The Swarovski Crystal Lexus SC 430

To promote the launch of their Crystallized collection in Taiwan, Swarovski partnered up with Lexus and designer Zheng Zhiren to create this one-of-a-kind crystal SC430:

Crystallized Lexus SC 430

All told, there’s over 300,000 Swarovski crystals covering the SC, pushing its total value up to NT 10,000,000 ($306,045USD). Now that’s a lot of bedazzle!

[Source: YAM | Via: Born Rich]

Lexus Wallpaper of the Week: IS-F Gunmetal

Designed to resemble samurai swords, the Lexus IS-F gunmetal forged aluminum rims are the subject of this week’s wallpaper of the week:

Lexus IS-F Wheel Wallpaper

(It could be the gunmetal coloring, but the IS-F rim is probably my favorite Lexus wheel design ever.)

Lexus Files LFA Trademark

Lexus LFA

It’s been discovered that Toyota registered “LFA” at US Patent and Trademark Office on December 1st, 2008. It’s been interpreted by many as a positive sign, but this could be seen in two ways:

  1. Lexus is moving forward with the supercar, and taking care of the name trademark is one of the many steps necessary.
  2. Lexus doesn’t want anyone else registering “LFA”, regardless of their own plans.

Being an optimist, I believe it’s the former rather than the latter, even though it puts a giant hole in my theory that the LF-A concept was really the new SC. (Also, looks like the name is losing the hyphen.)

[Source: AutoSpies]

New Lexus Power of H Commercial: Landfill

Not really a Lexus commercial in the traditional sense, this video illustrates the growing movement towards sustainable reusable manufacturing:

It’s a good direction, and I understand the idea here is to associate Lexus with the sustainable manufacturing process, but if Lexus plants have earned Zero Landfill status, why not explain that further? I’d certainly like to see more details.

Photochop of the Next Generation Lexus GS

Even thought the fourth-generation Lexus GS is still years away, it’s certainly fun to imagine what the next version will look like, and The Truth About Cars’ Andrei Avarvarii did just that, putting together this photochop:

Lexus GS Photochop

I do like some of the touches, particularly the front-light treatment, but I don’t think Avarvarii’s photochop is heading in the right direction. There’s far too much ES 350 in the general shape, with elements of the Infiniti M for good measure.

Instead, I think the next GS is going to be much more aggressive-looking. Right now, the GS & ES share an uncomfortably close segment. Of course, there’s obvious differences in driving dynamics and styling, but there needs to be cleaner divide between the two models. In my mind, the GS needs to move towards something like the Mercedes CLS or BMW 6-series, and leave the practicality to the ES.