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Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX 460
After the announced cessation of production of the Lexus GX 460 last week due to media reports Consumer Reports in the United States (U.S.), Toyota Motor Corp. finally (TMC) in Japan announced it would call for improvement (recall) of the product from the market. Consumer Reports in the review did not recommend consumers to buy because the sport utility vehicle (SUV) is easily rolled out in emergency situations.

The manufacturer said it will repair damage to the vehicle stabilization systems software 13,000 units of these SUVs that have circulated. Of that total, 9400 units in the U.S. market while the rest scattered around the globe, among others, Russia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Canada.

“Since we first heard the issue was outstanding, Lexus and dealers we are moving quickly to reduce the existing turmoil. Our network will personally contact the customer to fix their cars,” said Mark Templin, vice president and general manager, Lexus Group, as reported by Bloomberg, Tuesday (20.4.2010).

In addition, the manufacturer also plans manarik 21,000 units of the Land Cruiser Prado models specifically countries with the position of the steering wheel on the left. Some countries it is, Russia, France, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Sudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

Mieko Iwasaki Toyota spokesman said the manufacturer also stop production activities for this model at the Tahara plant, Japan starting today until 28 April.

Meanwhile, Toyota has promised to deploy his engineers to address the findings made by the parties mediaConsumer Reports. Testing will be conducted for the GX 460 and Land Cruiser Prado which uses the same control system stability.

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Lexus GX 460 Paused

Lexus GX 460 Paused

The report from Consumer Reports magazine that warned consumers not to buy American automotive Lexus GX460 for the sake of safety, Toyota troublesome enough. Japan’s largest car manufacturer, Toyota Motor Corp.. (TMC) recently announced it will conduct tests of all models of sport utility vehicle (SUV). Within hours, came back a new policy.

Starting on Friday (16/4/2010), delaying production of the Lexus GX 460 is made in Tahara, Japan. The duration of the delay stipulated 12 days, following the ban on street sales that began this week. This information from Toyota’s headquarters, as quoted AP (16/4/2010).

Of the incident, Toyota also has decided to seven-passenger SUV merecall a sturdy and strong, just not marketed in North America. Also that in the Middle East, Russia and other countries.

Reaction from TMC so quickly is a promise or agreement with the affairs of Toyota’s safety. “I think Toyota has been very quick to respond to safety-related products,” said Rebecca Lindland, automotive analysis of-IHS Global Insight.

Lexus GX460 newly launched late last December, has sold 4787 units in the U.S.. The amount is carrying 10 percent of total sales for all Lexus models this year and only 1 percent of all Toyota products sold in America until the 1st quarter of 2010.

Lexus ES 350 2010 edition

Mazda Axela Sport Style 1,5 S
Lexus ES 350 2010 edition is not an aggressive sedan. If you want to take the car speeding with shock acceleration as the European sports car, the Lexus ES 350 is not an option. But if you are looking for is the softness, silence, sophistication and comfort, this car is the right choice.

Test Drive site claims that you can comfortably drink a cup of cappuccino while driving in it without fear of spilling everywhere. This car is very ‘smooth’ but still powerful. Six-speed automatic transmission capable of channeling energy without a pause as if in every shift.

Lexus ES 350 carrying the V6 engine can produce 3.500cc horsepower 272. 100km/jam speed can be obtained from at rest in just 6.8 seconds. Note that good for a big sedan like this.

We stepped on the gas pedal response will be felt immediately. Engine is very smooth because it is equipped with electro-hydraulic system that can reduce vibration.

Lexus ES 350 interior was no less enchanting. Many choices of wood panels that can add an elegant cabin car. For 2010 models, navigation facilities are getting better because it can function with voice commands.

Safety factor is of particular concern. In front there are dual airbags and dual knee airbags. Plus side airbags in the curtain airbags as well as to protect the head from heavy impact.

Lexus Models

Current models

The ES.

The GS.

IS: compact car RWD/AWD

2009 IS 250/IS 250 AWD/IS 350/IS 220d/IS F/IS 250C/IS 350C

ES: mid-size FWD

2009 ES 350/ES Pebble Beach Edition (U.S. only)

GS: mid-size RWD/AWD

2009 GS 350/GS 350 AWD/GS 460
2009 GS 450h

LS: full-size RWD/AWD

2009 LS 460/LS 460 AWD/LS 460 L/LS 460 L AWD
2009 LS 600h/LS 600h L/LS600h L Pebble Beach Edition (U.S. only)

SC: coup?/coup? convertible RWD

2009 SC 430

RX: mid-size crossover SUV

2009 RX 350/RX 350 Pebble Beach Edition (U.S. and Canada only)
2008 RX 400h

GX: mid-size sport utility vehicle

2009 GX 470

LX: full-size sport utility vehicle

2009 LX 570

Production model history

Shown from left to right: The 2007 LX, GX, and RX.

