DETROIT -- Acura expects a whopping 46 percent jump in sales this year, powered by a string of new cars that begins with two entry-luxury vehicles arriving this spring.
The ILX sedan and RDX crossover will be in showrooms in March. A redesign of the rest of the lineup follows within two years.
In 2015, Acura will see the rebirth of the NSX sports car as a hybrid sports car, developed and built in the United States, said Takanobu Ito, CEO of Honda Motor Co.
The new products, plus the ability to produce at full capacity after recovering from the Japan earthquake and Thai floods, mean Acura's U.S. sales will increase from 123,299 units in 2011 to 180,000 this year, said Tetsuo Iwamura, CEO of American Honda Motor Co.
"If we do 180,000 units, that will be a success," Iwamura said. "We are much more ambitious for the future. Last year, we struggled a lot with production, but this year we can go full speed."
A larger replacement for the RL flagship comes this fall, followed in spring 2013 by the mid-sized TL sedan.