Friday, June 29, 2012

Hey fans! The 4th of July is just around the corner! How would you decorate your vehicle before riding in one of our city's celebrated parades?


At Lexus of Orlando you have a voice! We want to hear from you and give others an idea of what they can expect when they become part of the Lexus of Orlando family.

John, thank you for writing this tremendous review! Keep up the great work team!

Lexus of Orlando - (5) Star Review on Yelp

  • I took my wife's care to Lexus of Orlando and the service was excellent.  William Tijerina was my service specialist and he treated me very well.  He made me feel very comfortable and took good care of me and my daughter while we were there.  I would bring my car there again. -John B.

Another great review for Lexus of Orlando! Way to go team!

Lexus of Orlando - (5) Star Review on DealerRater

  • I had to take my Lexus for service and experienced the pleasure of Lexus's friendliness and courtesy beyond believe. Luis Jurado was my service consultant, he is professional, friendly and very kind. I recommend him to every one! -Ambreen

BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation Agree to Further Strengthen Collaboration

Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), met today with Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the BMW Group headquarters in Munich to announce the planned expansion of their existing cooperation initiated in December last year.  The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at a long-term strategic collaboration in four fields: joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification and joint research and development on lightweight technologies.

Also today, Reithofer and Toyoda signed a Joint Statement to reconfirm their companies' shared intention to strengthen the long-term, strategic collaboration between them.

Reithofer said: "We aim to further strengthen our competitive position in sustainable future technologies.  We signed an MoU to this effect today.  Toyota and the BMW Group share the same strategic vision of sustainable individual future mobility.  Together we have a great opportunity to continue leading our industry through this transformation."

Toyoda added: "BMW and Toyota both want to make ever-better cars.  We respect each other.  That is why we already can take the next step together." He went on to say: "Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells … I believe BMW's strength is developing sports cars.  I get so excited thinking about the cars that will result from this relationship."

In March 2012, the BMW Group and TMC signed a binding agreement on collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells.  In addition, the BMW Group and Toyota Motor Europe entered into a contract in December last year, under which the BMW Group will supply highly efficient 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe starting in 2014.

Today's MoU represents the companies' agreement in December last year to identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects.

Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lexus To Serve As The Official Vehicle Of The 2012 U.S. Women's Open

Lexus, one of the top automotive luxury brands in the U.S., is serving as the "official vehicle" of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open in Kohler, July 5-8. With this distinction, Lexus is providing a fleet of nearly 240 Lexus vehicles to be used by the players and United States Golf Association (USGA) officials.

The U.S. Women's Open will be played at the historic Blackwolf Run golf course. At 6,812 yards, Blackwolf Run ranks as the longest Women's Open venue ever to be played at sea level.

"We consider this a great honor to be affiliated with the U.S. Women's Open," said Dan Swartz, General Manager of the Lexus Central Area. "This tournament has a long tradition for excellence and we feel privileged to be playing a supporting role in this incredible event."

For the past five years, Lexus and the USGA have enjoyed an unprecedented multi-year partnership, with Lexus serving as the automotive partner of the USGA and the official vehicle of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur. Lexus is the only automotive partner in the USGA's 117-year history.

This tournament comes on the heels of the recent J.D. Power & Associates' Initial Quality Study announcement naming Lexus the number one nameplate in the industry, based on lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles, in the first 90 days of ownership.

About Lexus Lexus is a luxury automaker with a reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service. With 229 dealers across the U.S., Lexus has been the top-selling luxury automaker for 11 of the past 12 years. Lexus is also the luxury hybrid leader, offering four hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and first-class luxury. When Lexus was established in 1989, it offered two models of vehicles. Now, more than 20 years later, Lexus offers variations of nine vehicles, from the sporty CT 200h hybrid to the V10 supercar, the LFA.

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

Are you ready for your summer road trip? Make your trip just right with the perfect car, the Lexus RX 350!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Check out the latest advertisement for Lexus all the way from New Zealand! Soul meets machine.

Calling all Teachers! We want to say thank you. In honor of everything you do we started a Teacher Appreciation Program! Don't miss out on this great opportunity going on now!

Another glowing review on Yelp! Thank you Scott!

Lexus of Orlando - (5) Star Review on Yelp

  • people do business the right way.  I am constantly impressed with the integrity of both their service and sales departments.......also the V.E.P..... which stands for Vehicle Exchange Program which is a great place to trade your Lexus for a new one without all the hastles that are usually associated with buying a new car!!   (they are back in the service department) -Scott M.

The 4th of July is a week away! What better way to celebrate than with family and friends at the Fireworks at the Fountain!

