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{{Manufacturer
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|title=Acura
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|image=[[File:ACURA.jpg]]
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|type=Division of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
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|foundeddate=March 1986
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|defunctdate=
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|country=Japan
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|areasserved=Japan<br>United States<br>Canada<br>Hong Kong (1991-present)
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|products=Luxury cars
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}}[[Acura]] was the first of the spinoff luxury brands from a Japanese automaker. Honda, which spun it off, did everything just right: Franchise laws prevented the opening of new Honda dealerships too close to existing ones. By creating a new nameplate (Acura), it was able to open more dealerships in the profitable urban areas, where Honda already had considerable strength, and to ignore the areas less likely to buy imports. The upscale positioning of Acura was good for Honda's entire image. In 1994, just over 1 million Acuras were sold, with the Acura Legend representing the majority.
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Acura was the first of the spinoff luxury brands from a Japanese automaker. Honda, which spun it off, did everything just right: Franchise laws prevented the opening of new Honda dealerships too close to existing ones. By creating a new nameplate (Acura), it was able to open more dealerships in the profitable urban areas, where Honda already had considerable strength, and to ignore the areas less likely to buy imports. The upscale positioning of Acura was good for Honda's entire image. In 1994, just over 1 million Acuras were sold, with the Acura Legend representing the majority.
 
 
==Car models==
 
==Car models==
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;" width="100%"
*[[Acura Integra]]
 
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!Name
*[[Acura CL]] (1997-)
 
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!Model years
*[[Acura Vigor]] (1992-1994)
 
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!Type
*[[Acura TL]] (1996-)
 
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|-
*[[Acura SLX]] (1996-1999)
 
*[[Acura Legend]] (1991-1995)
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|[[Acura Integra]]
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|1986-2001
*[[Acura RL]] (1996-)
 
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|[[Hatchback]], [[coupe]], [[sedan]]
*[[Acura NSX]]
 
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|-
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|[[Acura Legend]]
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|1986-1995
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|[[Coupe]], [[sedan]]
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|-
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|[[Acura NSX]]
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|1991-2005
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|[[Coupe]]
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|-
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|[[Acura Vigor]]
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|1992-1994
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|[[Sedan]]
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|-
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|[[Acura TL]]
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|1996-2003
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|[[Sedan]]
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|-
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|[[Acura SLX]]
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|1996-1999
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|[[Sport Utility]]
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|-
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|[[Acura RL]]
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|1996-2004
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|[[Sedan]]
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|-
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|[[Acura CL]]
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|1997-2003
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|[[Coupe]]
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|-
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|[[Acura MDX]]
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|2001-2006
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|Sport Utility
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|-
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|[[Acura RSX]]
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|2002-2006
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|Coupe
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|}
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From the 1986–1995 model years, all Acura vehicles were either [[hatchback]]s, [[coupe]]s or [[sedan]]s, before the first [[Sport Utility|SUV]] was introduced as a 1996 model.
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==Production totals==
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"
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!Model year
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!NSX
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|- align="center"
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|1991
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|3,133
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|-
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|1992
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|1,271
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|-
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|1993
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|608
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|-
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|1994
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|512
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|-
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|1995
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|780
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|-
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|1996
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|505
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|-
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|1997
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|338
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|-
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|1998
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|245
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|}
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==Sales==
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"
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!Calendar year
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!Integra
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!Legend
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!NSX
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!Vigor
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!TL
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!SLX
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!RL
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!CL
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!MDX
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!RSX
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|-
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|1986
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|27,807
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|25,062
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1987
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|54,757
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|54,713
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1988
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|57,468
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|70,770
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1989
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|77,423
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|64,638
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1990
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|83,599
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|53,666
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|1,119
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|- align="center"
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|1991
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|64,755
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|65,689
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|1,940
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|11,324
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1992
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|55,174
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|49,926
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|1,154
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|13,846
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1993
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|58,757
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|38,866
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|652
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|10,016
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1994
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|67,426
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|35,709
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|533
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|8,469
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1995
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|61,316
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|18,259
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|884
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|253
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|16,539
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|200
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1996
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|46,966
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|629
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|460
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|0
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|24,700
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|2,565
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|15,848
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|16,740
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1997
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|38,331
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|4
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|415
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|0
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|23,151
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|1,299
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|16,004
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|28,939
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1998
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|34,904
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|0
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|303
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|0
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|31,883
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|1,634
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|15,024
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|26,644
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|1999
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|26,184
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|0
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|238
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|0
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|56,566
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|694
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|13,366
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|20,968
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|N/A
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|N/A
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|-
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|2000
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|25,975
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|0
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|221
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|0
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|67,033
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|198
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|14,827
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|24,677
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|9,750
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|N/A
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|-
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|2001
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|13,376
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|0
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|182
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|0
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|69,484
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|0
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|10,723
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|18,993
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|40,950
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|16,401
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|-
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|2002
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|19
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|0
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|233
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|0
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|60,764
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|0
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|9,392
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|12,072
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|52,955
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|30,117
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|-
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|2003
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|0
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|0
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|221
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|0
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|56,770
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|0
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|6,829
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|6,593
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|57,281
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|24,292
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|}
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==Websites==
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/19961219152805/http://www.acura.com/ Welcome to the Acura Website (1996)]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/19971210224858/http://www.acura.com/ Acura Homepage (1997)]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/19981205141400/http://www.acura.com/ 99 RL Splash Page (1998)]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20000229083324/http://acura.com Acura Home Page (2000)]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20001217180900/http://www.acura.com Acura Home Page (2001)]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20011129041510/http://acura.com Acura Home Page (2002)]
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20021129184811/http://www.acura.com Acura (2003)]
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[[Category:Japanese automotive companies]]

