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Acura's Detroit Auto Show Lineup Includes Three New Vehicles

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  • Acura will bring a handful of new vehicles to the auto show in Detroit.
  • The ILX concept previews a compact sedan launching next spring.
  • New NSX and RDX models will be included.


Acura plans to bring at least three new vehicles to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) being held next month in Detroit, an important venue for automakers competing in the U.S. market. Acura intends to release several new vehicles in the coming months and will kick off the effort at NAIAS with a new sedan concept, a redesigned 5-passenger SUV and, after a six year absence of the mid-engine sports car, a concept illustrating the style of the next-generation NSX.

The ILX will be Acura's new compact sports sedan and their first hybrid automobile. The car, planned for launch in the spring of 2012, will be offered with two conventional engine choices or a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. Acura just announced that the new, entry-level Acura will be built in Indiana, a point of pride for Honda Manufacturing of Indiana President Jun Nishimoto.

"Building this all-new Acura vehicle as the exclusive global source is a big responsibility for our associates," said Nishimoto. "I am very proud of what our Indiana team has accomplished in such a short time, and we have great confidence in our ability to produce a world-class luxury vehicle that exceeds the expectations of Acura customers."

A prototype version of the 2013 RDX, Acura's 5-passenger SUV, will also debut in Detroit, providing the first look at the second generation design of the popular turbocharged vehicle.

Another second generation design will be revealed in the NSX concept. The latest NSX will follow the first-generation super car, built from 1990 to 2005, and may put Acura back on the roster of automakers offering very high performance sports cars.

With both a hybrid and a sports car on their Detroit stand, Acura's new concepts and prototype represent a range of vehicles with different objectives. But according to Jeff Conrad, Acura's sales and service VP and general manager, the objectives meet Acura's customers' demands for balanced luxury.

"From the all-new Acura ILX at the gateway of the lineup to the pinnacle of performance with the Acura NSX Concept, Acura vehicles are being created for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels of quality and value, with beautiful styling and the right balance of technology, performance and environmental responsibility."

Surely the new hybrid ILX will be efficient and the new NSX will be quick. Relatively speaking, if the ILX is quick and the NSX is efficient, too, Acura can be considered to have met their goal of striking balance.

What it means to you:

Two concepts and one prototype from Acura will reveal a range of upcoming luxury vehicles, from an efficient compact sedan to a high-performance two-seat sports car.

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