Lexus Still Considering Future Convertibles

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Lexus Still Considering Future Convertibles

Despite reports that the Lexus LF-C2 concept won’t head to production, the Japanese automaker is still considering a convertible model for its lineup.

According to Lexus Division general manager Jeff Bracken, the LF-C2 is “purely a concept” and is currently not slated for production, but a source familiar with the company’s planning has revealed to Automotive News that a convertible model is still under consideration.

The big question is whether it will be an RC convertible of a more exclusive drop-top version of the LF-LC concept that was on display at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The LF-LC convertible would be a halo model that would help elevate the brand but an RC convertible would  cost less and likely be easier to sell.

SEE ALSO: Lexus RC Convertible Plans Ditched in Favor of Three-Row Crossover

The company is expected to focus on a new three-row crossover model to compete with the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 while it decides what to do as a replacement for the IS convertible.

“We do think certainly that there’s a market for convertibles in the luxury segment,” said Bracken to Automotive News. “It’s not a huge volume item for us.”

GALLERY: Lexus LF-C2 Concept Live Photos

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GALLERY: Lexus LF-C2 Concept

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[Source: Automotive News]

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  • craigcole

    This seems pretty logical. There was nothing about the LF-C2 concept that was too outlandish except perhaps its fancy multi-layer paint job.

  • hp79

    That grill really looks too ugly to be true. I’m sure it’s a great car, but why so ugly? And they seem to be passed down to Camry’s too. Yuck!