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Beijing 2016: Acura CDX, Honda Avancier make world premiere

Beijing 2016: Acura CDX, Honda Avancier make world premiere image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Acura, Inigo S. Roces | posted April 26, 2016 10:59

Both are China-only models

Honda Motor Company is looking to make a huge splash in the Chinese market with the global premiere of two models that are exclusively for the Chinese market; the Acura CDX compact SUV and the Honda Avancier SUV.

The CDX will be the first Acura to be produced locally at the ZengCheng manufacturing plant in China and marketed by the Guangqi Honda Automobile Sales Co., Ltd. starting July 2016.

Rear quarter of the Acura CDX

Following Acura’s Precision Concept design philosophy, the Acura CDX promises a ‘high-level fusion of emotional and sharp styling’ and will come with ‘innovative technologies in the areas of both driving and environmental performance and excellent utility unique to SUV models.’

The CDX brings an Acura-first in the China market by being the only model with a 1.5L turbo engine and an 8-speed dual clutch transmission.

“2016 will mark the 10th anniversary of Acura in China. In this milestone year, we will take new challenges for the Acura brand and products including the start of local production in China. With the “Acura Precision Concept” at the core representing the future direction of Acura design, we will evolve the Acura brand and accelerate the localization of Acura business so that we can continue delivering products that go beyond the expectations of our customers,” said Takahiro Hachigo, President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Front quarter of the 2016 Honda Avancier

Also debuting right alongside the CDX is Honda’s flagship SUV, the Avancier.

It also brings a Honda-first by being the only model with a 2.0L turbocharged engine to provide an active drive despite the heft that it brings as an SUV.

Rear quarter of the 2016 Honda Avancier

The Avancier comes with Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies and will be on sale towards the end of the year.

“We are so grateful that our sales in China reached the 1 million unit-milestone in 2015. We view 2016 as a year for us to make another leap forward. We will begin local production of our hybrid vehicle and turbo engines and further accelerate the localization of our business. Honda will continue taking on new challenges in China,” added Hachigo.