Acura is dropping the aging RLX flagship sedan in North America after the 2020 model year as the luxury brand regroups around nimble sports sedans and athletic crossovers because of changing consumer tastes.
American Honda told dealers in May that the low-selling RLX will no longer be imported from Japan, where it's sold as the Honda Legend. The Legend will continue to be offered in Japan and other markets, American Honda said in an email to Automotive News.
Toyota has redesigned the 2021 Sienna onto its Toyota New Global Architecture-K platform, giving the long-in-the-tooth minivan a much-needed dose of technology and a 57 percent increase in combined fuel economy, thanks to a new standard hybrid powertrain.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander crossover reportedly will use an engine from Nissan Motor Co., signaling deepening cooperation between the Japanese partners as their automotive alliance seeks new ways to increase product-development efficiencies and cut costs.
Due to shelter-at-home orders and other government restrictions because of the COVID-19 outbreak, electric truck maker Rivian is pushing back plans to launch sales of a pickup and SUV assembled at a resurrected Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Ill.
The Mazda MX-30, slated for sale in Europe and Japan in summer 2020, uses a relatively small 35.5-kWh lithium ion battery and 105-kW electric motor, indicating a rather modest range. It remains unclear if and when the vehicle will arrive in the U.S.