-V climbed 5 percent on sales of 36,517 for a 2nd consecutive all-time record HR-V sales jumped 66 percent on sales of 7,580 vehicles Civic and Fit were up 2.4 percent (32,807 sales) and 85.1 percent (5,370 sales) "Our continued success with strong sales of both passenger cars and light trucks demonstrates once again that the key to great sales is great product," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "As we continue with our rapid cadence of new models, our focus will remain on selling vehicles one at a time to individual customers." Acura With inventories building for the new 2017 MDX, sales continue to rise as more customers experience the bold new exterior styling and expanded complement of premium features and technologies. Adding a solid result from RDX, Acura truck sales were up 2.5 percent in August, with sedan sales held back in part due to the lost holiday weekend compared to August 2015. MDX sales increased 8.1 percent in August on sales of 5,131 units Acura trucks were up 2.5 percent overall for the month, with 9,338 vehicles sold The new NSX posted 22 sales in August as production continues to ramp up in Acura's new NSX global production facility "It's great to see Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA resonate with customers, as the new MDX gives luxury buyers their first taste of our new performance design direction," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "Together with the launch of the amazing new NSX, a resurgent Acura Motorsports program and growing intentions from younger buyers, we continue to build strong momentum for the Acura brand." American Honda Vehicle Sales for August 2016 Month-to-Date Year-to-Date August 2016 August 2015 DSR** % Change MoM % Change August 2016 August 2015 DSR** % Change YoY % Change American Honda Total 149,571 155,491 -3.8% -3.8% 1,094,725 1,054,816 3.8% 3.8% Total Car Sales 73,431 82,483 -11.0% -11.0% 564,425 542,210 4.1% 4.1% Total Truck Sales 76,140 73,008 4.3% 4.3% 530,300 512,606 3.5% 3.5% Honda Total Car Sales 68,523 76,281 -10.2% -10.2% 526,962 498,695 5.7% 5.7% Honda Total Truck Sales 66,802 63,897 4.5% 4.5% 460,849 438,806 5.0% 5.0% Acura Total Car Sales 4,908 6,202 -20.9% -20.9% 37,463 43,515 -13.9% -13.9% Acura Total Truck Sales 9,338 9,111 2.5% 2.5% 69,451 73,800 -5.9% -5.9% Total Domestic Car Sales 67,054 81,873 -18.1% -18.1% 524,739 537,277 -2.3% -2.3% Honda Division 62,265 75,859 -17.9% -17.9% 488,231 495,393 -1.4% -1.4% Acura Division 4,789 6,014 -20.4% -20.4% 36,508 41,884 -12.8% -12.8% Total Domestic Truck Sales 76,140 73,008 4.3% 4.3% 530,300 512,601 3.5% 3.5% Honda Division 66,802 63,897 4.5% 4.5% 460,849 438,801 5.0% 5.0% Acura Division 9,338 9,111 2.5% 2.5% 69,451 73,800 -5.9% -5.9% Total Import Car Sales 6,377 610 945.4% 945.4% 39,686 4,933 704.5% 704.5% Honda Division 6,258 422 1,382.9% 1,382.9% 38,731 3,302 1,073.0% 1,073.0% Acura Division 119 188 -36.7% -36.7% 955 1,631 -41.4% -41.4% Total Import Truck Sales 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 5 -100.0% -100.0% Honda Division 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 5 -100.0% -100.0% Acura Division 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0% MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION Honda Division Total 135,325 140,178 -3.5% -3.5% 987,811 937,501 5.4% 5.4% * ACCORD 30,115 40,931 -26.4% -26.4% 231,415 231,173 0.1% 0.1% * CIVIC 32,807 32,031 2.4% 2.4% 255,599 221,471 15.4% 15.4% CR-Z 222 333 -33.3% -33.3% 1,699 1,895 -10.3% -10.3% * FIT 5,370 2,901 85.1% 85.1% 38,187 42,867 -10.9% -10.9% INSIGHT 9 85 -89.4% -89.4% 62 1,289 -95.2% -95.2% CROSSTOUR 7 930 -99.2% -99.2% 720 6,450 -88.8% -88.8% * CR-V 36,517 34,771 5.0% 5.0% 231,609 229,574 0.9% 0.9% HR-V 7,580 4,567 66.0% 66.0% 51,417 24,617 108.9% 108.9% ODYSSEY 9,992 13,423 -25.6% -25.6% 85,881 88,910 -3.4% -3.4% PILOT 9,269 10,202 -9.1% -9.1% 81,793 88,742 -7.8% -7.8% RIDGELINE 3,437 4 85,825.0% 85,825.0% 9,429 513 1,738.0% 1,738.0% *** Memo: Accord FHEV 890 1,369 -35.0% -35.0% 1,720 9,257 -81.4% -81.4% Memo: Accord PHEV 0 2 -100.0% -100.0% 0 62 -100.0% -100.0% Memo: Civic Hybrid 50 590 -91.5% -91.5% 817 3,317 -75.4% -75.4% Acura Division Total 14,246 15,313 -7.0% -7.0% 106,914 117,315 -8.9% -8.9% ILX 1,172 1,660 -29.4% -29.4% 10,831 11,744 -7.8% -7.8% NSX 22 0 0.0% 0.0% 45 0 0.0% 0.0% RLX / RL 118 187 -36.9% -36.9% 951 1,600 -40.6% -40.6% TL 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% 0 85 -100.0% -100.0% TLX 3,595 4,353 -17.4% -17.4% 25,632 30,055 -14.7% -14.7% TSX 1 1 0.0% 0.0% 4 31 -87.1% -87.1% MDX 5,131 4,747 8.1% 8.1% 34,648 39,144 -11.5% -11.5% RDX 4,207 4,364 -3.6% -3.6% 34,803 34,654 0.4% 0.4% ZDX 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 2 -100.0% -100.0% *** Memo: ILX Hybrid 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% 1 20 -95.0% -95.0% Memo: RLX Hybrid 19 34 -44.1% -44.1% 134 181 -26.0% -26.0% Memo: TSX Wagon 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 2 -100.0% -100.0% Selling Days 26 26 204 204 **** Hybrid 1,212 2,414 -49.8% -49.8% 4,478 16,021 -72.0% -72.0% * Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts ** Daily Selling Rate *** Memo line items are included in the respective model total **** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid and NSX
  2. 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 Press Release is on Page 2 Page 1 of 2 1 2 → Last » Click here to view the article
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Press Release is on Page 2 NHTSA: New test data on particular subset of Takata air bag inflators shows substantially higher risk NHTSA calls on news media and public to assist in finding unrepaired high-risk vehicles WASHINGTON – New test data on a particular subset of defective Takata air bag inflators in certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment, prompting an urgent call from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that unrepaired vehicles in this population are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities. “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,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.” The higher-risk inflators are in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles: 2001-2002 Honda Civic 2001-2002 Honda Accord 2002-2003 Acura TL 2002 Honda CR-V 2002 Honda Odyssey 2003 Acura CL 2003 Honda Pilot The air bag inflators in these particular vehicles contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture when a crash causes the air bag to deploy. Ruptures are far more likely in inflators in vehicles that have spent significant periods of time in areas of high absolute humidity—particularly Florida, Texas, other parts of the Gulf Coast, and Southern California. Testing of the inflators from these vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting. The vehicles in question were recalled between 2008 and 2011. Honda has reported that more than 70 percent of this higher-risk population of vehicles has already been repaired, but approximately 313,000 vehicles with this very dangerous defect remain unrepaired. The risk posed by the airbag inflators in these vehicles is grave, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries. NHTSA and Honda are asking for the news media and public’s assistance to find the remaining unrepaired vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles should immediately visit SaferCar.gov to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls. Those that do should contact their nearest dealer to schedule a no-cost immediate repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available immediately. “The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. "Drivers should visit SaferCar.gov or contact their local dealer to check whether their vehicle is affected. If it is, they should have the vehicle repaired immediately for free at an authorized dealer. We commend Honda for taking additional actions to get these vehicles repaired.” Though the vehicles are already under recall, NHTSA ordered Takata to perform additional ballistic testing following recent reports of ruptures. Eight of the 10 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to Takata ruptures — including the most recent in Fort Bend County, Texas — were in this population of vehicles. Honda has committed to immediately taking additional actions to enhance their efforts to find and fix recalled vehicles. Honda will provide additional information about their efforts. NHTSA has also directed Honda to report weekly on the progress of vehicle repairs. NHTSA is also expanding its own direct consumer outreach, including a paid media campaign and a series of outreach events in high-risk areas this summer. NHTSA has also engaged the vehicle insurance industry to help locate the unremedied vehicles.
