New Drivetrains Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show

To say that many (including me) were surprised with Honda's announcements at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show would be an understatement. They announced a number of new technologies, but I'll focus most on the things are are likely to find their way into Acura product in the coming years. 

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Acura NSX Concept is Tony Stark's New Ride in the Avengers

This morning I looked into the Temple of VTEC as I often do and found and found a simple one line post talking about an Acura concept on the set of the new Avengers movie currently filming in New York.  The link was to and photos from that included a set of pictures that showed Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and a low-slung, burgundy, Acura convertible. 

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Acura Insights for 2012 (and a little beyond)

As Acura continues to recover from the production setbacks caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, it's becoming a little clearer what the future holds.  As it stands, North American production should be fully up to speed in August 2011 and Japanese production should return to normal shortly thereafter.

The following is a rough outline of what we are going to see in the showrooms in the near term and a little further down the line.

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2011 TSX and TSX Sport Wagon

For 2011, the TSX Sport Wagon makes it's debut, but the entire TSX lineup receives a number of upgrades designed to keep the car fresh and up-to-date.  As is the normal practice, none of the sheetmetal changes, but there are are a number of improvements to the front and rear bumpers, wheels and interior.  Under the skin there are engine modifications for improved fuel economy and reduced noise and vibration. 

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2012 TL at the Chicago Auto Show

Acura too the wraps off the revised TL at the Chicago Auto show and streamed it live via webcast.  Since 2011 marks the brand's 25th Anniversary, Acura began the presentation by reviewing Acura's history in North America.  Jeff Conrad took the stage and spoke about some Acura "firsts" including: First Luxury brand, VTEC, Drive-by-Wire Throttle, In-dash Navigation, and Bluetooth as a standard feature.  Of course, there are more, but these must have been the ones he wanted to highlight.

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2012 Acura TL - A Few Details

Updated on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:25AM by Registered CommenterColin Sato

Dealers will be ordering the first batch of the re-styled 2012 TL this week.  The restyled car will debut at the Chigago Auto Show on February 9th so we won't have to wait long.  Changes will include a restyled front bumper and grill, new luxury features, a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission and the addition of an Advance Package. 

It looks like this will be a different implementation from the ZDX, MDX and RL packages in that it won't feature the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) or Active Cruise Control (ACC). It will feature Blind Spot Monitoring and Cooled Seats, but what else?  Maybe adaptive shocks from the MDX?

Also unclear at the time of this note, is whether all the TLs will get the new 6AT, or only the AWD, 3.7 liter cars?  The order going in this week will be for February production with (estimated) March or April delivery.

I've added the color chart for the TL

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And so begins the new website


As you can see, I'm in the process of recreating my site on Squarespace.  My old host and software did not provide a way to export my entire site that was compatable with the importer here.  It's going to be a laborous process of copying text, removing the formatting and pasting into this new hosting software. 

At this point, I've moved most of the text content that is going to be recreated, but the pictures are taking a little longer to fill in.  In some cases, the original photos are hard to find, or stored on my back-up external hard drive.  I'll be adding these as I have time.  - Colin


2010 Acura MDX Press Release

The 2010 Acura MDX isn't here just yet, but Acura has released the details on what we can expect.  The MDX is getting it's mid-cycle refresh and this means new features and styling revisions.  The major additions are the new 6-speed automatic transmission, power tailgate and back up camera for all models (base models put the display in the rear view mirror).  The Advance Package replaces the Sport Package and features a Blind Spot Monitoring System and the Collision Mitigation Braking System.  Read on for the full press release and photos.

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The 2010 RDX is Coming Soon

It's amazing how time flies.  It seems like the RDX just came out and it's already time for the mid-cycle freshening.  As usual, this means revised styling, a host of new features and a new front wheel drive model.

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The Acura TSX Receives a V-6 for 2010

2010 Acura TSX V-6 Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

More Powerful TSX Blows into the Windy City

CHICAGO - 02/11/200

Acura debuted an all-new V-6 model for its TSX sports sedan line-up at the Chicago Auto Show today. Scheduled to go on sale this summer, the 2010 TSX V-6 will be equipped with a powerful 3.5-liter engine, exclusive suspension tuning, larger diameter wheels and additional enhancements.

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