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Acura ZDX fades from the scene

2013 will be final model year for Canadian-built hatchback crossover sedan

Published: October 11, 2012, 9:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:58 PM

2013 Acura ZDX - Rear

If you're one of the apparent few who has an Acura ZDX on your shopping list, don't put off your purchase too long.

In a statement about minor changes to the 2013 model, American Honda confirmed that it will be the last year of production for the big hatchback crossover sedan – and it will probably be a short year.

Just introduced in 2009, as a 2010 model, the ZDX followed the same thematic pattern as the BMW X6, but (also like the X6) it has never been a great ceitical or sales success, moving only a few thousand units a year at best – in all of North America.

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The ZDX is based on the same platform as the Acura MDX and is built in Canada, alongside that crossover SUV in Honda's Alliston, Ontario, assembly plant. Production of the ZDX will reportedly cease early in 2013 when MDX production moves from Alliston to Lincoln, Alabama.

Dropping the ZDX allows the Acura brand to sharpen its focus on new models and core products, the company said.

"Moving forward, we will continue to advance the Acura lineup with a focus on new core models, like the recently redesigned RDX and the upcoming all-new RLX flagship sedan," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division in the U.S.

The RDX is currently on the market and the production version of the RLX (previewed in prototype form in New York) will make its formal debut at the Los Angeles auto show on November 28.