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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.

CR Demonstrates Pedestrian Detection and Self-Braking System Capabilities of Lexus LS


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Driver’s reticence towards entrusting their safety to a bunch of questionably reliable sensors is understandable. It is part of what keeps those who are developing the self-braking tech on their toes, beavering away night after night to make it reliable.

How Cool and…Illegal is That? Lexus Pulls James Bond License Plate Switcheroo


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Once upon a time, not too long ago, license plate flippers were a thing of James Bond movies and Cold War espionage stories. Nowadays, anyone willing to depart a few hundred bucks can have a device that flips licenses plates fitted to their car.

Xcar Takes Lexus LS-Based TMG TS-650 to the Track


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The term super-saloon is not new, and has been used to describe very fast (usually German) sedans ever since they began getting quicker, and more driver oriented. However, most, even the newer ones, pale in comparison when placed alongside the TMG TS-650, a car originally based on the latest version of the Lexus LS – this would do wonders for Toyota’s sporty image too…

Consumer Reports Takes the New 2014 Mazda6 and 2013 Lexus LS for a Spin


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The two latest arrivals in the garage of Consumer Reports is an early production version of the all-new 2014 Mazda6 sedan and Lexus' revised 2013 LS flagship, both of which were taken out for a first drive by the magazine's auto engineer, Tom Mutchler.

Beginning with the new generation of the Mazda6, Mutchler gives it praise for its "sleek" design calling it one of the sexiest models together with Ford's latest Fusion in the (mainstream) mid-size sedan segment, its modern amenities and tech gadgets, while his first driving impression of the early production model is that it's "quite agile and light on its feet".

Toyota Believes in Driver-Assistance Technology, Not Self-Driving Vehicles


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Autonomous vehicle systems are one of the technologies that are being developed not only by automakers such as Audi, but by companies like Google, as well.

Toyota and its luxury division, Lexus, are of a different mindset; namely, that the aim to reduce and if possible, eliminate traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities can be achieved not necessarily by self-driving vehicles but by active-safety features.

2013 Lexus LS Facelift Slammed Down by Wald International


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The restless tuners over at Japan's Wald International have found a new car to play around with, the recently facelifted 2013 Lexus LS luxury sedan.

Earlier today, Wald released a pair of images but no information whatsoever on the so-called Executive Line package for the LS, which will likely be officially introduced at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon in January next year.

TMG TS-650 Concept is a Lexus LS on Some Crazy Steroids and We Like It


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We all know that automakers and custom shops alike often overdo it with their tuning concepts at events like the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and the Essen Motor Show in Germany, but once in a while, you see some pretty nifty creations like the TS-650 Concept made by Toyota's motorsports division and Lexus Europe.

The only thing that looks out of place on the TS-650 that made its world premiere today at the 2012 Essen Motor Show are the Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) logos that replace the Lexus badges on the car.

We would also have preferred to see TMG base the TS-650 on the recently facelifted Lexus LS with its more sculpted body, but still, the Japanese brand's European designers deserve praise for turning a dull luxury limo into a fully fledged sports sedan.

The muscled up concept gains a wider body with blistered wheel arches along with matching front and rear bumpers, and a carbon fiber aero kit comprising a front lip spoiler, extended side skirts, rear diffuser and boot lid wing. The same lightweight material is also used on the roof and the front fender air vent trims.

New Lexus LS TMG Sports 650 Concept Featuring a 641HP Twin-Turbo'd V8


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So you think that the Lexus LS is a traditional luxury sedan for customers ripe in age with deep pockets who don't care about race tracks and performance numbers?

Well, that may hold true for the regular LS, which was recently redesign adopting a more modern appearance, but that's definitely not the case with the concept pictured here and which was prepared by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG).

Based on the pre-facelift Lexus LS, the TMG Sport or TS-650 Concept is a track ready, high-performance saloon fitted with a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine capable of reaching 9,000 rpm while delivering 641hp (650PS) and a peak torque of 710Nm (524 lb-ft).

An eight-speed transmission drives the car's wheels (we still don't know if the concept is all- or rear-wheel drive).

According to the Japanese carmaker's motorsport division, "its aerodynamics were developed in TMG's wind tunnels and significant development has been dedicated to handling."

Toyota Motorsport GmbH Teases Lexus LS TS-650 Ahead of Essen Motor Show Debut


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Remember the muscular Lexus LS prototype prepared by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) that our spies nabbed racing around the Nürburgring track last year?

Well, Toyota's motorsport division has finally made the decision to reveal the car in front of the public for the very first time at this month's 2012 Essen Motor Show in Germany, which runs from November 30 to December 9.

Five Axis Puts a Little More Sport Into the Lexus LS460 F SPORT


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To be honest, we cannot say that we have seen any change in demand for sported up Lexus LS models, but the Japanese carmaker is sure trying to create the impression that there is.

After adding the first ever F Sport edition to the range of the latest LS, which was recently followed up by the release of a cosmetics package for said model from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) in Japan, Lexus has now partnered up with Five Axis to present a more heavily tuned version of the car at the 2012 SEMA Show.

New 2013 Lexus LS Range Starts from £71,995 in Britain


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Lexus has released pricing information and opened the order books for the revamped 2013 LS sedan in the UK in advance of customer deliveries in January.

Prices for Lexus' Mercedes-Benz S-Class adversary start from £71,995 for the LS 460 Luxury rising to £74,495 for the newly introduced LS 460 F Sport trim level and top out at £99,495 for the full hybrid, long wheelbase LS 600h L Premier grade.

TRD Launches New Styling Parts for Latest Lexus LS F Sport in Japan


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The recent redesign of the Lexus LS may have included the first ever F Sport edition of the full-size luxury sedan with added sport touches, including a body kit and unique 19-inch alloy wheels, but this didn't stop Toyota Racing Development (TRD) from introducing a second take on the car.

Mind you, we are not talking about the regular LS 460 or LS 600 models, but for the LS 460 F Sport

World Premiere of New Lexus Concept at Paris Motor Show Along with Euro Debut of LS 600h F Sport


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Lexus is planning the world premiere of a never-before-seen concept study at the upcoming 2012 Paris Auto Show, which opens for the press on 27 September and for the public, from September 29 through October 14.

The Japanese automaker, which as you may remember, is also going to show an evolution of the LF-LC Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept at the Australian International Motor Show in late October, said it will reveal more details and possibly the first images of the new study on September 17.

New Mega Gallery of 2013 Lexus LS 460, 600h L and 460 F Sport


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To better compete with the finest that Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar have to offer in the full-size luxury sedan segment, Lexus put its fourth generation LS under the knife.

But you probably already know that since the 2013 model year version of the Japanese brand's flagship was officially revealed at the end of July.

R&T Video Showcases the 2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport in Red


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Here's a quick question for you: when you stumble upon a video titled "Driven: 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport", what's the first thing that comes to mind about the content of the clip? A review of the Japanese brand's newest model, right?

Well, while the 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport is indeed the star of Road&Track's latest short video clip, unfortunately, there's no review of the car. At least not on film since the magazine points towards its webpage for the first drive article.

Lexus Talks us Around the Changes on the 2013 LS Sedan


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While Lexus stopped short from announcing prices and a specific launch date, the Japanese carmaker has pretty much revealed everything else about its redesigned 2013 LS sedan that will go on sale in the States this fall.

However, if you prefer to hear what’s new about the LS from Lexus itself, the company released a video with Bill Camp from Lexus College that walks and talks us around the luxury sedan.

Lexus Shares Video from the 'Chic' Presentation of the New LS, Plus a Clip on the Model's History


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Designer Jonathan Adler and Barneys Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan were on hand to reveal the refashioned 2013 Lexus LS during a 'chic' event at the “Lexus Laws of Attraction” exhibit in San Francisco on Monday night.

Instead of calling in the media, Lexus invited more than 500 guests from the San Francisco arts and design community to show the redesigned premium saloon.

Lexus Gives the 2013 LS Sedan a Little More Character with a Thorough Facelift


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At long last and after more leaks than the proverbial bucket, Lexus came out with all the official details and pictures of its redesigned for the 2013 model year LS flagship sedan series, which was unveiled on Monday during a special happening in San Francisco.

While based on the fourth generation model that has been in production since 2006, the refreshed LS sedan gains a more dynamic exterior look along with a restyled interior and notable changes under the sheetmetal to fend off the German competition that comes in the form of the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

For the 2013MY, the LS line-up includes the LS 460, LS 460L (LWB), LS 600hL hybrid, and the first-ever LS 460 F Sport variant . The LS 460 and LS 460L are available in both RWD and AWD versions while the LS Hybrid is offered with a full-time AWD system.

New Photo Gallery of 2013 Lexus LS460 and LS460 F-Sport Sedans


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The wall surrounding the 2013 Lexus LS has completely broken with some 30 or so high-resolution photos of both the regular LS 460 and the F-Sport variant of the same model flooding the web-o-sphere.

Taking into consideration the fact that the current generation of the LS has been with us since 2006 with Lexus performing a mild makeover in 2009, when the company announced that it was preparing a new model, we believed that it would be just that and not another facelift.

The exterior redesign is concentrated exclusively on the two ends of the car with the front gaining a version of the Japanese brand's spindle grille, new headlamps (very similar to the ones found on the outgoing Hybrid model), reshaped fenders and a new hood that includes a bulge running along the middle.