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  1. Simple solution for the HUD. Drive with your head tilted at a 45 degree angle. One way it will disappear completely, the other way it will come up to full brightness (at least with mypolarised sunglasses - assuming similar direction for yours. This method won't be inconvenient or uncomfortable in the slightest. Congrats on the motor, enjoy!
  2. Given that Tesla didn't open UK orders until 1st May 2019, that's a rather peculiar figure to quote. For 2019, Tesla will have sold more Model 3 in the UK than ANY single Lexus model (NX is their highest runner), despite deliveries of model 3 only beginning in June (and only 250 were delivered in June and July - volume only came in august). For August, September, October and November Tesla has sold more model 3 in the UK than Lexus has sold ALL models. The demand certainly is there, and just wait until April next year when company car BIK tax on a Tesla becomes 0% (compared to 25% for an ES300h and 30% for a 320d).
  3. They continue to be used until they're no longer useful. Not sure what the question is? Legislation bans the sale of new petrol or diesel cars. It doesn't ban the use of existing petrol or diesel cars.
  4. Toyota are still sticking with the hydrogen fuel cell fantasy, and it doesn't help matters when they say stupid stuff like: No demand.... that's why the Tesla 3 is outselling the LS, GS, ES and IS put together in the USA. However, toyota ARE working on TNGA-e, and hopefully they won't fall too far behind. But I don't think that it's the shift to battery/EV that is the thing that's going to hurt/kill legacy automakers - it's software. Tesla own all of their software - they've ended up making their own pieces of hardware (seat controllers, infotainment, active suspension units, drive units, etc) in order to own the entirety of the software stack. This way they can update everything through over-the-air updates, while other car manufacturers are going to be trying to deliver a piece of bosch engine software through a visteon canbus system from a garmin infotainment system. They can integrate control of the car (eg suspension and motor control) with autopilot (whereas other driver assistance systems come from third-party suppliers - eg Nissan ProPilot and Volvo PilotAssist are both from Mobileye) In this area Ford have a big advantage over many other legacy makers, as they are taking much more ownership of hardware and software (Sync 4, as in the new Mach E, is developed in-house by what used to be Research In Motion (Blackberry), which Ford acquired in 2017). VW are starting to take some of this in-house also.
  5. The Osbourne effect. Yes, depreciation is already going that way because of supply and demand. As demand for ICE vehicles drops (especially diesels) then their residual values will also. That will result in higher lease rates for new vehicles (as GFVs will be lower) which will make them less popular even as lease cars. Meanwhile, my 2015 Nissan Leaf which I purchased for £11000 in November 2017 with 13300 miles on I sold in July 2019 with 25500 miles on for £10650, to a trader. £350 depreciation for almost doubling the mileage over 18 months - pretty much any other comparable car (eg a nissan pulsar or ford focus - not talking classics here) would have depreciated far more. There's a general tendency to look for peculiar edge cases (mention of deserts above) to try to suggest that the mainstream can't go electric. Asia (especially china) is far AHEAD of Europe in pushing toward electrification, and India is starting to make very serious moves because of their dire air quality situation. Remote locations in Africa or island nations are far better served by solar power and storage than reliance on expensive deliveries of diesel - look up how the island of t'au has benefited. Anyone buying a BMW 320d now is going to be in for a very nasty shock in 3 years time. When we are 3 years further down the road of electrification then demand for plain old diesels will be poor. Hybrids will fare better. I'd certainly not buy any new car with an ICE at this point. We may yet swap our GS450h for another ICE (the only thing on our radar is the LC500 and LC500h), but it would be used. We bought our Tesla new.
  6. Indeed, in the past I've been careful about never putting "home" in as a saved location. On the Tesla, however, I have no choice as it's actually the address tied to my Tesla Account. However, as Britprius said, it's very useful using the "navigate home" command, even on my regular commute because it will show if the traffic is backed up in certain spots and which route will be fastest. I usually cancel the navigation right after, but it's a useful way to not get snarled up in gridlock.
  7. The new RAV4 hybrid has the latest generation of the hybrid system, and appears to return very good real-world economy. It's also a much sharper looking and higher quality car than previous RAV4. If the CHR/UX and Camry/ES are anything to go by then the next NX won't be as distinct from the toyota as previous lexus have been. There's also a forthcoming plug-in version of the RAV4, which should produce exceptional results (since most regular plug-ins are fairly dire as ICE or EV, but Toyota's hybrid tech is rather different and much more effective than other makes). Might be worth a look?
