The sour economy has taken its toll on Acura's product plans.
Besides losing a V-10-powered sports car, Acura put its long-awaited V-8 and rear-wheel-drive vehicle programs on ice. That doesn't mean those programs won't be resurrected when the economy improves. Just don't hold your breath.
Also, some product redesigns may be delayed for a year as part of Honda Motor Co.'s cost cutting.
Here are highlights of Acura's product plans for the 2010-12 model years.
Compact: Acura left the compact segment at the end of the 2006 model year when it dropped the RSX. It was Acura's first step toward a more expensive model line and its goal to become a Tier 1 luxury brand.
But with the appearance of cars such as the BMW 1 series, Volvo C30 and Audi A3, Acura may offer a successor to the RSX to engage younger buyers. The earliest that could happen would be the 2012 model year. The vehicle would be based on the next-generation Honda Civic, arriving for the 2011 model year.
TSX: The 2010 TSX sedan arrived this spring. The car is a rebadged version of the smaller Accord sold in Europe. It is available with a 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic.
TL: The mid-sized sedan was redesigned last year. New this fall is a version with a six-speed manual transmission, mated to the 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with all-wheel drive.
Coupe: Although the CL coupe was dropped several years ago, Acura is considering re-entering the segment. But no plans exist now.
ZDX: Acura calls the 2010 ZDX a four-door sports coupe. Basically, it is a premium, five-door hatchback with such design highlights as a panoramic glass roof and hidden rear door handles. The leather on the instrument panel and door panels is hand-stitched. The ZDX will be powered by the 3.7-liter V-6.
Acura says the ZDX is the first vehicle styled from start to finish in the new Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif. Acura says the car shares no underpinnings with a new Honda model, the 2010 CrossTour. Instead, the ZDX borrows liberally from the Acura MDX.
RL: As recently as last summer, dealers had been promised a V-8-powered, rwd flagship for the 2011 model year. But the program was halted by Honda President Takanobu Ito as part of the company's cost cutting. The rwd program has been pushed back to 2015 at the earliest. Instead, a re-engineering of the existing RL's front-wheel-drive V-6 platform is scheduled for the 2011 model year.
Small sports car: Acura's sports car dreams were dashed in Honda's cost-cutting moves. An Acura version of the next-generation Honda S2000 has been killed.
V-10 sports car: Plans for a V-10-powered, rwd sports car are dead for now. The front-engine performance car was expected to be Acura's answer to the 485-hp Nissan GT-R. Some at Acura say the car was to have been the spiritual successor to the midengine Acura NSX, which was dropped in 2005.
RDX: A freshening of the crossover, including the addition of a fwd model, is planned for the 2010 model year. A redesign is slated for the 2012 model year but could be delayed until 2013.
MDX: A six-speed automatic transmission has been added for the 2010 model year. A redesign of the crossover had been scheduled for the 2012 model year, but expect a delay until 2013.