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According to the 2013 LEAP Brand Index, Lexus is the second most-loved brand in the United States, behind only the iPhone. Lexus climbed 22 spots in 2013, jumping from 24th in 2012 to 2nd overall. Debuting in 2010, the LEAP, or Leveragi...
According to the 2013 LEAP Brand Index, Lexus is the second most-loved brand in the United States, behind only the iPhone. Lexus climbed 22 spots in 2013, jumping from 24th in 2012 to 2nd overall. Debuting in 2010, the LEAP, or Leveraging Emotional Attachment for Profit Brand Index, uses a proprietary methodology to gauge consumers’ emotional attachment to brands. See the rest of the 2013 LEAP Brand Index
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about 3 hours ago
Interview with Lexus IS deputy chief engineer Naoki Kobayashi:
Interview with Lexus IS deputy chief engineer Naoki Kobayashi:
about 20 hours ago
Lexus IS deputy chief engineer Naoki Kobayashi explains some of the car’s interior design decisions in an interview with Lexus UK: Lexus UK: What’s the difference between ordinary seats and the ‘integrated foaming construction’...
Lexus IS deputy chief engineer Naoki Kobayashi explains some of the car’s interior design decisions in an interview with Lexus UK: Lexus UK: What’s the difference between ordinary seats and the ‘integrated foaming construction’ seats that are a Lexus first in the F-SPORT? Kobayashi-san: A conventional car seat is designed like a stuffed toy, with a formed cushion wrapped in a seat cover. In our integrated foaming construction seats, there is no separation between the cushion material and the seat cover. They’re ‘integrated’. This design has many advantages. There’s no cover to slide or float on the cushion. We can give a more comfortable ride with the soft surface of the seats because we don’t have to add tension to the seat cover. Do Lexus customers associate the IS’s analogue clock with luxury, or is it purely a decorative preference? When we find something that fits with IS, we’ll use it. Many people love the analogue clock. So do the designers of IS. We feel it represents the essential concept of “relaxing spaciousness”, and expresses the passion of designers who want people to enjoy a relaxing time with the IS. One of the greatest attractions of the analogue clock is that can give different impressions depending on who is looking at it, and when it’s seen. It could be 9:55, five to ten, 10 o’clock, just before 10… Compared to the previous model, the new IS interior is a huge leap in terms of usability — every element feels purposeful, and it’s clear from this interview that no improvement was considered too small. Read the full interview with Naoki Kobayashi
about 20 hours ago
Lexus has released a new commercial for each of their SUVs — here’s the complete set: 2014 Lexus GX Commercial 2014 Lexus RX Commercial 2014 Lexus LX Commercial There’s also a super-cut that splices together...
Lexus has released a new commercial for each of their SUVs — here’s the complete set: 2014 Lexus GX Commercial 2014 Lexus RX Commercial 2014 Lexus LX Commercial There’s also a super-cut that splices together scenes from all three commercials:
1 day ago
Much like the rest of the lineup, the Lexus LS, ES 350 & IS C convertible all received minor updates for the 2014 model year — here is a list of changes for the models sold in the USA. 2014 Lexus LS Siri Eyes-Free mode. Revised a...
Much like the rest of the lineup, the Lexus LS, ES 350 & IS C convertible all received minor updates for the 2014 model year — here is a list of changes for the models sold in the USA. 2014 Lexus LS Siri Eyes-Free mode. Revised auto headlamp on/off Ability to open trunk lid without key fob being in range when vehicle is unlocked Minor interior color and trim revisions. Read more about the 2014 Lexus LS 2014 Lexus ES 350 LED fog lamps included with HID headlamps Available Bamboo interior trim selection Available heated/ventilated front seats in perforated NuLuxe trim Siri Eyes Free technology from Apple; compatible with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models Read more about the 2014 Lexus ES 350 Lexus IS C Convertible Interior trim revised for optional F SPORT package. This option includes sport-tuned suspension, F SPORT 18-inch wheels with dark superchrome finish; upper and lower grille insert; F SPORT steering wheel and F SPORT heated and ventilated front seats; front lip spoiler; aluminum sport pedals; silver metallic interior trim; aluminum scuff plates, and F SPORT badging. Read more about the 2014 Lexus IS Convertible
2 days ago
EST Styling is bringing a custom all-metal wide body Lexus IS 250 F SPORT to the SEMA show in November — here’s the promotional poster: Equipped with an Air Runner suspension & painted in a wild BASF orange, this IS F SPO...
EST Styling is bringing a custom all-metal wide body Lexus IS 250 F SPORT to the SEMA show in November — here’s the promotional poster: Equipped with an Air Runner suspension & painted in a wild BASF orange, this IS F SPORT is being built by Gabriel Escobedo & Paul Tolson (who also built the custom RX 450h from SEMA 2010). [Source: Air Runner Systems]
2 days ago
The Petronas racing team of Kazuki Nakajima & James Rossiter have won the Super GT Round 6 GT500 class in the #36 Lexus SC 430, coming from behind to win the race in the final laps. The ZENT CERUMO #38 SC 430, winners of the Round 6 at...
The Petronas racing team of Kazuki Nakajima & James Rossiter have won the Super GT Round 6 GT500 class in the #36 Lexus SC 430, coming from behind to win the race in the final laps. The ZENT CERUMO #38 SC 430, winners of the Round 6 at the Fuji Speedway, finished second and are now in the season points lead. Watch the Super GT Round 6 Highlights
2 days ago
The following is a review of the 2013 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT by guest author Tim Esterdahl, an associate editor for the Tundra Headquarters enthusiast website. The new F Sport package for the Lexus RX 350 is an interesting new addition to...
