Lexus: Construction Begins on Future Assembly Line for First U.S.-Produced Lexus

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Photo Credit: Lexus

There’s great news coming from the Bluegrass State today – and it’s not about bourbon or horses. After over a year of anticipation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky has begun construction on the first Lexus-producing assembly line in the United States. Once it has been built, the new division will produce the Lexus ES 350, which has never been manufactured outside of Japan.

Just as we discussed with the 2014 Highlander-producing Toyota plant in Indiana, the editors of Up To Speed are psyched to see even more auto manufacturing jobs cropping up in the Midwest. Workers in these traditional manufacturing hotspots have seen their share of hardship in the past few years, so this resurgence of job opportunities is most certainly a promising development. With 750 new jobs being generated for this project, residents seeking employment will probably view the new assembly line as a welcome sight. Continue reading

Lexus: Introducing the Pre-Collision Safety System

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Photo Credit: Lexus

No matter how diligent you are in avoiding them, unforeseen obstacles can pop up around any corner and cause great damage to your vehicle or even endanger your life. Lexus, however, is attempting to mitigate the destruction caused by these out-of-the-blue accidents with its new Advanced Pre-Collision System. Now available with the Lexus LS, this collision avoidance system is designed to bring the vehicle to a complete stop when obstacles (including animals and pedestrians) find their way into the car’s path.

A short trip in the car to the grocery store can become incredibly dangerous – even for the most conscientious driver. That’s why the editors of Up To Speed are curious to see where this type of technology takes the auto industry next. With the hype of self-parking and iPhone-synced automobiles, it seems that car manufacturers are trying to gain favor with consumers by adding increasingly sophisticated safety features to vehicles. If this is the case, Advanced Pre-Collision Systems in more cars could be beneficial for people both on and off the road. Continue reading

Lexus: All-New RC Coupe Unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

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Photo Credit: Lexus

In a big reveal at the Tokyo Motor Show, executives at Lexus have unleashed the company’s new RC Coupe. In an effort to expand its customer base to a more diverse audience, the Lexus team has injected a touch of excitement into the new model’s design with sleek lines, 314 horsepower, and extra response.

What does this mean for the future of Lexus? This looks to be another step in the company’s plan to change its public image. What the editors of Up To Speed want to know is, could messing with its already well-known image as a manufacturer of dependable, if less-than-exhilarating, vehicles be detrimental to future success? Some consumers may prefer the predominant, reliability-first image of Lexus over flashy new models. Let us know what you think. Continue reading

Toyota: Toyota and Lexus Go Hollywood

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Photo Credit: Toyota

Toyota and Lexus hit the red carpet on Saturday, October 19, to celebrate the entertainment industry’s efforts to communicate environmental awareness in creative ways. The Environmental Media Association held its 23rd annual awards ceremony sponsored by Toyota and Lexus at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.

The Toyota Prius has gotten a lot of attention from the entertainment industry and given hybrids a “cool” image for its roles in film and television productions. Product placement in movies has proven successful, but the honorees at this event weren’t trying to just sell to consumers. They were trying to impact the way people live and preserve our natural resources through their environmental promotions. The editors at Up To Speed understand the growing concern from people regarding the environment and encourage drivers to lead an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Continue reading

Car-Specials.com Names the Top Five Fuel-Efficient Luxury Cars

Car-Specials.com screenshotsThe combination of increasing gasoline prices and the constant improvement of hybrid and electric vehicle technology has caused car buyers in all segments to search for ways to save money at the pump while seeking the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle. The staff at Car-Specials.com, eager to cater to the evolving needs of car shoppers in today’s automotive landscape, released a list of the Top Five Fuel Efficient Luxury Cars.

CARMEL, Ind. (PR Web) July 30, 2013 – With ever-changing government standards regarding fuel efficiency, luxury automakers around the world are finding it necessary to continually improve upon their processes and designs to make their vehicles more “green.” Continue reading

Toyota Brands Top J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Rankings

JDPowerandAssociatesWhen a customer goes out in search of a new vehicle, there are a few key points that might be top of mind. What kind of vehicle will meet my needs? What can I afford or am I willing to spend?  With so many “good” cars out there, which ones are the most reliable and dependable? Well, J.D. Power and Associates has the answer to at least one of these questions, quite possibly the most important one. As an automotive industry authority on what makes a superior vehicle, J.D. Power and Associates recently released its 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, and Toyota brands dominated the rankings. Continue reading