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  1. Lexus' F performance sub-brand has relied on V8 power. But the head of Lexus, Yoshihiro Sawa tells Auto Express that F needs to "embrace different powertrain choices" to stay relevant in the future. “F is very important; with F we have to think of our own original way. One solution could be a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine, giving a different kind of drive feel. We don’t stick to V8, V10, twin-turbocharged; they’re important but we’re looking at the future. We’d like to find a way to connect to the next era,” said Sawa. “I think that now, we’re in a transitional period. At this moment people say EVs are trendy but three years later, who knows? People like the sound, the dynamics [of combustion engines]. I think we cannot stick to the one solution when it comes to providing emotion.” Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have announced plans to add electrified powertrains to their future high-performance models. Source: Auto Express View full article
  2. Lexus' F performance sub-brand has relied on V8 power. But the head of Lexus, Yoshihiro Sawa tells Auto Express that F needs to "embrace different powertrain choices" to stay relevant in the future. “F is very important; with F we have to think of our own original way. One solution could be a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine, giving a different kind of drive feel. We don’t stick to V8, V10, twin-turbocharged; they’re important but we’re looking at the future. We’d like to find a way to connect to the next era,” said Sawa. “I think that now, we’re in a transitional period. At this moment people say EVs are trendy but three years later, who knows? People like the sound, the dynamics [of combustion engines]. I think we cannot stick to the one solution when it comes to providing emotion.” Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have announced plans to add electrified powertrains to their future high-performance models. Source: Auto Express
  3. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for June, First Half 2018 TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set light truck sales record RAV4, Highlander posted best-ever June and first half Lexus NX Hybrid recorded best-ever June PLANO, Texas (July 3, 2018) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported June 2018 sales of 209,602 units. With one more selling day in June 2018 compared to June 2017, sales were up 3.6 percent on volume basis and down 0.3 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. For the first half of the year, TMNA reported sales of 1,189,312 units, up 3.0 percent on a volume basis versus the same period in 2017. On a DSR basis, sales were up 1.6 percent versus last year. Toyota division posted June 2018 sales of 185,852 units, up 4.4 percent on a volume basis and up 1.9 percent on a DSR basis. “Record June light truck sales, led by RAV4 and Highlander, solidified Toyota as the No. 1 selling retail brand through the first half of this year,” said Andrew Gilleland, vice president of Sales Operations, Toyota division. “Strong consumer demand on Toyota Camry, the excitement of the all-new 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla Hatchback, paired with excellent light truck availability sets us up for continued strong sales throughout the summer.” Lexus posted June sales of 23,750 units, down 2.6 percent on a volume basis and down 6.2 percent on a DSR basis. “Lexus closed out the first half of the year up led by best-ever LUV sales,” said David Christ, group vice president and general manager, Lexus division. “RX is up seven percent year-to-date and remains the top-selling luxury vehicle in the industry while the NX delivered ten percent year-over-year growth. In addition to these great results, we successfully launched our flagship sedan, the all-new LS 500, and the all-new RXL. We’re looking forward to continued success in the third quarter, which will get a boost from our all-new ES sedan that goes on sale in September.” June and First Half 2018 Highlights: TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions posted best-ever light truck sales for June and the first half Camry recorded June sales of 28,215 units Corolla sedan posted sales of 25,947 units for the month RAV4 increased by 10.6 percent; best-ever June and best-ever first half Highlander increased by 20.7 percent; best-ever June and best-ever first half 4Runner sales of 11,569 units in June; a best-ever June Tacoma increased by 30.6 percent Tundra posted June sales of 9,955 Lexus LUVs posted a 7.4 percent increase, a best-ever June NX Hybrid up 270 percent, the sixth consecutive best-ever month NX combined sales up 5.8 percent in June, a best-ever June and first half RX saw gain of 5.3 percent in June GX increased 23.5 percent, a best-ever June in 13 years LS up 135.5 percent in the first half *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume
  4. Lexus finds itself in a bit of a bind. With demand for crossovers growing, Lexus is doing a serious look at its product lineup and deciding what needs to be added and what needs to taken out. "We're more focused on maximizing the opportunities we have than comparing ourselves," said David Christ, the new general manager for Lexus to Automotive News. "Our product plan is what I would call a work in progress." The current focus for Lexus is the upcoming launches of the ES and the subcompact UX crossover. The ES is expected to keep current Lexus owners happy, but the new F-Sport package will hopefully bring in younger people - Lexus expects a quarter of ES sales to be the F-sport. The UX though is seen as what will bring the majority of young buyers to the brand. But this focus has Lexus doing "a strategic look" at two of their older models, the IS and GS. Both models are late into their lifecycles: IS was launched in 2013, while GS dates back to 2011. The two aren't big sellers either. In 2017, Lexus only moved 7,773 GS models and 26,482 IS models. Rumor has it that the GS could go away if the ES gets all-wheel drive. Christ wouldn't comment on that. "We can't do it all at once, but we're certainly evaluating both vehicles," said Christ. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  5. William Maley

