Last year Lexus sold 244,166 cars in the US, slotting into third place in the luxury segment behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Earlier this year Lexus said its target was 260,000 units in the US (which would still put it behind BMW's and Mercedes' numbers from last year), but Automotive News reports that it has raised its upper outlook to 270,000 cars.

The half-year pace hasn't been enough to make either number, but Lexus is gunning for a 15-percent gain in IS sales behind the arrival of the 2014 model, and this is also the first full year of sales of the new ES and LS. Lexus will most likely end the year in third place in the luxury segment behind BMW and Mercedes again, even if it does sell 270,000 units, but has said its prime directive is "good, steady growth."


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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new IS looks very rice, but think about their target demographic; 30-something males employed in tech industries. These guys are probably coming from a Scion/WRX/etc with a ridiculous body kit and triple-decker spoiler. The IS is the perfect step-up car for them.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        I should add that the previous two IS models have timeless styling; conservative but with an edge. Decades from now, they will still look classy, but this one will look like a "fad".
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          Paul, I think "Iconic", thanks largely to the iron I-6 from the Supra that was nigh-indestructable. Those taillights weren't pretty, but the Decepticon taillights on the new model are a travesty. I can't even think of what the taillights on the 2nd-gen look like, which is a good thing.
          Paulevalence
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          I agree, I think the main reason that I think of "fad" is because design was so iconic that it inspired the fad for everyone to put similar style tail lights on civics, suvs, anything. Sort of like what happened to the BMW Halo style headlights
          Paulevalence
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          All I know is when I see that first gen IS and the altezza style taillights I think "fad"
        Mr Sled
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Dammit. U got me. Doh!
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota needs to get with the times. The 328i has what, 10% better highway fuel economy, 20% more power, and vastly better low end torque than the IS 250. Heck, even Mazda's new n/a 2.5L makes the same torque as the V6 in the IS, with 30% better fuel economy. Toyota's engines are a decade behind, compared to the state-of-the-art.
      RobbieP
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is awful ... it's like someone has stuck a really terrible ground effects kit on it!
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      The IS is like the 12 civic, it will get a redesign for 15.
      MIKE
      • 1 Year Ago
      god awful ugly!!!
      Ajay Dionysus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those headlights are a hot mess. Not to mention the absurd swoop in the side profile of the tail lights. Yet, worst of all is the grille which looks like the gaping maw of some strange sea creature. I would much rather have a new CLA 45 AMG or Q50. It's hard to believe a fully loaded IS will run you just north of 50k. The next redesign can't come soon enough.
      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thang is the epitome of what's called a "visual vomit"
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw this car yesterday in white, which is not its color. Black was better because most of the oddness was hidden by the color. The GS was more conservative and better looking in my opinion and this new IS is too radical looking. I mean it's different, but ill pass on that front end. I hope the GS refresh doesn't make it look IS like
      Indubitably
      • 1 Year Ago
      This reminds of the the late 90s. What I mean by that are popular DESTRUCTOR/TERMINATOR 10K (just example names) body kits you could buy for your beater Honda Civic.
      SCC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a fan but the LFA inspired gague cluster does look sweet.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a shark.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw the new ES in a parking lot. Looks much better in person than it does in pictures. The new designs are going to sell really well.
        • 1 Year Ago
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