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Well that was a blast, I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was filled with lots of Miata talk so if you are a big fan of fun to drive roadsters, this may be your favorite. If you aren’t a fan of the new 4-th generation Miata, no worries. We have lots of cool stuff for you too.

We start the show with a look in our driveways for the Weekly Wheels. Mark talks about the very large Lexus GX460 and I spend some time talking about towing a horse trailer with the 2014 Toyota Tundra . Oh, you also get the chance to see a cool new Lego Mini Cooper .

For main news stories we talk about the recent sighting of the new Audi TT around the Nurburgring , a pretty blue Dodge Viper, the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport announcement and we finish things with the upcoming Kia Optima we just spied in camo.

If you did come for the Miata, well then we have lots for you. We cover all the information we know about the machine from overall size to wheel and tire dimensions. We discuss the design, potential drivetrains, what the weight savings really means and more. We also talk about some of the fun stuff that Keith Tanner from Flyin’ Miata was able to glean from a talk with one of the chassis engineers.

After the Miata madness and the news, we move as always to the Q/A portion of the show. We spend some time discussing winter tires, why you need them, and what you should look for when buying. We also take a few minutes to answer a question about the most recognizable cars in the world.

We wrap things with an Own, Drive, Burn that sees us trying to pick the lesser of three evils; it’s a trio of family-hauling crossovers.

As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who listens and watches, with an extra special little thanks to our live viewers. We hope you all have a great weekend and we will see everyone next week.

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Ok, this is getting ridiculous. A successor to the Lexus LFA has been a heated topic largely because everybody seems to have an opinion on whether Lexus is planning one or not. A few weeks ago, Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin told Automotive News that Toyota President Akio Toyota wants to build an LFA for this generation of vehicles.

But now, Yukihiko Yaguchi, the chief engineer of Lexus’ RC F program, told CarAdvice at the launch of the RC F in New York last week that there are no active plans to build a successor to the LFA.

So who do we believe now?

If we’re basing it on hierarchy, Templin’s statement might have more weight to it, and let’s be honest, we want to believe the guy because he’s the one who said that an LFA supercar successor is going to happen!

Is it possible that Yaguchi, whose statements were said via an interpreter, may have been misquoted? I personally don’t know and I’d like to believe that our colleagues at CarAdvice vetted that information before posting it.

Or maybe both guys are actually saying the same thing but with different timetables? Maybe Yaguchi is right by saying that Lexus has no immediate plans, and Templin is also correct that Lexus is planning on building one, just not right now?

Are you confused yet?

Hopefully, we have a clearer answer soon because all this “will they-won’t they” talk is giving me a headache.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-A.

Source: CarAdvice

Hyundai appears to be considering entering the luxury crossover market to compete with the Lexus RX , Audi Q5 , and Cadillac SRX . That’s according to an interview Edmunds.com had recently with Hyundai CEO Dave Zuchowski.

However, Zuchowski says the main problem with creating a luxury SUV would be having a place to sell it. “We made a conscious decision on our premium products not to establish a secondary distribution channel,” he says. “And that decision, and we absolutely think it is the right decision, has some flow-through impact on products.”

So in other words, Hyundai doesn’t think a premium SUV or crossover would sell well within conventional Hyundai dealerships. The Korean automaker is already traveling down this bumpy road with its classy Genesis and Equus sedans, products that far exceed the Hyundai brand perception held by the general public. Hyundai does have that "dealership within a dealership" concept in use where the premium products are separated from the non-premium vehicles, but apparently the concept isn’t working well enough for it to add an SUV to the Genesis and Equus side of the showroom.

Regardless of the selling method, the SUV itself would likely be based on the seven-passenger Santa Fe . It would likely keep the same underpinnings and powertrain, but have completely unique styling and an interior that matched the luxuriousness of the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan.

