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Lexus Execs Want A Production Version Of The LF-1 Limitless Concept Really Bad 20
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Reports on 01 20th, 2018

Lexus unveiled the LF-1 Limitless concept at the North American International Auto Show, and its executives can barely contain their excitement over a possible production version.
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Lexus Executive Says LFA Successor Might Eventually Materialize 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Reports on 01 19th, 2018

Ever since Lexus pulled the plug on the LFA in 2012, there have been several reports regarding a possible successor.
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Toyota And Lexus Gear Up For Super Bowl LII 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LEXUS, Lexus LS, Reports, Super Bowl, TOYOTA on 01 18th, 2018

After sitting out last year's Super Bowl, Toyota is looking to run two separate ads during this year's game, with Lexus bringing a little Marvel-themed action as well.
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Lexus LC Convertible Reportedly Coming Within The Next Two Years 17
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Reports on 01 17th, 2018

Rumors about a Lexus LC Convertible and LC F have been floating around for awhile but a new report is indicating the models are inching closer to production.
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2019 Lexus LS Launches In The U.S. Priced Cheaper Than Old Model 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus LS, new cars, prices on 01 15th, 2018

Lexus is launching the new LS luxury sedan in the US market with an entry price that’s actually cheaper than its predecessor.

The new Lexus LS starts from $75,995, including a $995 destination and handling fee, making it $3,820 cheaper than the outgoing long-wheelbase model. The hybrid LS 500h has a starting price of $80,505.

The launch of the company’s new flagship sedan will be accompanied by a new commercial during the 2018 Super Bowl next month.

“The 2018 LS is one of the most important launches in our brand’s history, so it makes sense for us to use a stage like the Super Bowl to showcase it to our customers. The LS not only offers unsurpassed performance, style and luxury, its competitive pricing makes it a great value as well,” said Lexus Group Vice President and Division General Manager, Jeff Bracken.

Based on the company’s latest GA-L platform, the new Lexus LS is offered with an all-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 416hp and 442lb-ft of torque, 30hp and 75lb-ft more than its naturally aspirated V8 predecessor.

The hybrid LS500h uses the same Multistage Hybrid System that debuted in the LC500h Coupe, combining a 3.5-liter V6 that runs on the Atkinson cycle with two electric motors for a total of 354hp.

Every new Lexus LS model comes loaded with the Safety System+ as standard. This includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent High Beam headlamps, Lane Departure Alert and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Lane Keep Assist. Customers can opt for the Lexus Safety System+ A that adds Pedestrian Alert, Active Steering Assist, Front Cross Traffic Alert, Road Sign Assist, Lane Departure Alert with road edge detection and the semi-autonomous Lexus CoDrive which combines Lane Trace Assist and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Note: Lexus LS500 F-Sport pictured


New Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Is A Flagship SUV From The Future 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Lexus Videos, video on 01 15th, 2018

Lexus has pulled the wraps off the LF-1 Limitless concept at the Detroit Auto Show, showing off their vision for a flagship luxury SUV.

According to the company’s CALTY Design Research studio in California, the new Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is designed to look “like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword”, previewing at the same time the next step in the company’s design language.

“This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,” said Kevin Hunter, president, CALTY Design Research. “The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.”

Lexus avoided to specify what kind of powertrain the LF-1 concept uses by simply saying that “like the name of the concept, the possibilities for powertrains are limitless”. Choices include everything from fuel cell to plug-in hybrid and from gasoline to pure electric.

The company’s designers take great pride at the LF-1’s athletic proportions, with the cabin sitting deep within the chassis which in combination with the 22-inch alloys give it an aggressive and powerful stance.

Another interesting fact is that Lexus didn’t use any chrome on the bodywork, with the spindle grille featuring LED lighting that greets the driver on arrival. “This LF-1 Limitless concept illustrates what could happen if Lexus were to add a flagship crossover to our line-up. It’s a gorgeous execution and we’re anxious to see our customers’ and dealers’ response,” said Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken.

The cabin was designed for maximum comfort for every passenger, adhering to the Japanese tradition of omotenashi, or hospitality. The dashboard does away with analog knobs and buttons, replacing them with motion-activated controls and a minimalist display ahead. As you would expect from a concept in 2018, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless also offers a fully autonomous Chauffeur mode as well.



Toyota Adds Over 600,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall In The U.S. 14
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Reports, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 01 14th, 2018

Toyota North America is the first automaker to announce the exact models of the expanded Takata airbag recall.

The latest list includes an estimated 601,300 units of various 2009-2013 Lexus, Scion, and Toyota cars, whose defective inflators may rupture when the airbag deploys, thus increasing the risk of injury and even death.

New additions are the 2009, 2010, and 2013 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS 250/350, and IS-F, 2009 and 2010 Toyota Yaris, and Lexus ES350, 2010 and 2013 Lexus IS 350C/350C, GX460, and Toyota Sienna, and 2010 and 2013 Toyota 4Runner.

Owners of these vehicles will be notified by March via first class mail, and dealers will replace either the front passenger airbag inflator or the entire assembly, depending on each case, free of charge.

