More details on the mystery Lexus LS emerged today, as a leaked spec sheet reveals plenty about what’s under the hood.
Kevin · September 21st, 2011
Also debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show was the *All-Wheel Drive* version of the 2013 Lexus GS 350, which was on display in *Obsidian*.
Kevin · September 15th, 2011
Lexus revealed the European edition of the CT 200h F-Sport at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it appears to be yet another variant on the performance package.
Kevin · September 13th, 2011
Lexus has released some very nice photos of the 2013 Lexus GS 450h — here’s the full gallery.
Kevin · September 12th, 2011
Kevin · September 12th, 2011
How’s this for a setup? German TV show GRiP recently featured a Lexus LFA going up against a twelve-year-old girl racer in a go-kart. Definitely worth watching even if you don’t speak a word of German.
Kevin · September 9th, 2011
After compiling 300,000 reader votes from the past ten years, Auto Express has named Lexus the Manufacturer of the Decade
Kevin · September 7th, 2011
Huge fan of these two Lexus RX 330 photos taken by photographer Mika Zelikman in the Norwegian mountains.
Kevin · August 31st, 2011
The ever-talented photochopper Theophilus Chin has put together a rendering of an imagined fourth-generation Lexus GS SportCross.
Kevin · August 29th, 2011
Finally managed to read the full Lexus LFA vs. Ferrari 599 GTO comparison from *EVO Magazine*, and it's an absolute barnburner.
Kevin · August 26th, 2011
EVO Magazine has brought together Lexus UK’s Pearl Blue LFA and a Ferrari 599 GTO for a matchup in their latest issue — and while it may not hit newstands until next Wednesday, here’s a fun little video showing the two cars battling for top speed bragging rights.
Kevin · August 15th, 2011
Excellent news out of Europe today -- according to Autocar, the next-generation Lexus GS will be offered with a four-cylinder diesel engine.
Kevin · July 27th, 2011
Kevin · July 26th, 2011
Just to keep it going, Top Gear Magazine also spent some time behind the wheel of the next-generation GS 450h.
Kevin · July 25th, 2011
While the North America edition of the next-generation Lexus GS appears to be carrying over the 3.5L V6 from the current generation (in both hybrid & non-hybrid formats), the fourth generation sports sedan will be getting a new engine for European (and likely Japanese) markets: the GS 250.
Kevin · July 23rd, 2011
Good news out of Europe -- over the first six months of 2011, Lexus has increased sales 42% due to strong interest in the CT 200h.
Kevin · July 21st, 2011
Videos of the orange Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition during its time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed have poured in this weekend, starting with this official clip from Lexus Europe.
Kevin · July 11th, 2011
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Kevin · June 17th, 2011
It was quite an eventful weekend for racing -- not only did both the Le Mans 24h Race and the Canadian Grand Prix turn in spectacular results, but the #111 Lexus LFA (and drivers Iida Akira, Oshima Kazuya & Ishiura Hiroaki) won the SP8 class on their way to placing 5th overall in the latest edition of the VLN Nürburgring series. This is the best overall result for the Gazoo team since they started racing LFAs in 2008.
Kevin · June 13th, 2011
The #119 Lexus LFA finished first in the SP8 class and 17th overall at this weekend's VLN 4 race at Nürburgring. Two LFAs started the race, but #111 LFA ended up with a busted suspension after a collision in the first corner.
Kevin · May 31st, 2011
Lexus has ranked first in the UK's JD Power Customer Satisfaction study for the 11th straight year -- a remarkable achievement made even more impressive by the fact that Lexus has won every year since joining the study.
Kevin · May 30th, 2011
Here's a Lexus CT 200h commercial from Romania that I would classify as unique.
Kevin · May 27th, 2011
Kevin · May 26th, 2011
The Lexus Hybrid Art Exhibit opened on Thursday in Moscow, and with it comes more information on the the artist works that are being featured. Here's some examples.
Kevin · May 22nd, 2011
It happens in a flash, but at the 8:15 mark of this video, the #119 Lexus LFA taking part in this weekend's VLN 3 race at Nürburgring has a run-in with a Porsche.
