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The best and not-so-best design turnarounds

Design isn't the only aspect of a vehicle, but it's the first impression, and automakers spend a lot of time and money trying to get it right. Some do ... and then, for whatever reason, some don't. Find out which ones fall into those categories in my story over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Rolls-royce, Honda, Chevrolet, Audi, Volvo, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


Behind the Scenes at the Acura Design Studio

This is a story about how Acura lost their way, then refocused on design to successfully reinvigorate the brand. If you're a designer, a car fan or simply someone who follows the sector, we think you'll enjoy and/or learn from this look at what's been going on, behind the scenes, over at the Acura Design Studio. Roughly four years ago the company started making some major changes and now, with the recent release of the new RDX, have had their renewed focus on design validated by some startling s...
Tags: Japan, New York, Design, California, Cars, America, Los Angeles, General Motors, Canada, Lexus, Gm, Kelley Blue Book, Tokyo, Ohio, Bmw, Mclaren


2018 Lexus NX 300h Review – In the Eye of the Beholder

  The luxury crossover realm is a weird one. The market has been built on the age-old plan of taking a more basic model and adding profitable flash. The problem lies when the base model is good enough for most buyers. Indeed, starting out with the best-selling non-truck in America means building something distinctive atop […] The post 2018 Lexus NX 300h Review – In the Eye of the Beholder appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Reviews, America, Lexus, Autos, Car Reviews, Lexus Nx, Luxury Crossover, 2018 Lexus NX300h, Hybrid Crossover


Benefits of Driving a Luxury Vehicle

Buying your first luxury car, whether new or used, is quite an amazing experience. It makes you feel that you have taken a step up in the world. Why is this so? Read on to find out more about owning a beautiful, luxury vehicle. Top of The Line Technology: Having a luxury car allows drivers to fully experience automotive technology at its finest. From radio systems, GPS systems, and electronic engineering, you cannot go wrong with the technology built into a luxury vehicle. Safety: All luxury c...
Tags: Auto, Food, Finance, Car, Lexus, Driving, Vehicle, Luxury Vehicle


2019 Lexus LS 500h Review: A Hybrid of The Highest Order

95 excellent overall impression Quiet & luxurious cabin.Solid engine performance.Infotainment touchpad is difiicult. Pros Ride Quality World-Class Interior Cons Infotainment Touchpad Options Add Up Quickly If you think Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have the market on the full-size luxury segment, Lexus is making a bold statement with the LS 500. When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said he wanted to change the Lexus culture, he wasn’t kidding. The 2019 Lexus LS 500h says...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Review, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Denis, Hybrids, Volvo, Denver, Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, CVT, Amazon Alexa, Audi BMW Mercedes Benz, Lexus LS


North Korea sanctions: UN investigating possible violations in about 20 countries

Alleged activities range from nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in SyriaUnited Nations experts are investigating possible violations of UN sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan.The expert panel’s 66-page report to the security council, obtained on Monday by the Associated Press, also detailed the appearance in North Korea of a Rolls-Royce Pha...
Tags: North Korea, China, Africa, World news, Iran, Syria, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Lexus, United Nations, Nuclear Weapons, Sudan, Libya, Un, Associated Press, Security Council


Acura, Infiniti, Lexus: How the Japanese luxury brands got started

Japanese cars first came to Canada and the US as tiny and tinny, but in the 1980s, they showed they could do luxury as well as anyone else. Which one came first? And did you know there were supposed to be four? Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: US, Canada, Classic Cars, Lexus, Autos, Infiniti, Acura, Mazda, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Luxury Vehicles, Acura Infiniti Lexus


Minnesota's two Lexus dealerships, in Wayzata and Maplewood, have been sold to an Illinois company

The Ed Napelton Auto Group is acquiring Village Automotive Group, which owns Lexus dealerships in Wayzata and Maplewood and Village Chevrolet.
Tags: Minnesota, Lexus, Illinois, Maplewood, Wayzata, Village Automotive Group, Ed Napelton Auto Group