  6. American Honda Reports May Sales Results Jun 1, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif. With two fewer selling days this May versus a year ago, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported May sales of 147,108 units, a year-over-year decline of 4.8 percent. However, year-to-date American Honda sales of 653,640 units are up 5.7 percent versus year-ago results as the company remains on track for a second straight year of record-setting sales. Honda With balanced demand for Honda cars and light trucks, the Honda brand maintained its lead over last year's all-time record results. Year-to-date Honda brand sales are up 7.1 percent over 2015 results to 585,998 Honda cars and light trucks. May sales were down 2.9 percent to 133,547 units following a five-month stretch of year-over-year gains dating back to December 2015. The 10th-generation Civic continues to lead the compact segment with its seventh straight month of year-over-year sales gains, up 2.7 percent to 35,396 in May. HR-V posted particularly strong May sales of 7,392 units, a 15.8 percent gain over last year as consumer awareness and supplies of the popular subcompact crossover continue to strengthen. On a daily selling rate basis, Honda saw positive results, with total sales up 5.2 percent and positive gains for Civic, up 11.2 percent; Accord up 6.9 percent; HR-V, up 25.5 percent; Odyssey, up 3.1 percent; and Pilot, up 3.6 percent. "We continue to see solid demand for Honda cars and light trucks, and all indicators point to a strong summer selling season for Honda," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "With our balanced lineup and an all-new Ridgeline pickup and restyled and reengineered 2017 Accord Hybrid launching this summer, we remain bullish on our prospects for a third consecutive yearly sales record for the Honda brand." Acura Coming off a successful sell-down of the outgoing 2016 RDX SUV and facing regional shortfalls in inventories of the MDX seven-passenger SUV, Acura posted a 20.4 percent decline in May results on sales of 13,561 Acura cars and SUVs. "Inventory issues and a challenging market for luxury sedan sales took the wind out of our sails in May, but with the excitement of the NSX now coming to market and the restyled and significantly refreshed 2017 MDX arriving later this month we look to continue our growth this summer," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division.
  7. American Honda Sets New April Sales Record: Honda Division Posts Best Ever April Sales May 3, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif. American Honda sedan and light truck sales push April sales up 14.4 percent to new record Honda Division posts best ever April with strong car and truck sales Acura Division marks April increase on record sales of RDX American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported a new April sales record of 148,829 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 14.4 percent for the month. Year to date American Honda sales reached 506,532, up 9.2 percent. The Honda Division set a new monthly record with 132,623 units sold in April, an increase of 15.1 percent compared to April 2015 with year to date sales up 10.5 percent. Acura Division sales totaled 16,206, an increase of 9 percent in April with year to date sales reaching 54,081. Honda With strong and balanced demand across the lineup, Honda broke several records in April including posting best ever April sales results and setting a new light truck record. Honda cars also notched healthy gains with record sales of the all-new Civic along with strong Accord sales. Civic continues to dominate the compact car segment with sixth consecutive month-over-month sales increases, up 24.5 percent to a new April record of 35,331. Accord maintained strong demand as April sales totaled 31,526. The model experienced a 15.7 percent increase compared to April 2015 sales. Honda light truck sales set a new April record of 60,372 units. Odyssey minivan sales totaled 13,047 sales in April, an increase of 17.6 percent, while Pilot boasted sales of 11,370, despite tight inventories. "The strong cadence of new Honda cars and light trucks coming to market is clearly resonating with customers," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "With the all-new Ridgeline truck coming to market this summer, we will add another segment to our lineup and further accelerate our strong sales momentum in 2016." Acura Acura strengthened its position in the luxury vehicle segment as the brand experienced strong sedan and record light truck sales in April. The Acura light truck lineup posted its best April sales on record sales of the RDX luxury SUV. Acura sedans racked up sales of over 5,500 units on the strength of the ILX gateway sedan and TLX performance luxury sedan. The RDX continues to show month-over-month sales increases, leading all Acura models in April and setting a new all-time monthly sales record of 5,905 units, an increase of 48.7 percent in April. The ILX gateway sports sedan continues to catch the attention of Millennial buyers as April sales totaled 1,633 for the month. The ILX has captured a higher rate of under 35 year old buyers than any other vehicle in the entry-luxury sedan segment since 2010. "Acura performance sedans and SUVs continue to gain momentum and market share in their segments," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "Our lineup will further strengthen this summer when the restyled and reengineered MDX hits Acura dealerships." American Honda Vehicle Sales for April 2016 Month-to-Date Year-to-Date April 2016 April 2015 DSR** % Change MoM % Change April 2016 April 2015 DSR** % Change YoY % Change American Honda Total 148,829 130,068 10.2% 14.4% 506,532 464,011 8.1% 9.2% Total Car Sales 77,819 68,491 9.4% 13.6% 267,919 237,085 11.9% 13.0% Total Truck Sales 71,010 61,577 11.0% 15.3% 238,613 226,926 4.1% 5.2% Honda Total Car Sales 72,251 62,559 11.2% 15.5% 248,644 217,289 13.3% 14.4% Honda Total Truck Sales 60,372 52,635 10.5% 14.7% 203,807 192,204 5.0% 6.0% Acura Total Car Sales 5,568 5,932 -9.6% -6.1% 19,275 19,796 -3.6% -2.6% Acura Total Truck Sales 10,638 8,942 14.6% 19.0% 34,806 34,722 -0.7% 0.2% Total Domestic Car Sales 72,508 67,882 2.9% 6.8% 251,485 234,555 6.2% 7.2% Honda Division 67,096 62,148 4.0% 8.0% 232,699 215,519 6.9% 8.0% Acura Division 5,412 5,734 -9.1% -5.6% 18,786 19,036 -2.3% -1.3% Total Domestic Truck Sales 71,010 61,577 11.0% 15.3% 238,613 226,921 4.1% 5.2% Honda Division 60,372 52,635 10.5% 14.7% 203,807 192,199 5.0% 6.0% Acura Division 10,638 8,942 14.6% 19.0% 34,806 34,722 -0.7% 0.2% Total Import Car Sales 5,311 609 739.8% 772.1% 16,434 2,530 543.2% 549.6% Honda Division 5,155 411 1,107.8% 1,154.3% 15,945 1,770 792.0% 800.8% Acura Division 156 198 -24.1% -21.2% 489 760 -36.3% -35.7% 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 132,623 115,194 10.9% 15.1% 452,451 409,493 9.4% 10.5% * ACCORD 31,526 27,251 11.4% 15.7% 108,599 95,896 12.1% 13.2% * CIVIC 35,331 28,380 19.9% 24.5% 122,634 95,102 27.7% 28.9% CR-Z 253 216 12.8% 17.1% 736 842 -13.4% -12.6% * FIT 5,132 6,529 -24.3% -21.4% 16,645 24,623 -33.1% -32.4% INSIGHT 9 183 -95.3% -95.1% 30 826 -96.4% -96.4% CROSSTOUR 72 826 -91.6% -91.3% 638 2,872 -78.0% -77.8% * CR-V 28,913 29,452 -5.5% -1.8% 100,101 102,579 -3.4% -2.4% HR-V 6,969 0 0.0% 0.0% 22,484 0 0.0% 0.0% ODYSSEY 13,047 11,092 13.3% 17.6% 40,486 38,180 5.0% 6.0% PILOT 11,370 11,222 -2.4% 1.3% 40,096 48,103 -17.5% -16.6% RIDGELINE 1 43 -97.8% -97.7% 2 470 -99.6% -99.6% *** Memo: Accord FHEV 29 1,118 -97.5% -97.4% 219 3,703 -94.1% -94.1% Memo: Accord PHEV 0 5 -100.0% -100.0% 0 50 -100.0% -100.0% Memo: Civic Hybrid 92 386 -77.0% -76.2% 562 1,415 -60.7% -60.3% Memo: Fit EV 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% Acura Division Total 16,206 14,874 4.9% 9.0% 54,081 54,518 -1.8% -0.8% ILX 1,633 1,631 -3.6% 0.1% 5,920 5,136 14.1% 15.3% RLX / RL 156 194 -22.6% -19.6% 487 737 -34.6% -33.9% TL 0 10 -100.0% -100.0% 0 66 -100.0% -100.0% TLX 3,779 4,093 -11.1% -7.7% 12,866 13,834 -7.9% -7.0% TSX 0 4 -100.0% -100.0% 2 23 -91.4% -91.3% MDX 4,733 4,970 -8.3% -4.8% 16,689 19,407 -14.8% -14.0% RDX 5,905 3,972 43.2% 48.7% 18,117 15,314 17.1% 18.3% ZDX 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% *** Memo: ILX Hybrid 1 2 -51.9% -50.0% 1 14 -92.9% -92.9% Memo: RLX Hybrid 19 15 22.0% 26.7% 68 68 -1.0% 0.0% Memo: TSX Wagon 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% 0 2 -100.0% -100.0% Selling Days 27 26 102 101 **** Hybrid 403 1,925 -79.8% -79.1% 1,616 6,918 -76.9% -76.6% * 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 and RLX Sport Hybrid
  8. American Honda Reports March Auto Sales Increase: Trucks Set New March Record While Sedans Post Major Gains Trucks and sedans push American Honda to robust March sales of 138,221 units, a gain of 9.4 percent for the month American Honda trucks set new sales record, climbing 5.7 percent on sales of 64,453 New Honda Civic sets new March sales record, jumping 21.8 percent while Accord gains 17.3 percent RDX leads Acura trucks, setting new March record with 34 percent gain Acura TLX performance sedan climbs 9.9 percent in March TORRANCE, Calif., April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported March sales of 138,221 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 9.4 percent for the month. AHM trucks set a new March benchmark, gaining 5.7 percent on sales of 64,453 units. Honda Division sales were up 10.5 percent with 123,369 units sold in March; Honda car sales reached 68,314, up 13.7 percent, while truck sales totaled 55,055, a 6.9 percent gain for the month. Acura sales totaled 14,852 in March, gaining 1.2 percent. Acura sedans were up 4.8 percent on sales of 5,454 while Acura trucks reached 9,398 sales for the month. Honda Continuing to buck U.S. sales trends with its core sedans—Civic and Accord—Honda sales easily moved past the previous March total with a record setting performance from Civic, backed by strong performances from Accord and HR-V. Core truck models CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey, maintained strong demand. With sales records set in each of the past three months, the Civic Sedan is dominating the compact car segment with essentially one body style as production of the newly on-sale Civic Coupe ramps up. Civic sales jumped 21.8 percent to a new March record of 32,855. Accord continued to demonstrate incredible market strength with an increase of 17.3 percent in March, with 30,523 units sold—focused on sales to individual customers. With production at the Celaya plant in Mexico focused primarily on HR-V, sales of the Honda gateway truck model topped 6,300 units in March. "The power of Honda's well-balanced portfolio was on full display in March," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Importantly, we will continue to strengthen both our car and truck lineups throughout the year, with new core and niche products to further extend the brand's appeal." Acura Acura enjoyed a balanced sales month, with the refreshed RDX SUV posting a remarkable 34 percent gain so set a new March record to lead the brand's sales gains, while Acura performance sedans maintained strong sales despite a luxury sedan market where competitors are relying heavily upon fleet sales and incentives. RDX showed renewed sales strength in March, leading Acura truck sales with a 34 percent gain on sales of 5,310 units. TLX continued to hold a strong sales position near the top of the mid-luxury sedan segment with 3,768 units sold in March, rising 9.9 percent despite aggressive competitor sales tactics. "Acura posted a solid month even as we gained fresh momentum from the New York Auto Show debuts of the 2017 MDX and NSX GT3 racecar," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "Our entire Acura team is excited by the market reaction to our new design direction and the preparation for delivery of the first all-new NSX." American Honda Vehicle Sales for March 2016 Month-to-Date Year-to-Date March 2016 March 2015 DSR** % Change MoM % Change March 2016 March 2015 DSR** % Change YoY % Change American Honda Total 138,221 126,293 1.3% 9.4% 357,703 333,943 7.1% 7.1% Total Car Sales 73,768 65,310 4.6% 13.0% 190,100 168,594 12.8% 12.8% Total Truck Sales 64,453 60,983 -2.1% 5.7% 167,603 165,349 1.4% 1.4% Honda Total Car Sales 68,314 60,107 5.2% 13.7% 176,393 154,730 14.0% 14.0% Honda Total Truck Sales 55,055 51,516 -1.0% 6.9% 143,435 139,569 2.8% 2.8% Acura Total Car Sales 5,454 5,203 -2.9% 4.8% 13,707 13,864 -1.1% -1.1% Acura Total Truck Sales 9,398 9,467 -8.1% -0.7% 24,168 25,780 -6.3% -6.3% Total Domestic Car Sales 69,038 64,609 -1.1% 6.9% 178,977 166,673 7.4% 7.4% Honda Division 63,716 59,609 -1.0% 6.9% 165,603 153,371 8.0% 8.0% Acura Division 5,322 5,000 -1.4% 6.4% 13,374 13,302 0.5% 0.5% Total Domestic Truck Sales 64,453 60,978 -2.1% 5.7% 167,603 165,344 1.4% 1.4% Honda Division 55,055 51,511 -1.0% 6.9% 143,435 139,564 2.8% 2.8% Acura Division 9,398 9,467 -8.1% -0.7% 24,168 25,780 -6.3% -6.3% Total Import Car Sales 4,730 701 524.8% 574.8% 11,123 1,921 479.0% 479.0% Honda Division 4,598 498 754.9% 823.3% 10,790 1,359 694.0% 694.0% Acura Division 132 203 -39.8% -35.0% 333 562 -40.7% -40.7% Total Import Truck Sales 0 5 -100.0% -100.0% 0 5 -100.0% -100.0% Honda Division 0 5 -100.0% -100.0% 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 123,369 111,623 2.3% 10.5% 319,828 294,299 8.7% 8.7% * ACCORD 30,523 26,018 8.6% 17.3% 77,073 68,645 12.3% 12.3% * CIVIC 32,855 26,985 12.7% 21.8% 87,303 66,722 30.8% 30.8% CR-Z 163 255 -40.8% -36.1% 483 626 -22.8% -22.8% * FIT 4,771 6,640 -33.5% -28.1% 11,513 18,094 -36.4% -36.4% INSIGHT 2 209 -99.1% -99.0% 21 643 -96.7% -96.7% CROSSTOUR 110 742 -86.3% -85.2% 566 2,046 -72.3% -72.3% * CR-V 26,730 27,618 -10.4% -3.2% 71,188 73,127 -2.7% -2.7% HR-V 6,398 0 0.0% 0.0% 15,515 0 0.0% 0.0% ODYSSEY 11,224 11,142 -6.7% 0.7% 27,439 27,088 1.3% 1.3% PILOT 10,593 11,937 -17.8% -11.3% 28,726 36,881 -22.1% -22.1% RIDGELINE 0 77 -100.0% -100.0% 1 427 -99.8% -99.8% *** Memo: Accord FHEV 51 948 -95.0% -94.6% 190 2,585 -92.6% -92.6% Memo: Accord PHEV 0 5 -100.0% -100.0% 0 45 -100.0% -100.0% Memo: Civic Hybrid 166 351 -56.2% -52.7% 470 1,029 -54.3% -54.3% Memo: Fit EV 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% Acura Division Total 14,852 14,670 -6.3% 1.2% 37,875 39,644 -4.5% -4.5% ILX 1,554 1,554 -7.4% 0.0% 4,287 3,505 22.3% 22.3% RLX / RL 130 194 -38.0% -33.0% 331 543 -39.0% -39.0% TL 0 16 -100.0% -100.0% 0 56 -100.0% -100.0% TLX 3,768 3,430 1.7% 9.9% 9,087 9,741 -6.7% -6.7% TSX 2 9 -79.4% -77.8% 2 19 -89.5% -89.5% MDX 4,088 5,503 -31.2% -25.7% 11,956 14,437 -17.2% -17.2% RDX 5,310 3,963 24.1% 34.0% 12,212 11,342 7.7% 7.7% ZDX 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% *** Memo: ILX Hybrid 0 4 -100.0% -100.0% 0 12 -100.0% -100.0% Memo: RLX Hybrid 19 18 -2.3% 5.6% 49 53 -7.5% -7.5% Memo: TSX Wagon 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 1 -100.0% -100.0% Selling Days 27 25 75 75 **** Hybrid 401 1,790 -79.3% -77.6% 1,213 4,993 -75.7% -75.7%
  9. When Acura showed off the Precision Concept back in January, they said the concept's design would "literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products." Well brace yourselves as the first vehicle with this new design language has debuted at New York - the 2017 MDX. Up front is the most prominent change, the “Diamond Pentagon Grille” with an extra-large Acura emblem. It looks very odd. Aside from this, the MDX also gets a sculpted hood, new fenders, and twin tailpipes. The 2017 model also boasts a new Sport Hybrid powertrain. A 3.0L V6 is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with an integrated electric motor to power the front wheels. The back gets two electric motors drives the rear wheels and provides torque vectoring. Total output stands at 325 horsepower, up 35 horsepower from the standard 3.5L V6. Acura says the MDX Sport Hybrid should get 25 mpg in the City/26 Highway/25 Combined. Acura has also improved the MDX's safety credentials with the AcuraWatch suite becoming standard. AcuraWatch includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and more. Acura says the 2017 MDX arrives at dealers this summer, with the Sport Hybrid arriving at a later date. Source: Acura Album: New York Auto Show: 2017 Acura MDX 6 images 0 comments Press Release is on Page 2 Page 1 of 2 1 2 → Last » Click here to view the article
  10. New York Auto Show: 2017 Acura MDX

    When Acura showed off the Precision Concept back in January, they said the concept's design would "literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products." Well brace yourselves as the first vehicle with this new design language has debuted at New York - the 2017 MDX. Up front is the most prominent change, the “Diamond Pentagon Grille” with an extra-large Acura emblem. It looks very odd. Aside from this, the MDX also gets a sculpted hood, new fenders, and twin tailpipes. The 2017 model also boasts a new Sport Hybrid powertrain. A 3.0L V6 is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with an integrated electric motor to power the front wheels. The back gets two electric motors drives the rear wheels and provides torque vectoring. Total output stands at 325 horsepower, up 35 horsepower from the standard 3.5L V6. Acura says the MDX Sport Hybrid should get 25 mpg in the City/26 Highway/25 Combined. Acura has also improved the MDX's safety credentials with the AcuraWatch suite becoming standard. AcuraWatch includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and more. Acura says the 2017 MDX arrives at dealers this summer, with the Sport Hybrid arriving at a later date. Source: Acura Press Release is on Page 2 Refreshed 2017 Acura MDX Makes World Debut in New York with Bold New Styling, Upgraded Features and Sport Hybrid Powertrain Mar 23, 2016 - NEW YORK 2017 MDX showcases new diamond pentagon grille first seen on the Acura Precision Concept New Sport Hybrid powertrain delivers the ultimate in power and control while gaining 35 horsepower and anticipated to add 7 mpg to city fuel economy rating AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assist technology to be offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX models Acura today unveiled the restyled and refreshed 2017 MDX luxury SUV featuring bold new styling, added luxury features and available Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) powertrain technology. The 2017 Acura MDX will be equipped with AcuraWatch™ on all grades, making MDX the first luxury SUV in its class to offer these advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including automatic emergency braking, as standard features. The 2017 MDX is slated to go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide this summer and will be joined by the MDX Sport Hybrid later in the year. Showcasing the new face of Acura, the restyled 2017 MDX is highlighted by the bold and distinctive diamond pentagon grille, first seen on the Acura Precision Concept that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in January. The new Acura grille is integrated with a more sharply sculpted hood, front fascia and front fenders coupled with new LED fog lights and restyled Jewel Eye™ headlights, which enhance the MDX's distinctive and sporting demeanor. A new chrome rocker panel design adds an element of contrast to the MDX's profile, while a revised rear bumper, body colored skid garnish and the addition of twin tailpipes further emphasizes the performance character of the 2017 Acura MDX. "Upping the performance pedigree of the MDX with bold styling, our exclusive Sport Hybrid powertrain and the standard application of AcuraWatch technologies that many in the industry refer to as semi-autonomous, represents a major injection of Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "These changes will continue to advance MDX's competitiveness and its legacy as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time." All 2017 MDX models benefit from increased standard luxury and technology features, including an Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, Auto High Beam headlights, SiriusXM Radio® 2.0 and four 2.5-amp USB charging ports. Technology and Advance packages add Bi-Directional Keyless Remote Engine Start, two new 20-inch wheel and tire options, power folding side mirrors, and HD Traffic. In addition to these features, Advance grades add LED fog lights, genuine Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba wood interior trim, a heated steering wheel and Surround-View Camera System with six selectable viewing angles. Advance models can also be equipped with two second-row captain's chairs and a center console with two additional