    The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    Lexus finds itself in a bit of a bind. With demand for crossovers growing, Lexus is doing a serious look at its product lineup and deciding what needs to be added and what needs to taken out. "We're more focused on maximizing the opportunities we have than comparing ourselves," said David Christ, the new general manager for Lexus to Automotive News. "Our product plan is what I would call a work in progress." The current focus for Lexus is the upcoming launches of the ES and the subcompact UX crossover. The ES is expected to keep current Lexus owners happy, but the new F-Sport package will hopefully bring in younger people - Lexus expects a quarter of ES sales to be the F-sport. The UX though is seen as what will bring the majority of young buyers to the brand. But this focus has Lexus doing "a strategic look" at two of their older models, the IS and GS. Both models are late into their lifecycles: IS was launched in 2013, while GS dates back to 2011. The two aren't big sellers either. In 2017, Lexus only moved 7,773 GS models and 26,482 IS models. Rumor has it that the GS could go away if the ES gets all-wheel drive. Christ wouldn't comment on that. "We can't do it all at once, but we're certainly evaluating both vehicles," said Christ. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  6. Toyota Motor North America Reports May 2018 Sales TMNA, Toyota, Lexus divisions posted best-ever light truck May sales Toyota Highlander posted best-ever monthly sales Lexus NXh posted best-ever May sales PLANO, Texas (June 1, 2018) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported May 2018 sales of 215,321 vehicles, a decrease of 1.3 percent from May 2017 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in May 2018 compared to May 2017, sales were down 5.1 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted May sales of 189,930 units, down 1.5 percent on a volume basis and down 5.3 percent on a DSR basis. Lexus division posted May sales of 25,391 vehicles, down 0.1 percent on a volume basis and down 3.9 percent on a DSR basis. May 2018 Highlights TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions’ light trucks posted a best-ever May Camry posted sales of 29,965 RAV4 posted sales of 38,202 units Highlander sales up 17.6 percent, a best-ever May 4Runner sales up 6.6 percent Toyota division pickup truck sales up 11.0 percent Tacoma sales up 21.1 percent Tundra posted sales of 10,062 units Lexus LUVs posted a 6.8 percent increase, a best-ever May RX posted sales of 9,697 units NX Hybrid up 221.4 percent, a best-ever May NX combined sales of 4,975 units, continuing a best-ever start to the year LS sales up 186.4 percent with sales of 908 units *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY MAY 2018 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 215,321 218,252 -5.1 -1.3 979,710 952,791 2.0 2.8 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 189,930 192,848 -5.3 -1.5 868,460 843,426 2.2 3.0 TOTAL LEXUS 25,391 25,404 -3.9 -0.1 111,250 109,365 0.9 1.7 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,861 3,444 -20.1 -16.9 13,430 15,758 -15.4 -14.8 YARIS LIFTBACK 139 852 -84.3 -83.7 724 6,138 -88.3 -88.2 TOTAL YARIS 3,000 4,296 -32.9 -30.2 14,154 21,896 -35.9 -35.4 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 xD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 xB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 tC 0 10 -100.0 -100.0 1 166 -99.4 -99.4 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 2,526 1,995 21.7 26.6 9,436 9,312 0.5 1.3 COROLLA SEDAN 27,052 30,942 -15.9 -12.6 123,858 136,164 -9.8 -9.0 TOTAL COROLLA 29,578 32,937 -13.7 -10.2 133,294 145,476 -9.1 -8.4 86 (INCL FR-S) 401 680 -43.3 -41.0 1,920 3,101 -38.6 -38.1 MIRAI 102 162 -39.5 -37.0 640 579 9.7 10.5 AVALON 2,669 2,872 -10.6 -7.1 16,499 14,215 15.2 16.1 PRIUS 8,672 10,023 -16.8 -13.5 38,327 46,366 -18.0 -17.3 CAMRY 29,965 32,547 -11.5 -7.9 150,580 147,434 1.3 2.1 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 74,387 83,527 -14.4 -10.9 355,415 379,233 -7.0 -6.3 CT 0 825 -100 -100 4 3,311 -99.9 -99.9 IS 2,180 2,367 -11.4 -7.9 9,279 10,225 -10.0 -9.3 RC 434 517 -19.3 -16.1 1,421 2,600 -45.8 -45.3 ES 3,828 4,228 -12.9 -9.5 16,309 17,134 -5.6 -4.8 GS 672 615 5.1 9.3 3,086 2,907 5.3 6.2 LS 908 317 175.4 186.4 3,580 1,555 128.4 130.2 LC 154 422 -65 -64 855 422 101 103 LFA 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 8,177 9,291 -15.4 -12.0 34,536 38,154 -10.2 -9.5 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 82,564 92,818 -14.5 -11.0 389,951 417,387 -7.3 -6.6 SIENNA 7,346 10,434 -32.3 -29.6 38,903 46,696 -17.3 -16.7 C-HR 4,366 1848 127 136 21,908 2398 806.4 813.6 RAV4 38,202 38,356 -4.2 -0.4 160,670 150,646 5.8 6.7 FJ CRUISER 0 0 0 0 1 2 -50.4 -50 VENZA 0 0 0 0 0 11 -100 -100 HIGHLANDER 21,312 18,115 13.1 17.6 92,650 82,738 11.1 12.0 4RUNNER 11,739 11,014 2.5 6.6 53,259 53,098 -0.5 0.3 SEQUOIA 868 964 -13.4 -10.0 4,556 5,349 -15.5 -14.8 LAND CRUISER 268 259 -0.5 3.5 1,291 1,292 -0.9 -0.1 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 76,755 70,556 4.6 8.8 334,335 295,534 12.2 13.1 TACOMA 21,380 17,654 16.4 21.1 93,970 78,154 19.3 20.2 TUNDRA 10,062 10,677 -9.4 -5.8 45,837 43,809 3.8 4.6 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 31,442 28,331 6.7 11.0 139,807 121,963 13.7 14.6 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 115,543 109,321 1.6 5.7 513,045 464,193 9.7 10.5 NX 4,975 5,009 -4.5 -0.7 23,810 21,426 10.3 11.1 RX 9,697 8,849 5.4 9.6 41,197 38,329 6.6 7.5 GX 2018 1851 4.8 9.0 9,521 9,157 3.2 4.0 LX 524 404 24.7 29.7 2,186 2,299 -5.7 -4.9 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 17,214 16,113 2.7 6.8 76,714 71,211 6.9 7.7 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 132,757 125,434 1.8 5.8 589,759 535,404 9.3 10.2 Selling Days 26 25 127 126 DSR = Daily Selling Rate *NA Built Vehicles TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY MAY, 2018 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % COROLLA 27,052 30,942 -15.9 -12.6 123,858 136,164 -9.8 -9.0 CAMRY 28,875 32,547 -14.7 -11.3 139,680 147,434 -6.0 -5.3 AVALON 2,669 2,872 -10.6 -7.1 16,499 14,215 15.2 16.1 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,861 3,444 -20.1 -16.9 13,430 15,758 -15.4 -14.8 RAV4 16,769 17,580 -8.3 -4.6 70,412 70,483 -0.9 -0.1 VENZA 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 11 -100.0 -100.0 HIGHLANDER 21,312 18,115 13.1 17.6 92,650 82,738 11.1 12.0 SIENNA 7,346 10,434 -32.3 -29.6 38,903 46,696 -17.3 -16.7 SEQUOIA 868 964 -13.4 -10.0 4,556 5,349 -15.5 -14.8 TACOMA 21,380 17,654 16.4 21.1 93,970 78,154 19.3 20.2 TUNDRA 10,062 10,677 -9.4 -5.8 45,837 43,809 3.8 4.6 ES 3,400 3,335 -2.0 1.9 14,544 12,864 12.2 13.1 RX 5,834 8,301 -32.4 -29.7 32,391 35,626 -9.8 -9.1 TOTAL 148,428 156,865 -9.0 -5.4 686,730 689,301 -1.2 -0.4 N.A VEHICLES % OF TOTAL 68.9% 71.9% 70.1% 72.3% TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR 12,930 13,722 -9.4 -5.8 61,948 65,662 -6.4 -5.7 LEXUS IMPORT CAR 4,777 5,956 -22.9 -19.8 19,992 25,290 -21.6 -20.9 TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT CARS 61,457 69,805 -15.3 -12.0 293,467 313,571 -7.1 -6.4 LEXUS NA BUILT CARS 3,400 3,335 -2.0 1.9 14,544 12,864 12.2 13.1 TOTAL TOYOTA CARS 82,564 92,818 -14.5 -11.0 389,951 417,387 -7.3 -6.6 TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT TRUCK 37,806 33,897 7.2 11.5 166,717 136,953 20.8 21.7 LEXUS IMPORT TRUCK 11,380 7,812 40.1 45.7 44,323 35,585 23.6 24.6 TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK 77,737 75,424 -0.9 3.1 346,328 327,240 5.0 5.8 LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK 5,834 8,301 -32.4 -29.7 32,391 35,626 -9.8 -9.1 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 132,757 125,434 1.8 5.8 589,759 535,404 9.3 10.2 Selling Days 26 25 127 126 TOYOTA U.S. HYBRID SALES SUMMARY APRIL, 2018 -- Current Month -- -- Calendar Year To Date -- 2018 2017 DSR % 2018 2017 DSR % Toyota Prius Sedan 4,760 6,065 -24.5% 20,554 27,636 -26.2% Toyota Prius V(only) 170 929 -82.4% 1,882 4,474 -58.3% Toyota Prius C(only) 818 1,121 -29.8% 3,873 6,182 -37.8% Toyota Prius PRIME(only) 2,924 1,908 47.4% 12,018 8,074 47.7% Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 4,268 4,070 0.8% 19,347 17,061 12.5% Lexus NX Hybrid 762 228 221.4% 3,077 1,048 191.3% Lexus RX Hybrid 1,359 747 74.9% 4,407 3,025 44.5%
  7. The Lexus ES has always been the safe, conservative choice in the midsize class. There was nothing controversial or exciting about it. But that is changing with the seventh-generation model that made its debut today at Auto China. Lexus has already given us a preview of what most of the ES looks like last week, but we weren't sure about what the back end looks like. We now know and it looks very similar to the current GS with a short trunk lid, triangular taillights that extend into the rear fenders, and sculpting on the bumper. This generation of the ES will also get for the first time an F-Sport package with a mesh grille, body kit, and new wheels. In terms of dimensions, the 2019 ES sees a 2.6-inch increase in overall length, 2-inch increase in wheelbase, and a 1.8-inch increase in width. The interior borrows a fair amount of ideas from the LS and LC with a trapezoidal gauge cluster and control knobs sitting on either side; real wood and aluminum dash accents, and a large infotainment screen measuring out 8- or 12-inches. The ES will be the first Lexus model to get (finally) Apple CarPlay intergration. Those with Android phones are just out of luck. Lexus will offer two engines for the U.S. market. The ES 350 packs a 3.5L V6 producing 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. For those who care about fuel efficiency have the ES 300h which pairs a 2.5L four-cylinder with an electric motor to produce a total output of 215. The V6 gets an eight-speed automatic, while the ES 300h makes do with a CVT. Platform-wise, the ES uses a variant of the GA-K platform found in the new Camry and Avalon. Lexus added extra reinforcement for the ES to improve overall rigidity. The 2019 ES arrives at Lexus dealers in September. Source: Lexus A New Level of Performance and Sophistication—The Next Generation Lexus ES Emotional Design Reflects New Dynamic Capabilities Introduction of the First F SPORT Model in the ES Lineup Hybrid Model Delivers Exceptional Mileage and Improved Performance BEIJING, April 25, 2018 — After six generations of unprecedented success in the entry-luxury sedan category, the next-generation Lexus ES is forging a new, more ambitious path. Long known for its unparalleled comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the seventh-generation ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT. Representing the third vehicle in the Future Chapter of Lexus that started with the LC coupe and LS sedan, the new ES expands that vision of the brand’s future to a broader audience. Traditional buyers will find the new ES more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before while a new generation of customers will be introduced to a sedan with sharpened performance, class-leading active safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this segment. The New Dimension of ES Design Built on the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform, the new ES pushes the limits of design in the luxury sedan class. This ES is longer (+2.6 in), lower (-.2 in) and wider (+1.8 in.) than before with wheels that have been pushed closer to the corners thanks to a two-inch longer wheelbase and wider tracks front (+.4 in) and rear (+1.5 in). Its stance and proportions reflect its newfound performance capabilities and give the ES the kind of eye-catching appearance that will make owners take a second look as they walk away. Project Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino, describes the look of the ES as “provocative elegance”. “The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan. For this generation, we have added daring design elements that challenge the traditional expectations of buyers.” To create a dynamic yet fluid shape, Kaijino’s team used the low hood enabled by the new ES platform to produce a distinctive silhouette emphasized by an aggressive downward slant. Up front, the ES offers two dramatically different grille designs. The standard ES 350 and the ES 300h use elegant vertical bars that radiate out from the center while the ES 350 F SPORT model adopts a blacked out pattern consisting of “L”-shaped clusters with corresponding cut outs at each corner of the fascia. In a break with ES models of the past, the seventh-generation design uses a fast roofline that emphasizes its lower stance and slippery aerodynamics. The rear end is clean and sharply chiseled, with LED taillamps that wrap around the quarter panels to provide a continuous styling line from any angle. F SPORT models add a rear spoiler, additional rear badging and a dark lower valance to further refine the look. There are three different wheel designs (standard 17-inch, two 18-inch) for the ES 350 and ES 300h while the ES 350 F SPORT gets standard 19-inch wheels with a design similar to that found on the LC coupe. A dozen colors make up the exterior paint palette including two new shades, one green and one beige, that are anything but typical. Moonbeam Beige Metallic was designed to mimic light reflecting off fresh snow, while Sunlit Green replicates the color of ocean water brightened by the sun. F SPORT models get an exclusive Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0 color that complements its high-energy design. The Future of Lexus Interiors When designing the look and feel of the ES’s interior, Kajino’s team started with the Lexus Future Interior concept which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. In the ES, the driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by placing the center display screen, instrument panel and available heads up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view. Front passengers, on the other hand, get a more open and spacious environment that promotes relaxation. Rear seat passenger comfort has long been a hallmark of the ES and the seventh-generation model still prioritizes rear package capability despite the sleeker exterior roofline. A lower hip point and a carefully configured headliner preserve headroom while the longer wheelbase delivers generous legroom. To create an entirely different appearance for the inside of new F SPORT model, an all-new kind of metallic cabin trim was developed that is unlike anything else Lexus has done before. Inspired by the making of a traditional Japanese sword, Hadori aluminum trim features fluctuating wave patterns that give it a three-dimensional appearance that varies depending on the viewing angle. The effect is subtle yet indicative of the level of detail and craftsmanship that Kajino’s team put into giving the F SPORT a unique place in the lineup. The standard ES 350 and ES 300h will continue to offer traditional materials like Matte Bamboo, Linear Dark Mocha and Linear Espresso wood which give the ES a hand-crafted appearance that luxury buyers expect in this category. A New Era of Performance The engineering team led by Yasuhiro Sakakibara had one clear goal when it came to the ES: transform the image of the ES. That meant turning a sedan known primarily for comfort and quietness into one that is equally capable of delivering class-leading handling and power that you can feel and hear. According to Sakakibara, this ES was built to deliver a fundamentally higher level of performance than any of its predecessors. “We knew that this ES had to feel responsive and easy to drive, no matter what kind of road it was on and that can only be achieved with a solid foundation.” The starting point was the newly developed GA-K chassis. It’s an exceptionally rigid front-wheel drive chassis, rivalling the GA-L rear-wheel drive platform used for the LC coupe and LS sedan in terms of torsional stiffness. Various grades of high-tensile steel reduce weight versus previous platforms while additional enhancements like an all-new multi-link rear suspension design, rack-mounted electric power steering and a V-brace mounted behind the rear seat gave the engineers the flexibility to tune the ES with a newfound level of precision. All of the upgrades to the chassis were designed to deliver a sense of comforting predictability coupled with a feeling of quick response to every movement. Yoshiaki Ito, chief test driver for Lexus, describes the ES’s heightened level and refined definition of comfort by saying: “We want every kind of driver to feel a sense of complete control when they are behind the wheel of the ES. It’s a level of comfort that goes beyond merely delivering a smooth ride.” For an enhanced level of dynamic performance, F SPORT models offer an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) similar to that found on the LC coupe. AVS adds adjustable dampers at each corner that feature 650 levels of damping force for the ultimate in control over any surface. Another F SPORT exclusive is a Sport+ mode for the Drive Mode Select system that selects the most aggressive engine, transmission and suspension settings for maximum performance. A new Engine Sound Enhancement feature is also activated in Sport+ mode that adds an additional layer of engine noise that enhances the natural rhythms of the spirited driving. Standard V6 Power and a New 8-Speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission All ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that is designed to deliver commanding acceleration along with an invigorating sound. With an update to D4-S fuel injection, the impressively smooth engine now develops 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Both of those numbers are up significantly (+34 hp, +19 lb-ft) compared to the previous generation V6. In addition to the boost in power, the ES 350 also benefits from a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. It uses an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch to more efficiently transfer power to the front wheels, and has been tuned to deliver crisp, precisely timed shifts with quick responses. With a wider spread of ratios, the new eight speed is able to utilize high torque gears on the low end for quick starts and tall gearing on