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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Toyota Motor North America Reports December 2017, Year-End Sales TMNA posts best-ever light truck sales for the year RAV4 posts best-ever year with more than 400K units Lexus NX posts best-ever month, quarter, year PLANO, Texas, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported December 2017 sales of 222,985 vehicles, a decrease of 8.3 percent from December 2016 on a volume basis. With one less selling day in December 2017 compared to December 2016, sales were down 4.8 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. For the year, TMNA reported sales of 2,434,515 vehicles, a 0.6 percent decrease. Toyota division posted December sales of 187,524 units, down 7.2 percent on a volume basis and 3.6 percent on a DSR basis. For the year, Toyota division reported sales of 2,129,383 vehicles, a 0.5 percent increase. "We finished 2017 on a high note, reflecting the continued strength of our product portfolio and establishing Toyota as the number one retail brand for the sixth year in a row," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "We are well positioned to continue our retail leadership in 2018, driven by a growing economy, consumer confidence and segment-leading products like RAV4 and Camry." Lexus posted December sales of 35,461 vehicles, down 13.9 percent on a volume basis and down 10.6 percent on a DSR basis. For the year, Lexus sales of 305,132 were down 7.9 percent. "With another very successful December to Remember, Lexus closed out 2017 with more than 300,000 vehicle sales," said Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken. "In 2018, Lexus dealers will have even more options for customers as we bring 15 all-new and special edition models to the market. We're looking forward to an amazing year." December 2017 Highlights Toyota is the number one retail selling brand Camry posts best-ever December sales of 43,331 units; best-ever quarterly sales of 104,574 units TMNA light trucks down 5.6 percent; up 9 percent for a best-ever year Toyota division SUV posts 70,945 units in December; posts a best-ever quarter and year RAV4 sales of 32,542 units, a best-ever quarter and year with more than 400,000 units 4Runner sales were up 4 percent for a best-ever month; up 14.6 percent for the year with best-ever year Highlander sales of 21,041 units for December; posts best-ever year up 12.7 percent Toyota division pickups up 1.8 percent in December Tacoma up 6.8 percent for a best-ever December and year since introduction; up 3.4 percent for year Tundra posted sales of 10,886 units in December Lexus division LUVs down 4.3 percent for December; up 2.9 percent for a best-ever year NX up 0.5 percent in December; a best-ever month, quarter and year RX posts monthly sales of 13,951 units GX posts monthly sales of 3,325 units; up 8.1 percent for the year *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY DECEMBER 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 222,985 243,229 -4.8 -8.3 2,434,515 2,449,630 -0.3 -0.6 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 187,524 202,047 -3.6 -7.2 2,129,383 2,118,402 0.8 0.5 TOTAL LEXUS 35,461 41,182 -10.6 -13.9 305,132 331,228 -7.6 -7.9 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 1,908 1,997 -0.8 -4.5 35,727 27,983 28.1 27.7 YARIS LIFTBACK 203 760 -72.3 -73.3 8,653 10,872 -20.2 -20.4 TOTAL YARIS 2,111 2,757 -20.5 -23.4 44,380 38,855 14.6 14.2 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 6 -100 -100 xD 0 0 0 0 2 9 -77.7 -77.8 xB 0 0 0 0 0 2,677 -100 -100 tC 6 102 -93.9 -94.1 203 9,336 -97.8 -97.8 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,437 1,807 -17.4 -20.5 20,501 17,727 16 15.6 COROLLA SEDAN 18,532 29,402 -34.5 -37 308,695 360,483 -14.1 -14.4 TOTAL COROLLA 19,969 31,209 -33.6 -36 329,196 378,210 -12.7 -13 86 (INCL FR-S) 425 557 -20.8 -23.7 6,846 7,457 -7.9 -8.2 MIRAI 296 116 165 155.2 1,838 1,034 78.3 77.8 AVALON 2,427 5,051 -50.1 -52 32,583 48,080 -32 -32.2 PRIUS 9,482 12,444 -20.9 -23.8 108,662 136,632 -20.2 -20.5 CAMRY 43,331 33,412 34.7 29.7 387,081 388,618 -0.1 -0.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 78,047 85,648 -5.4 -8.9 910,791 1,010,914 -9.6 -9.9 CT 9 968 -99 -99.1 4,690 8,903 -47.1 -47.3 IS 2,777 4,432 -34.9 -37.3 26,482 37,289 -28.7 -29 RC 686 1,042 -31.6 -34.2 7,363 11,165 -33.8 -34.1 ES 5,047 6,239 -16 -19.1 51,398 58,299 -11.5 -11.8 GS 916 1,325 -28.2 -30.9 7,773 14,878 -47.6 -47.8 LS 306 609 -47.8 -49.8 4,094 5,514 -25.5 -25.8 LC 290 0 0 0 2,487 0 0 0 LFA 0 0 0 0 3 6 -49.8 -50 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 10,031 14,615 -28.7 -31.4 104,290 136,054 -23.1 -23.3 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 88,078 100,263 -8.8 -12.2 1,015,081 1,146,968 -11.2 -11.5 SIENNA 8,941 11,169 -16.9 -19.9 111,489 127,791 -12.5 -12.8 C-HR 3,866 0 0 0 25,755 0 0 0 RAV4 32,542 37,214 -9.2 -12.6 407,594 352,154 16.1 15.7 FJ CRUISER 0 0 0 0 4 9 -55.4 -55.6 VENZA 0 1 -100 -100 14 589 -97.6 -97.6 HIGHLANDER 21,041 25,425 -14.1 -17.2 215,775 191,379 13.1 12.7 4RUNNER 11,954 11,489 8 4 128,296 111,970 15 14.6 SEQUOIA 1,152 1,575 -24 -26.9 12,156 12,771 -4.5 -4.8 LAND CRUISER 390 456 -11.2 -14.5 3,100 3,705 -16.1 -16.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 70,945 76,160 -3.3 -6.8 792,694 672,577 18.2 17.9 TACOMA 18,705 17,514 10.9 6.8 198,124 191,631 3.7 3.4 TUNDRA 10,886 11,556 -2.2 -5.8 116,285 115,489 1 0.7 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 29,591 29,070 5.7 1.8 314,409 307,120 2.7 2.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 109,477 116,399 -2.3 -5.9 1,218,592 1,107,488 10.4 10 NX 7,410 7,375 4.3 0.5 59,341 54,884 8.5 8.1 RX 13,951 14,882 -2.7 -6.3 108,307 109,435 -0.7 -1 GX 3325 3474 -0.6 -4.3 27,190 25,148 8.5 8.1 LX 744 836 -7.6 -11 6,004 5,707 5.5 5.2 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 25,430 26,567 -0.6 -4.3 200,842 195,174 3.2 2.9 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 134,900 142,966 -2 -5.6 1,419,427 1,302,662 9.3 9 Selling Days 26 27 306 307 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  7. The drips of teasers leading up to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show are picking up steam. Last week Lexus released a teaser of Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept rear hatch area. Today Lexus released a frontal image plus a short video of the light up sequence. (See gallery below) Lexus says that the LF-1 Limitless Concept will redefine the boundaries of luxury and would be a flagship crossover for the brand. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept will be revealed at 8:35 am on January 15th at the Cobo Center, Detroit. Click here to follow all 2018 Detroit Auto Show News Click here to follow Lexus News
  8. The drips of teasers leading up to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show are picking up steam. Last week Lexus released a teaser of Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept rear hatch area. Today Lexus released a frontal image plus a short video of the light up sequence. (See gallery below) Lexus says that the LF-1 Limitless Concept will redefine the boundaries of luxury and would be a flagship crossover for the brand. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept will be revealed at 8:35 am on January 15th at the Cobo Center, Detroit. Click here to follow all 2018 Detroit Auto Show News Click here to follow Lexus News View full article
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  12. Luxury crossovers and SUVs were a dominant feature at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Here is a recap of the releases from the show. 2018 Lexus RX-L The Details: Lexus has been the leader in the mid-size luxury crossover segment since it was birthed. Where Lexus missed was in offering a 3-row version of their hot seller. Surprisingly belatedly, Lexus finally came through by extending the RX 4.3 inches and updating the roofline to stuff a 3rd row in the back. Powertrain carries over from the standard RX with a 290 hp V6 standard for the RX 350L and the 308 hp Hybrid available only on the RX 450hL. Why it Matters: It is surprising that Lexus took this long to add a commonly sought after option in this segment. Ten years ago, this would have been bigger news, but with the industry pivoting towards smaller crossovers, I expect response to be mutted. The RX does two things, it gives Lexus an entry into the 3-row segment at minimal development and marketing costs, and it puts Lexus in the same league with BMW for absurd model trim names. Click here for more information on the 2018 Lexus RX-L Competitors: Volvo XC90, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, Lincoln MKX/Nautilus 2018 Lexus LX 570 Two-Row The Details: The Lexus version of the Toyota Land Cruiser drops the third-row seats in favor of a larger cargo area. Two-row option only comes in a single trim level Why it Matters: It really doesn’t unless you’re a wealthy DINK with no friends. As far as vehicle platforms go, the LX and Land Cruiser are ancient, debuting back in 2007. Already on its fourth remodel since arriving, we don’t see much life left. Lexus only sells about 600 LXs per month. Competitors: Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX80 (all come with 3-rows) Up Next: Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln MKC 2019 Lincoln Nautilus The Details: The Nautilus is a refreshed Lincoln MKX, but the most refreshing part about it is the return to a real name. Power changes include a switch to an all turbocharged engine lineup. Base engine is a 2.3 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 245 horsepower, optional is a 2.7 liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are coupled to a front-wheel drive 8-speed automatic with all-wheel drive standard. Automatic stop/start is standard. Why it Matters: The MKX was already an excellent entry in the segment. While overall dimensions are unchanged, the Nautilus looks longer and sleeker than its MKX predecessor. Bringing the MKX up to date with the new Lincoln look was essential, but going back to a real name shows that Lincoln is ready to carve out a firm identity for itself. Click Here for more information on the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Competitors: Lexus RX, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Acura MDX 2019 Lincoln MKC The Details: MKC moves to the