Indonesia’s Lexus Gallery

Indonesia Lexus Gallery

After years of selling through independent importers, Lexus is now setting up dealerships in Indonesia, which look like an eccentric millionaire’s home on the outside and an art gallery inside.

The exterior, I think, may be too wild, though it’s hard to get a full impression from the pasted together image at the top of the post. The organic look at the left is particularly awkward, though the right side has just the right amount of character.

The interior, though, is what impresses the most:

Indonesia Lexus Gallery Interior

Marketing strategist Hermawan Kartajaya, who worked on the project, has this to say:

From the insights that had been gathered, we came out with some suggestions and one of them was to build something more than a showroom. We suggested an artistic place and called it a ‘gallery’. What are the differences actually? There are a lot of differences between a showroom and a gallery, but the main thing is: in a gallery there is a “customer flow”, just as when we visit a painting gallery or statue gallery. In art galleries there is a flow and story – the same concept applied in the Lexus Gallery.

(Another interesting point, Lexus’ slogan The Pursuit of Perfection was translated to Perfection of Personal Enjoyment for the Indonesian market.)

[Source: Hermawan Kartajaya]

Jalopnik Reviews the Lexus LS 600hL

Jalopnik Reviews the Lexus LS 600hL

The minute I saw that Jalopnik Jonny Lieberman had gotten his mitts on an LS 600hL for a week, I knew we were in for a treat, and I was not disappointed in the least:

Why am I laughing like such an idiot? Seriously, my cheeks hurt from grinning. Well, the reason why is that I’ve died and gone to Heaven, if only for five minutes or so. I’ve had pure automotive moments before. A Porsche Boxster on Decker Canyon. A Miata at 6:00 am Sunday morning on Angeles Crest. A Mustang in the desert. A Se7en on the Dragon. This [The Lexus LS 600hL], screaming along with one of my favorite bands with both feet off the pedals suspended in perfect leather-soaked isolation, ranks right up there. What? Why? Because I was doing exactly exactly what the car has been designed to do. Man in harmony with machine, all 5,219 porky, absurd pounds of it.

Highly enjoyable, it’s nice to read a review that captures just how impressive this car is, the feeling it brings. It’s even possible there won’t be any complaints about the trunk space:

Lexus LS 600hL Trunk Space

Already looking forward to part two.

Japanese Video Review of the Lexus IS-F

This Lexus IS-F segment from Start your Engines, a Japanese auto news show, is a pleasant switch from the norm, as it’s all subtitled in English:

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had so much fun driving a Toyota”, the host says after ten laps of the Fuji Speedway. “The shifting really is like the Ferrari 599, and even after ten laps, there is no wear on the brakes.” He definitely seems highly impressed, “It is like a new kind of driving.”

Road & Track Reviews the Lexus IS-F

2008 Lexus IS-F

It’s a little late coming, but Road & Track’s review of the Lexus IS-F is quite informative. First off, their impressions:

After spending half a day lapping around Laguna Seca, we were won over by the car’s accurate steering, minimal body roll and outright grip. Its 71.2-mph slalom speed is damn impressive for such a heavy sedan (3825 lb.), eclipsing not only the Audi RS 4 (68.9 mph) but also the Porsche Cayman S (70.6 mph). The 911 Carrera 4S barely edges the Lexus, at 71.5 mph.

Where the IS F struggles is on overly bumpy back roads; in that setting, the suspension’s lack of compliance makes the car flit, flutter and skate across the road like Helio Castroneves on Dancing with the Stars. But on most roads, no such problem.

The most impressive part of the review comes in the form of a full technical breakdown spec sheet, which you can view here (in PDF format). This includes some extensive data, including gear ratios and even the interior noise levels. Very interesting.

Bonus: Be sure to check out the video of Scott Pruett lapping the Laguna Seca Raceway.

CNet Reviews Lexus LS 460 Technology

No doubt it’s a little old, but this video from CNet detailing the technology in the LS 460 is quite entertaining:

Being such a fan of the LS 460, I didn’t even get bored during the inevitable parking assist demonstration.