DETROIT -- Acura should see a "steady lift" in leases as part of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, Mike Accavitti, Acura general manager, said.
Leases account for less than 40 percent of Acura's volume, well below the luxury segment's average, Accavitti said on the sidelines of an American Honda Motor Co. event here. That should rise to "42 to 45 percent" in 2015, he said.
Acura lags in part because so many of its customers come from mass-market brands and aren't as accustomed to leasing as those coming from other luxury brands, he said.
But since the launch of the TLX midsize sedan in August, he said, Acura has attracted an increasing number of shoppers coming from BMW and Lexus, who are more inclined to consider a lease.