After a decade of extensive research, in 1986 in support of its newly formed
Acura Auto Division, Honda opened 60 Acura dealerships within North America. Its initial models consisted of just two models: the first was the executive Legend model and the compact Integra model, which could be purchased as a five-door or three-door hatchback. Project XX, which was a joint venture between Honda and Great Britain's Austin Rover Group which resulted in the Legend. It was mechanically similar to the 800 series Rover, while the Integra coupe was an upscale Honda Quint hatchback.
Acura was the first Japanese luxury brand automobile. The establishment of Acura coincided with the announcement of a JDM Honda dealership television sales channel, called Honda Clio, which sold luxury brand vehicles, joining previously established Honda Verno, and followed by Honda Primo the next year. During its first few years of existence, Acura became among the top selling luxury marques in the US. Despite the fact that sales were off in the mid-to-late 1990s, the brand encountered a revival in the mid 2000s, because of extreme redesigns and the announcement of new models.
Since its beginning, Acura has been a pioneer in the car business. In the late 1980s, the achievement of the organization's first flagship vehicle, the Legend, inspired kindred Japanese carmakers Toyota and Nissan to announce their own luxury car brands, Lexus and Infiniti, respectively. The 1990 introduction of the NSX, an exotic mid-engine sports car, offered a solid and down to earth option to European exotic sports cars, and presented Honda's VTEC variable valve timing system to the market in North American. The 1993 Legend coupe included Honda's first utilization of a six-speed manual transmission, attached to a Type II engine. During the late 1990s, Acura created a Type R rendition of its Integra compact coupe, which offered a reduced curb weight, a lower and stiffer suspension, and a high-yield VTEC motor.
Acura-brand models are the RL, TLX, RLX, ILX, MDX, RDX, TSX, TL and ZDX.
In the mid 2000s, Acura presented new models, including the organization's first all-unique SUV, the MDX, and two new models which replaced the
Integra sedan and coupe, the RSX and TSX, respectively. Type S renditions of the RSX, CL, and TL were also added to the brand's lineup amid that decade. Acura's 2005 RL flagship announced SH-AWD, a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive vehicle. The 2007 RDX, a hybrid SUV, highlighted the initial North American utilization of a Honda engine with a turbocharger. In the 2010s, Acura added more new models, which including the ILX, TLX, and RLX, the last of which presented Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights. A second era NSX was propelled in 2015 and has a twin-turbocharged mid-engine, a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD
Acura Legend, RL, RLX (1985-1995)
The Acura Legend is a mid-size luxury/executive car manufactured by Honda. It was sold in the U.S., Canada, and parts of China under Honda's luxury brand, Acura, from 1985 to 1995, as both a sedan, which was classified as a full-size car, and a coupe, which was classified as a mid-size car (similar to how the Honda Accord is set up today). It was the first flagship sedan sold under the Acura nameplate, until being renamed in 1996 as the Acura 3.5RL. The 3.5RL was the North American version of the KA9 series Honda Legend.
Acura CL (1996-2003)
The Acura CL is a midsize coupé manufactured by Honda's Acura brand from February 19, 1996 to 1999, and from 2000 to 2003.
Acura TL, TLX (1996-2004)
The Acura TL is a compact executive / entry-level luxury car that was manufactured by Acura. It was introduced in 1995 to replace the Acura Legend and was badged for the Japanese-market from 1996 to 2000 as the Honda Inspire and from 1996 to 2004 as the Honda Saber. The TL was Acura's best-selling model until it was outsold by the MDX in 2007. While it once ranked as the second best-selling luxury sedan in the United States behind the BMW 3 Series, sales have decreased by over 50% since then.
Acura Integra, RSX, EL (1990-1998)
In North America, the Integra was sold under the Acura nameplate. Acura offered three trim levels (RS, LS and GS) for 1990 and 1991 model years and added a fourth trim level (GS-R) beginning in MY 1992. Model choices consisted of a 3-door hatchback and a new 4-door notchback. All trim levels were available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission except for the GS-R which was only offered in a manual.
Acura Sports Cars
Acura NSX (1990-2016)
The the Acura NSX, is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car manufactured by Honda/Acura
The origins of the NSX trace back to 1984, with the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental) concept, which was a mid-engined 3.0 L V6 engined rear wheel drive sports car. Honda committed to the project, with the intention of meeting or exceeding the performance of the then V8 engined Ferrari range, while offering reliability and a lower price point. The concept thus evolved and had its name changed to NS-X, which stood for "New", "Sportscar".
Acura MDX (2001-present)
The MDX was the first crossover SUV to have third-row seating, and shares a platform with the Honda Pilot. The Pilot seats eight, while the MDX seats seven, with two seating positions in the third row. The MDX was introduced as a 2001 model, replacing the slow-selling U.S.-only body-on-frame SLX, based on the Isuzu Trooper.
Acura RDX Hybrid (2007-present)
The Acura RDX is Acura’s first compact luxury crossover SUV, taking over from the MDX as Acura's entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX grew in size and price. Originally, the RDX was built upon the same platform Honda uses for their Civic and CR-V passenger cars, however starting from its third generation, the Acura RDX is built on its own platform.
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