USB ports, replacing the three-person second-row seating found on lower grades. An ultra-widescreen Rear Entertainment System is also available on models with the Advance ENT Package. MDX Sport Hybrid The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is the third model to feature Acura's innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain, joining the Acura NSX supercar and RLX flagship sedan to deliver the ultimate in power and control. The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) with an integrated electric motor powering the front wheels, and a Twin Motor Unit with two electric motors providing power to the rear wheels. Additionally, the system delivers electrified torque vectoring for improved straight line performance and cornering precision in combination with all-wheel-drive power application. Peak powertrain output of 325 horsepower is up 35 horsepower over the non-hybrid model. The MDX Sport Hybrid is anticipated to receive EPA fuel economy ratings of 25/26/26 (city/highway/combined), an estimated 7-mpg city fuel economy rating increase over the (non-hybrid) MDX with SH-AWD. The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid will be available with Technology and Advance packages. Both add a new Active Sport Suspension that delivers improved ride quality, handling performance and is integrated with the Integrated Dynamics System featuring the dynamic modes of Comfort, Normal and Sport, and exclusive to Sport Hybrid models, a new Sport+ mode. AcuraWatch Standard All 2017 MDX models receive the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision. Moreover, with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist, AcuraWatch can significantly decrease the driver's workload during freeway cruising by maintaining a set speed and following interval, initiating both braking and throttle inputs, and adding steering input to help the driver maintain their position in the detected lane. The Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time and Acura's best-selling SUV, with sales topping 50,000 units in each of the past three years. The 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif., developed and engineered at the R&D center in Raymond, Ohio, and will continue to be produced at the company's Lincoln, Ala. auto plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. In early 2017, an additional production source for MDX will be added at the East Liberty, Ohio auto plant.
  11. Honda Considers A Type R Variant of the NSX

    As Honda/Acura begin production of the NSX, talk has sprung up about doing a more extreme version. Nick Robinson, Dynamic Development Leader on the NSX told Autocar there are a number of folks who want Honda to do a Type R version as it would continue the revival of the company’s sporting heritage. Robinson was quick to point out that Honda hasn't approved anything at the moment. What would an NSX Type R look like? It would be lighter than your standard NSX to begin with. A key item that could be removed is the NSX's hybrid powertrain. Not only would it remove a fair amount of weight, but it also would make it rear-wheel drive. There could also be the use of lightweight materials. “There are places weight could be cut out. We are Honda so cost [of exotic materials on the regular car] is a consideration, but for a limited edition? Why not?” said Robinson. Robinson also mentioned that a convertible version of the NSX is likely to follow. Source: Autocar
  12. American Honda Reports January 2016 Car and Truck Sales; New Civic Leads Honda Division to January Record Feb 2, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif. Honda division sets new January benchmark on sales of 90,247 vehicles All-new 2016 Honda Civic, the 2016 North American Car of the Year, defies winter weather and competition to net huge sales gain of 54.9 percent and a new January record Acura ILX bucks market trends and unusual month to gain 24.3 percent American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported January sales of 100,497 Honda and Acura vehicles, a decrease of 1.7 percent in an unusual month as the industry endured winter weather on both coasts along with two fewer selling days and one less weekend than January 2015. Honda Division set a new January record with 90,247 units sold; Honda car sales reached 50,812 while truck sales totaled 39,435 for the month. Acura sales totaled 10,250 with sedan sales of 3,570 and trucks reaching 6,680 units in January. Honda Despite the rains of El Nino on the West Coast and ice and a crippling snow storm on the Eastern seaboard, along with two fewer selling days and one less weekend due to quirks in the calendar, Honda sales crested its previous January record set just last year, led by the all-new 2016 Civic Sedan and strongly supported by Accord and HR-V. The Civic demonstrated why it is the newly crowned North American Car of the Year with sales of 26,741, leaping 54.9 percent to set a new January record. Accord held its own despite the winter challenges with sales of 20,765 units. HR-V posted sales of 4,177 to also defy the unusual month. "Led by incredibly strong demand for the all-new Civic, the Honda brand persevered rain, snow and two fewer selling days to post a strong first month of the year," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "With Honda's strong cadence of new models throughout 2016 we will continue our momentum and remain positive about 2016." Acura With a thick blanket of winter snow covering one of the Acura brand's strongest markets in the Northeastern U.S., Acura sales dimmed slightly in January, but the performance of gateway model ILX defied the challenges. Acura's gateway luxury sedan, ILX gained a substantial 24.3 percent on sales of 1,233 in January "The blowing snow obscured the fact that Acura's momentum continued in January, with both sedan and truck sales essentially on track," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "2016 will be an exciting year for Acura with the 2017 NSX on the way to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Acura brand."
  13. Acura Precision Concept

    From the album Cory's Cobo Craziness 2016

    The wildly angular and diamond-grilled Acura Precision Concept.

    © Cory Wolfe

  14. American Honda Sets New All-Time Annual Sales Record Jan 5, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif. Total combined annual Honda & Acura vehicle sales eclipse previous record set in 2007 with a 3.0 percent gain over 2014 Honda Division records its best-ever year in 2015, gaining 2.6 percent Total Honda & Acura trucks set new all-time annual marks, up 9.7 percent in 2015 Honda CR-V maintains position atop SUV market with fourth straight annual record American Honda also sets all-time record for month of December American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported all-time record annual sales of 1,586,551 Honda and Acura vehicles for 2015, an increase of 3.0 percent to beat the previous record set in 2007. Honda and Acura truck sales also set a new annual record, gaining 9.7 percent on sales of 770,424. Honda Division sales topped last year`s record to set a new annual mark, rising 2.6 percent on sales of 1,409,386 units. Acura sales totaled 177,165, a 5.6 percent increase for the year and the division's best result since 2007. "What better way to celebrate the "Year of Honda" than with an all-time automobile sales record," said John Mendel, executive vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We are grateful to our customers who embraced our entire product lineup and are the true power behind the Honda brand." Honda The Honda Division maintained its strong momentum through the end of 2015, grabbing both annual and December all-time records for the second straight year. Core models CR-V, Civic and Accord all finished strong, with CR-V setting a new annual mark, while the Pilot and Odyssey continued to flex sales muscle. The addition of the HR-V to the lineup also helped push the division to new annual heights. CR-V set a new all-time annual record, gaining 3.2 percent on sales of 345,647 as it maintains its position as best-selling SUV in America. Core models CR-V, Accord and Civic combined for over 1-million in sales for the third straight year. In addition to the new annual record, Honda Division sales set a new combined car & truck December mark of 134,070 units, rising 12.2 percent for the month. Both cars and trucks set individual December records as well. Car sales were up 13.3 percent on sales of 72,839 units, while trucks gained 11.0 percent with sales of 61,681 vehicles. "While we are excited about the all-time sales record, we continue to have incredible momentum driven by the relentless cadence of new and successful products we introduced in 2015 that will give the Honda brand tremendous energy going into the new year," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "With a similar pace of new products coming this year, we're anticipating a very robust 2016." Acura The Acura Division enjoyed its best sales year since 2007, with strong performances from both sedans and trucks. The updated RDX set a new record and MDX recorded another year of sales over 50,000, despite limited inventory in last quarter of the year. Sedans also played a key role, with the TLX leading the way to take a larger share of the mid-luxury sedan segment. One of the hottest players in a hot luxury SUV segment, the Acura RDX set an all-time annual sales record, climbing 13.7 percent on sales of 51,026 vehicles. MDX exceeded 50,000 sales for the fourth straight year and continues to be the best-selling luxury three-row SUV in America. TLX sales of 47,080 and a stronger performance from ILX as the gateway to the sedan lineup helped boost Acura sedan sales more than 18 percent in 2015. Acura enjoyed a fourth consecutive year of sales growth in 2015 with 177,165 vehicles sold, gaining 5.6 percent for the year. Acura truck sales exceeded 100,000 for the second straight year. "The Acura brand continues on its steady march, now four years strong— with both our sales and brand power gaining increasing momentum with both trucks and sedans," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "Importantly for our future, Acura sedans continue to gain strength – which will be our critical focus in the next phase of our strategic plan."
