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Lexus is back in the US luxury sales race thanks to revamped IS sedan and GX SUV

Lexus was the best-selling carmaker in the United States for 11 years until 2011. Now, the market has been dominated by German luxury carmakers for three years in a row, with BMW pacing the pack. But Lexus is slowly but surely catching up. In fact, Lexus outsold Mercedes-Benz in May for the second time in five months.

It also managed to trim the lead of BMW to around 12,000 units in the year to date. The luxury unit of Toyota Motor Corp. might be able to trim the gap further as it is set introduce this year its first compact crossover, the NX, and the RC sports coupe.

Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus, told Bloomberg in an interview that the volume is not their goal, but “to do the right things." He said that it was nice to know that consumers are responding to the newly launched products.

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

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.

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

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.

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Lexus puts cardboard IS saloon Origami Car on exhibit

Lexus has long been known to make cars that display human craftsmanship skills. In celebration, the brand has come out with a new model: the Lexus Origami Car. An authentic replica of the IS saloon, it is a Lexus like it has never been seen before.

Instead of the usual plastic, glass, and sheet metal, the Origami Car is a life-size model that uses precision-cut cardboard as the main material. At the production line of Lexus, this skillfull group of people, also known as takumi, work to improve their dexterity skills through origami.

They learn how to fold paper and turn it an origami model cat. The catch is that they do it using their non-dominant hand. This talent is made use of in the making of the Origami Car but it has been taken to a much higher level.

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Lexus introduced the LF-C2 Concept a.k.a. a convertible version of the RC Coupe at the 2014 LA Auto Show, but despite the positive feedback received by the vehicle will not see a production version. According to Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division general manager, the LF-C2 was purely a concept, but sources sat that the Japanese manufacturer is considering whether to produce a convertible version of the RC Coupe or a more exclusive convertible version of the LF-LC Concept unveiled back in 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show.

If the LF-LC convertible is seen as a halo car that will elevate the brand, the RC convertible is seen to bring more customers to the brand. The big question is if the brand wants to support two convertibles.

The bad news is that convertibles are seen as a luxury item and most of the customers are looking for a crossover/SUV. As a result, the Japanese manufacturer will introduce a three-row crossover in order to take on vehicles such as the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7.

Read the entire article Lexus considering a new convertible to replace the aging IS Convertible

Although it was an impressive sports car and we were amazed by the sound of its V8 engine, the Lexus IS F was not quite popular and the 11,000 units sold from 2007 until today confirm it. As a result, the Dutch media found out from Lexus that the IS F has been discontinued.

The IS F uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine that generates 517 hp at 6,600 rpm and 505 Nm (372 lb-ft) of torque.

With these numbers, the vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 270 km/h or 168 mph. The Lexus RC F Coupe will be the replacement for the IS F.

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Lexus introduced in the UK the new IS 300h Executive Edition and announced that this model will carry a price tag of 29,995 pounds. The 2014 Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition comes as standard with leather upholstery and the Lexus Navigation system, but also with front and rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing HID headlights, cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers.

The new Executive Edition brings additional features to the existing Luxury grade worth 3,390 pounds at no cost for the customer. The 2014 Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine as well as an electric motor that deliver a total output of 220 hp.

In addition, there is a nickel-metal hybrid battery pack and an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) routes that delivers the power to the rear wheels.

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At the 2014 Madrid Auto Show, Lexus unveiled the IS 25 Anniversario, a model that celebrates company’s 25th anniversary. The new model was exclusively designed for the Spanish market and Lexus will only make 25 units of this special edition. If you live in Spain and want one, you’d better know that the IS 25 Anniversario is available in two versions: 300h Hybrid and a V6-powered model.

The Lexus IS 300h comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine as well as with an electric motor, while the IS 250 is powered by a 2.5-liter V6. As you can see from the photos, the new special edition of the Lexus IS comes with a new exterior kit developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD), which consists of a new front lip spoiler new side sills, and a new rear spoiler.

Lexus also added a carbon fiber front hood, a carbon fiber roof as well as a new rear trunk spoiler made of carbon fiber. The exterior design is completed by the 19-inch Lexus F Sport wheels wrapped in high-performance Bridgestne Potenza tires.

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Although the 2014 Lexus IS 250 sedan is a beautiful car in our opinion and we do like it a lot, it appears that Consumper Reports magazine managed to find some issues with it regarding fuel economy and handling. Priced from $36,860 including destination and handling taxes, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 is, according to Consumer Reports, neither sporty or luxurious and has the worst road test score posted by any Lexus sedan in the recent memory.

Regarding the handling, Consumer Reports says that it is short on finesse and the road noise is elevated. The magazine tested the model equipped with the 2.5-liter V6 engine rated at 204 hp.

Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman, told the reporters from Automotive News that the company will discuss with Consumer Reports in order to get more direct feedback on their experience with the car.

Read the entire article 2014 Lexus IS 250 fails to get the “Recommended” rating from Consumer Reports

Few days ago we revealed you the first patent images with the all-new 2014 Lexus GX but it appears that the Japanese manufacturer was a little bothered by the photos. As a result, it released the official images with the 2014 Lexus GX 460. As you can see from the photos the changes are quite radical and we find a redesign front end consisting of a new interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille, standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, LED fog lamps.

A new set of taillights was also designed. Inside, we find the new touch-screen display audio that adds an eight-inch screen, backup monitor, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio, automatic phone book transfer, vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provider via HD Radio. Furthermore, we find a new linear espresso wood/abyss black trim, new mahogany wood trim for both the Premium Package and Luxury model.

Moreover, as an option, Lexus offers Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). The new Premium Package will be available at the same price as the base 2013MY GX 460 and includes the navigation system with backup monitor, perforated leather trimmed interior, heated and ventilate front seats, Intuitive Parking Assist and a three zone climate control.

Read the entire article 2014 Lexus GX 460 Facelift shows up with a price tag of $49,085

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and its sister model 2014 Lexus GX will only be launched later this year but photos with the two new models already emerged on the web. As you can see from the photos, the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado comes with a redesign front end featuring stylish headlights, a new grille, restyled front and rear bumpers as well as a new set of rear tail lamps.

2014 Lexus GX shows a new front grille, similar to the one found on other redesigned models and other small changes. For those who don't know, this will be the last model of the GX as Lexus will replace it with the TX crossover.

The engines are expected to remain the same found on the current models, a 4.6-liter V8 on the 2014 Lexus GS and a variety of petrol and diesel engines for the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. More details will be revealed soon!

Read the entire article Leaked: 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Lexus GX show up

Lexus was the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States from 2000 to 2010. Natural disasters in Japan in 2011 -- earthquake and tsunami -- however led to inventory and supplies problems, eventually resulting to lower sales in the US in the year. As a result, Lexus lost its dominant position in the US in 2011 and 2012, giving way to erstwhile followers BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

But Lexus is not finished yet in the US. Toyota's luxury division is aiming to crawl its way back to the top by first introducing a refreshed model and launching a corresponding advertising campaign.

This summer, Lexus is rolling out the redesigned 2014 IS model. To enhance the vehicle's appeal to younger luxury-car buyers, Lexus is employing aggressive ads from agency Team One. One of the TV spots for 2014 IS says, "You can choose to blend in. Or you can choose to blend out. It's your move."

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The 2014 Lexus IS looks and is actually more expensive than the outgoing model but it comes with several amazing features that are offered as standard. The new 2014 IS250 RWD has a starting price of $36,845, which is $885 more expensive than the former model. The 2014 model gets standard equipment like high-intensity discharge headlights and a new touchscreen audio system standard, which were both offered as options on the old model.

Lexus claims that the new model comes with $1400 as optional equipment, which means that the $885 price increase is actually a $515 drop in price.

IS250 RWD features a six-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive and is powered by a 2.5-liter V-6 engine with an output of 204hp. The IS250 AWD, which is $2535 more expensive, comes with an electronically controlled all-wheel drive system. The IS350 RWD model that costs $40,360 features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 306hp as well as an exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Lexus IS 300h promises to provide customers with cost of ownership advantages that could not be matched by other 2.0-litre diesel premium saloon models. This is all thanks to the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, which offers a good mix of low maintenance, low running costs as well as tax benefits and incentives.

Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain offers exceptional fuel economy and low emissions. A Lexus IS 300h SE model boasts of being able to travel 65.7 miles per gallon of fuel while just emitting 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled. Lexus engineered the IS 300h’s hybrid system for durability and low maintenance requirements.

The premium saloon has no clutch while its starter motor and alternator are integrated into the system, thus there is no need for servicing or replacement during its lifetime. The Lexus IS 300h also uses a maintenance-free timing chain, instead of a timing belt. This modification means that a customer could incur lower servicing bills as well as savings on replacement parts.

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Lexus has disclosed the pricing and specification details of its third generation IS range, to be rolled out in the United Kingdom this summer. The IS range, which was unveiled at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit, includes the 2.5-litre gasoline-powered IS 250 and the IS 300h full-hybrid. Both versions are offered in rear-wheel drive and will be available with a new set of Lexus’s F Sport package.

The IS benefits from Lexus’ new focus on a rewarding driving experience and bold design, which features the signature spindle grille. The base variant to the range is the SE, which is offered at £26,495 for the 2.5-litre IS 250, and £29,495 for the 2.5-litre full hybrid IS 300h. Lexus is also offering a number of options for the third generation IS, providing customers with a cost-effective approach to adding items of specifications they consider important.

