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Old 06-20-12, 07:22 AM   #1
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I am sure he means as far as Lexus/Toyota corporate sales are concerned.

http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2012...ld-out-almost/

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“The supply is down to single digits,” said Tim Morrison, Lexus vice president of sales, and most of those are actually tied up by dealers.

Following the presentation of the decidedly more mundane Lexus ES, Morrison said LFA sales were considered a success since it created a huge, positive halo for the brand.




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Lexus promoted the LFA as not only just another supercar but one that featured some significant technological breakthroughs. Notable was the extensive use of carbon fiber — in this case, the light, strong but extremely expensive material was woven using a technique borrowed from the fabric industry. (Lexus parent Toyota original started out as a textile manufacturer.) The car’s 552 horsepower V-10 was developed with the assistance of Yamaha and features titanium valves and connecting rods, the better to push it to a 9,000 RPM redline. With advanced aerodynamics including an active rear spoiler, the LFA is capable of 0 to 60 times of 3.6 seconds with a Ferrari-challenging top speed of 202 mph.

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Not that many LFAs made it to the States, fewer than 200 shipped here — with most of those going to customers in high-profile regions such as California and Florida. Only about two-dozen were actually sold in the Midwest through Lexus’ Chicago Region, Lexus officials said.

The LFA was a pet project of Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda, himself a serious racing and high performance fan, but the company has not made any kind of commitment to build a next-generation model that would maintain the Lexus presence in the supercar segment.

“There are no plans for a replacement,” a spokesman said.




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LFA availability in the single digits is great news. So I guess the biggest question is, who gets #500 of 500? North America or somewhere else in the world?
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I wish I had the resources right now to build myself a gengar blue on black/white NUR edition.
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LFA availability in the single digits is great news. So I guess the biggest question is, who gets #500 of 500? North America or somewhere else in the world?
We already know that. Looks like you have not been keeping up.

Roy Mallady (#003) ordered his 2nd LFA and requested it to be #500 in metallic blue paint (source: AutoCar interview with Ben Barry).

If I were him, I would got my second LFA with the Nurburgring edition like E.Kanoo did.
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We already know that. Looks like you have not been keeping up.

Roy Mallady (#003) ordered his 2nd LFA and requested it to be #500 in metallic blue paint (source: AutoCar interview with Ben Barry).

If I were him, I would got my second LFA with the Nurburgring edition like E.Kanoo did.
He requested it, and i'm sure others in the world have requested it too.
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He requested it, and i'm sure others in the world have requested it too.
They should do a draw for this, but I have a feeling it's not going to happen.

So I guess there are going to be a flurry of LFAs arriving in the US during the next 10 months or so. Out of 170 units, only about 90 were 'sold' as end of May.

On a different note, an white LFA with red interior has made it into Toronto. Not sure if it were a US car, but listed for sales here

http://preowned.germanstarmotors.ca/...012&Make=Lexus
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