Lexus

Lexus exec sees more gains in U.S., emerging markets

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Lexus aims to grow as much as 10 percent annually for the next 30 years as it expands in the United States, its biggest market, as well as in emerging markets from Asia to South America.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Lexus puts performance in RC F coupe

10:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
This fall, Lexus will launch the first high-performance coupe in Toyota's luxury lineup, a competitor to the BMW M4. The RC F coupe, unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, will boast a 5.0-liter V-8 with "more than 450 horsepower" and 383 pounds-feet of torque, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division general manager.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Lexus RC F guns for high-performance big boys from BMW, Mercedes

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Toyota's Lexus luxury division is gearing up for another run at BMW and Mercedes-Benz performance coupes with the low-slung, V-8-powered RC F debuting Tuesday at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

To be global, Detroit tapped Toyota, Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The debuts of two Japanese luxury car brands -- Lexus and Infiniti -- at Detroit's first "international" auto show in 1989 succeeded in igniting interest, curiosity and buzz about the ventures.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Aluminum F-150, sporty cars from Chevy, BMW, Lexus add pizzazz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2014
Ford will make the biggest splash of the Detroit auto show with the redesigned 2015 F-150. At other brands, sporty cars will dominate the headlines. Chevrolet will show the high-performance Corvette Z06. BMW will unveil redesigned M3 and M4 cars. And Lexus will show a sporty car whose V-8 delivers 460 hp, sources say.... Read More »

 

Mercedes outlasts BMW's late surge to grab U.S. luxury crown

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz withstood a late surge from BMW, ending its rival's two-year reign as the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales leader as the breadth of Mercedes's lineup pushed it to a record year. Mercedes won its only other U.S. luxury sales title in 1999.... Read More »

 

Toyota ends 2013 down while Lexus rises

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
It was indeed a December to remember for the Lexus brand, but most Toyota division vehicles finished the year on a down note.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

No car? No problem for Lexus ad spot

11:47 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
It's not quite the "Rocks and Trees" show-no-car advertising campaign that Infiniti used, controversially, to launch itself in the United States in 1989. But Lexus' new "Swarm" TV spot comes close.... Read More »

 

Lexus: No interest in $30,000 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Lexus boss Jeff Bracken concedes that Mercedes-Benz's low-priced CLA sedan is off to a flying start, but he vows not to follow Mercedes down the price ladder.... Read More »

 

Mercedes CLA helps widen U.S. luxury-sales lead over BMW

Dec. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
Mercedes widened its luxury-vehicle lead over the BMW brand in the United States last month as deliveries of the compact CLA contributed almost all of the Daimler unit's gain in the market.... Read More »

 

Toyota Camry poised to retain No. 1 car crown

4:46 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013
With a month to go in 2013, the Toyota Camry has locked up first place for a 12th consecutive year, but its dominance in the mid-sized segment is shrinking even as the automaker dangles bigger-than-usual discounts to lure buyers.... Read More »

 

Mercedes rides $29,900 coupe to wider U.S. luxury lead over BMW

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013
Mercedes-Benz widened its luxury-vehicle lead over the BMW brand in November as sales of the new entry-level CLA coupe contributed almost all of the Daimler unit’s gain in the United States market.... Read More »

 

Lexus shifts ad methods to help dealers compete

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
Lexus' boss says it will be tough to regain the U.S. luxury sales crown from German rivals, but the brand is changing advertising methods to help dealers better compete.... Read More »

 

Lexus predicts record global sales

Nov. 29, 2013 06:01 CET
Despite its poor performance in Europe, Lexus will set a global sales record of more than 520,000 units this year. Mark Templin, executive VP of Lexus International, said that worldwide sales would "finish on the north side of 520,000," edging Lexus' high of 518,300 units in 2007.... Read More »

 

Unveiled at Tokyo, Lexus RC's 2 choices: Green or souped-up mean

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
The Lexus RC coupe unveiled last week at the Tokyo Motor Show offers two drivetrain choices: souped-up at 314 hp or lean and green at 217 hp. The car goes on sale next year, but Lexus did not say when. The nameplate is new.... Read More »

 

Lexus expects record global sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
Lexus will set a global sales record of more than 520,000 units this year, a top executive said. Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, said last week that worldwide sales would "finish on the north side of 520,000," edging Lexus' high of 518,300 units in 2007.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Toyota, Subaru board turbo train for downsized power

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Honda, which unveiled three turbocharged engines ahead of this week's Tokyo Motor Show, is not the only one turning to turbos to boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing power -- or to boost power without hurting fuel efficiency. Toyota and Subaru outlined plans at the Tokyo show to roll out downsized turbos. The first entries debut next year, and more will follow.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Lexus RC offers 2 choices: Powerful or green

9:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
The Lexus RC coupe unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show offers drivers two drivetrain choices: souped-up at 314 hp or lean and green at 217 horses. The car goes on sale next year, but Lexus did not say when.... Read More »

 

Lexus expects global sales record of more than 520,000 units this year

10:18 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Lexus will reach a global sales record this year, a top executive said while unveiling the close-to-production prototype of the luxury brand's RC sporty coupe.... Read More »

 

THE BIG BUILDUP

Doing the math: Where Camry might land

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
When Subaru decided that its North American growth objectives required lots more production at its Indiana assembly plant, it meant Subaru no longer could afford to have Toyota as a factory roommate.... Read More »

 

German luxury brands raising the ante in U.S. battlefield

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2013
Germany's luxury automakers are introducing a wave of initiatives, big and small, to help the shopping and service experience in the United States match the luxurious and pricey vehicles they sell.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Retired Houston auto dealer Sterling McCall died Oct. 7. He was 78.... Read More »

 

TOKYO MOTOR SHOW PREVIEW

Japanese brands to embrace the small, the sporty and the futuristic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2013
Japan's automakers will go futuristic and local at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, combining the far-out concept cars the show has been famous for alongside the Japan-only 660cc minicars -- some of which are delightfully sporty -- that represent a third of the home market.... Read More »

 

Mercedes doubles U.S. premium-sales lead over BMW on new CLA

Nov. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
Mercedes doubled its lead in premium-vehicle sales over BMW in the United States last month, helped by strong demand for the CLA compact.... Read More »

 

Mercedes doubles U.S. luxury-auto lead over BMW on new CLA coupe

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013
Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz sold 4,895 of its $29,900 CLA coupe in the car’s first full month of availability, helping the brand post a 25 percent October gain and double its luxury-vehicle lead in the United States.... Read More »

 

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