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Next-gen 2019 Lexus ES has starting price of $39,500 with more power and better efficiency

When the seventh-generation 2019 Lexus ES was unveiled in China in April, the all-new premium sedan managed to draw attention from customers around the world. For customers in the United States who have been waiting for the next-gen ES sedan to arrive this September, Lexus has already released details over its pricing and fuel economy ratings.

At launch, the new 2019 Lexus ES will be available in three guises: the ES 350, the ES 300h and the ES 350 F Sport. For those who wanted to get the 2019 Lexus ES 350 for their garage, they have to shell out at least $39,500. This base price is around $550 pricier than the 2018 ES sedan. The customer will still have to pay $1,025 fee for delivery, processing and handling.

The new Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an updated D4-S fuel injection. This mill can deliver 302 hp of max output and 267 lb.-ft. of peak torque – or 34 hp and 19 lb.-ft. more powerful than the V6 engine of the previous generation. This new V6 engine is paired to a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch.

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Lexus unveils seventh-generation ES premium midsize luxury sedan at Beijing Motor Show

The seventh generation of the Lexus ES premium sedan (2019 model year) has just been unveiled at the 2018 Auto China (Beijing Motor Show), boasting a more dynamic performance, an all-new exterior design as well as a comfortable and luxurious interior.

Essentially, the 2019 Lexus ES owes its latest evolved character to the all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform. Compared to its predecessor, the all-new ES is longer by 2.6 inches, lower by 0.2 inches, and wider by 1.8 inches. Its wheelbase is longer by 2 inches while its tracks are wider both on the front (by 0.4 inches) and the rear (by 1.5 inches). The Global Architecture-K chassis is a rigid front-wheel drive chassis that makes use of various grades of high-tensile steel to save weight. It features enhancements like an all-new double wishbone suspension design, rack-mounted electric power steering and a V-brace mounted behind the rear seat.

This new platform allowed the new ES to feature a dynamic yet fluid shape, as well as a characteristic silhouette highlighted by an aggressive downward slant. Thanks to its lower height and its fast roofline, the new ES offers a coupe-like profile, a lower and wind-cheating aerodynamics. Up front, the ES features a larger spindle with vertical bars on the ES 350 and the ES 350h, or a blacked out cross-hatch pattern on the ES 350 F SPORT.

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Lexus reveals sportier 2016 ES sedan at Shanghai International Motor Show

Lexus chose the ongoing Shanghai International Motor Show for the world premiere of its new 2016 ES as well as its RX 200t luxury utility vehicle. The ES is Lexus’ top-selling sedan and has been regarded by many as the epitome of the near luxury sedan. The 2016 ES is sportier and its exterior styling can be described as elegant and progressive.

Its interior is even more luxurious and the car occupants can feel more secure with the new Lexus Safety System+. Lexus designed the refreshed ES for 2016 with a new bold form. This new ES stands out from the crowd with its heightened luxury and a prominent and striking front fascia that has Lexus’s trademark spindle grille and comes with accentuated brilliant satin chrome.

The ES is fitted with headlights in a new design. They feature LED projector technology while iconic “L”-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are observed to reach outside the headlight element for a unique look that makes it easily recognizable as a Lexus.

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New Lincoln ad campaign pits 2014 MKZ vs Lexus ES

Lincoln is launching an advertising campaign wherein its 2014 MKZ competes with Lexus. The campaign, which is themed "Luxury Uncovered," consists of commercials that will run through at least the end of 2013 and will be aired on prime time network and cable TV shows. The campaign will also be launched in social media networks.

Lincoln executives, however, have said that the commercials will not be aired during the 2014 Super Bowl, although the brand did run spot on this year's Super Bowl in advance of the launch of the redesigned 2013 MKZ. Lincoln is launching soon its MKC luxury compact crossover, although officials have yet to disclose when a production version will arrive.

Several of the new spots that feature the 2014 MKZ sedan show young couples on a couch in a studio asking some questions about the Lincoln MKZ and the Lexus ES.

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Toyota will build the Lexus ES350 sedan at its Georgetown, Kentucky factory, according to Toyota president Akio Toyoda who made the announcement at a recent press conference in New York. The ES is the top-selling Lexus model in the U.S. Lexus also considers the U.S. to be its biggest market. Toyota intends to spend $360 million for improvements at the Georgetown facility, which will start to produce the ES350 in 2015.

It’s estimated that 750 new jobs will be created from this move. About 50,000 units of the ES350 are expected to be rolled out by this factory each year. In the press conference, Toyoda said that the ES is a favorite of Americans. In 2012, Lexus sold 56,158 ES350 sedans in the U.S. Meanwhile, 1.2 million Lexus ES sedans were sold in the U.S. since 1990.

Furthermore, Toyoda said that transferring the production of the luxury sedan to Kentucky will help protect buyers from fluctuating exchange rates, and reinforces the company’s commitment to U.S. production. Georgetown was the first standalone manufacturing plant that Toyota had in the U.S.

