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  1. Members of the Lexus UK PR and social media team have been conducting video conference meetings from the virtual driving seats of some of the most popular Lexus models. They’ve enjoyed it so much they decided to release the five virtual backgrounds to enhance online meeting experiences The virtual cockpits are available for the legendary LFA supercar , the high-performance RC F coupe, the popular LC sports coupe and the Omotenashi-inspired interior of the luxury LS saloon, where there is a choice of driving or being chauffeured from its sumptuous and spacious rear seats. These are the perfect way to get behind the wheel of a Lexus if you can’t get out and drive one. The Lexus award-winning interiors are renowned for their exquisite design and high levels of comfort, for example, the Lexus RX won the Best Interior and Comfort category in the 2019 Driver Power survey. How to use Lexus virtual backgrounds: The backgrounds are available to download here: https://blog.lexus.co.uk/lexus-virtual-backgrounds-best-seat-in-house/. Begin by downloading your Lexus of choice by clicking on the image, and then saving it to your device. Once you’ve downloaded the image to your device, you need to upload your chosen interior to use as a virtual background in popular video conferencing software or apps. Sign into your video-conferencing app and head to your account settings. NB if using zoom through a browser rather than using the zoom app, you’ll need to be in a meeting before clicking on settings Select the setting named Virtual Background or Choose background effect (under Audio & Video in some apps). If you cannot see the option, check with your organisation to see if it is enabled. Click the + symbol or Add button to choose your virtual background. Navigate to your downloaded file and select it for upload. Your Lexus virtual background should now be enabled. Please note you may need a green screen, or at least a plain background, behind you.
  2. May 1987 is a landmark in Lexus history, the date when the design of what was to become the brand’s first production model was given the green light The sign-off on the styling of the “F1” came even before the name “Lexus” had been agreed. But two years later the design study was ready for its public debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the all-new, production-ready LS 400, the first car to carry the now famous “L” badge. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the new LS couldn’t afford to deter customers if its lines were too radical, or too ordinary. This meant the design team kept largely to the familiar, square-ish lines of the established luxury market models of the day. At the same time, they broke new ground in producing precise, sleek and aerodynamically efficient styling – aerodynamics being a key contributor to the car’s unprecedented fuel efficiency and performance targets. Dozens of wind tunnel tests were conducted, with the cars fitted with interior microphones to detect any intrusive wind noise. The commitment to excellence also saw 14 full scale models built in a 16-month period, compared to around just six for most new cars. “Simple, clean, smart” were the watchwords for the styling, giving the LS the reassuring mass of a European car, combined seamlessly with the sleekness of a Japanese model. Equal attention was paid to the interior, with rigorous attention to craftsmanship detail in areas such as the fine leather upholstery and quality of the wood trims (24 different varieties were assessed). As well as the traditional luxury qualities customers would expect, Lexus also embraced technical innovation. For example, in creating the instrument panel, designer Michikazu Masu went against the modern trend for digital displays and instead came up with a new take on analogue dials, making each needle an individual fluorescent tube – miniature “light sabres” that illuminated before the rest of the instrumentation. The LS 400 was conceived as a global model from the outset, which required an in-depth understanding of what the concept of “luxury” meant to international customers. What did they look for in a premium car and how did it reflect their lifestyles? Lexus’s research revealed that the top priority for American customers – essential to market success – was a prestigious image; performance was considered only the fourth most important quality. This made design a top consideration and it has remained a critical element in the development of every new Lexus since. Today, Lexus has matured into an international brand that is respected as a pioneer of design innovation and creativity. Each of its vehicles has a powerful, individual identity, that combines elegance with power and contemporary design cues – not least the interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille. Going beyond the application of its own, distinctive L-finesse design principles, it actively supports the talents of young and emerging designers working in many different fields through initiatives such as the annual Lexus Design Award and the commissioning of original art installations at Milan Design Week. It has also looked beyond the automotive world to apply its design thinking to new projects including the high-tech Lexus hoverboard and the new LY 650 luxury sport yacht.
