Lexus LFA Wrapped in Australian Flag

Yesterday was Australia Day, and to mark the occasion, the Lexus of Blackburn dealership wrapped LFA #252 in the national flag.
Kevin · January 27th, 2013

Photo Gallery: Matte Black Lexus CT 200h

While at the Northern California Evolution Meet at Lexus of Sacramento last month, photographer Philip Isidro had a chance to do a night photo shoot with a matte black CT 200h.
Kevin · October 23rd, 2012

World’s First Pink Lexus LFA

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Australia’s Lexus of Brisbane dealership has wrapped the LFA in matte pink.
Kevin · October 12th, 2012

Three Lexus LFAs Together in Australia

The folks over at Lexus of Brisbane in Australia have delivered another Lexus LFA, and sent over a photo of all three of the supercars that have come through their dealership.
Kevin · July 12th, 2012

A Visit to Lexus Downtown in Toronto

Three months ago, I attended the grand opening of the Lexus Downtown dealership in Toronto and was very impressed by the facilities, so I decided to set up a visit.
Kevin · July 3rd, 2012

How a Lexus LFA Gets Delivered

Speaking of Lexus LFAs being delivered, there’s an interesting feature over on the Toyota Driver’Seat blog about the detailed steps necessary to prepare an LFA for its owner.
Kevin · May 22nd, 2012

1SICKLEX Lexus Owners Meet This Weekend

My friend 1SICKLEX is hosting a Lexus owner meet this Saturday, April 21st, at Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett just outside of Atlanta, with over 70 owners confirmed so far.
Kevin · April 18th, 2012

Lexus LFA in Starlight Black

After sharing the Sunset Orange Lexus LFA with us last week, Flipside909 from Club Lexus shares the very first look at the LFA in Starlight Black.
Kevin · March 23rd, 2012

Photos of the Lexus Escondido Dealership

After reading a [North County Times article]( about San Diego area dealer [Lexus Escondido]( opening a restaurant in their giant 300,000 square ft. *Lexus Centre* complex, I had to do some searching around for photos of the mega-dealership.
Kevin · July 13th, 2011

Custom Lexus LS 460L by JM Lexus

Mega dealership JM Lexus in Florida has just started JM Custom Creations, a Lexus-certified mod-shop capable of some heavy duty upgrades, and they sent over some photos of their first project: a 2011 LS 460L with the full TOM's LS46 body kit, alligator skin trim and a 2000 watt Rockford speaker upgrade.
Kevin · June 14th, 2011

Creating the Music for the Lexus International Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo

Here’s a 2008 video of Japanese composer Masato Hatanaka and his efforts to create the ambient music playing at the Lexus International Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo: Admittedly, the video and the concept are a little out of the ordinary — but it also displays the uniqueness that I would expect at a Japanese Lexus dealership. …
Kevin · May 1st, 2011

Lexus Named Top Luxury Brand in Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards

Lexus has been named the top luxury brand of the Edmunds inaugural Best Retained Value Awards. The awards, which recognize the brands and models with the highest projected residual value after five years — an important consideration when buying a car, as it means higher trade-in value and lower lease rates. Lexus also placed well …
Kevin · April 7th, 2011

A Look Underneath the Lexus LFA

For all the photos & video of the Lexus LFA, getting a glance at the underbody has been a rare event — that is, until McCall Lexus in Texas decided to raise up their first LFA delivery for a good look. Just like the rest of the exterior design, there’s a clear emphasis on aerodynamics …
Kevin · March 29th, 2011

Black Lexus LFA Delivered in Chicago

The #026 Black Lexus LFA was delivered to its owner in the south suburbs of Chicago, and we get to meet the lucky guy in this video from local TV station WGN: It’s great to finally meet one of the LFA owners, I hope it’s something we see more of. I bet there’s a lot …
Kevin · February 8th, 2011

Flickr Find: Yellow Lexus LFA Glowing Bright

David Nickerson II at Nue Vue Photography has taken some absolutely breathtaking photographs of the yellow Lexus LFA prototype — here’s a sampling from his Flickr stream: Beautifully done — be sure to check out Dave’s entire LFA photoset and the rest of his photos over at Flickr.
Kevin · February 4th, 2011

Photo: Lexus LFA Launch Control Activated

The yellow Lexus LFA prototype paid a visit to Sewell Lexus in Dallas yesterday, and sales associate Jeff Hazelwood was nice enough to send over this photo of the digital dash with Launch Control activated: Just seconds after seeing this, I had to load up my favorite LFA speedometer video: We know that the LFA’s …
Kevin · February 3rd, 2011

