Acura MDX: America’s All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV

Record sales in the first six months of 2014 have strengthened the third-generation MDX’s position as America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time. 



“Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. “MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.”

Acura pioneered the three-row crossover luxury SUV segment when it launched the first-generation MDX in 2000 as a 2001 model, when the MDX captured both the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and North American Truck of the Year titles. For three generations, the U.S. engineering team responsible for MDX has steadily advanced and refined the original concept of the MDX – a three-row, 7-passenger luxury SUV with superior packaging, fuel efficiency, and ride and handling performance.

The third-generation, 2014 Acura MDX, introduced in June 2013, has undergone a complete makeover, starting with the development of an all-new, more rigid and lightweight body and chassis, dropping more than 275 pounds versus the previous model and boasting major gains in body rigidity, aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance.

A safety leader, the third-generation MDX applies Acura’s next-generation ACE™ body structure and the first-ever use of Acura’s new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring.  As a result of these and other design enhancements, the MDX obtained class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined while earning both a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched. The MDX also offers greater interior comfort, advanced connectivity via its next-generation AcuraLink™ system, and greatly improved third-row entry and exit via its kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature.

The MDX has been designed, developed and manufactured in North America for three generations. The third-generation MDX is manufactured exclusively at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama automobile and engine production facility, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Luxury With Legs: The 10 Fastest Acura Models

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The 10 Fastest Acura Models

By: Sam Becker

Acura, the luxury line from Honda (NYSE:HMC), has come a long way over the past two and a half decades to become one of the world’s most recognizable brands.

The company has produced massively popular cars like the Integra, and has gained notoriety through different media channels, including film (The Fast and the Furious series) and music, in which rapper the Notorious B.I.G. wrote lyrics calling out the brand’s name. With time, Acura vehicles have only become more refined, and sales have grown. Today, it’s difficult to pull into a parking lot in America without seeing the logo adorning the grill of at least one vehicle.


From sporty little coupes to spacious SUVs, Acura has broadened its scope over the years to become more accessible to consumers. The company’s products aren’t typically known for setting speed records or getting off the beaten path…

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Luxury With Legs: The 10 Fastest Acura Models

The 10 Fastest Acura Models

By: Sam Becker

Acura, the luxury line from Honda (NYSE:HMC), has come a long way over the past two and a half decades to become one of the world’s most recognizable brands.

The company has produced massively popular cars like the Integra, and has gained notoriety through different media channels, including film (The Fast and the Furious series) and music, in which rapper the Notorious B.I.G. wrote lyrics calling out the brand’s name. With time, Acura vehicles have only become more refined, and sales have grown. Today, it’s difficult to pull into a parking lot in America without seeing the logo adorning the grill of at least one vehicle.


From sporty little coupes to spacious SUVs, Acura has broadened its scope over the years to become more accessible to consumers. The company’s products aren’t typically known for setting speed records or getting off the beaten path. That doesn’t mean that Acura vehicles aren’t some of the more capable and efficient around, though. Next year, a new variant of the company’s NSX model is slated to hit dealerships, and it will immediately become one its the fastest vehicles available. Until then, there are still several models that can hit impressive speeds.

Here are the 10 fastest Acura models of all time. These models are ranked according to their top speed, and also take into account factors like quickness and power. Read on to see the list.


Acura RDX

10. RDX – 135 mph

The RDX is a highly popular luxury SUV that constantly ranks well among consumers and critics alike. The vehicle comes with an efficient and powerful V6 engine that can achieve up to 25 miles per gallon combined, yet also produces 273 horsepower. The 3.5-liter aluminum alloy V6 can also rocket the RDX to impressive speeds, especially for an SUV. The RDX has proven true up to a top speed of 135 miles per hour. One knock that consumers have against the RDX is the handling: steering can feel numb and unresponsive. Other than that, the RDX is a fast and fun luxury vehicle that is both capable and speedy.


