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Lexus makes its debut in India with three models

Twenty-eight years after the company was first launched by Toyota, which was initially targeted to the United States market only, Lexus has already made its way to over 70 countries. And just recently, their newest addition is India, where they officially launched the company with a trio of models.

To make the debut interesting to the market, the company set up what they called a “guest experience center” in their four dealerships stores located in New Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, and Bangalore. In these centers, customers can check out the first three models they released: the RX 450h, ES 300h, and LX 450d. Meanwhile, aftersales service will be established in Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kochi.

As the company ended their launch in India, they gave the guests a sneak peek of the all-new top of the line 2018 LS, which is set to arrive next year. Though they have not yet given much information about the LS version that will be sold in India, they hinted that it will most likely be a hybrid version, which fits the local market better. This means that the less expensive LS 500h equipped with a pair of electric motors and a 3.5 liter V6 engine and that yields up to 354 horsepower (264 kilowatts) will be available in showrooms next year.

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Is Lexus going to drop the GS from its lineup in 2018?

Since 1993, Lexus has produced 4 generations of the Lexus GS, with the GS F amongst its newest member of the family. Unfortunately, rumors are also heating up that the luxurious sedan will no longer see the light of day within the next few years.

LexusEnthusiast.com found out about the sad news by sifting through the pages of MAG-X, a Japanese magazine which was published in January. According to a source, the lengthy article, which had to be translated in English stated the GS is slated to bow out of the league after its current generation.

There are also some insinuations that the LS will be its immediate replacement --considering it also comes with the new V6 engine. With the increasing demand for the LS, it says Toyota Motors Corporation arrived at a decision to remove the GS from their lineup. In all, having the same V6 engine for both the GS and the LS must have caused a product overlap in their existing line.

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Lexus RC F GT3 prepares for 2017 Geneva Motor Show debut

It is interesting to recall how it was at the same event that took place in Geneva three years ago when Lexus first unwrapped the RC F GT3 Concept. Before it hits the motorsport arena in US, Japan and Europe, Lexus is going back once again to Switzerland for the premiere of the RC F GT3 racer.

Donning an all-black getup with a sinister body to boot, the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3 is unmistakably a tough race car to defeat in the racing circuits. To some, it does look like a winner already although the race hasn’t started yet. One thing’s for sure, we know it’s going to be a very busy year for Lexus.

In the US, there will be two RC F GT3s that will be joining the 3GT racing team. It will take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series under the GTD class. This is just for the US competition. Also this year, two more Lexus RC F GT3 will be arriving in Japan to join the LM Corsa team. It will be racing among the GT300 class of Japan’s Super GT Series.

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600 hp Lexus LC F rumored to premiere at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show

Barely a month ago, a trademark was filed for a new Lexus LC F. That alone hints that something is up for the Japanese automotive brand. This early, it does look like Lexus is armed and ready for the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Auto Show this Fall. As it turns out, an unnamed insider from Toyota’s luxury division had spoken with Car and Driver and shared a few intriguing details on the supposed high-performance F variant.

The source said that the new LC F will have a more aggressive design to go with the more powerful engine underneath its hood. It sure is a good thing when you stumble upon a news feed where torque curves and power boost are also on the cards, don’t you think?

According to the source, the new LC F will not be using any of the LC 500h’s 354hp, 3.5-liter V6 electrified power unit nor it will have the LC 500’s 471hp 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 machinery. Rather, it would come with the latest 4.0-liter V8 turbocharger capable of delivering an impressive 600 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.

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J.D. Power has officially released the 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, an annual list of the most dependable brands in the auto industry. Once again coming on top is Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota. This will be the sixth straight year that Lexus has taken the top spot on this list. Following Lexus is Porsche, the same position it was in last year.

Rounding out the top 5 are Toyota, followed by Buick and the Mercedes-Benz. Making its way to the top 10 are Hyundai (6), BMW (7), and Jaguar (10). However, this meant that some of those in the top 10 last have dropped further like GMC (14) and Lincoln (12). Acura dropped below the 20 rank to number 23 with Ram experiencing the biggest drop and now at number 28.

