Honda Joins Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium as Latest Member of Growing Consortium

The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) today expanded its international reach with the addition of Honda to the consortium. The AVSC, which launched in April 2019, convenes leading OEM and technology member organizations to collaborate on the development of best safety practices around which automated vehicle (AV) technology can be responsibly developed and adopted ahead of broad deployment.

“The adoption and acceptance of AV technologies is an international challenge. The combined expertise assembled as part of the AVSC represents the type of collaborative thinking that’s needed if we’re to develop global solutions,” said Dr. Edward Straub, executive director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium.

Honda is developing automated vehicle technologies through research, investments and partnerships to promote broader access to safe and reliable transportation solutions.

“Honda sees great potential in automated vehicle technology to greatly reduce injuries and fatalities for all road users,” said Toshihiro Mibe, president and representative director, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. “Joining AVSC will allow us to further our goals by establishing broadly accepted best safety practices.”

In addition to Honda, the growing consortium also includes SAE InternationalFordGeneral MotorsToyotaUber ATGDaimler and Lyft. The AVSC’s mission is to inform and accelerate the development of industry standards for AVs. Consortium members are working on the development of a series of safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated drivingg systems focusing on testing before and during operation of AVs on public roads; data collection, protection and sharing; and interactions between AVs and other road users.

For more information about the AVSC, visit avsc.sae-itc.org.

SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®) is an affiliate of SAE International. The SAE ITC team specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in highly engineered industries globally. (www.sae-itc.com)

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2020 Honda CR-V: America’s Favorite Crossover Gets Significant Upgrades in Technology, Features and LX Powertrain

  • Popular LX trim adds 1.5L turbo engine, Honda Sensing® as standard
  • All-new electrified CR-V Hybrid to join the lineup early next year
  • America’s most popular crossover recently reached 5-million sales mark

The refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, an updated take on America’s most popular crossover, begins arriving in dealerships tomorrow with a refreshed exterior design, new and upgraded features, and a new turbocharged powertrain for the popular LX trim, along with standard Honda Sensing® technologies on all grades. With cumulative U.S. sales now topping the 5-million-unit mark, the 2020 model looks to extend CR-V’s position as the best-selling crossover in America over the past 22 years.

The 2020 CR-V goes on sale with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starting at $25,0501 (excluding destination and handling charges) for the front-wheel-drive LX model, an increase of just $600 despite the addition of Honda Sensing and a more powerful and efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to the LX trim. An all-new, even more powerful and fuel-efficient hybrid-electric CR-V will join the lineup early next year.

All 2020 CR-Vs benefit from new front and rear exterior styling cues, including a redesigned front bumper and grille, and new headlight designs. EX and EX-L trims also get redesigned alloy wheels, while Touring grades get new 19-inch (+1 in.) wheels and tires. The 2020 model also debuts three new exterior colors: Radiant Red Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Aegean Blue Pearl.

Inside, CR-V’s spacious and tech-savvy cabin gets a redesigned center console with more conveniently located USB ports and more flexible storage space, while the line-topping CR-V Touring adds a heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charging.

Mechanically, the biggest change to the 2020 CR-V is the addition of the 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine for the popular LX trim, which replaces a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. For the LX, this means more power (+6 horsepower), a flatter torque curve (179 lb.-ft. @ 2000-5000 rpm vs. 180 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm) and a higher EPA fuel economy rating (+2 mpg city/highway/combined).

Importantly, the CR-V LX also gets Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, extending these popular features throughout the CR-V lineup.

2020 CR-V Pricing & EPA Data

Model / Trim / Drivetrain

MSRP1

MSRP1 Including $1,095 Destination Charge

EPA Mileage Rating
(City/Hwy/Combined)2

CR-V LX (2WD)

$25,050

$26,145

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V LX (AWD)

$26,550

$27,645

27 / 32 / 29

CR-V EX (2WD)

$27,560

$28,655

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V EX (AWD)

$29,060

$30,155

27 / 32 / 29

CR-V EX-L (2WD)

$30,050

$31,145

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V EX-L (AWD)

$31,550

$32,645

27 / 32 / 29

CR-V Touring (2WD)

$33,250

$34,345

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V Touring (AWD)

$34,750

$35,845

27 / 32 / 29

ADVANCED POWERTRAINS

All gasoline-powered 2020 CR-Vs now feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net) and 179 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), delivering refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range. Available in front-wheel-drive or with Honda Real Time all-wheel drive, power is transmitted through a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with smooth-shifting Honda G-Shift control logic.

More information on the CR-V Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain will be available closer to when it goes on sale early next year.

