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  1. Lexus might not be the first choice when it comes to a compact luxury coupe. But when I drove the RC 350 F-Sport back in 2015, we found it to be a very capable coupe. Aside from the creamsicle paint color, the RC impressed me with distinctive styling, punchy V6, and sharp handling. Two years later, I find myself revisiting the RC - this time with the base 2.0L turbo-four engine. As I would find out during our week, there is a lot to like about the standard RC. But there is one glaring issue that would make me look at a competitor. The standard RC’s design somehow balances a handsome shape with extroverted details. The front features the widest version of the spindle grille, slits in the front bumper, and LED lighting under the headlights. Bulging fenders and rounded roofline make the RC stand out from the crowd. There are only two things I would change about this RC. First is the color. The silver paint on our tester makes the RC a bit dull to look at. Something more vibrant such as a red would really help out. We would also swap the 5-spoke, 18-inch wheels for the wheels found on the F-Sport package. The interior hasn’t changed since we last drove the RC and that’s both a good and bad thing. The good is that the RC still has the IS’ dash design which makes the vehicle’s sporting intentions clear. It is easy to find a comfortable position in the front seats thanks to the power adjustments on offer. The bad? It begins with the infotainment system. A 7-inch screen is nestled far back in the dash, making it hard to read at a quick glance. I wished Lexus had upgraded the screen to the 10.2-inch version found in the refreshed IS. The optional Remote Touch system is a bit frustrating to use as you have be very precise when making your selection. One slip of the finger and you’ll end up with a different selection. Don’t expect to carry passengers in the RC’s backseat as leg room is non-existent. It's better to use it as a place for cargo. What is that glaring issue I mentioned at the beginning? That would be the turbo 2.0L. It produces 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power delivery can best be described as the engine delivers enough oomph to move the vehicle from a stop, before falling off a cliff. There isn’t that rush of power throughout the rpm band that you would have in another model such as the Cadillac ATS 2.0T. On the upside, the 2.0L turbo in the RC didn’t have the horrendous turbo lag that I experienced in the IS 200t last year. The eight-speed automatic that comes standard on rear-drive models delivers smooth gear changes. I did find myself wishing the gear changes were somewhat quicker when the RC is put into the Sport mode via the drive selector. The standard RC fits the definition of a ‘Gran Tourer’. It may not handle as well as the RC 350 F-Sport in the bends - there is little bit more body roll and the steering isn’t as direct. But most people who drive it will be ok with that as it is ‘just right’. On rough roads, the RC 200t excels as bumps are smoothed over. Wind noise is mostly nonexistent, while there is a fair amount of road noise coming inside. The 2017 RC 200t begins at $40,155. With a modest amount of options such as navigation, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control, the as-tested price came to $45,234. The RC 200t is mostly show and not much go. For some folks, that’s all they want. A coupe that stands out in and tells the world to look at me. For others, save up a bit more money and go for the 350. The added performance of the V6 gives the coupe the go it deserves. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the RC 200t, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Lexus Model: RC Trim: 200t Engine: Turbo 2.0L DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 241 @ 5,800 Torque @ RPM: 258 @ 1,650-4,400 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/32/26 Curb Weight: 3,737 lbs Location of Manufacture: Tahara, Aichi, Japan Base Price: $40,155 As Tested Price: $45,234 (Includes $975.00 Destination Charge) Options: Navigation System - $1,470.00 Premium Package - $1,240.00 Dynamic Radar Cruise Control w/Pre-Collison - $500.00 Illuminated Door Sills - $449.00 Windshield Deicer and Headlamp Cleaner - $220.00 Door Edge Guards - $115.00 All-Weather Floormats - $110.00 View full article
  2. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for August 2017 RAV4 sells more than 43,000 for all-time record back-to-back months TMNA posts best-ever August light truck sales Lexus NX, GX and Total LUV post best-ever August PLANO, Texas (September 1, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported August 2017 sales of 227,625 units. With one more selling day in August 2017 compared to August 2016, sales were up 6.8 percent on volume and up 2.8 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted August sales of 196,824 units, up 8 percent on a volume basis, and up 4 percent on a DSR basis. "First and foremost, our thoughts are with all those suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "Though demand softened in the last part of the month, August was still a good month for the industry. We continue to set records in light trucks, with RAV4 having its second consecutive month over 40,000, setting another all-time best-ever, and the all-new Camry is off to a great start. Now, as we launch our Camry marketing campaign today, we look forward to gaining even more momentum. " Lexus posted August sales of 30,801 units, down 0.4 percent on a volume basis, and down 4.1 percent on a DSR basis. "Customers took advantage of our Golden Opportunity Sales Event and we were pleased to see Lexus sedans gain momentum for the month of August, most notably the ES,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “We also saw a sales increase for the NX and GX luxury utility vehicles. As the new 2018 models begin to roll in, we expect strong sales as we head toward the end of the year." August 2017 Highlights: Camry posts August sales of 37,051 units TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions post best-ever August for light trucks RAV4 sales up more than 30 percent to exceed 43,000 units for back-to-back, all-time best-ever months Highlander sales increased by nearly 26 percent; posts new best-ever August 4Runner sales of 10,358 units in August Tacoma sales rise by more than 13 percent in August Tundra posts August sales of 10,320 units ES posts sales of 6,404 units, up nearly 10 percent NX sets best-ever August, up 2 percent LX up nearly 11 percent in August RX sees more than 7 percent gain in August GX sets best-ever August, up nearly 34 percent
  3. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for July 2017, Sets New Record for RAV4 More than 40,000 RAV4 sold for all-time record month Toyota, Lexus divisions post best-ever July light truck sales Lexus NX and Toyota Highlander post best-ever July PLANO, Texas, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported July 2017 sales of 222,057 units. With the one less selling day in July 2017 compared to July 2016, sales were up 3.6 percent on volume and up 7.8 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted July sales of 193,155 units, up 3.6 percent on a volume basis, and up 7.8 percent on a DSR basis. "In July, Toyota division saw its strongest month of the year so far, and our second consecutive month of year-over-year increases based on sales volume," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "We are thrilled to see RAV4 sales top 40,000 units in a single month – it is not only a milestone for us, but has set a new best-ever, all-time record monthly total. We continue to see momentum in the industry for light trucks, and are positioned well with strong availability of our SUVs. We are equally excited that the all-new 2018 Camry is receiving a strong reception as it started to hit dealer showrooms last week." Lexus posted July sales of 28,902 units, up 3.6 percent on a volume basis, and up 7.8 percent on a DSR basis. "Lexus utility vehicles had a stellar month, with a best-ever July for NX as well as the total LUV lineup, driving Lexus to its second-best July in history," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "We were also pleased to see strong ES sales in July, with sales up significantly over last year. We're looking forward to a robust August, with healthy inventory and the continuation of the Golden Opportunity Sales Event." July 2017 Highlights: Camry posts July sales of 33,827 units RAV4 posts sales of more than 41,800 units Highlander sales increased by 25 percent; posts new best-ever July 4Runner sales of 9,874 units in July Tacoma sales rise by nearly five percent in July Tundra posts July sales of 10,546 units Lexus posts second-best July in its history ES posts sales of 6,641 units for best July in a decade NX sets new best-ever July, up 15.3 percent LX up more than 14 percent in July RX sees 13 percent gain in July *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY JULY 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 222,057 214,270 7.8 3.6 1,377,222 1,412,072 -1.9 -2.5 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 193,155 186,380 7.8 3.6 1,214,560 1,232,618 -0.9 -1.5 TOTAL LEXUS 28,902 27,890 7.8 3.6 162,662 179,454 -8.8 -9.4 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 3,333 3,007 15.3 10.8 22,081 19,434 14.3 13.6 YARIS LIFTBACK 361 794 -52.7 -54.5 7,217 7,378 -1.6 -2.2 TOTAL YARIS 3,694 3,801 1.1 -2.8 29,298 26,812 9.9 9.3 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 6 -100 -100 xD 0 0 0 0 0 8 -100 -100 xB 0 29 -100 -100 0 2,658 -100 -100 tC 7 1,104 -99.3 -99.4 181 6,890 -97.4 -97.4 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,733 1,601 12.6 8.2 12,664 10,682 19.2 18.6 COROLLA SEDAN 26,600 31,717 -12.8 -16.1 192,196 213,910 -9.6 -10.2 TOTAL COROLLA 28,333 33,318 -11.6 -15 204,860 224,592 -8.3 -8.8 86 (INCL FR-S) 655 682 -0.1 -4 4,391 4,465 -1.1 -1.7 MIRAI 82 52 64 57.7 790 270 194.2 192.6 AVALON 2,859 3,754 -20.8 -23.8 19,594 27,069 -27.2 -27.6 PRIUS 9,384 12,697 -23.1 -26.1 64,484 80,102 -19 -19.5 CAMRY 33,827 34,123 3.1 -0.9 210,724 233,884 -9.4 -9.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 78,841 89,560 -8.4 -12 534,322 606,756 -11.4 -11.9 CT 442 849 -45.9 -47.9 4,368 5,364 -18.1 -18.6 IS 2,443 3,461 -26.6 -29.4 14,771 20,560 -27.8 -28.2 RC 522 977 -44.4 -46.6 3,621 6,269 -41.9 -42.2 ES 6,641 5,497 25.6 20.8 28,441 33,390 -14.3 -14.8 GS 652 1,218 -44.3 -46.5 4,205 8,670 -51.2 -51.5 LS 402 433 -3.4 -7.2 2,257 3,311 -31.4 -31.8 LC 313 0 0 0 1,158 0 0 0 LFA 1 0 0 0 1 6 -83.2 -83.3 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 11,416 12,435 -4.5 -8.2 58,822 77,570 -23.7 -24.2 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 90,257 101,995 -8 -11.5 593,144 684,326 -12.8 -13.3 SIENNA 11,100 11,734 -1.6 -5.4 67,258 79,959 -15.4 -15.9 C-HR 3,444 0 0 0 8,942 0 0 0 RAV4 41,804 31,886 36.3 31.1 226,570 197,786 15.2 14.6 FJ CRUISER 1 2 -48 -50 3 8 -62.3 -62.5 VENZA 0 20 -100 -100 13 563 -97.7 -97.7 HIGHLANDER 19,017 15,213 30 25 118,992 97,142 23.2 22.5 4RUNNER 9,874 9,599 7 2.9 73,395 64,067 15.2 14.6 SEQUOIA 963 1,025 -2.3 -6 7,174 7,322 -1.5 -2 LAND CRUISER 193 287 -30.1 -32.8 1,725 1,960 -11.5 -12 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 75,296 58,032 34.9 29.7 436,814 368,848 19.1 18.4 TACOMA 17,372 16,580 9 4.8 111,968 111,615 0.9 0.3 TUNDRA 10,546 10,474 4.7 0.7 64,198 65,440 -1.3 -1.