I don't understand why Acura doesn't bring back the Legend name for this car. Even if they want to stick with the letter names for their other models, the RL has been basically a slow-motion flop since it launched back in the '90s. After all that time, I bet Acura Legend is still a much more recognized name than Acura RL. Bringing back the name would be a good way to reboot.
American Honda still have their heads up their asses, as far as I'm concerned.
Tetsuo--you don't see any of the last-gen BMW 7-series in there? I do.
There is some Lexus resemblance, but that's inevitable.
However, with cars like the Legend (which remained the Honda Legend in places where the Acura name does not exist) becoming cars like the RL it's no wonder the brand lost interest among buyers.
Went from a desirable coupe and sedan.
To a very dull sedan that did nothing better then any other car in it's class in one generation.
Why don't they bring back the nameplates? They need brand recognition more then ever and if they still believe what they did in the 90's then we won't see an Acura with anything more then letters and numbers anytime soon.
Changing the name is going to make people whine about their cars less?
Hell, I get the feeling some of you would complain about their cars even more than you already do:
"OMG, how dare they tarnish the Integra name with this POS!"
"LOL, you call that a Legend? Honda has lost its way!!"
Some of you are already up in arms about the new NSX.
I have a manual transfer case. Praise be unto Me.
Working at Acura dealership most of the customers that own a RL's are 60+ so the RLX cant be that Xtreme. If it was it would run the risk of messing with its target audience. The RL has always been for the older crowd. Plus they already show the RLX on the acura website under future models.
And for the people that are saying Acura has lost its way, they havent. Acura just grew up..
its time to let go. No more need4speed fartcan fast fastbacks, this is a more mature Acura now.
These commercials show how acura has "grown up"
as in not targeting college kids anymore and targeting college graduates.
I don't like the front end treatments on any Acura, those grills are horrible. There was a thread here about the MDX and how people see them everywhere, so maybe they have enough out there who like their current design philosophy. I guess I'm not their taget audience. The car in the above video seems like a show car, blingy super big wheels and "out there"gimmicky headlights. This is suppose to target sixty year olds?
Thr problem with the 1996 Acura RL was that it was a 1991-1995 legend in drag. Honda cheaped out and didnt make it all new on top of that kept it around for so damn long. I had high hopes for the current RL but the TLs styling was so elegant that I just couldn't bring myself to like its bland jellybean looks.
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The Hybrid AWD tech looks interesting, but that doesn't say luxury, neither does a stupid sport button!
And why did they copy Buick's commercial?
Seriously though, the car doesn't need to completely stand out and be boldly different from everything else on the road. Acura tried that with the TSX/TL/RL and the finished product was awkward. I like the fact Acura is getting back to their roots of making handsome and timeless designs that may be mildly generic but still elegant and beautiful.
Automotive News has a good piece on Honda. Basically they've spend the last couple of years turning the company upside-down and they're just about finished with that. There are very good things to come.
I hope so, it's my favorite car company. I know it's an internet trend to bang on Honda, and if you're a moron internet blogger you can easily write dumbass stories about Honda's demise. I think Honda is about to be epic again.
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Same sleek, long headlights, same exact grille outline, but instead of being open its filled in. Same with the bottom pointy grille inserts. Same side profile, long front with a short trunk. Just like the previous gen.