Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:03:54 -0700 Corporate: Honda Parts Purchasing Surpasses $300 Billion in North America <p>Honda honored more than 100 automotive parts suppliers in North America for outstanding performance in 2013 at its 30th Supplier Conference last week, and announced that Honda has purchased more than $300 billion in parts and materials from its more than 650 suppliers in North America during the 35 years since Honda began building products in the region.</p> <p>The purchasing milestone came on the heels of record Honda auto production and parts purchasing last year in a region where Honda manufacturing continues on a growth trajectory. In 2013, Honda manufactured a record 1.78 million automobiles in North America as parts purchasing in the region exceeded $25.5 billion for the year, the most ever.</p> <p>"Over the next three years, Honda will continue to transform our business, advancing technology in products and manufacturing in North America to maximize joy for the customer," said Chitoshi Yokota, senior executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc. "Together, Honda and our suppliers can support Honda's goal to become a truly global company by becoming a truly self-reliant regional company here in North America."</p> <p>Today, more than 650 domestic OEM suppliers ship parts to 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, and Honda all-terrain vehicles. Utilizing a separate supply chain, Honda also manufactures power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines in North Carolina. Honda has invested $2.7 billion in recent years to expand auto production capacity and implement new technologies.</p> <p>In addition to supporting increased production, suppliers are being called on to support Honda's new responsibilities in the region to increase exports and lead the launch of global products, such as the Civic, that Honda manufactures in markets around the world.</p> <p>"With significant growth in our production over the next three years, driven by heavy new model activity in North America, we will continue to collaborate with suppliers to deliver leading edge technologies and the highest quality products," said Tom Lake, vice president of North American Purchasing and Cost Strategy.</p> <p><strong>Honda Honors 65 Top Suppliers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico</strong></p> <p>During its annual conference, <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/Honda_2014_OEM_Supplier_Award_Recipients_4.22.14.docx">Honda honored 65 top OEM suppliers</a> for their excellence in one or more of three key categories – Quality, Delivery and Value – based on their outstanding performance in 2013.</p> <p>This includes five suppliers that excelled in all three categories: <strong>American Leakless Company, LLC,</strong> Athens, Alabama; <strong>CTS Corporation,</strong> Elkhart, Ind<strong>.; KTH Shelburne Mfg.,</strong> Shelburne, Ontario, <strong>Kumi Canada Corp.,</strong> Bradford, Ontario, and <strong>TS Tech USA Corp,</strong> Reynoldsburg, Ohio.</p> <p>Honda also honored four suppliers that in the past year that overcame extraordinary operational challenges to support Honda production: <strong>Asama Coldwater Mfg., Inc.,</strong> Coldwater, Mich.; <strong>Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations,</strong> Wilson, N.C. and Wuxi, Jiangsu, China; <strong>ITW Shakeproof Automotive Products, </strong>Elgin, Ill., and <strong>NS International Ltd.,</strong> Sabina, Ohio.</p> <p>In addition, Honda presented its Corporate Citizenship Recognition to<strong> Rainsville Technology, Inc.</strong> of Rainsville, Ala., for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to social responsibility. This recognition is based on leadership in the areas of health and safety, diversity, community involvement, ethics and compliance, and the environment.</p> <p><strong>Purchasing Impact Where Honda Has Manufacturing Operations</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td><strong>Location</strong></td> <td><strong>No. OEM Suppliers</strong></td> <td><strong>2013 OEM Parts Purchasing</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ohio</td> <td>158</td> <td>$9.7 billion</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alabama</td> <td>39</td> <td>$2.2 billion</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Indiana</td> <td>49</td> <td>$2.5 billion</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Georgia</td> <td>40</td> <td>$685 million</td> </tr> <tr> <td>South Carolina</td> <td>38</td> <td>$534 million</td> </tr> <tr> <td>North Carolina</td> <td>45</td> <td>$496 million</td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>49 Honda Service Parts Suppliers Recognized for Outstanding Performance</strong></p> <p>In addition to the OEM supplier awards, <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/Honda_2014_Service_Parts_Award_Recipients_FINAL_4-22-14.xlsx">Honda honored 49 suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying Service Parts</a> that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura vehicles. American Honda provides service and accessory parts for the nearly 20 million Honda and Acura automobiles in operation in the United States today.</p> <p>Honda Service Parts suppliers provide customers with top-quality service parts in a timely manner and at competitive prices for the maintenance and repair of Honda and Acura customers' vehicles. They were rated on their performance in quality, cost and delivery. Distinct from the OEM supplier awards, an overall score is based on the combined performance in all three categories.</p> <p>The company manages a national network of warehousing and distribution facilities that deliver high-quality, high-value service parts to 1,300 Honda and Acura dealers nationwide, who consistently rank American Honda as managing the best parts operations in the automobile industry.</p> <p>Honda purchased nearly $1.26 billion in parts from its Service Parts suppliers in North America last year. </p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong> <br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion.</p> <p>Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 15 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks.</p> <p>A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.</p> <p>Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/cb8fbd83-80b8-43ab-9eeb-e05b8ecae7dd http://hondanews.com/releases/cb8fbd83-80b8-43ab-9eeb-e05b8ecae7dd Honda Parts Purchasing Surpasses $300 Billion in North America <p>Honda honored more than 100 automotive parts suppliers in North America for outstanding performance in 2013 at its 30th Supplier Conference last week, and announced that Honda has purchased more than $300 billion in parts and materials from its more than 650 suppliers in North America during the 35 years since Honda began building products in the region.</p> <p>The purchasing milestone came on the heels of record Honda auto production and parts purchasing last year in a region where Honda manufacturing continues on a growth trajectory. In 2013, Honda manufactured a record 1.78 million automobiles in North America as parts purchasing in the region exceeded $25.5 billion for the year, the most ever.</p> <p>"Over the next three years, Honda will continue to transform our business, advancing technology in products and manufacturing in North America to maximize joy for the customer," said Chitoshi Yokota, senior executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc. "Together, Honda and our suppliers can support Honda's goal to become a truly global company by becoming a truly self-reliant regional company here in North America."</p> <p>Today, more than 650 domestic OEM suppliers ship parts to 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, and Honda all-terrain vehicles. Utilizing a separate supply chain, Honda also manufactures power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines in North Carolina. Honda has invested $2.7 billion in recent years to expand auto production capacity and implement new technologies.</p> <p>In addition to supporting increased production, suppliers are being called on to support Honda's new responsibilities in the region to increase exports and lead the launch of global products, such as the Civic, that Honda manufactures in markets around the world.</p> <p>"With significant growth in our production over the next three years, driven by heavy new model activity in North America, we will continue to collaborate with suppliers to deliver leading edge technologies and the highest quality products," said Tom Lake, vice president of North American Purchasing and Cost Strategy.</p> <p><strong>Honda Honors 65 Top Suppliers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico</strong></p> <p>During its annual conference, <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/Honda_2014_OEM_Supplier_Award_Recipients_4.22.14.docx">Honda honored 65 top OEM suppliers</a> for their excellence in one or more of three key categories – Quality, Delivery and Value – based on their outstanding performance in 2013.</p> <p>This includes five suppliers that excelled in all three categories: <strong>American Leakless Company, LLC,</strong> Athens, Alabama; <strong>CTS Corporation,</strong> Elkhart, Ind<strong>.; KTH Shelburne Mfg.,</strong> Shelburne, Ontario, <strong>Kumi Canada Corp.,</strong> Bradford, Ontario, and <strong>TS Tech USA Corp,</strong> Reynoldsburg, Ohio.</p> <p>Honda also honored four suppliers that in the past year that overcame extraordinary operational challenges to support Honda production: <strong>Asama Coldwater Mfg., Inc.,</strong> Coldwater, Mich.; <strong>Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations,</strong> Wilson, N.C. and Wuxi, Jiangsu, China; <strong>ITW Shakeproof Automotive Products, </strong>Elgin, Ill., and <strong>NS International Ltd.,</strong> Sabina, Ohio.