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 27,918 27,054 7.3 3.2 176,166 177,055 0.1 -0.5 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 114,314 96,820 22.8 18.1 680,238 625,862 9.3 8.7 NX 5,406 4,689 19.9 15.3 31,429 27,979 13 12.3 RX 9,632 8,522 17.5 13 56,369 57,934 -2.2 -2.7 GX 2,075 1,918 12.5 8.2 12,972 13,068 -0.2 -0.7 LX 373 326 19 14.4 3,070 2,903 6.4 5.8 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 17,486 15,455 17.7 13.1 103,840 101,884 2.5 1.9 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 131,800 112,275 22.1 17.4 784,078 727,746 8.3 7.7 Selling Days 25 26 177 178 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  4. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for June 2017 and First Half TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set June light truck sales record RAV4, Highlander post best-ever June Lexus NX posts best-ever June PLANO, Texas (July 3, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported June 2017 sales of 202,376 units. With the same number of selling days in June 2017 compared to June 2016, sales were up 2.1 percent on both a volume and daily selling rate (DSR) basis. For the first half of the year, TMNA reported sales of 1,155,165 units, down 3.6 percent versus the same period in 2016 on a DSR basis. With the same number of selling days in the first half of 2017 compared to 2016, sales were down 3.6 percent on an unadjusted raw-volume basis. Toyota division posted June 2017 sales of 177,981 units, up 3.2 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “The auto industry has cooled off compared to last year’s record-breaking pace,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “In the first half, however, Toyota held its No. 1 retail brand status, as we were able to outperform the industry, thanks to our incredible dealers gaining momentum in the 2nd quarter, especially in light trucks and SUVs. We aim to carry that momentum for a strong second half, as we lead the charge back into the mid-size segment with the all-new Camry, and continue to benefit from improved inventory in our light trucks, including the new C-HR.” Lexus posted June sales of 24,395 units, down 5.4 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “It's no surprise that our luxury utility vehicles are driving Lexus sales, and our NX is on fire," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "Looking forward, our dealers run even faster the second half of the year, and with great availability, we're in a very healthy position to meet our customer needs. 2017 will see a strong close to another great year for the industry." June 2017 and First Half Highlights: Camry records June sales of 29,463 units Corolla sedan posts sales of 29,432 units for the month TMNA posts best-ever light truck in first half RAV4 increases by 24.7 percent; best-ever June and best-ever first half Highlander posts sales of 17,237 units for best-ever June; best-ever first half 4Runner sales of 10,423 units in June; up 16.6 percent in the first half Tacoma and Tundra June sales rise by 4 and 4.3 percent respectively, combined sales over 25,000 NX up 13 percent for best-ever June, up 11.7 percent year-to-date LX up nearly 5 percent in the first half RX sees gain of 4.5 percent in June *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume
  5. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for May 2017 Total TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set May sales record light trucks Toyota division SUVs up nearly 20 percent Lexus NX sees new best-ever May, up 24.3 percent PLANO, Texas, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported its U.S. May 2017 sales of 218,248 units, a decrease of 0.5 percent from May 2016 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in May 2017 compared to May 2016, sales were down 4.5 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted May 2017 sales of 192,847 units, up 0.1 percent on a volume basis, and down 3.9 percent on a DSR basis. "Although down from last year, the auto industry is still enjoying a solid year in 2017, with light trucks continuing to shine," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "We continue to see the SUV segment leading the way, with a best-ever May for RAV4, Highlander, and overall light truck for the Toyota division, where inventory remains at healthy levels for our customers during the summer buying season. We are also thrilled at how well the market is accepting our newest model, the C-HR, with its first full month of sales in May, as our dealers have started to build some inventory. So far, we are seeing strong interest from a younger demographic for the C-HR, which is exciting." Lexus posted sales of 25,401 vehicles in May 2017, down 4.8 percent on a volume basis, and down 8.6 percent on a DSR basis. "As we press further into 2017, Luxury Utility Vehicles continue to lead Lexus sales, with a best-ever May for the NX and our total LUV lineup," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "But continued interest in utility vehicles is not our only news—sales of the LC 500 and LC 500h kicked-off in May to a great start, exceeding our expectations and allowing our new LC owners to experience amazing." May 2017 Highlights: Camry posts sales of 32,547 units Total TMNA, Toyota, and Lexus divisions all post new May record for light truck sales TMNA light trucks sales up 12.4 percent Toyota division light truck up more than 13 percent C-HR posts first full month of sales with 1,848 units RAV4 sales rise nearly 19 percent; a best-ever May Highlander up 22.5; a best-ever May 4Runner up more than 6 percent Tacoma up nearly 7 percent Tundra up 9.6 percent Lexus division LUV sales up 7.5 percent NX sets new best-ever May, volume up 24.3 percent, and up 19.3 on DSR basis LX up almost 38 percent on volume, and up 32.4 percent on a DSR basis *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY MAY 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 218,248 219,339 -4.5 -0.5 952,785 999,545 -4.7 -4.7 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 192,847 192,657 -3.9 0.1 843,423 873,760 -3.5 -3.5 TOTAL LEXUS 25,401 26,682 -8.6 -4.8 109,362 125,785 -13.1 -13.1 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 3,444 3,056 8.2 12.7 15,758 13,488 16.8 16.8 YARIS LIFTBACK 852 1,236 -33.8 -31.1 6,138 5,284 16.2 16.2 TOTAL YARIS 4,296 4,292 -3.9 0.1 21,896 18,772 16.6 16.6 iQ 0 1 -100 -100 0 5 -100 -100 xD 0 0 0 0 0 8 -100 -100 xB 0 135 -100 -100 0 2,553 -100 -100 tC 10 1,043 -99.1 -99 166 4,881 -96.6 -96.6 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,995 1,743 9.9 14.5 9,312 7,511 24 24 COROLLA SEDAN 30,942 34,872 -14.8 -11.3 136,164 151,243 -10 -10 TOTAL COROLLA 32,937 36,615 -13.6 -10 145,476 158,754 -8.4 -8.4 86 (INCL FR-S) 680 681 -4.1 -0.1 3,101 3,095 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
  6. The CT 200h, the sole hybrid-only model in Lexus' lineup will be disappearing from the U.S. after 2017. The company told Car and Driver the hatchback will not be returning to the U.S. for 2018 model year. It will still be sold in other markets for the foreseeable future. The move isn't that surprising considering how the model hasn't changed significantly since its launch in 2011 and slow sales - 8,903 models sold in 2016. Not helping matters is the sister model, the Toyota Prius has been updated and beats the CT 200h in fuel economy - 52 mpg combined vs. 42 mpg combined. A subcompact crossover known as the UX is coming and a hybrid variant could act as the de-facto replacement for the CT. Source: Car and Driver Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers and Gears
  7. The CT 200h, the sole hybrid-only model in Lexus' lineup will be disappearing from the U.S. after 2017. The company told Car and Driver the hatchback will not be returning to the U.S. for 2018 model year. It will still be sold in other markets for the foreseeable future. The move isn't that surprising considering how the model hasn't changed significantly since its launch in 2011 and slow sales - 8,903 models sold in 2016. Not helping matters is the sister model, the Toyota Prius has been updated and beats the CT 200h in fuel economy - 52 mpg combined vs. 42 mpg combined. A subcompact crossover known as the UX is coming and a hybrid variant could act as the de-facto replacement for the CT. Source: Car and Driver Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers and Gears View full article
  8. It has been the ongoing story for a couple of years; buyers flocking to crossovers and sales of sedans falling down. While some automakers it seems are giving up on sedans, others are trying to figure out ways to make them more appealing. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota Motor Corp.'s global branding chief tells Automotive News the brand will be employing two strategies to help keep their sedans relevant - improve the driving dynamics and be more daring in terms of design. "Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve," said Fukuichi. "At a certain point of time, the traditional, square, three-box sedan will go away." The LC coupe is the first model that is taking these ideas and running with it. It features a low ride height, the highest torsional stiffness of any Lexus model in history (partly due to the new GA-L platform), and a design that stands out. The all-new LS is following its footsteps as it features more of a fastback look than the standard three-box silhouette. Intriguingly, Fukuichi dropped the idea of there being a station wagon in Lexus' lineup. It could take some ideas found on Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo in terms of design. Before you get your hopes, there are no plans for a wagon at this time. "Personally, I would like to have a Lexus wagon if we had enough resources. Maybe not as tall as an SUV but not as short as a wagon. There could be some optimized packaging," said Fukuichi. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  9. It has been the ongoing story for a couple of years; buyers flocking to crossovers and sales of sedans falling down. While some automakers it seems are giving up on sedans, others are trying to figure out ways to make them more appealing. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota Motor Corp.'s global branding chief tells Automotive News the brand will be employing two strategies to help keep their sedans relevant - improve the driving dynamics and be more daring in terms of design. "Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve," said Fukuichi. "At a certain point of time, the traditional, square, three-box sedan will go away." The LC coupe is the first model that is taking these ideas and running with it. It features a low ride height, the highest torsional stiffness of any Lexus model in history (partly due to the new GA-L platform), and a design that stands out. The all-new LS is following its footsteps as it features more of a fastback look than the standard three-box silhouette. Intriguingly, Fukuichi dropped the idea of there being a station wagon in Lexus' lineup. It could take some ideas found on Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo in terms of design. Before you get your hopes, there are no plans for a wagon at this time. "Personally, I would like to have a Lexus wagon if we had enough resources. Maybe not as tall as an SUV but not as short as a wagon. There could be some optimized packaging," said Fukuichi. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  10. Toyota Motor North America Reports April 2017 Sales TMNA and Toyota division set April sales record in light trucks Toyota division SUVs up nearly 9 percent Lexus NX sees new best-ever April PLANO, Texas, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported its U.S. April 2017 sales of 201,926 units, a decrease of 4.4 percent from April 2016 on a volume basis. With one less selling day in April 2017 compared to April 2016, sales were down 0.7 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted April 2017 sales of 179,810 units, down 3.5 percent on a volume basis, but up 0.3 percent on a DSR basis. "The industry's appetite for SUV and light truck sales remains strong," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of Toyota division. "Toyota continues to progress in aligning our mix with the industry, as seen by the exemplary month for our SUVs with Highlander, RAV4 and 4Runner all scoring an April best ever. Also, during the month we launched the C-HR subcompact SUV crossover, and we're already hearing positive feedback on its performance and style." Lexus posted sales of 22,116 units, down 11.1 percent on a volume, and down 7.7 percent on a DSR basis. "Thanks to continued consumer interest in luxury utility vehicles and a healthy inventory, NX achieved its best April yet," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "Moving into May, we're excited to launch our stunning new flagship coupe, the LC 500 and LC 500h." April 2017 Highlights: Camry posts sales of 31,428 units TMNA and Toyota divisions all post new April record for light truck sales RAV4 sales rise 5.3 percent on a volume basis, up 9.4 percent on a DSR basis; a best-ever April Highlander up 19.6 on a volume basis, up 24.2 on a DSR basis; a best-ever April 4Runner up nearly 3 percent on volume; posts best-ever April C-HR launched in April NX sets new best-ever April, volume up 13.2 percent, and up 17.6 on a DSR basis *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY APRIL 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 201,926 211,126 -0.7 -4.4 734,537 780,206 -4.9 -5.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 179,810 186,244 0.3 -3.5 650,576 681,103 -3.5 -4.5 TOTAL LEXUS 22,116 24,882 -7.7 -11.1 83,961 99,103 -14.4 -15.3 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 3,479 3,023 19.5 15.1 12,314 10,432 19.2 18 YARIS LIFTBACK 1,522 1365 15.8 11.5 5,286 4,048 31.9 30.6 TOTAL YARIS 5,001 4,388 18.4 14 17,600 14,480 22.8 21.5 iQ 0 1 -100 -100 0 4 -100 -100 xD 0 1 -100 -100 0 8 -100 -100 xB 0 312 -100 -100 0 2,418 -100 -100 tC 14 1,077 -98.7 -98.7 156 3,838 -95.9 -95.9 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,968 1,542 32.5 27.6 7,317 5,768 28.1 26.9 COROLLA SEDAN 29,136 32,111 -5.8 -9.3 105,222 116,371 -8.7 -9.6 TOTAL COROLLA 31,104 33,653 -4 -7.6 112,539 122,139 -6.9 -7.9 86 (INCL FR-S) 639 684 -3 -6.6 2,421 2,414 1.3 0.3 MIRAI 106 41 168.5 158.5 417 138 205.2 202.2 AVALON 2,747 4,033 -29.3 -31.9 11,343 16,234 -29.4 -30.1 PRIUS 9,708 11,925 -15.5 -18.6 36,342 43,861 -16.3 -17.1 CAMRY 31,428 34,039 -4.1 -7.7 114,887 130,284 -10.9 -11.8 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 80,747 90,154 -7 -10.4 295,705 335,818 -11.1 -11.9 CT 794 577 42.9 37.6 2,486 2,933 -14.4 -15.2 IS 2,154 2,654 -15.7 -18.8 7,858 11,472 -30.8 -31.5 RC 522 813 -33.3 -35.8 2,083 3,682 -42.9 -43.4 ES 3,400 4,442 -20.5 -23.5 12,906 17,460 -25.4 -26.1 GS 597 1,001 -38.1 -40.4 2,292 4,990 -53.6 -54.1 LS 294 397 -23.1 -25.9 1,238 1,637 -23.6 -24.4 LFA 0 0 0 0 0 5 -100 -100 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 7,761 9,884 -18.5 -21.5 28,863 42,179 -30.9 -31.6 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 88,508 100,038 -8.1 -11.5 324,568 377,997 -13.3 -14.1 SIENNA 10,242 10,795 -1.5 -5.1 36,262 45,324 -19.2 -20 C-HR 550 0 0 0 550 0 0 0 RAV4 31,757 30,152 9.4 5.3 112,290 106,274 6.7 5.7 FJ CRUISER 0 3 -100 -100 2 4 -49.5 -50 VENZA 2 57 -96.4 -96.5 11 472 -97.6 -97.7 HIGHLANDER 17,981 15,037 24.2 19.6 64,623 53,710 21.5 20.3 4RUNNER 10,428 10,135 6.8 2.9 42,084 35,706 19 17.9 SEQUOIA 948 1,172 -16 -19.1 4,385 4,177 6 5 LAND CRUISER 237 374 -34.2 -36.6 1,033 1,142 -8.6 -9.5 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 61,903 56,930 12.9 8.7 224,978 201,485 12.8 11.7 TACOMA 17,006 18,106 -2.5 -6.1 60,499 62,682 -2.5 -3.5 TUNDRA 9,912 10,259 0.3 -3.4 33,132 35,794 -6.5 -7.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 26,918 28,365 -1.5 -5.1 93,631 98,476 -4 -4.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 99,063 96,090 7.1 3.1 354,871 345,285 3.8 2.8 NX 4,320 3,815 17.6 13.2 16,417 15,190 9.1 8.1 RX 7,839 8,767 -7.1 -10.6 29,480 32,563 -8.6 -9.5 GX 1,792 1,974 -5.7 -9.2 7,306 7,193 2.6 1.6 LX 404 442 -5.1 -8.6 1,895 1,978 -3.2 -4.2 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 14,355 14,998 -0.6 -4.3 55,098 56,924 -2.2 -3.2 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 113,418 111,088 6 2.1 409,969 402,209 2.9 1.9 Selling Days 26 27 101 102 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  11. Toyota Motor North America Reports March 2017 Sales Toyota division set March and first quarter sales record in light trucks Toyota division SUVs up over 15 percent Lexus division light trucks, Total NX sales set new March best ever PLANO, Texas (April 3, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported its U.S. March 2017 sales of 215,224 units, a decrease of 2.1 percent from March 2016 on a volume basis. With the same number of selling days in March 2017 compared to March 2016, sales were down 2.1 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted March 2017 sales of 187,289 units, down 1.2 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “The industry might see its first dip below a 17 million SAAR since June 2016, although it will likely be nearly flat to last March,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “The Toyota division set a new light truck record for the month and quarter as we saw SUV sales sizzle with a best-ever March for RAV4, Highlander, and 4Runner, all up double digits.” Lexus posted sales of 27,935 units, down 7.5 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “In March, luxury utility vehicles continued to move off dealer lots,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “NX posted sales up 24 percent, and GX rose by 31 percent as our dealers met customer’s needs with better inventory during our Command Performance Sales Event.” March 2017 Highlights: Camry posts sales of 35,648 units Corolla records sales of over 30,000 units TMNA, Toyota, and Lexus divisions all post new March record for light truck sales RAV4 sales rise 10.3 percent; a best-ever March and first quarter Highlander up 20.8 percent; a best-ever March and first quarter 4Runner up 25.5 percent; posts best-ever March and first quarter Tacoma sales of 16,728 Lexus luxury utility vehicles up 9.5 percent for the month NX up 24 percent for the month, sets new best ever March RX posts sales of 9,445 units GX gains 31 percent in March, up 5.7 percent in first quarter LX up almost 21 percent for the month
  12. Toyota North America Reports February 2017 Sales TMS posts best-ever February light truck Toyota division posts best-ever February light truck, SUV sales Toyota division posts best-ever February in RAV4, 4Runner, Highlander L/Certified by Lexus achieves best-ever February sales Plano, Texas (March 1, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), Inc., today reported its US February 2017 sales of 174,339 vehicles, a decrease of 7.2 percent from February 2016 on a volume basis. With the same number of selling days in February 2017 compared to February 2016, sales were down 7.2 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted February sales of 156,001 units, down 5.4 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. “Industry sales in February topped a 17 million unit pace for the eighth straight month,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division. “Led by best-ever February sales of RAV4, 4Runner, and Highlander the Toyota division also set a new light truck record for the month.” Lexus posted February sales of 18,338 vehicles, down 20.6 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. “February saw continued demand for utility vehicles, and as we move into March, our healthy luxury utility vehicle inventory puts us in an excellent position to kick off our Command Performance Sales Event,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager of the Lexus division. “In addition, February was a bright spot for L/Certified, with our dealers seeing another best-ever month in sales. This marks the 15th consecutive month of L/Certified record sales and growth.” February 2017 Highlights Camry posts January sales of 27,498 units Toyota division SUV posts best-ever February with sales of 54,623, up 14.3 percent Highlander posts best-ever February, up 27.8 percent RAV4 posts best-ever February with sales of 26,351 units, up 3.2 percent 4Runner posts best-ever February, up 28.7 percent Sequoia records 23.6 percent increase RX posts sales of 6,676 L/Certified by Lexus posts best-ever February sales of 7,762 *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume
  13. Toyota Motor North America Reports January 2017 Sales Toyota division posts best-ever January in RAV4, Highlander TCUV posted 17th consecutive month of best-ever monthly sales L/Certified by Lexus achieves best-ever January sales Plano, Texas (February 1, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), Inc., today reported its U.S. January 2017 sales of 143,048 vehicles, a decrease of 11.3 percent from January 2016 on a volume basis. With the same number of selling days in January 2017 compared to January 2016, sales were down 11.3 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted January sales of 127,476 units, down 9.2 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. “Coming off a record December and year in 2016, the industry in January took a bit of a pause with volume down slightly vs. a year ago,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division. “Much improved Light Truck availability helped RAV4 and Highlander begin the year with record January sales.” Lexus posted January sales of 15,572 vehicles, down 25.6 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. “January proved to be a challenging month driven by limited LUV availability and the strength of our December results,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager of the Lexus division. “Our outstanding December of nearly 41,000 resulted in a low days’ supply for our core models, especially in metro markets. We are continuing to replenish dealer inventories and expect healthy levels in February. Our dealers did achieve a best-ever January in L/Certified sales with more than 7,900 sales.” January 2017 Highlights Camry posts January sales of 20,313 units Toyota division SUV up 8 percent in January Highlander posts best-ever January, up 12.4 percent RAV4 posts best-ever January with sales of 22,155 units, up 2.8 percent 4Runner sales were up 16 percent TCUV had a best-ever January and 17 consecutive months of best-ever monthly sales RX posts sales of 5,520 L/Certified by Lexus posts best-ever January sales of 7,901, up 9.2 percent from January 2016 *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY JANUARY 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 143,048 161,283 -11.3 -11.3 143,048 161,283 -11.3 -11.