Minnesota's two Lexus dealerships, in Wayzata and Maplewood, have been sold to Illinois company

The Ed Napelton Auto Group is acquiring Village Automotive Group, which owns Lexus dealerships in Wayzata and Maplewood and Village Chevrolet.
Tags: Minnesota, Lexus, Illinois, Maplewood, Wayzata, Village Automotive Group, Ed Napelton Auto Group


One of largest Lexus dealerships in Midwest, in Wayzata, has been sold

The Ed Napelton Auto Group is acquiring Village Automotive Group, which owns Lexus dealerships in Wayzata and Maplewood and Village Chevrolet.
Tags: Lexus, Midwest, Maplewood, Wayzata, Village Automotive Group, Ed Napelton Auto Group


2019 Lexus IS 300 F Sport Black Line Special Edition

With sales of the IS 300 leaving something to be desire these past few years, Lexus has bestowed the obligatory black-themed appearance package on the compact sedan for the 2019 model year. Available on both rear- and all-wheel drive IS 300 F Sport models for 2019, the Black Line Special Edition offers a handful exterior […] The post 2019 Lexus IS 300 F Sport Black Line Special Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Special Editions, Sedans, News Blog, Appearance Packages, IS 300, Lexus IS 300


QOTD: What Brand Would You Rep?

A thought struck me the other day – since joining TTAC, I’ve liked just about every Honda I’ve reviewed. I even found little fault with the Clarity, which I was otherwise neutral towards. That doesn’t mean I like every Honda. I drove the Fit for 10 minutes at a media event last fall (no review […] The post QOTD: What Brand Would You Rep? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Chevy, Honda, Subaru, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


2019 Lexus GS F Review: The Lion of The Lexus Den

96 Awesome 2019 Lexus GS F Overall Impression The GS F goes against the typical Lexus grain.Competes with Germany's top performance cars. Pros Powerful Engine Ride & Handling Luxurious Interior Cons Remote Touch “Mouse" Limited Rear Passenger Space We pulled next to a Ford Mustang at a light. The driver looked over and smiled. When it turned green, I punched the 2019 Lexus GS F, pulling away from the pony car in an instant. We could see him in the review mirror, a loo...
Tags: Germany, Ford Mustang, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Audi, Alcantara, Brembo, Mercedes AMG, Cadillac CTS, Mark Levinson, Denis Flierl, Test Drives


I drove a $42,000 Lexus UX hybrid SUV to see if this offbeat, entry-level crossover is worthy of its luxury nameplate. Here's the verdict.

The 2019 Lexus UX 250h is a new subcompact luxury hybrid. Lexus now offers hybrid versions of three crossovers in different segments, providing alternatives to sedans. The Lexus UX 250h is offbeat, but I liked the small crossover quite a lot. A fuel-economy rating of nearly 40 mpg combined certainly helps. In the world of departed luxury hybrid oddities, the Lexus CT200h wagonette seemed to have exactly one fan, and that fan was me. Understandable, as the CT200h was a slicked-up version of my...
Tags: Facebook, US, Trends, Lexus, Toyota, Audi, CVT, Mercedes BMW, Miyawaka Japan


Sole of the UX: Crossover Cross-branding at Its Worst?

Lexus unveiled a collaboration with Nike and designer John Elliot at New York Fashion Week, celebrating both human and automotive footwear. The finished piece, titled “Sole of the UX,” is scheduled to make additional appearances across the country later this year, touring with a matching pair of Nike AF1 shoes. After conducting a bit of research, […] The post Sole of the UX: Crossover Cross-branding at Its Worst? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, Marketing, Shoes, Nike, Lexus, Autos, Tires, Sneakers, New York Fashion Week, Art Cars, News Blog, John Elliot, Lexus UX, Corporate Shenanigans, Cross Branding


