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2018 Lexus CT200h facelift revealed

The 2018 Lexus CT200h hybrid hatchback has been unveiled, with the brand describing the changes to its now more aggressively styled compact model as a "sweeping update" that includes "sportier styling, interior updates and innovative equipment". The styling changes to the updated 2018 Lexus CT200h are clearly apparent, with a more muscular front end design including new mesh inlays for the spindle grille...

2018 Lexus LS350 debuts in China, not for Australia - UPDATE

The 2018 Lexus LS350 has quietly broken cover this week, debuting at the Shenzen-Hong Kong-Macao international auto show in China. While there's no official press release from the Japanese marque, yet, the LS350 will be powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine found in other Lexus 350 models, such as the smaller GS350...

2017 Lexus LC500 & LC500h pricing and specs: Luxury sports flagship arrives from $190,000

Lexus Australia has today announced pricing and specification of its LC500 and LC500h flagship sports cars, with both models coming in at $190,000 plus associated on-road costs. The Lexus LC500 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V8 engine that delivers 351kW of power and 540Nm of torque, which sees a 10Nm increase over the RC F and GS F models utilising the same engine...

Lexus sedans must evolve to survive, says executive

A senior Toyota executive says sedans in the Lexus range will need to evolve to become sportier in order to fight back against the ever-growing consumer preference for crossovers. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota's global branding chief and head of advanced design, told Automotive News, "Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve"...

2018 Lexus NX revealed: Australian debut next year, 200t badge dropped

The refreshed 2018 Lexus NX makes it global premiere in Shanghai today, revealing tweaked looks, revised dynamics and upgraded equipment. Lexus Australia communications manager Nick Raman told CarAdvice today the 2018 NX SUV line-up will debut locally in the first half of next year, although exact timing is still to be confirmed...

Five niche cars with growing sales

Everyone loves a left-of-centre battler, but when it comes to cars, few buy them. At least in a market like Australia, which is hugely competitive but dominated by a small number of big fish like Toyota, Mazda, Holden and Hyundai. But a scan through VFACTS sales figures also shows that, every year, there are a few lesser-known cars that for a variety of reasons enter another gear, sales-wise...

2018 Lexus LS F-Sport unveiled ahead of New York show

The new Lexus LS F-Sport has been unveiled and detailed ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the New York motor show. Available on both the LS500 and the hybrid LS500h, the F-Sport package has styling updates, including a new pattern for the grille and faux air intakes, and a new side sill design...

2018 Lexus LS F-Sport package to debut in New York

The next-generation Lexus LS500 F-Sport will make its global debut at the New York motor show next week. According to Lexus, both the LS500 and LS500h will be available in F-Sport trim, although it seems as though only the LS500 F-Sport will step out in the Big Apple...

Toyota Australia confirms top-end management changes in shift to import business

Toyota Australia has announced a number of changes to its 2018 team, with key leadership saying their goodbyes at the end of this year. Those will include current president, Dave Buttner, along with sales and marketing director Tony Cramb - both major figures in the business globally and familiar identities in the industry...

2017 Lexus NX facelift teased ahead of Shanghai debut

The facelifted Lexus NX will make its debut at the Shanghai motor show next month. Judging from the teaser image shared by Lexus, which seems to be a still taken from a video showing parts coming into or out of the crossover, the update won't be a radical redesign of the vehicle currently in showrooms...

Lexus wants to provoke envy in onlookers, says new branding chief

Lexus is well-known for offering high-quality vehicles and fantastic customer service, though the company recognises it doesn't spark the envy and admiration that its German rivals enjoy. According to industry journal Automotive News, the Japanese marque is looking to pump some life into its image as a lifestyle brand, and to do it, parent company Toyota has appointed outgoing Lexus chief, Tokuo Fukuichi, as its chief branding officer...