The event is from 4-10 and fireworks are at 9:20. There will be food, fanfare, and fun so don't miss out on this great time!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 26: The U.S. interstate highway system changes America forever on this date in 1956

As a young Army officer in 1919, Dwight Eisenhower took part in a U.S. Army convoy from Washington to San Francisco that took 62 days to travel the country -- averaging 6 mph. During World War II, he saw how quickly the German army could move thanks to the autobahn. Those two recollections help power President Eisenhower's support for the bill that passed Congress on this day in 1956 creating the U.S. interstate highway system. At a cost of $129 billion and covering 46,876 miles, the system ranks as the largest public-works project ever devised by humanity, and one that made America what it is today, for better and worse. Something to remember when you're stuck on one in a single file row moving 6 mph between orange barrels this summer.

Courtesy of Yahoo Autos

How do you start a generation of performance hybrids? You start with 34 MPG then add 338 HP. That's the sound of the hybrid engine of the all-new GS 450h!

Thank you Sean, for writing this amazing review! Keep up the great work team!

Lexus of Orlando - (3 out of 3) Rating on Google+ Local

  • Lyndon Walsh was my Service Advisor and he took real good care of me. As always he was very helpful and provided me the attention I always expect when I come to the dealership. They are all Stars in my book! -Sean M.

Jason, thank you for taking the time to write this tremendous review! Great job CJ!

Lexus of Orlando - (5) Star Review on DealerRater

  • I have been driving Lexus vehicles for the last 7 years and have lived in various cities, taking my cars to multiple dealerships for service along the way. To date, no dealership has compared to Lexus of Orlando, nor has a Service Adviser compared to CJ Kinch. The service department focuses on the customer and does the "small things" that make a difference- like pulling in the loaner vehicles into the service lane when it's raining outside so you don't get wet when inspecting and getting into your loaner. I also like the technology used at the dealership where the Advisers have a handheld device showing the progress of each vehicle in service, and providing timely updates via email to the owner of the car. From the second you pull into the service area you are greeted by courteous and capable people.

    For CJ, I have found him to be incredibly knowledgeable and reliable. You can tell he enjoys his job and is very passionate towards his customers. More than anyone I have worked with, he is a true Adviser...I never feel like he is recommending something to be done to my vehicle that it doesn't need. He pays attention to detail when inspecting the car both pre- and post-service and remembers things about my vehicle (and my family) each time I come in. He consistently goes above and beyond to make the service experience as easy and pleasant as possible. On one occasion my satellite radio didn't work after having the car serviced which meant I had to go back to the dealership to get them to fix it (CJ immediately had it fixed- took less than 10 mins). On my most recent service visit, CJ remembered that incident from last time and before I got in my car to drive away he was sure to tell me that he had already checked the satellite radio to make sure it was working. These are the types of details that set CJ apart from others and have turned me into his loyal customer.
    Unless we move out of the Orlando area, I'll never go to anyone else for service. CJ is fantastic and I would recommend him to anyone. -Jason M.

Into The Wild

While in Newberg, Oregon a few weeks ago to test drive the new 2013 Lexus ES, I managed to score a quick run with the RX 350 F SPORT.

While it retains the same V6 engine and 270 horsepower, the RX F SPORT is equipped with an impressive eight-speed transmission complete with paddle-shifters—other modifications include an F SPORT-tuned suspension, 19-inch Dark Graphite-finished wheels[1], and some cosmetic exterior upgrades like the mesh grille.

Even with my limited time in the driver’s seat, I was very impressed with the F SPORT upgrades—the suspension is firm but not jarring, and paddling through the eight gears really brings out another side of the RX. Definitely worth checking out when it reaches dealerships.

Courtesy of Lexus Magazine

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lexus Leads All Nameplates in J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Initial Quality Study

Lexus earned the honor as the highest ranking nameplate in the industry in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) with 73 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). Lexus has ranked highest in the IQS study in 14 of the last 23 years, beginning with the brand’s first model year in 1990.

Lexus LS Places First for the Fifth Straight Year

Lexus also captured three segment awards in this year’s study, more than any other premium brand. These awards include the ES 350 for Entry Premium car; the RX for Midsize Premium Crossover SUV; and the LS for Large Premium Car. The ES 350 ranks highest in its segment for a second consecutive year. The LS earned the distinction of highest-performing model in its segment with just 50 PP100. This is the fifth year in a row that the LS had placed first in its segment and the 12th time in 15 years that the LS has been at the top of its segment.

Production Facilities Earn Top Honors

The Lexus production facilities also took Plant Assembly Line Quality Awards. The Cambridge South, Ontario, Canada plant (RX line) was honored with the Gold Plant Assembly Line Quality Award, while the Kyushu 2, Japan plant (IS line, ES 350, RX line) earned a Silver Plant Assembly Line Quality Award. Both plants had 24 PP100.

Lexus Segment Honors Chart


IQS Segment
Problems per 100
Lexus LS
Large Premium Car
Lexus ES 350
Entry Premium Car
Lexus RX

Midsize Premium Crossover SUV

Couretesy of Toyota Media Newsroom

Lexus Announces Pricing for 2013 GX 460 Luxury Utility Vehicle

Lexus today (June 22) announced Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) on the 2013 GX 460 Luxury Utility Vehicle. The second-generation GX is offered in two grades, base, which will carry an MSRP of $53,445, and Premium which will be priced at $58,240. The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875. The new Lexus vehicles will arrive at dealerships in July.