  3. In May 2004, the British public had its first chance to take an up-close look at the new Lexus RX 400h, the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle 16 years since Lexus RX unveiled in UK as the first hybrid luxury SUV Ground-breaking Lexus model set the tone for the brand’s UK growth, now with record UK sales and 99.7% powered by hybrid 475,000 RX hybrids sold worldwide since The new SUV’s debut at the British International Motor Show signalled the start of a technology revolution in which Lexus has consistently led the world’s premium market: today, hybrids account for 99.7 per cent of all its UK new car sales. The technically advanced RX 400h broke cover at a time when the global auto industry was beginning to focus more sharply on the need to improve environmental performance and do more to conserve natural resources. Lexus seized the initiative to become a leader in alternative powertrains and the RX 400h, which went on public sale in the UK from June 2005, became the first in a fast-growing series of self-charging hybrid electric models. It was an appropriate pathfinder role for the RX, which had already effectively created the luxury SUV market on its launch in 1999. Not only has Lexus’s hybrid range steadily increased, the performance of its technology has been constantly improved. Today, Lexus Hybrid Drive is in its fourth generation, achieving higher fuel and emissions and enabling much greater distances to be covered in all-electric EV mode, with zero fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. At the same time, overall power, responsiveness and driving quality have also been taken to a higher level. Introducing his new model in 2004, Chief Engineer Osamu Sadakata highlighted how Toyota Motor Corporation was committed to becoming a leader in environmental performance, improving the performance of its conventional engines, exploring the use of alternative fuels and popularising “clean energy vehicles.” For Lexus, the aspirations of premium sector customers also had to be satisfied, which made hybrid the perfect solution with its seamless, refined and relaxing performance. “I think the use of hybrid technology will grow and spread through the market,” said Sadakata. “Currently the issue is all about how to use petrol as efficiently as possible, allied to the greater horsepower you can achieve. This is what is behind the fun-to-drive aspect of the RX 400h.” The arrival of hybrid power in the luxury car market may have been the headline, but even then, Sadakata was looking further ahead and making clear that hybrid was just the starting point. “There is another technology – the fuel cell. It’s not that we’re dividing these two technological fields, it’s merely that fuel cell technology is so complex that we see hybrid drive systems as the essential first step to its successful development,” he said. “In the end, it doesn’t matter if the power source is petrol, diesel or even hydrogen, the hybrid system serves as the most efficient way of using energy.” In fact, it was only nine years before Lexus’s sister brand Toyota delivered Mirai, the first hydrogen fuel cell saloon to reach the marketplace. One year later, Lexus presented its first fuel cell vehicle concept, the LF-FC flagship saloon, at the Geneva International Motor Show. Sixteen years on from the RX 400h’s debut, the RX remains one of Lexus’s top-selling models, in a market where SUVs are dominant, and has inspired the development of the Lexus mid-size NX and compact UX SUVs. Since launch, almost 475,000 hybrid RX models have been sold worldwide. Today’s RX range is a perfect expression of Lexus’s luxury craftsmanship and intelligent application of new technologies for higher levels of safety, comfort and on-board connectivity. Full details of the current model can be found here. This year the UX will follow the RX 400h as an innovator, becoming Lexus’s first battery electric vehicle. The new UX 300e will be launched in the UK early in 2021 (preliminary details are available here)
  4. To help keep kids and adults entertained during the lockdown, Lexus UK has released templates to create paper models of the LF-30 Electrified concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019 and the Lexus UX 250h compact SUV, too The LF-30 concept represents the Lexus vision for a future generation of electrified vehicles. The concept features state-of-the-art technologies including augmented reality, in-wheel electric motors, and autonomous driving. How to build your paper model You’ll need access to a colour printer, some paper glue or double-sided tape, and a pair of scissors. This activity is recommended for older children; it should take about an hour to carefully put your model together. You can download additional instructions here. First, download and print the high-resolution PDF of your chosen Lexus paper model using these links: Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept Lexus UX 250h You could print the pdf document on A3 paper, rather than A4, to make the building a little less fiddly, with a larger model at the end. Using scissors, carefully cut out the template, being especially careful not to cut off the grey tabs (these are white on the UX version). Fold and glue all of these tabs so they adhere to the underside of the adjacent panel – doing so will pull the car into the three-dimensional shape that should resemble your chosen Lexus. Using a ruler when folding will help ensure a perfectly straight folded edge. Lexus UK invites people to share images of their paper models on its social media channels: Twitter: @LexusUK Facebook: @LexusUK Instagram: @LexusUK
  5. The people that work at Lexus factories are craftsmen and women that take pride in the standard of their work and at the top of the tree are artisans known as ‘takumi’ who pursue perfection, whether it be paintwork or welding, vehicle dynamics or interior crafting, to maintain the high standards Lexus demands of its vehicles Becoming a takumi is no easy task, candidates must have at least a quarter of a century of experience and are assessed in a number of ways, including in the art of origami (Japanese paper folding), having to create an origami cat using their non-dominant hand in under 90 seconds. With many of us spending more time inside than ever before, origami is a great way to keep our minds sharp and our hands busy, so Lexus UK has launched a competition for people to take the takumi challenge to create an origami cat, submitting an image of this to Lexus on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by using #LexusOrigami and tagging @LexusUK by the closing date of 9:00 on 8 May. The prize for the creator of the best origami cat is exclusive use of a Lexus LC 500h for one week, to be taken post lockdown. The competition is open to anyone who has held a valid UK driving licence for at least two years. The winner has the option to nominate a driver on their behalf. Full terms and conditions can be found here: https://blog.lexus.co.uk/origami-cat-competition/ When creating the origami cat, Lexus recommends patience and that it is worth bearing in mind that when Lexus asked origami expert Mark Bolitho to take the test, he created his cat outside of the 90 second time limit: Mark Bolitho takes the Lexus origami cat challenge How to Create an Origami cat: Get a square piece of paper. Fold it in half diagonally, then in half again, so it’s creased in a cross through the middle. Open it up so that you have it folded once, making a triangle. Fold the ears up on each side. Next, fold the middle point down to make the head flat on the top, then turn the paper around to face the other way. Fold the bottom point – the chin – upwards to just over halfway up the face. Lastly, fold the end of that point down again to form the nose.