Zuchowski and Hyundai appear to be stuck behind their decision to remain a singular brand and not create a secondary luxury label like Toyota’s Lexus or Nissan’s Infiniti . Zuchowski uses the example of Toyota and Lexus in selling mechanically similar products with different levels of refinement. "The RX is basically the Toyota Highlander and they can charge a premium for that vehicle because they are sold in different showrooms," Zuchowski says.

For now, Hyundai’s plans for rolling out a Lexus RX competitor are on hold, with Zuchowski implying that once a sales method has been reached, the automaker could move forward.

Note: Photo is of the Hyundai Intrado Concept

Click past the jump to read about the Hyundai Intrado Concept

Source: Edmunds
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Lexus is famous for offering various special editions for its models. We’ve seen the LS400 Platinum Edition, the ES300 Coach Edition, and the SC430 Pebble Beach Edition in the past. It’s been a hot minute since the brand has had special packages such as these, and Lexus has announced that it will be offering a new, similar special edition for several of its models. The IS Crafted Line Edition, which will be offered on the 2015 IS 250 F Sport, is perhaps the most striking package yet, with gorgeous paint, contrasting trim, and a customized interior.

In usual fashion with these Special Edition Lexus models, all mechanics remain the same, but it’s the little bits and pieces that all come together to make these cars truly one-of-a-kind.

To ensure the highest level of exclusivity, Lexus is officially unveiling its Crafted Line Edition models at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Auto Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS Crafted Line Edition.

The Lexus LS is the crown jewel of Lexus’ luxury car lineup. It also belongs in a segment that includes the Mercedes S-Class , the Audi A8 , and the BMW 7 Series . That’s the epitome of competition right there. So how does Lexus separate the LS 460 F Sport from this three-headed German monster? Create a special edition line with TUMI, the ultimate lifestyle and accessories manufacturer, of course.

The collaboration between the Japanese auto brand and the high-end lifestyle and accessories company is called The Crafted Line. The good news is that the Crafted Line is available across a wide range of Lexus models. The bad news, at least in the case of the LS 460 F Sport , is that it has the fewest allotment of available models at just 750 units.

The LS 460 F Sport might feel slighted that the ES and the RX 350 F Sport both received 1,500 units of the Crafted Line, but look at this way, the LS 460 F Sport is the one model that can still stand out even without the goodies that come with the Crafted Line. That comes with the territory of already being a high-end luxury sedan.

The flip side to that is its exclusivity. With just 750 units available, we expect the LS 460 F Sport Crafted Line Edition to have plenty of interested buyers as soon as the model is launched in November 2014. In the meantime, look for the entire Crafted Line collection to be featured prominently at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LS Crafted Line Edition.

Looks like the Lexus LFA will finally get a successor after all. Ever since production of the LFA ended in 2012, the Japanese automaker hasn’t had a flagship supercar under its name. There was talk of a potential successor, but those discussions were eventually scuttled, leaving the company with a gaping hole in the top of its already potent model lineup. But something must’ve happened within the company to make it reverse course on its position.

Automotive News is reporting that Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin confirmed to reporters that the company will, in fact, build a successor to the LFA. The decision even has the blessing of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, which is the equivalent of taking this development to the bank.

"Akio believes that every generation deserves to have a car like an LFA, so we’re building an LFA for the generation we have today," Templin said during a ceremony in Japan dedicated to the Lexus NX. "At some point, there may be another special car for another generation."

No specific details have been divulged surrounding this new supercar but you can at least expect Lexus to dedicate a lot of time and money to test and develop it. That was the approach Lexus engineers took with the LFA and there’s no reason why it’s going to be different this time around.

For now, though, we’re just excited to hear that the LFA will get a successor. For a while, we didn’t think it was going to happen, so props go to Lexus for finally recognizing the obvious.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LFA.

If there ever was any doubt that Lexus is serious about its venture into the world of luxury, its new Crafted Line puts those questions to bed. The Crafted Line is available on a handful of Lexus models, including the LS 460 F Sport , GS 350 F Sport , IS 250 F Sport, RX 350 AWD F Sport and ES 350 . That’s a lot of models to choose from.