2020 Honda CR-V Powertrain Details

 

2020 CR-V LX, EX, EX-L, Touring

Engine Type

Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder

Displacement (cc)

1498

Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)

190 @ 5600

Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm SAE net)

179 @ 2000-5000

Bore and Stroke (mm)

73 x 89.5

Compression Ratio

10.3:1

Maximum Boost (psi)

18.5

Fuel Injection

Direct

Valvetrain

16-Valve DOHC w/dual VTC

Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System

Low-Inertia Mono-Scroll Turbocharger

SOPHISTICATED EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR STYLING

The 2020 Honda CR-V’s more upscale and distinctive presence comes courtesy of a new blackout grille, and broad new openings for the fog lights. EX, EX-L and Touring trims get new, round LED fog lights. The added sophistication continues in back with dark-tinted taillight lenses, a dark chrome tailgate garnish and more darkly tinted rear glass. EX and EX-L trims get newly designed 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, while the Touring trim’s new, larger 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and tires (+1 inch) raise the bar on the Touring’s stance and upscale demeanor. Touring trims also get new chrome exhaust finishers. Three new exterior colors come to the CR-V – Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Pearl – expanding to eight the number of color choices available for CR-V.

Inside, all 2020 Honda CR-Vs get a redesigned center console that is easier to use, with more flexible storage options, while CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. Other in-vehicle technologies include a color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display, available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. Additional available tech includes remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support, and heated front seats.

ADVANCED SAFETY AND DRIVER-ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Beginning with the 2020 model year, all Honda CR-V trims come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional driver-assistive technologies include the available blind spot information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlights.

The 2020 CR-V also incorporates the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and targets the highest collision safety ratings. These include a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)3 and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention with Honda Sensing.

SAFETY & DRIVER ASSISTIVE FEATURES

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (HS)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (HS)

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) (HS)

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) (HS)

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (HS)

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (HS)

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

Brake Assist

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

With guidelines

With dynamic guidelines

With dynamic guidelines

With dynamic guidelines

Honda LaneWatch™

 

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure

Advanced Front Airbags

Front Side Airbags

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions

Front 3-Point Seat Belts w/ Automatic Tensioning System

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)

Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder

Child-Proof Rear Door Locks

(HS)=feature is a component of the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features

CHASSIS TECHNOLOGY

The 2020 Honda CR-V maintains the same class-leading agility and confidence-inspiring handling as before. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension use specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote responsive turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable-ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V’s direct and satisfying steering feel.

Model Trim Level Summary

CR-V LX
Honda Sensing (new to trim)
Auto high/low beams (new to trim)
1.5-liter engine (new to trim)
Idle Start/Stop
12V power outlet
USB input
Black exterior door handles
Black exterior mirrors
17-inch alloy wheels
Automatic climate control
Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
Manual seats
4-speaker audio system

(New features for 2020 in bold)

EX (add or replace from LX)
LED Fog lights
HD Radio
One-touch moonroof with tilt feature
Blind spot information
18-inch wheels
8-way power driver’s seat
Privacy glass
7-inch Display Audio system with six-speakers
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
Smart Start / Smart Entry
Security system
Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
Remote start
Heated front seats
XM Radio
Mirror turn signals
Heated outside mirrors
Body-color door handles
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
2 Rear USB
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Front tweeters (+2 speakers)
Ambient lights
Cargo cover
Body-colored mirrors
Auto up/down windows
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Passenger-side seatback pocket

(New features for 2020 in bold)

EX-L (add or replace from EX)
Leather seating surfaces
Power tailgate
4-way power passenger seat
Auto dimming rearview mirror
Driver’s seat memory controls
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Leather-wrapped shifter
HomeLink®
Rear tweeters (+2 speakers)
Touring (add or replace from EX-L)
19-inch alloy wheels (+1-inch)
Heated steering wheel
Wireless charging
Updated LED high and low-beam headlights
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
Roof rails
Rain-sensing wipers
Hands-free access power tailgate
Chrome exhaust
9-speaker premium audio (+1 speaker)

(New features for 2020 in bold)

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Trucks Deliver October Sales Records for AHM, Honda and Acura Brands as Sales Rise Across Divisions

  • Honda brand sets new October sales record with an 8% gain; trucks gain 17.5% and a new October mark 
  • Honda CR-V nets new October record and cumulative sales top 5 million 
  • Honda HR-V sets a new all-time monthly record with sales of over 10,000 units
  • Acura trucks set October record as division nets 2.4% gain


“With the Honda CR-V topping the 5 million cumulative sales mark to reaffirm its position as the best-selling crossover for over two decades, it’s fitting that Honda crossover and light truck models led Honda to an all-time October sales record
,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. “Both the Honda and Acura brands are marching forward as we head into the final two months of the year on pace to see American Honda post a sales increase for 2019.”

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

The harvest moon shone brightly on Honda sales, with new October overall and truck sales records and cumulative CR-V sales cresting 5 million. Several models made major gains with trucks leading the way as HR-V set an all-time monthly record and CR-V a new October mark. Civic and Fit also made major gains.

  • HR-V set a new all-time monthly record, jumping 104% on sales of 10,130 units.
  • CR-V sales climb 20% on sales of 33,344 for a new October record.
  • Fit gained a whopping 204% while Civic gained 5% and Accord topped 21,000 deliveries.
  • Odyssey now holds an incredible 42% share of the minivan segment with October sales of over 7,800 units.

Model Notes

Honda is the retail best-selling passenger car brand in America in 2019 – with Fit, Civic, Insight and Accord #1 or #2 in their respective segments — gaining the most share of any mainstream brand this year.

