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    Fit2Go

    Gold Members can receive the following discount: 10% discount off MRRP (usually £79.95 Generation 2 - £39.95 ITire Air) How does it work? The wireless system includes a stylish windscreen-mounted solar-powered LCD screen which displays tyre pressures in psi or bar. If the device detects a tyre in distress through loss of pressure, fast leakage or an increase in temperature – often the sign of an impending tyre blowout – the driver is alerted, and the affected tyre identified on the screen. Our unique overnight mode will even inform you of a low-pressure tyre before you depart on your journey. We’re confident you won’t find a comparable product which is as affordable, easy to fit or more accurate – not to mention backed by one of the world’s most reputable brands.
  2. Lexus Owners Club

    Club Discount: Fit2Go

    Gold Members can receive the following discount: 10% discount off MRRP (usually £79.95 Generation 2 - £39.95 ITire Air) How does it work? The wireless system includes a stylish windscreen-mounted solar-powered LCD screen which displays tyre pressures in psi or bar. If the device detects a tyre in distress through loss of pressure, fast leakage or an increase in temperature – often the sign of an impending tyre blowout – the driver is alerted, and the affected tyre identified on the screen. Our unique overnight mode will even inform you of a low-pressure tyre before you depart on your journey. We’re confident you won’t find a comparable product which is as affordable, easy to fit or more accurate – not to mention backed by one of the world’s most reputable brands. View full discount
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    Lexus ES Review

    The exciting new Lexus ES shatters preconceptions about executive saloons with a brave new approach to design, making it lower, wider and sleeker Lexus Owners Club has been fortunate enough to road test the all-new Lexus ES 300h, and in this instance, we were given the F Sport version to trial. This executive saloon is described as ‘combining a stunning coupé-like silhouette with the roominess and refinement of a flagship saloon, the ES delivers elegance and comfort in one exceptional vehicle’, first thoughts are that the ES definitely satisfies this statement. ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN As per most Lexus Hybrid powertrains, the motive power is provided by a smooth, if not a slightly ‘revvy’ engine, which delivers more than enough power to propel the ES to cruising speed with enough gusto to satisfy most drivers. Gearing is provided by an E-CVT Automatic Transmission which is seamless in distributing the power to the road and allows for a very smooth ride, even under hard acceleration in Sport+ mode. HOW IT WORKS - Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) is an intelligent transmission which offers an infinite number of gears within a broad range of ratios, allowing for automatic gear changes. By constantly analysing vehicle speed, road conditions, engine power and driver input, it selects the optimal (most efficient) gear ratio for that precise moment. When that moment passes, it moves seamlessly to the next ratio. HOW IT WORKS - CVT works in harmony with the Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid technology, simultaneously handling inputs from both the petrol engine and the electric motor. Without the constraining effect of fixed gear ratios, the engine can be operated at its most efficient speed to either propel the car or charge the batteries. If the computer decides that the petrol motor is not needed for a time, it can be shut down and the E-CVT used to direct propulsion from the electric motors to the wheels instead The 4th generation Lexus Hybrid Drive is incredibly fuel efficient, with the power being distributed via either engine and/or electric motor. The driver information screen gives a diagrammatic display of the power distribution occurring, switching from engine to motor and also back to the battery on regeneration cycles. We managed an average of 35 mpg, mainly during Motorway driving with minimal energy regeneration occurring. This would have vastly improved if the car had been driven on town and extra-urban routes where the majority of the driving could have been on regenerated electric power and then the overall mpg would be a lot closer to the manufacturer's claimed economy figures. EXTERIOR The ES is quite a sizeable car with an overall length of 4975mm and a width of 1865mm which places it in the mid to full-size range. Its height of 1445mm and ground clearance of only 150mm gives a low ride height and stability at higher cruising speed. Combine this with the coupé silhouette body design, Lexus has produced a worthy competitor in the mid-range executive market, possibly competing with Mercedes, Audi and Jaguar for the coupé look 4 door cruiser. The F SPORT we road tested has a number of features inspired by the LC range including 19” alloy wheels and figure-hugging leather seats. This range also offers an Adaptive Variable Suspension system, similar to that found in the LC sports coupé which adds adjustable dampers at each wheel with 650 levels of damping force to provide ultimate control on any road surface. The F SPORT model also offers 2 exclusive colour choices including F Sport white and Azure Blue INTERIOR The general feeling when entering into the ES cabin is one of satisfaction that you have chosen a car with a quality finish and unrivalled comfort levels. Equally, it does provide an awareness of being quite low to the ground when nestled into the supportive F Sport leather seats. The usual Lexus refinement is evident throughout the interior, albeit the leather and