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For the past 15 years, Lexus has been conducting a research into butterfly wings. And this study resulted in a special paint job from the Japanese automaker. It is so complicated that the paint alone requires 12 steps and 20 quality inspections. We will first see this on the LC 500 Structural Blue Edition, that creates an iridescent look on the grand tourer.
The company was inspired by the Morpho butterfly, which gave them this particular shade of blue. Lexus says that unlike conventional finishes where the paint reflects just under 50 percent of the pigments, this shade reflects almost 100 percent. The tiny pigments let the vehicle produce an ever changing shade of blue. The only downside is that this is not apparent in photographs, which is why you cannot really appreciate it in these photos.
When Lexus first came up with this shade, they had to use 40 layers of paint to let it produce this effect. However, after years of study, they were able to reduce this down to only 7 layers - now making it more feasible for production models.Read the entire article Butterfly-inspired iridescent Structural Blue paint appears first on Lexus LC 500
With three more months to go before the year ends, three premium auto companies are jousting their way up to see which of them could claim the crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States for 2017 – Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.
Mercedes-Benz managed to hold on to the US No. 1 spot after nine months of sales. From January to September, Mercedes delivered 242,250 luxury vehicles, excluding its vans and smart-branded models. This figure represents a 2.8-percent year-on-year drop in sales compared to the first nine months of 2016, when Mercedes delivered 249,204 premium units in the US.
Mercedes-Benz continued to lead the US luxury race even after posting dismal sales in September 2017. The carmaker suffered a sales decline in the month – by 1.7 percent – making it the only luxury brand that didn’t registered a surge in September 2017. Figure-wise, Mercedes delivered 29,008 units in September 2017 in the US, compared to 29,500 luxury vehicles sold in the same month in 2016.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz stays on top of US luxury car sales in the first nine months of 2017
Who would buy a secondhand car that has already crashed? That would be someone who knows a good opportunity when he sees one. We know that the 2018 Lexus LC 500 had begun deliveries to its United States customers recently. But apparently, one has already crashed and it’s now being sold on Copart.
With only as little as 777 miles on its odometer, the two-door sports coupe’s life has already been cut short after the accident. The vehicle is being sold by State Farm Insurance, with a title that says it had been salvaged but is repairable. Here’s the thing, it will be challenging and costly to repair a model like the Lexus LC 500, considering that it is a 2018 model.
Based on the photo that had been posted, the LC 500 has gone through a painful hit up on the front fascia. The bumper, spindle grille, hood and front quarter panels have been seriously damaged. That is not all, even the windshield has been shattered, while the radiator has been pushed out of place. Furthermore, the undercarriage was also seriously damaged, which caused the steering wheel and curtain airbags to be inflated.Read the entire article Crashed 2018 Lexus LC 500 is listed for sale
It has been six years since Lexus introduced the current generation of the CT 200h hybrid. For the 2018 model year, the current CT 200h lives through with some minor updates on its styling. We are hoping that it is the final facelift for the current generation, as Lexus somewhat signaled the impending arrival of the next-gen model by dropping the CT 200h from its lineup in the United States.
Perhaps the most glaring visual tweak made on the 2018 Lexus CT 200h could be found on its front end, particularly on its F Sport style spindle grille. On the 2017 iteration of the CT 200h, the grille features a horizontal bar. Likewise, although the grille looks as if it is one unit, it is actually interrupted on the mid-section. Meanwhile, the spindle grille on the 2018 CT 200h comes with a mesh pattern, and is now continuous from top section to the bottom.
In addition, the new 2018 Lexus CT 200h is now provided with signature “L” daytime running lights that now employ LED technology, as repositioned just above the single-projector headlamps. Moreover, the fog light bezels are now finished in metallic grey as surrounded by an outer frame with a triangular cross-section.Read the entire article Lexus tweaks current CT 200h for the final time; drops hybrid from US lineup
Did you already accept the fact that you could never get your hands on a Lexus LFA in the United States? Well, you are wrong because Lexus had just revealed that there are 12 brand new units of the LFA in US dealerships.
Detroit manufacturers did not report good sales figures from last month’s sales report. Meanwhile, the deliveries made by Japanese premium automakers Lexus, Infiniti and Acura have increased. Respectively, deliveries have increased by 3.6 percent, 9.0 percent, and 3.7 percent if you compare them to last year’s numbers.
There is even more awesome news for fans of Toyota’s luxury arm. As Autoblog looked further into Lexus’ sales figures, they noticed some interesting facts. The company has sold an LFA; one unit of the supercar was delivered in June 2017. After taking a closer look, we also learned that another six examples were delivered to customers in 2016. So how is that possible?Read the entire article There are still 12 unsold Lexus LFAs in US dealerships years after production stopped
Unlike black, silver, and red - brown is not one of the most common shades you would see on a car, especially on limited edition models like the 2012 Lexus LFA.
A couple of years ago, Lexus came out with the LFA supercar and decided they would only build 500 examples of the said model. Years later, the Japanese sports coupe has become hot in the second-hand market. Originally priced at $375,000 in the United States, buyers are willing to spend almost double the amount for a second hand unit. An example would be this Pearl Brown LFA, which is supposed to be a one-off, that’s being offered for $645,000 on James Edition.
