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Lexus News: Detroit Auto Show: 2014 Lexus IS

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By William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

January 15, 2013

After revealing the exterior and interior last week, Lexus provided more information on the IS today at the Detroit Auto Show.

The IS will come with two different engines; a 2.5L V6 (IS 250) and 3.5L V6 (IS 350). Lexus hasn't released any performance figures, but has said that the 2.5L will come with a six-speed automatic and the 3.5L will have an eight-speed. There is also a new hybrid model, but that will be for the time being for Europe and Japan.

Under the skin, the new IS features a multi-link rear-suspension design and steering from the larger GS. Rigidity has also been improved by the use new bonding methods and additional welds. F-Sport models get unique suspension and steering tuning for better handling.

The IS' interior features a mix of LF-A (instrument cluster), GS, and CT (center stack). The interior also features a new 60/40 rear seat, omplimentary weather and traffic information, and the optional Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system.

The new IS arrives at Lexus dealers later this summer.

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Press Release is on Page 2


All-New 2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan Makes World Premiere at the North American International Auto Show

DETROIT (Jan. 15, 2013) – Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2014 IS sedan at the North American International Auto Show. IS will be available in rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 and IS 350, a further evolution of F SPORT available across the entire model range, and for Europe, Japan, and select international markets, the IS 300h, the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive.

Driving performance isakey selling point in the sport sedan segment. In conjunction with a bold new design including the Lexus spindle grille, the all-new IS has been painstakingly engineered to have excellent dynamic capabilities to provide an exceptionaldriving experience.

"I adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the all-new IS," said Junichi Furuyama, IS chief engineer. "Specifically, it was to make an entertaining driving experience a major premise behind all aspects of performance.

"The conventional approach involves developing each individual aspect in the hope that they will combine to offer an engaging driving experience. By contrast, development of the new IS flipped this process on its head, first establishing the pleasurable driving experience owners desire, and then developing the individual performance elements to support it."

Every aspect of the IS has been engineered with a renewed focus on engaging performance, agile handling, accurate response to driver input and highly communicative feedback.

"The IS has always been precise and fun to drive," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The all-new IS kicks it up a notch with true sport sedan driving dynamics, state of the art onboard technologies, and an all-new design that makes it look fast even when it's standing still."

Incorporating several Lexus-first features and technical innovations, the IS showcases an interior design with all the refinement and quality expected of a Lexus, plus a focused driver's environment, a significant improvement in rear seat comfort and spaciousness, and a larger, more convenient trunk.

Engine/Transmission

Rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 are powered by a 2.5 liter V6 gas engine. The IS 350 features a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine. The IS 300h, which will be available in Europe, Japan,and select international markets, will employ the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, based on a newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine.

IS adopts the Drive Mode Select system which offers up to four switchable driving modes- ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+ (S+ available on IS 350 only) - to optimize vehicle systems to suit the driver's preferred combination of fuel economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.

The IS 350 RWD features the eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission from the IS F high performance sedan with quicker shifts, full torque converter lockup and throttle blips in manual mode. The new IS is the first Lexus model to adopt G force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) control in Sport mode. This system automatically selects the optimal gear and downshift pattern in response to G force, and maintains the selected gear through a corner.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Brakes

Driving enjoyment was at the heart of the new IS development program, and every aspect of the new Lexus sedan's driving dynamics has been carefully engineered to that end.

New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques, along with additional spot welding, have increased overall body rigidity. This enhances stability and also allows for a more comfortable ride without compromising handling agility.

The double wishbone front suspension system has been revised, offering a twenty percent increase in sway rigidity. The rear adopts a new multi-link suspension system from the GS. Fine tuning has resulted in outstanding grip performance and excellent response to steering inputs. Separate mounting of the spring and shock absorber maximizes trunk space.

Steering feel and feedback is key to an enjoyable driving experience, and the new IS benefits from a steering gear box based on that of the GS sedan, incorporating a variety of tuning techniques. The structure and rigidity of each gear box component has been revised to create a smoother and more accurate steering feel with enhanced input response and greater driver feedback.

F SPORT

IS F SPORT models not only benefit from exclusive, exterior and interior design features, but also genuine dynamic enhancements. Both the front and rear suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are exclusively tuned for F SPORT, enhancing handling performance. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is tuned for F SPORT models, while Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) is also available on IS 350.

F SPORT models announce their presence with an exclusive spindle grille that incorporates a bolder insert design. The bottom corners of the front bumpers feature aerodynamic detailing to provide enhanced brake cooling. Unique 18-inch wheels feature a Y-spoke design inspired by the LFA.

On board, drivers will receive vehicle information from an innovative driver's meter cluster with a moving center ring, inspired by the LFA. Interior trim detailing includes an F SPORT steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates that include the Lexus logo.

Exterior Design

The overall dynamic shape of the body emphasizes the wide flare of the wheel arches to give the new IS a broad, powerful stance.

In profile, the strong horizontal beltline shows off the large rear tires and its low center of gravity. The exterior design includes a new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus' trademark,L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.

