Lexus LF-A Wallpaper


Due to an email I sent out far too late, I wasn’t able to include Dougie Wand‘s great mirror image of the Lexus LF-A as part of my anniversary wallpaper collection, but all the better to offer it on a hot Friday afternoon. Here’s the various desktop sizes, enjoy!

1680×1050 | 1440×900 | 1280×1024 | 1280×800 | 1024×768

Lieberman reviews the Lexus LS 600h L (Part Two)


2008 Lexus LS 600h L

I may have found it a week late, but the time allowed this Lexus LS 600hL review by Jonny Lieberman to fill up with some of the best comments I’ve read regarding the hybrid limo’s appeal. Here’s a quote from the article itself:

I disagree with every review of the Lexus LS600hL ever written. Categorically. To a man, my colleagues misinterpret the most expensive Lexus as a misguided planet-saver that doesn’t deliver enough mpg to justify its sky-high price tag. I view the ultimate hybrid as better driving through science. In fact, despite the dorky “hybrid” badges uglifying the LS600hL’s flanks, Lexus didn’t build this beast to sip fuel. They built it to go toe-to-toe with 12-cylinder Germans.

The LS600hL is no design statement, like the 760Li. It doesn’t announce, “I have a huge wallet” like a Mercedes S600. The LS design is much more Audi A8 W12, only without the goatee. The restrained yet handsome lines strike the same chord as VW’s Phaeton. Only this time they’re brand correct.

This marks the second time Lieberman has reviewed the LS 600hL (the first time was for Jalopnik), and this second go-round is just as enjoyable as the first. In fact, it speaks volumes that the writer would think to revisit the car, convinced as he is that the flagship sedan is getting an unfair reputation.

This was a review I agreed with 100%, and it seemed to echo with the TTAC readership, as the article piled up pages of comments with almost no negativity.

Great read.

Lexus places third in JD Power Initial Quality Study


JD Power Initial Quality

The 2008 JD Power Initial Quality Study has been released, and Lexus has placed third overall and just one point under Infiniti for second place.

The lineup is well represented In the individual segments, with both the LS and RX placing first in their respective groups. Here’s a full breakdown:

  • Large Premium Car: LS (1st place)
  • Midsize Premium Car: ES (Tie for 3rd)
  • Midsize Premium MAV: RX (1st place)
  • Midsize Premium MAV: GX (2nd place)

The real story with this year’s study is the significant gains shown throughout the industry, where almost 75% of the 36 brands showed major improvements:

Overall quality improves to 118 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in 2008, down from 125 PP100 in 2007.

“Due to some strong new-vehicle launches, in addition to a continued reduction in the level of defects and malfunctions, overall quality improves by 6 percent in 2008, compared with 2007,” said David Sargent, vice president of automotive research at J.D. Power and Associates. “This gain is driven not only by strong advances from many of the high-volume brands such as Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, but also by very significant improvements by many other automakers.”

The largest jump in quality was Audi, who moved from 26th place to 10th. More importantly to Lexus is the jump exhibited by Infiniti, who went from 9th last year to 2nd.

[Source: JD Power

Lexus IS-F Ringtone


Lexus IS-F Paddle Shifters

The Lexus Canada website is just full of surprises — first we had the web game that led to a secret video, and now TPP reader Jarrett mentions that there’s also an IS-F ringtone available for download. Here’s a preview, though I recommend turning your speakers down:

Granted, it’s pretty intense, and only spent about three minutes as my default ringtone, but it would be great for freaking out your passengers while driving.

The IS-F ringtone is available here.

Lexus USA May 2008 Sales Report


Lexus Logo

Lexus sales in the US had another down month, dropping 19.6% since when compared to last May. Here’s the breakdown:

2008 2007 % Change
IS250/350/F 5,420 5,722 -8.8
ES350 6,831 8,572 -23.3
GS350/460/450h 1,708 2,043 -19.5
SC430 216 410 -49.3
LS460/600h L 2,115 3,196 -36.3
Total Cars 16,290 19,943 -21.3
RX350/400h 8,082 9,798 -20.6
GX470 1,394 1,842 -27.1
LX570 827 264 201.7
Total Trucks 10,303 11,904 -16.7
Total Sales 26,593 31,847 -19.6

With so many models three to four years into their cycle, it’s natural for sales to drop, regardless of the financial climate. Add this to the fact that the three newest vehicles in the lineup (IS-F, LSh, LX) retail for an average of $78,500 and could all be considered “specialty” vehicles, and I’m sure Toyota isn’t all that surprised to see this kind of drop.

[Source: Toyota Image by Mujitra]