Lexus Welcomes New LFA Owners

Lexus has released the videos that are shown to new LFA buyers before receiving the keys to their newly acquired supercar — first, here’s a video welcome from Lexus USA General Manager Mark Templin: Next is this short breakdown of the LFA’s white-glove journey from Japan to California: And following it all up is a …
Kevin · February 1st, 2011

Lexus LFAs Arriving at USA Dealerships

After seeing the first batch of production Lexus LFAs arriving in California a couple weeks back, it was only a matter of time until they started arriving at their new owner’s local dealership — here’s a video of the #006 LFA being unloaded at Eskridge Lexus in Oklahoma City: Also seen on Youtube is the …
Kevin · January 31st, 2011

Lexus USA F Sport Coupon

Lexus USA just sent over a coupon that can be used towards the purchase of F-Sport parts — here’s a breakdown of the savings: $100 off of F Sport purchases between $500-$999 $200 off of F Sport purchases between $1,000 – $1999 $300 off of F Sport purchases more than $2,000 This coupon, which is …
Kevin · September 2nd, 2010

Lexus LFA Still Available in USA

Despite reports to the contrary, Lexus USA has told Edmunds that there are still LFAs available in the USA: In response to a query Thursday from [Edmunds Inside Line], Toyota said: “As a result of additional allocation being dedicated to the U.S. market, some production spots still remain for the LF-A supercar’s 500-unit global build. …
Kevin · June 3rd, 2010

Lexus Straight Talk about Safety

Lexus Magazine has an interview with Charles Hubbard & Paul Williamsen of Lexus College, the company’s technical training center, about the various safety systems that Lexus uses in their vehicles. It’s just a quick overview, but I thought this question says it all: LEXUS: First of all, we can’t have a discussion about safety without …
Kevin · May 13th, 2010

Lexus LFA Display at Flagship Tokyo Dealership

Japanese blog レクサスとの道[LEXUS] made a recent trip to the flagship Lexus Takanawa dealership in Tokyo and snapped this photo of their new LFA display: Not only is there an actual LFA on display, there are color samples made from minature LFA models and examples of all the interior leather options—and check out the giant, fully …
Kevin · April 23rd, 2010

Lexus Malaysia Opens Penang Dealership

Building on the successful 2007 launch of their first facility in Kuala Lumpur, Lexus Malaysia held the grand opening of its second facility, Lexus Penang, on March 18, 2010.  The new RM1.5 million center gives Lexus customers in N. Malaysia a more locally situated facility, complete with showroom, luxury lounge, and cafe.  Further details: “Having …
Kevin · March 19th, 2010

Lexus RX 450h Service Appointment

Last week, right before my long-term Lexus RX 450h loaner was set to be returned to Lexus Canada, I had the opportunity to bring it to my local Lexus dealership, Performance Lexus in St. Catharines, Ontario, for its 8,000km oil change.
Kevin · March 17th, 2010

Lexus Mega Meet in Miami This Weekend

Looks like this is the week for Lexus enthusiasts in the Miami area—first there was the F-Sport event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday, and now this Sunday, the JM Lexus dealership will be hosting the Lexus/Supra Mega Meet, a massive Lexus gathering with hundreds of cars on display. View the Event Flyer or Visit …
Kevin · January 29th, 2010

More Information on the Lexus LFA Buying Process

As time goes on, we’re going to find the process of selling the Lexus LFA will almost be as interesting as the car itself—case in point, the Toronto Star has published some background information for potential Canadian buyers: For the first time in mainstream automotive memory, a car is being brought to market that drivers …
Kevin · November 2nd, 2009

1992 Lexus SC 400 Dealership Video

After look at the present & future of the Lexus SC, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the model’s history—the following video is a dealership introduction for the first-generation SC 400, and is an important look back at what Lexus was trying to achieve with their first sports coupe: Amazing when …
Kevin · August 20th, 2009

The New Lexus of North Miami Dealership

No question about it, Lexus of North Miami has taken the idea of the mega-dealership and brought it to a whole other level: The nearly one million square feet dealership is equipped to provide customers with a full spa experience, including haircuts, massages, manicures, workout sessions—there’s even a “Zen Room” equipped with a waterfall and …
Kevin · July 17th, 2009

White Lexus IS 250 F-Sport Photos

Gabriel Forcier from the Spinelli Lexus Lachine in Quebec sent me this great photo of an IS 250 with all the F-Sport trimmings: I’m a huge fan of the Starfire Pearl, and it goes well with the F-Sport wheels. Gabriel also included some other photos of the IS, I’ve included them here: {embed=“site/gallery” gallery_id=“1256”}
Kevin · July 17th, 2009

