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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lexus LF-A Roadster concept.

Lexus Australia's chief executive, John Roca, gave up a number of product details to The Australian in an interview this past weekend, including the addition of an "F" variant of the GS sedan and possibly a full-size LS limo. Both models are aimed to attack luxury stalwarts Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz by offering a number of high-performance variants and also developing a new model that would slot in below the IS sedan to take on the BMW 1-series and the Audi A3. That model is still a few years away, but it will be an integral part of Lexus' commitment to reach one million global sales in the next two to three years.

The other element includes offering hybrid versions of every vehicle it sells, plus the introduction of a hybrid-only model that will be unveiled in concept form this January at the Detroit Auto Show. Toyota's luxury arm plans to release a redesigned five-seater RX next year, based off the LF-Xh concept that bowed in Tokyo, although there's no word on the rumored seven-seat variant due out before the end of the decade.

Naturally, no conversation about Lexus would be complete without some mention of a two-door, coupe/convertible version of the IS, a model that's been sorely lacking from the Lexus lineup, plus, the LF-A supercar, which should finally come to market in 2011, but may only be available in left-hand drive.





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      • 7 Years Ago
      I own two "Lexi", but am dumping my IS300 and buying a Honda Fit or Ford Fiesta (2010) in lieu of another Lexus. Why? Because all of their vehicles suck gas like crazy, and the L-Finesse design does nothing to excite me...at all. Yes, I know, the Honda Fit is far from a stunner, but it's reliable and will get twice the fuel economy that my current IS gets.

      I love Lexus' quality and reliability, but they can't serve me up a nice looking car that gives me economy at the pump. Thier hybrid program is a joke....1-2 mpg better than their standard cars? HA! Not worth the extra $$$$ for the sake of being green. I would go to a Toyota Corolla or a Yaris, but the Corolla is boring, and the Yaris is a little too small.

      Just my opinion.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      That... that actually looks pretty cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Lexus could easily take over the entry level luxury sedan/coupe market. All they have to do is come up with a car that is styled better than the BMW 1er (which should be easy), and has more power or better handling than the Audi A3. If they can price it between $25k-$35k they will have a winner. Even if it is underpowered compared to the 135i, trim some weight, and don't make it look like a pig it I will be very excited to see the results.
      • 7 Years Ago
      By the time the LF-A makes it to the market place, it'll be a totally different ball game. Toyota needs to join the fight now, while the action is red hot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "That model is still a few years away, but it will be an integral part of Lexus' commitment to reach one million global sales in the next two to three years."

      What, will it be the millionth car off the line? If the car is a few years away and they plan to hit their sales target in 2-3 yrs, it wont be integral to that goal because it wont be released in time to have any effect.
      The IS and GS have been integral to reaching that goal, not any vaporware.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Toyota builds Lexus.

        GM doesn't build Cadillac. Because there are needs to build equally profitable Pontiacs, GMCs, Saabs. Cadillac will just have to wait, even while Lexus turns into an unstoppable monster.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The LF-Xh looks very much like the Ford Reflex concept of a couple of years ago. I have no doubt that Lexus will make a lot of money of this great idea. Too bad Ford rarely follows through on their good ideas.

      No leadership I guess?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another luxury car line (planning on) diluting it's lineup? I'm shocked! That's just mind-bottling.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First glance at the roadster pic, and I thought I was looking at the 350Z