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Images of Updated Lexus RX Leak Out

by on Feb.13, 2012

The brochure suggests there'll be an F-Sport version of the fourth-generation Lexus RX.

Lexus has had a tough time keeping a secret in recent months.  The maker had hoped to give the world its first look at the LF-LC concept at the Detroit Auto Show, last month, only to have images leak out ahead of time. 

And it’s happened again.  This time it’s the all-new 2013 Lexus RX crossover that is getting a premier public debut – which also reveals that the new model, the best-seller in the Lexus line-up – will borrow heavily from the front-end design cues first introduced on the LF-LC prototype.


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The popular crossover, which is also the best-seller in its segment, was expected to get a facelift for 2013, with the updated model showing up in April at the New York International Auto Show, but we deliver this sneak peek thanks to our friends at Autoblog and CarScoop – who tracked down a brochure meant for the Japanese domestic market.


There are clear hints of the Lexus LF-LC concept in the front end of the new Lexus RX crossover.

The new look is decidedly more sporty than the frumpy family machine it replaces, with the distinctive pinched chrome trim that surrounds the new double spindle grille directly borrowed from the LF-LC.

It also appears the 2013 Lexus RX will be offered with the luxury brand’s performance-oriented F-Sport trim kit.  But it’s still a people-mover, at heart, even with the bigger wheels and swept-back headlamps. 

This images reveals that we’ll still have the RX450h hybrid option for 2013.  The brochure also suggests there’ll be a new Lexus RX270, though that version is highly unlikely to make it to the American marketplace.


The 4th-generation Lexus RX is expected to debut at the upcoming NY Auto Show.

Beyond that, there are indications of a new rear-seat entertainment system to keep the family happy en-route.

But while it’s all but certain Lexus will have lots of new technology to talk about when the fourth-generation RX is revealed, we expect company officials to echo the emphasis on “passion” that was the centerpiece of the presentation by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda when he unveiled the Lexus GS sedan last August. 

We expect to find out plenty more by the time we reach New York, though it would surprise few if Toyota’s luxury arm releases a few details of its own before that official preview – as it did once the LF-LC images began leaking out.

Ontario Abandons Marketplace and Proposes Record Subsidies for Electric Vehicles

The liberal McGuinty government says it is "making it easier" to buy electric vehicles at taxpayer expense.

by on Jul.15, 2009

McGuinty, left, meeting with the Japanese Emperor,right, July 2009

A clear beneficiary of the new policy is Japanese owned Lexus, which has a plant in Ontario.

One out of every 20 vehicles driven in Ontario, Canada will be electrically powered by 2020 if the huge incentives proposed by the provincial government are effective in forcing the market to favor electric vehicles.

The government of Premier Dalton McGuinty said in a statement that “Expanding the use of electric vehicles by consumers and government will help create and sustain jobs in the auto sector and put Ontario at the forefront of the new, green economy in North America.”

The plan, just announced today, would favor buyers of plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles with rebates of up to $10,000 paid for by taxpayers for vehicles purchased after July 1, 2010.

The maximum rebate appears to be among the highest, if not the highest, ever offered by a government to subsidize electric vehicles. It was not immediately clear how popular the plan will be among voters.

Nonetheless, the proposed Ontario plan continues a global trend that sees taxpayers’ money being shifted to help small numbers of relatively affluent vehicle buyers in the name of reducing greenhouse gases and combating global warming.

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A clear beneficiary of the new policy is Japanese-owned Lexus, which has a plant in Ontario. A hybrid version of its best selling RX350, the RX450h, will enter production this fall at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC), which also builds the Corolla and Matrix models.

Toyota and Honda with their growing list of hybrid models will also benefit from the subsidies.