Posts Tagged ‘LF-LC Concept’

Toyota News: LC 500 Name Trademarked, Increased Mirai Production

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Things are happening at Toyota this week… Big things! Chief among them are two breaking news stories:

First, last week we learned that Toyota already had an astounding 200 pre-orders for their Mirai fuel-cell sedan, and this week we’ve learned that Toyota is devoting an extra $165 million to the car’s initial production.

Second, the avid users over at Lexus Enthusiast – a popular Lexus-themed blog and forum – also found out this week that the premium Japanese automaker has filed trademarks for the Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h nameplate in several countries.

You can read more about both stories below:

Increased Toyota Mirai Production

2014 Lexus LF-LC Concept

The word from a popular Japanese newspaper, Nikkei, has informed us that Toyota plans to invest something in the ballpark of ¥20 billion – about $165 million – to more than triple domestic production. Toyota will reportedly deliver 700 Mirais (instead of just 200) by the end of 2015. Apparently, demand is so strong that even with this increased production capacity, Toyota still won’t be able to meet production demands.

As a reminder, the all-new Toyota Mirai goes on sale in Japan next Monday, December 15. Then, it’ll go on sale in the US and Europe in the summer of next year.

Along with the news of increased production, Nikkei also gave us an updated breakdown of exactly how many Toyota Mirai FCVs the Japanese automaker intends to sell in its first three years on the market. They want to sell:

  • 400 units in the Japan by the end of 2015
  • 50 – 100 units per year in Europe by the end of 2016
  • 3,000 units per year in the US by the end of 2017

Lexus Trademarks LC 500 & LC 500h Names

2016 Toyota Mirai FCV

Remember the Lexus LF-C2 Concept from last month’s LA auto show? So do we – it’s a hard car to forget. Thanks to the investigative users at the popular Lexus blog, Lexus Enthusiast, we’ve learned that the premium automaker has filed trademarks for both LC 500 and LC 500h in the US, Canada and Australia.

This means that the Lexus LF-LC and the LF-C2 Concepts were never meant to herald new RC F models or revived SC coupe models… Instead, it looks like the Lexus LC 500 and 500h will mark the beginning of a totally new nameplate for Toyota’s sub-brand. Furthermore, we can now assume that the Lexus LF-LC and LF-C2 production models will be the “exciting new cars” we were told to expect at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, and that they’ll run on the Lexus RC F’s 467hp 5.0L V8 engine.


Lexus Teases Open-Top LF-C2 Concept Ahead of LA Reveal

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Today we have perhaps our most epic Los Angeles Auto Show preview yet. It’s an all-new sports car concept from premium Japanese automaker, Lexus. This, ladies and gentlemen, is our first glimpse at the open-air Lexus LF-C2 Concept:

Lexus LF-C2 Concept Teaser

We already knew that one of Toyota’s other sub-brands, Scion, would be debuting the Scion iM Concept in LA, but we had a sneaking suspicion we’d get a peek at something more exciting before the show’s doors open next week. Sure enough, this sleek open-top convertible comes along and lives up to the hype, complete with a thematic 72 Hour Eclipse Reveal planned for the concept’s debut.

Lexus plans to release at least one more teaser of their new LF-C2 Concept before its LA premiere. We’ll either get to see the spindle grille, wheels or interior, determined by a fan vote taken at Lexus’ promo page for the new concept (linked above). Be sure to head over there and vote for the interior preview! 🙂

For those of you wondering, there is not an actual eclipse of any kind happening in LA (we already checked). Apparently Lexus didn’t get the sun on board with their promotional campaign.

2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept

2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept

All joking aside, this preview is actually quite a mystery. It doesn’t need to be said that Lexus is keeping tight-lipped about their newest concept, and the automotive blogosphere can’t seem to reach a consensus either. Here are just a few of the guesses other sources have made:

  1. Revived Lexus SC 430 (which was discontinued in 2010)
  2. Convertible version of the 2012 LF-LC Concept
  3. … Which could also preview a convertible Lexus RC
  4. Replacement for the Lexus IS Convertible, as a follow up to the Lexus LF-CC Concept
  5. New version of the Lexus LFA supercar
2014 Lexus RC F

2014 Lexus RC F

Personally, our guess is option 2/3 – the new Lexus LF-C2 Concept will preview a convertible Lexus RC. Maybe even a Lexus RC F convertible too, if we’re lucky. Our reasoning is simple, but sound; the 2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept was widely agreed to prequel the new Lexus RC, and LF-C2 sounds awfully similar to LF-LC. The other likely option is a new replacement for the Lexus IS Convertible.

That being said, we secretly hope that the Lexus LF-C2 Concept will preview an LFA-inspired, commercially accessible open-air sports car. But we hesitate to even say such a thing out loud, lest we jinx the possibility.

Whatever the LF-C2 concept is that being, Lexus is going the extra mile to make its reveal as exciting and engaging as possible. The “Eclipse Reveal” isn’t just the theme behind this particular teaser; it’s also the name for Lexus’ 72-hour social media campaign in which they’ll reveal the car bit by bit. Or, you can plan ahead to watch the live stream press conference at 1:40pm PST.