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Acura TLX vs Lincoln MKZ
Mar 13, 2014 - 5:07 PM - by tino
So now that we've started seeing TLX's running around unclothed, I figured now would be as good a time as any to begin comparing the TLX to some of the other peripheral luxury vehicles. I decided to look at the TLX vs the Lincoln MKZ today.

Acura TLX

While specs are relatively sparse at this point there are a few pieces we can pick out of the TLX's Detroit debut. For one we know that the TLX will be offered with Acura 2.4 L i-VTEC I4 and their 3.5L Direct Injected V6. In the Accord the 2.4 four makes 185 hp so I expect the Acura to carry at least modest power bump, say 190 hp? The 3.5L Cracks out 273 hp in the RDX and 280 in the outgoing TL, so again figuring in a modest power bump for the TLX I think 290 ponies is a fair place to start.

We also know there is the choice of DCT or 9 speed gear boxes, although keep in mind that the DCT is only available with the 2.4L, FWD and PAWS equipped. The Nine Speed is standard with the 3.5L and the SH-AWD system will be optional with the V6.

Lincoln MKZ

The MKZ has polarized since day one with its styling, I for one am a big fan but thats neither here nor there. MKZ is available as three distinct machines, the Ecoboost 2.0L makes 240 hp and is available in FWD or AWD guise. The MKZ V6 comes with fords 3.7L Ti-VCT engine making an even 300 ponies also available in FWD or AWD. Lastly the MKZ Hybrid is available with a 2.0L Atkinson cycle engine, coupled with the hybrid system the MKZ H makes a total output of 181 hp, although only available in FWD.

The MKZ Ecoboost and V6 both come with 6 speed gearboxes with paddles, the Hybrid comes with a CVT. The MKZ and MKZ Hybrid both start at $36,190.

Without knowing the TLX's standard equipment or how exactly the interior is shaping up it is difficult to offer a definitive opinion. What I do find particularly interesting about the MKZ is that there is an interesting mix of Lincoln Loyalists and young buyers. Roughly every 3 MKZ's I see has a younger driver behind the wheel, I'm talking 20's-30's young. This has typically been Acuras domain, so it will be very interesting to watch how these two end up stackign against one another.
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Geneva Motor Show Preview
Feb 28, 2014 - 4:08 PM - by AutoGuide.com
<span lang="EN-CA">Geneva Motor Show Coverage</span>

Keep your eye on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where we'll see plenty of exotics including the McLaren 650S and Koenigsegg One:1. Also expect to see other new cars like the Lexus NX, Audi TT, BMW X4 and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Coverage starts on March 4, so be sure to stop by.

More: Geneva Motor Show Coverage on AutoGuide.com
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Honda creates new Acura Business Planning Office after sedan sales fail
Feb 25, 2014 - 10:34 AM - by SameButDifferent
Last year Acura saw its sedan sales drop by 10 percent. In an attempt to remedy the situation, Honda Motor Co. created a new group to plan business development for the premium brand. It's called the Acura Business Planning Office, and its head is Erik Berkman, currently president of Honda R&D Americas.

Erik Berkman

A 10 percent drop in combined sales of Acura's ILX, TSX, TL and RLX sedans kept Honda from a goal of achieving record sales in 2013 and overshadowed gains for the brand's more successful MDX and RDX SUVs.

Acura still seems to be struggling to find its identity. Auto industry analyst Ed Kim says, "Acura for many, many years has been a brand without an identity," Kim said. "They are good, solid, dependable, somewhat premium cars that don't communicate any clear message about what they are. The best luxury brands stand for something."

Berkman joined Acura in 1982, and he led development of the 2004 TL sport sedan, which is among Acura's most successful cars. Acura's immediate plans for the future include the release of the TLX, modifications to Acura's ILX compact sedan, and the 2015 return of the Acura NSX "supercar."

Is this the big turn around that Acura has been in need of, or is this just more rhetoric and empty gestures that won't really change anything? I am leaning more towards the latter.
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