Video of the Lexus IS 250C Convertible Roof

I’ve dug up the video that’s currently being displayed with the IS 250C at the Paris Auto Show, which shows the new Lexus IS 250C’s roof in action! What’s more, it’s a substantial 15 minutes in length, more than enough to satisfy even the most diehard retractible roof fans (my apologies with the autostarting video, I couldn’t seem to disable it) videos have been replaced:

(I think I’m in the minority when I say I like the IS 250C with the roof up more than down.)

(Thanks Thierry!)

Lexus IS 250C Photo Gallery

Lexus IS 250C Convertible

Well, that will teach me to get sick!

The Lexus IS 250C was unveiled early this morning at the Paris Motor Show, and with it came plenty of interesting information. First thing’s first, there’s a ton of official photos, more details in my next post:

Lexus USA September 2008 Sales Report

Lexus Logo

With a 27% decrease overall, September was the worst month-to-month percentage drop in US automotive sales since 1991. Lexus certainly wasn’t exempt from the ill effects, with sales down 33.4%. Here’s the model-by-model breakdown:

2008 2007 % Change
IS250/350/F 3,044 3,757 -15.6
ES350 4,042 6,491 -35.1
GS350/460/450h 977 1,668 -39.0
SC430 129 297 -54.8
LS460/600h L 1,238 2,918 -55.8
Total Cars 9,430 15,131 -35.1
RX350/400h 4,639 7,841 -38.4
GX470 1,329 1,964 -29.5
LX570 647 177 280.8
Total Trucks 6,615 9,982 -31.0
Total Sales 16,045 25,113 -33.4

The LX 570’s success isn’t just the anomaly at Lexus, but across the entire industry. In fact, by my quick scanning, the only comparable vehicles out there are the Audi A5/S5 with a 525.2% increase and the Nissan Rogue with 507.5%. However, neither of those vehicles weigh over 8,000lbs. and get a combined city/highway of 14MPG.

Lexus & The Global Brand Study 2008

Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands study has been completed, and Lexus has ranked 90th overall, and 10th among automotive brands:

Lexus placement in Global Brand Study

When compared to last year’s study, Lexus is moving up the ladder, climbing two spots. The value of the brand, calculated from combination of analysts’ projections, company financial documents, and qualitative and quantitative analysis stands at $3.588 billion, up from $3.354 billion. The automotive brands ranked as follows:

  • 1. Toyota – $34B
  • 2. Mercedes-Benz – $25.6B
  • 3. BMW – $23.3B
  • 4. Honda – $19.1B
  • 5. Ford – $7.9B
  • 6. Volkswagen – $7B
  • 7. Audi – $5.4B
  • 8. Hyundai – $4.8B
  • 9. Porsche – $4.6B
  • 10. Lexus – $3.6B

[Source: Interbrand]

Car And Driver Reviews the Lexus LX 570

Lexus LX 570

Car And Driver has posted a short and sweet review of the Lexus LX 570 which might very well sum up both the good and the bad:

Never has it been more politically incorrect to sing the praises of a passenger vehicle that weighs 6180 pounds, attains observed fuel economy of 14 mpg, and costs $75,465. Poor Toyota. A perfect trifecta of bad timing.

Which is a little embarrassing for us because every C/D editor who drove the new LX570 came back to the office, looked sheepishly at his shoes, then said in a small voice, “Holy crap, I love that thing.”

Drive solo in this behemoth and enviro-conscious citizens give you the stink eye, as if you’ve fired up an unfiltered Camel in the produce section of Whole Foods. Which is a shame because the LX570 may well be the most desirable SUV on the planet.

There’s no doubt that with the current oil crisis plus the economic climate, the LX dips alarmingly into the obscene. The fact that it’s so brilliantly executed certainly confuses the issue, but in all honesty, the LX as it exists now won’t be able to last. (Personally, I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can.)