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What's the best selling luxury car in America?
In the market for a luxury vehicle and interested to see what’s popular? AutoGuide has compiled a list of the top 10 best selling luxury vehicles in America year-to-date for 2013.
With data provided by GoodCarBadCar.net the list includes some of the usual suspects and even a few surprises!
In fact, how’s this for a stat: less than half of the cars on the list are from Germany.
Lexus will soon add a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as a step toward modernizing its powertrain selection.
Four new 2013 models just joined the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick list: the Dodge Dart, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus ES and the Subaru XV Crosstrek.
Lexus recently unveiled the redesigned ES and ES hybrid, and now the Japanese luxury brand has released the first commercial for the new car.
Toyota’s redesigned Avalon has taken the formerly dowdy model to the top of the class in terms of styling. Now, there is a rumor that a sports-tuned model is on the way. Continue Reading…
The all-new 2013 Lexus ES receives impressive upgrades for the Japanese automaker’s most-popular sedan, and now the Lexus has accompanied it with an interactive Apple iPad app.
For 2013 the Toyota Avalon gets a full redesign including a first-ever hybrid option that remained under speculation until a company spokesman confirmed it with us today.
Lexus will be mulling over the possibility of bringing its new-generation ES production to North America to help curb the negative effects of the current exchange rate.
Even though they’ve been around for well over a decade now, hybrids still have that ‘new technology’ feel. Consumers continue to be apprehensive to hybrid technology and there’s plenty of misinformation surrounding it.
We’ve already gotten our chance to put the all-new 2013 Lexus ES through its paces – read our review here – and the Japanese automaker has released all the specifications on its newest generation entry-level sedan.
Lexus debuted its new volume-seller midsize 2013 ES350 and ES300h hybrid cars today at the New York Auto Show featuring the same re-visited styling we’ve seen on the rest of its lineup.
“The Lexus ES brought new levels of refinement, sophistication and quality to the entry luxury segment when it entered the market in 1989 and through the years it has consistently been a sales leader for us. Now, with both gas and hybrid versions, the 2013 ES promises to lead Lexus forward once again,” said Lexus group vice president and general manager Mark Templin.
The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a trick ECT-i (Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence) six-speed automatic transmission capable of smooth shifting and optimized fuel efficiency. New low-friction engine materials also contribute to the new ES’ higher mpg rating.
Lexus decided to release a teaser of their new 2013 ES model ahead of its New York Auto Show debut, and the marketing machine continues rolling with yet another teaser, this time posted up on Lexus’s twitter account.
We first got a better look at the new ES 250 when it was spotted out in China and it’s without a doubt in our minds that this “masked machine” that’s under a crane and cover is the ES model making its way to the New York Auto Show.
The sixth-generation ES from Lexus promises to deliver a “dynamic new driving experience” and the styling appears to follow in the footsteps of the recently updated GS model. We will definitely know more once that cover is pulled off next week at the New York Auto Show.
Since its unveiling, the Lexus spindle grille has spun a web of new vehicle designs that has yet to stop growing and the ES sedan is the latest addition to that network.
The company issued a press release today saying that it will debut the new ES at next week’s New York Auto Show. We don’t get any more details than that, but the picture you see above was a part of the announcement. From it we can see that the ES will follow suit with the rest of Lexus’ newly restyled cars which implement the signature spindle grille first seen on the LF-LC concept in Detroit.
LED headlight accents, differently-styled fog lamps and chrome touches will lend new style to the front fascia. We’re expecting more than just an updated face, though. Lexus said its sixth-generation ES will introduce a “dynamic new driving experience.”
If current car design trends are any indicator, bet on seeing LEDs in the tail lights and the same sharper lines found on the rest of the automaker’s new lineup.
While we’re not sure what that means, we’ll be reporting live from New York City next ween on April 4.
The all-new 2013 Lexus ES was recently spotted in China. It looks like the luxury Japanese automaker will follow in its newly released GS footsteps with more aggressive styling in its entry-level model.
One quick glance at the above photo reveals that the new-generation ES will feature a much more prominent front-end design similar to what Lexus changed on their new GS model. The front grille and bumper features curves never seen before on the ES model.
The sleek roofline conjures up coupe-inspired styling and it’s a pleasant surprise to see Lexus change so much from their best-selling model, but we definitely agree that it’s all for the better. The interior has also got a huge refresh, giving it a much more luxurious look and doing away with the teardrop console we’ve seen in various current-generation Lexus models.
There’s no absolute guarantee that what we see before us will be what will make its way to the U.S., but chances are good that changes will be subtle. Either way, we’re excited at the direction Lexus is heading – first the GS and then with the ES model. Hopefully the IS gets a nice refresh soon. The current generation is getting a little outdated.
[Source: Lexus Enthusiast via MotorAuthority]
To celebrate the return of America’s troops from overseas deployments, Toyota and Lexus are both offering special promotions and discounts for those needing a new car back at home.
Men and women in uniform can take advantage of special financing offers on new vehicles as well as receive cash-back rebates so long as they jump onto the deal in time. Toyota is offering a 1.9-percent APR promotion for up to 60 months on new 2011 and 2012 models and a $500 military rebate comes along with it. Purchases need to be made before March 5, 2012 in order to take advantage of the low APR financing, but the rebate will last until January 2, 2013.
Lexus on the other hand will be offering military personnel 0.9-percent APR loans on 2011 and 2012 vehicles from their ES, IS lines and the 2012 RX350. All other vehicles from Lexus can be financed at 1.9-percent APR and Lexus will give a rebate of $750 to new buyers. The loan offer expires on February 29, 2012 while the rebate will run until March 31, 2012.
Of course you’ll have to qualify for the low APR financing and all applicants must be on active duty in the US Military or US Military Inactive Reserve. Retired military personnel are not eligible. You can find a dealer participating in the “Welcome Home Special APR Program” by looking up your closest dealer at www.toyota.com/dealers and www.lexus.com/dealers and giving them a ring. Financing must be done through either Toyota Financial Services or Lexus Financial Services.
Despite a still shaky economy and all sorts of doom-and-gloom rhetoric from political pundits, two major luxury brands posted excellent April numbers, with Audi up 33% and Lexus up 29%.
Audi posted exceptional sales figures, with A3 sales up 144%, A6 sales up 105% and the Q5 up 60% from April 2009. Audi credits the A3 TDI for boosting sales of the small hatchback. The A3 TDI now makes up 58% of A3 sales, while Audi’s Q7 TDI makes up 36% of that model line’s sales.
Lexus, which has been hit with a rash of quality problems since January 2010, posted strong numbers for April 2010, with the ES sedan leading the charge. Despite being highlighted as a problem vehicle in the unintentional acceleration scandal, ES sales were up nearly 24%. Lexus’ largest volume seller is the RX crossover lineup, which sold 1.5 times as many units as the ES did.