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Ford Was The Most Googled Automotive Brand In The U.S. This Year 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Buick, Dodge, Ford, Google, honda, Hyundai, Kia, LEXUS, Tesla, TOYOTA on 12 13th, 2017


2017 is coming to a close and Google is marking the occasion by revealing its annual Year in Search report.

According to the web giant, Ford was the most Googled automotive brand in the United States this year. The automaker saw lots of interest in its home state of Michigan as well as places such as West Virginia and the Dakotas. The most popular searches saw customers looking for more information about the F-150, Explorer, and Fusion.

Luxury brand Lexus came in second place as consumers from California, Florida, and Georgia were interested in learning about the company’s latest vehicles. Unsurprisingly, a number of people were excited about the LC and the all-new LS. Searchers were also fond of the IS and RX crossover.

Kia made a podium finish as the 2018 Stinger was a huge hit with Google users. However, the most popular searches were for the Optima, Sorento, and Soul.

Toyota came in fourth place as the company saw lots of interest in the 2018 Camry and Tacoma. Honda wasn’t far behind as it was the fifth most Googled automotive brand in the United States with fans researching the Accord, Pilot, and Civic.

Rounding out the top ten spots are Buick, Acura, Tesla, Hyundai, and Dodge. The latter company saw a huge spike in interest following the debut of the Challenger SRT Demon in April.

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Lexus Insider Says LC F Will Use 621 HP 4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


The upcoming Lexus LC F looks set to become the firm’s most powerful production vehicle ever and could be tapping on the doors of established supercars.

Japanese publication Holiday Auto recently conducted an interview with an alleged Lexus insider who claims that the LC F will use a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering a healthy 621 hp, Lexus Enthusiast reports. To put that figure into perspective, the current LC 500 has 471 hp and that car is no slouch, meaning the LC F should be absolutely blistering.

Beyond the vehicle’s adoption of a new powertrain, the insider asserts that the LC F will weigh approximately 7 per cent less than the LC 500, or approximately 300 lbs less, thanks to the use of additional carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

Last but not least, the source claims that the LC F will start at roughly 20 million yen ($176,000) and arrive in dealerships around the world in 2019.

The veracity of these claims can’t be verified at this early time but they have certainly piqued our interest in the car.

Expect to learn more about the LC F throughout 2018.

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New Lexus LS 500h Starts At £72,595 In The UK 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LEXUS, Lexus LS, new cars, prices, UK on 12 12th, 2017


The 2018 Lexus LS is ready to take on the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Audi A8 in the United Kingdom, where it is available in four grades.

Priced from £72,595 ($97,067) is the base LS 500h, which may be basic on paper, but it’s loaded with equipment.

The list includes LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, 12.3-inch display, dual-zone climate control with air quality control, 360-degree camera system, and electrically adjustable front seats with ventilation and heating.

Upgrading to the LS 500h Luxury lands you a four-zone climate control, Mark Levinson sound system, semi-aniline leather, and even more settings for the electrically adjustable front seats, all from £79,995 ($106,961), whereas the AWD model carries a £2,600 ($3,476) premium.

Sitting above the Luxury is the F Sport, with numerous exterior additions, 3-spoke steering wheel and shift selector in perforated leather, smooth leather-wrapped seats, and several technical upgrades, which round up to a starting price of £79,995 ($106,961).

The range-topping trim is the LS 500h Premier AWD, which can be had from £97,995 ($131,029), and adds rear-seat entertainment system, heated rear seats with massage function and electric adjustment, and a suite of active safety and driver assistance system that comes with the Lexus Safety System+ A.

Customers can already make a deposit for the new Lexus LS in the UK, and should expect their car to arrive early next year.

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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”

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IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline



Lexus Teases LF-1 Flagship SUV Concept Ahead Of Detroit Debut 5
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, SUV on 12 5th, 2017


Lexus will reveal a new flagship SUV concept called LF-1 at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show and decided to tease us with a partial photo of it.

All we know so far is the LF-1 was designed at the CALTY design studio in Southern California and is expected to showcase the next step in Lexus’ current design language, with the company describing it as a “crossover with no limits”.

“Lexus will reveal a striking new concept that reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. Created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a flagship crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury,” the company said in their short press release.

So it looks like Lexus is getting ready to enter the luxury SUV game, with the single teaser image revealing a sloping roofline which means that the LF-1 concept will most likely be a big SUV Coupe of some sort.

Everything will be much clearer once Lexus pulls the wraps off the LF-1 SUV concept at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Lexus Streches Out To Three-Row Seekers With RX 350L 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in LA Auto Show, LEXUS, Lexus RX on 11 30th, 2017


Not to deify the automaker, but to paraphrase the good book: Lexus giveth, and Lexus taketh away. Only in this case we mean rows of seats in its SUVs.

At the LA Auto Show this week, Toyota’s luxury brand revealed a new version of its hot-selling RX that’s been stretched by 4.3 inches to accommodate an extra row of seating.

Unveiled as the RX 350L, the extended crossover comes powered by a 3.5-liter V6. Buyers will also be able to opt for the hybrid RX 450hL that throws in a pair of electric motors.

