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Refreshed 2016 Lexus ES Debuts in Shanghai

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

2016 Lexus ES 300h

The refreshed 2016 Lexus ES has finally made its debut at this week’s Auto Shanghai 2015. Lexus says that they have taken their best-selling ES premium sedan to “the next level of elegance and progressive luxury.” You can be the judge of that as we continue reading.

2016 Lexus ES 200

As we suspected from the teaser we saw last week, the front clip of the Lexus ES has been re-sculpted to better fit with the rest of the automaker’s lineup. That means the new front fascia is even more aggressive with a bolder pinched spindle grille that no longer has a horizontal crossbeam splitting the grille in half. The extra-large grille is framed by a pair of arrowhead daytime running lights, new LED high-beams and triangle-shaped fog lights.

2016 Lexus ES 200 rear

In the back, Lexus has brought the same new L-shaped theme to the taillights, and you’ll find new chrome-tipped exhausts below the bumper, plus a new chrome license plate garnish.

Oh, and you can’t forget those new 17-inch alloys with directional spoke patterns. The standard ES sedans come with a 20-spoke dark grey wheel design, while the hybrid gets 10-spoke medium gray alloys. Plus, Lexus will offer four new colors for the 2016 model year – Amber, Nightfall Mica, Caviar and Eminent White Pearl.

Under the hood, our US readers will be offered the same powertrain options available in the current model year’s basic ES 350. That means a 3.5L V6 as standard, with a 2.5L variant used in the ES 300h’s hybrid system. However, international readers in markets like China, Russia and Taiwan will enjoy a new baseline model – the ES 200 – which uses a 2.0L direct-injected four-cylinder engine with unspecified output. However, in all markets the 2016 Lexus ES will run on a stiffer chassis than its 2015 predecessor.

2016 Lexus ES 300h interior

Finally, Lexus ES cabin gets a few new features to go with the additional exterior swag. Drivers will now enjoy an extra-large TFT display on the center console, complete with a Remote Touch controller. You’ll also find a new steering wheel and overall higher quality materials in the 2016MY.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport

2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport

This 2013 Lexus LS would have also been fresh off of a facelift. This is one of the first Lexus models to use their self-repairing clear coat for the exterior paint, as well as the first Lexus to use their now-commonplace automatic high beam technology.

2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport rear

However, as an F Sport there are some other noteworthy features, such as a sport-tuned air suspension, a sporty body kit, paddle shifters with “manual mode”, forged alloy wheels and Brembo brakes all make this car an exciting drive. This also would have been the first year that Lexus incorporated their corporate fascia – the pinched spindle grille – into the LS lineup.

Want to learn more? Just keep reading for a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport auction sheet

“Interior C, exterior condition B, first registered April 2013, LS460 F Sports model FAT, AAC, DBA emissions code, navigation system, leather seats, TRD sports muffler, front sports package, sunroof, original navigation system, ABS, airbag, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, seats have wrinkles, glue marks on dashboard, film on windows, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Production Lexus NX Crossover Finally Debuting in Beijing

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The New York Auto Show isn’t the only major automotive event set to take place this April… Just two days after doors open in New York, the 2014 Beijing Auto Show will open too. With it, we’ve now discovered that the production version of the Lexus NX crossover will at last make its debut.

 Lexus NX Crossover Teaser

To jog your memory, we first heard about a possible NX crossover all the way back at the beginning of last year when Lexus first trademarked the model ‘NX’ moniker. Then, last September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the rumors were confirmed with the first Lexus LF-NX Concept. Following that, we saw a turbocharged version at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in November.

As you can see, even from the darkened teaser it looks as if the Lexus NX crossover has kept the majority of its aggressive design. We can clearly see the enormous, low-riding spindle grille dominating the left side of the photo. In fact, the angular headlight design with the checkmark LEDs look even sharper than the concept versions. That trend continues along the rest of the crossover’s body – the wheel arches, the sideskirts, even what little we can see of the window lines and hood look almost identical to that of the NX Turbo Concept.

As we covered a couple months ago, it’s possible that we’ve already seen the Lexus NX during CEO Jim Lentz’s speech at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. This potentially inadvertent slip showed us a depiction of the NX that’s somewhat more watered down than what this new teaser would lead us to believe. A screen capture of the aforementioned image is shown below:

 Possible Production Lexus NX

How sharp or mild the Lexus NX crossover ends up being compared to its LF-NX brethren will only be confirmed when we see the actual vehicle in Beijing. Or, should we say vehicles…

Just like we saw two different versions of the LF NX Concept, we can also expect to see two different Lexus NX crossovers, although it’s not clear whether both different trims will be represented at the Chinese motor show. We also don’t know if both versions will make it to the US.

The first version of the NX, the Lexus NX 300h, will feature a hybrid powertrain with a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle petrol paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries (we hope), just like we’ve seen in the Lexus ES 300h. The engine itself will likely output upwards of 200hp, but may not achieve the ES 300h’s 40mpg given the increased size of the crossover.

Lexus LF-NX Turbo Powertrain

The second version of the luxury crossover, the Lexus NX 200t, will feature the premium Japanese brand’s first ever turbocharged engine. It’ll be a 2.0L four-cylinder with direct-injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger. Lexus claims that this version of the NX will offer incredible throttle response and thrilling driving dynamics, all while offering reasonable fuel economy.

There are some other speculations to be heard about the Lexus NX regarding its interior, price and technologies, but we won’t know anything for sure until the crossover makes its official debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. So, come back after April 20th to get the full scoop.


Japanese Cars Earning Top Safety Picks Once Again

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave a big thumbs up to four new cars this week, adding them to their elite Top Safety Pick list. Three out of four of the coveted spots went to Japanese car makers whose resurgence amongst the rebuilding efforts after the earthquake and Tsunami last year are backed by strong sales of award-winning cars. With sales up across the board almost completely, this latest news shows that not only are Japanese automakers at the front of the design game, but are also fast becoming the standards of safety.

Lexus and Subaru Get Top Safety Pick Awards

With the Top Safety pick list now consisting of 131 models, the latest additions to the ranks of safest cars on the highway include the Lexus ES and the Subaru XV Crosstrek. These three cars all achieved top marks across the boards in crash safety making them all models to keep an eye on for a jump in sales.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to begin large-scale tests with the brand new small overlap front crash test, so none of these four cars were subjected to this latest trial, but it is expected that they will pass as shown by their early admittance to the list.

A Bolster For Small Cars

The results of the testing shows quite clearly that leaps and bounds have been made in the industry to improve the overall crash safety ratings of small cars. While smaller cars have traditionally been thought of as more unsafe during a crash, advancements in technology and new physics studies during safety measures have shown that this is no longer the case.

This bodes well for many Japanese automakers, especially for Subaru who has made it to the list for only the second time (the Impreza WRX) showing that their new line and direction is going to be a lucrative one. With 31 compact cars now on the Top Safety list, it’s clear that the era of the compact car is here.

Further, both versions of the Lexus ES (Lexus ES 300h and Lexus ES 350) made it to the list showing that both hybrid and non-hybrid versions of cars are being given equal consideration, something that was not always the case in the past.

All in all, it looks to be a telling sign of the times as Japanese car makers like Subaru and Lexus are all set to reap the rewards of a safety-conscious industry. Expect them to keep reaping these rewards as sales bolstered by consumer confidence rise over the next few quarters.