Report: Honda to kill Legend sedan in Japan, questions raised about Acura RL’s future

Acura RL

Reports coming out of Japan state that Honda plans to stop selling the Legend sedan in its home market. According to Japan’s Nikkei business daily, the Legend, known as the Acura RL in the United States, hasn’t been selling so well for the brand in Japan.

The report has raised questions about the future of the Acura RL in the United States as well. Acura sold 872 units of the RL in the first six months of 2010, while competitor Lexus sold 5,650 units of the LS sedan and Infiniti sold 6,602 units of the M sedan.

Dealers say that the RL isn’t competitive with its rivals because of its front-wheel-drive system and the lack of a V8 (we think the design may also have something to do with it).

Honda’s spokesman in the U.S. declined to comment on its future product plans.

– By: Omar Rana

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