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 |  Sep 14 2012, 9:03 AM

Joining Acura‘s already impressive family of IIHS Top Safety Pick vehicles is its newest ILX model, which was just awarded the highest possible score of good in all four tests, including the roof-strength test.

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 |  Sep 06 2012, 12:42 PM

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced four new inductees to the Top Safety pick list: the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, Ford Escape and Acura ILX.

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 |  May 22 2012, 4:32 PM

New for this year, the entry-level Acura ILX hit dealerships today witha starting MSRP of $25,900. With little direct competition, the automaker might have an easy time selling its latest car, but then again maybe not.

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 |  Apr 20 2012, 12:01 AM

Acura just announced pricing for its new ILX sedan, which will start at $25,900 and runs all the way to $34,400 for the highest-priced hybrid model. 

Ranging from a 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine in the base model to the 2.4-liter powerplant sourced from the Honda Civic Si and topped out cost-wise with the 1.5-liter hybrid drivetrain, the ILX will go on sale at dealerships starting May 22.

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 |  Mar 21 2012, 2:31 PM

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Earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, Acura brand VP Jeff Conrad made an astounding claim, telling the assembled press that the Honda luxury division is forecasting increased sales of 45 percent in 2012. Sharing the stage with Conrad were three models, the NSX, RDX and ILX, two of which are set to make up the bulk of the brand’s growth.

“Looking at the luxury market the segments that are forecast to have the most dramatic growth over the next four years are the entry luxury sedan and SUV,” said Conrad in Detroit. “In fact they are the only two segments expecting double digit growth.”

During a press drive event held this week in Scottsdale, AZ, for the second-generation RDX and all-new ILX small premium sedan, forecasted sales provided by Acura representatives for the two vehicles will account for an increase of 55,000 units. The bulk of that will come from the ILX, Acura believes, with sales of 40,000 units.

Meanwhile, sales of the RDX are expected to hit the 30,000 mark, double that of last year, thanks to a softer and more refined vehicle that unlike the original isn’t targeted at young males, but rather at conventional luxury buyers. Acura is also counting on the well-priced and content-heavy RDX, which starts at $34,320 and includes standard features like a leather and keyless access with a push-button ignition, to win over buyers from segment benchmarks like the BMW X3 and Lexus RX.

With sales in 2011 reaching 123,299 units, a 55,000 unit boost should get Acura close to its 45% gain and projected year-end sales of 185,000. 2011 sales figures were down eight percent over the year before, due in part to limited production as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as flooding in Thailand. With the automaker’s production capacity now back to normal, Acura is counting on the improved supply to help fill in the gap.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX

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 |  Mar 21 2012, 7:32 AM

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With driving impressions of the new 2013 ILX under embargo, Acura has released a slew of specs on its new entry-level model, including improved fuel economy figures.

At the car’s official reveal at the Chicago Auto Show, Acura announced estimated mileage numbers that, frankly, failed to impress. At the time the base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder was pegged at 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Revised figures deliver a three mpg improvement in city driving, allowing for a more reasonable 28 mpg average figure.

The all-new 2012 Civic is rated at a higher 28/39 mpg, though it uses a slightly smaller and less powerful 1.8-liter unit, and has less weight to carry around.

Hybrid models also see a bump with the original 35/38 mpg rating now 39/38, an improvement of four miles per gallon in city driving. As a result, the ILX Hybrid gets a combined rating of 38 mpg. That number is six miles per gallon less than the Civic Hybrid at 44 mpg average, despite using the same 1.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motor, a result of a more responsive CVT transmission program, as well as the car’s added weight.

Acura has yet to release official pricing on the ILX, but has said the bae 2.0-liter model will start at around $27,000 with the Hybrid and 2.4-liter performance models at $30,000.

GALLERY: 2012 Acura ILX Hybrid

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 |  Mar 19 2012, 7:30 AM

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Acura continues to tease pricing figures for its new entry-level luxury sports sedan, with the latest number coming much closer to the mark.

Officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February, at that time it was announced that the ILX would cost, “well below” $30,000. We now have a better idea of just how much below.

