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  1. One year on from the launch of the Government’s Road to Zero transport strategy, Toyota and Lexus are helping power a transformation in cleaner mobility in the UK with record, accelerating growth in self-charging hybrid car sales Toyota (GB) PLC, the business representing both brands in the UK, is witnessing unprecedented demand from both private and business customers who are keen to embrace the real-world benefits of hybrid power. Sales volumes and growth during the first half of this year have continued to reach new heights. On the back of a 76 per cent increase in new hybrid vehicle sales during the past two years, Toyota figures are already up a further 10 per cent year-on-year so far in 2019. The order bank currently stands at around 23.000 vehicles – a level never witnessed before, with demand outpacing supply. The statistics are just as exceptional for Lexus, with more than 99 per cent of its new car sales being hybrids. This year the luxury brand is on course for record-breaking results, looking to a rise in its total volume of at least 22 per cent compared to 2018’s performance. Orders have soared to their highest level yet, with customer demand having exceeded supply for the past two years. Sales so far this year are up by 18.9 per cent on last year, with the order bank standing at 3,535 vehicles – a rise of 153 per cent. There are multiple reasons for this astonishing success. Toyota has more experience in self-charging hybrid technology than any other manufacturer and has made constant improvements since it debuted the concept more than 20 years ago with the introduction of the original Prius. The result has been ever more impressive gains in fuel economy and low emissions, at the same as air quality, pollution and sustainability have become critical concerns for society and the subject of increasingly stringent legislation. At the same time, Toyota has made the benefits of hybrid available to an increasingly wide market, adapting it for use in all kinds of vehicles, from the Yaris supermini to the RAV4 SUV. Equally, Lexus has proved the inherent quality and flexibility of the technology, applying it to models as diverse as the new UX compact SUV and flagship LC 500h coupe. This demonstrates how Toyota has engineered its hybrid models not just for environmental performance, but also for a more engaging driving experience. The technology has also proven its inherent strength and reliability, with millions of miles driven by Toyota and Lexus hybrids all around the world. Paul Van der Burgh, Toyota GB President and Managing Director, said: “The recent headlines about market setbacks for alternative fuel vehicles in the UK do not give the full picture. Toyota and Lexus hybrids are prospering as never before, as customers recognise and appreciate the authentic benefits they offer when it comes to fuel economy, low emissions and a powertrain choice that is eminently practical and requires no compromise in terms of everyday convenience, reliability and genuinely enjoyable driving quality. We have succeeded in making our hybrid technology a mainstream choice and its fast-rising popularity will make a significant contribution to achieving longer-term environmental targets.” Just as the UK Government has set out its roadmap for action in the Road to Zero, Toyota worldwide is making strong progress towards reaching the ambitious targets of its own Environmental Challenge 2050. This includes a plan to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles by 90 per cent by 2050, compared to 2010 levels – a challenge in which its hybrid technology strengths are an enabler for developing even cleaner and more efficient vehicle power systems.
  2. Lexus maintained steady growth in Europe during the first half of 2019, with sales increasing by five per cent on last year’s figures to reach 40,450 units in a premium market that slightly declined overall (-2 per cent) Significant growth was recorded in key markets, including the UK (+8 per cent), Italy (+51 per cent), Germany (+33 per cent), Spain (+19 per cent), Poland (+13 per cent) and France (+12 per cent). The growth has been driven principally by two all-new models: the UX compact SUV and the ES luxury saloon. After just five months in showrooms, the UX has already amassed 8,532 sales, confirming the positive market response to Lexus’s debut model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment. The ES recorded the largest growth, with sales up by 387 per cent at 3,012 units following the introduction of the new generation model and the extension of sales across the whole of Europe2 (including the UK for the first time) at the end of 2018. With 28,006 self-charging hybrid cars sold in Europe in the first six months of 2019, Lexus is a leading player in vehicle electrification. Self-charging hybrids now represent 95 per cent of Lexus new car sales in Western and Central Europe. The NX mid-size SUV remains the brand’s best-seller in Europe, with 11,699 sales, while the total for the larger RX model reached 8,382 units. 1 Lexus Europe sales include the European Union countries, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, as well as eastern markets: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Caucasus region, Turkey and Israel. 2 The previous generation ES’s European sales were confined to Russia and eastern markets only.
  3. Lexus is to extend its LC flagship coupe range, confirming today that a dramatically styled open-top version of the car will go into production in the near future Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend will witness the world debut of an LC convertible prototype in action when it appears on the famous hill course. The new Lexus will take its place among some of the world’s most exclusive and prestigious cars at the world famous motoring celebration. The LC coupe has quickly become established as one of the most sought-after and internationally acclaimed models Lexus has ever created, thanks to its combination of striking design, fine craftsmanship and exhilarating performance. The potential evolution of the range to include a convertible was signposted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January this year, where Lexus revealed the LC Convertible Concept. The concept’s design goal was to express ‘ultimate beauty,’ and it provoked an enthusiastic response from both industry experts and the public. Like the LC itself, the concept car was honoured on its debut with a prestigious EyesOn Design Award. Long, low and lean, the LC convertible shares the coupe’s athletic proportions, but projects its own, distinct identity. Its large wheels and short overhangs signal its performance pedigree and rewarding driving experience. The prototype model is will carry masking at Goodwood, teasing the design detail and dynamic capabilities of the full production version. Professional race driver Nick Cassidy will drive the LC convertible prototype up the hill. He is currently a member of the Lexus Team KeePer TOM’S, competing in the Super GT series’s GT500 class in Japan. Following its Goodwood appearance, the prototype will be taken to other venues, helping its engineering team gather feedback. Koji Sato, Lexus International Executive Vice President, said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the history and culture of the automobile and serves as a gathering place for some of history’s most notable cars and drivers. Lexus is honoured to join this festival, and I could not be happier to unveil this prototype model of the LC convertible at the same venue where the LC coupe made its debut in 2016. Detailed specifications and timings for the LC convertible’s market introduction will be announced at a later date.
  4. Lexus has been named Best Car Brand in the 2019 Which? Awards, in recognition of its industry-leading technology and the high quality of its vehicles. Fittingly, the award coincides with the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Lexus brand Which? - Britain’s leading champion of consumer rights and independent reviewer of products and services, honoured Lexus in a number of areas, including technology and reliability. Lexus is long-established as a technology leader in the luxury car market with its pioneering development of self-charging hybrid power. Since introducing the Lexus RX 400h in 2005, the world’s first premium hybrid vehicle, it has constantly improved the performance and efficiency of the technology and built an extensive and unparalleled model range that extends from the newly launched UX compact SUV to the flagship LC coupe and LS saloon. The combination of brave design, Takumi craftsmanship and application of advanced technologies for safety, performance and onboard luxury are helping Lexus achieve strong market growth. With the added appeal of the best customer service, UK sales are up by more than 11 per cent to date in 2019, compared to 2018’s performance. Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK, said: “This is an award we are deeply proud of as it rewards not just the quality of the cars we make, but also the quality of the service and work delivered by everyone who works for Lexus across the country, at every level. “In motor industry terms, we are still a young brand, but in the 30 years since we started, we have redefined excellence in customer service and have made it a pillar of our business. Our principles of treating our customers as guests in our home, and giving them amazing experiences, remain central to everything we do.” This is the 13th year of the Which? Awards presented to the UK’s best companies, those which go the furthest to satisfy their customers. The winners are chosen by an expert panel, based on the results of thousands of product tests and feedback from customers.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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  11. 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.