new Lincoln look, but product planners didn’t come up with a name in time. Aside from that, the interior and mechanical features carry over. Why it Matters: This one is a head scratcher. I can only think that for some reason Lincoln didn’t think there were enough changes to the MKC to warrant a name change. People are inherently visual though, so even if there wasn’t an engine change under the hood, the visual change is distinctive enough that now is probably time to do a name change like the Lincoln Nautilus. The MKC sells well, and with this handsome new update, I expect it to do even better. Click here for more information on the 2019 Lincoln MKC Next Up: Infiniti QX50 and QX80 2019 Infiniti QX50 The Details: Infiniti finally replaces the old G37 based QX50, but that necessitates a move to front-wheel drive. The QX50 is the launch platform for Infiniti’s revolutionary new engine that is capable of a variable compression ratio. The new 2.0T with VC can change the compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1. Why it Matters: I’ll be sad to see the old QX50 go. In spite of its aging platform and interior electronics, it had a butter smoothness and great handling. It never really got a foothold in the market. But auto enthusiast feelings aside, this new QX50 is likely to be the bread and butter of Infiniti’s lineup for the foreseeable future. It hits right in the bullseye of the compact luxury crossover market and does so with a compelling performance argument and a fantastic looking interior. Click here for more information on the 2019 Infiniti QX50 Competitors: Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Audi Q3, Land Rover Evoque, Jaguar E-Pace 2018 Infiniti QX80 The Details: QX80 gets an updated front clip and a massaged interior Why it Matters: Like the Lexus LX650, the QX80 rides on an older platform from a mass-market brand, in this case, the 2010 Nissan Patrol. The 2017 Armada had a face only a mother could love, but with the update for 2018 it has grown substantially more handsome. The interior has been coiffed with attractive new quilted and stitched leather, though technology has not been updated to include the likes of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Mechanically, the QX80 still uses the old 5.6 liter V8 producing 400 horsepower / 417 lb-ft of torque routed through a 7-speed automatic. Fuel economy is a 1997 like 15 mpg combined. Competitors: Lexus LX560, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7 Next Up: Volvo XC40 and Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography 2018 Volvo XC40 The Details: The XC40 is the first vehicle on Volvo’s new CMA platform. It features a 248 hp 2 liter turbo four cylinder routing through an 8-speed automatic to all four wheels. People familiar with the controls from Volvo’s larger SPA platform vehicles like XC90 and S80 will feel right at home as most of touchy stuff is lifted straight from them. You will also be able to subscribe to the XC40 rather than buy or lease. Basically a 15,000 mile a year lease that includes all maintenance and insurance. Why it Matters: Another entry straight at the heart of the compact luxury crossover market. The recent Volvos have been a hit and I expect this one to be as well. The floor display had a few questionable interior materials and some visible exterior manufacturing defects, so I hope those get sorted soon as these XC40s are rolling down the manufacturing line already. Volvo’s policy of electrifying every vehicle that make means that a plug-in hybrid version of the XC40 is coming, however the Volvo rep I spoke to refused to confirm. Volvo’s subscription idea is intriguing and it will be interesting to see if it takes off. Click here for more information on the 2018 Volvo XC40 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography The Details: An Ultra-Luxury Range Rover Why it Matters: Are you a Russian Oil Tycoon or an NBA star? If so, then it matters. If not, just look at it and dream from behind the velvet ropes while the booth attendants sneer at you. It has power close rear doors, executive seating, and a new infotainment system. There is a hidden refrigerator in between the rear seats that holds two wine bottles plus two glasses and opens with the touch of a button. The closest competitor I can think of isn't an SUV at all, but the S-Class Maybach. This is Land Rover's interpretation of the segment. Competitors: Mercedes Benz GLS550 Designo, Bentley Bentaga, S-Class Maybach View full article
  13. Luxury crossovers and SUVs were a dominant feature at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Here is a recap of the releases from the show. 2018 Lexus RX-L The Details: Lexus has been the leader in the mid-size luxury crossover segment since it was birthed. Where Lexus missed was in offering a 3-row version of their hot seller. Surprisingly belatedly, Lexus finally came through by extending the RX 4.3 inches and updating the roofline to stuff a 3rd row in the back. Powertrain carries over from the standard RX with a 290 hp V6 standard for the RX 350L and the 308 hp Hybrid available only on the RX 450hL. Why it Matters: It is surprising that Lexus took this long to add a commonly sought after option in this segment. Ten years ago, this would have been bigger news, but with the industry pivoting towards smaller crossovers, I expect response to be mutted. The RX does two things, it gives Lexus an entry into the 3-row segment at minimal development and marketing costs, and it puts Lexus in the same league with BMW for absurd model trim names. Click here for more information on the 2018 Lexus RX-L Competitors: Volvo XC90, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, Lincoln MKX/Nautilus 2018 Lexus LX 570 Two-Row The Details: The Lexus version of the Toyota Land Cruiser drops the third-row seats in favor of a larger cargo area. Two-row option only comes in a single trim level Why it Matters: It really doesn’t unless you’re a wealthy DINK with no friends. As far as vehicle platforms go, the LX and Land Cruiser are ancient, debuting back in 2007. Already on its fourth remodel since arriving, we don’t see much life left. Lexus only sells about 600 LXs per month. Competitors: Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX80 (all come with 3-rows) Up Next: Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln MKC 2019 Lincoln Nautilus The Details: The Nautilus is a refreshed Lincoln MKX, but the most refreshing part about it is the return to a real name. Power changes include a switch to an all turbocharged engine lineup. Base engine is a 2.3 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 245 horsepower, optional is a 2.7 liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are coupled to a front-wheel drive 8-speed automatic with all-wheel drive standard. Automatic stop/start is standard. Why it Matters: The MKX was already an excellent entry in the segment. While overall dimensions are unchanged, the Nautilus looks longer and sleeker than its MKX predecessor. Bringing the MKX up to date with the new Lincoln look was essential, but going back to a real name shows that Lincoln is ready to carve out a firm identity for itself. Click Here for more information on the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Competitors: Lexus RX, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Acura MDX 2019 Lincoln MKC The Details: MKC moves to the new Lincoln look, but product planners didn’t come up with a name in time. Aside from that, the interior and mechanical features carry over. Why it Matters: This one is a head scratcher. I can only think that for some reason Lincoln didn’t think there were enough changes to the MKC to warrant a name change. People are inherently visual though, so even if there wasn’t an engine change under the hood, the visual change is distinctive enough that now is probably time to do a name change like the Lincoln Nautilus. The MKC sells well, and with this handsome new update, I expect it to do even better. Click here for more information on the 2019 Lincoln MKC Next Up: Infiniti QX50 and QX80 2019 Infiniti QX50 The Details: Infiniti finally replaces the old G37 based QX50, but that necessitates a move to front-wheel drive. The QX50 is the launch platform for Infiniti’s revolutionary new engine that is capable of a variable compression ratio. The new 2.0T with VC can change the compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1. Why it Matters: I’ll be sad to see the old QX50 go. In spite of its aging platform and interior electronics, it had a butter smoothness and great handling. It never really got a foothold in the market. But auto enthusiast feelings aside, this new QX50 is likely to be the bread and butter of Infiniti’s lineup for the foreseeable future. It hits right in the bullseye of the compact luxury crossover market and does so with a compelling performance argument and a fantastic looking interior. Click here for more information on the 2019 Infiniti QX50 Competitors: Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Audi Q3, Land Rover Evoque, Jaguar E-Pace 2018 Infiniti QX80 The Details: QX80 gets an updated front clip and a massaged interior Why it Matters: Like the Lexus LX650, the QX80 rides on an older platform from a mass-market brand, in this case, the 2010 Nissan Patrol. The 2017 Armada had a face only a mother could love, but with the update for 2018 it has grown substantially more handsome. The interior has been coiffed with attractive new quilted and stitched leather, though technology has not been updated to include the likes of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Mechanically, the QX80 still uses the old 5.6 liter V8 producing 400 horsepower / 417 lb-ft of torque routed through a 7-speed automatic. Fuel economy is a 1997 like 15 mpg combined. Competitors: Lexus LX560, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7 Next Up: Volvo XC40 and Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography 2018 Volvo XC40 The Details: The XC40 is the first vehicle on Volvo’s new CMA platform. It features a 248 hp 2 liter turbo four cylinder routing through an 8-speed automatic to all four wheels. People familiar with the controls from Volvo’s larger SPA platform vehicles like XC90 and S80 will feel right at home as most of touchy stuff is lifted straight from them. You will also be able to subscribe to the XC40 rather than buy or lease. Basically a 15,000 mile a year lease that includes all maintenance and insurance. Why it Matters: Another entry straight at the heart of the compact luxury crossover market. The recent Volvos have been a hit and I expect this one to be as well. The floor display had a few questionable interior materials and some visible exterior manufacturing defects, so I hope those get sorted soon as these XC40s are rolling down the manufacturing line already. Volvo’s policy of electrifying every vehicle that make means that a plug-in hybrid version of the XC40 is coming, however the Volvo rep I spoke to refused to confirm. Volvo’s subscription idea is intriguing and it will be interesting to see if it takes off. Click here for more information on the 2018 Volvo XC40 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography The Details: An Ultra-Luxury Range Rover Why it Matters: Are you a Russian Oil Tycoon or an NBA star? If so, then it matters. If not, just look at it and dream from behind the velvet ropes while the booth attendants sneer at you. It has power close rear doors, executive seating, and a new infotainment system. There is a hidden refrigerator in between the rear seats that holds two wine bottles plus two glasses and opens with the touch of a button. The closest competitor I can think of isn't an SUV at all, but the S-Class Maybach. This is Land Rover's interpretation of the segment. Competitors: Mercedes Benz GLS550 Designo, Bentley Bentaga, S-Class Maybach
