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Lexus debuts the world's first 'tattooed' car

In an effort to take car design beyond the usual metallic or non-metallic paint debate, Lexus has partnered with London-based tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe to create what it claims is the world's first tattooed car. Named simply the 'Tattoo Car', the vehicle is actually a white Lexus UX compact SUV that was scratched "on purpose" to reveal the metallic body underneath, in an effort to prove that "scratching your car can be beautiful"...

Around the tracks: An Aussie Evo II, a Lexus throwback and a Tesla TV cameo

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while. Enjoy them – just not too much, okay? 1...

Lexus and Mazda Australia top customer satisfaction table

Lexus and Mazda cleaned up in the 2019 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction awards, based on findings from its single-source survey with a claimed sample size around 50,000 Australians. Lexus won the ‘Best of the Best’ award, given to the company with the highest average satisfaction of all 41 category winners...

So, which car brands are growing in Australia?

As you can read in much more detail here, overall new vehicle sales fell nearly 8 per cent in Australia year to their lowest level since 2011. Just one of the top 10 car makers managed to grow its sales - that would be Kia - and some fell away by double digits. Moreover, almost every segment (passenger, SUV and commercial) went backwards...

Mercedes pips BMW in global sales race, Volvo the rapid mover

All car manufacturers like to put a positive spin on things, but 2019 was a largely positive sales year for luxury brands worldwide. Most of the bigger players that have released calendar year sales figures showed growth, with the exception of Jaguar Land Rover. Mercedes-Benz recorded 1.3 per cent sales growth worldwide to 2,339,562 vehicles...

Audi, Jaguar and Land Rover sales stall, BMW and Mercedes stabilise, Lexus posts record result

Audi had a year it would rather forget after being hamstrung by supply of new models due to certification delays out of Europe, while German rivals BMW and Mercedes weathered the 2019 storm by holding their own in a declining market. The other surprise to come from the luxury-car sector was Japan’s Lexus, which posted its best result since being established in Australia 29 years ago...

Lexus Australia introduces capped-price servicing

Liam Murphy • Toyota’s luxury division Lexus has introduced capped-price servicing for its Australian customers. The option comes more than 11 years after Lexus’ parent company Toyota introduced capped-price servicing to the Australian market in 2008. Available on all Lexus models delivered from January 1, 2020, the initiative is an expansion of the brand’s Encore Owner Benefits Program...

Lexus developing twin-turbo V8

Lexus may be on the cusp of introducing its first battery-electric vehicle, but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing development of internal combustion engines. The company revealed the twin-turbocharged V8 engine debuting in its Lexus LC race car will feature in “future road cars such as sports cars”...

Automotive Industry Insights: Audi boss of pre-development automated driving

Mandy Turner and Mike Costello record the podcast inside a white 2020 Lexus RX350 F Sport. Mike covers November's new car sales figures, which saw the Mazda 3 and Ford Mustang perform poorly, and the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger 4x4 battle for top spot. We speak to Dr. Miklos Kiss, head of pre-development for automated driving at Audi AG, and Curt Dupriez compares the 2020 Kia Seltos GT-Line and Nissan Qashqai Ti...

Lexus UX300e revealed with 400km of range

Lexus has revealed its first-ever pure-electric vehicle, the UX300e, aimed squarely at the EV-friendly Chinese and European markets. With a 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack good for a claimed 400km of range on the more lenient NEDC test cycle, the 300e is powered by an electric motor making 150kW and 300Nm...

2020 Lexus LC500 Convertible revealed, confirmed for Australia

Lexus has unveiled just the third drop-top car in its 30 year history, the LC500 Convertible, ahead of its arrival in Australia during the second half of next year. Although its first two attempts – the SC430 and IS Convertible – weren't exactly showstoppers, the LC500 Convertible hits all the right notes on paper. For one, it's powered by a 5...