the high end for optimum efficiency. Fourth Generation Hybrid Drive System Not to be outdone by its gasoline siblings, the ES 300h is capable of delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, responsive performance and minimal emissions for an entry-level luxury sedan. A new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System couples an ultra-efficient, Atkinson cycle 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine with a lighter, more compact, more power dense electric motor and self-charging hybrid system. Together they deliver a combined 215 total system horsepower and a preliminary estimate of 44 mpg in combined driving. An all-new engine, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder incorporates fast-burn combustion technology that makes it one of the most thermally efficient engines ever offered in a Lexus. The result is more power without increasing emissions or fuel consumption. Various methods were used to achieve such impressive results including straight intake ports, increased valve angles and laser-clad valve seats. A variable capacity oil pump, multihole injectors, VVTi-E on the intake valves and a variable cooling system also contribute to the engine’s impressive heat and combustion management. Overall drivability of the ES 300h has been improved thanks to a more sophisticated hybrid system control computer that is better able to mimic the feel and power delivery of a standard gas engine. An all-new nickel metal hydride battery is smaller than before which allows it to be mounted underneath the back seat so it doesn’t infringe on trunk space. Unparalleled Safety Comes Standard One element of the ES that hasn’t been radically transformed is its dedication to safety. All versions of the seventh-generation ES feature the new Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. Already one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind, LSS+ 2.0 adds new features that further expand its capabilities. One such feature is daytime bicyclist detection which is part of the comprehensive Pre-Collision System (PCS). Already designed to detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian, the PCS system’s ability to potentially detect a bicyclist addresses a common accident scenario. PCS has also been enhanced to help better detect a pedestrian at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range. Technology That Connects and Simplifies Staying connected has never been so important to ES owners, so there are now multiple ways to engage with technology in a safe and convenient manner. For example, the seventh-generation ES is the first Lexus product to offer Apple CarPlay™ phone functionality, enabling drivers to control their iPhones® through the dashboard display screen or with Siri Eyes Free® voice control. The ES is also Amazon Alexa®-enabled, so drivers can use natural language commands to control a variety of functions. That functionality includes car-to-home and home-to-car commands, so owners who have Alexa enabled devices in their home can interact with their ES before they ever get behind the wheel. On board Wi-fi powered by Verizon is also available on the ES as part of an optional navigation system that includes an easy-to-read 12.3-inch wide dashboard display. Along with its on-board data set, the navigation system is also capable of receiving over-the-air updates for improved routing and the latest Points of Interest (POIs). Models without navigation will use an 8-inch display and all interactions will be controlled through the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) trackpad. The Next Chapter of ES When it goes on sale in September, the 2019 Lexus ES will usher in a new era for one of the brand’s most popular models. Much like the flagship LS, the new ES sedan addresses the need to engage a broader range of customers. It delivers everything that traditional Lexus buyers expect along with elements that will draw in those who haven’t considered the brand before. Bolder styling, more dynamic performance, unique cabin materials and the latest technology add a chapter to the ES story that hasn’t been told, but that all changes in 2018. View full article
  8. The Lexus ES has always been the safe, conservative choice in the midsize class. There was nothing controversial or exciting about it. But that is changing with the seventh-generation model that made its debut today at Auto China. Lexus has already given us a preview of what most of the ES looks like last week, but we weren't sure about what the back end looks like. We now know and it looks very similar to the current GS with a short trunk lid, triangular taillights that extend into the rear fenders, and sculpting on the bumper. This generation of the ES will also get for the first time an F-Sport package with a mesh grille, body kit, and new wheels. In terms of dimensions, the 2019 ES sees a 2.6-inch increase in overall length, 2-inch increase in wheelbase, and a 1.8-inch increase in width. The interior borrows a fair amount of ideas from the LS and LC with a trapezoidal gauge cluster and control knobs sitting on either side; real wood and aluminum dash accents, and a large infotainment screen measuring out 8- or 12-inches. The ES will be the first Lexus model to get (finally) Apple CarPlay intergration. Those with Android phones are just out of luck. Lexus will offer two engines for the U.S. market. The ES 350 packs a 3.5L V6 producing 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. For those who care about fuel efficiency have the ES 300h which pairs a 2.5L four-cylinder with an electric motor to produce a total output of 215. The V6 gets an eight-speed automatic, while the ES 300h makes do with a CVT. Platform-wise, the ES uses a variant of the GA-K platform found in the new Camry and Avalon. Lexus added extra reinforcement for the ES to improve overall rigidity. The 2019 ES arrives at Lexus dealers in September. Source: Lexus A New Level of Performance and Sophistication—The Next Generation Lexus ES Emotional Design Reflects New Dynamic Capabilities Introduction of the First F SPORT Model in the ES Lineup Hybrid Model Delivers Exceptional Mileage and Improved Performance BEIJING, April 25, 2018 — After six generations of unprecedented success in the entry-luxury sedan category, the next-generation Lexus ES is forging a new, more ambitious path. Long known for its unparalleled comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the seventh-generation ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT. Representing the third vehicle in the Future Chapter of Lexus that started with the LC coupe and LS sedan, the new ES expands that vision of the brand’s future to a broader audience. Traditional buyers will find the new ES more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before while a new generation of customers will be introduced to a sedan with sharpened performance, class-leading active safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this segment. The New Dimension of ES Design Built on the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform, the new ES pushes the limits of design in the luxury sedan class. This ES is longer (+2.6 in), lower (-.2 in) and wider (+1.8 in.) than before with wheels that have been pushed closer to the corners thanks to a two-inch longer wheelbase and wider tracks front (+.4 in) and rear (+1.5 in). Its stance and proportions reflect its newfound performance capabilities and give the ES the kind of eye-catching appearance that will make owners take a second look as they walk away. Project Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino, describes the look of the ES as “provocative elegance”. “The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan. For this generation, we have added daring design elements that challenge the traditional expectations of buyers.” To create a dynamic yet fluid shape, Kaijino’s team used the low hood enabled by the new ES platform to produce a distinctive silhouette emphasized by an aggressive downward slant. Up front, the ES offers two dramatically different grille designs. The standard ES 350 and the ES 300h use elegant vertical bars that radiate out from the center while the ES 350 F SPORT model adopts a blacked out pattern consisting of “L”-shaped clusters with corresponding cut outs at each corner of the fascia. In a break with ES models of the past, the seventh-generation design uses a fast roofline that emphasizes its lower stance and slippery aerodynamics. The rear end is clean and sharply chiseled, with LED taillamps that wrap around the quarter panels to provide a continuous styling line from any angle. F SPORT models add a rear spoiler, additional rear badging and a dark lower valance to further refine the look. There are three different wheel designs (standard 17-inch, two 18-inch) for the ES 350 and ES 300h while the ES 350 F SPORT gets standard 19-inch wheels with a design similar to that found on the LC coupe. A dozen colors make up the exterior paint palette including two new shades, one green and one beige, that are anything but typical. Moonbeam Beige Metallic was designed to mimic light reflecting off fresh snow, while Sunlit Green replicates the color of ocean water brightened by the sun. F SPORT models get an exclusive Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0 color that complements its high-energy design. The Future of Lexus Interiors When designing the look and feel of the ES’s interior, Kajino’s team started with the Lexus Future Interior concept which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. In the ES, the driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by placing the center display screen, instrument panel and available heads up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view. Front passengers, on the other hand, get a more open and spacious environment that promotes relaxation. Rear seat passenger comfort has long been a hallmark of the ES and the seventh-generation model still prioritizes rear package capability despite the sleeker exterior roofline. A lower hip point and a carefully configured headliner preserve headroom while the longer wheelbase delivers generous legroom. To create an entirely different appearance for the inside of new F SPORT model, an all-new kind of metallic cabin trim was developed that is unlike anything else Lexus has done before. Inspired by the making of a traditional Japanese sword, Hadori aluminum trim features fluctuating wave patterns that give it a three-dimensional appearance that varies depending on the viewing angle. The effect is subtle yet indicative of the level of detail and craftsmanship that Kajino’s team put into giving the F SPORT a unique place in the lineup. The standard ES 350 and ES 300h will continue to offer traditional materials like Matte Bamboo, Linear Dark Mocha and Linear Espresso wood which give the ES a hand-crafted appearance that luxury buyers expect in this category. A New Era of Performance The engineering team led by Yasuhiro Sakakibara had one clear goal when it came to the ES: transform the image of the ES. That meant turning a sedan known primarily for comfort and quietness into one that is equally capable of delivering class-leading handling and power that you can feel and hear. According to Sakakibara, this ES was built to deliver a fundamentally higher level of performance than any of its predecessors. “We knew that this ES had to feel responsive and easy to drive, no matter what kind of road it was on and that can only be achieved with a solid foundation.” The starting point was the newly developed GA-K chassis. It’s an exceptionally rigid front-wheel drive chassis, rivalling the GA-L rear-wheel drive platform used for the LC coupe and LS sedan in terms of torsional stiffness. Various grades of high-tensile steel reduce weight versus previous platforms while additional enhancements like an all-new multi-link rear suspension design, rack-mounted electric power steering and a V-brace mounted behind the rear seat gave the engineers the flexibility to tune the ES with a newfound level of precision. All of the upgrades to the chassis were designed to deliver a sense of comforting predictability coupled with a feeling of quick response to every movement. Yoshiaki Ito, chief test driver for Lexus, describes the ES’s heightened level and refined definition of comfort by saying: “We want every kind of driver to feel a sense of complete control when they are behind the wheel of the ES. It’s a level of comfort that goes beyond merely delivering a smooth ride.” For an enhanced level of dynamic performance, F SPORT models offer an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) similar to that found on the LC coupe. AVS adds adjustable dampers at each corner that feature 650 levels of damping force for the ultimate in control over any surface. Another F SPORT exclusive is a Sport+ mode for the Drive Mode Select system that selects the most aggressive engine, transmission and suspension settings for maximum performance. A new Engine Sound Enhancement feature is also activated in Sport+ mode that adds an additional layer of engine noise that enhances the natural rhythms of the spirited driving. Standard V6 Power and a New 8-Speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission All ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that is designed to deliver commanding acceleration along with an invigorating sound. With an update to D4-S fuel injection, the impressively smooth engine now develops 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Both of those numbers are up significantly (+34 hp, +19 lb-ft) compared to the previous generation V6. In addition to the boost in power, the ES 350 also benefits from a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. It uses an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch to more efficiently transfer power to the front wheels, and has been tuned to deliver crisp, precisely timed shifts with quick responses. With a wider spread of ratios, the new eight speed is able to utilize high torque gears on the low end for quick starts and tall gearing on the high end for optimum efficiency. Fourth Generation Hybrid Drive System Not to be outdone by its gasoline siblings, the ES 300h is capable of delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, responsive performance and minimal emissions for an entry-level luxury sedan. A new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System couples an ultra-efficient, Atkinson cycle 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine with a lighter, more compact, more power dense electric motor and self-charging hybrid system. Together they deliver a combined 215 total system horsepower and a preliminary estimate of 44 mpg in combined driving. An all-new engine, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder incorporates fast-burn combustion technology that makes it one of the most thermally efficient engines ever offered in a Lexus. The result is more power without increasing emissions or fuel consumption. Various methods were used to achieve such impressive results including straight intake ports, increased valve angles and laser-clad valve seats. A variable capacity oil pump, multihole injectors, VVTi-E on the intake valves and a variable cooling system also contribute to the engine’s impressive heat and combustion management. Overall drivability of the ES 300h has been improved thanks to a more sophisticated hybrid system control computer that is better able to mimic the feel and power delivery of a standard gas engine. An all-new nickel metal hydride battery is smaller than before which allows it to be mounted underneath the back seat so it doesn’t infringe on trunk space. Unparalleled Safety Comes Standard One element of the ES that hasn’t been radically transformed is its dedication to safety. All versions of the seventh-generation ES feature the new Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. Already one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind, LSS+ 2.0 adds new features that further expand its capabilities. One such feature is daytime bicyclist detection which is part of the comprehensive Pre-Collision System (PCS). Already designed to detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian, the PCS system’s ability to potentially detect a bicyclist addresses a common accident scenario. PCS has also been enhanced to help better detect a pedestrian at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range. Technology That Connects and Simplifies Staying connected has never been so important to ES owners, so there are now multiple ways to engage with technology in a safe and convenient manner. For example, the seventh-generation ES is the first Lexus product to offer Apple CarPlay™ phone functionality, enabling drivers to control their iPhones® through the dashboard display screen or with Siri Eyes Free® voice control. The ES is also Amazon Alexa®-enabled, so drivers can use natural language commands to control a variety of functions. That functionality includes car-to-home and home-to-car commands, so owners who have Alexa enabled devices in their home can interact with their ES before they ever get behind the wheel. On board Wi-fi powered by Verizon is also available on the ES as part of an optional navigation system that includes an easy-to-read 12.3-inch wide dashboard display. Along with its on-board data set, the navigation system is also capable of receiving over-the-air updates for improved routing and the latest Points of Interest (POIs). Models without navigation will use an 8-inch display and all interactions will be controlled through the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) trackpad. The Next Chapter of ES When it goes on sale in September, the 2019 Lexus ES will usher in a new era for one of the brand’s most popular models. Much like the flagship LS, the new ES sedan addresses the need to engage a broader range of customers. It delivers everything that traditional Lexus buyers expect along with elements that will draw in those who haven’t considered the brand before. Bolder styling, more dynamic performance, unique cabin materials and the latest technology add a chapter to the ES story that hasn’t been told, but that all changes in 2018.
  9. William Maley

    Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

    "We had no intention of turning it into a production car. But your positive reaction, as well as the reaction of our customers, changed our minds. We listened, and we made it real.” That was Toyota President Akio Toyoda speaking at the Lexus LC 500 debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Four years before, Lexus unveiled the LF-LC concept to the world. It was striking to say in the least with a design that empathized curves and deep cuts. There was no chance that this sleek concept would make it into production. It was too daring for a brand that liked to play it safe. But the LF-LC did make it into production and retained most of the design. But what is the rest of the car like? When an automaker takes a car from concept to production, something is usually lost in the translation due to regulations or costs. But Lexus was somehow able to carry over the design of the LF-LC concept to the LC 500. The front end is set very low and features the brand’s spindle grille and aggressive cuts in the bumper for the LED fog lights. Channels along the hood flow gently into either side of the grille. For the side, the door handles are flush with the doors and will pop out to allow entry into the vehicle. The rear fenders are quite wide to make room for larger tires and brake vents. The back stands out with narrow taillights that extend into the fenders and chrome exhaust surrounds. Wearing a dark grey finish, the LC 500 looks very sinister. The interior is a treat for the eyes. It’s a minimalist design with few buttons and knobs on the dash and door panels. There are some special design touches such as handles that float on the door panels and a grab handle that extends from the center stack to the console for the front seat passenger. Material quality is very impressive with leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, and metal used throughout. My tester came with a set of sport seats with eight-way power seats. The seats feature increased bolstering to hold driver and passenger during a bout of exuberant driving. However, some people will not be able to fully fit into the seats because of the added bolstering. I would like to see Lexus offer some sort of adjustable bolstering down the road. The back seat is best used for storage. There is barely enough head and legroom for a small kid. A 10.3-inch screen sitting in the center stack features the latest version of Lexus Enform. The system features an updated interface with revised graphics and new color palate that makes it very easy to read at a glance. Controlling this is Lexus’ Remote Touchpad controller. Compared to other vehicles with the Touchpad, the LC brings a couple of key improvements. There are a set of shortcut buttons to common functions such as the radio and navigation. Lexus has also implemented a pause over each icon to prevent you from selecting another one because your finger slipped. Despite the improvements, Remote Touchpad is still very distracting to use when driving. You need to give your full attention to the system and not the road to make sure you’re turning on the heated seat for example. At least the LC 500 collision mitigation system with automatic braking to give you a bit of a safety net when using this system. Pop up the hood to find the heart of the LC 500; a 5.0L naturally-aspirated V8 producing 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The powertrain has a Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde personality. Driven normally, the 5.0L V8 emits a low growl and delivers power in a smooth fashion. Gear changes from the 10-speed are unobtrusive. Drive it with some aggression and the LC becomes an animal. The V8 emits a roar similar to a muscle car and will throw you back into the seat as power comes on rapidly. The 10-speed automatic delivers fast shifts to keep the engine in its sweet spot of power. I found myself having a stupid grin on my face every time I would floor the accelerator just to hear the lovely sounds of the V8. EPA fuel economy figures for the 2018 Lexus LC 500 are 16 City/26 Highway/19 Combined. My average for the week landed around 18.6 mpg. The LC 500 is quite surprising on a winding road. Despite the large size and weight, the LC seems to glide from bend to bend with little body roll. Some of this can be attributed to the rear-wheel steering system that is part of an optional performance package that makes the coupe feel smaller. This package also adds the variable gear-ratio steering system which adjusts the number of turns to reach steering lock helps the LC feel nimble. The only downside is the steering lacking the feedback some driving enthusiasts want. On a cruise, the LC 500 settles down and provides a somewhat relaxing ride. A small number of bumps make their way inside due to the 21-inch forged aluminum wheels. The smaller 20-inch wheels do improve ride quality somewhat. Road and wind noise are kept to minimum levels. Possibly the big surprise is how much the LC 500 will set you back. The base is $92,000 and our test vehicle came with an as-tested price of $101,715 with destination. Considering how much performance and luxuries you get for the price, the LC 500 is quite the steal. Lexus took quite the gamble with the LC 500 and their efforts paid off. The sharp exterior styling hides a very impressive chassis that somehow balances sporty handling and comfort. Plus, the V8 engine provides one of the most impressive sounds. Lexus Enform and Remote Touch spoil the LC somewhat as it is distracting to use. In a way, the LC is a modern incarnation of the SC coupe from the 90s. Both were a departure for Lexus as they offered a sleek design, smooth and powerful engines, and a balance between comfort and support. The two coupes also gave Lexus something it was lacking, a soul. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the LC 500, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2018 Make: Lexus Model: LC Trim: 500 Engine: 5.0L DOHC 32-Valve, Dual VVT-i V8 Driveline: Ten-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 471 @ 7,100 Torque @ RPM: 398 @ 4,800 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/26/19 Curb Weight: 4,280 lbs Location of Manufacture: Motomachi, Yokohama, Japan Base Price: $92,000 As Tested Price: $101,715 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: Performance Package with Carbon - $5,960.00 Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System - $1,220.00 Color Heads-Up Display - $900.00 Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential - $390.00 All-Weather Trim Package - $250.00
  10. Next week at Auto China 2018 in Beijing, Lexus will be debuting the 2019 ES sedan. This is a big deal for Lexus as this will be the first ES model that will be sold worldwide. Lexus has dropped both a teaser video and a photo showing off most of the ES' exterior. It shares a lot of design cues with the flagship LS with a wider version of the spindle grille, aggressive bumper, and narrower headlights. The side profile looks similar to the current ES. It's expected that the 2019 ES will be underpinned by the TGNA modular platform. We'll have more details next week. Source: Lexus View full article
  11. William Maley

    Lexus Reveals 2019 ES Before its Official Debut

    Next week at Auto China 2018 in Beijing, Lexus will be debuting the 2019 ES sedan. This is a big deal for Lexus as this will be the first ES model that will be sold worldwide. Lexus has dropped both a teaser video and a photo showing off most of the ES' exterior. It shares a lot of design cues with the flagship LS with a wider version of the spindle grille, aggressive bumper, and narrower headlights. The side profile looks similar to the current ES. It's expected that the 2019 ES will be underpinned by the TGNA modular platform. We'll have more details next week. Source: Lexus
  12. Lexus offers two powertains for the LS; a twin-turbo V6 producing 415 horsepower and a hybrid system featuring a 3.5L V6 that makes 354 horsepower. But Lexus is considering adding more powertains to their flagship sedan. Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the LS told Australian outlet GoAuto that all powertrain options including a plug-in hybrid, hydrogen, and electric were “all on the table” for the current model. The most likely reason for this is competitors such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have plug-in hybrid models of their flagship sedans and are working on new electric models. There is also the elephant in the room known as the Tesla Model S. Hydrogen isn't that much a surprise. Parent company Toyota has been pushing hydrogen for a number of years. But the lack of an extensive hydrogen infrastructure has limited its appeal and caused Toyota to put more focus on electrics. It should be noted that the LF-FC concept shown in 2015 was a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. On the electric front, Toyota has been working on solid-state batteries that promise more range and quicker charging. Plans are to have batteries go into production beginning in 2022. Asahi also mentioned that engineers are looking into improving the current hybrid powertrain - possibly adding more power. Source: GoAuto View full article
  13. William Maley

