Toyota going after Town Car market with Avalon livery model

Toyota going after Town Car market with Avalon livery model

October 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Sedan , Toyota , Specialty , Luxury Now that we’ve waved goodbye to the Lincoln Town Car , there’s a big ol’ hole in the automotive market for new livery vehicles – you know, the blacked-out hire cars frequently seen idling outside of airport terminals and hotels. Cadillac has announced that its XTS flagship will be offered with a factory livery package , and other American automakers like Chrysler and Lincoln have entered this luxury fleet segment as well. But it won’t stop there. During our first drive of the 2013 Avalon , Toyota officials confirmed that the company will offer a livery edition of its new large sedan. As expected, the livery edition will have a black-on-black color scheme and will offer heated seats and individual heating and cooling controls for rear seat passengers, deleting the front heated seats in the process. (Sorry, Jeeves.) Two different Avalon livery models will be produced – a V6 model based on the XLE trim and a hybrid version based on the XLE Premium grade. With its 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, the gasoline-electric Avalon is rated at 40 miles per gallon combined. That’s certainly an improvement over the old 19-mpg Town Car. Toyota spokesperson Moe Durand confirmed to Autoblog that the Avalon livery car will be available to order through the brand’s entire dealer network. That said, Toyota isn’t expecting huge sales numbers for its package – “500 to 1000 units in first year,” says Durand.

Call For Entries: $500k Lexus Eco Challenge Revs Up

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 25, 2012) – Young people are committed to making a difference in the world, and for the sixth year, their efforts will be rewarded through the Lexus Eco Challenge. An educational program and contest, the Lexus Eco Challenge has inspired and empowered more than 22,000 middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. For their efforts, more than $3.5 million has been awarded to students, teachers and schools across the nation. This fall, students are invited to participate for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Lexus, the luxury automaker, has once again joined with Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to create the eco-friendly educational school program.

2013 CT 200h Premium Hybrid Compact Is Efficient and Exhilarating

August 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lexus continues to dominate the luxury hybrid market with the ever-popular CT 200h. The CT demonstrates the brand’s commitment to unparalled quality, sophistication and technology in a fun-to-drive package. The CT moves into the 2013 model year with minimal changes.

Lexus Announces Pricing for 2013 GX 460 Luxury Utility Vehicle

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 22, 2012) – Lexus today announced Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) on the 2013 GX 460 Luxury Utility Vehicle.

2013 RX Luxury Utility Vehicle Unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

March 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA – March 6, 2012 – Featuring the new bolder, signature Lexus spindle grille and upgraded interior, the new 2013 RX will continue to be the most popular choice in the luxury crossover segment it created over 10 years ago.

Lexus Revs Up Campaign to Launch the All-New GS

February 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2012)—On the heels of Lexus’ first Super Bowl spot, the luxury automaker is launching a multi-faceted marketing campaign today for its highly anticipated 2013 Lexus GS sport sedan.

All-New Lexus GS 350 Sport Sedan to Arrive in February 2012

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 23, 2011 – Bringing sophisticated style, exciting performance and advanced technology to the luxury sport sedan segment, the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 comes to dealer showrooms in February 2012. Its arrival will be heralded by Lexus’ first-ever Super Bowl commercial, followed by Lexus being the Official Automotive Marketing Partner of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Lexus Takes Top Honors in Kelley Blue Book’s 2012 Best Resale Value Awards for Luxury Brand

November 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 – Lexus earned top honors tonight in the Luxury Brand category as Kelley Blue Book,, announced the winners of its 2012 Best Resale Value Awards.

KBB 2012 Best Resale Value awards dominated by Toyota

KBB 2012 Best Resale Value awards dominated by Toyota

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Audi , Chevrolet , Chrysler , Ford , Honda , Jeep , Lexus , Toyota Kelley Blue Book has announced the company’s 2012 Best Resale Value Awards. The honors are handed out based on projections crafted by the KBB staff of automotive analysts for cars and trucks expected to retain the largest percentage of their original list price after five years. For 2012, KBB has named Toyota as the best resale brand with Lexus taking the top honor in the luxury brand category. There aren’t any surprises there, and the list of individual winners isn’t likely to shake anyone’s tree either. Toyota brands earned five category awards, while Honda alone took four categories, including sub-compact car, compact car, hybrid and van. The Ford F-150 , meanwhile, took home the full-size pickup nod and the only award for the Blue Ovals brands, while the Chevrolet Camaro V6 and SS snagged the sports car and high-performance car categories, respectively. There were a few surprises in the mix, however. The Jeep Wrangler brought home the only win in the compact SUV category and the only nod for Chrysler this year. The Audi A5 snagged the gold in the luxury car category and the Chevy Volt beat out the Nissan Leaf in the electric car category. Kelly Blue Book says that residual value should be at the top of car buyers concerns when it comes time to bringing home a new model as depreciation represents the largest potential new-car expense.

Lexus HS 250h Hybrid Luxury Sedan Offers Low Emissions and Comfort

August 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As the world‘s first dedicated luxury hybrid, the HS 250h brought sustainable luxury to the forefront of the luxury market…

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