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 127,476 140,350 -9.2 -9.2 127,476 140,350 -9.2 -9.2 TOTAL LEXUS 15,572 20,933 -25.6 -25.6 15,572 20,933 -25.6 -25.6 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 1,951 1,840 6 6 1,951 1,840 6 6 YARIS LIFTBACK 1330 548 142.7 142.7 1,330 548 142.7 142.7 TOTAL YARIS 3,281 2,388 37.4 37.4 3,281 2,388 37.4 37.4 iQ 0 2 -100 -100 0 2 -100 -100 xD 0 3 -100 -100 0 3 -100 -100 xB 0 782 -100 -100 0 782 -100 -100 tC 72 715 -89.9 -89.9 72 715 -89.9 -89.9 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,460 1,250 16.8 16.8 1,460 1,250 16.8 16.8 COROLLA SEDAN 20,107 22,362 -10.1 -10.1 20,107 22,362 -10.1 -10.1 TOTAL COROLLA 21,567 23,612 -8.7 -8.7 21,567 23,612 -8.7 -8.7 86 (INCL FR-S) 474 507 -6.5 -6.5 474 507 -6.5 -6.5 MIRAI 83 26 219.2 219.2 83 26 219.2 219.2 AVALON 2,503 3,597 -30.4 -30.4 2,503 3,597 -30.4 -30.4 PRIUS 7,829 9,311 -15.9 -15.9 7,829 9,311 -15.9 -15.9 CAMRY 20,313 26,848 -24.3 -24.3 20,313 26,848 -24.3 -24.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 56,122 67,791 -17.2 -17.2 56,122 67,791 -17.2 -17.2 CT 393 622 -36.8 -36.8 393 622 -36.8 -36.8 IS 1,423 2,178 -34.7 -34.7 1,423 2,178 -34.7 -34.7 RC 447 755 -40.8 -40.8 447 755 -40.8 -40.8 ES 2,171 3,400 -36.1 -36.1 2,171 3,400 -36.1 -36.1 GS 422 1,298 -67.5 -67.5 422 1,298 -67.5 -67.5 LS 280 397 -29.5 -29.5 280 397 -29.5 -29.5 LFA 0 1 -100 -100 0 1 -100 -100 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 5,136 8,651 -40.6 -40.6 5,136 8,651 -40.6 -40.6 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 61,258 76,442 -19.9 -19.9 61,258 76,442 -19.9 -19.9 SIENNA 7,285 10,992 -33.7 -33.7 7,285 10,992 -33.7 -33.7 RAV4 22,155 21,554 2.8 2.8 22,155 21,554 2.8 2.8 FJ CRUISER 0 1 -100 -100 0 1 -100 -100 VENZA 4 184 -97.8 -97.8 4 184 -97.8 -97.8 HIGHLANDER 12,656 11,258 12.4 12.4 12,656 11,258 12.4 12.4 4RUNNER 8,699 7,496 16 16 8,699 7,496 16 16 SEQUOIA 1146 852 34.5 34.5 1,146 852 34.5 34.5 LAND CRUISER 272 273 -0.4 -0.4 272 273 -0.4 -0.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 44,932 41,618 8 8 44,932 41,618 8 8 TACOMA 12,509 12,717 -1.6 -1.6 12,509 12,717 -1.6 -1.6 TUNDRA 6,628 7,232 -8.4 -8.4 6,628 7,232 -8.4 -8.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 19,137 19,949 -4.1 -4.1 19,137 19,949 -4.1 -4.1 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 71,354 72,559 -1.7 -1.7 71,354 72,559 -1.7 -1.7 NX 2,964 3,133 -5.4 -5.4 2,964 3,133 -5.4 -5.4 RX 5,520 6,956 -20.6 -20.6 5,520 6,956 -20.6 -20.6 GX 1,418 1,608 -11.8 -11.8 1,418 1,608 -11.8 -11.8 LX 534 585 -8.7 -8.7 534 585 -8.7 -8.7 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 10,436 12,282 -15 -15 10,436 12,282 -15 -15 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 81,790 84,841 -3.6 -3.6 81,790 84,841 -3.6 -3.6 Selling Days 24 24 24 24 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  14. Lexus executives admit there are some holes in their lineup such as not having a subcompact or three-row crossover. Speaking with Automotive News, Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken said the brand is losing as many as 70,000 potential vehicle sales by not competing in certain segments. "We do think there's room to fill some gaps that still exist for Lexus," said Bracken. One possibility is introducing a subcompact crossover possibly with a production version of the UX concept. "That's a gap we are watching very closely. We're very fixated on trying to move that conversation forward with our parent corporation." Also up for consideration is a three-row crossover and expanding the F-series performance family - might include an LC-F. One surprise to come out is Lexus doing an electric vehicle. According to Bracken, the brand started investigating possibilities after the Paris Motor Show where many European luxury automakers pushed this idea. "It was amazingly focused. Subsequent to that show, from my standpoint, we began conversations with our product planners," said Bracken. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  15. Lexus executives admit there are some holes in their lineup such as not having a subcompact or three-row crossover. Speaking with Automotive News, Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken said the brand is losing as many as 70,000 potential vehicle sales by not competing in certain segments. "We do think there's room to fill some gaps that still exist for Lexus," said Bracken. One possibility is introducing a subcompact crossover possibly with a production version of the UX concept. "That's a gap we are watching very closely. We're very fixated on trying to move that conversation forward with our parent corporation." Also up for consideration is a three-row crossover and expanding the F-series performance family - might include an LC-F. One surprise to come out is Lexus doing an electric vehicle. According to Bracken, the brand started investigating possibilities after the Paris Motor Show where many European luxury automakers pushed this idea. "It was amazingly focused. Subsequent to that show, from my standpoint, we began conversations with our product planners," said Bracken. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  16. Almost three decades ago at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota shocked the establishment with the introduction of Lexus and LS 400 flagship. Lexus hopes with the 2018 LS introduced this morning in Detroit is able to recapture some of that shock. The look of the 2018 LS is familiar and somehow different. The profile is the similar to the current LS, but Lexus made a number of changes to make it stand out. There is a more aggressive take on the spindle grille, a crease running along the doors, lower ride height, and larger wheels. The new GA-L platform that made it's debut last year on the LC coupe underpins the LS. It has been stretched and widened to provide measurements of 206.1-inches long 74.8-inches wide, and 57.1-inches tall. This makes it about the same size as a BMW 7-Series long-wheelbase. Power comes from an all-new 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine with 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired with a new ten-speed automatic. Lexus says the LS with this engine will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It is unknown whether or not a V8 or hybrid option will be introduced down the road. The front and rear multilink suspension setup from the LC is employed on the LS. An air suspension system is optional. The interior takes some ideas from the LC with a similar instrument cluster with traction control and drive mode selectors sitting on either side. The seats have been redesigned and now feature 28-way power adjustments for those sitting up front. Rear seat passengers can get reclining seats, an ottoman, and Shiatsu massage functionality. Tech-wise, there is a new version of Lexus' remote touch system with a 12.3-inch infotainment system and optional 24" color heads-up display which the automaker claims is the largest in the world. The 2018 Lexus LS is expected to go on sale towards the end of the year. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 With the All-New 2018 LS, Lexus Reimagines Global Flagship Sedan Radical new design with coupe-like silhouette, yet spaciousness of prestige sedan New platform for greatest-ever LS agility and comfort All-new twin-turbo V6 with 415 horsepower 10-speed automatic transmission All-new available Lexus Advanced Safety Package New level of flagship luxury in every aspect Interior inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics On sale in U.S. near the end of 2017 DETROIT, January 9, 2017 — It is possible that no single automobile has, upon introduction, upended its category as decisively as the first Lexus LS did when it launched the luxury brand 28 years ago. The 1990 LS 400 was the original luxury disruptor, winning critical acclaim and astonishing customers by setting new benchmarks for comfort, powertrain performance and smoothness, quietness, build quality, attention to detail, and dependability. The brand supported that groundbreaking vehicle by setting and maintaining new standards for customer service and satisfaction. Now, Lexus is about to repeat history with the introduction of the all-new, fifth-generation LS flagship sedan for 2018, unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Inside and out, the new LS reflects a strong, uniquely Japanese identity and approach to luxury. Yet, the LS was designed to be the brand’s latest global citizen, available in about 90 countries. “Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” said Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.” Longer, Lower, Wider – and More Exciting Longer and lower than the sedan it replaces, the all-new LS debuts a strikingly bold design with a coupe-like silhouette punctuated by the Lexus design language. A new driver-centric performance feel comes from building the LS on the company’s all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L). This premium rear-wheel drive platform, an extended version of the one used for the stunning new Lexus LC 500 coupe, will offer a more dynamic experience on the road while further elevating renowned Lexus comfort. The original Lexus LS won acclaim by anticipating what luxury customers would want, rather than simply amplifying what established luxury automobile brands offered at the time. In that spirit, the 2018 LS sedan’s spacious cabin, unique appointments and visionary technology will once again surprise customers by resetting expectations for a global flagship sedan. “We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals,” said LS chief engineer, Asahi. “The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis, people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.” A Flagship Reborn Just as the original LS launched the Lexus brand, the all-new 2018 LS continues the brand’s more dynamic direction. Each generation of LS sedans leading up to this iteration advanced luxury, craftsmanship, performance and safety in their own way, with the most recent also introducing a far more emotional design and engaging on-road performance. To create the all-new LS, Lexus took the approach of starting from new, reimagining what a flagship sedan should be, as if launching the brand all over again. The goal was not to improve on what Lexus has done, but to exceed expectations of global luxury customers. A common thread going through all LS models remains: Omotenashi, the concept of Japanese hospitality. Applied to a luxury automobile, it means taking care of the driver and passengers, anticipating their needs, attending to their comfort and helping to protect them from hazards. Vehicle Dynamics More than ever before, luxury sedan drivers demand greater handling agility and performance feel without sacrificing comfort. It’s one of the most difficult balances to achieve in a vehicle, yet the new Lexus global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L) meets