Lexus LF-Sh - Vorgeschmack auf den nächsten LS

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  1. #1 kerl23brb, 19.10.2005
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    Quelle: http://automobilemag.com/auto_shows/tokyo/0511_lexus_ls/

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    We often forget that Lexus is purely an American brand. Unlike competing vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Jaguar, Lexus vehicles until recently were not sold outside the U.S. and Canada. That's changing, because Toyota is moving Lexus onto the world stage, having recently launched the brand in Japan, Europe, and China. (Until this past summer, Lexus vehicles were sold in Japan as Toyotas, through Toyota dealerships.)

    Stroll through upscale shopping districts in Tokyo like the Ginza or Roppongi Hills and the proliferation of Western luxury retailers such as Prada, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Kate Spade, and Marc Jacobs proves that the Japanese are obsessed with prestige brands. Toyota wants Lexus to be just as recognizable to moneyed buyers around the globe as these fashion houses are, so it's now paying far more attention to styling for its luxury nameplate than it ever has before. We saw the first signs of this long-overdue effort, which Lexus calls "L-Finesse," two years ago in the LF-S concept that became the new Lexus GS sedan. The IS sedan that debuted at last March's Geneva Motor Show and that is just now reaching dealerships in the States also clearly adheres to the same modern design philosophy as the GS.

    That leaves only the flagship LS, the original and most important Lexus model, to put on the new family duds. Toyota insists that the LF-Sh hybrid concept unveiled here in Tokyo is only a concept, but since it obviously follows the same design ethos as the production GS and IS, albeit interpreted much more conservatively, we'd venture that it gives us a good look at what the next LS will look like in production. Although it's not as voluptuous as its smaller siblings, its extensive use of convex and concave surfaces is far more interesting to look at than its predecessor. We suspect that the next LS will go on sale for the 2007 model year, and we expect to see the production car at an auto show in the first half of 2006.

    Given Lexus's recent efforts with the GS and the IS, both of which are much sportier than their predecessors, we'd expect the new LS to offer a more rewarding driving experience than the outgoing car, which quickly has become stale next to its more dynamic European competitors.

    Since the LF-Sh concept has a V-8 hybrid powertrain, and since Toyota is introducing a hybrid version of the GS, called the GS450h, next spring, it's logical to expect a hybrid version of the LS as well, which likely will be called the LS600h. Toyota's hybrid efforts are now following two paths: Toyota hybrid vehicles will emphasize efficiency and fuel economy, while Lexus hybrids will concentrate more on performance than on ultimate fuel efficiency. All Lexus hybrid vehicles will become the top trim levels within their respective lineups. The LS600h, then, likely could rival competitors' twelve-cylinder models in performance while still being green enough to make its owners think they're not contributing to global warming.
     
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  3. #2 Slowrider, 19.10.2005
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    5er bmw :]
     
  4. #3 kerl23brb, 19.10.2005
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    Von der Seite geb ich dir Recht, aber die Front- und Heckansicht sind meiner Meinung nach sehr eigenständig.

    Sehr gespannt bin ich auf den LS600h.
    Angeblich soll er sich mit 12-Zylinder-Limousinen messen können, und unter 5 Sekunden von 0 auf 100km/h beschleunigen.
    Da bin ich mal auf die Durchschnittsverbrauch-Angabe von Lexus gespannt. Schätze mal das der dann so zwischen 9-10 Liter liegt.


    Interessant auch diese Aussage aus dem Text:
    "Toyota's hybrid efforts are now following two paths: Toyota hybrid vehicles will emphasize efficiency and fuel economy, while Lexus hybrids will concentrate more on performance than on ultimate fuel efficiency."
     
  5. #4 kerl23brb, 19.10.2005
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    Lexus LF-Sh mit Toyota-Präsident

    Quelle: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/19/AR2005101900373.html

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    CHIBA, Japan -- The usually futuristic "concept cars" at the Tokyo auto show are taking on an all-too-real immediacy this year amid soaring oil prices, with ecologically-friendly autos grabbing the limelight.

    The overriding message at the Tokyo Motor Show, opening Saturday to the public, is that gas-guzzlers must make way for green cars that pollute less and rely less on shrinking supplies of fossil fuels.

    Reporters got a preview Wednesday of the show's offerings of experimental ecological cars galore, including a vehicle that switches back and forth between an electric motor and a hydrogen-powered engine from Mazda Motor Corp. and a fuel cell small car from Suzuki Motor Corp.

    Auto officials say it's urgent to develop cars that run on fuels other than gasoline. Crude oil prices have doubled over the last five years as the global oil supply struggles to keep up with ballooning demand.

    "We could be facing a crisis in which the oil supply dries up," says Mitsuru Honma of Sanyo Electric Co., which supplies batteries for Ford Motor Co.'s hybrid vehicles.

