Acura is considered a luxury vehicle marque that derives from Honda, a world-class Japanese automaker. The car brand was initially launched in Canada and the United States in March 1986, marketing high-performance, performance, and luxury vehicles. In 1991, it was introduced to Hong Kong, in 2004 to Mexico, in 2006 to China, in 2014 to Russia, and in 2016 to Kuwait. The car brand also sold extremely well in Ukraine. In 2008, Honda wanted to introduce the Acura car brand to the Japanese domestic market, but it was unfortunately delayed due to several economic reasons which was later withheld after the financial crisis in 2008.
Integra and Legend
The Acura brand was developed around the same time as rivals Toyota and Nissan created their Lexus and Infiniti premium cars. In 1986, after a decade of extensive research, Honda decided to open 60 new dealerships across North America to support the automobile division of Acura. The brand initially released tow models, including the compact class Integra and the executive class Legend, available as a three-door and five-door hatchback.
In 1990, almost five years after the release of the Integra and Legend, Acura decided to introduce the NSX, a real-wheel-drive, midship V6 powered sportscar. It was considered the first Japanese car that could compete against Porsche and Ferrari. The NSX basically served as an image car for both Acura and Honda brands. The NSX was also the first all-aluminium car in the world and was considered an “Everyday Supercar” due to its reliability, quality, and ease of use.
MDX, RSX, CL, TL
At the start of 2000, Acura celebrated a rebirth by introducing several redesigned models. The 1999 Acura 3.2 TL was the first of these models which was essentially an upscale sedan. The MDX was another refreshed Acura that was launched in early 2000, an extremely popular SUV which was based on the Odyssey minivan from Honda. In 2001, Acura launched a new coupe which was branded the RSX. It was basically a replacement for the Integra. Unfortunately, the RSX was taken out of the line-up at Acura in 2006.
ZDX, MDX, RDX, RLX, TLX, ILX
In 2007, Acura managed to re-introduce the TL Type-S. In 2009, Acura launched the all-new TSX and TL models along with the mid-year model upgrade on the RL. All 3 of these vehicles made their introduction in 2008. In 2011, Acura planned to redesign the RL and also announced the introduction of the ZDX, a brand-new luxury model. The ZDX was the first car created in the Acura design studio situated in Southern California.
In 2012, Acura created the new ILX model which is heavily based on the Honda Civic. The car manufacturer also reinvented another model in the same year, known as the RDX concept. In 2013, Acura presented a 2014 MDX concept which was released shortly thereafter. Acura basically keeps all their car names the same and simply reinvents the models with better designs and features.