  14. Lexus released teaser images of a concept crossover that will be shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The crossover was created by the Toyota's CALTY design studio in Newport Beach, California. The concept, called the Lexus LF-1 Limitless will preview Lexus' interpretation of a flagship luxury crossover, one they claim will redefine the boundaries of luxury. We will have more in the Lexus LF-1 Limitless from the show in January. Click here follow all Detroit North American International Auto Show News
  15. Lexus released teaser images of a concept crossover that will be shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The crossover was created by the Toyota's CALTY design studio in Newport Beach, California. The concept, called the Lexus LF-1 Limitless will preview Lexus' interpretation of a flagship luxury crossover, one they claim will redefine the boundaries of luxury. We will have more in the Lexus LF-1 Limitless from the show in January. Click here follow all Detroit North American International Auto Show News View full article
  16. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for November 2017 TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions post best-ever November light truck sales Toyota RAV4 posts 11th consecutive best-ever monthly total Lexus NX posts 9th consecutive best-ever monthly total PLANO, Texas, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported November 2017 sales of 191,617 units. With the same number of selling days in November 2017 compared to November 2016, sales were down 3.0 percent on volume and on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted November sales of 164,499 units, down 2.4 percent on a volume and DSR basis. "Through November, the auto industry remains on track to have its third consecutive year of new vehicle sales topping 17 million, in-line with our expectations," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "While light trucks continue to shine for Toyota division, scoring another monthly best-ever led by an 11th consecutive best-ever monthly total for RAV4, we were even more thrilled to see our amazing dealers help Camry sedan rise to have its best-ever November. We are enthusiastic for the final month of the year where customers can find great deals during our Toyotathon sales event happening right now!" Lexus posted November sales of 27,118 units, down 6.7 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. "Our December to Remember sales event is in full swing, setting up a great close to 2017," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken. "Our redesigned NX is proving to be a very popular choice for our customers, and by February 2018, shoppers will see four additional models to our Lexus line-up: an RX L 3-row, an RX L hybrid 3-row, an LX 2- row, and a very limited edition Inspiration Series LC 500." November 2017 Highlights: Camry sedan posts best-ever November sales of nearly 35,000 units RAV4 sales up, post best-ever November Highlander records more than 19,000 units 4Runner sales top 10,000, up over 17 percent, a November best-ever Tacoma sales up more than 4 percent Tundra sales at 9,700 units, up 1.3 percent NX sets best-ever November, up 5.5 percent to more than 5,400 units RX posts monthly sales of 10,102 units GX up 5.4 percent *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY NOVEMBER 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 191,617 197,645 -3 -3 2,211,530 2,206,401 0.2 0.2 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 164,499 168,595 -2.4 -2.4 1,941,859 1,916,355 1.3 1.3 TOTAL LEXUS 27,118 29,050 -6.7 -6.7 269,671 290,046 -7 -7 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,549 1,684 51.4 51.4 33,819 25,986 30.1 30.1 YARIS LIFTBACK 202 1,031 -80.4 -80.4 8,450 10,112 -16.4 -16.4 TOTAL YARIS 2,751 2,715 1.3 1.3 42,269 36,098 17.1 17.1 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 6 -100 -100 xD 0 0 0 0 2 9 -77.8 -77.8 xB 0 2 -100 -100 0 2,677 -100 -100 tC 0 168 -100 -100 197 9,234 -97.9 -97.9 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,423 1,515 -6.1 -6.1 19,064 15,920 19.7 19.7 COROLLA SEDAN 17,864 26,747 -33.2 -33.2 290,163 331,081 -12.4 -12.4 TOTAL COROLLA 19,287 28,262 -31.8 -31.8 309,227 347,001 -10.9 -10.9 86 (INCL FR-S) 456 513 -11.1 -11.1 6,421 6,900 -6.9 -6.9 MIRAI 249 105 137.1 137.1 1542 918 68 68 AVALON 2,453 4,326 -43.3 -43.3 30,156 43,029 -29.9 -29.9 PRIUS 8,149 10,495 -22.4 -22.4 99,180 124,188 -20.1 -20.1 CAMRY 34,991 28,189 24.1 24.1 343,750 355,206 -3.2 -3.2 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 68,336 74,775 -8.6 -8.6 832,744 925,266 -10 -10 CT 8 550 -98.5 -98.5 4,681 7,935 -41 -41 IS 2,458 3,571 -31.2 -31.2 23,705 32,857 -27.9 -27.9 RC 826 881 -6.2 -6.2 6,677 10,123 -34 -34 ES 3,911 4,097 -4.5 -4.5 46,351 52,060 -11 -11 GS 739 1,201 -38.5 -38.5 6,857 13,553 -49.4 -49.4 LS 358 440 -18.6 -18.6 3,788 4,905 -22.8 -22.8 LC 280 0 0 0 2,197 0 0 0 LFA 0 0 0 0 3 6 -50 -50 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 8,580 10,740 -20.1 -20.1 94,259 121,439 -22.4 -22.4 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 76,916 85,515 -10.1 -10.1 927,003 1,046,705 -11.4 -11.4 SIENNA 7,670 9,253 -17.1 -17.1 102,548 116,622 -12.1 -12.1 C-HR 3,391 0 0 0 21,889 0 0 0 RAV4 28,736 28,116 2.2 2.2 375,052 314,940 19.1 19.1 FJ CRUISER 0 1 -100 -100 4 9 -55.6 -55.6 VENZA 0 4 -100 -100 14 588 -97.6 -97.6 HIGHLANDER 19,077 21,241 -10.2 -10.2 194,734 165,954 17.3 17.3 4RUNNER 10,103 8,628 17.1 17.1 116,342 100,481 15.8 15.8 SEQUOIA 1,009 1,123 -10.2 -10.2 11,004 11,196 -1.7 -1.7 LAND CRUISER 282 345 -18.3 -18.3 2,710 3,249 -16.6 -16.6 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 62,598 59,458 5.3 5.3 721,749 596,417 21 21 TACOMA 16,195 15,531 4.3 4.3 179,419 174,117 3 3 TUNDRA 9,700 9,578 1.3 1.3 105,399 103,933 1.4 1.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 25,895 25,109 3.1 3.1 284,818 278,050 2.4 2.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 96,163 93,820 2.5 2.5 1,109,115 991,089 11.9 11.9 NX 5,404 5,120 5.5 5.5 51,931 47,509 9.3 9.3 RX 10,102 10,269 -1.6 -1.6 94,356 94,553 -0.2 -0.2 GX 2,432 2,307 5.4 5.4 23,865 21,674 10.1 10.1 LX 600 614 -2.3 -2.3 5,260 4,871 8 8 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 18,538 18,310 1.2 1.2 175,412 168,607 4 4 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 114,701 112,130 2.3 2.3 1,284,527 1,159,696 10.8 10.8 Selling Days 25 25 280 280 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  17. Lexus adds a row to the 2018 RX

    At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto show today, Lexus unveiled a three-row version of their popular RX luxury crossover. The RX has been one of the best selling luxury vehicles since its introduction in 1997. To make the 6 and 7 passenger three-row version, Lexus stretched the vehicle 4.3 inches and used a steeper rear glass to improve headroom. Overall, the key look remains largely the same with the partially blacked out C-pillar, a now widespread industry styling trend, being the main visual distinction for the 3-row models. Powertrain hardware is largely unchanged for the L models, available in the standard V6 front-wheel drive, V6 all-wheel drive, and V6 Hybrid all-wheel drive configurations. The V6 is a 290 horsepower / 263 lb-ft unit with an advanced combination of variable valve timing technologies that allowed the engine to shift between Otto Cycle or Atkinson Cycle for optimum power and efficiency. The Hybrid version uses a rear mounted electric motor instead of a drive shaft to power the rear wheels and is only used when the vehicle detects slippage of the front tires. Like other hybrids in the Toyota-Lexus stable, the hybrid system allows for complete EV operation at low speeds for short distances. The 2018 RX350 L and RX450h L go on sale in December. Photos: Lexus Press release on page two Lexus RX Drivers Now Have the Power of Three (Rows) New RX L provides luxury and logistical liberty Choice of Six- or Seven-Passenger Models Available with V6 Gas or Hybrid Powertrains Power-Fold Third Row Seat Standard Leather Trimmed Seating on First Two Rows and Tri-Zone Climate Control Standard Optional Hands-Free Power Tailgate November 29, 2017 2018 RX L 350 Product Info Sheet 2018 RX L 450h Product Info Sheet 2018 Enform Remote RX L Infographic 2018 RX L Press Release LOS ANGELES – Nov. 29, 2017 – Families will now be able to enjoy more space with their luxury utility vehicle thanks to the new three-row Lexus RX L models. The RX created the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago and has reigned supreme as the most popular luxury utility vehicle on the market. The 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL models retain their stylish figures, but now offer the choice of six or seven-passenger capability. Once in dealerships late this year, the RX 350L will have a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $47,670* (FWD) and $49,070* (AWD). Function and