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Acura recalls 2013-2014 ILX, ILX Hybrid over fire-prone headlamps

07/10/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Recalls/TSBs, Safety, Acura, Luxury

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid

The Acura ILX just can't seem to catch a break. The Japanese automaker recently decided that the ILX Hybrid would no longer be offered in the US for the 2015 model year. Now, a possibility for fires has also cropped up in the compact luxury sedan. Acura has announced a recall of 14,078 examples from the 2013 and 2014 model years because the headlights could overheat and ignite the car. The company also issued a stop-sale for examples still at dealers until they can be repaired.

The campaign covers ILX and ILX Hybrid models with halogen projector headlights from specific build dates. The problem is that the headlights aren't cooled sufficiently when the cars aren't moving. After several hours of sitting with them on, it's possible for the lights to build up so much heat that they melt and potentially cause a fire.

To Acura's knowledge, there was only one case of an ILX actually catching fire due to this problem, though. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defect notice, a car was idling at a dealer for about two hours when the model went up in flames. The automaker brought the vehicle in for a detailed investigation to find what caused the blaze.

To fix them, Acura will replace both headlights on all of the affected models, and owners will be notified in late July. Scroll down to read Acura's statement and the NHTSA recall request with the specific build dates of the vehicles. The full defect notice can be downloaded as a PDF, here.

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2015 Acura TLX priced from $30,995*

07/04/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Car Buying, Sedans/Saloons, Acura, Luxury

Acura TLX

Following a delay this spring, Acura is now ready to launch the 2015 TLX sedan this August, with pricing now confirmed to start at $30,995, *not including $895 for destination. This base MSRP is just $360 more than that of the outgoing TSX sedan; the TLX replaces both the TSX and TL in Acura's 2015 model year lineup.

That's a pretty fair deal considering that introductory price gets buyers a front-wheel drive TLX with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 206 horsepower,mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and featuring the automaker's Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system. Adding a Technology Package ups the MSRP to $35,025.

Of course, the TLX is also available with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 mated to Acura's new nine-speed automatic transmission. The TLX V6 P-AWS starts at $25,220 and climbs to $39,250 with the Technology Package. The bottom line on the range-topping Advance model is $42,500. Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive is available with the 3.5-liter engine, too - the SH-AWD Technology model starts at $41,450, while the SH-AWD Advance commands $44,700.

The Japanese automaker has also announced its Acura Advantage program. Starting on July 7, prospective buyers can reserve a TLX at special introductory prices, as well as unique lease and APR financing rates. They'll also get a $500 allowance toward the purchase of Acura Genuine Accessories. To read more about the special pricing offers, as well as the rest of the 2015 TLX details, scroll down for the company's press blast.

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Airbag recall widens to include BMW, Chrysler, Ford and Toyota

06/24/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Recalls/TSBs, Safety, Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota

2001 Honda Accord

The recall of faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata has exploded today to grow to seven automakers. In most cases, only models in certain high-humidity regions were affected because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in its investigation that moisture played a roll in determining whether there would be a problem. However, some companies opted for national campaigns. The exact number of affected models for these campaigns isn't yet known at this time.

BMW is recalling an undisclosed number of 325i, 325Xi, 330i and 330Xi models from the 2001 through 2005 model years and the 2001-2006 model year versions of the 325Ci and 330Ci for the driver side and passenger side inflators. Only vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands are covered under this recall.

Neither Chrysler's filing with NHTSA nor its press release list the specific models affected, but a company spokesperson told Autoblog that at this time it only covers the driver and passenger side inflators for the 2006 Dodge Charger in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands

In most cases, only models in certain high-humidity regions were affected because the NHTSA found that moisture played a roll in determining if there would be a problem.

Ford is recalling an estimated 58,669 cars that include the 2005-2006 model years of the Ford GT for the driver and passenger inflators, the 2007-2007 model years of the Mustang for the driver side and 2004 Ranger for the passenger side. It covers vehicles originally sold or currently registered in, wait for it... Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands.

Honda is issuing three separate recalls regarding the problem. First, the company is recalling the 2002-2003 model years Civic, CR-V and Odyssey and the 2003 model year of the Accord, Element, Pilot and Acura MDX to replace the passenger's side inflator. This covers all models nationwide.

Second, Honda is repairing the passenger's side airbag inflator in the 2003-2005 Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Pilot, the 2003-2004 model year versions of the Odyssey, the 2003-2005 model year Acura MDX and 2005 Acura RL. However, only for vehicles located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Owners will be notified in July.

Finally, Honda is separately replacing some models' driver's side inflators. They include the: 2001-2007 Accord with four-cylinder engines, the 2001-2002 Accord with a V6 engine, 2001-2005 Civic,

2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2007 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2002-2003 Acura TL and 2002-2003 Acura CL. Again, this recall only covers vehicles registered in the states mentioned above.

