The Lexamino

The LS Lexamino

Seen on the Street has spotted what can only be called The Lexamino in Birmingham, Alabama — a first-gen LS 400 with a truck bed:

The LS Lexamino

I incorrectly assumed this poor LS400 was the victim of some type of accident, possibly involving a Ryder truck backing into the rear and smashing the back window and roof. That would make this conversion make sense. Fortunately for us the owner of Midfield Motors just wanted an interesting ride and inflicted his creative desires upon the unsuspecting, otherwise normal LS400 several years ago. The Lexamino was his weekend cruiser.  He eventually lost interest and turned it into the advertisement you see today.

Any semblance of good taste aside, it’s hard to fault the craftmanship of the assembly. Who knows, remove the garish decals and horrific wheels and it might not be half-bad…

Sports Executives see Tiger Woods as a Lexus driver

Lexus & Tiger Woods

I thought this was interesting: In the January Turnkey Sports Poll of senior level sports executives and sports owners, Lexus was named as the best fit to replace Buick as Tiger Woods’ automotive sponsor. Here’s how the voting shook out:

  • Lexus, 27.14%
  • BMW, 22.11%
  • Mercedes-Benz, 12.56%
  • Cadillac, 12.56%
  • Jaguar, 6.03%
  • Audi, 5.03%

To be honest, I don’t see it. I do, however, think it suits Cadillac to a tee.

[Via: About]

Lexus Detroit Auto Show Booth Details

Unforeseen circumstances caused a slowdown in posting last week, which means I haven’t had a chance to publish these final things of note from the Detroit Auto Show — First off, here’s a couple great photos of the Lexus booth at the Auto Show, courtesy of mikeh5856 & sjb4photos respectively:

Lexus Detroit Display

Lexus Detroit Display 2

And lastly, here’s an interesting detail about the Lexus representatives from the show:

In a creative show of recycling chic, the Lexus spokespeople are wearing cuffs, earrings and necklaces made from the tailpipes of Lexus vehicles.

[Source: The Tribune]

2010 Lexus RX Colors

2010 Lexus RX Colors

Following the discovery of the Lexus IS-C colors, here are the hues of the upcoming 2010 RX:

  • Starfire Pearl
  • Smoky Granite Mica
  • Tungsten Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Golden Almond Metallic
  • Truffle Mica
  • Black Sapphire Pearl
  • Cerulean Blue Metallic
  • Parchment
  • Light Gray
  • Black
  • Wood: Dark Brown or Medium Brown Walnut

Smoky Granite Mica, Obsidian and Matador Red Mica are the only colors carried over from the previous generation, and for better or worse, this means Cerulean Blue Metallic won’t be an IS-C exclusive. (Still, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief that the RX doesn’t come in Ultrasonic Blue.)

(Thanks Jeff!)

Lexus IS 220d Now Delivering Better MPG & CO2 Emissions

Lexus IS 220d

The European-sold Lexus IS 220d will be seeing a raft of improvements starting this March. From the press release:

  • Revised Lexus IS 220d produces lower emissions,  CO2 figure down from 163 to 148g/km
  • Delivers significant savings in Benefit-in-Kind tax rates and Corporation Tax
  • IS 220d moves into Band C for Vehicle Excise Duty
  • Improved fuel consumption (46.3 to 50.4 mpg Imperial), but no loss in performance
  • Improved specifications for 2009

Beyond the mechanical updates, these improvements benefit companies looking to save money with their corporate fleets, and best of all, these improvements come at no additional cost. The IS 220d remains a strong value within its segment, starting at £22,015.

Full press release follows:

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