Acura MDX

9. MDX – 135 mph

Like its sibling the RDX, the MDX is a luxury SUV that can hit a limited top speed of 135 miles per hour. A bit more suped-up than the RDX, the MDX comes with a starting price about $10,000 above the other SUV, as well. Similar in engine power, the MDX comes equipped with a Direct Injection 3.5-liter V6, which can make 290 horsepower and up to 267 pound-feet of torque. If you ever wanted a stylish SUV that is fast and has the power to haul a boat or trailer, this is it. The MDX can also bring the quickness, reaching 60 miles per hour from zero in just 6.5 seconds.


Acura Legend

8. Legend – 135 mph

Acura must have had some foresight when the company named this car the Legend, because it is still living up to that moniker to this day. The Legend is now an older model, produced between 1986 and 1996. Even almost 20 years after its discontinuation, the Legend ranks highly among all other Acura models, with a top speed of 135 miles per hour. The final generation used a 3.2-liter V6 engine to jet down the road behind 230 horsepower. The Legend gained notoriety in its heyday by being a favorite of rap artists, even being shown off by Ludacris in an episode of MTV Cribs.


Acura RLX

7. RLX – 135 mph

The RLX can also hit a top speed of 135 miles per hour, much like several of the company’s other models. However, the RLX has a bit more quickness to it, giving it an edge in the rankings. The RLX can hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 6.3 seconds, behind 310 horsepower. Outfitted with a 3.5-liter Direct Injection V6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddles, the RLX can provide one of the more fun driving experiences available. Revealed in 2012 as the eventual replacement for the popular RL, the 2014 model year is the RLX’s first on the market.


Acura TSX

6. TSX – 137 mph

Topping out at 137 miles per hour is Acura’s TSX, one of the company’s sportier cars. Although it’s not quite as quick as some of its siblings, the TSX gets the job done over the long haul. The car’s 0-60 time comes in at 7.8 seconds, and a 2.4-liter inline four engine produces around 201 horsepower. Those performance stats should put it behind other models in the rankings, namely the RLX, but the TSX is able to climb to a slightly higher top speed if given the opportunity; the TSX also faces a lot of competition from other manufacturers, which is where it ultimately falls short in aesthetics and performance. The TSX is by no means a bad car, but a redesign in the near future wouldn’t hurt.


Acura Integra

5. Integra – 140 mph

Possibly the best-known of all Acura models, the Integra cracks the company’s top five speediest vehicles list. The Integra, much like the Honda Civic, is a favorite of modification enthusiasts, and it was met with much disappointment when it was announced that Acura would be discontinuing it in 2006, after a 20-year run. It would eventually turn into the precursor to the RSX in 2001. Later model years were equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four engine, producing around 200 horsepower. The Integra could hit a top speed of 140 miles per hour in the right conditions, and also go from 0-60 miles per hour in around 8 seconds.


Acura RSX Type S

4. RSX-S – 140 mph

Emerging from the Integra’s ashes, the RSX hit the streets in the 2000s but was unable to climb to the levels of popularity of its predecessor. The RSX-S variant is the speediest version of the model, topping out at 140 miles per hour, same as the Integra. The RSX-S put a 16-valve, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to work, achieving around 200 horsepower. The RSX-S is a bit quicker than the Integra, hitting 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds. For a sporty luxury car, the RSX-S comes with a price tag that won’t make you wince, either. The asking price was around $23,500, quite fair for an Acura model.


Acura TL

3. TL – 150 mph

Acura really stepped up its game when designing the TL, crafting a car that can hit a top speed of 150 miles per hour, well above the other vehicles on this list so far. A 3.5-liter V6 engine creates 280 horsepower and gets from 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. The TL comes with a long list of standard features to help the driving experience and smooth the ascent to 150 miles per hour, like fine-tuned suspension and steering systems, but an outdated design slows things down a bit. A performance package is available with a slightly bigger engine, but doesn’t improve on the top speed.


Acura CL

2. CL – 153 mph

Another older Acura model, the CL was produced in two generations, from 1997 to 1999, and again from 2001 to 2003. The CL was created originally as a replacement in the lineup for the discontinued Legend, but it never gained traction with consumers like the Legend or Integra did. Still, the CL was the second-fastest car Acura built, topping out at speeds of 153 miles per hour. The second generation was loaded with a 3.2-liter V6 engine, along with a choice of a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The Type S variant put out 260 horsepower, as opposed to 225 horses for the standard version. Regardless, after a decade out of the game, the CL still holds up as one of the fastest vehicles Acura ever developed.


