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Acura RL Safe, No Phase-Out Planned

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Earlier this morning, reports emerged that the Acura RL, bawdy bionic beavertooth grille and all, might soon be headed to the scrap heap of history, but Acura has released a brief missive putting the kibosh on any such talk. The Acura RL is alive and well, and will continue to be the flagship for the brand.

Gary Robins, manager of Acura public relations in the U.S., released the following statement: "This morning erroneous media reports began to surface suggesting that Acura's RL model would be discontinued. These reports are untrue. The RL continues to be the flagship for the Acura brand and we have no plans to discontinue it."

It couldn't be put any plainer: the RL will live on.

Though we clearly cautioned readers that the report was shaky at best, there was good reason to think the report could eventually prove true.

Before the world banking system sent the global economy down the proverbial tubes, Acura had been planning a run at "tier 1" luxury status. That all went away, however, along with potential plans for V-8 engines and rear-wheel drive. The company's desire for more efficiency and less performance could also have provided justification to end the RL.

Regardless of what might have befallen the RL, however, it's safe within the Acura lineup for the foreseeable future. Acura fans, relax.
[Acura, Original report: Nikkei via Reuters]

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  1. i never really cared for it the only one that really liked it was my dad but now he think its lost it's style with the bevetooth..
     
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  2. most reports have stated the death of the Honda Legend ... this does not necessarily mean the end of the RL. Perhaps it means a dedicated Acura only model ... the news also states that Honda is focusing on smaller less expensive models ... making an opening if Acura is to ever be sold in Japan.
     
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  3. Good Riddens! They better not bring it back unless it has RWD and V8 or V8-like performance (ex. Twin-Turbo V6)
     
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  4. im sure acura haters are now very disappointed
     
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