Acura Introduces 1996 Models, Featuring New TL Series

The Acura Automobile Division today announced the introduction of its 1996 models. Highlighting the announcement is the addition of the new Acura TL Series, whose top of-the-line 3.2TL recently arrived in showrooms across the U.S. and 2.5TL debuted this past spring.

The 1996 Acura model lineup includes the NSX, one of the, world's greatest exotic sports cars, which now comes in two body configurations for 1996-- the hard-top NSX coupe and the open-top NSX-T with a lightweight, quickly detachable roof panel for open-air driving. Additionally, the Acura marque also includes the 1996 edition of its best-selling Integra Sports Coupe and Sports Sedan automobiles.

The new Acura TL Series was designed as a touring luxury automobile which offers a sportier and more youthful alternative in the mid-luxury segment, the highest volume portion of the luxury sedan market.

"The all-new TL Series of luxury sedans provides the type of innovation and engineering excellence that has helped Acura maintain its position as the number-one-selling luxury import nameplate for eight consecutive years," said Rich Thomas, Acura's executive vice president and general manager.

Available in tWo models, the luxurious 3.2TL and sporty 2.5TL, both offer the highest feature content available in this segment. The 3.2TL is powered by a 200-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 engine, while the 2.5TL features a 2.5-liter, 176-horsepower inline 5-cylinder engine. Both powerplants are constructed of cast-aluminum alloy and are paired to electronically-controlled, four-speed automatic transmissions with Acura's Grade Logic Control System.

With the introduction of the new NSX-T open-top model earlier in 1995, sales of the Acura NSX have nearly doubled compared to the previous year.

"When Acura first introduced the NSX, we established a new benchmark for performance and style," said Acura's Thomas. "With the 1996 models, we are continuing that tradition and again leading the way for the competition to follow."

As testimony to the NSX's outstanding performance and handling, a specially prepared NSX-T has been selected to participate as the official PPG Indy Car World Series pace car at select 1996 Indy Car races.

All 1996 NSX models are available with an optional SportShift automatic transmission. The system features a selectable manual shift mode which incorporates a unique steering-columnmounted fingertip shift control. The transmission can operate either as fully automatic or be shifted manually for high performance driving by moving the steering-column-mounted flipper lever up or down.

Since 1994, the Integra has been the number-one-selling automobile in its category. Improvements to the 1996 Acura Integra automobiles, which are available in RS, LS, Special Edition and GS-R models, include: new lightweight, six-spoke alloy wheels on Special Edition and GS-R models; sporty, redesigned wheel covers on all RS and LS models; body-colored side mouldings on LS Sports Coupe and Sports Sedan; and green-tinted window glass applied to all models to screen out ultraviolet rays for a cooler interior.

Said Acura's Rich Thomas, "The Acura Integra has become synonymous with performance, value and quality. The enhancements we've made to the 1996 Integra Sports Coupes and Sports Sedans add a new dimension in style and refinement to the Integra line."

All 1996 Acura models are covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. The Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC)TMprogram provides Acura owners with additional luxury benefits such as free 24-hour, Roadside Assistance, Concierge Service, trip routing and more. The full line of Acura luxury performance automobiles is available at nearly 300 Acura dealers nationwide.

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