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 jobs for us, many shopping for the new development of vehicles,” says “So, how to manage the priorities of the new coupe, we need a coupe; is a strong request in Europe; and a SUV is a strong request from the US. are many requests from the [market].”

Furuyama-san says Lexus is in with its distributors from the world to gauge feedback on model would be the most for each market.

“Of course, US say the bigger SUV is number one’, and says ‘no, no, no — we need a bigger SUV, we a wagon or small SUV’; so we to manage many requests global, and make a decision model is the first priority and model is the most efficient,” he

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An SUV based on the IS would be a first for But recall that the first-gen IS, known as the Toyota Altezza in also came with a wagon variant called the I always liked that but it was never a strong seller on our I can tell you that a wagon of the new IS 350 F Sport is something I would very, 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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Toyota Altezza Wagon
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