  8. I too am glad to see Lexus/toyota finally produce an EV, but the UX300e is a pretty poor first attempt now. It's a 2014 kind of performance with a 2018 sized battery. It's some EV bits shoehorned into an ICE platform, so it does not realise the various packaging benefits that EVs offer - purpose built EVs offer more interior space for less exterior size than ICE cars - the UX300e does not. Even the regular UX250h has been heavily criticised for offering poor passenger and boot space compared to its competitors. It is FWD. Now I'm not some raving "Give me RWD or give me death" lunatic - I understand the reasons and benefits of FWD, just as I do RWD. The thing about an electric car is that it can deploy torque instantly, and FWD platforms simply can not cope with it - you just get wheelspin. Even my 80kW Leaf could struggle, and the UX300e is 150kW - similar to the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona EV, both of which have huge problems in this regard also. In engineering a car platform, if you're developing it as an EV from the ground up then it will be RWD as a default (see VW MEB platform, Honda E, Ford Mustang Mach E, Teslas) - FWD only exists because of the packaging benefits it offers for ICE drivetrains. Once they've gone away in an EV then FWD is just a problem. Battery capacity is fine - the vast majority of people massively over-estimate what they need on a day to day basis. As ganzoom said, it won't do 250 miles, I'd estimate it will range between 120 and 200 depending on weather etc. The problem that they have is that a smaller battery capacity is fine IF it comes with decent charging capability, and this is where it all falls apart. This vehicle offers "up to 50kW" charging - that's the same as a 2011 Nissan Leaf. The Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona offer up to 77kW, and my Model 3 offers up to 170kW (pending 2019.40.x software update to enable - currently 100kW). However, all of that said, there's a really strong use case for the UX300e. If you're a 2-Lexus family with an RX450hL or something as the "main" car then this is the ideal second car. Second cars rarely if ever go on long motorway trips. They do the school run, go to the shops, to and from work. Being able to fill up on your driveway overnight means that charging is simply a non-issue. I suspect that this is a vehicle that is going to struggle in the face of competition. VW's iD4 and Audi Q4 etron will be on the market by the time this comes out, and the Tesla model Y will be looming large over the whole compact SUV sector (but I do accept that it is a size class above the UX). And, of course, the Volvo XC40R is already launched in that space (but admittedly at a high price - Volvo need to get it down and quick). Again, as ganzoom said, Lexus/Toyota need a bespoke EV platform!
  9. Back in the 90s my first experience of the Lexus brand was when it was an LS sat in the corner of Motorline toyota Canterbury...
  10. Earlier 4GS cars (2012-2014ish) require a software update for the satnav. Lexus used to provide these via a website where you would download the file from, put it on a usb stick, put the USB stick into the plug in the centre console and update the car. At some point Lexus stopped allowing users to do this, but you might still be able to get the software download from elsewhere on the website. Later 4GS (all post-facelift, some late pre-facelift, like ours) have a microSD slot as I described. £120 sounds a typical sort of price that Lexus might charge to update the software, but it should not need anything removing from the car. I wonder if there's a physical mod they are making to either close off user updating (and thus pirating of maps), or whether they are physically updating to the microSD system (but I'd be very surprised if they did do that, and for only £120).
  11. Is that picture from your actual vehicle? If so then you need a usb update which can be done yourself. If that picture isn't from your car, check whether you have a little flap just above the hazard warning light button, which hides a microSD slot. If you have that then you need a new microSD, which can be obtained from ebay for about £45
  12. 1) can't really answer as we never actually drove one. Performance won't be very different to your IS, as the GS300h is less than 100kg heavier. Your IS with an adult passenger. If it frustrates you in the IS then you already know. 2) The GS450h is a lovely thing in many ways. It is overpowered in a way, but actually it is at its best when driven at six tenths. It's smooth, capable and relaxing, and rewards a relaxed driving style with languid torque rather than hoofing it. Ours returns an average of 37mpg (see fuelly sig below) and that's phenomenal for a 340bhp petrol car. Hopefully it won't upset or frustrate, but another car you might usefully take a look at is the Tesla model 3. I have one as well as our GS450h - while the GS is more refined (quieter inside with less road noise, softer and floatier) the Tesla is more comfortable for me (seat works better for me personally. This is very much a personal matter) and handles and performs in a different league. However, the real kicker is that you said you're building a business - if you're taking it as a company car then the entire value of the car can be written off against profits (ie you can reduce your business taxes by several thousand pounds against the purchase of a zero-emission vehicle), and your personal BIK rate will be 0% from April 20, 1% from 21 and 2% in 22, saving you thousands of pounds personally. If it's a personal car claiming mileage expense from the business, again you can minimise your tax bill by claiming at the HMRC 45p/25p rate against true running costs of around 5p/mile (lowering your business's taxable profits, and maximising personal transferance of cash from the business to you without paying income tax on it). The running costs of a Tesla 3 will be significantly less than the IS300h while performing above the GS450h. It's a bigger car than you realise, with a longer wheelbase than the GS, larger boot, fold down seats, etc.
  13. The GS350 is a slightly different beast in terms of weight and weight distribution. Have you driven a GS450h premier or F-sport? The premier has adaptive dampers and Sport+ mode that the Luxury lacks, and the F-sport combines the adaptive dampers with a slightly lower ride-height, larger wheels and rear-steer. Putting our Premier into Sport+ does tighten it up quite a bit. It does become more bouncy and jittery in terms of secondary ride, but the primary ride settles down, loses the constant floatyness that normal mode has and gains significantly increased rebound damping. Just throwing some springs on, without attention to the full system (dampers, anti-roll bars) is unlikely to achieve what you want.