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]