 

Honda has led the industry in sales to under-35-year-old buyers since 2010, with Civic and Accord the #1 and #2 cars, CR-V the #1 CUV/SUV and Odyssey the #1 minivan

 

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Indy Car Star Rossi Returns To Baja 1000

  • Alexander Rossi rejoins Honda Off-Road Racing Team for second Baja 1000
  • Rossi to co-drive Ridgeline with Baja veterans Jeff Proctor, Pat Dailey
  • Baja Ridgeline Race Truck seeks fourth class victory of 2019

After a headline-making debut in 2018 – including a near miss with a passenger vehicle on the race course captured on a video that went viral – Honda Indy car star Alexander Rossi will again take on the SCORE Baja 1000, driving the Baja Ridgeline Race Truck as part of the Honda Off-Road Racing Team.

An off-road “rookie” at last year’s running of the legendary race, Rossi quickly adapted to the unique demands of desert racing, which saw the Jeff Proctor-led Honda Off-Road Racing Team post a second-place Class 7 finish, the fourth consecutive first- or second-place result for the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck at the Baja 1000.

“I am more than excited to get back in this Honda Ridgeline off-road truck for the Baja 1000,” Rossi said. “It’s safe to say I decided last year, within five minutes of testing the Ridgeline for the first time, that I was going to do this again.”

Rossi is a seven-time NTT IndyCar Series race winner, including the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016. For his second Baja 1000, he will again share driving duties with team owner/driver Proctor and Baja veteran Pat Dailey, with each driver covering approximately one third of the nearly 800-mile “loop” course, which will start and end in Ensenada, Mexico.

Proctor won his class in the Baja 1000 in both 2015 and 2016 with the Ridgeline, finished second in class in 2017 and 2018; and won the companion SCORE Baja 500 race both in 2016, 2018 and again earlier this year. The Ridgeline competes in Class 7, for unlimited six-cylinder production-appearing trucks and SUVs.

“We are stoked to have Alexander back racing with us in Mexico for his sophomore attempt at this iconic off-road race,” Proctor said. “This year’s 52nd annual Baja 1000 course covers ALL of the toughest terrain and areas in Baja Norte….as always, it will be tough. Alex is one of the brightest motorsports minds I’ve worked with, and he is a great asset to our team.” 

Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 produced by Honda Performance Development, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck features a body designed by Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio, with inspiration taken from the current Honda Ridgeline, also designed and developed by Honda R&D North Americas. Key design cues drawn from the 2019 Honda Ridgeline can be seen in the front fascia, hood, roof, bed and side profile.

Making approximately 550 horsepower, HPD’s 3.5-liter HR35TT engine uses the same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft as the production V6 engine that powers the all-new Ridgeline. Additional, custom elements of the powertrain include an HPD-designed intake plenum and custom Engine Control Unit programming.

Rossi is the sixth Indy 500 winner to take part in the Baja 1000. Other Indy winners who have raced in the SCORE Baja 1000 include Parnelli Jones, a two-time race winner (1971-72); fellow Honda IndyCar Series driver and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay; Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Buddy Rice. Indy car season champions who have raced in the Baja 1000 include Mears, Hunter-Reay, Sebastien Bourdais, Jimmy Vasser and Paul Tracy.

“The Honda off-road guys and my co-driver/navigator Evan Weller make it so easy for me to just jump right in and go to work,” Rossi said. “I can’t wait to share the seat with Jeff [Proctor] and Pat [Dailey] once again, and hopefully, bring home a win.”

The Honda Off-Road Racing Team has had an outstanding 2019 season, including class wins for the Baja Ridgeline Race Truck at the Parker 425, the Mint 400 and the Baja 500; where the team successfully debuted the second-generation “TSCO” chassis; and a second-place Class 7 finish at the Vegas-to-Reno event.

The oldest, most prestigious and longest continuously held desert off-road race, this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 on Nov. 19-24 will be a loop race of 799.1 miles, starting and ending in Ensenada in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The race is the finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship. The start/finish line compound will once again be adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. The car, truck and UTV classes will start at 10:30 a.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 22, with the first finishers expected to complete the race in approximately 13 hours.

Social media content and video links from the Ridgeline Racing effort at Baja will be available on HPD’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).

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Honda SEMA Show Exhibit Celebrates 60 Years in North America, and Enduring Commitment to Enthusiast Community

  • Unique display showcases 60-year heritage of Honda in North America with both vintage and modern products
  • Refreshed 2020 CR-V, all-new CR-V Hybrid outfitted for adventure
  • Winner of the Honda Super Tuner Legends Series is featured
  • Multiple powersports products include accessorized Talon 1000R

The Honda exhibit at the 2019 SEMA Show will celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary in the U.S., Honda’s longstanding commitment to the enthusiast community, and the accessorization opportunities of Honda’s line-up today—helping light the way for owners to indulge their personalities and lifestyles. At center stage is a pair of 2020 Honda CR-Vs – refreshed gasoline variant and all-new hybrid – accessorized for outdoor enthusiasts. Alongside the adventure CR-Vs is a 2019 Honda Passport fresh from the American Rally Association circuit, a Honda Ridgeline pickup featuring Honda Factory Performance (HFP) concept accessories, and an accessorized Honda Talon 1000R side-by-side.

