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  1. Lexus Hull has received the prestigious Kiwami Award for delivering the finest guest experience to its customers. It is among just 10 Lexus European retailers to receive the honour, presented annually. Steve Kelly, Lexus Director of the John Roe Group, said: “This award is a credit to the great team we have at Lexus Hull and our principle of building relationships rather than selling cars. By getting to know our customers well, we are able to meet and exceed their expectations, and all our team work hard to achieve this goal.” Lexus has placed the quality of the guest experience at the heart of its business since the brand’s foundation almost 30 years ago, a commitment reflected in the presentation of Kiwami Award to those European retailers who achieve the highest standards. The award, which takes its name from a Japanese word meaning 'ultimate', demonstrates how the principles of omotenashi hospitality are central to the Lexus brand, influencing not just the design and performance of its luxury vehicles, but also the quality and integrity of its business operations. True to the best traditions of Japanese hospitality represented by omotenashi, each customer is treated as individual and welcomed by retailers with the courtesy that would be given to a guest in their home. The guest’s needs and preferences are recognised and anticipated with seamless, personal service that goes beyond their expectations. The 2018 award winners were selected in a two-stage judging process which scrutinised each retailer’s guest experience standards and their overall business performance. To qualify, retailers must be a successful business, with a sound financial structure and performing strongly in line with their business and sales plans. As Lexus five-star retailers, they must demonstrate a commitment to upholding Lexus’ standards in all areas of their business. Only one award is made within each Lexus National Sales and Marketing Company (NMSC). The successful retailers were presented with the Kiwami Award by Pascal Ruch, Head of Lexus Europe, as part of special series of celebratory events hosted in Marseille last week. He said: “Lexus’s ambition has not been simply to redefine what great guest experience means in the automotive industry, but to constantly recognise and respond to changes in customer habits and priorities. By harnessing the concept of omotenashi in developing their business, our European retailers are able to maintain the highest service standards, supported by the dedicated work of everyone in their teams.”
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    THE NEW LEXUS RX 450hL

    Lexus’s first seven-seat model in the UK is on sale now Three highly specified model grades – SE, Luxury and Premier All feature power-folding third row seats and triple-zone climate control On-the-road prices from £50,995 Full model press kit, high-resolution images and video footage available on the Lexus UK media website Lexus breaks new ground in the UK this week with official sales launch of the new RX 450hL, its first seven-seat model in the UK. Extending the appeal of the RX luxury SUV, the new RX L provides an extra two seats with no compromise in the comfort of all passengers on board. It shares the same smooth, efficient and reliable self-charging hybrid powertrain as the five-seat RX, but benefits from a revised body extended from the rear axle to ensure the additional seats offer good head and leg-room and are easy to access. Comfort and convenience are further addressed by a power-folding system for the third row seats and triple-zone climate control being provided as standard on all versions of the RX L. UK model range and pricing The RX 450h L is available in the UK in three equipment grades: SE, Luxury and Premier. Key equipment features are as follows: SE grade 18-inch, seven-spoke alloy wheels Lexus Safety System+ Lexus Navigation with full European mapping Reversing camera Leather upholstery Driver and front passenger eight-way power adjustable seats Heated and ventilated front seats Power steering wheel adjustment Power-folding third row seats Triple-zone