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Lexus LS Debut: Highly anticipated new model to be unveiled at 2017 North American International Auto Show

When the original Lexus LS debuted at the Detroit auto show in January 1989 it completely disrupted the luxury car market. Twenty-eight years on the company is hoping that history will repeat itself when it takes the wraps off the fifth-generation model at the exact same venue.

Lexus has confirmed that its long-gestating luxury flagship sedan, the LS, will be making its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. And, while the marque is being suitably secretive about what exactly the new car is going to offer, it has said the new LS will be a “world-class car” and one that will boast a “bold new look with a coupé-like silhouette.”

Take that admission as a sign that the new car will bear more than a passing resemblance to the LF-FC, a concept study the company unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo motor show and one that was so striking and imposing that it was one of the event’s absolute star cars.

Lexus has spent recent years focusing most of its attention and capabilities on creating desirable SUVs and coupes, so it’s easy to forget how much the original LS shook up the luxury car market.

It was the first ever Lexus, the foundation on which the brand was built and was genuinely premium in every aspect, from cabin quietness to ride quality and fuel efficiency. Its impact was so great that within four years, rappers — in particular Notorious B.I.G, Tupac and Jay-Z — had stopped namedropping Cadillac in their rhymes in favor of Toyota’s luxury brand, and even Mercedes and BMW found themselves digging deeper in order to compete in the highest echelons of the executive sedan market.

But times change and the current-generation Mercedes S Class, the benchmark against which Lexus has always wanted to be judged, is now a technological tour de force, capable of essentially driving itself on highways at speeds of up to 120mph. Meanwhile the BMW 7 Series can be parked or summoned remotely simply by pressing a button on the key fob.

Even Cadillac, the brand that suffered the most as a result of Lexus’ success, is well and truly back on track with the CT6, a car that is the closest to a genuine performance and luxury flagship in decades.

So the new LS is going to have to be something very special, and as the 2017 NAIAS opens to the press on January 9 we won’t have to wait long to find out just how well it measures up to the competition.

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

We say these are highlights to look out for at the 2016 Paris Motor Show but they are more like a road map, with projected milestones. Although there is obviously going to be an amplified buzz about electric propulsion (no bookmaker would take bets against at this point), expect battery-powered cars to be present for the most part in purely conceptual form at this year’s show. This leaves plenty of opportunity for crossovers, coupés and convertibles to generate a current of excitement. Having said that, technological advances in the auto industry are hardly limited to batteries and one particular idea, about the user experience, will be making an appearance at the Paris Motor Show.

A UX Concept

As cars move from being a simple form of personal transportation to potentially being the digital hub of the connected consumer and his or her equally connected home, so too does the definition of its user experience. Its systems have to be as fun and immersive to use as the driving experience is keen.

Therefore the Lexus UX Concept is an aggressively styled crossover on the outside – one that takes the company’s current design language and projects it into the next decade – and a simple-to-use supercomputer on the inside.

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

Interior of the Lexus UX Concept

The crossover is also the starting point for Mercedes’ show car, an electrified SUV that will be able to compete with the recently launched Model X in terms of luxury, technology and range.

Crossovers for All

As exciting as these models promise to be, it will be conventionally powered, real-world production vehicles that will hog the limelight at this year’s show. And, as the SUV continues on its journey to becoming the car of choice for all motorists, no matter what their transport needs, it should come as little surprise that most of the new cars on show at this year’s event will be of the high-sided variety.

Audi will be showing off the new Q5, BMW will be unveiling the conceptual outline of the X2, a coupé version of its entry-level X1 SUV and Mercedes will be displaying the GLC Coupé AMG 43 4Matic.

There will be more mass-market crossovers on show too, including the Skoda Kodiaq, a long-wheelbase version of the VW Tiguan and the Toyota C-HR.

But the biggest off road-inspired new vehicle will be the Land Rover Discovery. It promises class leading connected technology and benchmark setting all-terrain performance. After all Land Rover is the world’s only mainstream carmaker that deals exclusively in SUV models and it is therefore under the most pressure to raise the bar.

