29 Facts About Honda Legend


The Legend was the result of a joint venture with Britain's Austin Rover Group called Project XX that started in November 1981 with the Austin Rover-Honda XX letter of intent signed by the two companies to replace the Rover SD1 and to provide a luxury vehicle for Honda, and was codenamed as HX.

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The Rover Company had a long established reputation as a luxury car maker in the United Kingdom and Europe, demonstrated with the Rover P5 and Rover P6, and Honda Legend wanted to introduce a luxury car for the Japanese, European and North American markets.

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In 1981, Honda Legend had introduced a luxury level version of the Accord, called the Honda Legend Vigor, but realized that they needed to manufacture a larger, more exclusive sedan with similar dimensions to the Crown, Luce, Cedric and Gloria.

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Japanese-spec Honda Legend was offered in three trim levels; the V6Xi with the 2.

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The V6 engines were available with electronic, multi-port sequential fuel injection Honda Legend called Programmed Fuel Injection, or PGM-FI and a variable length intake manifold on the smaller 2.

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The slightly smaller body style allowed the Honda Legend to compete with the upscale Toyota Cresta and Chaser and the Nissan Laurel.

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Attention was given to make sure the Legend was quiet, so Honda used computer simulation using NASTRAN, a stress analysis program created by NASA, helping the car achieve a drag coefficient of 0.

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Legend was introduced with a double wishbone suspension for the front wheels, and a modified Chapman strut with trailing arm rear suspension Honda called "RF Strut Rear Suspension" with progressive rate rear coil springs that stiffen as they compress to combine smooth ride and good handling.

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The Honda Legend V6Xi was used as the pace car for the Suzuka Circuit for 1986.

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In October 1988, Honda upgraded the C20A V6 engine used exclusively in the KA5 series Legend with a variable geometry turbocharger, calling it the "Wing Turbo" in a Japanese TV commercial to address the modest power available from the previous engine with variable length intake manifold used in earlier models.

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Honda Legend introduced a passenger side airbag on this model, and used off-set collision testing to improve collision performance and safety.

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Japanese Domestic Market version of the 1990 Legend was the second vehicle offered with a navigation system called the Electro Gyrocator, although it was not satellite-based and instead relied on a gas gyroscope .

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Second-generation Honda Legend was manufactured by Daewoo in South Korea from 1994 to 1999 under the name of Daewoo Arcadia, for the Korean market, replacing the Daewoo Imperial.

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The Honda Legend had very similar dimensions to the front-wheel drive, V8 sedan Mitsubishi Proudia which was sold only in Japan.

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In Japan, the Honda Legend continued to compete with the Toyota Crown, the Mitsubishi Debonair, the Mazda Luce, and the Nissan Cedric and Gloria at the executive sedan segment.

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Honda Legend's internet-based navigation system Internavi was introduced with this generation on Japanese domestic vehicles.

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The Honda Legend went on sale in Australia starting with the 1997 model year.

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The Honda Legend does have a higher level of standard features and optional equipment but not by much.

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Honda Legend began to expand the Acura division into Mexico, Hong Kong and China.

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Honda Legend received a Mid-Model Change for the 2009 model year.

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Honda Legend's internet-based navigation system Internavi is standard equipment on Japanese domestic vehicles.

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In October 2010, it is reported that Brake Defect from Honda Legend were delivered to customers before the problem is discovered.

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Honda Legend says that it doesn't know how many of its vehicles have suffered a faulty brake system.

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The U S Honda outfit says it will replace the faulty seal and, if leaking has occurred, the brake booster will be replaced as well.

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In June 2012, Honda Japan announced the Legend and Inspire were to stop being produced at the Sayama, Saitama, Japan plant.

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The damage from Honda Legend Japan's alleged hubris was done, perhaps giving the RL an unfavorable impression that could not be removed, even though Honda Legend Canada has since reduced the RL's price.

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In October 2010, the Acura RL has been named as one of Consumer Reports most reliable cars, one of among 5 Honda Legend models named as most reliable in various categories.

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However, the Honda Legend continues to be produced in Japan, and is planned to receive an update by no later than March 2021.

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In June 2021, it was announced that the Sayama plant that produces the Honda Legend would be closed at the end of 2021 and the current car would not have a successor.

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