climate control Drive Mode Select – four modes Power tailgate Auto-dimming rear-view mirror Auto-folding heated door mirrors with reverse tilt function LED headlights with Automatic High Beam Illuminated exterior door handles Smart entry and start Integrated roof rails Luxury grade adds 20-inch machined-face alloy wheels Lexus Premium Navigation with 12.3-inch display and 12-speaker audio with single DVD player Power tailgate with smart open/close function Triple-zone climate control Wireless smartphone charger Intelligent Parking Assist Rain-sensing wipers Auto-folding, auto-dimming door mirrors with reverse tilt function Triple-eye LED headlights with Automatic High Beam LED sequential turn indicators Premier grade adds 20-inch alloy wheels with optional colour inserts Colour head-up display Illuminated scuff plates Adaptive Variable Suspension Semi-aniline leather upholstery 10-way power driver and front passenger seat adjustment Heated second row seats Memory function for front seats, steering wheel and door mirrors Drive Mode Select – five modes Lexus Premium Navigation with 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert Power adjustable steering wheel with wood/leather inserts and integrated heater Rear door sunshades Card key Triple-eye LED headlights with Adaptive High-beam System Sunroof Option packs All versions of the new RX L can be specified with a Protection Pack, which provides rubber floor mats, a bumper protection plate, boot liner and mud flaps. The Premier grade model can be fitted with a Style Pack, adding a front skirt, rear bumper protection plate, chrome side sills and alloy wheels with black inserts. A sunroof is available for the Luxury model. RX 450hL pricing The RX L is on sale now, prices are shown in the table below. MODEL OTR PRICE RX 450hL SE £50,995 RX 450hL Luxury £54,095 RX 450hL Premier £61,995
  3. UK motorists have voted Lexus the nation’s Most Reliable Brand in the Auto Trader Awards 2018 Unlike many other motor industry awards which are determined by editorial judging panels, the Auto Trader New Car Awards are based on the opinions of around 43,000 car drivers who responded to a detailed online survey. The results of the second annual awards were announced at a presentation ceremony in London today. Ivan Aistrop, Auto Trader’s Road Test Editor, said: “It’s no surprise to see Lexus front-and-centre when it comes to reliability because the brand has carved out an enviable reputation in this area over a number of years. This award proves that owners of the car are genuinely seeing the benefits of their car’s mechanical dependability on a day-to-day basis, and more importantly, that they appreciate it. Good work, Lexus.” Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, congratulated Lexus and all the award-winners “for continuing to push the boundaries of innovation” and for earning a seal of approval from car owners themselves". Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK, said: “Our number one goal is to provide customers with an amazing experience, so this award is greatly appreciated as an independent verdict on the success of our efforts to build cars and provide service that people can rely on, time after time. It is also a great endorsement of our self-charging hybrid technology, which powers around 99% of the cars we sell in the UK. Our customers see it as a reliable, durable and efficient powertrain choice.”
  4. Your wish is my command....it'll be my pleasure! Let's hope Toyota get a 1-2 victory....although there will be some stiff competition in the LMP1 class this year.
  5. Off again this year (12th year running) and always look forward to the shenanigans, especially camping at Beausejour which is like being in Beirut on a bad day! It seems every year is different and last year especially and you could not have predicted the outcome with cars dropping out due to excessive ambient and track temperatures which resulted in LMP2 cars on the podium, which very rarely happens. Big changes this year with the new line-up in LMP1 and new cars in GTE classes as well. I am more than happy to post up some piccies on the site if anyone would like to see them?
