Bertel Schmitt of The Truth About Cars happened upon a very special Lexus in Toyota’s Tokyo headquarters — sitting in the lobby was a matte black LFA belonging to none other than Toyota President Akio Toyoda.
Although Lexus didn’t debut anything new at the Tokyo Auto Show this week, it still marked the home country debut of the next-generation GS — Lexus president Akio Toyoda was on hand to reveal the car to the assembled press.
As this new video from Gazoo Racing details, the famed Nürburgring track in Germany now plays a very important role in Lexus vehicle development, due to its ability to “season” the automotive character.
From his presentation at the debut of the fourth-generation GS last week, it was pretty clear Toyota President Akio Toyoda has big plans for Lexus, but in this new interview with Motor Trend (of all places), Toyoda-san shares some very candid comments about the brand’s future.
It was a crazy day today at the Lexus GS event in Pebble Beach, and what better way to continue my coverage than by featuring the introduction video with Lexus USA General Manager Mark Templin and, surprise of surprises, Toyota President Akio Toyoda.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda toured Japan’s earthquake disaster zone last week to survey the damage done to the company’s assembly plants, which have remained closed for the most part since the quake. I recommend this excellent recap of Toyoda-san’s visit at Autoweek, which talks in detail about the current challenges that Toyota is facing. (Toyota-san …