Lexus IS-C Demand Outpacing Production

The Lexus IS-C is off to a booming start in the US, with dealerships selling the new convertible faster than Lexus’s Kyushu plant in Japan can make them. Wards has the story: The facility is ramping up to produce at least 225 IS-C models a month just for the Northeast region of the U.S., Scott …
Kevin · July 8th, 2009

Flagship Lexus Dealership opens in Oman

A new Lexus dealership has opened in Oman (the country just south of the United Arab Emirates), and it was quite an event, attended not only by Toyota executive vice-president Akio Toyoda but practically the entire Oman ruling class. Starting off with a performance by juggler Michael Moschen, the grand opening quickly escalated into a …
Kevin · February 26th, 2008

Automotive News Interviews Lexus Dealer Advisory Council Chairman

Automotive News has a great interview with Stefan Smith, chairman of the Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council, which gives a very open view at how the dealerships feel about the recent increase in recalls and what kind of vehicles they’d like to see next: What challenges do Lexus dealers face in the next year? We …
Kevin · February 11th, 2008

Longo Lexus gets larger

Longo Lexus, the largest Lexus dealership in the western US, will be growing even larger with the help of some substantial grants from El Monte, California (the dealership’s home) and the federal government.  Along with the adjoining Toyota dealership, this grant of $3,000,000 will be used to construct a 50,000-square-foot service facility, additional parking, a …
Kevin · January 31st, 2008

Video of the Lexus LS 460L in Test Drive Unlimited

I have yet to play the Test Drive Unlimited video game, but my interest just went up ten-fold after discovering that the Lexus LS 460L is an available car. This video clip from the game is pretty funny, it even includes a fully-virtual Lexus dealership showroom: I don’t understand the inclusion of a flagship full-size …
Kevin · January 30th, 2008

Another Glimpse into the Future Direction of US Lexus Dealerships

Building off his presentation at the Automotive News World Congress, Lexus general manager Mark Templin outlined the future direction of Lexus dealerships in the US in an interview with Ward’s. There’s a lot of information hidden in the details, but the primary point made is that Lexus will start to take on some characteristics of …
Kevin · January 25th, 2008

Mark Templin on Improving US Lexus Dealerships

In a presentation at the Automotive News World Congress, Lexus General Manager Mark Templin outlined the automaker’s plans to enhance their US dealerships even further: ” We’re trying to create a feeling in our car dealerships more of a luxury hotel than a car dealership,” Templin said after his presentation. The dealerships also want to …
Kevin · January 22nd, 2008

Lexus’ IS-F Presentation Videos

The Auto Network has served up another Lexus presentation, this time a full blown dissertation about the IS-F. This presentation, along with the previously noted LX 570 breakdown, took place in Point Clear, Alabama, and provided the automotive press with an opportunity to learn about the vehicles to an extraordinary level of detail. The first …
Kevin · January 2nd, 2008

Lexus’ LX 570 Presentation Videos

The Auto Network has posted up the full LX 570 presentation given by Lexus to the press in late 2007, and it’s a incredible collection of facts and information, detailing every aspect of the vehicle, from its technical specifications to its marketing plan. The first part is a general overview of the LX 570, presented …
Kevin · January 1st, 2008

Lexus Expands Its Certified Pre-Owned Program

With demand for dealer-certified used Lexus vehicles rising eight percent in 2007, Lexus has adjusted the requirements for its Certified Pre-Owned program. Eligible vehicles can now have up to 70,000 miles, where the previous mileage could only be 60,000. On top of that, the maximum age has been bumped up a year, to seven years …
Kevin · December 28th, 2007

Lexus Luxury Lifestyle Training

I stumbled on this image while looking for something appropriate for a previous post, and it was simply too good not to post. As for the story behind the photo, it comes from a 2005 Customer Service program run out of Lexus UK: Lexus aftersales consultants are being given a taste of the luxury living …
Kevin · December 23rd, 2007

The Rise of the Lavish Lexus Dealerships

The Wall Street Journal has an article up about the increasingly lavish Lexus dealerships that are popping up all over the United States. It’s an in-depth and enjoyable article, detailing not only the amenities but explaining the logistics behind such large investments: The Lexus of Palm Beach dealership moved from a much smaller, older facility …
Kevin · December 18th, 2007

