China’s BYD Auto Releases Lexus RX Clone

While it’s true that all car companies have been guilty of design plagiarism at some point, Chinese automaker BYD has taken it too far with their shamelessly brazen copy of the second generation RX, the S6:

Lexus RX 350 vs. BYD S6

Lexus RX 350 vs. BYD S6

These Chinese copycat designs are a rampant problem in automotive design, and what makes the situation worse is that somehow, BYD has been able to copyright the S6 design at the European trademark office. This will no doubt cause Toyota lawyers no small amount of aggravation.

[Source: Carscoop]

Wald Body Kit for the 2010 Lexus RX 350

2010 Lexus RX with Wald Body Kit

Wald International has released a Black Bison body kit for the new Lexus RX—first off, here’s the photo gallery:

All the things that made the Black Bison design look so awkward on the IS-F end up adding some real character to the RX. There are minor complaints: the IS-F style grille looks great but clashes with the under-spoiler’s mesh pattern, and the rear bumper needs to be paint-matched, but all in all, it adds visual interest to the vehicle.

What do you think?

Flickr Find: Lexus GS Panning Practice

While working his panning skills, photographer Otis Blank snapped this great pic of a Lexus GS in transit:

Lexus GS Panning Practice

I’d say the practice is paying off!

Automobile Mag: Lexus IS-F Long-Term Test Update

Lexus IS-F in the snow

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post a photo of the Lexus IS-F in the snow, but Automobile Magazine’s Four-Seasons update is definitely worth the quick read as well:

I hand the car off to Mr. Kitman, who makes several trips into and out of New York City. “I love the sound of the V-8 when the secondary cam profile kicks in and all hell breaks loose,” he opines. “But the IS-F is not the most relaxing car to drive”…He reports that the IS-F does cause a stir in New York City – I’ve noticed the same thing where I live. “Parking attendants love it…People seem to know they’re looking at money and speed, which is surely a big part of the equation for those who purchase IS-Fs.”

Come to think of it, has Ezra Dyer ever weighed in on the Lexus super-sedan? That would be something to read.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

Lexus Enform Service to arrive with the Lexus HS 250h

Lexus HS250h Interior

Arriving late this summer, the Lexus HS 250h will be the first vehicle offered with the new Lexus Enform + Safety Connect telematics system.

Safety Connect, a service that will be offered on both Toyota and Lexus vehicles, provides a support network in the event of an emergency—offering automatic collision detection, locating a stolen vehicle, SOS, and roadside assistance. The other side of it, Lexus Enform is more of a convenience feature, focused on helping users find local points of interest, like recommended restaurants or museums, and even allows owners to load specific locations onto their navigation system.

The two services are distinct, and Safety Connect will be available on non-navigation optioned HS sedans, though it will still require a subscription fee. For more information, you can read Lexus’ full press release for all the details.