Acura (Acura) North American branch of the Group Honda, specializing in the production of executive and sports cars. Assembly plant American Honda Motor Co. It opened in California March 27, 1986. The name “Acura” appeared in 1989 and refers only to prestigious models of Honda, sold in the United States. Tactical and technical data of the car brand Acura, as a rule, do not differ from that of the models the company Honda. This model names are the same. Most of the models directly to the North. America (the CL and TL), and some models – RL and NSX because of low demand are imported from Japan. Release only “American” models from Acura in 1999 amounted to 101.3 thousand. Units. The main difference models of the Acura brand from similar cars Honda – sporty look and a higher level of standard equipment. In addition, Acura is in the United States more prestigious models TL and RL, which Honda does not offer Americans. The emblem used stylized letter “A”, which resembles a metal tongs. So simple pattern caused by the difficulty of registering in the US of a new brand – almost always in the official register of trade marks there exists a similar trademark. In the executive class for Acura “acts” 5-meter sedan RL, which is a more richly decorated Honda Legend. Structurally RL is similar to other Honda models concern the late 1990s. Modification of the Integra Type-R appeared in 1998, but in 1999 a number of reasons not to offer. At the Detroit salon in 2000 was a demonstration of the new coupe 3,2CL on a slender chassis, and after him at the New York Auto Show in 2000, the luxury car appeared terrain MDX, unified on a body with OLA Honda Odyssey. One of the main novelties of the 2001 model year separation – a new compact sport sedan EL, designed on a platform of Civic VII generation. EL equipped with a completely new 1.7-liter VTEC system capacity of 127 hp, to meet the latest requirements for clean ULEV exhaust. EL model sold only in Canada. At the New York Auto Show in 2001 I was first introduced to the successor Integra – the new compact coupe RSX, projected on a larger platform, model EL. RSX equipped with a 2.0-liter engine capacity of 200 hp (Version Type R) and 6-speed manual transmission. In coupe Integra in 2001 did not change significantly neither the design nor the design of the chassis. The model comes in three models: LS, GS and GS-R. Cheaper LS and GS equipped with 1.8-liter engine of 140 hp under the hood of the sports version of GS-R 170 “horses”. In 2001 it held a slight restyling of the model CL (coupe) and TL (sedan). The CL and TL are created on the platform of the last generation Accord. A special highlight of the 2002 model year was the emergence of a new generation of sports hatchbacks such as RS-X, automobiles replaced the Integra. One of the few true supercars from the Land of the Rising Sun – coupe NSX, existing since 1991, modernized by 2003.