It's a common refrain from dealer networks: Give us more products to flesh out our lineups.
But unlike most of its leather-lined competitors in the luxury segment -- particularly Mercedes-Benz and BMW -- Acura has substantial gaps in its lineup.
"As a dealer body we're looking for, when a customer comes in the doors, the ability to show them something more than four vehicles," said Jim Morino, owner of Acura of Lynnwood in Lynnwood, Wash., and chairman of the Acura National Dealer Advisory Board.
That includes the ILX and TLX sedans and the RDX and MDX crossovers (the larger RLX sedan and the NSX supercar are considered nonstarters by many dealers because of their low volumes).
The question is how to fill those gaps.
The leading candidate would be a U.S. version of the CDX small crossover that Acura sells in China. "The dealer body has requested that we get something like that for the American market," Morino said.
Acura also plans derivatives of existing platforms over the next several years, but it remains to be seen whether that's something like a coupe variant or a high-performance line, Morino said.
Regardless of what Acura introduces, the vehicle will need to sell. Acura dealers care less about what the product is than how well it will sell -- 25,000 vehicles a year is the bare minimum.
Said Morino: "We really don't want to invest the capital in something that's going to be another 10,000- to 12,000-unit-a-year vehicle."