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  1. Lexus will mark another significant advance in automotive lighting technology with the world-first introduction of a BladeScan-type adaptive headlight system on the new RX luxury SUV BladeScan gives both an extended field of forward illumination and more accurate lighting control to support safer driving at night and in poor weather. The new system sustains Lexus’s fine reputation for technical innovation: it was the first car manufacturer to introduce LED headlights, on its LS flagship model in 2007, and the first to produce adaptive high-beam headlights, again initially for the LS, in 2012. The current RX already benefits from automatic or adaptive high-beam LED lighting as part of the Lexus Safety System+ package of active safety features, to maximise headlight illumination without the risk of dazzling other road users. BladeScan goes further by providing more precise photometric control of the area of illumination in front of the car, with accuracy to within 0.7 degrees compared to around 1.7 degrees for the current technology. This means it can light up areas that would be difficult to see with a conventional high-beam system, such as the road margins, and give earlier illumination of road signs and pedestrians. With BladeScan, pedestrian recognition at night has been improved to 56 metres in front of the RX, compared to 32 metres with the current system. lexusrx-bladescan-edit-eu-838619.mp4 While other manufacturers have increased the number of LEDs in their headlight systems to improve lighting resolution, Lexus’s system uses a more cost-effective array of LEDs – 10 on each side of the vehicle in the case of the new RX. These are contained in a compact module located in the front corner of each headlamp, alongside the familiar triple-eye light arrangement. Rather than shining light forwards, the LEDs in each BladeScan module cast light diagonally across two blade-shaped mirrors that rotate at high speed. The precise synchronisation of the mirror rotation and the switching on and off of the LEDs creates the shading effect; the light is then reflected into a lens which casts the beam on to the road ahead, without the risk of dazzling oncoming traffic or drivers of vehicles ahead. BladeScan will be available on the new RX from launch later this year. Details of the UK model range, specifications and prices will be announced nearer the car’s on-sale date.
  2. Lexus will compete in the annual 24 Hours of Nürburgring, with its LC coupe tackling ‘The Green Hell’ for the second consecutive year Following its inaugural running at the event in 2018, in which the car completed the full 24 hours, the Gazoo Racing team has put in a rigorous testing programme, covering thousands of kilometres, with the aim of improving the overall performance package and completing more laps in 2019. Taking part in the production-based SP-Pro class, the Lexus LC will be piloted by the same four driver line-up as in 2018, further aiding the car’s development. Endurance veteran Takeshi Tsuchiya leads Nurburgring expert, Naoya Gamo, alongside rising stars, Takamitsu Matsui and Yuichi Nakayama. Changes to the car over the 2018 event, during which the Gazoo team endured a four hour period of pit work in order to complete the race, include a number of aerodynamic updates, body enhancements to maximise low-slung weight and work to optimise overall performance of the brakes, tyres and electronics. Engine development work has also been undertaken to reduce friction and increase output from the 2UR-GSE engine. Naoya Gamo has been instrumental in steering the LC’s set-up for 2019 and believes the coupe to be much improved, with the relationship between car and driver far smoother than last year: “Through testing in Japan and Germany, I hope to pursue more than just better lap times. I hope we can build a car that is more comfortable and fun to drive.” Chiefly, for Lexus, the development work put into the Gazoo Racing LC coupe all contributes to informing development of the technologies used within its road-going range. The Gazoo Racing LC’s engine is a modified version of the 5.0-litre powerplant found in the 10-speed, 471bhp LC500. The Nürburgring 24 Hours takes place over the weekend of 22-23 June, with competitors tackling the full 25km, 170-plus corner circuit. Toyota Gazoo Racing and Lexus have competed in the event since 2007, with the aim of refining team members and making ever better cars.
