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What we know about the 2015 Acura TLX

We will try to keep this as light as possible given the current coverage of the Acura TLX.  We aren’t going to copy and paste the same article you’ve read across the internet.  Instead we are going to break down what we know, and what we don’t know about the newly reviled Acura TLX.

Technology features and options (tentative):
-Jewel Eye LED head lights
-20″ Alloy wheels
-LED Turn signals in mirrors
-ECON, Normal, and sport modes
-IDS (Integrated Dynamics System)
-CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System)
-LDW (Lane Departure Warning)
-FCW (Forward Collision Warning)
-ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control)
-LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist System)
-BSI (Blind Spot Indicator)
-2.4 litre 4 cylinder I-VTEC direct injection motor paired to a 8 speed DCT transmission on a FWD P-AWS chassis
-3.5 litre V6 VTEC direct injection with VCM paired with a 9 speed transmission on the SH-AWD chassis

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Live From Detroit: Watch the Auto Show Reveal of the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype

The world is invited to watch live via the Acura YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/acura) as the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype is unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show during a press conference scheduled for 11:05 a.m. EST on Jan. 14, 2014.

Everyones favorite web series has returned!

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Louis C.K and Jerry Seinfeld have been working on a mini web series for the past two years.  The series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” kicked off its new season January 2nd.  Sponsored by Acura we hope it brings you a few laughs.  To view the first episode of the season or to catch up on any episodes you may have missed you can visit:

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

 

Google Android and Apple iOS working to integrate with Honda / Acura vehicles

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Google has just announced that it’s joining up with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to create the Open Automotive Alliance.  Basically they are planning to integrate Android into automobiles.  The new alliance is geared towards brining mobile and tablet technology into your vehicles dashboard to provide a more user-friendly experience.  The announcement confirms last weeks rumors suggesting Audi was working with google on an Android project.

In a blog post, Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering, writes:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring your favorite apps and music with you, and use them safely with your car’s built-in controls and in-dash display? Together with our OAA partners, we’re working to enable new forms of integration with Android devices, and adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers.

This announcement shouldn’t come as much of a surprise following Apples announcement last june to integrated iOS into the car dash gathering support from BMW, Mercedez-Benz, GM and Honda.

Official Android Announcement:
http://officialandroid.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/new-partnership-to-bring-android-to.html

Electric Parking Brake

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Electric Parking Brake

Located on the console behind the shift lever, the electric parking brake keeps your vehicle stationary when parked. Simply lift up the switch to engage the parking brake, and press it down to release it. You can also lightly depress the accelerator pedal to release the brake when the vehicle is on, your seat belt is fastened, and the shift lever is not in Park.

Automatic Brake Hold

Brake Hold is a useful feature, particularly in the city or wherever you have to stop the car frequently.  Press the brake hold button located behind the shift lever to initiate the system.  When you apply the brakes, stop the vehicle and the system indicates brake hold is engaged, the system will hold the brakes and keep the car stationary after you remove your foot from the brake pedal.  Brake Hold releases the brakes the moment you apply pressure on the accelerator.

Understanding Anti-lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes help drivers maintain steering control during hard braking. All current and most past Acura models are equipped with anti-lock brakes. Not only do they work differently than conventional brakes, they’re used differently, too.

Difference from Conventional Brakes

When pushed hard, conventional brakes may cause wheels to lock up, making the steering ineffective. In contrast, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) allows drivers to continue steering while braking so they can maneuver around objects. An electronic control unit senses when a wheel is approaching lock up and intermittently reduces pressure several times a second. The process is much like that of pumping conventional brakes, but faster and better.

ABS Operation

The ABS emergency braking technique is different from that used with conventional brakes. During hard or severe braking conditions, drivers with ABS should press hard on the brake pedal and not let up. This is known as “stomp and steer.” Sometimes an ABS creates noise and causes the brake pedal to vibrate when the system is activated. Don’t take your foot off the brake pedal if this happens. This is a normal occurrence, and your ABS is functioning properly.

Anti-lock Brakes Do’s and Don’ts

If you have anti-lock brakes, or are considering buying a vehicle that has them, use them properly. In severe braking situations with anti-lock brakes, remember:

  • DO stomp on the brakes when braking hard.
  • DO maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal and continue steering to avoid a collision.
  • DON’T let up even if the system makes noise or the pedal vibrates.
  • DON’T pump the brakes.
  • DO drive safely.

Blind Spot Information (BSI) System

The RLX blind spot information (BSI) system assists drivers before making lane changes. When a vehicle in either adjacent lane is detected in one of the two alert zones—areas where the vehicle is close but difficult to spot—an indicator will appear on that side’s front door A-pillar close to the side mirror. If the driver activates the turn signal in the direction where a vehicle is detected in the alert zone, the pillar light begins to flash and an audible alert sounds. Several measures have been designed into the system to ensure that it is a helpful feature and never an annoyance.

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Acura MDX Wins 2014 AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year Award

The 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle received the 2014 AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year Award. The all-new 2014 MDX offers even higher levels of luxury comfort and quietness, together with exhilarating dynamic performance, class-leading fuel-economy ratings, and advanced safety features, and an even more luxurious, technology-packed and versatile passenger cabin.  The 2014 MDX, utilizing Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and exclusive hot-stamped one-piece steel door ring, has also earned the highest available collision safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

“It’s never an easy decision to give an award to a luxury car because they obviously come with top quality finishings and plenty of high-tech features, but what impressed us about the MDX is just what you get for your money,” said AutoGuide Editorial Director Colum Wood.

Developed on an all-new platform that is optimized in every respect for the needs of today’s luxury SUV buyers, the 7-passenger Acura MDX is powered by a new 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 powertrain with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management technology. The new MDX harnesses a host of Acura signature technologies, including available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, AcuraLink® Next Generation connected car services and Agile Handling Assist to deliver on Acura’s “Synergy between Man and Machine” product direction, and the idea of creating vehicles that truly respond to the will of the driver.

The 2014 MDX has a bevy of new standard features – including Keyless Access System with Push Button Start, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, exterior and interior LED lighting, Extended Slide second-row seating with One-Touch Walk-In for third-row access, an 8-inch On-Demand Multi-Information Display touchscreen, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, a powerful 432-watt Acura sound system, and an acoustic glass front windows and windshield.

The range-topping MDX with Advance Package boasts a wide range of new technologies and features, including Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, remote engine start with an extended range of up to 300 feet, a new Ultra-Wide DVD Rear Entertainment System with HDMI connectivity, and front and rear parking sensors.

 

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