For 2013 the luxurious Lexus GX 460 luxury utility vehicle carries over unchanged with its quiet cabin and a long list of standard features and options that make it a versatile choice for city and off-road driving. With its seven-passenger, three-row configuration and body-on frame construction, the GX 460 combines “right sized” mid-size packaging with family-friendly comfort and premium craftsmanship. The 4.6-liter V8 engine produces 301 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,500 rpm and helps the GX tow up to 6,500 lbs.

Courtesy of Lexus USA Newsroom

Are you looking for an excellent year-round car? Well the CT200H is the perfect car for you!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Grab your leash and get out the door! Did you know today is the 14th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day? Did anyone bring their furry friend into the office?


New Lexus LS Just Around The Corner

Lexus’ lineup has quickly transformed into one of the freshest in the premium segment, but one major outlier still remains – the flagship LS sedan. However, Leftlane has learned that a new version of the LS will debut within the next few months.

Although details remain sketchy, Lexus is putting the finishing touches on its next-generation LS sedan, with the BMW 7-Series rival likely to bow by year’s end. The LS will join fresh versions of the GS and ES sedans in the Lexus lineup.

Having changed little in its 7-year production run, look for the next-generation LS to sport all-new sheet metal in the fashion of Lexus’ current L Finesse design language. The LS’ overall look will likely fall somewhere between the aggressive GS and the more laid-back ES, but one thing is for sure – the new LS will arrive wearing Lexus’ spindle front grille.

Short and long-wheelbase versions of the LS will carry over, but the LS’ all-V8 lineup might not. It’s possible Lexus could offer a LS model with a V6, following similar downsizing moves by BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Lexus could even swap out the LS’ V8 hybrid drivetrain for the hybridized 3.5L V6 used in the GS 450h.

Be sure to stay tuned as we keep our ear to the ground for more information on Lexus’ next-generation LS.

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Driving the 2013 Lexus ES 300h

There have been five generations of the ES sedan since its introduction in 1989, and more than one million remain on the world’s roads. But the model never was available with a hybrid powertrain until this, the ES 300h, was introduced at the New York auto show in April.

Lexus dealers will begin taking delivery of the ES 300h in August.

With an E.P.A.-certified combined fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon and a seamlessly delivered 200 horsepower from its four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the sedan could be fairly read as a have-cake-and-eat-it-too proposition. Pricing, which won’t be released until closer to the sale date, may be the most important determinant of the car’s adoption by customers. The nonhybrid ES has moved further out of the entry-level luxury segment with each redesign. But at a drive event for the news media held in this affluent tristate suburb on Tuesday, Brian A. Smith, vice president of marketing for Lexus, said the premium that would be levied on the buyers of the hybrid, versus the nonhybrid ES 350, would be “the lowest in our lineup.”

The styling differences between the ES 350 and the hybrid are minor; a discreet rear spoiler and hidden exhaust pipes are among the few telltale signs of the hybrid. Both cars have a 0.27 coefficient of drag, approaching the territory of the Toyota Prius, the volume-leading hybrid for Toyota, the parent of Lexus. The ES has a thrusting prow with deeply recessed fog lights and, in between, the two-tiered “spindle grille” that Lexus committed to with redesigns of the ES as well as the GS sports sedan.

The bolder elements of the ES’s front end do not carry over so well to the interior, where the spindle is echoed as a frame around audio and climate controls. The look is squared off and angular, a misplaced nod to the 1980s, rather than aggressive or elegant. That said, optional bamboo wood accents, aligned with the sustainable image projected by the hybrid, are a nice touch, especially for a sedan certified by California as a super-ultra-low-emissions vehicle.


Passengers front and rear are well accommodated, but hybrid customers sacrifice roughly three cubic feet of trunk space to the car’s 1.6-kilowatt-hour nickel-metal-hydride battery pack.

On the suburban roads and parkways where I drove the ES 300h, the car was responsive, especially when using the the dash-mounted selector to dial in the more robust throttle and steering response of the Sport mode. That selection also switches the hybrid power monitor to a tachometer. Eco mode emphasizes fuel economy, but response was still respectable, while E.V. mode permits electric-only runs over a maximum distance of 1.5 miles, provided the driver doesn’t exceed 25 m.p.h.

Steering felt nicely weighted, and though the ES 350 entered a corner with a touch more alacrity than the hybrid, the ES 300h did not feel noticeably heavier. Toyota says the hybrid system adds only 130 pounds to the ES’s curb weight.

Of electronics that may come to irk some drivers, I’d add the highly sensitive lane-departure alert system, which emits a rather insistent beep. Some drivers may want to deactivate it, which is possible, but it could be a lifesaver for drivers prone to drowsiness behind the wheel. There’s also a blind-spot monitor and a rear-cross traffic alert.