  3. The Loft by Brussels Airlines and Lexus at Brussels Airport has been named Europe’s Leading Airport Lounge in the 26thannual World Travel Awards The awards are a prestigious and globally recognised honours programme for international travel and tourism, celebrating organisations which demonstrate a commitment to excellence. The awards are based on both the votes of consumers and the opinions of industry professionals. The Loft by Brussels Airlines and Lexus is a unique lounge concept that is centred on comfort, technology, design and a blend of “Belgitude” and Japanese hospitality. “We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious award from travel industry professionals and from our customers. It shows that customer centricity is not just a buzzword for us, but that we really put it at the heart in everything we do. The award encourages us to continue investing in a welcoming service approach that is reflected throughout all our customer touch points,” said Tanguy Cartuyvels, Head of Customer Experience and Marketing at Brussels Airlines. “The Loft by Brussels Airlines and Lexus is a perfect example of how working together with partners like Lexus who are driven by the highest quality services enables us to offer our customers an ideal environment, designed to meet their individual needs.” Pascal Ruch, Head of Lexus Europe, said: “We are delighted that the travel industry recognised the unique experience brought to business travellers by Lexus and Brussels Airlines through our lounge partnership at Brussels Airport. For Lexus, this partnership is an exciting opportunity to bring our core brand values of design and craftsmanship to a global audience, reaching beyond the automotive world. This is a place where people can enjoy and get to know Lexus’s true spirit of omotenashi, the Japan-inspired personalised and exceptional hospitality and service experience we bring to our guests.” The Loft by Brussels Airlines and Lexus opened its doors on 25 June 2018 as a relaxing new space for international travellers, inspired by Lexus luxury, design and omotenashi hospitality. It has already welcomed more than 450,000 visitors. The lounge marks a further expansion of Lexus beyond the premium automotive world as a global luxury lifestyle brand. Guests are provided with a wealth of facilities to make their visit comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable, as well as having opportunities to immerse themselves in the world of Lexus. It covers an area of 2,040m2 and has seating for 500. It is divided into areas with different ambiences and features, including a central bar, seating zones and a break-out space that’s ideal for those who need to work while on the move. Premium features include: – Japanese hospitality values brought by Lexus Chocolate experience hosted by a Neuhaus maître chocolatier At-home SPA Grohe shower suites Individual nap rooms with starlit ceiling Lexus LS shiatsu-effect massage chairs Variety of fresh organic dishes and drinks by Foodmaker and Rombouts Beer taps, including best Belgian beers Eco consciousness by banning plastic bottles Award-winning artworks and inspirational design elements by Lexus Dedicated Mark Levinson hi-end audio listening room Regular events ranging from wine tasting to music ensembles The Lexus zone has been designed by FITCH, a retail and brand consultancy that has also produced a successful design concept for Lexus’s European retailer network. It has been able to expand some of the ideas explored in that project and introduce a number of other new and exciting features, drawing further inspiration from the Intersect by Lexus brand experience centres in Tokyo, Dubai and New York. The Loft by Brussels Airlines and Lexus is located in Pier A at Brussels Airport and is open from 5am to 9pm daily.
  4. Lexus today reveals the new RX luxury SUV, sustaining the model’s reputation as a pioneer in its class. When the original RX was introduced in 1998, it helped establish the market for prestige SUVs, while in 2004 it was the first premium model to adopt self-charging hybrid technology The new RX and seven-seat RX L are due to go on sale in the autumn; prices and full specifications of the UK range will be announced nearer the on-sale date. They retain their powerful, sporty appearance, with more emphasis given to the character line that runs the full length of the vehicle to generate a more flowing, consistent look. In terms of driving character, the focus has been on achieving more engaging performance, building on the experience Lexus gained in engineering the LC coupe and LS saloon models. Every part of the vehicle was scrutinised to see where gains could be made, leading to enhancements in body rigidity and suspension performance. The result is a car with excellent handling feel and precision steering that allows accurate tracing of the drivers’ desired lines. The new RX also benefits from new technologies, with the latest Lexus Safety System+ portfolio of active and preventive safety systems and the adoption of a new multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Exterior and interior styling The new RX sports new-look, sculpted bumpers that achieve a flowing integration of the more prominent character that flows from front to rear, increasing the car’s dynamic look. The rocker panels connect with the bottom of the spindle grille along a straight line, generating a heightened sense of strength and stability. Meanwhile, at the rear of the vehicle, the lower part of the bumper has been linked to the rear wings, which in turn blend with the window graphic at the base of the C-pillar, creating a distinctively elegant and powerful shape. The rear