Lexus Car Reviews
In 1983 Toyota chairman Eiji Toyoda held a meeting where it was decided the time was right to create a new luxury vehicle. By 1985, focus groups were formed and design teams were creating prototypes. By July of that year, the LS 400 was built and testing began. This went on for several years until January of 1989 when the LS 400 and ES 250 were unveiled at the Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows. By September Lexus cars were on sale.
The company achieved rapid growth in the 1990s, developing a range of luxury vehicles and exporting models to North America, Australia and Europe.
The Lexus brand is well-recognised and is best known for its reliability and great customer service. Current popular Lexus models include the Lexus IS, LS, RX, SC, and the Lexus GS. In 1999 Lexus entered the field of motorsport, and achieved some success in touring car racing.
Today, the brand is marketed in over 70 countries worldwide.
The Lexus IS is a medium executive saloon that was first produced in 1998 and is currently being produced in its second generation, as it has been since 2005. The car is available as either a four-door saloon in both generations or as a five-door hatchback in its first and a two-door convertible in its second generation. In the United Kingdom two versions of the Lexus IS are sold; the IS 250 and the IS 220d, both rear-wheel drive. The car has a 6-speed transmission and a luxury interior.
The Lexus LS is a full-size, rear-wheel drive executive saloon. The LS is recognised for its exceptionally quiet cabin and is one of the most reliable cars in the world. The LS is a four-door saloon that has been produced in four generations since its production began in 1989. Each generation is equipped with a V8 engine, and the latest model features an 8-speed transmission enabling it to reach a top speed of 155mph.
The Lexus CT is a hybrid electric, luxury 5-door hatchback that has been in production since December 2010. The model is marketed worldwide and features a 1.8 litre petrol engine as well as electric motors in the hybrid drive system. The CT has impressive fuel consumption rates and is more environmentally friendly than its competitors.
The Lexus GS is an executive, 4-door saloon that is currently in its third generation, with a fourth generation planned for a 2012 release.
The latest model features an 8-speed automatic transmission and a top speed of 155mph. The GS is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, and has a lot to offer drivers. The car delivers a smooth and silent ride creating the feel of high class comfort even on less than perfect roads.
The Lexus RX is a 4x4 that has been produced from 1998 and is currently in its third generation.
The first generation was a small 4x4, whilst the second and third are medium sized 4x4s. The RX delivers good performance and economy providing the buyer with excellent value for the money. Its 4X4 capabilities are not the strongest in its class, but given the fact that most drivers will never leave the road they are more than adequate.
The Lexus LFA is a 2-door 2-seater sports car that is available as a coupe or roadster.
Development began in 2000 as a supercar project and debuted as a concept car in early 2005. At this stage in the development there were no plans for production. Continued improvements were made to the LFA and a roadster was unveiled in 2008.
Production was finally confirmed in 2009 and the company announced that it would be limited to 500 models. 20 will be produced each month and cost a very pricey $375,000.
The LFA can top out at over 200mph and has 0 – 60mph capabilities of less than 4 seconds.