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The hybrid RLX is due out at the end of 2013

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By MadMan007 on 11/29/2012 4:48:08 AM , Rating: 3
I'm surprised they kept the silver beak, even if it is refined from current Acuras. I thought that styling feature got a lot of flak.

RE: surprised
By ipay on 11/29/2012 5:22:02 AM , Rating: 2
I hate it; the buck tooth that is.

DT won't allow the link but if you google "Get Used to It: Acura Design Chief Says Controversial Grille is Here to Stay" you can read about lack of concern of potential customers' opinions.

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By FITCamaro on 11/29/2012 6:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
It looks better now than before.

RE: surprised
By Lord 666 on 11/29/2012 8:19:25 AM , Rating: 2
looks like a Saab 9-5 in the front. Honda should fire the design chief and bring the diesels while they are at it.

RE: surprised
By Master Kenobi on 11/29/12, Rating: 0
RE: surprised
By jibz on 11/29/2012 10:44:15 AM , Rating: 3
I think they're finally getting somewhere with that look. They went overboard with the 2009-2011 TL, the 2012+ was better. The MDX is not bad. The RLX refines it a little more, and the ILX is the best version of that vision yet. In person with the OEM body kit it looks bad ass.

Let's keep the ZDX out of the conversation though. Even I can't defend that horror.

RE: surprised
By Keeir on 11/29/2012 3:37:58 PM , Rating: 2

A car company has two objectives I think.

Its great to make a car thats a real "work of art", but at the same time, the cars need to sell.

Acura's best year in the US was 2005 when they moved ~210,000 units on 5 models and they had been increasing year over year sales. In 2009, they moved ~100,000 units on 5 models (replacing the RSX with the RDX), a market adjusted fall of 25%. (Keep in mind from 2001-2005 they had market adjusted increase of more than 10%).

Given the good mechanicals, good feature set, and generally good price of most Acuras... the only reason I can think to buy a different model (Say a Lexus ES over a TL) would be the .... interesting... design choices. I am constantly surprized by Honda's stubborness on some points. The IMA Hybrid system is crap for the US/EPA (yet showed up here in the Civic, Insight, CRZ, etc)

RE: surprised
By jibz on 11/29/2012 5:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying they should design works of art (they don't anyway ;) ), just that their design language is coming into its own. I remember the first CTS and SRX when Cadillac came out with their new look. One was funky looking and the other was ugly as sin. It took them a few years to get it right.

Also they have a much stronger line up now than what they had a few years ago. The ILX should sell really well, the MDX is one of the best full size luxury SUV, and the TL is an hidden gem (especially with the manual). I see a lot more of them on the roads now.

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