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Lexus Downsizing With New UX Crossover

Are those fins we see?

by on Feb.21, 2018

Lexus is filling a hole in its line-up with the UX compact crossover.

The eagerly awaited Lexus UX is finally set to make the transition from concept to production, Toyota’s luxury brand set to pull the wraps off the compact crossover at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

With utility vehicles gaining ground on conventional sedans and coupes in virtually every major market, the Lexus UX will fill another critical niche, the fast-growing compact crossover segment, just below the brand’s current NX model.

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While the teaser image Lexus has released has been designed to keep most details hidden, it does reveal a few interesting things. The production UX, for one thing, apparently carries over the subtle fins shown on the earlier NX concept. Meanwhile, a bit of Photoshop magic uncovers what appeared to be a UX 250h badge, indicating a hybrid version of the new ute is in the plans. (more…)

Lexus and Buick Lead Industry in Long-Term Dependability

But latest J.D. Power study finds reliability is up overall.

by on Feb.14, 2018

The Lexus ES led in the Premium Compact Car segment, while Lexus was ranked the most dependable brand overall.

While many studies look at the quality of vehicles soon after they roll off the showroom floor, the real question is how they hold up after a few years on the road. And the answer, according to annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, is better than ever.

Almost across the board, reliability showed a large jump – the first improvement since 2013 – though some manufacturers did notably better than others. For the seventh consecutive year, the Japanese luxury brand Lexus led the VDS overall while Buick was tops among mass market brands. Chrysler lagged at the back of the pack, with nearly twice as many problems as those two rivals, but it also showed some improvement.

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“For the most part, automotive manufacturers continue to meet consumers’ vehicle dependability expectations,” said Dave Sargent, the head of automotive practices as J.D. Power and Associates. “A 9% improvement is extremely impressive, and vehicle dependability is, without question, at its best level ever. For people looking for a new or used model, now is a good time to find that special vehicle.”

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Lexus Sets a New Direction With Chicago Introductions

Brand explores its performance heritage while adding to its green legacy.

by on Feb.08, 2018

The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL debuts at the Chicago Auto Show, including the pricing of the new ute.

Lexus took the wraps off its limited editions RC F and GS F for 2018 during a preview leading in the annual Chicago Auto Show.

Cooper Ericksen, Lexus vice president of marketing, said production of the RC F, which will go on sale in March, will be limited to 500 units, including a limited run of 240 that are destined for the United States.

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The RC F will come with a unique 5-liter V8 engine, a mat pain finish in grey, special Brembo brakes and carbon fiber accents such as the rear spoiler, according to Ericksen. Lexus also plans to offer the GS F to consumers, starting this spring, he said. (more…)

Lexus Celebrates 10 Years of High-Performance

“Another chapter to the F Performance story.”

by on Feb.06, 2018

Lexus is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RC F with a limited edition model debuting in Chicago.

Lexus folks like to use the word, “passion” when describing the brand these days, and they’re wont to point to new models like the LC 500 sports coupe, as well as the more aggressive styling – complete with oversized spindle grille – found on models like the latest LS sedan.

But long-time followers of the luxury brand might recall that Lexus started shifting gears a full decade ago, with the launch of the original V-8-powered IS F model. And we’re getting a first look at two special-edition anniversary models meant to celebrate the special occasion. Both, of course, carry the “F” badge that Lexus uses for its sportiest products.

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“Today, Lexus adds another chapter to the ‘F’ performance story with the introduction of the 2019 Lexus GS F and 2019 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show,” the automaker announced, referencing the media preview that will blow into the Windy City later this week. (more…)

Lexus Set to Make You Marvel with Super Bowl Ad

Automaker promos new Marvel vehicle.

by on Jan.26, 2018

Lexus is giving an early look at it Black Panther-themed ad for its LS 500 F Sport.

With Eagles set to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl, carmakers are lining up to show off their latest ads.

Lexus, as it prepares for launch of the new LS 500, the signature vehicle in the Lexus line, will once again be participating in advertising’s biggest day with a new ad created in partnership with Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated film “Black Panther,” which open in U.S. theaters in mid-February.