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Toyota Motor Corp. is investigating claims that its new Lexus ES and GS sedans have emergency trunk release handles that easily break and risk trapping someone in the cargo space. In a statement, nonprofit publication Consumer Reports magazine said that the defect was identified by accident during an evaluation of 2013 models of the two cars.

Jake Fisher, the director of vehicle testing of Consumer Reports, said that his 4-year-old son got into the ES 350's trunk to try the interior release. He said that the boy snapped off the lever that opens the lid and so he could only get out after the trunk was opened from the outside.

He said that tests of release handles in 2013 ES hybrid and GS 350 sedans indicated that they could snap too if the levers are pulled toward the driver's side. Toyota has recently issued the worldwide recall of 7.4 million vehicles this week to repair defective power-window switches.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Dodge Dart as one of four new vehicles available in the U.S. to earn the "Top Safety Pick" award. The three other models are the Hyundai Motor Co. crossover Santa Fe, the Lexus ES 350 midsize luxury sedan, and the Subaru XV Crosstrek hatchback. Chrysler is relying on the Dodge Dart to be a top-selling small car.

The 2013 Dart is the first model that Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group LLC jointly engineered and designed. Being named a "Top Safety Pick" means that the vehicle had a good performance in test crashes that evaluated front, side and rear impacts, and even rollovers. Reid Bigland, chief of Chrysler's Dodge brand, said that its engineers were able to deliver on their high expectations for the Dart.

Russ Rader, IIHS spokesman, said that the IIHS tested 180 vehicles for the 2012 model year. From that batch, 132 were awarded the Top Safety Pick designation. This December, the IIHS will issue its annual list of the safety report for vehicles available in the U.S. market.

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For those interested in acquiring a new Lexus, we have good news as the manufacturer has just revealed that the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the all-new 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h. So, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 will carry a base price of $36,100, which means it will be cheaper than the previous generation.

The 2013 Lexus ES 300h will be more expensive as it will cost $38,850. Still, at these price tags you should add the delivery, processing and handling fee of $895. For those who don’t know, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual VVT-i that delivers 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700.

This engine is mated to a six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). According to Lexus, the ES 350 is expected to deliver a fuel consumption of 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

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Toyota Motor Corp. has started building its revamped Lexus ES sedan in Japan, taking on the challenge of running more costly factories at its home country to cope with demand in the United States and China. Toyota is aiming to achieve an annual production figure of around 3 million vehicles in Japan, which is almost triple the amount that its local rivals Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. produce.

It also represents around 40 percent of the cars and trucks that Toyota builds globally. The only Lexus model that Toyota produces outside Japan is the Lexus RX sport-utility vehicle, which is being built in Ontario, Canada.

Japanese car manufacturers are usually averse to producing at its home turf in order to prevent the strong yen to continue eating up their profits on imports. Toyota’s strategy with Lexus leaves the brand exposed to the effects of the strong yen.

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Lexus unveiled today at the 2012 New York Auto Show the all-new 2013 ES lineup, which includes the ES 350 and ES 300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive. The first look at the car shows the new front grille, seen also on the 2013 Lexus GS and on the 2013 RX 350 and RX 400h. The front end also comes with a newly designed front bumper but also with a new set of headlights fitted with daytime running LEDs.

The rear end shows new lamps that reflect the “L” design motif, but also a new rear bumper with dual exhaust pipes on the ES 350, while the ES 300h features a distinctive rear design with hidden exhaust and an integrated spoiler. New exterior colors for the 2013 ES include Fire Agate Pearl and Silver Lining Metallic. The interior has also been redesigned in order to provide both a sense of openness and security.

Newly designed seats are also offered, while the steering wheel angle has been reduced from 24 degrees to 22 degrees for a more natural control position. Greater rear seat legroom and knee room are the hallmark of the redesigned, more spacious cabin. Knee room is increased by 2.8 inches and legroom is increased by 4.1 inches. The new ES features the next-generation Lexus Enform system.

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It appears that the upcoming 2013 Lexus GS will make quite a buzz on the market and the Japanese manufacturer is confident that the new vehicle will outscore its market competitors. In fact, a Lexus executive said that the 2013 Lexus ES luxury sedan will make the Buick LaCrosse “laughable” as a luxury vehicle.

Although the executive didn’t want to give too many details, he said that the next-generation ES will be wider and longer than the current model but what is more interesting is the fact that the new ES will be the quietest car Lexus has ever made.

Moreover, the new Lexus ES will offer Hybrid Synergy Drive full-hybrid technology and it will be able to achieve a fuel economy of over 40 mpg on the highway.

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According to the latest reports from Car and Driver, it appears that Toyota is planning a new model for its Lexus luxury brand: ES300h. The news comes from a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filling made by the Japanese manufacturer earlier this month.

As expected the new car will be based on the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which means that it will be powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine delivering 147 hp and coupled with an electronically controlled planetary-gear continuously variable transmission.

The second part combines a high-torque 40-hp electric motor featuring a specially designed compact battery.

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