Production Lexus NX Compact Crossover to Debut at Beijing Motor Show


Lexus NX Teaser

During a press conference today in Geneva, new Lexus Europe general manager Alain Uyttenhoven announced the NX production compact crossover will debut at the Beijing Motor Show in April:

The LF-NX Concept, presented last year in Frankfurt, showed the Lexus design direction for a mid-size crossover, positioned below our RX.

Today I can confirm that Lexus will reveal this unique crossover in less than 50 days. The world premiere will take place on April 20, at the Beijing Motor Show. The new car will be called the Lexus NX.

A teaser image was also released (click for a slightly larger version):

Lexus NX Teaser

The grille and headlights would seem to match up with the NX image leaked last month, though this new image is clearly an F SPORT version of the compact crossover.

The Lexus NX world premiere will take place on April 20 during the Lexus press conference at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.

UPDATE: The image above is the Lexus LF-NX concept, and not a teaser of the production NX.

[Source: Lexus Europe]

Q&A with Lexus RC F Chief Engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi


Lexus Chief Engineer Yaguchi RC F

Is there anything you would like to know about the Lexus RC F or the new RC F GT3 race car?

You could get your questions answered tomorrow during a Lexus Europe interview with chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi, the man responsible for both cars. To participate, you can leave a comment on the Lexus Europe Facebook page or tweet your question with the hashtag #ASKLEXUS.

Post your question for Chief Engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi

Lexus February 2014 Sales Report


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USA

Lexus USA has reported 18,855 total sales for February 2014, a 8.7% improvement over last year — here’s the model-by-model breakdown:

MONTH Year to Date (*DSR)
2014 2013 % CHG* 2014 2013 % CHG*
CT 1,230 1,182 4.1 2,520 2,183 15.4
HS 0 1 ‐100.0 0 1 ‐100.0
IS 3,517 1,532 129.6 6,565 2,918 125.0
ES 4,360 4,817 -9.5 8,319 10,003 -16.8
GS 1,574 1,108 42.1 2,874 2,207 30.2
LS 589 803 -26.7 1,223 1,880 -34.9
LFA 2 2 0.0 2 5 -60.0
Total Cars 11,272 9,445 19.3 21,503 19,197 12.0
RX 5,682 6,938 -18.1 11,289 12,332 -8.5
GX 1,590 628 153.2 3,033 1,361 122.9
LX 311 328 -5.2 667 660 1.1
Total Trucks 7,583 7,894 -3.9 14,989 14,353 4.4
Total Sales 18,855 17,339 8.7 36,492 33,550 8.8

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. February 2014 & February 2013 both had 24 selling days.

This is the most successful February for Lexus USA in six years, and it’s due in no small part to two models — the new IS has seen four straight months of triple digit increases, and the GX has doubled in sales since its refresh five months ago. The GS has also had a successful start to 2014, with two months of double-digit gains.

The RX & LS were the only two models to show sales decreases in February, but Lexus USA Jeff Bracken was quick to diffuse the RX drop during the monthly sales conference call, blaming the fall on the unseasonably cold weather that hit the East Coast for much of the month.

Canada


Lexus Canada has reported its best-ever February with 980 sales, an increase of 20% over 2013. Much like the USA, the IS (up 372.5%) & GX (up 95.2%) are leading the way.

View the full Lexus Canada sales chart

Lexus Creates 3D RC F Interactive Print Ad for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue


Lexus RC F Sports Illustrated

Lexus has a special print ad in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue that creates a 3D interactive environment when viewed with an iPad — here’s a video example:

Very cool use of technology in a print ad, for sure, but let’s take focus on the sixth color of this particular screen:

Orange Lexus RC F

Ok, Lexus enthusiasts — who’s going to be the first one to take screenshots of the orange RC F from this app’s configurator? Please post them in the comments or email them to me, thanks!

Interview with Lexus Design Award Winner James Fox


Lexus Design Award Winner 2014 James Fox

The Lexus UK blog has an interview with James Fox, one of the winners of the 2014 Lexus Design Award:

“The theme of the Lexus competition was ‘Curiosity’ and I think the idea of doing things and play connects really well. I loved building dens when I was younger, so I did a bit of work with cub scouts and asked them: “What do you think a den should be?”. All of the ideas and their suggestions were quite big and crazy and then we got to try and build some of this stuff, they were a little daunted by the ropes and tools you need to create a real den, so Macian is my attempt to make that process simpler and easier.”

Read the full interview with James Fox