Though some have spread their wings to other markets, when push comes to shove, the Japanese luxury marques are targeted right at North America. That's certainly the case with Acura, a brand that only sells here and in China. Honda's luxury marque has been quiet in recent years, but it's readying a major product push set to launch at next month's Detroit Auto Show.

When the doors open at Cobo Hall, Acura will present NSX supercar and ILX sedan concepts as well as the 2013 RDX crossover. The latter will be a Civic-based entry-level luxury model targeted at the likes of the BMW 1 Series and Lexus CT 200h, will be available with either conventional or hybrid drivetrains, and will – as just announced today – be made right here in the United States for local consumption.

Final assembly will take place at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (pictured above) in Greensburg, with the gasoline engines brought in from Honda's facility in Anna, Ohio. As such, the ILX will not only be the first-ever Acura hybrid, but also the first hybrid that Honda will build in North America. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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New Acura Sedan to be Built at Award-winning Plant in Greensburg

Indiana plant to build its first Acura model - also the first ever U.S.-made hybrid model


GREENSBURG, Ind.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) today announced that it will be the exclusive manufacturer of the Acura ILX, an all-new luxury sedan going into mass production in Indiana in the spring of 2012. The new Acura ILX sedan will be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup and will be offered with both gasoline and gas-electric hybrid powertrain options. The new Acura ILX will be Acura's first-ever hybrid model, as well as the first Acura model to be produced in Indiana.

"Building this all-new Acura vehicle as the exclusive global source is a big responsibility for our associates," said HMIN President Jun Nishimoto. "I am very proud of what our Indiana team has accomplished in such a short time, and we have great confidence in our ability to produce a world-class luxury vehicle that exceeds the expectations of Acura customers."

The Acura ILX will join the TL sedan, ZDX crossover vehicle, and the MDX and RDX sport-utility vehicles as the fifth Acura model produced exclusively in North America. Acura finished second among all luxury brands in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study.

HMIN was recognized earlier this year for its outstanding quality as one of only three automobile plants globally to earn a Platinum Award for outstanding quality based on the results of J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Surveyâ„  (IQS). The plant recently added nearly 1,000 associates to support the move to two-shift production, which started on Oct. 24, 2011, doubling the plant's capacity to 200,000 vehicles per year. The Acura ILX will be the first hybrid vehicle to be made in America at a Honda plant. Gasoline engines for the new Acura ILX will be produced at the Anna, Ohio, engine plant of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Acura will unveil a concept version of the new ILX sedan at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit during media preview days, Jan. 9-10, 2012. Acura also will debut a new RDX sport-utility vehicle and a concept version of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar at the show, as it moves to further strengthen its product lineup with new products, new technologies and a sharper brand focus.

About HMIN

Honda Manufacturing Indiana, LLC (HMIN) in Greensburg, Ind., began operations with production of Civic Sedans in October 2008. HMIN added production of Honda's natural gas-powered Civic Sedan in May 2009, and began producing Civic for export to markets outside North America in September 2009. With employment of approximately 2,000 associates and capital investment exceeding $550 million, HMIN started operations as a zero-waste-to-landfill factory, meaning no waste is sent to landfills, and maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints of any automobile plant in Honda's global production network.

About Honda in America

Next year, Honda will celebrate 30 years of producing automobiles in America. Based on Honda's longstanding commitment to build products close to the customer, Honda currently operates 14 manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and automatic transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and Honda power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines. Honda products are made in North America using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Today, the company has four auto plants in the U.S. and seven in North America with a new auto plant under construction in Celaya, Mexico, which will begin producing subcompact cars in 2014. Honda's total automobile production capacity in the region, currently at 1.63 million vehicles per year, will grow to more than 1.87 million vehicles annually in 2014. In 2010, more than 87 percent of the Honda and Acura products sold in the U.S. were built in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Acura

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV, the MDX luxury SUV and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.




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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish I were in the naming business these days; easiest job in the world. Pick three letters, any three will do, and you're done for the year. BRZ, LFA, ILX, GSF, MKT, FRS, GLK, etc.
        g2k
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        It would be fun. You can sometimes scramble letters and characters, occasionally throwing a word into the name like Z4sDrive35is
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Yeah, the worst one in recent memory was the Cadillac ETC (Nothing says repetitive and redundant like an ETC)
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Civic with a beak? o_O
      • 3 Years Ago
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        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1 agreed. And if they wanted to call the sedan an Integra i'd be okay with that too.
        ShutoSteve
        • 3 Years Ago
        So you own a Type R and a Levin, and an NSX? Oh man, you must own tons of exotic cars for someone so biased! You're unbelievable.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ShutoSteve
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      Dahna
      • 3 Years Ago
      Owned a '00 Integra and loved it. Didn't love having an F150 slide into it on a January morning commute and State Farm writing it off. Since then I've looked at RLs and TLs and they don't do a thing for me. They don't move me. A BMW 3 series moves me. An A4 moves me. I want this ILX (let's hope it's named something else) to make me feel like something. I want a turbo in it, 18" wheels and no Acura beak. No cheesy Civic interior. And I want it for
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dahna
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        @Dahna
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          Dahna
          • 3 Years Ago
          50K for a 3? Huh? Nope. If I pay 50K for a 3 it better have the letter M before the 3. 25K for an RL or TL? Give me the name of the dealer you shopped it at, it will worth the road trip.
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      All sounds good, except for the fact that it's gonna be called ILX. I just....that name alone could kill it, I swear.
      Elf
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Rob - is that your internet dispensed dose of snark for the day? Let's see it at Detroit next month before laying on the snark. That "signature grill?" Yeah, I can live without it. A higher performance, better handling, more luxurious Civic with Honda reliability - yes, I want to at least take a test drive in that.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      This ILK sounds like something for the new Alfa Romeo derived Dodge Dart Limited with it's MultiAir Turbo and Tigershark engines coupled with adavanced 9 speed ZF transmissions to pound on.
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        I think it's sad they need a 9 speed to achieve 40mpg. Thats pathetic. Shows the state of their engineering which is non-existent apparently. The dart will hardly be competition for anything Honda does. Love them or hate them you can't argue with their engineering.
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure some "smart" person in Marketing went oh let's use "I" for Integra = ILX. Instead of just naming it the Integra.
      Skean
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ3_2A5x53I /sing it Jim
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great to have more jobs here in the good ol US of A. However, I hope this is more than a CSX. And with the way the Civic has been received in the country...I dunno Acura. I'm a huge Honda fan but I no longer feel like this is the same company that built my '99 Civic ex Coupe which is still running strong @ 213k miles(not saying they are not as reliable, just not as innovative and NOT as good looking)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
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        BB79826
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        To be fair, name one company that's even remotely like it was in 1999, bad OR good. At least Hondas do seem to still be superbly reliable.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BB79826
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          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          Well I sure wouldnt want a company to stay stagnant for 12 years...just wish they moved in what I believe is the right direction(Continue to improve, stay at the forefront of tech innovation, still look good). While this is just my opinion, it seems enthusiasts feel the same way and even the CEO of Honda has admitted this slightly.
      EvoVIII
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..F*** honda!
      to your email L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't or didn't they have a similar model the sold in Canada, I've seen a few in Ca. with BC license plates.
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