  6. So when you are finally released from lockdown and able to drive your car....what music will you play in the car?
  7. The Design Challenge - The design mission for the team creating the Lexus LC Convertible was simple: create the world’s most beautiful open-top car. The statement was straightforward, but the task was a considerable challenge, as Lexus was determined that the new model should preserve the essential styling motifs of the LC coupe, the winner of multiple international awards for its striking and advanced design Creating the Coupe Roof Line The line of the roof was to be key to the designers achieving their goal, as Chief Designer Tadao Mori explained: “Although there are many convertible models out there, few of them are stylish and elegant both when the roof is open and closed. Particularly when the roof is raised, ridge lines in the uneven surface tend to give an unrefined impression. That’s why, for the LC Convertible’s design, we put maximum effort into realising the same beautiful roof line as the coupe.” To produce the desired silhouette, the point where the soft top meets the car’s rear quarters has been moved as far towards the rear of the car as possible to create a fastback look when the roof is raised. Particular attention has been paid to the tensioning of the soft top to ensure a smooth surface, and the frame and other elements are perfectly concealed, so the roof has a clean and elegant tapered form. When viewed from the rear, the line of the soft top emphasises the compact proportions of the cabin, contrasting with the wide-flaring under-body and projecting a dynamic look. The Perfect Tonneau Cover The designers were able to take advantage of the LC’s platform specifications and the soft top’s folding mechanism to set the tonneau cover as low as possible. They also avoided the familiar flat, platform look seen on many other convertibles by adding fairing-shaped accents that echo the curves of the rear headrests. Sleek and Dynamic Silhouette It is another common feature of convertibles that the design can seem stretched out from the tonneau cover to the boot lid, particularly when the roof is down. This has been avoided on the LC by profiling the rear end so that it rises in a duck tail, producing a distinctive silhouette that is sleek and dynamic. The beltline also kicks up behind the doors to give the look of the body wrapping around the cabin, creating an overall tight and clean profile. Engineering Ingenuity One of the principal challenges was to minimise bulkiness in the bodywork in the shoulder area immediately behind the rear seats. The design team was able to accommodate the folding roof in an extremely compact space by creating an extra fold in the soft top so that it can be stowed in the space between the left and right-hand rear suspension towers. This has also allowed for a sharp and fine character line to be created, running from the front to the rear of the car. To produce this line and achieve a high-quality finish, Lexus has adopted an incremental forming process, in addition to the conventional press used to mould the aluminium tonneau cover. Perfect Continuity Between Exterior and Interior In a convertible the cabin is more open to view and more closely connected to the car’s exterior design. Lexus has sought to bring a perfect sense of continuity to the exterior and interior of the LC Convertible by using innovative colour co-ordination, enhancing the model’s special character and brave design. Three soft top colours are available: Sand, Black and Marine, the latter two suitable for use with any of the bodywork paint options. With these choices and further options for interior colours, owners have the freedom to specify a car that captures their personal style. Special Edition Colour Scheme The LC Convertible will be launched with a Special Edition model with a colour scheme that matches Structural Blue bodywork with a white and blue interior and Marine soft top – a combination inspired by the colours found at a luxury marina. White is used extensively in the cabin, including Lexus’ first all-white steering wheel and the carpeting. This contrasts with the door trim which is finished in a blue synthetic leather. Rather than a printed pattern, this material has a grain that gives a three-dimensional effect with texture and shading. Co-ordinating A-pillars Co-ordinating the interior A-pillar trim with the colour of the roof lining is a rare quality design feature but one that Lexus applies throughout the LC range. The effect is all the more stylish in the LC Convertible, as the pillars are in clear view whenever the roof is lowered. The colour co-ordination catches the eye and accentuates the luxurious quality of the interior Upholstery Detailing Special attention has also been paid to the detailing on the seat upholstery, with a unique quilting pattern applied to the shoulder section of the front seats, adding both elegance and tactile quality. Perforations with three different hole diameters are organised in graduated pattern in which they appear to progressively fade away. Link to full gallery here.
