Lexus, a Toyota Brand, has recalled over 200,000 units due to faulty fuel delivery components. The models effected are the Lexus GS 300/50, Lexus IS 250/350, and the LS 460/460L models.
The source of the problem comes from ethanol fuel, which some have a low moisture content that causes corrosion to the Lexus components. The corrosion could eventually lead to a pin hole, leaking fuel, with potential for fire.
For more information and an official notice from Toyota on the recall, please view this PDF.
November brings more than turkey to the United States, it is also the time for the Los Angeles Auto Show and all the new debuts manufacturers will be making. Sure to be a show stopper this year will be the debut of the 2010 Lexus RX SUV. This same Lexus RX has been seen testing in Germany and rumors abound that it will make it’s first official showing in LA.
What’s unique about the 2010 RX SUV is that it will have options for a V6 hybrid motor capable of 400 horsepower. This potent green machine will carry up to 7 passengers and offer all kinds of luxury technological advances.
Oh yeah, it also looks bad ass.
2010 Lexus RX
I try to leave my politics out of my automotive blog, but this news story takes the cake. Apparently a recent Lexus ad, displaying it’s new RX 400h SUV hybrid, upset some environmentalists and got it banned. According to those opposed to the advertisement it created an appearance that the Lexus SUV did not have an impact on the environment, or at least it was cleaner than it really was.
Banned Lexus Ad
The Advertising Standards Authority was responsible for removing the ad amongst a number of complaints. The primary complaint was that the SUV caused ‘little to no harm’ to the environment, rather than just being a good choice in todays economy and environment. Hell, after all this SUV hybrid goes above and beyond current standards, so I’m not sure why such a rash action on behalf of the ASA would be taken.
People who complain about stuff like this need to get out and get a job. Seriously.
The Lexus GS 300 has been around since the early 90’s and since it’s birth has been a symbol of elegance for teh Lexus brand. The Lexus GS model has gone through 3 different generations, each improving upon the luxury sedan and even offering a GS 430 with a v8 power plant.
Through the GS series life it’s won a number of awards, not limited to teh JD Power and Associates best mid-size luxury car for 4 years in a row.
* J.D. Power and Associates named the GS series the best midsize luxury car in initial quality for 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005.
* AAA named the third generation GS 300 the best car in its class for 2005.
* Consumer Reports awarded the Lexus GS as the highest ranked vehicle in predicted reliability in the luxury car class in 2005.
* The GS 450h’s Lexus Hybrid Drive system was the recipient of the annual Paul Pietsch Prize for Advanced Technology in 2007, awarded by technical editors of Auto Motor Und Sport publications.
* The Lexus GS 450h was named the winner of the 2007 IF product design award from the International Forum Design group in Hannover, Germany.
* German automotive magazine Auto Bild selected the GS 450h for its “Auto 1” award for best sedan in 2007.
* Smart Money magazine named the Lexus GS the best luxury sedan for the 2003-2004 model year. In 2005, the magazine named the GS its Best New Car Value.
* The GS series was named most appealing midsize luxury car by J.D. Power and Associates in 2001.
* The first generation GS series was named to the Top Ten in Initial Quality list by J.D. Power and Associates in 1994.
* Kelley Blue Book gave the GS series its Best to Hold Value Award in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
* The second generation GS was named Import Car of the Year by Motor Trend in 1998.
* Car and Driver named the second generation GS to its Ten Best list in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
Third Generation Lexus GS
First Generation Lexus GS
3rd Generation GS
The latest branch in the Lexus tree is the performance model Lexus IS F. This freaking amazing machine is tameable to keep as a grocery getter or wild enough to lay down impressive numbers on the race track. That’s what happens when you take the base Lexus IS and drop a 5 liter v8 into the bay.
The IS F is capable of churning out over 400 hp and drip sex as it passes you on the freeway. To make things smooth for this subcompact super car Lexus outfitted the IS F with a 8 speed automatic with a manual-shift mode. That means 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and an estimated top speed of 170mph, which I’d happily verify if they ever let me get my greasy hands on one.
Hippy tree huggers should feel good too when they buy this performance Lexus, because it gets an amazing 23 mpg on the highway. Not that stinky non bath taking hippies could afford the $57,000 base price tag anyways. 😛