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    2016 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus LC 500

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    The theme of Lexus' press conference for the introduction of the LC 500 was 'New Chapter'. Phrases such as 'cars that fill the heart' were thrown around during the presentation done by Akio Toyoda today. Considering what the LC 500' intent is, it does mark something new.

     

    In terms of looks, LC 500 looks very similar to the LF-LC concept shown four years ago at Detroit. Yes, there is an imposing predator grille which will be likely sticking point for a number of people. But there are some other touches such as the fanged lights, intergrated door handles, and a rear end that makes a call back to the orignal SC from the 90's.

     

    The LC rides a new rear-drive platform that is purpose built for performance and handling. This new platform will underpin future vehicles.

     

    Before you think the LC is a competitor to the likes of the Porsche 911, it measures out to 188 inches in overall length. This means the LC is more a competitor to the likes of the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

     

    Structurally, the LC boasts a combination of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, aluminum, and high-strength steel. There is the option of a carbon fiber roof to increase rigidity and cut weight. Lexus says the LC is the stiffest unibody structure they have ever created, and that's including the LFA.

     

    Power will come from 5.0L V8 that is found under the hood of the GS-F and RC-F. Power output stands at 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. A new ten-speed automatic routes the power to the rear wheels. Lexus claims a 0-60 MPH time of 4.5 seconds.

     

    The interior features a large floating center stack that separates driver and passenger and the availability of leather and Alcantara for the seats.

     

    Lexus will launch the LC 500 next year.

     

    Source: Lexus
    Pic Credit: Lexus

     

     

    You can follow all of our reports from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show here.

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    Global Debut of All-New Lexus LC 500 at the 2016 NAIAS Signals Dawn of a New Era for Lexus

    • Alluring, expressively designed luxury coupe defines a new era for the global luxury brand
    • The coupe’s styling, performance, and craftsmanship help position the vehicle as one of Lexus’ flagship products
    • LC 500 utilizes the brand’s new architecture that promises enhanced dynamic capability and performance
    • A symbol of an evolving vehicle development culture that embraces heightened collaboration between Design and Engineering teams


    DETROIT (Jan. 11, 2016) — When the Lexus LF-LC Concept debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the press, loyal customers, and enthusiasts wondered if the concept’s arresting styling and dramatic proportions could ever evolve into a production 2+2 coupe. Today, four years after the debut of the breakthrough concept that inspired it, Lexus has revealed the all-new LC 500 luxury coupe. This provocative, athletic flagship coupe makes the strongest statement yet about Lexus’ future product direction.

     


    The past five years have seen Lexus evolve rapidly with the creation of the luxury brand’s globally-focused organization, Lexus International. Exciting new models involving elevated levels of emotional styling and dynamic driving characteristics such as NX, RC, and IS have also helped Lexus’ brand shift with consumers. Akio Toyoda has been at the center of the Lexus global expansion, personally driving a heightened level of collaboration among design, engineering and marketing teams to help build a luxury brand better suited to meet the needs of the next generation of consumers.

     

    “The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally,” said Akio Toyoda, Chief Branding Officer and Master Driver for Lexus. “A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”

     

    Design and Engineering Teams United
    Beyond its styling and impactful performance, the new LC 500 serves as a symbol of the achievement that can result from heightened collaboration between design and engineering groups and their commitment to help overcome each other’s hurdles. When Akio Toyoda challenged these development groups to produce this special car, it meant surpassing many manufacturing, design, material, and dynamic obstacles that could typically compromise a vehicle’s targets or design vision.

     

    The LC 500 was driven by a strong, appealing fundamental design target (LF-LC), and engineering teams worked tirelessly to find new solutions to maintain as much of the concept in the production car as possible. Likewise, vehicle designers were very involved from the earliest stages of the dynamic development process to understand the engineering targets and collaborate with design viewpoints and potential solutions. With LC 500, additional levels of prototype vehicle build also allowed both teams to better study design or engineering ideas and refine key elements. For Lexus, the LC 500 project became much more than simply the development of a new coupe. The LC 500, with the shift in engineering processes and design ideologies it represents, symbolizes the beginning of a new phase for the Lexus brand.

     

    “Design and engineering sides worked together on issues and obstacles that were overcome one by one. I feel we achieved something greater than simply preserving the spirit of the concept’s design,” said Chief Engineer Koji Sato.

