Archive for July, 2016

Driving the Avengers Acura NSX Roadster

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Acura NSX Roadster

Like most things Tony Stark probably has the luxury of enjoying, the Acura NSX Roadster that he flaunts in the 2012 Avengers movie is one of a kind. Seriously, only one of its kind exists, and thankfully it was never intended to be used in a car chase sequence or explosion. Otherwise, ordinary car loving people would not have had the pleasure and honor of driving the Avengers Acura NSX Roadster. The car was built in Oxnard, California, by the Trans FX prototype shop.

It’s a good thing it wasn’t used in any action sequence, because Iron Man’s NSX Roadster was definitely not built for that kind of potential abuse. The car is absolutely gorgeous and it rides really low. Now, while the exterior gives the impression that it is an ultra-modern car, the interior says otherwise, which is that the ‘Marvel’-ous Acura NSX Roadster is really a 1991 Acura NSX. The only adjustments made to the interior are the Procar seats, red center console to go with the Iron Man theme, and some electrical tape covering the top center vents.

The styling was inspired by the NSX Concept that was revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit the same year the movie came out. Tony Stark’s NSX Roadster, though, has a more rounded nose and tail, and no roof. Other customizations include the LED taillights and the Iron Man red color paint.

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Acura’s Customer Satisfaction Program – Part II

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

2014 RLX

As a luxury car manufacturer, Acura understands that delivering a luxurious customer experience is part of what you’re selling to your customers. It’s the package – product as well as the service. With the change in how people shop nowadays because of the internet, handling customer interaction and gauging their experience has become a new challenge. So, Acura is working towards enhancing the customer dealership experience by “trying to figure out how to deal with the new reality and still make money”, according to Chuck Kendig. Assistant Vice President – Parts and Service at Acura in the U.S.

While internet shopping is definitely an area of growth, brick-and-mortar dealerships are a defining aspect of the image for luxury brands. Acura has embarked on a program providing training and support to dealerships. The program focuses on how to interact with customers and respecting their time. This also means getting basic service right and providing convenience at all stages, including during payment. Acura is requesting its dealers to use customer-relationship-management (CRM) software systems effectively for providing better customer service. It also wants its dealers to provide express services for light repair and maintenance work.

In terms of sales and marketing, Acura is not interested in the mall-store model, which it deems as not the most efficient. Mike Accavitti, GM of Acura in the U.S., says that continuing and expanding sponsorships are a good way to introduce the brand to new buyers. Having people ride in their cars at big events is an effective way of demonstrating the capabilities of their vehicles, such as their all-wheel drive and luxury features.

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Acura’s Customer Satisfaction Program – Part I

Monday, July 25th, 2016

2014 RLX

In an attempt to distinguish itself from other automakers, Acura announced a customer satisfaction program that will make its customers feel exceptionally special and well looked after. The program started its pilot run in cooperation with dealers nationwide. Mike Accavitti, GM of Acura in the U.S., has said that the company wants to learn from dealers that are reputed for having high customer satisfaction and apply that learning in the program.

Acura wants to know what their customers’ perspectives are and what they value rather than following strategies developed blindly. They want to ensure that customers’ dealership experiences exceed their expectations. The luxury carmaker is aware that while they do have some differentiation – front-wheel-drive vs. rear-wheel-drive and Super-Handling-All-Wheel Drive – most luxury cars end up being largely homogenous in features due to various US standards and regulations. Therefore, the quality of customer experience becomes one of the major aspects that set one company apart from the others, which is what Acura wants to hone.

Online shopping is an area of success for Acura and they want to maintain that by developing new ways to improve customers’ online shopping experience. The carmaker also hopes to improve profits by increasing its leasing in the coming years. Dealers in the U.S. who haven’t yet upgraded to the latest showroom standards have been requested to do so, with some compensation for remodeling costs being provided by the company. All of these measures are being taken to ensure that customers have an experience that is uniquely Acura.

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Second Gen Automated Vehicle From Acura- II

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Acura

The all new second generation automated vehicle which is the latest launch for car manufacturer Acura is a pretty big deal. The fitted sensors and radars are said to improve the autonomous driving technology in all of Acura’s cars which means that the driver’s physical involvement in driving the car would be minimized to a great extent to avoid accidents and collisions.

