Official Press Release from the Honda/Acura Canada Newsroom
Acura’s luxury SUV to receive substantial design changes
MARKHAM, ON (Feb. 24, 2016) – Acura will unveil the redesigned and reengineered 2017 MDX luxury SUV at the 2016 New York International Auto Show on March 23. The 2017 MDX will boast substantial design enhancements, added luxury comfort and convenience features in concert with the Acura brand’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance.
“We are sharpening our focus on the Precision Crafted Performance DNA of the Acura brand and the 2017 MDX will integrate new styling elements that take us another step in that direction,” said Dave Gardner, Senior Vice President of Operations, Honda Canada Inc.
The 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif. and will continue be produced at the company’s Lincoln, Ala. auto plant. In early 2017, an additional production source for MDX will be added at the East Liberty, Ohio auto plant. Both plants will use domestic and globally sourced parts.
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Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance through advanced product design and innovative technologies. On March 27, 2016, Acura will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.
The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX. This spring, Acura will launch its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
Next-Generation Acura NSX Named a ‘Best of What’s New’ Winner By Popular Science Magazine
Nov 18, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.
The next-generation Acura NSX supercar, launching in the spring, has received a 2015 “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science magazine for its advanced, new approach to electrified supercar technology.
“The Acura NSX challenges conventional notions of supercar performance, and it’s great to see our advanced Acura performance technologies receive this kind of recognition,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “With its three-motor Sport Hybrid powertrain, the NSX is propelling Acura performance in an amazing new direction and we can’t wait to share the results with our customers.”
Foremost among its many innovations is the NSX’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive powertrain, the first of its kind in the supercar realm. Its three electric motors enhance all aspects of dynamic performance — acceleration, cornering and braking – in numerous ways, including “direct yaw control,” the continuous, dynamic distribution of electric motor torque.
Marrying this advanced and electrified new expression of Acura performance with timeless elements of NSX design, including innovative body construction and superior cabin ergonomics, the next-generation NSX delivers a New Sports eXperience that faithfully translates the inputs of the driver with incredible fidelity and zero delay.
“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that surprise and amaze us—those that challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The award is Popular Science’s top prize, and the 100 winners—chosen from among thousands of nominees—are each a revolution in their respective fields.”
For the past 28 years, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top tech innovations of the year. “Best of What’s New” awards are presented to breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in one of 12 categories: Automotive, Aviation, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green, Entertainment, Security, Software, Home, Health and Recreation. The Acura NSX and all “Best of What’s New” winners are featured in the December issue of Popular Science, available now.
Halloween is a great time for anyone of any age to get dressed up, spend time with family and friends and indulge on yummy sweets and treats. But amidst of it all — we often forget very important safety precautions, for both drivers and pedestrians.
Most trick-or-treating usually takes place between 5 PM to 9 PM so it’s best to avoid driving around subdivisions during that time, if possible. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year PLUS the return of Standard Time on November 1st — many will end up staying even later due to the extra hour added when the clocks turn back at 2 AM.
But Halloween isn’t just for kids — if you’re attending a party with intention to drink, plan ahead and make arrangements with a designated driver or stay over at a friend’s house. Driving home impaired should NEVER be an option for you.
Check out some tips from Acura of Oakville to have a fun and safe Halloween:
If possible, avoid driving around subdivisions during trick or treat hours. If you HAVE to drive around, be cautious of your surroundings and drive slowly. Avoid passing stopped vehicles, as they may be parents who are dropping off their children.
Put your mobile device on speaker or connect it to Bluetooth to keep more of your focus on the road. You shouldn’t be doing it anyway but having your mobile device out will cause more distractions that will keep you eyes away from the road.
Communicate with and pay extra attention to your surroundings. Use your signal indicators or hazard lights when making turns or when pulling over to a stop. Be aware of sidewalks and roadways and watch for any pedestrians walking across streets or in between parked vehicles.
