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Honda aims to add power, style to small luxury segment with Acura ILX
Honda aims to add power, style to small luxury segment with Acura ILX

Acura is taking a mulligan. Honda’s luxury division is using the Los Angeles Auto Show to debut a heavily refreshed 2016 ILX compact sedan. The goal is to inject everything the current model is missing -- power, refinement, style -- now that the small luxury segment is heating up. “The ILX was always a great idea,” Michael Accavitti, general manager of Acura, said ahead of the ILX debut. But he conceded people who did and did not buy the earlier model wanted more out of the car. “So we listened and we’re responding.” The mid-life upgrades to this car are substantial. Acura tossed out all three earlier drivetrains: an anemic hybrid and...

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