Paying tribute to American Honda’s 60th anniversary is a faithful replica of the red-and-white Chevy Apache pickup used by Honda motorcycle salespeople in the early 1960s, alongside a 1968 Honda S800 Coupe “Outlaw” sports car, a modified version of one of Honda’s very first production cars. Also featured will be a Civic Si heavily modified for competition in Formula Drift, two Super Street Civic Si project cars from 1999 and today, and the winner of this year’s Honda Super Tuner Legends Series, a component of the annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour competition – a 1972 Honda N600 with its rear wheels driven by the engine from a Honda VFR motorcycle.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid “Do” Build by Jsport Performance Accessories
This 2020 CR-V Hybrid “Do” build was created by Jsport with the “weekend warrior” in mind, someone who needs a versatile vehicle that will transport him or her to the nearest trailhead, while retaining the everyday practicality that the CR-V provides. Modifications include a 1.5-inch lift kit, side steps, and roof basket from Jsport, 17-inch KMC off-road wheels with Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires, and a Cannondale mountain bike mounted to the roof basket.

2020 CR-V “Dream” Build by Jsport Performance Accessories
This gas-engine 2020 CR-V “Dream” build was designed for the “overlander” type – someone who wants to venture past the trailhead and explore the outdoors with a vehicle equipped with the gear to support self-reliant adventure travel. Modifications to the CR-V for overlanding include a 1.5-inch lift kit, side steps, front bumper, rear tire gate, and Plateau modular roof rack from Jsport, 17-inch KMC off-road wheels with Nitto Ridge Grappler all-terrain tires, and a Roofnest Falcon clamshell-style rooftop tent. The cargo area has been upfitted with an organization cabinet and a slide-out refrigerator.

Ridgeline HFP Concept with Lifestyle Accessories
Well-known for its accessories and performance parts for sport compact models, Honda Factory Performance (HFP) explores the possibility of expanding its offerings to more rugged lifestyle vehicles with the Ridgeline HFP Concept. The truck is lifted and the track widened for a rugged stance, with all-terrain tires mounted on concept 18-inch bronze-finish HFP alloy wheels, and various currently available Honda Genuine Accessories. In the bed is a pair of custom Fuji mountain bikes painted in the same color as the Ridgeline, mounted using Thule bed bike fork mounts. Additional accessories from Thule include an Xsporster bed rack and Kukenam 3 tent in Siberian Camo.

Rally Passport
The Rally Passport was built by Honda R&D associates in Ohio as a private, after-hours project to showcase the performance potential and help elevate the off-road capability of the all-new 2019 Passport. The Rally Passport was built to compete in stage rally competition in the Limited 4WD class of the American Rally Association. The vehicle in its first event placed 2nd in class and 12th overall out of 75 total competitors in the Southern Ohio Forest Rally. Modifications were mostly for the sake of race safety and included a roll cage and safety equipment per ARA regulations, Maxxis RAZR MT Tires on Braid Wheels, Carbotech brake pads, skid plates in the front and rear, and a hand-operated hydraulic brake.

Heritage Chevy Truck with Vintage Cub and CB160
The 1961 Chevrolet half-ton pickup on display is a faithful reproduction of one of the delivery trucks used by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) shortly after first opening for business in 1959. Modeled after the one used in an iconic photo circa 1961 in front of AHM’s original office in Los Angeles, the truck features hand-painted lettering and period-correct trim. Additionally, the truck’s cargo reflects two important motorcycles from those early days, helping recreate what the package looked like as salespeople traveled around the state to support their dealers. The 1965 Honda 50 helped put Honda on the map in the early 1960s, thanks to its low price and easy-to-ride nature that put it within reach of anyone. The 1965 Honda CB160 was one of Honda’s early small displacement sport bikes, itself a big hit for AHM, following in the footsteps of the larger CB77 “Super Hawk” in moving away from a stamped steel monocoque in favor of a tubular steel frame.

1968 Honda S800 Coupe “Outlaw”
The custom 1968 Honda S800 Coupe “Outlaw” built by producer and actor Daniel Wu is based on an original S800, one of the very first production cars Honda ever made. While Wu had contemplated an engine swap, instead he had the original stock engine completely rebuilt to new condition and added a custom exhaust system made by GReddy, with the exhaust pipes exiting the middle of the vehicle. The custom body kit was made by Pandem’s Kei Miura to give the S800 a more aggressive look with custom flares, a custom air dam, and a suspension that’s 2 inches lower than stock. The fender flares broaden the stance by about 4 inches, supported by widened stock steel wheels wrapped in Toyo R888R tires. A custom interior contrasts against the exterior, with red leather seating and the original S800 steering wheel also accented in red leather.

