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 engineering, 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.
Lexus LS (May 1989 – present)
1996 Lexus LS 400
2009 Lexus Sedan
2016 Lexus LS 460
2019 Lexus LS 500
2020 Lexus LS 500
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.
Lexus ES (1989–present)
1989 Lexus ES 250
1997 Lexus ES 300
2017 Lexus ES 350
2018 Lexus ES 350
2019 Lexus ES 300
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 first five generations were based on the
Toyota Camry platform, while the 6th generation more closely identified with the Avalon.
Lexus GS (1993–present)
1993 Lexus GS 300
1997 Lexus GS 300
2017 Lexus GS 350
2018 Lexus GS 300
2019 Lexus GS 350
The Lexus GS is a midsize executive car sold by Lexus, the premium division of Toyota. The same car launched in 1991 as the Toyota Aristo in Japan, but the Lexus-badged model did not appear until 1993. Now in its fourth generation, the GS sold under the Aristo name in Japan only until the release of the third generation in 2005.
Designed as a performance sedan competing in the mid-luxury class, the GS slots between the entry-level/compact luxury IS and large/flagship LS, and shares its chassis with one of Toyota's longest-running platforms: the S-series which has been used under multiple generations of the
Toyota Crown premium sedans.
Four generations of the GS have been produced since 1993, each available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. V8 engines were offered in the second and third generations
Lexus IS (1999–present)
1999 Lexus IS
2005 Lexus IS 300
2017 Lexus IS 200T
2018 Lexus IS 350
2019 Lexus IS 350
The Lexus IS is a compact executive car sold by Lexus since 1999. The IS was originally sold under the Toyota Altezza nameplate in Japan from 1998 (the word Altezza is Italian for "highness"). The IS was introduced as an entry-level sport model positioned below the ES in the Lexus lineup. The Altezza name is still used at times to refer to chromed car taillights like those fitted to the first-generation model, known as "Altezza lights".
The first-generation Altezza (codename XE10) was launched in Japan in October 1998, while the Lexus IS 200 (GXE10) made its debut in Europe in 1999 and in North America as the IS 300 (JCE10) in 2000.
Lexus RC (2015–present)
2019 Lexus RC 350
The Lexus RC is a compact executive two-door coupé manufactured by Lexus, Toyota's luxury division. The RC which according to Lexus stands for "Radical Coupe" is a two-door coupé version of the Lexus IS (XE30). The RC is designated as the XC10 series. The RC borrowed styling from the LF-LC concept and was previewed by the LF-CC concept, being designed as a proposal by Pansoo Kwon from 2010 to early 2012 and approved by supervising designers Yasuo Kajino and Tatsuya Takei.
Lexus LC (2018–present)
2019 Lexus LC 500
The Lexus LC is a grand tourer manufactured Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. Based on the 2012 LF-LC Concept, it was revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It replaced the SC, which was produced from 1991 to 2010. It is the first Lexus model to utilize the GA-L platform, which, along with other components, is shared with the full-size LS 500 sedan.
Lexus HS - (July 2009–present)
2009 Lexus HS 250
The Lexus HS is a dedicated hybrid vehicle introduced by Lexus as a new entry-level luxury compact sedan in 2009. Built on the
new Toyota MC platform, it is classified as a compact under Japanese regulations concerning vehicle exterior dimensions and engine displacement. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2009, the HS 250h went on sale in July 2009 in Japan, followed by the United States in August 2009 as a 2010 model. The HS 250h represented the first dedicated hybrid vehicle in the Lexus lineup, as well as the first offered with an inline-four gasoline engine. Bioplastic materials are used for the vehicle interior. With a total length of 184.8 inches, the Lexus HS is slightly larger than the Lexus IS, but still smaller than the mid-size Lexus ES.
