Acura must offer vehicles in higher-priced segments if it wants to be considered a Tier 1 luxury brand, says Tom Libby, senior director of industry analysis at J.D. Power and Associates.
Agree. I don't even see Acura as comparable to Infiniti and Audi, more like Saab or Volvo. Look at Mercedes; their reputation is based on cars like the S550 even though that's not what sells the most. Lexus only got respect as a luxury brand when they came out with the LS, which was designed to compete with the S-class.