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Acura's 25th anniversary: Celebrating years of luxury car firsts

The 1980s

- First Japanese luxury automotive brand - March 27, 1986

The 1990s
- First production vehicle in the U.S. to have a variable valve timing system (VTEC) - NSX, 1990
- First production vehicle in the U.S. to have electric power-assisted steering - NSX, 1990
- First production vehicle with aluminum monocoque body - NSX, 1990
- First production vehicle to have titanium connecting rods - NSX, 1990
- First production vehicle in the U.S. to have a drive-by-wire throttle system - NSX, 1990
- First production vehicle in the U.S. to have a 4-channel anti-lock braking system - NSX, 1990
- First production vehicle sold in the U.S. with a standard Digital Signal Processor (DSP) stereo as standard    
   equipment - Vigor, 1991
- First production vehicle to use block-forged connecting rods - RL, 1995
- First production car with an in-dash satellite-linked navigation system - RL, 1997
- First luxury import brand to design, engineer and assemble cars entirely in the U.S. - 1997
- First production vehicle with  passenger side airbag deployment based on height and position sensors - RL 1998
- First vehicle to have dual-stage driver- and passenger-side side airbags

The 2000s
- First (and currently only) luxury SUV to receive NHTSA's quadruple Five Star safety rating - MDX, 2002
- First and only luxury SUV to have standard 3rd-row seating - MDX, 2000              
- First vehicle to have independent front/rear automatic climate control system - MDX, 2000
- First SUV to have Variable Torque Management 4WD System - MDX, 2000
- First Luxury SUV to have a ULEV emission rating - MDX, 2000
- First SUV to have a ULEV-II emission rating - MDX, 2002
- First car to have navigation system as standard equipment - RL, 2003
- First car to have XM Satellite Radio as standard equipment - RL, 2003
- First car to have Bluetooth technology as standard equipment - TL, 2003
- First car to have a DVD-Audio system as standard equipment - TL, 2003
- First car in class to have solar-sensing, GPS-linked climate control - TL, 2003
- First car in class to have dual mode/dual zone climate control - TL, 2003
- First car in class to have bi-xenon headlights standard - TL, 2003
- First application of acoustic glass windshield - TL, MDX 2003
- First application of Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) in an Acura vehicle - RL, 2004
- First vehicle to be equipped with satellite-linked real-time traffic - RL, 2004
- First vehicle to be equipped with a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive /
   SH-AWD) - RL, 2004
- First vehicle to be equipped with satellite communication system enabling direct vehicle communication with
   manufacturer - RL, 2004
- First Acura to feature Hard Disk Drive (HDD) - 2009 TL with Technology Package
- First real-time satellite weather tracking service for in-vehicle GPS-based navigation system - 2009 RL, TL & TSX
   with Technology Package
- First Acura with radar precipitation imaging - 2009 TL with Technology Package
- First vehicle to alert the driver if there is a weather warning along the intended route
- First automotive nameplate to simultaneously achieve top honors from NHTSA and IIHS for front, side and rear
   crash worthiness in all vehicles

The 2010s
- Acura repeats as the only luxury brand to receive Five-Star crash safety ratings from the National Highway
   Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for all models
- First 25th anniversary for a Japanese luxury automotive brand - March 27, 2011

You can find the original article here: examiner.com
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