• Aug 15, 2006
In order to become the world's largest automaker you need a gameplan, and Toyota's apparently got one. AutoWeek has peered into its crystal ball and consulted each one of its inside sources to chart the changes at Toyota and Lexus over the next five years. Here's what they foresee for the Japanese juggernaut minus vehicles that have recently been introduced or substantially redesigned.

TOYOTA
  • Prius – Redesign for 2010 or 2011 with plug-in capability, still odd looking
  • Corolla – Redesign delayed until 2008 to combat Honda Civic and Mazda3
  • Matrix – Redesign after Corolla in 2009, destination vehicle for Scion owners
  • Camry Solara – Killed after 2008, coupe could return by 2010
  • Supra – Not going to happen, all rumors to the contrary false
  • Sienna – Redesign for spring 2009 with hybrid version
  • Highlander – Redesign for 2008 on larger Avalon platform
  • FT-SX – New large crossover for 2008 similar to Chrysler Pacifica
  • Tundra – 2007 model arrives in January, heavy-duty versions possible
  • Sequoia – Redesigned for 2008 on new Tundra platform
  • Land Cruiser – Reengineered version arrives in 2008
Follow the jump to see what AutoWeek believes Lexus will be up to in the coming years.

[Source: AutoWeek]

LEXUS
  • IS250/350 – Coupe variant for 2008 (What about the IS500?)
  • LS460 – 2007 model about to bow with LS600hL hybrid version
  • SC430 – Redesign in mid-2007 to compete with BMW 6-Series
  • LF-A – Arrives late 2007, early 2008 with 500-hp V8
  • RX350/400h – Redesign in early 2008 to compete with larger Acura MDX
  • JX470 – For mid-2007 built off GS platform to compete with Infiniti FX35/45
  • Small crossover – RAV4-based luxury mini-ute being considered


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not in a market for a Truck or a Sports car, so I can care less if the next Tundra/(ex)Supra is more or less "exciting" compare to next Hummer, Charger, or Camero. It doesn't matter what a few may like or dislike about a certain brand of cars; this post is not about Toyota's popularity.

      This is a list for potential buyers who may be ready to buy a few years down the road.

      If I was in the market for a new Minivan today, now I know Sienna won't get a new update til 2009. I see this list as a guide, not as an opportunity to whine, cause people got nothing better to do but huff and puff about brand loyalties.
      • 8 Years Ago
      AZMike,

      Not only do I remember the Corona, I remember and rode in a Toypet, the neighbor across the street had one. While it's a long time ago (and Toyota has improved vastly) few will remember that the Tyopet engines wore very quickly over 55 mph. In fact the shortness of engine life was legend. If you disassemble a "Toyoglide" you will find the layout and design very similar to the old powerglide.

      "The Iotians are a very bright and innovative people, with the transtator (to copy) they may be asking for a piece of our action in just a few years."

      Captain Kirk "A piece of the action"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Supra – Not going to happen, all rumors to the contrary false

      D@MN!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      My answer to #7, pure speculation on my part of course, is that maybe Toyota is finally realizing that even though they CAN produce a new car design in 5 years or less, they start to lose business by doing this nowadays. It worked well when everyone was leasing but I believe that leases are down compared to longer term car loans. Well it stands to reason that if you wait until your car loan is in its' final year before buying your next car (when you would possibly have some equity for trade) then you might decide to wait even longer since "toyota came out with that new design last year".

      I know a few people who purchased an Accord and are not happy that Honda redesigned it again before they are even done with their loan and now they're not even in the market because the Accord is already a year into it's new design, so why not wait until the next go around and get the new Accord design in 3 years-that is their reasoning anyway.

      I just don't think it makes sense anymore for automakers to come out with complete redesigns so often when your typical car loan is 5 years. It makes more sense to hit those return customers up every 5 years with your new design so that everyone's happy.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like I'll be hanging on to my MR2 Spyder for a long time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Tom Petrov
      "Also, Toyota is in a great position to watch how consumers react to the Camaro before they bring out the Supra once again."
      If by "great position" you mean standing at the platform as the train pulls away.
      They've been in that same 'great position' for the past few years as Nissan brought out the 350z and Mazda with the RX-8. Why didn't they bring the Supra back already? They waited too long, i don't think its coming.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15 robert akinson........ yea them oddessys are doing so well with their sure to fail trannies...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #26 charles.. what a name.. charles.. jeez... what you should do is crawl back in your jap hole and shut up.. :) :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      #25 thats ok charles.. ha ha.. charles.. what a name... jeez.. go ahead and be anti american.. i can take my buick and give it the same care you give your imports and wear 3 of your imports..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bla Bla Bla Bla...

      More boring cars and truck...

      Toyota will never change. They must put out the ugliest card and trucks I ever seen.

      P.S don't forget the recalls.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn I have to wait till 2009 for a hybrid minivan? I guess they figure the current Sienna is already selling well with the Odyssey as it's only real competition. I had heard an earlier rumor that we were talking about a mid 2007 introduction on the current platform that I liked a lot better.

      I admit it does seem odd that they are making most of their cars bigger at a time when fuel economy is a bigger selling point than it has been in 30 years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Spring '09 for the hybrid van...

      Oh well: Gotta make the Passat wagon last another year past the original plan.

      Anyone wanna tell my kids they gotta wait longer for the integrated Xbox 360???

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