Very well said. 5,600lbs for a FWD platform is insane and now GA-L looks light in comparison. LF-1 is Lexus' worst mistake ever.
@F1 Silver Arrows: I want to hope the revised GA-L rumors are true, but I am very skeptical due to the pending transition to EVs and limited use cases for a new RWD platform in the meantime. Reports are that IS is moving to a new BEV chassis and we haven’t heard a word on a new LS. GX and LX are on GA-F, the CUVs are all new and on GA-K.
Toyota deciding to build a new premium GA-L platform at the 11th hour before transitioning to BEV, just for Supra/SC, sounds very un-Toyota to me. I want to believe it but I will when I see it 🤞🏼
They can't save cost on a product that doesn't exist. If developing new products is expensive, then they should never develop any product.They didn't cancel LF-1 and GA-L cars because of the weight but because of the cost savings.
They can't save cost on a product that doesn't exist. If developing new products is expensive, then they should never develop any product.
The demand and profitability for a very expensive limousine-like SUV is clearly there. The business case isn't even debatable. They could be much more profitable to even cancel the LS in favor of the LF-1. Cancelling LF-1 was not just a bad brand image decision, but also a bad business decision.
We should stop imagining TMC as this perfectly run organization that never make any business mistakes and always make optimal decisions just because they are the biggest and most profitable car company in the world. They've made plenty of mistakes and terrible investments in the past 5 years, just not as many as other companies.
By the way, Mr. Akio also felt uneasy about building the Century with the GA-K platform package. However, when Mr. Akio saw the new Century design, he instantly said, ``Wow!'' ”
What Mr. Akio wanted to say in this new Century was, ``In the end, branding is not possible without the commitment that top management has for the company and customers at any given time.'' That was it. In other words, it was the top that was driving the brand.
Regarding the difference between the new Century and the sedan type, it is said that there is a 6:4 ratio of driver's car elements.
By the way, the third-generation Century sedan type has the most owners within the Toyota group, so when developing the new Century, we conducted countless interviews with owners within the group. That's what it means. The SUV type was born out of this opinion.