This meant though that Toyota retains the lead, taking two of the top three spots. In addition, Toyota also managed to get 10 segment awards, the most number by far since the study was first done. Other awardees include GM with four, and Honda, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen each getting one award.

Read the entire article Lexus and Porsche are J.D. Power’s most dependable brands for 2017

There is no harm in admitting that both the conventional and the hybrid versions of the Lexus LC 500 are real stunners when it comes to its exterior styling. Even its interior is richly luxurious and dynamically comfortable, as what you could expect from a Lexus.

When it comes to performance, the Lexus LC 500 is also mesmerizing, with acceleration and speed levels that are out of the ordinary.

Nonetheless, when it comes to choosing cars, fuel economy has been a consideration. Even when fuel prices are low, there is still a good number of customers who see fuel economy as one of the factors in buying a car. Good news is that while both the Lexus LC 500 and the Lexus LC 500h are high-performance units, they are pretty fuel efficient, especially the hybrid version.

Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LC 500h boasts impressive fuel economy rating of 30 mpg combined

Lexus stunned the audience at the 2017 North American International Auto Show with its fifth-generation 2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan. The new generation of Lexus’ flagship sedan raised the bar of what a luxury vehicle should be – challenging the norm with its exquisite design, new levels of interior values and outstanding performance elements.

The Lexus LS unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show was the LS 500, which has at its core a new 3.5-liter V6 engine with Formula One-derived twin turbochargers. This new engine is touted to be more powerful than the V8 powerplant seen in the fourth-gen LS sedan, yet it remains fuel-efficient with minimized levels of vibration. This new V6 engine is tuned to develop 415 hp of max output and 442 lb.-ft. of peak torque, with power sent to the rear wheels or to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Now, Lexus is taking this level of efficiency to a whole new level – by offering a new hybrid version of its LS flagship sedan. No, Lexus hasn’t unveiled the hybridized LS sedan, bound to be called as the LS 500h. However, speculating on overall design and powertrain of the LS 500h should be easy, given the availability of information existing on the new generation of Lexus vehicles.

Read the entire article Lexus to unveil LS 500h hybrid premium sedan at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

When Lexus unveiled the LC sports coupe, quite a number of people were already wishing that it would have a performance version. It is not that the LC 500 coupe isn’t much of a performer. In fact, Lexus has described the new LC as its new flagship 2+2 performance coupe. However, a more hardcore version of the Lexus LC would be a very welcome proposition. How we wish – just like many – that such LC version would be on its way.

Just recently, speculations have arisen that Lexus might be planning or is already working on a hardcore version of the LC performance coupe. These speculations were brought to the air by the fact that Lexus’ parent – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motors Corp. – has applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Since the LC was created in order to expressly highlight the premium brand’s sporting credentials and its new focus on dynamism, Lexus creating a more hardcore F version wouldn’t be a surprise. In fact, would be a natural and logical step to take, considering that its other coupes like the Lexus RC, also received an F version.

However, we will be quick to point out that a trademark application for a certain name doesn’t really amount to using it. A carmaker may file to trademark a certain name because it intends to realize it into an actual vehicle. However, the opposite could also be true – there could really be no plans to use that name on a certain vehicle in the near term. That carmaker may simply want to protect that name, thereby preventing other companies from using it.

Read the entire article Toyota trademarks LC F and Lexus LC F, a hardcore LC could be coming

When the latest Lexus LS flagship sedan was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, it managed to turn several heads and capture the attention of the world. With its stunning looks and premium specs, the new Lexus LS 500 is expected to revolutionize anew the luxury vehicle sector, just like what the first LS managed to do decades ago.

But how would the new Lexus LS sedan stack up against comparably sized Germany rivals in the luxury segment, like the BMW 740i, Mercedes-Benz S550 and the Audi A8 L 3.0T?