TRICK OR TREATERS AND PEDESTRIANS
Teach your children how to safely cross streets. Even if darting across the street is easier — it’s a lot safer to cross only at corners and sidewalks. Never run — always walk.
Wear bright clothing. Provide flashlights, glow sticks or reflective tape on their costumes — make it easier for drivers to see them.
Avoid anything that will obstruct the face. Painting on a mask is a lot safer than a full mask. If allows for better visibility and won’t restrict breathing. While it’s important for drivers to see their surroundings, it’s just as important for pedestrians as well.
OTHER HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Use the buddy system. If your child is old enough (at least 13 years or older) to go out themselves, always make sure they’re in a group of responsible friends. Always know who is with them when they’re picked up and when they’re brought back home. If you’re chaperoning a group, confirm with each parent a designated meeting spot for pickups and drop offs. Never allow a child to enter a car with a stranger.
Bring extra of everything. An extra pair of batteries, charging bank, gloves and accessories will be a lifesaver if it’s gonna be a long night of trick or treating. Bringing extra snacks and beverages will prevent your child from snacking on candy before you inspect them.
Inspect all the treats before you eat. While it’s exciting to see how much you’ve collected after a long night of trick or treating — many treats aren’t safe to eat. Carefully inspect if any contain anything allergic or potentially harmful for you and your child.
Know where to go. Set up a route for your and your child. Always go to well-lit and decorated houses in your neighborhood and avoid the ones without the lights on. Only accept treats at the front door and never go inside a house. Always travel in areas you’re familiar with and places where you can spot the exits right away.
Do you have any Halloween safety tips to share? Let us know!
From everyone at Acura of Oakville, we’re wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!
Acura of Oakville is located at 1525 North Service Road West in Oakville, ON. Acura of Oakville is a part of the Zanchin Automotive Group.
2016 ILX and RDX are the latest Acura vehicles to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS
Acura is the first luxury brand to earn the top designation across its entire model line
AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies available across the entire Acura lineup
Acura has become the first luxury brand to earn a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for its entire model line from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS announced today that the significantly refreshed 2016 ILX and 2016 RDX have each received a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, when equipped with AcuraWatch™, resulting in the entire Acura lineup of luxury sedans and SUVs earning the safety distinction.
“As the first luxury brand to earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating across its entire model line, Acura continues to champion safety performance as a key luxury attribute,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager for the Acura Division. “Acura has made the commitment to offer advanced safety performance technologies across our entire lineup, helping all Acura luxury sedans and SUVs earn the top safety rating from IIHS.”
The TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for the 2016 Acura ILX and RDX include a top rating of GOOD in all IIHS crash test modes, including a top score of GOOD in the Insurance Institute’s new small overlap front crash test and a top score of SUPERIOR in its front crash protection test.
“We commend Acura for receiving the highest IIHS award designation for all of its vehicles,” said David Zuby, executive vice president and senior research officer for IIHS. “With qualifying crashworthiness ratings, including in the rigorous front small overlap crash test, and an effective front crash prevention system available across the lineup, Acura is one of the leaders in the luxury segment.”
With both models receiving significant enhancements for 2016, the Acura ILX and RDX boast more advanced safety technology than ever before. The AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is now available on all Acura models and is standard on the 2016 RDX Advance package and 2016 ILX Tech Plus package. AcuraWatch™ can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.
AcuraWatch™ includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). These systems benefit from the adoption of a sensor fusion technology integrating the capabilities of a windshield-mounted monocular camera and front grille-mounted millimeter wave radar system to provide enhanced sensing with the ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including those involving a pedestrian. When the system anticipates a collision or road departure, it can initiate warnings and, in certain instances, initiate emergency braking and steering.
To further improve frontal collision performance, the 2016 Acura ILX and RDX offer enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The next-generation ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, enhancing occupant protection and crash compatibility in front collisions.