At a press launch currently underway in Scottsdale, AZ, for both the ILX and RDX a company representative told the assembled journalists that it will cost “around $27,000.” That’s perhaps more than might have been suspected, with what is perhaps the car’s closest competitor, the Buick Verano, starting at just $22, 585. When questioned, Acura VP Jeff Conrad didn’t seem concerned, commenting that he doesn’t believe the two vehicles will attract similar buyers.

Another quasi-rival is the Lexus CT200h, which starts at just under $30,000.

At launch the ILX will be available with three powertrains: a base 150 hp 2.0-liter, a 35/38 mpg 1.5-liter hybrid and 2.4-liter 201 hp performance engine that will come exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX

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 |  Feb 13 2012, 4:01 PM

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Up until now, we’ve been mostly admiring the Acura ILX under the auto show lights but the Japanese automaker has released a huge photo gallery of their new compact sedan model.

The Acura ILX is marketed as a compact, premium model that shares the Honda Civic chassis and powertrains. But its styling looks 100-percent Acura, with very little hints that this vehicle is based on a Honda Civic. The ILX is also the first hybrid from Acura, but will also be offered with a 2.0L four-cylinder with 150-hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid variant features a 1.5L four-cylinder with 111-hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, similar to what is found in the Honda Civic Hybrid. The Acura ILX Hybrid only offers 35/38-mpg, significantly less than the Civic 44/44-mpg rating.

Lastly, those seeking plenty of performance can opt for a 2.4L-equipped model with 201-hp and a six-speed manual transmission. Even though no official pricing has been announced, Acura has been sticking firm to the fact that it’ll start “well below” $30,000.

Watch a video of our first look at the 2013 Acura ILX at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

To discuss the Acura ILX, please visit our Acura ILX Forum.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX

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 |  Feb 11 2012, 4:04 PM

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You don’t have to actually step inside the Chicago Auto Show to see the sites.

AutoGuide’s video crew was on hand to cover all the major debuts, from the new Acura ILX to the wild Kia Track’ster Concept (above). See all the videos below and be sure to check out our complete coverage here.

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 |  Feb 08 2012, 9:13 AM

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First shown in concept form a month ago at the Detroit Auto Show, Acura has revealed its new entry-level ILX sports sedan at the Chicago Auto Show today.

Based on the Civic platform it certainly doesn’t look it, though it does share some very familiar powertrains. With a base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, there’s also a 2.4-liter performance version and a 1.5-liter hybrid for the greenies.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX

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Get all the details on the 2013 Acura ILX in our first look video below:

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 |  Feb 07 2012, 10:32 PM

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On the eve of the Chicago Auto Show, Acura has revealed the newest addition to its lineup, the ILX. A compact premium model, it shares its chassis and powertrains with the Civic, though little else.

Looking nothing like a Civic, with a sleek Acura design, it’s actually significantly larger, measuring 2-inches more end-to-end and almost half a foot more in width. The wheelbase, however, remains the same.

Powering the ILX are a choice of three engines, starting with an entry-level 2.0-liter 4-cylinder – essentially an up-sized version of the 1.8-liter found in the Civic. It makes a total of 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque and with a 5-speed automatic will get modest, but not exactly shocking, 24 city and 32 highway mpg rating.

Those in search of fuel economy can opt for the ILX Hybrid – the first time Acura has even offered a hybrid model. Using a similar setup to that found in the Civic Hybrid it makes 111 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque using a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. A rudimentary hybrid setup, it does make use of a lithium-ion battery pack and gets 35/38 mpg, significantly less than the 44/44 mpg rating in the Civic Hybrid.

Performance aficionados will appreciate the 2.4-liter model, available with a six-speed manual transmission. Borrowing the engine from the Civic Si, it makes 201 hp.

Notable standard featured include a dynamic suspension system, “motion adaptive” electric power steering and a keyless access system with push-button ignition.

Available options include a Premium Package with leather, heated front seats, a rear view camera, an active noise cancellation system and an upgraded 360 watt audio system. A Technology Package then adds Acura’s ELS surround sound audio system and navigation with voice recognition.