Lexus CT PHEV (2011–present)
2011 Lexus CT PHEV
The Lexus CT is a hybrid electric automobile introduced by Lexus as a premium sport compact hatchback. It is the first production model in Lexus's family to introduce the "Spindle Grille" design as seen in its fascia. It made its debut at the March 2010 Geneva Auto Show, six months after the unveiling of the LF-Ch concept car; it is primarily targeted at the European market but is being sold worldwide and was introduced to North American markets at the April 2010 New York International Auto Show. Lexus has trademarked the names CT 200h, CT 300h, and CT 400h.
Lexus RX 400h PHEV (1998-present)
2007 Lexus RX 400H PHEV
In 2005, a hybridized gasoline-electric version of the 3.3-liter second-generation model was made available as the RX 400h in export markets and as the Harrier Hybrid in Japan. For the third iteration released in 2009, both RX 350 (3.5-liter V6) and RX 450h (3.5-liter V6 hybrid) models were initially offered, with an entry-level RX 270 (2.7-liter inline-four) offered by Lexus in some Asian markets, including in Japan, since 2010
Lexus SC (1991-2010)
2019 Lexus SC 350
The Lexus SC is a grand tourer that was retailed by Lexus, and built from 1991 through 2010. It features a front engine, rear-wheel drive design and seating for up to four passengers. The first-generation SC debuted as the V8-powered SC 400 in 1991, and the I6-powered SC 300 was added in 1992. Both first-generation models were produced until 2000. The second-generation model, the SC 430, went into production in 2001. The SC 430 features a hardtop convertible design and a V8 engine. The first-generation SC was largely styled in California at Calty, and the second-generation SC was mainly conceived at design studios in Europe.
Lexus F Marque (2005–present)
The Lexus F marque represents the high-performance division of cars produced by
Lexus. The first vehicle in the Lexus F marque lineup, the Lexus IS F, was announced in 2006, followed by an F marque coupe concept, the Lexus LF-A, in 2007, and the production LFA sports car in 2009. All Lexus F performance vehicles are denoted by namesake badging on the front fenders. A related performance trim line, Lexus F Sport, was launched for 2007, with an F Sport accessory line and factory models in 2010. Lexus F models have been developed by the Lexus Vehicle Performance Development Division, which has also been involved with the brand's racing activities. The "F" designation was originally used at Lexus' launch in 1989, as an internal code for the development of its first flagship vehicle.
F Marque Models:
Lexus IS F (2007-present)
2019 Lexus IS 300 F
On 6 December 2006, Lexus officially confirmed the existence of the vehicle which they called IS F in the press release. At the North American International Auto Show on 8 January 2007, the new IS F sedan was debuted to the public along with the LF-A supercar concept. Images were leaked a couple of hours before the official announcement. At its press debut, Lexus revealed that a separate "skunk works" team designed the IS F in a manner distinct from typical Lexus engineering efforts. The chief engineer of the IS F, Yukihiko Yaguchi, previously worked on the Toyota Supra. Much of the IS F's suspension tuning took place at Fuji Speedway in Japan.
Lexus LFA (2005–2012)
2012 Lexus LFA
The Lexus LFA is a two-seat sports car manufactured by Lexus, the luxury car division of Toyota. It is the second model in the F marque line of performance vehicles from Lexus, following the IS F. Three concept versions were unveiled, each debuting at the North American International Auto Show with the LF-A designation as part of the LF Series concept line. After beginning development in the early 2000s (codenamed P280), the first LF-A concept premiered in 2005, followed in 2007 by a second LF-A with a more completely furnished interior and exterior. The third version of the LF-A, featuring a roadster body style
premiered in 2008.
Lexus RC F (2014-present)
2019 Lexus RC F
The Lexus RC F is a high performance version of the RC. The vehicle was unveiled in the 2014 North American International Auto Show. It went on sale in the United States in November 2014 as a 2015 model year vehicle. It was set to go on sale in Japan in the second half of 2014.
The RC F features a 5.0 L V8 engine with Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds, developing a maximum output of 467 bhp at 7100 rpm and 389 lb
of torque at 4800-5600 rpm. It is coupled to Toyota AA80E 8-speed transmission built by Aisin AW. The RC F has Brembo four-wheel power assisted disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA), 255/35R19 front wheels and 275/35R19 rear wheels.