However, car experts and manufacturers state that Acura, as well as other car manufacturers, have a long way to go before they can make cars that can completely drive themselves 100 percent and not require the presence of a human driver in the car at all. But car manufacturers are on the right path to get there with the slow and steady launch of second generation automated vehicles. Car manufacturers are confident that at least by the end of this decade they will be able to launch car autonomous systems in the car market.

Car engineers and experts say that car manufacturers will not perfect and master the theory of autonomous driving until and unless they can develop an artificial intelligence for cars that can work as well if not better than the human mind which is still a long way off. But cars like the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD from Acura that are fitted with radars, Lidar sensors, GPS sensors, cameras, better cabling and circuitry and heat management systems are well on their way to becoming completely autonomous cars that will not require the presence of human drivers due to their highly advanced and intelligent software algorithms.

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Second Gen Automated Vehicle from Acura- I

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Acura

With global warming and pollution becoming major causes for concern a lot of car manufacturers are starting to develop autonomous cars and Acura is one amongst them by introducing its second-generation automated development vehicle.

This second-gen vehicle from Acura is a modified version of the Acura RLX Sports Hybrid SH-AWD and is a new autonomous development vehicle that collects information from various sensors and compiles all the information together in a process called sensor fusion.

This allows car engineers and testers to validate the information received from each signal accurately. The vehicle uses a special radar to detect the position and size of outside objects around the car and determine their speed and velocity to avoid collisions.

The Acura sensor fusion feature is also used by Acura’s present AcuraWatch driver assistant suite and forms the main safety feature in all Acura cars and other car manufacturers too. While the Acura second gen automated vehicle was being developed and manufactured it was being equipped and installed with inbuilt radar systems and Lidar sensors to enhance the safety suite of the car.

The car was also installed with state of the art cameras and GPS sensors which have high-resolution image and computer processors to produce images and capture pictures of a very high quality. This allows for improved circuitry and better more advanced cabling. The sensors also allow for overall better heat management over the car systems which are in use in all of Acura’s 2016 car lineup.

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Long Term Review: 2014 Acura RLX

Monday, July 18th, 2016

2014 RLX

Like all modern cars today, the Acura RLX 2014 has an infotainment system that is essentially a computer by itself. It is compatible with any mp3 device and can support all kinds of USB devices. So you can load all your favorite songs onto any mp3 device or USB pen drive and listen to all your favorite songs while driving. You don’t have to listen to the radio or mess around with CDs again with the Acura RLX 2014 amazing infotainment system.

But for those of you who like to go old school and prefer to listen to the radio then the Acura RLX also provides a more traditional form of audio enjoyment. It comes with Pandora or Aha internet radio stations and HD radio interfaces. Pandora and Aha internet will require you to use a smartphone that has Bluetooth features on it. However, you might need an unlimited data plan on your smartphone which might work out to be a bit expensive.

Using your smartphone with Bluetooth you can use all of its other features like texting, calling and emailing once its been paired to the car’s infotainment system or radio system. You can do this using the touch screen interface system in the Acura RLX. You can also load all of your phone’s messages into the interface system in advance and reply to these messages as and when you find the time while driving.

The Acura RLX also has Acura’s navigation system with voice recognition option. Visit CardinaleWay Acura today and check out the Acura RLX.

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History of Acura – Part III

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Legend

Honda’s luxury division, Acura, made big splashes in the North American automotive market when it was first launched and up till the mid-90s. Launched in 1986, Acura’s forst two models – the Legend and the Integra – did extremely well, making Acura the top selling import luxury brand in the US. Later, it’s sports car, NSX, as well as the Vigor sedan enjoyed success in the US markets as well. However, by the mid-1990s, sales started to dip due to competition from other import luxury brands such as Toyota’s Lexus and Nissan’s Infiniti.

Still, Acura continued to be popular for offering luxury, performance as well as reliability. In 1998, Acura launched a redesigned TL model which helped improve sales due to its popularity. In the 2000s, Acura released a whole new range of vehicles, such as the 3.2 TL and the MDX, its first luxury SUV. The MDX was built on Honda’s global platform which was shared by the Honda Odyssey and Pilot, and it won awards from the likes of ‘Car and Driver’ and ‘Motor Trend’. In 2001, the 2002 RSX sports coupé was introduced. That year, Acura sold a record 170,469 vehicles in the US.

2004 saw the third-generation TL and an all-new TSX. The Acura RL was also redesigned and received much-needed technological and engineering upgrades. Acura’s AWD system featuring the super-handling technology helped their vehicles gain a lot of praise. Today, Acura’s lineup consists of the MDX, RDX, RL, TL, TSX, and ZDX. The Acura ILX is expected soon and a refreshed NSX is also in the works.