Lexus + John Elliott’s Sneaker-Inspired Tires

Elliott's Nike AF1 silhouette gets incorporated into a special edition 2019 UX At a New York Fashion Week afterparty that felt like a victory lap for all brands—with John Elliott announcing a new store in Los Angeles and Lexus touting its impressive new Lexus UX—a fluorescent-white installation, titled “Sole of the UX,” had everyone’s attention. Using Elliott’s stylish Nike AF1 silhouette, Lexus outfitted a UX with sneaker-inspired tires. …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, Los Angeles, Nike, Lexus, Sneakers, Elliott, New York Fashion Week, NYFW, John Elliott, Lexus UX, Lexus John Elliott


Toyota’s new car subscription company Kinto is gamifying driving behavior

Toyota has officially launched Kinto, a company first revealed late last year that will manage a car subscription program and other mobility services in Japan, including the sale and purchase of used vehicles as well as automotive repair and inspection. Kinto is jointly funded by Toyota Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, and Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company, a member of the Sumitomo Corporation Group. Initial funding for Kinto is 1.8 billion yen, or about $16 million, a...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Japan, Tech, Automotive, Lexus, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Volvo, Subscription Services, Cadillac, Toyota Financial Services, Mobility Services, Kinto, Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company


The 2019 Lexus Design Award Finalists Shine a Light on Social Consciousness and Impact

We look forward to the Lexus Design Award finalist announcement each year not because it means another glamorous exhibition in Milan (although that's not so bad) but because of the variety and high level of projects that Lexus continues to select. This year, we're especially excited to note that many of the projects are industrial design-focused and that all of them approach a specific design need through a social impact lens. Three of the projects take the "industrial" part of industrial design...
Tags: Design, Milan, NYC, Competition, Lexus, Social Impact, David Adjaye, Milan Design Week, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Lisa Marks, Jaime Hayon, Ben Berwick, Rezzan Hasoglu, Arenophile Hasoglu, Green Blast Jet Energy, Dmitriy Balashov


F This: Lexus Mulling a Hotter Crossover

There’s no shortage of F Sport models populating the Lexus lineup, but those efforts amount to little more than an appearance package designed to foist some of the aura of the brand’s F performance division onto pedestrian models. There’s no additional power. While the brand already has two F models in the form of the […] The post F This: Lexus Mulling a Hotter Crossover appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Crossovers, Performance, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Lexus UX


Lexus Introduces Antidote to New “Roughing the Passer” Rule

As the Big Game approaches, luxury automaker Lexus offers an antidote to this season’s controversial “roughing the passer” rule. The rule, which was designed to better protect quarterbacks from physical harm, has sparked no shortage of debate — with fans, analysts, coaches, defenders and quarterbacks alike questioning whether its enforcement has gone too far. In a video released today on Lexus.com/QBSS, featuring Heisman Trophy winner and former quarterback Matt Leinart, Lexus reveals a suite of...
Tags: Advertising, NFL, Automotive, Lexus, Rob, Espn, NFL Network, Gareth Williams, ABC ESPN, QBSS, Super Bowl Ad, Lexus Safety System, Chris GravesAccount, Gloria J, Lisa Materazzo, Jeremy WenningerProduction


2018 Lexus GX460 Review – Invisibility Cloak With Off-road Chops

When the good folks who bring me cars for review each week mentioned that a Lexus GX460 would be coming to my door, I honestly forgot what the GX was. That’s the curse of a alphanumeric model naming scheme — unless the car itself is iconic, with decades of enthusiast love behind it, it’s hard […] The post 2018 Lexus GX460 Review – Invisibility Cloak With Off-road Chops appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Reviews, Lexus, Autos, Car Reviews, Lexus Gx460


2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition: Driving Machines for a Dwindling Market

Toyota’s Lexus Division made 2018 all about the sedan, hoping to remind the buying public that forgoing cargo space is still possible in this day and age. This year, or at least at this Detroit show, Lexus is all about the two-doors, with a drop-top LC “concept” available for perusal, as well as a brace […] The post 2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition: Driving Machines for a Dwindling Market appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Detroit, New Cars, News Blog, Coupes, Product Planning, Lexus Division, 2020 Lexus LC F, Lexus LC F, Lexus LC F Track Edition


