By James R. Healey and Chris Woodyard
November 13, 2011
Disingenuous, of course, because the gestating Lexus had no customers at all. But the strongly implied remainder — “… and we intend to keep it that way” — helped raise the bar for luxury car brands.
But now, after phenomenal growth that made Lexus the top-selling luxury auto brand in the U.S. from 2001 through last year, the marque is tumbling. This year, it’s unlikely to finish better than third behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz…