Whereas Lexus hasn’t confirmed something, there’s rising hypothesis that the model’s ES sedan will finally substitute the GS. The mannequin’s gross sales have trended downward since 2015, going from 23,117 U.S. deliveries that yr to only 7,773 in 2017.
The model hasn’t introduced any plans to replace it. Contemplating the fourth era has been round since 2011, you’d think Lexus would have stated one thing by now. However the firm — like most luxurious producers — is preoccupied with shifting utility automobiles. There’s now a 3-row RX, and the smaller UX ought to assist appeal to the youthful demographic whereas permitting Lexus to dabble in a subscription-based mostly gross sales mannequin.
If it succeeds, the IS might be the subsequent vehicle in the model’s lineup to be tied to a tree and shot.
Whereas the destiny of the GS is virtually assured (the firm has already discontinued it in Europe), the IS does higher enterprise general. Nonetheless, annual gross sales have dropped annually since 2014 and the model’s new U.S. basic supervisor, David Christ, just lately advised Automotive Information that Lexus is contemplating the future of each fashions.
That stated, he additionally reiterated the firm’s earlier promise to not betray shoppers preferring sedans and said Lexus has excessive hopes for the ES. “There are nonetheless so much of luxurious automobiles being bought,” he stated, “and we’re not going to desert that market.”
Nevertheless, it’s that market that may dictate simply how true a press release that’s. GS gross sales are virtually trivial at this level and the IS has misplaced about half its power. Each fashions are rising previous and there’s no replacements scheduled that we all know of. That’s going to result in the model’s sedan lineup wanting extraordinarily lean, and it’s arduous to think about an explosion of gross sales for the RC or LC coupes as a result — however it’s a pleasant thought.
– Lexus Reevaluating the Existence of the GS and IS –
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