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History of Acura – Part II

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Legend

Honda launched it’s luxury automotive brand, Acura, in 1986. Within two years of its launch, Acura had already achieved a huge milestone by becoming the highest selling luxury import brand in the United States. Acura was making waves in the US market for the advanced technology featured in its cars. Advanced compatibility engineering, technologic all-wheel drive, and variable valve timing.

After the success of its introductory models, the Legend and the Integra, Acura launched its first sports car model in 1990 – the NSX coupé. NSX stood for ‘New Sports Experiment’ and it was meant to compete against European sports car models of the time. The Acura NSX featured VVT technology and its chassis was all aluminum, a first of its kind in the world. The car was a beautiful blend of luxury and reliability. Priced at $65,000, it is down in history as the most costly Japanese car. In 1991, Acura hit a new record of 143,708 vehicles sold that year.

A year after it was launched, the NSX was equipped with Acura’s VTEC (valve timing electronic control) technology. In 1992, the Acura Vigor sedan was introduced and in 1995 the TL series made its debut. Also in 1995, the CL concept was displayed at the NAIAS in Detroit. The Acura Legend has lived up to its name, even though it was discontinued in 1996 and replaced by the 3.5 RL. By the mid-90s Acura had a well-established presence, but its sales were beginning to slow due to competition from brands like Infiniti and Lexus.

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History of Acura – Part I

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Legend

Acura is Honda’s luxury car division, launched in the year 1986. It took Honda ten years of research and development to introduce to the world the first ever luxury automotive brand from Japan. The Legend and the Integra were the first Acura models to be launched in the US and Canada in 1986. Since then it has only been moving from strength to strength, garnering a respectable place in the luxury vehicles market worldwide. Acura started with 60 dealerships across North America.

In the first year itself, Acura sold 52,869 units. This success led to 90 additional dealerships applying to sell Acura vehicles. In 1987, just one year after its launch, the Acura Legend coupé was selected as the Import Car of the Year. The four-door luxury coupé was the first Acura vehicle to feature an airbag. Acura’s Integra also did well, having gotten featured in the Ten Best List for 1987. The Integra came in a three-door model as well as a five-door model and featured some cutting-edge technology for the time.

In the second year after launch, Acura sales doubled that of the first year’s, selling 109,470 units. By now, the network of dealerships had grown to over 200. So, by the end of 1987, Acura was the highest selling luxury import brand in the US. This led to Toyota and Nissan introducing their own luxury vehicle divisions as well, viz Lexus and Infiniti respectively. By 1993, the Legend was the best selling imported luxury car in the country for the sixth time in a row.

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Why Does Acura NSX GT3 Race Car Constitute a Unique Class in its Own Right?-III

Friday, July 8th, 2016

NSX GT3

Acura NSX was Acura’s flagship high performance car for over a decade. It was discontinued in 2005 due to rising costs and crumbling market share when more economical options came up. The new generation NSX has only recently made a comeback after an almost 12 year hiatus. Looking at the demand for the car, Honda/Acura has also recently unveiled a GT3 racing version which could have a price in excess of $400000 as it is competing with the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3R, Audi R8GT3 and the McLaren 650SGT3.

Powertrain and Performance

The NSX is a stocky car weighing almost 3800-pounds. The 3.5 liter dual-turbo charged, AWD V6 with DOHC, mid-mounted engine can produce 500bhp power and 406 ft-lb of torque. It is also mated with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. With assistance of three electric motors, the engine can produce 573bhp power and 476 ft-lb of torque. The torque peaks at about 2000 rpm. The front wheels are guided by individual electric motors which allow them to negotiate turns with supreme confidence. The third electric motor is placed on the crankshaft to supplement torque at low revs when the turbo is still gearing up and also to make the gear changes effortless. The car is expected to make hit 0-60mph in about 3.0 seconds and also has a projected top speed of 191 mph.

Interior

The interior of a GT3 has been custom-built for the racetracks. The GT3 has a pronounced roll cage and a carbon fiber driver seat with stitched GT3 initials. There is a flat-bottom steering wheel in front of a driver information display screen. A number of controls are mounted on the steering. There is a touchscreen on the center shaft for more information along with the AC vents at the top. In place of OBE, the GT3 sports a number of essential buttons. The cabin except the driver seat is probably made of carbon fiber for weight reduction.

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