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Lexus LF-LC concept headed for production?

Several factors also support the conclusion that the stylish coupe will be built

Published: July 14, 2012, 11:00 AM

The Lexus LF-LC coupe concept, designed at Toyota's CALTY design studio in Newport Beach, California, was one of the clear styling hits of the Detroit auto show last January.

At that time the company said it was just a concept, with no plans for production. According to the industry news publication, Automotive News (AN), however, that position may have changed.

According to AN, "several Lexus insiders now say the overwhelming reaction means it almost certainly will come to market."

Several other factors also support that conclusion. For one, Lexus has been quite open about its desire to establish a sportier image – especially in the U.S., where the brand has fallen first to third in luxury car sales.

In addition, Toyota recently inked a deal with BMW for cooperation on the development of various green technologies – and, oh by the way, to jointly develop a sports car.

AN also reports that Toyota has registered the trademark for LF-LC.

We could see a production version of the LF-LC in dealer showrooms within three years, the publication suggests.