Honda Super Tuner Legends Series Winner: N600
This very special and heavily customized Honda N600 just took top honors in the Honda Super Tuner Legends Series competition, a component of Mattel, Inc.’s annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour. Built over a five-year period by Dean Williams and now owned by Stephen Mines, this unusual car is powered by a Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine driving the rear wheels on a modified Mazda Miata suspension system. Sporting a 12,000 RPM redline and an incredible deep-throated growl, this tiny hot rod puts a huge grin on the face of anyone who sees, hears, and especially, drives it.

Honda Tuning 2018 Civic Si Project by Super Street Magazine
The Honda Tuning Civic Si project was designed to test multiple off-the-shelf aftermarket products in order to establish just how much tuning potential the 10th-generation Civic offers. Super Street editors addressed areas that the average enthusiast would, with the goal of all modifications being 100-percent reversible. Modifications to the Si powertrain included an intake and intercooler kit, an ECU re-flash, complete front-to-rear exhaust system and a complete turbo kit with a new downpipe. Interior modifications include lower-positioned seats with more pronounced thigh and side bolsters, an adjustable length and height shifter, and adjustable gas pedal spacer.

Jeanneret Racing and Olson Kustom Works Civic Si Drift Car
The 10th-gen based Civic Si Drift Car built by Jeanneret Racing and Olson Kustom Works begins with the front-wheel drive Civic chassis, and transforming it into a race-only Formula Drift vehicle. This required extensive modifications to the chassis to turn it from a front-wheel drive car into a rear-wheel drive one. Engine modifications not only included re-orienting the K24 engine to drive the rear wheels, but also to bring it up to a competition-spec 926 horsepower at the wheels. Chassis, engine and body modifications were performed in-house in conjunction with Jeanneret Racing and Olson Kustom Works.

Super Street 2000 Civic Si Challenge Winner
Winner of the Civic Si Challenge in 2000, this 1999 Honda Civic Si was extensively modified by Super Street magazine, and faithfully preserved by American Honda as a representation of tuner styles of the early 21st century. Organized by Honda, the Civic Si Challenge asked participants to modify a stock Civic Si with a $10,000 budget and turn it into a show, drag, or race car, or a combination of all three. After winning, the Super Street Honda Civic Si was duplicated by Mattel™ as a 1:18-scale model.

Honda Powersports
The Honda Powersports lineup on display at SEMA will showcase a number of different products, featuring the following:

  • Proctor Racing Talon 1000R – Maximizing style and function, Proctor Race Group has added personal touches to the Talon 1000R that dig deep into Honda’s racing roots. A pair of Sparco seats mounted with a set of Jsport SXS aluminum seat mounts, as well as a set of Mastercraft cam-lock harnesses combine with a custom MPI Innovations steering wheel to complete the interior. This Talon sits on KMC “Grenade” bead-lock wheels wrapped in 32-inch EFX Motohammer tires. An intrusion bar, front and rear bumpers from Jsport SXS, along with a strut-mounted spare tire carrier, help complete the aggressive styling of this Honda Talon.
  • City Slicker 2019 Super Cub 125 – The City Slicker Super Cub built by Steady Garage sports chopped and shortened front and rear fenders with a retrofitted front suspension using aftermarket components designed for the Honda Ruckus. Custom hubs carry three-piece front and rear wheels. The custom two-tone green and off-white paint was done by Midnight Garage/Advance Auto Group in San Gabriel Valley, Calif., with custom seating from Rogelio’s Auto Upholstery in Irwindale, Calif. A Yoshimura Magnum GP exhaust system was added for a deep, throaty sound.
    The Honda Super Cub, on which this project is based, is the world’s best-selling motorcycle of all time, with well over 100 million units sold.
  • 2019 Monkey 125 “SARU with Love” – Built by Arthur Yang, the “SARU with Love” Monkey 125 features numerous aftermarket enhancements from Over Racing, including forged aluminum wheels, a titanium exhaust system, aluminum swing arm, CNC side-plate covers, and an Over Racing handlebar system. The suspension has been refitted using Ohlins components, with a Chimera Engineering ram intake, Kitaco seat, and Asia-spec light conversion that completes the package.
  • Custom CRF450L “Grey Area” – Documented in a series of vlogs, the Gray Area CRF450L built by former Honda Supercross and Motocross racer Cole Seely sports a number of modifications. Working with Bleach Design Werks, Seely added black Dubya wheels to match the black frame. Throttle Jockey helped design the “Grey Area” graphics, and the suspension was upgraded for supercross duty.
  • 2019 CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports – When the CRF1000L Africa Twin was introduced in 2016 as an homage to the successful XRV650 and XRV750, the full-scale adventure motorcycle was immediately heralded for being equally capable of crossing rugged continents and highway cruising. Now, the “True Adventure” spirit of the award-winning model expands with the introduction of the CRF1000L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports, which pushes the platform even further into the long-range off-road-ready territory. This Africa Twin Adventure Sports has been equipped for a moto camping adventure with Honda Genuine panniers, camping gear and more off-road friendly tires.

For more information about the full range of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and side-by-sides, go to http://powersports.honda.com/.

