Acura recordsdata trademark for Legend, suggesting beloved nameplate might return

The Acura Legend helped put the Japanese luxurious model on the map within the U.S. beginning in 1985. Though the Legend departed us a decade later, it seems Acura might have a rebirth in thoughts.

AutoGuide first found a trademark submitting for the Legend title on Thursday. Acura curiously filed the trademark in Europe, not with the US Patent and Trademark Workplace. That is suspect as a result of Acura shouldn’t be a model in Western Europe. Nonetheless, the model may very well be making an attempt to maintain the information beneath the radar by beginning with a European submitting. Alternatively, the RLX is called the Legend in Japan, so if Honda wished to carry the automotive to Europe, the corporate would possibly name it the Honda Legend.

Acura Legend

Whereas automakers typically refile emblems merely to guard the rights to a reputation, there’s good cause to consider the Legend title might return to the U.S. Earlier this yr, a report indicated the Japanese luxurious model will present a production-ready idea automotive primarily based on the earlier Acura Precision Idea. The idea debuted in 2016 and served as a harbinger for a design language to come back.

The model presently sells the RLX as its range-topping flagship sedan, although it is hardly a gross sales juggernaut. Acura offered fewer than 2,000 RLX sedans in 2018. Whereas among the gross sales woes might be blamed in the marketplace’s never-ending urge for food for crossovers and SUVs, the RLX has failed to face out from the group for a few years. Acura might intention to recapture among the magic with a show-stopping sedan or coupe match for the Legend nameplate.

Acura Legend

Acura Legend

The return of the Legend would additionally mark a shift within the model’s naming technique, which presently depends on initialism for its names.

It is also potential the Legend will not be a passenger automotive. Acura can be rumored to have a ZDX successor within the pipeline. Recall, the mannequin launched in 2010 forward of the “coupe crossover” growth and left the market after simply three years. With utility autos all the fad, the Legend might maybe turn out to be a crossover SUV.

The rumors point out we’ll see a production-ready prototype primarily based on the Acura Precision Idea on the Pebble Seaside Concours d’Magnificence. The present takes place in August, so we’ll absolutely know extra then.

Acura additionally owns renewed the trademark for its Integra title in 2016. Clearly, the corporate hasn’t carried out something with it but. This may very well be a easy matter of defending the title, although Acura might determine to rename a next-generation ILX the Integra sooner or later.

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