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Lexus Stops Manufacturing European-Spec IS Models

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Lexus has stopped production of European-spec IS models due to new crash safety legislation that goes into effect at the end of the year.

The issue centers around the shape of the front-end, which does not meet the new pedestrian safety requirements — rather than make changes to the current model, Lexus has chosen to wait until the next-generation IS debuts early next year.

(Of course, the IS will continue to be available at European dealerships until the existing inventory runs out.)

[Source: MSN UK]

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    Carson
  • November 27, 2012
Does this mean Lexus has now finished making Diesel engines vehicles? I think the European IS was the last model left.
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      Pond
    • November 27, 2012
    Was there ever other diesel models? In some European countries Lexus stopped selling IS220d already a year ago stating that hybrid is where they want to go. So I doubt there will be another diesel Lexus ever. Which is good IMO.
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      DrazenDodig
    • November 27, 2012
    this is not true... Lexus has been and is selling IS200d and IS220d in Europe this year/now. And anyway, production of 2IS stops in a month worldwide... In UK they changed to IS200d for lower consumption but in other countries both models were still sold. Toyota/Lexus UK usually does their own thing.
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      Pond
    • November 27, 2012
    I said "in some"
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    F1orce
  • November 27, 2012
European economy is dying due to all the regulations etc
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    Pattebb
  • November 30, 2012
This is so sad news for Lexus customer..How can Lexus stop produktion of a model before it have a new succesor. I think they have very bad planning. Think if Bmw or Audi should stop production of the 3 serie or A4 serie, because of bad planning...Would be fun to hear how Lexus was thinking about this stop, is it because they know the new IS will come soon??

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