Rumor has it Lexus is going to enter the compact luxury car segment.
Despite reports last year that the Japanese automaker had no intentions to create a model smaller than the CT 200h, Australia website Motoring is reporting that Lexus will actually debut an all-new B-segment compact car that will serve as a direct rival to the Audi A1. If the compact model is approved for production it won’t be released globally until 2018 after Lexus pushes its second-generation CT to market.
It is also being reported that Lexus will debut the next-generation RX crossover at the New York Auto Show in April, which was originally rumored to bow at the Detroit Auto Show. We would take the rumor of a compact Lexus with a grain of salt, especially considering Mark Templin, General Manager of Lexus, has gone on the record saying Lexus doesn’t need to build an A- or B-segment car noting that demand for small cars in the U.S. is really weak.
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