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The Nieman-Marcus InCircle program, designed for customers belonging to the luxury retailer's customer recognition program, will offer 100 specially-equipped Lexus LS 600h L Launch Edition models in recognition of its 100th anniversary this year. For the fortunate 100 obtaining these vehicles, Lexus has put together a package that demonstrates all of the unique and innovative features that differentiate the Lexus brand in the luxury segment.

The 100 LS 600h L Launch Edition models will feature a unique exterior color called Truffle Mica, as well as an Alabaster interior featuring special badging that bears the sequential number of each of the 100 LS 600h L Launch Edition model produced. Unique nineteen-inch chrome wheels and a custom Italian leather luggage set that matches the interior will complete the aesthetics onslaught. Along with the myriad of technologies with which the LS 600h has been stuffed, the now-infamous Advanced Parking Guidance System will also be offered as an option.

Manufacturers obiously go to great lengths to be a part of the Nieman-Marcus vehicle program. With the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction, perhaps these unique and rare specially-built vehicles will someday make an impact in the collector car market.

Read the press release and see more pics after the jump

[Sources: Lexus , Nieman Marcus]


PRESS RELEASE:

Luxury Retailer's InCircle(R) Members to Be Among the First to Own World's
First Luxury Full Hybrid V8 Vehicle

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 4 -- In celebration of Neiman Marcus' 100th anniversary in October, Lexus is making available 100 specially equipped LS 600h L Launch Edition models to be offered through the retailer to its InCircle(R) members -- customers belonging to the luxury retailer's customer recognition program. The InCircle program has a long history of established partnerships with select companies dedicated to excellence. To that end, Neiman Marcus this year offers this exclusively designed vehicle from Lexus directly to
its InCircle members.

Offered to Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman customers, the InCircle program provides members the opportunity to earn points on an annual basis. These points may be redeemed at any time throughout the year once the customer has accumulated enough for the gift of their choice. Additional program information can be obtained at http://www.InCircle.com. "Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, InCircle has been known for
serving individuals who demand the finest and are committed to luxury as a constant in their lives," said Jeffrey Netzer, vice president of Neiman Marcus Customer Programs. He continued, "InCircle is proud to announce
Lexus as our newest automotive partner to participate in our renowned customer recognition program. We are pleased to extend this exclusive purchase offer with one of the most prestigious automotive brands to our members."

The LS 600h L is the world's first luxury full hybrid V8 vehicle, available to the public mid-2007. But for the fortunate few, 100 specially-equipped Limited Edition models of Lexus' most inspired and innovative vehicle will be available for purchase by InCircle members. "Lexus is proud to offer this revolutionary car to Neiman Marcus' most loyal and discerning customers," said Deborah Meyer, vice president of marketing for Lexus. "They will not be disappointed -- the LS 600h L stands alone in its class as the world's foremost hybrid vehicle in performance,
style, safety and luxury." Each of the 100 LS 600h L Launch Edition models will feature a special exterior color, Truffle Mica, a sophisticated four-coat color with a lustrous clear coat highlighting the fluid, sculpted lines of the LS. The interior will feature a luxurious Alabaster color, with interior badging that marks the LS 600h L as a Launch Edition vehicle. Exclusive 19-inch chrome alloy wheels have been created for this edition LS. In addition,
owners will receive a specially crafted Italian leather luggage set that will match the unique interior color scheme.