</p> <p>In addition, Honda presented its Corporate Citizenship Recognition to<strong> Rainsville Technology, Inc.</strong> of Rainsville, Ala., for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to social responsibility. This recognition is based on leadership in the areas of health and safety, diversity, community involvement, ethics and compliance, and the environment.</p> <p><strong>Purchasing Impact Where Honda Has Manufacturing Operations</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td><strong>Location</strong></td> <td><strong>No. OEM Suppliers</strong></td> <td><strong>2013 OEM Parts Purchasing</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ohio</td> <td>158</td> <td>$9.7 billion</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alabama</td> <td>39</td> <td>$2.2 billion</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Indiana</td> <td>49</td> <td>$2.5 billion</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Georgia</td> <td>40</td> <td>$685 million</td> </tr> <tr> <td>South Carolina</td> <td>38</td> <td>$534 million</td> </tr> <tr> <td>North Carolina</td> <td>45</td> <td>$496 million</td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>49 Honda Service Parts Suppliers Recognized for Outstanding Performance</strong></p> <p>In addition to the OEM supplier awards, <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/new/Honda_2014_Service_Parts_Award_Recipients_FINAL_4-22-14.xlsx">Honda honored 49 suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying Service Parts</a> that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura vehicles. American Honda provides service and accessory parts for the nearly 20 million Honda and Acura automobiles in operation in the United States today.</p> <p>Honda Service Parts suppliers provide customers with top-quality service parts in a timely manner and at competitive prices for the maintenance and repair of Honda and Acura customers' vehicles. They were rated on their performance in quality, cost and delivery. Distinct from the OEM supplier awards, an overall score is based on the combined performance in all three categories.</p> <p>The company manages a national network of warehousing and distribution facilities that deliver high-quality, high-value service parts to 1,300 Honda and Acura dealers nationwide, who consistently rank American Honda as managing the best parts operations in the automobile industry.</p> <p>Honda purchased nearly $1.26 billion in parts from its Service Parts suppliers in North America last year. </p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong> <br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion.</p> <p>Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 15 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks.</p> <p>A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.</p> <p>Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate: Honda Accord Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas Named to KBB.com's 10 Best Green Cars of 2014 List <p>Industry experts at KBB.com named the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid/">http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid/</a>) and the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/)">http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/)</a> to their annual list of the 10 Best Green Cars. The editors at Kelley Blue Book were impressed by the Accord Hybrid's superb driving experience and class-leading fuel economy ratings and by the Civic Natural Gas' use of a domestically sourced, clean-burning fuel.</p> <p>"For customers looking to purchase vehicles that have low CO<sub>2</sub> emissions, Honda has two great options on KBB.com's list—the fun-to-drive, fuel efficient Accord Hybrid and the Civic Natural Gas powered without a drop of gasoline," said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This recognition from Kelley Blue Book validates the efforts of Honda engineers who for decades have continued to work towards our goal to leave 'Blue Skies for our Children.'"</p> <p>The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is designed to deliver outstanding fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance and, with a 50 miles per gallon EPA city fuel economy rating<sup>1</sup>, it has the highest city mpg rating of any four door sedan. The Accord Hybrid's two-motor hybrid system, part of an expanding lineup of Honda Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, seamlessly blends electric-only, hybrid and engine drive modes along with powerful regenerative braking to provide responsive and efficient performance in a wide range of driving situations.</p> <p>KBB.com's honor adds to the growing list of prestigious awards for the Honda Accord Hybrid that include being named About.com's "Best New Cars of 2014" and <em>Green Car Journal's</em> Green Car of the Year. The Accord Hybrid also earned a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (when equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning system) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)<sup>2</sup>.</p> <p>Also earning a spot on KBB.com's list, the Honda Civic Natural Gas has a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg<sup>1‡</sup> and an estimated fuel cost savings of up to 40 percent compared to a typical gasoline-powered compact car. The Civic Natural Gas, powered 100 percent by natural gas, can be refueled in a matter of minutes, much like a conventional gasoline-powered car. New for 2014, the Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. The Civic Natural Gas' standard interior has also been upgraded for 2014 with more premium seating materials and door panel trim.</p> <p>For more information about KBB.com's 10 Best Green Cars of 2014, please visit <a href="http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-green-cars-2014/">http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-green-cars-2014/.</a></p> <p><strong>Honda Environmental Leadership</strong><br> Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO<sub>2</sub> emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX), five generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998) and the first gasoline-powered vehicles in the hands of consumers to meet stricter emissions standards. Honda also has led the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # # </p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors.</p> <p><sup>2</sup> Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (<a href="http://www.SaferCar.gov" target="_blank">www.SaferCar.gov</a>). Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs).</p> <p><sup>‡</sup> Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE) </p> Corporate Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:10:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/aa053c56-d56f-4035-8923-9da1dabe5d6f http://hondanews.com/releases/aa053c56-d56f-4035-8923-9da1dabe5d6f Honda Accord Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas Named to KBB.com's 10 Best Green Cars of 2014 List <p>Industry experts at KBB.com named the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid/">http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid/</a>) and the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/)">http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/)</a> to their annual list of the 10 Best Green Cars. The editors at Kelley Blue Book were impressed by the Accord Hybrid's superb driving experience and class-leading fuel economy ratings and by the Civic Natural Gas' use of a domestically sourced, clean-burning fuel.</p> <p>"For customers looking to purchase vehicles that have low CO<sub>2</sub> emissions, Honda has two great options on KBB.com's list—the fun-to-drive, fuel efficient Accord Hybrid and the Civic Natural Gas powered without a drop of gasoline," said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This recognition from Kelley Blue Book validates the efforts of Honda engineers who for decades have continued to work towards our goal to leave 'Blue Skies for our Children.'"</p> <p>The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is designed to deliver outstanding fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance and, with a 50 miles per gallon EPA city fuel economy rating<sup>1</sup>, it has the highest city mpg rating of any four door sedan. The Accord Hybrid's two-motor hybrid system, part of an expanding lineup of Honda Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, seamlessly blends electric-only, hybrid and engine drive modes along with powerful regenerative braking to provide responsive and efficient performance in a wide range of driving situations.</p> <p>KBB.com's honor adds to the growing list of prestigious awards for the Honda Accord Hybrid that include being named About.com's "Best New Cars of 2014" and <em>Green Car Journal's</em> Green Car of the Year. The Accord Hybrid also earned a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (when equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning system) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)<sup>2</sup>.</p> <p>Also earning a spot on KBB.com's list, the Honda Civic Natural Gas has a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg<sup>1‡</sup> and an estimated fuel cost savings of up to 40 percent compared to a typical gasoline-powered compact car. The Civic Natural Gas, powered 100 percent by natural gas, can be refueled in a matter of minutes, much like a conventional gasoline-powered car. New for 2014, the Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. The Civic Natural Gas' standard interior has also been upgraded for 2014 with more premium seating materials and door panel trim.