The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update. The post The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Lexus, Sports Cars, 2019 Detroit Auto Show


Lexus’ LC Convertible ‘Concept’ Is More Like a Halo in Waiting

Late last year, Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz suggested the automaker, after taking stock of its inventory, might cut some struggling product from its store shelves. It now seems on the verge of adding a new one. Bound for a Detroit debut, the company’s Lexus LC Convertible Concept is not a way-out pipe […] The post Lexus’ LC Convertible ‘Concept’ Is More Like a Halo in Waiting appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Detroit, Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Lexus Lc 500, Product Planning, Lexus LC, Concept Vehicles, Lexus LC Convertible Concept, Lexus LC Convertible


Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet. The post Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Lexus, Detroit Auto Show, Convertibles, Lexus LC, 2019 Detroit Auto Show


Tesla’s Model 3 was the top-selling luxury vehicle in 2018

Without question, 2018 was a watershed year for Tesla. Despite the ongoing antics of Elon Musk and his entanglements with the SEC, Tesla in 2018 finally managed to turn a quarterly profit for the first time in company history. What's more, Tesla in a press release a few days ago revealed that the company almost delivered more vehicles in 2018 (245,240 to be exact) than it did "in all prior years combined." Of course, Tesla's Model 3 played an instrumental role in helping the company rea...
Tags: Elon Musk, News, Tesla, Lexus, Bmw, Audi, Lexus Nx, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz GLC, Tesla Model, Acura RDX, SEC Tesla


Toyota turns to AT&T and KDDI for in-vehicle 4G connectivity

In a new deal Toyota, AT&T and KDDI are bringing 4g connectivity to Toyota and Lexus vehicles. This will start with the 2020 model year vehicles that are slated to hit dealers in late 2019. Previously, Toyota worked with Verizon to offer a similar connectivity package to vehicle owners. The deal today, however, seems to be focused on bringing even more connectivity services to Toyotas and Lexus vehicles. The AT&T and KDDI deal will lean towards Toyota’s Global Communications Platform initiative ...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Tech, Lexus, Toyota, TechCrunch, Kddi, AT T, Toyota Motor North America, Mobility Services Platform, Verizon Media, CES 2019, Toyota AT T, Global Communications Platform, Steve Basra


Toyota rolls out an updated autonomous car prototype for CES 2019

Toyota's latest autonomous-driving test car, dubbed Platform 4.0 (or P4 for short) is based on the latest Lexus LS luxury sedan. It also features more sensors and greater computing power than its predecessor. The post Toyota rolls out an updated autonomous car prototype for CES 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Lexus, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Lexus LS, CES 2019


2018 Lexus RX 350L Review – Go Long

Twenty years ago, Lexus created a new segment: the luxury crossover. That 1998 RX 300 was a revelation — buyers with means who wanted something with a higher seating position were previously relegated to traditional, truck-based SUVs. Those old-school machines generally had poor on-road behavior due to their trucky roots. Not the RX. In eight short […] The post 2018 Lexus RX 350L Review – Go Long appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Reviews, Lexus, Autos, Crossovers, Car Reviews, Luxury Crossover, 2018 Lexus RX


Jim Perkins, Who Saved the Corvette From a Moribund GM, Dies

Much has been written about Jim Perkins, the Texas boy with a keen love of Chevrolet whose relentless ambition finally placed him in GM’s sphere of influence. It’s thanks to Perkins that Chevrolet’s Corvette is still General Motors’ halo car, and not some long-departed nameplate culled during the height of badge engineering. Perkins’ quintessentially American […] The post Jim Perkins, Who Saved the Corvette From a Moribund GM, Dies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Texas, General Motors, History, People, Lexus, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Corvette, Perkins, Chevrolet Corvette, News Blog, Product Planning, Jim Perkins