Luxury cars are making a huge splash in the Chinese market, and Acura is the latest automaker to ink a deal with a local partner to build cars and crossovers by 2016.
Honda announced the deal with Guangzhou Automobile Group to jointly build a vehicle, although no specific car was named. Chinese regulations mandate that foreign companies must partner with local ones in order to sell vehicles in China, hence the need for Honda to buddy-up with Guangzhou Automobile Group, the sixth largest automaker in China.
A likely candidate for the partnership is the SUV-X concept that was recently unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show, the first Acura concept to debut outside of North America. The production vehicle based on the SUV-X is designed to slot in below the RDX in the Acura lineup, though there’s been no mention of the car hitting North American shores.
Honda is now among other large automakers including Audi, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and BMW who are producing cars in the country, or collaborating with local companies in order to sell cars.