German Magazine Disassembles Lexus CT 200h After 100,000km Road Test

Lexus CT 200h Auto Bild

At the completion of their 100,000km extended road test of the Lexus CT 200h, German magazine Auto Bild disassembled the hybrid hatchback to look for signs of wear & tear:

Lexus CT 200h Disassembled

Looking through the accompanying photo gallery, there were some minor faults, but nothing major — in fact, the only two maintenance issues during the 100,000km road test were a loose interior door handle and new front brake pads at 58,502km.

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Lexus IS F SPORT Nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors Award

Lexus IS Interior Wards Auto Awards

The 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT has been nominated for the 2014 WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors award.

Other cars be considered for the award include the Kia Cadenza, Cadillac ELR and CTS, Subaru WRX and Audi SQ5. The winners will be announced at the end of April.

Watch the Ward’s video overview of the IS F SPORT interior

Lexus Canada Replaces Standard RX with new 2015 RX SPORTDESIGN


In a bold move, Lexus Canada will stop selling the standard RX, replacing it with the new 2015 RX SPORTDESIGN.

The RX SPORTDESIGN appears to share the same front-end design as Lexus USA’s Sport Appearance package, which merges the default RX grille with elements of the RX F SPORT.

(I like this new SPORTDESIGN much better than the standard RX — really fits with the new brand direction.)

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More Photos of the Yellow Lexus LFA Spyder & Toyota 2000GT

Lexus LFA Yellow Spyder Hero

Here’s some more photos of that one-off yellow Lexus LFA Spyder parked alongside the iconic Toyota 2000GT, this time from the Toyota UK blog:

Lexus LFA Yellow Spyder 2

Lexus LFA Yellow Spyder 3

There’s also this photo of the LFA Spyder’s interior, sent to me by reader Okada Yuki:

Yellow Lexus LFA Spyder Interior

The yellow Lexus LFA Spyder will be displayed alongside a 1967 Toyota 2000GT as part of a unique event at the Toyota Kaikan museum in Nagoya, Japan.

First spotted during a Tokyo Motor Show event, this yellow LFA Spyder will be in the museum until the end of April.

[Source: Toyota UK Blog] (Special thanks to Okada for the interior photo!)

Lexus USA Dealerships Score High in Customer Service Survey

Lexus Park Place Plano

Lexus, Toyota & Buick have the best dealership customer service experience in the USA, according to the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a study of 10,000 consumers.

The three brands all earned a 74% rating, tying for 59th place overall out of 268 companies across 19 industries.

Read more about the Temkin Experience Ratings