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Honda Sweeps Up Eight 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Ratings

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot – An IIHS Top Safety Pick+

It’s an important time of year for the auto industry. Now’s the time when the big-talkers are separated from the big-doers, the haves from the have-nots: it’s safety award season. And, Honda’s just cleaned up big-time.

Honda took home a whopping eight IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings for its Honda and Acura models, pushing them to the forefront of the industry.

Every year, the IIHS (or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) rates all vehicles in terms of their overall safety and reliability. The two coveted titles, the IIHS Top Safety Pick and the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, indicate to consumers that a vehicle is top-notch in terms of crashworthiness and security. To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, a vehicle must be named “Good” or better in all five crashworthiness categories, and for that amazing little plus-sign (meaning they’ve gone above and beyond the IIHS’s strict safety standards), a vehicle must also score an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating in front crash prevention.

The eight winning Honda models are the Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe; the Honda CR-V; the Honda Pilot; the Acura ILX and RLX sedans; and the Acura MDX and RDX SUVS.

Honda Self-Driving Cars Approved for On-the-Road Testing

factoryAdd Honda to the list of nearly a dozen automobile manufacturers who have been approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for testing autonomous vehicles on the road. Other companies on the list include Nissan, Volkswagen, and Tesla; until recently no one had been aware of the testing of Honda self-driving cars.

The company has apparently kept this secret well. After unveiling a prototypical Acura RLX concept last year with the sensors and computing power required of an autonomous vehicle, Honda has not said another word about its foray into the self-driving car segment. However, it reportedly has been testing these vehicles at a Honda testing facility in Concord, California, just north of San Francisco.

Just this year, the famous Google car logged 1.8 million miles, and the NHTSA and IIAS announced they were open to the possibility of requiring automatic braking systems in new cars in the future. Those benchmarks, in addition to the sheer amount of manufacturers testing electric autonomous cars, show that this may be where the future of the auto industry lies. Honda self-driving cars could be an excellent investment in coming years for the company.

2014 Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX Poised for Big Debut

Acura is all set to introduce the all-new TLX, a merger of the TSX and TL lines that combines luxury and performance into one stunning production vehicle. If you’ve been waiting for a glance of the 2015 Acura TLX, brace yourself—the performance-luxury sedan is set to debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

2014 Acura TLX

The 2014 Acura TLX production car will debut next month!

Acura will offer two different powertrains for the 2015 TLX, providing consumers with the choice of either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter powerplant, churning out plenty of power that won’t leave you disappointed. The luxury sedan will also feature the next-generation Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ technology with the 3.5-liter engine option, allowing for the best handling possible.

To appeal to those who care more about an opulent interior, the TLX features a cabin that remains quiet, no matter the conditions. It will also offer a plethora of advanced driving technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Indicator, among others.

The Acura press conference is set for 1:50pm on April 16, so be prepared to be amazed. If you can’t make it to the New York International Auto Show yourself, make sure you check out the live feed here.

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