the challenge. The new platform debuted in the LC 500 coupe and now, with a longer wheelbase, underpins the new LS. To enhance center of gravity height and weight distribution, the new LS has a wide and low design. The GA-L platform is the stiffest in Lexus history, setting the stage for enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. The 123-inch wheelbase is 1.3-inch longer than the current LS long-wheelbase model. Helping to provide the uncanny ride and handling balance in the new LS is the latest generation of a chassis control technology known as Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). This system implements cooperative control of all vehicle subsystems – braking, steering, powertrain, and suspension – to control basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll and pitch. Optimal control of these motions helps to enable exceptional ride comfort, enhanced traction and safety and handling agility. Handling can be further enhanced by active stabilizer bars and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) System with independent front and rear steering. VDIM is capable of aiding stability when the car is traversing split-friction surfaces, such as dry pavement and ice. In creating the new LS, engineers used lightweight materials including ultra-high tensile steel sheet and aluminum to carve over 200 pounds from the current LS platform and body. These savings, along with the implementation of the new V6 engine and enhanced body rigidity, allow for a more dynamic driving experience. Critical to its driving performance, the new platform lowers the car’s center of gravity by placing most of the mass, including the engine and the occupants, in a position more centralized and lower in the chassis. Special braces in the engine compartment, stiff aluminum front and rear suspension towers, and other features help bolster the strength of key chassis structures. The LS has a history of outstanding suspension compliance, yet Lexus saw opportunity for new gains in this realm as well. For example, the multilink suspension employs double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms to help allow for control of the smallest movements from the driver inputs and road conditions. Beyond sharing workload, a dual ball joint arrangement helps optimize suspension geometry to increase wheel control and yield more precise steering response with better initial effort. To reduce unsprung weight and therefore aid agility and comfort, aluminum is used extensively in the suspension. LS Performance and Smoothness Redefined: Twin-Turbo V6 and 10-Speed Transmission For both high power and excellent fuel efficiency, Lexus designed an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine specifically for the new LS with all-new twin turbos developed through the company’s F1 technology. This new engine in the LS is indicative of the more dynamic approach being taken by Lexus, offering V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy—all while minimizing noise and vibration. The new LS engine offers the output one would expect in a flagship sedan: 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, sizeable gains over the current LS model’s V8. The long stroke and optimized stroke-to-bore ratio contribute to high-speed combustion and the efficiency of the twin turbos, which assist the LS with a projected 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds (RWD). Perhaps more critical is how Lexus tuned the engine and transmission to deliver instant acceleration and a constant buildup of torque toward the engine’s redline. A ladder frame structure in the cylinder block, redesigned engine mounts, electric wastegates and numerous other features help ensure the remarkable powertrain smoothness, a Lexus hallmark. The driver will be able to tailor powertrain response and feel by choosing from Normal to Sport to Sport+ modes, and just enough of the exhaust note can be heard to enhance the sporty feel. The first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a premium passenger car, having already debuted in the Lexus LC 500, is also used in the new LS flagship sedan. It is a torque-converter automatic, yet with shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions. The wide bandwidth afforded by ten closely spaced ratios is ideal for all forms of driving, helping to provide an optimal gear for all conditions. Shifting via paddles is available, yet many will prefer the advanced electronic control system, which anticipates the driver’s input. The system chooses the ideal ratio by monitoring the acceleration, braking and lateral-g forces. For starting acceleration, the close ratios of the low gears and the shortened shift time enable a rhythmical and exhilarating acceleration feel. The high torque of the twin-turbo engine matches ideally with the higher gear ratios for effortless, serene highway cruising, yet very quick downshifts yield direct acceleration with no lag in G response. Torque converter lock-up activates in all ranges except when starting off to provide a direct feel, while also supporting fuel efficiency. Crafting a Unique Identity “The LS is the flagship of the Lexus brand,” said chief designer, Koichi Suga. “More than any other model, it embodies the history and image of Lexus and serves as a symbol for everything the brand stands for.” Following the “Yet” philosophy that has been passed on since the first-generation LS, Lexus created a design offering the room and comfort of a prestige “three-box” sedan, yet with the stylish silhouette of a four-door coupe that holds stronger appeal for younger luxury customers. Lexus designers took full advantage of the new platform, with its lower profile and length on par with that of a prestige long-wheelbase sedan, to give the new LS a stretched, ground-hugging appearance. Compared to the current LS, the new model is about .6 inches lower, while the hood and trunk are approximately 1.2 inches and 1.6 inches lower, respectively. The new LS is the first Lexus sedan with a six- side window design. Also a first for a Lexus sedan, the flush-surface windows smoothly integrate with the side pillar. To preserve headroom with the lower profile, the new LS features an outer slide-type moonroof. The unique rendition of the spindle grille mesh, with a texture that seemingly changes in different light, is the result of both intense CAD development and hand-adjusting thousands of individual surfaces. The LS debuts five wheel designs, including two new 19- and three 20-inch wheel designs. The 20-inch premium wheels employ a brilliant appearance created using an electroplating technique known as sputtering. All but one of the wheel designs feature a hollow rim structure that helps reduce the resonance sound generated by the tires. Progressive Comfort with Traditional Inspiration Creating a new standard of flagship luxury is not simply a matter of adding more features. Inspired by the omotenashi principle, Lexus sought to instill the new LS cabin with luxury that welcomes and envelops the occupants while treating the driver like a partner. “I suggest that you simply open the door and experience that immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before,” said chief designer Suga. New seating designs, including available 28-way power front seats that feature heating, cooling and massage, exemplify this approach. The organically shaped dash design clusters information displays at uniform height to support the “seat-in-control” layout that emphasizes the driver’s ability to operate all systems without the need to change posture. While making the new LS even more of a driver’s car, Lexus also lavished attention to the rear seat, developing a design that creates seamless, enveloping continuity between the trim and seatbacks for passenger egress. Options for heating, cooling and massage make the rear seat a welcoming environment. The available power front and rear seat with Shiatsu massage and a raised ottoman, part of a wider rear seat luxury package, offers the most legroom of any previous-generation LS. In addition, the seat behind the front passenger in this optional package can be reclined up to 48 degrees, and can be raised up to 24 degrees to help assist the rear-seat passenger in exiting the vehicle. Because the new LS is lower than previous versions, Lexus, for the first time, equipped the available air suspension with an access function. Activated by unlocking the car with the smart key, access mode automatically raises the vehicle and opens the seat bolsters to welcome drivers behind the wheel. The Intersection of Tradition and Technology Lighting and attention to detail express a unique aesthetic in the LS. A new approach to creating trim elements again turned to Japanese culture, combining traditional Japanese aesthetic with advanced manufacturing techniques. This is reflected in signature touches, such as beautiful interior ambient lighting inspired by Japanese lanterns and armrests that appear to float next to the door panel. Inspired by Shimamoku wood patterns, the new forms that combine the artistic combination of natural woodwork and application of Japan’s sophisticated sliced wood and laser cutting manufacturing technologies can be seen in the new LS. New patterns include Art Wood Organic, Art Wood Herringbone, and Gray Sapele Wood with Aluminum. Compared to the straight-grain Shimamoku pattern, the new LS cross-grain is a larger pattern featuring bolder contrasts between light and dark, giving the wood a more vibrant appearance. The Sounds of Near Silence – or Great Music Lexus tuned the LS exhaust to convey a more authoritative tone, yet also designed the cabin to ensure utterly quiet cruising. New sound suppression methods further hush the environment compared to previous LS models. Active Noise Control quiets the cabin even more by detecting the sound of the engine coming into the vehicle and cancelling certain frequencies using antiphase sound from the audio speakers. The serenity of the LS cabin provides an ideal stage for the standard premium audio system or the audiophile-worthy available 3D surround Mark Levinson audio package with in-ceiling array speakers. The package features a more inviting graphic user interface. Its next-generation remote touch is designed to mimic smartphone operation, also supporting handwritten input. In addition to its 12.3-inch wide navigation display, the LS can incorporate an optional 24-inch color heads-up display (HUD)—the largest in the world—that projects a variety of information onto the driver’s forward view. Advanced Safety Features and Driver Support Structurally, the all-new Lexus LS offers a high degree of passive safety for occupant protection in collisions. Lexus has also equipped the LS with technologies that can possibly help prevent crashes from occurring or mitigate their effects. The LS will feature the brand’s Lexus Safety System + and offer the Advanced Safety Package, which features the world’s first system with Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering within the lane. With this system, if a pedestrian is detected in the lane ahead and a collision is imminent, the LS is designed to automatically brake and potentially steer around the person while staying in the lane. The available color HUD is utilized in alerting the driver.
