AUSTRALIA/JAPAN: End of line for Lexus coupe
A 2006 SC430
Toyota Motor luxury unit Lexus has ended production of the SC430 coupe-cabriolet after almost a decade. It was the last Lexus to use the 4.3-litre V8.
The model paved the way for the IS F performance sedan, with the first hand-built IS F prototypes using the V8. The SC 430 was also the vehicle of choice in the Japanese GT racing series and the winner of numerous Japanese GT titles.
Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb said the end of production for the SC 430 marked a transition point for Lexus. "SC 430 has played a significant role in Lexus' history, paving the way for models such as IS 250C and IS F," he said. "The end of production of SC 430 signals the start of a new era for Lexus - one defined by L-finesse design and innovation.
"Lexus is currently gearing up for the next decade when we will launch our first supercar - the LFA - along with a host of new product including our first hatch, the CT 200h."