     

    Exterior Design
    At first glance, it becomes apparent that the engineering and design team’s collaboration was highly successful, considering how much of the LF-LC’s design ideology the team was able to transfer into the new LC 500. The new production model shares many of the key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism of the concept car that inspired it. The LC 500’s visual appeal is defined by an athletic aerodynamic shape. It features sensual curves, emotional forms, an available flowing carbon-fiber roof (glass roof standard), helping create a low, wide imposing stance that comes together for a highly functional, passionate package.

     

    The LC 500’s front fascia features a powerful interpretation of Lexus’ distinctive grille, bordered by chrome on three sides and a radical new 3D mesh design that varies its visual tension. The “L”-shaped daytime running lights rest below a new Triple LED headlamp unit, specially designed to include one of the industry’s thinnest projectors enabling a low hood with a short front overhang. Functional venting also plays into the LC 500’s exterior design to help improve aerodynamic stability and cooling. The car’s athletic profile is characterized by its fast, sloped roofline, its wind-cutting silhouette, a long 2,870 mm (113 inches) wheelbase with compact front 920 mm ( 36.2 inches) and rear 970 mm ( 38.2 inches) overhangs and low hood height. The sexy curves and flowing lines maintain a consistent tension in sheetmetal through to the rear end that features slimly designed, multi-layered tail lamps with a unique lighting effect that helps convey a sequential L motif. A rear diffuser and available active rear spoiler also help manage airflow during performance driving. It rides on machined cast aluminum 20-in. or available 21-in. forged aluminum wheels.

     

    Interior Design
    The interior design of the LC 500 is influenced by the dynamic luxury theme of the exterior with a layout that is both cockpit-focused and elegant. The coupe’s driving position was calibrated to invite spirited, sporting driving, and help develop easier confidence with a more intuitive control layout. In fact, for LC 500, the driver’s hip point was engineered to be as close as possible to the vehicle’s Cg (Center of gravity) where feedback from the car is the most communicative to the driver. The front seats offer excellent support and comfort for long drives while available sport seats offer additional bolstering and lateral support during cornering. Lexus engineers put considerable effort into creating an engaging yet seductive atmosphere for the driver, focusing on details such as the size and angle of the steering wheel, the feel and positioning of magnesium alloy paddle shifters, and available supple leather and Alcantara seating surfaces. The LC 500’s exquisite door panels, center console and dash pad structures feature elements of Lexus’ world-renowned, detail-obsessed Takumi craftsmanship in their finish.

     

    “At an early stage, the designers collaborated with the engineers to understand their image for the LC 500’s driving dynamics, and they incorporated this into the design,” said Tadao Mori, the chief designer of the LC 500. “For example, we gave serious consideration to where the driver’s eyes would focus, and designed the surface shape in that area to help support a driver’s mindset. This project was one of the first times that designers were closely involved in the dynamic engineering development so we could understand the driving goals and support with the car’s design.”

     

    Chassis
    In helping to drive the future of the Lexus brand, the mission for LC 500 is to offer a dynamic driving experience and character unlike any Lexus vehicle prior to it. The pursuit of a sharper, more refined driving experience became the mission for the development team who also sought to maintain a superior Lexus ride quality befitting a flagship luxury sport coupe.

     

    The LC 500 is the first Lexus to use the brand’s all-new, premium rear-wheel-drive luxury platform and is part of the new corporate global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L). The underpinnings of this new coupe will become the blueprint for the company’s future front-engine/rear-wheel-drive vehicles. In an effort to sharpen the car’s handling, the LC 500’s engineers focused on the platform’s fundamentals by placing most of the mass, including the engine and the occupants, in a position more centralized and lower in the chassis to improve the center of gravity.

     

    Internally, Lexus engineers referred to this menu of mass-arranging tactics as the “inertia spec.” The driver hip and heel points have been lowered, wheels have been pushed to the corners of the car with shortened overhangs, and the drivetrain mass has been located behind the front axle line to create a front mid-ship layout. The LC 500 also relies on run-flat tires to improve packaging, reduce weight (thanks to no spare), and help shorten overhangs to achieve dynamic targets. The 12-volt battery has been relocated to the trunk as part of the mission to redistribute weight.

     

    Other mass management measures include the available carbon fiber roof, aluminum door skins mounted to the carbon fiber door inner structure, and a composite trunk floor. The LC 500 also represents the Lexus brand’s most intensive use of high-strength steel. This provides enhanced rigidity while reducing—and ideally positioning—vehicle mass to optimize dynamics. As a result, the LC 500 is very balanced with a nearly ideal front/rear weight distribution of 52/48.

