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As always, the Detroit Auto Show delivered with all new vehicle debuts, concepts, and more. For those not fortunate enough to be able to see the sights with their own eyes, AutoGuide has you covered with a fine collection of videos featuring all the stars of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
While the show is long over, we just stumbled across these live shots of the red NSX on the Honda press site (which oddly never made the rounds online) and couldn’t resist sharing.
Exact details on the NSX aren’t yet known but it does use a mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine and what Acura calls a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system (similar to that in the new RLX), with electric motors in the front wheels.
GALLERY: Red Acura NSX Concept
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The Super Bowl only comes once and year, and it brings with it a heated advertising race between car companies to try and captivate the huge audience that watches the big game with eye catching commercials. These are AutoGuide’s picks for the 10 best commercials of this year’s Super Bowl in order from worst to best. And lucky you, there are so many this year we actually left the bad ones out.
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.
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
GALLERY: 2013 Acura RDX
The star of the Detroit Auto Show, Acura has put itself back on the map by unveiling a concept car that will inspire the next NSX. Looking undeniably like an exotic, it’s actually quite a small machine – an indication of just how serious Acura is about keeping it light weight. For more details on the car, see here, or watch the video below:
GALLERY: Acura NSX Concept
The all new super car has lost some weight thanks to lightweight build materials and Acura’s race inspired philosophy of a well balanced power to weight ratio. The new NSX will be powered my a mid-mounted direct injection VTEC V6 engine which will utilize Acura’s hybrid super handling all wheel drive system. The SH-AWD system consists of two electric engines which operate independently of each other and can generate positive or negative torque to the front wheels during cornering. The V6 SH-AWD system will be paired with a dual clutch transmission outfitted with its own electric motor giving the NSX three separate electric power plants.
The styling on the new NSX is very much a classic supercar look, using low ground clearance, aggressive angles in the nose, a very low profile roof line and a windswept look running into a small rear spoiler to achieve its supercar style. Hard angles are all over the NSX which gives it a very rigid and serious stance.
President and CEO of Honda Motor Co. Takanobu Ito said, “In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities.” Ito also revealed that the NSX will be a production model within the next three years and it will be built in an Ohio car plant.
GALLERY: Acura NSX Concept
GALLERY: Acura NSX Concept
Watch AutoGuide’s first look video of the new NSX below:
Honda is bringing its famous NSX sports car back to life, only this time it will be packaged as a 400 hp hybrid model and will be sporting a unique powertrain system.
The NSX will be driven by a 3.5L V6 gasoline direct injection engine which will be strictly devoted to driving the front axle of the vehicle. The rear wheels will be powered by two in-wheel electric motors that operate independently of each other. This independent electric motor setup makes the car capable of delivering different power levels to the inside and outside wheels while cornering and maneuvering to add responsiveness and tighter handling.
Honda debuted this electric SH-AWD setup in late November (see here) but never announced officially when the system would see production or in what vehicle it would make its debut. The original SH-AWD system was paired with a new dual clutch seven speed automatic transmission which may or may not find its way into the NSX.
Representatives at Honda say that the primary focus of the system is to increase fuel economy while keeping power and handling intact.
In terms of looks, we have already seen spy photos from the set of the new Avengers movie(Pictured Above), so we can only assume the finished product will be heavily influenced by that early model. The NSX will bow at the Detroit auto show badged as an Acura, but will be re-branded as a Honda when it hits the streets in the UK.