The success of the ES 300h is not a foregone conclusion. Lexus’s best-se

lling hybrid is the RX crossover, priced from $46,785. At the lower end is the CT200h at $29,995. The HS 250h, based on the Japanese-market Sai (sold as the Avensis in other markets), was a slow seller and was discontinued for the 2013 model year. The ES 300h could be saddled with the accusation that it’s a Toyota Camry Hybrid in fancier dress, but given its thoughtful and surprisingly stylish execution, at least the ES 300h shouldn’t suffer the ignominious fate of the HS 250h.

Courtesy of The New York Times

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Summer Solstice! Today is one of the longest days of the year, and a perfect day for car shopping. So come on down to Lexus of Orlando to test drive some cool cars!


Once again, Lexus was the number one nameplate in J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study with the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles!

Not only that but in addition to being the number one brand, Lexus captured three segment awards for the LS, RX and ES. Way to go!

There's something about Lexus ES 2013

The latest Lexus ES 2013 has been creating waves in the automobile industry. Lexus ES is in essence a luxurious car combined into a brilliant sports car. The Lexus ES was introduced in America in 1989 and became a big hit since then. Of course the 2013 model of Lexus has more improvements and added features which the fans are excited about.

The price of Lexus ES
The Lexus ES is now a more powerful and efficient product of technological and engineering advancement. The Lexus ES comes in three models namely the sport model, premium and luxury model. The Lexus ES can be brought from the official website too as well as from local dealers. It’s a great luxurious car and has a MSRP price of 35, 725 dollars only. This car is a true symbol of value for money.
Colors diversity

The colors in Lexus ES are numerous and can easily suit every person’s choice.
These colors are:
1: Deep sea mica
2: Obsidian
3: Star fire pearl
4: Stain cashmere
5: Truffle mica
6: Matador red mica
7: Cerulean blue metallic
8: Tungsten pearl
9: Nebula grey pearl

Next generation vehicle
The Lexus ES 2013 is designed to be more aerodynamic, fuel efficient and produces much less wind noise. It has a new look which exceeds class and luxury symbols.

Moving headlights?
The headlights of the Lexus ES 2013 can move as the car nears the curves automatically and provides much better visibility. This feature is perfect for rough terrains and night time driving when the chances of accident are great. It is present in most models of Lexus ES.

Parking is a piece of cake
Parking can be a nuisance for some drivers. For that matter the Lexus ES comes equipped with proximity sensors which can guide in parking the vehicle perfectly.

Super visibility
The Lexus ES has smart side view mirrors. It is integrated with turn indicators so the other drivers are also alert where the Lexus ES is headed. It also comes equipped with rear view camera for reverse drive. The rear view camera shows the entire backdrop in the central screen. Moreover the side mirrors are also equipped with fog lights so the driver can’t make a mistake of hitting anything.

Lexus ES is the next generation vehicle because it has smart access sensors which alert the car of the driver approaching the vehicle. For starting the car it has a push start button. So the days of forgetting the car keys inside the car are history.

HID Headlights
The lights used are HID headlights. HID stands for high intensity discharge. These lights are not penetrating for the approaching drivers and promise super visibility.

Exquisite glass top
It gives a beautiful view of the sky to the driver as well as the passengers.

Radar for proximity safety
This is another one of the endless features of Lexus ES 2013 and this prevents accidents from the driver’s side as it maintains proximity limits itself.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Tuesday Fans! Here is a Tuesday car care tip for you!

Tighten your gas cap. Is the Check Engine light on? Then make sure the gas cap is on tightly before calling the dealer. No joke, this is one of the most common ways of setting off your car's diagnostic system, since a loose gas cap defeats the fuel system's venting arrangement.

Hi there Lexus fans! Now is the perfect time to drive on down and take advantage of this great offer before your summer road trip!


The Air-Benders

Forty years ago, Formula One authorities banned “ground-effect” cars, because they were too good.

Essentially, designers figured out that any aerodynamics features that helped hold a car tightly to the road—otherwise known as creating “downforce”—were as important as designing the cars to simply cut through the air, since more road grip translates to more responsive handling.

Koshi Yamada, Project Manager of the Lexus Aerodynamics Department, knows all about ground effect, because he has deep experience in both motorsports and aerodynamics. For the last few years, he’s been using all this know-how to produce a ground-effect package for Lexus vehicles—and his ideas are working in a big way.

We’re standing, at the moment, underneath a special research-and-development Lexus GS, which has a special beauty of its own. Alongside Lexus’ current production-model aerodynamic features are some interesting additions.

Ahead of the front axle are affixed two molded plates, each with a single fin. Further back on the floor pan is a single central plate with three fins. At the back of the floor pan, immediately ahead of the rear valance, is a two-fin plate.