The LS and other Lexus vehicles on showroom display.

IS: compact RWD/AWD

2000 IS 200/IS 300
2006 IS 250/IS 250 AWD/IS 350/IS 220d
2008 IS F
2010 IS 250C/IS 350C

ES: mid-size FWD

1990 ES 250
1992 ES 300
1996 ES 300
2003 ES 330
2007 ES 350

GS: mid-size RWD/AWD

1993 GS 300
1998 GS 300/GS 400
2001 GS 430
2006 GS 300/GS 300 AWD/GS 430/GS 450h
2007 GS 350/GS 350 AWD/GS 460

LS: full-size RWD/AWD

1990 LS 400
2001 LS 430
2007 LS 460/LS 460 L
2008 LS 600h/LS 600h L
2009 LS 460 AWD/LS 460L AWD

SC: coup?/coup? convertible RWD

1992 SC 300/SC 400
2002 SC 430

RX: mid-size crossover SUV

1998 RX 300
2004 RX 330
2006 RX 400h
2007 RX 350

GX: mid-size sport utility vehicle

2003 GX 470

LX: full-size sport utility vehicle

1997 LX 450
1999 LX 470
2008 LX 570

Concept vehicles

The Lexus LF-A concept.

The Lexus LF-S concept.

LF series concepts

2003 LF-X: crossover
2003 LF-S: luxury sedan
2004 LF-C: convertible
2005 LF-A: sports coupe
2006 LF-Sh: hybrid luxury sedan
2007 LF-Xh: hybrid crossover
2008 LF-AR: roadster

Past concept vehicles

1994 Italdesign Lexus Landau: hatchback
1995 Lexus FLV: minivan
1997 Lexus Street Rod: roadster
1997 Lexus SLV: sport luxury vehicle
1997 Lexus HPS: sports sedan
2003 Lexus IS 430: sports sedan

Lexus History

The F1 project

The first LS 400 flagship sedan debuted in 1989, introducing Lexus to the world.

In 1983, Toyota Chairman Eiji Toyoda summoned a secret meeting of company executives, to whom he posed the question, ?Can we create a luxury vehicle to challenge the world’s best?? This question prompted Toyota to embark on a top-secret project, codenamed F1 (?Flagship? and ?No. 1 vehicle?). The F1 project, which eventually became known as the Lexus LS 400, aimed to develop a luxury car that would expand Toyota?s product line, giving it a foothold in the premium segment and offering both longtime and new customers an upmarket product. The F1 project followed the success of the Toyota Supra sports car and the luxury Toyota Cressida models. Both the Supra and Cressida were rear-wheel drive cars with a powerful 7M-GE/7M-GTE engine. The U.S. launch of the Acura marque by Honda three years prior also influenced Toyota in its plans for a luxury division. Around this same time, Nissan would unveil plans to create its own luxury division, Infiniti, while Mazda also considered developing a luxury division, to be called Amati.

Toyota researchers visited the U.S. in May 1985 to conduct focus groups and market research on luxury consumers. That summer, several F1 designers rented a home in Laguna Beach, California, to observe the lifestyles and tastes of American upper-class consumers. Toyota?s market research concluded that a separate brand and sales channel was needed to present its new luxury flagship, and plans were made to develop a new network of dealerships in the U.S. market.

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Lexus

Lexus (Japanese: ????,, Rekusasu?) is the Japanese luxury vehicle division of Toyota Motor Corporation. First introduced in the United States, where Lexus has become the highest-selling make of luxury cars, today Lexus brand name vehicles are available throughout the world. In 2005, the Lexus marque launched in Japan, marking the continued global expansion of the luxury division.

Lexus originated from a clandestine flagship sedan project which began in 1983. This effort developed into the original Lexus LS, which was the first vehicle to wear the Lexus marque upon its launch in 1989. In following years, Lexus added sedan, coupe, and SUV models. Hybrid drivetrains arrived in 2005, and the F-marque performance division debuted in 2007. From the start of production, Lexus vehicles have been consistently produced in Japan, with manufacturing centered in the Ch?bu and Ky?sh? regions. Assembly of the first Lexus built outside the country, the Ontario, Canada-produced RX, began in 2003.

