2017 LEXUS RX: GRANDDAD HITS THE GYM AND STARTS LOOKING HOT.
by Michael Smith - Roving.media
Since the beginning in 1989, Lexus has played it very safe in the design department. Until recently, the cars have been as unassailable in their design as they were flawless in their execution. In the design world, "unassailable" is not a virtue to be prized-it means you're not taking risks. No risk; no reward. That changed with the introduction of the LF-A supercar in 2010.
Lexus has been turning out some wild and exquisite concept cars since then, like the LF-LC, LF-NX, LF-SA, LF-FC, and this year's UX crossover concept. All feature the "spindle grille," a design element which was gleaned from the LF-A supercar. The LF-A didn't have a spindle grille, but the design was evolved from the the shape of its nose.
The first few applications of the spindle grille were facelifts on existing models, like the GX, ES and LS. The result was an array of rhinoplasty nightmares that would make a tabloid editor sweat. Those cars didn't have lines that complemented the grille, so the resulting designs were incongruous. Next came new models that started life with the spindle grille; the IS, GS, and RC. Each showed a clear and bold design intent, but the execution was a miss.
Lexus Downtown proudly hosted its annual Club Lexus Event at the Cineplex Theatre at the Shops at Don Mills. Featuring the movie premiere of Valerian and the City of 1,000 Plants, a week before it launched to the public, over 100 Lexus Downtown Guests were wined and dined in true Lexus style. Featuring the first-ever Lexus in space, the futuristic Spacejet was designed by the Lexus design team featuring the Lexus signature 'spindle grill' that is remarkably similar to the all-new LC500 Sport Coupe grill.
Along with wine, beer and gourmet samplings before the movie, Guests were treated to popcorn, candy and refreshments. After the show, fruits, desserts, coffee and espresso were served. Many of the Guests who attended were kind enough to call in and express their delight in having attended the special VIP movie premiere. Lexus Downtown would like to thank all Guests who attended. It was an exceptional and memorable evening for everyone.
Equinox Yorkville Opening Party sponsored in part by Lexus Downtown
Lexus Downtown is proud to have partnered with Equinox and their newest club in Toronto, Equinox Yorkville. When Equinox was looking for an automotive partner for their opening party on Tuesday March 1 2016, Lexus Downtown was the logical choice.
Catered by the Food Dudes and with tequila by Casamigos, the evening was a fantastic success welcoming all to the new location. With tunes by MaddMoiselle and valet parking by Lexus Downtown, quests enjoyed the event immensely. Even a freak winter storm witch dumped 30 cm on the city didn't keep people away.
Equinox Yorkville is the newest in the international network of luxury fitness facilities located throughout the US, Toronto and London with another Canadian location opening in Vancouver later in 2016.
The 2016 Lexus RX Launch at Lexus Downtown
On November 19th, 2015, Lexus Downtown invited approximately 200 customers and guests to the unveiling of the all-new RX350 and RX450h. The evening was one of refreshments and great conversation - focused on the brand and the newly redesigned RX; the industry standard and leader in the luxury crossover market.
The highlight of the evening was, without question, the long-awaited debut of the two new RX models presented by Chantal Quesnel.
Shahin Alizadeh, President & CEO of the Downtown Automotive Group and Christopher Lina, General Manager of Lexus Downtown, were both excited by the new model as well as with the vision that Lexus had when completing the redesign project.
Lexus Downtown sponsors Importfest 2016!
For the second year in a row, Lexus Downtown is proud to sponsor the biggest and baddest car show in Canada - Importfest. This year's event was even bigger and badder than last year and had some amazing wheels on display.
QUICK SPIN: LC 500 PROVES THAT LEXUS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BORING
The Lexus LC 500
The man whose name essentially is on the building at Toyota admits the company's luxury brand has a reputation for well-built but boring cars. The LC 500 is the company's response "so that boring and Lexus should never be in the same sentence again."
The successor to the late but largely lamented LC 430, which ceased production in 2010, unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, looks anything but boring.
Akio Toyoda, President Of Toyota Motor Corporation, said it hues as closely as regulations allow to the LF-SC concept shown at Detroit in 2012, a car the company never intended to build until Toyoda, who championed Lexus's shift to more exiting products and prides himself for becoming a master test driver, pushed for it.
Race inspired and track ready, the Lexus GS F combines the refinement of progressive luxury with the agility of a premium sports car. Powered by a remarkable 476 HP*, 5.0-litre V8 and mated to lightening-quick 8-speed transmission, the GS F also features Lexus' innovative Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD).
Offering three drive modes including Standard, Slalom and Track, TVD is part of a long line of standard equipment that make GS F's handling stand out from the crowd - an exceptionally well-balanced sedan equally adept at trimming lap times and the commute back home.
Three Lexus Models Top Cars.Com List of "Worry-Free" Vehicles
The Cars.com website has released a list of the top 15 worry-free vehicles to own, and Lexus models make up the top three places: the Lexus RX 450h was first place, followed by the ES 350 & Lexus RX 350.
The LS 460 was also included at #13, meaning that Lexus models accounted for almost one quarter of the vehicles in the list! The vehicles on the list were selected based on low expected maintenance costs, strong warranties, and proven liability, according to the website.