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Default 2008 Acura TL - Interior

Torrance, Calif. - Sep 11 —


The Acura tradition of interior prestige and tailored function continues with
an elegant and sporty interior for the TL. The instruments and controls are
arranged to create an intimate and functional driver's cockpit that offers
a feeling of connection and control. With its higher belt line, the TL has a
substantial look and feel. Fine interior materials such as leather trimmed seats
and real metal trim combine with close attention to detail to give the TL a
tangible feeling of elegance. The large interior has stylish and highly supportive
seating and generous front and rear headroom.

The TL's long list of standard includes items like the first North American
application of a standard Sound System with 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, DTS® and
Dolby® Pro Logic® II audio system that takes advantage of the latest
technology to deliver sound resolution that's 500 times higher than conventional
CD audio. XM® Satellite radio is also on the standard equipment list, as
is a MP3 player jack in the center armrest storage bin. The standard Acura Bluetooth®
HandsFreeLink® system lets the driver dial a Bluetooth® enabled mobile
phone by voice, while a new, higher-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID)
shows mobile phone data, tracks the car's maintenance needs, displays
warnings, and offers an array of driver preference settings. The available Acura
Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ has a large 8-inch display with
a new, redesigned interface and AcuraLink™ satellite communication system
with real-time traffic. For 2008, real-time traffic has been updated to include
76 major metropolitan areas-an increase of 32 areas.

There are distinct interior styling differences between the TL and Type-S
models. In addition to LED-sourced red ambient lighting (instead of the blue
LED lighting on TL models), the Type-S receives carbon fiber-look trim in place
of wood, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters on automatic-equipped models,
highly bolstered front seats, stainless steel sport pedals, contrast stitching
on the door panels, seats and steering wheel, and an available 6-speed manual

Interior at a Glance

  • Large passenger cabin with ample head room, shoulder room, and
    front leg room

  • Luxurious cockpit designed for performance driving

  • 3-spoke sport steering wheel with paddle shifters for Type-S with
    Sequential SportShift automatic transmission

  • Gauge package features faces with spun metal-look, distinctive
    trim rings, and laser-etched numerals

  • Model-specific LED interior lighting: blue on TL, red on TL Type-S

  • Footwell lighting

  • Grand Anigre wood patterned trim (TL)

  • Carbon fiber-look trim and contrast stitching on doors, seats,
    and steering wheel (Type-S)

  • TL's without navigation system have a center console that
    uses vacuum fluorescent displays, similar to high-end audio systems

  • Tilt and telescope adjusting steering wheel

  • TL has performance-minded seats with soft, perforated-leather

  • Type-S has high-performance seats with increased lateral support
    and Type-S logo embossed on headrest

  • Driver's 8-way power seat with power adjustable lumbar support

  • Comprehensive safety features including standard side curtain airbags

  • Acura/ELS™ Premium 8-speaker Surround Sound System with DVD-Audio,
    DTS® and CD 6-disc Changer with MP3 and WMA capability, Dolby® Pro
    Logic® II, speed-sensitive volume compensation, AM/FM Tuner and Dolby®

  • High-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to
    multiple electronic functions

  • Acura Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system compatible with
    many Bluetooth® mobile phones

  • Available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
    (Standard on Type-S)

  • Available AcuraLink™ with real-time traffic (Standard on
    TL Type-S)

  • Keyless Memory with two driver profiles and enhanced features

  • One Touch Start for easier starting (automatic-equipped models

  • Active Noise Cancellation™ (Type-S)

  • Superior interior fit and finish, including a seamless instrument
    panel cover that conceals the passenger SRS airbag lid

  • Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system

  • Fully lined trunk with concealed speakers

  • 3D Acura badge on steering wheel

  • Real aluminum trim on center console, doors, and dashboard

  • Auxiliary audio jack with power outlet in center console bin

  • Stainless-steel sport pedals (TL Type-S)


The TL interior has a dynamic and ditinctive look, yet upholds the longstanding
Acura tradition of highly functional driving environments. Given the sharp handling
agility and power built into the TL, its interior echoes a clear sporting message.
Fine details and rich surface finishes make it clear that the TL has not strayed
from its luxury roots. Sweeping aluminum-alloy accents wrap around the doors,
flow onto the instrument panel, and dive down the center console. Wood patterned
accents generate a warm feel for the TL's interior, while Type-S models
have carbon fiber-look accents and contrast stitching on the door panels, seats
and steering wheel, which creates an edgy look.