stitching used on the seats and door cards through to the legroom and comfort levels within the interior space. Everything has been thought of when it comes to the positioning of controls, armrests, seat adjustment and good all-round visibility with minimised drivers' blindspot areas. The rear passenger area is equally as comfortable as the front seating area and ample legroom and head height for the majority of occupants. The dash panel is clearly laid out and convenient for both driver and passenger use with many functions being controlled through the numerous steering wheel buttons. The standard Lexus scroll pad works well but takes some getting used to if you are familiar with the previous trackball type. Vehicle information and entertainment are displayed through the widescreen multimedia panel located in a high but unobtrusive position in the centre of the dash panel. Our only criticism of the interior is that the seat runner mechanism is on display when the seat is in a mid-way to fully retracted position and it could also present an issue with clothing being drawn into a rotating screw thread. A lightweight plastic cover would go a long way to hiding this mechanism. LOAD SPACE The boot load space is incredibly voluminous and with a low entry point allows for plenty of suitcases and other large items you may wish to transport. A centre seat armrest allows access to the boot from inside and long loads can, therefore, be carried with ease. A space-saver spare wheel accompanied by a comprehensive tool kit under the load area carpet which is more than enough to get you out of trouble if it is only a flat tyre that needs changing. The only criticism within the boot area is the lack of cover on the hinge mechanism which looks somewhat unsightly but otherwise, it is perfectly functional. Some of the previous Lexus models don't have this mechanism on display and is something to possibly consider for future production models. SAFETY The ES is equipped with the latest 2nd generation Lexus Safety System+, comprising advanced technologies that help prevent three of the most common accident types: rear-end collisions, lane departures and collisions involving pedestrians and which is designed to support driver awareness, decision-making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds and conditions. The technology in the ES reacts to compliment the drivers senses helping prevent collisions before they happen. A pop-up bonnet, activated by sensors mounted in the front bumper ensure that in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the impact raises the bonnet and by allowing more space between the hard components of the engine compartment and the pedestrian, the level of injury is reduced. To top it all, the ES has also been awarded a 5 star Euro NCAP rating for safety. TECHNICAL INFORMATION ENGINE: 2.5 litre (2487) 4 cylinder inline, 6-valve DOHC, with VVT-iW (Intake) & VVT-I (Exhaust) TRANSMISSION: E-CVT Automatic Transmission POWER: Hp (kW) 218 (160) TORQUE: Nm 221@3,600-5,200 rpm CO2 EMISSIONS: (g/Km) 100 (combined) MAX SPEED: (MPH) 112 0-62 MPH: (Secs) 8.9 COSTS & SPECIFICATIONS (effective from 1st February 2019) ES 300h from £35,150.00 ES 300h F SPORT from £38,150.00 ES 300h Takumi from £45,650.00 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS A special thanks to Snows Lexus Hedge End for the loan of our ES 300h featured in this review For more information about the ES 300h visit: https://www.snows.co.uk/lexus/new-vehicles/
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    2019 Lexus ES Photo Gallery

    A selection of photos of the all-new 2019 Lexus ES Photo Gallery (January 2019)
  5. LEXUS LC CONVERTIBLE CONCEPT TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT IN DETROIT Lexus caused a sensation with the debut of the LC coupe at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit three years ago, a car that was a testament to the brand’s new sense of creative ambition. Since then, its design team has been exploring how the brand can evolve. Its latest vision will be revealed at the 2019 NAIAS on Monday (14 January) with the world debut of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept The design goal for the concept, an open-top roadster that is an artful reflection of the LC coupe, was ‘ultimate beauty’. From the rake of the windscreen to the smooth contours of the rear deck lid that houses the retractable top, every line was drawn to evoke an emotional response. The result is an aspirational, halo vehicle for the entire Lexus brand. “This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the LC Convertible Concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.” Long, low and lean, the LC Convertible Concept retains the LC coupe’s athletic proportions. The shape evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet it has its own, distinct identity. It combines Japanese aesthetics with the promise of the kind of driving experience that only a convertible can provide. More than just a grand tourer, the concept has a performance pedigree, its potential expressed in its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance. Beyond the visual appeal of the sheet metal, the cabin is an attractive space for driver and passengers alike. The tailored seats are upholstered in crisp white leather with yellow accents providing a splash of colour without disrupting the subtle elegance of the overall design. “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you start it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in an exciting way, every time you get behind the wheel,” said Mori. The Lexus LC Convertible Concept measures 4,770mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,340mm high, and has a 2,870mm wheelbase.