     

    To help achieve the level of chassis performance targeted for this new coupe, Lexus engineered the stiffest unibody the brand has ever produced. For LC 500, the strategic use of lightweight, high-strength steel helps make for a high degree of torsional rigidity that is more resistant to twisting forces than the exotic, carbon fiber-intensive LFA supercar. The platform design maintains a consistent level of resistance to flexural forces and stiffness across the vehicle’s wheelbase to help create consistent, predictable handling behavior and sharper steering responses. Special braces in the engine compartment (usually a more twist-prone part of the chassis), the adoption of stiff aluminum front suspension towers, and the addition of a ring structure near the rear fenders are all measures that help further bolster the strength of key chassis structures.

     

    Particular attention was devoted to the LC 500’s multilink suspension system. Double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms allow for control of the smallest movements from the driver inputs and road conditions. Beyond sharing workload, a dual ball joint arrangement helps optimize suspension geometry to increase wheel control and create a more precise steering response with better initial effort. To help reduce unsprung mass and improve suspension response, all but one of the control arms are made of lightweight forged aluminum. Providing the grip on the show prototype car are concept versions of Michelin Pilot Sport tires with Premium Touch® sidewall technology: 245/40RF21 up front and 275/35RF21 at the rear. When all the handling elements come together, LC 500 becomes a world-class luxury sports coupe that exhibits razor-sharp reflexes, exceptional handling balance and rock-solid stability. This all-new platform will continue to undergo continuous improvement and enhancement throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle.

     

    Said Sato: “We spent more than triple the usual amount of R&D time to pursue linear steering and to find the sweet spot for road contact feel. We also focused our efforts on suspension rigidity and enhancing geometry. Thanks to advancements in product engineering, we are now at a world-class level for suspension rigidity, and performance when lateral g’s are applied.”

     

    Drivetrain
    The power delivery to the rear wheels for LC 500 is handled by a new, very well matched set of components that maximize output to the wheels. The heart of the new LC 500 is derived from the proven, high-revving 5.0-liter V8 that is found in the RC F and GS F. The naturally aspirated V8 was selected for its smooth, linear throttle response and emotional engine sound. The all-aluminum, 32-valve V8’s output targets 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. The new engine is built for durability with lightweight, high-strength forged connecting rods and titanium valves that allow the engine to flourish at high rpm. This naturally aspirated engine makes an ideal pairing to a balanced sports coupe with its linear power delivery that allows easier control and exhilaration behind the wheel.

     

    The engine in the LC 500 uses a dual intake inlet that help improve breathing and allow the engine to produce its fantastic sound. The new coupe features an active exhaust that opens baffles in Sport mode to help give the car a more aggressive exhaust note even in start-up. In fact, even when the vehicle is in Normal mode the exhaust baffles open above 3500 rpm. During acceleration, a Sound Generator involving tuned acoustic plumbing enhances the engine’s raucous melody into an aural thunder that helps distinguish the LC 500 in its competitive segment.

     

    Helping power transfer to the rear wheels is a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission—the first ever in a luxury automobile—with shift times rivaling those of a dual-clutch transmission. The component is smaller and lighter than some current 8-speed transmissions. The wide bandwidth of shifting afforded by 10 closely spaced gears is ideal for all forms of driving, providing an optimal gear in all conditions. This transmission is matched to a new electric control system with software that helps anticipate the driver’s inputs by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral g forces.

     

    The new transmission is just one key element in a vehicle that has had all of its dynamic control elements such as power application, braking, and steering tuned to operate rhythmically in sport driving conditions. Drivers will feel the controlled balance between the quick, smooth shifting actions, the application of linear engine power, and the deceleration afforded by 6-piston front brake calipers (4-piston at rear).

     

    All of the platform and drivetrain engineering helped endow the LC 500 with performance and agility uncommon for a four-person coupe; the vehicle targets a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 4.5 seconds.

     

    Interior Electronics
    This flagship coupe will debut the 2017 Lexus Multimedia package that will feature updated, faster, more flexible software enabling future enhancements and a more inviting graphic user interface. Occupants also will be treated to an exceptional audio experience inside the cabin: in addition to the available audiophile-worthy Mark Levinson audio package, a new premium Pioneer audio system comes as standard equipment. Pioneer’s sound engineers worked in collaboration with LC 500 body and cabin designers to enhance interior sound performance within the cabin, studying the acoustic environment and driving structural changes to enhance sound performance.