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    Lexus adds new NX Sport grade models

    New Sport edition introduces new sporty design features to the Lexus NX crossover Black exterior detailing including the signature spindle grille and frame[1] and door mirror housings New 18-inch alloy wheel designs – either (according to market) two-tone black machined or two-tone dark/bronze Available with exclusive Tahara black interior finish with white accents Sport design package available for Comfort and Business grade versions of the NX 300h self-charging hybrid in all European markets, as well as turbo petrol NX 300 and normally aspirated petrol NX 200 in Eastern Europe Lexus is adding extra dynamic sporting style appeal to the NX mid-size crossover with the addition of new Sport editionIt is the first expansion of the NX line-up since the new model was introduced last year, following the pattern established by the Sport versions of the Lexus RX luxury SUV and CT premium hatchback in creating a sportier look at a competitive price point. Available for both Comfort and Business grade models, the new Sport edition introduces eye-catching black exterior details, including the horizontal bars and frame1 of the signature spindle grille and the door mirror housings. The wheels, too, add extra impact to the NX’s street appearance, with new 18-inch cast alloys. According to market, these have contrasting dark and bright machined finish, or a striking new design in two-tone dark/bronze. The cabin strikes an equally sporting note with the option of an all-black interior finish, highlighted by white accents (available on Business grade) in the trim and upholstery (cloth upholstery for Comfort models; supple, leather-effect Tahara for Business grade). Other colour options are Black or Dark Rose; all feature silver trim inserts as standard. The new Sport edition models will be available from summer this year, for the NX 300h self-charging hybrid, with front or all-wheel drive, the turbo petrol-powered NX 300 and normally aspirated NX 200[2]. [1] Black spindle grille frame not available in Russia [2] Available exclusively in Eastern Europe
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    Lexus LC 500

    Gallery of photos of the Lexus LC 500 that the Lexus Owners Club reviewed and road tested
  8. The Lexus LC coupe will take on one of endurance racing’s greatest challenges this weekend, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring Competing for the first time, the V8-powered LC has been race-prepared by Toyota Gazoo Racing and features advanced development technologies that are destined to for future production models. Focus areas include body technologies to reduce weight and increase rigidity; driver assistance; aerodynamics, suspension; and increased engine power and enhanced fuel economy. The team have taken part in the event at the famous German circuit since 2017 and uses the experience to help refine both Lexus’s road-going cars and the skills of its people, introducing them to the teamwork, demands and pressures of racing. The LC has undergone numerous tests in Japan since the end of last year, providing the team with data from the car and feedback from the drivers to help its development programme. The team’s goal is for the car to run for the race’s full 24 hours. Takeshi Tscuhiya, lead driver, said preparations have gone well so far, including two trouble-free pre-races at the Nürburgring. “The Lexus LC race car is still in its infancy but beginning to take its first steps. It will be some time before it can properly stand on its own but it will be well worth the effort. I’m delighted to be involved in the company’s efforts towards making ever-better cars for the future. As drivers, the four of us will work together to bring the company’s goals to fruition.” he said. Tsuchiya leads an all-Japanese driver line-up that also includes Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo and Yuichi Nakayama. The race meeting runs from this Thursday to Sunday. The race will get underway at 3.30pm local time on Saturday on a course that combines the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit. Each lap covers 25km and rises and falls through 300 metres.
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    Lexus RX 450hL - Interior Design

    As the first Lexus in Europe to provide seven seats on board, the new RX 450hL opens up a wealth of new opportunities. Whether you want to carry more people or make space for luggage and larger loads, the solutions could not be simpler The RX 450hL’s interior space has been designed to be easily adaptable, maximising the potential offered by its extended length. And, of course, this excellent functionality is matched by seamless Lexus luxury and the omotenashi hospitality thinking that ensures that the needs and comfort of everyone on board are taken care of. When you need the extra two seats in the rearmost third row – for a family trip or a night out with friends – it is simply a matter of pressing a button to raise them quickly and smoothly into place. To make life easier, there are two controls, handily located on the second row of seats and in the boot. It’s the same effortless process when you want the seats stowed flat into the rear floor, increasing the length of the loadspace to 1,067 mm. There is a tonneau cover to keep items hidden from view; when not needed, it can be stowed neatly into a dedicated space beneath the boot floor. Every detail has been taken care of. For example, the folding second row seats have no exposed parts, so there’s no risk of snagging or tripping when getting in and out. Access to the third row is simple, with one-touch knobs to tilt and slide the second row seats forward and a footstep on the floor to guide you in. When the back row seats are stowed, the middle row seats have a sliding range of 150 mm – greater than in any other current seven-seat premium SUV, so you can stretch out in comfort. As a vehicle that’s been purpose-designed as a seven-seater, the RX 450hL provides consistent luxury, comfort and convenience throughout. A tri-zone air conditioning system lets passengers in the back row adjust heating and ventilation independently, using controls located to the side of the third row seats. They can also be operated by the driver via the central multimedia screen. A multifunction armrest console in the third row also provides two cup holders, and two USB ports – ideal for kids to connect their gaming devices when making long journeys. All this is in addition to the established high equipment specifications of the Lexus RX 450h range of self-charging hybrid crossovers. According to the model grade you choose, this includes features such as a 12.3-inch multimedia and navigation screen, a bespoke 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, power-operated tailgate with “no touch” open and closing, heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustment and full LED lighting. Safety remains paramount and, like its five-seat RX counterpart, the RX 450hL has succeeded in gaining a top five-star rating in independent Euro NCAP testing. Its excellent performance reflects the effectiveness of the active safety features provided by Lexus Safety System+. With the benefit of a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam (on SE and Luxury grades, Adaptive High Beam System on Premier grade), the driver is better equipped than ever to be aware of and protected from accident risks. The new RX 450hL available to order now, with first deliveries to customers from mid-May.