    Lexus Considers More Powertrain Options for LS

    Lexus offers two powertains for the LS; a twin-turbo V6 producing 415 horsepower and a hybrid system featuring a 3.5L V6 that makes 354 horsepower. But Lexus is considering adding more powertains to their flagship sedan. Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the LS told Australian outlet GoAuto that all powertrain options including a plug-in hybrid, hydrogen, and electric were “all on the table” for the current model. The most likely reason for this is competitors such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have plug-in hybrid models of their flagship sedans and are working on new electric models. There is also the elephant in the room known as the Tesla Model S. Hydrogen isn't that much a surprise. Parent company Toyota has been pushing hydrogen for a number of years. But the lack of an extensive hydrogen infrastructure has limited its appeal and caused Toyota to put more focus on electrics. It should be noted that the LF-FC concept shown in 2015 was a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. On the electric front, Toyota has been working on solid-state batteries that promise more range and quicker charging. Plans are to have batteries go into production beginning in 2022. Asahi also mentioned that engineers are looking into improving the current hybrid powertrain - possibly adding more power. Source: GoAuto
  14. Toyota Motor North America Reports March 2018, First Quarter Sales Toyota division had its best first-quarter in 10 years Best-ever March sales for light truck, RAV4, Highlander Lexus luxury utility vehicles (LUVS) mark best-ever first quarter PLANO, Texas, April 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported March 2018 sales of 222,782 vehicles, an increase of 3.5 percent from March 2017 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in March 2018 compared to March 2017, sales were down 0.2 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted March sales of 195,750 units, up 4.5 percent on a volume basis and up 0.8 percent on a DSR basis. For the first quarter, Toyota posted sales of 572,033 units, up 7.4 percent on a volume basis and up 4.6 percent on a DSR basis. "Strong Camry sales in March, combined with continuing record light truck results, paved the way to our best first-quarter in 10 years," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "With the all-new Avalon and Corolla Hatchback on sale this spring, we're heading into the second quarter with confidence that our sales momentum will continue." Lexus posted March sales of 27,032 vehicles, down 3.2 percent on a volume basis and down 6.7 percent on a DSR basis. For the first quarter, Lexus posted sales of 64,211 units, up 3.8 percent on a volume basis and up 1.1 percent on a DSR basis. "Lexus turned in a solid first quarter with a nearly 4.0 percent sales increase year-over-year," said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager, Lexus division. "Our success was fueled by strong demand for our LUVs, like the compact NX and new three-row RXL, combined with the launch of our new flagship LS sedan. And with even more products on the way, like the all-new UX that we just launched in New York, Lexus has great momentum heading into the rest of 2018." March 2018 Highlights TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions, posted best-ever March and first quarter light truck sales Toyota division posted quarterly sales of more than 507,000, its best first quarter in 10 years Toyota division SUVs up 17.5 percent with 74,662 units sold Camry posted sales of 35,264, outselling top-performing RAV4 RAV4 posted sales of 34,937 units, a best-ever month and first-quarter Highlander posted sales of 21,438 units, a best-ever March and first-quarter Toyota division pickups increased 18.6 percent Tacoma sales up 21.1 percent with 20,250 units sold Tundra posted sales of 10,697 units, up 14.3 percent Lexus division LUVs up 2.1 percent, a best-ever March NX Hybrid up 156.8 percent in March, a best-ever March RX posted monthly sales of 9,814 units LX sales up 3.1 percent Lexus LS posted sales of 1,008 units, up 172.4 percent *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY MARCH 2018 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 222,782 215,224 -0.2 3.5 572,033 532,611 4.6 7.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 195,750 187,289 0.8 4.5 507,822 470,766 5.1 7.9 TOTAL LEXUS 27,032 27,935 -6.7 -3.2 64,211 61,845 1.1 3.8 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,918 4,083 -31.1 -28.5 7,506 8,835 -17.2 -15.0 YARIS LIFTBACK 144 1377 -89.9 -89.5 454 3,764 -88.3 -87.9 TOTAL YARIS 3,062 5,460 -45.9 -43.9 7,960 12,599 -38.5 -36.8 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 xD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 xB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 tC 0 31 -100.0 -100.0 1 142 -99.3 -99.3 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 2,147 2,123 -2.5 1.1 5,029 5,349 -8.4 -6.0 COROLLA SEDAN 29,245 30,584 -7.8 -4.4 72,791 76,086 -6.8 -4.3 TOTAL COROLLA 31,392 32,707 -7.4 -4.0 77,820 81,435 -6.9 -4.4 86 (INCL FR-S) 491 705 -32.8 -30.4 1,182 1,782 -35.4 -33.7 MIRAI 83 118 -32.2 -29.7 462 311 44.7 48.6 AVALON 4,068 3,483 12.6 16.8 10,576 8,596 19.8 23.0 PRIUS 8,222 9,761 -18.8 -15.8 22,235 26,634 -18.7 -16.5 CAMRY 35,264 35,648 -4.6 -1.1 90,767 83,459 5.9 8.8 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 82,582 87,913 -9.4 -6.1 211,003 214,958 -4.4 -1.8 CT 1 841 -99.9 -99.9 4 1,692 -99.8 -99.8 IS 2,312 2,597 -14.2 -11.0 5,283 5,704 -9.8 -7.4 RC 271 619 -57.8 -56.2 618 1,561 -61.4 -60.4 ES 3,938 4,626 -17.9 -14.9 9,263 9,506 -5.1 -2.6 GS 754 737 -1.3 2.3 1,763 1,695 1.3 4.0 LS 1008 370 162.7 172.4 1,672 944 72.5 77.1 LC 218 0 0 0 522 0 0 0 LFA 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 8,502 9,790 -16.3 -13.2 19,126 21,102 -11.7 -9.4 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 91,084 97,703 -10.1 -6.8 230,129 236,060 -5.0 -2.5 SIENNA 7,559 9,770 -25.4 -22.6 23,619 26,020 -11.6 -9.2 C-HR 5,253 0 0 0 13,619 0 0 0 RAV4 34,937 32,027 5.2 9.1 91,459 80,533 10.6 13.6 FJ CRUISER 0 2 -100 -100 1 2 -51.3 -50 VENZA 0 4 -100 -100 0 9 -100 -100 HIGHLANDER 21,438 18,058 14.5 18.7 52,882 46,642 10.4 13.4 4RUNNER 11,761 12,045 -5.8 -2.4 31,550 31,656 -2.9 -0.3 SEQUOIA 1,006 1,112 -12.8 -9.5 2,828 3,437 -19.9 -17.7 LAND CRUISER 267 272 -5.3 -1.8 764 796 -6.5 -4.0 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 74,662 63,520 13.3 17.5 193,103 163,075 15.3 18.4 TACOMA 20,250 16,728 16.7 21.1 53,779 43,493 20.4 23.6 TUNDRA 10,697 9,358 10.2 14.3 26,318 23,220 10.4 13.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 30,947 26,086 14.4 18.6 80,097 66,713 16.9 20.1 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 113,168 99,376 9.8 13.9 296,819 255,808 13.0 16.0 NX 5,859 5,619 0.5 4.3 14,327 12,097 15.4 18.4 RX 9,814 9,445 0.2 3.9 23,790 21,641 7.1 9.9 GX 2329 2569 -12.6 -9.3 5,691 5,514 0.5 3.2 LX 528 512 -0.6 3.1 1,277 1,491 -16.6 -14.4 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 18,530 18,145 -1.5 2.1 45,085 40,743 7.8 10.7 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 131,698 117,521 8.1 12.1 341,904 296,551 12.3 15.3 Selling Days 28 27 77 75 DSR = Daily Selling Rate *NA Built Vehicles TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY MARCH, 2018 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % COROLLA 29,245 30,584 -7.8 -4.4 72,791 76,086 -6.8 -4.3 CAMRY 33,235 35,648 -10.1 -6.8 82,164 83,459 -4.1 -1.6 AVALON 4,068 3,483 12.6 16.8 10,576 8,596 19.8 23.0 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,918 4,083 -31.1 -28.5 7,506 8,835 -17.2 -15.0 RAV4 14,622 15,552 -9.3 -6.0 41,184 38,639 3.8 6.6 VENZA 0 4 -100.0 -100.0 0 9 -100.0 -100.0 HIGHLANDER 21,438 18,058 14.5 18.7 52,882 46,642 10.4 13.4 SIENNA 7,559 9,770 -25.4 -22.6 23,619 26,020 -11.6 -9.2 SEQUOIA 1,006 1,112 -12.8 -9.5 2,828 3,437 -19.9 -17.7 TACOMA 20,250 16,728 16.7 21.1 53,779 43,493 20.4 23.6 TUNDRA 10,697 9,358 10.2 14.3 26,318 23,220 10.4 13.3 ES 3,507 3,502 -3.4 0.1 8,282 6,895 17.0 20.1 RX 8,198 8,745 -9.6 -6.3 21,004 19,983 2.4 5.1 TOTAL 156,743 156,627 -3.5 0.1 402,933 385,314 1.9 4.6 N.A VEHICLES % OF TOTAL 70.4% 72.8% 70.4% 72.3% TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR 13,116 14,115 -10.4 -7.1 37,966 37,982 -2.6 0.0 LEXUS IMPORT CAR 4,995 6,288 -23.4 -20.6 10,844 14,207 -25.7 -23.7 TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT CARS 69,466 73,798 -9.2 -5.9 173,037 176,976 -4.8 -2.2 LEXUS NA BUILT CARS 3,507 3,502 -3.4 0.1 8,282 6,895 17.0 20.1 TOTAL TOYOTA CARS 91,084 97,703 -10.1 -6.8 230,129 236,060 -5.0 -2.5 TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT TRUCK 37,596 28,794 25.9 30.6 96,209 74,348 26.0 29.4 LEXUS IMPORT TRUCK 10,332 9,400 6.0 9.9 24,081 20,760 13.0 16.0 TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK 75,572 70,582 3.2 7.1 200,610 181,460 7.7 10.6 LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK 8,198 8,745 -9.6 -6.3 21,004 19,983 2.4 5.1 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 131,698 117,521 8.1 12.1 341,904 296,551 12.3 15.3 Selling Days 28 27 77 78 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  15. William Maley

    Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

    "We had no intention of turning it into a production car. But your positive reaction, as well as the reaction of our customers, changed our minds. We listened, and we made it real.” That was Toyota President Akio Toyoda speaking at the Lexus LC 500 debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Four years before, Lexus unveiled the LF-LC concept to the world. It was striking to say in the least with a design that empathized curves and deep cuts. There was no chance that this sleek concept would make it into production. It was too daring for a brand that liked to play it safe. But the LF-LC did make it into production and retained most of the design. But what is the rest of the car like? When an automaker takes a car from concept to production, something is usually lost in the translation due to regulations or costs. But Lexus was somehow able to carry over the design of the LF-LC concept to the LC 500. The front end is set very low and features the brand’s spindle grille and aggressive cuts in the bumper for the LED fog lights. Channels along the hood flow gently into either side of the grille. For the side, the door handles are flush with the doors and will pop out to allow entry into the vehicle. The rear fenders are quite wide to make room for larger tires and brake vents. The back stands out with narrow taillights that extend into the fenders and chrome exhaust surrounds. Wearing a dark grey finish, the LC 500 looks very sinister. The interior is a treat for the eyes. It’s a minimalist design with few buttons and knobs on the dash and door panels. There are some special design touches such as handles that float on the door panels and a grab handle that extends from the center stack to the console for the front seat passenger. Material quality is very impressive with leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, and metal used throughout. My tester came with a set of sport seats with eight-way power seats. The seats feature increased bolstering to hold driver and passenger during a bout of exuberant driving. However, some people will not be able to fully fit into the seats because of the added bolstering. I would like to see Lexus offer some sort of adjustable bolstering down the road. The back seat is best used for storage. There is barely enough head and legroom for a small kid. A 10.3-inch screen sitting in the center stack features the latest version of Lexus Enform. The system features an updated interface with revised graphics and new color palate that makes it very easy to read at a glance. Controlling this is Lexus’ Remote Touchpad controller. Compared to other vehicles with the Touchpad, the LC brings a couple of key improvements. There are a set of shortcut buttons to common functions such as the radio and navigation. Lexus has also implemented a pause over each icon to prevent you from selecting another one because your finger slipped. Despite the improvements, Remote Touchpad is still very distracting to use when driving. You need to give your full attention to the system and not the road to make sure you’re turning on the heated seat for example. At least the LC 500 collision mitigation system with automatic braking to give you a bit of a safety net when using this system. Pop up the hood to find the heart of the LC 500; a 5.0L naturally-aspirated V8 producing 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The powertrain has a Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde personality. Driven normally, the 5.0L V8 emits a low growl and delivers power in a smooth fashion. Gear changes from the 10-speed are unobtrusive. Drive it with some aggression and the LC becomes an animal. The V8 emits a roar similar to a muscle car and will throw you back into the seat as power comes on rapidly. The 10-speed automatic delivers fast shifts to keep the engine in its sweet spot of power. I found myself having a stupid grin on my face every time I would floor the accelerator just to hear the lovely sounds of the V8. EPA fuel economy figures for the 2018 Lexus LC 500 are 16 City/26 Highway/19 Combined. My average for the week landed around 18.6 mpg. The LC 500 is quite surprising on a winding road. Despite the large size and weight, the LC seems to glide from bend to bend with little body roll. Some of this can be attributed to the rear-wheel steering system that is part of an optional performance package that makes the coupe feel smaller. This package also adds the variable gear-ratio steering system which adjusts the number of turns to reach steering lock helps the LC feel nimble. The only downside is the steering lacking the feedback some driving enthusiasts want. On a cruise, the LC 500 settles down and provides a somewhat relaxing ride. A small number of bumps make their way inside due to the 21-inch forged aluminum wheels. The smaller 20-inch wheels do improve ride quality somewhat. Road and wind noise are kept to minimum levels. Possibly the big surprise is how much the LC 500 will set you back. The base is $92,000 and our test vehicle came with an as-tested price of $101,715 with destination. Considering how much performance and luxuries you get for the price, the LC 500 is quite the steal. Lexus took quite the gamble with the LC 500 and their efforts paid off. The sharp exterior styling hides a very impressive chassis that somehow balances sporty handling and comfort. Plus, the V8 engine provides one of the most impressive sounds. Lexus Enform and Remote Touch spoil the LC somewhat as it is distracting to use. In a way, the LC is a modern incarnation of the SC coupe from the 90s. Both were a departure for Lexus as they offered a sleek design, smooth and powerful engines, and a balance between comfort and support. The two coupes also gave Lexus something it was lacking, a soul. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the LC 500, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2018 Make: Lexus Model: LC Trim: 500 Engine: 5.0L DOHC 32-Valve, Dual VVT-i V8 Driveline: Ten-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 471 @ 7,100 Torque @ RPM: 398 @ 4,800 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/26/19 Curb Weight: 4,280 lbs Location of Manufacture: Motomachi, Yokohama, Japan Base Price: $92,000 As Tested Price: $101,715 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: Performance Package with Carbon - $5,960.00 Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System - $1,220.00 Color Heads-Up Display - $900.00 Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential - $390.00 All-Weather Trim Package - $250.00 View full article
  16. Lexus' crossover lineup has a new family member in the form of the UX. We've already given some details on the exterior last week, but now we have details on the rest of the vehicle. The UX is the first Lexus model that is underpinned by Toyota's GA-C (Global Architecture-Compact). This platform, which also underpins the Toyota C-HR, promises to have lowest center of gravity in the class. The UX 200 uses a new 2.0L Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine that is said to improve thermal efficiency by 40 percent. This in turn means better fuel economy. Horsepower is rated at 168. A new Direct Shift CVT uses an additional gearset to make acceleration feel more linear and quicker. The UX 250h takes the 2.0L four-cylinder and pairs with two electric motors for a total output of 176 horsepower. The 250h will be the only UX model to come with AWD. One interesting feature exclusive to the UX 250h is Predictive Efficient Drive. This system is said to analyze various data points to boost regenerative braking functionality where a driver has been known to stop frequently to increase regeneration charge for the batteries. An F-Sport package will be available and include a number of visual tweaks, revised springs and anti-roll bars, and optional adaptive dampers. The interior features a minimalistic and simple dash design with two rows of buttons on the center stack. Quilted leather upholstery will be available as an option, along with a trim pattern inspired by a type of Japanese paper called washi. The 2019 Lexus UX arrives in the U.S. sometime this fall. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 All-New Lexus UX Crossover Makes Its World Debut in Geneva The first-ever Lexus compact luxury crossover Bold “Urban Explorer” design First Lexus built on the new GA–C global platform UX 200 features all-new 2.0-liter engine coupled with Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission UX 250h combines new gas engine with 4th generation hybrid system GENEVA, March 6, 2018 – Following recent launches of its stunning new LC flagship coupe, LS flagship sedan and three-row RX luxury utility vehicle, Lexus is opening a new gateway into the brand with the UX, its first-ever compact luxury crossover. Making its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the UX introduces a bold new design, ultra-efficient new powertrains and innovative luxury features. “The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to buyers in their 30s who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.” The UX is the first Lexus to use the brand’s GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform. The super-rigid structure and low center of gravity help the UX deliver exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality. The 2019 Lexus UX will be available in two versions: the UX 200 introduces a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the UX 250h pairs the same 2.0-liter gas engine with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system. New technology that networks with navigation allows the UX 250h to proactively optimize hybrid operation by learning, and adapting to the driver’s routes and driving habits.
  17. Lexus' crossover lineup has a new family member in the form of the UX. We've already given some details on the exterior last week, but now we have details on the rest of the vehicle. The UX is the first Lexus model that is underpinned by Toyota's GA-C (Global Architecture-Compact). This platform, which also underpins the Toyota C-HR, promises to have lowest center of gravity in the class. The UX 200 uses a new 2.0L Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine that is said to improve thermal efficiency by 40 percent. This in turn means better fuel economy. Horsepower is rated at 168. A new Direct Shift CVT uses an additional gearset to make acceleration feel more linear and quicker. The UX 250h takes the 2.0L four-cylinder and pairs with two electric motors for a total output of 176 horsepower. The 250h will be the only UX model to come with AWD. One interesting feature exclusive to the UX 250h is Predictive Efficient Drive. This system is said to analyze various data points to boost regenerative braking functionality where a driver has been known to stop frequently to increase regeneration charge for the batteries. An F-Sport package will be available and include a number of visual tweaks, revised springs and anti-roll bars, and optional adaptive dampers. The interior features a minimalistic and simple dash design with two rows of buttons on the center stack. Quilted leather upholstery will be available as an option, along with a trim pattern inspired by a type of Japanese paper called washi. The 2019 Lexus UX arrives in the U.S. sometime this fall. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 All-New Lexus UX Crossover Makes Its World Debut in Geneva The first-ever Lexus compact luxury crossover Bold “Urban Explorer” design First Lexus built on the new GA–C global platform UX 200 features all-new 2.0-liter engine coupled with Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission UX 250h combines new gas engine with 4th generation hybrid system GENEVA, March 6, 2018 – Following recent launches of its stunning new LC flagship coupe, LS flagship sedan and three-row RX luxury utility vehicle, Lexus is opening a new gateway into the brand with the UX, its first-ever compact luxury crossover. Making its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the UX introduces a bold new design, ultra-efficient new powertrains and innovative luxury features. “The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to buyers in their 30s who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.” The UX is the first Lexus to use the brand’s GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform. The super-rigid structure and low center of gravity help the UX deliver exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality. The 2019 Lexus UX will be available in two versions: the UX 200 introduces a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the UX 250h pairs the same 2.0-liter gas engine with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system. New technology that networks with navigation allows the UX 250h to proactively optimize hybrid operation by learning, and adapting to the driver’s routes and driving habits. View full article
  18. Toyota Motor North America Reports February 2018 Sales TMNA posts best-ever light truck sales for February Toyota RAV4 posts best-ever February Lexus luxury utility vehicles (LUVS) mark best-ever February PLANO, Texas (March 1, 2018) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported February 2018 sales of 182,195 vehicles, an increase of 4.5 percent from February 2017 on a volume basis. With the same amount of selling days in February 2018 compared to February 2017, sales were up 4.5 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted February sales of 162,930 units, up 4.4 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “We’re off to an outstanding start to the year,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “Best-ever February light truck results, combined with continued strong sales of the all-new 2018 Camry, give us great momentum as we kick off our spring Ready, Set, Go! sales event.” Lexus posted February sales of 19,265 vehicles, up 5.1 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. “Lexus kept its momentum going with another strong month in February,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager, Lexus division. “NX, both gas and hybrid, had its best-ever February while our LUVs also delivered another record month. We’ve now launched our all-new 5th-generation LS and LS hybrid sedans, so we expect a very strong first quarter. These new models will be followed by 10 additional new or updated models, so we’re very optimistic about the year ahead.” February 2018 Highlights TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions posted best-ever February light truck sales Toyota division SUVs up 12.6 percent with 61,521 units sold RAV4 posted best-ever month with sales of 29,867 units Camry sales of 30,865, posted double-digit growth year over year Highlander posted sales of 15,960 units Toyota division pickups increased 15.4 percent Tacoma sales up 18.0 percent with 16,817 units Tundra posted sales of 7,977 units, up 10.3 percent Lexus division LUVs up 12.3 percent, a best-ever February NX up 21.3 percent in February, a best-ever February RX posted monthly sales of 7,238 units, up 8.4 percent GX sales up 16.1 percent Lexus LS sales were up 86.4 percent *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume. TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY FEBRUARY 2018 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 182,195 174,339 4.5 4.5 349,251 317,389 7.8 10.0 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 162,930 156,001 4.4 4.4 312,072 283,479 7.8 10.1 TOTAL LEXUS 19,265 18,338 5.1 5.1 37,179 33,910 7.4 9.6 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,456 2,801 -12.3 -12.3 4,588 4,752 -5.4 -3.5 YARIS LIFTBACK 136 1057 -87.1 -87.1 310 2,387 -87.3 -87.0 TOTAL YARIS 2,592 3,858 -32.8 -32.8 4,898 7,139 -32.8 -31.4 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 xD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 xB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 tC 1 39 -97.4 -97.4 1 111 -99.1 -99.1 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,486 1,766 -15.9 -15.9 2,882 3,226 -12.5 -10.7 COROLLA SEDAN 23,535 25,395 -7.3 -7.3 43,546 45,502 -6.3 -4.3 TOTAL COROLLA 25,021 27,161 -7.9 -7.9 46,428 48,728 -6.7 -4.7 86 (INCL FR-S) 361 603 -40.1 -40.1 678 1,077 -38.3 -37.0 MIRAI 166 110 50.9 50.9 379 193 92.4 96.4 AVALON 3,027 2,610 16.0 16.0 6,508 5,113 24.7 27.3 PRIUS 7,070 9,044 -21.8 -21.8 14,013 16,874 -18.6 -17.0 CAMRY 30,865 27,498 12.2 12.2 55,503 47,811 13.7 16.1 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 69,103 70,923 -2.6 -2.6 128,408 127,046 -1.0 1.1 CT 0 458 -100 -100 3 851 -99.7 -99.6 IS 1,524 1,684 -9.5 -9.5 2,971 3,107 -6.3 -4.4 RC 186 495 -62.4 -62.4 347 942 -63.9 -63.2 ES 2,685 2,709 -0.9 -0.9 5,325 4,880 6.9 9.1 GS 534 536 -0.4 -0.4 1,009 958 3.2 5.3 LS 548 294 86.4 86.4 664 574 13.3 15.7 LC 128 0 0 0 304 0 0 0 LFA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 5,606 6,176 -9.2 -9.2 10,624 11,312 -8.0 -6.1 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 74,709 77,099 -3.1 -3.1 139,032 138,358 -1.6 0.5 SIENNA 7,512 8,965 -16.2 -16.2 16,060 16,250 -3.2 -1.2 C-HR 4,420 0 0 0 8,366 0 0 0 RAV4 29,867 26,351 13.3 13.3 56,522 48,506 14.1 16.5 FJ CRUISER 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 VENZA 0 1 -100 -100 0 5 -100 -100 HIGHLANDER 15,960 15,928 0.2 0.2 31,444 28,584 7.8 10.0 4RUNNER 10,120 10,912 -7.3 -7.3 19,789 19,611 -1.2 0.9 SEQUOIA 899 1,179 -23.7 -23.7 1,822 2,325 -23.2 -21.6 LAND CRUISER 255 252 1.2 1.2 510 524 -4.7 -2.7 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 61,521 54,623 12.6 12.6 118,454 99,555 16.6 19.0 TACOMA 16,817 14,256 18.0 18.0 33,529 26,766 22.7 25.3 TUNDRA 7,977 7,234 10.3 10.3 15,621 13,862 10.4 12.7 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 24,794 21,490 15.4 15.4 49,150 40,628 18.5 21.0 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 93,827 85,078 10.3 10.3 183,664 156,433 15.0 17.4 NX 4,263 3,514 21.3 21.3 8,468 6,478 28.1 30.7 RX 7,238 6,676 8.4 8.4 13,976 12,196 12.3 14.6 GX 1773 1527 16.1 16.1 3,362 2,945 11.8 14.2 LX 385 445 -13.5 -13.5 749 979 -25.1 -23.5 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 13,659 12,162 12.3 12.3 26,555 22,598 15.1 17.5 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 107,486 97,240 10.5 10.5 210,219 179,031 15.0 17.4 Selling Days 24 24 49 48 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  19. A week out before the start of the Geneva Motor show, Lexus has decided to pull the curtain back on their showing, the new UX crossover. The UX will sit underneath the NX in the Lexus family, becoming the new entry-level model. The UX's exterior might be Lexus' most polarizing design to date. Up front sits a massive spindle grille, raked front headlights, and deep cuts into the bumper. The side profile shows off squared-off wheel wells and sculpting along the side. Lexus dropped a short video which gives us a sneak peek into the UX's interior, looking somewhat similar to the LC with a wide infotainment screen and a small row of buttons for the climate control. We'll have more details on the UX when it debuts on March 6th. Source: Leuxs Press Release is on Page 2 Revealed: First Official Image and Video of the UX, the First Urban Crossover from Lexus February 27, 2018: The eagerly anticipated Lexus UX urban compact crossover has broken cover with the release of the first official image and video clip ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th. These first visuals reveal the UX’s bold and stylish design that blends expressive bodywork with a compact size. Its crossover credentials are signaled by its muscular haunches and high beltline, yet underneath the skin there’s an all-new platform that gives the UX exceptional body rigidity and a low center of gravity for exceptional handling. The look inside the cabin combines a highly focused driver’s cockpit with a wide and inviting passenger space. With its brave design and intuitive technology features, the UX will serve as a gateway model for Lexus in a dynamic and growing part of the market. The Lexus Press Conference will be hosted by the new Head of Lexus Europe, Pascal Ruch, and will take place on March 6th at 10AM on the Lexus stand at the Palexpo in Geneva. View full article
  20. William Maley

