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Lexus Wants Buyers to Plug in with LS 500h Hybrid Flagship

Lighter, more advanced battery drive system merges with Japanese artisanal design.

by on Mar.07, 2017

The new 2018 Lexus LS 500h made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Two months after unveiling its all-new LS flagship sedan, Lexus is back at it, rolling out the plug-in hybrid version at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Where the next-generation LS 500 – which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show – opted for a twin-turbo V-6, the Lexus LS 500h will be motivated by a complex new driveline that not only combines gas and electric power sources but also two separate gearboxes.

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The one thing that doesn’t change is the basic exterior design, which adopts the more aggressive look called for by parent Toyota Motor Corp. CEO Akio Toyoda who, in a visit to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, declared Lexus would put more “passion” into both its design and driving dynamics. With its yawning spindle grille and creased sheet metal, both versions of the new LS offer a more exciting and distinctive design than the staid, classic Lexus cruisers of the past. (more…)

A New Face for the Lexus RX

A sportier look for a soccer-mom standby.

by on Mar.08, 2012

The new F-Sport version of the Lexus RX450h hybrid made its debut in Geneva this week.

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has given a mandate to the Japanese maker’s Lexus brand.  While it may have a reputation for bullet-proof reliability he also wants it to deliver more passionate design, as last year’s launch of the 2013 Lexus GS illustrated.

The real test comes with the Geneva Motor Show launch of the luxury brand’s soccer mom mainstay, the RX crossover – which rolled onto the floor at Geneva’s PALExpo Convention Center revealing a decidedly new look, its face clearly lifted from the GS blueprints – notably starting with the sport sedan’s distinctive double spindle grille and LED running lamps.

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To emphasize its passion play, Lexus officials revealed the new RX F-Sport model, which adds a sporty front fascia, smoked head and taillamps and darker wheels.