"Honda has chosen to expand the affected area for these market actions because of similar environmental conditions."

According to its statement to Autoblog, "Honda has chosen to expand the affected area for these market actions because of similar environmental conditions in those areas." Balmy, in other words.

Mazda is recalling roughly 34,600 vehicles for their driver and passenger side inflators. The models include the: 2003-2007 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6, 2004 MPV and 2004-2008 RX-8. Vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii are covered under the recall.

At this time, Nissan's recall plans are not yet clear. In the statement from the company to Autoblog, it said that some 2001-2003 model year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles would be added to the recall. There is a separate field action for Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands for models made between January 1 and July 31,2004. A company spokesperson told Autoblog to expect more exact data later in the week.

Finally, Toyota is issuing an additional recall to replace the passenger side inflator on several models located in or originally purchased in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. It covers the 2003-2005 model year versions of the Lexus SC430, Pontiac Vibe, Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra. This comes in addition to the recall from a few weeks ago where the company announced repairs for about 844,277 cars from the 2002-2004 model years for the same problem with the passenger side inflator.

Scroll down to read each company's NHTSA filing, and it's official statement, if it has one. And congratulations if you live in the US Virgin Islands, this is the most non-Tim Duncan related news you've seen in quite some time.

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Acura ILX Hybrid discontinued for 2015 [UPDATE]

06/18/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Hybrids/Alternative, Sedans/Saloons, Acura, Luxury

Acura ILX Hybrid

Earlier today, Acura issued a press release detailing its entry-level 2015 ILX range, but something was missing. Honda's luxury arm listed all of the information about the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter ILX models, but nothing was said about the Hybrid - a model that, when we reviewed it in 2013, left us utterly cold. But now we know why: Acura has confirmed to Autoblog that the ILX Hybrid will be discontinued for the 2015 model year.

The company issued the following statement to us regarding the hybrid's demise:

The 2015 ILX remains a standout choice in the entry premium segment with its combination of performance, luxury, refinement and value and is the top-selling luxury vehicle to younger buyers. Based on the stronger appeal of the ILX 2.0 and 2.4 models, we are streamlining the ILX lineup to better align with customer demand, Acura will no longer offer the ILX Hybrid starting with the 2015 model year.

Acura launched the ILX Hybrid in May 2012 as a 2013 model, and through May of this year, just 2,660 examples of the gasoline-electric compact sedan were sold. Moving forward, Acura will offer the ILX with either a 2.0-liter inline-four mated to a five-speed automatic, or a 2.4-liter inline-four with a six-speed manual transmission. Prices for the 2015 ILX start at $27,050, excluding $895 for destination.

Scroll down to read more about the 2015 ILX lineup in Acura's press blast.

UPDATE: Fear not, Autoblog friends to the North. Autos.ca reports Acura will continue to offer the ILX Hybrid in Canada for 2015.

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Acura ILX Hybrid discontinued for 2015

06/17/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Hybrids/Alternative, Sedans/Saloons, Acura, Luxury

Acura ILX Hybrid

Earlier today, Acura issued a press release detailing its entry-level 2015 ILX range, but something was missing. Honda's luxury arm listed all of the information about the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter ILX models, but nothing was said about the Hybrid - a model that, when we reviewed it in 2013, left us utterly cold. But now we know why: Acura has confirmed to Autoblog that the ILX Hybrid will be discontinued for the 2015 model year.

The company issued the following statement to us regarding the hybrid's demise:

The 2015 ILX remains a standout choice in the entry premium segment with its combination of performance, luxury, refinement and value and is the top-selling luxury vehicle to younger buyers. Based on the stronger appeal of the ILX 2.0 and 2.4 models, we are streamlining the ILX lineup to better align with customer demand, Acura will no longer offer the ILX Hybrid starting with the 2015 model year.

Acura launched the ILX Hybrid in May 2012 as a 2013 model, and through May of this year, just 2,660 examples of the gasoline-electric compact sedan were sold. Moving forward, Acura will offer the ILX with either a 2.0-liter inline-four mated to a five-speed automatic, or a 2.4-liter inline-four with a six-speed manual transmission. Prices for the 2015 ILX start at $27,050, excluding $895 for destination.

Scroll down to read more about the 2015 ILX lineup in Acura's press blast.

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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD

05/15/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Crossovers/CUVs, Acura, Reviews, Luxury

2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD

There are certain vehicles on sale today that are affected by what I call 'Camry Syndrome.' Named after Toyota's ubiquitous family hauler, Camry Syndrome affects a fair number of cars and trucks, many of which are exceedingly popular with consumers.