Kevin · May 16th, 2011
Kevin · May 13th, 2011
Later this month, Lexus Europe will be holding their second annual Hybrid Art Exhibition in Moscow to “showcase the work of artists who create Lexus’ vision of tomorrow”. Featuring the works of artists like Scott Pagano, Studio WOW & Masato Tsutsui, the event takes place at the Red October Chocolate Factory from May 19-22. Get …
Kevin · May 8th, 2011
Lexus Europe have reported their 2011 first quarter sales — here it is, broken down (mostly) by model: Model Sales CT 2,199 IS 1,514 GS (including GS Hybrid) 257 GS Hybrid 143 LS (including LS Hybrid) 135 LS Hybrid 69 RX (including RX Hybrid) 3,758 RX Hybrid 2,451 Other models 1,695 Total 1st Quarter Sales …
Kevin · May 5th, 2011
While the Lexus LFA appearances are sporadic at best, this seven minute video from last week’s VLN series opener at Nürburgring is great viewing on quality alone: Whenever I see the LFA out on the track, I always startled by how futuristic it looks compared to the competition, and how it really doesn’t remind me …
Kevin · April 10th, 2011
It has been announced that Lexus has been awarded a royal warrant to become the Official Supplier to His Serene Highness, the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco — a honored appointment that will could see a LS 600hL as the official wedding car of the Price’s marriage to Miss Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd …
Kevin · April 6th, 2011
TLE Friend Thomas Biesenbach was kind enough to send over a few more photos of the white #111 Lexus LFA that took part in the VLN race season opener at the Nürburgring this past weekend (click any image for a larger image): I especially liked this one, here it is in some desktop dimensions: Select …
Kevin · April 4th, 2011
Don’t know if it really classifies as a spy shot, but today on Twitter, Lexus Europe posted a photo of two cars under tarps, and mentioned that vehicle and dynamic development engineers would be driving around the UK — wonder if we could be looking at examples of the next-generation GS: From the profile of …
Kevin · March 24th, 2011
It’s entirely possible I’m reading this translated article wrong, but according to Dutch newspaper De Telgraaf, Lexus Netherlands received 1,000 pre-orders for the CT 200h — a remarkable number considering that last year, only 700 Lexus were sold in the country! The newspaper attributes the brisk sales to the hatchback’s exemption from road tax, but …
Kevin · March 22nd, 2011
Take a look at this mental Toyota Altezza/Lexus IS from the Ukraine that’s been featured on Stance Nation: The blue SSR Koenig wheels with the fresh white exterior is an unbelievable combo — I’m a traditionalist for the most part, but when I see something like this IS, it really gets my imagination going. What …
Kevin · March 1st, 2011
Here’s our first video look at the Lexus LFA Nürburgring edition set to debut at the Geneva motor show next week, courtesy of Yellow Wheels: I don’t know if it’s just the warehouse or what, but the NE LFA exhaust seems to have just a little bit more of a snarl. One thing’s for sure, …
Kevin · February 24th, 2011
Lexus Europe has just released their launch commercial for the CT 200h, and it has a real beat to it: The variety of drums used is amazing, and this behind-the-scenes video shows the effort that went into arranging such a large cast: There’s also a series of interviews with some of the drummers over at …
Kevin · February 22nd, 2011
One of the videos included with the PS3 game Gran Turismo 5 is this 30+ minute documentary detailing GT5 creator Kazunori Yamauchi’s experience driving a Lexus IS-F in the Nürburgring 24h race — get comfortable and hit play, it’s worth it: In the end, Yamauchi-san and the World Car Award team finished 59th overall — …
Kevin · January 11th, 2011
Hard to believe it’s been three years since the introduction of the Lexus LFA Roadster at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show — I watched the European launch video again today and just loved it: How fantastic is that? Absolutely stunning.
Kevin · January 6th, 2011
Two Lexus IS-Fs will be joining the surging Superstars Series touring car championship — from Touring Car Times: Lexus is set to become the tenth manufacturer represented on the Superstars grid for 2011. The team MN Lexus Racing has announced plans to enter a pair of Lexus IS-F in the championship this year. The Italian …
Kevin · January 5th, 2011
One point I lost in the shuffle of EVO’s Car of the Year showdown — the magazine named the Lexus LFA’s V10 the 2010 Engine of the Year (click for a larger version): Some quotes: There’s the noise [the LFA engine] makes, for a start, a dense shriek like a V10 F1 car’s, fired out …
Kevin · January 2nd, 2011
The Lexus LFA took part in EVO Magazine’s Car of the Year showdown, where it went up against the best and brightest of 2010, including the Ferrari 458 Italia, Mercedes SLS AMG & Porsche’s GT2 & 3 RS. Lucky for us, someone over at German Car Forums has scanned and uploaded the entire article, which …
Kevin · December 30th, 2010
Today, I would like to share a very special article from Eric Janssen, a retired Sales & PR Manager from Lexus Belgium, who has been collecting Lexus models since the very introduction of the brand, and was gracious enough to share a full history and photos of his collection. The history of Lexus scale models …
Kevin · December 29th, 2010
If you happen to know anyone out there who would like a Lexus Christmas Card, Lexus Europe has just the thing with their customizable e-card — great visuals of the CT 200h, all new footage. The holidays sure came up fast this year! [Source: Lexus Europe]
Kevin · December 23rd, 2010
With Gran Turismo 5 being released today, auto writer Dan Lyons tells the story of his experience racing with Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi at this year’s Nürburgring 24h race, and how their laptimes compared in GT5: …while Yamauchi was playing out one of his dreams – to drive in a real Nürburgring 24-hour race …
Kevin · November 24th, 2010
While on the topic of the Lexus CT 200h, here are a few photos of the black CT 200h taken at the September press launch in France (click for a larger version): The best part about the last picture is that the brick wall is actually the bottom of a castle.
