Lexus- Shaking that Alan Partridge Feel
Alan Partridge’s love of the Lexus (or Lexi) hasn’t particularly helped the luxury brand’s reputation in the UK over the past ten years. However, anyone who may have turned off the car should remember that Lexus remains one of the most distinctive and sought after brands in the world, and that new Lexus models represent some of the best hybrid options for new drivers that also want strong performance. Combined with higher than average customer service, and upgrades to older marques, an investment in a Lexus shouldn’t be weighed down with memories of Alan Partridge’s obsession with the brand. Current Models
Lexus has long been associated with some of the world’s best selling luxury cars, with this brand reputation particularly led by the LS line. A key factor in the development of the Lexus brand in the United States in the 1990s as an important vehicle, four door sedan model LSes and later Gses have progressed through to the current LS XF40. In terms of features, the V8 engine XF40 is distinguished by superior coefficient lifting, adaptive headlamps, and a comprehensive entertainment system. Lexus was one of the first luxury car brands to develop state of the art audio technology for its cars in the 1990s, as well as cutting edge safety and driver assist features. New models benefit from these features and Intelligent Parking Assist systems, as well as Pre-Crash Collision warnings. Other options for new Lexus buyers include the high performance F marque and the F-Sport. Lexus’s flagship car line, the F marque has recently been upgraded to feature advanced chassis braces and motorsport adaptations. Among these, the Lexus LFA two seat coupe remains one of the top selling lines from the manufacturer, and is one of the most limited in terms of production for collectors. A new edition designed to Nurburgring specifications arrived in 2012. Any Lexus, however, is defined by its aerodynamic design, and by its range of security and driving enhancement features. As well as previously noted LS features, most models now feature motion lockouts, SmartAccess security, and telematic trackers for lowering insurance costs. It’s also important to recognize the strides made by Lexus in terms of its hybrid vehicles over the past five years. The first Lexus hybrid, the GS 450h, was released in 2006, and the line has gradually increased to cover RX, ES, LS and CT models. Indeed, the CT 200h is currently one of Lexus’s biggest selling cars in the UK, and has contributed to a 15 per cent sales rise in the past 9 months for the company. The CT 200h is notable for using a 1.8 litre VVT-i four cylinder engine and an electric motor capable of 100 Kw. In this respect, the Lexus varies Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive platform by reducing mileage and CO2 emissions in sport, eco, and EV modes. Customer Service
Aside from design features, the level of customer service that Inchcape Lexus provides is hard to beat within the current industry. Detailed feedback is provided on sales, while individual dealers are trained to provide the highest quality of service to worldwide standards. Lexus’s certified pre owner services similarly enhance its flexible pricing. When considering your reaction to the Lexus, it’s important, then, to forget about the Alan Partridge connection, and to remember just why the brand has been one of the most popular in the world for over 20 years.