• Jul 12, 2008
Sales of the bulbous Lexus SC 430, one of the vehicles that kick-started the current hardtop convertible fad in the U.S., have slowed so significantly that Toyota's luxury brand has reportedly canceled its replacement. The four-place, V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive vehicle never fit well into any specific niche, as it boasted neither the sportiness of the ragtop Jaguar XK and Porsche 911, nor the snob appeal of the BMW 6 Series. Through the first six months of this year, Lexus sold only 1,230 SC's, down 40% from last year. What fans the Lexus sport coupes/convertible does have need not worry, however, as the brand will be launching the much more potent (and substantially more impressive) LF-A supercar at some point in the future.

According to Inside Line, the SC isnt the only Toyota product without a future. The Avalon entry-level Buick luxury sedan is also on the chopping block. Fans of the boring unpretentious Avalon can instead look forward to an extended-length version of the Camry sedan to take its spot in Toyota's U.S. lineup.


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Avalon is pending cancelation, i don;t think it will be canceled as it is far too close to its model year production date. the SC on the other hand was a sorry assed excuse for a luxury car and i'm glad to see it go. THe Avalon was an OK car, not great, but not bad either and im sure that this car had its appeal
      • 6 Years Ago
      That SC crap is so fugly
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have always liked the SC Line although, I can see why sales for this generation SC are declining. 1) the rear seats in the SC430 are useless other than by toddlers. Buyers might opt for other useful convertibles/cabrios in its niche 2) the SC is underpowered by competitor standards. Why not drop in the 5.7 I force that is in the Tundra then have some real fun 3) Styling is dated. The Jellybean went out at least 5 years ago. If Lexus were smart, they would return the SC to its first American iteration as a fixed roof luxury coupe with fresh styling, new power, and a relatively competitive price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the original SC coupe with the 2JZ motor was great and still looks good. With a motor swap from a Supra that car is a beast.

      BTW I heard Toyota is looking to cancel the Sequoia also. Thank goodness!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think fuel prices are taking a toll on the Avalon as they are on other large sedans. Instead of cancelling it, maybe they should install the new 2.7 liter 4 cylinder or a smaller displacement turbocharged 4 cylinder as the base engine (even a smaller displacement V6 might be a good choice for a base engine). I'm sure there are some potential buyers out there that appreciate the roominess and features of the Avalon (and/or other larger sedans), but don't want or need the "extravagance" of the current V6 (Isn't Ford planning to offer an EcoBoost 4 cylinder in the redesigned Taurus next year? If Ford can pull this off, why can't the "almighty" Toyota). I don't think a stretched version of the Camry will provide the same level of upscale perception to buyers as having a seperate fullsize sedan entry (it will save development and marketing costs, but I still see Toyota losing buyers in the end). I think there are still customers out there who desire to own a Toyota product that offers a certain level of "exclusiveness" above a mainstream Camry, but don't want to pay Lexus prices to obtain that feeling.

      As far as the cancellation of the SC, I see a coupe or convertible (or coupe-cabrio) version of the IS taking over for its absence more so than the LF-A supercar. If they follow through with this, then I don't think the IS would really be missed that much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OOPS!

      The last line of my previous post should have been:
      " If they follow through with this, then I don't think the SC would really be missed that much."

      My bad!
      • 6 Years Ago
      All I have in memory of the SC is Kristanna Loken in the movie Terminator 3 when she drove one of these......boy, isn't she hot!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay. I'm the guy that likes cars that ONLY appeal to women. The SC is a bit funky and that always works for me. If you liked the 55 Thunderbird when it was new, then you like the SC also. I had a 55 Thunderbird in 1963. I just might be inclined to find a nice used SC in the not too distant future. It is way too bad that it never had a manual transmission though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay, the car is also for old farts with an ironic last name? :/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang. The Avalon was by far and above the best-looking sedan in Toyota's USDM lineup.
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Avalon and ES350 cost about the same, but the Lexus has a superior warranty and the dealers are a little more attentive. I think most people opt for the more prestigious Lexus.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I thought the Avalon is to the Camry as the Lexus GS is to the ES. It's quite a larger car. The Camry equates to the ES, and the full-size Avalon is closer to the GS, which would give some more purpose to it.

        In any case, I'm sad to see the Avalon go. It was really quite a nice car. Quiet, comfortable, large, reasonably priced. But the SC? Not one bit. I hated the current generation, but I'm not sure they had to kill it altogether. With a complete redesign, it could have competed with the BMW 6, MB CLK/SL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The first generation SC was a very handsome ride. The second generation didn't seem to hit the mark. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that the first was styled in America, while the second was created in Europe. Too bad we won't see what a 3rd generation would have promised.

      As for the promised LF-A Supercar, this is a different breed entirely. And at a reported $200,000, this will sell in even lower numbers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am pretty sure you all will be getting the Auron because that is exactly what it is.
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