Other automakers, such as Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Tesla still have to announce the exact models added to the ever-growing Takata recall recently, but they’re expected to do so by the end of January.

2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Scion xB
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla Matrix
2009 – 2010 Model Year Toyota Yaris
2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota 4Runner
2013 Model Year Toyota Sienna
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250/350
2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250C/350C
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS-F
2009 – 2010 Model Year Lexus ES350
2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus GX460

Note: 2014 Toyota 4Runner pictured


Lexus Drops One Last LF-1 Limitless Teaser Before The Big Reveal 14
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Lexus Videos, video on 01 14th, 2018

Of all the new concepts that’ll be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week, one of those we’re looking forward to seeing the most is the Lexus LF-1 Limitless.

Billed as a “premium flagship crossover,” the concept has been the subject of two successive teasers until now, and Lexus has just released yet another.

The video is still far from a full reveal, stopping short from showing the overall shape. It does, however, give us a glimpse at some of the show car’s details, including the innovative headlights, mesh grille, split-five-spoke wheels, part of the tailgate, and the techy-looking center console controls.

From what we can see so far, it looks like it could be a real stunner, even if it is a crossover and not, say, a supercar to succeed the LFA. But then, if recent history (starting with Porsche and the Cayenne) has shown us anything, it’s that luxury crossovers are the big sellers bringing in the cash that allow automakers to make the supercars.


Lexus Suits Up Widebody LC 500 For The 24h Of Nürburgring 12
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Gazoo, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Nurburgring, racing, TOYOTA on 01 12th, 2018

Toyota Gazoo Racing has officially found the vehicle that it will compete with in the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen (the 24 Hours of Nürburgring) – a highly-customized Lexus LC.

This year’s grueling race is set to commence on Saturday, May 12 and marks the 46th time the race has been run at the iconic racetrack. Toyota Gazoo Racing will be competing in the race for the 12th consecutive year, which it’s usually done in some kind of modified Toyota or Lexus.

The motorsport arm also points out that it usually competes in the event with a car that’s built by Toyota employees and races the vehicle with the help of mechanics and engineers from Toyota.

So, going with the LC was a no-brainer, especially as the coupe is an easily-distinguishable halo car for the automaker. Besides saying that the car has been “refined to race specifications” and that it will be powered by a modified version of the Lexus’ 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8, Gazoo Racing didn’t provide any specs on the vehicle.

Previously, Gazoo Racing has competed in the SP-PRO, SP8, and SP3. We expect the customized LC to race against other vehicles in the SP8 class. The four drivers that will be piloting the machine include Takeshi Tsuchiya, as the chief driver, as well as Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

Competing in the race, according to the motorsport arm, will allow Toyota to introduce new technology in future vehicles. Things like body technology development, engine development, suspension technology, and aerodynamics development are things that Gazoo Racing will explore by competing in the 24-hour race.

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Lexus Kicks Off Ad Campaign For The 2018 RX 350L, Goes On Sale Later This Month 10
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Film, LEXUS, Lexus RX, Lexus Videos, prices, USA, video on 01 10th, 2018

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L will go on sale in the United States on January 16th and the company is gearing up for the occasion by launching a new advertising campaign for the three-row crossover.

The campaign will kick off on January 13th with a new commercial called “Emily.” The video features a little girl, named Emily, who says her parents got a new car but claims “it’s mine.” The clip then shows the girl and her friends being taken to a birthday party and being surrounded by her pets and stuffed animals. The video then ends with Emily’s mother asking her if she’s excited to meet her new baby sister as the girl gives a sad face indicating she doesn’t want to share the crossover.

The ad isn’t exactly Super Bowl material but it will air during the 2018 Winter Olympics and on networks such as CBS, HGTV, ESPN, and the Golf Channel.

The 2018 RX 350L will be priced from $47,670 which makes it $4,400 more expensive than the standard model. That’s a significant price jump but the crossover is 4.3 inches (110 mm) longer and offers seating for up to seven people.

Power is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 hp (216 kW) and 263 lb-ft (356 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system for an additional $1,400.


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You’ve Been Warned: Ads Will Soon Invade Your Car’s Infotainment System 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, GM, LEXUS, Reports, TOYOTA on 01 10th, 2018

Advertisers are constantly thinking about how they can expand their reach, and it appears that the automotive industry is their next large step.

A Santa Clara-based company called Telenav, which already collaborates with carmakers such as Ford, General Motors, Lexus and Toyota, is planning a so-called “in-car advertising platform” for vehicles with internet connectivity, SiliconBeat reports.

This is a program that serves ads directly into the car, making owners pay more for connected services if they choose to decline them. However, due to possible driver distraction, the system will only display the ads upon approach, at startup, and at traffic lights, Telenav said, a problem that will eventually disappear once fully autonomous driving becomes a reality.

One of the company’s spokespersons said that “this approach helps carmakers offset costs related to connected services, such as wireless data, content, software, and cloud services”, adding that “in return for accepting ads in vehicles, drivers benefit from access to connected services without subscription fees”.