    Hybrid vehicles deliver a cleaner ride and reduce greenhouse emissions by switching back and forth between different powertrains, such as an electric motor and gasoline engine.

    Sanyo, which has a booth at the show, estimates annual production of hybrid vehicles may increase to 3 million worldwide by 2010, or 7 percent of the 44 million passenger-car market. Annual hybrid production now totals less than half a million.

    Toyota Motor Corp., the first automaker to sell a commercially mass-produced hybrid with its Prius in 1997, is showing an even more advanced hybrid called Fine-X, which is powered by an electric battery and a pollution-free hydrogen fuel cell.

    The hydrogen, stored in a fuel tank, combines with oxygen in the air to form water clean enough to drink.

    Also, the Fine-X has wheels that can swivel at a sharp angle to the side to allow for tight U-turns and easy parallel parking.

    General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. also had booths at the show, but GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner stayed home to announced a revival plan at the world's biggest automaker, which has lost nearly $3 billion in the first three quarters.

    GM also was pushing its technological prowess, displaying its collaboration in fuel cells with Japanese partner Suzuki that adapted GM's technology for the small car, Suzuki's specialty.

    The driver's seat in Suzuki's Ionis moves from side to side as well as to the center to allow for more room when driving alone.

    Like other fuel cell cars at the show, the Ionis is roomier than conventional cars because fuel cells don't need space for an engine and other usual mechanical parts.

    "We don't see this as a question of whether. We see it as a question of when," Larry Burns, GM Vice President in charge of research and development, said of the impending switch from gas engines to fuel cells.

    Burns said GM plans to develop a fuel cell system that will be competitive with gasoline engines in performance by 2010, although it may take more time to mass produce them because of the lack of hydrogen-fueling stations and other changes needed before they can become practical.

    GM is displaying its Sequel fuel-cell concept vehicle, first shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Burns said the several fuel cell concept vehicles on show in Tokyo were inspired by GM.

    "I hope you can see the similarity," he said. "Any concept you see that has electric wheel motors and that has a flat-floor chassis really you could argue are derivatives of some of the early ideas that GM shared with the world."

    Fuel cell vehicles remain extremely expensive and are now only available for leasing, mostly by government organizations. Skeptics say 2010 is still too early for fuel cell vehicles _ or even hybrids _ to catch on in significant numbers.

    "We don't know where the markets are going," said Carlos Ghosn, who heads both Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. and its French partner Renault SA. "We have to observe what's going down, see the trends, look at every vibration on the market, prepare the technology and jump when consumers start to think one way or the other."

    At his presentation, Ghosn showed off the GT-R Proto, a Nissan sportscar set to go on sale in 2007 that clearly communicated mechanical muscle more than kindness to the environment.

    Still, in another corner of the show, Honda Motor Co. displayed its FCX fuel cell concept, designed to highlight other technology such as turning on car audio and air conditioning by simply looking at icons on a dashboard.

    "It's our proposal for the future," said Executive Chief Engineer Yozo Kami, while declining to say when a car like that might go on sale. "But it's not a complete fantasy."
     
  6. #5 carina e 2.0, 19.10.2005
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    Naja von vorne zu sehr VW :(
     
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    Also mir gefällt er, hat was.

    Den endgültigen Schlif bekommt er erst April 2oo6.
     
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    Das ist ja langsam peinlich was Lexus da macht :(

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  9. Matce

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    naja.... bei den riesen limo's sind IMMER schon ähnlichkeiten gewesen ... jeder hersteller optimiert ... und dementsprechend kommt es halt zu relativ gleichen "lösungen"...

    trotzdem: 1000x lieber Lexus, als nen Türkisch-Bayrischen-Mist-Wagen :D
     
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    ich find der sieht geil aus. ob der nu aussieht wie ein 5er :rolleyes:
    das design ist schick :]

    mercedes macht es mit der s-klasse auch nicht besser. da kann man gleich den 7er daneben stehen. man merkt bmw bestimmt den trend :D
     
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    Von Vorne ist er auf jeden Fall deutlich dynamischer =)
    Aber der könnte ruhig ein bischen weniger vom neuen IS vertragen
    der GS sieht auch anders aus als der IS

    Vielleicht überlegen die sich das mit den Heckleuchten auch nochmal :)
     
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    Bin echt mal gespannt wie der Innenraum aussehen wird.
     
  13. #12 carina e 2.0, 20.10.2005
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    man beachte mal wie "zusammengeklebt" der BMW wirkt im Vergleich zum Lex
     
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    :]Zustimmung :]
     
  15. Hardy

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    Schon witzig, daß der Lexus vorne weniger Überhang hat als der BMW, wo das sonst gerade für BMW typisch war.
    Das Heck gefällt mir gut, der Rest nicht so. Große Rückleuchten mag ich. :]
     
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    Was für a Schmarrn. Aber die Amis haben ja noch nie so recht gewusst, was auf der Welt so abgeht... :D

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