</p> <p>For more information about KBB.com's 10 Best Green Cars of 2014, please visit <a href="http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-green-cars-2014/">http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-green-cars-2014/.</a></p> <p><strong>Honda Environmental Leadership</strong><br> Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO<sub>2</sub> emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX), five generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998) and the first gasoline-powered vehicles in the hands of consumers to meet stricter emissions standards. Honda also has led the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # # </p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors.</p> <p><sup>2</sup> Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (<a href="http://www.SaferCar.gov" target="_blank">www.SaferCar.gov</a>). Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs).</p> <p><sup>‡</sup> Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE) </p> Corporate: Michael J. Accavitti <p>Michael Accavitti is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Acura Division for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. He oversees all Acura brand activities including parts & service, sales, marketing, and training. </p> <p>Accavitti was formerly Senior Vice President of Automobile Operations with responsibility for product planning, logistics and marketing for both the Honda and Acura automobile brands.</p> <p>Prior to joining American Honda, Accavitti served as Executive Automotive Advisor for Cisco Systems, where he developed new business and led innovation in the automotive space for Cisco's Global Enterprise Theater.</p> <p>Earlier, Accavitti was with the Chrysler Corporation, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dodge Brand and Lead Marketing Executive for the Chrysler Group. He began his 25-year tenure with Chrysler as an industrial engineer and held various positions in engineering, production management, finance, international business development, product and brand planning, marketing, motorsports and street and racing technology.</p> <p>Accavitti earned a bachelor's degree in science with a concentration in industrial engineering and management from Western Michigan University; an MBA from Wayne State University; and a juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/76ae1066-37aa-45a7-bdd3-bbcad50ab889 http://hondanews.com/releases/76ae1066-37aa-45a7-bdd3-bbcad50ab889 Michael J. Accavitti <p>Michael Accavitti is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Acura Division for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. He oversees all Acura brand activities including parts & service, sales, marketing, and training. </p> <p>Accavitti was formerly Senior Vice President of Automobile Operations with responsibility for product planning, logistics and marketing for both the Honda and Acura automobile brands.</p> <p>Prior to joining American Honda, Accavitti served as Executive Automotive Advisor for Cisco Systems, where he developed new business and led innovation in the automotive space for Cisco's Global Enterprise Theater.</p> <p>Earlier, Accavitti was with the Chrysler Corporation, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dodge Brand and Lead Marketing Executive for the Chrysler Group. He began his 25-year tenure with Chrysler as an industrial engineer and held various positions in engineering, production management, finance, international business development, product and brand planning, marketing, motorsports and street and racing technology.</p> <p>Accavitti earned a bachelor's degree in science with a concentration in industrial engineering and management from Western Michigan University; an MBA from Wayne State University; and a juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate: Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/006e/82f3/006e82f3-6ba7-4288-a13d-394986609a7a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/latest-version-of-asimo-makes-north-american-debut-in-new-york-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/latest-version-of-asimo-makes-north-american-debut-in-new-york-2 Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/006e/82f3/006e82f3-6ba7-4288-a13d-394986609a7a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York Corporate: Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/dba9/209d/dba9209d-154e-427c-9e0a-5c02a349524d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/latest-version-of-asimo-makes-north-american-debut-in-new-york http://hondanews.com/photos/latest-version-of-asimo-makes-north-american-debut-in-new-york Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/dba9/209d/dba9209d-154e-427c-9e0a-5c02a349524d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York Corporate: Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5e9d/f10d/5e9df10d-b079-42b3-921d-2c8aa5d6505b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/latest-version-of-asimo-makes-north-american-debut-in-new-york-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/latest-version-of-asimo-makes-north-american-debut-in-new-york-1 Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5e9d/f10d/5e9df10d-b079-42b3-921d-2c8aa5d6505b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York Corporate: Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <p>Honda today showcased the newest version of ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, for the first time in North America, featuring the latest innovations, including the ability to communicate in sign language and to climb stairs without stopping.</p> <p>ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was first introduced 14 years ago. Since then, Honda engineers have continued making significant advances including physical improvements such as running and hopping on one leg, improvements to ASIMO's dexterity, as well as other advancements that have furthered the company's dream of creating a humanoid robot that can provide assistance for society.</p> <p>"This is an exciting project for Honda," said Satoshi Shigemi, senior chief engineer of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. and the leader of Honda's humanoid robotics program. "Our engineers are working tirelessly to develop new technologies aimed at helping ASIMO work in a real world environment."</p> <p>The new version of ASIMO has undergone numerous changes to its 4'3", 110-pound body. Developments in the lower body have enhanced stability and balance control, allowing the robot to climb more smoothly, run faster and change directions in a more-controlled fashion.</p> <p>Enhancements in the upper body include major increases in the degrees of freedom available in the robot's hands. Each hand now contains 13 degrees of freedom, which allows ASIMO to perform many more intricate and precise tasks. </p> <p>The increased hand dexterity provides additional movement in each finger, which also led to the development of ASIMO's new ability to communicate using both American and Japanese sign language. </p> <p>Force sensors in the robot's hands also provide instantaneous feedback allowing ASIMO to use the appropriate amount of force when performing a task. This allows the robot to pick up paper cups without crushing them, but still allows ASIMO to use a stronger force when necessary.</p> <p>"It was obvious that overall flexibility was necessary, and many more complex tasks can now be performed because of the improved operational capacity in the hands," Shigemi continued. "But perhaps more importantly, these innovations enhance ASIMO's communication skills, which is essential to interact with human beings."</p> <p>The advanced technologies derived from research on ASIMO have also benefited other Honda business lines.  For example, the VSA system used in the Honda Civic and technologies used in the championship-winning Honda Moto GP motorcycles had their genesis in Honda's robotics research program.</p> <p>Later this summer, the new ASIMO will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor to become a daily performer at the Honda ASIMO Theatre at Innoventions in Disneyland Resort's Tomorrowland.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong></p> <p>Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion.  </p> <p>Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts. </p> <p>Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year.  In 2013, 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> <p>Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/d5085a88-6fd2-4546-b87d-5bfc45bc07e6 http://hondanews.com/releases/d5085a88-6fd2-4546-b87d-5bfc45bc07e6 Latest Version of ASIMO Makes North American Debut in New York <p>Honda today showcased the newest version of ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, for the first time in North America, featuring the latest innovations, including the ability to communicate in sign language and to climb stairs without stopping.</p> <p>ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was first introduced 14 years ago. Since then, Honda engineers have continued making significant advances including physical improvements such as running and hopping on one leg, improvements to ASIMO's dexterity, as well as other advancements that have furthered the company's dream of creating a humanoid robot that can provide assistance for society.</p> <p>"This is an exciting project for Honda," said Satoshi Shigemi, senior chief engineer of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. and the leader of Honda's humanoid robotics program. "Our engineers are working tirelessly to develop new technologies aimed at helping ASIMO work in a real world environment."