Acura has confirmed the ILX will not replace the TSX, but will be the brand’s new entry-level offering, starting at “well below” $30,000.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX

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GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX Reveal

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2012 Chicago Auto Show Coverage here

Watch our first look Video of the ILX below:

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 |  Jan 12 2012, 10:00 AM

10. Chevy Tru 140S Concept


For some of the more minor auto shows, a Top 10 list of the most important cars often covers most of the new debuts, but not so at the North American International Auto Show. Held each January in Detroit it’s the obvious launch site for major products by the Big Three domestic automakers and over the years has also become the venue for important new models by the rest of the auto industry.

Domestics made their mark at this year’s Detroit show, starting with one very different concept car revealed by Chevrolet. Called the Tru 140S it may look like some outrageously fast and expensive exotic machine, but it’s neither. Based on the same front-drive platform as the Chevy Cruze, it is powered by the same 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which makes just 138 hp in that car. Designed, along with the Code 130R concept, as part of an initiative to attract youth buyers back to the brand, Chevy seems serious about the concept, even announcing that if it made production, the target price would be around the $20,000 mark.

 |  Jan 11 2012, 1:15 PM

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After a downright miserable year with an eight percent sales decline, Acura is forecasting a massively successful 2012. On hand to debut two new models as well as the Acura NSX concept car at the Detroit Auto Show, sales VP Jeff Conrad dropped a stunning number, telling the assembled press that Acura will increase its volume by 45 percent this year.

Part of the increase will come from having production capacity back at full steam after a difficult year that included both the Japan earthquake and tsunami as well as flooding in Thailand. Prior to those natural disasters, says Conrad, Acura saw 13 months of double-digit sales increases.

The other major area of growth will come from the two new products unveiled in Detroit: the second-generation RDX, as well as an all-new compact luxury sedan called the ILX. Both the small luxury sedan and compact luxury crossover segments are expecting significant growth in the next four years says Conrad. “In fact they are the only two segments expecting double digit growth,” he says.

Past RDX sales have never been all that impressive, but Acura hopes to change that with a new V6 engine and larger overall size for the RDX with much improved power and fuel economy. As for the ILX, the addition of any new model to a lineup is certain to help sales, but perhaps the biggest factor will be the car’s entry-price, which Acura says will be well below the $30,000 mark.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX

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GALLERY: 2013 Acura RDX

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 |  Jan 11 2012, 8:01 AM

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With a new flagship supercar planned in the NSX Concept, Acura also unveiled a new entry-level model at the Detroit Auto Show this week. Called the ILX, it’s based on the new Honda Civic platform, but significantly modified. It also gets some distinct bodywork and three unique engine choices, including a hybrid option – the first time ever for an Acura.

Find out more about the Acura ILX by watching AutoGuide’s First Look Video below.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX

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 |  Dec 12 2011, 6:35 PM

Honda is conceding defeat to Mercedes, BMW and Lexus but that could be good news for fans of the brand.

Their reassessment means a fully-refreshed line including new cars as soon as this spring. The first in line is their new ILX compact sedan which will be based on the global Civic platform. The move signals Honda’s recognition that their brand isn’t competing with other luxury labels.

“Our sedans haven’t been doing the job for the brand,” said Vicki Poponi, American Honda assistant vice president for product planning, at a Detroit briefing for dealers and the media.

Honda plans to correct their habit of releasing cars that seem too similar, saying that the ILX will bare no resemblance to the Civic though the body is still under wraps.

“All the suspension settings will be tuned to be Acura,” Poponi said. “Consider it as different as the TL is from the Accord or the MDX is from the Pilot.”

Even within the car itself, customers will have the chance for significant differentiation. A 2.0-liter direct injection 4-cylinder will be available mated with an automatic transmission. If you prefer a more performance oriented ride, Acura hits you with a hotter 2.4-liter four and a six-speed manual. If saving gas gets you going, there will also be a 1.5-liter hybrid version available.

The company hopes the first of their new generation will boost sales beyond current averages thanks to clear differences between models.

Acura will step back from competing at the top-level luxury segment to offer a more refined mid-level Honda experience. The ILX might have a good shot at breaking into that territory given it’s “well below $30,000″ price tag. Acura hopes it will sell 40,000 units annually compared to the 31,998 highpoint for the TSX in 2008.

The Acura ILX Concept will debut at the Detroit Auto Show this January.

[Source: AutoWeek]