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Honda VP Appointed to Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board

William Walton, leader of Honda Power Equipment Division, is an HBCU Graduate

William Walton, vice president of the Honda Power Equipment division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has been appointed to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board of Directors.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization representing publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships.

Walton is a graduate of Morehouse College, an HBCU, and leads the development of strategic business vision and direction for Honda’s power equipment division. His career at Honda has spanned more than 20 years, during which he has served in a broad range of capacities and leadership positions including automotive service, parts and product planning operations, in addition to his current role in leading the power equipment division of American Honda.

“Support for HBCUs is in my DNA, and it’s a great honor to represent Honda within a world-class organization like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,” said Walton. “Honda has close ties with HBCUs through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, and we’re committed to strengthening opportunities for top students at HBCUs.”

Honda established a new partnership with TMCF last year by starting an annual scholarship program to support students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields.

“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund will benefit greatly from having such a dynamic global corporate leader like William Walton serve on our Board of Directors,” said TMCF Board Chairman, Charles Merinoff. “I look forward to working with William to expand the reach, impact, and opportunities of our students enrolled at our nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), which incorporates TMCF’s 47 member-schools and nearly 300,000 diverse students.”

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Honda VP Appointed to Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board

William Walton, leader of Honda Power Equipment Division, is an HBCU Graduate

William Walton, vice president of the Honda Power Equipment division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has been appointed to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board of Directors.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization representing publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships.

Walton is a graduate of Morehouse College, an HBCU, and leads the development of strategic business vision and direction for Honda’s power equipment division. His career at Honda has spanned more than 20 years, during which he has served in a broad range of capacities and leadership positions including automotive service, parts and product planning operations, in addition to his current role in leading the power equipment division of American Honda.

“Support for HBCUs is in my DNA, and it’s a great honor to represent Honda within a world-class organization like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,” said Walton. “Honda has close ties with HBCUs through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, and we’re committed to strengthening opportunities for top students at HBCUs.”

Honda established a new partnership with TMCF last year by starting an annual scholarship program to support students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields.

“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund will benefit greatly from having such a dynamic global corporate leader like William Walton serve on our Board of Directors,” said TMCF Board Chairman, Charles Merinoff. “I look forward to working with William to expand the reach, impact, and opportunities of our students enrolled at our nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), which incorporates TMCF’s 47 member-schools and nearly 300,000 diverse students.”

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Vintage Honda N600 Powered by VFR 800 Motorcycle Engine Wins Honda Super Tuner Legends Series

  • Custom-tuned, 1972 Honda N600 powered by Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine wins first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
  • Winning vehicle will be on display at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
  • Honda N600 was first Honda model sold in the United States
  • Honda joined the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour in 2019 as the exclusive live custom tuner component of the series

Honda today announced that a 1972 Honda N600 owned by Stephen Mines has won the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series, which joined the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour in 2019 as the exclusive tuner component of the program. Customized over a five-year period, the Honda N600 is powered by a Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine in a rear wheel drive configuration, sporting a 12,000 RPM redline and a surprisingly deep and growly engine sound.

“When I arrived at the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, I was truly impressed by the amount of work from the other Honda tuners. I’m thrilled, and humbled, that my N600 not only stood out, but was selected as the winner of the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series,” said Stephen Mines, owner of the winning N600. “As a longtime Honda fan, and owner of more than a few Hondas, it will be an incredible honor to see my car at Honda’s booth at SEMA.”

The custom N600 that won the inaugural Honda Super Tuner Legends Series also boasts a modified Mazda Miata suspension system, seats from a Polaris RZR®, and modified front and rear bumpers from a 1967-68 Chevy® Camaro. Mines’ throwback N600 is fitting as this year American Honda celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The other three finalists for the 2019 Honda Super Tuner Legends Series included a:

Honda N600
After a decade of growth that led to Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda began automobile sales in U.S. in 1970 with the Honda N600, with a starting price of $1,300. At just 122 inches in length, the N600 was small enough to fit between the front and rear wheels of some full-size American passenger cars of the time.

The N600 had an all-alloy engine with a 9,000 rpm redline that could propel the N600 to speeds of up to 81 miles per hour. A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, the N600 was nimble and fuel-efficient, characteristics it shares with today’s Hondas, helping pave the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.

Honda Tuner Vehicles
Honda vehicles are favorites of car enthusiasts and “tuners” – owners who customize their vehicles with third-party parts to personalize the appearance and performance. For many years, Honda has celebrated this relationship at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and at other exhibitions and rallies, honoring those who make Honda vehicles an expression of their unique personality. This commitment includes the creation of Honda Factory Performance accessories that offer vehicle owners the ability to personalize their builds, while enhancing appearance, performance and functionality.

Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
The first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series kicked off in El Segundo, Calif., in May 2019, as an extension of the second annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, a national search for a life-size custom car worthy of being immortalized as a Hot Wheels™ toy car. Local Honda enthusiasts entered their custom-tuned Hondas in the hopes of being selected as one of four finalists competing for the “Honda Super Tuner” title and the opportunity to have their vehicle displayed at the SEMA Show – the industry’s premier automotive specialty products trade event – in Las Vegas from November 5-8, 2019.

