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Axed: Lexus IS sedan, RC coupe and CT hatch to be dropped from local line-up

Toyota's luxury division Lexus has been forced to withdraw the IS mid-size sedan, the RC coupe and CT hybrid hatchback from the Australian market from 1 November 2021 due to toughening safety standards. Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson confirmed the demise of the three models at the Australian preview of the all-new NX mid-size SUV due in November...

Lexus IS Wax Edition unveiled with onboard vinyl record player

The US subsidiary of Lexus has produced a one-off 'Wax Edition' based on its IS medium sedan. As the name suggests, the vehicle features an inbuilt record player in lieu of its glovebox. The vehicle was built as a promotional exercise with music publication Pitchfork, as part of their "Driven by Sound" documentary series...

2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance revealed with 352kW V8, not for Australia

The 2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance has been unveiled – however, the V8-powered sedan has been designed "exclusively for the [left-hand-drive] North American market" and won't come to Australia. Lexus has answered enthusiasts' calls since the demise of the IS F in 2014 for a high-performance V8 version of the brand's IS mid-size sedan – with the new model scoring a new 'F Sport Performance' designation, between the existing 'F Sport' and 'F' badges...

Lexus teases new F Sport model – UPDATE: Teased again, and it's an IS!

UPDATE, 22 February 2021: Lexus has teased its upcoming F Sport model once again, this time releasing a photo of a red IS sedan's rear window, now surrounded by black trim – all but confirming the mid-size sedan will be the vehicle to receive the carbon-fibre engine cover teased last week...

2021 Lexus IS gets TRD, Modellista styling options

As it often does, the unveiling of a new Lexus model has been followed by the availability of TRD and Modellista styling tweaks.  Regular readers will be familiar with this theme, and other recent styling 'upgrades' from the TRD and Modellista lines have included the new Yaris Cross, the RAV4, the C-HR and the Prius – among others...

2021 Lexus IS price and specs: New-look sedan here from November

2021 Lexus IS starts from $61,500 (before on-road costs) IS 300h Sports Luxury, 350 Luxury models discontinued Enhancement Packs integrated into model pricing list 19-inch wheels standard on F Sport hero models Australian pricing for the 2021 Lexus IS range has been announced today, revealing a more streamlined line-up – albeit with the addition of pre-defined 'Enhancement Pack' models to the range...

2021 Lexus IS revealed, Australian launch due late 2020

The covers have come off a refreshed 2021 Lexus IS sedan this morning, making official the images that leaked online this week. Debuting a sharper and more resolved take on the 'L-Finesse' styling themes of its predecessor, the new IS sedan looks set to bring a tougher and more imposing image on the road...

2021 Lexus IS revealed in leaked images

Update, June 16: the new 2021 Lexus IS is now official. Full story here. The new-look 2021 Lexus IS has been revealed just hours ahead of its official unveiling, thanks to a set of leaked images that have appeared on Instagram and YouTube. The images, although low-quality (particularly the YouTube shots) offer a comprehensive look at what we'll see when the covers come off tomorrow morning...

2005-12 Lexus IS recalled

Lexus Australia has issued a recall for more than 13,700 older-generation IS250, IS350 and IS F models over concerns replacement airbags fitted as part of the Takata campaign may not deploy correctly...

2020 Lexus IS rendered

This could be your first look at the all-new Lexus IS, thanks to a pair of speculative renderings recently published in Japanese media and posted online by Arabic publication, Almuraba. According to the report, these images were created by Japanese artists given an early look at the new IS by Lexus...

2013 Lexus IS added to Takata airbag recall

Lexus has issued a recall for 698 vehicles across its 2013 IS model line as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. This latest notice is due to the front passenger airbag inflators in affected vehicles, which may be susceptible to moisture intrusion over time. If the condition occurs, the airbag inflator assembly may rupture when deployed, posing a risk of serious injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants...

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