Over at car advice, axed lexus is rc coupe and ct hatch. I can’t believe they’re still making that, by the way to be dropped from local lineup cardvice is one of the leading online places for news in australia. So this is heartbreaking news. The last sad news i remember, reporting from australia was the discontinuation of the v6 and the camry there, but the is being killed in australia. This doesn’t this seems like an april fool’s joke, but guys it’s july. What is going on, lexus has been forced to discontinue three popular models from its range due to a new side impact crash test rules from november 2021.. What is that five months for no four months from now? Math is hard, sometimes only four months from now. The is is getting canceled and it came out roughly last november, at least here in the states around that time. So this new refresh was only available there for a year and now it’s being killed due to side impact price crash test rules and lexuses have always been super safe vehicles. So i don’t know what this new safety rule is all about, and it makes me wonder: it’s like okay you’re going to cancel the is, but how is it less safe than let’s say like the gr, so you get there? How is it less safe than the chimney that we don’t get here in the united states for safety reasons like what is going on? It’S really frustrating from? I guess just an enthusiast and a consumer point of view to see not only the isco but the rc and the ct should have been canceled a long time ago, and this is effect november 1st, due to toughening safety standards, lexus, australia, chief executive, scott thompson, confirmed The demise of the three models at the australian preview of the all new nx mid side, suv due in november, the withdrawal of the three key models and the imminent arrival of four new models would be an unprecedented transform, transformative phase for lexus in australia.
Well, you can say one of those new models. Is the nx uh, the lx, which we should be getting this year as well? In theory, i would assume the new rx and then probably the new rz, the fully electric so there’s, the four uh in the imminent time frame. So in the neck, by the end of 2022, we’re gon na have four new lexuses, which is really really exciting, but it doesn’t bring us out of the sadness of the ias and the rc being killed in australia. Just doesn’t make sense to me now we do have to say goodbye to the is the rc and ct from november due to regulation, changes that come into effect before all of their global markets here in australia. So apparently australia is the first to have these strict standards. I wonder what other cars are being canceled from which manufacturers november 1st like this is insane to me. So this is kind of confusing here. These safety standards were introduced for new model launches in japan. In 2018, but not due in europe until 2022, japan and the usa have not set a date for existing models to meet the new standard, but they just said that new model launches started in japan in 2018, so that’s kind of confusing, maybe they’re, not counting the New is as a new vehicle launch, because it’s kind of a refresh i want. I wonder if that’s kind of the loophole there for for the is in japan and the rc vehicle standard adr8500 pole side impact performance was put into the legislation.
December 2015, meaning lexus, has had five and a half years to repair its existing range and they decided to do nothing about it. Maybe it’s because well australia’s, just a small market and if we make this change it’s going to cost us this amount of money while not getting this amount of sales, so i’m sure they weighed the pros and cons here, but it’s still a heartbreaker. The vehicle standard applies to new model passenger cars board control passenger vehicles and off road passenger vehicles introduced to australia after july 1st 2018, with a gross vehicle mass under 3 500 kilograms. So existing models have until november first this year to meet the requirements. Commercial vehicles such as utes and vans up until november 2022, so that would be like the chimney. I would assume to get its act in line before 20. I just don’t i just feel like so many models are just going to get acts because of these new safety regulations and lexi. Here you go lexus executive said the company considered spending the money to make the cars compliant but chose not to we’ve made a lot of decisions with our parent company to assess the alternatives and our decision that we wanted to focus on the next generation of vehicles. Coming our way and those next generations of vehicles coming your way, i don’t see a sedan or coupe in there, so lexus is just giving up until they can come out with some new product which, if they just refresh the is australia, will not be getting a New coupe, like the rc or a new, is small compact, sporty sedan until 2025, 2024 20, like at the earliest like this, is really i feel so bad for you guys down under the is, is a much loved nameplate here in australia since 1999.
Okay, so they’ve had it since the first generation, with the significant root uh facelift of the current agenda goes out on the high. Does it does it go out on a high, i mean you guys aren’t going to get the 5 liter v8, so that’s unfortunate and it’s? Definitely an amazing is i just reviewed. The is 350 f sport with the dhp and it’s a great car it’s really hard to fault things over it. I mean yes, it’s the same vehicle in a lot of ways, but it handles better. It looks better, uh and, and it actually, the usability is better. With the new infotainment in it, so it’s just frustrating and the rcf track edition ends. It’S run lighter than all the three german flagship rivals and they come to remind us that the rc coupe uh was updated for you guys in 2020. So we got the refresh. I believe in the 2019 uh model year and i can’t believe you guys still have the ct 200h hatchback like the ux, is pretty much better in every single way. Uh and the ct hasn’t been updated, yet since 2017 that’s, when they canceled it here in the united states. We never got that last refresh on the ct here: stateside here’s, a fun fact: lexus is in australia in 2007, uh sold for almost 4 100 examples, accounting for nearly 50 percent of the lexus sales. That year, alexis has sold 47 000 plus is sedans in australia.
Between 99 and may 2021, it will likely fall just shy of the 50 000 mark before the model is retired. Later this year. Sad times i mean i, i didn’t see this article i’m grateful for my follower, who shared this to me on instagram. If you guys ever get sort of news that you feel like is pressing, um definitely share it to me on instagram. I appreciate that, but this is unacceptable. I just feel like it’s it’s, just such an easy cop out for lexus and just to abandon uh. Its is and rc or the australian buyers and abandon the australian buyers as a result is just really really heartbreaking. So my heart goes out to you guys, um, you won’t be able to get your hands on this is, i feel like the resale value on the is, and the rc is going to skyrocket now, just because you can’t get your hands on these vehicles after november It’S, a damn shame! So, if you guys in australia, you’re thinking about getting the end, the new is or an rc go out and get it. The ct is, is a joke, so don’t do that, but holy cow.