So, our verdict? While the Lexus LS 500 seems to be a good proposition, its price has yet to be announced and its performance is still as good as printed in a paper. For now, the LS 500 wins, until we could really try being behind the wheels of all of these premium sedans.

Read the entire article How does the 2018 Lexus LS compare against German premium sedans?

Soon, one of the largest annual games in the United States will happen, and Lexus will not let its live broadcast pass by without showing a commercial advertisement. After all, it’s the National Football League’s Super Bowl, one of the most watched games both in the stadium and in the television – a big chance to reach a massive audience in one go.

To note, Lexus missed the 2016 edition of the big game, the Super Bowl 50. But the luxury arm of Japanese carmaker Toyota Motors will be present this year. During the 2015 edition – the Super Bowl XLIX – Lexus showed two spots with durations of 30 seconds each. The first spot (Make Some Noise) was about the Lexus NX luxury crossover, while the second ad (Let’s Play) trumped the Lexus RC premium sports coupe.

For this year’s Super Bowl – to be held on February 5, 2017 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and to be primarily broadcasted live by Fox in the United States – Lexus will be flaunting its newly unveiled LC 500 luxury coupe. Lexus’ upcoming Super Bowl spot will be a 30-second version of a just-released one commercial ad – lasting for a minute -- titled “Man & Machine.” This one-minute features well-known movement artist and street dancer Lil Buck and the sportily elegant Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe seemingly dancing together. The duo matches their rhythm to the dynamic song “Move Your Body” by pop star Sia. The aggressive spot is directed by music video maker Jonas Akerlund, whose previous projects included Madonna’s Ray of Light video. Voiceover is done by award-winning actress Minnie Driver.

Read the entire article Lexus’ Super Bowl LI ad will have the LC 500 and Lil Buck moving in rhythm [w/video]

When Lexus unveiled the LC 500 luxury sports coupe, it proved to the world that it is brave enough to reinvent itself. Well, it was not long ago when Lexus was considered as a premium brand that has become utterly boring. That could be because Lexus has been creating premium cars with similar designs, similar cues and similar values.

We couldn’t blame Toyota’s luxury brand for doing that. Lexus spent not just years, but decades of building a reputation for high quality and very reliable vehicles. With this, Lexus was able to experience a surge of success. But its own achievements were what made Lexus quite hard-headed about reinventing itself to become a premium manufacturer of also sporty and exciting luxury cars.

Enter the Lexus 500 luxury sports coupe. This flagship coupe is the company’s strongest statement – so far -- regarding the future direction of its production line. It is bound to influence Lexus’ lineup better than the Lexus LFA sports car. While the luxury brand during recent years has been introducing new models like the IS, NX, and RC -- all of which boast of high levels of emotion – the LC 500 is a personification of performance, luxury and athleticism and style.

Read the entire article Lexus reinvents itself by marrying sportiness and luxury with LC 500 grand touring coupe

The final version of Lexus’ GT3 racer is now here at last and it looks meaner and more menacing than the namesake concept it was derived from. Welcome the new Lexus RC F GT3 that will be competing in several GT3 events not only in the United States, but also in Japan.

It took nearly three years before Lexus was able to unveil the final version of the Lexus RC F GT3. The Japanese premium carmaker introduced the RC F GT3 Racing Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

It was derived from the Lexus RC F Coupe that was introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The development of the concept car was focused on meeting Group GT3 international racing standards. Furthermore, testing commenced in 2014. Serving as the core of the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept was a higher-tuned version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine that powers Lexus RC F Coupe. This engine delivers over 540 hp of output to power the 2,755.8-pound RC F GT3 Racing Concept.

Read the entire article Lexus unveils new RC F GT3 racer that will take part in GT3 events in the US and Japan

It is a Lexus on water. Lexus has been known as one of the big names in the global luxury sector of the automotive industry. Its expertise in building luxurious yet still dynamic vehicles has allowed Lexus to create intimately premium vehicles on land. Just recently, Lexus has shown that its expertise and elegance could also be taken to the water – with the unveiling of the one-off Sport Yacht Concept, which is currently on display at Di Lido Island on Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach.