  15. The end of another year is upon us and I’m in the process of picking my favorite vehicles from the year. But before we get to that, I need to give some vehicles their time in the review spotlight. Trying to crank a review or a two a week is a hard task for some folks, myself included. I tend to spend a week with a vehicle, driving it in my daily routine, taking notes and photos, and hopefully beginning the review before the vehicle leaves. But that last part is the thickest part as it doesn’t always work out because of life. Whether it's a personal or family emergency, vacation, changes in work, or just being distracted, life always finds a way to get in and mess up whatever you are trying to do. Towards the end of every year, I have a small number of vehicles that have fallen between the cracks and are just waiting for me to find them and write something up. This year is no different as seven vehicles have been waiting patiently for their turn and their time has come. We're going to be looking at the first four of the seven. For this piece, I’ll be listing the good and bad of each vehicle, along with some notes that I took on each vehicle. 2016 Acura ILX A-Spec 2.4L 16-Valve, DOHC i-VTEC Four-Cylinder (201 Horsepower, 180 Pound-Feet of Torque) Eight-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Base/As-Tested: $31,830/$32,830 Cheers: Excellent handling in the corners, improved styling, large back seat Jeers: Engine has to be worked hard, a large amount of wind and road noise, bouncy ride, questionable material choice, poor value when compared to competitors. Notes: Acura went back to the drawing board this year with the ILX in an effort to fix the slumping sales of the model. Some of the fixes do make a difference such as a new front clip and headlights that give some much need aggression. Inside, a set of leather and suede seats add a nice touch and provide good comfort. It should be noted the seats come with the A-Spec package. The engine lineup which included a 2.0L, 2.4L, and hybrid has been simplified to just the 2.4 with 201 horsepower. This eliminates one of the big problems for the ILX of being too slow if you opted for the hybrid or 2.0L. One item that Acura didn’t mess with was the handling. The ILX is a sweetheart around corners as it provides minimal body roll and excellent steering. Acura also made sure that the ILX’s suspension was compliant when dealing with bumps on a day-to-day basis, something it does very well. Sadly, that is where the good points of the ILX end. Despite Acura’s attempt on improving the ILX’s interior, it looks and in some parts, feels like the Civic that it is based on. Not something you want to be said since this vehicle competes in the same class as the Audi A3 and Buick Verano, both with impressive interiors. The 2.4L has the power to compete with the vehicles in the class. But to access this power, you’ll need to be working the engine somewhat hard - around 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. This would be ok if the ILX had a six-speed manual. But Acura dropped it for this year, replacing it with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. There isn’t anything wrong with the dual-clutch transmission, it’s quite smooth and doesn’t hesitate when going up or down. But it makes working the engine to its fullest, boring and not joyful. But the biggest problem for the ILX is the price. This particular ILX came with an as-tested price of $32,830 and that doesn’t include one of the huge changes for the model, a load of additional safety equipment. Acura added a number of safety systems such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, and road departure mitigation. To get all of this, you need to either get the ILX Technology Plus ($32,990) or the ILX Technology Plus and A-Spec ($34,890). Around that price, you could get yourself into a well-equipped Buick Verano Turbo with much more amenities and better performance. 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L 24-Valve VVT V6 (271 Horsepower, 239 Pound-Feet of Torque) Nine-Speed Automatic Base/As-Tested: $30,395/$36,869 Cheers: Sharp Looks, Very Capable Off-Road, V6 Performance Jeers: Ninth-Gear Seems Non-Existent, Price-Tag, Annoying Stop-Start System Notes: In my original review of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, I said that I was very impressed as Jeep made the leap from a boxy, go-anywhere SUV to sharp looking crossover with some Jeep DNA still there. But I wasn’t as impressed with the nine-speed automatic as it shuddered through the first three gears and wouldn’t go into ninth. At the time, I put the Cherokee on the wait and see list. A year has passed and another Cherokee has come in for a review. This particular Cherokee is the top of the line Trailhawk and it features a number of changes to make it a ‘Trail-Rated’ model by Jeep. Outside are a set of tow hooks on the front and rear bumper to pull out the vehicle if it gets stuck. A set seventeen-inch aluminum wheels come wrapped in meaty all-terrain tires to get you through whatever muck you decide to go through. Done up in a sharp red, the Cherokee Trailhawk makes no apologies of what its intended purpose is - going off-road. Under the skin, the Cherokee Trailhawk comes with Jeep Active Drive II. This four-wheel drive system is quite advanced as it offers a low-range setting for rock crawling and a rear lock to improve traction. Other changes for the Trailhawk include an off-road suspension with a one-inch lift, skid plates, and a 56:1 crawl ratio. We did some light off-roading on a dirt trail and found the Trailhawk to very capable as the four-wheel drive kept power flowing to us moving. Also, the suspension provided a very comfortable ride over the trail. Power for the Trailhawk comes from the optional 3.2L V6 with 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet. This engine feels plenty powerful for any situation that it is thrown at it. It also very refined during acceleration and at cruise. One part of the engine we aren’t keen on is the stop-start system. We found it be somewhat annoying as the engine wouldn’t always shut off, despite our foot planted firmly on the brake pedal. We mostly left it off for the majority of the week. As for the nine-speed automatic, it has been cleaned up for the most part. Gone is the shuddering we experienced in our first Cherokee, replaced by smooth and crisp shifts. Still, the transmission was very hesitant to go into ninth gear. We drove about 50 miles on the freeway at a 70 MPH cruise to see if it would go into ninth and no luck. At least, the ride is smooth and refined, even with the off-road tires. The big problem for the Cherokee Trailhawk is the price. The base model will set you back $30,395. Our test Trailhawk with a few options such as the V6, navigation, and a couple of other packages to reach an as-tested price of $36,869. That is a lot of money for a small crossover. But considering the number of changes to make the Trailhawk a very capable model, we think that for some folks who want the capability of something like a Wrangler, but with a bit more comfort should give this model a look. Everyone else should stick with the Latitude or Altitude models. 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5L Skyactiv-G Four-Cylinder (184 Horsepower, 185 Pound-Feet of Torque) Six-Speed Automatic Base/As-Tested: $26,465/$28,835 Cheers: Improved Dash Makes Huge Difference, New Infotainment System, Performance and Fuel Economy, Excellent Handling Jeers: Road and Wind Noise are still in abundance Notes: It seems every time we get into the CX-5, Mazda has done some sort of change to it. The last time we drove a CX-5, it came with the new 2.5L version of the Skyactiv-G four-cylinder. The 2016 model fixes two of the biggest complaints we had in previous CX-5’s; the plain dashboard and poor infotainment system. We’ll start with the dash. First seen in the 2016 Mazda6, the dashboard looks more premium thanks to improved materials and new shapes. The new dash also brings in Mazda Connect, the latest infotainment system. This system is a huge improvement over the old system in terms of overall performance and usability. We didn’t have the issue of the navigation system showing you traveling on a different than the one you were on like we did in the 6. The CX-5 is still a joy to drive thanks to the 2.5L Skyactiv-G four-cylinder providing more than enough power for any situation and the chassis that provides superb handling in the corners. One issue we hope Mazda addresses in the future is noise isolation. There is still an abundance of wind and road noise entering the cabin. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 shows the continual improvement that the Japanese automaker has been doing is making it a better vehicle. 2015 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve Dual VVT-i V6 (268 Horsepower, 248 Pound-Feet of Torque) Six-Speed Automatic Base/As-Tested: $36,080/$37,130 Cheers: Stylish Look, Powerful V6, Upscale Interior, Excellent Fuel Economy Jeers: Sporty ride may turn off some buyers Notes: I came away very impressed when I drove the Avalon Hybrid a couple years ago. The combination of sharp styling, sporty ride, and amazing fuel economy made me pick this as one of my favorite vehicles of that year. But would the regular Avalon receive the same praise? Mostly. The Avalon is still one the sharpest looking full-size sedans with a low-slung front end, narrow grille, and coupe-like roofline. The interior is much the same as the hybrid with loads of space for both front and rear seat passengers, comfortable leather seats, and a impressive design with quality materials used throughout. Unlike the hybrid, our XLE Touring came with the smaller seven-inch Entune infotainment system. It still is easy to use and quick to respond whenever you touch the screen or one of the capacitive touch buttons. Power comes from a 3.5L V6 which is used in a number of other Toyota and Lexus products. Horsepower is rated at 268 and torque is rated at 248 pound-feet. The engine is quite a peach as speed comes on at a very quick rate. But the engine is also quiet during acceleration, making a perfect highway companion. In the corners, the Avalon displays a level of athleticism not seen in other full-size sedans. Body roll is kept in check and the steering provides decent weight. This does mean the Avalon isn’t as comfortable as competitors as some bumps do make their way into the interior. Disclaimer: Acura, Jeep, Mazda, and Toyota Provided the vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
  16. 2017 Acura NSX to Start At $157,800*

    We knew when Acura was going to launch the NSX, it would come with a hefty price tag. We were not surprised when the announcement came down that the 2017 NSX would have a starting price of $167,500 (includes an $1,800 destination charge). A fully loaded model will set you back $207,500. The NSX packs a twin-turbo V6 paired with a set of electric motors that produce a total output of 573 horsepower. This is paired to a nine-speed automatic and Acura's SH-AWD system. Acura says ordering will begin on February 25th, along with an online configurator to see what you can customize on a NSX. Acura also announced that NSX VIN 001 will go up for auction at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January. Proceeds will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. Source: Acura Press Release is on Page 2 Acura Shares Details of Next-Generation Acura NSX Sales Plan 2017 Acura NSX U.S. MSRP set at $156,000 First 2017 NSX to be auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson in January Online configurator and customer order taking to begin Feb. 25 TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2015) – Acura today announced additional launch details for the next-generation 2017 Acura NSX supercar, coming to market next spring, including pricing and the order taking process. Acura also revealed plans to auction off the very first serial production NSX, VIN 001, at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. the last week of January 2016. All proceeds from the auction sale will go to a pair of children's charities: the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground, the passion project of Grammy Award-winning artist Zac Brown. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the 2017 Acura NSX will have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $156,000 in the U.S. and will top out at $205,700 when equipped with all available factory features and options1. As Acura's first build-to-order vehicle, customers will be able to design their NSX by selecting one of eight rich exterior colors and four interior color schemes available in three different seating surface options. Customers can further customize their NSX through several exterior and interior features including three wheel designs with painted or polished finish, carbon-ceramic brake options, a carbon fiber interior sport package, carbon fiber roof, and more. "The NSX is the pinnacle expression of Acura precision crafted performance and we're thrilled to take the next step toward bringing it to market," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. "We're creating new space within the supercar realm, pushing the envelope beyond the conventional thinking about supercars – just like the original NSX." Customer order taking for the new NSX will begin on Feb. 25, 2016 at authorized NSX retailers, in concert with the launch of a vehicle configurator on Acura.com. The configurator will be the first engagement point for customers interested in exploring the process of ordering a vehicle from an authorized NSX retailer and enthusiasts who want to configure their dream NSX. Once customers have customized their vehicle online, they can schedule an appointment with an authorized NSX retailer to finalize the order. The 2017 NSX will be the first all-new Acura vehicle to be auctioned for the benefit of charitable organizations – certified to be the very first serial production NSX. The winner will be able to customize their NSX to their choosing. "The very first production NSX will be such a special and historic vehicle, so we wanted to make sure we treat the sale of it in an equally special way," said Ikeda. "It will be available for purchase by anyone – anyone that is, who submits the highest bid for VIN number 001 at the world famous Barrett-Jackson auction. And we're pleased to be able to support two incredible children's charities, Camp Southern Ground and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, with the NSX."
