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  • Lexus has big plans for the Tokyo Motor Show, as it's set to debut enhanced versions of most of its best-selling cars. The company has a rich history with the Japanese auto show, having debuted high-performance flagships like the RC F and LFA there in previous years. While the LC500 might be filling the GT Coupe niche, Lexus apparently isn't stopping there. According to Lexus Enthusiast, there's a new high-performance version of the full-sized luxury LS on the way, which will act as Lexus' new halo car.Lexus Enthusiast found a page in an obscure Japanese car magazine that displayed a few pictures of the car, dubbed the LS F. With its familiar aggressive look that denotes the current Lexus design language and teardrop-shaped "F" logos running down the flanks of the car, this is definitely a promising concept. Remember, the Lexus RC F was leaked the same way back in 2014, so any speculation about the new car may not be far off. Since the new LS is the first generat..

    Twin-Turbocharged V-8 Lexus LS F May Head to Tokyo Motor Show

    Lexus has big plans for the Tokyo Motor Show, as it's set to debut enhanced versions of most of its best-selling cars. The company has a rich history with the Japanese auto show, having debuted high-performance flagships like the RC F and LFA there in previous years. While the LC500 might be filling the GT Coupe niche, Lexus apparently isn't stopping there. According to Lexus Enthusiast, there's a new high-performance version of the full-sized luxury LS on the way, which will act as Lexus' new halo car.Lexus Enthusiast found a page in an obscure Japanese car magazine that displayed a few pictures of the car, dubbed the LS F. With its familiar aggressive look that denotes the current Lexus design language and teardrop-shaped "F" logos running down the flanks of the car, this is definitely a promising concept. Remember, the Lexus RC F was leaked the same way back in 2014, so any speculation about the new car may not be far off. Since the new LS is the first generat..
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  • Related Stories U.S. sales slip; SAAR falls to 16.13 million on Harvey impact DALLAS -- Toyota Motor North America, behind stronger truck demand, posted a U.S. sales gain in August for the third-straight month despite some drag by its Lexus luxury division.U.S. sales at the automaker rose by 6.8 percent to 227,625 units compared to the year-earlier month. There was one more selling day in August compared to last year, but sales weakened in recent days as Hurricane Harvey hit South Texas.The recent gains put the automaker's sales down just 1.3 percent year-to-date compared with the same period in 2016, according to Toyota data.At the Toyota division, sales rose 8 percent in August on the strength of booming light trucks and the combination of promotions on the outgoing 2017 Camry midsize sedan and improving availability of the redesigned 2018 Camry. Sales included a small number of units from the defunct ..

    TOYOTA: 3rd-straight gain despite Lexus drag

    Related Stories U.S. sales slip; SAAR falls to 16.13 million on Harvey impact DALLAS -- Toyota Motor North America, behind stronger truck demand, posted a U.S. sales gain in August for the third-straight month despite some drag by its Lexus luxury division.U.S. sales at the automaker rose by 6.8 percent to 227,625 units compared to the year-earlier month. There was one more selling day in August compared to last year, but sales weakened in recent days as Hurricane Harvey hit South Texas.The recent gains put the automaker's sales down just 1.3 percent year-to-date compared with the same period in 2016, according to Toyota data.At the Toyota division, sales rose 8 percent in August on the strength of booming light trucks and the combination of promotions on the outgoing 2017 Camry midsize sedan and improving availability of the redesigned 2018 Camry. Sales included a small number of units from the defunct ..
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  • As long as gas prices stay low, sales of sedans and compact cars will stay low with them. Automakers are seeing the market shift toward chunkier, less efficient vehicles as a response to cheaper gas, and are responding in suit. Volkswagen alone has two new crossovers planned for sale in the US— the T-Roc and Crozz. Lexus, however, whose sales have been typically more sedan-oriented, has seen sales in the first half of 2017 slip for the first time in six years. They attribute this shrinkage to a combination of buyers' changing preferences and some misalignment with competitors' model refresh cycles.According to a report by Reuters, global Lexus sales fell from 319,275 between January and June of 2016 to 305,169 in the same period of 2017, a 4.4 percent dip. Both US and domestic Japanese sales declined, 10 and 23 percent respectively, but on the bright side, sales in China leapt 30 percent. The underwhelming sales are expected to be around 650,000 at year's end, 4 percent..

