Lexus Gets Its Horse Back In The Luxury Car Race

2014 Lexus GS450h Hybrid Sedan Review by Stu Wright :: Northern Colorado Gazette

Nissan has a fairly diverse lineup that includes several car models in addition to pickup trucks and SUVs. The companys adoption of aerodynamic designs and fuel-efficient technology have all made a difference, and in coming years Nissan should be able to lower its score substantially. The popular Leaf EV that Nissan produces is already climbing the charts as a customer favorite, but still has a long way to go before it can match up with the sales of cars like the Prius. The Leaf has probably been a big factor in bolstering Nissans score, which should improve with time. Toyota Breaking into the top three is Toyota, which isnt that much of a surprise to anyone who has been following the auto industry over the past decade.
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Exotic cars go on auction at Newport Beach show – The Orange County Register

This 1963 Jaguar XKE roadster is one of many cars up for auction at the Russo and Steele show at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

car can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Top speed is reportedly a governor-limited 136 mph. The Lexus GS series of cars has been around since 1993, and is now in its fourth generation configuration for 2014. Lexus, headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, sent as its first automobile to America the big LS series in 1989. The company currently manufactures Japans top-selling make of luxury automobiles. The GS models come in a V-6 sports sedan, a high-performance F sedan, and the hybrid (h) model that I tested. Highway manners of the GS450h are excellent, with an assist from the blind spot monitor to keep the driver out of trouble. Ride on the Dunlop 235/45R18 SP Sport S100 all-season radials (on 18, eighteen split-spoke alloys) is silent and responsive, and the driver can select from four drive modes Eco, Normal, Sport, and Sport+. In winter the driver can select snow, and there is an EV (all-electric) selection to made, too. Lots of options, and lots of performance in the Sport+ mode, especially so for a hybrid vehicle. While in Sport+, the car provides more shock damping, tighter steering, and improved throttle response. And all these handling and power characteristics are present in a car that delivered over 30 mpg for me all week. Official ratings are 29/city and 34/highway (31 overall). The M.S.R.P. of the GS450h is $59,600.00 (base), and options include a luxury package for $5,695.00, blind spot monitor for $700.00, premium Mark Levinson stereo for $1,380.00, hard-disk navigation setup for $1,735.00, power trunk for $400.00, and intuitive park assist for $500.00. Total list price with $910.00 for freight comes to $70,920.00. That luxury package includes heated and cooled, 18-way power front semi-aniline leather seats, heated bamboo and leather steering wheel, LED headlamps, and rear-door manual sunshades (an electric sunshade is present in the back window). The 330 watt stereo includes 17 speakers with 7.1 surround sound architecture. The screen for the navigation is gigantic, at 12.3, with split-screen capability, and controlling its applications is done with a mouse on the console.
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