end has also been given a sportier look by adjusting the arrangement of the tailpipes and valance. The signature spindle grille has a new modulation of its L-patterned mesh and new frame that blends into the front bumper to create a unified profile. The slender new headlamps add sharpness to the frontal appearance, while at the rear the combination lamps are arranged in an L-shape motif. In the seven-seat RX L the third row seats now have two different seating positions, with the additional new setting giving more leg room for the occupant when required. Enhanced stability and linear steering feel Lexus RX Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato worked closely with the production team to improve areas of the car’s performance that contribute to driving pleasure and agile handling. This included increasing body rigidity and making detailed adjustments to the suspension. To gain greater rigidity, greater use has been made of laser screw welding and spot welding, together with more extensive application (4.2m) of high-strength adhesives in key areas. Together with the use of stiffer anti-roll bars (now hollow-section with a 1mm increase in diameter) and more rigid hubs, this gives more immediate response to steering inputs. The RX is equipped with Active Cornering Assist, which suppresses understeer when the driver steps on the throttle in mid-bend. Significant improvements in tuning of the electric power steering result in a much more linear feel and faithful line tracing in all driving conditions. New-design shock absorbers have been introduced, fitted with a friction control device which further reduces the high-frequency vibrations caused by minute imperfections in the road surface. The dampers also allow for flat cornering and exceptional responsiveness. World-first BladeScan Type Adaptive High-beam System Lexus is a pioneer of automotive lighting technology, being the first auto maker to introduce LED headlights and an Adaptive High-beam System (AHS) to improve night-time illumination without the risk of dazzling other road users. With the new RX, it achieves another world first with the introduction of a new BladeScan Type AHS. This operates by shining light from LEDs on to two blade-shaped mirrors that are rotating at high speed. The light is then transferred onto a lens to illuminate the road ahead. Although to the naked eye the light does not appear to be moving, its distribution is precisely controlled by synchronising the spinning of the blade mirrors and the switching on and off of the headlights. Because the effect of the high beam can be expanded in more natural manner, the system lights up areas that may be difficult to see using a conventional high-beam system, such the shoulder of the road. It also helps the driver see pedestrians and road signs much earlier, without interfering with the visibility of drivers of vehicles ahead, or oncoming traffic. Pedestrian recognition at night has been improved to 56 metres in front of the Lexus using BladeScan technology, compared to 32 metres with the previous system. Latest generation of Lexus Safety System+ The new RX benefits from the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, equipping it with advanced safety and accident prevention technologies to warn the driver of a collision risk and help them avoid or mitigate the severity of an impact. The features include: – The Pre-Collision System (PCS), which monitors the road ahead using an in-vehicle camera and a millimetre-wave radar, is now able to detect pedestrians in day and night-time driving and bicycle riders during daylight. The radar-controlled Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) works in conjunction with the Lane Trace Assist (LTA) to make it easier for the driver to keep the RX in its intended traffic lane. If the system detects the car is straying out of lane, it alerts the driver with a visual warning and either a buzzer or vibration of the steering wheel (it can also apply a small amount of corrective steering). Road sign Assist (RSA) acquires road sign information using a camera and information from navigation system maps and presents it as an image on the head-up display and driver’s multi-information display. This reduces the risk of the driver overlooking important warnings and commands such as speed limits and lane closures. New connectivity functions with introduction of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and new multimedia touchscreen The new RX offers a new multimedia touchscreen in addition to Lexus’s Remote Touch Interface (which is now exclusively in trackpad format). Smartphone use is also catered for with a new phone holder, USB port and connectivity to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Using voice control, customers can access Apple Siri or Google Assistant via their smartphone, and they can also choose whether to use the Lexus Navigation system fitted to their vehicle, or an alternative service on their smartphone.
  5. Lexus Canterbury have astounded me yet again!  I was taken seriously ill with Sepsis and Pneumonia when I was away from home in Wales, recently.  I knew that the MOT was about to run out but I was stuck in hospital with my wife having to find accommodation in local B&Bs for three weeks! The whole experience was dreadful. 

    I phoned Canterbury Lexus and they told me not to worry and that they would phone me back in 30 mins.  When they rang back they knew exactly when the MOT was due to expire leaving me stranded as the car would then be no longer legal but I had to get home to Kent to continue my recovery and my wife needed it to drive to me in hospital and then back to her various B&Bs.  

