Nieman Marcus will sell Lexus the LS 600h L Launch Edition

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]


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 "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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