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Default 2008 Acura MDX Delivers Benchmark Performance with Unprecedented Levels of Technology-Enhanced Comfo

Torrance, Calif. - Sep 12 —

The Acura MDX luxury performance SUV, considered by many as the benchmark
of its class, was completely re-engineered in 2007 to set new standards for
luxury, style and technology-enhanced performance and control in the Premium
SUV segment. As the largest and most powerful V-6 in Acura's history,
delivering class-leading power, the 3.7-liter VTEC V-6 teams with Acura's
exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) system to deliver
superior handling in most all road conditions.


An optional Active Damper System, developed exclusively for the MDX and available
on the Sport Package, further expands the MDX's performance envelope while
retaining the comfortable, quiet and controlled ride quality of a luxury vehicle.


In keeping with Acura's leadership in the application of advanced, customer-relevant
technologies, the 7-passenger MDX harnesses a vast array of leading-edge technologies
to greatly enhance the driving and ownership experience, thus providing its
occupants with an unprecedented level of information access and control.


For 2008, the MDX improves on its technology and style with the addition of:
a new auto dimming Day/Night rear view mirror, a new exterior paint color choice,
a new interior trim option, and updates to the navigation and real-time traffic
systems.


"The MDX is the ultimate in performance, technology and style in the
luxury SUV class," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales.
"The reaction of our customers to this new MDX has been truly remarkable,
as they discover the depth and breadth of the technology as well as the lengths
to which our designers and engineers have gone to re-invent every aspect of
its performance and luxury appeal."


Powering the MDX to new heights of advanced performance is the most powerful
normally aspirated 6-cylinder SUV powerplant currently available in America.
The MDX's 3.7-liter DOHC VTEC® V-6 produces 300 horsepower at 6000
rpm with 275 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. The V-6 employs a unique dual-stage
magnesium intake manifold, direct ignition system, variable flow exhaust, and
electronic Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system to help deliver V-8 performance
with the fuel economy of a V-6. The MDX carries and an EPA fuel economy rating
of 15/20 mpg* (city/highway), placing it among the most fuel efficient SUVs
in its class, despite its performance, feature and safety advantages. The 2008
MDX, like all Acura vehicles, also meets the U.S. EPA's stringent Tier
2-Bin 5 (and CARB ULEV-2) emissions standards.


The MDX's powerful and advanced V-6 is mated to an electronically-controlled
5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and Grade Logic Control
System designed to maximize acceleration and fuel economy. Operated via a console-mounted
shifter, the Sequential SportShift transmission can function in a conventional
fully-automatic mode or in manual mode for maximum driver control. To support
the MDX's increased towing capacity (rated at 5,000 pounds), a special
front-mount transmission fluid cooler is employed.


The MDX puts power to the ground through Acura's breakthrough Super
Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) system, an innovative full-time
all-wheel-drive system that actively distributes the optimum amount of torque
not only between the front and rear axles but also between the left and right
rear wheels. When using such power distribution to help control yaw experienced
throughout a turn, SH-AWD™ improves traction and reduces understeer to
greatly enhance handling precision and ultimate cornering ability. Working in
conjunction with the MDX's standard cooperative Vehicle Stability Assist™
(VSA®) with traction control, SH-AWD™ provides enhanced traction and
driver control whether it be on-road or off-road, in dry, rain, snow or ice.


When towing, special Trailer Stability Assist algorithms built into the VSA®
logic help stabilize the vehicle after sensing oscillations of the vehicle or
trailer system. The MDX's SH-AWD™ system is further enhanced with
Hill Logic that automatically adjusts the front/rear torque distribution based
on hill grades.


Chassis


With an emphasis on top-level sporting performance, MDX engineers targeted
the world-class dynamics and driving feel of the strongest European SUV competitors.
This led to the development of a platform with a longer wheelbase, new suspension
geometry and calibrations that were tuned at Germany's famed Nürburgring
Nördschleife race circuit.


The MDX's 4-wheel fully-independent suspension with MacPherson front
struts and a multi-link rear design is mounted to a rigid unit body structure
with isolated subframes. The front suspension also uses newly-developed hydro-compliance
bushings to provide superior ride isolation and chassis vibration control. Anti-dive
properties were likewise revised to reduce impact harshness and improve ride
comfort. The rear suspension uses aluminum uprights to reduce unsprung weight
for improved response, while revised trailing-arm mounting points reduce body
squat during acceleration. Coil springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars are tuned
for the optimum combination of smooth ride and precise handling.


For excellent stopping power and control, the MDX employs ventilated 13-inch
diameter (front) and 13.2-inch solid rear disc brake rotors (the largest brakes
ever applied to a production Acura vehicle) along with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. With Brake Assist,
the MDX driver has the ability to more quickly apply full braking pressure during
an accident avoidance situation.


