Lexus IS250 [EU] (2005)


Lexus IS250 [EU]

The Lexus IS is an entry-level luxury car / compact executive car produced by the Lexus marque of Toyota Motor Corporation and originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan. It was introduced as an entry-level model to slot below the ES in the Lexus lineup and to compete against the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Nissan Skyline/Infiniti G35 sports sedans.

The first-generation Altezza (codename XE10) was launched in Japan in October 1998, while the Lexus IS 200 made its debut in Europe in 1999 and the IS 300 in North America in 2001. The second generation IS was launched in 2006. The Lexus range of cars are very successful in North America, but it is still lagging behind its German rivals in the rest of the world.

First generation

European and North American-market Lexus IS vehicles, as well as the Japanese hatchback/station wagon version called the Gita (called Lexus IS Sportcross in the U.S. and Europe) were only available in the 6-cylinder versions. US and European sales of the Lexus IS 300 were disappointing. In the American market, after hitting a high of 22,486 units in 2001, IS sales dropped below the 10,000-unit mark in 2004. The IS200 fared better in Europe and Asia, but still fell well short of the sales volume achieved by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and other, mostly German-made competitors.

Second generation

The IS was redesigned for the 2006 model year and was introduced in the fall of 2005. The Toyota Altezza name ceased to be used with the introduction of the Lexus name in Japan. A pre-production example of the second generation IS model was shown in the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. The slow-selling SportCross station wagon version was dropped from the lineup worldwide.

Lexus LFA Concept (2005)

Lexus LFA Concept (2005)
Lexus RX330 Thundercloud (2005)

Lexus RX330 Thundercloud (2005)
Lexus RX400h (2005)

Lexus RX400h (2005)
Lexus GS430 (2006)

Lexus GS430 (2006)
Lexus GS 450h (2006)


Lexus GS 450h

Making its European debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Lexus GS 450h luxury sports sedan follows the RX 400h SUV as the second production vehicle to introduce the technical sophistication and high-performance attributes of Lexus hybrid drive engineering to the premium automotive segment.

On sale throughout Europe from the spring of 2006, the new GS 450h further reinforces the importance of hybrid drive systems as the core powertrain technology for the Lexus luxury marque. Its new hybrid drive-train encapsulates precisely the type of driving characteristics that are the hallmark of Lexus drive-train engineering; smooth, powerful and refined, yet offering a highly engaging and rewarding driving experience.

The Lexus GS 450h is the world's first hybrid luxury sedan to combine front engine mounting with the rear wheel drive essential to sports driving dynamics.

The latest hybrid petrol/electric powered addition to the luxury Lexus range is named "450" not to indicate the cubic capacity of the engine but, rather, in recognition of a power output comparable to that of a conventional 4.5 litre, V8 petrol engine, whilst the 'h' suffix indicates the presence of Lexus' highly sophisticated hybrid drive system.

POWERTRAIN

Displaying similar operational characteristics to the RX 400h's Hybrid Synergy Drive®‚ system, a completely new, front engine, rear-wheel drive Lexus hybrid powertrain has been engineered for the GS 450h.

Lexus IS350 (2006)


Lexus IS350

The Lexus IS is an entry-level luxury car / compact executive car produced by the Lexus marque of Toyota Motor Corporation and originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan. It was introduced as an entry-level model to slot below the ES in the Lexus lineup and to compete against the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Nissan Skyline/Infiniti G35 sports sedans.

The first-generation Altezza (codename XE10) was launched in Japan in October 1998, while the Lexus IS 200 made its debut in Europe in 1999 and the IS 300 in North America in 2001. The second generation IS was launched in 2006. The Lexus range of cars are very successful in North America, but it is still lagging behind its German rivals in the rest of the world.

First generation

European and North American-market Lexus IS vehicles, as well as the Japanese hatchback/station wagon version called the Gita (called Lexus IS Sportcross in the U.S. and Europe) were only available in the 6-cylinder versions. US and European sales of the Lexus IS 300 were disappointing. In the American market, after hitting a high of 22,486 units in 2001, IS sales dropped below the 10,000-unit mark in 2004. The IS200 fared better in Europe and Asia, but still fell well short of the sales volume achieved by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and other, mostly German-made competitors.

Second generation

The IS was redesigned for the 2006 model year and was introduced in the fall of 2005. The Toyota Altezza name ceased to be used with the introduction of the Lexus name in Japan. A pre-production example of the second generation IS model was shown in the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. The slow-selling SportCross station wagon version was dropped from the lineup worldwide.

Lexus SC 430 (2006)


Lexus SC 430

DESIGN

The 2006 Lexus SC 430 features remodelling designed to bring a new elegance and maturity to the luxury sports coupe-cabriolet. An all-new front end incorporates revised headlamps and an increase in the volume of both grille and bumper, reinforcing the broad, purposeful stance of the sports coupe and, through the adoption of the arrow head motif featured on both the new GS and IS model ranges, instantly identifying the SC 430 as the latest arrival within the new Lexus premium automotive family.

The twin-barrel I-AFS headlamp clusters are positioned on a higher plane than the grille to accent the SC 430's sporting prowess, whilst the grille itself now features sharply chamfered edges and six horizontal accent bars. Foglamp placement within air vents to the lower front bumper has been reinforced through the addition of a chrome centre bar, and the side turn signal lamps and 18" alloy wheels have also be remodelled.

To the rear, new horizontal graphics to the deep, two-step tail-light clusters reinforce the SC 430's wide, sporting posture. A new, high-intensity LED lamp improves license plate legibility, whilst twin reversing lamps have been seamlessly incorporated in the lower bumper between twin, chromed exhausts.

The 2006 Lexus SC430 is available in a choice of nine colours, including two new character colours, Morello Red and Premium Brown, as well as three new standard colours, Silver Mist, Dark Grey Metallic and Tottori Sand.

Lexus ES 350 (2007)


Lexus ES 350

The all-new 2007 Lexus ES 350 made its public debut today at the Chicago Auto Show. The all-new, fully redesigned ES marks the fourth Lexus sedan to benefit from the L-finesse design language. Going on sale in late April, the fifth-generation ES improves upon every level of comfort, safety, performance and craftsmanship in the elegant five-passenger sedan.
"We believe the newly revamped ES 350 is better in virtually every way than our original LS flagship sedan," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter. "It's faster, quieter and more powerful than the first LS that redefined the prestige luxury segment in the early 1990s."

2007 ES Marks Complete Redesign of All Lexus Sedans
From a styling standpoint, the ES marks the latest Lexus sedan to receive a complete redesign emphasizing a more sculptural direction, one that now reveals a family resemblance across the entire passenger car lineup. With an over two-inch longer wheelbase and more than an inch wider track, the ES has a more confident stance. A long hood, pulled-back cabin and short rear deck are characteristic of the new L-finesse design theme, recalling classic sports car proportions with a contemporary look unique to all new-generation Lexus sedans.

The creation of a spatial feeling in the passenger compartment is central to the new Lexus design direction. Without increasing the overall exterior length, engineers were able to increase rear legroom while maintaining the already roomy driver and front-passenger compartment.

Lexus LF-A Concept (2007)

Lexus LF-A Concept (2007)