At night, the TL interior is transformed by special ambient lighting. The
TL is bathed in a subtle blue light that coordinates with the instrumentation
lighting, switchgear, accent lighting, and footwell lighting. On the Type-S,
red lighting replaces the blue, reinforcing its role as the enthusiast model.


The TL interior puts all important systems and controls within easy reach
of the driver. The systems used most frequently-audio, cruise control,
Acura Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Acura Navigation System with Voice
Recognition™-have controls positioned on the 3-spoke steering wheel.
The Type-S gets a similar steering wheel that is leather-wrapped. The instrumentation
is backlit and easy to read, and the displays have an uncluttered look with
intuitive operation. The Multi-Info Display has been redesigned with higher
resolution for better readability. Helpful features make driving easier, like
power rearview mirrors that can be set to automatically tilt-down when reverse
is engaged to make parking simpler.

With an 8-way power driver's seat and a tilt/telescoping steering column,
it's easy to get comfortable in the TL. The one-touch moonroof switch
is located in the overhead console. The Sequential SportShift selector features
an intuitive interface for ease of use. The short-shift-throw, close-ratio 6-speed
manual gearbox falls naturally to hand, and the shift knob and console-mounted
parking brake lever are covered in textured leather. There is also a bottom-hinged
throttle pedal that delivers a more linear feel and natural motion. The Type-S
features sporty-looking stainless-steel pedals, a carbon fiber-look automatic
transmission shift knob, and steering wheel-mounted F1-style paddle shifters.


Proper seat support helps foster a sense of connection with the car, and provides
a useful avenue for dynamic chassis feedback to the driver. The TL's seat
utilizes slightly lower shoulder wings for improved comfort. TL Type-S models
get seats with additional side bolstering and the Type-S logo embossed in the
leather headrest. Both TL models feature softer leather that doesn't sacrifice

In both the TL and TL Type-S, the seats have high-damping seat foam. The foam
improves ride comfort by isolating the driver from road imperfections. It also
features a uniform cellular structure that is evenly cross linked, so that the
load is more evenly distributed to reduce driver fatigue.

Given the sporting/luxury TL mission, the 8-way power adjustable seat is engineered
for long-haul comfort in addition to sporting support. All driver's seat
power adjustments are included in Keyless Memory Link, a system that stores
a pair of user profiles linked to the two key fobs that come with the TL.

For proper support of people of varying sizes and shapes, the TL's driver
seat has a two-way power adjustable lumbar support mechanism. Unlike lumbar
supports that sometimes have a sharp-edged feel, the TL design has a smooth
shape that matches the spinal curvature to provide solid support for the torso
and pelvis.

The passenger front seat is four-way power adjustable and has a fixed lumbar
support. With their carefully engineered shape-complete with side bolstering-the
outboard rear seats blend luxury with sporting support. Four-way front headrests
are adjustable for height and tilt; the rear outboard headrests adjust vertically.


One of the most stunning elements of the TL's interior is the instrumentation.
Still a classic analog design, the instruments feature gauge faces with a high-tech
spun metal look. The laser-etched LED backlit numerals appear to be cut out
of the metal gauge face, and are clearly visible in daytime or at night. The
progressive self-illuminating gauge package gives the car a "welcoming"
feel. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life,
and then brightens progressively to 100-percent when the key is put in the ignition.
The illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights come alive when the
ignition is turned on, indicating that the car is ready to go. At the end of
the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.