Since 1989, Lexus has developed a reputation for vehicle reliability and customer service, as measured by independent surveys. In 2007, consumer ratings firm J.D. Power and Associates named Lexus the most reliable brand in the U.S. for the thirteenth year based on its Vehicle Dependability Survey, a measure of over 53,000 vehicle owners and problems experienced in the first three years of vehicle ownership. In recent years, Consumer Reports has also named Lexus among the top five most reliable brands in its Annual Car Reliability Surveys of over one million vehicles across the U.S.

The Lexus slogan is The Pursuit of Perfection.

Type
Division

Founded
1989

Founder
Eiji Toyoda

Headquarters
Toyota, Aichi, Japan

Area served
Worldwide

Key people
Kiyotaka Ise (Managing Officer)
Vince Socco (VP, Asia Pacific)
Andy Pfeiffenberger (VP, EU)
Mark Templin (VP, USA)

Industry
Automotive industry

Products
Automobiles

Parent
Toyota Motor Corporation

Divisions
F marque

Website
Lexus.com
Lexus.eu
Lexus.jp

Toyota_Aristo (Lexus GS)

The Lexus GS is a series of mid-size luxury sports sedans / executive cars sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. The first GS, based on the platform and running gear of the Toyota Crown, was introduced in 1993 in the United States, Europe and selected markets in Asia. The second generation model premiered in 1998, using a new platform and adding a V8 version for the first time outside Japan. The current third generation GS, which premiered globally for the 2006 model year, comes in both V6, V8, and hybrid versions (GS 450h performance hybrid).

The GS was designed to fill the gap between the ES and LS and to provide Lexus with a sports sedan which could compete with the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. In Japan, the GS was sold as the equivalent Toyota Aristo, which debuted in 1991 and was sold until the introduction of the Lexus marque there in 2005. Following the debut of the third generation GS, the Toyota Aristo was discontinued. Though essentially identical, GS and the Aristo differed in their engine and transmission combinations as well as equipment packages.

Manufacturer
Lexus

Parent company
Toyota Motor Corporation

Production
1991?present

Assembly
Tahara, Aichi, Japan

Class
Mid-size luxury sports sedan/
Executive car

Body style(s)
4-door sedan

Platform
S-Series

Related
Lexus IS

First generation (1991-1997)

With a body styled by the famous Italdesign Giugiaro firm, the Aristo was launched in October 1991, offering two inline-6 powered versions for the Japanese market: the 3.0Q and 3.0V. The 3.0Q Aristo featured a 2JZ-GE engine which produced 226?hp (169?kW). The 3.0V Aristo was equipped with a 24-valve twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE engine which produced 276?hp (205?kW). This twin-turbo engine was the same as could be found in the Toyota Supra Mk IV (JZA80). In 1992, a third model, the V8-powered 4.0Zi-Four (codename UZS143), joined the Aristo lineup. This model came with standard four-wheel drive and a 250 hp (186 kW) 1UZ-FE engine. This V8 had also been used in the first generation Lexus LS and the Toyota Crown Majesta. The Aristo/GS models were equipped with an independent, double-wishbone suspension setup. The only engine available for the export markets was the 2JZ-GE inline-6.

Second generation (1998-2005)

In 1998, the second generation Aristo was launched in Japan, codenamed JZS160 for models with the 2JZ-GE engines and JZS161 for those with the 2JZ-GTE twin-turbo engines. VVT-i was now standard, resulting in a bump in torque. The twin-turbo version was available with electronic four-wheel steering, VDC and an automatic gearbox with a manual sequential mode. No four-wheel drive models were offered. The new model’s styling was produced in-house, and featured quadruple headlights in a fashion similar to the Lexus SC coupe. Inside, electroluminiscent Lexus Optitron gauges were offered for the first time, along with an upgraded stereo system.

Third generation (2006-present)

The third generation GS was first introduced as a 2006 model at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. The initial model lineup included the GS 300 (GRS190), with a 3.0?L V6 3GR-FSE engine, and the GS 430 (UZS190), with the same 4.3?L V8 used in the previous model. The GS 300 featured a direct-injection engine for all markets except for Continental Asia, excluding Singapore. The 3.0 L engine was also found in the Toyota Mark X as well as the Zero Toyota Crown. An all-wheel drive option was made available in the GS 300, thus becoming the first Lexus sedan to offer an all-wheel drive configuration. Production of the third generation began on January 24, 2005. The equivalent Aristo was not released as Toyota sought to align all world markets, including Japan, using Lexus as their luxury brand worldwide.