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The spot, “Long Live the King,” pairs the flagship luxury performance sedan, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport, with the Black Panther in a story that revolves around the character of T’Challa in his role as Black Panther recovering stolen vibranium, the mythical ore found only in the Black Panther’s home of Wakanda. (more…)

Lexus Shifts Direction with LF-1 Limitless Crossover Concept

Like “molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword.”

by on Jan.15, 2018

Lexus is looking to get a foothold in the larger crossover segment. The LF-1 Limitless may do it, Lexus GM Jeff Bracken said.

(This story has been updated with new information.)

Its been just a year since Lexus brought an all-new version of its big LS sedan to the North American International Auto Show, but what a year it has been. Time was when full-size sedans like the LS helped put a halo atop a luxury brand. But 2017 saw a dramatic shift in the U.S. market, traditional passenger cars all but dropping off the sales charts as millions of American motorists opted for sport and crossover-utility vehicles.

Hoping to catch up on that trend, the Japanese luxury brand is back in Detroit this week with what is expected to become its new flagship, a prototype it has dubbed the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept. It features an edgy design intended to strike a balance between a crossover and a more classic sports sedan. And a production version is quite likely to roll into Lexus showrooms in the relatively near future.

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Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken told the auto show crowd the concept could “become a member of the family.” However, he was a little more circumspect in a post event interview with TheDetroitBureau.com. (more…)

Lexus Taking Wraps Off New Crossover in Detroit

Maker has history of unveiling new models at NAIAS.

by on Dec.06, 2017

Lexus will unveil its latest creation, the LF1 Limitless, at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.

Lexus has always made a point of unveiling its newest most important cars and concept vehicles at the North American International Auto Show and it plans to do it again this coming January.

Lexus announced it plans to reveal a new concept that reflects “the next genre” in luxury crossover vehicles. Created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a flagship crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury, Lexus officials said.

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The Lexus LF-1 Limitless will make its official debut in Detroit next month, but released a teaser pic of the vehicle to come. (more…)

Lexus RX 350L: Bigger is Better for the King of Midsize Luxury CUVs

New stretch version to offer six and seven-seat options.

by on Nov.29, 2017

Lexus added a third row of seats to its popular RX sport-utility vehicle for the 2018 model year.

When it comes to midsize luxury SUVs, the Lexus RX has long been the big dog on the block, and it’s about to get bigger, Toyota’s luxury brand debuting a stretched, three-row model at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

The move should come as no surprise. If anything, one might wonder why it has taken so long for the luxury brand to bring out a three-row version of the RX, the best-selling midsize ute on the market. Since it was first introduced 20 years ago, the standard-edition RX has become the go-to vehicle for suburbanites looking for an alternative to a minivan.

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Growing 4.3 inches longer than the familiar RX, Lexus aimed to blend “function and fashion,” and says it will give buyers a number of options with the three-row RXL, including both six and seven-seat packages, as well as both a conventional gas model, the RX 350L, and the hybrid-powered RX 450hL. (more…)

Lexus Launching New Three-Row RXL at LA Auto Show

Hybrid and gas models in the mix expected for 2019.

by on Nov.16, 2017

A teaser image shows part of the new Lexus RXL's taillights and badging.

The big dog in the midsize luxury SUV segment is apparently set to get a bit bigger, Lexus announced plans to launch a three-row version of its familiar RX sport-utility vehicle at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

The move should come as no surprise. If anything, one might wonder why it has taken so long for the luxury brand to bring out a three-row version of the RX, the best-selling midsize ute on the market. Since it was first introduced 20 years ago, the standard-edition RX has become the go-to vehicle for suburbanites looking for an alternative to a minivan.

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“How can the top-selling Lexus RX get even better? Make more of it,” Lexus hinted in a terse release accompanied by this close-up detail of the RXL’s back end.

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Lexus Keeps an Eye Toward Future with LS+Concept

Brand provides glimpse at 2020.

by on Oct.25, 2017

The Lexus LS+Concept made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show featuring a look at what the 2020 version of the flagship may look like.

When Lexus unveiled the fifth-generation of its LS flagship sedan, the company said it would continue to refine and update it and it’s made good on that promise with the LS+Concept.

Debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, the new concept showcases the Japanese brand’s autonomous driving technology. One of self-driving features is Highway Teammate, which can drive on the freeway from entrance ramp to exit ramp in fully autonomous mode without any input from the driver.

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The concept is certainly the next step up in autonomous driving from the LS 500h arriving in dealers early next year. The new flagship enjoys a variety of self-driving capabilities already with automated merging, lane-keeping assist and lane changing.  (more…)