Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) has commenced mass production for the all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle. HMA is now the exclusive global producer of the Acura MDX, as well as key Honda light truck models, like the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle and the Ridgeline pickup. HMA also assembles the V-6 engines to be equipped in each vehicle it produces.
The 2014 Acura MDX, which is designed, engineered and developed in the United States, is powered by an all-new Earth Dreams Technology direct injection V-6 engine that will be built in North America for the first time.
The Acura MDX luxury SUV is regarded as a benchmark vehicle in its segment and was Acura's best-selling model in 2012. The 2014 Acura MDX is now underpinned by a completely new platform, offering enhanced ride comfort and a more versatile and luxurious interior. The seven-seat Acura MDX also boasts of class-leading fuel economy and improved dynamic performance.
During the celebration to mark the start of mass production of the 2014 Acura MDX, Jim Keller, chief engineer for the vehicle at Honda R&D in Raymond, Ohio, described the new model as a “beautiful vehicle.” He told over 1,500 associates at HMA that they are celebrating not a finish line, but a starting line. He remarked that to win the race, they need constant and committed focus on quality and on the customer.
The Acura 2014 MDX is designed to achieve the highest available safety ratings. The vehicle will be available at Acura dealers nationwide in the next weeks and will be offered for the first time in a more affordable and more fuel-efficient two-wheel-drive configuration.