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DISCLAIMER - I could be wrong about any or all of this information.

========= Production speculation ============

The first production run of IS300s is already underway in Japan.

* The average "build" car will cost $33,800.
* Average build will comprise around 75% of the initial IS 300
production.

* Each month they will adjust the number of cars being produced in
different configurations.
* There are dealer committees for the different regions
that ask the factory to make a mix of cars for their region.
* It takes time for Lexus to adjust the mix since they have
to order new paint supplies and materials for the factory.

Initial Color mix (including paint Code #) may be:
[ WESTERN REGION/EASTERN REGION ]
30%/30% (1C0) Millenium Silver
20%/18% (202) Black onyx
18%/14% (051) Diamond White Pearl
9%/ 7% (8M6) Spectra Blue Mica
8%/ 4% (3N3) Auburn Sky
7%/10% (576) Solar yellow
5%/ 3% (6Q7) Imperial Jade Mica
3%/14% (1C6) Graphite Grey

Interior colors choices are Black (20) or Ivory (00).
Cloth interior (FD-20) is black only.

Solar Yellow cars cannot have the Ivory interior color.

Options codes recap:
LD means Limited Slip Differential
LS means Leather package
LP means Luxury package
HH means heated seats
SR means moonroof
FT means allseason tires and 16" wheels
AW means performance tires and 17" wheels
AL means 17" graphite/polished wheels
CW means chromed wheels (early version of AL?)

Here is some information for the first [May, 2000] factory build:
2671 IS300s are being built in May, 2000

2000 SFX Codes:
CT=LP SR LD HH FT
??=LP SR LD HH AW
AF=LP SR LD HH AL
AD=LS SR LD HH AW
AZ=LS SR LD HH AL
AH=LS SR LD HH FT
AK=LS SR HH FT (same as A3?)
A3=LS SR HH FT (same as AK?)
A4=LS SR HH AW
A5=LS SR HH AL
AG=LS SR AW

The first build order for the WESTERN region has listed:
* 461 LS,SR,AW (SFX Code="AG")
* 124 LP,SR,LD,HH,AW
* 30 cloth only
* 0 SpecialOrders (SFX Code="SPO")
= 702 Total cars (was 615?)

The first build order for the CENTRAL region has listed:
* 149 LS,SR,LD,HH (2000 SFX Code="AH")
* 112 LS,SR,FT,HH (2000 SFX Code="AK")
* 18 LP,SR,LD,HH (2000 SFX Code="CT")
* 88 SpecialOrders (2000 SFX Code="SPO")
= 367 Total cars

The first build order for the EASTERN region has listed:
* 226 LS,SR,HH,FT (SFX CODE="A3")
* 194 LS,SR,LD,HH
* 146 LS,SR,HH (SFX CODE="A4")
* 47 LP,SR,HH,FT
* 36 LS,SR,LD,HH,AL (SFX CODE="AZ")
* 47 FT ("cloth only")
* 0 SpecialOrders (2000 SFX Code="SPO")
= 696 Total cars

The first build order for the SOUTHERN region has listed:
* ?? LP SR HH LD
* ?? LS SR HH LD
= 817 Total Cars

The first build order for the LEXUS CORPORATE region has listed:
(packages unknown)
= 89 Total Cars

*NOTE: THESE BUILD ORDERS ARE ONLY FOR THE FIRST
MONTH OF PRODUCTION. LOOK TO THEM AS AN EXAMPLE
NOT A CERTAINTY OF WHAT YOU CAN GET*

There will be very few cars produced with cloth seats.
Basically all the "cloth" cars will have NO options so that
the $30,500 base MSRP is valid.
Cloth seat cars may only come in white, black and silver.
The typical IS300 found a dealerships will have leather and other
options and retail for around $34,000.

Many dealers will avoid or refuse to place "Special Orders" for
cars that aren't part of the "standard production build".
It just isn't worth the hassle to them to have to deal with
an anxious customer for the many months it takes for
the custom ordered car to arrive.

...be an informed consumer...

[This message has been edited by TEG (edited May 29, 2000).]
 
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