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    Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition

    Refreshed Lexus RC F with improved performance and updated design New RC F Track Edition with exclusive upgrades for hard-core enthusiasts High-resolution images for the new RC F Track Edition can be downloaded from here, and additional images of the refreshed RC F can be accessed here The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit marks the first appearance of the new Lexus RC F coupe with improved performance and revised styling. Also making its debut is the new, limited-production RC F Track Edition, a model that fulfils the dual roles of a luxury car for the road and a serious machine for the track. The RC F Track Edition blends Lexus luxury and craftsmanship with the kind of performance upgrades typically reserved for exotic sportscars. Its introduction is part of the evolution of the ‘F’ performance model range as a pillar of Lexus’s overall brand strategy. The RC F itself has been extensively updated, with improved aerodynamics, reduced weight, retuned suspension and styling changes, taking the coupe to a new level of performance and refinement. “The new RC F benefits from the constant development that has taken place since the coupe’s original launch. With the latest improvements, it helps further distinguish the F brand by offering fast, durable, highly capable performance cars that feature a range of technologies to help make their performance accessible to drivers of all skill levels,” said Koji Sato, Executive Vice President, Lexus International. The RC F redefined The new Lexus RC F coupe has undergone a wide range of changes to boost its performance and freshen its appearance. One of the engineers’ first targets was to reduce weight without compromising the car’s sense of refinement and solidity. At the rear, hollow half-shafts replace the previous solid components, while a pared-down intake manifold and a smaller air conditioning compressor remove weight from the front of the car. Using aluminium for the toe control brackets and the upper suspension support brackets also reduces weight while maintaining stiffness. To further refine the feel of the RC F, stiffer bushings have been introduced for the rear suspension arms and steering rack mounts. More rigid engine mounts are used to better harness the power of the RC F’s normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8, one of the last power units of its kind available in a luxury coupe. The engine now has a maximum power output of 451bhp/336kW and maximum torque of 520Nm at 4,800rpm, thanks to a revised intake routing and lower rpm trigger point for the second intake opening (2,800rpm vs 3,600rpm). The established eight-speed automatic transmission is retained, but with a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs 2.93) for improved off-the-line response. For the sharpest standing start acceleration, the RC F is equipped with electronic launch control as standard, a system which automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum take-off from standstill. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage the system by pressing a button on the console, floor the accelerator to bring the engine up to speed and then release the brake. Using the system results in a nought to 62mph time of just 4.5 seconds. Additional performance gains are delivered by new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres designed specifically for the RC F. Compared to the standard Michelin specifications, the RC F’s tyres have a unique profile, tread pattern and rubber compound. The changes are designed to reduce understeer, improve overall lateral grip and increase durability under extreme conditions. There are subtle but substantive changes to the RC F’s styling that add familial traits and further refine its powerful overall shape. The headlights have been updated to a design featuring stacked LEDs and integrated daytime running lights. The shape of the signature spindle grille has been altered by adding a lower lip opening that