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Lexus July 2014 Sales Report

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Lexus USA has reported 23,190 total sales for March 2013, a 14.1% improvement over last year — here’s the model-by-model breakdown:

MONTH Year to Date (*DSR)
2014 2013 % CHG* 2014 2013 % CHG*
CT 1,979 1,306 45.7 10,316 8,858 16.5
HS 0 2 ‐100.0 0 5 ‐100.0
IS 4,542 3,641 19.9 28,115 14,427 94.9
ES 6,326 6,089 -0.1 39,496 39,582 -0.2
GS 2,001 1,722 11.7 12,123 10,790 12.4
LS 624 661 -9.2 4,578 5,908 -22.5
LFA 0 0 N/A 12 17 -29.4
Total Cars 15,472 13,421 10.8 94,640 79,587 18.9
RX 9,658 8,437 10.1 56,922 54,255 4.9
GX 1,955 881 113.4 12,231 5,296 130.9
LX 248 292 -18.3 2,229 2,308 -3.4
Total Trucks 11,861 9,610 18.7 71,382 61,859 15.4
Total Sales 27,333 23,031 14.1 166,022 141,446 17.4

Please note, all percentages are calculated by the Daily Sales Rate (DSR), which takes into account the number of days in the month that dealerships could sell cars. July 2014 had 26 selling days, July 2013 had 25 selling days.

The ongoing Golden Opportunities sale contributed to this month’s success — with 27,333 sales, this was the best-ever July for Lexus in the USA.

The IS & GX continue to lead the charge in percentage gains, and this month are joined by the CT — the hybrid hatchback saw a massive increase of 45.7% to 1,979 units sold. Still, it’s the steady sales volume of the ES & RX that are making the biggest difference — the two models made up 58.5% of all Lexus sales in July.

(Lexus was also the top selling luxury brand this month, beating BMW & Mercedes in total units sold.)

End of an Era: Final Lexus IS F Rolls Off the Assembly Line

Lexus IS F Final Production Model

The very last Lexus IS F rolled off the assembly line last week at the Tahara plant in Japan, ending a seven-year production run.

While the IS F never sold in large numbers — recent quotes suggest the worldwide sales were 12,000 units in total over its lifecycle — it was the very first Lexus model to bring high-performance credibility to the brand.

The story of its creation is now Lexus legend — with a small team and limited budget, chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi modified the existing IS sports sedan into something much more potent, replacing the powertrain and reworking the body until it breathed fire. The result was a 416-horsepower sports sedan unlike anything Lexus had ever made before.

Lexus Chief Engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi

Will there be another IS F? There’s been no official statement, and with the new RC F coupe (also developed by Yaguchi-san) as the new face of Lexus performance, the future is murky.

No matter what happens, big respect to everyone involved in the creation of the very first Lexus high-performance sedan — it was a great run, and you should be proud of what you accomplished.

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New Lexus NX F SPORT Video from Japan

Lexus NX F SPORT Video Japan

The Lexus Japan website has been updated to include the NX crossover, and this F SPORT driving video is part of the new marketing:

2015 Lexus NX F SPORT Body Kit by Modellista Japan

Lexus NX Modellista Body Kit

Official Lexus tuner Modellista has released images of their new NX body kit

The body kit consists of a front under spoiler, side skirts, and a rear diffuser with a design that changes depending on the NX 200t or NX 300h. A rear spoiler add-on and 19-inch aluminum wheels are also available.

Modellista has also put out some beauty shots of the new body kit:

When it’s released in Japan, the full Modellista body kit will retail for ¥305,640 ($2,970 USD) for the NX 200t and ¥221,400 ($2,150 USD) of the NX 300h. The rear spoiler add-on will be ¥27,000 ($260 USD), with the 19-inch wheel set costing ¥388,800 ($3,780 USD).

Lexus GS 450h F SPORT Coming to America

Lexus USA GS 450h F SPORT

Starting with the 2015 model year, Lexus USA will begin offering the GS 450h with the F SPORT package.

Lexus USA has traditionally stayed away from offering the F SPORT package on hybrid models, with the hybrid-only CT 200h being the one exception. Hybrid F SPORT models have been available in other parts of the world for some time.

(To be fair, the RX 450h is the only other hybrid model offered in the USA that’s available with the F SPORT package in other markets. The IS 300h & LS 600h are not available in North America.)

More information is expected next month, but Lexus sources have confirmed the GS 450h F SPORT will have the same features as the GS 350 F SPORT.