Insights from a Lexus Insider: Andrew Kirby Discusses Lexus Ideas Engine Results

The following is a message from Andrew Kirby, general manager of the Lexus worldwide product and marketing planning division, who will be addressing Lexus Enthusiast readers directly from time to time.

Dear Lexus enthusiasts,

Thank you all for being a part of the Lexus Ideas Engine project, we were thrilled by your response.

Over May and June, your contributions reached almost 350 suggestions and 580 comments, with ideas and conversations on a variety of topics. We read everything, and have shared these insights within Lexus to stimulate conversation amongst our planning teams.

In recognition of your contributions, we filmed a short video highlighting the two most popular ideas as voted by you, and I have also commented on the Top 10 ideas on the Lexus Ideas Engine website.

So once again, thank you to each and every one of you for making your voice heard in our enduring quest to make Lexus better.

Lexus Owner Stories

I am also pleased to announce we have just launched a new section on the Lexus Global website — Lexus Owner Stories. This will allow you to share stories about your Lexus, as well as enjoy stories from other owners around the world.

We are excited about this project, and hope to read about the great experiences and memories of Lexus owners. You can begin to share your own Lexus story.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Andrew Kirby

Andrew Kirby is the general manager of the Lexus worldwide product and marketing planning division, which was formed two years ago to help guide the brand globally.

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  • B
  • September 4, 2012
His answers on the Lexus IS manual transmissions and power output all but confirm Lexus has dropped the ball on both with next year's model. I have to say, after the GS, I am pretty disappointed in what I am seeing for Lexus.  The ES and LS have swung and missed with me..... BD
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    • September 4, 2012
    I can see the problem for the manual gearbox being development vs takeup. The huge majority of Lexus cars would still be bought with Auto's even if there was a manual option available. I'm sure if Toyota had a manual gearbox already capable of taking the power figures you normally find in the Lexus models they would do it however the lack of such a component (I far as I can think) would mean developing one specifically for the cars. They do however already have the very nice IS-F gearbox, they could possibly use this in more applications?
    • B
    • September 4, 2012
    BMW and Infiniti both sell MANY more cars in this class than Lexus, and both offer manuals.  And have been for many years What are they doing right that Lexus is doing wrong?  THAT is the question..... Maybe offering them with their top engines? BD
    The 8AT on IS-F is nice , but a Manual Transmission offer would be even better ... Toyota used to have Getrag 6MT that perform very good , why don't they build more ?
  • I
  • September 4, 2012
Hmm, they HOPE to make a DEFINITIVE decision on a GS-F in the next FEW YEARS. Looks like we won't be getting one this generation. If they don't ruin the next gen IS-F, I'll settle for that. 
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    Erich Kerner
  • September 4, 2012
Lexus should take the upcoming hybrid/engine from the LF-LC (370kw/500hp+ - will be shown at the australian auto show in october) and put it into the GS. Should be very cool to drive this car around!
  • J
  • September 5, 2012
If somehow they can make the keyless entry work at your home (using your lexus key fob) that would be more juggling for keys!