Acura NSX

1. NSX – 190 mph

Taking the crown as Acura’s fastest car is the NSX, which was capable of speeds up to 190 miles per hour. Like previously mentioned, the NSX is being reintroduced for the 2015 model year with a slick redesign that will probably drop a lot of jaws. Produced between 1990 and 2005, the NSX was outfitted with an all-aluminum V6 engine that produced 290 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque. The next-generation NSX is expected to incorporate an all-wheel drive drivetrain into the mix, delivering even more performance and capability. By the end of its production run, Acura and Honda had only sold around 18,000 NSX units during a 15-year stretch, ultimately dooming it to discontinuation. However, critics are salivating over the car’s reintroduction, so we’ll have to wait and see if the NSX gets a better reception over the next couple of years than it did previously.


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Acura Celebrates Coming Launch of 2015 TLX Performance Luxury Sedan with Special TLX Acura Advantage Program

2015 Acura TLX

  • All-new 2015 TLX available at Acura dealerships this August
  • TLX introductory pricing starts at $30,995
  • Special $500 allowance for Acura Genuine Accessories

The 2015 Acura TLX performance luxury sedan will arrive at Acura dealers nationwide beginning this August with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $30,995* for the 2.4-liter TLX. To celebrate the upcoming arrival of the all-new model, Acura will launch the TLX Acura Advantage1 program starting July 7, which offers prospective TLX customers the opportunity to reserve an all-new TLX at special introductory prices, along with special lease and APR financing rates and a $500 allowance toward the purchase of Acura Genuine Accessories.

The TLX Acura Advantage program, running throughout July and August, applies to sales of all 2015 TLX models: the 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter TLX models equipped with the luxury midsize segment’s only standard four-wheel steering system, Acura’s Precision All-Wheel SteerTM (P-AWSTM), and the top-of-the-line 3.5-liter TLX equipped with an upgraded version of Acura’s highly-regarded Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWDTM) system. The 2015 Acura TLX goes on sale beginning in August, starting with the launch of 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter models, followed by the all-wheel-drive 3.5-liter TLX SH-AWD.

“We appreciate the patience of our customers who have waited for the incredible all-new TLX to come to market and to reward them for their patience we’re offering the TLX Acura Advantage program, but of course the customers’ primary reward is the incredible 2015 Acura TLX,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager for the Acura division. “The TLX heralds a new era for the Acura brand and we are excited to begin the process of getting it in the hands of our current and new customers.”

The terms of the pre-sale program require that customers order a 2015 TLX by September 2, 2014 and take delivery by October 31, 2014 in order to qualify for the following TLX Acura Advantage benefits:

  • TLX customers have the opportunity to take advantage of introductory lease and finance offers from Acura Financial Services, including a monthly lease payment of $299 for the 2.4-liter model and $349 for the 3.5-liter model for 36 months with a $2,499 down payment – or APR financing of 1.9% for 24-36 months or 2.9% for 37-60 months.
  • New clients and existing owners of a 2004 or newer Acura vehicle who commit with a Buyer’s Order2 from July 7, 2014 to September 2, 2014 and take delivery by October 31, 2014 are eligible for a $500 Personalization Allowance for Acura Genuine Accessories (at MSRP), with which they are able to choose from a list of 2015 TLX Accessories or a special Acura Accessory Value Package associated with the program.
  • Current Acura lessees may be eligible for a lease extension from Acura Financial Services of up to three months to allow for the arrival of an advance purchased TLX.

Interested customers can learn more about the introductory offers available at participating Acura dealers, including details about the program’s terms and conditions, at starting July 7.

2015 Acura TLX
The all-new 2015 TLX was designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement, appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury sports-sedan customers with a wide range of powertrain and drivetrain options. The TLX lineup features three distinct model offerings that carry a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. All TLX models can be upgraded to the Technology Package and the V-6 models are available with the line-topping Advance Package.

The three model variations feature two Acura exclusive, high-output direct-injected i-VTEC® engines, two advanced transmissions and two unique dynamic handling systems.