    Lexus’ Sales Suffer For The First Time In Six Years

    As long as gas prices stay low, sales of sedans and compact cars will stay low with them. Automakers are seeing the market shift toward chunkier, less efficient vehicles as a response to cheaper gas, and are responding in suit. Volkswagen alone has two new crossovers planned for sale in the US— the T-Roc and Crozz. Lexus, however, whose sales have been typically more sedan-oriented, has seen sales in the first half of 2017 slip for the first time in six years. They attribute this shrinkage to a combination of buyers' changing preferences and some misalignment with competitors' model refresh cycles.According to a report by Reuters, global Lexus sales fell from 319,275 between January and June of 2016 to 305,169 in the same period of 2017, a 4.4 percent dip. Both US and domestic Japanese sales declined, 10 and 23 percent respectively, but on the bright side, sales in China leapt 30 percent. The underwhelming sales are expected to be around 650,000 at year's end, 4 percent..
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  • There are unfortunately-timed promo campaigns, and then there are ill-conceived ones. A recent campaign by Lexus in Canada fell into the latter category, when the Japanese automaker teamed up with the Calgary Airport Authority and YYC Calgary International Airport to offer premium Lexus-only parking spaces close to the airport's facilities, according to the CBC. The CAA green-lit the conversion of five handicapped parking spots into these spots meant exclusively for Lexus customers, with CAA spokeswoman Judy Moseley citing cash flow as the airport's incentive to paint over the handicapped spaces. "We're always looking at different ways to diversify our revenue stream," said Moseley to the CBC.As one might have expected, a complaint was filed by a family who arrived at the airport expecting to use the handicapped parking spots they were familiar with in the facility's short-term parking zone...only to find Lexus logos painted on the ground instead of the familiar w..

    Lexus Turns Handicapped Parking Spots into ‘Lexus Only’ Zone at Calgary Airport

    There are unfortunately-timed promo campaigns, and then there are ill-conceived ones. A recent campaign by Lexus in Canada fell into the latter category, when the Japanese automaker teamed up with the Calgary Airport Authority and YYC Calgary International Airport to offer premium Lexus-only parking spaces close to the airport's facilities, according to the CBC. The CAA green-lit the conversion of five handicapped parking spots into these spots meant exclusively for Lexus customers, with CAA spokeswoman Judy Moseley citing cash flow as the airport's incentive to paint over the handicapped spaces. "We're always looking at different ways to diversify our revenue stream," said Moseley to the CBC.As one might have expected, a complaint was filed by a family who arrived at the airport expecting to use the handicapped parking spots they were familiar with in the facility's short-term parking zone...only to find Lexus logos painted on the ground instead of the familiar w..
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  • Related Stories Chevy's new crossover takes shape A three-row variant of the segment-leading Lexus RX has been captured by spy photos while testing in Southern California, signaling the seven-seat family crossover is closing in on the launch pad. Lexus dealers are itching to take on competitors such as the Acura MDX with their own seven-seat family hauler. The RX continues to dominate the midsize premium crossover market, even with U.S. sales falling 2.7 percent to 56,369 through July. The RX "L" features a longer rear overhang and a more upright roof to better accommodate riders in the far back, but otherwise, it isn't much different from the two-row version. Lexus was able to accommodate the third row with few physical changes. For the three-row model, there should be both a standard 350 and a hybrid 450h, mirroring the versions of the two-row crossover. Lexus could use the three-row model as an ..

