Video: Lexus IS F CCS-R Race Car Added to Gran Turismo 6

Lexus IS F CCS-R GT6

The Lexus IS F CCS-R has been added to Gran Turismo 6 as part of a major game update — here are some videos featuring the Lexus race car:

(Also joining the IS F CCS-R is the Toyota TS030 Hybrid race car — looks like it’s time to dust off the Playstation 3.)

Video: Interview with Lexus RC Designers

Lexus RC Key Person Interview

Here’s a new video interview with Lexus RC designer Yasuo Kajino and color designer Yoichiro Kitamura, the man responsible for the RC’s Infrared exterior color:

A Visit to Lexus of Royal Oak in Calgary, Alberta

Lexus of Royal Oak

On a recent trip through Western Canada, I stopped for a visit at Lexus of Royal Oak in Calgary, Alberta.

One of the first dealerships in the world to be built to the new international design standards, the entire building is bright and airy — let’s take a tour.

Lexus of Royal Oak Interior

Lexus of Royal Oak is a giant facility located in the northwest part of Calgary, though it manages to hide its size well from the outside.

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Lexus ES Wins Segment in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Lexus ES J.D Power Initial Quality Study

The Lexus ES was named the top Compact Premium Car in this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The LS was the second place Large Premium Car, and the GS tied for third in the Midsize Premium Car category.

The study, which looks at problems experienced in the first 90 days of vehicle ownership, was redesigned in 2013 to better reflect issues related to new technologies and features. Lexus remains third overall in the standings, behind Porsche & Jaguar — here’s a snapshot of the results above the industry average:

Lexus JD Power 2014 Initial Quality Study Results

In related news, the TMMC South plant in Cambridge, Canada, which produces the Lexus RX, received the Platinum Plant Quality Award for producing models that yield the fewest defects or malfunctions.

Two other Lexus plants were honored — both the Kyushu 1 & Kyushu 2 plants received the Gold Plant Quality Award for producing the Lexus CT, RX, ES and IS models.

Plant quality awards are based solely on defects and malfunctions and exclude design-related problems.

[Source: J.D. Power]

Photo Gallery: The Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept

Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

Lexus International has released a new photo gallery of the RC F GT3 concept:

Developed over two years by Lexus International and subsidiary Techno Craft, the RC F GT3 concept is powered by a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine that produces 540+ hp (397kw).

The race car is wider and lower than the standard RC F — with its interior stripped to racing specification, it weighs just 1,250 kg/2,755.8 lbs.

Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015. GT3 cars can enter many races globally, such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

[Source: Lexus International Facebook]