At the same time, Lexus also revealed a version of the top-of-the-line LX570 that goes in the opposite direction by ditching the third row of seating to the benefit of cargo space. All of which goes to show that while some customers expect their sport-utes (or crossovers) to be able to accommodate all their friends and family, others do not.

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Lexus Dealers Want The Production-Spec UX In The U.S. 30
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Reports, SUV on 11 30th, 2017


Lexus dealerships in the United States want the Japanese carmaker to sell the impending production-spec UX locally.

Lexus first revealed its intent to bring the eye-catching UX to the market earlier this year but since then, little has been made about the vehicle. However, during a discussion with Motor 1 at the LA Auto Show, Lexus general manager Jeff Bracken said local dealerships want the vehicle as a new entry-level model.

“It’s something that our consumers are looking for. Our dealers are all over us to produce that concept vehicle. We are in the process of helping our company understand what we’re leaving on the table. So it’s laser focused and stay tuned,” he confirmed.

If the UX were to land in U.S. shores, it would fill the void left behind by the CT200h hybrid hatchback.

Lexus reportedly holds trademarks for the names UX 200, UX 250, and UX 250h in the United States, indicating that it is seriously considering local sales of the vehicle. A starting price of just over $30,000 would be likely.

The Lexus UX Crossover Concept was first unveiled at last year’s Paris Auto Show, teasing a small crossover to slot below the NX and rival the Audi Q2.

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2018 Lexus LX Gains New Five-Seat Variant In LA 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, LEXUS, Lexus LX on 11 29th, 2017


There’s a saying that less is more and Lexus is hoping that rings true as the company has unveiled a five-seat version of the 2018 LX 570 in Los Angeles.

Billed as a more cargo-friendly version of the luxury SUV, the elimination of the third row allows the model to carry 50.5 cubic feet (1,430 liters) of luggage behind the second row. For comparison, the seven-seat variant can only hold 44.7 cubic feet (1,265 liters) of cargo behind its middle seats.

The difference is minor but the five-seat model starts at $84,980 which is $5,000 less than the seven-seat variant. Despite being slightly more affordable, the model comes nicely equipped with leather seats, a four-zone automatic climate control system, and a power moonroof. Other niceties include a power tailgate and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Power is provided by a familiar 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 383 hp (285 kW) and 403 lb-ft (545 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to a four-wheel drive system with a Torsen limited slip center differential.

The model isn’t exactly fast, as it weighs 5,800 lbs (2,630 kg), but it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h). Of course, there’s a penalty at the pump as the LX 570 has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 13 mpg city / 18 mpg highway / 15 mpg combined.

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2018 Lexus RXL Gives RX Owners The Third Row They’ve Been Yearning For 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, LA Auto Show, LEXUS, Lexus RX, Lexus Videos, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017


Lexus has pulled the wraps off their new RX L, a three-row version of their popular luxury SUV that can hold up to seven passengers.

The addition of the third row was made possible by extending the rear of the body by 4.3 inches (110mm) with Lexus also using a steeper tailgate window angle in order to ensure good headroom for third-row passengers.

As standard, the 2018 Lexus RX L will come with seven seats and a 40/20/40 split bench-type second row seat. The optional six-seat setup comes with second-row captain’s chairs that allow for easier access to the third row.

Standard features include a power-folding third-row bench, power tailgate and leather upholstery for the first and second rows. A tri-zone climate system gives third-row passengers separate heating and air-conditioning vents.

The longer Lexus RX L is available in petrol RX 350L form, powered by a 290hp 3.5-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and in the hybrid and AWD RX 450hL version, which pairs the 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors for a combined 308hp. Petrol models are available with both front- and all-wheel drive.

Base models come with an eight-inch infotainment display but choose the Navigation package and then you get the 12.3-inch high-resolution system along with a 12-speaker premium audio system. Audiophiles will also get the option to choose the available 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System.

The 2018 Lexus RX L is expected to hit the dealerships nationwide late this year, with a starting MSRP of $47,670 for the FWD model and $49,070 for the AWD one.

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RX Sport Joins Lexus’ European Family 20
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LEXUS, Lexus RX, new cars on 11 20th, 2017


While Lexus is getting ready to unveil a three-row RX during the 2017 LA Auto Show, the brand has expanded the model’s lineup in Europe with a new Sport version.

Available with all available powertrains in the range, including the petrol-electric hybrid RX 450h, turbo’d 2.0-liter RX 300, and V6 RX 350, the RX Sport follows hot on the heels of similar Sport versions of its CT, IS, and NX siblings.

Helping it stand out are a series of exterior elements that get a black finish, including the grille, with horizontal bars framed in chrome and flanked by fog lamps with black surrounds.

Then there are the black side mirror casings and rear diffuser, and 20-inch alloy wheels that are also finished in black.

The Lexus RX Sport is based on the mid-Executive grade, and it’s equipped with features such as automatic high beam, 9- or 12-speaker premium audio system from Pioneer, 8- or 12.3-inch Lexus Media Display, fabric or leather upholstery, plus a lot more.