The Honda Super Tuner Legends Series made select stops along the Legends Tour: El Segundo, Calif. on May 18, Seattle on Aug. 24, Denver on Sept. 14, and Santa Clarita, Calif. on Oct. 19.

Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour
The first-ever Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour was held in 2018 to commemorate the toy car’s 50th anniversary and drew in more than 3,600 cars and 65,000 fans. Hot Wheels™ aficionados from across the country entered their life-size custom cars in the hope of it being the winning vehicle chosen to be made into a Hot Wheels™ toy car. This year, Hot Wheels™ expanded the Legends Tour to include more than 18 stops throughout the country at Walmart stores in cities with deep-rooted ties to car culture. Full details on the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour can be found at: https://hotwheels.mattel.com/explore/HW_50th/en/legends-tour.

Honda and Hot Wheels™
For nearly two decades, Honda and Hot Wheels™ have partnered to design dozens of Honda Hot Wheels™ toy cars, including 20 currently in production. In 2018, Hot Wheels™ released a series of eight iconic 1:64 scaled die-cast Honda Hot Wheels™ toys, including the Honda CR-X, ’90 Honda Civic EF, Honda Civic Coupe, Honda Civic Si, Honda Monkey Z50, Honda Racer 5, Honda S2000 and Honda Odyssey.

For More Information 
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

 

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Vintage Honda N600 Powered by VFR 800 Motorcycle Engine Wins Honda Super Tuner Legends Series

  • Custom-tuned, 1972 Honda N600 powered by Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine wins first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
  • Winning vehicle will be on display at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
  • Honda N600 was first Honda model sold in the United States
  • Honda joined the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour in 2019 as the exclusive live custom tuner component of the series

Honda today announced that a 1972 Honda N600 owned by Stephen Mines has won the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series, which joined the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour in 2019 as the exclusive tuner component of the program. Customized over a five-year period, the Honda N600 is powered by a Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine in a rear wheel drive configuration, sporting a 12,000 RPM redline and a surprisingly deep and growly engine sound.

“When I arrived at the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, I was truly impressed by the amount of work from the other Honda tuners. I’m thrilled, and humbled, that my N600 not only stood out, but was selected as the winner of the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series,” said Stephen Mines, owner of the winning N600. “As a longtime Honda fan, and owner of more than a few Hondas, it will be an incredible honor to see my car at Honda’s booth at SEMA.”

The custom N600 that won the inaugural Honda Super Tuner Legends Series also boasts a modified Mazda Miata suspension system, seats from a Polaris RZR®, and modified front and rear bumpers from a 1967-68 Chevy® Camaro. Mines’ throwback N600 is fitting as this year American Honda celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The other three finalists for the 2019 Honda Super Tuner Legends Series included a:

Honda N600
After a decade of growth that led to Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda began automobile sales in U.S. in 1970 with the Honda N600, with a starting price of $1,300. At just 122 inches in length, the N600 was small enough to fit between the front and rear wheels of some full-size American passenger cars of the time.

The N600 had an all-alloy engine with a 9,000 rpm redline that could propel the N600 to speeds of up to 81 miles per hour. A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, the N600 was nimble and fuel-efficient, characteristics it shares with today’s Hondas, helping pave the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.

Honda Tuner Vehicles
Honda vehicles are favorites of car enthusiasts and “tuners” – owners who customize their vehicles with third-party parts to personalize the appearance and performance. For many years, Honda has celebrated this relationship at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and at other exhibitions and rallies, honoring those who make Honda vehicles an expression of their unique personality. This commitment includes the creation of Honda Factory Performance accessories that offer vehicle owners the ability to personalize their builds, while enhancing appearance, performance and functionality.

Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
The first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series kicked off in El Segundo, Calif., in May 2019, as an extension of the second annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, a national search for a life-size custom car worthy of being immortalized as a Hot Wheels™ toy car. Local Honda enthusiasts entered their custom-tuned Hondas in the hopes of being selected as one of four finalists competing for the “Honda Super Tuner” title and the opportunity to have their vehicle displayed at the SEMA Show – the industry’s premier automotive specialty products trade event – in Las Vegas from November 5-8, 2019.

The Honda Super Tuner Legends Series made select stops along the Legends Tour: El Segundo, Calif. on May 18, Seattle on Aug. 24, Denver on Sept. 14, and Santa Clarita, Calif. on Oct. 19.

Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour
The first-ever Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour was held in 2018 to commemorate the toy car’s 50th anniversary and drew in more than 3,600 cars and 65,000 fans. Hot Wheels™ aficionados from across the country entered their life-size custom cars in the hope of it being the winning vehicle chosen to be made into a Hot Wheels™ toy car. This year, Hot Wheels™ expanded the Legends Tour to include more than 18 stops throughout the country at Walmart stores in cities with deep-rooted ties to car culture. Full details on the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour can be found at: https://hotwheels.mattel.com/explore/HW_50th/en/legends-tour.