2008 Lexus LX 570 Prices Announced

The newly-redesigned 2008 Lexus LX 570 will start at $73,800, according to a dealer announcement that made it’s way to Autospies. It’s a $6,405 jump up from the outgoing LX 470, but there’s some significant new features (Crawl Control and front/side cameras, for example) that no doubt added to the production cost. Also included in …
Kevin · December 16th, 2007

Lexus ES Shopping

It’s been a long time coming, but tomorrow begins my search for a suitable car for my girlfriend, Karissa. Having driven a 1993 Toyota 4runner for the last five years, she’s looking for an upgrade in comfort, gas mileage and safety. Of course, it’s going to be a Lexus. Now, there was talk of buying …
Kevin · December 12th, 2007

Lexus Scores High with Customer Retention

Lexus has ranked second in JD Power’s 2007 Customer Retention Study, retaining 63% of its new car buyers. This was only topped by Toyota, Lexus’ parent company, with 64.6%. This doesn’t surprise me at all, reliability and customer service holds a lot of weight in the minds of most car buyers, and Lexus has excelled …
Kevin · December 7th, 2007

Lexus Considering India Launch

Lexus, along with Alfa Romeo and Hummer, are looking at India as a potential new market, according to The India Times: Japanese car maker, Toyota does not rule out the possibility of launching its high end Lexus brand. Although the volumes will be low, even at that price point we will require a dedicated dealer …
Kevin · December 6th, 2007

Lexus Technical Training Session Video

It may run a little long, but this video of the installation of a slippery surface for test driving Lexus’ is still pretty neat: From the video description, this was for a technical training session in Spain, and looks like it would be a lot of fun. Strangely enough, I played a PS3 game today …
Kevin · November 17th, 2007

Lexus Places First in Japanese Customer Service

Lexus sure knows how to treat their customers, at least according to JD Power. On top of a first place finish in the JD Power Sales Satisfaction Index, Lexus dominated the Japanese Customer Service Index as well: Now in its sixth year, the study identifies five factors that measure customer satisfaction with service performed at …
Kevin · November 15th, 2007

Lexus Tops JD Power’s Sales Satisfaction Index

According to the latest JD Power Sales Satisfaction Index Survey, when it comes to selling cars, Lexus is tops: “Lexus improves by four rank positions from 2006, which is a gain driven primarily by increased customer delight with the dealership facility, salesperson performance and vehicle price,” said Tom Gauer, senior director of automotive retail research …
Kevin · November 14th, 2007

Lexus Introduces the IS-F to Dealers

There isn’t much to this video of the IS-F’s introduction at a Lexus District Dealer Seminar, but if you have a love of screeching tires, this one is going to be hard to beat: Chances are low, but if there’s really only one white IS-F in North America, it’s sure taken a beating. [Via: Club …
Kevin · October 1st, 2007

Photo Tour of the New Lexus of Bellevue Dealership

The newly relocated Lexus of Bellevue is a sprawling, beautifully appointed 275,000-square-foot dealership that takes the concept of customer experience and hits it into the stratosphere. No kidding, here’s a list of some of the more over-the-top features: A set of artificial putting greens A deli (!!!) Gas station on site Standalone automated car wash …
Kevin · July 24th, 2007

Nonsensical Criticism of West Coast Lexus Dealerships

The Truth About Cars has posted up a delusional article today badmouthing the buildings of Lexus dealerships in Newport and Bellevue, then making this grand-sweeping statement about all Lexus dealerships: While Lexus’ “L-Finesse” design language is moving their cars away from cod-Mercedes shapes, the Japanese automaker’s dealership architecture remains heavily influenced by parking garages, government …
Kevin · July 20th, 2007

Lexus Face?

Barry Brownstein, professor of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore, has served up some criticism of Lexus Japan’s new sales techniques: A “Lexus Face” [a peaceful Ogasawara-style closed mouth smile said to put customers at ease] put on the face of a Lexus employee will fool nobody if either the employee does not …
Kevin · July 14th, 2007

Samurai Warriors = Japanese Lexus Dealers?

From the very start, Lexus strived to elevate their buying experience and customer service above their competitors, it was a defining characteristic, and a very strong reason for their success in the North American market. However, introducing the Lexus brand in their home country has so far been a bitter disappointment. In order to wow …
Kevin · July 9th, 2007

Lexus of Santa Monica Unveils New Showroom

Lexus of Santa Monica has taken the dealership experience to a entirely new stratosphere, installing the cars in a place that looks more like a villa than a showroom, with fountains, a grand piano, chandeliers, and even a cobblestone drive. Quite a departure from the antiseptic look of the usual standard. I’m not entirely sure …
Kevin · June 26th, 2007