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".
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.