Fashion With the new RX L models, Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability that they have long valued. With help through the mastery of vehicle packaging, Lexus extended the body length 4.3 inches (110 mm) at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models – ensuring good headroom for third-row passengers. The standard seven-seat version uses a 40/20/40 split bench-type second row seat. Access to the third row is made easy with the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward. The available six-seat configuration features second-row captain’s chairs that make third-row ingress/egress easier with “walk-in” convenience. Lexus designed the third row of the RX L models to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. The positioning of the second row is slightly higher than the third row, creating more foot room for rear passengers. Standard leather-trimmed upholstery is standard for the first and second rows, in the choice of Black, Stratus Gray, Parchment or Noble Brown. A tri-zone climate control system gives third-row passengers separate heating and air conditioning vents, and for convenience, a power-folding third-row seat and power tailgate are both standard on the RX L models. Details that enhance three-row versatility in the RX L models include a flat load floor behind the folded third-row, two third-row cupholders, an easily stowable tonneau and covered slide rails. Lexus Signature Design The 2018 RX L models offer the same award-winning safety, style, luxury and performance as the two-row versions. The LUV trend-setting combination of SUV versatility and luxury sedan-like comfort comes packaged in the brand’s dramatic mix of sharp creases and curves. The Lexus signature spindle grille, a focal point, is set off by an elegant chrome-plated surround and standard Bi-LED headlights. Available premium LED headlights use three unique L-shaped elements per side. The RX L models’ elegantly blacked-out C-pillars create a floating-roof effect. The spindle theme repeats at the rear, with L-shaped LED taillights enveloping the tailgate and wrapping into the rear fenders. Available 20-inch wheel designs enhance the powerful-looking stance. All ten RX L paint colors feature a scratch-resistant self-restoring coat, using a high-performance macromolecular polymer. Lexus Safety In the 2018 RX L models, the full-length side curtain airbags cover all three rows. The standard Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking are also available. Panoramic View Monitor is an optional feature. RX 350L: 290-Horsepower V6 The 2018 Lexus RX 350L offers plenty of power to go with its six- or seven- passenger cabin and added cargo capacity. The 3.5-liter V6 employs the advanced D-4S fuel injection system, which combines direct and port fuel injection systems. To maximize efficiency, Variable Valve Timing – Intelligent Wide (VVT-iW) is used on the intake camshaft, along with VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft, allowing the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles. The result is 290 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, with performance and efficiency optimized by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Use of regular-grade gasoline is a boon to customer value. Using Drive Mode Select, the RX 350L driver can exert more control by choosing from among three driving modes. Normal provides an ideal everyday balance of performance and energy conservation, Sport puts an edge on powertrain responsiveness and Eco mode operates the powertrain at its most efficient level. As on the two-row RX 350, the RX 350L is available with front-wheel drive or available Dynamic Torque Control All Wheel Drive. Under normal cruising conditions, the system engages front-wheel drive to help reduce fuel consumption. Continuously taking input from various sensors (such as wheel speed, engine RPM, steering angle, throttle opening angle and yaw rate), Dynamic Torque Control AWD actively governs torque distribution to the rear wheels using an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential. When the vehicle is accelerating, the system automatically shifts to AWD to help prevent front-wheel slippage. While cruising, the system reverts to FWD, and when sensors detect wheel slippage, it can vary front to rear torque distribution from 100:0 to 50:50. The 4.2” TFT multi-information display conveys torque-distribution status (front to rear, and side to side). RX 450hL Hybrid with AWD Luxury buyers seeking an eco-advanced family three-row vehicle will find the ideal travel mate in the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators, producing 308 combined system horsepower for strong acceleration and passing performance. The standard AWD system is unique. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels used on the RX 350 AWD models, an independent rear-mounted electric motor drives the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction. In the RX 450hL, the Drive Mode Select system adds a fourth mode, EV, that enables the vehicle to drive under electric power at lower speeds for short distances. It’s an excellent way to navigate a large parking lot or garage, or to run a local errand. Ride and Handling All onboard the 6- or 7-passenger 2018 Lexus RX L models will experience the same luxuriously smooth, quiet ride as the two-row models offer. Front strut and rear double-wishbone type suspension systems ensure agility and exemplary ride compliance over all types of surfaces. Electric Power Steering (EPS) yields a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback. Impeccable Cabin Design and Luxury The RX L cabin is designed with impeccable details, including form-fitting seats, and the available richly finished wood trim (Premium and Luxury Packages) that curves gently up from the center console toward the glove box. Available interior ornamentation includes Matte Bamboo, Espresso Walnut, Matte Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Striated Black Trim (standard) and laser-etched Gray Sapele Wood with Aluminum. For the Striated Black Trim on the base model, a glossy black three-dimensional embossed pattern is applied to create a high-quality film design with a sense of depth. An available full-color Heads-Up Display (HUD) incorporated into the design of the instrument panel can project key information on the windshield to help the driver focus on the road. Multimedia Powerhouse From powerful audio to cutting-edge displays, the multimedia choices available for the 2018 Lexus RX L models cover all needs. The standard Display Audio system includes an eight-inch screen, HD Radio™, Scout GPS Link, Bluetooth® audio, voice recognition, an AUX mini jack, two USB ports and nine speakers. The driver will find frequently used switches placed close at hand for convenience. Middle-row USB ports enable passengers to use and charge their own multimedia devices. The Navigation Package upgrades to a 12-speaker premium audio system. Also included, the 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display offers a full-screen navigation map or can provide simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems; as well as the mouse-like Remote Touch Interface. The 2018 RX L models offer audiophile-quality mobile sound with the available 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System in conjunction with the navigation system. Advanced Clari-Fi™ compressed music restoration technology instills new life into digital music files. The new three-row RX L models join the two-row, five-seat RX versions that continue for 2018. All RX models now offer Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of vehicle ownership. Both were previously offered with a one-year trial. With the new RX 450hL Hybrid, the most powerful and most fuel-efficient RX model, owners will still reap the benefits of the two-row model, such as optional heated/ventilated front seats and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Additional photos and video available at pressroom.lexus.com. Vehicle Details Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/Performance RX 350L: 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine. 8-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Available Active Torque Control AWD system uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to vary torque distribution anywhere from 100:0 to 50:50 front to rear, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions. RX 450hL: Lexus Hybrid Drive with 3.5-liter V6 engine, Motor Generator 1, Motor Generator 2 and a planetary-type electronic continuously variable transmission. 308 total system horsepower. Standard AWD with independent rear electric motor-generator. 37 kW nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) hybrid battery. Chassis/Body/Suspension/ Brakes/Tires A number of cutting-edge technologies enhance structural rigidity, including high-tech body adhesives and laser screw welding; liberal use of high-tensile strength steel throughout the vehicle, and annular frame construction for strengthened frame sections around the front and rear doors. 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/65R18 tires. Two 20-inch wheel options: Split-Five-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver and Machined Finish; Split-Five-Spoke Alloy Wheels with SuperChrome and Machined Finish and Interchangeable Painted Inserts (requires Luxury Package). Safety/Security Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Braking. For 2018, all RX and RX L models offer Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of vehicle ownership. 