Lexus NX Receives Five Star Safety Rating in Europe


Lexus NX Crash Test Euro

The Lexus NX has received a Euro NCAP five-star rating with scores well above the necessary minimum, making the new compact crossover one of the safest vehicles in its segment.

Testing focuses on four areas: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist technologies — here are two NX crash-test videos:

Here are the final results:

Lexus NX Safety Results

For more information, Euro NCAP has a full breakdown of the test along with detailed comments on final results.

Video: Lexus and the Future of Hybrid Technology


Lexus LF-LC

In a collaboration between Lexus & TED, here’s Paul Williamsen from Lexus International and Alex Shen from Calty Design discussing the future of Lexus vehicles, including some insight into the production LF-LC:

(From Paul’s comments, we can definitely cross off the LF-LC production model from the list of potential debuts at the Detroit Auto Show next month.)

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F SPORT, NX F SPORT, and IS F SPORT All Together


Lexus NX F SPORT & RC F SPORT

Ace photographer Ste Ho pulled together the Lexus RC F SPORT, NX F SPORT, and IS F SPORT for a tidy little photoshoot:

There’s a great shot with all three models together:

Lexus RC NX IS F SPORT Together Again

(Before seeing all these models side-by-side, I would have said the spindle grille was different on every vehicle — surprised by how similar they all look.)

The Lexus RC F: By The Numbers


Lexus RC F Car & Driver

Car & Driver have gone technical with the Lexus RC F, measuring its performance and sharing how it performs against its competitors:

In a three-way drag race, the Bimmer walks away, with the [RC] F and RS5 keeping pace through the quarter-mile. By 130 mph, the RC F has eked out a nearly two-second lead on the RS5. Keep your foot in it and a governor abruptly halts acceleration at 171 mph.

With all the data crunched, the RC F proves no quicker than the old IS F. Nor is it slower, though. We recorded a 4.3-second zero-to-60 and a quarter-mile time of 12.8 seconds, identical to a 2008 IS F.

Read the full Car & Driver Lexus RC F review

Lexus November 2014 Sales Report


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USA

Lexus USA has reported 27,472 total sales for November 2014, a 11.6% improvement over last year — here’s the model-by-model breakdown:

MONTH Year to Date (*DSR)
2014 2013 % CHG* 2014 2013 % CHG*
CT 1,322 1,002 37.2 16,065 13,284 21.4
HS 0 2 ‐100.0 0 5 ‐100.0
IS 4,610 3,973 20.7 45,419 29,603 54.0
RC 880 0 N/A 880 0 N/A
ES 5,884 6,295 -2.8 64,726 64,368 0.9
GS 1,836 1,590 20.1 19,453 17,138 13.9
LS 857 1,039 -14.2 7,539 9,663 -21.7
LFA 1 2 -48.0 16 22 -27.0
Total Cars 15,390 13,901 15.1 154,098 134,083 15.3
NX 22 0 N/A 22 0 N/A
RX 9,592 9,493 5.1 93,865 90,751 3.8
GX 2,043 1,703 24.8 19,978 10,306 94.5
LX 425 514 -14.0 3,547 3,950 -9.9
Total Trucks 12,082 11,710 7.3 117,412 105,007 12.2
Total Sales 27,472 25,611 11.6 271,510 239,090 14.0

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. November 2014 had 25 selling days, November 2013 had 26 selling days.

In its first month of sales and with limited availability, the introduction of the RC coupe propelled Lexus USA to a new sales record for November.

In fact, this was a strong month for just about every model in the lineup — the CT, IS, GS, and GX all saw 20+% sales increases, and the ES & RX managed to maintain their regular pace with little deviation. Even the LS & LX managed to put in solid numbers, despite their year-over-year percentage decrease.

Now, everything looks towards December — Lexus USA general manager Jeff Bracken has went on record that the brand will break 300,000 sales by the end of the year, which means another month with even better results.


Canada

Lexus Canada also set a new November sales record with 1,402 sales — this marks the second month in a row of record sales.

Sales are now at 16,056 for 2014, which already sets an annual record for Lexus in Canada.

(The RC sold 41 units and the RC F sold 15 units for its first month of sales.)

View the full model-by-model breakdown for Canada