This bronze LFA is equipped with a 4.8 liter V10 that can generate an impressive 552 horsepower (412 kilowatts) at 8,700 rpm with a torque of 354 pound-feet (480 Newton metres). In just 3.6 seconds, the LFA could go from 0 - 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour), and can continue to a top speed of 202 miles per hour (325 kph). Despite all that power, this example has only been driven by a total of 1,074 miles. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that gives power to the rear-wheels.Read the entire article You can have this unique Pearl Brown Lexus LFA for $645K
Even before Toyota, or in extension Lexus, makes an official announcement about the arrival of the more hardcore version of the LC performance coupe, certain details are already circulating over the specs of this variant—the Lexus LC F. Just recently, a Japanese Web site has said that the new Lexus LC F is being geared to offer a performance level that would be at par with the Japanese monster Nissan GT-R Nismo and the German powerhouse Mercedes-AMG GT.
In case you missed it, there have been speculations that Lexus could be planning hardcore variant of the LC. But it’s highly possible that it’s already in the midst of developing such a model after it was reported that Toyota Motors Corp. had applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Lexus intended the LC to fully highlight its sporting credentials and its renewed focus on dynamism. Offering an F version that could take on some of the known performance cars would be a natural and logical step. Not only that, other Lexus coupes like the RC also had an F version. Thus, Toyota’s trademark application could serve as a vital clue to Lexus’ plans to offer an LC F.Read the entire article Lexus LC F would be as potent as Nissan GT-R Nismo and Mercedes-AMG GT
Lexus has always had a nice range of cars, but they haven’t really covered all segments yet. For instance, if you’re looking for a three-row crossover, the only models Lexus could offer you are the GX and the LX. Both of which are huge and have a truck-like body. There is also the smaller RX that you could go for, but it only has two rows.
Last March, the Japanese company announced the arrival of a new crossover with three-rows, but it has been a year and we have not seen it yet. The good news is that the RX finally gets a three-row version, fulfilling a lot of people’s dreams. And according to Japanese car outlet Mag-X reports, the new RX crossover is scheduled to make a debut in October at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The RX is actually one of the company’s bestselling cars, and now that it has evolved into a three-row crossover, Lexus sales will probably shoot up as well.
According to more reports, the updated crossover will have the same wheelbase as its predecessor, with the rear overhang slightly extended. Now I wonder how tight it will be if there are three rows, considering the fact that the current model’s second row is already very close to the rear glass. This might actually mean no trunk space for the new RX.Read the entire article Lexus to reveal three-row RX at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Before the end of April, Lexus filed for a trademark with the name “LS-FC Concept” that’s for use on “automobiles and structural parts thereof”.
Does this mean that we will finally see the rumored hydrogen-fueled LS model? It has been years since the rumour started. We had learned that an LS model is soon to make its debut after the launch of the LF-FC concept, which was supposed to be a preview of the next-generation LS.
If the rumours are true, then the LS would use a variant of the Toyota Mirai powertrain, with an all-wheel drive that has four separate electric motors powering each corner. The company hasn’t been sharing details regarding this issue just yet.Read the entire article Lexus trademark filing gives us hints of what the future LS will be like
This one takes the cake for the ultimate customer service. A centenarian treats himself for hitting the 100 year mark by purchasing a £100k Lexus. Upon hearing of the purchase, Lexus decided to make the celebration a bit more special, by customizing the luxury car the centenarian will never forget.
Who is the gentleman in question? He is Barry High OBE who hails from Blockley and is duly recognized as a loyal customer to the Japanese automaker.
Barry High joined the Royal Engineers in the Army when he left school, and by the time the World War 2 concluded, he has risen up to the rank of Major. Afterwards his main trade was construction. He reportedly bought as many as 25 automobiles from Lexus Cheltenham for the last 16 years. On his birthday, Sir Barry decided to make his birthday a tad extraordinary and went to his all time favourite vehicle manufacturer and immediately ordered a £100,00 (around $128,000) Lexus LS 600h L , cause why not?Read the entire article Lexus endows a custom LS600h L to a loyal centenarian client
Japanese automaker Lexus recently unveiled its all new flagship sedan, the 2018 LS 500. The eye candy vehicle made its debut in Detroit and will be followed by the hybrid LS 500h in Geneva Auto Show. Geared for unveiling in New York will be the next level LS 500 F Sport treatment that allegedly boasts of modified design from its predecessor, chassis tuning and more stopping power.
Since its debut 30 years ago, the Lexus LS has stood out from its rival thanks to its power and ride qualities, making it the smoothest and the quietest in the global market. However, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport isn't made to be the most performance conforming vehicle coming from Lexus- unlike the F models that are the GS F and RC F.
The F Sport is more of a middle ground performer between Lexus cars and the F models. But don't be fooled as this sports car also packs a punch. Lexus' F sport packages are made for regular units and offers sharper handling aside from ensuring utmost comfort for the driver and its passengers.Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport unveiled at New York Auto Show
Lexus once again intensifies its product portfolio with a new LS F Sport –shortly after coming out with an all-new LS 500 and LS 500h at this year’s auto shows. Basically, this new Lexus are for those who want to get more punch and depth to the usual LS 500 sedan.
The 2018 Lexus LS F Sport will ride on the brand’s premium GA-L platform (Lexus’ global architecture for luxury vehicles). At the very least, the Japanese brand is expecting the LS F Sport to benefit from the GA-L’s responsive and agile performance, while keeping the same cabin quietness and smooth ride that are synonymous to all LS models.
It can be recalled that Lexus made a promise to bring the most engaging driving experience on the new LS sedan. The GA-L platform, after all, happens to have the stiffest chassis it has ever developed in years.Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport teased ahead of New York Auto Show premiere
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.Read the entire article Lexus makes its debut in India with three models
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.Read the entire article Is Lexus going to drop the GS from its lineup in 2018?
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.Read the entire article Lexus RC F GT3 prepares for 2017 Geneva Motor Show debut
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.Read the entire article 600 hp Lexus LC F rumored to premiere at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show
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
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