  • The Acura TLX with a 2.4-liter 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine producing 206 horsepower3 mated to an all-new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (8DCT) with torque converter. The 2.4-liter TLX has an MSRP of $30,995* and $35,025* with the Technology Package. For handling prowess, it features the latest iteration of Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS).
  • The Acura TLX with a 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 delivering 290-horsepower4 is mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) and will be available with both P-AWS and Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). The two-wheel-drive model with P-AWS has a MSRP of $35,220* and $39,250* for the Technology Package. The 3.5-liter TLX with Advance Package has a MSRP of $42,500*.
  • Sharing the same 3.5-liter dynamic powertrain as the two-wheel-drive model, the all-wheel drive TLX SH-AWD features a new hydraulically controlled version of Acura’s acclaimed torque vectoring SH-AWD and will be available with the Technology Package for an MSRP of $41,450* and $44,700* for the Advance Package.

Super Handling Technology
The latest iterations of Acura super-handling technologies, P-AWS and SH-AWD, along with Agile Handling Assist (AHA), help make the TLX the most dynamically advanced Acura ever produced; quick and responsive in sporty driving, stable and sure-footed in emergency maneuvers, and calm and quiet during long-distance cruising.

  • The new P-AWS system was integrated into the fundamental chassis design from the earliest stages of development, allowing engineers to take full advantage of its independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance handling precision, maneuverability and stability.
  • The next-generation SH-AWD system is 25 percent lighter and friction is substantially reduced. The new rear-drive unit is constantly overdriven by 2.7-percent (compared to 1.7 percent on the previous system), with a greater torque-vectoring effect across a broader spectrum of driving situations, further enhancing cornering capability at lower speeds and in tighter-radius corners.

All TLX models also feature the latest development of Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which allows drivers to customize their driving experience through four selectable modes; ECON, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Depending on the setting, IDS will adjust power-steering effort, throttle response, transmission shift logic, HVAC system operation, active sound control and the control logic for either the P-AWS or SH-AWD systems. The new Sport+ mode, a first for Acura, unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX with the most aggressive settings in all areas.

Fuel Economy
The TLX equipped with the 2.4-liter engine has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 24/35/285 mpg city/highway/combined. The TLX two-wheel-drive with the 3.5-liter V-6 has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/34/2551 mpg (+1 city/+5 highway versus the outgoing two-wheel-drive 2014 TL). The TLX SH-AWD has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/255 (+3 city/+5 highway versus the outgoing 2014 TL SH-AWD).

Standard Features
Unlike other luxury vehicles in its class, the TLX offers a number of compelling features as standard equipment across the TLX lineup, including Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition, rearview camera, Hill Start Assist and more.

Further, the TLX Tech and Advance trim levels add a host of available features, including a suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, including the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Indicator (BSI).

Design and Packaging
The TLX’s lithe new exterior design features taut body surfaces, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines. Its sporting appeal is further highlighted by its more compact sports-sedan proportions (3.8-inches shorter in overall length than the 2014 TL) and Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights that are standard on all models. The spacious five-passenger interior of the TLX provides a high degree of refinement, luxury and technological sophistication while supporting an exhilarating driving experience.

Interior Features
An abundance of luxury features and technologies are available on the TLX, including heated and ventilated front seats, HomeLink®, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, smart entry and pushbutton ignition keyless access system, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, and AcuraLink® Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting. A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touch screen, located in the center console, controls these and other features, and, with its contextual menus, displays relevant items while minimizing instrument panel clutter.

Also available on the TLX is the next-generation AcuraLink®, Acura’s cloud-based connected car system, offering Acura owners a broad range of cloud-based and embedded convenience, connectivity and available security features. All TLX models also come equipped with Siri Eyes Free technology that, when paired with a compatible iPhone®, allows the driver to control functions using familiar voice commands. Additional standard and available luxury features include one-touch turn signals and power windows, power driver and front passenger seats, GPS-linked automatic climate control, Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, LED accent lighting, HD Radio®, Pandora® and Aha™ integration and USB connectivity.

In keeping with Acura’s commitment to delivering a world-class audio experience, the TLX can be equipped with a 455-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered specifically for the TLX by legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner.