  17. Almost three decades ago at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota shocked the establishment with the introduction of Lexus and LS 400 flagship. Lexus hopes with the 2018 LS introduced this morning in Detroit is able to recapture some of that shock. The look of the 2018 LS is familiar and somehow different. The profile is the similar to the current LS, but Lexus made a number of changes to make it stand out. There is a more aggressive take on the spindle grille, a crease running along the doors, lower ride height, and larger wheels. The new GA-L platform that made it's debut last year on the LC coupe underpins the LS. It has been stretched and widened to provide measurements of 206.1-inches long 74.8-inches wide, and 57.1-inches tall. This makes it about the same size as a BMW 7-Series long-wheelbase. Power comes from an all-new 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine with 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired with a new ten-speed automatic. Lexus says the LS with this engine will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It is unknown whether or not a V8 or hybrid option will be introduced down the road. The front and rear multilink suspension setup from the LC is employed on the LS. An air suspension system is optional. The interior takes some ideas from the LC with a similar instrument cluster with traction control and drive mode selectors sitting on either side. The seats have been redesigned and now feature 28-way power adjustments for those sitting up front. Rear seat passengers can get reclining seats, an ottoman, and Shiatsu massage functionality. Tech-wise, there is a new version of Lexus' remote touch system with a 12.3-inch infotainment system and optional 24" color heads-up display which the automaker claims is the largest in the world. The 2018 Lexus LS is expected to go on sale towards the end of the year. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 With the All-New 2018 LS, Lexus Reimagines Global Flagship Sedan Radical new design with coupe-like silhouette, yet spaciousness of prestige sedan New platform for greatest-ever LS agility and comfort All-new twin-turbo V6 with 415 horsepower 10-speed automatic transmission All-new available Lexus Advanced Safety Package New level of flagship luxury in every aspect Interior inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics On sale in U.S. near the end of 2017 DETROIT, January 9, 2017 — It is possible that no single automobile has, upon introduction, upended its category as decisively as the first Lexus LS did when it launched the luxury brand 28 years ago. The 1990 LS 400 was the original luxury disruptor, winning critical acclaim and astonishing customers by setting new benchmarks for comfort, powertrain performance and smoothness, quietness, build quality, attention to detail, and dependability. The brand supported that groundbreaking vehicle by setting and maintaining new standards for customer service and satisfaction. Now, Lexus is about to repeat history with the introduction of the all-new, fifth-generation LS flagship sedan for 2018, unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Inside and out, the new LS reflects a strong, uniquely Japanese identity and approach to luxury. Yet, the LS was designed to be the brand’s latest global citizen, available in about 90 countries. “Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” said Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.” Longer, Lower, Wider – and More Exciting Longer and lower than the sedan it replaces, the all-new LS debuts a strikingly bold design with a coupe-like silhouette punctuated by the Lexus design language. A new driver-centric performance feel comes from building the LS on the company’s all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L). This premium rear-wheel drive platform, an extended version of the one used for the stunning new Lexus LC 500 coupe, will offer a more dynamic experience on the road while further elevating renowned Lexus comfort. The original Lexus LS won acclaim by anticipating what luxury customers would want, rather than simply amplifying what established luxury automobile brands offered at the time. In that spirit, the 2018 LS sedan’s spacious cabin, unique appointments and visionary technology will once again surprise customers by resetting expectations for a global flagship sedan. “We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals,” said LS chief engineer, Asahi. “The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis, people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.” A Flagship Reborn Just as the original LS launched the Lexus brand, the all-new 2018 LS continues the brand’s more dynamic direction. Each generation of LS sedans leading up to this iteration advanced luxury, craftsmanship, performance and safety in their own way, with the most recent also introducing a far more emotional design and engaging on-road performance. To create the all-new LS, Lexus took the approach of starting from new, reimagining what a flagship sedan should be, as if launching the brand all over again. The goal was not to improve on what Lexus has done, but to exceed expectations of global luxury customers. A common thread going through all LS models remains: Omotenashi, the concept of Japanese hospitality. Applied to a luxury automobile, it means taking care of the driver and passengers, anticipating their needs, attending to their comfort and helping to protect them from hazards. Vehicle Dynamics More than ever before, luxury sedan drivers demand greater handling agility and performance feel without sacrificing comfort. It’s one of the most difficult balances to achieve in a vehicle, yet the new Lexus global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L) meets the challenge. The new platform debuted in the LC 500 coupe and now, with a longer wheelbase, underpins the new LS. To enhance center of gravity height and weight distribution, the new LS has a wide and low design. The GA-L platform is the stiffest in Lexus history, setting the stage for enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. The 123-inch wheelbase is 1.3-inch longer than the current LS long-wheelbase model. Helping to provide the uncanny ride and handling balance in the new LS is the latest generation of a chassis control technology known as Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). This system implements cooperative control of all vehicle subsystems – braking, steering, powertrain, and suspension – to control basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll and pitch. Optimal control of these motions helps to enable exceptional ride comfort, enhanced traction and safety and handling agility. Handling can be further enhanced by active stabilizer bars and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) System with independent front and rear steering. VDIM is capable of aiding stability when the car is traversing split-friction surfaces, such as dry pavement and ice. In creating the new LS, engineers used lightweight materials including ultra-high tensile steel sheet and aluminum to carve over 200 pounds from the current LS platform and body. These savings, along with the implementation of the new V6 engine and enhanced body rigidity, allow for a more dynamic driving experience. Critical to its driving performance, the new platform lowers the car’s center of gravity by placing most of the mass, including the engine and the occupants, in a position more centralized and lower in the chassis. Special braces in the engine compartment, stiff aluminum front and rear suspension towers, and other features help bolster the strength of key chassis structures. The LS has a history of outstanding suspension compliance, yet Lexus saw opportunity for new gains in this realm as well. For example, the multilink suspension employs double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms to help allow for control of the smallest movements from the driver inputs and road conditions. Beyond sharing workload, a dual ball joint arrangement helps optimize suspension geometry to increase wheel control and yield more precise steering response with better initial effort. To reduce unsprung weight and therefore aid agility and comfort, aluminum is used extensively in the suspension. LS Performance and Smoothness Redefined: Twin-Turbo V6 and 10-Speed Transmission For both high power and excellent fuel efficiency, Lexus designed an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine specifically for the new LS with all-new twin turbos developed through the company’s F1 technology. This new engine in the LS is indicative of the more dynamic approach being taken by Lexus, offering V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy—all while minimizing noise and vibration. The new LS engine offers the output one would expect in a flagship sedan: 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, sizeable gains over the current LS model’s V8. The long stroke and optimized stroke-to-bore ratio contribute to high-speed combustion and the efficiency of the twin turbos, which assist the LS with a projected 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds (RWD). Perhaps more critical is how Lexus tuned the engine and transmission to deliver instant acceleration and a constant buildup of torque toward the engine’s redline. A ladder frame structure in the cylinder block, redesigned engine mounts, electric wastegates and numerous other features help ensure the remarkable powertrain smoothness, a Lexus hallmark. The driver will be able to tailor powertrain response and feel by choosing from Normal to Sport to Sport+ modes, and just enough of the exhaust note can be heard to enhance the sporty feel. The first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a premium passenger car, having already debuted in the Lexus LC 500, is also used in the new LS flagship sedan. It is a torque-converter automatic, yet with shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions. The wide bandwidth afforded by ten closely spaced ratios is ideal for all forms of driving, helping to provide an optimal gear for all conditions. Shifting via paddles is available, yet many will prefer the advanced electronic control system, which anticipates the driver’s input. The system chooses the ideal ratio by monitoring the acceleration, braking and lateral-g forces. For starting acceleration, the close ratios of the low gears and the shortened shift time enable a rhythmical and exhilarating acceleration feel. The high torque of the twin-turbo engine matches ideally with the higher gear ratios for effortless, serene highway cruising, yet very quick downshifts yield direct acceleration with no lag in G response. Torque converter lock-up activates in all ranges except when starting off to provide a direct feel, while also supporting fuel efficiency. Crafting a Unique Identity “The LS is the flagship of the Lexus brand,” said chief designer, Koichi Suga. “More than any other model, it embodies the history and image of Lexus and serves as a symbol for everything the brand stands for.” Following the “Yet” philosophy that has been passed on since the first-generation LS, Lexus created a design offering the room and comfort of a prestige “three-box” sedan, yet with the stylish silhouette of a four-door coupe that holds stronger appeal for younger luxury customers. Lexus designers took full advantage of the new platform, with its lower profile and length on par with that of a prestige long-wheelbase sedan, to give the new LS a stretched, ground-hugging appearance. Compared to the current LS, the new model is about .6 inches lower, while the hood and trunk are approximately 1.2 inches and 1.6 inches lower, respectively. The new LS is the first Lexus sedan with a six- side window design. Also a first for a Lexus sedan, the flush-surface windows smoothly integrate with the side pillar. To preserve headroom with the lower profile, the new LS features an outer slide-type moonroof. The unique rendition of the spindle grille mesh, with a texture that seemingly changes in different light, is the result of both intense CAD development and hand-adjusting thousands of individual surfaces. The LS debuts five wheel designs, including two new 19- and three 20-inch wheel designs. The 20-inch premium wheels employ a brilliant appearance created using an electroplating technique known as sputtering. All but one of the wheel designs feature a hollow rim structure that helps reduce the resonance sound generated by the tires. Progressive Comfort with Traditional Inspiration Creating a new standard of flagship luxury is not simply a matter of adding more features. Inspired by the omotenashi principle, Lexus sought to instill the new LS cabin with luxury that welcomes and envelops the occupants while treating the driver like a partner. “I suggest that you simply open the door and experience that immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before,” said chief designer Suga. New seating designs, including available 28-way power front seats that feature heating, cooling and massage, exemplify this approach. The organically shaped dash design clusters information displays at uniform height to support the “seat-in-control” layout that emphasizes the driver’s ability to operate all systems without the need to change posture. While making the new LS even more of a driver’s car, Lexus also lavished attention to the rear seat, developing a design that creates seamless, enveloping continuity between the trim and seatbacks for passenger egress. Options for heating, cooling and massage make the rear seat a welcoming environment. The available power front and rear seat with Shiatsu massage and a raised ottoman, part of a wider rear seat luxury package, offers the most legroom of any previous-generation LS. In addition, the seat behind the front passenger in this optional package can be reclined up to 48 degrees, and can be raised up to 24 degrees to help assist the rear-seat passenger in exiting the vehicle. Because the new LS is lower than previous versions, Lexus, for the first time, equipped the available air suspension with an access function. Activated by unlocking the car with the smart key, access mode automatically raises the vehicle and opens the seat bolsters to welcome drivers behind the wheel. The Intersection of Tradition and Technology Lighting and attention to detail express a unique aesthetic in the LS. A new approach to creating trim elements again turned to Japanese culture, combining traditional Japanese aesthetic with advanced manufacturing techniques. This is reflected in signature touches, such as beautiful interior ambient lighting inspired by Japanese lanterns and armrests that appear to float next to the door panel. Inspired by Shimamoku wood patterns, the new forms that combine the artistic combination of natural woodwork and application of Japan’s sophisticated sliced wood and laser cutting manufacturing technologies can be seen in the new LS. New patterns include Art Wood Organic, Art Wood Herringbone, and Gray Sapele Wood with Aluminum. Compared to the straight-grain Shimamoku pattern, the new LS cross-grain is a larger pattern featuring bolder contrasts between light and dark, giving the wood a more vibrant appearance. The Sounds of Near Silence – or Great Music Lexus tuned the LS exhaust to convey a more authoritative tone, yet also designed the cabin to ensure utterly quiet cruising. New sound suppression methods further hush the environment compared to previous LS models. Active Noise Control quiets the cabin even more by detecting the sound of the engine coming into the vehicle and cancelling certain frequencies using antiphase sound from the audio speakers. The serenity of the LS cabin provides an ideal stage for the standard premium audio system or the audiophile-worthy available 3D surround Mark Levinson audio package with in-ceiling array speakers. The package features a more inviting graphic user interface. Its next-generation remote touch is designed to mimic smartphone operation, also supporting handwritten input. In addition to its 12.3-inch wide navigation display, the LS can incorporate an optional 24-inch color heads-up display (HUD)—the largest in the world—that projects a variety of information onto the driver’s forward view. Advanced Safety Features and Driver Support Structurally, the all-new Lexus LS offers a high degree of passive safety for occupant protection in collisions. Lexus has also equipped the LS with technologies that can possibly help prevent crashes from occurring or mitigate their effects. The LS will feature the brand’s Lexus Safety System + and offer the Advanced Safety Package, which features the world’s first system with Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering within the lane. With this system, if a pedestrian is detected in the lane ahead and a collision is imminent, the LS is designed to automatically brake and potentially steer around the person while staying in the lane. The available color HUD is utilized in alerting the driver. View full article
  18. We're just only month away before the Detroit Auto Show kicks off and automakers are beginning to tease out what they'll be showing. Today, Lexus has announced that the next-generation LS will debut at Detroit. Not much is known about the next LS aside from it using the all new Global Architecture-Luxury (GA-L) that debuted on the LC coupe this year. It would not be surprising if we see the 5.0L V8 (473 horsepower) with the 10-speed automatic and hybrid powertrains from LC being used in the LS. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 New Lexus LS Flagship Sedan to Make Global Debut at the 2017 NAIAS TORRANCE, Calif. (December 8, 2016) -- Lexus announced today that the all-new, fifth-generation LS flagship sedan will make its world debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show next month. The introduction of the LS 400 in 1989 in Detroit made automotive history as a world-class car for the United States. Not only did the vehicle make its mark by offering the drive performance, quietness, and luxury that consumers expected from a premium vehicle, but its unveiling also heralded the birth of the Lexus brand. Now, 28 years later, the all-new LS sedan will be a world-class car for more than 90 countries around the globe, boasting a bold new look with a coupe-like silhouette. Built on the company’s all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L), the premium rear-wheel drive platform—an extended version of that used in the LC 500—will offer a more dynamic experience on the road. Inside the spacious cabin, luxurious appointments and visionary technology will provide drivers with the luxury experience they expect from a global flagship sedan. View full article
  19. We're just only month away before the Detroit Auto Show kicks off and automakers are beginning to tease out what they'll be showing. Today, Lexus has announced that the next-generation LS will debut at Detroit. Not much is known about the next LS aside from it using the all new Global Architecture-Luxury (GA-L) that debuted on the LC coupe this year. It would not be surprising if we see the 5.0L V8 (473 horsepower) with the 10-speed automatic and hybrid powertrains from LC being used in the LS. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 New Lexus LS Flagship Sedan to Make Global Debut at the 2017 NAIAS TORRANCE, Calif. (December 8, 2016) -- Lexus announced today that the all-new, fifth-generation LS flagship sedan will make its world debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show next month. The introduction of the LS 400 in 1989 in Detroit made automotive history as a world-class car for the United States. Not only did the vehicle make its mark by offering the drive performance, quietness, and luxury that consumers expected from a premium vehicle, but its unveiling also heralded the birth of the Lexus brand. Now, 28 years later, the all-new LS sedan will be a world-class car for more than 90 countries around the globe, boasting a bold new look with a coupe-like silhouette. Built on the company’s all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L), the premium rear-wheel drive platform—an extended version of that used in the LC 500—will offer a more dynamic experience on the road. Inside the spacious cabin, luxurious appointments and visionary technology will provide drivers with the luxury experience they expect from a global flagship sedan.