  17. American Honda Reports November Car and Truck Sales Dec 1, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif. Robust Honda and Acura truck sales continue on record annual pace Honda Pilot gains 19 percent as sales surpass 10,000 for the month Acura RDX sets new November sales record, climbing 7.4 percent on sales of 3,691 All-new 2016 Honda Civic pushes 8.6 percent model gain as first customers take deliveries in mid-November Accord, Civic and CR-V remain on pace to top 1 million units for the year American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported November sales of 115,441 Honda and Acura vehicles, a decrease of 5.2 percent in a month with two fewer selling days and one less weekend vs. a record-setting November 2014. Honda Division sold 103,197 units, with car sales reaching 53,900 and truck sales totaling 49,297 for the month. Acura sales totaled 12,244, with sedan sales of 4,461 and trucks reaching 7,783 units in November. Honda Strong sales of the all-new Pilot and core Honda models kept Honda on track for an all-time annual sales record, with the Accord, Civic and CR-V on course to reach a combined one million units in sales for the third consecutive year. Pilot sales climbed strongly, rising 19 percent on sales of 10,975 units putting the all-new Pilot on the verge of its best sales year since 2006. Civic posted an 8.6 percent November increase on sales of 25,050 units, even as the production ramp up of the 2016 Civic Sedan continues at Honda plants in North America. Accord posted a November increase of 1.2 percent to 25,566 units, boosting YTD 2015 sales to 320,501 units. CR-V continued on pace as the industry's best-selling SUV, with sales of 25,931 units in November pushing its 2015 total over the 300,000-unit mark for the third consecutive year. "It is incredibly gratifying to see our customers embrace the all-new Pilot and Civic," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "We are going to race to the finish in the effort to earn a record number of new customers this year." Acura Acura truck sales remain on pace for a record year with combined sales of MDX and RDX approaching the 100,000-unit mark for 2015, while Acura sedan sales are up more than 20% in 2015, topping 60,000 units for the first time since 2013. Acura's athletic RDX set a new November record, climbing 7.4 percent on sales of 3,691 vehicles. TLX sales of 43,572 units through the first 11 months of 2015 has now nearly tripled the 2014 combined sales total of the TLX and the outgoing TL and TSX models it replaced. "With the Acura brand on track for our fifth consecutive year of increased sales and our best annual sales total since 2007 we continue to build strong momentum toward next year's celebration of Acura's 30th anniversary," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "We also recognize and embrace the challenges of an ultra-competitive luxury market as we sharpen our portfolio with products like the technologically advanced NSX and continue to build the brand with highly desirable vehicles throughout the lineup."
  18. American Honda Breaks October Sales Record on Strength of Light Trucks, Strong Honda Car Sales and All-Time Sales Record for Acura TLX Nov 3, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif. Total American Honda vehicle sales break October record with 131,651 units Honda brand sets new October record, rising 9.3 percent on sales of 115,572 vehicles Best-ever October American Honda truck sales of 64,226 vehicles, up 15.3 percent Honda Pilot has second best ever October with sales of 12,913 units, up 63.4 percent Acura RDX breaks October record on sales of 3,891 units, an increase of 22.4 percent Honda Accord and Civic post double-digit percentage increases of 11.0 and 15.0 Strong Acura sedan sales include a 15.0 percent gain for ILX and record TLX sales American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported record-breaking October sales of 131,651 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 8.6 percent. Honda Division sales rose to an October record of 115,572 units, up 9.3 percent, with truck sales rising 18.5 percent on sales of 55,930 for another October record and car sales reaching 59,642, up 1.8 percent. Acura sales were also up with total sales of 16,079, a rise of 4.2 percent, with Acura car sales gaining 12.5 percent on sales of 7,783 units. Honda Sales of Honda trucks continued to rise in October, to a record 55,930 units, with the all-new Pilot and HR-V adding to the continued strength of CR-V and Odyssey. Sales of Accord and Civic continued to buck the trend toward light trucks, posting strong gains in the passenger car segment. Civic posted a 15.0 percent increase in October with sales of 27,789 units, as Honda plants in North America begin to ramp up production of the 2016 Civic Sedan. Accord posted a gain of 11.0 percent on sales of 30,121 cars. Sales of the all-new Pilot shot up 63.4 percent in October to 12,913 units, 51 units shy of a record for its second best October ever. HR-V continues to win over new customers with robust sales of 4,502 units. Coming off its best month of all-time in August and best September of all-time, CR-V posts sales of 29,032 units, on its way to six straight years of increasing sales. Up 5.7 percent on sales of 8,746 units, Odyssey remains a solid sales performer. "With demand continuing to outstrip supply for the all-new Pilot and HR-V it really shows the incredible potential for our lineup of Honda light trucks," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "With the critically acclaimed 2016 Civic Sedan set to launch this month we expect a really strong finish to this Year of Honda." Acura All-time record sales of the TLX, shooting well past the 5,000 unit mark for the first time, and the record breaking October sales of the ILX pushed Acura sedan sales over the 7,000 unit threshold. With a double-digit sales gain, RDX sales rose to an October record of 3,891. RDX sales shot up 22.4 percent on sales of 3,891 units in October. Sales of MDX remained robust at 4,405 for the month despite limited supply. Acura cars posted a 12.5 percent gain on sales of 7,783 units on the strength of record breaking TLX sales of 5,777units (up 18.1 percent) and 1,860 units of the ILX (up 15.0 percent). "We continue to strengthen the foundation of the Acura brand on the growing strength of sedan sales," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "Our balanced lineup of passenger cars and light trucks has Acura on track this year for our best annual sales total in almost a decade."
