2014 Acura RLX SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD
The 2014 RLX announced in North America is powered by the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD,1 Honda's first three-motor hybrid system. A 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 engine, paired with a seven-speed DCT with built-in motor, controls torque to the left and right wheels independently, and simultaneously delivers the acceleration performance of a V8 engine and the fuel economy of an in-line four-cylinder engine.
What do the 3D Lock Seam used in the door panels of the RLX and friction-stir welding (FSW) used in the front subframe of the Accord have in common? Both take advantage of a new welding technology for joining aluminum and steel, two metals with vastly different material properties. They also represent an advancement in broadening the application of lightweight aluminum, which contributes to lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine
We're expanding the application of our 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine, released in January 2013 in the Civic 5-door as the first Earth Dreams Technology component introduced in Europe. The engine now powers the Civic Tourer, a new wagon model launched in February 2014 that was specifically developed for the European market.
This lightest-in-class2 compact diesel engine delivers a powerful and fun driving performance, along with a CO2 emissions performance of just 99 g/km.3
All-new City, a sedan model in our Global Compact Series of vehicles developed for markets worldwide
In January 2014, we unveiled in India the all-new City, a sedan model in our Global Compact Series of vehicles developed for markets worldwide.
As an embodiment of our "man maximum, machine minimum" (M/M)4 philosophy, it offers the most spacious interior of any City thus far.5 In India, the City is available with either a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-DTEC diesel engine or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine, both of which deliver high fuel efficiency and power output.
The City will be rolled out in a growing number of markets worldwide.
The Accord has sold 1.5 million units in China since 1999. The new model features an exterior tailored to the Chinese market
In a press announcement in June 2013, we expressed our commitment to proactively introducing environmental, safety, and comfort technologies to the Chinese market to provide our customers there with greater fun, satisfaction, and convenience in line with our founding belief that "technology is for people." Soon after, in September 2013, we unveiled the new Accord, the first model in China to feature Earth Dreams Technology. We plan to continue expanding these innovative powertrains to new models in China to achieve even higher levels of fun-to-drive performance and to be the first automaker to satisfy China's strict fuel economy regulations.
1. Super Handling-All-Wheel Drive
2. Honda internal data (as of September 30, 2012)
3. Honda internal data (Civic Tourer, as of September 2013)
4. A basic Honda design philosophy that seeks to maximize space and comfort for people and minimize space occupied by the product and its components
5. Honda internal data