Designed by the Toyota Marine Department in Japan and built by the Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in the United States, this one-off Sport Yacht Concept shows off Lexus’ premium styling and power as adapted for maritime use. Easily noticeable is the beautiful dolphin-like shape of the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept, making it very suitable for a short cruise on the sea.

This sports yacht concept boasts of distinct CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) construction, allowing it to be around 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) lighter than a similar yacht made from FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic). Its design – particularly on the lower hull – allows the Sports Yacht Concept to further reduce water resistance while enhancing its handling when cruising at higher speeds.

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Wonder what else is happening in Detroit? Well, since the official pricing for the 2018 Lexus LC has been already announced, more audiences would surely be lining up to see what the new sports coupe has to offer.

The timing is quite perfect as the all-new Lexus LC is currently on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to Lexus, you can have the LC for as low as $92,000 MSRP. Assuming the destination and handling costs would be more or less $975, that’s still below $100,000.

The LC 500 variant will be able to generate 471hp and 398lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. We think this is a much better choice when it comes to price and performance. What’s more, this Lexus model will be the first to have the 10-speed automatic for its gearbox.

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The kingdom of Lexus’ premium luxury is now in the hands of fifth-generation royalty. Lexus has introduced the latest representation of its finest qualities – the first generation of the LS flagship sedan – at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Just like the original LS premium sedan, the fifth-gen 2018 Lexus LS flagship challenges the norm not only with its exquisite design but also by offering whole new levels of interior values and performance elements. In short, the fifth-gen flagship sedan raises the bar on what a luxury vehicle should be.

Making all of these possible is Lexus’ all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L), which was first seen on the new generation 2017 Lexus LC 500 coupe. During the development of the LC 500, the Japanese premium carmaker made sure that is not just about creating a new coupe, and is building the start of a new phase for the brand, reflecting the shift in terms of design principles and the engineering methods.

Read the entire article 2017 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus stuns audience with 2018 LS flagship sedan

When Lexus unveiled the 2017 LC 500 luxury coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota’ premium brand was able to prove that its boring days are over. The same could also be said for the upcoming 2018 Lexus LS flagship luxury sedan which is set to be unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as the new fifth generation model.

Actually, the new generation of Lexus’ flagship luxury sedan was previewed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show by the LF-FC concept. This concept highlights a new styling theme that exemplifies Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy and offers a glimpse into the new design and technology direction of its future flagship sedan. At the front, the LF-FC concept features an evolved version of Lexus' signature grille with a new mesh design as well as floating "L-shaped" daytime running lights (DRL) that extrude from the front fenders. Meanwhile, the concept car’s rear features new taillights with the same floating theme as the DRL on the front. When viewed from the sides, the Lexus LF-FC concept features a roofline flowing from front to rear just like that of a four-door coupe.

While we can expect that the new 2018 Lexus LS luxury sedan would adopt several design elements from the Lexus LF-FC concept, we could also expect changes or a further evolution of the design. The front end of the new LS sedan could very well look like that of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe, especially with its headlights and daytime running lights.

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As if stuffing the trunk of the Lexus IS 300 with 43 chili sauce bottles aren’t good enough, Lexus is at it again by dressing up an IS sedan for yet another “dramatic entrance.”

If you see a car draped in colourful lights, well, you aren’t imagining things. It’s the new Lexus IS with 41,999 programmable LEDs. For those who want to catch a glimpse of what the “Lit IS” looks like, Lexus featured the spectacular custom vehicle in Dua Lipa’s “Be the One” music video.

Lexus GM for product and consumer marketing Brian Bolain considers it a perfect place to launch the LIT IS and the 2017 Lexus IS. Since Lexus seeks to highlight their amazing design and technology, there’s no better way to do it than to turn on the lights.