Kevin · November 19th, 2010
As proof that anything can happen once, Car & Driver has declared a Lexus the winner in a comparison — even more shocking, it was the LFA against the Ferrari 599 HGTE: The Ferrari is beautifully made and trimmed, but it isn’t quite as special inside as the LFA. The Lexus feels more athletic than …
Kevin · November 5th, 2010
Car & Driver has posted a video featuring the Lexus LFA & a Ferrari 599 HGTE driving through Wales: The video’s all well and good, but what’s with this quote?: [The LFA] has got a fantastic chassis, great steering that’s Ferrari-like, chassis is really well balanced, tons of grip, tons of downforce, fantastic carbon-ceramic brakes, …
Kevin · October 21st, 2010
Lexus has announced a worldwide voluntary recall on the 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250 & IS350, plus the 2004-2006 RX 330 for an possible issue with brake fluid slowly leaking from the brake master cylinder — here’s the full technical explanation: The Toyota genuine brake fluid used during vehicle assembly for vehicles sold in the United …
Kevin · October 21st, 2010
First there was this photo of Akio Toyoda driving the Lexus LFA around Nürburgring in the rain, and now a video showing some very similar circumstances has shown up on Youtube: Not exactly the kind of circumstances I’d want to be driving fast in, that’s for sure. (Thanks Roberto!)
Kevin · October 20th, 2010
Of all the Lexus CT 200h exterior color options, Daybreak Yellow was the last color I expected to like, but seeing it in person changed my mind, at least to a degree — depending on the sun or shade, it could shift from gold to garish in the blink of an eye, and it was …
Kevin · October 19th, 2010
Over the past month, I’ve had two occasions to drive the Lexus CT 200h — first time up was at the NYC stop of the CT 200h World Tour, where I found the CT 200h to be a perfect fit on the busy New York streets, easily absorbing the rough edges of city driving without …
Kevin · October 12th, 2010
Last week, Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Germany to test-drive two Lexus LFAs at Nürburgring: As we can see, one of the LFAs is black (likely this one), and the other is a duplicate of the yellow Nürburgring edition involved in the fatal crash that took the life of Toyota Chief test driver, Hiromu Naruse. …
Kevin · October 12th, 2010
Autocar is reporting that the Lexus CT 200h will not offered in a coupe or estate/wagon version: The new hybrid, being shown as a production car for the first time, will not be sold in sufficient numbers to justify a coupé or estate version, according to Toyota Europe boss Didier Leroy. However, the article does …
Kevin · October 6th, 2010
Not even 24 hours after spy shots of the next-generation Lexus GS emerged, we have some photos of a similarly taped up IS driving around Germany: There’s even fewer details revealed in these shots, other than that the rear bumper has been cut and stretched, likely to make the shell fit over the new platform …
Kevin · October 6th, 2010
At long last, the first spy-shots of the next-generation Lexus GS have been published after a prototype-mule was spotted in Germany: Admittedly, with the shell of the current GS covering much of the action, there’s not much to go on — one thing that’s clear from the taped-up fenders is that the next-gen GS will …
Kevin · October 5th, 2010
The lights surrounding the Smoky Granite Mica Lexus CT 200h on display at the Paris Motor Show made for some strong contrast: I also ventured out onto the rotating platform for some pics of the interior, which just so happened to be a wild red & black fabric almost impossible to photograph: Much to my …
Kevin · October 4th, 2010
I have plenty of photos of the Lexus display at the Paris Motor Show, but first, let’s start off by taking a look at the opening press conference from Lexus Europe Vice President Andy Pfeiffenberger: Important points on the CT 200h: Lexus lineup will be fully hybrid in Europe by 2015. The CT 200h is …
Kevin · October 4th, 2010
Should you have any last doubts at the Lexus CT 200h’s target market, this new video from Lexus Europe should put them to rest: I’m guessing this video will be part of tomorrow’s launch of the CT production model at the Paris Motor Show, and is likely only the tip of the media iceberg. Much …
Kevin · September 29th, 2010
Today was my first day at the Lexus CT 200h press launch event in Paris, France, and there’s been some pretty exciting new details announced for the hybrid hatchback. Let’s start with something big — Lexus USA will be offering a number of F-Sport accessories for the CT 200h. Here’s the only image released so …
Kevin · September 28th, 2010
Lexus UK has just released a superb set of CT 200h photos: Definitely a lot of character in these photos, this shot cracks me up: Hilarious. [Source: Lexus UK Flickr]
Kevin · September 21st, 2010
Here’s a fun review of the Lexus LFA from Auto Express that even includes a spot of parallel parking: By now, we’re all fairly used to seeing the LFA in high-performance mode, so these reviews that have a touch of the real world are enjoyable in their rareness — can hardly blame the reviewer for …
Kevin · September 16th, 2010
Lexus Europe has released further details on the 2011 Euro-spec IS F, which will be getting a number of exterior & interior design changes for the new year: 5.0 litre V8 is now Euro 5 compliant The HID headlights will get getting the arrowhead LED daytime running light strip New Starlight Black exterior color Dark …
Kevin · August 31st, 2010
For 2011, the Lexus IS 220d in Europe the UK will be replaced by the IS 200d, which will be using an updated version of the same 2.2L diesel engine that brings better fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions and a more refined and smoother drive: The new 148bhp version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine benefits …
Kevin · August 30th, 2010