In an interview with Automotive News, John Watts, product planning manager for American Honda’s struggling luxury-car division said that Acura is considering new models: "We will look at smaller segments," Watts said at a recent press event here. "There is potential for a coupe like the CL," which was killed after the 2003 model year.

A retractable hardtop is also under consideration. "The next three to four years will be important as we develop a clear message. We have separated r&d for the first time for Honda and Acura. This year is Acura’s first full-fledged entry into racing."

The NSX to be unveiled in 2010 or 2011 will be powered by a V10 engine. "We’ll see how people react to a 10 in the sports car and maybe move from there. Maybe instead of using V-8s, we’ll take the next step up and go to V-10s" for some of the other car lines.

The TL sedan will also be redesigned in 2009.

Source: Automotive News

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