Canadian-built Acura is second to receive recognition



The Acura MDX, built in Alliston, Ont., is equipped with the latest safety technologies.


Acura’s MDX has earned the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” award for 2007.


The award recognizes vehicles that perform best in protecting passengers in front, rear and side crashes based on ratings in the institute’s tests.

The all-new 2007 Acura RDX crossover-utility vehicle (CUV) also received this award in earlier testing.

“It is an honour for Acura to have its two vehicles recognized for their outstanding safety ratings,” said Jim Miller, executive vice-president, Honda Canada Inc.

The MDX, built at the Honda of Canada manufacturing facility in Alliston, Ont., is equipped with the latest safety technologies.

Like the entire Acura lineup, it features the application of front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), side curtain airbags for front and rear outboard seats and Vehicle Stability Assist as standard equipment. In addition, it utilizes Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which helps to disperse collision forces over a larger frontal area.

It also features Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system that actively distributes the optimum amount of torque, not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels.

The SH-AWD system is designed to improve traction and reduce understeer for improved handling and safety.