Hot new Acura MDX turning heads

BY Myron Love. Aug 05 04:00 am

The arrival of the 2017 Acura MDX, with its new body style, at Crown Acura on July 22 is causing people to take another look at Acura, says Crown Acura sales rep Tony Schaubroeck.

Schaubroeck points out the luxury crossover SUV’s more aggressive appearance starting with a brand new diamond pentagon grille, newly sculpted front fenders, a new hood and LED fog lamps with jewel-eye head lamps.

“The reintroduction of dual exhaust pipes at the back — along with stylish 20-inch rims — also gives the new MDX a sportier look,” Schaubroeck says.

Under the hood, the 2017 MDX provides great fuel economy and abundant power. The model is powered by a 3.5L V-6 direct-injection engine that puts out 290 horsepower at 6,200 r.p.m. and 267 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 r.p.m.

While FWD is standard, AWD is available. Both packages include a new Active Sport Suspension system that promises to improve the MDX’s ride and handling.

Inside, Schaubroeck notes the new stitching, the reintroduced optional saddle brown seating and optional captain’s chairs. The SUV seats seven and is one of the roomiest three-row crossovers in its class.

Schaubroeck adds Acura has introduced new technology in the MDX, including the AcuraWatch collection of rearview and surround-view cameras, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, road departure mitigation and an adaptive cruise-control system with low-speed follow.

The 2017 MDX sells for a base price of $53,250 (plus freight and pdi). There are four trims to choose from — Premium, Navi, Tech and Elite. Schaubroeck reports the dealership has a strong inventory of 2017 MDX models.

Ford suit simulates impaired driving

Two years ago, Ford Canada toured the country with its drunk-driving suit, an outfit consisting of a series of weights and sensory deprivation equipment which simulated the experience of driving while under the influence.

On July 25 and 26, Ford was back with its new drugged-driving suit which is designed to show drivers the dangers of driving under the influence of illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

Ryan Monczunski, general sales manager at River City Ford (which hosted the trial for media) notes drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 who are involved in accidents are more likely to be under the influence of drugs than alcohol.

“Eighteen per cent of deaths in motor vehicle accidents in Canada last year involved drivers under the influence of drugs,” he says. “People who are smoking marijuana may not feel inebriated — but their mobility, senses and reaction times are affected.”

The drugged-driving suit consists of padding and ankle weights, a neck brace, goggles and headphones which combine to slow reaction time, distort vision, produce hand tremors and result in poor motor co-ordination.

In a press release, Ford Canada noted the company is using the suit to help the company better understand how the use of various drugs can impair driving, as well as educate a new generation of drivers about the dangers of impaired driving.

The drugged-driving suit is being incorporated into Ford Driving Skills for Life, the manufacturer’s award-winning driver-education program that provides free training worldwide.

The premise of the program is to provide new drivers with skills and information beyond what they learned in basic driver-education programs.

Audi Winnipeg golf tournament

Congratulations to Audi Winnipeg customer Sam Andrews and his teammate, Dan Vallance, on winning the 2016 Audi Regional quattro Cup golf tournament, hosted by Audi Winnipeg July 18 at Niakwa Golf and Country Club. They will be travelling to Kelowna later this month to compete in the Audi Canadian finals. The winner of that competition will move on to the Audi World Finals in Barcelona, Spain.

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