Honda Motor Co. is preparing to stop selling its Legend sedan in its home market, Japan's Nikkei business daily newspaper reported today.
The vehicle, rebadged as the Acura RL for the United States, is the Acura brand's flagship sedan despite lackluster sales.
Honda's reported plan to drop the model at home has raised speculation about its future in the United States as well.
Acura has sold only 872 RLs through the first six months of this year, while Lexus sold 5,650 of the LS sedan and Infiniti sold 6,602 of its M sedan.
Enthusiasts and dealers say the Acura RL isn't competitive because it uses front-wheel drive, is smaller than its competition and lacks a V8 option.
A Honda spokesman in the United States said the automaker doesn't comment on its future product plans.
The Japanese report said Honda also plans to stop selling the Elysion minivan in Japan and plans to equip all Civics sold in Japan with a hybrid powertrain.