Interview with Lexus IS Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama

2011 Lexus IS

Lexus Magazine has an interview with IS Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama and his thoughts on the new 2011 update– here are some select quotes:

“There is more emphasis on the car’s individuality than before,” says Furuyama. “Take the headlights. The daytime running lights, where fitted, use L-shaped LEDs that are constantly illuminated when you’re driving so they have a strong identity. They tell you instantly that this is the new IS. It’s clearly a premium car, but also very obviously a sporting one.”

Which brings us to one last thing Mr. Furuyama wants you to know about the newest IS: He spent considerable time thinking about what it’ll look like in your driveway. Even when parked, the new IS is still a compelling car, says the chief engineer.

“I’m inspired by beautiful styling,” he says, “and the latest IS, I hope, expresses this inspiration to the fullest.”

Interesting that Furuyama-san would mention his effort to make the IS a “compelling car” even standing still, because it was one of the things I noticed when I first saw the new 2011 model — the updates really ramp up the IS’ design.

(Be sure to check out the full article over at Lexus Magazine.)

[Source: Lexus Magazine]