Development and Manufacturing
The 2015 TLX was designed, developed and engineered in the U.S. Production of the new TLX and its powertrain will take place at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio.6

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 273 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and theRDX luxury crossover SUV.

1 The TLX Acura Advantage program is only applicable to the order of an unavailable 2015 TLX. An unavailable 2015 TLX is a vehicle that is not currently in the dealership’s current on-hand inventory at the time of the client’s visit to the dealership.
2 Must obtain certificate from authorized Acura dealer and certificate must be presented at time of delivery. Certificate only valid at issuing dealer and for client named on certificate.
3 206 @ 6800 rpm (SAE net).
4 290 @ 6200 rpm (SAE net).
5 2015 EPA mileage ratings (city/highway/combined). Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, and other factors.
6 The TLX is built using domestic and globally sourced parts.
* MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $895.00. Dealer prices may vary.

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Justin Rose wins Quicken Loans National in playoff at Congressional

June 29, 2014 – 07:04 pm

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way one hole early and won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff Sunday over Shawn Stefani.

Tied for the lead as he played the 18th hole at Congressional, Rose tried to hit through two trees left of the fairway and overturned the shot. It ran down a bank and into the water, and he had to hole a 15-foot bogey putt just to stay in the game.

That proved to be the biggest shot he hit all day.

Behind him, Stefani made bogey on the 17th and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th to set up the first playoff in the eight-year history of this event.

And then it was Stefani who essentially repeated Rose’s mistake on the first extra hole at No. 18.

After taking a drop because the grandstands blocked his view of the green, he wanted to play his low punch to the right side of the green. His shot also had too much turn and bounded into the water. Rose hit the middle of the green from the fairway and two-putted for par. Stefani made double bogey.

It was Rose’s first win since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion, and it felt like he won another U.S. Open as tough as Congressional played. With putting surfaces that had a brown tinge to them even before the leaders teed off, and thick rough all week, it was a far stronger test than when the Open was held in soggy conditions in 2011.

“Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open,” Rose said. “I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test. I think it tested all of us. I’m delighted.”

Rose and Stefani each closed with a 1-under 70 – only six players broke par in the final round – and finished at 4-under 280.

It was only the second time this year that the winning score was higher than the 36-hole lead (6 under). That also happened at Torrey Pines, which also hosted a U.S. Open.

Despite his blunder on the 18th, Rose earned his second chance.

He went 14 straight holes without making a bogey. Along with the 15-foot bogey putt he made on the 18th, he saved par on the 17th with an 8-foot putt.

Patrick Reed could have used some of that gritty play.

Reed, who started the final round with a two-shot lead, didn’t even finish in the top 10. He still had a two-shot lead at the turn, only to start the back nine with consecutive double bogeys on his way to a 41. He closed with a 77 and tied for 11th.

Seven players had a share of the lead at one point in the final round, and once Reed began his meltdown, Rose took over. He made birdie on No. 11, the toughest hole all week at Congressional, and used a fairway metal to gouge out of deep rough and onto the 14th green to avoid dropping a shot.

Stefani, whose only major was at Merion last year, plodded along like a U.S. Open veteran with one par after another, he joined Rose in the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th. But he couldn’t hold on, and was in trouble right away in the playoff by pulling his tee shot into the trees.

So many others fell back.

Brendon Todd was tied for the lead until a double bogey in the water on the 10th. Marc Leishman three-putted for bogey on No. 7 and made bogey on the easiest par 4 at Congressional. Brendan Steele made a late rally, only to take on too much from the rough on the 18th and find the water for double bogey.

Much like Rose, Steele also got a reprieve, though the stakes were different.

This was the first British Open qualifier on the PGA Tour – the leading four players not already exempt from the top 12 at Congressional get into Royal Liverpool next month.

Stefani earned one spot as the runner-up. Charley Hoffman (69) and Ben Martin (71) each birdied two of the last three holes to tie for third. Even with a double bogey, Steele got the last spot with a 71 that put him in a three-way tie for third with Andres Romero and Todd, who already is exempt. Steele earned the spot over Romero because he has a higher world ranking. Romero closed with a 68, the low score in a final round when the scoring average was 73.7.

