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2010 Acura TSX V-6 makes Canadian debut at Vancouver International Auto Show

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Vancouver (March 27, 2009) -
Acura's all-new V-6 model for its TSX sports sedan line-up will make its Canadian debut Monday, March 30, at the Vancouver International Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale later this summer, the new 2010 TSX V-6 will be equipped with a powerful 3.5-litre V-6 engine, exclusive suspension tuning, larger diameter wheels and additional enhancements.

"Our new TSX V-6 highlights the performance direction of Acura's sedans with its improved acceleration and handling," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc, "The TSX V-6 is an important step in the advancement of our Acura sedan lineup and in the continued enhancement of the Acura brand."

Since its redesign last year, the TSX has become one of Acura's most popular sedans. The four-cylinder TSX has won over customers with its nimble handling, agile driving feel and balanced performance. The V-6 model adds a new level of power on top of these winning traits for a more sporty and spirited driving experience. The V-6 is designed to satisfy driving enthusiast's appetite for a fun-to-drive, yet refined sports sedan.

With the introduction of a V-6 powered TSX, Acura will fill a niche in its lineup between the four-cylinder TSX and the all-new TL performance-luxury sedan. With the TL moving more upscale following its redesign in the 2009 model year, the TSX V-6 will be aimed squarely at youthful buyers who want a performance-oriented sports sedan in a more personal size.

A new TSX powertrain choice means performance luxury buyers can enjoy a 280 horsepower 3.5L V-6, with sophisticated VTEC® valvetrain control and a dual-stage induction system. For maximum performance and efficiency, the engine will be coupled to Acura's Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, with intelligent features such as Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold Control. If the driver desires, the Sequential SportShift transmission can also be operated manually, via steering-wheel mounted F1®-style paddle shifters.

The new TSX model will feature a state-of-the-art, double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension system to provide excellent ride, handling and control. To generate sportier handling, the V-6 model will also use exclusive suspension tuning along with 18-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels, fit with Michelin Pilot all-season tires. The larger wheels and tires will help distinguish this performance- minded TSX, as does the slightly revised front fascia and a V-6 badge on the trunk.

The TSX V-6 model will be generously equipped with the latest advancements in safety technology and is anticipated to achieve the highest possible crash ratings.

Like all Acura models, the new TSX will feature an exceptional level of standard equipment, including leather-appointed interior, power moonroof, automatic climate control, a premium seven-speaker sound system with CD, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® , USB port and AUX jack music interface and more.

Similar to the four-cylinder TSX, the V-6 model will be available with the optional Technology Package that includes Acura's satellite navigation system with bilingual voice recognition and a rear-view camera, plus the Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system for a top-in-class audio experience.

Additional details about the 2010 Acura TSX V-6 will be available later this summer. Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. Six distinct vehicles (CSX, TSX, RDX, TL, RL and MDX) are marketed under the Acura brand. Both the Acura CSX and MDX are produced at the Honda of Canada Mfg. facility in Alliston, Ontario.