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
Buick luxury sedan
is also on the chopping block. Fans of the
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.