Acura Unveils MD-X Sport Utility Concept Vehicle at NAIAS        

12 January 2000

Acura Unveils MD-X Sport Utility Concept Vehicle at North American International Auto Show    
    DETROIT, Jan. 11 -- Acura introduced its vision for the next
generation of sport utility vehicle with the MD-X concept SUV at the 2000
North American International Auto Show.  Featuring advanced technology and
luxury amenities, the multi-dimensional MD-X concept offers performance and
handling with off-road capability and utility.
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    "The MD-X concept is our interpretation of a no-compromise vehicle with
sports sedan performance and SUV functionality," said Dick Colliver, executive
vice president, Acura division.  "The MD-X closely reflects the direction and
focus of our new SUV which goes on sale this fall."
    The MD-X provides an advanced look at the technology and utility concepts
for the SUV of the future.  Utilizing a sophisticated powertrain that also
will be environmentally responsible, the future SUV will achieve excellent
fuel efficiency with very low exhaust emissions.  Power will be transferred to
all four wheels through a state-of-the-art, automatic four-wheel-drive system
for confident on-road performance and reassuring off-road capability.
    The MD-X features distinctive Acura styling cues, including the pentagram
front grille.  The sleekly styled body complements the large diameter 18"
wheels with specially designed Michelin tires, while a safari size glass
moonroof allows for "open-air" visibility.
    From the inside, a large greenhouse provides passengers with a commanding
view of the outside surroundings, while four individual bucket seats and a
tri-color earth-tone leather interior creates a comfortable and spacious
passenger environment.  In addition, brushed nickel accents, along with
integrated hardwood and sisal flooring complement the Southwest-themed
interior design.  Ample storage space is available through separate front and
rear center consoles along with flat passenger and rear cargo area floors for
easy loading and access.  As with other Acura vehicles, the MD-X concept also
features state-of-the-art technology including a GPS satellite-linked
Navigation System.  The MD-X's integrated Cellular Internet access system
rounds out the future technology equipment in this concept SUV.
    The MD-X concept offers a glimpse at Acura's future multi-dimensional SUV,
due in showrooms this fall.  To be assembled at the Alliston, Ontario, Canada
manufacturing facility, the future Acura SUV will incorporate many of the MD-
X's conceptual elements to provide superior overall performance above any SUV
currently available.



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