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Lexus Places Third in J.D. Power Customer Service Study

Lexus has ranked third in the 2007 J.D. Power Customer Service Study, coming up behind Jaguar and Buick and tying with Cadillac:

2007 J.D. Power Customer Service Study Results

The study “measures the customer satisfaction of vehicle owners who visit the dealer service department for maintenance or repair work during the first three years of ownership”, and in its 27th year, is a highly respected benchmark for automakers.

Lexus has seen its ranking drop from 2006, when it finished first, but at only 12 points behind the leader, and only 1 point less than last year’s result, this speaks more of Jaguar’s renewed commitment to their customers than anything else.

[Source: J.D. Power and Associates]

Earthquake Halts Lexus Production

Due to earthquake damage to a major parts supplier, Toyota has suspended all production for the remainder of the week.

Riken Corp, a key supplier of Toyota transmission and engine parts, is located near the epicenter of Monday’s 6.8 magnitude quake, and as such sustained damage to their operations.

The halt in production isn’t expected to affect customers, though Toyota suffered a 1.32% stock drop on the Tokyo Stock Exchange due to the factory closures.

[Source: Star Telegram]

Lexus ES 350 Commercial: Goosebumps

The opening shot of this commercial is pure gold, though I have to admit a crash-test dummy getting goosebumps is a bit freaky:

One of my favorite things about the new ES 350, which you can only catch of glimpse of in this commercial, is the optional Panorama Glass roof. It almost folds up like a roman blind, and it’s probably the most impressive sun roof I’ve ever seen.

Gold Flecked Custom Painted ES 300

In running this site, I see a steady stream of beautiful cars, but once and a while , I come across an absolute gem:

Is there really an ES 300 under all that?
No, Really

This ES 300 can not be beat, only $1,100! If you’re in Texas, it would be a crime not to give that number a call and see if it’s still available.

European LS 600h L Preview at Chauffeur Drive ‘07

Lexus LS 600h L in Europe

European Chauffeurs will be getting a sneak peek of the Lexus LS 600h L at Chauffeur Drive ‘07, a new event “for Europe’s limousine and chauffeuring industry to see and drive the world’s most exclusive cars and limousines in one place”:

Andy Simpson, Lexus’ Manager, National Corporate and Remarketing, commented: “We are pleased to be involved with Chauffeur DRIVE ‘07 which will provide us with a great opportunity to introduce the new LS 600h and the Lexus brand in general to the key audience of chauffeurs and executive car operators. We are greatly looking forward to the show.”

The September show is two weeks before the LS 600h L European release date of October 1st.

[Source: AutoMotoPortal]