  8. With the UK government advice to stay at home and only venture out for specific, essential reasons in light of the Coronavirus, Lexus has produced some tips on how to maintain a car if it is parked for a long period of time with very little use. No difficult car maintenance is necessary however the following tips can help ensure your car remains in tip-top condition during an extended layoff Check the tyre pressure Check the tyres are fully inflated to the recommended level. It can be a good idea to repeat this process when you first drive your car after a long period of inactivity. Storing the car Clean the car thoroughly inside and out and if you are storing it in a garage, make sure it is completely dry before you put it away. If you do plan to store your car in a garage, ensure the chosen storage area offers plenty of ventilation. If the space is secure, you could consider opening one of the car’s windows a small way to ventilate the interior. If you do this, you might have to change your car alarm’s setting to prevent it setting off the intrusion sensor – please consult your car’s manual for more information. Disengage the park brake It can be beneficial to leave the vehicle with the parking brake disengaged to prevent the brakes from binding, but only do this if you are certain the car is on level terrain and isn’t going to move. Ensure the transmission is set to ‘P’ for park and if you have a manual car put it into first gear, and place wedges or chocks, if you have them, under the wheels. Put the car keys away If you aren’t planning to drive your car for a long time, put the smart key in a safe place and don’t carry it around with you in your pocket. This will prevent the car from ‘waking up’ unnecessarily should you happen to walk near it in your garage or driveway. If your vehicle is equipped with smart entry and start but the system isn’t operated for a long time, a battery-saving function will automatically be activated to prevent the 12-volt battery from being discharged. Starting the car regularly PETROL AND DIESEL CARS Toyota and Lexus petrol and diesel cars only have a 12-volt battery, which provides the power to start the engine. Regular start-up of the vehicle on conventional petrol and diesel engines needs approximately 20 minutes of running to put back into the battery what you remove on start up, so to maintain this battery, running the engine for a period of time at least once a week is advised. The length of time needed to charge the battery will vary according to the model. HYBRIDS Toyota and Lexus hybrids generally contain two batteries: a 12-volt battery (which powers systems such as the headlamps and audio) and a high-voltage hybrid system battery (which supplies the power to start the combustion engine and drive the electric motors). The simplest way to maintain charge in both of these is to simply go through the normal start procedure: press the Start button with your foot on the brake until the ‘Ready’ light is illuminated on the dashboard. Earlier hybrid models may have key ignitions to start the car. Lexus recommends the car is put into ‘Ready’ mode for about 60 minutes (no need to keep your foot on the brake) before switching it off again and repeating the process every couple of weeks. Always adhere to the government’s advice regarding social distancing and Coronavirus (Covid-19) and please don’t leave your car unattended when it is switched on. While the car is in ‘Ready’ mode, you may hear and feel the internal combustion engine kick in, which is a normal part of the self-charging process. You might be tempted to switch on the radio to pass the time, or turn on other systems, but these will consume small amounts of electrical power so it’s best to leave them off. Ensure the parking brake is on; there’s no need to go for a drive, although we must stress that this procedure should take place in a well-ventilated area – something to consider if you park your vehicle in a garage. Keeping the battery charged If you have a 12V battery trickle charger, or a solar panel charger, and are confident using them, then these are a good option to keep the battery fully charged while the vehicle is stationary for a period of time. You might want to consider an intelligent trickle charger that will only charge the battery when it needs to, but these are likely to be more expensive. Saving on tax If the vehicle will be kept on private property (such as inside a garage) for the duration of its storage, you could consider applying for a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). This informs the DVLA that the car is off the road and you will receive a refund of any remaining full months of tax. However, you won’t be able to drive your car legally until you tax it again, so it’s only advisable if you are positive you won’t use your car for a long time. You can read more information about how to SORN your car here.
