Michael · June 21st, 2021
Michael · May 18th, 2021
The trademark implies more power for the second generation hybrid.
Michael · March 8th, 2021
Kevin · November 6th, 2018
Visiting Zion & Yosemite National Parks with Lexus hybrids.
Kevin · May 21st, 2018
Hybrid sales are accelerating, with 10k sales in just three years.
Kevin · July 18th, 2017
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Kevin · April 12th, 2016
Green Car Reports spoke with Lexus International executive vice-president Mark Templin about the potential of a Lexus plug-in hybrid.
Kevin · April 15th, 2015
Lexus executive vice-president international Mark Templin says the company is not rushing to adopt plug-in technologies.
Kevin · March 16th, 2015
In a collaboration between Lexus & TED, here’s Paul Williamsen from Lexus International and Alex Shen from Calty Design discussing the future of Lexus vehicles, including some insight into the production LF-LC: (From Paul’s comments, we can definitely cross off the LF-LC production model from the list of potential debuts at the Detroit Auto Show …
Kevin · December 3rd, 2014
For the latest post in my CT 200h owner’s blog, I’ve outlined the reasons for choosing the hybrid hatchback over the IS 250 AWD sedan. (The top reason shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.) Read about my CT 200h vs IS 250 Decision
Kevin · November 2nd, 2014
Toyota announced today that the company’s total hybrid sales have passed the 7 million unit mark, and have released a complete model-by-model breakdown for all regions. Here’s how Lexus hybrid models have sold since their introduction in 2005: Model Global Sales Japan North America Europe LS 600h/LS 600hL 37,700 25,400 3,000 4,600 GS 450h/GS 300h …
Kevin · October 15th, 2014
Lexus is studying high-performance hybrids for inclusion in the F brand lineup — from Motoring Australia: However, F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi told motoring.com.au that the sub brand’s high performance and circuit driving requirements meant hybrid technology still had issues. “In order to put the hybrid on track they need a little more development as …
Kevin · September 15th, 2014
Toyota has developed a new semiconductor that will improve the fuel efficiency of their hybrid technology by 10 percent — from Automotive News: The new semiconductors eat up only a tenth of the energy of today’s chips and enable the PCU to be 80 percent smaller, Toyota engineers said today at a briefing. The technology …
Kevin · May 21st, 2014
Google has made some significant improvements to their self-driving car, which just so happens to be a Lexus RX 450h: The level of intelligence and capability of these Google vehicles is astounding — very easy to see a future where self-driving cars make up the majority of vehicles on the road. (Worth pointing out that …
Kevin · May 1st, 2014
The updated Lexus CT 200h has lead to some pretty interesting marketing experiments — first, there was Lexus Japan’s stellar Trick Photography project, and now Lexus Korea has followed it up with a graphic design showcase: This video shows how the designers put together some of these images: There’s a lot of creativity in these …
Kevin · March 20th, 2014
In a recent Drive Australia article about Lexus and its “No Diesel” position, brand vice-president Mark Templin hints that new hybrid technology is on the way: Templin said about 80 per cent of Lexuses sold in western Europe are hybrids, similar to the percentage in Japan, where the desire for cutting edge technology is partially …
Kevin · March 16th, 2014
With the release of the updated Lexus CT 200h, there are new commercials springing up around the world — let’s start with three from the USA: Here’s the CTh commercial for European markets, like the music in this one: (Any other regional Lexus CT commercials out there that I’ve missed? Leave a link in the …
Kevin · February 12th, 2014
The European press have started driving the all-new Lexus GS 300h, and finding it a compelling alternative to its German competitors — here’s the first review from Autocar: Until now, Lexus’s E-segment saloon had been without a [Benefit in Kind]-friendly car capable of competing with the ultra efficient diesel-engined offerings of the Big Three at …
Kevin · December 10th, 2013
According to Reuters, the Nikkei newspaper in Japan reports that Toyota will release hybrid versions of its large SUVs in 2016: Toyota Motor Corp plans to roll out hybrid versions of its large sport utility vehicles from 2016 to prepare for tougher environmental regulations, the Nikkei reported, quoting sources. The automaker intends to develop hybrid …
Kevin · November 7th, 2013
Autoweek, the largest car magazine in The Netherlands, tested the IS 300h against the BMW 320i EDE in their latest issue — by way of a trusty translator, here’s how the two cars compared: Can the new IS be compared to the 3-series? If you are only after driving experience, you should opt for the …
Kevin · September 20th, 2013
Lexus has issued an update on last year’s recall of the 2010 HS 250h due to a revised fix.
Kevin · September 11th, 2013
Less than a week before its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Lexus has revealed their LF-NX compact crossover concept. Let’s start with the full press release (click on any image for a high resolution version). A new Lexus mid-size crossover concept, the LF-NX, will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, …
Kevin · September 4th, 2013
Yesterday, Toyota released details on their next-generation hybrid technology during the first-ever Toyota Hybrid World Tour in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Kevin · August 29th, 2013
Peter Lyons of Motor Trend has breaking news on the Lexus RC coupe.
Kevin · August 10th, 2013
Speaking at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Michigan this week, Lexus International’s Paul Williamsen announced that Lexus will offer nine hybrid models worldwide by the end of 2014.
Kevin · August 9th, 2013
Lexus will not be switching to lithium-ion batteries to power their hybrids, and will instead continue to use nickel-metal hydride batteries.
Kevin · July 18th, 2013
Australian website Car Advice has a statement from Lexus IS chief engineer Junichi Furuyama on why the IS diesel was discontinued in favor of the new IS 300h hybrid.
Kevin · July 9th, 2013
Bloomberg is reporting that Lexus may be getting a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as early as next year.
