Acura RL replacement to be built in North America?
In a move designed to further insulate it from a tough domestic currency exchange rate, Honda is apparently getting serious about building its next Acura flagship in North America.
Production of the current, slow-selling Acura RL/ Honda Legend will reportedly end next month in order to give Honda more capacity for better-selling models, reports The Japan Times.
That means that the next RL, which is likely to be called RLX, will almost certainly need to be built in North America. Honda has been a proponent of the recent “build where we sell” mantra that several automakers have adopted in the face of both currency fluctuations and higher overseas transportation costs.
Honda currently builds Acura products in Marysville, Ohio ( Acura RDX and TL), Greensburg, Indiana (Acura ILX), and Alliston, Ontario (Acura RDX and ZDX). Of its volume models, only the TSX is imported from Japan.
Most of the upcoming Acura imported brand flagship’s rivals – like the Infiniti M, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S80 – are built overseas, however