    Geneva 2018: Lexus' UX is Quite Bold

    A week out before the start of the Geneva Motor show, Lexus has decided to pull the curtain back on their showing, the new UX crossover. The UX will sit underneath the NX in the Lexus family, becoming the new entry-level model. The UX's exterior might be Lexus' most polarizing design to date. Up front sits a massive spindle grille, raked front headlights, and deep cuts into the bumper. The side profile shows off squared-off wheel wells and sculpting along the side. Lexus dropped a short video which gives us a sneak peek into the UX's interior, looking somewhat similar to the LC with a wide infotainment screen and a small row of buttons for the climate control. We'll have more details on the UX when it debuts on March 6th. Source: Leuxs Press Release is on Page 2 Revealed: First Official Image and Video of the UX, the First Urban Crossover from Lexus February 27, 2018: The eagerly anticipated Lexus UX urban compact crossover has broken cover with the release of the first official image and video clip ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th. These first visuals reveal the UX’s bold and stylish design that blends expressive bodywork with a compact size. Its crossover credentials are signaled by its muscular haunches and high beltline, yet underneath the skin there’s an all-new platform that gives the UX exceptional body rigidity and a low center of gravity for exceptional handling. The look inside the cabin combines a highly focused driver’s cockpit with a wide and inviting passenger space. With its brave design and intuitive technology features, the UX will serve as a gateway model for Lexus in a dynamic and growing part of the market. The Lexus Press Conference will be hosted by the new Head of Lexus Europe, Pascal Ruch, and will take place on March 6th at 10AM on the Lexus stand at the Palexpo in Geneva.
  21. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Lexus' F performance brand and to celebrate, the Japanese automaker will introducing special editions of the GS F and RC F to North America at this week's Chicago Auto Show. The two models made their debut last year at the Tokyo Motor Show where Lexus announced they would build a combined total of 500 GS F and RC F 10th anniversary edition models for the Japanese market. In the U.S. Lexus will only build a total of 340 10th anniversary models - 240 RC Fs and 100 GS Fs. What makes the 10th anniversary models standout from the standard ones? It begins outside with a Nebula Gray matte-finish paint and a set of 19-inch, multi-spoke wheels finished in black. A set of blue brake calipers provide the finishing touch. The interior features a lot of blue; blue leather trim, carbon fiber accents with a hint of blue, and seats upholstered in blue and white leather. Don't expect any changes with the 5.0L V8 as it will still provide 467 horsepower in both models. No word on pricing, but the 10th anniversary GS F and RC F arrive at dealers this summer. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 A Decade of Lexus Performance Special Edition GS F and RC F Models Commemorate Ten Years of “F” Cars CHICAGO (Feb. 5, 2018) – The purest expression of Lexus performance, that was the goal of the Lexus “F” performance brand when it was introduced in 2008. Every vehicle with an “F” badge would set new standards for Lexus performance and help redefine the brand for a new generation of customers. Today, Lexus adds another chapter to the “F” performance story with the introduction of the 2019 Lexus GS F and 2019 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Set to arrive at dealers this summer, these limited-edition models come standard with unique features that make them stand out beyond their already exceptional performance. The transformation of both cars starts with a coat of matte finish Nebula Gray paint. It’s the first use of matte paint on a production vehicle since the LFA supercar. Particular care was taken to assure that the unique finish was durable enough for the rigors of everyday use, including the ability to withstand the average mechanized car wash without degrading the quality of the finish. The dark gray finish contrasts with the standard polished black multispoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. Blue brake calipers peek out from behind the 19-inch wheels to add a splash of color and hint at the changes found inside. Open the door and you’re greeted by unique blue carbon fiber trim on the window switch panel and dashboard along with blue leather accents that give the interior the look of a custom-made exotic. It’s not an illusion either, as each car also gets engraved plaques certifying its limited-edition status. Only 240 10th anniversary RC Fs will be built, corresponding to the current number of U.S. Lexus dealers, while the 10th anniversary GS F is limited to just 100 units. In the RC F coupe, the front sport seats get blue leather with white accents along with a blue accented shift knob, steering wheel and instrument panel hood. An embossed headliner is also part of the package to give the coupe’s interior an even more personalized appearance. For the GS F sedan, the front seats mimic those in the RC while the rear seats also get a splash of blue leather on the side bolsters. Additional blue carbon trim is used on the center console along with blue suede dash trim and blue seatbelt straps. There is additional blue leather trim on the steering wheel, console and shift knob, although the GS F doesn’t get the same embossed headliner as the RC F. All RC F coupes feature a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s capable of going from 0-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. A Torsen limited slip differential is standard along with variable dampers and multiple drive modes. A torque vectoring differential is also available as an option. The GS F sedan also comes with a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive. A torque vectoring rear differential comes standard. The GS F is capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and up to 24 mpg on the highway. Variable dampers offer a choice between a smooth highway ride or a more responsive feel for spirited driving. A range of drive modes, including a full custom setting, allows the driver to adjust multiple settings with the turn of one knob. Additional options packages will be required on both 10th anniversary models, but final pricing has not been determined. View full article
  22. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Lexus' F performance brand and to celebrate, the Japanese automaker will introducing special editions of the GS F and RC F to North America at this week's Chicago Auto Show. The two models made their debut last year at the Tokyo Motor Show where Lexus announced they would build a combined total of 500 GS F and RC F 10th anniversary edition models for the Japanese market. In the U.S. Lexus will only build a total of 340 10th anniversary models - 240 RC Fs and 100 GS Fs. What makes the 10th anniversary models standout from the standard ones? It begins outside with a Nebula Gray matte-finish paint and a set of 19-inch, multi-spoke wheels finished in black. A set of blue brake calipers provide the finishing touch. The interior features a lot of blue; blue leather trim, carbon fiber accents with a hint of blue, and seats upholstered in blue and white leather. Don't expect any changes with the 5.0L V8 as it will still provide 467 horsepower in both models. No word on pricing, but the 10th anniversary GS F and RC F arrive at dealers this summer. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 A Decade of Lexus Performance Special Edition GS F and RC F Models Commemorate Ten Years of “F” Cars CHICAGO (Feb. 5, 2018) – The purest expression of Lexus performance, that was the goal of the Lexus “F” performance brand when it was introduced in 2008. Every vehicle with an “F” badge would set new standards for Lexus performance and help redefine the brand for a new generation of customers. Today, Lexus adds another chapter to the “F” performance story with the introduction of the 2019 Lexus GS F and 2019 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Set to arrive at dealers this summer, these limited-edition models come standard with unique features that make them stand out beyond their already exceptional performance. The transformation of both cars starts with a coat of matte finish Nebula Gray paint. It’s the first use of matte paint on a production vehicle since the LFA supercar. Particular care was taken to assure that the unique finish was durable enough for the rigors of everyday use, including the ability to withstand the average mechanized car wash without degrading the quality of the finish. The dark gray finish contrasts with the standard polished black multispoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. Blue brake calipers peek out from behind the 19-inch wheels to add a splash of color and hint at the changes found inside. Open the door and you’re greeted by unique blue carbon fiber trim on the window switch panel and dashboard along with blue leather accents that give the interior the look of a custom-made exotic. It’s not an illusion either, as each car also gets engraved plaques certifying its limited-edition status. Only 240 10th anniversary RC Fs will be built, corresponding to the current number of U.S. Lexus dealers, while the 10th anniversary GS F is limited to just 100 units. In the RC F coupe, the front sport seats get blue leather with white accents along with a blue accented shift knob, steering wheel and instrument panel hood. An embossed headliner is also part of the package to give the coupe’s interior an even more personalized appearance. For the GS F sedan, the front seats mimic those in the RC while the rear seats also get a splash of blue leather on the side bolsters. Additional blue carbon trim is used on the center console along with blue suede dash trim and blue seatbelt straps. There is additional blue leather trim on the steering wheel, console and shift knob, although the GS F doesn’t get the same embossed headliner as the RC F. All RC F coupes feature a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s capable of going from 0-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. A Torsen limited slip differential is standard along with variable dampers and multiple drive modes. A torque vectoring differential is also available as an option. The GS F sedan also comes with a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive. A torque vectoring rear differential comes standard. The GS F is capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and up to 24 mpg on the highway. Variable dampers offer a choice between a smooth highway ride or a more responsive feel for spirited driving. A range of drive modes, including a full custom setting, allows the driver to adjust multiple settings with the turn of one knob. Additional options packages will be required on both 10th anniversary models, but final pricing has not been determined.
  23. Toyota Motor North America Reports January 2018 Sales TMNA posts best-ever light truck sales for January Toyota Highlander, RAV4 and 4Runner post best-ever January Lexus NX gas and hybrid post best-ever January PLANO, Texas (Feb. 1, 2018) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported January 2018 sales of 167,056 vehicles, an increase of 16.8 percent from January 2017 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in January 2018 compared to January 2017, sales were up 12.1 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted January sales of 149,142 units, up 17 percent on a volume basis and 12.3 percent on a DSR basis. “We are off to a great start with strong customer demand for light trucks, including RAV4, Highlander and 4Runner, setting best-ever records for January,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “We’re encouraged by the strength of the market and the momentum we have with a full calendar year of the all-new Camry, followed by the launch of the all-new Avalon in the spring.” Lexus posted January sales of 17,914 vehicles, up 15 percent on a volume basis and 10.4 percent on a DSR basis. “Lexus is off to a very strong start this year. The NX, both gas and hybrid, had their best January ever, and the all-new three-row RXL is just now starting to hit dealership showrooms,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager, Lexus division. “Combined with the launch of our fifth-generation LS and LS hybrid this month, along with the Limited Edition LC Inspiration Series and two-row LX, we're very optimistic about the year ahead. These new models will be followed throughout the year by 10 additional new models.” January 2018 Highlights Camry sales were up 21.3 percent TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions post best-ever light truck sales Toyota division SUV posts 56,933 units RAV4 sales of 26,655 units, a best-ever month 4Runner sales were up 11.2 percent, a best-ever month Highlander sales of 15,484 units, a best-ever month Toyota division pickups up 27.3 percent Tacoma up 33.6 percent Tundra posted sales of 7,644 units, up 15.3 percent Lexus division LUVs up 23.6 percent, a best-ever month NX up 41.9 percent in January, a best-ever month RX posts monthly sales of 6,738 units GX sales up 12.1 percent Lexus ES sales were up 21.6 percent *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY JANUARY 2018 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % 2018 2017 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 167,056 143,048 12.1 16.8 167,056 143,048 12.1 16.8 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 149,142 127,476 12.3 17 149,142 127,476 12.3 17 TOTAL LEXUS 17,914 15,572 10.4 15 17,914 15,572 10.4 15 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,132 1,951 4.9 9.3 2,132 1,951 4.9 9.3 YARIS LIFTBACK 174 1330 -87.4 -86.9 174 1,330 -87.4 -86.9 TOTAL YARIS 2,306 3,281 -32.5 -29.7 2,306 3,281 -32.5 -29.7 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 xD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 xB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 tC 0 72 -100 -100 0 72 -100 -100 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,396 1,460 -8.2 -4.4 1,396 1,460 -8.2 -4.4 COROLLA SEDAN 20,011 20,107 -4.5 -0.5 20,011 20,107 -4.5 -0.5 TOTAL COROLLA 21,407 21,567 -4.7 -0.7 21,407 21,567 -4.7 -0.7 86 (INCL FR-S) 317 474 -35.8 -33.1 317 474 -35.8 -33.1 MIRAI 213 83 146.4 156.6 213 83 146.4 156.6 AVALON 3,481 2,503 33.5 39.1 3,481 2,503 33.5 39.1 PRIUS 6,943 7,829 -14.9 -11.3 6,943 7,829 -14.9 -11.3 CAMRY 24,638 20,313 16.4 21.3 24,638 20,313 16.4 21.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 59,305 56,122 1.4 5.7 59,305 56,122 1.4 5.7 CT 3 393 -99.3 -99.2 3 393 -99.3 -99.2 IS 1,447 1,423 -2.4 1.7 1,447 1,423 -2.4 1.7 RC 161 447 -65.4 -64 161 447 -65.4 -64 ES 2,640 2,171 16.7 21.6 2,640 2,171 16.7 21.6 GS 475 422 8.1 12.6 475 422 8.1 12.6 LS 116 280 -60.2 -58.6 116 280 -60.2 -58.6 LC 176 0 0 0 176 0 0 0 LFA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 5,018 5,136 -6.2 -2.3 5,018 5,136 -6.2 -2.3 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 64,323 61,258 0.8 5 64,323 61,258 0.8 5 SIENNA 8,548 7,285 12.6 17.3 8,548 7,285 12.6 17.3 C-HR 3,946 0 0 0 3,946 0 0 0 RAV4 26,655 22,155 15.5 20.3 26,655 22,155 15.5 20.3 FJ CRUISER 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 VENZA 0 4 -100 -100 0 4 -100 -100 HIGHLANDER 15,484 12,656 17.5 22.3 15,484 12,656 17.5 22.3 4RUNNER 9,669 8,699 6.7 11.2 9,669 8,699 6.7 11.2 SEQUOIA 923 1,146 -22.7 -19.5 923 1,146 -22.7 -19.5 LAND CRUISER 255 272 -10 -6.3 255 272 -10 -6.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 56,933 44,932 21.6 26.7 56,933 44,932 21.6 26.7 TACOMA 16,712 12,509 28.3 33.6 16,712 12,509 28.3 33.6 TUNDRA 7,644 6,628 10.7 15.3 7,644 6,628 10.7 15.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 24,356 19,137 22.2 27.3 24,356 19,137 22.2 27.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 89,837 71,354 20.9 25.9 89,837 71,354 20.9 25.9 NX 4,205 2,964 36.2 41.9 4,205 2,964 36.2 41.9 RX 6,738 5,520 17.2 22.1 6,738 5,520 17.2 22.1 GX 1589 1418 7.6 12.1 1,589 1,418 7.6 12.1 LX 364 534 -34.6 -31.8 364 534 -34.6 -31.8 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 12,896 10,436 18.6 23.6 12,896 10,436 18.6 23.6 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 102,543 81,790 20.4 25.4 102,543 81,790 20.4 25.4 Selling Days 25 24 25 24 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  24. William Maley