</p> <p>The new version of ASIMO has undergone numerous changes to its 4'3", 110-pound body. Developments in the lower body have enhanced stability and balance control, allowing the robot to climb more smoothly, run faster and change directions in a more-controlled fashion.</p> <p>Enhancements in the upper body include major increases in the degrees of freedom available in the robot's hands. Each hand now contains 13 degrees of freedom, which allows ASIMO to perform many more intricate and precise tasks. </p> <p>The increased hand dexterity provides additional movement in each finger, which also led to the development of ASIMO's new ability to communicate using both American and Japanese sign language. </p> <p>Force sensors in the robot's hands also provide instantaneous feedback allowing ASIMO to use the appropriate amount of force when performing a task. This allows the robot to pick up paper cups without crushing them, but still allows ASIMO to use a stronger force when necessary.</p> <p>"It was obvious that overall flexibility was necessary, and many more complex tasks can now be performed because of the improved operational capacity in the hands," Shigemi continued. "But perhaps more importantly, these innovations enhance ASIMO's communication skills, which is essential to interact with human beings."</p> <p>The advanced technologies derived from research on ASIMO have also benefited other Honda business lines.  For example, the VSA system used in the Honda Civic and technologies used in the championship-winning Honda Moto GP motorcycles had their genesis in Honda's robotics research program.</p> <p>Later this summer, the new ASIMO will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor to become a daily performer at the Honda ASIMO Theatre at Innoventions in Disneyland Resort's Tomorrowland.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong></p> <p>Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion.  </p> <p>Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts. </p> <p>Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year.  In 2013, 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> <p>Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: Honda HR-V Compact SUV <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0d5c/5235/0d5c5235-e2ec-4699-a200-ad8c007b8bdc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HR-V Compact SUV Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hr-v-compact-suv http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hr-v-compact-suv Honda HR-V Compact SUV <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0d5c/5235/0d5c5235-e2ec-4699-a200-ad8c007b8bdc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HR-V Compact SUV Corporate: Honda HR-V Compact SUV to Join All-New 2015 Fit as Honda Expands Small Car Lineup <ul> <li><em>All-new HR-V will launch this winter with sleek and expressive styling</em></li> <li><em>2015 Fit resets segment benchmark with class-leading interior space, top fuel economy ratings and standard features </em></li> <li><em>Next-generation ASIMO also makes appearance at New York Auto Show </em></li> </ul> <p>Honda will continue to expand its lineup of small cars aimed at the next generation of buyers with the launch of the 2015 Fit subcompact car (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/fit</a>) and the all-new compact SUV, the Honda HR-V (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v</a>) that will come to market this winter. Together the Fit and HR-V will represent a significant growth opportunity for Honda in the U.S., with both models produced at the automaker's newest North American manufacturing facility located in Celaya, Mexico, which allows for production flexibility to meet market demand.</p> <p>"Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. "Together these models also represent Honda's step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years."</p> <p><strong>All-New HR-V Compact SUV </strong><br> Honda released the first official photos of the U.S.-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique center tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space. The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size. Additional details about the HR-V will be announced later this year.</p> <p><strong>2015 Fit Sets Subcompact Benchmark</strong><br> On-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this month, the all-new 2015 Fit establishes a new benchmark in the subcompact segment. The Fit delivers a class-leading combination of interior space, feature content, fuel efficiency and value. With a long list of new standard and available features including a multi-angle rearview camera, <em>Bluetooth® </em>connectivity, Expanded View Drivers Mirror, 7-inch Display Audio with HondaLink™ connectivity and LaneWatch™ display, the Fit is an unparalleled  value with an MSRP starting at $15,525<sup>1</sup>, representing an increase of only $100 over the model it replaces.</p> <p>The new Fit is equipped with a more efficient and powerful Earth Dreams Technology™ 1.5-liter direct injected 4-cylinder engine. Available with either a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual, the 2015 Fit earns class-leading<sup>2</sup> EPA fuel economy ratings of 33/41/36 (city/hwy/combined)<sup>3</sup> when equipped with the CVT in LX trim.</p> <p>Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the outgoing model, the new Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.), resulting in improved handling and stability. Inside, the Fit delivers class-leading passenger space measuring 95.7 cubic feet, an increase of 4.9 cubic feet compared to the previous model. Passengers sitting in the backseat will appreciate the Fit's abundant rear legroom, which increases by 4.8 inches to a best-in-class 39.3 inches. With the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat® offering multiple seating configurations, the Fit provides an unrivaled 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat.</p> <p><strong>Next-Generation ASIMO Makes Appearance  </strong><br> Showcasing Honda's commitment to advancing mobility of all forms, the new version of ASIMO (<a href="http://www.asimo.honda.com" target="_blank">www.asimo.honda.com</a>) made a special demonstration at the New York Auto Show, as a part of a week of activity in New York City.</p> <p>ASIMO — which stands for <strong>A</strong>dvanced <strong>S</strong>tep in <strong>I</strong>nnovative <strong>M</strong>obility — features enhanced hand dexterity, including the ability to sign in both Japanese and American sign language, as well as the ability to run faster than previously, climb stairs more smoothly, hop, jump, balance on one foot, and transition seamlessly between walking and running, among other new and unique capabilities.</p> <p> </p> <p><sup>1</sup> Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>2</sup> Among subcompact class vehicles equipped with standard engine and automatic transmission <br> <sup>3</sup> Fuel economy rating for 2015 Fit LX equipped with CVT. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPG will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, and other factors.</p> <p>###</p> Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/191f2fc0-8fa3-4445-963a-eb15ff434e8b http://hondanews.com/releases/191f2fc0-8fa3-4445-963a-eb15ff434e8b Honda HR-V Compact SUV to Join All-New 2015 Fit as Honda Expands Small Car Lineup <ul> <li><em>All-new HR-V will launch this winter with sleek and expressive styling</em></li> <li><em>2015 Fit resets segment benchmark with class-leading interior space, top fuel economy ratings and standard features </em></li> <li><em>Next-generation ASIMO also makes appearance at New York Auto Show </em></li> </ul> <p>Honda will continue to expand its lineup of small cars aimed at the next generation of buyers with the launch of the 2015 Fit subcompact car (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/fit</a>) and the all-new compact SUV, the Honda HR-V (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v</a>) that will come to market this winter. Together the Fit and HR-V will represent a significant growth opportunity for Honda in the U.S., with both models produced at the automaker's newest North American manufacturing facility located in Celaya, Mexico, which allows for production flexibility to meet market demand.</p> <p>"Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. "Together these models also represent Honda's step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years."</p> <p><strong>All-New HR-V Compact SUV </strong><br> Honda released the first official photos of the U.S.-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique center tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space. The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size. Additional details about the HR-V will be announced later this year.</p> <p><strong>2015 Fit Sets Subcompact Benchmark</strong><br> On-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this month, the all-new 2015 Fit establishes a new benchmark in the subcompact segment. The Fit delivers a class-leading combination of interior space, feature content, fuel efficiency and value. With a long list of new standard and available features including a multi-angle rearview camera, <em>Bluetooth® </em>connectivity, Expanded View Drivers Mirror, 7-inch Display Audio with HondaLink™ connectivity and LaneWatch™ display, the Fit is an unparalleled  value with an MSRP starting at $15,525<sup>1</sup>, representing an increase of only $100 over the model it replaces.</p> <p>The new Fit is equipped with a more efficient and powerful Earth Dreams Technology™ 1.5-liter direct injected 4-cylinder engine. Available with either a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual, the 2015 Fit earns class-leading<sup>2</sup> EPA fuel economy ratings of 33/41/36 (city/hwy/combined)<sup>3</sup> when equipped with the CVT in LX trim.