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by Tim Beissmann

The Honda Legend will not be replaced when the current car is phased out of the local line-up later this year.

Honda Australian director Stephen Collins told CarAdvice there was “no current plan” to bring the all-new Legend to our market, confirming the nameplate would be retired with the current, fourth-generation model, which is still available in small numbers despite production ending in 2012.

“It’s been very much a low-volume car for us,” Collins said. “[It’s] a really, really tough price segment that $80,000-$90,000 luxury car.”

The successor to the outgoing Legend is sold as the Acura RLX (pictured below) in North America, and a right-hand-drive version of that car is set to go on sale in Japan this year badged as the Legend.

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The Legend nameplate was first introduced to Australia in 1986. It was sold continuously until 2004, then reintroduced in its current form in 2006. Sales of the fourth-gen model peaked at 404 in 2006, though have declined steadily since. It claimed the title of Australia’s third-worst-selling car of 2013, when just eight were sold across the country.

Collins said Honda Australia was taking a “never say never” approach to the large luxury sedan, but admitted it was not a priority at this stage.

“We’ll continue to look at it … but I think our focus is more on core cars.

“I’d love to see it come back one day, but we’ll just wait and see. With all the Europeans it’s quite a fiercely fought segment, and with others now entering it’s pretty tough now I think.”

Honda dealers have limited stock of the Legend, which has a list price of $76,135.




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