may be mulling a production version of the company's LF-LC Concept
. After receiving a near universally positive reception following its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show
this year, Karl Schlicht, head of Lexus
product planning, reportedly gave the vehicle a 50-50 shot at hitting dealers
sometime in the future. Those aren't great odds, but it is a change of tone from when the vehicle first hit the stage. Back in January, Toyota
made it very clear the LF-LC was strictly a concept. As you may recall, the vehicle is a 2+2 coupe with a hybrid
drivetrain and a low-slung presence.
According to Schlicht, the vehicle would have never even been considered for production if it had merely been submitted as a design proposal. With a physical concept backed by chorus of positive reviews, the company's decision makers have evidently been prompted to give the LF-LC a second look.
Schlicht himself is set to become the head of product planning for Toyota
and Lexus starting on April 1.