These fins, Yamada tells me, streamline the airflow under the car, boosting grip—or downforce, and reducing wind noise—but that’s only half the story.

Yamada’s department is also working to combine ground-effect features like these with what he calls “above ground” fins that will inform the design of Lexus rear indicator and door mirror assemblies from now on. Combined with a ground-effect package, these visible fins create what Yamada’s team calls an “autodynamic” package that will reset Lexus drivers’ handling expectations. (Side note: potential new technologies like these are rigorously tested for a year, at minimum, before being added to a model.)

“The underside of the car offers the best potential for aero improvement because it’s a large area,” says Yamada. “But the final setup [we’re developing] is a balance between an under-floor package and visible rear fins. The rear fins create the same kind of energy as a whirlwind, accelerating the air speed by around 20 percent at the back of the car and pulling the air in tightly to the sides. That helps the car have a solid feel.”

More downforce. Rear control. Enhanced handling. Little fins? Hmmm.

We move out to the nearby Lexus Higashi-Fuji test track, nestled in the shadow of Mount Fuji, where there’s a black GS F SPORT—one of the first production Lexus cars to benefit from Yamada’s ideas: it has the rear-indicator fins.

“Our aero improvements work from as little as 20 miles per hour,” he says with a smile. “You should try it.”

And so I do. I assume I’ll get to drive the GS F SPORT, but Yamada had a more dramatic demonstration in mind, using nothing more glamorous than my rental minivan—not exactly the best-handling vehicle I’ve ever driven.

From his pocket Yamada produces a handful of prototype resin fins that he attaches to the minivan’s rear indicators and door mirrors. Two minutes later, after a slow test drive around a car park to make final adjustments, he tosses the keys back to me. “Try it now,” he says.

It would be an exaggeration to say the minivan was transformed into a ground-hugging supercar, but I have to say I was astonished. The minivan was noticeably more planted on the road, even at low speeds. There was also a pleasing extra meatiness to the steering. From such simple modifications, the difference really was eye opening.

If Yamada’s demonstration is a true indication of the dynamic gains that are coming down the pike, then this Lexus commitment to air management could be one of the most significant advances in automotive design’s recent history.

However, the long-term influence it could have on future Lexus cars is an even more exciting prospect.

Courtesy of Lexus Magazine

Friday, June 15, 2012

Recently we’ve had a solar eclipse and the transit of Venus. What do you think about a Meteor? Bring Dad in to see this great Meteor Blue GS 450h.


Thank you to the author of this glowing review! Keep up the great work Team!

Lexus of Orlando (4.2) Star Review on DealerRater

  • In regards to customer service Lexus of Orlando sets the bar. As the new owner of a previously owned Lexus, I truly appreciate the time my service consultant, Manny Camacho, took to explain the history of my vehicle’s maintenance, and the time he took in helping me to understand what services are need to bring my vehicle back to the Lexus standard. I look forward to submitting more great reviews… Thank you Mr. Camacho and Lexus of Orlando : ) -LO2012

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hey fans, on this day in 1777 the Continental Congress adopted our flag. Of course back then there were only 13 stars, and later 'The Star Spangled Banner' was written about the version with 15 stars' but anyway it's the same essential design.

Future versions of the flag may have to squeeze in even more stars, but that's happened 28 times over the years, so we'll figure it out.

Lexus GS Climate Control System Named Interior Innovation of the Year


On June 12th, Automotive Interiors Expo 2012 hosted the first ever Automotive Interiors Expo Awards, a ceremony that honoured the world's finest designers, innovations and products in the automotive interiors arena. The judging panel included leading automotive journalists.

The 'Production Vehicle Interior Innovation of the Year' Award recognizes 'a technology or technical design innovation that pushes the boundaries and could become standard fare in as many vehicles as possible, as soon as possible'.

Jean-Jacques Serraf, General Manager Brand Management at Lexus Europe, commented as follows at the award ceremony in Stuttgart: "We are very pleased and honored to receive this award, which recognizes one crucial dimension for the New GS: creating an amazing customer experience thanks to leading edge technologies. This is a good illustration of the Lexus brand direction - 'Progressive Luxury' ."

Considerably more powerful than the previous system, the new air-conditioning system available in the new GS features S-Flow technology to maintain optimum comfort whilst significantly reducing power consumption. Using sensors it determines if the front passenger seat is occupied and automatically closes all vents serving this seat. The same happens to the rear seats when the S-Flow button is switched on. This maximises system efficiency.

The system also measures the ambient air temperature, interior air temperature and insulation to determine the optimal level of air conditioning. The target airflow volume is customised for each seat through Temperature Airflow Output control. Upper and lower independent, multilayer air mix technology has been adopted to achieve an environment tailored for driver, front and rear passengers. The new system also introduces a 2-tier interior / exterior air control which prevents window fogging.

