1 pointThe UX compact SUV, the latest addition to Lexus’s market-leading range of self-charging hybrids, enjoys a series of new features for the 2020 model year, focusing on safety, style and connectivity. Retail customers are also able to take advantage of a highly attractive finance offer The UX grade models can be specified with a new Premium Pro Pack option. This combines all the contents of the established Premium Plus Pack with additional technology-led features, while keeping the car’s on-the-road price below the £40,000 threshold for higher-level Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). The features include: Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with auto-braking, head-up display, triple-eye LED headlights with Adaptive High-beam System, 13-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround audio system, wireless smartphone charger, power adjustable steering wheel and eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with two-way lumbar adjustment on the driver’s seat). All UX models are now equipped with wireless smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, making it easier for the driver to access their preferred apps and operate their phone via the UX’s multimedia system. The choice of interior colour schemes has been increased with a new Cobalt option, combining black and blue trim with seat upholstery in contrasting white and blue (fabric for UX grade, smooth leather for Takumi grade and with the Premium Plus Pack option). There is also a new F White interior exclusive to the UX F Sport with Premium Plus or Takumi packs. This features smooth black leather for the instrument panel with white stitching, and white leather seat upholstery with a contrasting vertical black stripe section on the cushion and seatback of the front seats. A series of technology features designed to help the driver turn and manoeuvre the car safely have been combined a new Lexus Driver Assist Pack. Offered at no extra cost as part of the Premium Plus Pack, or in addition to the Premium Pack option for £745, this equips the UX with a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic braking and an Intelligent Clearance Sonar System. Together these features can significantly reduce the risk of an accident by giving the driver a better view of their surroundings and alerting them to approaching traffic or static hazards. Customers can take advantage of a finance offer available through Lexus Financial Services until 31 March 2020. This has a 3.9 per cent APR Representative interest rate and a £1,000 Hybrid Deposit Allowance when purchasing a new UX using a Lexus Connect PCP (Personal Contract Purchase)*. *Subject to status to over-18s. Indemnities may be required. Terms and conditions apply, Lexus Financial Services. See here for details.
1 pointOne year on from the launch of the Government’s Road to Zero transport strategy, Toyota and Lexus are helping power a transformation in cleaner mobility in the UK with record, accelerating growth in self-charging hybrid car sales Toyota (GB) PLC, the business representing both brands in the UK, is witnessing unprecedented demand from both private and business customers who are keen to embrace the real-world benefits of hybrid power. Sales volumes and growth during the first half of this year have continued to reach new heights. On the back of a 76 per cent increase in new hybrid vehicle sales during the past two years, Toyota figures are already up a further 10 per cent year-on-year so far in 2019. The order bank currently stands at around 23.000 vehicles – a level never witnessed before, with demand outpacing supply. The statistics are just as exceptional for Lexus, with more than 99 per cent of its new car sales being hybrids. This year the luxury brand is on course for record-breaking results, looking to a rise in its total volume of at least 22 per cent compared to 2018’s performance. Orders have soared to their highest level yet, with customer demand having exceeded supply for the past two years. Sales so far this year are up by 18.9 per cent on last year, with the order bank standing at 3,535 vehicles – a rise of 153 per cent. There are multiple reasons for this astonishing success. Toyota has more experience in self-charging hybrid technology than any other manufacturer and has made constant improvements since it debuted the concept more than 20 years ago with the introduction of the original Prius. The result has been ever more impressive gains in fuel economy and low emissions, at the same as air quality, pollution and sustainability have become critical concerns for society and the subject of increasingly stringent legislation. At the same time, Toyota has made the benefits of hybrid available to an increasingly wide market, adapting it for use in all kinds of vehicles, from the Yaris supermini to the RAV4 SUV. Equally, Lexus has proved the inherent quality and flexibility of the technology, applying it to models as diverse as the new UX compact SUV and flagship LC 500h coupe. This demonstrates how Toyota has engineered its hybrid models not just for environmental performance, but also for a more engaging driving experience. The technology has also proven its inherent strength and reliability, with millions of miles driven by Toyota and Lexus hybrids all around the world. Paul Van der Burgh, Toyota GB President and Managing Director, said: “The recent headlines about market setbacks for alternative fuel vehicles in the UK do not give the full picture. Toyota and Lexus hybrids are prospering as never before, as customers recognise and appreciate the authentic benefits they offer when it comes to fuel economy, low emissions and a powertrain choice that is eminently practical and requires no compromise in terms of everyday convenience, reliability and genuinely enjoyable driving quality. We have succeeded in making our hybrid technology a mainstream choice and its fast-rising popularity will make a significant contribution to achieving longer-term environmental targets.” Just as the UK Government has set out its roadmap for action in the Road to Zero, Toyota worldwide is making strong progress towards reaching the ambitious targets of its own Environmental Challenge 2050. This includes a plan to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles by 90 per cent by 2050, compared to 2010 levels – a challenge in which its hybrid technology strengths are an enabler for developing even cleaner and more efficient vehicle power systems.
0 pointsLexus is amplifying the award-winning design of its LC flagship coupe in a new Limited Edition model, available to order from Lexus retailers now An exclusive new Terrane Khaki exterior finish sets off the car’s seductive lines, giving a subtle depth of colour that complements every curve and angle of the bodywork. A set of 21-inch forged alloy wheels with a two-tone finish adds to the effect. The interior is equally striking, thanks to the combination of contrasting leathers for the trim and seat upholstery. The 10-way power-adjustable seats are covered in soft, highest-grade L-aniline leather in Saddle Tan with a slightly darker tone used for Alcantara door panel inserts. The steering wheel, dashboard, centre console and door panels are finished in Black Amber leather. Brown stitching links the two finishes and highlights the Lexus takumi precision craftsmanship. The finishing touch for each Limited Edition model is the customised scuff plates, with a laser-cut design inspired by the geometric shapes of the LC’s rear brake lights. The luxury equipment specification mirrors the regular LC, with the inclusion of a colour head-up display. Key features include Lexus Safety System+, Lexus Premium Navigation, 13-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Product audio system, dual-zone climate control with nanoe technology and Climate Concierge, glass roof and aluminium sports pedals. In terms of technology and performance, the LC Limited Edition matches the existing models in the range. The LC 500h is powered by the world’s first self-charging Multi Stage Hybrid System, taking driver rewards to a higher level than ever before in a hybrid Lexus. The system features a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and compact but powerful electric motor that together deliver 354bhp and 348 Nm of torque. Nought to 62mph can be accomplished in five seconds. The LC 500 Limited Edition is powered by Lexus’s 32-valve 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, giving 457bhp and 530Nm of torque, enabling acceleration from standstill to 62mph in 4.7 seconds. The LC Limited Edition models are available to order now; prices will be announced shortly. Deliveries to customers will commence in November 2019.