Supercar Debuts

Meanwhile, Mercedes will be showing off the AMG GT Roadster, the convertible take on its current flagship sportscar. Taking things up a gear further will be the world debut of the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, a V8, turbocharged version of its four-seat shooting brake. There’s also a possibility that Ferrari will use this year’s show to debut the Apperta, an open top version of its Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid hypercar.

Not to be outdone, Porsche will be showcasing the Panamera, its own family sportscar in petrol and hybrid forms and potentially in shooting brake specification too.

The 2016 Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the press September 28 and 29, and the public from October 1.

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

Will the new 2017 Porsche Panamera be joined by a shooting break version at this year’s event?

Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes Top UX Awards

Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes Top UX Awards

The inaugural WardsAuto Top 10 Best User Experience Awards highlight those cars where technology and infotainment systems are a pleasure rather than a punishment to use.

Why is a user interface like a joke? If it needs to be explained, it’s not very good. This programmer’s mantra is very quickly moving from software and website design and into the lexicon of automotive design.

Once upon a time, the only knobs and dials found in a car’s interior did little more than turn on the air conditioning or re-tune the radio. Today’s cars offer everything from turn-by-turn navigation and 360° camera-assisted external views, to semi-autonomous system, wi-fi hotspots and, of course smartphone integration.

Therefore, to help buyers know which car companies are getting the hang of simplifying this “user experience” issue, WardsAuto created the 10 Best UX Competition and over the past several months has been putting 29 new cars on sale in the US through their paces.

“We’re trying to quantify how easy it is overall to interact with a vehicle,” said WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “Are controls easy to understand, or do you have to consult the owner’s manual? Are the driver-assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping, functioning reliably, and do the interior materials enhance the user experience?”

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And the good news is that of the inaugural award winners, announced this week ahead of an official ceremony in October, there is an equal split among US, European and Japanese cars (three entries, each) with the final spot going to Korea’s biggest car company, Hyundai.

However, just as important as country split is that mass-market vehicles like the Ford Escape and the Hyundai Elantra have made the cut alongside the likes of the Audi Q7 and Mercedes E-Class and the latest generation BMW 7-Series which, at $128,445, is by far the most expensive car on the list to win an award.

All of which shows that all car companies are taking the concept of user experience seriously, from simple pairing of smartphones to available USB charging ports and voice recognition systems that actually understand what the driver is saying.

The winners, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW 7-Series
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Ford Escape
  • GMC Acadia
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Lexus RX
  • Mercedes E-Class
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Lexus UX Concept Car Gets Paris Reveal

Set to debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, the Lexus UX Concept car could well be the car manufacturer’s third SUV, after the NX and RX. We say “could” because the Japanese automaker is just teasing the world right now.

And what a great job they’re doing! Besides the fact that it was created at the Lexus European Design Centre (ED2), we also know that it is geared towards a “progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment.” You can also expect “imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques.”

Aesthetics-wise, the one (and only) picture provided by Lexus above shows a steeply raked roofline that suggests the trend towards coupe-esque silhouettes are on the rise. Also, it looks pretty much like an SUV!

The 2016 Paris Motor Show will also see the updated Lexus IS makes its European premiere, alongside the new Lexus NX Sport Edition and new flagship LC coupe.

Watch this space for updates on Lexus’ UX Concept car.

3 Super Sedans to Rule the Road

Whether you’re the big boss, a family man, or an aspiring executive, there’s a premium sedan out there for you. From the technologically advanced BMW 7 series, to the latest developments of the eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat, to the powerful Lexus IS200t with its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, there’s always something on offer when it comes to finding out the best ride for your comfort.

You can check out more on this story at Men’s Folio.

Origami Lexus IS car

Lexus unveils amazing full-size origami car

Origami Lexus IS car

 has produced a cardboard version of its IS sports sedan.

It’s almost entirely manufactured out of cardboard — powering it, for instance, is an electric motor, while the chassis is aluminum and steel.

Nevertheless, 1700 cardboard sheets were precision cut on the way to constructing the pulp-produce vehicle.

Scales and Models together with LaserCut Works worked with Lexus on the conceptual project.