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    Lexus UX images

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    Introducing the All-New Lexus ES

    New dynamic capabilities reflected in an emotional design Built on the new Global Architecture-K platform, giving excellent body rigidity and design freedom First ES model to be offered in the UK and Western and Central Europe Introduction of the first ES F Sport model Second generation Lexus Safety System + standard for UK models ES 300h with new, fourth-generation self-charging hybrid powertrain available in the UK and Western and Central Europe from January 2019 After six generations of success in the mid-size saloon category, the new, seventh-generation Lexus ES is forging a new, more ambitious path. Long renowned for its comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the new ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance. It is a further expression of Lexus’ design direction and commitment to crafting vehicles that provide more excitement, emotional connection and passion, helping bring the brand’s vision for its future to a wider audience. Traditional buyers will find the new ES more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before, while a new generation of customers will be introduced to a saloon with sharpened performance, class-leading safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this market segment. The seventh generation ES will be the first to be introduced to the UK and markets in Western Europe. It follows the new LS flagship saloon and LC coupe in carrying forward a new chapter in Lexus design that has a much stronger emotional quality. The eye-catching styling, made possible by the use of an all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform, will have particular appeal to customers in the region, together with a more engaging driving experience and even higher safety provisions. Available from January 2019, the UK range will feature the ES 300h, powered by a new self-charging hybrid system. ES 200, ES 250 and ES 350 petrol engine models will be available in certain other European markets from September 2018. Lexus achieved close to 75,000 sales in Europe in 2017, its highest total yet, marking a fourth consecutive year of growth. In the UK the brand followed up a strong performance in 2017 with a sales volume increase of 4.6% in the first quarter of 2018. The new ES saloon will be a core model in Lexus’s line-up, contributing to the brand’s ambition to reach 100,000 annual new car sales in Europe by 2020. New dimensions in ES design The new ES is built on the all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform, giving Lexus the opportunity to explore the limits of mid-size luxury saloon design. The car is longer (+65 mm), lower (-5 mm) and wider (+45 mm) than its predecessor. The longer wheelbase (+50 mm) allows the wheels to be pushed closer to the car’s corners, with wider front and rear tracks (+10 and +37 mm). Its stance and proportions reflect its new-found performance capabilities and give the ES the kind of eye-catching appeal that will make owners and admirers take a second look. Yasuo Kajino, ES Chief Designer, describes the car’s new look as “provocative elegance”. “The ES has always been an elegant luxury saloon. For this generation, we have added daring design elements that challenge buyers’ traditional expectations,” he said. The new GA-K platform allows for a lower bonnet line, which gave Kajino’s team the freedom to produce a distinctive silhouette with a strong downward slant, creating a dynamic yet fluid shape. Up front, the ES’s face is dramatically different according to model. The standard versions display elegant, vertical bars that radiate out from the centre of the signature Lexus spindle grille, while the F Sport models – featured for the first time in the ES range – adopt a black cross-hatch pattern that corresponds with cut-out sections at the car’s front corners. In a break with past generations, the design features a fast roofline that emphasises the vehicle’s lower stance and slippery aerodynamics. The rear end is clean and sharply chiselled, with LED lamps that wrap around the quarter panels to generate a continuous styling line when viewed from any angle. F Sport models add a rear spoiler, badging and dark lower valance to add emphasis to the look. Three different 17 and 18-inch wheel designs are available for the standard ES models, with the F Sport versions running on 19-inch wheels1 that are similar in appearance to those found on the Lexus LC coupe. A palette of 12 colours includes new beige and green