Ultrasonic Blue Lexus NX F SPORT Spotted in Madrid

Lexus NX Ultrasonic Blue

Lexus Europe is testing the NX compact crossover in Madrid this week, and an Ultrasonic Blue NX F SPORT was one of the test models:

Lexus NX Ultrasonic Blue

Lexus NX Ultrasonic Blue

Seeing the NX in blue shows me two things: the IS influenced the design more than I realized, and the NX is going to look great in darker colors.

(I like the Hyper Black wheel option as well — interesting design pattern.)

[Source: Lexus Europe]

Video: Full Lap of the Nürburgring in a Lexus LFA Race Car

Lexus LFA Lap Nürburgring

The Lexus LFA teams didn’t race in this weekend’s VLN4 race at the Nürburgring, but Gazoo Racing did post a video showing a full lap of the track with driver Kazuya Oshima from an earlier race:

This lap is from the VLN2 race in April, where Oshima-san & co-driver Kinoshita Takayuki won their class and finished 18th overall.

Video: The Lexus NX Driving Experience

Lexus NX Driving Dynamics

Lexus International has released a new video detailing the driving dynamics of the new NX:

Project manager Kei-ichi Nishiyama is bold in his description of the NX driving experience, which should bode well for the final vehicle handling — it’s a great sign that the IS sedan was used as a benchmark in development.

Regency Lexus Dealership in Vancouver Introduces Butler Service

Lexus Regency Butler Service

Regency Lexus in Vancouver has just launched a personalized Butler Service Program for owners:

Rather than just handing over keys to a nondescript shop vehicle when a customer brings in their car for maintenance or warranty work, an online survey is provided to them beforehand asking questions ranging from how they take their coffee or preferred genres of music to favourite Vancouver neighbourhoods and eateries.

Then a current Lexus model can picked up at Regency (or delivered, depending on your proximity to the store) for a test drive, complete with treats according to information gleaned from the survey answers.

Benjamin Yung from The Vancouver Observer experienced the Butler service firsthand:

Getting into the vehicle and turning it on, I was greeted with an oldschool Wu-Tang Clan song playing on the car’s speakers (I checked off hip-hop on the aforementioned survey), some KIND granola bars for the trip and a hardcover Lexus philosophy book to read during stopovers.

I learned about this program during my visit to Regency Lexus last month, and think it’s an excellent idea — wouldn’t be surprised to see other dealership offer similar customer service options in the future.

[Source: Vancouver Observer]

Riding Along in Google’s Self-Driving Lexus RX 450h

Lexus RX 450h Google Self-Driving

Casey Newton of The Verge recently spent an afternoon riding around the Bay Area in Google’s self-driving Lexus RX 450h:

It’s a warm day in Mountain View, and just outside the Computer History Museum, Lexus SUVs are pulling up to the curb. The Lexus RX450h is a beautiful car, but today my eye travels immediately to its roof, where an attached laser radar array is spinning at 10 times per second.

At around $70,000, the laser array is more valuable than the vehicle itself. A pair of test drivers invites me to climb in the back. I’m about to take a ride in Google’s self-driving car.

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