In addition, the air conditioning system incorporates a new nanoe ® system. This air cleaning technology operates automatically when the air conditioning is turned on. It releases 20 to 50 Nm diameter nanoe particles – negatively charged ions wrapped in water molecules – into the cabin via the driver's side dashboard air vent.

By attaching themselves to airborne particles and molecules, the nanoe ions have a purifying and odour eliminating effect. They also deodorise vehicle seats and roof lining to create a cleaner cabin environment.

And because nanoe moisture contents is approximately 1,000 times that of conventional ions, the nanoe system has a moisturing effect on skin and hair, acting to enhance occupant well-being.

Production Vehicle Interior Innovation of the Year – Lexus for the GS

Only production vehicles launched in the last 12 months qualified for the shortlist, but aesthetics did not matter in this category. The jury was asked to vote solely for the technology or technical design innovation that they felt pushed the boundaries and could and should become standard fare in as many vehicles as possible, as soon as possible.

Courtesy of Lexus Enthusiast

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hear Brian Smith, VP Lexus Marketing, discuss the engine and modifications to the ISF CCS-R in preparation for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 8.

Smaller Lexus GS hybrid on way

Lexus is looking to expand its hybrid range with the addition of a second gasoline-electric GS model, according to Auto Express. Currently, Lexus offers the GS 450h, powered by a 3.5-liter hybrid V6 that produces a combined 338 horsepower.

The new model, likely to be called GS 300h, will use the smaller 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powerplant found in the Toyota Camry Hybrid and newly introduced Lexus ES 300h. In the ES, the hybrid system puts out a combined 200 horsepower and is estimated to return a combined 40 miles per gallon.

Of course, the 2.5-liter mill could be tuned differently for use in the modestly sportier, rear-wheel-drive GS. But with the possibility of 40 mpg on tap, Lexus would surely have a fighter for the upcoming Audi A6 3.0 TDI.

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When was the last time you had your car serviced? Come in and experience our world class service and get your car ready for that summer heat!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

There are many different version of the GS. From the sporty to its more fuel-savvy sibling, which is your favorite GS?


First 25 Winners Announced for Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program

Toyota today announced the first 25 winners of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a national philanthropic program that is awarding 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 consecutive days. Winners are selected each day through public voting on Facebook at
Each day through August 21, five nonprofit organizations will be profiled on the 100 Cars for Good Facebook page. Registered Facebook users are able to vote once daily for the nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The organization with the most votes at the end of the day wins a new Toyota vehicle. The four runners-up each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.
“We are delighted to announce the first 25 winners of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program,” said Jim Lentz, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota created the 100 Cars for Good program because we appreciate what a big difference a new car or truck can make for organizations working to improve lives and strengthen communities across America. It’s been very gratifying to put the public in the ‘driver’s seat’ to select the winning organizations. 100 Cars for Good has also allowed Toyota to build on more than half a billion dollars of support the company has provided to nonprofits throughout the United States. We wish all of this year’s finalists the best of luck.”
The first 25 100 Cars for Good winners represent a cross-section of important local causes, including providing nutritious meals to kids, helping communities struck by natural disaster and alleviating the suffering of abandoned, abused or injured animals.
The first 25 winners in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program are:

DC Scores - Washington, DC - May 14, 2012

Cincinnati Zoo - Cincinnati, Ohio - May 15, 2012

Lehmi County Humane Society - Salmon, Idaho - May 16, 2012

Pibbles & More Animal Rescue - Ridgewood, New York - May 17, 2012

Recycled Doggies, Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio - May 18, 2012

Hope for Paws Animal Rescue - Los Angeles, California - May 19, 2012

The Dream Center - Los Angeles, California - May 20, 2012

SPCA International's Operation Baghdad Pups - New York, New York - May 21, 2012

Petfinder Foundation - Tucson, Arizona - May 22, 2012

Together We Rise - Chino, California - May 23, 2012

The Children’s Lunchbox - Anchorage, Alaska - May 24, 2012

All Hands Volunteers - Carlisle, Massachusetts - May 25, 2012

Detroit Dog Rescue - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan - May 26, 2012

Fences for Fido - Portland, Oregon - May 27, 2012

Central Vermont Humane Society - East Montpelier, Vermont - May 28, 2012

Operation Blankets of Love - Granada Hills, California - May 29, 2012

Kristie’s Foundation - Anaheim, California - May 30, 2012

K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. - Middleburg, Florida - May 31, 2012

Animal Aid, Inc. - Oakland Park, Florida - June 1, 2012

Clark County Community Services - Winchester, Kentucky - June 2, 2012

Shore Hearts Golden Retriever - Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey - June 3, 2012

Special Olympics Illinois - Normal, Illinois - June 4, 2012

Last Chance Ranch - Quakertown, Pennsylvania - June 5, 2012

Rikki’s Refuge - Rapidan, Virginia - June 6, 2012

Feed My Sheep - Gulfport, Mississippi - June 7, 2012

Winning organizations can choose from the following vehicles: Camry Hybrid, Highlander SUV, Prius v Hybrid, Sienna minivan, Sienna Mobility or Tundra full-sized pickup. A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services.

