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Default Acura TL Performance Luxury Sedan Features Exciting New Technology

It is First North American Vehicle Equipped with Standard DVD-Audio Surround Sound and a Standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System



Torrance, Calif. - Sep 03 —

The all-new Acura TL performance luxury sedan
is the first vehicle in North America equipped with a standard
DVD-Audio 5.1 surround sound system and a standard
hands-free phone
system. Acura's top-selling sedan also features an assortment
of
other high tech amenities that make it one of the most
comprehensively equipped cars in its class. These amenities
include
standard XM® Satellite Radio with over 100 coast-to-coast
digital
stations, an available voice recognition navigation system, and
an
innovative Maintenance Minder system.



The Acura/ELS® Premium 8-speaker Surround Sound
System with
DVD-Audio, DTS™ and CD, 6-disc Changer, AM/FM Tuner and
Dolby®
Cassette comes standard on the 2004 TL and plays DVD-Audio
(DVD-A)
discs and CDs. DVD-A 5.1 music discs contain up to seven
times the
data capacity of a CD. This extra space is put to good use as
DVD-A
discs are recorded in six channels (surround sound) instead of
two
(stereo). The result is a huge increase in fidelity, 24-bit
resolution compared to 16 bits for CD, and digital surround
sound
with 500 times the resolution of CD audio.



The TL's new sound system was developed with
Grammy-winning music
producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner, considered one of the world's
leading authorities on 5.1 surround sound mixing and
DVD-Audio.
Scheiner, who has produced albums for a long list of music
legends
including Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac, worked with Acura to
develop
a cutting edge system tuned specifically for the 2004 TL.



"It has been a thrill to join in the development of the Acura /
ELS Surround Sound System for the new Acura TL," said
Scheiner.
"While mixing DVD-Audio tracks in the studio, I have often
imagined
how incredible it would be to have a similar experience in my car.
The way the Acura / ELS Surround Sound System captures and
recreates
this experience is simply amazing. DVD-Audio will be a 'must
have'
feature for all premium audio systems."



The 8-speaker TL audio system was designed to take
advantage of
the six discrete music channels available with the DVD-Audio
format.
Speakers are located on the top of the instrument panel near the
A-pillars, with a dedicated center channel speaker in the middle
of
the dash. The two front doors have specially designed drivers,
which
reproduce the enhanced frequency response and dynamic
range of
DVD-Audio. Two identical drivers are located in the rear parcel
shelf
flanking an 8-inch powered subwoofer. Center speaker and
subwoofer
level controls built into the head unit allow for fine-tuning of the
audio output to suit the driver's individual taste.



In addition to playing DVD-A discs and CDs (including
DTS-enabled
CDs), the TL sound system also plays XM® Satellite Radio,
which is
provided as a standard feature. Broadcast from the world's
largest
digital radio facility and powered by two satellites located over
the
east and west coast, XM Satellite Radio provides over 100
coast-to-coast, digital radio channels, 35 of which are
commercial-free. Programming includes 70 music channels
and 30
channels devoted to sports, talk, children's programming and
entertainment. A three-month subscription to the XM Satellite
Radio
service is included with purchase of the vehicle and customers
are
able to continue service after that time for $9.99 a month.



The TL is also the first vehicle in North America equipped
with a
standard Bluetooth hands-free phone system. The Acura
HandsFreeLink™ system enables a Bluetooth wireless link
with
compatible mobile phones, so that drivers can place and receive
calls
using the TL's voice recognition and audio interfaces. Up to six
phones can be paired with a few simple commands. Once a
phone is
paired, the HandsFreeLink system senses when the phone
comes within
30 feet of the TL and automatically establishes a wireless
link.



To place a call, the driver pushes the steering
wheel-mounted
"talk" button and says, "call" or "dial." The driver then says the
number to be called or indicates an entry stored in the system's
phone book. The system confirms the number or phonebook
entry via the
audio system and dials.



When HandsFreeLink detects an incoming call, it mutes the
audio
system, displays the incoming number on the Multi-Info Display
screen
and notifies the driver with a tone. The driver answers the call by
pushing the "talk" button. The system also includes a handy
"transfer" feature, which allows drivers to transfer an existing call
from his phone to HandsFreeLink or vice versa with the push of
a
button when entering or exiting the vehicle.



When placing or receiving a call, information that is typically
displayed on the user's mobile phone display, such as the
number of
an incoming caller, the strength of the phone signal and battery
life
is displayed on the Multi-Info Display located on the right side of
the instrument cluster.



The 2004 TL also features the latest generation of the Acura
Navigation system with Voice Recognition' as a factory-installed
option. This latest-generation navigation system features an
8-inch
touch screen display, coverage of virtually all roads in the
contiguous United States and over 7 million points of interest
(POI).
Unlike many navigation systems on the market, the Acura
navigation
system can be controlled with simple, easy-to-use voice
commands. To
utilize the voice command menu, the driver presses the "talk"
button
on the steering wheel and says one of 293 commands. A
microphone
located in the overhead console picks up the command and the
navigation system responds accordingly. Synergy between the
navigation system and HandsFreeLink also allows hands-free
dialing to
any of the points of interest listed in the system.



To ensure proper maintenance of the TL, a new
Maintenance Minder
system monitors the oil service life and coordinates
maintenance
interval timing for service items such as oil filter, tire rotation,
air-cleaner, automatic transmission fluid, spark plugs, timing
belt
and coolant, automatically alerting the driver when maintenance
is
needed. When the ignition is initially turned on, Maintenance
Minder
system icons are displayed on the Multi-Info Display indicating
whether or not service is needed, and if so what kind.



While Acura customers have come to expect the brand to
deliver the
latest technology, the 2004 TL sets a new benchmark within the
entry
luxury segment. In addition to the above-mentioned features, the
TL
comes equipped with a long list of standard amenities including
keyless entry with customizable features, 10-way power seating,
which
includes power lumbar support (driver's side), high intensity
discharge (HID) headlights and a 1-touch power moonroof. The
2004 TL
will go on sale at Acura dealers nationwide October 6, 2003.



Like all Acura models, the 2004 TL is covered by a
comprehensive
4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.
Additional
ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which
provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service,
and
trip routing.

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