  20. Toyota Motor Sales Reports November 2016 Sales TMS posts best-ever light truck sales for the month Highlander records all-time best-ever sales up almost 67 percent TCUV and L/Certified by Lexus achieve best-ever annual sales record after only 11 months TORRANCE, Calif. (December 1, 2016) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported November 2016 sales of 197,645 units, an increase of 4.3 percent from November 2015 on a volume basis. With two more selling days in November 2016 compared than November 2015, sales were down 4.1 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota Division posted November sales of 168,595 units, up 5.3 percent on a volume basis and down 3.2 on a DSR basis. “We expect to see the industry set a new sales record for November,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. “All-time best-ever Highlander sales combined with November best-ever RAV4 volume extends the Toyota Division’s 2016 streak of consecutive light truck sales records to 11 months.” Lexus posted November sales of 29,050 units, down 1 percent on a volume basis and 8.9 percent on a DSR basis. "Our luxury utility vehicles continues to lead the way, with best-ever November sales for NX and best-ever November sales for the full LUV line up," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus division group vice president and general manager. "December is always one of our strongest months of the year, and we are poised for a December to Remember as we enter the month with the best light truck availability of the whole year." November 2016 Highlights Corolla up almost 12 percent, posts sales of 28,262 units; records best-ever November Camry posts November sales of 28,189 units TMS light trucks up 14 percent; a best-ever month Toyota Division SUV up nearly 20 percent Highlander up almost 67 percent; posts all-time best-ever month RAV4 posts sales of 28,116 units, up 2.7 percent; posts best-ever November 4Runner sales were up almost 14 percent Toyota Division pickups up almost 14 percent Tacoma up 15.3 percent Tundra sales were up 11.5 percent TCUV had a best-ever month and achieved its best-ever annual sales record after only 11 months L/Certified by Lexus posts best-ever November sales; achieved its best-ever annual sales record after only 11 months Lexus LUVs up 10.4 percent; posts best-ever November sales NX up almost 56 percent; posts best-ever November LX up almost 20 percent in November IS up 16.6 percent
  21. Most luxury SUVs will never go fully off-road. The closest they’ll ever get is driving down a gravel road. But that doesn’t mean some automakers aren’t filling them with the latest off-road for that one person who decides to. Case in point is the LX 570. Lexus’ variant of the Toyota Land Cruiser has been updated inside and out to try and draw buyers away from the usual suspects in the class. For 2016, Lexus has softened the LX’s boxy-shape with some rounded edges and more imposing fenders. The front grille has grown in size to match other Lexus vehicles, though to our eyes it looks more like the head from a Cylon in the 1980’s Battlestar Galactica tv show. The rear features new taillights and a reshaped tailgate. The interior has somehow become more opulent since the last LX we drove. A new dash design features real wood trim and more soft-touch materials. Our tester featured leather upholstery that can be described as red-orange. At first, I thought it was a bit much. But over the week I grew to like the color as it adds some personality. Sitting in either the front or second-row seats of the LX is a pleasant experience. There is plenty of head and legroom for both rows, along with heat. Front seats also get ventilation as standard. The third-row seat is a bit of joke. Getting back there in the first place is quite difficult due to the small gap when you move the second-row forward. Once back there, you find legroom is almost negligible. Finally, the way the third row folds up by side walls and not into the floor hampers cargo space - only offering 41 cubic feet. Lexus’ Remote Touch interface has arrived in the LX this year with a gargantuan 12.3-inch screen sitting on top of the dash. On the plus side, the screen is vibrant and easy to read. The negative is the remote touch controller as you’ll find yourself choosing the wrong function because the controller is very sensitive to inputs. Power comes from 5.7L V8 with 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic and full-time four-wheel drive system. On paper, the V8 should move the LX 570 with no issue. But a curb weight of 6,000 pounds negates this. Performance can be described as ho-hum as it takes a few ticks longer to get up to speed. At least the eight-speed automatic transmission is a smooth operator and quick to respond when you stab the throttle. The LX 570 is chock full of clever off-road tech such as crawl control, hill start assist, 360-degree camera system, and multi-terrain select system that optimizes various parts of the powertrain and four-wheel drive system. Sadly, we didn’t get the chance to put any of these to the test. No matter the condition of the road, the LX 570 provides a smooth and relaxing ride. Impressive when you consider the LX is riding on a set of 21-inch wheels. Road and wind noise are kept to very acceptable levels. Lexus added a set of adaptive dampers for the 2016 LX and you can adjust the firmness via a knob in the center console - Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The dampers do help reduce body roll in corners, giving you a little bit more confidence. Steering is what you would expect in an SUV, light and numb. This makes the LX a bit cumbersome to move in certain places such as a parking lot. Compared to the last LX 570 we drove, the 2016 model has gone up in price. Base price now stands at $88,880 and our as-tested price comes in at $96,905. This one feels a bit a more worth of price tag that Lexus is asking for, but I still think a Cadillac Escalade or Range Rover are slightly better in terms of value. If you’re planning a trip to Death Valley or the Rocky Mountains and want something that can you there and back, along with providing all of the luxuries, look no further than the LX. Otherwise, there are a number of other luxury SUVs that make more sense if you’re planning to stay on the pavement. Year: 2016 Make: Lexus Model: LX 570 Trim: N/A Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC Dual VVT-i V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 383 @ 5,600 Torque @ RPM: 403 @ 3,600 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15 Curb Weight: 6,000 lbs Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japn Base Price: $88,880 As Tested Price: $96,905 (Includes $940.00 Destination Charge) Options: Mark Levinson Audio System - $2,150.00 Dual-Screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System - $2,005.00 Luxury Package - $1,190.00 Heads-Up Display - $900.00 Cargo Mat, Net, Wheel Locks, & Key Glove - $250.00 All-Weather Floor Mats - $165.00 Heated Black Shimamoku Steering Wheel - $150.00 Wireless Charger - $75.00 View full article
  22. Most luxury SUVs will never go fully off-road. The closest they’ll ever get is driving down a gravel road. But that doesn’t mean some automakers aren’t filling them with the latest off-road for that one person who decides to. Case in point is the LX 570. Lexus’ variant of the Toyota Land Cruiser has been updated inside and out to try and draw buyers away from the usual suspects in the class. For 2016, Lexus has softened the LX’s boxy-shape with some rounded edges and more imposing fenders. The front grille has grown in size to match other Lexus vehicles, though to our eyes it looks more like the head from a Cylon in the 1980’s Battlestar Galactica tv show. The rear features new taillights and a reshaped tailgate. The interior has somehow become more opulent since the last LX we drove. A new dash design features real wood trim and more soft-touch materials. Our tester featured leather upholstery that can be described as red-orange. At first, I thought it was a bit much. But over the week I grew to like the color as it adds some personality. Sitting in either the front or second-row seats of the LX is a pleasant experience. There is plenty of head and legroom for both rows, along with heat. Front seats also get ventilation as standard. The third-row seat is a bit of joke. Getting back there in the first place is quite difficult due to the small gap when you move the second-row forward. Once back there, you find legroom is almost negligible. Finally, the way the third row folds up by side walls and not into the floor hampers cargo space - only offering 41 cubic feet. Lexus’ Remote Touch interface has arrived in the LX this year with a gargantuan 12.3-inch screen sitting on top of the dash. On the plus side, the screen is vibrant and easy to read. The negative is the remote touch controller as you’ll find yourself choosing the wrong function because the controller is very sensitive to inputs. Power comes from 5.7L V8 with 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic and full-time four-wheel drive system. On paper, the V8 should move the LX 570 with no issue. But a curb weight of 6,000 pounds negates this. Performance can be described as ho-hum as it takes a few ticks longer to get up to speed. At least the eight-speed automatic transmission is a smooth operator and quick to respond when you stab the throttle. The LX 570 is chock full of clever off-road tech such as crawl control, hill start assist, 360-degree camera system, and multi-terrain select system that optimizes various parts of the powertrain and four-wheel drive system. Sadly, we didn’t get the chance to put any of these to the test. No matter the condition of the road, the LX 570 provides a smooth and relaxing ride. Impressive when you consider the LX is riding on a set of 21-inch wheels. Road and wind noise are kept to very acceptable levels. Lexus added a set of adaptive dampers for the 2016 LX and you can adjust the firmness via a knob in the center console - Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The dampers do help reduce body roll in corners, giving you a little bit more confidence. Steering is what you would expect in an SUV, light and numb. This makes the LX a bit cumbersome to move in certain places such as a parking lot. Compared to the last LX 570 we drove, the 2016 model has gone up in price. Base price now stands at $88,880 and our as-tested price comes in at $96,905. This one feels a bit a more worth of price tag that Lexus is asking for, but I still think a Cadillac Escalade or Range Rover are slightly better in terms of value. If you’re planning a trip to Death Valley or the Rocky Mountains and want something that can you there and back, along with providing all of the luxuries, look no further than the LX. Otherwise, there are a number of other luxury SUVs that make more sense if you’re planning to stay on the pavement. Year: 2016 Make: Lexus Model: LX 570 Trim: N/A Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC Dual VVT-i V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 383 @ 5,600 Torque @ RPM: 403 @ 3,600 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15 Curb Weight: 6,000 lbs Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japn Base Price: $88,880 As Tested Price: $96,905 (Includes $940.00 Destination Charge) Options: Mark Levinson Audio System - $2,150.00 Dual-Screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System - $2,005.00 Luxury Package - $1,190.00 Heads-Up Display - $900.00 Cargo Mat, Net, Wheel Locks, & Key Glove - $250.00 All-Weather Floor Mats - $165.00 Heated Black Shimamoku Steering Wheel - $150.00 Wireless Charger - $75.00
