Lexus IS Chief Moans That Europe Wants Wagons But U.S. Wants SUVs

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Lexus IS Chief Moans Europe Wants Wagons But Wants SUVs

I found the Lexus IS to be a surprisingly competent sedan, so I’m glad to that Lexus is planning variants of the car. That is, if can figure out which variants to and for whom. Time to dig up some stereotypes!


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In a recent interview with Drive . Lexus IS chief Junichi Furuyama said the is working to determine what of the IS they can put on the market next. The — and this always seems to be the — is that the Europeans want a or perhaps even a small but Americans want a large (By Americans, I mean Americans who Jalopnik readers. You get the idea.) what he said:

“There are many jobs for us, shopping lists for the new development of says Furuyama-san. “So, how to the priorities of the new vehicles: coupe, we a coupe; wagon, is a strong in Europe; and a bigger SUV is a strong from the US. There are many from the global [market].”

says Lexus is in discussions its distributors from around the to gauge feedback on which would be the most effective for market.

“Of course, US say ‘oh, the bigger SUV is one’, and Europe says no, no — we don’t need a SUV, we need a wagon or SUV’; so we have to manage requests from global, and a decision which model is the priority and which model is the efficient,” he says.

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An SUV based on the IS be a first for Lexus. But recall the first-gen Lexus IS, known as the Altezza in Japan, also with a small wagon called the SportCross. I always that car, but it was never a seller on our shores. I can tell you a wagon version of the new IS 350 F Sport is I would like very, much.

Furuyama said that if he had his he’d work on a coupe of the IS, which would be ideal for the IS-F performance model. he couldn’t comment on the future of car, but he said it’s it may not get another V8 like the outgoing

Also in the interview is a slight dig at BMW and plethora of 3-Series derivatives days, including but not limited to the GT, 3 Touring, and inevitable 4-Series Coupe. He says he’d to do that with the IS, even if he understand why.

“I can’t why they can produce such of many variants. We don’t such resources.”

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