Lexus LF-LC Might Enter Into Production
The concept seems to be making its way into reality, as Lexus pursues discussions on a production model of the Lexus LF-LC. The concept was previously introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and now, amidst positive feedback (including the public’s ‘best in show’ award) that it received, Lexus plans to realize the concept. During the Detroit Show, senior bosses at Lexus parent firm Toyota insisted that the hybrid 2+2 coupé was strictly a concept. However, in an interview with Autocar, following its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Karl Schlicht, the planning chief of Lexus products revealed that the LF-LC’s chances of making production was 50/50.
“A decision has not been taken. But we’re now up to a 50 per cent chance from a zero per cent one. Every top Toyota Motor Company manager is aware of the great reception it has received and now we’re talking about how we can do it and fit it into the product plan,” said Karl Schlicht.
According to Schlicht, who is all set to take charge as the product planning chief of Toyota and Lexus Europe from April 1st, Toyota’s management would have dismissed the idea of such a revolutionary Lexus production car if it was presented to them without the concept. He said that the only parameter was the size of the car and they wanted the designers to create excitement. “We’d never get it built from a product planning point of view on paper, but people have seen the concept and fallen in love with it. Dealers have gone crazy for it as well,” he added.