</p> <p>Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the outgoing model, the new Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.), resulting in improved handling and stability. Inside, the Fit delivers class-leading passenger space measuring 95.7 cubic feet, an increase of 4.9 cubic feet compared to the previous model. Passengers sitting in the backseat will appreciate the Fit's abundant rear legroom, which increases by 4.8 inches to a best-in-class 39.3 inches. With the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat® offering multiple seating configurations, the Fit provides an unrivaled 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat.</p> <p><strong>Next-Generation ASIMO Makes Appearance  </strong><br> Showcasing Honda's commitment to advancing mobility of all forms, the new version of ASIMO (<a href="http://www.asimo.honda.com" target="_blank">www.asimo.honda.com</a>) made a special demonstration at the New York Auto Show, as a part of a week of activity in New York City.</p> <p>ASIMO — which stands for <strong>A</strong>dvanced <strong>S</strong>tep in <strong>I</strong>nnovative <strong>M</strong>obility — features enhanced hand dexterity, including the ability to sign in both Japanese and American sign language, as well as the ability to run faster than previously, climb stairs more smoothly, hop, jump, balance on one foot, and transition seamlessly between walking and running, among other new and unique capabilities.</p> <p> </p> <p><sup>1</sup> Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>2</sup> Among subcompact class vehicles equipped with standard engine and automatic transmission <br> <sup>3</sup> Fuel economy rating for 2015 Fit LX equipped with CVT. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPG will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, and other factors.</p> <p>###</p> Corporate: Honda HR-V Compact SUV <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e3da/966a/e3da966a-be1f-43a8-b658-e767110dc212-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HR-V Compact SUV Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:59:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hr-v-compact-suv-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hr-v-compact-suv-2 Honda HR-V Compact SUV <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e3da/966a/e3da966a-be1f-43a8-b658-e767110dc212-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HR-V Compact SUV Corporate: Honda HR-V Compact SUV <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a406/336c/a406336c-303d-490c-991e-90320d5d1733-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HR-V Compact SUV Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:58:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hr-v-compact-suv-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hr-v-compact-suv-1 Honda HR-V Compact SUV <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a406/336c/a406336c-303d-490c-991e-90320d5d1733-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HR-V Compact SUV Corporate: 2014 Acura MDX and RDX Selected as Edmunds.com Top Rated Vehicles <p>Acura's dynamic luxury light truck duo, the 2014 MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the 2014 RDX luxury crossover sport utility vehicle, have been named as Top Rated Vehicles by Edmunds.com. </p> <p> "This honor from Edmunds confirms what the sales records achieved by MDX and RDX already demonstrate; Acura has the best one-two punch in the luxury marketplace," said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Acura Division.  "With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura continues to deliver an outstanding combination of exhilarating performance, great fuel efficiency, extraordinary luxury and value."</p> <p> March 2014 sales of the MDX and RDX were up nearly 46 percent from a year earlier.  MDX set a record with March sales of 5,793 units, while RDX continued its remarkable string of 23 consecutive monthly sales records on sales of 4,580 units.</p> <p> Edmunds.com evaluates about 200 cars each year.  Each vehicle is driven on a standardized road-test loop and a test track where instrumented testing in controlled conditions is conducted.  Edmunds.com uses its findings to grade how a car stacks up against competitors in respect to size and price class. Vehicles that earn an 'A' rating receive an Edmunds.com Top Rated Award. </p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 275 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the all-new MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.</p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><em><a href="http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=MDX" target="_blank">acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=MDX</a></em> <em>and</em> <a href="http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=RDX" target="_blank">http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=RDX</a>. <em>To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit </em><em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/Acura</a></em><em>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Acura MDX is available at </em><em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-mdx" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-mdx</a></em><em> and </em><em><a href="http://www.acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-rdx" target="_blank">http://www.acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-rdx</a></em> <br> <em>More information about Edmunds.com Top Rated Vehicles for 2014 can be found at </em><em><a href="http://www.edmunds.com/" target="_blank">http://www.edmunds.com/</a></em></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center">###</p> Corporate Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/51a5a0a4-0c66-49e4-a96b-4508dd293ba5 http://hondanews.com/releases/51a5a0a4-0c66-49e4-a96b-4508dd293ba5 2014 Acura MDX and RDX Selected as Edmunds.com Top Rated Vehicles <p>Acura's dynamic luxury light truck duo, the 2014 MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the 2014 RDX luxury crossover sport utility vehicle, have been named as Top Rated Vehicles by Edmunds.com. </p> <p> "This honor from Edmunds confirms what the sales records achieved by MDX and RDX already demonstrate; Acura has the best one-two punch in the luxury marketplace," said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Acura Division.  "With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura continues to deliver an outstanding combination of exhilarating performance, great fuel efficiency, extraordinary luxury and value."</p> <p> March 2014 sales of the MDX and RDX were up nearly 46 percent from a year earlier.  MDX set a record with March sales of 5,793 units, while RDX continued its remarkable string of 23 consecutive monthly sales records on sales of 4,580 units.</p> <p> Edmunds.com evaluates about 200 cars each year.  Each vehicle is driven on a standardized road-test loop and a test track where instrumented testing in controlled conditions is conducted.  Edmunds.com uses its findings to grade how a car stacks up against competitors in respect to size and price class. Vehicles that earn an 'A' rating receive an Edmunds.com Top Rated Award. </p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 275 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the all-new MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.</p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at </em><em><a href="http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=MDX" target="_blank">acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=MDX</a></em> <em>and</em> <a href="http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=RDX" target="_blank">http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=RDX</a>. <em>To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit </em><em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/Acura</a></em><em>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Acura MDX is available at </em><em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-mdx" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-mdx</a></em><em> and </em><em><a href="http://www.acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-rdx" target="_blank">http://www.acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-rdx</a></em> <br> <em>More information about Edmunds.com Top Rated Vehicles for 2014 can be found at </em><em><a href="http://www.edmunds.com/" target="_blank">http://www.edmunds.com/</a></em></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center">###</p> Corporate: Acura Press Conference at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) The production 2015 Acura TLX made its world debut during a press conference at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:23:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/videos/cdc1112b-23d5-411f-ac0f-3fbec75bc72f http://hondanews.com/videos/cdc1112b-23d5-411f-ac0f-3fbec75bc72f Acura Press Conference at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) The production 2015 Acura TLX made its world debut during a press conference at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Corporate: 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/f336/7b90/f3367b90-4c28-4ae1-a1e6-e8dc1f6231ce-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:49:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-acura-tlx-unveiled-at-nyias-8 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-acura-tlx-unveiled-at-nyias-8 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/f336/7b90/f3367b90-4c28-4ae1-a1e6-e8dc1f6231ce-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS Corporate: 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5738/142e/5738142e-dc0a-43e3-8974-48d44dcb9180-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:48:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-acura-tlx-unveiled-at-nyias-7 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-acura-tlx-unveiled-at-nyias-7 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS <img 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<br/> 2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS Corporate: Acura Press Conference Remarks: 2014 New York International Auto Show <p><strong>Mike Accavitti<br /> Senior Vice President & General Manager</strong></p> <p>Good afternoon!  </p> <p>We began the year in Detroit, by taking the wraps off of the 2015 Acura TLX prototype.   </p> <p>Today, we take to another big stage in New York City to showcase the production model as we prepare to take the exciting all-new TLX to market.  </p> <p>But first, I want to share some perspective on the important and exciting developments we recently announced related to the Acura brand.  </p> <p>We are bringing some serious energy and resources to our efforts to advance the competitiveness of the Acura Brand.  </p> <p>This is one of the biggest priorities within our global organization. </p> <p>And while it's a global strategy that will lead the future of Acura … much of that leadership will come from right here in North America.  </p> <p>This includes the establishment of the Acura Business Planning Office …</p> <p>which will set the global direction for Acura product and business planning across R&amp;D, production and purchasing.  </p> <p>Just to emphasize the point about local leadership, I should explain that this function will be led by the former President of Honda R&amp;D Americas, Mr. Erik Berkman.  </p> <p>And one of his “right arms” … as the new Acura Global Creative Director …</p> <p>is none other than Dave Marek, who most recently served as the division director of design for both the Honda and Acura brands here in America.  </p> <p>And in a few moments, I will introduce another leader of this team … when I bring out the TLX.  </p> <p>This new team has the clear responsibility to develop the best products and strategies for the Acura brand … </p> <p>and with his past experience leading development of some iconic Acura products Erik is absolutely the best person for this role. </p> <p>Now … in my new role leading the new Acura Division, I will be working closely with Erik and his team.</p> <p>Some of you might be thinking … what's the big deal … didn't you already have separate divisions?  </p> <p>No.</p> <p>This is the first time we've had an exclusive division for the Acura brand with sales, marketing and service together.  </p> <p>The old organization structure led to some great success at Acura.</p> <p>But we know that if you do what you did, you get what you have. At best.</p> <p>And while what we have is good...</p> <p>we need to make changes in order to achieve the challenging targets that we have set for ourselves to strengthen our brand and grow our sales.</p> <p>This new direction will mean an even stronger focus and a more cohesive and strategic approach to our Acura business.</p> <p>Our dealers are excited about it.  </p> <p>And so am I. </p> <p>It's a new challenge and a great opportunity to fortify the Acura brand based on the product direction we began to establish a few years ago...</p> <p>and that we've been sharpening with every new Acura vehicle launch.</p> <p>This means more performance, <br> more prestige <br> and more technological sophistication </p> <p>… but done the Acura Way … centered around the human being … the driver … </p> <p>and providing a more intuitive, thoughtful and instinctive driving experience that delivers a thrill like no other.  </p> <p>A uniquely Acura experience.</p> <p>At the foundation of this experience are pinnacle performance technologies like Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive and Precision All-Wheel Steer.   </p> <p>After all, it was Acura that pioneered torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with our first generation SH-AWD system.  </p> <p>These super-handling technologies … and the new-driving experience that they deliver … </p> <p>serve as the centerpiece of our future product direction, driving not only performance … but also design … and, of course, marketing. </p> <p>All of this means that the timing couldn't be better for the launch of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX … </p> <p>which will harness the power of both next-generation SH-AWD and Precision All-Wheel Steer to deliver an exhilarating new driving experience.  </p> <p>With its next-generation Acura super-handling technologies … this new TLX is an incredible performer … </p> <p>a true world-class athlete … </p> <p>quick, powerful, precise … </p> <p>and always incredibly composed.   </p> <p><strong>Built and bred to deliver a thrill like no other … Ladies and gentlemen … the all-new 2015 Acura TLX!!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[TLX reveal]</p> <p>With dynamic proportions that are low and wide, we leveraged our design and packaging expertise to create a very nimble and dynamic package … </p> <p>Yet it still has a spacious and comfortable interior.  </p> <p>In fact, with comfortable seating for five adults … this all-new TLX is an incredibly quiet and refined luxury experience.  </p> <p>Of course, there will be many more vehicles to come that further define the Super Handling direction of the Acura brand.  </p> <p>But this new TLX lineup will serve as the backbone of the Acura sedan lineup...</p> <p>delivering new levels of refined comfort, technological innovation and dynamic performance.  </p> <p>To tell you more about it … I'm going to invite to the stage … </p> <p>literally a giant of a man … who is not only the chief engineer who led development of the new TLX.  </p> <p>He is a newly minted Vice President of Acura R&amp;D, who will help oversee the development activities for future Acura models...</p> <p>as part of the Acura Business Planning Office I mentioned a moment ago.   </p> <p>Please welcome, Mat Hargett.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mat Hargett<br /> Chief Engineer, 2015 Acura TLX</strong></p> <br> Thanks, Mike … and good afternoon everyone.  </p> <p>I'm excited to have this opportunity to tell you more about our all-new Acura TLX sports sedan.  </p> <p>Well, it's actually three sedans … that offer Acura customers a broader range of choices and more new technology than ever before.  </p> <p>There were a lot of things we wanted to accomplish with this new TLX … but I can summarize most of it with three concepts … dynamic design … incredible performance, and significant increase in premium feel.  </p> <p>In terms of dynamic proportions, the TLX is nearly 4 inches shorter than the TL … and all of it is taken out of the front and rear overhangs for a more dynamic stance. </p> <p>The wheelbase stays the same, which allowed us to maintain the TL's spacious interior </p> <p>For performance, we deployed a range of new technologies … two advanced Acura-exclusive engines, two all-new transmissions … and two new Acura super-handling technologies.  </p> <p>Let me explain how each of our three new vehicles delivers strongly on the “Super Handling” dynamic performance direction of the Acura brand.   </p> <p>We have two models featuring Precision All-Wheel Steer … the first one, behind me … is powered by a new 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC inline-4 with torque increased by up to 10% across the powerband.  </p> <p>And it's mated to an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission … the first DCT in the industry with a torque converter.  </p> <p>This powertrain is really magic, with amazingly quick and intuitive shifts, including rev-matching downshifts. </p> <p>And the torque converter eliminates the jerky feel associated with many other DCTs … while also multiplying engine torque at launch. </p> <p>This powertrain delivers a very direct and rhythmical feeling and sound.</p> <p>And don't let the power-to-weight ratio of this car fool you.  </p> <p>The TLX is 1 ½ seconds faster 0-to-60 than the outgoing TSX.</p> <p>The second model with P-A-W-S is powered by a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 and a new 9-speed transmission.  </p> <p>For the engine, we've increased torque by up to 15%, where the customer is really going to feel it.  </p> <p>And the 9AT puts the power down seamlessly.</p> <p>Both the 2.4 and 3.5 utilize the next generation of our Precision All-Wheel Steer system to great effect.  </p> <p>With P-AWS we were able to develop a vehicle that's incredibly quick and responsive in sporty driving, but very stable and calm when you're cruising down the highway. </p> <p>Like on city streets or even in a shopping mall parking lot, people are going to begin to understand the true potential of our four-wheel-steer technology.</p> <p>The third model in the lineup is the TLX with next-gen Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. </p> <p>Acura pioneered torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive and we're advancing it again here.  </p> <p>The new system is compact and 25 percent lighter, with lower friction and expanded performance.  </p> <p>We redesigned the rear differential ... so now the rear wheels can spin up to 2.7% faster than the front wheels.  </p> <p>The system also responds faster, by starting torque vectoring as soon as the customer moves the steering wheel. </p> <p>Sending torque sooner to the faster spinning rear <u>outside</u> wheel ... means the customer will feel torque vectoring on tighter radius corners at lower speeds like an intersection.  </p> <p>And for the first time … our SH-AWD sends torque to the rear <u>inside</u> wheel at high speeds. </p> <p>This actually slows the chassis response down ... and gives us more stability during a highway lane change.  </p> <p>Each of these new TLX models delivers in a big way on the Super Handling dynamic direction of the Acura brand … providing outstanding low- to mid-speed agility together with greater stability at high speeds. </p> <p>And each is customizable using our Integrated Dynamics System, which allows the driver to fine-tune the car's dynamic behavior by selecting one of four driving modes … including a new Sport-Plus mode … which unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX.  </p> <p>But as I said at the outset … incredible performance wasn't our only goal.  </p> <p>We also wanted a significant increase in premium feel … dynamically speaking, this is something we wanted the customer to experience in the first 50 feet. </p> <p>The new body and chassis play a key role. </p> <p>We significantly increased the body's torsional rigidity and mounting-point stiffness, in some places by up to 100%.  </p> <p>We also focused on greatly reducing cabin noise by tightly sealing the body. This is flat-out the quietest midsize sedan we've ever made.</p> <p>While some of the new technologies added weight, ...we've applied almost 60% high strength, lightweight materials ... including hot stamp steel, aluminum and magnesium… So, even with the improved performance...we've actually reduced vehicle weight on some versions by more than <u>230</u> pounds... ...compared to the outgoing TL SH-AWD.</p> <p>And we improved aerodynamic performance … with a 15 percent reduction in the CdA to best-in-class levels.</p> <p>More efficient powertrains, reduced weight and improved aero means higher fuel efficiency. </p> <p>Fuel economy on the 4-cylinder TLX is up 2 mpg city and 4 mpg highway over the smaller, less luxurious TSX.  </p> <p>For the V6 models, highway fuel economy is up 5 mpg over the outgoing TL.</p> <p>This TLX also advances Acura's safety leadership.  </p> <p>This includes a new Road Departure Mitigation system that senses you are about to go off the road.  </p> <p>It then gives you multiple warnings … including pulling on the seatbelt.  </p> <p>And it actually starts braking and steering the car for the driver ...to help keep them on the road.</p> <p>We also have an all-new forward camera that is applied to upper grades.  </p> <p>In addition to Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist ... this <u>new</u> camera works in coordination with a <u>new</u> radar system to provide enhanced car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision mitigation. </p> <p>This system also improves adaptive cruise control functionality, ...by controlling vehicle speed until the vehicle is <u>completely</u> stopped.</p> <p>Of course, collisions still happen and so we've applied the latest generation of our ACE Body Structure along with the hot-stamped, one-piece door stiffener ring that we first used on the new MDX … and we are targeting an NCAP five-star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK-PLUS rating.</p> <p>On behalf of the TLX design and development team in Los Angeles, Ohio and Japan, I want to say how proud we are to have this new vehicle debut in NEW YORK.  </p> <p>This is one of the strongest markets in America for the Acura brand … and we think this new TLX is ready for the bright lights of Broadway … or the pure joy of a weekend getaway up to the Hudson Valley.</p> <p>So, thanks for your time, and now I'll give the stage back to Mike.</p> <p>Mike Accavitti:<br> Thank you, Mat.  </p> <p>Your team has done an incredible job of creating a new TLX that all of us who love to drive would be thrilled to have in our driveway.</p> <p>In fact, to put a little exclamation mark on this outstanding new Acura sports sedan … we needed to find a way to put TLX through its paces … right here in the Javits Center.   </p> <p>When we introduced the TLX prototype in Detroit … we also revealed a new TLX GT car that Peter Cunningham will run on the Pirelli World Challenge Circuit this year..  </p> <p>I thought it might be interesting to hear a little more from Peter.  </p> <p>So, we've got him on video with some driving impressions.  </p> <p>Except he's not driving his new GT car.   </p> <p>He's behind the wheel of the 2015 TLX that our customers will be able to take home later this year.  </p> <p>Let's take a look. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Run Cunningham Video]</p> <p>Very fast and very calm behind the wheel...</p> <p>Peter is the kind of guy you'd want waiting outside in the getaway car if you were ever to rob a bank.  </p> <p>And we can't wait to get all of you behind the wheel.  </p> <p>Thank you everyone for your time and attention here this afternoon.  </p> <p>Now, I'd like to invite Mat back on stage for a quick photo opp, and then please join us for a closer look at the new TLX.</p> <p>Thank you! </p> Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:26:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/5a564be8-92f2-4b58-a77c-6502b115eafa http://hondanews.com/releases/5a564be8-92f2-4b58-a77c-6502b115eafa Acura Press Conference Remarks: 2014 New York International Auto Show <p><strong>Mike Accavitti<br /> Senior Vice President & General Manager</strong></p> <p>Good afternoon!  </p> <p>We began the year in Detroit, by taking the wraps off of the 2015 Acura TLX prototype.   </p> <p>Today, we take to another big stage in New York City to showcase the production model as we prepare to take the exciting all-new TLX to market.  </p> <p>But first, I want to share some perspective on the important and exciting developments we recently announced related to the Acura brand.  </p> <p>We are bringing some serious energy and resources to our efforts to advance the competitiveness of the Acura Brand.  </p> <p>This is one of the biggest priorities within our global organization. </p> <p>And while it's a global strategy that will lead the future of Acura … much of that leadership will come from right here in North America.  </p> <p>This includes the establishment of the Acura Business Planning Office …</p> <p>which will set the global direction for Acura product and business planning across R&amp;D, production and purchasing.  </p> <p>Just to emphasize the point about local leadership, I should explain that this function will be led by the former President of Honda R&amp;D Americas, Mr. Erik Berkman.  </p> <p>And one of his “right arms” … as the new Acura Global Creative Director …</p> <p>is none other than Dave Marek, who most recently served as the division director of design for both the Honda and Acura brands here in America.  </p> <p>And in a few moments, I will introduce another leader of this team … when I bring out the TLX.  </p> <p>This new team has the clear responsibility to develop the best products and strategies for the Acura brand … </p> <p>and with his past experience leading development of some iconic Acura products Erik is absolutely the best person for this role. </p> <p>Now … in my new role leading the new Acura Division, I will be working closely with Erik and his team.</p> <p>Some of you might be thinking … what's the big deal … didn't you already have separate divisions?  </p> <p>No.</p> <p>This is the first time we've had an exclusive division for the Acura brand with sales, marketing and service together.  </p> <p>The old organization structure led to some great success at Acura.</p> <p>But we know that if you do what you did, you get what you have. At best.</p> <p>And while what we have is good...</p> <p>we need to make changes in order to achieve the challenging targets that we have set for ourselves to strengthen our brand and grow our sales.</p> <p>This new direction will mean an even stronger focus and a more cohesive and strategic approach to our Acura business.</p> <p>Our dealers are excited about it.  </p> <p>And so am I. </p> <p>It's a new challenge and a great opportunity to fortify the Acura brand based on the product direction we began to establish a few years ago...</p> <p>and that we've been sharpening with every new Acura vehicle launch.</p> <p>This means more performance, <br> more prestige <br> and more technological sophistication </p> <p>… but done the Acura Way … centered around the human being … the driver … </p> <p>and providing a more intuitive, thoughtful and instinctive driving experience that delivers a thrill like no other.  </p> <p>A uniquely Acura experience.</p> <p>At the foundation of this experience are pinnacle performance technologies like Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive and Precision All-Wheel Steer.   </p> <p>After all, it was Acura that pioneered torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with our first generation SH-AWD system.  </p> <p>These super-handling technologies … and the new-driving experience that they deliver … </p> <p>serve as the centerpiece of our future product direction, driving not only performance … but also design … and, of course, marketing. </p> <p>All of this means that the timing couldn't be better for the launch of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX … </p> <p>which will harness the power of both next-generation SH-AWD and Precision All-Wheel Steer to deliver an exhilarating new driving experience.  </p> <p>With its next-generation Acura super-handling technologies … this new TLX is an incredible performer … </p> <p>a true world-class athlete … </p> <p>quick, powerful, precise … </p> <p>and always incredibly composed.   </p> <p><strong>Built and bred to deliver a thrill like no other … Ladies and gentlemen … the all-new 2015 Acura TLX!!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[TLX reveal]</p> <p>With dynamic proportions that are low and wide, we leveraged our design and packaging expertise to create a very nimble and dynamic package … </p> <p>Yet it still has a spacious and comfortable interior.  </p> <p>In fact, with comfortable seating for five adults … this all-new TLX is an incredibly quiet and refined luxury experience.  </p> <p>Of course, there will be many more vehicles to come that further define the Super Handling direction of the Acura brand.  </p> <p>But this new TLX lineup will serve as the backbone of the Acura sedan lineup...</p> <p>delivering new levels of refined comfort, technological innovation and dynamic performance.  </p> <p>To tell you more about it … I'm going to invite to the stage … </p> <p>literally a giant of a man … who is not only the chief engineer who led development of the new TLX.  </p> <p>He is a newly minted Vice President of Acura R&amp;D, who will help oversee the development activities for future Acura models...</p> <p>as part of the Acura Business Planning Office I mentioned a moment ago.   </p> <p>Please welcome, Mat Hargett.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mat Hargett<br /> Chief Engineer, 2015 Acura TLX</strong></p> <br> Thanks, Mike … and good afternoon everyone.  </p> <p>I'm excited to have this opportunity to tell you more about our all-new Acura TLX sports sedan.  </p> <p>Well, it's actually three sedans … that offer Acura customers a broader range of choices and more new technology than ever before.  </p> <p>There were a lot of things we wanted to accomplish with this new TLX … but I can summarize most of it with three concepts … dynamic design … incredible performance, and significant increase in premium feel.  </p> <p>In terms of dynamic proportions, the TLX is nearly 4 inches shorter than the TL … and all of it is taken out of the front and rear overhangs for a more dynamic stance. </p> <p>The wheelbase stays the same, which allowed us to maintain the TL's spacious interior </p> <p>For performance, we deployed a range of new technologies … two advanced Acura-exclusive engines, two all-new transmissions … and two new Acura super-handling technologies.  </p> <p>Let me explain how each of our three new vehicles delivers strongly on the “Super Handling” dynamic performance direction of the Acura brand.   </p> <p>We have two models featuring Precision All-Wheel Steer … the first one, behind me … is powered by a new 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC inline-4 with torque increased by up to 10% across the powerband.  </p> <p>And it's mated to an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission … the first DCT in the industry with a torque converter.  </p> <p>This powertrain is really magic, with amazingly quick and intuitive shifts, including rev-matching downshifts. </p> <p>And the torque converter eliminates the jerky feel associated with many other DCTs … while also multiplying engine torque at launch. </p> <p>This powertrain delivers a very direct and rhythmical feeling and sound.</p> <p>And don't let the power-to-weight ratio of this car fool you.  </p> <p>The TLX is 1 ½ seconds faster 0-to-60 than the outgoing TSX.</p> <p>The second model with P-A-W-S is powered by a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 and a new 9-speed transmission.  </p> <p>For the engine, we've increased torque by up to 15%, where the customer is really going to feel it.  </p> <p>And the 9AT puts the power down seamlessly.</p> <p>Both the 2.4 and 3.5 utilize the next generation of our Precision All-Wheel Steer system to great effect.  </p> <p>With P-AWS we were able to develop a vehicle that's incredibly quick and responsive in sporty driving, but very stable and calm when you're cruising down the highway. </p> <p>Like on city streets or even in a shopping mall parking lot, people are going to begin to understand the true potential of our four-wheel-steer technology.</p> <p>The third model in the lineup is the TLX with next-gen Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. </p> <p>Acura pioneered torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive and we're advancing it again here.  </p> <p>The new system is compact and 25 percent lighter, with lower friction and expanded performance.  </p> <p>We redesigned the rear differential ... so now the rear wheels can spin up to 2.7% faster than the front wheels.  </p> <p>The system also responds faster, by starting torque vectoring as soon as the customer moves the steering wheel. </p> <p>Sending torque sooner to the faster spinning rear <u>outside</u> wheel ... means the customer will feel torque vectoring on tighter radius corners at lower speeds like an intersection.  </p> <p>And for the first time … our SH-AWD sends torque to the rear <u>inside</u> wheel at high speeds. </p> <p>This actually slows the chassis response down ... and gives us more stability during a highway lane change.  </p> <p>Each of these new TLX models delivers in a big way on the Super Handling dynamic direction of the Acura brand … providing outstanding low- to mid-speed agility together with greater stability at high speeds. </p> <p>And each is customizable using our Integrated Dynamics System, which allows the driver to fine-tune the car's dynamic behavior by selecting one of four driving modes … including a new Sport-Plus mode … which unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX.  </p> <p>But as I said at the outset … incredible performance wasn't our only goal.  </p> <p>We also wanted a significant increase in premium feel … dynamically speaking, this is something we wanted the customer to experience in the first 50 feet. </p> <p>The new body and chassis play a key role. </p> <p>We significantly increased the body's torsional rigidity and mounting-point stiffness, in some places by up to 100%.  </p> <p>We also focused on greatly reducing cabin noise by tightly sealing the body. This is flat-out the quietest midsize sedan we've ever made.</p> <p>While some of the new technologies added weight, ...we've applied almost 60% high strength, lightweight materials ... including hot stamp steel, aluminum and magnesium… So, even with the improved performance...we've actually reduced vehicle weight on some versions by more than <u>230</u> pounds... ...compared to the outgoing TL SH-AWD.</p> <p>And we improved aerodynamic performance … with a 15 percent reduction in the CdA to best-in-class levels.</p> <p>More efficient powertrains, reduced weight and improved aero means higher fuel efficiency. </p> <p>Fuel economy on the 4-cylinder TLX is up 2 mpg city and 4 mpg highway over the smaller, less luxurious TSX.  </p> <p>For the V6 models, highway fuel economy is up 5 mpg over the outgoing TL.</p> <p>This TLX also advances Acura's safety leadership.  </p> <p>This includes a new Road Departure Mitigation system that senses you are about to go off the road.  </p> <p>It then gives you multiple warnings … including pulling on the seatbelt.  </p> <p>And it actually starts braking and steering the car for the driver ...to help keep them on the road.</p> <p>We also have an all-new forward camera that is applied to upper grades.  </p> <p>In addition to Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist ... this <u>new</u> camera works in coordination with a <u>new</u> radar system to provide enhanced car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision mitigation. </p> <p>This system also improves adaptive cruise control functionality, ...by controlling vehicle speed until the vehicle is <u>completely</u> stopped.</p> <p>Of course, collisions still happen and so we've applied the latest generation of our ACE Body Structure along with the hot-stamped, one-piece door stiffener ring that we first used on the new MDX … and we are targeting an NCAP five-star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK-PLUS rating.</p> <p>On behalf of the TLX design and development team in Los Angeles, Ohio and Japan, I want to say how proud we are to have this new vehicle debut in NEW YORK.  </p> <p>This is one of the strongest markets in America for the Acura brand … and we think this new TLX is ready for the bright lights of Broadway … or the pure joy of a weekend getaway up to the Hudson Valley.</p> <p>So, thanks for your time, and now I'll give the stage back to Mike.</p> <p>Mike Accavitti:<br> Thank you, Mat.  </p> <p>Your team has done an incredible job of creating a new TLX that all of us who love to drive would be thrilled to have in our driveway.</p> <p>In fact, to put a little exclamation mark on this outstanding new Acura sports sedan … we needed to find a way to put TLX through its paces … right here in the Javits Center.   </p> <p>When we introduced the TLX prototype in Detroit … we also revealed a new TLX GT car that Peter Cunningham will run on the Pirelli World Challenge Circuit this year..  </p> <p>I thought it might be interesting to hear a little more from Peter.  </p> <p>So, we've got him on video with some driving impressions.  </p> <p>Except he's not driving his new GT car.   </p> <p>He's behind the wheel of the 2015 TLX that our customers will be able to take home later this year.  </p> <p>Let's take a look. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Run Cunningham Video]</p> <p>Very fast and very calm behind the wheel...</p> <p>Peter is the kind of guy you'd want waiting outside in the getaway car if you were ever to rob a bank.  </p> <p>And we can't wait to get all of you behind the wheel.  </p> <p>Thank you everyone for your time and attention here this afternoon.  </p> <p>Now, I'd like to invite Mat back on stage for a quick photo opp, and then please join us for a closer look at the new TLX.</p> <p>Thank you! </p> Corporate: 2015 Acura TLX <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/109d/bf84/109dbf84-9700-4b16-bd2e-eae4c0ca186a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Acura TLX Corporate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:50:00 -0700 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