Lexus LX is 43% of All Lexus Sales in the Middle East

Lexus LX Supercharger

Lexus sales have grown 20% in the Middle East in the first six months of 2014, with 21,598 units sold across the region.

Leading the charge is the LX, which has sold 9,178 units (!!!) and make up a staggering 43-percent of total Lexus sales in the area.

[Source: AMEinfo]

Photos: The Lexus RC Press Event in New York

Lexus RC F Rear

Yesterday in upstate New York, I had a chance to drive the RC 350, RC 350 F SPORT, and the absolutely insane RC F on the Monticello Motor Club racetrack.

There’s an embargo on all information & driving impressions, but I can share a couple photos from the event:

Lexus RC F SPORT Paddock

Lexus RC F Ritz

Lexus RC Side

Full details on the RC family will be released on September 4th at 11pm ET — if you have any questions at all, please leave a comment and I’ll try to include an answer in my review.

Lexus Has No Plans to Manufacture Vehicles in China

Lexus Manufacturing China

According to Lexus International vice-president Mark Templin, there are no plans to start manufacturing vehicles in China:

“We don’t have those conversations,” Templin said. “We haven’t gotten to the point where we have serious conversations about building cars in China yet.”

The immediate priority is building the brand in the country, where German badges are coveted as the epitome of premium and Japanese brands have often been shunned because of political tensions between the governments in Beijing and Tokyo.

“We’re only 10 years into the China market right now,” Templin said. “We’re worrying about developing the brand, making sure people know what we stand for, rolling out a dealer network that’s capable of taking care of customers.”

Lexus has a real chicken-or-the-egg situation happening in China — not enough consumer interest to justify building a factory, but prices too high to generate consumer interest. Lexus will have to invest eventually, but sales will have to increase before it makes financial sense.

For some perspective, here’s a breakdown of the 2013 sales:

In calendar year 2013, Lexus sold around 73,000 vehicles in China, 13 percent more than the year before. It sells every model in its lineup there except the HS hybrid.

By comparison, Audi, the luxury leader in China, sold 492,000 vehicles there in 2013, a gain of 21 percent. BMW’s 2013 China sales rose 20 percent to 391,000, while Mercedes-Benz sales rose 11 percent to 218,045.

[Source: Automotive News]

Lexus NX Commercial from Japan

Lexus NX Japan Commercial

Lexus Japan has released a commercial for the new NX compact crossover, and it has that same quirky cleverness seen in their recent campaigns:

There’s also this behind-the-scenes look at all those bubbles:

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F in Nebula Grey Pearl

Lexus RC F in Nebula Gray

Last week, a Nebula Grey Pearl Lexus RC F was on display at the Lexus of Riverside dealership in Southern California — here’s a photo gallery from our friends at Kaizen Factor:

A very subtle color for the high-performance coupe — gives it a real sleeper look.

(Thanks Ryan!)