    Lexus’ 3-row RX on deck

    Related Stories Chevy's new crossover takes shape A three-row variant of the segment-leading Lexus RX has been captured by spy photos while testing in Southern California, signaling the seven-seat family crossover is closing in on the launch pad. Lexus dealers are itching to take on competitors such as the Acura MDX with their own seven-seat family hauler. The RX continues to dominate the midsize premium crossover market, even with U.S. sales falling 2.7 percent to 56,369 through July. The RX "L" features a longer rear overhang and a more upright roof to better accommodate riders in the far back, but otherwise, it isn't much different from the two-row version. Lexus was able to accommodate the third row with few physical changes. For the three-row model, there should be both a standard 350 and a hybrid 450h, mirroring the versions of the two-row crossover. Lexus could use the three-row model as an ..
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  • TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. is introducing a high-performance series consisting of souped-up staples as it accelerates efforts to jazz up its image. The “GR” series made its debut in Japan with seven variants including the Prius plug-in hybrid and Vitz subcompact at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday. Toyota will expand the lineup later this year and plans to increase the number of countries where the vehicles are offered. President Akio Toyoda has been working to reinvigorate the Toyota and Lexus brands after lamenting that consumers perceived the cars to be well-made but boring to drive. The initiatives have gathered pace with the debut of the LC500 coupe from the luxury arm last year and a complete redesign of the Camry, America’s best-selling car, which Toyoda labeled “sexy” at its unveiling in January. At the Tokyo Motor Show next month, Asia’s biggest automaker is tipped to show a concept for an all-new Supra, its halo sports car that ended production in 2002. Toyota established GA..

    Toyota offers souped-up Prius as part of high-performance ‘GR’ line

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. is introducing a high-performance series consisting of souped-up staples as it accelerates efforts to jazz up its image. The “GR” series made its debut in Japan with seven variants including the Prius plug-in hybrid and Vitz subcompact at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday. Toyota will expand the lineup later this year and plans to increase the number of countries where the vehicles are offered. President Akio Toyoda has been working to reinvigorate the Toyota and Lexus brands after lamenting that consumers perceived the cars to be well-made but boring to drive. The initiatives have gathered pace with the debut of the LC500 coupe from the luxury arm last year and a complete redesign of the Camry, America’s best-selling car, which Toyoda labeled “sexy” at its unveiling in January. At the Tokyo Motor Show next month, Asia’s biggest automaker is tipped to show a concept for an all-new Supra, its halo sports car that ended production in 2002. Toyota established GA..
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  • As we gear up for another smartphone battle between Samsung and Apple this fall, there is a new wrinkle for the average smartphone customer to consider: prices that edge toward $1,000 (roughly Rs. 64,000) for a new phone.The Galaxy Note 8, Samsung's latest premium smartphone, starts at $940 (roughly Rs. 60,000). For months, analysts have speculated that the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone, which will debut at Apple's rumored September 12 event, could be even higher. Even for smartphone customers used to paying $800 or $900 for a phone, the $1,000 mark may seem a bridge too far. For that, after all, you could easily get a pretty good laptop - a MacBook or Surface Laptop, for instance.What's behind the price increases? Some of it is pure function, as these phones do more than even the standard iPhone or Galaxy models. In general, smartphones carry more technology than ever before. While they aren't yet laptop replacements, smartphones are required to do more ..

