Honda Motor Company (Japan) said Thursday (17/8/00) that it is to release the Acura MDX sports-utility-vehicle (SUV) in North America on October 5, says Jiji Press (17/8/00).

The 2001 model - boasting a 3,500 c.c aluminium V6 engine - will be priced around $35,000 said Honda officials.

The model, to be built at Honda`s Ontario plant, Southern Canada, has been certified as an ultra low emission vehicle in California.

Honda expects to sell 35,000 to 40,000 of the vehicles in its first year, says the report citing company sources.