She Says, He Says: Lexus CT 200h

A Lexus Hybrid for the Fun of It Palm Springs, Calif. Barbara – The evolution of a new vehicle category is always interesting to watch.  First a company creates a new type of vehicle – for example an SUV, crossover or hybrid. Soon after the new vehicle shows sales success other manufacturers suddenly create their…

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Mercedes Sales Reps Friendliest says Pied Piper

If you are looking for a friendly car dealer sales staff you should visit a Mercedes-Benz dealership, according to a resent mystery shopper program conducted by Pied Piper Management of Pacific Grove, Calif. In the first study done since 2007, Piper discovered an overall auto industry improvement with 25 of the 34 major auto brands…

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Test Drive: 2010 Lexus RX 350

It had been some time since I had driven the Lexus RX 350, so I borrowed one to make the round trip from San Francisco International airport to the annual Western Auto Journalist’s Media Days in Monterey. First introduced in 1998, the 2010 Lexus RX 350 represents the latest generation of one of the pioneers…

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Lexus LFA Supercar: SOLD OUT

If you were saving all your change to buy the upcoming Lexus LFA supercar, you are too late.  Toyota announced today that all 500 copies of the LFA were spoken for.  The company plans to build 20 of the 552-hp two- seaters per month for two years. With a base price of $375,000 base price,…

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Lexus takes the premium hybrid smaller

Scheduled to go on sale early in 2011, the next Lexus premium hybrid will be the first dedicated hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment. The aggressively styled CT 200h will be the fifth Lexus hybrid in the company’s U.S. portfolio and the second exclusive hybrid model….

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Consumer Reports picks top 2010 models

Consumer Report magazine announced its Top picks for 2010, and the list includes six new models. Consumer Reports’ Top Picks are the best all-around models in their categories and must meet the non-profit organization’s stringent road test, reliability, and safety requirements. Each Top Pick scores at or near the top of its category among the…

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Test Drive: Lexus RX 450h

Lexus pioneered the luxury crossover category in 1998, introducing the RX 300 as an alternative to the SUVs that were riding high at the time.  The RX was an instant success with more than one million worldwide. In 2005, they expanded the RX lineup pioneering again, with the first luxury hybrid crossover, the RX 400h. …

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He said/She said: Lexus ES 350

She – If blindfolded and riding in the front passenger seat of the entry-level Lexus ES 350 sedan and then the top-of-the-line Lexus LS 460, I am not sure I could tell the difference.  True the ES is, in theory, a gussied up version of the Toyota Camry and the LS is a sophisticated V-8-powered…

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He said/She said: Lexus HS 250h

She – As the hybrid market grows, the spectrum of choices expands with vehicles as basic as the Toyota Prius or Ford Escape up to elegant road masters like the Lexus LS 600h.  There is even a slathering of partial hybrids like the Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Yukon. Generally manufacturers take existing products and “hybridize”…

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