Lexus

Toyota luxury boss says sub-$30K car 'wouldn't be a Lexus'

3:10 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A senior Lexus executive said that a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the brand, in an indirect dig at German rivals who have been moving downmarket. "We could go down and build a car under $30,000, but it would be decontented, and you'd be cutting corners. It wouldn't be a Lexus," Mark Templin, Lexus International's executive vice president, told Automotive News.... Read More »

 

Lexus lineup aims for younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers.... Read More »

 

A crush of crossovers from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Already well positioned in the red-hot crossover segments, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and their luxury-brand offshoots are eager to hold their ground.... Read More »

 

SPLIT PERSONALITY

Core buyers are aging, so Lexus courts youth with new, bolder products

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
Despite handicaps and setbacks, Lexus appears to be swinging into recovery mode with growing sales and younger buyers, thanks to a slew of new, bolder products.... Read More »

 

Top Toyota designer heads to Yamaha

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co.... Read More »

 

Can Lexus NX hit segment's sweet spot?

11:00 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
With scads of Lexus RX imitators clogging America's roads, Lexus is trying the same play in the compact luxury crossover segment with the NX 200t and NX 300h.... Read More »

 

NX chief on re-engineering the RAV4 for luxury

11:00 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
Lexus NX Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato oversaw development of the second-generation Lexus IS sedan and the current RX crossover.... Read More »

 

Toyota advances 3% as cars set pace

4:47 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales posted a 3 percent increase in U.S. sales in June, marked by significant gains from cars at the Toyota and Lexus brands.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Who really benefits?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Lexus recently eased the limit on the number of its stores a single dealership group can own. Does limiting dealership concentration actually benefit an automaker's vehicle buyers?... Read More »

 

Lexus lifts cap on how many stores a group can own

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2014
Lexus dealers are cheering the brand's having expanded a cap that had limited retailers to owning no more than six Lexus stores.... Read More »

 

What's behind Hyundai-Kia quality win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2014
Hyundai-Kia's first-ever first-place showing in the 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is a significant milestone for a Korean manufacturer that once struggled with quality.... Read More »

 

Porsche tops key U.S. quality study for 2nd straight year

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche was No. 1 in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study in the United States for the second year in row, extending its lead over rivals. Jaguar was No. 2, rising up from ninth place in 2013. Lexus rounded out the top three.... Read More »

 

Lexus, after 3 years on sideline, is back in race for U.S. luxury crown

1:34 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Lexus is back in contention for the wallets of luxury vehicle buyers in the United States after trailing German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz for three years.... Read More »

 

BMW tops Mercedes in May as cheaper luxury models woo buyers

5:07 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
BMW topped Mercedes in May sales as cheaper models and fashionable crossover vehicles helped luxury brands gain traction in the United States with new buyers enjoying rising disposable income.... Read More »

 

Toyota recalls 466,000 vehicles to fix rust corrosion, brake pedal problems

11:52 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Toyota is recalling 466,000 vehicles globally, including about 460,500 in North America, for rust corrosion and brake pedal problems, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Will Chevy's ad breakthrough lead to more spots targeting LGBT consumers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
When Chevrolet prominently featured gay and lesbian couples in a family-focused commercial titled "The New Us," marketing experts saw it as a breakthrough. And they think other automakers will come to see it the same way.... Read More »

 

Lexus aims to arouse interest in F line

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2014
Tires chirp. A couple writhes in the rain. A man enters a hotel with an attractive woman on each arm. This is not your uncle’s Lexus ad.... Read More »

 

'Very solid' April drives Toyota to 13% advance

4:48 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Fourteen nameplates from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. posted double or triple-digit U.S. sales gains in April, and the company said its Toyota Division was the industry's top-selling brand among retail customers for a fourth consecutive month.... Read More »

 

BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus NX crossover goal: 2,200 sales per month

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Lexus unveiled the production version of the NX compact crossover at the Beijing auto show and set a U.S. sales target of 2,200 units a month.... Read More »

 

Lexus weighs the best way to add 7-seat crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2014
Lexus plans to offer a seven-seat crossover, either by bringing out a new vehicle or by increasing the size of the venerable RX 350.... Read More »

 

Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford gain in blue-sky store values

2:42 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford saw their blue-sky multiples increase in the second half, according to a study by a dealership buy/sell advisory firm. But BMW, Mini, Hyundai, VW and Mazda saw theirs decrease.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus NX to offer a 235 hp turbo or 194 hp hybrid in U.S.

11:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lexus unveiled the production version of the Lexus NX compact crossover at the Beijing auto show Sunday, offering a U.S. sales forecast of 2,200 units a month.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Luxury models take center stage in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A few months ago, industry analysts speculated that China's fast-growing luxury market soon would stagnate as the economy cooled and Communist Party leaders discouraged conspicuous consumption.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

JM Lexus drops middleman to speed sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Eliminating the middleman from negotiating has helped JM Lexus cut the time a customer spends in the store after deciding to buy a specific vehicle to 2.5 hours from 3.5 hours, including delivery. It also is among the reasons that the Margate, Fla., dealership has kept its title as the world's largest-volume seller of new Lexus vehicles for 22 straight years.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus aims NX crossover at German premium brands in China

April 11, 2014 14:45 CET
Lexus will debut the NX crossover at the Beijing auto show as it tries to compete with German premium rivals in China. The NX will be the brand's first compact crossover and will be sold in global markets including Europe and the United States.... Read More »

 

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