California's status as the design capital of the United States is about to get one automaker richer. Acura announced today that it will open its first design studio with about 100 designers not too far away from Honda's design studio in Torrence.

The move echoes Toyota's decision to open a dedicated Lexus design studio in 2003, although that one was near Toyota's world headquarters in Toyota City, Japan. The news follows Acura's announcement that it sold almost 210,000 vehicles in the United States, a record and an increase of over 5 percent.

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