Lexus LX 570

Lexus Introduces the 2016 LX 570 at Pebble Beach

Lexus LX 570

It takes something truly singular to get noticed at an event like the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, where the most beautiful, rare and collectible cars in history are on display every year. Therefore  should be applauded for unveiling a new car that really does stand out.

With the LX 570, the latest Lexus flagship SUV, being seen and being noticed was clearly as high on the designers’ and developers’ wish lists as the quality of its leather interior or the comfort of its eight seats.

Any off-roader capable of carrying that many people in comfort is going to be a big car, but rather than use clever lines or exterior detailing to make the vehicle seem smaller or svelte, Lexus has decided to do everything it can to amplify its proportions.

Nowhere is this clearer than the car’s front ‘spindle’ grille, which is by far the biggest example of the design on any modern Lexus model. It is so large that it will intimidate the car in front when glanced in the rear-view mirror.

Lexus LX 570 interior

But the engine it conceals is equally large — a 5.7-liter V8 unit with 383hp on tap — as are the standard 20-inch alloy wheels (21-inch versions are an option) that the powerplant turns.

And unlike a lot of vehicles in this category, the Lexus actually has a lot of technological kit on board to turn each of those four wheels over something other than the beaten track. There’s a limited-slip center differential that can move torque between the front and rear and can lock completely when the need for grip is at a premium.

There’s also a low-range gear box for creeping up the steepest inclines or handling the biggest descents and a set of pre-programmed modes for conquering everything from rock to mud and sand.

However, even an off-roader this capable will spend most of its time firmly on-road and a host of standard options ensures that the driver and passengers will do so in supreme comfort and well-being.

2016 Lexus LX 570

Wooden trim choices for the cabin include matte walnut and dark mocha while the second row of passengers get their own sun visors and ventilated seats that are synched with the air-conditioning system to provide heating or cooling as needed.

The second row of seats also gets optional 11.6-inch entertainments screens plus integrated controls and USB ports in their armrests.

As for safety, features like Park Assist and a panoramic 360-degree camera are standard equipment, as are pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and active cruise control.

Lexus Powers Up Households with Hybrid Cars

Aptly named Power Up with Lexus Hybrid, the Lexus car company gives back to society by powering up homes with the energy saved from its 400 hybrid cars sold in Singapore last year.

Held June 5 – in conjunction with World Environment Day – Lexus’ latest campaign saw the Japanese automobile marque pledge S$50,000 to the “North West Power Up Scheme”, an initiative by the North West Community Development Council that provides utilities’ vouchers to underprivileged families under the Pay-As-You-Use (PAYU) scheme. These families often face imminent disconnection or have already had their electricity disconnected and the S$360 granted to each household annually will go a long way in helping them with the costs.

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This Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign is only one of the many initiatives Lexus has rolled out in an effort to conserve the environment, while giving back to society. Having invested heavily in decades of research and development, the Lexus Hybrid technology is one of the industry’s most efficient. It is then no wonder that the firm has sold more than a million hybrid cars globally since its inception in 2005.

The campaign was officiated by William Choo, Commercial Director of Lexus Singapore at the Lexus Boutique, where he presented a cheque of S$50,000 to Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District.

Lexus ES

New Lexus ES to go on show at Auto Shanghai

Lexus ES

The new Lexus ES luxury sedan is set to make its global debut this month at Auto Shanghai.

Over the past 25 years, the ES has become known for its elegant styling, and with its latest model Lexus promises “unprecedented elegance, comfort, and safety.”

The car will be on show April 22-29 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai.

Lexus RC Coupe

Lexus debuts new sports coupe

Lexus RC Coupe

The luxury Japanese car company hopes that the RC coupe will broaden the brand’s appeal when it makes its first official public appearance at the upcoming Tokyo motor show.

Described as a “concept-to-reality” coupe — meaning that with a few tweaks and changes a production version will be hitting the road in the not too distant future — the RC is a concerted attempt by Toyota’s luxury division to boost its desirability among existing customers and those new to Lexus.

The company is yet to publish any performance statistics, but has confirmed that it will be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20 with two engine choices, a 3.5-liter V6 and a 2.5-liter hybrid powerplant, both of which will highlight the car’s “fun-to-drive” character.

