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 |  Jul 21 2009, 1:36 PM

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Acura will not introduce a rear-drive, V8-powered luxury sedan as the automaker doesn’t need one. At least that’s what Honda president Takanobu Ito thnks.

Ito told Automotive News that, “I don’t think we need a classic front-engine, rear-drive car.” Instead Ito believes Honda should chart its own course for Acura, which includes more fuel-efficient models, including hybrids. Acura’s use of all-wheel drive, however, seems somewhat contrary to its fuel-economy goals.

Ito did say that Acura has been experimenting with hybrid technology on mid- to large-size vehicles, but did not say when we might see a production model

Traditional German luxury automakers like BMW and Mercedes set the benchmark for luxury sedans with front-engine, rear-drive vehicles like the 7  Series and S-Class and so far the only Japanese luxury automaker to truly establish itself at tier-one has been Lexus, which offers the front-engine, rear-drive LS. That being said, for Acura to establish itself as a top-level contender without such a vehicle seems unlikely.

[Source: Automotive News via LeftlaneNews]

  • DJ.HAMM

    I’m here to say that I’m a big fan of Acura & Honda but to see all the competitors have a V8 in thier Flagship and we don’t , it’s bad for Acura not to compete with the S-CLASS , 7 SERIES, AND THE LS for the Luxury Flagship. Acura need to make the RL bigger with a V8 rear wheel drive .