The Acura motor car company
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Founding of the Acura motor car company
The Acura was first used in the US, Canada
and Hong Kong in March 1986, The Acura is a
luxury car built by the Honda Motor Company,
Acura was then introduced to Mexico in 2004 then
China in 2006. Only in 2010 will the Acura be
introduced to Japan by Honda.
History of Acura motor car company
In 1986 Honda opened up 60 new dealerships
in North America to support there decade of
research put into the Acura, there Honda derived
luxury car. Acura was Japans first luxury car to
be built with only 2 models available. The
Legend a V6-powerd sedan, and the Integra. The
Integra was available in a five door or three
door hatchback. The Legend V6-powerd sedan was
derived from the Accord and the Integra from the
Honda Quint hatchback.
In 1991 the
NSX was introduced by Acura five years after
both the Legend and the Integra. The NSX, a
midship V6 rear wheel drive sports car. The NSX
meaning "New Sports eXperimental" was Japans
first car capable of competing with the likes of
Ferrari and Porsche. The NSX to some people was
seen as an everyday Super car and was the first
all aluminium production car. At the time a
super car was not built for quality and
reliability but the NSX broke this trend.
Sales in the
mid to late 1990s suffered despite strong
acceptance into the market. Critics believe the
decline was part of a lack of inspiring designs.
Acura during this time switched to an
alphanumeric nomenclature formula witch meant
dropping the Legend, Vigor and Integra titles
that were following the lead of the NSX. The
Legend was replaced in 1996 with the 3.5 RL and
the Vigor replaced with the 2.5 TL and 3.2 TL.
this was regarded as the epitome of the problem,
mostly because of the alphanumeric designations
were more anonymous than the past Legend, Vigor
and Integra titles that had there own following.
BMW, Audi, Lexus and other competitors did far
better than the RL's 210 bhp V6 later increased
to 225 bhp combined with a high price and
styling that copied the large rear wheel
designee of the V8 powered Lexus LS400.
NSX's life up till 1996 sales as the Acura
dropped due to the lake in change of the trim
since 1989. The Integra Sedan a year later was
withdrawn with the Acura 1.6EL replacing it and
only sold in Canada badged as a Honda Civic.
Sales of the Integra Sedan continued in the
United States until 2001.
1990s Acura gained a young following, a group of
customers known as "tuners". The easy to tune
rev-happy engines used later by Acura meant the
Integra became a popular tuner car.
experienced a rebirth around 2000 witch brought
on the introduction of several redesigned
models, the first being the 1999 Acura 3.2TL an
upscale sedan. The Acura 3.2TL was seen
competing with the likes of the Lexus ES,
Infiniti I30 and the BMW 3 series. The 3.2TL
provided a blend of luxury and sportiness but
could not out do in any one area its competitors
luxury cars. The 3.2TL proved very popular with
its customers due to a competitive price, the
luxury and the sporty feel. The popularity in
the Acura models has meant they follow the
philosophy offering lots of standard equipment
and few options.
early 2000s a remodelled Acura was introduced as
the MDX. The MDX is a SUV based the Honda
Odyssey minivan. The SLX was a slow selling
predecessor of the MDX witch took over nicely,
the SLX was little more than a rebadged Isuzu
Trooper. For an SUV the MDX had very little off
road capabilities but catered very well as a
luxury SUV. In its first comparison test the MDX
was given top honours by car and driver against
other SUVs. Acura's other cars during the 2000's
include the 3.2 TL, 3.2CL, RSX and the NSX, The
2000's series of cars were plagued with
transmission and other problems.
In 2004 a new
TL made its debut, its features consisted of a
sharp Italian style with a V6 producing 270bhp
measured by the SAE standards of the time. This
new sharp TL sold around 70,943 units in America
in 2005, out doing the likes of the C-class,
G35, ES300 and A4. Around the same time Acura
brought out the TSX essentially a re-badged
European marked Honda Accord, with loads more
features. This was to be a cheaper alternative
to the BMWs 3-series. The TSX was the only 4
cylinder sedan Acura was to make.
A new RL was
introduced in 2005 with an amazing 300bhp V6
with fantastic handling all wheel drive and
improved styling. The RL is Acura's current
flags ship though it lakes a more powerful V8
witch most competitive luxury sedans in the same
class have. Due to this the RL's sales are not
as good and Acura have no plans on bringing out
a V8 rear wheel drive version.
selling vehicles were the TL and TSX models and
were from 2004 to 2006 Car and Driver's top 10.
out a small SUV called the RDX available in the
US in 2006. powered by a turbocharged 240bhp 4
cylinder engine much like the RL also using the
all wheel drive system. There were two version,
the premium standard and a technology package
consisting of a Bluetooth phone integration, GPS
system and many more high tech features. Late in
the year 2006 the MDX was introduced, a
completely redesigned model with a 300bhp V6 and
superior handling and all wheel drive.
In 2007 Acura
re introduced the TL type S. An all new TL and
TSX models were introduced in 2009 with a
redesigned RL. All were debuted in a 2008
calendar. 2011 holds a redesign of the RL as
well as a crossover vehicle called the ZDX, same
as the featured concept.
opens 60 new dealerships in North America to
support the decade of research in to Acura.
Legend and Integra, two first cars available
1991: NSX was
Legend was replaced by 3.5 RL and the Vigor
replaced by the 2.5 TL and 3.2 TL.
Type R introduced, 1.6EL replaces Integra Sedan
the Canadian line-up, Integra Sedan continued
sales in US till 2001.
launched and replaced 1.6EL in Canadian line-up.
RSX to replace Integra name in North America.
2003: CL is
de Mexico introduce Acura into Mexico. TL third
generation is introduced. TSX also introduced
and is very competitive with BMW 3 series.
Acura TL wins Consumer most wanted vehicle by
Edmunds. RL introduced with SH-AWD system. Acure
drops engine size from 1.7EL models
introduced to China. RDX introduced with SH-AWD.
CSX to replace EL and only sold in Canada. RSX
2007: MDX is
redesigned. TL type S is reintroduced. CSX type
S is introduced.
Introduction of diesel engine line up.
Introduction of a new RL with a mid model
redesign at Chicago Auto Show. TSX introduced at
New York Auto Show.
redesign. TL redesign. RL mid model change. CSX
mid model change. Introduction of Acura ZDX
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