  19. Review: 2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

    Acura has been lost in the woods for a few years. The combination of out-there designs and lagging somewhat behind competitors in terms of powertrains and technologies caused sales to drop precipitously. Only Acura’s crossovers, the MDX and RDX, seemingly kept the company afloat. But when the automaker revealed the NSX concept a few years ago, it seemed like they were beginning to get their priorities straight. From there, Acura began to change and rejuvenate their lineup. One of the interesting decision Acura made was to replace two sedans, the TSX and TL, with one. The result is the 2015 TLX. So can one sedan take the place of two? Acura appears to have to learn its lesson that sometimes going over the top in terms of design does more harm than good. The overall look of the TLX is very similar to the larger RLX sedan. The front end gets a toned-down version of Acura’s shield grille along with a set of jewel-eye headlights. Towards the back is a distinctive trunk lid and taillights that extend to the rear quarter panels. Paired with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, the TLX might be Acura’s best effort in a while to design a handsome vehicle. In terms of interiors, Acura appears to be taking some ideas from the Germans. The TLX boasts a lot more soft-touch materials than either the TL or TSX, along with a combination of metal and wood trim. The seats in our TLX came wrapped in a brown leather which adds a nice touch of class. Front seats come with ten-way power adjustments, allowing you to find a comfortable position. The back offers more than enough head and legroom for even tall passengers. One area that Acura is still falling short on is the infotainment. In our TLX tester, we had the dual-screen AcuraLink infotainment system. The top screen is where the navigation and audio information reside, while the bottom screen is where you control the audio and climate. This system is flawed on many levels. To start, the bottom screen doesn’t provide enough information to what you are listening to. The navigation system is looking very dated compared other competitors, and there is a separate set of controls for that system alone. Also, I noticed a bit of slowness when changing presets on the radio or making adjustments for the climate system. Acura should just throw this current incarnation of AcuraLink and begin anew. In terms of power, the TLX comes with the choice of two engines. The base is a 2.4L with 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet. The four-cylinder comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, while the V6 boasts a nine-speed automatic. The TLX is standard with front-wheel drive no matter which engine you choose. But if you want Acura’s Super Handling-All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, you’ll need to jump up to the V6. Our TLX tester came equipped with the V6 and SH-AWD. Despite the what numbers say about the V6, it doesn’t feel powerful at first. The engine takes a moment to wake up, leaving you with some sluggish performance. But once the engine fully wakes up, power comes on effortlessly. We can’t say if this behavior is due to a lazy throttle, the nine-speed automatic, or both. Aside from this odd behavior, the V6 is very refined and has a nice engine note the higher you climb in the rev range. The nine-speed automatic to put it bluntly is a mess. The transmission is very slow when it comes to gear changes and when it does, there is a noticeable clunk. The SH-AWD system might be the TLX’s trump card. This system boasts torque-vectoring tech to help the vehicle in cornering. This system shows its strength in tight corners when you are powering out and the system is able to send power to the rear wheels, reducing the amount of understeer. As for fuel economy, the TLX V6 SH-AWD is rated at 21 City/31 Highway/25 Combined by the EPA. My average for the week landed at 24.2 MPG. In terms of the how TLX behaves on the road depends on the drive mode that is engaged. These modes are, Eco: Changes behavior of the transmission to go into the highest get to improve fuel economy Normal: Provides a balance between Eco and Sport Sport: Locks out higher gears to improve engine response Sport+: Sharpens throttle response and gives the steering a bit more weight For most situations, leaving the TLX in Normal or Eco provides a nice balance between performance and driveability. These two modes also highlights one the TLX’s plus points, a smooth ride quality. Bumps and ruts don’t upset passengers sitting in the TLX. Another plus point is how quiet the interior is with barely any wind and road noise. Put the TLX into either Sport or Sport+ and it transforms. The suspension minimizes the amount of body roll and the chassis feels very solid in the corners. Steering has good weight, but some drivers will want a bit more feel. The Acura TLX shows the company is beginning to head in the right direction. Replacing two sedans with one is a mighty tall order, but Acura was able to pull it off with an impressive list of luxury features and balanced driving characteristics. But the V6 version still has some teething issues such as a poor throttle response and an automatic transmission that needs to go back to the engineering department to fix some of the refinement issues. If you don’t need or want the all-wheel drive, then you should really check the four-cylinder version of the TLX as it seems to be the well-rounded of the two powertrains on offer. Disclaimer: Acura Provided the TLX, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Acura Model: TLX Trim: V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package Engine: 3.5L 24-Valve, SOHC i-VTEC V6 Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 290 @ 6200 Torque @ RPM: 267 @ 4500 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 21/31/25 Curb Weight: 3,774 lbs Location of Manufacture: Marysville, Ohio Base Price: $44,800 As Tested Price: $45,720 (Includes $920 Destination Charge) Options: N/A
  20. Trucks Drive Numerous American Honda September Sales Records Oct 1, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif. Total American Honda sales rise 13.1 percent on sales of 133,750 for a new September record Overall American Honda truck sales also set a new September mark, increasing 26.9 percent on sales of 63,635 Honda brand sets new September record, rising 14 percent on sales of 119,046 Honda trucks also have best September, up 31.9 percent with 55,474 units sold Acura trucks have best-ever September, gaining 0.8 percent on sales of 8,161 vehicles Acura RDX records best September sales, rising 19.1 percent on sales of 3,848 units American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported a robust 13.1 percent September 2015 sales increase on total sales of 133,750 Honda and Acura vehicles for a new September benchmark. Honda Division sales totaled 119,046, up 14 percent for a new September record, with car sales reaching 63,572 for a 2 percent gain and truck sales rising 31.9 percent on sales of 55,474 for another September record. Acura reported 14,704 vehicle sales for a solid 6.3 percent gain, with cars capturing 6,543 sales (up 14.1 percent) and trucks setting a new September record, reaching 8,161 sales (up 0.8 percent). Honda Honda cars and trucks made solid sales gains in September, with double digit increases from Civic, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey, while Accord also gained in a market that continues to lean heavily to light trucks. With Pilot leading monthly gains, total Honda truck sales were up across the entire lineup, gaining 31.9 percent on sales of 55,474 for a new September record. Civic had a strong September with sales topping 28,000 for a 27 percent increase. The all-new Pilot jumped out to a great start with September sales of 10,238, up 30.9 percent for the month. Pilot was joined by Odyssey, with sales of 9,924 units to bump it 13.2 percent in September. CR-V set yet another monthly sales record, rising 26.1 percent on sales of 29,925 units, continuing on pace to maintain its position as America's best-selling SUV. "The success of our new truck introductions has given us great momentum heading into fall," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "Now we see the freshened Accord and all-new Civic sedan propelling us into 2016 as we continue to bolster our lineup with exciting new products throughout the year." Acura Acura cars continued strong momentum in a light truck-dominated market with TLX easily surpassing the 4,500-unit mark, while ILX enjoyed a double-digit increase for the month. RDX also gained sharply in a hotly competitive market segment, setting a new September record to boost total Acura truck sales into record territory. Overall, Acura sales were up 6.3 percent. RDX sales shot up 19.1 percent on sales of 3,848 in September to help Acura trucks to a 0.8 percent increase. MDX posted a strong month with sales of 4,313 for the month, despite supply constraints. Anchored by the TLX, Acura cars gained 14.1 percent on sales of 6,543 for the month: TLX sales totaled 4,753 for an increase of 22.4 percent ILX was up 10.2 percent on sales of 1,614 units "In addition to strong demand for our lineup of luxury performance products what we are seeing is the growing stature of the Acura brand," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "With the reborn NSX on the horizon, Acura is poised for great things in the luxury automotive marketplace."
  21. The long wait for the Acura NSX continues. Automobile reports that Acura has pushed back production from this fall to next Spring due to a change in engine layout. The original plan was to use a naturally-aspirated V6 for the vehicle, but it was decided to add turbochargers to the engine. This has caused Acura to build a bespoke twin-turbo V6 and change the engine layout to a longitudinal configuration. This delay puts the transformation from the NSX being a concept car to production car at about four years. One item that is still up in the air is when the Acura NSX will go on sale. Jon Ikeda, Acura VP and general manager tells the magazine that meeting with dealers in October will hold the answer. Source: Automobile
  22. Honda and Acura Trucks Combine for New American Honda Sales Record as Company Reports Robust July 2015 Sales Gains Aug 3, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif. American Honda shattered its previous July truck sales record set in 2006, climbing 13.2 percent on sales of 70,613 units leading an overall 7.7 percent increase for the month Honda CR-V has best-ever July with 31,785 units sold for an increase of 11.4 percent Acura RDX jumps 29.6 percent on sales of 4,577 for another July record Acura ILX also has best July with sales up 30.6 percent, joining TLX to boost Acura cars more than 100 percent for the month American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported an increase of 7.7 percent in July 2015, on sales of 146,324 Honda and Acura vehicles. Honda and Acura trucks led the July sales gain, combining for a 13.2 percent increase on sales of 70,613 vehicles. Honda Division sales rose 6.5 percent overall on sales of 131,409 units, while Acura reported a gain of 19.5 percent with 14,915 vehicles sold in July. Honda Honda trucks had another strong month, jumping 16.2 percent on sales of 61,059 vehicles. CR-V led the way with sales of over 31,000 units while the new HR-V grabbed 5,909 sales and, despite the continued production ramp-up, the brand-new 2016 Pilot earned nearly 10,000 new customers in July—its first full month on the market. Odyssey also gained significantly in July. Despite the market rush toward trucks, Civic and Accord each posted stronger performances over 30,000 units – with Civic gaining 3.7 percent on sales of 31,139 while 34,496 Accords were sold in July to nearly match a very strong July 2014. The award-winning CR-V rolled on to yet another record month, posting an 11.4 percent gain on sales of 31,785 units. Odyssey maintained its upward trend, increasing 17.8 percent on sales of 12,851 vehicles in July. 31,139 Civics were sold in July for a gain of 3.7 percent. "This is not only the strongest lineup of Honda light trucks in our history, from top to bottom it is one of the hottest lineups in the industry's hottest segment—trucks," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "What feels really good is that Honda automobiles are also showing considerable strength, even with the new 2016 Accord and all-new Civic on the horizon." Acura With a nearly 20 percent overall gain, sedans continue to evolve into one of the key Acura brand success stories. The recently refreshed ILX steps up with a best-ever July, combining with a still-streaking TLX to push Acura cars up 101.7 percent for the month. The RDX showed renewed strength as it set a new July benchmark with a nearly 30 percent gain, while the MDX is working through inventory issues. The redesigned ILX posted a second straight monthly record, gaining 30.6 percent on sales of 1,613 units The refreshed RDX continued its gains, jumping 29.6 percent with sales of 4,577 units in July Acura sedan sales totaled 5,361 in July, up 101.7 percent for the month. "With Acura sedan sales continuing to strengthen, the Acura brand is on its strongest footing in years," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. "With both sedans and trucks clicking with luxury buyers Acura is on pace for our best sales year in nearly a decade."
