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Goodyear Brings its Integrity to Acura MDX

17 January 2001

         Goodyear Brings its Integrity to Acura MDX Sport Utility

     AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 16  The integrity of the 2001 Acura MDX
sport-utility vehicle is noticeable immediately  down to its tires.

     Sporting 17-inch Goodyear Integrity all-season tires, the all-new
Acura MDX is a standout in many ways.

     In fact, the SUV was named North American Truck of the Year at the
North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Motor Trend's

Sport-Utility of the Year and best vehicle in its class by the editors of
Car and Driver magazine.

    The original-equipment Integrity tire was designed originally with
offset shoulder elements for improved traction in rain or snow during
acceleration.  Atsushi Sugiura, Goodyear engineering executive for Acura
vehicles, said Integrity was selected for its quiet ride and excellent

     The P235/65R17 tire is the largest in the Integrity line, the first
17-inch size.

      "In pre-development, Goodyear and Acura engineers worked closely to
formulate tire image," Sugiura said.  "Acura's suspension and chassis
design matched the tire characteristics perfectly."

     The tiremaker used the latest tire modeling and predictive testing
tools to achieve or exceed Acura's targets for ride, handling, fuel
efficiency and treadlife.  "These tools optimized pressure distribution
across the tire's contact patch for world-class treadwear and high-speed
performance," he added.

     Another mission, Sugiura said, was to "defeat winter.  That entailed
designing the tire to take advantage of one of the most advanced
four-wheel-drive systems on the market to give the MDX exceptional traction
on wet and snowy pavement."

     Acura's exclusive new VTM-4 fully automatic four-wheel-drive system
uses advanced electronic sensing and control mechanics to monitor driving
conditions and to proactively manage distribution of engine torque between
the front and rear tires before wheel slip occurs, for maximum traction in
all weather conditions.

     A VTM-4 lock feature, activated by a button on the dash, allows the
driver to increase torque to the rear wheels in extremely low-speed,
low-traction or "stuck" situations, according to Acura engineers.

     Tire construction offers a balance of ride comfort and handling.  "The
Integrity tire is very communicative with the driver.  It offers excellent
steering effort, with outstanding feedback to the driver.  The tire is very
compatible with the MDX chassis," Suguira said.

     In addition, the tread compound reduces rolling resistance, which
contributes to improved fuel economy.

     The seven-passenger Acura MDX is powered by an advanced 24-valve V-6
VTEC engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque.

     Standard luxury features include leather seats and door inserts; power
tilt steering wheel and sliding moonroof; power windows, door locks and
mirrors; cruise control; seven-speaker stereo with in-dash CD player; power
adjustable heated front seats; alloy wheels; and a multi-functional digital
trip computer.