Interior Design

The clean, horizontal theme of the interior is bisected by the strong upward sweep of the center console, creating an ergonomically ideal environment. The newly designed driver's seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support. Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach adjustment has been increased, creating a driver focused seating position.

To better accommodate passengers, the new IS wheelbase is nearly three inches longer, providing a more comfortable cabin and increased trunk capacity. The extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design results in three inches more knee room for rear passengers. New to the IS are standard, lockable 60:40 split/folding rear seats.

Refined materials throughout the cabin are complimented by a high quality analog clock with surface-emitting illumination. The climate control system incorporates Lexus-first electrostatic switches, which enable vehicle occupants to adjust temperature settings with the touch of a finger.

All IS models are equipped with the next generation, Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems. Both multimedia systems provide industry-first complimentary real-time traffic and weather information delivered without a subscription through HD™ Radio Technology. The new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both the meter cluster and center console displays.

Safety/Security

The 2014 IS has 10 airbags standard, including rear seat side airbags. Available safety and security features include an Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system, a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system, a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.

The AHB headlamp system maximizes visibility at night by automatically switching to low beams when its camera detects the lights of either an oncoming or preceding vehicle.

An LDA system helps prevent unintended lane changes by alerting the driver when the vehicle deviates from its lane without the operation of the turn signal.

The BSM uses rear mounted radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that are not visible in the outer door mirrors.

The RCTA system employs the BSM radar to alert the driver to approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space.

The all-new Lexus IS will go on sale in mid-2013.

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smk4565    323

That is just an offensive looking car with a terrible interior. I can't believe Lexus sells as many cars as they do, as the German trio and ATS are so superior to the Lexus IS and it's carry over engines that have been around for 6 years. My favorite car in this class is the C-class, but the ATS, A4 and 3-series all have appealing designs in their own way. This new IS is just ugly.

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Agree, the whole family of Lexus needs to just dump their current design language and start over. Not sure why so many conservative/religious people love Lexus other than it is a blah design language that is just fugly.

