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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...

Lexus LX450d diesel launches in India, still off the cards for Australia

Availability of the diesel-powered Lexus LX450d has expanded to the Indian market this week, but, despite being offered in New Zealand, it remains off the cards for Australia. Powered by the same 200kW/650Nm 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine offered in the related Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series, the 2.5+ tonne LX450d is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in a respectable 8...

2018 Lexus LS500h revealed

The Lexus LS500h, the second variant in the fifth-generation LS range, has been unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show. Unsurprisingly, the LS500h shares its hybrid drivetrain with the closely related LC500h coupe. Both models feature a new Multi-Stage Hybrid drivetrain with 264kW of total system power that uses a traditional automatic transmission instead of the company's usual e-CVT setup...

Lexus named top manufacturer for customer satisfaction in Australia

Japanese luxury marque Lexus has been named the manufacturer of the year in the latest Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards. It's the third time in four years Lexus has taken out the title, winning in 2014 and 2015. "At Lexus, we pride ourselves on producing passenger cars and SUVs that exhibit the finest quality and craftsmanship," said Peter McGregor, chief executive of the company's local arm...

Lexus LC F heading to Tokyo with twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 - report

Lexus is preparing an all-out LC F performance variant of its flagship LC coupe, complete with a 447kW twin-turbo V8 - according to a new report. Car and Driver cites a "source at Lexus", claiming the Japanese luxury marque will reveal the LC F at this year's Tokyo motor show in October. At the heart of the performance coupe will reportedly be a twin-turbocharged 4...