Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Four Top NASCAR and NHRA Drivers Compete Head-to-Head for Charity
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The latest episode from Lexus TV highlights the LFA owner event, informs us of how the 2013 ES compares to its competition, and much more! Follow the link below to view the latest chapter!
Courtesy of Lexus TV
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Presenting sponsorship of Scorpions stadium will include naming the facility as Toyota Field. As a member of the North American Soccer League (NASL), which is one step removed from Major League Soccer, the Scorpions are the only team in professional sports to be organized for the expressed purpose of supporting a non-profit such as Morgan’s Wonderland that seeks to help those with special needs.
“Toyota is pleased to support Morgan’s Wonderland and the San Antonio Scorpions,” said Jack Hollis, Vice President of Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. “We are honored to be able to support the mission of Morgan’s Wonderland. In less than three short years, the park has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people with special needs and their families. And now the Scorpions bring both the excitement of pro soccer and a revenue stream for the park; this is a win-win situation for everybody. Toyota, our regional distributor Gulf States Toyota, and the San Antonio-area Toyota dealers are proud partners in sponsoring Morgan’s Wonderland and the Scorpions.”
At the announcement, the new “Morgan’s Wonderland presented by Toyota” signage was unveiled by 18-year-old Morgan Hartman, namesake of the park. This signage will be featured throughout the park and in promotional materials. Three Toyota mobility vehicles will also be displayed at Morgan’s Wonderland.
“As the regional player here in Texas for Toyota, Gulf States Toyota and our six San Antonio dealers will take the lead in the Scorpions-Toyota Field portion of the sponsorship,” said J.C. Fassino, Vice President of Community Relations for The Friedkin Group, parent company of Gulf States Toyota. “We are pleased to be able to support the Scorpions, their games and their mission of funding for Morgan’s Wonderland. It is a unique sports partnership.”
San Antonio philanthropist Gordon Hartman and his wife, Maggie, led the effort to create Morgan’s Wonderland so people of all ages with and without disabilities could come together in a safe, colorful, barrier-free park for fun and understanding.
Morgan’s Wonderland opened in spring 2010 along with the South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex, which like the Scorpions, conveys net profits from the operation of 13 first-class, FIFA-sized playing fields to the theme park. Because anyone with a physical or cognitive special need is admitted free to Morgan’s Wonderland, Hartman sought other revenue streams to help the park meet its financial obligations as well as to expand programs and services for the special-needs community. In April 2012, the San Antonio Scorpions FC began play as the newest team in the NASL and started generating net profits for Morgan’s Wonderland.
“We are deeply grateful to Toyota for the support pledged to Morgan’s Wonderland and the Scorpions,” said Hartman, CEO of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. “Toyota is a world-class company with a passion for excellence that extends to helping causes that truly make a difference in people’s lives. We’re just beginning to scratch the surface in helping those with special needs, but Toyota’s involvement, commitment and generosity will definitely help accelerate our efforts.”
Scorpions President Michael Hitchcock said Toyota Field will be “a first-class playing facility where exciting professional soccer will ultimately produce victories for individuals with physical and cognitive challenges. We’re proud to have Toyota’s name on the stadium because it will remind us to continually strive for outstanding performance. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Toyota.”
Monday, August 27, 2012
- I've been taking my IS250 to Dominic numerous times, his professional attitude and his knowledge is what makes my visit easy. I have been in the hospitality industry for a very long time and this is what I consider World Class Service, very comfortable atmosphere and professionalism. Thank you always. -Dan321
Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom
Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom
Friday, August 24, 2012
As you may recall, Google has been working with roboticists, engineers, and an array of other smart, innovative folks to equip the vehicles with cameras, radar sensors, laser range finders, detailed maps, and connectivity to Google’s data centers—all of which allow the cars to navigate their surroundings without a driver at the wheel. By fall of 2010, the cars had logged a collective 140,000 miles on public roadways.
But where are they now? Are Google’s self-driving vehicles still out there?
It turns out they are, including the Lexus RX 450h shown above, as Google reminded us via a blog post this month:
“Our vehicles, of which about a dozen are on the road at any given time, have now completed more than 300,000 miles of testing. They’ve covered a wide range of traffic conditions, and there hasn’t been a single accident under computer control.
We’re encouraged by this progress, but there’s still a long road ahead. To provide the best experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter.”
So there you have it. If you see a Lexus RX 450h cruising along a mountain road this winter with a curious device on top and no driver, don’t be too alarmed.
In fact, it’s grounds for a little self-knowing pride. The brilliant minds at Google understand what Lexus drivers also know: If you’re going to try and invent something as big as the self-driving car, it helps to start with a vehicle that’s already a pillar of ahead-of-the-curve innovation.
Courtesy of LexusMagazine.com
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The success of sailing sponsorship is often directly related to matching brand values with the right product, and the environment is a concern both Lexus and America's Cup share. The luxury car company will be providing the Cup many of their energy-efficient vehicles, further solidifying the commitment they share with AC regarding environmental goals.
A pioneer in innovative, hybrid technology, Lexus is committed to providing energy-efficient vehicles without sacrificing performance, according to the company, and has produced vehicles that offer 63 percent fewer smog-forming emissions and more power than comparable gasoline-powered automobiles.
Courtesy of JustLuxe.com
Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom
Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Courtesy of LexusEnthusiast.com
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
- I Live in Jax,and saw the Lexus when i was in Orlando,visiting my son and sister.My experience with Ralph Rosen was one of the best. -Sweety1650
There’s also some model-specific changes, let’s break them down.
2013 Lexus IS 250 & IS 350 Sedan
2013 Lexus IS 250C & IS 350C
- The manual transmission IS 250C has been discontinued,
- The 18-inch wheel has changed to a split-five spoke design,
- there’s a new Red leather-trimmed interior color option,
- the Cerulean Blue exterior color option has been discontinued,
- and Silver Lining Metallic has replaced Tungsten Pearl.
A full-on F SPORT package is now available for the IS-C with two exterior color choices: Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue Mica.
The package also includes: F SPORT 18-inch wheels with dark superchrome finish, badging on steering wheel and exterior, upper and lower grille insert, leather-trimmed interior, steering wheel/shift knob, scuff plate; front lip spoiler; heated and ventilated front seats; and a sport-tuned suspension.
Finally, the 2013 IS-C sees a $150 price increase, with the IS 250C starting at $42,510 and the IS 350C starting at $46,790.
2013 Lexus IS F
- Exterior color options have changed, with Ultra White replacing Starfire Pearl & Liquid Platinum replacing Mercury Metallic,
- All exterior colors receive a scratch-resistant clearcoat,
- and there’s been some refined suspension tuning.
Exactly how the suspension has been “refined” is unclear from the press release, but this type of minor mechanical adjustment has become an annual event for the IS F.
Last thing — pricing for the 2013 IS F also sees a minor bump of $300, and will have a MSRP of $61,600.
Courtesy of LexusEnthusiast.com
Monday, August 20, 2012
Do your keys weigh you down? Here is a Monday maintenance tip to help prevent a trip to the maintenance department for you!
- Does your car key share a chain with a dozen or more other keys? That’s a pretty heavy load hanging off the car key when it’s in the ignition. The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive, can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure. To add years of service to your ignition switch, purchase a lightweight key chain that allows you to separate your ignition key from the others. Drive with only the ignition key in your ignition. If your ignition key “sticks” when you try to turn on the car, it’s a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Replace it before you get stranded.
Friday, August 17, 2012
While Mark Templin, general manager of the Toyota luxury brand, insists he is “not a big fan of” the rampant product proliferation “that calls for having 100 different models in your line-up,” he told TheDetroitBureau.com that Lexus is closely evaluating market trends and may very well need to add new models in the not-too-distant future.
The biggest challenge, he laughed, is that, “We’re running out of the alphabet,” as makers not only add more models but shift to alphanumeric naming policies.
The most likely addition to the Lexus line-up, Templin hinted, would be a compact crossover smaller than the current RX line, one that could directly target competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3 and Audi Q5. But Lexus is in no rush, the executive cautioned, since the RX remains the best-selling luxury CUV by appealing to a broad range of crossover buyers.The other segment under close study that Templin would discuss would return Lexus to the supercar market. The maker has all but sold out its LFA supercar and no additional production is planned. But the maker is weighing the potential for its potential successor. “The LFC (concept) we showed in Detroit this year was a smash hit,” Templin asserted, “and everyone is asking us to build that car without change.” But he cautioned that if Lexus does bring the LFC to market it could take as much as four years to complete its engineering. Templin acknowledged that might seem to run counter to Toyota’s past approach to product development – which emphasized speed to market – but added that Toyota “has started to build cars more slowly again.” That appears to be a response to the quality and safety problems the maker faced several years ago, which some have blamed on an over-reliance on computer simulations and a lack of slower real-world testing. The other area where Lexus is likely to expand its portfolio is in the hybrid market, Templin indicated during a lengthy interview. “Absolutely,” the executive stressed, “we’re dedicated to hybrids and will have a lot.” By 2014 or 2015, Lexus expects to have at least eight hybrids, in fact, in its global product portfolio – though not all will necessarily make it to U.S. shores. The maker already has more than any other luxury marque and is just getting ready to roll out a new version of its flagship Lexus LS 600h model. Meanwhile, the recently added ES 300h is out-performing the maker’s initially ambitious targets – dealers in San Francisco and some other parts of the country having to put customers on waiting lists for the hybrid sedan. Not all gas-electric offerings have been big hits, though. The compact HS 250h failed to generate much enthusiasm and has been dropped from the line-up, though the similarly sized CT 200h has done significantly better. The hybrid CT is the smallest model in the line-up and competes in the emerging U.S. market for small luxury cars. Yet even with new offerings coming from the likes of BMW, with its updated 1-Series, and the addition of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Templin said Lexus isn’t looking to downsize its line-up. He questioned whether there’s real demand for such small luxury cars and argued that makers like BMW and Mercedes are simply being forced into those segments to meet increasingly stringent U.S. fuel economy standards. “We don’t have to,” Templin said, noting that with the mainstream Toyota brand selling “millions” of small cars like the Corolla and Yaris, Lexus doesn’t have to stretch its own brand down-market. Nonetheless, Templin acknowledged the traditional definition of luxury is rapidly changing. For one thing, demand for high-line products like the LS – and such competitors as the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series – isn’t likely to keep pace with the overall growth in luxury car sales. At its peak, in 1990, the Lexus LS generated 42,806 sales, and even when the outgoing version was introduced, six years ago, it pulled in 2,000 to 3,000 buyers a month. Last year, however, sales totaled just 9,568. And even with the major improvements Lexus has made in the new 2013 LS, Templin forecast sales won’t reach much more than 1,000 a month. Complicating matters, the premium-luxury segment has seen a raft of new product entries, such as the Hyundai Equus, so the Lexus share isn’t likely to reach past levels. As recently as 2007, it had a 37.8% share, according to Ward’s Automotive. For the first seven months of 2012 that was down to 11.0%, though that should rebound somewhat with the upcoming launch of the new LS sedan – which will add several new versions including the F Sport. Templin insisted it still makes sense to market a big car like the LS, though he acknowledged, “In the future, I think we’ll see multiple flagships in our line-up and (from) other manufacturers.” That, he hinted, could include a supercar like the LFC — reportedly a personal favorite of Toyota Motor Co. President Akio Toyoda. The grandson of Toyota’s founder, Toyoda has been actively involved in the Lexus brand, Templin confirmed. The Japanese executive personally came to the States to introduce a sportier version of the GS sedan in 2011 and “he’s had a huge influence” on the brand, pressing it to develop more passionate products, said Templin. “He’s looking for us to change the way the company thinks,” added the Lexus general manager.
