New Lexus Power of H Commercial: Bridge


You might remember a Lexus infomercial from last December that detailed how architects were utilizing old boat shipping containers — well, the next of the series has been released and talks about the Shuto Expressway in Kyoto, Japan and how it generates electricity. You can watch here, or head over to Youtube for the HD version:

Have to say, I really enjoyed this, and look forward the final installment in the series.

Lexus USA January 2009 Sales Report


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It’s the first month of a new year, but it wasn’t a new story for US automotive sales. Here are Lexus’ numbers model by model:

2009 2008 % Change
IS250/350/F 2,400 3,262 -29.3
ES350 2,971 4,346 -34.3
GS350/460/450h 898 1,480 -41.7
SC430 73 183 -61.6
LS460/600h L 904 1,906 -54.4
Total Cars 7,246 11,177 -37.7
RX350/400h 6,520 6,755 -7.2
GX470 628 1,657 -63.6
LX570 328 710 -55.6
Total Trucks 7,476 9,122 -21.2
Total Sales 14,722 20,299 -30.3

The RX, on the eve of the new model hitting dealerships, managed to sell (relatively) well, even if you attribute it to dealerships trying to push out the old for the new.

On the other side, the LX has seen its first sales decrease since December 2007, which is due to the fact that last January was its launch month, and sales were extremely high.

(It paints a bleak picture, but who knows what the new RX will do to the numbers when it’s released in February.)

2010 Lexus LS Facelift?


Vince Burlapp, the same blogger that leaked an image of the possible 2010 ES facelift, now brings us some fuzzy photos of what could very well be the 2010 Lexus LS refresh:

Leaked 2010 Image

2010 Lexus LS Facelift

Current LS

2010 Lexus LS Facelift

As far as I can see, the changes are mainly in the rear lights. The new reverse “L” built into the inner side definitely ratchets up the class, and it does mirror the changes made to the 2009 IS last year.

The other leaked shot was of the front fascia:

Leaked 2010 Image

2010 Lexus LS Facelift

Keep in mind, these leaks are of the LS 600hL, which has a different set of lights than the non-hybrid LS. Let’s compare apples to apples:

Current LS

Lexus LS 600hL Front End

I don’t see much change at all.

Update: These images are believed to be fake.

(Thanks Roberto!)

2010 Lexus RX 450h Colors (with Images)


While exploring Lexus Japan’s website, TPP commenter Eddie discovered images of all the 2010 Lexus RX colors:

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The Cerulean Blue Metallic is a much nicer hue than Breakwater Metallic, though I’ll have to see it in person first.

Also, here are the interior colors:

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Personally, I’d probably go for Smoky Granite Mica with the Black Interior. Snazzy!

Lexus Pebble Beach Song Download


When the Pebble Beach editions of the RX, ES, & LS were announced last year, Lexus broadcast the following commercial:

As is the case with many commercials, the accompanying music generated a lot of interest — so much that I did some research and discovered the musician responsible was Kael Alden, who works for a company called Robot Repair.

Now, at that time last year, there was mention of releasing the track on iTunes, but just last week Kael himself posted a comment here pointing at an MP3 of the track, named Where You Belong– here’s a preview:

 

(If you’d like a copy, just right click here and select Save As… to download onto your computer.)