Acura is a division of Honda Motor Group, Ltd., and the address for Honda's corporate headquarters is 2-1-1, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. American Honda Motor Company is the American subsidiary of Honda Motor Group, with headquarters in Torrence, California.
Acura started in 1986 as the luxury division of Honda Motor Group. During the economic boom of the 1980s, Honda realized it was losing customers to luxury automakers, such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The company already had a new design for a sedan with a V-6 engine and luxury features to compete with the German luxury automakers. The company established the Acura division because Honda's executives didn't think the company could successfully market a luxury vehicle under the Honda name.