During a mid-year speech being delivered in Japan, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takanobu Ito stated that the production 2014 Acura RLX sedan will be revealed at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. The RLX Concept (pictured) first debuted at the New York Auto Show this past April.

The most significant part about the RLX package will be its use of Honda's new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which is essentially a through-the-road electric all-wheel-drive system. This new technology uses three individual motors, and combined output is said to be somewhere around 370 horsepower, the bulk of which comes from a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. When the RLX Concept debuted, there was talk of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but we'll see if that actually flows through to production.

A less-powerful, 310-horsepower, front-wheel-drive version of the RLX is also said to be in the cards. Acura initially stated that the RLX would be capable of achieving at least 30 miles per gallon in both the city and highway driving cycles.

We'll have more details about the 2014 RLX closer to its debut. The LA Auto Show festivities kick off on November 28. Scroll down to read Acura's press release, containing the full notes from Ito's speech.
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North American Highlights of Mid-Year Speech by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President & CEO Takanobu Ito

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President & CEO Takanobu Ito today (September 21,
2012) outlined the company's global and regional business goals in a mid-year speech in Japan.

On a global basis, he revealed that in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, Honda expects to earn 39 million customers for its automobile, motorcycle and power equipment products. This annual sales mark would include 25 million motorcycles, 8 million power equipment products and 6 million automobiles. As a point of reference, in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, Honda earned more than 23.9 million customers around the world including: 15 million motorcycles, 5.8 million power products and 3.1 million automobiles.

For a complete summary of the speech, please click here. Following is a summary of key announcements related to North America.

Automobile Business

Acura Brand


The production model of the all-new Acura RLX sedan will debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 28, 2012.

Honda Sub-Compact Vehicles

Within two years after the initial global market introduction of the all-new Fit starting in 2013, Honda will globally roll-out Fit, City and a new compact SUV model. Honda will begin producing Fit and a derivative model at the new plant in Mexico that will become operational in spring 2014.

New Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda will launch an all-new fuel cell electric model in the U.S., Japan and Europe starting in 2015. This new fuel cell vehicle will showcase further technological advancement and significant cost reduction that Honda has accomplished.

Hybrid Technology

Honda will further advance its "Earth Dreams Technology" in the coming years, with the introduction of three new hybrid systems based on one-motor, two-motor and three-motor hybrid configurations.

One-motor: a lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system will deliver expanded EV driving range through the improvement of motor output and battery performance as well as the combination with a newly-developed transmission. Honda will strive to achieve number one fuel economy among all hybrid vehicles by improving the efficiency of regenerative energy recovery.

Two-motor: following the U.S. introduction of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) model in early 2013, a two-motor hybrid Accord will be introduced in the U.S., followed by Japan and other regions.

Three-motor: as previously announced, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system, a highly efficient and high-output three-motor hybrid system, will be applied to the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid model and the Acura NSX to realize both a high level of sporty handling and fuel economy.

Increased Regional Product Development of Automobiles Honda will pursue "concurrent development by all six regions," where each region participates in product development concurrently and at the same level from the early stage of the development. Introducing the same model in all regions within a short period of time will enable Honda to achieve adequate production volume on a global basis from an earlier stage of the product introduction, while significantly reducing the cost of parts sourcing.

NOTE: in August of this year, Honda announced that the company's U.S. R&D operations will lead development of the North American version of the next generation Honda Civic.

Motorcycle Business

The first of a new series of large-sized models based on a new concept for both daily commuting & weekend touring will go on sale next year on a global basis, beginning from North America. Key characteristics will include stylish design, a "torqueful" engine, low seat height for a comfortable ride and high stability in maneuvering.


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      Dasteknoviking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura needs to stop using letters for names of cars... or just use one name for all their cars SUX. Numbers work, numbers and letters work, but for crying out loud the Legned was a fabulous car... why not carry on using real names ? Thanks, Proud 1995 Legend GS 6M/T owner.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dasteknoviking
        Ironically, the reason they stopped using the Legend name was because it was too recognized; people knew the car as simply 'Legend' and not 'ACURA Legend'. Many experts in the industry rank the Legend-to-RL name change up there with New Coke in terms of stupid marketing decisions.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Dear fanboys: this comment is known fact. Do your research.
      AGSHOP
      • 2 Years Ago
      dam this car is so beautiful! So classically crisp clean and Japanese DNA shines right through. I can't wait to purchase one. My first Acura! But I've had over 6 Hondas in my life. Its time.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't tell if Acura's styling is stubborn or just lazy.
      Spartan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess the "X" is supposed to make it better, right?
      Dasteknoviking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura needs to stop using letters for names of cars... or just use one name for all their cars SUX. Numbers work, numbers and letters work, but for crying out loud the Legned was a fabulous car... why not carry on using real names ? Thanks, Proud 1995 Legend GS 6M/T owner.
      Dasteknoviking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura needs to stop using letters for names of cars... or just use one name for all their cars SUX. Numbers work, numbers and letters work, but for crying out loud the Legned was a fabulous car... why not carry on using real names ? Thanks, Proud 1995 Legend GS Sedan 6M/T owner.
      gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dressing up a Subaru Legacy with the Acura beak, a stylistically questionable fender crease, and a set of rims straight off a 1986 Oldsmobile Regency 98 ghetto cruiser is not a recipe for success. Acura, how I miss what you used to be.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current RL is still best in class, or close to it, despite being nearly 10 years old. It has a class leading AWD system, a comeptitive price, and good looks. With Honda's new e SH-AWD stsem, the RLX is going to kick ass. Homda really is on a roll.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Then why is no one buying it? According to you, it should be flying off lots, but it isn't. Quite the opposite.
        HollyWood Hogan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        This is the dumbest thing I've read in 2012
          adam1keith1980
          • 2 Years Ago
          @HollyWood Hogan
          This would still be the dumbest thing to read back when the current RL was first introduced.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @HollyWood Hogan
          Its fanboy logic, though it comes from someone who claims to own an STI sedan, a GT-R, and a Jeep Cherokee.
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Hard to say just what all is wrong with what you said!
        mikoprivat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        maybe it will kick your ass...I don't think this contraption ever kicked or will kick any other asses
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current RL is still best in class, or close to it, despite being nearly 10 years old. It has a class leading AWD system, a comeptitive price, and good looks. With Honda's new e SH-AWD stsem, the RLX is going to kick ass. Homda really is on a roll.
      Aryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's become the norm at Autoblog to dis everything Acura makes. What i see there is NOT a lame looking car, i even like the grill and i've always liked the beak grill. Autoblog's hivemind is really getting on my nerves. I really wonder what Autoblog users expect from Acura...their design language makes sense even when looking at some 90s acuras.
      Aryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's become the norm at Autoblog to dis everything Acura makes. What i see there is NOT a lame looking car, i even like the grill and i've always liked the beak grill. Autoblog's hivemind is really getting on my nerves.
      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      RXL = last gen Camry x Genesis x Pimp My Ride wheels.
        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kahz
        Please don't insult the Camry and Genesis this way. The Camry is a respected family car, and the Genesis is a great first attempt. This thing will never be as popular as the Camry and does not have the required RWD like the Genesis. I might consider this car if I want a bigger version of the Accord.
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adam1keith1980
          hmm ok, but btw I think the Genesis is an *excellent* first attempt since it won the North American Car of the Year (2009).
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