Lexus

Lexus dramatizes design in meaner mug for IS

11:00 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

Lexus is doubling down on bolder designs with a freshened IS sport sedan that gets a meaner mug and sportier demeanor. The mid-cycle update also rolls out a tweaked interior with a bigger multimedia display and the brand's latest active safety system.... Read More »

Beijing show opens up to challenger brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

The Beijing auto show going on this week has become a showcase for Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz -- the dominant luxury brands in China -- as well as challengers such as Cadillac, Lincoln and Infiniti.... Read More »

Toyota may lose $277 million this quarter as quakes halt Japan output

April 18, 2016 10:39 CET

Toyota's profit may fall by about $277 million for the current quarter, an industry analyst said, after a series of earthquakes struck Japan, disrupting parts supplies. A production halt at Toyota's Kyushu factories will extend to other Japan assembly lines.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan idle 2 assembly plants in wake of earthquake

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2016

Toyota and Nissan have suspended production at two plants that export Lexus and crossover vehicles to the U.S. after a strong earthquake in southwest Japan disrupted operations at key suppliers.... Read More »

Digital Honda ads make it personal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

In online video campaigns, simply repurposing a TV spot for the digital audience can be an inefficient exercise when trying to influence potential buyers. So the TriHonda Dealers Association took a more targeted approach in a recent Tier 2 digital video blitz.... Read More »

Lexus aims to treat buyers 'like guests in our own home'

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Beyond the creature comforts and quality of an upscale vehicle, the "luxury" in luxury cars is increasingly about hospitality and how a buyer -- or "guest" in Lexus lingo -- feels about the entire brand experience, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus general manager.... Read More »

Lexus leads March U.S. luxury sales as crossovers draw buyers

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus brand, bolstered by demand for its crossovers, sold the most luxury light vehicles in the U.S. for a second straight month in March, closing in on Mercedes-Benz's first-quarter lead.... Read More »

Toyota loses ground as Easter holiday dents showroom traffic

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp.'s March new-vehicle sales in the U.S. fell 2.7 percent from last year as car sales continued to slump and an early Easter contributed to dampened retail volume.... Read More »

Q&A - JOHN IACONO, MEMBER, LEXUS NATIONAL DEALER ADVISORY BOARD

New vehicles fuel excitement among Lexus dealers

2:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Lexus' LC 500, a coupe unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show and expected to go on sale in 2017, and the LF-FC fuel cell concept, which could come to life as the next LS, has Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council member John Iacono fired up about prospects for the brand.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Lexus to test no-haggle sales

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

At NADA: Lexus to test no-haggle sales; VW store worth buying?; a 'ransomware' warning for dealers; Best way to reduce cyber risks; special delivery.... Read More »

Lexus dealers get their wish -- a three-row RX crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2016

Lexus has decided to build a three-row version of the popular RX crossover. It would go on sale in late 2017 or early 2018.... Read More »

Lexus dealers eager for flagship car due in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2016

Life is good for Lexus dealers, and they expect it to get even better when the new flagship LC 500 arrives in stores in 2017.... Read More »

Lexus readies 3-row RX crossover

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2016

After months of speculation, and pleading from U.S. dealers, Lexus has finalized plans to build a three-row version of the popular RX crossover.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Toyota hits gas on auto-braking

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2016

Toyota hits gas on auto-braking; BMW airbag-replacement snag; A premium for premium; 8 GM models, 10 speeds; VW, Infiniti, GMC auto-show peeks; Giving Ram more 'buzz.'... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW braces for 'residual' damage

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2016

VW braces for 'residual' damage; BMW luxury lead in Feb.; GM lawyer: 'Sometimes, accidents just happen'; Worst traffic-jam cities; Infiniti, Buick, Lexus March Madness campaigns.... Read More »

PRESSURE TO PUNCH

When is a sale not really a sale?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2016

As U.S. auto sales show signs of hitting a peak, dealers across the industry face mounting pressure to sustain momentum. Among the most common practices appears to be one called "punching" -- dealers buying vehicles from their own inventory and converting them into testers or loaners in order to earn hefty bonuses.... Read More »

Lexus' new March Madness contest aimed at GS F audience

2:27 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2016

Lexus is getting in on March Madness. For the first time, the luxury brand has created a game around the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament to interact with potentially millions of fans online.... Read More »

Lexus rolls out new gearbox

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2016

The new Lexus LC500h hybrid features a new and innovative transmission -- actually two linked together in a design intended to provide sporty performance with its fuel-sipping hybrid engine.... Read More »

Porsche tops Lexus in study of online responses

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2016

Porsche dealerships led other brands in responding to consumers' online queries, a study found.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Clinton, Sanders spar on auto rescue

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2016

Clinton, Sanders spar on auto rescue, JCI: We didn't get U.S. aid; Porsche, Lexus, BMW tops in online-lead responses; New Subaru platform; Autovaz CEO Andersson to step down.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Lexus outsells Benz, BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2016

Lexus beats Benz, BMW amid U.S. luxury slowdown; Case of connected-car jitters; Ideal group for Google?; Sergio's Apple advice; Toyota expands Takata inflator recall.... Read More »

Toyota revises structure to address product segments, r&d

7:10 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2016

Toyota will create new business units focused around product segments and roll out a new advanced strategic planning center to plot growth in an era in which sales exceed 10 million units and new technologies are needed.... Read More »

Toyota cars slip, trucks rise

5:45 pm U.S. ET | March 1, 2016

Any lingering doubts about Toyota’s decision to shut down the youthful Scion car brand may have been doused by the Japanese automaker’s U.S. sales results in February.... Read More »

Lexus outsells Mercedes, BMW in February

3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 1, 2016

Lexus edged into the monthly lead in U.S. luxury-vehicle sales, boosted by SUVs. Deliveries rose 0.4 percent from a year earlier to 23,090 for Lexus while sliding 2.9 percent to 22,941 for Mercedes-Benz and declining 11 percent to 22,498 for BMW.... Read More »

Lexus tops J.D. Power dependability rankings for 5th straight year

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2016

Lexus, for the fifth year in a row, is the auto industry's most dependable brand after three years of ownership, while Buick is the highest-ranking marque among domestic and nonluxury brands for the second consecutive year, according to J.D. Power.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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