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Old 13 Oct 2012, 07:18 pm
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Default Acura ZDX getting the axe after 2013 despite new updates

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2013 Acura ZDX Luxury Crossover To Get Numerous Enhancements in its
Final Model Year
Equipped with new features and safety technologies; priced at
$50,920*

10/10/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.
The innovative and stylish Acura ZDX crossover vehicle, introduced in
2009, will receive numerous styling and technology enhancements for
the 2013 model year, which will be the final year on the market for
ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core
products, the company announced today.

The 2013 ZDX will receive several new features, including a redesigned
front grille, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side
mirrors and safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The 2013 Acura ZDX will go on sale
October 19, 2012, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)
starting at $50,920*.

"People shopping for a luxury crossover vehicle will find the
Acura ZDX an even more attractive product," said Jeff Conrad,
vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. "Moving
forward, we will continue to advance the Acura lineup with a focus on
new core models, like the recently redesigned RDX and the upcoming
all-new RLX flagship sedan, that provide the ideal balance of
performance and fuel efficiency that is right for each product and a
driving experience that is dynamic and emotional."

The ZDX is built in the same Alliston, Ontario plant as the Acura MDX,
which shares the platform with ZDX. As a result, ZDX production will
be discontinued in conjunction with the transfer of the popular MDX to
the company's Lincoln, Alabama plant in early 2013 (as previously
announced).

For 2013, the Acura ZDX will be sold as a single, valued-added package
offering clients greater value on a luxury scale. Robust features now
standard on the 2013 ZDX include the 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround®
10-speaker audio system with 15 GB hard disk drive (HDD) memory, Acura
Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, 8-inch high-resolution VGA
display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
wireless telephone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with
perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces, Keyless Access
System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) and dual-zone
automatic climate control system.

The ZDX will receive several new exterior features for 2013, such as a
redesigned front grille, front and rear bumpers with integrated
parking sensors, power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors and a dark
accent on the wheels for a sportier finish. The interior receives a
new trim finish on the center console and a high contrast interior
option.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) are
two new safety features for the 2013 ZDX. The Forward Collision
Warning (FCW) system can detect vehicles ahead of the ZDX. If the FCW
system determines that a collision is possible with a detected
vehicle, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to
encourage avoidance actions. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses a
camera mounted between the windshield and the rear-view mirror to
detect lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a
detected lane without using the turn indicator, the system will
provide the driver with visual and audible alerts.

The 2013 ZDX is equipped with an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V-6 engine
that develops 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Performance is
further enhanced by the ZDX's Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic
transmission that is designed to satisfy the most discerning
enthusiast drivers. The 2013 ZDX EPA city/highway/combined fuel
mileage is rated at 16/23/19 mpg**.

For customers seeking a great balance of utility and performance Acura
will continue to offer vehicles in the luxury crossover space with the
5-passenger RDX and the TSX Sport Wagon. Acura also will continue to
provide ZDX customers with a high-level of service and parts support
throughout the life of their vehicles.

U.S. sales of Acura models increased 43.5 percent in September and
rose nearly 30 percent to 115,773 units for the first nine-months of
2012, the Acura brand's best nine-month sales results since 2008. The
Acura TL sedan, along with the MDX, RDX and TSX Sport Wagon crossover
vehicles, have each posted double-digit gains for the year to date,
including an 85.7-percent rise in sales of the redesigned RDX and a
25.2-percent gain for the TSX Sport Wagon. The all-new Acura ILX
continues to gain momentum, posting its fifth consecutive monthly
increase on September sales of 1,737 units.

Acura will debut its all-new 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan on November
28, 2012, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The new Acura
flagship sedan will employ an array of new technologies unique to
Acura, including the Precision All Wheel Steer™ system, the
next-generation AcuraLink® Communication System, and the all-new Jewel
Eye™ LED headlamps to deliver an entirely new level of performance,
sophistication and comfort.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance
luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United
States. The Acura lineup features seven distinctive models including
the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the
TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX
luxury crossover SUV, the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX
four-door sports coupe.



*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and
destination charge of $895.00. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only.
Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain
your vehicle.

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Old 13 Oct 2012, 08:43 pm
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Default Re: Acura ZDX getting the axe after 2013 despite new updates

The only one I ever saw on the road was being test-driven near the Acura
dealership.

I wouldn't have bought one for $25K let alone $50K.

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Old 14 Oct 2012, 08:12 pm
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Default Re: Acura ZDX getting the axe after 2013 despite new updates

I talked with our local dealer and apparently they couldn't give the ZDX
model away. Small inside, overpriced, poor fuel economy, poor performance,
.... What were they thinking?