    The Rise of the $1,000 Smartphone

    As we gear up for another smartphone battle between Samsung and Apple this fall, there is a new wrinkle for the average smartphone customer to consider: prices that edge toward $1,000 (roughly Rs. 64,000) for a new phone.The Galaxy Note 8, Samsung's latest premium smartphone, starts at $940 (roughly Rs. 60,000). For months, analysts have speculated that the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone, which will debut at Apple's rumored September 12 event, could be even higher. Even for smartphone customers used to paying $800 or $900 for a phone, the $1,000 mark may seem a bridge too far. For that, after all, you could easily get a pretty good laptop - a MacBook or Surface Laptop, for instance.What's behind the price increases? Some of it is pure function, as these phones do more than even the standard iPhone or Galaxy models. In general, smartphones carry more technology than ever before. While they aren't yet laptop replacements, smartphones are required to do more ..
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  • Graham Kozak is associate editor at Autoweek, an affiliate of Automotive News. You didn’t think they were just going to go with “Jeep Wrangler Pickup,” did you? OK, maybe you did. Maybe some of us did, too. But according to information obtained by the enthusiasts at the Jeep Scrambler Forum, Scrambler is exactly what this eagerly anticipated truck will be called. (Note that none of this is official, but also note that the Scrambler Forum’s sister site, the JL Wrangler Forums, has been spot-on with its predictions so far.) The Wrangler-based pickup's name recalls the original CJ-8 Scrambler, a long-wheelbase variant of the C-7 built from 1981 to 1986 (though that final year may have been excess 1985 production). It wasn't meant to compete with the hard-wearing work-oriented pickups available at the time; it was a "lifestyle" truck for active individuals if there ever was one, and we don't expect the new one to be much different. As with the CJ-7 it wa..

    Jeep pickup to carry Scrambler badge, report says

    Graham Kozak is associate editor at Autoweek, an affiliate of Automotive News. You didn’t think they were just going to go with “Jeep Wrangler Pickup,” did you? OK, maybe you did. Maybe some of us did, too. But according to information obtained by the enthusiasts at the Jeep Scrambler Forum, Scrambler is exactly what this eagerly anticipated truck will be called. (Note that none of this is official, but also note that the Scrambler Forum’s sister site, the JL Wrangler Forums, has been spot-on with its predictions so far.) The Wrangler-based pickup's name recalls the original CJ-8 Scrambler, a long-wheelbase variant of the C-7 built from 1981 to 1986 (though that final year may have been excess 1985 production). It wasn't meant to compete with the hard-wearing work-oriented pickups available at the time; it was a "lifestyle" truck for active individuals if there ever was one, and we don't expect the new one to be much different. As with the CJ-7 it wa..
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  • It's no secret that Porsche's Sport Exhaust facilitates phenomenal sounds from the back of a modern Porsche, but when it comes to your own hard-earned cash, is it worth the $3000 outlay to tick that box on the order form? This video helps you to understand exactly what the differences are between the exhaust notes before you sign the paperwork. If you're having a hard time choosing, maybe this sound comparison will be the thing that helps tip your hand one way or another. Or, maybe it's just a short video with some Porsche exhaust sounds in it that you can watch to entertain yourself for a bit. In the video Nick Murray makes it a point that this is a comparison on equal footing, making sure his camera wouldn't compensate for any exhaust recording being louder. To give these cars a baseline to compare against, Nick begins with a 3-liter Lexus as a palate cleanser. Next, he moves on to his own 991.2 Carrera 4S without PSE which sounds much better than the Lex. N..

    Porsche 911 Carrera 991.2 Sport Exhaust Comparison

    It's no secret that Porsche's Sport Exhaust facilitates phenomenal sounds from the back of a modern Porsche, but when it comes to your own hard-earned cash, is it worth the $3000 outlay to tick that box on the order form? This video helps you to understand exactly what the differences are between the exhaust notes before you sign the paperwork. If you're having a hard time choosing, maybe this sound comparison will be the thing that helps tip your hand one way or another. Or, maybe it's just a short video with some Porsche exhaust sounds in it that you can watch to entertain yourself for a bit. In the video Nick Murray makes it a point that this is a comparison on equal footing, making sure his camera wouldn't compensate for any exhaust recording being louder. To give these cars a baseline to compare against, Nick begins with a 3-liter Lexus as a palate cleanser. Next, he moves on to his own 991.2 Carrera 4S without PSE which sounds much better than the Lex. N..
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