Honda has denied that it will axe its slow-selling Legend saloon

Honda has denied that it is planning to axe its slow-selling Legend luxury saloon.

The V6 model is rumoured to be close to an end-of-production run, but Honda chief executive officer Takanobu Ito says the car is “a necessary model for the US” and points out that it has a “small but strong fan base in Japan".

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Rumours over the plan to drop the model in Japan have also raised speculation about its future in the US as well.

The vehicle, known as the Acura RL in the US, is the Acura brand's flagship sedan but Honda has only sold 872 RLs through the first six months of this year. The car was axed in the UK last year after similarly slow sales.

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29 July 2010

Another example of sadistic necrophiliac beastiality by Honda there (flogging a dead horse). Perhaps that "core" following would be just as happy if someone stuck 3 inches in an accord's wheelbase and kept everything else the same - rather than the whole powertrain system this current Legend has (different from most other models). I want to see two things from Honda:

Exciting replacements for the S2000, NSX and current under-achieving Civic Type R.

The rest of the range be restyled and re-engineered so Honda can return to their (for me) hayday in the late 90s, early 00s.

29 July 2010

It was never going to sell here with a thirsty V6 petrol engine coupled to a heavy body with the weight of a 4WD system too. And then there's the issue of the completely forgettable exterior styling and bland interior. It was never even going to trouble Citroen's C6 never mind Jaguar and Mercedes...

29 July 2010

Strange, they had a far bigger fan following for the NSX and decided to scrap that.

The Acura is no more a 'premium' brand in the US, even Hyundai sells a V8 there, something Honda never had the balls to make.

29 July 2010

ive always liked the newer model, yes the exterior could be better, I never felt like Honda took it seriously over here though because of the lack of a diesel model. If that had existed it would have certainly accounted for most if not all the UK sales. But what will we get from the next gen model? Probably the same 3.5 litre petrol engine tied in with a few duracells.

29 July 2010

As you might expect, just done a quick Auto Trader and it looks like a good used buy - £12K for a 2007 model with 50k miles and every bit of kit in the known world.

29 July 2010

Its always been a low-volume seller in the UK really but I would bet that all the people that have bought them are very happy with them...

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

29 July 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]As you might expect, just done a quick Auto Trader and it looks like a good used buy - £12K for a 2007 model with 50k miles and every bit of kit in the known world.
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Or with £12K you could buy a low spec brand new Fiesta.

29 July 2010

[quote artill][quote RobotBoogie]As you might expect, just done a quick Auto Trader and it looks like a good used buy - £12K for a 2007 model with 50k miles and every bit of kit in the known world.[/quote]

Or with £12K you could buy a low spec brand new Fiesta.[/quote]

Even though I was quite harsh on the Legend earlier I would still have a second-hand one over a new low-spec Fiesta, haha.

29 July 2010

I saw an '09 reg one the other day, I thought they'd been discontinued sometime in the '90's!

29 July 2010

Well sell it there!,it's a rare site in blighty and it looks out of date too!, unless they've got a 21st Century one in the wings, don't bother selling it here!

Peter Cavellini.

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