    Canterbury Lexus then told me that they had been in contact with Cardiff Lexus and that they would arrange to drive over to Haverfordwest (1.5 Hour Drive) and pick up my LS460.  Drive it back to Cardiff, undertake the MOT and return it to me the following day, at the hospital (1.5 hour  to Haverfordwest and then the return journey to Cardiff) They did apologies and said that they would have to charge for the collection and return and that it would be a fixed cost of £10!!!!!

    I have to say that I do not know anyone who has had an experience that is up to matching this from any car dealership.   I get my car washed and a cup of coffee along with the TV and newspapers, any Saturday of my choosing at no cost.  The servicing matches or is cheaper than any of the other independents as Lexus Canterbury will always try to give me a good discount.  I want to shout it from the roof tops that the Lexus Experience is unmatched, unless you know better.

  6. The new Lexus UX compact SUV has achieved the top five-star rating in the latest round of independent testing by Euro NCAP The results place it firmly among the safest cars of its kind for driver and passenger protection, with a 96 per cent score for its effectiveness in safeguarding adults and 85 per cent for children. The UX also gained the highest ratings for pedestrian and cyclist protection of any car yet tested under Euro NCAP’s tougher 2019 criteria, with its automated emergency braking helping it secure an 82 per cent rating for vulnerable road user protection. The new UX is equipped as standard with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, incorporating a number of new and improved active safety features that can warn of and help the driver avoid many common collision risks. If an accident is unavoidable, the severity of the impact can be reduced. The advanced technologies include a Pre-Collision System that can detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path during both day and night-time driving, and cyclists during daylight. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Assist provide a degree of automated driving support (SAE Level 2). Adaptive Cruise Control is radar-controlled and maintains a safe distance between the UX and the vehicle ahead; it will also safely slow the car to a standstill in congested traffic, before returning to the pre-set cruising speed once prompted by the driver and the way is clear. Lane Trace Assist monitors road markings to keep the UX within its traffic lane. These systems reduce the burden on the driver, while keeping them in ultimate control of the vehicle. Lexus Safety System+ also provides Road Sign Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Automatic High Beam functions. On the UX Takumi model with LED headlights, the Automatic High Beam is replaced by a more sophisticated Adaptive High-beam System. Passive safety provisions include eight airbags and seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Fundamental impact protection is provided by the UX’s highly rigid Global Architecture-C (GA-C) platform, designed to absorb and channel impact forces away from the cabin. The UX comes with a full suite of vehicle braking and stability controls, co-ordinated with precision by Lexus’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management. Elements include ABS, traction control vehicle stability control and hill assist control, plus a secondary collision brake. A blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert – provided as standard on the UX Takumi – alert the driver to vehicles or hazards out of their line of sight, helping guard against collisions when changing lanes or reversing out of parking spaces.
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  8. Lexus has unveiled the LC 500h 'Matte Prototype', a new prototype of the flagship coupe of the brand, at the 2019 Barcelona Motor Show. The creation is another example of the brand's effort to keep innovating, this time using special colours with original textures The prototype sports a colour called 'Space orange', which is inspired by the orange tones that can be seen when looking towards the sun in clear sunsets. This spectacular colour, with a matte finish, allows the LC 500h to project an even more powerful personality, further enhanced by the striking 21-inches semi-matt black wheels and the carbon-fibre roof and active rear spoiler. The use of the colour 'Space Orange' continues inside the cabin, where it is featured as a contrasting element on the instrument panel, the steering wheel and the sides of the doors. The LC 500h ‘Matte prototype’ incorporates Lexus’ advanced self-charging multi-stage hybrid system, a unique offering in its segment. Lexus's renowned self-charging hybrid technology allows the LC 500h to recharge while driving, without any need for cables or plugs. Its motorization stands out for its efficiency, reduced consumption, low noise and softness.
