Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Here is a great video from youTube.com, the clip features:
- part of the original NSX commercial,
- shows the legendary Ayrton Senna driving the car he helped build,
- NSX dragging against a Porsche,
- NSX-R vs. GT-R, &
- Top Gear's black Stig on a wet track in the NSX!
Great soundtrack too...
I think Honda/Acura should stop messing around with the NSX's replacement. The Advanced Sports Car Concept (ASCC) replacing the NSX is a joke. The NSX was "special," there is nothing special about the ASCC!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The 2002 DN-X Concept is a mid-engine, all-wheel drive hybrid with 3.5-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine outputting 400 horsepower! Supposedly, this hybrid also gets 43 mpg. "The Integrated Motor Assist's (IMA) ultracapacitor is recharged by regenerative braking that takes energy from forward momentum and captures it during braking. This system makes an external electric power supply unnecessary." The 6-speed transmission vehicle's monocoque body was developed in a wind tunnel and highly effective integrated front spoiler helps to improve handling by lowering the coefficient of drag nearly 25 percent less than the retired Acura NSX. There is a display in the center console which provides access to email, Internet, and cell phone services.
[Info Source] Supercars.net
[Image Source] Conceptcar.ee
Speaking of hybrids, where are the Acura hybirds? Lexus has hybrids in their lineup, what's taking Acura so long?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Acura is making their American Le Mans Series debut at the 55th running of the Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring sports car classic set to take place on March 17. Acura will be tackling the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring with 3 new Acura American Le Mans Series LMP2 sports car teams - Andretti Green Racing, Lowe's Fernandez Racing and Highcroft Racing. The Acura factory prototype cars will be powered by a 3.4-liter V-8 Acura ALMS engine, the first racing power plant completely designed and developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) of Santa Clarita, Calif.
LUIS DIAZ (Co-driver of the No. 15 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Acura Lola) said:
"We are on a learning curve right now with the Acura program. This is the best race car I have ever driven and the Acura program is exciting for me. The team just keeps making the car better and better. It is a professional process that the Acura people have put together. I know we will be successful."
Mobil 1 12 Hours Of Sebring
Date: March 14-17, 2007
Location: Sebring, Fla., International Raceway
Track Type: 3.7-Mile Road Course, 17 Turns
Race: Round 1 of 12 Races, 10 a.m. American Le Mans Series
Distance: 12 Hours
Television: SPEED Channel, Live, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
2007 Upcoming ALMS Races
March 17 Sebring, Florida
March 31 St. Petersburg, Florida
April 14 Long Beach, California
April 21 Houston, Texas
May 20 Salt Lake City, Utah
Introduced January 3, 1995, Acura Automobile Division provided a glimpse into the future at the North American International Auto Show, with the world debut of a futuristic Acura Sports Coupe concept car code named CL-X.
Based on a "Neo-Classic" design theme, the Acura concept car integrates futuristic styling with classic luxury sports coupe design. The exterior utilizes a strong center character line to compliment a sculpted wedge design.
Here's a production version of the second generation Acura CL for comparison.
Acura's RDX snagged one of CNET.com's Tech Awards for the "Best Navigation System." The award was given based on 1) intuitive interface, 2) clear layout for maps, 3) turn-by-turn directions should be accurate and timely, 4) quick to recalculate, & 5) comprehensive points-of-interest database.
Top 5 RDX tech features noted by CNET.com include:
- GPS navigation with real-time traffic reporting
- Bluetooth cell phone interface
- Voice commands for car functions
- ELS surround-sound audio system (was runner up for "Best Stereo System" category)
- Super-handling all-wheel drive
The RDX was also nominated as 2006 Tech Car of the Year by CNET.com.
Clink here for a full review of the Acura RDX from CNET.com.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
So what is the Acura symbol? Does it represent or mean anything? Most people believe that the symbol is jut an italicized 'A' inside a circle. However, the Acura symbol supposedly is an upright caliper, which represents the commitment to excellence and the accuracy with which Acura's are built and engineered.
[Source] CarSpyShots.net's forum topic: Meanings of Car Manufacturers’ Logos
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I must say, the CEO of Honda speaks English very well.
Give ToV some props!
If the video is not working, try this.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Takeo Fukui, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co, with hand on Acura's Advanced Sports Car Concept.
Designed to have Acura's most powerful engine, a new high-performance V-10, and rear-wheel drive based version of Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Jon Ikeda, principal designer representing Acura Design Center, in front of the ASCC.
