Honda CEO outlines Future U.S. Plans including all-new Fit, fuel-cell EV, and Acura RLX debut

By Joel Arellano | September 21, 2012
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito recently outlined the automaker's vehicular plans, with plans to substantially increase sales worldwide to over six million units by 2017. Emerging markets like South America and Russia play a big role; Honda aims to double its sales there by 2017. The automaker plans to expand sales here in advanced markets like the U.S., Japan, and Europe from around two million sold so far in 2012 to more than three million by 2017. That means new product, and while a lot of what Ito talked about won't go on sale in the U.S., a lot of it will. They include:
  • The debut of the Acura RLX at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The RLX is all-new and replaces the current Acura RL sedan. Ito also says all Acura vehicles like the TSX and popular TL will be "renewed" in the next three years.
  • The introduction of a new fuel cell model in Japan in 2015. This hydrogen-fuel electric vehicle will then arrive in the U.S. later that year or in 2016. It's unknown if the new EV will be available to the public like Honda's FCX Clarity.
  • An all-new Honda Fit will be built at the automaker's new Mexico plant sometime in 2014. Expect it to go on sale either later that year or in early 2015. Ito says another vehicle built off the Fit will be built at the new plant as well, though details are unknown what it is or when it goes on sale in the U.S. at this time.
  • Honda plans to continue rolling out its fuel-efficient "Earth Dreams Technology" throughout the rest of its lineup. The technology made its debut in the all-new 2013 Honda Accord which we tested earlier this month.
Source: Honda