When Aiko Toyoda challenged the design and engineering development groups to produce this special vehicle, it meant surpassing many manufacturing, design, material, and dynamic obstacles that could typically compromise a vehicle's targets or design vision.
The LC 500 was driven by a strong, appealing fundamental design target, the concept LF-LC vehicle, and engineering teams worked tirelessly to find new solutions to maintain as much of the concept in the production car as possible. Vehicle designers were intimately involved from the earliest stages of the dynamic development process to understand the engineering targets and collaborate with design viewpoints and potential solutions.
Chief Engineer Koji Sato said the LC 500, with the shift in engineering processes and design ideologies it represents, symbolised the beginning of a new phase for the Lexus brand.
"Design and engineering sides worked together on issues and obstacles that were overcome one by one. I feel we achieved something greater than simply preserving the spirit of the concept's design," Sato-san said.