shades. Ice Ecru is designer to mimic light reflected off fresh snow, while Sunlight Green is inspired by ocean water in sunlight. Two exclusive colours – Heat Blue and F White – are available for F Sport models, complementing their high-energy design. The future of Lexus interiors When designing the look and feel of the ES’s cabin, Kajino’s team’s starting point was the Lexus Future Interior concept, which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. The driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by locating the centre display screen, instrument panel and head-up display in a tight cluster within the field of view. Front passengers, on the other hand, have a more open, spacious and relaxing environment. It will be a connected space, too, with the availability of an optional navigation system with a range of connected services. This system also provides a 12.3-inch multimedia display and second generation Remote Touch touchpad control. Its voice recognition function includes a mobile assistant, enabling contactless control of the driver’s smartphone. Rear passenger comfort has long been a hallmark of the ES and the new model upholds this quality, in spite of the sleeker exterior roof line. A lower hip point and carefully configured headlining preserve headroom while the longer wheelbase ensures generous legroom. The interior colour options include a new combination that reflects the “provocative elegance” design theme. The Rich Cream option matches cream upholstery with a brown headlining to give the cabin a modern, yet warm look and feel. Other choices include Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown. To create an entirely different appearance for the interior of the F Sport models, a new kind of metallic cabin trim was developed, unlike anything Lexus has used before. Inspired by traditional Japanese sword-making, the Hadori trim has fluctuating wave patterns that give it a three-dimensional look that varies depending on the viewing angle. The effect is subtle but indicative of the level of detail and craftsmanship invested in giving the F Sport a unique place in the line-up. The standard ES models make use of traditional materials such as bamboo and Shimamoku wood, which give the kind of hand-crafted appearance that luxury customers expect and appreciate. Details of UK trims, colours and availability will be announced later. A new era of performance The engineering team, led by Chief Engineer Yasuhiro Sakakibara, had a clear goal: transform the image of the ES. That meant turning a saloon known primarily for comfort and quietness into one that is equally capable of delivering class-leading handling and power that you can feel and hear. According to Sakakibara, this ES has been built to deliver a fundamentally higher level of performance than any of its predecessors. He said: “We knew that this ES had to feel responsive and easy to drive, no matter what kind of road it was on. That can only be achieved with a solid foundation.” The starting point was the new GA-K platform. It is an exceptionally rigid, front-wheel drive chassis that rivals the GA-L rear-wheel drive platform used for the LC coupe and LS saloon in terms of torsional stiffness. Various grades of high-tensile steel reduce weight compared to previous platforms, while enhancements such as an all-new multi-link rear suspension design, rack-mounted electric power steering and a V-brace behind the rear seat gave the engineers the flexibility to tune the ES with a new-found precision. The chassis team sought to create a sense of comforting predictability coupled with a feeling of quick response to every movement. Yoshiaki Ito, the ES’ chief test driver, explained: “We want every kind of driver to feel a sense of complete control when they are behind the wheel of the ES. It’s a level of comfort that goes beyond merely delivering a smooth ride.” For an even higher level of dynamic performance, F Sport models will be available with Adaptive Variable Suspension, similar to that found in the LC coupe. This adds adjustable dampers at each wheel with 650 levels of damping force to provide ultimate control on any road surface. Another element exclusive to F Sport is a Sport+ mode for the Drive Mode Select system, which engages the most responsive engine, transmission and suspension settings. Fourth generation hybrid drive system The ES 300h is equipped with a new, fourth-generation self-charging hybrid drive system that can deliver exceptional fuel efficiency, responsive performance and minimal emissions for a mid-size luxury saloon. It couples an ultra-efficient 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a