TL receives blue interior lighting, while the Type-S is illuminated in red.
All interior switches are illuminated to make them easy to find, including those
on the steering wheel and all four doors. LEDs in the overhead console cast
a subtle ambient glow on the center console area, and like all the meter lights,
are controlled by a dimmer mounted on the left side of the instrument panel.
Footwell lighting is also coordinated to the model's color. Map/reading
lights at all positions (not just in front) are bright and focused to provide
better illumination with less driver distraction. A master light switch is positioned
in the overhead console within easy reach. The TL interior lights feature "theater
dimming," which can be set by the driver to any of three rates via the
high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID).


Careful attention to the trunk shape and layout allows the TL to carry two
extra large and two medium suitcases, or clubs and duffel bags for four golfers.
For longer items, a lockable rear-seat trunk pass-through can accommodate up
to four sets of snow skis and poles.

Attention to detail accents the finish and functionality of the TL trunk.
Designed as a total acoustic package, the trunk is completely lined throughout
with all wiring concealed, and the rear speakers and navigation unit are fully
protected. Enclosed hinge mechanisms minimize the potential for damage to luggage
and a standard cargo net with ten possible anchor points helps to secure objects.
The spare tire is located under a tri-folding cover in the trunk floor and has
a foam insert that keeps the jack and tools from rattling. The trunk can be
opened via a release mounted down low on the driver's left side of the
instrument panel, remotely with the key fob, or with a manual release accessible
through the lockable trunk pass-through. There is also an anti-trap release
inside the trunk near the latch. For security, the trunk main switch is located
in the glove box, which can be locked to prevent access by valets. In addition,
a valet key is provided that will allow a parking attendant to operate the ignition,
but will not open the glove box, trunk, or rear seat pass-through.


Comfort and convenience items are integrated throughout the interior of the
TL. There are cup holders in the front console and rear seat armrest that each
accommodates two large drinks. There is a generously sized glove box, and the
front doors have swing out rigid map pockets with removable sunglasses holders.
Two covered storage areas are in the console immediately in front of the shifter;
one holds four CD jewel cases, while the other features a 12-volt accessory
socket. Both bins feature rubber mats to prevent items from slipping. There's
room for another 10 CDs or six DVD-A cases inside the main center console located
beneath the armrest. This two-tier design has a leather-covered sliding armrest
and a flocked upper tray for cell phone storage. A removable coin holder is
built in as is a 12-volt accessory outlet and AUX jack for an MP3 player or
similar device. Rigid seat-back map pockets have a clean, elegant look. Overhead,
you'll find a roof console that incorporates a universal garage door opener
that incorporates HomeLink IV® logic.


Substantial advances in fit and finish are evident in the TL interior. Upscale
details include soft stitched passenger grab handles and redesigned concealed
upper front seat belt anchors, soft cloth headliner and roof pillar covers.
Key interior accent panels are made of aluminum alloy. Flush fits between the
roof pillar linings and the headliner, flush interior door handle recesses and
reduced panel gaps throughout the interior gives the TL interior a sleek and
tailored appearance with the use of modern satin chrome throughout.

To ensure uniform fit and perfect seams, the leather-trimmed seating is sewn
on automated machines. A special tanning process is used for the leather surfaces
that result in a softer feel.

For an integrated appearance, the TL uses a soft-touch instrument panel covering
that completely conceals the passenger-side SRS airbag. Almost everywhere within
the interior, soft materials and satin finishes are used in places the driver
or a passenger are likely to touch including soft-touch interior door grab handles,
padded door armrests, leather center console, leather fold-down rear armrest,
and a leather wrapped steering wheel.


To help keep the interior comfortable regardless of the weather outside, the
TL has a dual-zone, dual-mode Acura Automatic Climate Control System. This system
lets the driver and front passenger set the temperature and air flow to their
individual liking. A pair of adjustable vents in the rear of the center console
keeps the back seat area comfortable. Large, simple to use controls make the
system straightforward to use, even on cars equipped with the available Acura
Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. With a full set of conventional
button-type controls for the climate control system, it is not necessary to
access basic climate control adjustments through the NAVI on-screen menus.

