The luxury vehicle division of Toyota is the Lexus marque which is marketed in more than 70 nations and regions worldwide, It is Japan's biggest selling premium car brand, and is positioned among the ten largest Japanese worldwide brands in overall market value. Lexus has headquarteres in Nagoya, Japan with operational centers in Brussels, Belgium, and in Torrance, California.
Lexus started from a corporate plan to design a new premium sedan, code-named F1, which started in 1983 and finished in the dispatch of the Lexus LS in 1989. Since then, the division has added coupe, sedan, convertible, and SUV models. Until the model 2005 year Lexus did not exist as a marque in Japan and all vehicles marketed globally as Lexus from 1989-2005 were sold in Japan using the Toyota marque and comparable model names. In 2005, a hybrid RX crossover version was announced, and other hybrid models were later added to the division's lineup. In 2007, Lexus released its own F marque performance division with the presentation of the IS F sport sedan, trailed by the LFA supercar in 2009.
From the beginning, Lexus vehicles have been manufactured in Japan. The first Lexus assembled outside of Japan, in Ontario, Canada with the RX 330 in 2003. After corporate reorganization from 2001 to 2005, Lexus runs its own engineerinf, designing, and assembling centers.
Since the 2000s, Lexus has expanded sales outside its the US, it's biggest market. The division opened Japan dealerships in 2005, becoming the first Japanese luxury auto marque to launch in its nation of origin.
LS - May 1989 – present
The first Lexus model, the LS 400 appeared in January 1989 with the second generation appearing in November 1994. The LS 430 was announced in January 2000 while the LS 460/LS 460 L debuted in 2006. The fourth-generation LS 460 debuted with the first production eight-speed automatic transmission along with an automatic parking system. In 2007, Hybrid V8 powertrains were announced with the LS 600h/LS 600h L sedans.
1996 Lexus LS 400
2009 Lexus LS Sedan
2016 Lexus LS 460
ES - 1989–present
The Lexus ES is a series of compact, and later mid-size, and subsequently full-size luxury sedan marketed since 1989. Six generations of the ES have debuted to date, all offering V6 engines and front-wheel-drive format. The firstl five generations were based on the Toyota Camry platform, while the 6th generation more closely identified with the Avalon.
The LX full-Size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) has been sold since January 1996. Three Generations have been manufactured, all based upon the Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs. The LX 450 was produced in 1995 model year as the first Lexus SUV. Its successor, the LX 470, debuted in 1998 and was delivered until 2006. The most recent, third-generation, LX 570 was announced in 2007 at the New York International Auto Show as a total update for the 2008 model year.
1996 Lexus LX-470
2009 Lexus LX 570
2011 Lexus LX 570
2016 Lexus LX-570
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