A sensationalist news story from CNN about sudden unintended acceleration in a Lexus pre-production test vehicle has been condemned by the automaker, who have called the report “grossly inaccurate” and a “worn-out fabrication.”
After a test run last year, Lexus has become the official automotive partner for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, and to mark the occasion, Lexus made a racetrack in the shape of swimsuit model Tori Praver’s curves and had race car driver Scott Pruett and stunt driver Greg Tracy compete for her affections.
As luck would have it, right after my post examining the next-generation Lexus GS exterior design, I stumbled across a very informative interview with Katsuhiko Inatomi, the designer responsible for the spindle grille that forms the new “face” of Lexus.
Usually when car & birds meet on the highway, the results aren’t pretty, but that wasn’t the case in Grapevine, Texas, where Park Place Lexus mechanic Matt Whitehead was able to save a red-tailed hawk that had been struck by a GX 460.
From his presentation at the debut of the fourth-generation GS last week, it was pretty clear Toyota President Akio Toyoda has big plans for Lexus, but in this new interview with Motor Trend (of all places), Toyoda-san shares some very candid comments about the brand’s future.
Lexus has announced the 2012 Lexus RX 350, which will see two changes from the 2011 model: first, like all 2012 Lexus models, Nebula Grey Pearl will replace Smoky Granite Mica, and second, the fuel recommendation has been lowered from 91-octane to 87-octane.
The next generation Lexus GS is almost here, and to mark the occasion, I've put together a brief timeline of all the car's public appearances (accidental or otherwise) for the latest edition of my monthly *Lexus Magazine* column.