The Quantum of Lexus

I found this promo video for the Lexus LS 600hL a few days ago, but decided to wait on posting it until today’s release of Quantum of Solace — while they’re totally unrelated, but the music is straight out of a James Bond movie:

(Been looking forward to this movie for months — so much in fact, I’ve started reading all the Ian Fleming novels.)

Flickr Find: Key to the Future

Lexus of Tulsa is in the process of building a new dealership building, and employee Austin Colbert decided to commemorate the event with this photo:

Lexus of Tulsa Construction

Edited for clarity: It reminds me of my ‘94 LS valet key, but commenters have told me valet keys are now grey and this is now the standard key design. Still, it makes me want to geek out and assemble a timeline of key styles.

2009 Lexus IS UK Pricing

2009 Lexus IS

Somehow this slipped by me, but the UK prices for the 2009 Lexus IS were announced earlier this week and show some significant savings over last year’s model. Here’s a full table breakdown, courtesy of 4WheelsNews:

IS 220d £23,192 IS 220d SE £22,490 £702
IS 220d SE £25,842 IS 220d SE-I £24,995 £847
IS 220d SE-L £27,942 IS 220d SE-L £27,160 £782
IS 250 £24,127 IS 250 SE £23,200 £927
IS 250 auto £24,937 IS 250 SE auto £24,010 £927
IS 250 SE £26,777 IS 250 SE-I £25,720 £1,057
IS 250 SE auto £27,587 IS 250 SE-I auto £26,530 £1,057
IS 250 SE-L £29,687 IS 250 SE-L £28,850 £837

Of course, the big deal here is that the new 2009 IS has just been revamped, so getting a price drop on top of the improvements is a jolly-good deal.

2010 Lexus RX 350 & 450h to debut at LA Auto Show

2010 Lexus RX 350 & 450h

Lexus has confirmed that the next generation RX & RX hybrid will be revealed November 19th at the LA Auto Show, along with the American debut of the IS 250/350C:

Lexus will stage the world premiere of the all-new 2010 RX 450h hybrid and RX 350 luxury utility vehicles at a press conference at the upcoming 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19.

The next generation RX models will raise the bar above the current best-selling products by offering outstanding luxury, comfort, technology, safety and efficiency.

Recently revealed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the 2010 IS convertible will make its North American debut at the show. The IS 250C and IS 350C convertibles feature a lightweight aluminum three-panel roof that opens in just seconds. They feature the same powertrains as the IS sedans: the IS 250C receives a 2.5-liter, 204-hp V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; and the IS 350C contains a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V6 with a six-speed automatic.

The RX press conference will be held on Wednesday, November 19, at 1:20 p.m. PST in the Lexus display area at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Mark your calendars!

[Source: Lexus]

First Spy Photos of the Lexus HS 250h?

So not even twelve hours after seeing the Mag-X rendering of the upcoming Lexus HS 250h hybrid, TPP reader Dan posted a link to a series of photos by Mike Ingels, who very well may have captured the first spy shots of the new hybrid:

Spy Shots of the Lexus HS 250h

Spy Shots of the Lexus HS 250h

Spy Shots of the Lexus HS 250h

Spy Shots of the Lexus HS 250h

Spy Shots of the Lexus HS 250h

Considering these photos were taken near the Chrysler proving grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, so there’s every possibility this isn’t the HS, but I definitely see some Lexus touches in the design, including the hybrid lower door trim and the wheel design. Nevermind that in the photo of the four models sitting outside the store, the beige car looks like a GS.

What do you think? Yes or no?

[Source: The Erie Hiker (Thanks Dan!)]