10 SRS airbags including dual-stage and dual-chamber driver’s and front passenger airbags; driver’s and front passenger knee airbags; front side airbags; rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags for all three seat rows. 4-sensor, 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill-start Assist Control. Additionally, Smart Stop Technology automatically reduces engine power when there is simultaneous application of the brake pedal and accelerator pedal under certain conditions. Active front headrests help to reduce the severity of a whiplash injury in the event of certain types of lower speed rear collisions. Panoramic View Monitor (optional). Luxury/Comfort/Convenience (Highlights) 10-way power front leather seats with power lumbar adjustment. Memory settings standard (mirror, seat, steering wheel) Aluminum roof rails Power-folding autodimming mirrors with memory Rear armrest with storage box with two USB ports Acoustic glass windshield Customizable vehicle settings, including personal door-lock preferences, interior/exterior light adjustments, driver’s seat Easy Exit, and window-closure settings Tri-Zone automatic climate control with interior air filter Leather seating surfaces (first and second row) Leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with integrated audio controls Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch color multimedia display and 9 speakers Power liftgate with optional hands-free operation Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop Subscription-free Traffic and Weather updates via HD Radio™ The RX 450hL enjoys the same standard equipment as the 350L, with the added feature of Captain’s Chairs as standard. Luxury Options (Highlights) Premium Package with moonroof and wood trim. Luxury Package includes contents of Premium Package plus 20-inch super chrome wheels, heated maple steering wheel, semi-aniline leather trimmed seating, manual rear door sun shades, LED ambient illumination, four-way power lumbar, cushion extender, laser-cut gray Sapele wood with aluminum and LED illuminated door sills. Navigation Package with 12.3-inch display, Remote Touch Interface, advanced voice control, Lexus Enform® App Suite, Lexus Enform® Destination Assist, HD Radio with iTunes®Tagging and more. 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system (with Navigation Package). Connected Technologies The 2018 Lexus RX L offers five available Enform services for enhanced convenience: Complimentary now for the first ten years, Lexus Enform Safety Connect includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification. The Lexus Enform response center operates 24/7/365. Lexus Enform Service Connect (complimentary 10-year subscription now included), enables the LS to send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer. With Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included), the customer can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Once registered, the app can operate remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor, and more. The complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite app offer access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Pandora®, iHeartRadio, Slacker and Yelp (with Navigation Package). Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for one year) acts as an in-car personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent (with Navigation Package). Warranty 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles. 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage. 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage. Hybrid System Warranty coverage is for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first, and covers the following components: hybrid control module, hybrid battery control module, hybrid battery and inverter with converter. *MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $995. Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 238 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models.
  18. At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto show today, Lexus unveiled a three-row version of their popular RX luxury crossover. The RX has been one of the best selling luxury vehicles since its introduction in 1997. To make the 6 and 7 passenger three-row version, Lexus stretched the vehicle 4.3 inches and used a steeper rear glass to improve headroom. Overall, the key look remains largely the same with the partially blacked out C-pillar, a now widespread industry styling trend, being the main visual distinction for the 3-row models. Powertrain hardware is largely unchanged for the L models, available in the standard V6 front-wheel drive, V6 all-wheel drive, and V6 Hybrid all-wheel drive configurations. The V6 is a 290 horsepower / 263 lb-ft unit with an advanced combination of variable valve timing technologies that allowed the engine to shift between Otto Cycle or Atkinson Cycle for optimum power and efficiency. The Hybrid version uses a rear mounted electric motor instead of a drive shaft to power the rear wheels and is only used when the vehicle detects slippage of the front tires. Like other hybrids in the Toyota-Lexus stable, the hybrid system allows for complete EV operation at low speeds for short distances. The 2018 RX350 L and RX450h L go on sale in December. Photos: Lexus Press release on page two Lexus RX Drivers Now Have the Power of Three (Rows) New RX L provides luxury and logistical liberty Choice of Six- or Seven-Passenger Models Available with V6 Gas or Hybrid Powertrains Power-Fold Third Row Seat Standard Leather Trimmed Seating on First Two Rows and Tri-Zone Climate Control Standard Optional Hands-Free Power Tailgate November 29, 2017 2018 RX L 350 Product Info Sheet 2018 RX L 450h Product Info Sheet 2018 Enform Remote RX L Infographic 2018 RX L Press Release LOS ANGELES – Nov. 29, 2017 – Families will now be able to enjoy more space with their luxury utility vehicle thanks to the new three-row Lexus RX L models. The RX created the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago and has reigned supreme as the most popular luxury utility vehicle on the market. The 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL models retain their stylish figures, but now offer the choice of six or seven-passenger capability. Once in dealerships late this year, the RX 350L will have a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $47,670* (FWD) and $49,070* (AWD). Function and Fashion With the new RX L models, Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability that they have long valued. With help through the mastery of vehicle packaging, Lexus extended the body length 4.3 inches (110 mm) at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models – ensuring good headroom for third-row passengers. The standard seven-seat version uses a 40/20/40 split bench-type second row seat. Access to the third row is made easy with the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward. The available six-seat configuration features second-row captain’s chairs that make third-row ingress/egress easier with “walk-in” convenience. Lexus designed the third row of the RX L models to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. The positioning of the second row is slightly higher than the third row, creating more foot room for rear passengers. Standard leather-trimmed upholstery is standard for the first and second rows, in the choice of Black, Stratus Gray, Parchment or Noble Brown. A tri-zone climate control system gives third-row passengers separate heating and air conditioning vents, and for convenience, a power-folding third-row seat and power tailgate are both standard on the RX L models. Details that enhance three-row versatility in the RX L models include a flat load floor behind the folded third-row, two third-row cupholders, an easily stowable tonneau and covered slide rails. Lexus Signature Design The 2018 RX L models offer the same award-winning safety, style, luxury and performance as the two-row versions. The LUV trend-setting combination of SUV versatility and luxury sedan-like comfort comes packaged in the brand’s dramatic mix of sharp creases and curves. The Lexus signature spindle grille, a focal point, is set off by an elegant chrome-plated surround and standard Bi-LED headlights. Available premium LED headlights use three unique L-shaped elements per side. The RX L models’ elegantly blacked-out C-pillars create a floating-roof effect. The spindle theme repeats at the rear, with L-shaped LED taillights enveloping the tailgate and wrapping into the rear fenders. Available 20-inch wheel designs enhance the powerful-looking stance. All ten RX L paint colors feature a scratch-resistant self-restoring coat, using a high-performance macromolecular polymer. Lexus Safety In the 2018 RX L models, the full-length side curtain airbags cover all three rows. The standard Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking are also available. Panoramic View Monitor is an optional feature. RX 350L: 290-Horsepower V6 The 2018 Lexus RX 350L offers plenty of power to go with its six- or seven- passenger cabin and added cargo capacity. The 3.5-liter V6 employs the advanced D-4S fuel injection system, which combines direct and port fuel injection systems. To maximize efficiency, Variable Valve Timing – Intelligent Wide (VVT-iW) is used on the intake camshaft, along with VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft, allowing the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles. The result is 290 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, with performance and efficiency optimized by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Use of regular-grade gasoline is a boon to customer value. Using Drive Mode Select, the RX 350L driver can exert more control by choosing from among three driving modes. Normal provides an ideal everyday balance of performance and energy conservation, Sport puts an edge on powertrain responsiveness and Eco mode operates the powertrain at its most efficient level. As on the two-row RX 350, the RX 350L is available with front-wheel drive or available Dynamic Torque Control All Wheel Drive. Under normal cruising conditions, the system engages front-wheel drive to help reduce fuel consumption. Continuously taking input from various sensors (such as wheel speed, engine RPM, steering angle, throttle opening angle and yaw rate), Dynamic Torque Control AWD actively governs torque distribution to the rear wheels using an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential. When the vehicle is accelerating, the system automatically shifts to AWD to help prevent front-wheel slippage. While cruising, the system reverts to FWD, and when sensors detect wheel slippage, it can vary front to rear torque distribution from 100:0 to 50:50. The 4.2” TFT multi-information display conveys torque-distribution status (front to rear, and side to side). RX 450hL Hybrid with AWD Luxury buyers seeking an eco-advanced family three-row vehicle will find the ideal travel mate in the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators, producing 308 combined system horsepower for strong acceleration and passing performance. The standard AWD system is unique. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels used on the RX 350 AWD models, an independent rear-mounted electric motor drives the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction. In the RX 450hL, the Drive Mode Select system adds a fourth mode, EV, that enables the vehicle to drive under electric power at lower speeds for short distances. It’s an excellent way to navigate a large parking lot or garage, or to run a local errand. Ride and Handling All onboard the 6- or 7-passenger 2018 Lexus RX L models will experience the same luxuriously smooth, quiet ride as the two-row models offer. Front strut and rear double-wishbone type suspension systems ensure agility and exemplary ride compliance over all types of surfaces. Electric Power Steering (EPS) yields a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback. Impeccable Cabin Design and Luxury The RX L cabin is designed with impeccable details, including form-fitting seats, and the available richly finished wood trim (Premium and Luxury Packages) that curves gently up from the center console toward the glove box. Available interior ornamentation includes Matte Bamboo, Espresso Walnut, Matte Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Striated Black Trim (standard) and laser-etched Gray Sapele Wood with Aluminum. For the Striated Black Trim on the base model, a glossy black three-dimensional embossed pattern is applied to create a high-quality film design with a sense of depth. An available full-color Heads-Up Display (HUD) incorporated into the design of the instrument panel can project key information on the windshield to help the driver focus on the road. Multimedia Powerhouse From powerful audio to cutting-edge displays, the multimedia choices available for the 2018 Lexus RX L models cover all needs. The standard Display Audio system includes an eight-inch screen, HD Radio™, Scout GPS Link, Bluetooth® audio, voice recognition, an AUX mini jack, two USB ports and nine speakers. The driver will find frequently used switches placed close at hand for convenience. Middle-row USB ports enable passengers to use and charge their own multimedia devices. The Navigation Package upgrades to a 12-speaker premium audio system. Also included, the 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display offers a full-screen navigation map or can provide simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems; as well as the mouse-like Remote Touch Interface. The 2018 RX L models offer audiophile-quality mobile sound with the available 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System in conjunction with the navigation system. Advanced Clari-Fi™ compressed music restoration technology instills new life into digital music files. The new three-row RX L models join the two-row, five-seat RX versions that continue for 2018. All RX models now offer Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of vehicle ownership. Both were previously offered with a one-year trial. With the new RX 450hL Hybrid, the most powerful and most fuel-efficient RX model, owners will still reap the benefits of the two-row model, such as optional heated/ventilated front seats and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Additional photos and video available at pressroom.lexus.com. Vehicle Details Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/Performance RX 350L: 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine. 8-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Available Active Torque Control AWD system uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to vary torque distribution anywhere from 100:0 to 50:50 front to rear, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions. RX 450hL: Lexus Hybrid Drive with 3.5-liter V6 engine, Motor Generator 1, Motor Generator 2 and a planetary-type electronic continuously variable transmission. 308 total system horsepower. Standard AWD with independent rear electric motor-generator. 37 kW nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) hybrid battery. Chassis/Body/Suspension/ Brakes/Tires A number of cutting-edge technologies enhance structural rigidity, including high-tech body adhesives and laser screw welding; liberal use of high-tensile strength steel throughout the vehicle, and annular frame construction for strengthened frame sections around the front and rear doors. 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/65R18 tires. Two 20-inch wheel options: Split-Five-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver and Machined Finish; Split-Five-Spoke Alloy Wheels with SuperChrome and Machined Finish and Interchangeable Painted Inserts (requires Luxury Package). Safety/Security Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Braking. For 2018, all RX and RX L models offer Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of vehicle ownership. 10 SRS airbags including dual-stage and dual-chamber driver’s and front passenger airbags; driver’s and front passenger knee airbags; front side airbags; rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags for all three seat rows. 4-sensor, 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill-start Assist Control. Additionally, Smart Stop Technology automatically reduces engine power when there is simultaneous application of the brake pedal and accelerator pedal under certain conditions. Active front headrests help to reduce the severity of a whiplash injury in the event of certain types of lower speed rear collisions. Panoramic View Monitor (optional). Luxury/Comfort/Convenience (Highlights) 10-way power front leather seats with power lumbar adjustment. Memory settings standard (mirror, seat, steering wheel) Aluminum roof rails Power-folding autodimming mirrors with memory Rear armrest with storage box with two USB ports Acoustic glass windshield Customizable vehicle settings, including personal door-lock preferences, interior/exterior light adjustments, driver’s seat Easy Exit, and window-closure settings Tri-Zone automatic climate control with interior air filter Leather seating surfaces (first and second row) Leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with integrated audio controls Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch color multimedia display and 9 speakers Power liftgate with optional hands-free operation Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop Subscription-free Traffic and Weather updates via HD Radio™ The RX 450hL enjoys the same standard equipment as the 350L, with the added feature of Captain’s Chairs as standard. Luxury Options (Highlights) Premium Package with moonroof and wood trim. Luxury Package includes contents of Premium Package plus 20-inch super chrome wheels, heated maple steering wheel, semi-aniline leather trimmed seating, manual rear door sun shades, LED ambient illumination, four-way power lumbar, cushion extender, laser-cut gray Sapele wood with aluminum and LED illuminated door sills. Navigation Package with 12.3-inch display, Remote Touch Interface, advanced voice control, Lexus Enform® App Suite, Lexus Enform® Destination Assist, HD Radio with iTunes®Tagging and more. 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system (with Navigation Package). Connected Technologies The 2018 Lexus RX L offers five available Enform services for enhanced convenience: Complimentary now for the first ten years, Lexus Enform Safety Connect includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification. The Lexus Enform response center operates 24/7/365. Lexus Enform Service Connect (complimentary 10-year subscription now included), enables the LS to send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer. With Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included), the customer can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Once registered, the app can operate remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor, and more. The complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite app offer access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Pandora®, iHeartRadio, Slacker and Yelp (with Navigation Package). Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for one year) acts as an in-car personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent (with Navigation Package). Warranty 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles. 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage. 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage. Hybrid System Warranty coverage is for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first, and covers the following components: hybrid control module, hybrid battery control module, hybrid battery and inverter with converter. *MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $995. Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 238 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models. View full article
  19. Rumors have been flying for the past year or about Lexus introducing a three-row variant of their RX crossover and it appears to be materializing. Today, Lexus released a teaser photo of the RX L that will be debuting a couple weeks at the LA Auto Show. We can't make out any details as the picture just shows the nameplate. It will be offered with the 3.5L V6 (RX 350L) and hybrid powertrain (RX 450hL). It is expected that the RX L will have the same wheelbase length as the standard RX, but have a longer rear overhang to make room for the third-row. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 The Power of Three: All-new 3-row Lexus RXL to Debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2017 – How can the top-selling Lexus RX get even better? Make more of it. The all-new 2018 RX 350L, now featuring three rows, will make its World Premiere at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The hybrid model, the RX 450hL, will also be announced. The RX that paved the way for the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago will retain its stylish figure while also providing more flexibility for passengers. The RX 350L will be revealed at the Lexus Press Conference taking place on November 29, 2017 at 10:00 am PST in the South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