The following is a review of the 2013 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT by guest author Tim Esterdahl, an associate editor for the Tundra Headquarters enthusiast website. The new F Sport package for the Lexus RX 350 is an interesting new addition to the luxury SUV product line, and after spending a week driving it across a broad range of road conditions, I believe it should be a strongly considered package. When Lexus offered to let me drive the RX 350 F SPORT for a week, I was curious as to what makes it a “sport” model. I have driven several previous RX models, and found them to be very plush and comfortable SUVs, but the SPORT distinction seems more at home in their other products and not in a SUV. Naturally, I was surprised by what I found. I drove the RX 350 F Sport for a week around Denver, CO and took it up in the mountains our family of four (including two boys under four) to see how the cabin handled all our gear.  For the record, the F SPORT distinction speaks to the eight-speed automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters and an optional manual mode. It also has a “unique lateral performance damper system”, which is really just a fancy cross-dampening suspension system. These new additions work in conjunction with the carry over V-6 and slightly larger tires (19-inch aluminum wheels with 235/55 all season tires). All wheel drive is standard. The RX F SPORT is rated at 18/26/21 mpg, as compared to the standard RX, which is 18/25/21 mpg. Considering the F SPORT comes with the eight-speed transmission, I expected much better fuel economy. Exterior On the outside, Lexus has given the RX 350 F SPORT subtle highlights to mark it as a performance model. There are two small emblems on the front fenders, a new “aggressive” grille, more chrome, and wheels with a dark graphite finish. Sadly, that’s about it — it looks near identical to other RX 350s in all other regards. Frankly, if you passed one on the road, you would be hard pressed to quickly identify it as a F Sport model, which is a bit disappointing. That said, it does have Lexus’ superior fit and finish. Sitting on the street, it stands out as being a superior quality to other vehicles. Interior The RX F SPORT interior is full of plush and comfort. Everything from steering wheel to the covers on the storage compartments are built to a high quality. I found the seats incredibly comfortable to sit in while driving, and all the controls were easy to reach. I really liked the Remote Touch mouse-like device for controlling the Lexus Enform system — at first, I thought it would be distracting and take my attention away from the road, but I found it to be intuitive to use. Overall, there was just enough room for our young family, though we could have used more. I believe that the RX is the perfect SUV for an family with older kids, or even grandparents who want to take the grand kids for a day trip. Ride Quality Smooth and comfortable are two words that come to mind when describing many Lexus models, and this one didn’t fail. Driving it around town, I found turning, accelerating and braking to be smooth. On the highways, it got up to speed quickly without any jerkiness or sluggishness.  One of the items I was eager to test was the eight-speed transmission, which seems like a lot of gears for an SUV with a V6 engine. I had some real mixed results. Switching into manual mode will show the current gear, and at times, I was surprised at the computer’s gear selection (driving around town at 40mph: 8th gear. Accelerating to 77mph on the Interstate: 5th gear). Still, the eight-speed transmission is absolutely smooth during acceleration — punching the pedal, it effortlessly shifted through gears without having any hesitation. (Manual mode will also override your gear selection to protect the transmission — this is a great idea. I tried several times to stall it out or r
3 days ago
More than a decade after becoming the first brand to introduce a retractable hard top to the premium luxury segment, Lexus is bringing that technology to a new wave of drivers in the 2014 Lexus IS C. It’s built off the same winning platf...
More than a decade after becoming the first brand to introduce a retractable hard top to the premium luxury segment, Lexus is bringing that technology to a new wave of drivers in the 2014 Lexus IS C. It’s built off the same winning platform as the new 2014 Lexus IS sport sedan, but features two fewer doors and a cleverly designed three-panel aluminum roof that can be opened in just 20 seconds. As a result, owners of the 2014 Lexus IS C can quickly enjoy the thrills of open-air driving when on the road, but then rest easy in knowing the car’s cabin is secure with the top up. That isn’t always the case with traditional soft convertible tops that can be more easily cut or torn. Further, even with the car’s roof retracted, the 2014 Lexus IS C still has room in the trunk for a full-size golf bag. Then, up front, there’s room for a choice of two powerplants: The standard motivator is a robust 2.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 201 horsepower, but drivers also can supersize to 306 horses with a 3.5-liter V-6. A six-speed paddle-shifting automatic is standard in both models, which can be further fine-tuned with Lexus’ F Sport package. This setup sharpens the reflexes of the 2014 Lexus IS C with a significant handling upgrade that is complemented by 19-inch F Sport wheels, exclusive interior accents and aero-style body mods. If even that’s not enough, enthusiasts can top off the car with a range of F Sport Performance Accessories like 19-inch forged-alloy wheels, suspension and brake kits, air-intake and exhaust systems and more. The 2014 Lexus IS C is on sale now with an MSRP that starts at $42,710. Source: http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/2014+lexus+is+c+best+of+coupe+convertible+worlds.htm Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Lexus.
5 days ago
Let’s travel back to the year 2000 with Top Gear’s Richard Hammond reviewing the 2001 Lexus GS 430 for the Men & Motors TV show Much like his review of the LFA nearly a decade later, Hammond focuses on his unfortunate beli...
Let’s travel back to the year 2000 with Top Gear’s Richard Hammond reviewing the 2001 Lexus GS 430 for the Men & Motors TV show Much like his review of the LFA nearly a decade later, Hammond focuses on his unfortunate belief that Lexus lacks a soul — regardless, it’s still fun to flashback to “The Hamster” behind the wheel of a GS 430.
5 days ago