An available Sport Package incorporates Acura's exclusive Active Damper
System that delivers an optimized combination of ride comfort and excellent
handling. Using "active" magneto-rheological fluid dampers and predictive
computer algorithms, in as little as five milliseconds (0.005 sec.) the MDX
can individually adjust the damping force of its shock absorbers ahead of actual
body movements to provide vastly improved transient handling, road isolation,
and body control.


Exterior/Interior


The MDX has distinctive exterior styling that builds on the themes embodied
in recent Acura products. The Acura's signature 5-sided grille is framed by
high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, giving the MDX an unmistakable presence
on the road. The MDX rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels and P255/55R18 tires
help give it a wide stance. The body's cleanly sculpted shape was inspired by
the image of a high-end mega yacht.


The MDX interior blends purposeful sport sedan intensity with the best elements
of SUV utility. Soft leather, highly supportive front bucket seats and a driver-oriented
cockpit make it clear that the MDX is focused on the driver, without compromising
passenger comfort. The outboard second-row seats echo the style and lateral
support of the front seats, giving the interior a unique 4+3 seating design
to further highlight its blend of sport and utility. There are multiple configurations
of the MDX's three rows of seating thus enabling a maximum useable cargo
volume of 83.5 cubic feet. Additionally, a load flat floor is available when
the second and third row seats are folded down.


True to the advanced character of Acura, the MDX has an impressive selection
of standard electronic features designed for convenience and ease of use. These
features include a Tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control
and air filtration, a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows access to
multiple electronic functions, and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless
telephone interface that connects with Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones
for hands free operation.


Standard with the MDX is an 8-speaker, 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System
that features an AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD player, MP3, WMA changer, XM®
Satellite Radio, and an auxiliary jack for personal audio devices.


Three optional packages are offered on the MDX: Technology, Entertainment
and Sport. The Technology Package features a spectacular 410-watt, 10-speaker
Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc CD/DVD-Audio
changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Satellite Radio. Engineered by Grammy®
award-winning recording engineer and producer Elliott Scheiner, this advanced
system delivers six discreet audio channels (instead of the usual two channels)
when playing DVD-Audio discs.


The Technology Package also includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice
Recognition™ and real-time traffic, which can display up-to-the-minute
traffic information including freeway flow, accident, construction and weather
related incidents in 76 major metropolitan areas-an increase of 32 markets
for 2008. In addition, an 8-inch navigation screen displays a behind-the-vehicle
image from a rearview camera when the transmission is placed in reverse. Featured
in the Technology Package is the AcuraLink™ satellite communication system
that allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle providing
customers the latest information specific to their vehicle including required
maintenance. The Technology Package also includes a GPS-linked, solar-sensing
Tri-Zone climate control system that automatically adjusts the temperature and
fan speed according to the position of the sun.


The Sport Package includes all of the upgrades of the Technology Package and
adds the Active Damper System, an exclusive alloy wheel design, and auto-leveling
headlights. Inside, premium full-grain leather seating surfaces and unique textured
metallic accents on radio, cupholder, and shifter trims are included.


The Entertainment Package focuses on enhancing passenger comfort and convenience.
A 9-inch flip-down Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color screen is mounted in an
overhead console to provide on-the-road entertainment for the second and third
row passengers. The audio signal plays in Dolby Digital® surround sound
through speakers and two wireless Personal Surround™ headphones and three
audio jacks. The package also includes a 110-volt AC power outlet within the
center console, second-row heated outboard seats and a remote power-operated
tailgate.


Safety


In keeping with Acura's "Safety Through Innovation" initiative, the 2008 MDX
provides state-of-the-art safety for its passengers, including the application
of Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure.


The ACE™ body employs a network of interconnected front frame structures
that work to absorb and redirect collision forces away from the passenger cabin
while improving crash compatibility with vehicles of different sizes in a frontal
collision. A special frame member located below the MDX's front bumper
is designed to engage the front bumper of a lower vehicle, allowing the bumper
systems of both vehicles to attenuate crash energy more efficiently.


Inside the handsomely appointed interior, occupants will find more advanced
safety features, including the latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold
airbags for the driver and front passenger. There are also side airbags for
the driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor
for all outboard occupants. Front active head restraints help reduce the chance
of neck injury and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) mounting systems
in the second row of seating allow quick and secure installation of child seats.


The MDX is one of only two luxury SUVs in its class to achieve both the U.S.
governments top 5-star rating for frontal, rear and side impact crash tests
and a "TOP SAFETY PICK" rating from the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS).


Developed by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas in California
and Ohio, and safety tested in the company's advanced safety laboratories
in Raymond, Ohio, the MDX is assembled in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.


Like all Acura models, the 2008 MDX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000
mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 powertrain limited
warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care®
(TLC®), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service
and trip routing.


Acura


Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles
through a network of 268 dealers within the United States. The 2008 Acura lineup
features five distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan,
the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX
luxury crossover SUV and the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.


For additional information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com.
For media inquiries, please go to www.acuranews.com.


*Based on 2008 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods
beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare
to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive
and maintain your vehicle.

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