  9. It is an essential quality of Lexus that every model in its range is subject to continuous improvement, with engineers constantly exploring ways to hone and enhance every detail. This painstaking approach has delivered the new 2021 model year LC, marking an evolution in the luxury motoring qualities of Lexus’ flagship coupe. The detailed refinements reinforce the connection between driver and machine, enhance ride and handling, offer new styling choices and upgrade the capabilities of the multimedia system. Key changes for 2021 The changes implemented for the 2021 LC 500 further sharpen the coupe’s performance. Significantly, the car’s unsprung weight has been reduced by almost 10 kg, accomplished principally with changes to the suspension, including the use of aluminium lower arms, lighter, hollow anti-roll bars with a revised diameter and a new high-strength material for the coil springs. Where specified, the 21-inch forged alloy wheels also have a lighter construction. Once the weight-savings had been made, the focus was on updating the suspension for a smoother, softer stroke to give the driver a stronger feel of the road. The electronic front shock absorber controls were adjusted to give a longer stroke, and bound stopper rigidity was optimised to help create a smoother suspension stroke overall. Rear anti-roll bar rigidity was increased to improve front turn-in performance and provide more linear steering input, again helping make the driver feel more connected to the road. For better vehicle control in mid to high-speed ranges, the LC’s Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) has gained a new Active Cornering Assist (ACA) function. This helps control cornering by providing braking to the inner wheels in line with lateral vehicle acceleration experienced when higher G-forces are generated in spirited driving. An additional, practical new safety feature is automatic selection of “Park” in the transmission, if the driver gets out of the car leaving the shift in any position other than “P”. Responsiveness has been improved with adjustments to the software across a number of vehicle systems, including the Variable Gear Ratio Steering, Dynamic Rear Steering and Electric Power Steering. And in typical Lexus attention to detail, even the surface of the brake pedal has been revised to give a better feel. In the UK, pricing is to be announced at the beginning of May, ahead of first cars being delivered to customers from July 2020 (local conditions permitting). Transmission and hybrid system updates Lexus has made changes to the logic patterns in the LC 500’s 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with the aim of improving day-to-day driving in what its engineers refer to as the “active zone” – commonly where drivers are using the 50 to 70 per cent throttle range. The direct-shift transmission allows engine revs to increase in the range to heighten the feeling of acceleration before shifting into the next gear. The downshifting mode in the LC 500h’s Multi Stage Hybrid System has also been updated. It will now downshift to second rather than third for smoother operation and more robust acceleration out of sharp bends. No-compromise design The LC coupe is the most passionate expression of Lexus design, captured strongly in the mesh spindle grille that extends across the front of the car. A large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars create the effect of a floating roof, while chrome mouldings echo the curving lines of the traditional Japanese katana sword. The range includes the option of a CFRP composite roof for an even more powerful look. The rear light clusters are one of the most distinctive design elements, their night-time illumination signature inspired by the afterburners of a jet. At the front, the ultra-compact triple-LED units are not only striking in appearance, they are half the size of conventional headlights. Distinctive craftsmanship The LC strikes an impressive balance between function and comfort, sporting intent and luxury. In the cabin the low-set instrument panel and the narrow front pillars give the driver a commanding view of the road ahead. The door panels’ flowing lines generate a sense of design continuity, extending exterior styling that flows from the bonnet through the windscreen. Exterior colour choices include Blazing Carnelian, new for the 2021 model year, and Terrane Khaki, which was previously reserved for the LC Limited Edition. Other shades include F SPORT White, Cadoxtan Slate, Sonic Silver, Sonic Titanium, Velvet Black, Graphite Black, Sonic Red, Naples Yellow and Deep Blue. The seats, exclusive to the LC, feel as good as they look. Their two-part construction provides a seatback that drapes over the shoulders and then wraps around the back, with a structure designed to hold the driver securely when cornering at speed. The driving experience is further enhanced by a steering wheel with a cross-section that varies in shape around its circumference, allowing variations in grip and twisting of the wrist. For the front passenger, the side of the centre console rises to form an integrated grab handle. The quality finish of the upholstery, trim materials and detailing is an expression of Lexus’ world-renowned takumi craftsmanship. It can be seen and felt in the hand-stitching of the leather-wrapped shift level and draping treatment of the Alcantara door panel trim, among many other details. The interior colour schemes include new Flare Red leather and Manhattan Orange Alcantara options for the 2021 model year, the former replacing the previous Dark Rose. Other leather shades include Black and Ochre. High performance Right from start-up the LC 500’s V8 engine signals its potential with a full-throated engine note generated through the variable Active Exhaust system. The engine has a power output of 464hp/346 kW and can move the car from rest to 62mph in less than 4.7 seconds. The 5.0-litre engine is matched to a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission, newly updated to provide an even stronger sense of connection between driver and machine. Impressive and efficient hybrid power Fifteen years on from Lexus’ introduction of the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle, the LC 500h is maintaining that tradition of innovation as the first Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid. As with other Lexus hybrid powertrains, a petrol engine is combined with two electric motor/generators. The Atkinson cycle 3.5-litre V6 engine uses D-4S direct fuel injection to achieve optimum efficiency, and its lightweight valvetrain with Dual VVT-i intelligent variable valve-timing ensures ample torque across all engine speeds. The system retains the planetary-type continuously variable transmission, familiar from Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive, but adds a four-speed automatic transmission to the system. Working in concert, the two gear sets alter output in four stages to optimise engine performance across the entire speed range. When the driver selects M mode, the