All-New, First-Ever 2013 ES 300h Enhances Lexus Hybrid Line-Up With EPA Estimated Fuel Economy of 40 MPG City
The 2013 model year marks the sixth generation of the Lexus ES luxury sedan and the introduction of the first-ever, ES 300h with Lexus Hybrid Drive. The ES 300h features the signature Lexus spindle grille, a progressive new design and enhanced handling.
The introduction of the all-new 2013 ES 350 marks the sixth generation of Lexus’ popular luxury sedan since its introduction over 20 years ago. Featuring the signature Lexus spindle grille, a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the ES brings new levels of refinement and quality to the entry luxury segment.
Filed under: Budget , Hybrid , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota , Diesel The Toyota Auris has been comprehensively reworked, now only awaiting its Paris Motor Show debut. It’s still a small package, but it’s got a big burden: Toyota says it represents a “determination to engineer cars that are more appealing and dynamically engaging to drive while building on its long-established reputation for quality, durability and reliability.” In the appealing corner, the front and back have been sharpened, the stylistic tweaks making for an especially cutting schnoz that helps the new Auris achieve a coefficient of drag of 0.28. The whole car has been lengthened by 30 millimeters (about 1.2 inches) and lowered by 55 millimeters (about 2.2 inches); it’s stance is lower than any other “mainstream C-segment” offering, according to the company. More practically, the roof gets Skyview – a huge panorama glass roof and the tailgate gets a wider opening. Inside, the cabin gets upgraded appointments everywhere: soft-textured door grips, padded armrests on the doors, fabric-trimmed pillars, satin silver finishes, leather trimming on the dash on some models, a soft-touch covering on the IP’s upper surface and baseball-stitched nappa leather around the steering wheel. There’s also more space due to the new packaging, with rear passengers getting 20 mm more knee room and the boot getting 90 mm more load space – all hatchback models, including the hybrid, boast 360 liters of cargo room (12.7 cubic feet). Dynamically, that lower stance should be of some assistance, and the use of high-tensile steel increases stiffness, lowers the hatchback’s center of gravity and cuts weight by up to 88 pounds. The steering and suspension have also received unnamed revisions to make for a better drive. In addition to the top-flight Hybrid Synergy Drive model, powerplants on offer will be 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline engines and a 1.4-liter diesel. If you’d like even more facts and figures on the 2013 Auris, you’ll find them in the press release below .
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Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , UK Everybody loves a good dystopian story, right? From classics like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 to modern works like The Hunger Games , people are fascinated by the imaginative tales of a future society beset by the decidedly unfortunate consequences of human activity. Someone in Toyota’s UK marketing team has been paying attention to the trend. In the video after the break, you’ll see a pixelated future where real driving fun is almost impossible to come by. Our digital protagonist takes us on a short journey through dark and damp city streets in a car controlled by computers before finding his way to a bright red Toyota GT86 . Mayhem ensues until our newly alive driver breaks free of his artificial constraints. Watch the video below … before Big Brother has it removed from YouTube. Continue reading UK Toyota GT86 busts out of a Dystopian future UK Toyota GT86 busts out of a Dystopian future originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
The new RX 350 will continue to be the most popular choice in the luxury crossover segment it created over 10 years ago. The 2013 RX luxury utility vehicle features an updated look with the new bolder, signature Lexus spindle grille, exterior enhancements, and an upgraded interior. For the first time, an F SPORT model featuring eight-speed transmission, paddle shifters and sport-tuned suspension for a more engaging driving experience is available.
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The IS F pioneered Lexus’ high performance portfolio when it was developed. Much of the IS F development took place at racetracks around the world, including Germany’s legendary N