3-D Solar Sensing

With its position-sensing ability, the NAVI system contributes to overall
passenger comfort with 3D Solar Sensing. Based on its continuously updated vehicle
position information, the NAVI system can determine the position of the sun
relative to the driver and passenger. With this information, the automatic climate
control system automatically adjusts the temperature and system airflow from
side-to-side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating. NAVI-equipped
cars also offer the convenience of voice operation for some climate control


To accommodate a wide range of buyer tastes, the TL interior comes in a wide
range of colors. The leather-trimmed seating is available in Ebony, Parchment
and Taupe in the TL, and in Ebony/Silver and Taupe in the Type-S. Accent features
vary based on the specific model. TL models have aluminum-alloy panels with
rich Grand Anigre wood patterned accents. Type-S interior features aluminum-alloy
panels with carbon fiber-look accents, and diagonal pattern contrast stitching
on the door panel inserts as well as on the seats and steering wheel. The front
seats also have the Type-S logo embossed on the headrests, and the Type-S badge
is also on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel. For 2008, TL's with
White Diamond Pearl or Carbon Bronze Pearl exterior paint will have Parchment


Keyless Memory Link, a keyless entry system, gives the TL a higher level of
luxury and convenience by providing access to expanded keyless entry memory
functions. The key and key fob have been combined into a single "switchblade"
key. Two keys are provided with the TL; each fob can be linked to one of two
driver profiles. The key used to unlock the car triggers a specific driver profile
and the system automatically positions the power driver's seat and outside
mirrors to match that profile. Keyless Memory Link goes several steps farther,
however, by including in the driver profile the climate control system, radio
presets, and all seven of the customizable memory functions that are available
via the MID (Multi-Info Display).

A number of functions are available via the key fob when outside the car.
A single push of the "unlock" button will unlock only the driver's
door while a second push unlocks all the doors. After unlocking all doors, holding
down the "unlock" button down for more than one second will open
the windows and moonroof to ventilate the car's interior.

Even more functions are available with the key in the lock on the driver's
door. A single twist unlocks only the driver's door while a second twist
unlocks all the doors. If you hold the key in the unlock position for more than
one second, the moonroof and all the windows begin to open; return the key to
the normal position and the windows stop. Holding the key in the "lock"
position will close the moonroof and all windows.

A new feature for automatic-equipped TL and Type-S models is One Touch Start.
The driver simply twists the key in the ignition to the "start"
position and releases it, and then the TL engine will continue cranking until
it has started. In the event of a problem, the One Touch Start system will stop
after 8 to 10 seconds of starting and will display a warning on the MID system.


When introduced, the TL boasted the most advanced audio system in the industry.
That advanced technology continues for 2008. The sophisticated Acura/ELS™
Premium 8-speaker Surround Sound System with DVD-Audio, DTS® and CD 6-disc
Changer, AM/FM Tuner and Dolby® Cassette uses six different audio channels
to create an accurate surround sound listening environment. There are speakers
on the top of the instrument panel near the A-pillars, plus a center-fill speaker
in the middle of the dash top. The two front doors each have large driver speakers,
and in the rear parcel shelf there are two more drivers flanking an 8-inch subwoofer.
In addition to the standard bass, treble, fader and balance controls, the system
features additional subwoofer and center channel level controls.

Program material comes from a wide variety of sources. The 6-disc changer
can read discs encoded with MP3 or WMA files, and there is an auxiliary jack
for use with an external MP3 player. There is an AM/FM tuner coupled with a
powered, active glass antenna built within the rear window that does an exceptional
job of pulling in radio weaker signals. XM® Satellite Radio is integrated
into the receiver to provide 170 channels of digital program material with near-CD
quality sound. A text display in the center panel (or on the NAVI screen of
cars so equipped) provides information text on the program material.