Lexus GS F (2016-present)
2019 Lexus GS F 460 HP V8
The Lexus GS F is a F version of the Lexus GS, which was first seen at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It packs the
460 HP 5.0-litre V8 first seen in the Lexus RC F.
F Sport (2007-present)
2019 Lexus LC F with 4.0L 590 HP twin-turbo V8
Announced in 2007 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show, the Lexus F Sport performance line for standard Lexus models debuted that year along with the IS F sports sedan. Initially offered as a lineup of performance accessories for the IS 250 and IS 350 sedans, in early 2009 F Sport expanded to the two-door IS C models, along with the entire GS line. Special edition factory-built F Sport IS 350 C models were announced in 2009, followed by factory-produced IS 250 F Sport and IS 350 F Sport models for 2010 globally outside of the USA and then in 2011 for the USA market.
SUVs / Crossovers
Lexus LX Full Size SUV (1995–present)
1996 Lexus LX-470"
2009 Lexus LX 570
2011 Lexus LX 570
2018 Lexus LX 570
2019 Lexus LX 570
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.
Lexus RX compact SUV (1997–present)
1997 Lexux RX 300
2003 Lexux RX
2017 Lexux RX 350
2018 Lexux RX 350
2019 Lexux RX 350
The Lexus RX was a compact crossover from 1997-2003 and is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV
from 2003-present, based on the Toyota Highlander/Kluger and sold since 1998 by Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. Originally released in its home market of Japan in late 1997 as the Toyota Harrier, export sales began in March 1998 as the Lexus RX. Four generations of the Lexus RX have been produced to date, the first being compact in size, and the latter three classified as mid-size. Both front- and four-wheel drive configurations have been used on the RX series, and several gasoline powertrain options, including V6 engines and hybrid systems, have been offered. In the Lexus model lineup, the RX sits below the larger GX and LX body-on-frame SUVs, and above the smaller NX crossover. The RX name stands for Radiant Crossover. It has also been labelled as "Recreation Cross Country" in some markets
Lexus GX Full-Size SUV (2002–present)
2002 Lexux GX 470
2017 Lexux GX 460
2018 Lexux GX 460
2019 Lexux GX 460
2020 Lexux GX 460
The Lexus GX is a full-size luxury SUV sold in North American and Eurasian markets by Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. The name GX stands for Grand Crossover. Lexus introduced the first generation, known as the GX 470 in 2002, and subsequently became the third SUV to enter the Lexus lineup. A five-speed automatic was always standard, as was a full-time four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing. The 4.7-liter V8 engine in the GX 470 was the same as used on the larger LX 470. The firm next introduced the second generation model in 2009, badged GX 460 to reflect the switch to a 4.6-liter V8 engine. Lexus later released a lower displacement GX 400 in 2012 for the Chinese market, with a 4.0-liter V6 engine.
Lexus NX Compact SUV (2015-present)
2015 Lexux NX
2016 Lexux NX 200T
2017 Lexux NX 200T
2018 Lexux NX 300
2019 Lexux NX 300F
The Lexus NX is a compact luxury crossover SUV sold by Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. It was introduced in late 2014 as an all-new, entry-level crossover model in Lexus' lineup, slotted below the mid-size RX crossover. The name NX stands for Nimble Crossover.
Lexus UX (Urban Explorer) SUV (2019-present)
2019 Lexus UX (Urban explorer)
The Lexus UX is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV from Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. It was introduced at the March 2018 Geneva Motor Show as the smallest crossover model in Lexus' lineup, slotted below the compact NX. The name UX stands for Urban Explorer.
According to Lexus, the vehicle has a “bold and stylish design that blends expressive bodywork with a compact size”. Lexus espouses the UX’s “crossover credentials” via “exceptional body rigidity and a low center of gravity for exceptional handling”.
Lexus LM Van (2019-present)
2020 Lexus LM 350
The Lexus-badged limousine version of the third generation Alphard, called the Lexus LM, was unveiled on 16 April 2019 at the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition.
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