  20. Rumors have been flying for the past year or about Lexus introducing a three-row variant of their RX crossover and it appears to be materializing. Today, Lexus released a teaser photo of the RX L that will be debuting a couple weeks at the LA Auto Show. We can't make out any details as the picture just shows the nameplate. It will be offered with the 3.5L V6 (RX 350L) and hybrid powertrain (RX 450hL). It is expected that the RX L will have the same wheelbase length as the standard RX, but have a longer rear overhang to make room for the third-row. Source: Lexus Press Release is on Page 2 The Power of Three: All-new 3-row Lexus RXL to Debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2017 – How can the top-selling Lexus RX get even better? Make more of it. The all-new 2018 RX 350L, now featuring three rows, will make its World Premiere at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The hybrid model, the RX 450hL, will also be announced. The RX that paved the way for the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago will retain its stylish figure while also providing more flexibility for passengers. The RX 350L will be revealed at the Lexus Press Conference taking place on November 29, 2017 at 10:00 am PST in the South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center. View full article
  21. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for October 2017 TMNA posts best-ever October light truck sales Toyota RAV4 posts best-ever October Lexus NX, Total LUV post best-ever October PLANO, Texas, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported October 2017 sales of 188,434 units. With one less selling day in October 2017 compared to October 2016, sales were up 1.1 percent on volume and up 5.2 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted October sales of 165,540 units, up 2.5 percent on a volume basis, and up 6.6 percent on a DSR basis. "The first month of the final quarter of 2017 saw sustained strong sales for the industry, and we expect that momentum to continue through the last two months of the year," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "The Toyota division had another best-ever for the month of October in light trucks, led by our tenth consecutive monthly sales record for RAV4. And the all-new 2018 Camry, with October sales of over 26,000 units, continues to generate excitement in our dealer showrooms." Lexus posted October sales of 22,894 units, down 7.7 percent on a volume basis, and down 4 percent on a DSR basis. "We're continuing to ride the luxury SUV wave with our sixth straight best-ever month for Lexus luxury utility vehicles," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken. "Now we're entering our favorite time of the year with our December to Remember sales event. The kick-off begins today with the best deals and product mix of the year. Of course, our customers can count on our iconic big red bows. Everything is lined-up for a great close to 2017." October 2017 Highlights: Camry posts October sales of 26,252 units TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions post best-ever October for light trucks RAV4 sales up nearly 30 percent, posts a best-ever October Highlander sales of 17,461 units in October 4Runner sales of 11,153 units in October Tacoma posts October sales of 15,804 units Tundra sales up more than 5 percent NX sets best-ever October, up more than 6 percent LX up nearly 8 percent in October RX sees more than 4 percent gain in October GX up nearly 15 percent *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY OCTOBER 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 188,434 186,295 5.2 1.1 2,019,913 2,008,756 0.6 0.6 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 165,540 161,492 6.6 2.5 1,777,360 1,747,760 1.7 1.7 TOTAL LEXUS 22,894 24,803 -4 -7.7 242,553 260,996 -7.1 -7.1 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 2,676 1,160 139.9 130.7 31,270 24,302 28.7 28.7 YARIS LIFTBACK 202 924 -77.3 -78.1 8,248 9,081 -9.2 -9.2 TOTAL YARIS 2,878 2,084 43.6 38.1 39,518 33,383 18.4 18.4 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 6 -100 -100 xD 0 0 0 0 2 9 -77.8 -77.8 xB 0 1 -100 -100 0 2,675 -100 -100 tC 2 375 -99.4 -99.5 197 9,066 -97.8 -97.8 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,490 1,219 27.1 22.2 17,641 14,405 22.5 22.5 COROLLA SEDAN 23,177 28,516 -15.5 -18.7 272,299 304,334 -10.5 -10.5 TOTAL COROLLA 24,667 29,735 -13.7 -17 289,940 318,739 -9 -9 86 (INCL FR-S) 458 633 -24.8 -27.6 5,965 6,387 -6.6 -6.6 MIRAI 249 103 151.4 141.7 1293 813 59 59 AVALON 2,648 3,674 -25 -27.9 27,703 38,703 -28.4 -28.4 PRIUS 7,710 8,132 -1.4 -5.2 91,031 113,693 -19.9 -19.9 CAMRY 26,252 29,562 -7.6 -11.2 308,759 327,017 -5.6 -5.6 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 64,864 74,299 -9.2 -12.7 764,408 850,491 -10.1 -10.1 CT 10 564 -98.2 -98.2 4,673 7,385 -36.7 -36.7 IS 1,972 2,523 -18.7 -21.8 21,247 29,286 -27.4 -27.4 RC 828 1,081 -20.3 -23.4 5,851 9,242 -36.7 -36.7 ES 3,365 4,190 -16.5 -19.7 42,440 47,963 -11.5 -11.5 GS 558 1,388 -58.2 -59.8 6,118 12,352 -50.5 -50.5 LS 328 352 -3.1 -6.8 3,430 4,465 -23.2 -23.2 LC 219 0 0 0 1,917 0 0 0 LFA 1 0 0 0 3 6 -50 -50 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 7,281 10,098 -25 -27.9 85,679 110,699 -22.6 -22.6 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 72,145 84,397 -11.1 -14.5 850,087 961,190 -11.6 -11.6 SIENNA 7,255 7,859 -4 -7.7 94,878 107,369 -11.6 -11.6 C-HR 3,638 0 0 0 18,498 0 0 0 RAV4 34,086 26,429 34.1 29 346,316 286,824 20.7 20.7 FJ CRUISER 1 0 0 0 4 8 -50 -50 VENZA 0 4 -100 -100 14 584 -97.6 -97.6 HIGHLANDER 17,461 17,668 2.8 -1.2 175,657 144,713 21.4 21.4 4RUNNER 11,153 8,537 35.9 30.6 106,239 91,853 15.7 15.7 SEQUOIA 996 939 10.3 6.1 9,995 10,073 -0.8 -0.8 LAND CRUISER 260 349 -22.5 -25.5 2,428 2,904 -16.4 -16.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 67,595 53,926 30.4 25.3 659,151 536,959 22.8 22.8 TACOMA 15,804 15,875 3.5 -0.4 163,224 158,586 2.9 2.9 TUNDRA 10,022 9,533 9.3 5.1 95,699 94,355 1.4 1.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 25,826 25,408 5.7 1.6 258,923 252,941 2.4 2.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 100,676 87,193 20.1 15.5 1,012,952 897,269 12.9 12.9 NX 4,540 4,274 10.5 6.2 46,527 42,389 9.8 9.8 RX 8,374 8,044 8.3 4.1 84,254 84,284 0 0 GX 2,090 1,822 19.3 14.7 21,433 19,367 10.7 10.7 LX 609 565 12.1 7.8 4,660 4,257 9.5 9.5 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 15,613 14,705 10.4 6.2 156,874 150,297 4.4 4.4 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 116,289 101,898 18.7 14.1 1,169,826 1,047,566 11.7 11.7 Selling Days 25 26 255 255 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  22. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for September, First Nine Months of 2017 TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set new September record for total volume TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set September light truck sales record Toyota RAV4, Highlander post ninth consecutive monthly sales records Lexus NX, GX, and RX post best-ever September PLANO, Texas (October 3, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported September 2017 sales of 226,632 units. With one more selling day in September 2017 compared to September 2016, sales were up 14.9 percent on a volume basis, and up 10.5 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. For the first nine months of the year, TMNA reported sales of 1,831,479 units. With one more selling day in 2017 compared to 2016, total sales were up 0.1 percent on a DSR basis, and sales were up 0.5 percent on an unadjusted raw-volume basis. Toyota division posted September 2017 sales of 200,436 units, up 16.9 percent on a volume basis, and up 12.4 percent on a DSR basis. “The auto industry showed renewed strength in September, bringing optimism for a third consecutive year with sales topping 17 million new vehicles,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “This month marked our first full-month of sales of the all-new 2018 Camry, outselling last year’s total with a double-digit gain in volume – a testament to the positive reception we are receiving on its bold new styling and TNGA-based performance. Toyota division light trucks continue to lead sales, with September marking a string of eight consecutive monthly sales records, and nine consecutive monthly best-ever sales records for Highlander and RAV4. In fact, RAV4, with more than 42,000 sales this month, marks three consecutive months of more than 40,000 units – an amazing feat!” Lexus posted June sales of 26,196 units, up 1.5 percent on a volume basis, and down 2.4 percent on a DSR basis. “Lexus sales traditionally shift into high gear as we head toward the end of the year, and we are buoyed by three consecutive months of sales momentum as well as our best-ever September,” said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken. “Going forward we have a strong supply of luxury utility vehicles to satisfy customers’ needs through the remainder of 2017.” September 2017 and First Nine Months Highlights: Camry sales of 34,732 units, up 13.1 percent in first full month of sales of all-new 2018 model year Total Toyota division SUV sales up 43.2 percent in September; pickup trucks up 15.8 percent RAV4 gains 44 percent with 42,395 units sold; nine straight monthly sales records Highlander posts sales of 20,359 units; first month to top 20,000 in 2017, and nine straight monthly sales records 4Runner sales of 11,333 units, up 25.1 percent Tacoma and Tundra September sales rise by 14.9 and 17.4 percent respectively Lexus sees fifth consecutive monthly best-ever for LUVs NX up 6.6 percent with September sales of 5,041, seventh consecutive best-ever monthly total GX rises 53 percent; records back-to-back best-ever monthly totals LX up 38.6 percent in September RX sees six percent gain, sets new best-ever monthly total for September *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume
  23. Quick Drive: 2017 Lexus RC 200t