The issue I have with these vehicles is that while they're adequate, they lack ambition. Their looks are clean and reasonably attractive, but they're not particularly stylish, let alone adventuresome or - heaven forbid - polarizing. Their interiors are comfortable and well screwed together, with the sort of popular features that consumers expect at a given price point. Their engines are decently powerful and vocal enough to set the heart very slightly aflutter, yet they're not too thirsty. Their transmissions are invisible and their rides are best described with whatever buzzword synonym Joe Consumer might come up with for "sporty" or "luxurious." In short, they're boring.

In reality, provided they sell well, there's really nothing wrong with automakers building Camry Syndrome vehicles - they're reasonably competent at everything and clearly meet a need. The problem is that I want some aspects of my vehicle to be better than others, because contrast breeds character. I wish someone at Acura felt the way I did when it redesigned this MDX for 2014, because for me, there's so much of this premium crossover that's merely middle of the road.

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Ludacris discusses Fast and Furious 7 and his 1993 Acura Legend

05/14/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Etc., Videos, Acura, Celebrities, Luxury, TV/Movies

Rapper Ludacris on Ellen DeGeneris Show - screencap

It's easy to think of most wealthy celebrities as egotistical, materialistic individuals who own a Ferrari for every day of the week. The reality, though, is often much less severe. See, they can get attached to things, like cars, just like normal folks. Take Alfred Morris, for example. A 22-year-old running back with the Washington Redskins. Morris still drives the 1991 Mazda 626 that he had in college, despite a healthy $2.2 million contract.

Rapper/actor Ludacris is an even more extreme example of automotive loyalty. With an estimated net worth of over $70 million, Luda has the money for his own private plane. Yet that wealth doesn't stop him from regularly driving the 1993 Acura Legend he has had since before he found fame.

Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, recently discussed his old Acura during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneris Show to promote his new album. It sounds like he's put 10,000 miles on the trusty sedan since it last popped up online less than a year ago, so it's pretty clear that he drives it on the regular. In fact, Ludacris says he still pens new songs sitting inside it, just like he used to back in the day when he was starting out.

Of course, during his Ellen appearance, Ludacris also takes some time to talk about the Fast and Furious franchise, in which he's played a major part. He discusses what it's been like carrying on without Paul Walker, as well as what it's been like working with the actor's brothers, who will be in the next installment of the popular franchise as the late actor's body doubles. Fast 7 is currently filming in the United Arab Emirates and is set for a release in April of 2015.

Take a look below for the Ellen videos. The first is on Fast 7, while the second talks about the Acura.

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Honda planning sub-NSX S2000 successor

05/13/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Coupes, Sports/GTs, Acura, Honda

Acura NSX Concept

Nine years separated the arrival of the original Acura NSX and the Honda S2000. By that time, the NSX was closer to the end of its fifteen-year production cycle than it was to its beginning. The latest word has it that not only is Honda planning a successor to the S2000, but it's not about to wait that long after the new NSX arrives before it's rolled out.

While the S2000 was a front-mid-engined roadster, its successor will, according to the latest from Auto Express (which we are taking with a grain of salt), be a mid-engined coupe - closer, in other words, to the NSX than the S2000. Power would come from a more potent version of the 2.0-liter turbo four developed for the upcoming new Civic Type R, possibly as part of a hybrid system derived from Honda's upcoming Formula One powertain to develop over 400 horsepower.

Whether the new sports car would revive the S2000 nameplate, and whether it would wear the Honda or Acura badge in the United States, remain to be seen. As does its potential production site: while the previous S2000 was built at the same Takanezawa plant in Tochigi as the original NSX, the new NSX will be built at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. The new S660 roadster, meanwhile, is set to be assembled at the same Yachiyo plant in Yokkaichi as the original Honda Beat.

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Autoblog Podcast #379

05/07/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Podcasts, Acura, Aston Martin, Ford, Lamborghini, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Ferrari

Autoblog Podcast logo

Episode #379 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Brandon Turkus, and Seyth Miersma talk about the Lamborghini Huracán, the Ferrari LaFerrari, Aston Martin's upcoming new platform, and the 25th anniversary of the Acura NSX's debut. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #379:

Topics:

  • Lamborghini Huracán
  • Ferrari LaFerrari
  • New Aston Martin platform
  • 25th Anniversary of Acura NSX
In the Autoblog Garage:
  • 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon
  • 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost

Hosts: Dan Roth, Brandon Turkus, Seyth Miersma

Runtime: 01:45:58

Rundown:

  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Huracán - 31:34
  • LaFerrari - 50:01
  • Aston Martin Platform - 01:01:28
  • Acura NSX - 01:11:34
  • Q&A - 01:20:13

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #379 LIVE!

05/06/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Etc., Acura, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #379 this evening.Check out the topics below, or drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #379

  • Lamborghini Huracán
  • LaFerrari
  • New Aston Martin platform
  • 25th Anniversary of Acura NSX

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