Originally Posted by rocks
I see, so Lexus is not well regarded in the motherland? You know they have been the best selling luxury marque here in the USA for quite some time now. They did loose that title last year to BMW and Mercedes and most of that was attributed to the crisis in Japan. Anyway, it was just a mild fantasy, like I said I won't be ready for a replacement till 2014. Also, all the reviews have been saying that this new GS is a better drivers car than the F10. Next month they will start popping up on showrooms here. So what do you think about the Panamera S, that should more than suffice for me.
Lots of company cars are LS460's - they're like the Town Car of Japan. There's a small Prius-like sedan that seems mildly popular, the SC was kinda popular (my sister in law has one, actually) and the RX is here and there - but nobody spends that kinda money on a personal car here and doesn't buy an E-class instead. There's that, and Lexus doesn't make a real station wagon - wagons are insanely popular here. Tons of BMW, MB/AMG, and Audi wagons - saw a V10 S6 wagon driving through the snow tonight, actually.
I'm trying to plot year on year depreciation over 5-8 years for a bunch of cars I'm interested in and then trying to find some sort of formula keeping in mind model changes and years out, haven't gotten that far yet though. I'm doing Carreras, C2S, C4S, M3's, and AMG C and E's. The Porsches are the best, the M3's are not bad, the AMG's are not bad. The Panamera doesn't seem like it'll be that great (have you seen Cayenne prices?) and the M5 is a rock too. Audis are worthless on the used market here unless they have the RS 4.2 or the V10.