    Quick Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 200t

    I have been on record of not liking the 2.0L turbo-four Lexus uses in a number of their vehicles. Previous reviews have highlighted the horrendous turbo lag and power falling off a cliff after a certain point on the rpm band. But after spending a week with the 2017 Lexus GS 200t, I found that Lexus may have fixed one of the big issues with this engine. A quick refresher on the turbo 2.0L. The engine has ratings of 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission on offer. The engine feels quite punchy when the boost kicks in as it moves the 3,805 pound sedan without breaking a sweat. Another positive is how quiet and refined the engine is during acceleration and at cruise. There are a couple of downsides. As I mentioned in the RC 200t review, the engine does run out of steam at higher rpms which makes merging onto a freeway slightly tricky. The transmission programming in the ‘Normal’ drive mode leans heavily towards boosting fuel economy with rapid upshifts and slow downshifts. This was easily remedied by putting the GS into the ‘Sport’ drive mode. EPA fuel economy figures for the GS 200t at 22 City/32 Highway/26 Combined. I only averaged a very disappointing 19.2 mpg for the week. A lot of this can be attributed to the cold snap where the high temperature at the times was around 10 to 15 degrees. This meant I was running the vehicle at idle for a fair amount of time to warm it up. The GS 200t’s suspension provides a mostly smooth ride with only a couple of bumps making their way inside. Road and wind noise are almost nonexistent. I cannot really comment on the GS 200t’s handling as most of the roads were snow-covered during the week and the Michelin GreenX tires were more keen on spinning in the snow than actually getting the car moving. A set of all-seasons or snow tires would have done wonders for it. Reading through some other reviews, the consensus seems to be the GS shows little body roll and has decent steering weight. Lexus updated the GS’ styling back in 2016 with a revised front end, complete with a spindle grille and upside-down eyelash LED lighting. I’m usually not a fan of the standard insert for the spindle grille - like the mesh insert on the F-Sport. But I will admit the slat grille on this particular model works quite well. Other changes include new wheels (18-inches on our tester) and taillights. The interior hasn’t really changed since I last drove the GS back in 2013. In certain respects, this is ok. The design still holds up with the brushed-metal accents and textured black trim. Material quality is top notch as well with many surfaces being covered in soft-touch plastics and leather. Seating offers the right amount of support and comfort needed for long trips. The only downside is the large transmission tunnel that eats into rear legroom. The GS still uses the first-generation Lexus Enform infotainment system, complete with the joystick controller. The controller is a pain to use with an inconsistent feeling when using it to move around the system. At times, you’ll find yourself either overshooting or not selecting the function because of the vague feeling provided by the controller. This hurts an otherwise pretty good system with a modern design and large 12.3-inch screen with the ability of split-screen viewing. The base price of the 2017 GS 200t is $46,310. Our test vehicle came equipped with a few options such as navigation, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, power trunk, and 18-inch wheels that raised the price to a very reasonable $52,295. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the GS 200t, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Lexus Model: GS Trim: 200t Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve with Dual VVT-iW 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: 3,805 lbs Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japan Base Price: $46,310 As Tested Price: $52,295 (Includes $975.00 Destination Charge and $1,730 Navigation Package Credit) Options: Navigation w/12.3-inch screen with Lexus Enform - $1,730.00 Premium Package - $1,400.00 Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System - $1,380.00 18" All Season Tires - $905.00 Intuitive Park Assist - $500.00 Illuminated Door Sills - $425.00 One-Touch Power Trunk - $400.00
  25. William Maley

    Quick Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 200t

    I have been on record of not liking the 2.0L turbo-four Lexus uses in a number of their vehicles. Previous reviews have highlighted the horrendous turbo lag and power falling off a cliff after a certain point on the rpm band. But after spending a week with the 2017 Lexus GS 200t, I found that Lexus may have fixed one of the big issues with this engine. A quick refresher on the turbo 2.0L. The engine has ratings of 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission on offer. The engine feels quite punchy when the boost kicks in as it moves the 3,805 pound sedan without breaking a sweat. Another positive is how quiet and refined the engine is during acceleration and at cruise. There are a couple of downsides. As I mentioned in the RC 200t review, the engine does run out of steam at higher rpms which makes merging onto a freeway slightly tricky. The transmission programming in the ‘Normal’ drive mode leans heavily towards boosting fuel economy with rapid upshifts and slow downshifts. This was easily remedied by putting the GS into the ‘Sport’ drive mode. EPA fuel economy figures for the GS 200t at 22 City/32 Highway/26 Combined. I only averaged a very disappointing 19.2 mpg for the week. A lot of this can be attributed to the cold snap where the high temperature at the times was around 10 to 15 degrees. This meant I was running the vehicle at idle for a fair amount of time to warm it up. The GS 200t’s suspension provides a mostly smooth ride with only a couple of bumps making their way inside. Road and wind noise are almost nonexistent. I cannot really comment on the GS 200t’s handling as most of the roads were snow-covered during the week and the Michelin GreenX tires were more keen on spinning in the snow than actually getting the car moving. A set of all-seasons or snow tires would have done wonders for it. Reading through some other reviews, the consensus seems to be the GS shows little body roll and has decent steering weight. Lexus updated the GS’ styling back in 2016 with a revised front end, complete with a spindle grille and upside-down eyelash LED lighting. I’m usually not a fan of the standard insert for the spindle grille - like the mesh insert on the F-Sport. But I will admit the slat grille on this particular model works quite well. Other changes include new wheels (18-inches on our tester) and taillights. The interior hasn’t really changed since I last drove the GS back in 2013. In certain respects, this is ok. The design still holds up with the brushed-metal accents and textured black trim. Material quality is top notch as well with many surfaces being covered in soft-touch plastics and leather. Seating offers the right amount of support and comfort needed for long trips. The only downside is the large transmission tunnel that eats into rear legroom. The GS still uses the first-generation Lexus Enform infotainment system, complete with the joystick controller. The controller is a pain to use with an inconsistent feeling when using it to move around the system. At times, you’ll find yourself either overshooting or not selecting the function because of the vague feeling provided by the controller. This hurts an otherwise pretty good system with a modern design and large 12.3-inch screen with the ability of split-screen viewing. The base price of the 2017 GS 200t is $46,310. Our test vehicle came equipped with a few options such as navigation, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, power trunk, and 18-inch wheels that raised the price to a very reasonable $52,295. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the GS 200t, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Lexus Model: GS Trim: 200t Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve with Dual VVT-iW 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: 3,805 lbs Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japan Base Price: $46,310 As Tested Price: $52,295 (Includes $975.00 Destination Charge and $1,730 Navigation Package Credit) Options: Navigation w/12.3-inch screen with Lexus Enform - $1,730.00 Premium Package - $1,400.00 Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System - $1,380.00 18" All Season Tires - $905.00 Intuitive Park Assist - $500.00 Illuminated Door Sills - $425.00 One-Touch Power Trunk - $400.00 View full article

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