A New Minivan on the Horizon? Keep Posted

Well, I have never been to the Shanghai Auto Show. And in fact, have a few auto shows I have still to attend. I have to admit I wasn’t aware there was a show in Shanghai. Shame on me. As China takes more and more of the lead in the automotive industry, I should be paying more attention.

What caught my eye, though, is that Lexus will be introducing their very first minivan at the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.

I’m so excited!! Although I'm not sure why, unless I'm planning on moving to China.

I know, you’re asking yourself, scratching your head! Why is she so excited about the introduction of a MINIVAN. I can’t explain it, but when I’m asked what my favorite car is-and this is often-I answer, “MINIVAN;” the smartest car on the road (to borrow a phrase; Thanks for calling it, Mr. Duffy). The sad part (for me) is that this minivan, a first for the luxury division of Toyota-Lexus-is that it may only be available in China.

Apparently, Lexus is bringing a mysterious new model to the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show in April. According to the company’s Asian social media channels, Lexus has released a ‘teaser’ image of the mystery new model. The front you can’t mistake: It has RX Crossover written all over it. Tweaked with different headlights and a revised grille.

According to the Japanese newspaper Chubu Keizai, Lexus will be introducing it’s “first ever” Lexus minivan. After its forthcoming debut-the Shanghai show runs April 18-25. It is the first-ever minivan that will reportedly start being built in 2020 at the Toyota Auto Body factory in the city of Inabe. The Inabe plant currently produces the Toyota vans sold outside of Japan.

A name for Lexus’ first minivan is still a secret, but word is Lexus has recently filed trademark applications for the LM 350 and LM 300h. “LM” could stand for “Lexus Minivan,” while LM 300h suggests a hybrid version.

Word has it, Lexus has been considering entering the minivan market for some time. More popular in China than in the U.S., Lexus must think it’s worth producing. I’d buy one! According to the president of Lexus Manila, Raymond Rodriquez, the Lexus minivan was “only a matter of time,” and could be based on Toyota’s Alphard-in production since 2002 and made primarily for the Japanese market.

While demand for minivans has fallen in the US, blame it on the rise of SUVs and crossovers, the segment is still very popular in Asia since people love being chauffeured around town in them. Also popular in China are the luxury long wheelbase sedans (think Continental-sagging in the U.S. market). Therefore, Lexus is likely to keep the minivan exclusive to the Asian market.

Bummer, man.

If you are interested in Auto Shows, Shanghai is one of the leading international automotive trade fairs, offering an excellent platform to car makers and automotive suppliers for the presentation of new technologies and products, and the exchange of information and the establishment of new business contacts.

Since its launch in 1985, AUTO Shanghai has developed into the most important trade fair for the automotive industry in Asia, increasing numbers of exhibitors and visitors every year since. In 2017, AUTO Shanghai 2017 hosted over 1,000 exhibitors from 18 countries, presenting their products and services on 360,000 square metres of exhibition space to more than 1 million visitors from China and abroad.

The Shanghai Auto Show is held every two years, consists of 361 square miles. The last event was held in 2017, there were 1,000 exhibitors and over 1,0101,000 visitors!

Included at the show were passenger, commercial vehicles, buses, trucks, special-purpose vehicles. Auto design and new product concepts; New-energy technology, Automotive parts, components including: engine and mechanical systems, gearbox, exhaust, axle, steering, braking, suspension and body systems, electric and electronic systems, tires, wheels, Automotive accessories, measuring, testing and control devices and systems; maintenance and repair garage workshop and workstation equipment; car care products, paints, lubricants, additives, other auto supplies. Related manufacturing technology, machinery, equipment and tools, related computer systems and software. Publications, etc.

So far, the pictures are few; We came across this one; although no official confirmation. Stay tuned!lexusminivan

A Lexus Minivan??? I’m starting to save now. Will I have to move to China?

Thank you, Internet, I can watch this on my computer from my little 10x10 office in Indianapolis, IN US

Wouldn’t Lido (Lee Iacocca) turn over in his grave? Best invention you ever came up with, Lido. Well, maybe the Mustang.lido-iaococa

I can’t stand myself.

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