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Lexus Updates LF-LC Concept

Opal blue hybrid supercar debuts at Australian auto show.

by on Oct.22, 2012

Lexus updates the LF-LC hybrid supercar concept for the 2012 Australian Motor Show.

Lexus officials continue to suggest that the LF-LC concept won’t simply disappear like the typical show car – and the latest hint comes from “Down Under,” an updated version of the hybrid supercar making its debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

Inspired by the native semi-precious stone found in Outback, the updated LF-LC has been painted an “Opal Blue,” while the interior also gets a few new updates for its latest appearance, including a new touchscreen system that replaces the earlier joystick-operated infotainment system.

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The luxury arm of Toyota has also revealed specifics about the underlying powertrain – which it dubs the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive.  We’ve been hearing about a new gas-electric driveline that would overcome limits of the original Lexus system – basically the same hybrid technology that first appeared in the original Toyota Prius a dozen years ago.

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First Look: Lexus LF-CC Concept

Can passion and hybrids co-exist?

by on Sep.27, 2012

The Lexus LF-CC Concept appears to be very, very close to production-ready.

Lexus has been dropping a number of surprises in recent months – all meant to demonstrate that it’s serious about pumping more “passion” into the brand.

The latest effort, the LF-CC Concept, may be the most aggressive example of that to date, taking the maker’s L Finesse design language to new extremes — with a bold new iteration of the Lexus spindle grille that has become the symbol of the brand’s new direction.

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Likely to return in production form, the Lexus LF-CC is making its formal debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.  And it also emphasizes that the Japanese brand’s love affair with hybrid technology isn’t cooling down.

The brand’s U.S. boss, Mark Templin, told TheDetroitBureau.com last month that by mid-decadeLexus will have eight, possibly even nine, gas-electric offerings in its line-up.

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