Lexus should make this a priority, I lease two cars and not only would this be saving for me and may others , added with reliability and a lowest payment possible for the customers. It would equal more repeat customers and $$ in the bank .
Well, I would seriously consider it if this would match or be cheaper than my lease payment with insurance and maintenance costs. However, I don't see it as being cheaper. Cadillac charges $1800 per month for access to one car at any one time among the predetermined fleet. I was paying that amount in Cdn $ for both the IS + RX leases with all taxes, insurance/maintenance combined. Of course, if you're paying that amount for a single loaded LS/LC/LX then it may make sense since you get the variety of (lesser) Lexus vehicles, but not for me when I have (and need) two cars.Sounds very appealing since we lease only ... It would be interesting to see how the costs compare.
$1800 per month is brutal for one vehicle, but the Cadillac line-up is rather limited and must cover all models. Lexus could break up their offering in two ranges: Standard & Executive. Standard could be ES & RX on down, and Executive could be all the L-models.Cadillac charges $1800 per month for access to one car at any one time among the predetermined fleet.
I don't see how it's much different than leasing, except maybe an additional cost for the flexibility. Sure wish I could swap my IS with an NX every few months depending.1. It is a "consumerist" concept, where the buyer always looses. Pay, you have, stop paying you have nothing. Change all the time and get the latest, even if it is not the best. Who needs a solid and reliable product, when you'll change before it breaks or is worthless?
Such programs, for consumers (not professionals) are money grab and only benefit the company (if it works). The customer always loses.
Why in the world would Lexus offer more expensive NX for less money per month than cheaper and smaller XC40?I agree man . The price that you quoted $1800 is a lot for one car .Volvo has there's for $600 hundred for the base XC 40 and $700 hundred for the R Design . If Lexus can do better on the price ( 400 ) to (500) for NX , IS , and UX this would work as well as make a subscription that allows the leaser to buy the car for less . This new subscription thing that everyone is doing won't pick up if the price is not less . The prices for Porsche,Cadillac and Mercedes are too high .
Exactly. But "value added services" are usually marketed as "money saving advantage". Uber type car service is sold as cheaper than owning a car, when it is not true, because it depends on many factors. Have you seen a car ad with sale price, rather than monthly lease rate?Why in the world would Lexus offer more expensive NX for less money per month than cheaper and smaller XC40?
Everyone needs to understand that this is an value added service from manufacturers, where they want to make more money, not less. So it is never going to be cheaper, but it might be simpler and let you switch cars easily.
March 22, 2018
Toyota Introduces Premium Class in Car Rental Line of Business
Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces the introduction of a new Premium Class car rental service offering Lexus models with an expected commencement of service on April 2 at Toyota Rent a Car locations in Japan.*1
With the motor vehicle industry in a once-in-a-century transformational period, customer needs are extending beyond conventional vehicle ownership and into shared utilization. The number of operating vehicles in the total car rental market in Japan has grown rapidly from roughly 610,000 at the end of 2013 to approximately 800,000 by the end of 2017. Of these, the number of premium models (luxury vehicles) in operation has also increased at a rate surpassing that of market growth, from roughly 5,000 at the end of 2013 to approximately 9,000 by the end of 2017.
The new Premium Class has been introduced in response to such needs. In addition, the service was created for the expansion of opportunities for customers to experience the appeal of the Lexus brand through car rental.
The main models to be made available to customers to adapt to various user lifestyles include: LS, GS, and IS sedans; CT hatchback; and RX and NX SUV models.*2 In addition, models will be made available for rental according to two price ranges, namely, for the latest model (current generation) and for the model before the redesign (previous generation), to satisfy a broad range of customer needs.
Service will commence from Tokyo, as well as select regions*1, and will be expanded gradually nationwide.
Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Rent a Car locations offer the freedom and pleasure of mobility through a rental car service that is "safe, secure, comfortable, convenient, simple, and swift" with Toyota Rent a Car's extensive model lineup, its fleet of approximately 130,000 cars*3, and its network of roughly 1,200 locations nationwide*3 serving as the foundation.
*1 Service is expected to commence at select locations in 14 prefectures starting April 2. Further details will be made available on the Premium Class page of the Toyota Rent a Car website.
*2 Available models may vary by shop.
*3 As of August 2017
Interesting post!This is only loosely related to the subject of this thread, but a couple of days ago Toyota Japan announced a new Premium Class car rental service offering Lexus models. Here's the introduction of the official news release:
Pricing charts (in Japanese yen, of course) and additional information are best viewed on the original News Release
A New Way To Access a Lexus
When the UX goes on sale in December of 2018, there will be a new option in addition to the usual purchase and lease processes. For the first time in the history of Lexus, the UX will be offered through a subscription service. Details will be announced closer to the UX on-sale date.