Friday, April 27, 2012

New Acura rolls off the line in Indiana

Honda has begun building a new model, the Acura ILX, at an assembly plant in Greensburg, Ind. “This all-new Acura luxury sedan is closely linked to the future of Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura for American Honda.  “Just as the Acura ILX is the gateway to the Acura brand. The new Acura ILX sedan is considered critical to the Acura lineup and comes with both gasoline and gas-electric hybrid powertrain options.. The Indiana plant will produced three  diifferent versions of the Acura ILX – a 150-horsepower, 4-cylinder 2.0-liter model, a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter model with 6-speed manual transmission, and the ILX Hybrid, with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, according to Honda officials. The gasoline engines for the 2,0- and 2.4-liter versions of Acura ILX come from the Anna, Ohio, engine plant of Honda of America Mfg. Inc.  The hybrid version of the Acura ILX is Acura’s first-ever hybrid model, the first hybrid vehicle to be made in America at a Honda plant, and the first Acura model to be produced in Indiana. The Acura ILX joins the TL sedan, ZDX crossover vehicle, and the MDX and RDX sport-utility vehicles as the fifth Acura model produced exclusively in North America. By Joseph Szczesny


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