Courtesy of TheDetroitBureau.com
- Came to see if I could schedule an appointment for my vehicle, not only I was not expecting to be seen but I also expected to be just brush off with the “maybe next week” Surprise! I did not have leave the building, they can do it in a couple of hours and I did not even had to miss any work since their waiting area even has a computer room! William delivered on the promise, I was out in no time at all and the vehicle even got a wash and the tank was top off, that is a nice touch and I can say that I was WOWED Great job! -Juan M.
Courtesy of Lexus.com
Thursday, August 16, 2012
With that in mind, we asked the Lexus-sponsored pros to offer just one piece of golfing advice that they themselves live by out there, something that they’d like to share with their fellow Lexus owners for a little from-one-golfer-to-another inspiration:
Lexus-sponsored since: 2007
Golfing advice he lives by: “Ben Hogan once told me to keep my lower body very still—to feel as if it is in cement. This will allow your upper body to coil properly, with your lower body turning later in your swing. It helps you create a more powerful swing.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2006
Golfing advice she lives by: “I was 15 years old and practicing on the range at Bro-Bålsta Golf Club. It started to rain so I called my dad to pick me up. As we drove out, my dad saw several juniors still hitting balls. He turned to me and said, ‘you know, Annika, there are no shortcuts to success.’ That was over 25 years ago and it still drives me to this day—not just in golf, but in life.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 1996
Golfing advice he lives by: “The best advice I ever received was from my father, who told me the game of golf was not fair.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2010
Golfing advice she lives by: “To have fun. It’s a gift to be able to play the game of golf and it should be treated that way.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2008
Golfing advice he lives by: “In golf, nothing is given. You have to work hard or get passed.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2008
Golfing advice he lives by: “Truly enjoy your good shots, and when you do hit a good shot, celebrate it.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2004
Golfing advice he lives by: “My father taught me to play, and he always stressed the importance of rhythm in the swing. Any hurried motion in your swing will cause problems!”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2007
Golfing advice he lives by: “Keep proper perspective. Always be mindful that golf is just a game.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2011
Golfing advice he lives by: “Find a coach or teacher you believe in, then work hard, work hard, work hard.”
Lexus-sponsored since: 2005
Golfing advice he lives by: “What you put into it, you will get out of it.”
Courtesy of Lexus.com
- I have had my Lexus for three years now and I have been dealing with Manny since then. He is a true asset to Lexus and should be commended for his excellence in customer service. No matter how busy it gets, he never fails to be courteous and friendly. I always and will always plan my service when he is available because I know I won't get anything but the best!! -Anita C.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Courtesy of FullBoost.com
The latest episode from Lexus TV spotlights the LA Food and Wine Festival, the ES "invigorate" training, and much more? Follow the link below to view the latest chapter!
Courtesy of LexusTV
- Service with a smile every time. I've been dealing with Mr. Persaud for my last three or four visits on both my vehicles and he is the absolute best individual to deal with. I've never had such great service from someone at a dealership. Stephen answers every question and addresses any concerns on the spot and if he can't he promises to get back to you which he always does. Hats off to him on an amazing job every time!!! -Nathan R.
Courtesy of Lexus Magazine
Monday, August 13, 2012
- Wet-weather driving demands gentle use of all the main controls - steering, clutch, brake and accelerator - and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies. When you begin a journey in rain, your shoes will be wet and liable to slip off the pedals. Scuff the soles on the rubber matting or carpeting of the car before you start the engine. All motorists should regularly check that their headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly.
- It was time for a new car, but it was hard to let our 2001 Lexus ES300 and 2005 PT Cruiser go to "used car heaven." After consulting with William in service, and talking to Alfredo in the Lexus Exchange Program, we knew that now was the time. We worked with both Alfred and Ashley to find just the right vehicle. Alfredo was able to make our budget wishes a reality and Ashley was by our side, answering questions, until we drove our beautiful 2011 Lexus ES350 off the lot. We will be asking for William when it's time for that first oil change. It's great to be a member of the Lexus Family! -GloJo