    Lexus might not be the first choice when it comes to a compact luxury coupe. But when I drove the RC 350 F-Sport back in 2015, we found it to be a very capable coupe. Aside from the creamsicle paint color, the RC impressed me with distinctive styling, punchy V6, and sharp handling. Two years later, I find myself revisiting the RC - this time with the base 2.0L turbo-four engine. As I would find out during our week, there is a lot to like about the standard RC. But there is one glaring issue that would make me look at a competitor. The standard RC’s design somehow balances a handsome shape with extroverted details. The front features the widest version of the spindle grille, slits in the front bumper, and LED lighting under the headlights. Bulging fenders and rounded roofline make the RC stand out from the crowd. There are only two things I would change about this RC. First is the color. The silver paint on our tester makes the RC a bit dull to look at. Something more vibrant such as a red would really help out. We would also swap the 5-spoke, 18-inch wheels for the wheels found on the F-Sport package. The interior hasn’t changed since we last drove the RC and that’s both a good and bad thing. The good is that the RC still has the IS’ dash design which makes the vehicle’s sporting intentions clear. It is easy to find a comfortable position in the front seats thanks to the power adjustments on offer. The bad? It begins with the infotainment system. A 7-inch screen is nestled far back in the dash, making it hard to read at a quick glance. I wished Lexus had upgraded the screen to the 10.2-inch version found in the refreshed IS. The optional Remote Touch system is a bit frustrating to use as you have be very precise when making your selection. One slip of the finger and you’ll end up with a different selection. Don’t expect to carry passengers in the RC’s backseat as leg room is non-existent. It's better to use it as a place for cargo. What is that glaring issue I mentioned at the beginning? That would be the turbo 2.0L. It produces 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power delivery can best be described as the engine delivers enough oomph to move the vehicle from a stop, before falling off a cliff. There isn’t that rush of power throughout the rpm band that you would have in another model such as the Cadillac ATS 2.0T. On the upside, the 2.0L turbo in the RC didn’t have the horrendous turbo lag that I experienced in the IS 200t last year. The eight-speed automatic that comes standard on rear-drive models delivers smooth gear changes. I did find myself wishing the gear changes were somewhat quicker when the RC is put into the Sport mode via the drive selector. The standard RC fits the definition of a ‘Gran Tourer’. It may not handle as well as the RC 350 F-Sport in the bends - there is little bit more body roll and the steering isn’t as direct. But most people who drive it will be ok with that as it is ‘just right’. On rough roads, the RC 200t excels as bumps are smoothed over. Wind noise is mostly nonexistent, while there is a fair amount of road noise coming inside. The 2017 RC 200t begins at $40,155. With a modest amount of options such as navigation, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control, the as-tested price came to $45,234. The RC 200t is mostly show and not much go. For some folks, that’s all they want. A coupe that stands out in and tells the world to look at me. For others, save up a bit more money and go for the 350. The added performance of the V6 gives the coupe the go it deserves. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the RC 200t, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Lexus Model: RC Trim: 200t Engine: Turbo 2.0L DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 241 @ 5,800 Torque @ RPM: 258 @ 1,650-4,400 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/32/26 Curb Weight: 3,737 lbs Location of Manufacture: Tahara, Aichi, Japan Base Price: $40,155 As Tested Price: $45,234 (Includes $975.00 Destination Charge) Options: Navigation System - $1,470.00 Premium Package - $1,240.00 Dynamic Radar Cruise Control w/Pre-Collison - $500.00 Illuminated Door Sills - $449.00 Windshield Deicer and Headlamp Cleaner - $220.00 Door Edge Guards - $115.00 All-Weather Floormats - $110.00 View full article
  24. Quick Drive: 2017 Lexus RC 200t

    Lexus might not be the first choice when it comes to a compact luxury coupe. But when I drove the RC 350 F-Sport back in 2015, we found it to be a very capable coupe. Aside from the creamsicle paint color, the RC impressed me with distinctive styling, punchy V6, and sharp handling. Two years later, I find myself revisiting the RC - this time with the base 2.0L turbo-four engine. As I would find out during our week, there is a lot to like about the standard RC. But there is one glaring issue that would make me look at a competitor. The standard RC’s design somehow balances a handsome shape with extroverted details. The front features the widest version of the spindle grille, slits in the front bumper, and LED lighting under the headlights. Bulging fenders and rounded roofline make the RC stand out from the crowd. There are only two things I would change about this RC. First is the color. The silver paint on our tester makes the RC a bit dull to look at. Something more vibrant such as a red would really help out. We would also swap the 5-spoke, 18-inch wheels for the wheels found on the F-Sport package. The interior hasn’t changed since we last drove the RC and that’s both a good and bad thing. The good is that the RC still has the IS’ dash design which makes the vehicle’s sporting intentions clear. It is easy to find a comfortable position in the front seats thanks to the power adjustments on offer. The bad? It begins with the infotainment system. A 7-inch screen is nestled far back in the dash, making it hard to read at a quick glance. I wished Lexus had upgraded the screen to the 10.2-inch version found in the refreshed IS. The optional Remote Touch system is a bit frustrating to use as you have be very precise when making your selection. One slip of the finger and you’ll end up with a different selection. Don’t expect to carry passengers in the RC’s backseat as leg room is non-existent. It's better to use it as a place for cargo. What is that glaring issue I mentioned at the beginning? That would be the turbo 2.0L. It produces 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power delivery can best be described as the engine delivers enough oomph to move the vehicle from a stop, before falling off a cliff. There isn’t that rush of power throughout the rpm band that you would have in another model such as the Cadillac ATS 2.0T. On the upside, the 2.0L turbo in the RC didn’t have the horrendous turbo lag that I experienced in the IS 200t last year. The eight-speed automatic that comes standard on rear-drive models delivers smooth gear changes. I did find myself wishing the gear changes were somewhat quicker when the RC is put into the Sport mode via the drive selector. The standard RC fits the definition of a ‘Gran Tourer’. It may not handle as well as the RC 350 F-Sport in the bends - there is little bit more body roll and the steering isn’t as direct. But most people who drive it will be ok with that as it is ‘just right’. On rough roads, the RC 200t excels as bumps are smoothed over. Wind noise is mostly nonexistent, while there is a fair amount of road noise coming inside. The 2017 RC 200t begins at $40,155. With a modest amount of options such as navigation, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control, the as-tested price came to $45,234. The RC 200t is mostly show and not much go. For some folks, that’s all they want. A coupe that stands out in and tells the world to look at me. For others, save up a bit more money and go for the 350. The added performance of the V6 gives the coupe the go it deserves. Disclaimer: Lexus Provided the RC 200t, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Lexus Model: RC Trim: 200t Engine: Turbo 2.0L DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 241 @ 5,800 Torque @ RPM: 258 @ 1,650-4,400 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/32/26 Curb Weight: 3,737 lbs Location of Manufacture: Tahara, Aichi, Japan Base Price: $40,155 As Tested Price: $45,234 (Includes $975.00 Destination Charge) Options: Navigation System - $1,470.00 Premium Package - $1,240.00 Dynamic Radar Cruise Control w/Pre-Collison - $500.00 Illuminated Door Sills - $449.00 Windshield Deicer and Headlamp Cleaner - $220.00 Door Edge Guards - $115.00 All-Weather Floormats - $110.00
  25. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for August 2017 RAV4 sells more than 43,000 for all-time record back-to-back months TMNA posts best-ever August light truck sales Lexus NX, GX and Total LUV post best-ever August PLANO, Texas (September 1, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported August 2017 sales of 227,625 units. With one more selling day in August 2017 compared to August 2016, sales were up 6.8 percent on volume and up 2.8 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted August sales of 196,824 units, up 8 percent on a volume basis, and up 4 percent on a DSR basis. "First and foremost, our thoughts are with all those suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "Though demand softened in the last part of the month, August was still a good month for the industry. We continue to set records in light trucks, with RAV4 having its second consecutive month over 40,000, setting another all-time best-ever, and the all-new Camry is off to a great start. Now, as we launch our Camry marketing campaign today, we look forward to gaining even more momentum. " Lexus posted August sales of 30,801 units, down 0.4 percent on a volume basis, and down 4.1 percent on a DSR basis. "Customers took advantage of our Golden Opportunity Sales Event and we were pleased to see Lexus sedans gain momentum for the month of August, most notably the ES,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “We also saw a sales increase for the NX and GX luxury utility vehicles. As the new 2018 models begin to roll in, we expect strong sales as we head toward the end of the year." August 2017 Highlights: Camry posts August sales of 37,051 units TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions post best-ever August for light trucks RAV4 sales up more than 30 percent to exceed 43,000 units for back-to-back, all-time best-ever months Highlander sales increased by nearly 26 percent; posts new best-ever August 4Runner sales of 10,358 units in August Tacoma sales rise by more than 13 percent in August Tundra posts August sales of 10,320 units ES posts sales of 6,404 units, up nearly 10 percent NX sets best-ever August, up 2 percent LX up nearly 11 percent in August RX sees more than 7 percent gain in August GX sets best-ever August, up nearly 34 percent

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