I thought several people have reported incentives on M's on these boards, up to 1,5k? When I check dealer inventories, they are full of them, unlike Lexus dealers, which means they are willing to talk. Point is - people are buying more GS's.
People are reporting up to a $2000 discount on both the M35 and GS300, depending on the region. Some regions are still MSRP.
The RL is being discounted up to $4000 in some regions.
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I think it would be smart for both Lexus and Infiniti to do a three tier model just like the German automakers. Also with both companies taking part in F1 and other racing venues I would hope they both would challenge the German's on the ultra high performance end (M series and AMG).
The only three tier system I know of is MB's C-class and BMW's 5-series. Audi's A6 is now a two-engine line-up.
The Lexus Division reported its best-ever March with total sales of 25,471 units for the month. Lexus' March luxury utility vehicle sales were led by the GX 470 mid-size luxury SUV, which posted sales of 3,097 units, an increase of 1.2 percent. GS sales were boosted by the launch of the all-new 2006 GS 300 and GS 430 luxury performance sedans in late February. The GS 300 had sales of 2,482, an increase of 428.8 percent, while the GS 430 posted sales of 727, an increase of 914.6 percent.
TOYOTA RETAIL SALES
(INCLUDES FLEET & HAWAII)
December 1998 Year-End 1998
LS 400: 1,615 20,790
GS 400: 747 9,926
GS 300: 2,293 20,696
ES 300: 4,823 48,644
SC 400: 69 1,243
SC 300: 148 1,766
LX 450/470: 1,458 11,004
RX 300: 5,696 42,191
Total Lexus: 16,849 156,260
I am not sure if Nov or Dec of 1998 was the 1st full month of GS sales but considering the price of the new GS is up (Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the six-cylinder, 225-horsepower GS 300 is $36,800. The 300-horsepower, V8 GS 400 sport sedan will carry an MSRP of $44,800. 1998) this is really good news for Lexus. As we know, the GS 300 starts at 42k and the GS 430 starts at 51k.
That was the busiest March for me in 8 years! I sold a lot of LS430's, GS300's and 430's, ES330's, RX330's and GX470's. We usually are slow until after tax season. Not this year. Now the next shoe to drop will be the RX400h. I still am getting around to orders on the AWD GS300. The GS430's have dried up and I'm glad to have one stock unit. Don't expect Lexus to carry a GS300, GS350 and V8 and a Hybrid. When the GS350 finally gets to the US it will have an AWD and replace the GS300. The GS450h will be a variant of the 350. The 350 should signal the new V8 replacement GS460. I don't think any of the M45 owners will be happy when that day arrives. The party is almost over for the G35 and the 3 Series. They will be faced with a very sporty and elegant Lexus IS250/350 with AWD on the 250 and a manual come October. TRD will make plenty of mods for those enthusiasts that gotta make 'em custom. The IS Hybrid will come after all of the above and a I series coupe version that will drop its top. The next two years are going to be a Lexus fest!
Last year Lexus set the record for volume units so I see that nationally we are about 2,000 units behind last year's pace. We are expected to top 300,000 units this year. The GS will add at least 25,000 more than last year. The LS430's are very hot right now. The new RX400h is almost sold out for the calendar year and no one has test driven it yet. We are starved locally for GS300AWD's with Nav/Lev. We need GS430's badly. The RX330 is slowing down some but still strong. The ES330 is in the end its of cycle but doing well. Our showroom was very busy last Saturday and it was raining enough for flood warnings. That is unusual. Just like every dealer competes for allocation, every region competes for their share of cars. The Eastern region is pretty strong and AWD's and FWD's are in demand. When people start to realize that they can drive a GS430 with VDIM in the snow then we are going to see that car and its successors really take off in sales. The SC430 refresh will have the 6 speed transmission in the fall. The new IS250/350 will arrive in October. About this time next year I will be sitting in my new office in our new $18,000,000 building that will make us the Longo type facility of the DC area. It will have 700 parking spaces. It will have a Concierge in the waiting area to cater to the guests. Massage anyone while you are waiting for your 30K? I'm sorry but it is over the top.....