The ASCC is the successor to the Acura NSX.
The ASCC has a 108.8 inch wheelbase with 19 inch front and 20 inch rear tires. The brakes are ventilated carbon ceramic and the eight-piston calipers accent the wheels. The ASCC's cabin is made all of tinted glass. Underneath the car features a carbon fiber underbody. The modern wraparound rear taillights compliment the car's quad exhaust pipes. The front of the car show off LED headlights that "mimic the pop-up headlights found on the first generation NSX."
The design was created by Acura's Los Angeles-based team. In a few months, this team will move into the Acura Design Center.
This will include an all-new V10 engine that is Acura's most powerful ever.
"Our direction is clear. We plan to Advance, in technology, in design, and in overall performance. This fall, at the Tokyo Motor Show, we will showcase the next stage in our advancement." - Takeo Fukui (President and CEO of Honda Motor Co.)
"In the exterior styling, you'll see definitive design elements that communicate that fine balance of technical precision and emotion... laser-sharp edges throughout the vehicle represent a powerful sense of engineering precision. The side of the car and the dramatic hood surfaces feature what we call sheer, machined, surfacing, again, to convey a feeling of technical exactness." - Jon Ikeda (American Honda Designer)
Keen-Edge Dynamic - represents the Precision, Technology, and Emotion inherent in Acura's styling.
The "Advance" design direction can be seen in the latest generation MDX, which has sharper, more precise lines than the previous generation.
This is what the concept drawing looked like.
Acura plans to "push the envelope in developing highly advanced automobiles that appeal both to the intellect and to the soul."
I think Acura is dropping the ball with the NSX's replacement. What ever happened to the Honda Sports Concept (HSC) or even the rumored new NSX? I thought those looked a lot better than this. This looks almost like a Japanese Corvette. I prefer Japanese Auston Martin or Japanese Ferrari better!
There is a class action case involving Honda/Acura odometers. The problem is they are "overcounting." The odometers may be 2% - 4% off, which will result in more miles on the odometer than actually driven. This is bad because:
1) warranties expire too soon,
2) car loses value faster, &
3) lease customers have to pay for miles they didn’t drive!
Models covered were manufactured between 2002 - 2006. If you bought or lease a Honda/Acura "between April 13, 2002 and November 7, 2006. Honda will extend warranty mileage by 5% and they’ll reimburse for repairs you paid for if your car would have been covered by the new warranty limits. And they’ll reimburse lease charges if you paid for mileage you may not have driven." About 6 million cars are affected.
Honda says their odometers still performed within industry guidelines.
The settlement won’t be final until a hearing scheduled for May.
For more information on the settlement: http://www.hondaodometerclassaction.com/
Source: Honda Odometer Problem
Lawyers are going after Nissan too...
I extended the warranty for my 2005 TSX to 7 years/100,000 miles. How do I go about explaining to the service department that Honda is extending the warranty another 5% (to 105,00 miles)? What about those CL guys who's tranny went *just* after the warranty expired? Not cool...
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Acura TL Power Steering Moans or Whines TSB: 07-060 Applies To: 2004-07 Acura TL (ALL) SYMPTOM A moan or whine is heard when turn...
This is straight from the Winter 2008 Acura Style magazine: "Acura's Client Services (ACS) has thoughts on ill-advised owner att...
AFFECTED VEHICLE: 2005 - 2008 Acura RL BACKGROUND: Unexpectedly high heat deterioration and bending stress can cause the power steerin...
VTEC.net has up some photos of a super camo-ed compact SUV that they are speculating to be the 2013 Acura RDX.
In advance of the market launch of the highly anticipated next generation Acura NSX, the engineers leading the supercar's development s...
SYMPTOM The HandsFreeLink (HFL) system doesn’t work, and the battery sometimes won’t start the vehicle. APPLIES TO 2007-08 TL (ALL) 200...
TSB 04-002: (2003 MDX) Creaking From the Headliner TSB 04-003: (2001-2002 MDX) Idle Fluctuation With DTC P1129 TSB 04-007: (2003-2004 ...
Currently Applies To: ’04–08 TL Got a vehicle with a faded or blotchy dashboard? The likely cause is the compatibilizer material in the da...
The new $15 million Acura Design Studio officially opened its doors today, assuming a key role in the development of new concepts and desi...
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