Facelifted Lexus Nx And Ct Going To Frankfurt For Their European Premiere

Facelifted Lexus NX And CT Going To Frankfurt For Their European Premiere

Lexus is one of the automakers that isn’t skipping this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, and will be present at the German event with two local premieres.

Unveiled in Shanghai earlier this year, the NX will sit under the spotlight with its new face and tweaked suspension, which is said to improve both the ride and handling.

Lexus Sales Booming In China

Lexus Sales Booming in China

Lexus sales in China are up 27% year-over-year, with January-to-July 2017 sales totaling 71,564 units — from China Daily:

In the first seven months of the year, sales of the Lexus ES mid-sized sedan reached 31,947 vehicles in China, beating the US as the model’s largest single market. Meanwhile, Lexus sold 17,023 of its RX mid-sized SUV and 14,701 of its NX compact SUV. Ezumi said Lexus will launch a NX facelift and a CT facelift compact car during the Chengdu motor show later this month.

Lexus Gs To Be Reinvented As Four Door Coupe?

Lexus GS to be Reinvented as Four Door Coupe?

Australia CEO Peter McGregor has dismissed rumors that the GS sedan will be cancelled — from GoAuto:

"I think it (new GS) would still be a four-door sedan in terms of its application, but the exterior styling may appear to be more liftback," he told GoAuto at the national media launch of the Lexus LC in Tyabb, Victoria, this week.

Denso's New Image Sensor Employed For Lexus Ls

Denso's New Image Sensor Employed for Lexus LS

Denso Corp developed a new "stereo image sensor" and "milliwave radar" for improving safety by detecting obstacles, white lines, etc.

Stereo image sensor
The stereo image sensor can detect obstacles with various shapes such as pedestrians, vehicles and guardrails by using 3D image processing technology called "Dense Stereo Matching Technology." In addition, it can detect an unoccupied road surface (free space) on which the vehicle can run. As a result, it realizes a function to control the steering and avoid obstacles in addition to an emergency automatic braking function.

$300 Hand-built Lexus Lc 500 Diecast Model Available In Japan

$300 Hand-Built Lexus LC 500 Diecast Model Available in Japan

It turns out AutoArt will not be the only company to produce a diecast model of the Lexus LC, as the Make Up Company of Japan have just announced their plans to manufacture a right hand drive 1:43 scale LC coupe.

Make Up have built a solid reputation for meticulously crafted hand built models with the utmost of detail. Their cars are made in small numbers and at premium cost.

Future Lexus Vehicles To Feature Cloaking Device Technology?

Future Lexus Vehicles to Feature Cloaking Device Technology?

Toyota has received a US patent for “Apparatuses and methods for making an object appear transparent,”> which effectively translates into a “cloaking device” you might expect in a science fiction movie.

Actual usage could prove to be less interesting than you might expect, though still proof to a wonder of science — the patent illustrates a potential use as making the A-pillars to the left and right of the dashboard disappear.

Student Designs Stunning Lexus Coupe Concept

Student Designs Stunning Lexus Coupe Concept

Here is a Lexus concept by Esa Mustonen, a transportation design student in Lahti, Finland — after stumbling across this design on the Lexus Manila Facebook page, I asked Esa about his stunning coupe:

I love the current Lexus design language and I think one of the best looking cars at the moment is the LC500. So I wanted to have a go and try to design a Lexus concept myself. I wanted to try and soften the aggressive/striking Lexus lines they have currently on the cars. Also tried to keep the front relatively simple.

Toyota And Lexus To Show Autonomous Driving Tech At 2020 Olympics

Toyota And Lexus To Show Autonomous Driving Tech At 2020 Olympics

Toyota's General Manager of Intelligent Vehicle Development has confirmed the automaker will use the 2020 Summer Olympics to showcase an assortment of semi-autonomous vehicles.

Speaking to Automotive News, Ken Koibuchi said the company has big plans for the Olympics which will be held in Tokyo for the first time since 1964.

Automated Lexus Vehicles Coming To 2020 Summer Olympics In Japan

Automated Lexus Vehicles Coming to 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan

Automated Lexus vehicles will be part of a massive Toyota technology showcase at the 2020 Summer Olympics — from Hans Greimel of Automotive News:

Toyota calls its vision the “Mobility Teammate Concept,” evoking the idea that car and driver will be partners in autonomous driving, and that humans should dictate when they hand off control.

Photo: Updated 2018 Lexus Nx F Sport On Public Roads

Photo: Updated 2018 Lexus NX F SPORT on Public Roads

The updated 2018 Lexus NX has been keeping a low profile — outside of the usual CGI imagery and a single photo gallery from the Shanghai Motor Show, the refreshed model has been practically invisible.

That changed with a recent Lexus USA photo tweet, which shows the new NX F SPORT out for a cruise. The previous design didn't really need too much tweaking, and with this update Lexus managed to modernize without going overboard — I see a healthy dose of last year’s IS sedan refresh in the changes.

New Carbon Fiber Materials Coming To Lexus Vehicles?

New Carbon Fiber Materials Coming to Lexus Vehicles?

More carbon fiber parts could be coming to future Lexus vehicles, thanks to a new process and increased in-house production — from Automotive News:

SMC represents a new manufacturing process for Toyota, even though the automaker has used similar materials for the Lexus LFA supercar. But they are specialty uses for limited-volume panels, [JP Flaharty, executive program manager for technical strategy at Toyota North America R&D] clarified.