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Caring about concept cars takes a lively sense of wonder and a little bit of short-sighted foolishness, at least in most cases.
These sleek, snazzy models appear long enough to tantalize the public and capture imaginations, only to disappear with the show just like a stage performer. What happens, then, when the crowd chants an encore, when they insatiably demand another taste? Sometimes nothing. On the other hand, the flattered performer may return to deliver.
The LF-LC hybrid concept that garnered lavish praise and the EyesOn award for its striking design is proving to have lasting popularity. So much so that Lexus is taking notice.
“This is just a concept at this point, but judging from the fantastic reception it received at the recent Detroit auto show, people want us to build it.,” Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America said.
For anyone who missed out on what was undeniably one of the most striking scenes in Detroit this year, the LF-LC hybrid concept car featured striking exterior styling with the opposing Lexus “L” grille that is already making its way into new models. The interior featured wild, organic, curvy designs that integrated new technology like speed-sensitive touch pads to lower and raise the windows.
It’s true that the car isn’t headed for production yet, but maybe Lexus can be coaxed if the crowd keeps chanting.