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It's official: Lexus registers IS 200t trademark
Jul 01, 2014 - 11:32 PM - by jruhi4

On 24 September 2012, the usually reticent and close-to-the-vest Toyota broke form and publicized its Status of Environmental Technology Development and Future Plans report, among whose many revelations was word of a new 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged AR engine based on the 2.5-liter 2AR-FE gasoline engine. But which vehicle - to debut during the 2014 calendar year - would be the chosen first recipient of the carmaker's first boosted non-diesel engine since the 2002 Japanese domestic market demise of the much-loved 2JZ-GTE inline 6? Barely a month later, my.IS' own Canadian national moderator k3vo unearthed United States and Canadian trademark applications for NX200t, which yours truly correctly predicted would grace Lexus' long-rumored, RAV4-derived sub-RX crossover.

Given the way luxury car brands the world over have gravitated towards 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine options, it would only be common sense that Lexus' first-ever gas turbo should see applications beyond the NX, and ... [Read More]
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IS 25 Aniversario: Spain kicks off Lexus' silver anniversary special editions
Jun 30, 2014 - 2:03 PM - by jruhi4

In January 1989, the Detroit Auto Show, then a regional dealer event, morphed into the far larger and more significant North American International Auto Show. Among its numerous world debuts, three in particular stand out: the original Dodge Viper R/T 10 concept car and the launch of Nissan and Toyota's full-fledged luxury marques: Infiniti and Lexus. The latter saw its flagship LS 400 sedan go into production in May of that year, with U.S. sales beginning in September 1989, followed by limited exports to Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Curiously, these momentous occasions' 25th, or silver anniversary this year have seen only scant mentions and, to date, only one full-on commemorative edition vehicle. (In stark contrast, Mazda's MX-5 Miata roadster, another car first born in 1989, has unveiled its official 25th Anniversary Edition, for which the 100-car U.S. allocation - out of a total of 1000 to be built - sold out in 10 minutes).

So, which market gets the honors of unveiling Lexus' first 25th-anniversary vehicle? The United States, always the brand's primary and most popular market? Nope, we haven't yet heard a peep in this... [Read More]
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Lexus RC-F May Get Dual Clutch Gearbox
Jun 26, 2014 - 12:06 PM - by AutoGuide.com


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Would the Lexus RC F and IS F models benefit from a dual-clutch gearbox?

The IS F has admittedly not caught onto the high-performance luxury segment as well as the Japanese automaker would like. What Lexus was hoping would be a competitor to the BMW M3 has simply become an anomaly in the lineup, not even receiving the same styling and design updates as the standard IS sedan. But now, with the RC F revealed and heading to dealerships before the end of the year, the need of a dual-clutch gearbox is becoming more prevalent.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe Snarls With ‘More than 450 HP’

Which is why Toyota Motorsport GmbH has been tasked with the job of developing what its calling a manual-shift gearbox, which is likely a dual-clutch transmission. In a recent interview, TMG business operations director Rob Leupen shared the news of the gearbox’s development but also noted that development of hybrid technology for the next-generation IS F is
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May 21, 2014 - 9:40 AM - by AutoGuide.com
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10 Totally Awesome Cars of the 1980s Hitting the Auction Block This Weekend.
May 08, 2014 - 2:20 PM - by AutoGuide.com
If you want to be seen driving around in a seriously retro ride, then we suggest a trip to the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana this weekend. The annual Auburn Spring Auction is kicking off with 900 cars hitting the block, including some serious gems of the MTV era.

We've compiled a list of 10 of the best and most interesting cars of the 1980s that any Gen-Xer would take over a date with Molly Ringwald.

Crank up the MJ, Devo or Whitesnake and join us for a trip through one awesome era of cars.

More: 10 Totally Awesome Cars of the 1980s Hitting the Auction Block This Weekend. on CarCrushing.com
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Watch a Sinkhole in Baltimore Swallow an Entire Row of Cars. It Gets Scary at 1:14 !
May 05, 2014 - 10:46 AM - by AutoGuide.com
We're not going to lie, this one starts a little slow, but by the end you'll have shivers running down your spine.

What you see in the video from the onset is only the very start of this sinkhole that eventually grows to swallow an entire line of cars, and a whole lot of additional real estate in residential Baltimore.

It's also a serious lesson in just how dangerous sinkholes can be. Keep watching the build-up until around 1:14 and the rest just becomes terrifying.

WATCH & WEEP... Can you imagine if this was your car?


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WOW 30,000 Toy Cars?! Check Out The World's Largest Toy Collection!
May 02, 2014 - 1:04 PM - by AutoGuide.com
Your collection of HotWheels and die-cast cars has nothing, and we mean nothing, on Billy Karam's toy car collection.

Comprised of over 30,0000 model cars, it's the largest such collection in the world an even boasts a Guinness Book of World Records certificate to prove it.

Watch this Video and Wish you had these many toy cars as a kid


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Top 10 New York Auto Show Debuts
Apr 14, 2014 - 4:58 PM - by AutoGuide.com
The New York Auto Show kicks off Tuesday night with a series of pre-show events followed by the press days on Wednesday and Thursday.

There are certainly surprises coming, but even some of the already-announced debuts are exciting. Here's what AutoGuide.com is looking forward to most next week.

Check out all of the big reveals at the AutoGuide "2014 New York Auto Show" coverage page here.

More: Top 10 New York Auto Show Debuts on AutoGuide.com
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