Lexus LS 430 /LS 460 /LS 500
In 1996, long before the last of the LS 400 rolled out of Toyota’s Tahara plant in Aichi, Japan, the development team for UCF30 had started planning about a major redesign. The planning team headed by Chief Engineer Yasushi Tanaka was geared towards breaking away from the restrained approach of the first two eras. Looking back, the LS 400 did project that stance that blended in with its rivals. In retrospect, that strategy of blending in and being not too radical was a well-thought-out move and achieved the initial goals of the then-neophyte Lexus.