Read the entire article Dua Lipa’s Be the One music video showcases 2017 Lexus IS with 41,999 LEDs

The Lexus IS 300 five-passenger luxury sport sedan is nothing short of hot. It is sizzling with performance-laden power thanks to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that provides 255 hp of max output and 236 lb-ft of peak torque available between 2,000 rpm and 4,800 rpm. It is also oozing with luxury and sportiness. Hot indeed!

To make the Lexus IS 300 much hotter – at least in terms of looks -- the people at Lexus collaborated with Huy Fong Foods, a known maker of the iconic Sriracha chili sauce. No, they don’t plan to pour Sriracha chili sauce onto a Lexus IS 300. That would be an insane idea.

But wait, Lexus did actually try to add Sriracha onto the paint that would serve as the exterior finish of this one-off Lexus IS 300 all-wheel-drive sedan. Insane as it is, but sometimes crazy ideas are needed to achieve something fresh and appealing, especially if it is to catch the attention of visitors to the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show being held at the LA Convention Center. And Lexus sure did turn many heads with this creation.

Read the entire article One-off Sriracha Lexus IS 300 show car is on the hot seat at 2016 LA Auto Show

Lexus travels into space in probably the much-awaited sci-fi movie this 2017. The film, “Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets” is Luc Besson’s adaptation of a French comic book series. The European motion picture is set in a highly unusual intergalactic world known as the Alpha city. Thus, a high-tech space vehicle is an inevitable choice. Luc Besson’s sci-fi tale will be featuring Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna while Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHann will be playing the major role as space agents.

Interestingly, the single-seat space craft designed by Europacorp and Lexus bears a close resemblance to Lexus’ upcoming model. The SkyJet’s triangular headlamps and spindle nose grille are obviously inspired by the new LC500 Coupe. We couldn’t help but wonder if Lexus will be building real space ships in the next 700 years. The SkyJet as we know is only a fictional flying machine since it is envisioned for the 28th century. Though we won’t be there when it happens, at least we can get a hold of Lexus’ latest LC500 Coupe.

Designing the SkyJet has required Besson and his team to consult Takeaki Kato, Lexus’ Chief Engineer for advise. Europacorp is a film and television studio where Luc Besson (the director) is also the founder. Besson fondly shared his thoughts about their partnership with Lexus. He admired the brand for centering its technology and innovation towards the future. Their teamwork has nevertheless brought the most futuristic design for a spacecraft that would fit the story’s 28th century setting. The modern design cues very much represent the “Valerian era”, which is projected 700 years ahead of our time.

Read the entire article Futuristic Lexus Skyjet to appear in Luc Besson’s Valerian Sci-fi action film

One can argue that when it comes to coupes, the LC is one of the most attractive there is. Lexus however knew that this model can become more beautiful and thus, it entered into a partnership with Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing to make this possible. Revealed during the 2016 SEMA Show, this version of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 Coupe may well be the first ever customized variant. Though some may consider this to be a relatively easy project, the brand in fact started development of this customized version a full year before presenting the production model version. This was a big challenge as it meant that the prototype had be developed before the base model is released to market and there is no aftermarket support or even any accessories.

Lexus has yet to reveal any changes done on the interior although the brand says it will have the same specifications as that of the GT3 like the body-hugging Sparco seats that have been dipped in carbon fiber and the safety cage. For the exterior, the diffusers have been made more noticeable, and one can see the new rear ear wing and fender flares, with the side skirts made more robust.

This combination ensures that while the customized version has a more spirited appearance it continues to have the original design’s sharpness. Though already strong, this look is enhanced even further by fitting in the HRE 22-inch wheels that comes with a satin charcoal finish and then equipped with the Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. At the back of the wheels are the Brembo brake calipers which are color-coordinated with the same wheels.

Read the entire article Lexus unveils first ever customized LC 500 Coupe during 2016 SEMA Show
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