  9. Lexus is again pushing the boundaries of service excellence with a new approach to vehicle test drives that puts the customer’s needs and preferences first in every detail With the new Test Drive Promise launched this week, Lexus’s UK retailers will make sure the model the customer wants is available for them to experience. Complete convenience and flexibility are also ensured, with customers welcome to visit their local Lexus Centre or arrange for the car to be brought to their home, place of work or other location. Book your Test Drive Appointments can also be tailored to suit individual requirements, from a 30-minute spin up to a 48-hour test drive. Arrangements can be made for the customer to drive alone, or accompanied by a member of their Lexus centre team. The team members hosting the test drive can provide full information on the vehicle, in particular, the operation and benefits of Lexus’s self-charging hybrid technology. Lexus has more experience and insight into hybrid than any other luxury car maker, having introduced it to the premium market with the RX 400h SUV back in 2004. Kevin Ledgar, General Manager Lexus Operations, said: “The test drive is a crucial element in the new car purchase process, but we know that all too often customers feel they don’t meet their expectations – the car isn’t right, the test is too short, the route doesn’t cover the kind of roads they use and the salespeople lack in-depth knowledge. “With our new Test Drive promise, we have addressed all these issues to produce a process that is genuinely customer-focused from start to finish. It’s perfectly aligned with our “Experience Amazing” ethos and our core principle of omotenashi – anticipating customers’ needs and treating them with the welcome and courtesy you’d extend to guests in your home.”
  10. To complete their missions, the Men in Black need vehicles with the horsepower for high-speed pursuits, the most advanced alien-fighting technology and sophisticated styling befitting the most exclusive group of secret agents in the galaxy. Lexus is pleased to fill that role as the official vehicle supplier to Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International, which is due to open in US cinemas from 14 June 2019 The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organisation. Lexus vehicles are the official global fleet of Men in Black agents in the film. The Lexus RC F (the US 2020 model) stars as the Men in Black agents’ vehicle of choice for their high-velocity pursuits. The luxury sports coupe recently underwent an exciting change, making it faster, lighter and even more ready to transport the Men in Black as they save the universe; in the film, it also boasts some pretty amazing alien tech. The Lexus RX Hybrid and Lexus LX SUVs are also featured in alien encounters in scenes in the film. “We’ve added some advanced capabilities to the RC F to assist the Men in Black agents, creating a truly one-of-a-kind alien fighting machine,” said Lisa Materazzo, Vice President of Lexus Marketing. “We can’t wait for moviegoers to see the RC F as they’ve never seen it before.” The collaboration between Lexus and Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International includes integration in the film, a co-branded TV spot, a custom Men in Black RC F and sponsorship of the film’s premiere. “We’re excited to collaborate with Lexus on this multi-tiered campaign in support of Men in Black: International,” said Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President, Brand Management and Global Partnerships, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. “The Lexus RC F sports coupe provides the perfect vehicle for our team of Men in Black agents, led by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as they protect the galaxy.”
  11. An Unrivalled Chauffeured Experience - Spacious yet Sophisticated Soon to be available in China and select Asian markets, the Lexus LM seeks to meet the needs of the modern, driven, always on-the-go professionals who view their luxury vehicle as more than mere transportation. Compared to traditional luxury vehicles, Lexus envisions a luxury environment creating a personal space that helps occupants perform better in business and also maximizes time when on the move. A Luxury Experience Unlike Any Other Designed as an ultimate comfort space, the rear cabin features a 26” colour display, a refrigerator, umbrella storage, and centre console with touch control panel. The panel controls the seat position, relaxation function, climate control and audio for the rear private space. The LM’s exterior is defined by the Lexus spindle grille, and chrome accentuation of the side body. The centre pillar is adorned with dual arrowhead chrome ornamentation that enhances the vehicle’s side-view and hints to its premium nature. The grille is chrome plated with flowing accents that help create the sense of dynamism necessary to distinguish this vehicle. Two exterior colour options are available for the LM: Black and White Pearl Crystal Shine. Unique headlamps integrate the distinctive arrowhead shape of Lexus daytime running lamps, and offer composite projection beams that involve low beam and high beam operations. In addition, the rear LED lamps inspired by the Lexus new design signature use a wide lens spanning the entire rear width of the LM and offering a sense of presence. Available Drivetrains The Lexus LM will be offered in two models (LM 350 and LM 300h) and two drive types (front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive). Availability will vary by market. The LM 350 uses a 3.5-liter DOHC petrol engine and LM 300h leverages the 2.5-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine and hybrid system.