At its core, the 2016 Acura ILX will always be a fancy version of the Honda Civic, but Acura has gone to great lengths in the latest model year to put as much distance as possible between the economy-minded Honda and Acura’s entry-level sedan. Acura has left no stone unturned in updating the 2016 ILX, and the most important change may have been moving production to Honda’s plant in Marysville, OH, which began rolling the new ILX off the line earlier this week.

If for nothing else, Acura can now boast that the ILX sedan is built in the same plant as Honda’s best-selling Accord, the all-new Acura TLX sedan and – by the end of this year – the long-awaited Acura NSX. That said, it’s not just the new assembly plant that Acura is counting on to improve this car. Acura also the 2016 model a refreshed exterior with a more current design language, a more advanced and more efficient powertrain, and a more refined interior, which are all elements luxury buyers demand.

In addition to kicking off the production of the reworked 2016 ILX, Acura is also celebrating key sales and production milestones by announcing that it has now built and sold two million North American-made vehicles in the U.S. since 1995 – the year Acura began building the CL at Honda’s East Liberty, OH plant. Last year, however, a full 94 percent of Acura’s U.S. sales came from vehicles that were made in America – a number that will improve in 2015. After the cancellation of the TSX, the only curent Acura product not produced in the U.S. is the Japan-built RLX sedan.

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Why it matters

The revised Acura ILX was introduced at the 2014 LA Auto Show with fresher styling that now includes Acura’s signature Jewel Eye LED headlights and a sporty new A-Spec styling package. The ILX also received the new direct-injected, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine introduced in last year’s TLX as well as the TLX’s eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the EPA-rated fuel economy is now estimated at 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, which are big improvements over both drivetrain configurations of the 2015 ILX. The 2016 ILX goes on sale in February.

2016 Acura ILX

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Press Release

The Acura brand today celebrated sales in the U.S. of the 2 millionth North American-made Acura vehicle, 20 years after Acura production began in the U.S., as the first new 2016 Acura ILX sports sedan rolled off the assembly line at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. The redesigned and reengineered 2016 ILX delivers more performance, more advanced technology and more luxury refinement than ever before.

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"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the start of Acura production in Ohio, so the introduction of the ILX is another exciting stage in our history with the Acura brand," said plant manager Rob May. "Our associates are applying our tremendous experience in producing high quality Acura products and will leverage the production of TLX and ILX in one plant to meet the high expectations of our Acura customers."

Production of the Acura ILX, the gateway to the Acura sedan lineup, began in 2012 at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana plant. It now will be produced alongside Acura’s highest volume luxury sedan, the Acura TLX, which launched in August of last year. The Marysville Auto Plant has made major investments to further advance Acura quality with the launch of the TLX sedan and will continue to advance the world-class levels of quality for Acura customers with the launch of the new ILX.

"Reaching two million in sales of North American-made Acura vehicles as we begin production of the 2016 ILX at the Marysville Auto Plant portends great things for the Acura brand," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. "We deeply appreciate the loyalty of our customers which fuels our desire to build Acura products of the highest quality in America."

The 2016 ILX gets a major injection of Acura performance DNA with the application of an all-new 2.4-liter DOHC direct-injected i-VTEC engine and 8-speed dual clutch transmission, the same powertrain that drives one version of the popular new Acura TLX sedan. The 2.4-liter engine that powers both the TLX and new ILX is produced at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. The Marysville plant introduced new equipment and processes to support production of the 2016 Acura ILX, including new glass installation and rear suspension equipment.

Acura now has sold 2 million North American-made Acura vehicles to its customers in America, since U.S. production of the first Acura model began in 1995, with the Acura CL produced at the East Liberty Auto Plant. In 2014, 94 percent of Acura vehicles sold in America were made at the company’s plants in Indiana, Ohio and Alabama, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Total U.S. sales of North American-made Acura models reached an all-time high of 158,043 vehicles in 2014, on total sales of 167,483 Acura performance-luxury cars and SUVs for the year.

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Starting this fall, Acura will begin production of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC), located adjacent to the Marysville Auto Plant and the nearby development center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., which led the development of the NSX.

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