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Lexus confirms LC Convertible for production, local arm ‘very keen’

Lexus has confirmed it will produce the LC Convertible, debuting a camouflaged pre-production prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Timing and specification of the LC Convertible is still yet to be announced, though we’d say the new model isn’t far off. “It will broaden the LC line-up and bring a sense of a completeness to the brand's flagship models,” the company said in its press release...

Lexus launches NX & RX Crafted editions

Lexus Australia has introduced a pair of special-edition models based on the NX and RX crossovers, which bring additional specification to entry-level variants for a minor price increase. The NX Crafted and RX Crafted editions are based on the Luxury trim level in both cases, and are available with all engine variants of the NX and five-seat RX...

Lexus UX: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming in Q4

The newly arrived Lexus UX range will be available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Australia before the end of the year, the Japanese luxury marque has confirmed. Following the debut of the smartphone mirroring technology (for Lexus in Australia, at least) with the facelifted RX sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019, the entry-level UX will be the second model in the brand’s range locally to get the feature...

Lexus Australia: Strong sales driven by hybrid demand

Lexus has defied the downwards trend in the luxury market throughout 2019, and it's crediting its range of hybrid vehicles for the results. Toyota's luxury arm was up 5.9 per cent in May and has exactly matched 2018 sales year-to-date. That's in stark contrast with BMW (down 3.8 per cent year-to-date), Audi (down 29 per cent), and Mercedes-Benz cars (down 14 per cent)...

Lexus and Toyota to use rear-drive Mazda architecture - report

Mazda's upcoming rear-wheel drive platform could also underpin a generation of rear-driven Toyota and Lexus products, if reports from Japan are on the money. Uncovered in May, the new platform will support longitudinally-mounted petrol and diesel inline-six engines with mild-hybrid augmentation, sending power to the rear or all four wheels...

Lexus, Telstra launch Victorian on-road connected vehicle trials

Lexus prototypes fitted with Australian-first connected technology have started testing on Melbourne roads, as part of a trial with Telstra and VicRoads. The RX450h test cars are part of a two-year, $3.5 million trial funded by a $9 million grant from the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC)...

Toyota and Lexus halt sales of select hybrids over brake issue

Toyota and Lexus Australia have put sales of various hybrid models on hold over an issue related to the regenerative braking system. “At this stage the Toyota vehicles affected are Camry, Corolla Hatch, RAV4 and Prius. For Lexus the models affected are Lexus ES and UX,” the company said in a statement...

2020 Lexus GX facelift unveiled

The Lexus GX, essentially a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado in a Saville Row suit, has been given a light refresh and improved off-road ability. Compared to the outgoing model, the updated GX has a redesigned spindle grille with a crosshatch-style design that fits in better with the newer cars in the Lexus range...

2019 Lexus NX pricing and specs

Lexus Australia has announced running changes for its top-selling NX SUV, which sees the addition of the company's latest safety technologies. Dubbed Lexus Safety System+, the enhanced NX line-up now gets cyclist detection for the autonomous emergency braking system, lane tracing assist, and all-speed adaptive cruise control with stop&go function, allowing for Level 2 semi-autonomous driving on the freeway...

Lexus LC Convertible headed to Goodwood - report

Lexus could be bringing a production version of the LC Convertible concept to the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month, according to a new report. Roadshow claims "multiple Lexus sources" have indicated the drop-top LC isn't far from its market launch, and should look exactly like the concept presented at the Detroit motor show in January...

Lexus growth continues in declining market

Lexus Australia has set another sales record, despite continued decline in overall new vehicle sales. The monthly total of 860 registrations for the month of May is a 5.9% gain on the same month last year, which was also the previous record for the fifth month (812 vehicles). May also proved to be Lexus' most successful month of 2019, up 19...