The hybrid-drive system in the LS 600h L combines an all-new five-liter V8 gasoline engine with large, high-output electric motors and a newly designed large-capacity battery pack. This advanced combination will provide the LS 600h L with an unmatched balance of environmental efficiency and a peak combined output rating of more than 430 horsepower. Technology amenities will include voice-activated hard disk drive (HDD) Navigation with Bluetooth(R) technology and XM real-time traffic system, a first in the prestige luxury segment, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with power nine-inch drop-down screen, and the specially developed 19-speaker 450-watt Mark Levinson(R) Reference Surround Sound audio system, which creates a new standard for automotive sound systems. In addition, the LS 600h L will be the world's first vehicle to be equipped with LED
headlights for nighttime and low-beam use. The all-new LS 600h L will offer an Advanced Parking Guidance System. The driver simply selects a parking spot, lines up the vehicle and pushes a button and the system parks the car with just a little brake work by the driver.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I see we have some real BMWs and MBs fans on this board. You must own some of the early 2000s or late 90s automobiles from those lux brands. The last time I checked. BMWs designs are shit and MBs are just shit! Lexus - souless-less? Yes! But what's the use of having an exciting automobile that's always at the dealer? Wise up you jerks! Smart consumers want dependability. Even the ones with money. Lexus has been on the rise for the past decade. They must be doing something right. While MBs quality has been sinking fast. BMWs are still fun to drive. If you can get past their fugly designs. I think that most of you probably never owned a Lexus, BMW or MB in your life. It's just another attempt to bash the Japs for making good automobiles. Automobiles that are quite successful on U.S. soil.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Isn't Lexus the to luxury brand in the U.S.?
      • 8 Years Ago
      How the hell does somebody spend five million dollars at a department store, even if it is Neiman Marcus?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone care about NeedlessMarkups or Lexus??
      • 6 Years Ago
      when it comes to dependability, Lexus is still the leader jealous or envy we used big names in cars but we still know the truth LEXUS is still at the LEAD
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! While some of you may think that Toyota's American presence is bunk and that American cars rule, I respectfully object because US car brands don't have the attention to detail, safety, environment and social ethics, and longevity that Japanese brands do!

      And as an owner of a '01 VW Jetta (which I would never purchase VW again!), I find that European brands, while stylish and refined, lack a balance of comfort and value. Maintenance costs are outlandish given the unreliability of long-term usage.

      But as a current owner of:
      2007 Scion tC
      2006 Scion xB Release Series Limited Edition
      2005 Scion xB
      2003 Toyota Highlander
      2001 Honda Accord
      1986 Toyota Corolla

      I can't wait to buy the new LS460L or LS600hL this year!!! If I was capable of qualifying for the N-M InCircle I would buy this limited edition. It makes me drool and I would love to collect Toyota/Lexus/Scion cars for years to come!

      I think that the unoriginal, antiquated, unsafe, and unreliable designs of US auto makers make younger buyers, like myself, biased AGAINST any GM or Ford. Instead...we should just wipe the slate clean of those brands and welcome Toyota with open arms!!!

      And to che, I'm a 31-year-old RETIRED database professional who never lead a dull life in middle management. The real fact is that young professionals and metropolitan/suburban dwellers are favoring Japanese makes and that the only demographic that American cars hold on to are blue-collar, low-wage, and rural buyer. That is what is leading to the financial demise of Detroit, the fact that their buyers can scarcely afford mid to high-end cars nor are they people who can purchase repeatedly.
        • 8 Years Ago
        For those that know what they want, I have a LS600H that might be available for Sale !! My Clients wife if going back and forth if she really wants one !!

        Email me @
        Amiodynski@msn.com for more info !!
      • 8 Years Ago
      what does lexus rule, exactly? boring, pathetic, overpriced jap car. period.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Lexus will never become a coveted or a desired collector's item."

      Nor will any BMW on the market besides the M cars. And people said a Toyota luxury brand would never catch on in America. Lexus is on top in North America and sales have finally picked up in Europe.

      If that's all you have on Lexus, then you don't have much. If Bimmers and Benzes keep having electrical and reliability problems, you can see them go the way of Jaguar--downhill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most of the consumers in this market place aren't worried about driving "excitement", they want an easy luxury car that they can drive, and everyone else can now that they can afford a Lexus. It also helps that Lexus has a good reputation for building quality cars that are usually cheaper than Mercedes-Benz.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Basicly, Most People who buys BMW or MBZ know nothing about cars, literraly. They know nothing... they just buy it bcuss of it's badge. Car enthusiast knows, bcuss they research and and it's a fact Lexus builds fine quality car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the last four posts might be, combined, the four stupidest things i have ever heard in my life... wow, autoblog's readership is in bad shape.
      • 8 Years Ago
      sorry, i means #11,12,13, &14 are the stupidest things i have ever heard. #15 is spot on. what do japanese cars rule exactly? nothing. they rule over the middle management type who will never get anywhere in his career, has a dull life where he goes to work at 9am and comes back at 5pm, and his only use/care for the car is that it take him from point 1 to point 2 as cheaply as possible. that's not what cars are for. cars are for dreaming, for riding, for passion, for racing. japanese cars have never and will never EVER be able to do any of these things (WRX, Evo, Miata and Nissan are the only notable exceptions)
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