In addition, the TL audio system plays conventional cassettes, CDs, DTS discs
and DVD-Audio discs. DVD-Audio is the next step in audio reproduction technology.
Many new artist releases are being issued in this DVD format, and many older
recordings are being re-mastered and reissued to take advantage of the superior
sound that DVD-Audio offers. With over 500 times higher resolution than CD audio,
DVD-Audio delivers smoother, fuller and far more accurate sound through six
discrete channels. The TL was the first vehicle in North American with this
technology offered as standard equipment. (The system will not play DVD movies,
DVD-V or DVD-R/RWs).

To make this capable system simple to operate, steering wheel mounted controls
of key functions are positioned within fingertip reach. On TLs equipped with
the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, select audio system
functions can be accomplished via voice commands.

TLs without the available navigation system have a redesigned center stack.
The climate control and audio system displays feature vacuum fluorescent displays,
similar as used with high-end audio equipment, further reinforcing the high-tech
appeal of the TL.


XM® Satellite Radio lets TL drivers listen to 170 digital channels with
near CD-quality sound.

XM's broadcast signal is sent from two earth-station antennas at the
XM studios in Washington D.C., beamed to two broadcast satellites positioned
in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above the earth. The beams from
these two broadcast satellites (one located over the west coast, one over the
east coast) combine to span the entire continental United States. More than
1,000 ground antennas, or repeaters, keep the signal strong in challenging locales
such as urban areas with tall buildings.

Programming includes 170 channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic,
weather, children's programming and entertainment, the most of any satellite
radio system. Of the XM ® channels, over 70 are commercial-free channels.

XM hardware is pre-installed in the car's audio system. When XM is being
played, a display shows the current station, song title, or artist's name.
XM Satellite Radio service is currently priced at $12.95 per month. A complimentary
three-month subscription to the XM Satellite Radio service is included with
purchase of a new TL and customers are able to continue the service or cancel
any time after.


To keep the driver informed of the car's status and to access multiple
electronic functions, the TL has a standard Multi-Information Display (MID).
Redesigned with significantly higher resolution, an LED backlit screen is located
directly below the speedometer in the gauge cluster. Controls for the MID have
moved from the dash to the right side of the steering wheel. The MID is the
interface for odometer/trip odometer, outside temperature, trip computer, custom
memory settings, HandsFreeLink™ and vehicle warnings. Maintenance Minder™
alerts are also presented via the MID (see the Engine section of this press
kit for more detail on Maintenance Minder™).

The MID makes it easy to customize the function of many electronic features
in the TL. Custom settings include automatic door locking/unlocking, key and
remote unlock selection, keyless acknowledgement feedback, security re-lock
timer, headlight auto-off timer and interior light dimming timer. To make it
easy to track warnings (such as "Check fuel cap," or Maintenance
Minder warnings) displayed on the MID, a memory feature lets you scroll through
current warnings for review.


To enhance driving safety and convenience, the TL has a standard Bluetooth®
HandsFreeLink™ wireless telephone interface that is designed to work with
Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones with Hands-Free capabilities (sold separately).
The TL system is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones that have the
Hands Free Profile (HFP). After an initial, one-time "pairing" process,
the TL communicates wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone
when it's inside the car. The phone needs to be on, but can be stowed
in a pocket, briefcase, a purse, or anywhere inside the vehicle cabin.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® allows the driver to send or receive calls
without removing hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the number
of the incoming caller is displayed on the MID located in the instrument cluster.
A ring tone is also played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer
the call, a press of the steering wheel-mounted "Talk" button mutes
the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the audio system speakers.
A microphone located in the overhead console picks up the driver's voice.
Algorithms built into the system cancel "echo effect" and reduce
background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech.

