Kyodo News is reporting that Honda Motor Company will end production of the Honda Legend, sold in the U.S. as the Acura RL, and the Honda Inspire, which is not exported to America. Production of the Legend/RL will end this month; the Inspire will be phased out in July.
Honda has already notified dealers that it will stop accepting new orders for the cars.
Sources say the No.2 Japanese automaker wants to devote the resources of its Saitama Prefecture plant, which builds the Legend and Inspire, to more popular compact cars and minivehicles.
Honda says it may decide to produce the next-generation RL at a North American facility when a remodeled version is introduced next year.
The decision to drop the Acura RL won’t have a major effect on Honda America’s sales. In May, Honda sold 50 Acura RLs in the United States, down 20.4 percent from May 2011, the first month the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami impacted supplies of vehicles manufactured in Japan.