ROCHESTER, MI â€“ Car enthusiasts eager for a look atMotor Co. Ltd.â€™s next-generation Acura NSX supercar will have to wait a little longer.
John Mendel, executive vice president-automobile operations for AmericanMotor Co. Inc., says a second supercar concept will be unveiled at Octoberâ€™s Tokyo auto show, not a production model as Honda CEO Takeo Fukui promised last January in Detroit, where the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept (AASC) was shown.
â€śYouâ€™ll see another concept (in Tokyo),â€ť Mendel tells Wardâ€™s here during an Acura media event. â€śYouâ€™ll see a more refined concept design toward the direction of the successor of the next NSX.â€ť
The ASCC was Hondaâ€™s first display of what a future NSX might look like, but the auto maker is rumored to have been unhappy with the publicâ€™s lukewarm response to the vehicle.
In July, Honda announced it would delay the rollout of the mid-luxury Acura brand in Japan by at least two years from the original fall 2008 target.
It had been thought the debut of Acura in Hondaâ€™s home country would coincide with the launch of the new NSX, which the auto maker said will sport a new V-10 engine and a rear-drive version of Acuraâ€™s Super-Handling-All-Wheel Drive.
But Mendel says the NSX launch there will â€śnot necessarilyâ€ť coincide with Acuraâ€™s debut, although he canâ€™t say if NSX will roll out before Acura in Japan. And if that happens, the car will remain a Honda in the local market.
The next NSX was due as an â€™09 model, but timing now appears less certain.
â€śI donâ€™t believe weâ€™ve announced the timing of when Japan will launch (the NSX) or when the successor to the next NSX will launch (in the U.S.),â€ť Mendel says.