gears sets work together to create the effect of 10 gear ratios, generating a highly engaging driving feel and enabling the driver to move through the ratios using paddle shifts. In automatic mode, AI shift control matches gear selection to the driving conditions and the driver’s inputs. The Multi Stage Hybrid System allows for more electric assistance at lower vehicle speeds and enabling the car to be driven at speeds up to more than 80mph with the petrol engine switched off. The combined system output is 354hp/264 kW. With the benefit of the Multi Stage Hybrid System, power from the V6 engine and electric motor can be amplified by the four-speed automatic transmission, giving much greater drive power when accelerating. The LC 500h uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery that is located neatly between the rear seats and the luggage compartment. It has a high power density, with 84 cells producing 310.8 volts. Updated multimedia The LC’s multimedia features are controlled via a 10.3-inch high-resolution screen with a split-screen facility that allows different functions, including audio and climate controls, to be viewed and operated simultaneously. For the 2021 model year, all LC models are equipped as standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, allowing for easy, wireless smartphone integration and access to popular apps for navigation, entertainment and messaging. With Android Auto, the Google Assistant can be used and tailored information can be sourced based on the user’s calendar, previous activity and established preferences. Apple CarPlay allows customers to access the familiar interface from their iPhone® through the vehicle’s multimedia display. An iPhone can be connected to obtain journey directions, make calls, send and receive message via Siri®, and gain access to apps such as Spotify, Audible and Apple podcasts. Advanced safety and driver support All LC 500 and 500h models are equipped with Lexus Safety System+ as standard. This includes Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam. Further safeguards against common collision risks include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
  10. To entertain children and adults during lockdown, the team at Lexus has created some colouring templates of the Lexus LC 500 sports coupe Finished designs can be shared with Lexus on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by including the @LexusUK tag in your post. Lexus LC 500 Super GT You can create your dream racing car livery with the Lexus LC 500 Super GT car colouring template, but remember to stay within the (racing) lines. This illustration also includes racers from, BMW, Audi and Aston Martin because it commemorates the 2019 race when Super GT cars from Japan and cars from the German DTM series competed against each other for the first time. The first of these so-called ‘Dream Races’ was held at Fuji Speedway, with Nick Cassidy taking victory in the Lexus. Lexus LC Road Car If high-octane motorsport isn’t your thing, there’s a template that’s much more relaxing featuring a Lexus LC road car in two idyllic settings. The style of all these Lexus illustrations is inspired by Ukiyoe, which are traditional Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period (1603 – 1868). About the Lexus LC 500 The Lexus LC 500 is Lexus’s flagship luxury coupe It was the first Lexus to be built on Lexus’s front engine/rear-wheel drive Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform It is the faithful evolution of the award-winning LF-LC concept car The LC 500 has a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine and 10-speed direct shift automatic transmission. It delivers 457bhp and 530Nm of torque, enabling acceleration from 0 to 62mph in 4.7 seconds. LC 500h is a self-charging hybrid with naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 engine and first application of new Lexus Multi-Stage Hybrid System. It delivers 354bhp and 348 Nm of torque enabling acceleration from 0 to 62mph in five seconds. Download the templates here Archive 2.zip
  11. In times like these when many of us are in quarantine and cities are in lock-down, you would think that our vehicles are naturally not on top of our minds. CTEK a leading global brand in the care and maintenance of vehicle batteries, is however reporting an unprecedented number of enquires from people all over the world, asking for advice on how best to look after their battery when their vehicle is parked up for a long period of time Tony Zeal, Global Training Manager at CTEK said “We have taken so many questions from people wanting to make sure that they protect against a flat battery – a hassle they could do without – so that when they are able to use their vehicle again the battery is charged and the vehicle is ready to go.” Tony shares the following information and tips on what you need to consider and how best to look after your vehicle battery when your vehicle is parked up and not being used: • A CTEK study has identified that as many as 51% of vehicles on the road today has a battery that requires attention – by that we mean it needs charging or replacing • Modern vehicles have lots of on-board computers and security systems such as alarms, immobilisers and trackers which means the battery can quickly become flat – by simply sitting on a shelf, a standard 12 V lead-acid battery will be unable to start a battery after just 6 months*, so imagine how much more quickly this will happen with all of those additional vehicle electronics! • Reports from airport carparks indicate that the number of people returning to their vehicle after a one or two week vacation, to find a flat battery has increased. This situation would significantly worsen if vehicles were left for months rather than weeks • Proactive battery care is needed, so that when you want to use your vehicle, the battery is charged and ready to go – and you won’t need to risk jump-starting the vehicle, something that can damage sensitive vehicle electronics. • If your vehicle is parked next to a power supply, connect a smart battery charger such as the CTEK MXS 5.0 to your battery for peace of mind charging. • If you are unable to attach a charger permanently, try to charge your vehicle battery once a month – if you are still using your vehicle for essential journeys consider sitting with the engine running for a little while before driving it to deliver additional charge to the battery. CTEK chargers can be attached to the vehicle for long periods of time, so it’s perfect for long-term maintenance of vehicle batteries, where the vehicle will be parked up in long-term storage. Regularly using a smart battery charger will extend battery life and maximize battery performance. Click here for more information about looking after your battery in storage * If a standard lead-acid vehicle battery was sat out of a vehicle it would lose around 0.1V per month – so for example if the vehicle was parked in March, battery health would start to decline from June, and by September you may be unable to start a vehicle.
