Lexus Ls Luxury Sedan Could See A Return To V8 Hybrid Power

Lexus LS luxury sedan could see a return to V8 hybrid power

When Lexus launched the fifth-generation LS at the end of 2017, the Japanese luxury maker predicted its once-brand-defining sedan would sell 12,000 units per year in the U.S., a threshold the model hadn't reached since 2010. The LS managed 9,301 transactions here in 2018, its first full year on sale, falling back to 5,528 units in 2019. Through the first three coronavirus-affected months of this year, Lexus dealers have sold 801 LS sedans, compared to 1,404 units in Q1 2019. There's a mid-cycle refresh supposedly due for release in the fall of 2021, and the June issue of Japanese magazine Mag-X (translated), via Lexus Enthusiast, claims we're due for a couple of big surprises that could jolt the sales figures. The first shock is that Lexus is supposedly bringing back the LS 600h moniker for an LS with a V8 hybrid powertrain. 

Lexus debuted the LS 600h L in 2007 for the 2008 model year, retiring the hybrid trim in 2016. Its heart was a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, and when combined with an electric motor, combined output came to 439 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The fifth generation introduced the LS 500h that switched to a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, producing a combined 354 hp and 369 lb-ft., taking second place in output to the twin-turbo V6 in the non-hybrid LS 500 with 416 hp and 442 lb-ft.

Autoblog Podcast #622: Nissan Frontier, Mid-engine Mustang Mystery, Chevy Trail Boss, Personal Luxury Coupes

Autoblog Podcast #622: Nissan Frontier, mid-engine Mustang mystery, Chevy Trail Boss, personal luxury coupes

In this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by News Editor Joel Stocksdale and Associate Editor Byron Hurd. They discuss news about the 2020 and 2021 Nissan Frontier, as well as a mystery Mustang and classic luxury coupes. After that, they talk about cars from the fleet including Chevy Silverados and the long-term Volvo S60 T8.

Akimoto Accepted Luxury Items From Chinese Firm

Akimoto accepted luxury items from Chinese firm

A Japanese lawmaker who was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from a Chinese company has also admitted to receiving thousands of dollars' worth of luxury brand goods.

Lower House member Tsukasa Akimoto was arrested last month on suspicion of receiving about 27,000 dollars from a Chinese firm called 500.com in 2017.

Suga Plans 50 Luxury Hotels To Increase Tourism Around Japan

Suga plans 50 luxury hotels to increase tourism around Japan

MASHIKI, Kumamoto Prefecture--The government will help to build around 50 new luxury hotels across the nation to further attract visitors from overseas, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said here.

The plan will make use of a new loan program for private-sector companies that will be included in a proposed economic package, as well as other measures, he said.

Lexus Ls 500 Inspiration Series Model Brings Even More Luxury - Autoblog

Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series model brings even more luxury - Autoblog

Lexus is continuing its trend of making its "Inspiration Series" of cars, and the latest model to get the treatment is the LS 500. Just like all the others before it, this one is mainly an appearance package meant to set it apart from other LS 500s on the road.  The first unique touch is its Deep Garnet paint that isn't available on the normal LS 500. Then you get 20-inch black chrome wheels that go quite nicely with the paint color. Lexus didn't forget the Inspiration Series interior, either. Standard is the ultra-luxe Kiriko glass trim you can get as an option on the regular LS 500. It looked stunning on that car, and it's going to look great combined with the white leather seats on this one, too. Lexus is also giving the Inspiration Series blue LED dash lighting and "Lexus" puddle lamps below the doors. There are only going to be 300 LS 500 Inspiration Series cars sold in America, and they're going to be available to buy this fall. Mechanically, it's exactly the same as a regular LS 500 with the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 making 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. As for pricing on this limited-edition model, Lexus isn't saying quite yet. A regular LS 500 similarly equipped is around the $100,000 mark, so look out for something in that range when we do get a price.  

Now There's Another Luxury Minivan We Want From Toyota

Now there's another luxury minivan we want from Toyota

Remember that ultra-luxe Lexus LM minivan from a month ago? Well, we certainly haven't forgotten, and Toyota just released another new van to fawn over. It's not as luxurious as the LM, but it's also going to be far cheaper for the folks who end up buying it. Let us introduce you to the all-new Toyota Granvia.

The Granvia is based-off the Toyota HiAce, which is actually more of a commercial van than anything. However, Toyota takes a significantly different tack with the consumer-friendly Granvia. Just look at the interior. There's no partition like the LM, but the chairs are still stunning compared to any minivan on this side of the world — and yes, the rear chairs are powered, too. Upwards of eight people can sit comfortably in the massive van. We're really digging the amount of comfort and luxury provided by the interior, even if it's several magnitudes of luxury below the Lexus LM.

Website Linked To Luxury Train Hacked

Website linked to luxury train hacked

A railway operator in southern Japan says thousands of entries of customer data have been leaked from a website linked to a luxury train service, and some of the stolen credit card information has been the target of fraud.

Kyushu Railway Company says the website for Seven Star Gallery, which sells wines and food served on the Seven Stars Kyushu luxury train, was hacked.