     

    The LC 500 also will boast Lexus’ renowned safety technology, Lexus Safety System + , which integrates several of Lexus's active safety technologies: an All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (All-speed DRCC) that relieves stop-and-go traffic stress, the Pre-Collision System (PCS) helps prevent and mitigate collisions; Lane Keep Assist (LKA) helps prevent vehicles from departing from their lanes; and Automatic High Beam (AHB) that helps ensure optimal forward visibility during nighttime driving.

     

    These technologies are part of a multi-faceted approach to active safety, the Lexus Safety System + package, and combines millimeter-wave radar with a camera to help achieve a high level of system reliability and performance.

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    Bold move, but I have to laugh at the powertrain they are using.. 467HP.. that thing better be 3000lbs or I can see a many a car making it look as bad as my old Z51 C6 made an LFA look I happened upon a few years ago. 

     

    Props to Toyota for at least doing it tho. Cadillac.. your move. Elmiraj needs a green light.

     

     

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    Bold move, but I have to laugh at the powertrain they are using.. 467HP.. that thing better be 3000lbs or I can see a many a car making it look as bad as my old Z51 C6 made an LFA look I happened upon a few years ago. 

     

    Props to Toyota for at least doing it tho. Cadillac.. your move. Elmiraj needs a green light.

     

     

     

     

    This kind of hyperbole right here is why you and I butt heads. Only you would somehow suggest a C6 Corvette even begins to hold a candle to an LFA. Or that this car will look bad. This is the base model. There will be a hybrid and twin-turbo model to follow. It is more than sufficient as a base engine. Especially in a luxury coupe.

     

     

    As for the car, it is a stunning design. They could have cleaned the rear end up just a bit, however. Didn't expect this thing to start around the six-figure mark, but I guess Lexus is going after the big fish here.

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    It's an ugly looking car.  Lexus has no real high power engines, the 467 hp V8 is their most powerful engine, and is not so high on torque either.  Agreed though, that at least you give them credit for building a bold design, low volume car.

     

    What is odd though is this car is 187 inches long, so it is closer in size to a C-class coupe, no where near as big as an S-class coupe, which was their supposed target.

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    I like it all.....  except the front end.  The rest of the car looks classic Lexus.  I swish that would give the spindle crap a rest. 

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    The LF-LC was mentioned....but alas, this is NOT the LF-LC I fell in love with.

    Sure it has some little details that remind us this is the production version of the LF-LC...

     

    Im afraid its the usual case with concepts and reality....too little, too late.

     

    Still a good looking car though, but I dont lust for it the way I did for the LF-LC back in 2012.

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    The LF-LC was mentioned....but alas, this is NOT the LF-LC I fell in love with.

    Sure it has some little details that remind us this is the production version of the LF-LC...

     

    Im afraid its the usual case with concepts and reality....too little, too late.

     

    Still a good looking car though, but I dont lust for it the way I did for the LF-LC back in 2012.

     

     

    Just out of curiosity, what don't you like?

     

    The biggest change from the concept car is the aft roofline/C-piller area. Other than that, the rear is slightly resculpted and the rear haunches are a bit narrower. It's pretty darn close to the concept.

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    Actually Frisky...MY BAD!

     

    I took a wrong turn on an image I had clicked when I was searching for it...I dont know what I was looking at now that you mentioned it!!!

    After reading your post, I clicked on MT's webpage to see it there better...

     

    And Ill retract what I said...

     

     

    I LOVE THIS THING!!!

     

    The only negative thing I could think of...is that it came out in 2016...4 years later...but its still stunning!

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    I can't tell which is the concept and which is the production model.

     

    So it gets the instant cred of being larger than life, like how the ELR had for being so close to the concept.

     

    I like it a lot. And I like the size too. And the interior looks like, heck, probably is peanut butter.

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    Bold move, but I have to laugh at the powertrain they are using.. 467HP.. that thing better be 3000lbs or I can see a many a car making it look as bad as my old Z51 C6 made an LFA look I happened upon a few years ago. 

     

    Props to Toyota for at least doing it tho. Cadillac.. your move. Elmiraj needs a green light.