  12. As we are in lockdown and trying to find things to occupy our time, polishing the car seems quite popular with the majority of us. So, what do you think is the best Polish to use on your paintwork?
  13. Lexus and Toyota are partnering with the AA to provide the UK’s key workers who drive Toyota or Lexus vehicles with free roadside assistance cover, regardless of how old their car or van might be. The move will give peace of mind and support to those people whose work is invaluable in providing essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic Lexus and Toyota Roadside Assistance for key workers From today, Toyota and Lexus are extending the full benefits of roadside assistance cover to all key workers who own a Toyota or Lexus. Working in partnership with the AA, they are providing the cover regardless of whether motorists previously had Toyota Roadside Assistance or Lexus Roadside Assistance membership. The free cover is being introduced as an open-ended benefit, available until further notice, for all Toyota and Lexus vehicles, of any age. Rob Giles, Toyota (GB) Customer Services Director, said: “We want to help the health and social care workers who are supporting and caring for people in incredibly challenging circumstances, and also those whose excellent work is keeping the country safe and its essential services running. We want to give all those key people who drive our vehicles the peace of mind that help is on hand to keep them on the move if they encounter any problems with their car or van.” Extended cover for existing and recent Toyota and Lexus Roadside Assistance members Owners of new or recently purchased Toyota and Lexus models should already benefit from roadside assistance cover. The full benefits of membership are now being extended for an additional three months, at no extra cost. Those whose membership lapsed or was cancelled as of 1 February 2020 will continue to receive guaranteed cover until 31 May 2020, again at no additional cost. The cover package in summary For Toyota owners, the benefits include: – Roadside assistance throughout the UK Cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Vehicle recovery to any UK destination or recommended Toyota Centre A free replacement car for up to 48 hours Assistance for breakdowns at home Roadside assistance in 48 European countries For Lexus owners the benefits include: – Anytime roadside assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, anywhere in the UK Cover extends to the driver using their own car, or travelling as a passenger in any other car Home start service for breakdowns at home Cover for a nominated partner, provided they live at the same address as the Lexus Roadside Assistance member European breakdown assistance Onward travel, hotel accommodation and replacement vehicle, if required Further details of the comprehensive cover available under the Toyota and Lexus roadside assistance programme, including terms and conditions, can be found here: – Lexus: http://www.lexus.co.uk/owners/roadside-assistance/ How to obtain assistance If assistance is required, the vehicle driver should call the Toyota or Lexus Roadside Assistance Team. Toyota: 0800 246824 Lexus: 0800 246866 A team member will make a verbal confirmation the caller’s key worker status and then ensure the appropriate assistance is provided. Who qualifies as a key worker? Health and social care Frontline health and social care staff, such as doctors, nurses, midwives and paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. It also includes those working in supply chains, including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment. Education and childcare Nursery and teaching staff and social workers. Public services Those whose work is required to run the justice system, religious staff, those responsible for managing the deceased and journalists providing public service broadcasting. Local and national government Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response, or delivery of essential public services, including benefits payment. Food and essential goods Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food. Public safety and national security Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed services personnel, fire and rescue staff and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation. Transport Those who keep air water, road and rail passenger and freight transport operating during the Covid-19 response. Utilities, communications and financial services Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors and those working in postal and essential financial services.