Toyota Altezza

Altezza lights (also known as “Euro Taillights” and “Lexus Lights”) are vehicle tail lamp clusters consisting of one or more internal lamp units, covered with a clear (or tinted) acrylic cover made popular by Lexus. Some Altezza lights also include LED lighing.
The style was first used on the rear light clusters on the first generation Lexus IS, which was sold in Japan under the brandname Toyota Altezza. This iconic style of lamp units became known in many circles as ‘Lexus-style’ or ‘Altezza-style’ tail lights.

Prior to the release of the Altezza, the Mark IV Toyota Supra (probably inspired by Ferrari car designs at that time ) used an encased tail lamp assembly which essentially started the trend. The Mark I Altezza gained popularity due to the fact that the inside housing was finished in chrome whereas the Toyota Supra lamps came in a darker gun-metal grey color.

The Lexus IS is a series of entry-level luxury cars/compact executive cars produced by the Lexus marque of Toyota Motor Corporation. The IS was introduced as an entry-level sport model slotted below the ES in the Lexus lineup. The IS was originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan until the introduction of the second generation Lexus IS design. The Altezza name is still used at times to depict chromed car taillights like those fitted to the first generation model.

The first generation Altezza (codename XE10) was launched in Japan in October 1998, while the Lexus IS 200 (JCE10) made its debut in Europe in 1999 and in North America as the IS 300 in 2000. The first generation, straight-6-powered IS featured sedan and wagon variants. The second generation IS (GSE20) was launched globally in 2006 with V6-powered IS 250 and IS 350 sedan models. A high-performance V8 version, the IS-F, premiered in 2007. According to Lexus, the IS designation stands for Intelligent Sport.

Manufacturer
Lexus

Parent company
Toyota Motor Corporation

Production
1998?present

Assembly
Tahara, Aichi, Japan
Ky?sh?, Japan

Class
Entry-level luxury car/Compact executive car

Platform
S-Series

First Generation
Produced as a direct competitor to the luxury sport sedans of the leading European luxury marques, the Altezza/IS was designed with a greater performance emphasis than typically seen on prior Japanese luxury vehicles. The design received critical acclaim at its 1998 launch, and was awarded Japan’s “Car of the Year” honor for 1998-1999. A year later, Lexus began marketing the IS equivalent models in Europe, and the IS debuted in the U.S. as a 2001 model.

The Altezza came in 3 variants:

The AS200 (Chassis code TA-SXE-10, sedan or TA-GXE-10 FR Gita wagon, TA-GXE-15, 4WD Gita wagon), powered by a 1G-FE inline-6 engine generating 160 PS JIS (118 kW) or 155 PS DIN (114 kW) and mated to a 6?speed manual transmission (4?speed automatic optional)
The RS200 (Chassis code GH-SXE-10, sedan) powered by a Yamaha tuned 3S-GE inline-4 engine generating 210 PS JIS (154 kW) and mated to a 6?speed transmission (5?speed automatic optional)
The AS300 (Chassis code TA-JCE-10 FR Gita Wagon, or TA-JCE-15, 4WD Gita wagon) powered by a 2JZ-GE inline-6 engine generating 220 PS JIS (162 kW) or 215 hp SAE (160 kW) and mated to only a 5?speed automatic for the FR Gita Wagon or a 4?speed automatic for the 4WD Gita Wagon.

Second Generation
The IS was completely redesigned for the 2006 model year and was introduced in the fall of 2005. The Toyota Altezza name ceased to be used with the introduction of the Lexus name in Japan. A pre-production car of the second generation IS model was shown in the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. The slow-selling SportCross station wagon version was dropped from the lineup worldwide.

The new IS was the second debut of Lexus’ new L-finesse design philosophy on a production vehicle, following the premiere of the 2006 Lexus GS performance sedan. The new IS design featured sleeker, coupe-like contours, a fastback profile, and a repeated arrowhead motif in the front fascia and side windows. The forward design was reminiscent of the earlier Lexus LF-C coupe concept. The second generation IS made its North American debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.

For Japan, the United States and Canada, three IS models are sold by Lexus:

IS?250 – 2.5?L V6, 204?hp (153?kW), rear wheel drive
IS?250 AWD – 2.5?L 4GR-FSE V6 with all wheel drive, 204?hp (153?kW)
IS?350 – 3.5?L 2GR-FSE V6, 306?hp (228?kW), rear wheel drive

In parts of Europe, two IS models are sold by Lexus:

IS?250 – 2.5?L V6, 204?hp (152?kW), rear wheel drive
IS?220d – 2.2?L Inline-4, 175?hp (130?kW), diesel engine, rear wheel drive, manual transmission only