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Acura TL price goes up

The sticker price of an Acura TL entry-lux sport sedan will go up $3,000 for 2004, reflecting the fact that the third generation of the popular model has a new shape, a more powerful engine, and new electronic equipment.

So the 2004 Acura TL with the 3.2-litre, SOHC, VTEC V6 is mated to a five-speed manumatic that sends 270 hp at 6,200 rpm and 238 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm to the front wheels will sell for $40,800.

Put a Dynamic Package on that and the retail price goes to $41,800, while a TL with the NAVI Package will retail for $44,000.

The price increase of nearly eight percent comes at a surprising time, since sales of Acura Canada cars were down slightly more than 12 percent for the year at the end of September.

The Dynamic Package adds a six-speed manual shifter, a limited-slip differential, high-performance summer tires, and a Brembo braking system.

For any price, the new TL also gets what Honda Canada's PR director, Richard Jacobs, calls ''a wide array of the latest electronic aids such as Vehicle Stability Assist, Traction Control, Electronic Brake force Distribution, anti-lock brakes, and Brake Assist.

All trim levels also include what Jacobs says is the first automotive application of a DVD-Audio surround sound system. ''When a DVD disc is loaded into the Acura/ELS Premium Audio System,'' Jacobs claims, '' TL passengers will be able to enjoy over 500-times the audio resolution of a common CD. The result is a noticeably crisper sound with better utilization of the eight strategically placed speakers.''