Lexus says LF-LC concept has 50/50 chance of making production
The Lexus LF-LC could eventually make production.
Lexus' sleek-looking LF-LC debuted at the 2012 Detroit auto show as a pure concept, but an overwhelming response from show-goers has the Japanese automaker seriously considering putting the hybrid coupe into production.
Lexus gave its California-based design team free reign when developing the LF-LC, limiting only the vehicle's overall size. As such the LF-LC was never designed with production feasibility in mind, which could be an issue now that the concept is garnering so much interest.
The general public named the LF-LC 'best in show' at the 2012 Detroit auto show, and the concept received similar praise at its European unveiling in Geneva. Thanks to that warm response, the LF-LC's production odds have gone from nil to 50/50.
"A decision has not been taken," Karl Schlicht, head of Toyota's European product planning, told Autocar. "But we're now up to a 50 percent chance from a zero percent 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."
It remains to be seen if the LF-LC will be able to pull off the transition from concept to production, but Lexus could certainly use another coupe in its lineup. With the departure of the SC, there is now a glaring gap in Lexus' coupe lineup between the $41,000 IS C and the $375,000 LFA.