• 2011 Lexus IS-F
    by Alina Moore, on March 24, 2010, 14:00
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2014 Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition

2014 Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition

Back in 2001, the Lexus IS 300 debuted to give the Japanese automaker a competitor for the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. The IS 350 took its place in 2006 with a revised body and a new, 3.5-liter engine. The IS 350 received yet another redesign in 2014, giving it a more modern design to better handle the growing and changing luxury sedan realm. Markets other than the U.S. received a hybrid IS 300h for the 2013 model year (same as the U.S.-Spec 2014 model year) and at the tail end of 2014, the UK earns a new trim for the IS 300h dubbed the Executive Edition.

The Lexus IS 300h is the kind of car that already speaks for itself. It looks good, and it has an impressive and efficient powertrain. But every so often, a highly regarded car like the IS 300h is still subject to more improvements. Not that any of us are complaining because an even better equipped IS 300h means a more attractive model for customers. That’s what happened here after Lexus introduced a new Executive Edition model to the IS 300h range. The changes aren’t significant enough to completely change the model’s aesthetics, but it’s still significant enough to warrant our applause.

With all these add-ons, the IS 300h Executive Edition only costs £33,385, which is about $57,000 based on exchange rates (7/1/2014). That represents an increase of just £3,390 ($5,780), which is affordable enough for some new digs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition.

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2012 Lexus GS 250

2012 Lexus GS 250

Lexus has officially unveiled the GS 250 sedan - the smallest version of the GS family - on the British market. The new model will go on sale in June 2012, along with the GS 450h and the F-Sport version.

The new GS 250 uses a 2.5-liter V6 petrol engine with D-4S direct port injection and Dual VVT-i intelligent valve timing. The engine delivers a total of 206 HP at 6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 186 lb-ft delivered at 4,800 rpm. It is mated to Lexus’s Super ECT-i close-ratio intelligent six-speed automatic transmission, with a sequential manual shift function. The car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 142 mph.

The list of standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch multimedia screen, a new S-flow air conditioning system with nanoe air purifying technology, and a new Mark Levinson audio system with up to 17 speakers. And just like all the other GS models, the driver can adjust vehicle behavior to suit road conditions and driving preferences using the Drive Mode Select. This system gives the option of Eco, Normal, and Sport S modes, while versions equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension will also offer a Sport S+ mode for even more dynamic performance.

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2011 Lexus RX 450h SE-I

2011 Lexus RX 450h SE-I

It seems that 2011 has started in style for British customers with a special edition Lexus RX 450h. Called the SE-I, this new version comes fully equipped for the cold season. The model is already available for order, and with prices starting from £49,398 (£48,899 for the model and an additional £499 for the package).

The SUV’s exterior is distinguished by a new roof rails and a rear bumper protect, plus front and rear under-run plates and a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside there is a tough boot liner for those occasions where muddy boots are a problem. There is a refrigerated cool box that can not only keep your food and drinks cold, but can also keep them warm during those winter months. The option list includes: Remote Touch control, electrically operated tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, Lexus Navigation System, and a 12-speaker audio system.

Under the hood, everything remains the same. The Lexus RX450h will feature a Lexus Hybrid Drive system with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This, combined to a new, more efficient inverter delivers 295 hp, 27 more hp than the current generation RX hybrid.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus IS Celebration Edition

2010 Lexus IS Celebration Edition

Lexus decided to mark its 20 years in the UK with a special Celebration Edition for the IS sports saloon range. For a limited time, customers receive a “complimentary upgrade” that will allow them to purchase the IS F-Sport for the price of a new IS 250 or 220d SE-I model. This special edition is now available for order at any Lexus UK dealer.

The new Celebration Edition isn’t just your average IS-F either. This special edition gets all kinds of additions to perk up the style quota. The package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather and Alcantara sports front seats, an aluminum pedal set, sports steering wheel, bootlid spoiler, mesh front grille, lowered suspension (IS 250 F-Sport only), and F-Sport badging. All of these items have a combined customer value of £1,680.

The new Lexus IS Celebration Edition will also be offered with three years of complimentary servicing, meaning a big reduction in running costs for customers.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Lexus IS-F

2011 Lexus IS-F

Lexus UK revealed today the first details about the forthcoming 2011 IS-F Sports sedan. For the first time in its history, the IS-F line will be offered not just with a limited slip differential, but also new high-tech features and a cool new all-white interior lead. The car, which is available exclusively in the UK, will come with a price tag starting at £55,595.