  14. As we go into lockdown in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat many people are asking what help their insurance provider can give in these incredibly trying times Help from your insurer when it is needed The ABI (Association of British Insurers) is reassuring people that its motor and home insurance members are offering enhanced help and support to all their customers who may be affected by the impact of Coronavirus. The commitments include waiving any requirements to extend cover for key workers who may need to drive to different locations, people who want to help their communities by transporting medicines or groceries to support those affected by Coronavirus and office workers who need to work from home. These follow on from guidance already issued by the Financial Conduct Authority. Motor and home insurers have pledged to: Support those who need to make a claim Support those who are working from home Support those who cannot work from home Support those who use their cars to help communities Support our key workers Here, experts at Adrian Flux, one of the country’s largest independent specialist insurance brokers, answers your Coronavirus insurance questions. I have been told to work from home because of the Coronavirus, will that affect my home insurance policy? If your work is clerical in nature, working from home due to the need to self-isolate or because you have been ordered to do so by your employer because of the Coronavirus outbreak, you should be covered by standard home insurance policies. However, if you need to have visitors in the course of your work you should check with your insurer as there may be restrictions in the cover permitted. Because of my age I am advised to self-isolate for an extended period. Can I pause my car insurance? It is a legal requirement to have valid car insurance unless you register your vehicle as being off the road and apply for a SORN. In this case it may be appropriate for you to consider laid-up motor insurance cover. Even when unused and parked in a garage while you keep safe from the Coronavirus, cars can be damaged by accident or by fire and they can be targeted by thieves and criminals. With laid-up cover they remain protected but the policies are cheaper because, as they are not being driven, there is no third party or liability insurance needed. Adrian Flux laid-up insurance is available at two levels, fire and theft or fire and theft plus accidental damage, so they suit any budget and any need. I have been laid off because of COVID-19. I’m worried I may not be able to meet my insurance instalments. What should I do? One of the benefits of dealing with a specialist broker such as Adrian Flux is that we can be sensible and offer flexibility in times of uncertainty such as these. Adam Hollinger, Customer Service Floor Supervisor at Adrian Flux, explained: “We’ll do our best to arrange individual payment plans given the current climate. “Individual plans will be based on a client’s previous payment history. If the customer has a good payment record we will do whatever we can to help. But advise us in good time that you are having financial difficulties and we will help you get through it.” My car is booked for an MOT, do I still need to get it during the Coronavirus lockdown? Garages undertaking MOT tests have been deemed an “essential service” by the government, which means they’ll stay open despite the lockdown. That means your insurance could be invalidated if your vehicle doesn’t have a valid test certificate. This may change if the government decides to reclassify MOT test centres as “non essential”. If I have to self-isolate and need someone to drive my car to collect groceries or medicine, will they be insured? In these circumstances you should contact your broker and have them added to your policy as a named driver. If the new driver has car insurance that includes driving other cars and they drive yours with your permission they will only get third-party cover. If you are fully comprehensive and want to ensure damage to your own car is covered when someone else uses it, contact your broker to add the other person as a named driver to your policy. I have lost my job because of Coronavirus. What should I do and what are the financial implications on my motor insurance? Adam said: “Get on the phone to your broker and let them know what has happened and they will do their best to help you. “We’re not applying Additional Premiums for mid-term changes to unemployed customers and we won’t be issuing Road Traffic Act notices for unacceptable risks due to unemployment as a result of COVID-19. “We are doing what we can to accommodate this, please get in touch to talk to a member of the customer service team.” Will home insurance cover the cost of a deep clean to my property should it become contaminated by COVID-19? Most standard home insurance policies do not provide cover for the costs of cleaning a property, even deep cleaning in the event of Coronavirus. I have been quarantined and my home may be left unoccupied for more than the 30 day limit on my policy. Will I be covered? Insurers will be pragmatic when considering those who are quarantined and unable to return to their property within the timescales set out in their policy. However, individuals should contact their broker at their earliest convenience, Adam advised. I have volunteered to drive for those who can’t leave their homes because of COVID-19. Will my current insurance be valid? If you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to collect and deliver medicine or groceries to support people affected by COVID-19, your cover will not be affected and you will not need to notify your insurer. I’m stuck abroad in lockdown and concerned my foreign use motor insurance cover will run out. What should I do? The terms and conditions of your foreign use motor insurance policy will differ from person to person so you should get in touch to talk about your individual circumstances as soon as you can. I work for the NHS. What is Adrian Flux doing to help me? Adam said: “With immediate effect Adrian Flux has decided to waive all mid-term admin adjustment fees and insurer admin fees when NHS workers call to make changes to their policies. We think this is the least we can do to help our NHS workers during this extremely difficult time.” Need more help regards the Coronavirus and your insurance? Adrian Flux customer services can be contacted on 0344 381 6502 – lines will be very busy so please be patient. If you have questions about how Coronavirus may affect your insurance leave a comment below or email Customer Services. Last Updated on 25th March 2020 Original Article Source: https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/blog/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-affect-my-insurance.html?utm_source=AudiOwnersClub&utm_medium=ForumLinks&utm_campaign=referrals Written by: Frazer Ansell
  15. Car enthusiasts, young and old alike, have a little more time at home these days Sorry it doesn't feature any Lexus cars, but hopefully your little ones will be happy with pictures of Audi in the short term to keep them occupied Simply print out as many different pictures as you like and get colouring 🙂 Download a copy to print out and get colouring! (click link below to start download) documents_original_6974-AudiColoringBookforonline (1).pdf Original article source: Audi News https://twitter.com/AudiNews/status/1241129753140252681