Buyers of the Luxury and F Sport models could avail of black leather upholstery. Buyers of Luxury models could also ask for the 6-way adjustable leather seats with heater function with a starting price of £1,400. F Sport buyers, meanwhile, could avail of the 8-way adjustable leather seats -- either black or dark rose -- with heater and ventilation functions for just £2,300.

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The new Lexus IS 300h full hybrid will debut in Europe next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model was first seen at the recently held Detroit Motor Show. It is equipped with a petrol-electric hybrid system and is due to go on sale in the UK in the summer. Lexus is expected to boost the sportier driving dynamics of the IS 300h, which will be available with a performance-orientated F Sport package.

A review of the rear-drive Lexus IS 300h in pre-production form was already submitted by Autocar. Powering the IS 300h is a combination of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder and electric motor h. The Japanese market Toyota Crown uses this hybrid system, which delivers 163lb ft and 175bhp on this car. The motor is capable of producing 141bhp and 221lb ft. When combined, this system makes 217bhp.

For this vehicle, Lexus is targeting a fuel consumption of over 65mpg. The 300h is rear-wheel drive and features a CVT. The front double wishbone suspension is a modified version of the system that the last IS used. Meanwhile, the rear is a multi-link system borrowed from the Lexus GS. In addition, the IS uses the GS’s Drive Mode Select software. The F Sport models have been styled differently and have a new grille and bumper to make a distinction from the standard IS.

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The new Lexus IS, which was just presented at the Detroit Auto Show, will not be available with a diesel engine. Instead, this engine has been replaced with a petrol-electric hybrid that boasts of having a CO2 emissions level that’s less than 100g/km of CO2. This new car will start selling this summer in the UK.

Powering the IS is either a 2.5-litre petrol V6 in the IS 250 or a combination of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder and electric motor in the IS 300h. This is the same hybrid system that’s found under the hood of the Japanese market Toyota Crown. In this car, the engine delivers 163lb ft and 175bhp, and the motor delivers 141bhp and 221lb ft. When combined, the system offers 217bhp and Lexus is hoping to attain a fuel consumption rating of more than 65mpg.

The IS 250 and 300h are both rear-wheel drive, with the 250 pushing the wheels with the use of a six-speed auto.

Read the entire article 2013 NAIAS: 2014 Lexus IS ditches diesel engine, gets 300h hybrid version

After yesterday’s leaked photos, Lexus officially unveiled the brand new 2014 IS. Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer announced that the 2014 Lexus IS will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15. Just like the outgoing version, the new IS model range will include the IS 250, IS 350 and for the first time, the IS 300h hybrid model.

F SPORT models will be available across the full range. The first photos revealed by the manufacturer show the all-new new IS 250/350 F SPORT. The first visual impact with the 2014 Lexus IS shows the new Lexus spindle grille frontal design but also a new set of stylish headlamps. In profile, the strong horizontal beltline shows off the large rear tires and its low center of gravity.

The rear end is also impressive and features a rising crease line flowing from the lower body, through the rear wheel arch and into the rear lamp.

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Lexus Division is set to unveil its redesigned 2014 Lexus IS sedan at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January 2013. The Lexus IS sedan is built with the same platform and powered by the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the longer GS sedan. However, the Lexus IS has its own 2.5-liter V-6 entry-level engine. When the GS underwent a major redesign this year, much of its architecture and powertrain were carried over.

The major changes for the GS include design and technical refinements, like increased body rigidity. Consumer could expect similar changes for the Lexus IS, with the addition of a more tightly tuned and more casually styled F-Sport model. According to Lexus, the production IS will have design cues of the LF-CC coupe concept that was unveiled at the Paris auto show in October.

The IS competes in the rear-drive compact sedan segment dominated by the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C class, Audi A4 and Infiniti G.

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It has become obvious from recent reports that the next Lexus IS would be very different from its current appearance. Peter Evans, a marketing manager at Lexus Australia, said that Lexus can’t just be evolutionary, considering that it’s a challenger brand and is currently at No. 4 in sales. It’s expected that the new IS would be sportier and will offer an improved performance.

It’s possible that the new IS will be built on the GT86 platform, which could lead to a coupe variant that’s a lot sportier. Costs would be reduced if the current platform is used. In fact, revising the frame to fit the IS would be a costly process. He said that an IS F is likely to be presented in the future. It’s also probably going to use the GT86 chassis. Ketan Renade, Lexus product planner for the ES and LS, said that they realize that they have to focus on the IS.

He said that the IS won’t be like its rivals that have a great performance as well as luxury ride. Rather, the IS will get a wider more aggressive stance. It would also be its most drastically designed spindle grille so far. Due to its sales positioning, the Lexus designers now offer plenty of room that will make the IS totally evolutionary.

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