I test drove the RSX wagon and was seriously unimpressed with its
performance -- it's a dog. Why they don't offer a V6 in such a large car is
confounding as the V6 is offered in the sedan. The TL is now so ugly they
barely even stock the cars. The RL is overpriced without a V8. I don't
understand what Honda is doing in the car business. And now an overpriced
Honda Civic.

I own a 2004 TL and a 1997 NSX. But I don't think I will ever own another
Acura.

- Russ in SB


"Bob" wrote in message
news:MPG.2ae3d4879ded0051989a9e@news.eternal-september.org...

The only one I ever saw on the road was being test-driven near the Acura
dealership.

I wouldn't have bought one for $25K let alone $50K.

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Old 14 Oct 2012, 08:34 pm
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Russ,

I don't know why you can't get a V6 in the TSX wagon as you were able to
get a V6 in the TSX sedan before it was discontinued.

My wife likes SUVs and was considering the new RDX until she discovered
that you had to buy the technology package to get HID headlights, which
were standard on my '06 TSX.

Bob

In article <k5fnt8$46m$1@dont-email.me>, rlombardo3@gmail.com says...
>
> I talked with our local dealer and apparently they couldn't give the ZDX
> model away. Small inside, overpriced, poor fuel economy, poor performance,
> ... What were they thinking?
>
> I test drove the RSX wagon and was seriously unimpressed with its
> performance -- it's a dog. Why they don't offer a V6 in such a large car is
> confounding as the V6 is offered in the sedan. The TL is now so ugly they
> barely even stock the cars. The RL is overpriced without a V8. I don't
> understand what Honda is doing in the car business. And now an overpriced
> Honda Civic.
>
> I own a 2004 TL and a 1997 NSX. But I don't think I will ever own another
> Acura.
>
> - Russ in SB
>
>
> "Bob" wrote in message
> news:MPG.2ae3d4879ded0051989a9e@news.eternal-september.org...
>
> The only one I ever saw on the road was being test-driven near the Acura
> dealership.
>
> I wouldn't have bought one for $25K let alone $50K.



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Old 14 Oct 2012, 11:26 pm
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Default Re: Acura ZDX getting the axe after 2013 despite new updates

In article <k5fnt8$46m$1@dont-email.me>,
"rll_sb" <rlombardo3@gmail.com> wrote:

> I talked with our local dealer and apparently they couldn't give the ZDX
> model away. Small inside, overpriced, poor fuel economy, poor performance,
> ... What were they thinking?


apparently, "kill the entire brand and burn the whole company to the
ground".
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Old 15 Oct 2012, 06:37 pm
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Default Re: Acura ZDX getting the axe after 2013 despite new updates

On Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:26:20 -0400, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"
<elmop@nastydesigns.com> wrote:

>In article <k5fnt8$46m$1@dont-email.me>,
> "rll_sb" <rlombardo3@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I talked with our local dealer and apparently they couldn't give the ZDX
>> model away. Small inside, overpriced, poor fuel economy, poor performance,
>> ... What were they thinking?


Crossovers are hot, and as another Accord derivative it was cheap to
build. Besides, BMW was doing the same thing building a bigger,
taller version of their sedans. On paper as a feature list it looks
great. Rolling down the street - not so much. I don't see BMW moving
a lot of those units, either.

Acura also has RDX and MDX, so the ZDX was just redundant.

Is the Honda Crossfire also being axed?

J.




>
>apparently, "kill the entire brand and burn the whole company to the
>ground".


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Old 15 Oct 2012, 08:08 pm
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Default Re: Acura ZDX getting the axe after 2013 despite new updates

On 10/14/2012 09:26 PM, Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
> In article<k5fnt8$46m$1@dont-email.me>,
> "rll_sb"<rlombardo3@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I talked with our local dealer and apparently they couldn't give the ZDX
>> model away. Small inside, overpriced, poor fuel economy, poor performance,
>> ... What were they thinking?

>
> apparently, "kill the entire brand and burn the whole company to the
> ground".


indeed. and if you're a detroit executive, what finer opportunity could
you have than an insider still loyal to you and willing to sell their
employer, your competition, down the river?

otoh, if honda are dumb enough to not look at the approaching icebergs,
not willing to take the rudimentary measures to monitor the orders their
usa captain is giving, and are prepared to relinquish so much control
that local management is able to hole them below the waterline and keep
all the emergency compartment doors open, then i'm afraid honda deserve
what they're going to get because they're being completely retarded.

honda got screwed in europe too:
<http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/20/automobiles/with-rover-bmw-got-more-and-less-than-it-asked-for.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm>
they had invested hugely in rover on the understanding that they were
first in line on the inevitable divestment sale. but they never got the
call - bmw did. an ass-****ing that was simply shameful.


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