To send a hands free call, the driver can dial the number by voice, using fingertip
controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the system. The driver also
can store up to 50 frequently called numbers with voice tags in the system's
memory. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® has been updated to incorporate the user's
mobile phone book into its operation. This works in two ways. Users can import
individual numbers from their phone into the voice dialing system which is an
alternative to entering a person's phone number separately through speech
recognition. In addition, the entire phone's address book can be imported
into the updated navigation system. These numbers can be accessed through the
navigation system, or imported into the voice dialing system. For added security,
imported numbers are only available after the user enters a personal identification
number (PIN) before use. Additional information can be found at


The TL is optionally available with the exceptionally capable and easy-to-use
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. The system is standard
on the Type-S. The navigation system features an 8-inch display, a database
covering over seven million points of interest, plus extensive voice-recognition
capabilities. For 2008, the navigation system now works in Hawaii.

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition Features

  • 8-inch screen

  • Interface with "brushed metal' soft buttons and easier-to-read

  • Fast route calculation and search speed

  • Voice recognition function with 697 total commands minimizes the
    need for keyboard entry

  • Included AcuraLink™ satellite communication system with real-time

  • Integrated rear view camera

  • Business and recreation directory (complete with phone numbers)
    of the continental United States

  • Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of
    cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas, and more

  • Search restaurants by Zagat rating

  • Split-screen mode features a simultaneous map view and selective
    turn-by-turn route visualization

  • Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance
    in either male or female voice (voice can be turned off at any time)

  • User selectable Day/Night screen modes

  • Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations,
    and user address books

  • Voice Recognition operates key audio and climate control functions

  • Make calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth®

Based on data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites,
the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ system continually
tracks the vehicle's position. If the antenna (located on the rear parcel
shelf) is blocked by a tunnel, tall building or parking garage, an internal
gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle to keep
the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored.
A map information DVD is located in the trunk with the system's ECU. Updated
DVD data discs are available on an annual basis on-line or by calling a toll-free
number. Owners are made aware of the availability of new DVDs through the AcuraLink™

The system can be controlled by voice, the conveniently positioned touch-screen
display, or via a joystick positioned just below the display. For voice operation,
the driver simply presses the "Talk" button on the steering wheel
and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The system responds to a
total of 697 phrases that are accessible through a variety of sub-menus.

When the "Talk" button is pressed, the audio system is automatically
muted, and a microphone located in the overhead console receives the command.
Commands can be given in plain English, like "Find nearest hospital,"
"Display gas stations," or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant."
You can choose to display points of interest on the map (like restaurants or
grocery stores, for example), or have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation-all
by voice. The extensive Points of Interest database includes phone numbers,
which can be called easily using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink system and
the driver's cell phone. Once a Point of Interest has been selected, pushing
the "Call" button on the touch screen dials the telephone number.
Also, POI can be searched via Zagat by selecting "Zagat" in the
"Places" sub-menu.

The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ can also be controlled
via the touch screen by choosing menu options or spelling out a word (e.g.,
an address, business name or place) using a touch-sensitive on-screen keypad.
The display's matte finish reduces glare and smudging, and the keypad
can be set to alphabetical or a common typewriter style layout. Screen graphics
have been improved both for appearance and legibility. Alternately, the joystick
can be used to highlight menu options or to highlight specific letters on the
keypad to complete a word.

The TL features an integrated rear view camera. Whenever the vehicle is put
in reverse, a small camera mounted above the rear license plate is activated.
The wide-angle camera displays on the NAVI screen the area immediately behind
the TL thus making it easier to see objects directly behind the car that would
otherwise be hidden from view.


TL models equipped with the Acura navigation system also receive AcuraLink™
satellite communication system with real-time traffic. AcuraLink™ allows
for two-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers
with the latest information specific to their vehicle. In cases where communication
to and from the Acura server is needed, the owner's Bluetooth™ cell
phone is used (once the owner has enabled its data-transmission function and
has a data package on their mobile phone).

