Showing posts in the category of Lexus IS

New Jaguar XE Versus Rivals: Which is the Most Desirable? [w/Poll]


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Jaguar is finally back in the compact exec game, after its so-so attempt with the fwd-biased Ford Mondeo-based X-Type.

New Lexus Crafted Line Special Editions Announced for Pebble Beach


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It's somewhat of a tradition for Lexus to introduce either chic special editions or brand new models at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Lexus IS F Saloon is Dead


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The Lexus IS F has been proof that the brand best-known for building quiet, comfortable sedans with impeccable panel fits could also make a totally bonkers M3-fighter.

Lexus Announces Soaring Euro Sales, Says It’s the Continent’s Fastest Growing Premium brand


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Despite the previously noted downward trend of the European car market, it seems it’s now finally becoming a thing of the past. More than a couple of automakers have announced rising sales and a more positive outlook than what they had previously envisioned. Lexus is boasting sales that are 25.4 percent better (24,586 units in total) in the first six months of 2014 than in the same period last year – it’s now the continent’s fastest growing premium brand.

Lexus Adds New IS 300h Executive Edition to UK Range


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Lexus is giving its UK market IS 300h Luxury trim model an Executive upgrade worth £3,390 without adding any cost to consumers. The new Executive Edition builds upon the Luxury grade adding leather upholstery and a factory navigation system with the hybrid model starting from £29,995 OTR.

Lexus IS Gets Mild Updates for the 2015 Model Year


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Lexus had presented a series of mild upgrades for the 2015 IS 250 and IS 350 sedans, including new LED fog lights and a number of cabin enhancements.

New Lexus IS F-Sport 25th Anniversary Edition Debuts in Spain


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Some of you may remember a photo of an aero-tuned Lexus IS from Spain circulating around the net about a month ago and which was wrongly mistaken for the next IS F.

First Image of 2016 Lexus IS F? Nope, But Can You Tell Why It's Not?


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This photo, supposedly showing a 2016 Lexus IS F sedan, was sent to our email by the crew over at Autonocion, who stated that it's the first image of the performance model. I wish it was, but I'm pretty sure it isn't.

Predictable: Lexus IS to Gain Turbo Four from NX Crossover


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While Lexus is still trying to act like it’s 1985 back when diesels clattered, smoked like hell and were slow so therefor unfit for smooth luxury cars, it has finally given in to the other engine-related trend of the industry: downsizing and turbocharging of gasoline-burning motors.

Lexus IS-F is on its Way Out, But Still Gets Some Video Review Attention from MT


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The Lexus IS-F, launched in 2007, was one of the cars you thought about buying if you didn’t want an E90/E92 BMW M3, a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, or a Jaguar XF-R.

It offered comparable but slightly lower performance, vertically-stacked exhaust pipes and a sometimes indecisive eight-speed gearbox (one of the first of its kind) that had to make do with torque coming in high, at 5,200 rpm – some reviews said it was an annoyance while low-speed cruising.

Lexus Brings Eight IS Custom Sedans and One LFA to SEMA


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Wrapping up the Toyota Group's SEMA Show offerings (for now, and unless the Japanese automaker has some more surprises in store for us next week) after the announcements for the Toyota and Scion brands, is Lexus, which plans to display nine customized concepts, including the winner of its "Modify the 2014 IS Competition".

Lexus IS 300h Tries its Luck with Diesel-Powered BMW 3-Series and Audi A4


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The new Lexus IS doesn’t have a diesel variant, which in Europe, is not a good thing for sales. However, the Japanese sedan does have an economical model, the IS 300h hybrid. The folks at Auto Express thought about comparing it with two diesel competitors, the segment leader BMW 320d and the Audi A4 TDI.

Lexus Uses Tablets and Projectors to Promote New IS Hybrid as Sporty and Fun [w/Video]


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With a combined horsepower output of 220, and a quoted 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 8.3 seconds, the Lexus IS300h was never designed to be a performance car. It claws a bit back with its reportedly sharp chassis and good handling, as well as the eye-catching looks, but when it comes to being delivering impressive numbers, this hybrid only delivers them in the economy area alone, and even that comes with an asterisk.

Five Cars Tested by Euro NCAP; Opel Adam and Mitsubishi Space Star Dissapoint with Four Stars


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As cars have been getting safer, the entities behind the rating systems have been making them increasingly stringent, up to the point where nowadays a four-star car, rated by Euro NCAP is safer or as safe as a five-star car from five years ago.

However, it is still expected that most new models will have no trouble in achieving the maximum rating, as all manufacturers now have vast experience in the field of safety and can prepare accordingly.

New Lexus IS350 F-Sport or Infiniti Q50 S? MT Tries Out Japan's Latest Sports Sedans


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At first, the Japanese motor industry began copying the British way of making cars after the Second World War, only to discover that while the models themselves they were using as inspiration were well thought out and well designed, the production methods could be improved. Thus, Japan grew into a car-building powerhouse, but it didn’t stick to the same model of manufacturing cars, and had to look elsewhere for fresh ideas.

The Winners of Lexus' Modify the 2014 IS Competition, Real Life Version Coming to SEMA


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All it took was a little over a month for more than 600 creative minds to take part and send their proposals for a customized 2014 Lexus IS sports saloon in the special competition organized by Lexus and the design community at "deviantART".

Lexus Asks Designers to Envision a SEMA-Worthy 2014 IS F Sport Concept


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Lexus has joined forces with the design community at "deviantART" to afford talented and aspiring artists the opportunity to envision a massaged version of the new 2014 IS F SPORT sedan.

Scoop: Lexus Prepares New IS F Coupe to Take on BMW M4 [20 Photos]


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There's no question that the prototype pictured in these fresh spy shots is the all-new Lexus IS-based Coupe, but how can one be sure that it's the on-and-off (up until now, that is), F-badged high-performance version and not the simpler F-Sport variant?

Glad you asked, because the answer is right in front of our eyes. Despite the liberal use of camouflage wrap on the body, if not all, most telltale signs that this is indeed the IS-F Coupe are here starting with the stacked twin tailpipes on either side of the diffuser along with what looks to be a retractable spoiler.

Do want more evidence? No problem. Let's go around to the front where we find a slotted bonnet along with a caged "spindle" grille and huge corner air intakes. Finally, we take a look at the car's profile and the blistered front and rear wheel arches, the vented front fenders, sculptured side skirts and low profile tires through which we can see the massive brake calipers and discs.

After Everybody Else Casts Their Vote on the New Lexus IS, It’s Time for the Verdict from CR


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Most of the reviews we’ve seen of the new Lexus IS have been fairly positive, with some criticizing the car for not having enough power in its base specification, the IS250, as well as the strong styling which is opinion-splitting, with very little chance of a gray area in between – you either like it, or you absolutely think it’s too much…

What Do You Think About This 2015 Lexus IS Coupe Rendering?


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With an all-new Lexus IS sedan fresh on the market, the Japanese luxury automaker could use a coupe version to help it compete with the Audi A5, Mercedes C-Class Coupe and BMW’s upcoming 4-Series. 

The Lexus LF-CC Concept provided a clear signal that the automaker wants to build an IS Coupe, with the study’s design offering some clues of how the series production car would look. Now that the 2014 Lexus IS sedan is no longer a secret, we can have a much better idea of the future IS Coupe.