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Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Hatchback, Acura

Acura RSX - Click above for high-res image gallery

With Acura's decision to nix V8 power and rear-wheel drive in favor of new hybrid drivetrains, dealers are worried that the brand's relentless pursuit of Tier 1 status - on par with Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz - may be threatened. But that's not the real news.

Buried at the end of an Automotive News piece about a recent Acura dealer meeting was this gem:
"[Jeff Conrad, vice president of the Acura division] confirmed that Acura is considering a small car below the TSX sedan. The vehicle not only would compete against the
BMW 1 series
Audi A3
Volvo C30
but also would help meet looming CAFE regulations."

With the TSX's growth spurt, a smaller offering from the automaker could be in order, and judging by the competition, that could mean the rebirth of the RSX. Then again, Acura could pull a CSX (an upgraded Civic for the Canadian market) or maybe even a CR-Z-based offering. Judging by the choice wording, we somehow doubt the former is in the cards, but with Acura's recent hybrid push, something with a gas-electric drivetrain seems likely.

Gallery: Acura RSX


[source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

Report: Acura considering small car below TSX originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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I always wondered why they canned the RSX. There was a time around 2001 where you couldn't swing a dead cat on a college campus without hitting an Integra.

Tuner Boys. Acura did not want them to be on the same showroom floor along with the geriatric luxury car buyers. My service manager - a great GM fanatic - at Fountain Acura, where I used to service the TSX said that Honda wanted more affluent buyers on the floor. And then they got the beautiful design!

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