Thanks to its new standard limited slip differential, the IS-F offers better traction and stability in high-speed cornering. But as far as technical changes are concerned, this will be the only one the IS-F Sports sedan model will come in. Underneath its hood will be the same 5.0-liter V8 engine rated at 416 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 371 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 5,200 rpm.

Another thing: the 2011 IS-F will also get a new satellite navigation system, powered by a 40GB hard disc drive (HDD), 14-speaker Mark Levinson 5.1 surround sound system and a new white leather interior in place of the standard black finish.

UPDATE 08/27/2010: Lexus has given out some new details for the IS-F just ahead of the Paris Auto Show. On the exterior, the sedan gets HID headlamps with integral, arrowhead, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) and a new a new Starlight Black GF finish. In the interior, it gets new dark sliver fiber inserts, and a change of contrasting stitching for the leather upholstery from white to blue. A revised front seat design offers improved driver support, and a new steering wheel improves grip and feel. Check out more photos of the IS-F in the gallery after the jump.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus IS F-Sport

2010 Lexus IS F-Sport

Lexus UK announced that the 2010 IS range will go on sale with the addition of a new F-Sport grade available for both IS 250 and 220d models. The F-Sport grade is inspired by the IS-F and includes a lowered suspension (IS 250 only), exclusive 18-inch wheels and an IS F-style front grille and rear bootlid spoiler.

The interior gets aluminum sports pedals, IS F-style sports seats, steering wheel and (on the IS 250 automatic) gear lever.

The IS 220d with F-Sport is priced at £28.290 and the IS 250 F-Sport automatic at £29,365.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Lexus IS 250 SR

2008 Lexus IS 250 SR

Not only the IS-F can be hot; Lexus unveiled a sportier version of the IS 250 on the UK market. No, is not about a performance package, just a full body kit and the "SR" letters in the title.

The body kit features deep skirts to the front, rear and sides of the car, a rear spoiler and 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. Owners who want to make a sportier statement can order the optional five-spoke 18-inch Tsuki rims. Inside the only additions to the IS 250 SR concern the aluminum scuff plates and pedals along with the standard heated front seats.

The IS 250 SR is offered in three exterior colours -Velvet Black and Cadoxton Slate and Argento Ice metallic finishes. All are matched to Worcester Black interior fabric trim.

Under the hood there is the standard 204Hp 2.5-liter V6 engine.

The IS 250 SR will go on sale in the UK from 19 May price £24,990 (manual) and £25,800 (automatic).

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Lexus is 2008 Highest Ranked Brand

Lexus is 2008 Highest Ranked Brand

Lexus is the highest ranked brand in the J.D. Power and Associates/What Car? 2008 UK Customer Satisfaction Index Study.

The result gives Lexus an unbroken record of eight consecutive years as the highest ranking
brand - one for every year it has been eligible for consideration. It is an achievement unmatched by any other manufacturer and is a reflection of the successful investment Lexus continues to make in delivering products and service of the highest quality.

Belinda Poole, Lexus Director, said: “This is a fantastic result for Lexus, it provides an independent assessment of our success in setting high industry benchmarks for product quality and customer service.

“We also believe that achieving the highest ranking helps demonstrate how Lexus’s industry lead in bringing a full range of hybrid power models to market has not diminished our ability to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

The J.D. Power and Associates 2008 UK Customer Satisfaction Index Study was produced from more than 16,000 responses from owners of cars registered between September 2005 and August 2006, representing 28 brands and 100 individual models.

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Lexus launched £6 Million Hybrid Campaign in the UK

Lexus launched £6 Million Hybrid Campaign in the UK

Luxury car maker Lexus has announced a substantial multimedia ad campaign promoting its industry-leading range of hybrid models for the fourth quarter of 2007. The spend of more than £6 million includes national TV, landmark billboard, on-line, and magazine activities.
Designed and co-ordinated by full service agency CHI & Partners with communications planning from ZenithOptimedia, the campaign will emphasise the engineering innovations that have enabled Lexus to build a range of high (...)

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2007 Lexus RX350 Limited Edition

2007 Lexus RX350 Limited Edition

Lexus ushers in 2007 with a new addition to its RX range, the RX 350 Limited Edition. This special version of Lexus’s luxury SUV benefits from a higher specification at a price that represents exceptional customer value. And, of course, owners are guaranteed Lexus’s class-leading levels of refinement and reliability, together with customer service that is second to none in the industry.

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