KIRKLAND, WA – The Acura division has been American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s weakest link in this year of record sales for the importer. The luxury brand has seen sales fall 3.2% from 2002 levels for the year’s first eight months, despite the strong luxury-car sales climate. Competitors Lexus and Infiniti are up 39.2% and 4.4%, respectively, and BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz also have boosted volume. Acura is placing bets on its new TL midsize, near-luxury sedan to turn the tide. Bowing in ...

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