lighter, more compact and more power-dense electric motor. Total system power is 215bhp/160kW and combined cycle fuel economy is from 60.1mpg. The 2.5-litre engine is all-new and incorporates fast-burn combustion technology that makes it one of the most thermally efficient engines to feature in a production vehicle. The result is more power without increasing emissions or fuel consumption. Features that help achieve such impressive results include straight intake ports, increased valve angles and laser-clad valve seats. A variable-capacity oil pump, multi-hole injectors, VVT-iE on the intake valves and a variable cooling system also contribute to the engine’s impressive heat and combustion management. Overall driveability has been improved thanks to a more sophisticated hybrid system control computer that is better able to mimic the feel and power delivery of a standard petrol engine. Even the nickel metal hydride hybrid battery is more compact than before, allowing it to be located beneath the back seat, without intruding on boot space. In Russia and other eastern markets, the new ES will be available with a range of petrol powertrains. Unparalleled safety provisions In the UK the new ES 300h will be equipped as standard with the latest Lexus Safety System +. This package of active safety and driver assistance technologies new capabilities and expands the driving scenarios in which it can provide added protection for driver and passengers and help prevent an accident from happening. The new features include daytime cyclist detection which is part of the comprehensive Pre-Collision System (PCS). Already capable of detecting oncoming vehicles and pedestrians, the Pre-Collision System’s ability to detect cyclists addresses one of the most common accident scenarios on the road today. PCS has also been enhanced to detect pedestrians at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range. Another new safety advancement offered in the ES is a two-stage adaptive high beam system (AHS). This system not only turns the high beams on and off automatically for the driver, its 24 individual LED light array is capable of adapting the light pattern to provide enhanced illumination while reducing glare for oncoming drivers. The world’s most immersive audio experience with Mark Levinson PurePlay The 17-speaker Mark Levinson PurePlay system makes its debut in the new ES. Its world-first design architecture was created to immerse each individual in the most powerful, precise and pure audio experience yet. PurePlay leverages multiple unique approaches to deliver outstanding in-vehicle performance: precision staging, world-class speaker design and placement, and unparalleled tuning and decompression technology. Speakers are placed at shoulder level around the cabin, enhancing acoustics and creating a tonal synergy. These perfectly timbre-matched locations deliver a consistent tonal colour between all mid-range speakers and tweeters, effectively creating two identical sound stages for the front and rear passengers. As a result, each individual is enveloped in sound, creating a listening experience that is consistent in every seating location. The next chapter in the ES story The seventh generation ES will usher in a new era for one of Lexus’s longest-established and most popular models. In common with the Lexus flagship LS, it is designed to engage a wider range of customers. It delivers everything traditional Lexus buyers expect, together with qualities that will draw in those who may not have considered the brand before. Stronger styling, more dynamic performance, high-quality interior finishes and the latest safety technology will help recast the image of the ES into one that is new and unexpected. 1 Specification details may vary according to market; confirmed details of the UK model range and specifications will be announced nearer the ES’s on-sale date.
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    The All-New Lexus ES

    The all-new Lexus ES is the product of a re-imagined luxury equation. Engaging design, athletic performance and renowned refinement transform Lexus’s most popular saloon. The all-new #LexusES, #ExperienceAmazing Read more about it in the article below
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    Video: All-new Lexus ES reveal

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    Expect the Unexpected

    More than just a pretty face, this all-new Lexus vehicle aims to radically transform the concept of comfort for luxury consumers all over the world. Witness its global debut in Beijing on 25 April 2018 #ExperienceAmazing