I meant that, while Toyoda oversees day to day activities, I wouldn't be surprised if his passionate gear head ambitions make him butt heads with his superior in Takeshi Uchiyamada, father of the Prius and that of the Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha board of directors. At the end of the day Toyota is still business, not the house of Akio Toyoda's pet projects. There are times he comes off as annoyed in the rare interviews he gives on business matters. As if he's forced to do things he is indifferent about, save for the LFA and LC coupe. Toyoda entered office in 2009, with a lot enemies at Toyota or as one could say, anti-Toyoda family forces. He might he cleaned house a little, but I recall some of these people are still there. Katsuake Watanabe dislikes Toyoda-san and was responsible for the LS declining intially. The been-there-done-that MY2010 LS refresh was developed under Watanabe, while the face-saving MY2013 LS was done under Toyoda. Some of the executive personnel at Toyota and the Japanese media, were wishing for him to fall flat on his face during the 2010 recall crisis, that it put him tears in one instance, that he was actually in a room full of Toyota USA personnel that were going support and protect him like he was trying to protect them. Corporate culture can become very messy, especially when nepotism and jealously is involved. Truth is that, the board of directors and chairman of the board Uchiyamada might be the ones responsible for Toyota's feet dragging, not so much Toyoda himself. Such as the fact there are dated power trains and overall slow to react product planning. He does not have free reign over TMC/TJKK, like some people assume. I take it some other powerful Toyota executives, are still angry about the LFA program. I am not sure that is quite how it happened, as the clothes slowly started coming off the W222 S-Class in the summer of 2012 and pretty much leaked in March 2013. By May 2013, it was fully revealed. May 2012 W222 Spy Shots March 18, 2013 W222 Spied Naked The 5LS delay decisions had to have been made well in advance before anyone 100% knew what the Benz looked like in full. In hindsight, they plainly felt they were tired of redesigning parallel to the S-Class and then being blind-sided at reveal. December 1997 W220 Spy Shots The LS430 design pretty much established by December 1997, the same month that the W220 S-Class appeared in these spy shots. Last minute adjustments were made to the car by mid-1998 and allowed them another 2 years to work with knowledge of the new Benz. Toyota was also able to buy new W220s in late 1998, utilizing them as benchmarks until LS430 engineering sign-off in late 1999-early 2000. 1998 photo of XF30 (LS430) prototype The 4LS by comparison, was designed to be like "1989 all over again" and it came very close to that, especially with the LWB and 6-figure LS600hL range topper. Unfortunately Toyota did not count on DaimlerChrysler putting out a quality and more competitive product in the W221. The fact that it was developed parallel, meant only the outgoing W220.5 was able to be used as a benchmark for the 4LS. W221 Prototype - December 2002 Despite that, they were still a little privy to what was going into the W221 due in late 2005, especially with this leak above from December 2002. They only did not have access to a W221 example until 4LS development was coming to a close. This time around Akio Toyoda was just not having that again and made the delay decision well before 2013. Toyota had to have committed to the current model (MY2013+) in 2010, to ensure it would be ready for summer 2012 production. The question is, did they always intend to retain the XF40 III for 2-3 more years (2014-15) or 5 years (2017-18)? How long has the GA-L platform been in development is another question? The LC may be debuting the architecture, but it is very likely it was developed with the 5LS in mind. Somehow the LS having its own delays reversed the launch timetable. The concept-to-production timeline isn't quite as identical as with the LC, as unlike the LF-LC, the LF-FC was already based on an existing production design the same way that the LF-NX was. The LF-LC was done from scratch. The real issue with the LF-FC and LF-NX, is that both were created to be more eye-catching than their production counterparts. The LF-LC had the benefit of getting engineering attention in the aftermath, which steadily streamlined it into the LC. Point is, Lexus could not reverse the final design of the LS to incorporate cues from the LF-FC, being that the design was frozen long ago. There are some extremities the LF-FC has, that are likely not present on the production car. Well maybe that's why they sell so many. J.K. You're welcome! I am not confident for my own reasons, this is 100% the final car. There is some detailing that is missing, that I am confident will be on the production car due to some past coincidences. Also, I don't want it to be too slab-sided again. You're welcome, I was a little sad it wasn't a spy shot. If a company doesn't want a future product to be seen, they can avoid that very well. Maybe this summer one will see shots, as the current LS was spotted 10 months before production started in mid-2006.