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[edit | edit source]

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 1997-1999 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[edit | edit source]

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

Sales[edit | edit source]

Calendar year Integra Legend NSX Vigor TL SLX RL CL
1990 83,599 53,666 1,119 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
1992 55,174 49,926 1,154 13,846 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1993 58,757 38,866 652 10,016 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1994 67,426 35,709 533 8,469 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995 61,316 18,259 884 253 16,539 200 N/A N/A
1996 46,966 629 460 0 24,700 2,565 15,848 16,740
1997 38,331 4 415 0 23,151 1,299 16,004 28,939
1998 34,904 0 303 0 31,883 1,634 15,024 26,644
1999 26,184 0 238 0 56,566 694 13,366 20,968

The last 198 units of the 1999 SLX were sold in 2000.

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