Honda and Hot Wheels™
For nearly two decades, Honda and Hot Wheels™ have partnered to design dozens of Honda Hot Wheels™ toy cars, including 20 currently in production. In 2018, Hot Wheels™ released a series of eight iconic 1:64 scaled die-cast Honda Hot Wheels™ toys, including the Honda CR-X, ’90 Honda Civic EF, Honda Civic Coupe, Honda Civic Si, Honda Monkey Z50, Honda Racer 5, Honda S2000 and Honda Odyssey.

For More Information 
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

 

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Legendary Integra Type R Racecar Screams Back to the Track at 9,000 rpm

  • New video from Acura features Peter Cunningham piloting historic and restored RealTime Racing Integra Type R at the WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America
  • Nearly two decades after its retirement, Integra Type R continues to hold the all-time record for SPEED Touring Car wins and championships
  • Fully-restored Integra Type R represents the spirit Acura is recapturing with Precision Crafted Performance

The combination of RealTime Racing and the Acura Integra Type R forged a race-winning record that remains unbroken after nearly two decades. In a video debuting today, Acura highlights the story of the restored RealTime Racing #42 Integra Type R returning to the track with Sports Car Club of America Hall-of-Famer Peter Cunningham behind the wheel.

The video showcases the Integra Type R’s original run in near-stock form; its dominant performance in the SPEED Touring Car championship, and its return to racing glory. The action took place this July at the WeatherTech International Challenge vintage race weekend at Road America, where the #42 car qualified and finished fourth in a field of over 60 vehicles.

“It was our first race back out with the Acura Integra Type R, and it was like we never skipped a beat. We had a great time!” said Cunningham, team owner of RealTime Racing, at the conclusion of the race. “There were some 60 cars in our group and only a few vehicles in a class above beat us, so it was a great day for RealTime and Acura and great to have the Type R back on track.”

1997 Acura Integra Type R
When it debuted in 1997, the Acura Integra Type R was much more than a faster Integra GS-R, the previous top-line trim. The Type R’s B18C5 engine became a legend in its own right for its factory modifications, the highlights of which included a hand-ported head, thinner valves and unique valve springs, robust connecting rods and numerous other upgrades, to give the Type R a screaming 8,400-rpm redline.

The Integra Type R body also benefited from extra welds for additional chassis strength and stiffness. There was an underhood chassis-stiffening strut bar straight from the factory, and the suspension and brakes were unique to Type R. The fundamental goodness of the Type R wasn’t lost on RealTime, and the factory car was so good out of the box that racing modifications for the track were limited to race-spec springs and shocks, mandatory safety equipment, such as a roll cage, and a stripped-out interior. Even the transmission was unmodified from stock.

When the Integra Type R debuted, RealTime Racing had already been competing, and winning, with Acura vehicles for nearly a decade. The team began with Acura’s first-generation Integra, and later raced with the legendary first-generation Acura NSX. From its racing debut in 1997 through the 2002 season, RealTime’s Integra Type R dominated the SPEED Touring Car Championship, capturing 23 race wins on the way to five Drivers’ Championships (Pierre Kleinubing – 1997, 2000, 2001, Michael Galati – 1998 and Cunningham – 2002) and four Manufacturers’ Championships (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002). The record remains unbroken to this day.

“We knew from the start the Acura Integra Type R was a very special car,” said Cunningham. “But now, after all these years, it’s achieved legendary status, and rightly so. I believe it’s still one of the best performing front-wheel drive cars ever built.”

About Real Time Racing
RealTime has a prosperous 33-year history of racing in a variety of motorsport disciplines. Be it a gravel road, frozen lake, permanent road course or temporary street circuit, RTR drivers have piloted Acura and Honda production-based automobiles to 19 professional motorsport titles. Based just north of Milwaukee, in Saukville, Wisconsin, the RealTime Racing team currently campaigns an Acura NSX GT3 Evo in SRO America’s Blancpain GT Pro-Am Championship. RealTime’s six wins tallied thus far in 2019 brings its World Challenge total to a milestone 100 race victories. Also in 2019, RealTime set the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Open Class record for the third time in as many years, winning again with its Acura TLX GT. Follow along as the team works hard to continue its winning ways in these popular motorsports formulas.

About Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham helped to put Acura Motorsports on the map after establishing RealTime in 1987. Driving for his own team and others, Cunningham won 93 professional road races, more than any other driver in North American competition. He won three IIRA Ice Racing championships (1987, 1989, 1990), an SCCA PRO Rally title (1993) and 10 road racing points championships (1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012). To cap off his 35-year professional racing career, Cunningham won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). In 2018 Cunningham became the youngest-ever inductee into the Sports Car Club of America’s Hall of Fame.

About Acura Motorsports
Acura has been demonstrating its commitment to performance through racing for more than three decades, proving out its capabilities on the track and capturing numerous national sports car and endurance racing titles. Acura Team Penske now campaigns the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype racecar, while Acura teams with Meyer Shank Racing and the NSX GT3 in American endurance sports car racing competition. Acura also recently celebrated its eighth year of racing at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and serves as Official Pace Vehicle of the annual ‘Race to the Clouds’.

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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