Rose goes to No. 7 with the victory, his second in the tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, who missed the cut. Rose won in 2010 when it was played at Aronimink.

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Acura will be the official vehicle of the Tiger Woods Foundation

  • Partnership includes vehicle and philanthropic support for STEM- focused educational programs


Acura is teaming up with the Tiger Woods Foundation in a multi-year agreement that includes vehicle and philanthropic support to the foundation’s efforts in advancing education programs for underserved and low-income students. As the official vehicle of the foundation, Acura will have a significant presence at all three Tiger Woods Foundation supported golf tournaments, starting with the 2014 Quicken Loans National Tournament taking place June 23-29 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. As the exclusive automotive sponsor, Acura will be providing more than 180 vehicles for use at the tournament and will host product displays for guests at the event. Acura also will have a significant presence at the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug. 27-Sept. 1) and the exclusive World Challenge.

“The relationship with the Tiger Woods Foundation further strengthens Acura’s already deep ties to the game of golf while benefiting an organization that is advancing educational efforts critical to this nation in the areas of math, science and engineering ,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and division manager of Acura. “We look forward to working with the Tiger Woods Foundation over the next three years and feel we’ve already hit one down the center of the fairway with our support at the Congressional next weekend.”

In addition to serving as the official vehicle of the foundation, Acura will also provide philanthropic support to Tiger Woods Learning Center, which will include support of STEM (science, technology, education and math) focused programs benefiting underserved and low-income students. The company will draw on its global engineering capabilities to work with the Learning Center and co-develop advanced robotics and engineering labs to provide additional learning opportunities for students.

“I’m looking forward to having Acura join my foundation’s team at the Quicken Loans National and at our learning centers,” Tiger Woods said. “It will be cool to see how they incorporate their technology with our STEM initiatives for underserved students nationwide, including our three D.C.-based learning centers.”

Acura has a long history with the game of golf including a 10-year relationship as the official vehicle of the Pinehurst Golf Club in North Carolina, site of the 2014 U.S. Open. Acura also serves as the title sponsor of the Acura College Alumni Team Championship, which brings collegiate teams from around the country together for the ultimate golf tournament of champions.

“We are thrilled Acura is partnering with us at our tournaments and education platforms,” Rick Singer, Tiger Woods Foundation president and CEO said. “Given the company’s exceptional history in premier engineering, our learning center students will absolutely benefit from this addition to our STEM programming.”

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of 275 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan (arriving this summer), the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

About the Tiger Woods Foundation
Where you come from shouldn’t mean failure. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, it doesn’t. Our programs break the cycle of poverty through college-access opportunities for low-income students. At Tiger Woods Learning Center campuses across the country, scholars in grades 5-12 are immersed in an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. Here, they make the connection between school and career, while planning a road map to college. Tailored to the needs of the first-generation scholar, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program provides college scholarships coupled with an unyielding support system. But we don’t stop there. Through dedicated mentors, professional development workshops and internships, our one-to-one philosophy ensures the success of our students in college and beyond. See how our scholars are smashing the cycle of poverty and @TWFoundation.

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TLX, NSX And The Future….



This weekend the Acura TLX GT is slated to make its racing debut in the Pirelli World Challenge , Honda Performance Development is already planning for the future by deciding what role the new NSX will play in its expanding grass roots racing program. They’re just not prepared to say much about it yet.

“Part of the goals for the NSX is competition,” said Marc Sours, senior manager and chief engineer of HPD’s commercial division, while attending the Indianapolis 500. “It’s being built with that in mind. Competition will be used to create the vehicle, to develop the vehicle. HPD expects to be part of that.”

For now the number one focus is the TLX GT in the hands of RealTime Racing and owner/driver Peter Cunningham.

“GT will be the pinnacle of Acura Motorsports and of course the backbone of the program is the launching of that platform,” Sours said. “We’ve been working on the program with RealTime for seven, eight months at this point. Our engineers have been actively participating in developing; our fabrication group has been supporting RealTime, as well. We have a team of people that will be involved directly with RealTime throughout the development program”.

“It’s just another expansion of what HPD has been doing and what American Honda has been doing in motorsports through Acura.”

The TLX GT will compete against competitors such as the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458 in the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge.

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