     

     

     

     

    This kind of hyperbole right here is why you and I butt heads. Only you would somehow suggest a C6 Corvette even begins to hold a candle to an LFA. Or that this car will look bad. This is the base model. There will be a hybrid and twin-turbo model to follow. It is more than sufficient as a base engine. Especially in a luxury coupe.

     

     

    As for the car, it is a stunning design. They could have cleaned the rear end up just a bit, however. Didn't expect this thing to start around the six-figure mark, but I guess Lexus is going after the big fish here.

     

     

     

     

     

    Let me get this straight... U suggesting that my C6 Corvette wasn't a better performer than the LFA??? Because U drove my C6.. U drove the LFA too.. or at the very least raced one??? 

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    I don't understand why this vehicle has to weigh less than the porkers that are the 650i or Mercedes SLC coupe.

     

    And it's debuting an all-new platform.

     

    And it looks slick. I know styling is purely subjective, but the surface treatments, innovative use of lighting elements and just the lickable interior in terms of materials - it's mighty fine.

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      -53.0
      -54.7
      1,404
      1,673
      -15.0
      -16.1
      LC
      141
      218
      -32.9
      -35.3
      320
      522
      -37.9
      -38.7
      LFA
      0
      0
      0
      0
      3
      1
      204
      200
      TOTAL LEXUS CAR
      8,030
      8,502
      -2.1
      -5.6
      18,919
      19,127
      0.2
      -1.1
      TOTAL TOYOTA CAR
      78,884
      91,097
      -10.2
      -13.4
      206,936
      230,130
      -8.9
      -10.1
      SIENNA
      8,351
      7,559
      14.6
      10.5
      18,616
      23,619
      -20.1
      -21.2
      C-HR
      5,676
      5,253
      12.1
      8.1
      14,521
      13,619
      8.0
      6.6
      RAV4
      33,166
      34,937
      -1.6
      -5.1
      83,820
      91,461
      -7.1
      -8.4
      FJ CRUISER
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      1
      -100
      -100
      VENZA
      1
      0
      0
      0
      1
      0
      0
      0
      HIGHLANDER
      20,824
      21,438
      0.7
      -2.9
      52,621
      52,882
      0.8
      -0.5
      4RUNNER
      12,510
      11,761
      10.3
      6.4
      32,829
      31,550
      5.4
      4.1
      SEQUOIA
      843
      1,006
      -13.1
      -16.2
      2,410
      2,828
      -13.7
      -14.8
      LAND CRUISER
      324
      267
      25.8
      21.3
      807
      764
      7.0
      5.6
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV
      73,344
      74,662
      1.9
      -1.8
      187,009
      193,105
      -1.9
      -3.2
      TACOMA
      22,798
      20,250
      16.8
      12.6
      58,183
      53,779
      9.6
      8.2
      TUNDRA
      10,351
      10,697
      0.3
      -3.2
      25,100
      26,318
      -3.4
      -4.6
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP
      33,149
      30,947
      11.1
      7.1
      83,283
      80,097
      5.3
      4.0
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK
      114,844
      113,168
      5.2
      1.5
      288,908
      296,821
      -1.4
      -2.7
      UX
      1,776
      0
      0.0
      0.0
      3,925
      0
      0.0
      0.0
      NX
      5,633
      5,859
      -0.3
      -3.9
      13,775
      14,327
      -2.6
      -3.9
      RX
      10,967
      9,819
      15.8
      11.7
      23,529
      23,795
      0.2
      -1.1
       
      2,291
      2,329
      2.0
      -1.6
      5,429
      5,691
      -3.3
      -4.6
      552
      528
      8.4
      4.5
      1,214
      1,277
      -3.7
      -4.9
      21,219
      18,535
      18.7
      14.5
      47,872
      45,090
      7.6
      6.2
      136,063
      131,703
      7.1
      3.3
      336,780
      341,911
      -0.2
      -1.5
      27
      28
       
       
      76
      77
       
       
       
      TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY
        March 2019
       
      -- CURRENT MONTH --
      2019                          2018       DSR %
      VOL %
      -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --
      2019               2018      DSR %
      VOL %
      COROLLA
      20,388
      29,245
      -27.7
      -30.3
      71,381
      72,791
      -0.6
      -1.9
      CAMRY
      33,519
      33,235
      4.6
      0.9
      81,283
      82,164
      0.2
      -1.1
      AVALON
      2,855
      4,068
      -27.2
      -29.8
      6,619
      10,576
      -36.6
      -37.4
      YARIS SD (INCL YARIS IA)
      3,947
      2,918
      40.3
      35.3
      7,710
      7,506
      4.1
      2.7
      RAV4
      12,631
      14,622
      -10.4
      -13.6
      29,472
      41,184
      -27.5
      -28.4
      VENZA
      1
      0
      0.0
      0.0
      1
      0
      0.0
      0.0
      HIGHLANDER
      20,824
      21,438
      0.7
      -2.9
      52,620
      52,882
      0.8
      -0.5
      SIENNA
      8,351
      7,559
      14.6
      10.5
      18,616
      23,619
      -20.1
      -21.2
      SEQUOIA
      843
      1,006
      -13.1
      -16.2
      2,410
      2,828
      -13.7
      -14.8
      TACOMA
      22,798
      20,250
      16.8
      12.6
      58,183
      53,779
      9.6
      8.2
      TUNDRA
      10,351
      10,697
      0.3
      -3.2
      25,100
      26,318
      -3.4
      -4.6
      ES
      3,882
      3,507
      14.8
      10.7
      8,844
      8,282
      8.2
      6.8
      RX
      9,227
      8,203
      16.6
      12.5
      19,013
      21,009
      -8.3
      -9.5
      TOTAL
      149,617
      156,748
      -1.0
      -4.5
      381,252
      402,938
      -4.1
      -5.4
      N.A VEHICLES % OF TOTAL
      69.6%
      70.4%
       
       
      70.1%
      70.4%
       
       
      TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR
      10,143
      13,116
      -19.8
      -22.7
      21,022
      37,966
      -43.9
      -44.6
      LEXUS IMPORT CAR
      4,148
      4,995
      -13.9
      -17.0
      10,075
      10,845
      -5.9
      -7.1
      TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT CARS
      60,709
      69,466
      -9.4
      -12.6
      166,993
      173,037
      -2.2
      -3.5
      LEXUS NA BUILT CARS
      3,882
      3,507
      14.8
      10.7
      8,844
      8,282
      8.2
      6.8
      TOTAL TOYOTA CARS
      78,882
      91,084
      -10.2
      -13.4
      206,934
      230,130
      -8.9
      -10.1
      TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT TRUCK
      39,045
      37,596
      7.7
      3.9
      102,506
      96,211
      7.9
      6.5
      LEXUS IMPORT TRUCK
      11,992
      10,332
      20.4
      16.1
      28,859
      24,081
      21.4
      19.8
      TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK
      75,799
      75,572
      4.0
      0.3
      186,402
      200,610
      -5.9
      -7.1
      LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK
      9,227
      8,203
      16.6
      12.5
      19,013
      21,009
      -8.3
      -9.5
      TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK
      136,063
      131,703
      7.1
      3.3
      336,780
      341,911
      -0.2
      -1.5
      Selling Days
      27
      28
       
       
      76
      77
       
       
         
       
        TOYOTA U.S. HYBRID SALES SUMMARY March 2019
      -- CURRENT MONTH --                                          -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --
      2019             2018        DSR %                               2019                2018 DSR %
      TOYOTA PRIUS HYBRID
      5,410
      8,222
      -31.8%
      12,058
      22,235
      -45.1%
      TOYOTA COROLLA HYBRID
      743
      0
      0.0%
      753
      0
      0.0%
      TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID
      2,606
      2,125
      27.2%
      6,366
      5,303
      21.6%
      TOYOTA AVALON HYBRID
      734
      828
      -8.1%
      1,793
      1,818
      -0.1%
      TOYOTA MIRAI
      176
      83
      119.9%
      347
      462
      -23.9%
      TOYOTA HIGHLANDER HYBRID
      1,252
      1,401
      -7.3%
      3,404
      3,471
      -0.6%
      TOYOTA RAV4 HYBRID
      892
      4,128
      -77.6%
      2,829
      11,289
      -74.6%
      LEXUS ES HYBRID
      844
      388
      125.6%
      1,890
      865
      121.4%
      LEXUS GS HYBRID
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      4
      10
      -60%
      LEXUS UX HYBRID
      889
      0
      0.0%
      1,983
      0
      0
      LEXUS NX HYBRID
      891
      735
      25.70%
      2,301
      1711
      36.30%
      LEXUS RX HYBRID
      1,522
      965
      63.60%
      3,441
      2216
      57.30%
      LEXUS LS HYBRID
      15
      41
      -62.10%
      33
      68
      -50.80%
      LEXUS LC HYBRID
      4
      13
      -68%
      7
      30
      -76.40%
      LEXUS CT HYBRID
      0
      1
      -100%
      0
      4
      -100.0%
      TOTAL TMNA HYBRID
      15,978
      18,932
      -12.50%
      37,209
      49,482
      -23.80%
      TOTAL TOYOTA HYBRID
      11,813
      16,787
      -27.00%
      27,550
      44,578
      -37.40%
      TOTAL LEXUS HYBRID
      4,165
      2,145
      101.40%
      9,659
      4,904
      99.60%
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Toyota Motor North America Reports February 2019 Sales
      Tacoma sales increased 10.2 percent; up for the 16th consecutive month Highlander sales up 8.9 percent; a best-ever February Lexus RXh sales up 52.5 percent; a best-ever February Lexus Luxury SUV sales up 7.0 percent; a best-ever February March 01, 2019 February 2019 Sales Chart

