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Tony O'Kane | Dec, 31 2014 | 0 Comments

Originally set to go on sale in Japan in late 2014 and then delayed until January 22, Honda's all-new Legend large sedan has been delayed once more as the automaker addresses quality concerns.

The Legend's radar-based anti-collision safety system and its petrol-electric hybrid powertrain are said to be the primary causes behind the delay, the second since the 2015 Legend was announced.

The new launch date is set for February 20, 2015, however an Australian launch is not expected to occur.

It's the latest in a long string of quality-related woes for Honda, with the brand being the hardest hit by the on-going Takata airbag recall with 9.5 million cars affected.

The hybrid version of the Honda Jazz has also been recalled for a software issue affecting its complex petrol-electric powertrain. The same has occured for the Japanese-market version of the Honda HR-V, dubbed the Vezel.

Sources within the company say component quality has fallen since current CEO Takanobu Ito took charge in 2009, mostly due to a change in supply arrangements that favoured low-cost suppliers.

Ito was reportedly visited by two former Honda CEOs recently, who chided him for the brand's declining reputation for quality. Ito has since taken a 20 percent pay cut and vowed to put vehicle quality ahead of sales targets.

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