Latest revision as of 09:45, 29 April 2021

Acura was the first of the spinoff luxury brands from a Japanese automaker. Honda, which spun it off, did everything just right: Franchise laws prevented the opening of new Honda dealerships too close to existing ones. By creating a new nameplate (Acura), it was able to open more dealerships in the profitable urban areas, where Honda already had considerable strength, and to ignore the areas less likely to buy imports. The upscale positioning of Acura was good for Honda's entire image. In 1994, just over 1 million Acuras were sold, with the Acura Legend representing the majority.






Car models[]

Name Model years Type
Acura Integra 1986-2001 Hatchback, coupe, sedan
Acura Legend 1986-1995 Coupe, sedan
Acura NSX 1991-2005 Coupe
Acura Vigor 1992-1994 Sedan
Acura TL 1996-2003 Sedan
Acura SLX 1996-1999 Sport Utility
Acura RL 1996-2004 Sedan
Acura CL 1997-2003 Coupe
Acura MDX 2001-2006 Sport Utility
Acura RSX 2002-2006 Coupe

From the 1986–1995 model years, all Acura vehicles were either hatchbacks, coupes or sedans, before the first SUV was introduced as a 1996 model.

Production totals[]

Model year NSX
1991 3,133
1992 1,271
1993 608
1994 512
1995 780
1996 505
1997 338
1998 245

Sales[]

Calendar year Integra Legend NSX Vigor TL SLX RL CL MDX RSX
1986 27,807 25,062 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1987 54,757 54,713 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1988 57,468 70,770 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1989 77,423 64,638 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1990 83,599 53,666 1,119 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1991 64,755 65,689 1,940 11,324 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1992 55,174 49,926 1,154 13,846 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1993 58,757 38,866 652 10,016 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1994 67,426 35,709 533 8,469 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995 61,316 18,259 884 253 16,539 200 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1996 46,966 629 460 0 24,700 2,565 15,848 16,740 N/A N/A
1997 38,331 4 415 0 23,151 1,299 16,004 28,939 N/A N/A
1998 34,904 0 303 0 31,883 1,634 15,024 26,644 N/A N/A
1999 26,184 0 238 0 56,566 694 13,366 20,968 N/A N/A
2000 25,975 0 221 0 67,033 198 14,827 24,677 9,750 N/A
2001 13,376 0 182 0 69,484 0 10,723 18,993 40,950 16,401
2002 19 0 233 0 60,764 0 9,392 12,072 52,955 30,117
2003 0 0 221 0 56,770 0 6,829 6,593 57,281 24,292

Websites[]