stretches across the bottom to create a visually shorter front facia. At the rear, new tail lights are neatly integrated into a reshaped bumper, giving a cleaner, more chiselled appearance. RC F Track Edition: A higher degree of F The RC F Track Edition is not simply an accessories package, it features a precisely engineered set of upgrades that work together seamlessly to take performance to a new level. Developed with input from Lexus race teams competing in the Super GT and IMSA series, the Track Edition is designed to deliver exceptional performance that enthusiasts can easily exploit in a wide variety of conditions. Achieving the desired level of predictable performance was made possible by rigorous engineering and the assembly precision skills of the Lexus Takumi craftsmen who oversee production of every RC F. All aspects of the car were scrutinised for improvement, but refinement was not sacrificed for all-out speed; the Track Edition is an uncompromised luxury performance coupe with the ability to impress on the track and off. A smoother shape and a precise diet The RC F Track Edition’s aerodynamic signature is a key area of improvement. The front air dam is not only made from carbon fibre to reduce weight, it is also designed to increase front-end downforce for better grip and more precise steering. At the rear, a fixed carbon fibre wing replaces the active spoiler offered on the standard RC F. This wing is not only lighter, it has a dual purpose, simultaneously reducing drag and adding downforce. To accomplish that seemingly paradoxical feat, the engineers began by shaping the wing in a way that smooths the airflow over the rear of the car, to reduce drag-inducing turbulence. They then added a very slight angle of attack to produce downforce without compromising the overall airflow. The result is up to 26kg of additional downforce, compared to the active rear spoiler. As with the standard model, weight reduction was key. Preliminary estimates put the total saving at between 70 and 80kg compared to the previous RC F, but more importantly, the engineers focused on cutting weight in ways that could yield the most significant dynamic improvements. This led to a focus on unsprung weight, since removing any weight from the mass not supported by the suspension pays huge dividends in handling and steering feel. With that goal in mind, every Track Edition model has Brembo carbon ceramic brake discs. These are not only significantly lighter than their steel counterparts, they are also better able to withstand the extreme heat cycling associated with performance driving. They are surrounded by a set of lightweight 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels with a design derived from the RC F GT3 race car. Between the wheels, brake discs and callipers, the Track Edition posts a 25kg unsprung weight reduction on the front of the car alone. Additional weight was removed by specifying carbon fibre (CFRP) for the roof and bonnet and a change to a carbon fibre for the partition behind the rear seats and bumper reinforcement. Many of these carbon fibre elements are made on the same production line that supplied the Lexus LFA during its two-year production run. Further weight is saved through using a titanium exhaust silencer and tailpipes. Using titanium – rarely seen on production cars – not only reduces weight, it also gives the Track Edition a polished look and a unique sound. That sound is worth broadcasting, too, as the Track edition is powered by the same normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine found in every other RC F. To create a more exclusive look in the cabin, the Track Edition is fitted as standard with a red leather interior, with Alcantara seat upholstery accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. The new model will be available in a choice of two exterior colours: Ultra White and Nebula Matt Grey, the latter exclusive to the Track Edition. Production of the new RC F and RC F Track Edition will begin in March this year. Pricing and further details will be announced closer to their on-sale dates.