The GS 350 F Sport’s status as Lexus’ high-performing, midsized luxury sedan makes it an ideal base for the Crafted Line treatment. Not that it needs any more splashes of luxury , it just doesn’t hurt to get more of it. Owners get their GS 350 F Sport dressed up in combination of Ultra White and Obsidian with a two-tone black and red interior. The color combinations are particularly vexing with the red interior highlights, creating a splash of life to the otherwise classy shades of white and black on the body.

Lexus’ collaboration with TUMI further emphasizes the level of style and luxury the Japanese automaker put into creating the Crafted Line. Every model, including the GS 350 F Sport will receive an exclusive TUMI luggage set. The participation of TUMI is a big deal in building cache among business people, some of whom are probably loyal consumers of the high-end lifestyle and accessories brand.

Look for the Lexus GS 350 F Sport’s Crafted Line version to become a hit when it debuts at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance before its scheduled launch in November 2014. Only 875 GS 350 F Sport models will fall under the Crafted Line collection, so expect it to sell out faster than most of its brethren.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus GS Crafted Line Edition.

Just because the Lexus ES falls below the segment classifications of the LS , GS , and IS models, that doesn’t mean it can’t get the same amount of attention from the Crafted Line collection as the others received. On the contrary, the ES received more "love" than any other model in the Lexus lineup outside of the RX 350 F Sport.

Even with its standing in the lineup, the ES received the same level of customization and attention-to-detail as its big brothers. That begins with the Ultra White color of the sedan , and is accented by a contrasting Obsidian splashes on various sections of the body.

Like the rest of the Crafted Line collection, the Lexus ES Crafted Line Edition will be on display at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance before its launch in November 2014.

Don’t underestimate the selling power of the ES, especially when you’re looking at one of just 1,500 examples of the Crafted Line Edition. It’s still one of the cheapest models in the entire lineup line, so expect those who won’t be able to afford the GS 350 F Sport and the LS 460 F Sport to turn their attention to the ES 350 Crafted Line Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus ES Crafted Line Edition.

Lexus has come a long way with its reinvention. It’s done a great job at establishing an identity of its own and has succeeded in stepping out of the enormous shadow of Toyota. The new Lexus NX is a great example of that, but even this new SUV needs some upgrades. That’s where Toyota Racing Development (TRD) comes into the picture. Toyota’s in-house performance team has a bunch of new accessories for the Lexus NX. It’s not going to take a lot to add more aggression to the already-menacing look of the NX, but at least TRD is giving us the option to do so if we wanted.

It’s a pretty comprehensive kit that provides an impressive visual upgrade to the NX, especially the SUV’s F Sport variant. That’s not really a tall order considering the aggressive look the NX already has, but adding some upgrades here and there does help out a bit.

The new NX F Sport TRD kit is available for either the NX 200t or the NX 300h. Unfortunately, however, it looks like this kit is offered exclusively in Japan.

We’re holding out hope that Lexus brings the TRD kit to the US, but only if it costs less than what it’s going for in Japan. $8,000 for a pretty simple TRD kit isn’t a purchase we’re inclined to make anytime soon.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus NX By TRD.

Source: TRD
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Lexus’ IS line is very popular and a hot seller. The recently redesigned sedan combines futuristic, swoopy looks with typical Lexus luxury and build quality. It also has proven to be a legitimate sports sedan, besting both a BMW 335i and Cadillac ATS in independent testing. We recently reported on a possible coupe variant , and now we have a rendering of the IS C convertible update. The current IS C, while competent and classy, is a bit long in the tooth. It has been around since 2009 and, as of July 2014, hasn’t enjoyed the redesign the rest of the IS line received.

Our own Mark McNabb tested a 2014 IS 350 C F-Sport , and came away impressed with the drivetrain, luxurious interior, and power-folding hardtop. However, there is no denying the car’s age. Five years is an eternity in the automotive world, so Lexus needs to up its game and redesign

Click past the jump to see more about our rendering of the IS C and see what we expect it to bring to the table.


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