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You get the feeling Honda's (HMC) next Acura model will be named the Loss Leader. Despite a 17% upswing in overall sales, its TL, TSX and RL coupe and sedan sales slumped, with the RLs dropping 30%. Its RDX and MDX crossovers, however, revved up their sales by nearly 19% and 65%, respectively.

Hyundai

While the company isn't synonymous with luxury, Hyundai's Genesis is taking a larger chunk of the upscale sedan market. While its Azera model's sales slumped by more than a third, the Genesis' market has grown by a similar margin and has emerged as viable competitor to Lexus and Acura's mid-level offerings.

-- Reported by Jason Notte in Boston.

Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet.com. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent.
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