Toyota puts temporary halt on sales of Lexus GX 460

Consumer Reports’ revealing comments regarding theLexus GX 460 has caught the attention of a lot of people and Toyota - Lexus ’ parent company - is doing its part to quell the sparks before it becomes a full-blown fire. The reason? Let’s face it, if there’s one car brand that doesn’t need any more bad publicity, it’s Toyota.

After putting the hammer down on the safety risks that come with the GX 460 SUV, including the alarmingly high amount of oversteer that could potentially cause the vehicle to roll over, Consumer Reports has officially included the GX 460 in its notoriously infamous "Do Not Buy" list.

As can be expected, that didn’t sit quite well with Toyota so they had no choice, but to order the suspension of sales of the luxury SUV until further notice.

Mark Templin, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager, said: "At this time we have asked our dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the 2010 GX 460."

For now, Lexus engineers are trying to use the same testing methods that Consumer Reports used to identify the problems CR found on their own testing.

Just when Toyota seems to have made some progress on the grave they dug themselves earlier this year, here comes another black eye for a car brand that obviously didn’t need another one at this critical point in their brand’s history. It has come to the point when even the mention of the brand’s name brings on a series of head-lowering, disapproving shaking responses.


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8 comments:

I heard this model cost with prices starting at $52,845 for the base model and $57,640 for the Premium trim.

Well, at least they did something better and good thing the GX hasn’t yet deliver to the market.

I agree with it, At least they tested it over and over again. What the hell is toyota motors doing with their cars? Do they want to kill all of their consumers?

Good thing that they’ve captured a video before they mass produce it. The new gx460 is needed to have an TC and ABS like what other says.

I agree, good thing that they acted quickly before they deliver it to the dealers.

Well, as expected, It might not be included on the recall but they halted it. What the hell is wrong with toyota?

Also, I think it would be a good idea if Toyota/Lexus slow down production, and delay new models until they pass strict quality and testing measures, unless they planned on that already.

I’m also surprised at this article, that CR drivers drive more harsh than the drivers at Motortrend.

I will have to give them kudos for reacting so quickly to this situation. But it is still bad while they are trying to recover from the recall fiasco. It seems like Toyota’s SMART group is getting on top of things. If only all manufacturers responded like this, instead of just shrugging or ignoring it.

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