Toyota Motorsport GmbH has been tasked with running the company's F1, WEC and WRC efforts. But it also serves as the European service center for the Lexus LFA, so Xcar stopped by to check it out while it was in Cologne.
Chris Harris tries the Lexus RC-F on the track and on the road. Finding it "a curious blend of things," he's slightly put off by its weight when trying to twist it around a track, but its styling, cabin, sounds and non-German aura make it rewarding as a GT.
Lexus' Super Bowl commercial for the RC 350 starring an RC version sliding around didn't make it to the top of many lists of the night's favorite ads. However, it was still a huge hit for the brand by driving a significant increase in traffic to learn more about the coupe.
Lexus will run a 30-second spot for the NX during this year's Super Bowl, while BMW announces it will be showcasing the i3 in a 60-second spot. Four other carmakers have announced plans to join the party, down from 11 carmakers who advertised during last year's event.
Automotive News article says the Lexus December to Remember campaign started in 1998 that helped turn December into one of the biggest months of the year for car sales. Before that - and "that" wasn't that long ago - December was close to last in sales because no one seriously considered buying a car for Christmas.
People tend to get very set in their ways when it comes to the pronunciation of words. Just look at the endless debates over whether or not to say the final 'e' in Porsche (which you should in terms of correct German enunciation). Or the argument about whether to follow the British convention and give the 'u' in Jaguar a special delivery or to say the 'ua' diphthong as more of a 'w' sound, as usually happens in the US.
Whether you love or hate its chiseled, angular lines and spindle grille, the Lexus NX is a big step for the brand as it jumps into the sea of luxury compact crossovers. We've already checked out the new CUV, and to promote its European launch, along with a different nose, Lexus has teamed up with producer and musician Will.I.Am for a commercial titled Striking Angles.
We all know that street racing is dangerous, and that motorsports are best left on the track or drag strip. However, that doesn't mean that there still isn't some outlaw allure among enthusiasts of racing on public roads. In this video, Vice Japan profiles Eikichi Nagayoshi of Japan's island of Okinawa. He is a used car dealer by day and an illegal racer by night.
Having driven its RC F into the party at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, Lexus is making the most of the exposure. We recently saw the blue coupe showing off its L-Finesse curves with a curvaceous Lisalla Montenegro. And a new video shows how the magazine ad will also work without a bikinied sidekick, showing off the Lexus' own body and sounds in a 3D app for iOS and Android.
Lexus has been desperate to break out of its decidedly boring image for years. There is no doubt that it has made quality cars, but many of them have lacked for excitement. But with the new RC in 2014, especially the M4-fighting RC F version, it might finally turn some heads.
Before kicking off the Detroit Auto Show, the Society of Automotive Analysts had Toyota CEO Jim Lentz come on stage to say some words about the future of the auto industry, as well as what's coming for Toyota. While this type of information would normally stay off our radar, a video of his speech likely gives us our first look – albeit low-res – at the production version of the Lexus NX compact crossover.