Big sales for the redesigned RDX crossover in the second half of 2018 helped Acura dealers post a 21 percent improvement in profitability last year.
The brand is now focused on putting more products into showrooms in response to dealer urgings, American Honda Motor Co. executives told retailers on Friday.
Acura will deliver a redesigned TLX midsize sedan this year, followed by a new ILX compact sedan and new-generation MDX midsize crossover in the year that follows.
The new TLX will come as both a four- and a six-cylinder model, according to dealers who attended the make meeting.
"This is a little bit of a different story for Acura dealers right now," said Alan Dibre, owner of Acura of Bay Shore and Acura of Wappingers Falls, both in New York, and Honda of Hackettstown in New Jersey, and also president of the Acura National Dealer Advisory Board. "For the past few years, we've had some stale product to work with. The dealer board has been very vocal with the manufacturer about our need for new product. And now we're seeing Acura management deliver on making it happen."
Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president for American Honda's auto division, said he told dealers in the meeting that Acura also will bring back its Type S sport packages over the next 24 months. Type S trims emerged in the early 2000s with such enhancements as sport-tuned suspensions, spoilers, higher horsepower tunings and restyled grilles, headlamps and wheels.
Dealers sold 63,580 RDX crossovers last year, up 24 percent from 2017. The redesigned version went on sale in June.