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Old 11-29-2006, 09:35 PM   #1
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Acura "Advanced Sedan" Concept @ 2006 LA Auto Show



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Acura 'Advanced Sedan Concept' Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

"The Advanced Sedan Concept illustrates Acura's commitment to modern design and cutting-edge style," said John Mendel, senior vice president, auto operations."With our advanced design team taking a significant role in shaping future vehicle design, we can expect upcoming products to reflect this progressive, forward-thinking styling."

The Advanced Sedan Concept is the purest expression of advanced design, performance and luxury, highlighted by its powerful, wide stance and deeply sculpted surfaces. The primary goal of this design study was to create a sophisticated, refined sedan with a mysterious presence.

The concept's generous exterior proportions suggest that a large, powerful engine lurks beneath the surface. The exterior lines reveal a sheer, sculpted lower body contrasted with a taut, architectural cabin. Although ultra-modern in its design, the concept retains the classic silhouette associated with a flagship sedan.

Low to the ground, the concept is anchored by large 22 inch front and 23 inch rear tires which are mounted to custom billet-machined, polished aluminum wheels. Powerful brake discs and calipers accent the wheels and large ducts direct cooling air to the components. Bold wheel arches and flares add to the concept's muscular appearance.

The sleek, compact cockpit nestles atop the sculpted body and flows from hood to trunk. For a unique panoramic view, the roof is constructed entirely of tinted glass that shades the occupants while still connecting them to the outside world.

"We wanted to capture the essence of an ultra luxurious sedan but give it a striking, mysterious presence to create a vehicle with a dual personality," said Dave Marek, chief designer, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "The concept echoes this quality with its clean exterior lines, a wide, stance, high performance cues and key luxury accents."

The hood is accented with pronounced character lines that culminate in the aggressive five-sided grille, which contributes to the sedan's bold presence. The commanding grille is constructed of polished aluminum and features a cut crystal Acura emblem. The narrow headlights also double as air intakes and are positioned low on the bumper, further enhancing the sedan's already commanding 79.5 inch width.

"The front of the sedan communicates power and luxury," explains Marek. "The pronounced hood and large grille communicate performance, while the jewel-like Acura emblem captures the essence of pure luxury."

In the rear, the Advanced Sedan Concept has a flush mounted rear bumper with the high-mounted stop lamp integrated into the center break of the trunk. The jeweledtaillights are pushed to the outer edge of the bumper to further enhance the vehicle's wide and low appearance, while integrated dual exhaust outlets complement the sedan's performance-oriented style.

During the past decade, several Acura vehicles have been designed and developed in the U.S. including the award winning MDX luxury SUV, the innovative TL performance luxury sedan and the all-new RDX turbocharged crossover SUV. Acura will continue the expansion of its U.S. design capabilities with the addition of a dedicated Acura Design Center that will open next year in Torrance, Ca.












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Old 11-29-2006, 09:36 PM   #2
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That's cool.
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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I don't like it. It has got that heavy look to it, like a mercedez or bently. Too grand touring looking for my tastes.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:35 PM   #4
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:49 PM   #5
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:53 PM   #6
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dumbest thing ive ever seen
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:12 PM   #7
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My first thought is: Cadillac.
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:34 PM   #8
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Absolutely awful. So have the Japanese car companies officially run out of ideas or what? Ugh, between this terrible concept, and that awful Mazda concept, as well as almost all new Nissans, I think the Japanese car makers are caught in a design rut.


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Old 11-30-2006, 12:11 AM   #9
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The front view actually is pretty cool. But what it says to me is "small car," like an RSX or CL replacement. Since it is a sedan, and an Acura at that, that suggests to me that this car is either massively wide, or the cabin is ridiculously narrow.


And this view isn't too bad either, although that vertical stripe is pretty stupid looking.


But this view looks horrible. This looks nothing like a Honda profile. While some might say this is a good thing, I think the designers went different-ugly, rather than different-better. That hood length is absolutely sinful for a Honda sedan. That crease that comes off the front wheel and dies at the air duct - although that is an interesting way to incorporate said duct - just simply doesn't work.

It's almost like they decided that the Chrysler 300 was a good looking car worth emulating (it is neither), and they made their own uglier (didn't think that was even possible) attempt at it. They can do better.

It has a rather disconnected feel to it, like one set of designers did the front, another set did the sides, yet another set did the rear, and none of them knew what the others were doing until yet another set combined their efforts together into what we see here.
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My first thought is: Cadillac.
I don't see how... it reminded me of the Saab concept.
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:28 AM   #11
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I don't see how... it reminded me of the Saab concept.
Oooh, yeah, I see where you're getting that.

The only images I can find are huge so I won't post them, but perhaps it is more accurate if I say "Cadillac concept.":

http://www.getchevatgan.com/images/f...ncept-1280.jpg

http://www.gmperformancedivision.com...t_1024x768.jpg

http://us1.webpublications.com.au/st.../1970_29mg.jpg
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The car looks like it has a crack...
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:57 AM   #13
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Reminded me of Cadillacs too actually. And yes, it looks horrible. But it is a concept after all.
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:01 AM   #15
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It definitly looks as if Acura is trying to create a car with some American flavor. The 'chopped' roof profile, with big chrome wheels and grille are obvious trends. The long hood and larger rear wheels, along with the large rear wheel flares scream 'rear wheel drive'.

A lot of Honda concepts are thinly disguised versions of thier future production siblings. This one makes me wonder what's coming next from Acura.
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A lot of Honda concepts are thinly disguised versions of thier future production siblings. This one makes me wonder what's coming next from Acura.
Their competitor for the Maybach Excelero?
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:39 AM   #18
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My first thought is: Cadillac.
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why oh why?
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It definitly looks as if Acura is trying to create a car with some American flavor. The 'chopped' roof profile, with big chrome wheels and grille are obvious trends. The long hood and larger rear wheels, along with the large rear wheel flares scream 'rear wheel drive'.

A lot of Honda concepts are thinly disguised versions of thier future production siblings. This one makes me wonder what's coming next from Acura.
I agree. I think it's an interesting concept. I see a lot of design potential here. As with most exploratory design concepts, the styling cues are taken to an extreme in order to make a point.

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Old 11-30-2006, 01:44 PM   #22
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I see.....lawn dart

Looks great for highway driving and totally inconvenient and unpractical around town, turning radius w/ those wheels has to be a mile.
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:01 PM   #23
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looks like an ugly take on a beautiful car...

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Old 11-30-2006, 05:17 PM   #24
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Damn, I've seen smaller doors on a barn...
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I didn't catch the memo that Chris Bangle sold his ugly stick to Acura.
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