NXracer

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Nice job lexus europe. Question what models are available in europe? There was a huge commotion about alot of models being axed due to poor sales, does this CY21 sales reflect the axing of select vehicles?
 

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Good information from Lexus Europe Newsroom:

  • Lexus Europe sales increased by 2% in 2021, consolidating a record share of 2.3% in a premium market that contracted by 2% vs. 2020 on the back of pandemic-related and global supply constraints.
  • The strongest growth was recorded by the LC flagship coupe (+53%), thanks to the successful market introduction of the LC Convertible. The Lexus flagship sedan, the LS, also progressed significantly (+46%) following a significant model refresh in early 2021.
  • UX was the best with 21444 units, closely followed by the NX with 19493 units.
    • Amazing result for the NX, in the last year, selling so well next to the UX
    • 3000(!) UX300e's, this car keeps amazing me how well it sells despite price vs. specs
  • 87% SUV sales

Now the big ones:
  • Customer deliveries of the all-new, second generation NX start in January 2022
  • In the first half of 2022, Lexus will reveal its first BEV on a dedicated platform, the RZ 450e. This vehicle will take the driving experience to the next level, with the introduction of our exclusive new drive force control technology, DIRECT 4, and a cutting-edge steer-by-wire system.
  • In upcoming years, Lexus will also bring a sustained flow of product launches, with no less than 20 new or renewed models by 2025 – a large majority of them under the banner of “Lexus Electrified”

Source: https://newsroom.lexus.eu/lexus-consolidates-sales-and-market-share-in-europe-in-2021/

For the 20 new models (IMO):
  1. UX facelift (2022)
  2. RZ450e (2022)
  3. New RX (2022)
  4. New TX (2022~3)
  5. New TX BEV (2024)
  6. New LS (2023~5)
  7. New ES (2024)
  8. New IS (2025)
  9. New IS Wagon
  10. NX facelift (2025)
  11. New small SUV (2022~3)
  12. LC facelift (?)
  13. New coupe

Any other ideas? They also say "a large majority of them under the banner of “Lexus Electrified”", non-eletrified models to come?
 

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I just have one question, with all the chip shortages, how are automakers able to break sales records?
 

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Good results for Lexus globaly this year:

January-December, 2021 sales results by major region are as follows.

North America approx. 332,000 units (112% compared to prev. year)
China approx. 227,000 units (101% compared to prev. year)
Europe approx. 72,000 units (102% compared to prev. year)
Japan approx. 51,000 units (104% compared to prev. year)
Middle East approx. 28,000 units (103% compared to prev. year)
East Asia approx. 30,000 units (95% compared to prev. year)

Lexus also gave us some clarification:

"Lexus aims to achieve offering a full lineup of BEVs in all segments by 2030, 100% BEV sales in Europe, North America, and China, and 1 million units sold globally as a new challenge of realizing a carbon-neutral society. Furthermore, we also aim to achieve 100% BEVs globally by 2035"

So, no more questions about which xEV Lexus is talking about, BEV only.

They also gave us a couple more shots for the upcoming 2022 RZ450e:

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"We will also accelerate the development of electric vehicles starting with the BEV exclusive model "RZ" in spring, we will release a series of new models that will accompany the lifestyles of a variety of customers. Please look forward to the future of Lexus."

Source: https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/lexus/36815721.html
 

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Good results for Lexus globaly this year:

January-December, 2021 sales results by major region are as follows.

North America approx. 332,000 units (112% compared to prev. year)
China approx. 227,000 units (101% compared to prev. year)
Europe approx. 72,000 units (102% compared to prev. year)
Japan approx. 51,000 units (104% compared to prev. year)
Middle East approx. 28,000 units (103% compared to prev. year)
East Asia approx. 30,000 units (95% compared to prev. year)

Lexus also gave us some clarification:

"Lexus aims to achieve offering a full lineup of BEVs in all segments by 2030, 100% BEV sales in Europe, North America, and China, and 1 million units sold globally as a new challenge of realizing a carbon-neutral society. Furthermore, we also aim to achieve 100% BEVs globally by 2035"

So, no more questions about which xEV Lexus is talking about, BEV only.

They also gave us a couple more shots for the upcoming 2022 RZ450e:

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"We will also accelerate the development of electric vehicles starting with the BEV exclusive model "RZ" in spring, we will release a series of new models that will accompany the lifestyles of a variety of customers. Please look forward to the future of Lexus."

Source: https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/lexus/36815721.html

Looking at the front wheel, it looks more and more like a proper RWD biased SUV (compare to the RX and you will know what I'm talking about). The plastic cladding initially gave me a false sensation of being a FWD architecture. I sincerely hope it's not another electric-powered RX. Time will tell.
 

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IMHO, the RZ450e plays in the same segmet next to the RX, but cleary it's not a BEV variant for the RX (like they did with the UX300e).

The RZ450e is a proper BEV built in a dedicated platform.
 

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On proper, dedicated EV platforms, like the e-TNGA which supports both the Toyota bZ4X and the Lexus RZ 450e, "FWD proportions" means little except as a styling decision. On a dedicated EV (skateboard) platform, the only difference between FWD, RWD and AWD is the placement of the electric motors. If the motor is only on the front axle, it is FWD; if the motor is moved to the rear axle, it is RWD; and if there are motors on both axles, it is AWD. It is that simple; there is no need for different architecture to locate a big, heavy combustion engine.

The only differences between the bZ4X and the RZ 450e -- other than the obvious Toyota and Lexus differentiation -- are the size (wheelbase and length), battery size and location of the electric motors (FWD on the Toyota and RWD on the Lexus). They are, otherwise, the same vehicles.

On combustion engine-powered vehicles, "FWD proportions" with the signature long front overhang, is dictated by the location of the engine (and transmission also on transverse-engine vehicles) sitting ahead of the front axle. This long front overhang to house that large engine was exaggerated by "cab-forward" design, in which automakers pulled the A-pillar (and the front door leading edge and base of the windshield) forward, very close to the front wheelwell. Cab-forward design is done to maximize interior space. Toyota and Lexus K and TNGA-K platform vehicles (Toyota Camry, and Lexus RX and ES) are known for their cab-forward design.

On EVs, there is no big, huge lump of metal stuck out forward of the front axle; there is merely a small, compact electric motor sitting on the front axle (on FWD and AWD EVs). So there really is no need for a long front overhang, except for styling (and packaging and safety) reasons. Cab-forward design, though, will likely continue, which will exaggerate the look of a long front overhang -- and "FWD proportions".