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      0.2
      0.2
      MIRAI
      162
      40
      288.8
      305
      579
      178
      225.3
      225.3
      AVALON
      2,872
      3,779
      -27
      -24
      14,215
      20,013
      -29
      -29
      PRIUS
      10,022
      12,517
      -23.1
      -19.9
      46,364
      56,378
      -17.8
      -17.8
      CAMRY
      32,547
      36,916
      -15.4
      -11.8
      147,434
      167,200
      -11.8
      -11.8
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR
      83,526
      96,019
      -16.5
      -13
      379,231
      431,837
      -12.2
      -12.2
                        CT
      825
      797
      -0.6
      3.5
      3,311
      3,730
      -11.2
      -11.2
      IS
      2,367
      2,879
      -21.1
      -17.8
      10,225
      14,351
      -28.8
      -28.8
      RC
      517
      823
      -39.7
      -37.2
      2,600
      4,505
      -42.3
      -42.3
      ES
      4,228
      5,373
      -24.5
      -21.3
      17,134
      22,833
      -25
      -25
      GS
      615
      1,111
      -46.9
      -44.6
      2,907
      6,101
      -52.4
      -52.4
      LS
      317
      712
      -57.3
      -55.5
      1,555
      2,349
      -33.8
      -33.8
      LC
      419
      0
      0
      0
      419
      0
      0
      0
      LFA
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      5
      -100
      -100
      TOTAL LEXUS CAR
      9,288
      11,695
      -23.8
      -20.6
      38,151
      53,874
      -29.2
      -29.2
      TOTAL TOYOTA CAR
      92,814
      107,714
      -17.3
      -13.8
      417,382
      485,711
      -14.1
      -14.1
                        SIENNA
      10,434
      11,485
      -12.8
      -9.2
      46,696
      56,809
      -17.8
      -17.8
      C-HR
      1,848
      0
      0
      0
      2,398
      0
      0
      0
      RAV4
      38,356
      32,261
      14.1
      18.9
      150,646
      138,535
      8.7
      8.7
      FJ CRUISER
      0
      2
      -100
      -100
      2
      6
      -66.7
      -66.7
      VENZA
      0
      31
      -100
      -100
      11
      503
      -97.8
      -97.8
      HIGHLANDER
      18,115
      14,783
      17.6
      22.5
      82,738
      68,493
      20.8
      20.8
      4RUNNER
      11,014
      10,352
      2.1
      6.4
      53,098
      46,058
      15.3
      15.3
      SEQUOIA
      964
      1,126
      -17.8
      -14.4
      5,349
      5,303
      0.9
      0.9
      LAND CRUISER
      259
      315
      -21.1
      -17.8
      1,292
      1,457
      -11.3
      -11.3
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV
      70,556
      58,870
      15.1
      19.9
      295,534
      260,355
      13.5
      13.5
                        TACOMA
      17,654
      16,544
      2.4
      6.7
      78,153
      79,226
      -1.4
      -1.4
      TUNDRA
      10,677
      9,739
      5.2
      9.6
      43,809
      45,533
      -3.8
      -3.8
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP
      28,331
      26,283
      3.5
      7.8
      121,962
      124,759
      -2.2
      -2.2
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK
      109,321
      96,638
      8.6
      13.1
      464,192
      441,923
      5
      5
                        NX
      5,009
      4,031
      19.3
      24.3
      21,426
      19,221
      11.5
      11.5
      RX
      8,849
      8,804
      -3.5
      0.5
      38,329
      41,367
      -7.3
      -7.3
      GX
      1,851
      1,859
      -4.4
      -0.4
      9,157
      9,052
      1.2
      1.2
      LX
      404
      293
      32.4
      37.9
      2,299
      2,271
      1.2
      1.2
      TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK
      16,113
      14,987
      3.2
      7.5
      71,211
      71,911
      -1
      -1
      TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK
      125,434
      111,625
      7.9
      12.4
      535,403
      513,834
      4.2
      4.2
      Selling Days
      25
      24
          126
      126
          DSR = Daily Selling Rate
                          *NA Built Vehicles 
      TOYOTA  U.S. SALES SUMMARY
        MAY, 2017
        -- CURRENT MONTH --
      -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --
                          2017
      2016
      DSR %
      VOL %
      2017
      2016
      DSR %
      VOL %
      COROLLA
      30,942
      34,872
      -14.8
      -11.3
      136,164
      151,243
      -10
      -10
      CAMRY
      32,547
      36,916
      -15.4
      -11.8
      147,434
      167,200
      -11.8
      -11.8
      AVALON
      2,872
      3,779
      -27
      -24
      14,215
      20,013
      -29
      -29
      YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA)
      3,444
      3,056
      8.2
      12.7
      15,758
      13,488
      16.8
      16.8
      RAV4
      17,580
      17,641
      -4.3
      -0.3
      70,483
      77,173
      -8.7
      -8.7
      VENZA
      0
      31
      -100
      -100
      11
      501
      -97.8
      -97.8
      HIGHLANDER
      18,115
      14,783
      17.6
      22.5
      82,738
      68,493
      20.8
      20.8
      SIENNA
      10,434
      11,485
      -12.8
      -9.2
      46,696
      56,809
      -17.8
      -17.8
      SEQUOIA
      964
      1,126
      -17.8
      -14.4
      5,349
      5,303
      0.9
      0.9
      TACOMA
      17,654
      16,544
      2.4
      6.7
      78,153
      79,226
      -1.4
      -1.4
      TUNDRA
      10,677
      9,739
      5.2
      9.6
      43,809
      45,533
      -3.8
      -3.8
      ES
      3,335
      3,532
      -9.4
      -5.6
      12,864
      11,906
      8
      8
      RX
      8,301
      8,550
      -6.8
      -2.9
      35,626
      38,814
      -8.2
      -8.2
                        TOTAL
      156,865
      162,054
      -7.1
      -3.2
      689,300
      735,702
      -6.3
      -6.3
      N.A VEHICLES % OF TOTAL
      71.9%
      73.9%
          72.3%
      73.6%
                            TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR
      13,721
      17,396
      -24.3
      -21.1
      65,660
      79,893
      -17.8
      -17.8
      LEXUS IMPORT CAR
      5,953
      8,163
      -30
      -27.1
      25,287
      41,968
      -39.7
      -39.7
      TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT CARS
      69,805
      78,623
      -14.8
      -11.2
      313,571
      351,944
      -10.9
      -10.9
      LEXUS NA BUILT CARS
      3,335
      3,532
      -9.4
      -5.6
      12,864
      11,906
      8
      8
      TOTAL TOYOTA CARS
      92,814
      107,714
      -17.3
      -13.8
      417,382
      485,711
      -14.1
      -14.1
                        TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT TRUCK
      33,897
      25,289
      28.7
      34
      136,953
      108,885
      25.8
      25.8
      LEXUS IMPORT TRUCK
      7,812
      6,437
      16.5
      21.4
      35,585
      33,097
      7.5
      7.5
      TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK
      75,424
      71,349
      1.5
      5.7
      327,239
      333,038
      -1.7
      -1.7
      LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK
      8,301
      8,550
      -6.8
      -2.9
      35,626
      38,814
      -8.2
      -8.2
      TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK
      125,434
      111,625
      7.9
      12.4
      535,403
      513,834
      4.2
      4.2
                        SELLING DAYS
      25
      24
          126
      126
          DSR = DAILY SELLING RATE
                                          -- Current Month --
        -- Calendar Year To Date --  
        2017
      2016
      DSR %
        2017
      2016
      DSR %
        Toyota Prius Sedan
      6,064
      9,389
      -38
        27,635
      39,944
      -30.8
        Toyota Prius V(only)
      929
      1,215
      -26.6
        4,474
      6,185
      -27.7
        Toyota Prius C(only)
      1,121
      1,909
      -43.6
        6,182
      10,218
      -39.5
        Toyota Prius PRIME(only)
      1,908
      4
      45692
        8,073
      31
      25942
        Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
      4,070
      4,185
      -6.6
        17,061
      15,527
      9.9
         
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