Lexus will open the order books for this version of the RX in February 2018, with pricing to be announced close to that date.

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Lexus LC500 Looks Even More Futuristic On 24-Inch Forgiato Alloys 19
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Forgiato, LEXUS, Lexus LC, tuning on 11 19th, 2017


The Lexus LC500 represents the very cutting edge of the Japanese automaker’s design ethos, looking like something out of the future. But the wheels may not be to everyone’s liking.

Enter the folks at Forgiato, who outfitted one such pearl-white coupe with a new set of their Tecnica Tec 3.3 alloys.

They’re massive 24-inch units, with brushed spokes and polished rims, and they’ve been shod with low-profile Pirelli P Zero Nero all-season rubber.

The turbine-style wheels cut a rather different profile than the stock units and give the sleek Lexus an altogether different look. The storm-trooper look of the white bodywork and all that black glass doesn’t do anything to burst that futuristic bubble, either.

The owner has apparently removed the model-designation nameplate off the back, but we’re told this is a conventionally powered LC500, with the old-school 5.0-liter V8 rated at 471 horsepower. And we dig it. But for a more forward-looking propulsion unit that’s perhaps better matched to the futuristic design, Lexus also offers the LC500h with a 3.5-liter hybrid V6.

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New Lexus RXL Three-Row SUV Confirmed For LA Auto Show 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, LA Auto Show, LEXUS, Lexus RX, new cars, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Lexus has officially confirmed the debut of the new, three-row version of the RX SUV at the LA Auto Show.

The new addition in the RX range will reportedly feature the same wheelbase with the normal models but with an extended rear end to make room for the third row of seats.

What this means is probably the room for the third-row passengers is most likely to be a bit limited for adults but the added practicality will be more than welcome.

The new Lexus RXL will be offered in both petrol and hybrid versions, meaning a RX 350L powered by a 295hp 3.5-liter V6 and an RX 450hL using the familiar 308hp hybrid powertrain.

Lexus will reveal the petrol version of the new RXL first at the LA Auto Show on November 29, telling us that the new model “will retain its stylish figure while also providing more flexibility for passengers”.

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Can You Really Compare The New Lexus LC To The Old LFA? 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus LFA, Lexus Videos, video on 11 15th, 2017


Under ordinary circumstances, comparing the Lexus LFA with the new LC500 would be like putting a Ferrari 812 Superfast up against a BMW 6 Series (or a BMW M760Li against a Skoda Superb). Hardly a fair fight, in other words. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances.

That’s principally because, as wildly different as they are, both the LFA and the LC coupe occupy the same place at the top of the Lexus lineup… even if one costs only a fraction of what the other did back in its day.

Where the LFA was as exotic as they come (at least from Japan at any rate), the LC is standard production fare. Which isn’t to say that it doesn’t have the capacity to get out hearts racing, or draw customers into Lexus showrooms around the world. But a direct successor to the LFA, the LC is not.

With all that context, then, comparing one to the other may seem only natural. Fortunately the fellas over at CarAdvice.com got their hands on one of each, and put this nine-minute video comparison together for our viewing pleasure.

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Can You Really Compare The New Lexus LC To The Old LFA? 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus LFA, Lexus Videos, video on 11 15th, 2017


Under ordinary circumstances, comparing the Lexus LFA with the new LC500 would be like putting a Ferrari 812 Superfast up against a BMW 6 Series (or a BMW M760Li against a Skoda Superb). Hardly a fair fight, in other words. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances.

That’s principally because, as wildly different as they are, both the LFA and the LC coupe occupy the same place at the top of the Lexus lineup… even if one costs only a fraction of what the other did back in its day.

Where the LFA was as exotic as they come (at least from Japan at any rate), the LC is standard production fare. Which isn’t to say that it doesn’t have the capacity to get out hearts racing, or draw customers into Lexus showrooms around the world. But a direct successor to the LFA, the LC is not.

With all that context, then, comparing one to the other may seem only natural. Fortunately the fellas over at CarAdvice.com got their hands on one of each, and put this nine-minute video comparison together for our viewing pleasure.

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New Lexus LS 600h Is Jam-Packed With Driving Assistance Systems 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, LEXUS, Lexus LS, Lexus Videos, reviews, Tech, video on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re building a luxury car to compete with the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8, you best fit it with the latest in active safety technology, or risk falling behind.

Lexus knew this all too well while planning their all-new LS saloon, and the end product seems to be pretty future-proof, especially on Japanese roads where you can test out systems like automatic lane-change.

As Carwow’s Mat Watson demonstrates here, the LS is quite good at keeping you and others around you safe, during low speed maneuvers as well as in regular driving scenarios, where the driving assistance systems can take over.

Watson does point out that while the car is able to execute the lane-changing maneuvers safely, the system doesn’t look quite bullet proof. Then again, it’s not like there are any fully autonomous cars out there in the first place.

Another issue he experienced was with the Driver Emergency Stop Assist, a system that is supposed to bring the car to a halt safely if it senses that the driver is incapacitated in any way. Unfortunately, in this instance, the system disengaged before the car came to a complete stop.

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