The 500 finalists, from which the 100 winners are ultimately selected, were certified by an independent panel of judges who are experts in the fields of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.


Courtesy of Toyota Newsroom

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hey fans! We want to know do you have a name for your car? If so, what is it?


Lexus announces more affordable GS hybrid

Lexus has announced its new GS model will be available in a second, more affordable hybrid variant by the end of 2013. This would join the range alongside the existing GS450h hybrid and the conventional petrol GS250 model.

President and Managing Director of Toyota Lexus GB, Jon Williams, confirmed the new “low displacement” GS hybrid during a press conference at the European launch of the fourth-generation car.

Although he refused to reveal exactly what engine would power the lesser hybrid, it would certainly be smaller than the 3.5-litre V6 of the GS450h, and possibly even smaller than the 2.5-litre V6 of the GS250 – relying on the electric motor to make up the resulting power deficit.

The new hybrid would be more affordable than the GS450h, which is priced from £44,995. It would also improve upon that car’s already impressive 137g/km CO2 figure – with the intention of giving eco diesels such as the 119g/km CO2 BMW 520d EfficientDynamics a hard time.

Expect more details perhaps as early as the Paris Motor Show in September. There remain no plans for a GS turbodiesel.

Lexus has also confirmed two entirely new cars are in the pipeline. One of these will be an all-new IS replacement, but the other is currently a mystery. A smaller SUV model to compliment the RX is one possibility, but we’re hoping for a production version of the stunning LF-LC sports car.

A full first drive of the 2012 Lexus GS is coming to MSN Cars very soon.


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Track tested, owner approved. Watch how F SPORT accessories take performance to the next level.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Meet Doctor RX

Given the Lexus RX’s popularity among premium-minded drivers, you’d expect the latest RX 350 and RX 450h to fall squarely into the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” category.

However, that’s not how RX Chief Engineer Takayuki Katsuda sees it, which explains a lot about why the 2013 RX came out with more than a few enhancements this spring.

Here’s how the man behind the 2013 RX sees a few other things:

The 2022 RX: Mr. Katsuda tells us he’s already thinking about model year 2022, and that he has some predictions about the 2022 RX’s vehicle class. “I think the generic phrase ‘Sport Utility Vehicle’ will be replaced by ‘Crossover Utility Vehicle,’” says Katsuda. “The CUV will be more than an SUV. It will be functional, stylish, and, of course, it will be eco-friendly. The 2022 RX will be all of those things.”

Hidden “gifts” for Lexus owners: Katsuda has created a “hidden space” at the front of the 2013 RX console for the owner’s manual (or anything else 2013 RX drivers would like to put there). “That’s an extra present to RX owners from me,” he says with a smile.

The RX’s heritage: “There’s always a need to refresh any car, to maintain interest,” he says. “But you also have to maintain the car’s heritage. The RX has a good heritage. I still see the first-generation cars coming to U.S. dealerships [for scheduled service]. Owners love the RX’s reliability. Keeping that owner connection is a high priority.”

Spy novels: He loves them—James Bond novels especially.

Obsessing over quality: To say Katsuda is obsessed with quality is putting it mildly. For the last five years, he’s focused on perfection to the point that, at both the Kyushu, Japan and Cambridge, Canada plants, RX assembly teams have imposed their own “extreme quality” measures on top of Lexus’ already legendary standards.

bsessing over handling: One of the biggest 2013 RX changes—increased body rigidity—reflects Katsuda’s other obsession—vehicle response. “My intention is for a more linear, natural, confident performance experience, one that appeals to the customer’s driving sense, so that when a turn is initiated, the driver’s wish is smoothly translated into action, with no delay. Great body rigidity is absolutely central to that idea,” explains Katsuda. (This RX rigidity, by the way, comes partially from a new spot-welding regime that puts many more welds into any given bodywork section).


Courtesy of Lexus Magazine

"A million miles in the making" is a film about the incredible journey Lexus went on when creating the new Lexus GS. It visually demonstrates the philosophy behind the new GS, and the relentless million mile test drive the engineers completed whilst 'crea

Thursday, June 7, 2012

10 Best Green Cars of 2012 - Lexus CT

10 Best Green Cars of 2012 - Lexus CT

Fuel economy is up, fuel consumption is down, and the road keeps getting a little bit greener each new model year. But world-class fuel efficiency alone is not enough to win a spot on our annual 10 Best Green Cars list. Click the arrow above to see the standouts offering mpg and more.

2012 Lexus CT

While exceptional fuel efficiency is a hybrid's primary objective, the Lexus CT 200h provides a fun-to-drive factor that few hybrids can equal. The CT 200h combines Lexus' award-winning quality with impressive fuel economy, dynamic handling and luxurious amenities at an enticing sub-$30,000 starting price.

