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Car Auction Find: Lexus IS 250 F-Sport up for Auction in Nagoya

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

After talking so much about the future 2015 Lexus IS yesterday, we decided that today we’d look in the other direction. I logged into our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system, clicked ‘Lexus’ as the automaker then ‘IS’ as the model, and voila! 33 different Lexus IS sedans popped up for me. I quickly sorted by Grade to ensure that we’d look at the absolute best models, and that’s how I found this luxurious beauty:

2013 Lexus IS 250 front

The 2013 model year was a great one for the Lexus IS. This was the year of a major rework which included many additions to the F Sport models. The pinched spindle grille with distinct F Sport mesh and twin-spoke graphite alloy wheels greatly enhance the exterior aesthetic, while the interior gets new carbon fiber accents and bolstered performance seats. And of course, the F Sport trim gets superior performance and handling in the form of Variable Gear Ratio steering and Adaptive Variable Suspension.

2013 Lexus IS 250 back

As you can see, this 2013 Lexus IS 250 F Sport features a pristine black paint job. However, what really sets this model apart from the rest is its quality. “Good condition” would be an understatement with this particular Japanese car; you won’t find a single blemish on the exterior, and the car gets an overall 5 rating with an A grade interior. On top of that, this one’s got more features and appointments than any other IS F Sport currently up for auction. Let’s take a look at the interior:

2013 Lexus IS 250 interior

And here’s a quick overview of some of the most noteworthy features new to this 2013MY that you may not find in other auctions:

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • All-new navigation & audio display
  • Heated seating
  • Leather trim and seating

Being a Lexus IS 250, this model runs on a 2.5L V6 engine that outputs 204hp, paired with a fully automatic six-speed transmission configured for rear-wheel drive. This particular model only has 4,000 km on the odometer, so you can expect the mechanics to be in near-factory condition. The auction start price was at 3,480,000 Japanese yen, which is about what you’d expect given the age and quality of the vehicle.

All in all, I’m in love with this Japanese car auction find. It’s a perfect example of the level of quality that you can expect to find – and find easily – when you use our refined auction database tool. If you’d like more information, just keep reading for our full auction sheet translation:

2013 Lexus IS 250 auction sheet

Here’s the translation. As expected of a grade 5 car, the vast majority is sales points rather than negative issues:

“Interior A, first registered October 2013, DBA emissions code, F Sports model, FAT, Shaken until October 2016, FAT, AAC, service book, sunroof, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV nad navigation system, airbag, color rear view reversing camera, black half leather seats, LED fog and daytime running lights and tail lights, special 18 inch AWs, aluminum pedals, digital TV with DVD playback, paddle shift, TV jumper, DSCR with built in ETC, spare key, card key, original floor mats, wheels scratched, light scratches, has spare tire, 8/10 tread on all tires, marks as per map”

New 2015MY Lexus IS with Upgraded Specs Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Friday, July 4th, 2014

2015 Lexus IS Sedan

Even though the Lexus IS just entered a new generation at the beginning of 2014, the premium Japanese automaker is already planning a minor refresh for the 2015 model year. Even though the exterior changes are few, as you continue reading you’ll learn that the luxury sedan’s interior has received some truly praiseworthy additions.

2015 Lexus IS Exterior & Mechanical Updates

Let’s get the powertrain changes out of the way first – there aren’t any. It’ll come with the same two engine options as this year, which include a 2.5L V6 with 204hp and a 3.5L V6 with 306hp. Everything else about power delivery from the engine to the wheels remains the same… Each trim can be had with either rear-wheel or all-weather drive, and either way you’ll get the same “finely tuned” electronic power steering from the Lexus GS.

As for the exterior, even though Lexus hasn’t released any images of the 2015MY, they assure us that the only change is the addition of new LED fog lights, presumably somewhere around the front air intakes. Not only will they look great, but they’ll also improve the car’s visibility for both the driver and oncoming traffic.

2015 Lexus IS Interior & Technology Updates

This is where the 2015 Lexus IS will get the majority of its updates. Lexus describes how “the brand’s hallmark luxury and sumptuous appointments remain intact, bolstered by cutting-edge multi-media.”

The cutting-edge technology they’re referring to here is the inclusion of Siri Eyes Free voice command, an improved backup camera with dynamic grid lines and the new Lexus Enform Remote. The Lexus Enform App will allow you to remotely control several of the IS’s different technologies from your iPhone, from the locks to the ignition to the AC and more.

As for the new luxury appointments, Lexus is probably referring to the refined interior trim. Drivers will enjoy new piano black accents and Stratus Gray upholstery for an all-around darker, classier interior design.

Finally, since the AWD Lexus IS has seen significant popularity in colder areas, all AWD IS models will now have the option of a heated steering wheel, and the AWD F Sport package will get heated and ventilated front seats. The F Sport trim also gets new unique 18-inch wheels, special suspension tuning, and several aesthetic tweaks to the interior and exterior trim. Oh, and it gets a new sound generator on the air intake to create a more “sporting” (aka. loud) engine note.

As you can see, Lexus has a plethora of upgrades lineup for their IS sedan even though it’s only been available in its current form for one year. And pricing will remain almost the same… Only $450 has been added to each price tag across the board.