of the second generation Acura MDX
28th March 2006.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary as a
yesterday announced plans to debut a concept version of
the all-new MDX luxury
sport-utility vehicle, April
12, at the New York International Auto Show, and released
an artist’s rendering of the new vehicle.
Acura MDX is designed and made exclusively
in North America.
Scheduled to debut later this year, the
2007 Acura MDX
will be the second generation of Acura’s luxury
SUV to be designed,
developed and manufactured exclusively in North America.
Acura's MDX is the luxury version of the Honda
Honda made the announcement on the 20th
anniversary of the creation of its Acura brand, as the
first Japanese luxury nameplate in the U.S., some three
years before Toyota
launched its Lexus
luxury brand there.
For the European Honda
Europe, the new Honda
has just won the 51st
international “red dot: best of
the best“ award for highest
design quality. This is the second
has won the top award after
winning it with the Honda S2000 in
2001. The award ceremony will take
place on June 26, 2006.
red dot design award is one of the
leading design competitions in the
world, held annually by the Design
Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen,
Germany. An international jury
selects the products of
outstanding design quality in 11
categories which are not only
related to car design but to
product design in general.
all-new Civic has won the “red
dot: best of the best” award in
the category of “Transportation.”
The jury acknowledged that its
overall design ”marks a
revolution,“ recognizing the
innovation as well as the appeal
and the high quality of the Civic’s
year, 2,068 proposals from 41
countries were entered into the
competition, and the “red dot:
best of the best“ for highest
design quality has been given to
only 36 products, while 485
products received the “red dot“
quality label of design.
Civic will become part of the
exhibition for more than one year
at the museum of the Design
Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The
museum displays one of the largest
exhibitions of contemporary design
worldwide, featuring more than
1,000 products in over 4,000
square metres. In addition, the
Civic will appear in the related
yearbook, which is considered a
standard work in the design field
and shows current trends in the
history of this competition began
in 1955 when outstanding
international product design was
marked with a dot; its present
name “red dot“ was adopted in
1992, and the competition in its
current style was established in
this year, Honda won also the 2006
American Car and Truck of the Year"
titles, a first for a single brand
to win both titles in the same
The company also celebrated the
groundbreaking for a new Acura-exclusive design facility
– the Acura
Design Centre – scheduled to open in the summer of 2007.
This new facility, located at the company’s Torrance,
Launched on March 27, 1986, Acura was
the world’s first Japanese luxury nameplate and the
first to challenge established European and American
luxury marques. Its 20-year history of innovation includes
the first Japanese exotic sports car, the Acura NSX, and
numerous technology firsts including the first automotive
applications of in-dash navigation, Bluetooth phone
integration and DVD-Audio surround sound.
Acura was also the first Japanese
luxury automaker to develop and manufacturer its vehicles
in North America, beginning with the 1997 Acura 2.2CL
Today, nearly two-thirds of all Acura
vehicles sold in America are designed, developed and
manufactured in North America.
In 2005, the Acura Division recorded
its third consecutive year of record sales, topping the
two-hundred thousand mark for the first time in the
Division’s history. It’s products include the Acura
TL sedan, America’s
best-selling luxury sedan in 2004; the Acura MDX
sport-utility vehicle; and the TSX sports sedan. Its
top-of-the-line RL performance luxury sedan (Acura's
version of the Honda
Legend) boasts numerous
technology innovations including AcuraLink Satellite
Communication System with Real Time Traffic, Super
Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and the first North
American application of advanced Collision
Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) technology.
RDX near production prototype recently in
In 2006, Acura will introduce two
all-new models – the 2007 Acura
MDX and the completely new RDX
premium entry SUV
Equipped with a new 2.3-liter
turbocharged engine and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive,
the all-new Acura RDX will be launched this summer
as a 2007 model.
SH-AWD’s electronic controls
automatically distribute torque fore and aft, as well as
splitting the rear torque left to right. The result is an
enhanced handling, traction and stability during sporty
driving as well as in inclement weather. Vehicle Stability
Assist (VSA®) combines with large disc brakes and ABS.
Built on an all-new global light truck
platform, the RDX comes with fully independent front and
rear suspension. It will be assembled at Honda of America
Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio.
entry SUV will be launched this summer.
The turbocharged Acura
RDX debuted as a
near-production prototype at the 2006 North American
International Auto Show, featuring an all-new 2.3-liter
i-VTEC® four-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates
240 horsepower and 260 lbs-ft (352 Nm) of torque. This is
the first application of forced induction technology in
To complement the all-aluminium
high-performance engine, the RDX utilizes Acura’s
steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to manually operate
the 5-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission.