Acura – Everything You Need To Know

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This article will cover everything you need to know about Acura, from important dates, locations, and even current and discontinued models.

So here is everything you need to know about Acura:

2023 red and silver Acura GT3 EVO at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in the pits
2023 Acura NSX GT3 EVO

Who Was The Founder Of Acura?

Acura was founded on 27 March 1986 by Soichiro Honda in Japan.

Soichiro Honda was a car fanatic to such a point that the first car they produced, Honda, was first driven around Suzuka Racetrack in Japan by Soichiro himself before selling it.

To this day, Acura and Honda’s design and building philosophy is “genba,” the place you want to be or, in this case, the car you want to be in.

Where Is the Acura Headquarters Location?

The headquarters of Acura is currently in Torrance, California, United States.

Torrance is part of the South Bay region, has over 147,000 residents, and is one of the safest cities in Los Angeles County.

Who Owns Acura?

Acura is owned by Honda and is the luxury division of Honda; some models are more sporty than luxurious, like the NSX and the Integra Type S.

If you want to read more about this topic, here is the article, Who makes Acura cars?

Sales And Revenue Of Acura

Annual Sales Figures Of Acura

The total sales of Acura during the last recorded update in 2022 were 102,306 vehicles.

Their best month was December 2022, with over 10,000 vehicles sold, and Integra sold over 2,000 units for three months straight.

Acura’s Latest Revenue Figures

Acura made $5,534,000,000 in the fiscal year of 2022.

How Many Employees Does Acura Have?

According to their Linkedin account, Acura has 1,0001-5,000 employees as of 2023.

2023 red Acura NSX and TLX in the Acura Factory
From left to right Acura NSX and TLX

Who Is The Current CEO Of Acura?

Jon Ikeda is the current CEO of Acura.

He began his career at Honda Research and Development in 1989 and was one of the first designers in the advanced design studio in Tokyo outside of Japan.

He spent six years in Japan and helped design the award-winning Honda FSX show car and the 1996 Acura RL.

In 1996 he rejoined the Honda R&D team in Los Angeles and was involved with many projects over the next 15 years.

Between 2004 and 2013, he focused mainly on the Acura brand and design and had a leadership role in the Acura Design Studio.

In July 2015, Ikeda became the Vice President and General Manager of the Acura Division, and as of April 1, 2019, he is the CEO of Acura.


Top Current Acura Models

  • Integra
  • TLX
  • NSX Type S
  • RDX
  • MDX
  • NSX GT3 Evo22

Here is a very cool and interesting video of Acura showing us the key differences between the Acura NSX and the Acura NSX GT3 EVO:

Face-off: Acura NSX vs. NSX GT3 Evo

Top Discontinued Acura Models

  • NSX
  • RSX
  • Legend
  • TSX
  • Vigor

Acura In Motorsport

Acura has been part of motorsport since day one, mainly focusing on SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and the IMSA GT Championship.

In 1991 they partnered with Comptech to supply the power plant for the Camel Lights Spice prototype that would go on to win the Lights Championship that year and the following two years thereafter.

They even won the 24 Hours of Daytona with it in 1991 and 1992 and another endurance race in 1993 at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

After a rule change in IMSA, Acura went on to compete in touring car racing and joined Realtime Racing in the SCCA World Challenge in 1996 with the then-new Acura NSX.

In 1997 Acura added the Integras into the lower classes of the championship and won in both classes that year.

They would win the lower spec class in the Integras again in 1998 and 2000, and Realtime Racing abandoned the NSX from 1998 to 2001 and, from 2001 to 2002, finished first in the class.

In 2007 Acura started its ventures into Le Mans Series in the LMP2 class and later, in 2008, moved over to the LMP1 class.

Their debut race for the LMP2 cars was at the 2007 12 Hours of Sebring, where they came first, third, and sixth.

In 2014 Acura took part unofficially in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with Acura ILXs, won in their class, and took 8th overall.

Acuraunvieled the Acura NSX GT3 at the New York International Auto Show and started competing in 2017 but later replaced them with the Acura TLX.

2023 red Acura Integra driving on a country road
2023 Acura Integra

Final Thoughts On Acura

Acura is one of the best luxury car brands currently in America, and because of the high standards of its parent company Honda, it is also one of the most reliable.

Hopefully, you found this article interesting and now know everything there is about Acura.


Is Acura Just A Fancy Honda?

Yes, Acura is to Honda as Lexus is to Toyota, the company’s luxury division.
Some models deviate from this recipe of luxuries, like the Type S and R models of Acura, which are more sport or race orientated.

Is Acura A Toyota Brand?

No, Acura is part of the Honda brand and no other manufacturer.

Should I Buy A Acura Or A Honda?

It depends on your needs and finances; Acura is more luxurious but costs more than its Honda counterpart.
Mechanically they are identical, but with the Acura, you might get a few bells and whistles, while the Honda might only have the basics.