Posts Tagged ‘Acura’

2011 Acura RL

05Jan

According to the Acura American Honda Motor Co. Press Release, the 2011 Acura RL Delivers More Refinement and Improved Performance. The RL luxury performance sedan has long served as one of Acura’s most technologically advanced vehicles, and for 2011 significant upgrades have been made to again raise the bar. To further maximize the output of the 3.7L V-6 engine, the RL receives an all-new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission for 2011. In addition, the RL enjoys an even quieter cabin thanks to the first-ever use of a unique resonator wheel technology in a passenger vehicle.

Featuring bold looks, a 300 horsepower engine and Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel DriveT system, the 2011 RL demonstrates that refined luxury is complemented perfectly by advanced technology and performance adrenaline. In addition to delivering luxury, style and performance, Acura’s top-of-the-line sedan keeps drivers more connected to their world and the world around them by featuring some of the latest in intuitive, easy-to-use, state-of-the-art technology.

“The RL continues to set the benchmark for the innovative use of customer-relevant technology,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “There aren’t many production cars at any price that offer more advanced technology or drive system sophistication.” The 2011 Acura RL recently went on sale at Hall Acura VIrginia Beach and Hall Acura Newport News December 21, 2010. There will be three available trim levels; RL, RL with Technology Package, and the RL with Advance Package.

 

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Techies Transportation

30Nov

When it comes to technology, you’re either an “early adopter” or you’re a “laggard”. Even among early adopters, there are those that stand out, the “innovators,” as marketers call them. This category includes people willing to stand in line all night in a driving rain outside an Apple store to get an iPad at the first moment of its market launch.

So, what do these kinds of people drive? According to Translogic.com the quick answer is a Chevy Camaro, Kia Soul or Ford Flex. The cars most popular with techies are based on a survey of 140,000 consumers over the last two years. Six other vehicles on the list are certainly no surprise: Acura TL, Infiniti G, Lexus IS, the Hyundai Genesis sedan, and the Porshe Cayenne. Innovators and early adopters are more likely to choose a luxury car, Translogic.com concludes.

Translogic.com used the 2010 Acura TL as an example. At a base price of $35,105, it offers Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, a USB port and an iPod interface as standard features. Options like a 10-speaker audio system that plays audiophile DVD-Audio discs, a navigation system with voice recognition, and a rear-view camera take it to the next level.

Muscle is the Camaro’s chief innovation, serving up 300 hp from its direct injection V6 or 426 hp from its V8. The Ford Flex in part made the list thanks to its edgy exterior styling. According to Translogic.com, “Innovators are people who are more likely to take risks and they will definitely gravitate to vehicles with bolder and more polarizing styling.”

What these folks have in common is a desire to try out new things and share their experiences with their peers. So, just how adventurous or “techie” are you when it comes to your form of transportation?

Top Cars for Technology Innovators:

1. Chevrolet Camaro

2. Kia Soul

3. Ford Flex

4. Hyundai Genesis Sedan

5. Porsche Cayenne

6. Ford F-Series pickup

7. Acura TL

8. Infiniti G sedan

9. Volkswagen CC

10. Nissan Maxima

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Cars and Decor Tips?!

08Nov

By Larry Printz
The Virginian-Pilot

Soft, sleek sofas. Tables lit by modern pendant lights. A bathroom with glass and linen tile, and a raised bowl sink.

No, I’m not describing a vacation suite or a luxury house at Homearama. It’s Hall Acura’s new dealership on Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

Last week, I attended the dealership’s official opening. And the place is trés chic.

With warm earth tones, the decor is decidedly modern. Brushed chrome trim is used as crown molding. And you should see the showroom floor tile: Some of it resembles wood. Cool.

I want my house to look this nice.

The remodeled store employs a standardized design created by Acura. The result is airy and welcoming. This is important. Aside from, say, a car enthusiast, few people like spending time at a dealership. A visit to the dentist might even be higher on your  list.

So it’s important to make people feel at ease. This the showroom does in spades.

It’s a big deal. Even Jerry Fader – automotive president and chief operating officer of MileOne, Hall’s parent company – came to town for the event.

The dealership moved from Holland Road to Virginia Beach Boulevard when General Motors shuttered Hall’s Pontiac/Buick/GMC store in November 2009. The move puts this Acura store closer to its demographic base, and Fader expects business to pick up.

When a store moves, “we always see an uptick in the business,” Fader said. “It can be anywhere from 5, 10, 15 or 20 percent. A lot depends on the product lineup, and Acura has some new products coming, which should add to the uptick.”

Bill Baker, president and chief operating officer of Hall Automotive, said the company spent about $750,000 renovating the building, built in 2002. “The box itself lent itself to the design Acura was looking for,” Baker said. “It was a simple renovation. ”

There are many small touches that make the store easy to navigate. When you pull your Acura into the enclosed service drive, the technician desks are right beside your car, not inside  in another room. And  when you  pay for service, the cashier window is directly across from the service manager’s office, just in case an issue arises.

Also, you’ll find it easier to get an appointment. There are 22 service bays in the new dealership, versus 12 at the old store.

On the other side of the building, you’ll find an enclosed delivery room, where buyers take possession of their new rides. Though this is increasingly common, you won’t find many  with leather seating, tiled floor and wood panel ing. It’s luxurious.

I’m no design expert from HGTV, but the  store is easy to admire.

“It elevates us to a higher level; the expectation grows,” Baker said.

“Hall has occupied this corner for 35 years,” he added. “We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.”

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Hall Acura, Newport News General Manager Jorge Oquendo.
With 20 years of experience, Hall Automotive is glad to have Mr. Oquendo on board. Mr. Oquendo is excited to work with such a driven and knowledgeable team at Hall Acura, Newport News.

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2009 Acura TL

10Oct
2009 Acura TL
2009 Acura TL - New Acura TL Luxury Sedan Review - Automobile Magazine
The TL is at the heart of Acura’s sedan lineup, sitting above the entry-level TSX and below the range-topping RL.

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The TL is at the heart of Acura‘s sedan lineup, sitting above the entry-level TSX and below the range-topping RL. The outgoing TL has enjoyed a lot of success, despite what some would see as the handicap of a front-wheel-drive layout in a field that is increasingly moving to rear-wheel drive. Honda is trying to increase the prestige of the Acura name and is moving both the entry-level TSX and the TL up in size to better match them up against standard-bearers like the Mercedes-Benz C-class and E-class.

Photo Gallery: 2009 Acura TL – New Acura TL Luxury Sedan Review – Automobile Magazine

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2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6MT Prototype

10Oct
2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6MT Prototype
2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6MT Prototype - New Acura Luxury Sedan - Automobile Magazine
In a few small strokes, Acura has managed to reinvigorate its thoroughly ordinary midsize four-door for relatively little effort.

At first glance, East Liberty, Ohio is one of those sleepy, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it midwestern towns, the kind you find buried in every county from Columbus to Kankakee. Then, on the outskirts of town, you round a corner and come face-to-face with an eighteen-wheeler cranking across an enormous banked oval. And a dump truck on a skidpad. And a small, diabolical little road course with more off-camber corners than you can shake a Snell sticker at. Welcome to the Transportation Research Center, otherwise known as TRC.

Photo Gallery: 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6MT Prototype – New Acura Luxury Sedan – Automobile Magazine

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