For now, Lexus wants us to focus on its appearance and it is certainly striking, thanks to prodigious use of sharp, angular intersecting lines, however, the huge front grille is bound to polarize opinion.

What is certain though is that it will have a level of build quality and reliability to match anything currently being manufactured in Germany.

This reputation for quality has helped Lexus to become a serious competitor to BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Cadillac in the luxury car market. However, until now, its sportier offerings — with the notable exception of its LFA supercar — have left a lot to be desired.

Despite an eventual price tag of $445,000 the LFA was so technologically advanced it required 10 years of research and development time, meaning that the company actually made a loss on each of the 500 examples it offered for sale.

If The RC Coupe offers just a smidgen of the performance, handling and thrills of the LFA, then most drivers will be able to look past that huge grille.

What’s this Lexus concept car?

Lexus new concept car

Toyota’s premium brand will showcase a new concept car on its stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show. For the time being, Lexus has revealed virtually no details on the car, building suspense before the big event in September. The only image of the new concept car focuses on its LED headlights.

Lexus has more in store for the Frankfurt show, of course, including the European premiere of a new version of its GS 300h hybrid, equipped with a 2.5L motor.

Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Sports Concept

Lexus LF-LC Concept Unveiled in Detroit

Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Sports Concept

Japanese luxury auto brand Lexus  finally revealed the LF-LC sports coupe concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

The all-new design pushes Lexus further into sports car territory and could provide a rival for established names such as Porsche if approved for production.

With a low profile, large wheels and futuristic running lights, the LF-LC is clearly designed for ‘serious’ drivers, with quad exhaust pipes and tail lamps inspired by a jet afterburner at takeoff.
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Lexus L600h Landaulet For Monaco Royal Wedding

Lexus Monaco wedding

A hybrid Lexus has been chosen as the official royal wedding car of Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock next month, the automaker has revealed.

A customized LS600h Landaulet with a transparent polycarbonate roof has been specially constructed for the occasion to allow guests to get a look at the couple during the event, scheduled for July 2.

It was dismantled to allow for the fitting of the 26kg roof, a special addition to the model, which will eventually go on display at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco.
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Lexus LS600h Monaco

Lexus, official mark of the Principality of Monaco

Lexus LS600h Monaco

Prince Albert II of Monaco has awarded a royal warrant to Lexus as Official Supplier to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince of Monaco.

Confirming his commitment for more environmentally friendly solutions, he has decided to use a Lexus hybrid car at the occasion of his marriage to Miss Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd July 2011. This Lexus LS600h has been specially outfitted with the royal flag, “MC 01” license plate and flashing lights.

The prince has long been a supporter of hybrid and electric mobility solutions and offers a massive tax credit to anyone who chooses to buy an electric car.

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Paris Hilton receives Lexus LFA for 30th birthday

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Paris Hilton turned 30 and for her birthday, her boyfriend Cy Waits bought her a bright yellow $375k Lexus LFA, TMZ.com reports.

Her new Lexus LFA is built using an advanced, lightweight composite construction and powered by a 552bhp mid-mounted V10 engine.

Boasting firecracker performance, it will reach 62mph in just 3.7 seconds and race on to a top speed beyond 200mph.
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Hybrid Lexus goes on display at Harrods

lexus ct 200h harrods london

A white Lexus CT 200h will be spending the Holiday season in the window of Harrods of London, the UK’s most famous luxury store.

The CT 200h will be unmissable as shoppers along London’s Brompton Road take a break from the usual Christmas window displays to see the car in full view.

The presentation has been designed so that people can access the new full hybrid luxury hatchback, plus its sister RX 450h SUV model that is also on show.
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Tumi x Lexus LFA Luggage Collection

Lexus and the luxury luggage company Tumi have partnered together to make sure that you travel in style when you take your Lexus LFA out on the road.

The travel cases are designed to complement the look and the feel of the vehicle and will accompany it in selected markets, including the U.S. and Europe.

The cases are built from aluminum and carbon fiber-like material, having special sizes that allow them to be placed in the car’s luggage compartment.
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