  8. The all-new Lexus UX 250h is not just another premium crossover, it reaps significant benefits from a fourth generation Lexus self-charging hybrid powertrain. Like all Lexus hybrids, it achieves class-leading fuel efficiency and emissions levels, with none of the inhibitions of plug-in charging or range limitations. In turn, it can deliver significant cost of ownership savings compared to its key competitors In real-world city driving, the UX can run purely on electric power, with zero emissions and fuel consumption and near-silent operation, for up to 50 per cent of average European urban journeys. The hybrid system orchestrates a seamless blend of power from the highly efficient 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and the compact yet powerful electric motor(s). The new model is available with front-wheel drive, or with Lexus’s E-Four electric all-wheel drive system. The system features a compact new transaxle and power control unit and a new nickel-metal hydride battery, compact enough to be located beneath the rear seat so there is minimal intrusion in the load space and no compromise in the UX’s low centre of gravity. Importantly, development of the new-generation system targeted a high level of driving appeal, in addition to fuel economy and low emissions. Low cost of ownership As well as being rewarding to drive, the UX 250h offers low cost of ownership and high residual value, underpinned by Lexus’s proven experience in hybrid technology, the development of batteries that can last at least as long as the car itself, and inherently low wear and tear. For UK owners, the new UX outperforms its key competitors in terms of total ownership costs. For business/company car drivers in particular, a first-year benefit-in-kind tax rate of 23 per cent places it well below rival diesel-powered models from BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Volvo; in the first three years of ownership, the tax saving can be almost £5,000. Factoring in depreciation, fuel costs, servicing, maintenance and repairs, car tax (VED) and employer National Insurance costs, the UX driver can enjoy savings of up to around £8.000 compared to key competitor models over a period of three years/60,000 miles (total ownership cost data from CAP; model quoted UX 250h Premium Pack). The UX has no clutch, and the starter motor and alternator are integral to the hybrid system and require no servicing or replacement. In place of a conventional timing belt there is a maintenance-free timing chain. This simpler arrangement makes for savings in routine servicing and maintenance. With a proven reliability record from around 37 billion miles of driving worldwide, a Lexus hybrid battery is designed to last the entire life of the car. Rigorously engineered for performance and durability, it is covered by a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty. The regenerative braking system, which delivers the first half of all braking force, significantly reduces pad and disc wear. Over the course of 56,000 miles, a Lexus hybrid will usually require no disc replacement and just one set of replacement brake pads. Additionally, the higher tyre pressure of hybrid vehicles helps to decrease shoulder wear on tyres, while linear power delivery and the car’s balanced weight distribution reduce tyre wear even further. The new Lexus UX is available to order now, with first deliveries to UK customers from March this year.
  9. The Toyota Research Institute will introduce its new TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle next Monday (7 January) at CES – the Consumer Electronics Show – in Las Vegas. The P4 is based on the new, fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship saloon and will be used by TRI in the development of its twin-track Guardian and Chauffeur automated driving systems Ryan Eustice, Senior Vice President of Automated Driving at TRI, explained: “Our Chauffeur development is focused on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted driving domain". “On the other hand, Guardian is being designed to amplify human performance behind the wheel, not replace it. The introduction of the new P4 platform this spring will help us accelerate the development of both tracks.” The P4 benefits from Lexus’s new generation of chassis and steering control technology, which provides greater agility and allows for more responsive and smooth manoeuvres during automated driving. It makes use of two additional cameras to improve situational awareness to either side. There are also two new imaging sensors – one facing forward and one pointed to the rear – specifically designed for use on automated vehicles and featuring new chip technology with high dynamic range. The radar system has been optimised to improve the field of vision, especially for close range detection around the vehicle perimeter. The LIDAR sensing system with eight scanning heads has been carried over from the previous test model, Platform 3.0, has been integrated into the new vehicle design. P4 is a much smarter research vehicle than its predecessor. With greater computing power, its systems can operate more machine learning algorithms in parallel for more rapid learning. It can process sensor inputs faster and react more quickly to the surrounding environment. All computing system power is drawn from the vehicle’s hybrid battery, with the 12v battery now serving only as a backup resource. The brain of the automated driving system is a computing box unit in the boot. This has been re-thought and located vertically against the rear seat transom so that the full floor of the boot is free for cargo. TRI again commissioned CALTY Design Research, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to style the new test vehicle. “We took a holistic approach to integrating autonomous componentry into the design of the new LS and the result is a fluid surface, embracing advanced technology, loosely inspired by science fiction in the graphic separations between form and function,” said Scott Ridler, Senior Lead Designer at CALTY Design Research. The Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) R&D Development Center in York, Michigan, will begin fabricating P4 vehicles from stock LS vehicles this spring. P4 will make its public debut during Toyota’s CES press conference at 1pm local time (9pm GMT) on 7 January. As part of the event, TRI CEO Dr Gill Pratt will present details of recent technological advances in Guardian automated driving. The P4 will also form part of the Lexus exhibit at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 14 and 15 January. You can find more images of the Lexus LS-based TRI P4 test vehicle here.