  23. Passenger Cars Join Light Trucks in Boosting American Honda June 2015 Sales Jul 1, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif. Honda and Acura trucks post record June sales, beating the previous best by more than 3,500 units Acura sedan sales double to lead brand increase of 38.6 percent in June Acura RDX sets June sales record, up 45.1 percent on sales of 5,056 units Honda CR-V sales up rise 8.5 percent with sales of 28,349 for a new June record American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 134,397 units, an increase of 4.2 percent. Acura sedans led AHM's June increase, gaining 107.9 percent on sales of 5,878. Acura truck sales also increased, rising 15.2 percent with sales of 9,649 vehicles for a new June record. Honda trucks gained 18 percent on sales of 57,667, also a record for June, while Honda car sales were down 11.3 percent with 61,203 units sold. Total Honda brand sales reached 118,870 for a gain of 1 percent. Honda Honda trucks had a record month of June, gaining 18 percent. Honda's newest entry in the light truck market—the HR-V—continues to grab consumer attention, with sales topping 7,700 units in June, easily exceeding its stellar debut last month. The best-selling CR-V also enjoyed a record June and despite the strong consumer appetite for trucks, Honda's Accord and Civic continued strong sales while the Honda Fit scorched the sales charts yet again. Odyssey also gained ground in June. The best-selling CR-V posted record June sales, realizing a 8.5 percent increase on sales of 28,349 vehicles. Overall light truck sales remain on a record pace with Odyssey posting a 6.5 percent increase in June with sales of 11,621, supporting the record sales of CR-V and strong start for HR-V while the all-new 2016 Pilot enters the market. Sales of the versatile Fit jumped 26.3 percent, with 4,669 vehicles sold last month, part of the strong passenger car lineup that included combined sales of nearly 60,000 units for Civic and Accord. "With the introduction of the 2016 Pilot late last month, our SUV lineup is the strongest it has ever been, and it was already in very good shape," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "The next several months will be exciting as we begin to renew and expand our car lineup." Acura Acura sedans stepped into the sales limelight in June, continuing recent momentum and doubling last year's June sedan sales total on the strength of TLX and ILX. Overall Acura sales totaled 15,527, lifting the brand 38.6 percent in June. Not to be outdone, Acura's RDX captured yet another sales record in June while MDX remained in high demand, though somewhat capacity constrained. Overall, Acura truck sales were up 15.2 percent with sales of 9,649 vehicles. TLX sales continued to gain momentum, nearly reaching 4,000 units again. ILX took a sharp upward turn with a record June performance, gaining 79.1 percent on sales of 1,662. Acura sedan sales totaled 5,878 in June, a 107.9 percent increase. The recently refreshed RDX continued to resonate strongly with customers, up 45.1 percent on sales of 5,056 for its best June on record. "It is exciting to see Acura sedans enjoy success in the face of a market where light trucks have been dominating," said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. "We're pleased by the record month for the refreshed RDX, but the growing momentum of the TLX and ILX is key to the future of the Acura brand."
  24. American Honda Reports May 2015 Sales: Gateway Models Power Honda Light Truck and Sedan Sales; Acura Continues Momentum as Sedan Sales Accelerate Jun 2, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif. Honda Fit again impresses with an 82-percent gain to lead strong Honda sedan sales New HR-V debuts with incredible 6,381 units sold in half a month to lead record May Honda light truck sales with a 10.6-percent year-over-year gain to 63,979 units Acura's first-year TLX continues to drive Acura sedan sales increases with second consecutive 4,000+ unit month for a 43.5-percent year-over-year sedan sales hike Upgraded RDX first full sales month punches well over 5,000 units smashing May 2014 numbers by 24.3 percent and setting a new all-time monthly sales record Top Acura performers accelerated the luxury brand sales by a substantial 16.1 percent American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported May 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 154,593 units, with Honda light trucks gaining 10.6 percent on sales of 63,979 units and Acura sedans increasing 43.5 percent on sales of 6,278 vehicles. Month-to-month American Honda total sales were up 1.3 percent year-over-year, with the Acura Division gaining 16.1 percent on sales of 17,042 vehicles in May and the Honda Division posting sales of 137,551 vehicles, a decrease of 0.3 percent for the month. Honda With the introduction of the all-new HR-V entry crossover further strengthening the perennially popular Honda light truck lineup, the trifecta of HR-V, CR-V and Pilot CUVs proved a winning sales combination in May. The lineup will gain greater momentum with the June debut of the all-new third-generation 2016 Pilot. The introductory vehicle to the Honda car lineup, the Fit is finding homes with a steeply increasing number of individual buyers, posting an 82-percent gain to 6,342 units in May. Accord and Civic continue to be incredibly popular, topping 30,000 units in sales, along with America's most popular SUV, the Honda CR-V. Honda light trucks beat previous May record by 6,144 units for a total of 63,979 vehicles. Sales of the second-generation 2015 Pilot increased 17 percent to 11,760 ahead of introduction of the third-generation 2016 model. Fit posts third consecutive month of over-6,000 unit sales for an 82-percent year-over-year May increase. "The new Honda HR-V hit the ground running with an incredible sales performance in just a half month on the market with the all-new 2016 Pilot coming to market this month to further accelerate light truck sales," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "Despite the market trend toward light truck sales, our trio of Fit-Civic-Accord remains popular with individual buyers, and we're looking forward to a summer of hot sales." Acura Sales of the new TLX luxury sport sedan and upgraded ILX gateway luxury sedan boosted Acura sedan sales to an impressive increase of 43.5 percent from May 2014 with a total of 4,352 TLX models and 1,673 ILXs sold. Adding to Acura's overall 16.1-percent month-to-month gain to 17,042 vehicles was the refreshed RDX with all-time record sales of 5,343 units, combining with the popular MDX to produce sales of 10,764 Acura luxury SUVs in May. With a total of 17,042 units sold, Acura brand sales gained 16.1 percent in May; every current Acura model up from previous month Acura sedan sales up by 43.5 percent for May with a total of 6,278 vehicles driven by TLX sales of 4,352 units and ILX sales of 1,673. MDX and RDX both post sales numbers over 5,000 units each for a May record total Acura light truck sales of 10,764 vehicles "The Acura sedan lineup continues to build strong momentum with an increasing number of luxury customers getting behind the wheel of our TLX and ILX luxury performance models, " said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. "Together with the benchmark MDX and recently refreshed RDX, both topping 5,000 units in sales, we're looking forward to a long, hot summer of Acura sales."
  25. Cars and Light Trucks Share the Spotlight as American Honda Reports April 2015 Sales May 1, 2015 Honda light trucks set a new April record of 52,635 vehicles sold, gaining 2.0 percent year-over-year; Honda CR-V also has best-ever April, rising 3.4 percent on sales of 29,452 vehicles Honda Fit sales jumped 55.6 percent to lead American Honda April performers Acura division sales leapt 5.3 percent in April, fueled by a steep 29.4 percent rise in sedan sales led by TLX with sales of 4,093 vehicles Honda Pilot posts a substantial 28 percent gain even as an all-new Pilot and HR-V prepare to do battle in a hot truck market American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported April 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 130,068 units, with Acura cars rising 29.4 percent on sales of 5,932 vehicles and Honda trucks gaining 2.0 percent on sales of 52,635 units for a new April record. Overall American Honda sales decreased 1.8 percent versus a strong April 2014 sales total, with the Honda Division posting sales of 115,194 vehicles in April, a decrease of 2.7 percent for the month, and the Acura Division gaining 5.3 percent on sales of 14,874 vehicles in the same period. Honda Honda light trucks continue to resonate with consumers shopping in mainstream market segments, witnessed by yet another robust month for the outgoing 2015 Pilot—even as it makes room for the 2016 model—plus another strong month for the best-selling CR-V as it set a new April record, nearly reaching 30,000 sales; both vehicles contributed to a new April Honda light truck sales record. Bucking recent trends toward trucks, the Fit blazed another 55+ percent monthly increase while Civic also gained solid ground, up more than 2.8 percent over April 2014. Honda light trucks set a new April record, rising 2.0 percent on sales of 52,635 units. The best-selling CR-V also had record April sales, gaining 3.4 percent on sales of 29,452 vehicles. The outgoing 2015 Pilot posted sales of 11,222 vehicles—a stout increase of 28 percent in April. In the midst of a shrinking sedan market, Civic sales were up 2.8 percent for the month on sales of 28,380 and the amazing Fit posted sales of 6,529 units to leap 55.6 percent in April, while Accord posted strong sales of 27,251 units. "With the CR-V and current Pilot selling so well, and the HR-V and all-new Pilot soon entering the market, our truck lineup is set to drive a very strong 2015 for the Honda brand," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "Though the scales are definitely tipped toward trucks at the moment, we're really pleased at how Fit, Civic and Accord continue to outperform their rivals in the retail marketplace." Acura Even as Acura SUVs continue to perform well, Acura sedans showed renewed strength as the superbly balanced TLX set the bar for the brand in April, with sales of 4,093 units putting the TLX firmly in the top sales tier of its segment and pushing total Acura sales up 5.3 percent for the month. Acura's pace-setting luxury SUVs—RDX and MDX—also continued with brisk sales in April. Total Acura brand sales gained 5.3 percent in April, with total sales reaching 14,874. TLX drove the April increase on sales of 4,093 units for the month; sedan sales are up 29.4 percent since the beginning of the year. Combined MDX and RDX sales continue to be a formidable force in the luxury SUV game—despite a changeover from 2015 to 2016 model production—with RDX sales reaching 3,972 and MDX finding 4,970 buyers in April for a total of almost 9,000 units for the month. "The Acura TLX has renewed momentum that will continue to grow in the months ahead as it makes major inroads in the tough luxury sedan market," said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. "Despite tight supply during the transition from outgoing 2015 models to newly refreshed 2016 models, the RDX and MDX continued to perform exceptionally well in April."