“Telenav research shows users are receptive to ads when they get something of value in exchange”, added Ky Tang, the company’s Executive Director of Strategy.

Meanwhile, a Telenav press release read as follows: “Relevant ads such as coupons and recommendations are delivered to customers based on information from the vehicle, including frequently traveled routes, destinations, and time of the day.”

“As an example, drivers can be encouraged to pick up a discounted pizza on the way home, or be alerted to sales at stores near their destination. In addition, when the vehicle is low on gas, the platform points out nearby stations along the driver’s route, potentially with discount offers.”

Most of the ads are said to be static, while others will be animated but, for the time being at least, they won’t contain any audio, according to the company.

Note: Apple CarPlay function pictured


Amazon Alexa Headed To Select Lexus And Toyota Cars 9
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Amazon, CES, LEXUS, Reports, Tech, TOYOTA on 01 9th, 2018

Toyota has stubbornly refused to introduce Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility but the automaker has used the Consumer Electronics Show to announce it will bring Amazon’s Alexa to select vehicles later this year.

Set to be offered on Lexus and Toyota models with the Enform App Suite 2.0 and the Entune 3.0 App Suite, Alexa will enable users to get directions and control their smart home simply by speaking. As an example, drivers could tell Alexa to turn on the living room lights while the owner is pulling into the garage.

Digital assistants have become increasingly popular over the past few years and a number of automakers have begun to incorporate them into their vehicles. Jeep added the technology to the 2018 Cherokee and the BMW Group plans to roll out Alexa to BMW and MINI models starting later this year.

In a statement, Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks said “Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go.”

His sentiments were echoed by Amazon Alexa Automotive boss John Scumniotales who stated “Our vision for Alexa is that she should be everywhere a customer might need her – at home, in the office, on phones – and in cars. This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive.”

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Mercedes-Benz Set To Claim The Luxury Sales Crown In The U.S. 29
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, BMW, LEXUS, mercedes, Reports on 12 29th, 2017

The year is coming to a close and it appears Mercedes has clinched the luxury sales crown in the United States for the second year in a row.

As reported on Bloomberg, though November of 2017, Mercedes sold 302,043 units thanks in part to strong sellers such as the C-Class, GLC, and GLE. Mercedes-AMG sales were also up 49.6% for the year to total of 30,116 units. This is due in large part to the entry-level 43 lineup which is more affordable than full-bore AMG models.

The second place title is in contention as BMW and Lexus are only separated by a couple thousand units. BMW currently has the lead with 271,432 units but Lexus is close behind with 269,671 sales. Overall, BMW sales are down 3.2 percent while Lexus sales have sagged 7 percent for the year.

Audi is in a distant fourth but it has been an impressive year for the automaker as November marked the 83rd straight month of record sales. Year-to-date sales have totaled 199,534 units which is an increase of 6.7 percent over last year. This is due in large part to the success of the Q5 and Q7 crossovers which have been a hit with consumers.

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Lexus Drops Base Price For 2018 RX 450h By More Than $7,000 28
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus RX, prices, Reports on 12 28th, 2017

The Lexus RX 450h will become cheaper in the near future, with the base price starting at $46,690.

This makes it more affordable than the current model by $7,450, but there’s a big catch, because Toyota’s luxury brand has also dropped some extensive equipment from the standard list, CarsDirect reports, after confirming the change with a Lexus spokesperson.

Some of the features that are gone and can be had as optional extras are the leather and heated/ventilated seats, Premium Package, which if ordered requires a moonroof that comes at $1,350, sat-nav and blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

Adding all of these features will bump the price of the 2018 Lexus RX 450h to $52,975, a $1,055 drop compared to the 2017MY.

Joining the RX hybrid family next spring is the 450h L, with its three rows of seats, which pairs the 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors that make a combined 308hp. Lexus still hasn’t announced pricing for this model, but the regular RX L comes with an MSRP of $47,670 in front-wheel drive, and $1,400 more for the AWD version.


Does The Liberty Walk Treatment Work On The Lexus LC 500? 28
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Liberty Walk, tuning on 12 28th, 2017

Everyone was astounded when Lexus revealed the production version of its LC coupe, as it was almost identical to the impressive LF-LC concept that was on display at the 2012 NAIAS .

Now, messing around with such a design is quite tricky, but Liberty Walk gave it a shot anyway. Available for both the LC 500 and LC 500h, the flashy body kit is made from either FRP or CFRP and costs between $13,380 and $19,440 outside Japan.

So what does this get you? Well, for starters, those massive bolt-on fenders that have become the tuner’s signature, alongside a front lip, side skirt add-ons, aggressively styled rear diffuser and a boot lid-mounted wing.

The special exterior graphics, together with the new tailpipes, contribute to the car’s updated stance. Moreover, Liberty Walk can also fit your Lexus LC 500/LC 500h with various aftermarket rims, including the ones seen here, and an air suspension that adds $7,900 to the overall cost.

There’s no doubt that these updates have definitely transformed the way the LC looks, but is it for the better or worse? Let us know what you think in the comments section.