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

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.

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Leaked: 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Lexus GX show up

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!

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Lexus will launch a next-generation GX SUV this fall

Since its release on the market back in 2003 the Lexus GX midsize luxury SUV has experienced a level of success with 34,420 units sold in 2004, its best year in the books, a number which is well beyond the 20,000 units annual target of the company.

However, in recent years the demand for the midsize luxury has waned and this year sales have reached an all drop in excess of 52 percent.

Even though the competitions are anticipated to begin totally pulling out of the segment, it is the intention of Lexus to wait it out by introducing a modified GX.

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Lexus today announced the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the all-new, second generation 2010 GX 460 luxury utility vehicle which will arrive at dealerships beginning in late December.  For the first time, the GX will be offered in two grades, base, which will carry an MSRP of $51,970, and Premium which will be priced at $56,765.

The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875. The all-new GX 460 will be on display for the first time in North America at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

Second generation GX 460 that is more powerful, more efficient and more luxurious will be powered with an all-new 4.6-liter V8 engine.  The engine will produce 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of peak torque. It is teamed with an efficient six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift that helps provide the best-in-class V8 fuel economy.

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Safety tests will be conducted on Toyota Motor Co.'s new Lexus SUV by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to a top US auto safety official, the agency will take action if the vehicle fails to meet government standards.

Before influential magazine Consumer Reports published a preliminary report that warned the public about the safety risks posed by the 2010 Lexus GX 460, the NHTSA had already been given a copy of the results.

At the sidelines of the SAE International 2010 World Congress in Detroit, NHTSA chief David Strickland said that his compliance staff will be examining these vehicles, including the car that was tested at Consumer Reports.

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Toyota Motor Corp. ends speculation and has announced that it will recall the 2010 Lexus GX 460, the Lexus SUV that Consumer Reports magazine named to be a "safety risk."

In a statement, Toyota said that about 9,400 vehicles will be included in the recall. Toyota said that the vehicles will be given software updates on their vehicle stability control systems, which helps control a loss of traction during turns.

Toyota said that it aims to provide a high level of safety and quality, while meeting or surpassing governmental regulations, according to Steve St. Angelo, Toyota's chief quality officer for North America.

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Toyota Motor Corp. seeks a fix for the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV, which had been named a safety risk by Consumer Reports. Last Friday, Toyota admitted that its engineers were able to duplicate the"slide" that the magazine has seen in its tests.

Separately, a US congressional committee set a new hearing on May 6 to examine documents related to unintended acceleration and to discuss the possible electronic causes, according to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman.

Bill Kwong, a US spokesman for Toyota's luxury unit, said that the company will be coming up with a countermeasure to get rid of the handling complaint related to the GX.

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