      PLANO, Texas (March 1, 2019) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported February 2019 sales of 172,748 vehicles, a decrease of 5.2 percent from February 2018 on a volume and daily selling rate (DSR) basis.
       
      Toyota division posted February sales of 152,626 units, down 6.3 percent on a volume and DSR basis.
       
      Lexus posted February sales of 20,122 vehicles, up 4.4 percent on a volume and a DSR basis.
       
      February 2019 Highlights   Corolla sales up 16.0 percent Highlander sales increased 8.9 percent; a best-ever February C-HR sales increased 7.3 percent; a best-ever February Tacoma up 10.2 percent; a best-ever February Land Cruiser sales increased 52.5 percent LX sales up 6.8 percent ES sales increased by 23.8 percent in February RC sales up 50.0 percent NXh sales up 39.8 percent; a best-ever February RXh sales up 52.5 percent Lexus Hybrid sales up 112.3 percent Lexus Luxury SUV sales up 7.0 percent; a best-ever February  
      *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume.
      Toyota_Motor_North_America_Reports_February_2019_Sales_Chart_Final.pdf
    • By William Maley
      Lexus has some has some big plans in store for the F performance sub-brand. Motor1 is reporting that the luxury brand is planning to keep the Track Edition nameplate for some time.
      “The plan right now is to build 60 [RC F] Track Editions...and it’s going to be 40 of the white and 20 of the matte gray [cars for 2020]. It’s [our] intention to have a version of the Track Edition in subsequent [model] years,” said Cooper Ericksen, vice president for product planning and strategy at Lexus.
      It is unclear what Lexus has planned for the future of Track Edition. Ericksen said everything is up in the air ranging from improving the performance to possibly applying the treatment to other models (LC Track Edition anyone?).
      “We’re having fun with the engineers to figure out what [Track Edition] can look like in the future."
      Another item being talked about for F is building a crossover or SUV. Ericken said that a key topic of discussion is whether or not they should focus on doing an on-road version or buck the trend and do an off-road one.
      “[What] we're currently trying to figure out is [if] the on-road performance aspect [is] more important [for Lexus] to invest in than the off-road performance.” 
      Source: Motor1, 2

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    • By William Maley
      Lexus has some has some big plans in store for the F performance sub-brand. Motor1 is reporting that the luxury brand is planning to keep the Track Edition nameplate for some time.
      “The plan right now is to build 60 [RC F] Track Editions...and it’s going to be 40 of the white and 20 of the matte gray [cars for 2020]. It’s [our] intention to have a version of the Track Edition in subsequent [model] years,” said Cooper Ericksen, vice president for product planning and strategy at Lexus.
      It is unclear what Lexus has planned for the future of Track Edition. Ericksen said everything is up in the air ranging from improving the performance to possibly applying the treatment to other models (LC Track Edition anyone?).
      “We’re having fun with the engineers to figure out what [Track Edition] can look like in the future."
      Another item being talked about for F is building a crossover or SUV. Ericken said that a key topic of discussion is whether or not they should focus on doing an on-road version or buck the trend and do an off-road one.
      “[What] we're currently trying to figure out is [if] the on-road performance aspect [is] more important [for Lexus] to invest in than the off-road performance.” 
      Source: Motor1, 2
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