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  1. Carmaker1

    Take A Guess (Lexus Edition)

    Thanks for voting! There are many more photos and this will be my first true Lexus story, since I am now confident with the material I have.
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    Introducing the All-New 2019 Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h

    My sister who mainly drives around in ISC and RXh (the one who recently got PhD), was impressed with the ES 350 F-Sport she got as a loaner, citing it as a major improvement. She's on deck though for the LC 500h convertible, so I was shocked at how happy she was. Anyway, what's happening with...
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    Official 4th Generation IS Discussion Thread

    I am really hoping the July 2020 SOP date hasn't become sometime in 2021, because an 8-year life cycle in a competitive market is ridiculous. I can forgive them for some shortcomings, in having to manage New N, which was merely a massaged version of the N platform. I haven't seen any IS mules...
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    ES-F ?

    Yep! AWD, with a 368 hp TTV6. A lot of folks called it a 2020 model, but based on a stage they were at with choosing final designs 18 months ago, I figured it was very up in the air. Japanese can be very great about being lean, but in this decade they have changed that and are slower like in the...
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    ES-F ?

    I really get tired of poor reporting, as the occasional contributions I even bother making to Wikipedia (influence copy-pasted info), are badly affected by silly bureaucracy. Journalists are awfully lackadaisical at times. The reality is, why are even mistaking a Honda product for a Toyota...
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    Official 8th Generation (2018+) 010B Camry Discussion

    Nice that the Camry has truly become a fully global car again, thanks to Akio Toyoda's own suggestions I can imagine. He was really present in development for this generation, unlike hopping in the middle of the XV50's development back in June 2009 (design was already set). I recall NX...
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    The 2020 Aviator...Lincoln does a NICE job.

    It's a really well done product. Production started on May 6, but this was the brainchild of Mark Fields, who wanted to see Lincoln thrive, as opposed to Alan Mulally's cynical outlook towards the brand, but kept it on life support to pacify the Ford heirs. I hope Lexus can deliver in this area...
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    Mazda developing new Skyactiv-X / Skyactiv-D inline 6

    I had mentioned this back in 2017, that the 6 would get a 2nd facelift, to give Mazda time to develop a production Vision as the RWD replacement. Mazda engineers have been fighting for RWD lineup, since KODO/SkyActive cars first entered production. The slow pace Mazda has been taking, with no...
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    Significant Price-Increases for the 2020 Ford Explorer.

    I'm not loving Ford design under Moray Callum, save for the Bronco. I really preferred J Mays' vision, paired with Alan's leadership. Seems everything signed off from 2014 to present (2017+ models) is hit or miss. To be honest, I've detested both Callum brothers' works in many cases, but it does...
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    Take A Guess II

    Thanks for voting and welcome back! I will reveal the final anzer tomorrow.
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    Take a Guess?

    I still would like to hear from others why they chose their choices. Thanks
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    Take A Guess (Lexus Edition)

    Interesting, but I actually did mean car manufacturer when I created this name nearly 20 years ago. A nickname I've used from childhood, as I had intended to create my own car company as kid or run one. I guess they're synonyms?
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    Take A Guess II

    Thanks for voting! The Avensis? No, as I didn't include it. The vehicle featured is from a program for a model nameplate sold both in domestic Japan and North America. People need to look at the dates carefully, as they correspond to what year it was taken at a development stage. Not year of...
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    Take A Guess (Lexus Edition)

    Thanks for voting, I will admit due to some very recent discoveries, this one may be very difficult to get right, as I am guilty of some past misinformation on the F1 LS 400 program. Bear in mind everyone, the design freeze mockup will still differ from the "final design choice" mockup. The...
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    Take A Guess (Lexus Edition)

    Yes, my moniker in Japanese. I understand Japanese, but not fluently. It's not for users here, but drive-by readers who take stuff and post it to pinterest or certain sites that shan't be named. I didn't want to highlight that little secret, because I buy these photos in many cases LOL and some...
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    Take A Guess II

    Back to my Toyota side of the series, what Toyota was this design model made for and what date was this photo taken? Bear in mind this is a development photo.
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    Take a Guess?

    BTW, are you able to close the poll for me? Sorry, as I wasn't aware of how to correct it.
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    Take A Guess (Lexus Edition)

    By the way everyone, please notice some discrepancies not existent on the production LS 400. I was really surprised when I discovered this photo 2 nights ago. As it previously didn't even exist in my automotive literature collection. When the poll closes, I will officially begin chronicle...
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    Take a Guess?

    Interesting history. Ironically in a way, same here. I studied Mechanical Engineering at NYIT, but wanted to be car designer. My parents insisted on a "STEM" degree, worried I wouldn't earn well as they do as medical professionals. I fell for it, because some of our Jaguar designers earn low 6...
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    Take A Guess (Lexus Edition)

    Interesting choices Ian, RAL, and Will. I'll let you know the correct answer after the poll closes.
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