  23. The Lexus IS is one of my favorite luxury sedans on sale today. The styling may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it helps make the IS stand out in a very crowded field of compact luxury sedans. Paired with the excellent 3.5L V6 and F-Sport package, the IS gives the German competition a run for its money in the twisty bits. Since we last drove the IS back in 2014, Lexus has made some changes to IS’ lineup with the base 2.5L V6 being dropped and a new turbocharged four-cylinder taking its place, along with a new variant of 3.5L V6 producing 255 horsepower badged as the IS 300. Recently, I spent some time in the IS 200t F-Sport and it was a bit disappointing. Read on to find out why. The cause for my disappointment? The turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine in question is the same one that is used in the NX 200t, a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder producing 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic comes standard on rear-drive models, while all-wheel drive models retain a six-speed automatic. Compared to the NX 200t, I think this engine has gotten worse in the IS. The major problem is turbo lag. I could count to three after stepping on the accelerator before the turbo would spool up and give the vehicle the needed shove to move along. Even with the vehicle in Sport mode, it takes a moment for the turbo to wake up. Once the turbo is spooled up, it moves the IS with some authority. Power comes on at a steady and smooth rate. The engine also very refined with little noise coming inside. EPA fuel economy figures stand at 22 City/33 Highway/26 Combined. Our average landed around 24 mpg, partly due to my foot putting the pedal almost to the floor in an effort to make the turbo was up. The F-Sport package is the ace up the IS 200t’s sleeve. A revised suspension and steering setup, along with a set of summer tires make the IS a joy to pilot around corners. There is no body roll when entering a corner and the steering provides an excellent feel of the road. Unlike the IS 350 F-Sport, the 250 does without the adaptive dampers. This might make some reconsider as the ride can become somewhat rough over bumpy and pothole-ladened roads. Styling is still polarizing with sharp creases, an interesting lighting setup up front, and a grille that looks like it was styled off the Predator. The F-Sport package actually helps balance this design with new front bumper, mesh grille insert, and a set of 18-inch wheels finished in a dark gray. I’m not usually a fan of red on a vehicle, but it actually works quite well for the F-Sport. The IS’ interior hasn’t changed much since we last visited it in 2014. This means the excellent sport seats and well laid out instrument cluster are here. It also means the smallish screen for the infotainment system and the infuriating Lexus Remote Touch controller. The back seat is still quite small for most passengers, though I would say the Cadillac ATS’ back seat is even smaller. The 2016 IS 200t F-Sport begins at $40,870. Our test car came with a few options such as blind spot monitoring (which you need because rear visibility is poor), radar cruise control, navigation, Mark Levinson audio system, and heated front seats. This brought the as-tested price to $45,705. But for only $1,000 to $1,500 more, you can get into a decently equipped IS 350 F-Sport with adaptive dampers and the better engine. The Lexus IS is still an impressive compact luxury sedan and one that deserves more of the spotlight. But the 2.0L turbo spoils an impressive sedan. This is a case of right car, wrong engine. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the IS 200t, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: Lexus Model: IS Trim: 200t F-Sport Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-iW Inline-Four Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 241 @ 5,800 Torque @ RPM: 258 @ 1,650 - 4,400 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/33/26 Curb Weight: 3,583 lbs Location of Manufacture: Tahara, Aichi, Japan Base Price: $37,325 As Tested Price: $45,705 (Includes $940.00 Destination Charge) Options: F-Sport Package - $3,545.00 Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio System - $2,645.00 Blind Spot Monitoring w/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert - $600.00 Dynamic Radar Cruise Control - $500.00 F-Sport Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel with Heat - $150.00
  24. The Lexus IS is one of my favorite luxury sedans on sale today. The styling may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it helps make the IS stand out in a very crowded field of compact luxury sedans. Paired with the excellent 3.5L V6 and F-Sport package, the IS gives the German competition a run for its money in the twisty bits. Since we last drove the IS back in 2014, Lexus has made some changes to IS’ lineup with the base 2.5L V6 being dropped and a new turbocharged four-cylinder taking its place, along with a new variant of 3.5L V6 producing 255 horsepower badged as the IS 300. Recently, I spent some time in the IS 200t F-Sport and it was a bit disappointing. Read on to find out why. The cause for my disappointment? The turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine in question is the same one that is used in the NX 200t, a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder producing 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic comes standard on rear-drive models, while all-wheel drive models retain a six-speed automatic. Compared to the NX 200t, I think this engine has gotten worse in the IS. The major problem is turbo lag. I could count to three after stepping on the accelerator before the turbo would spool up and give the vehicle the needed shove to move along. Even with the vehicle in Sport mode, it takes a moment for the turbo to wake up. Once the turbo is spooled up, it moves the IS with some authority. Power comes on at a steady and smooth rate. The engine also very refined with little noise coming inside. EPA fuel economy figures stand at 22 City/33 Highway/26 Combined. Our average landed around 24 mpg, partly due to my foot putting the pedal almost to the floor in an effort to make the turbo was up. The F-Sport package is the ace up the IS 200t’s sleeve. A revised suspension and steering setup, along with a set of summer tires make the IS a joy to pilot around corners. There is no body roll when entering a corner and the steering provides an excellent feel of the road. Unlike the IS 350 F-Sport, the 250 does without the adaptive dampers. This might make some reconsider as the ride can become somewhat rough over bumpy and pothole-ladened roads. Styling is still polarizing with sharp creases, an interesting lighting setup up front, and a grille that looks like it was styled off the Predator. The F-Sport package actually helps balance this design with new front bumper, mesh grille insert, and a set of 18-inch wheels finished in a dark gray. I’m not usually a fan of red on a vehicle, but it actually works quite well for the F-Sport. The IS’ interior hasn’t changed much since we last visited it in 2014. This means the excellent sport seats and well laid out instrument cluster are here. It also means the smallish screen for the infotainment system and the infuriating Lexus Remote Touch controller. The back seat is still quite small for most passengers, though I would say the Cadillac ATS’ back seat is even smaller. The 2016 IS 200t F-Sport begins at $40,870. Our test car came with a few options such as blind spot monitoring (which you need because rear visibility is poor), radar cruise control, navigation, Mark Levinson audio system, and heated front seats. This brought the as-tested price to $45,705. But for only $1,000 to $1,500 more, you can get into a decently equipped IS 350 F-Sport with adaptive dampers and the better engine. The Lexus IS is still an impressive compact luxury sedan and one that deserves more of the spotlight. But the 2.0L turbo spoils an impressive sedan. This is a case of right car, wrong engine. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the IS 200t, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: Lexus Model: IS Trim: 200t F-Sport Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-iW Inline-Four Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 241 @ 5,800 Torque @ RPM: 258 @ 1,650 - 4,400 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/33/26 Curb Weight: 3,583 lbs Location of Manufacture: Tahara, Aichi, Japan Base Price: $37,325 As Tested Price: $45,705 (Includes $940.00 Destination Charge) Options: F-Sport Package - $3,545.00 Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio System - $2,645.00 Blind Spot Monitoring w/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert - $600.00 Dynamic Radar Cruise Control - $500.00 F-Sport Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel with Heat - $150.00 View full article
  25. Toyota Motor Sales Reports October 2016 Sales TMS posts best-ever light truck sales for the month Toyota expects to retain No. 1 retail brand crown in October Lexus posts record October LUV sales TORRANCE, Calif. (November 1, 2016) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported October 2016 sales of 186,295 units, a decrease of 8.7 percent from October 2015 on a volume basis. With two fewer selling days in October 2016 compared to October 2015, sales were down 1.7 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota Division posted October sales of 161,492 units, down 9.1 percent on a volume basis and 2.1 on a DSR basis. “Light trucks remained the hottest segment for the industry in October,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. “With best-ever October Highlander sales, combined with solid RAV4, Corolla, and Camry results, we expect to keep Toyota the number one retail brand.” Lexus posted October sales of 24,803 units, down 6.2 percent on a volume basis and up 1 percent on a DSR basis. “Lexus luxury utility vehicles lead sales volume for the brand, with both the NX and the LUV lineup seeing their best-ever Octobers,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. “As we get ready to kick off our annual December to Remember sales campaign in the coming weeks with robust inventory, we expect to close out the year strong, retaining retail luxury leadership for 2016.” October 2016 Highlights Corolla Sedan up 2 percent Camry posts October sales of 29,562 units TMS light trucks post best-ever sales for the month Toyota Division light trucks up 6.6 percent on a DSR basis Toyota Division SUV up nearly 10 percent on a DSR basis Highlander up 32.7 percent; posts best-ever October 4Runner sales were flat for the month on a volume basis; up 7 percent on a DSR basis Land Cruiser up 87.6 percent Toyota Division pickups up 2.7 percent on a volume basis; up almost 11 percent on a DSR basis Tacoma up 4.2 percent; up 12.2 percent on a DSR basis Tundra sales were flat for the month on a volume basis; up nearly 8 percent on a DSR basis TCUV posts best-ever sales for the month L/Certified by Lexus posts best-ever October sales Lexus LUVs up 6.1 percent; posts best-ever October sales NX up almost 26 percent; posts best-ever October LX up almost 162 percent in October GS up almost 8 percent *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume

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