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Thank you to the author of this review for sharing your experience with us! Great job team!

Lexus of Orlando - (5) Star Review on DealerRater

  • I have owned many cars all the way from Pontiac to Chevy and ending with Lexus. The service and customer service I have recieved from the time I purchased my vehicle through present has been above stellar. Lyndon Walsh is my service advisor and he not only keeps me informed of every step with my vehicle he actually appears to care. Whether this is true or not, I will never know. I am always made to feel like I am #1 and so is my vehicle, because of this I will always drive a Lexus. -Juliea70

VIP Parking For Lexus Owners

Lexus owners, with the warmer seasons already upon us, it’s time for a quick review of your current Lexus-driver golfing benefits.

First of all, you’re eligible for VIP parking—as in special parking for Lexus owners at the U.S. Open next month, hosted at San Francisco’s Olympic Club June 11–17.

How it works: Lexus owners are eligible for daily parking passes with access to a special lot, which is just a quick five-minute shuttle ride to the course (much more convenient than the longer shuttle rides from the general admission lots).

To request a pass, log in to the Lexus Driver’s site up above, or join the site if you haven’t already—even if you’re a Lexus owner, you’ll need to have joined to use this particular benefit. From there, just indicate which days of the event you’ll be attending. (Please note that parking pass quantities are limited; also, note that a parking pass doesn’t include tickets to the event itself.)

Lexus owners also get special parking at July’s U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin: While supplies last, Lexus owners get reduced pricing on Trophy Club Tickets and Badges, which come with preferred parking for the championship. Again, just log in (or join) at the top of this page and a link will allow you to book the experience.

And finally, if traveling to these tournaments just won’t fit into your schedule this year, know this: Lexus owners receive 10 percent off the retail price of any three-day ANNIKA Academy Golf Package with accommodations.

Lexus, of course, sponsored Annika Sörenstam for years, and these days, one of her numerous golfing projects is the renowned ANNIKA Academy in Florida. This high-end boutique golf school offers a spectrum of courses year round, from one-hour lessons to three-day programs where student/guests get to play with Annika.

Like the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open perks, the ANNIKA Academy discount is redeemable after logging in to the driver’s site.

Courtesy of Lexus Magazine

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hey fans! Here is a Wednesday car care tip!

Don’t fill up if you see the tanker at the station. If you happen to see a gasoline tanker filling the tanks at your local gas station, come back another day or go to a different station. As the station’s underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment. Sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance and possibly necessitating repairs.

Blending aggressive design with sophisticated functionality, the 2013 RX answers the question: "What's next"? Watch the virtual tour to see it for yourself.

Don't forget about our certified pre-owned sales event going on until June 9! Now is the time to save, it's your turn!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Three Toyota Models Selected as Best Family Cars of 2012

Three Toyota models have been selected as among the Best Family Cars of 2012 by Parents magazine and This is their fifth annual list, which will appear online today and on newsstands June 12.

Toyota earned picks across three categories including Prius v in the high-mileage category; Camry in the sedan category and the Sienna minivan in the large vehicle category. Vehicles considered were evaluated on a number of criteria important to families including safety, fuel economy, and kid-friendly features, as well as ride comfort, styling and handling.
“We’re proud to have several Toyota models on the list of best family cars for the fifth year in a row,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “Families know they can always depend on Toyota for safety, quality and durability, but they also recognize the importance of the convenience and technology features in our vehicles that help make their lives easier.”
In the high-mileage car category, the editors chose vehicles with more than 40 miles per gallon on the highway and offering safety features and modern conveniences. As a new member of the Prius family this year, the Prius v was cited for its stable ride and ample cargo space and was praised for its versatility and standard technology features including the Entune® mulitmedia system and a hands-free smart key, which unlocks the driver’s side door as you approach the door handle.
The 2012 Camry was highlighted as a best pick in the sedan category.  Completely redesigned for 2012, the all-new seventh generation Camry was chosen for its updated styling, convenient technology including Entune, excellent fuel economy, quiet ride and ample trunk space. The Camry is America’s best-selling car, and as an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012 it is extremely popular with families.
Rounding out the best family cars in the large vehicle category is the Sienna minivan, chosen for its flexible configurations to fit every type of trip, family and cargo combination. The Sienna was completely redesigned in 2010, catering to traditional family van needs while also meeting growing demands for more responsive driving characteristics, contemporary styling and onboard entertainment technology.  With state-of-the-art features and rewarding driving dynamics, the Sienna is a vehicle that families of any size will find satisfying to drive. 
The Sienna is manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. while the Camry is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
“Toyota has a long history of satisfying the automotive needs of American families,” said Scott Oldham, editor-in-chief, “The Sienna minivan, the redesigned Camry and the all-new Prius v hybrid are leaders in their respective segments, offering America’s families the spacious, fun, fuel-efficient and reliable transportation they need.”

Courtesy of Toyota Newsroom

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