Acura offers a full line of precision crafted performance-luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. The next-generation Acura NSX mid-engine supercar will join the Acura lineup in the spring. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the fourth consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership.
The test drive is one of the most important steps in the car buying process. Whether it’s a new or pre-owned vehicle, the test drive lets you get a feel of how the car drives and let’s you know whether it’s in good working order. Here are some helpful tips on how to make the most of your test drive process.
BEFORE THE DRIVE
Make sure everything fits
Not all cars are suitable for every size driver. The car might be too small — making you feel like you’re in some sort of clown car or the car might be too big — which never bodes well for anyone.
Take a seat in the car and adjust it accordingly. You should be able to see traffic lights, reach the steering wheel and the pedals and see over your shoulder without an obstructed view or have a good view of the rear window easily and comfortably with the seats properly adjusted. Make sure that you can also get in and out the car with ease, as well.
Not only is the size important for you — it’s important for your passengers as well. Bring the people you often drive around with (spouse, partner, children, etc.) and make sure they can seat comfortably as well. Do they obstruct your view at all? If you have young toddlers and babies, bring their child seats and make sure they fit comfortably as well without having you shift around the chairs in front of it.
Be sure to check the size of the trunk or cargo space. If you’re an individual who needs a lot of space in the back, make sure you carefully and thoroughly inspect every inch of the vehicle to make sure your items will fit.
Inspect it thoroughly
Open and close all the windows, turn on the wipers and the lights, push the seats forward and back — does anything feel off? How quick does the air conditioning heat up or cool down? Getting yourself comfortable with the car is important in making the final decision of buying.
Check under the hood while the engine is running and inspect each area. Listen closely for any knocks, ticks or hisses. Check for any excess smoke when you start the car or while driving and listen for any rattles or sounds coming from the suspension.
Bring a friend
Never test drive alone. Always bring a trusted friend with you or another decision maker in your family. Getting a second opinion is great if they pick up on something that you weren’t able to notice right away.
Is it smartphone friendly?
If your test drive vehicle has an option to pair your smartphone via Bluetooth or another connection device, try pairing your phone. Make sure it’s connected successfully and try out all the features. Call a friend and test out the speakers. Is it loud enough that your friend can hear you?
DURING THE DRIVE
Take your time
Never rush your test drive. Allow at least half an hour to an hour during your test drive to make sure that you are comfortable during the long drives.
Drive on different types of roads
Circling around the dealership or the auto centre might not be long enough to get a good feel of the vehicle during the test drive. Instead, take it for a spin on the highway or different roads with varying speed limits. See how quickly the car accelerates and slows down. How responsive does the car feel when you’re steering? By driving in different terrains and speeds, you can test the car’s suspension, handling and speed.
Park in different ways
Parallel, back-in and nose-in — try different methods of parking and see if you’re getting the right amount of visibility as you’re performing each one. Is there a back-up camera to assist you? How much visibility do you get?
Built-In Navigation? Test it out
If the vehicle offers navigation, set your destination to the closet plaza or shopping centre in the area. Does the system give you the best possible option? During the drive, go the opposite direction — how quickly does the navigation system take to respond to the sudden change?
AFTER THE DRIVE
By the end of the test drive, you should’ve finished taking mental notes about what you liked and what you didn’t like about the car. Bring a notepad with you and jot down each of those points. Weighing out the pros and cons of each vehicle will make your decision much more easier while it’s all still fresh in your mind.
Test drive it again
If you test drove it during the day, come back at in the evening to do a test drive at night. This way, you can see how the car’s light operate during different times of the day.
Even if you loved the test drive, it’s always best to test drive it again. Taking it out for another test drive a few days after the first one might give you a fresher perspective.
Do you have more helpful test drive tips? Share them with us!
Acura of Oakville is located at 1525 North Service Road West in Oakville,ON. Acura of Oakville is a part of the Zanchin Automotive Group.