Kevin · July 2nd, 2013
Lexus UK has released a new collection of IS 300h photos.
Kevin · June 11th, 2013
CAR Magazine has some new photos of the mystery Lexus compact crossover test mule spotted a couple weeks back.
Kevin · May 27th, 2013
Car & Driver is reporting that a production model based on the Lexus LF-LC concept could be released in 2016.
Kevin · May 9th, 2013
Japanese website Response has published three photos of the Lexus IS 300h F SPORT in Ultra Blue.
Kevin · April 25th, 2013
Earlier today in China, the Lexus GS 300h was introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show.
Kevin · April 20th, 2013
While not Lexus specific, the Toyota Motor Corporation announced today that the entire company has now sold 5,000,000 hybrids worldwide.
Kevin · April 17th, 2013
Lexus China has announced that an all-new hybrid model will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show this week.
Kevin · April 16th, 2013
Lexus International has posted a very nice collection of LS 600h photos on their Facebook page.
Kevin · March 23rd, 2013
Mag-X from Japan is reporting that the Lexus production model based on the LF-CC concept will be available by August 2014.
Kevin · March 20th, 2013
Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal has reviewed the 2013 Lexus ES 300h.
Kevin · March 17th, 2013
Lexus UK has announced pricing for the new 2014 IS, with the IS 250 starting at £26,495 ($40,908 USD) and the IS 300h starting at £29,495 ($45,540 USD).
Kevin · February 20th, 2013
To introduce the updated HS 250h in Japan, Lexus invited designer Tokujin Yoshioka to create an art installation.
Kevin · February 5th, 2013
The updated Lexus HS 250h has been released in Japan.
Kevin · February 1st, 2013
Lexus Europe has released an extensive photo collection of the IS 300h in both standard and F SPORT models.
Kevin · January 24th, 2013
Here's a grainy image of what appears to be the updated 2014 Lexus CT 200h.
Kevin · January 22nd, 2013
Here's some new high-resolution photos of the not-for-North-America 2013 Lexus HS 250h.
Kevin · January 13th, 2013
On December 25th in Japan, the all-new Toyota Crown was introduced with the 2.5L hybrid engine that’s expected to power the 2014 Lexus IS 300h.
Kevin · December 31st, 2012
Just over 500,000 Lexus hybrids have been sold worldwide since the introduction of the RX 400h in 2005.
Kevin · December 21st, 2012
Edmunds has reviewed the 2013 Lexus ES 300h, and believe “you’ll be hard-pressed to top the Lexus ES hybrid” with its blend of fuel economy and comfort.
Kevin · December 19th, 2012
Auto Express has driven the next-generation Lexus IS 300h, and called the new hybrid powertrain “quiet and smooth”, with “impeccable refinement”.
Kevin · December 13th, 2012
According to a GoAuto interview with Lexus International general manager Andrew Kirby, a more-powerful Lexus CT will not be offered until (at least) 2017.
Kevin · December 10th, 2012
First mentioned by Car & Driver and then confirmed by Autoweek, the next-generation Lexus IS will not be available as the IS 300h hybrid in North America.
Kevin · December 5th, 2012
In advance of next-generation Lexus IS launch at the Detroit Auto Show in January, some automotive magazines have been given an advance look at the next-generation sedan.
Kevin · December 4th, 2012
I finally had an opportunity to go through my photos of the Lexus LF-CC concept from its North American debut earlier this month at SEMA in Las Vegas.
Kevin · November 28th, 2012
In an interview with Car Advice, Lexus LF-LC exterior designer Edward Lee shared some details about the future of Lexus design and his own past as a designer for Audi.
Kevin · November 22nd, 2012
An updated Lexus HS 250h is set to launch in Japan by the end of the month.
Kevin · November 19th, 2012
Car & Driver reports that the Lexus LF-LC Blue concept revealed last month in Australia will be getting its North American debut at the LA Auto Show in two weeks.
Kevin · November 15th, 2012
Japanese tuner Wald International has released new photos of their Lexus CT 200h Black Bison body kit in matte black.
Kevin · November 13th, 2012
Lexus Japan has released a new video of the 2013 LS 600h F SPORT.
Kevin · November 13th, 2012
Big news today — Lexus has trademarked NX 200t & NX 300h in the USA, Canada, and Australia, giving the very first details about the much-rumored Lexus compact crossover.
Kevin · November 1st, 2012
Automotive News reports that Lexus is looking to double hybrid sales in North America.
Kevin · October 25th, 2012
Lexus Japan has teamed up with high-profile fashion photographer Camilla Akrans for a LS F SPORT photo gallery.
Kevin · October 24th, 2012
The Lexus LF-CC concept will be making its North American debut at SEMA next week, joining the jet-racing Lexus LFA Nürburgring & IS F CCS-R race car at the Lexus booth.
Kevin · October 23rd, 2012
When Lexus introduced the LF-LC Blue last week at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, it wasn’t just the colors that were changed from the original concept.
Kevin · October 23rd, 2012
Now that we’ve read the press release about the Lexus LF-LC Blue concept that debuted in Australia earlier today, let’s jump to the full photo gallery.
Kevin · October 18th, 2012
A self-driving Lexus LS 600hL has been spotted just outside of the Toyota Technical Center in Michigan.
Kevin · October 15th, 2012
Along with the much-discussed Lexus LF-CC concept, the LS 600h F SPORT also debuted at the Paris Motor Show.
Kevin · October 7th, 2012
A Lexus CT 200h driven by Sebastien Kroetsch has placed second in Rallye Vert de Montréal, the only Canadian stop on the global FIA Alternative Energies Cup circuit. A Toyota Prius Plugin finished first.
Kevin · October 7th, 2012