AcuraLink™ messages consist of a limited amount of text plus expanded
details via Text-To-Speech. Each message is prioritized by importance: high
priority messages are displayed immediately upon receipt whereas lower priority
messages trigger an icon on the TL navigation display when they are received.
Messages show up when they are received or when their activation date is due.
In all cases, the TL owner can choose to read or listen to the message immediately,
or archive messages to be retrieved later.

A wide variety of messages can be sent to the TL, including diagnostic Info
(detailed information and instruction should an onboard system issue arise),
information regarding a service or repair required, and Service Appointment
Reminders. The TL owner has complete control over the types of messages they
receive. All AcuraLink™ preferences can be set via the Owner Link web

Since the system allows two-way data communication between the TL and the
Acura Server, AcuraLink™ can provide the owner with vital information
that previously has been unavailable. For example, if a "Check Charging
System" message is displayed on the TL instrument panel, AcuraLink™
will automatically send a trouble code to the Acura Server, which interprets
the code, then sends back a message to the TL, such as "Battery Voltage
is too low. Turn off any unnecessary accessories" with a prompt for more
information by voice. With this information, the owner knows if a particular
fault is serious enough to warrant immediate attention, if it can be dealt with
later, or if it requires special driving techniques.

An icon on the TL navigation display screen indicates an incoming message.
Messages show up as they are received or when their activation date is due.


The navigation screen can display up-to-the-minute traffic information including
flow (traffic speed where available), accidents, unusual incidents, freeway
construction, and weather on freeways in several major metro areas. The information
is aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway
patrol accident reports and transportation departments and is then transmitted
by XM satellites to the TL where it is graphically displayed on the navigation
system from 1/2 to 5 mile scale.

The TL owner can click on an icon on the map to see incident details. Traffic
information is continuously updated, allowing drivers to avoid congestion en
route and choose the fastest path to their destination.

With the average rush-hour commuter spending over 50 hours a year sitting in
traffic, the system gives TL owners a useful time saving tool on freeways. Unlike
radio or television traffic reports, the real-time traffic system provides a
constant flow of relevant information reflecting conditions along a driver's
chosen route. Real-time traffic data services will be offered on a subscription
basis for a nominal fee following a free trial period.

76 major metropolitan markets

(Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)

Albuquerque, NM

Allentown-Bethlehem, PA

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Baltimore, MD

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Colorado Springs, CO

Columbus, OH

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Denver-Boulder, CO

Detroit, MI

Fresno, CA

Grand Rapids, MI

Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC

Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA

Hartford-New Britain-Middletown, CT

Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN

Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City, KS

Lancaster-York, PA

Las Vegas, NV

Lincoln, NE

Little Rock, AR

Los Angeles

Louisville, KY

Memphis, TN

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL

Milwaukee-Racine, WI

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Mobile, AL

Naples-Ft. Myers, FL

Nashville, TN

New Orleans, LA

New York City, NY

Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport, VA

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In order to provide a quieter driving environment during highway cruising,
the TL Type-S uses Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC), which is designed
to dramatically reduce low frequency exhaust booming noise in the interior.
The system operates whenever the car is running, regardless of whether the audio
system is on or off. There are two microphones in the headliner, one in the
front passenger cabin with another in the rear. The microphones capture low-end
frequencies entering the cabin and then send a signal to the Active Noise Cancellation™
unit hidden in the dash. The ANC control unit then creates a precisely timed
reverse phase audio signal that is sent to an amplifier, which powers the door
speakers and the subwoofer positioned on the rear deck.

Since the system is designed to cancel low-frequency sound, it doesn't
use any of the audio system's tweeters. The system dramatically reduces
low-frequency "booming" by an impressive 17 decibels.


Acura dealers offer a range of interior accessories for the TL including,
shift knobs for automatic transmission equipped vehicles, all-season floor mats,
trunk tray, cigarette lighter, ashtray, Acura MusicLink, and carbon fiber and
wood grain interior trim. A special steering wheel with a distinctive shape
and stitching is also offered as part of the A-SPEC package. (See the Body &
Chassis section for information on other available accessories.)

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