TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2011 – The interior of this Lexus design concept hints at the new contemporary, upscale and uniquely Lexus design direction. Created by Calty, the company’s design studio in Newport Beach, Calif., the concept vehicle will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit at 1:25 pm Eastern time on January 9, 2012.
TORONTO, ON – December 1, 2010 – Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) reported November sales of 12,169 vehicles, down 24.5% from November 2009.
Toyota sales in November 2010
Toyota sold 10,861 cars, trucks and SUVs in November, down 26.8% from the previous year.
Highlights for Toyota in November 2010 (versus November 2009):
· Sienna minivan sales up 77.6% – AJAC’s 2011 Canadian Car of the Year category winner
· Avalon full-size sedan sales up 57.1%
· Highlander mid-size SUV sales up 33.4%
· Sequoia full-size SUV sales up 29.2%
Toyota also today announced that it is the first full-line manufacturer to make six active safety features (Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology) standard on every new 2011 vehicle with the introduction of the Star Safety System. One of the first vehicles to feature the Star Safety System as standard is also Toyota’s most popular model, the Canadian-built 2011 Toyota Corolla. The Corolla is significantly updated for the 2011 model year with fresh styling, more standard features and updated options packages.
Lexus sales in November 2010
Lexus sold 1,053 luxury cars and SUVs in November, down 18.0% from the previous year.
Highlights for Lexus in November 2010 (versus November 2009):
· IS series entry luxury sport sedan sales up 20.3%
· HS 250h dedicated hybrid luxury sedan sales up 18.5%
· LS 460 flagship luxury sedan sales up 6.3%
Scion sales in November 2010
Scion Canada reported its youth and lifestyle automotive brand – which launched in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver at the end of September – generated sales of 255 vehicles in November – its second full month of business.
The age of the Canadian Scion buyer continues to drop, reaching an average of 37 years old in November. The phase II expansion of Scion to another 40 dealerships in 30 markets across Canada in spring 2011 will bring the Scion brand experience to even more Generation-Y Canadians.
Scion continues to find success amongst the target Generation-Y market in November 2010. Of all Scion showroom visitors to date, 72 per cent of Scion showroom visitors to date were male, 54 per cent of Scion showroom visitors to date were under the age of 35. In addition, 42 per cent of Scion showroom visitors to date were new to the Toyota family
TORONTO, ON – November 2, 2010 – Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) today reported October sales of 14,540 across all three brands, down 22.7% from October 2009.
Toyota Sales in October 2010
Toyota sold 13,073 cars, trucks and SUVs in October, down 24.7% from the previous year.
Highlights for Toyota in October 2010 (versus October 2009):
· Toyota Truck sales up 2.2% – Best October on record
· 4Runner mid-size SUV sales up 1114.3%
· Sienna minivan sales up 121.9%
· Tundra 4×4 full-size pick-up sales up 12.1%
· Canadian-built RAV4 compact SUV sales up 1.5% – Best October on record
Lexus Sales in October 2010
Lexus sold 1,220 luxury cars and SUVs in October, down 16.4% from the previous year.
Highlights for Lexus in October 2010 (versus October 2009):
· GX 460 mid-size luxury SUV sales up 683.3%
· RX 450h luxury hybrid SUV sales up 21.2%
Scion First Full Month of Sales
Scion Canada reported its youth and lifestyle automotive brand – which launched in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver at the end of September – generated sales of 247 vehicles in its first full month of business.
The first Canadians to visit Scion dealerships reflect the demographic profile the Scion brand is designed to resonate with – the growing Generation-Y market in search of brands that allow for the creation of unique experiences – both at the point of purchase and with the vehicle itself.
Scion buyers in October also enhanced their well-equipped standard vehicle models with Scion accessories at a rate 2.6 times that of Toyota buyers.
Highlights for Scion in October 2010:
· More than 70 per cent of Scion showroom visitors were male
· More than half of Scion showroom visitors were under the age of 35
· 40 per cent of Scion showroom visitors were new to the Toyota family
CAMBRIDGE, ON, Aug. 4 /CNW/ – Canadians once again “brought home the gold” yesterday when JD Power and Associates presented the Gold Plant Quality award to the employees of the best automotive manufacturing facility in North & South America.
At ceremonies held throughout the day at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) in Cambridge, where the Lexus plant is located, Canadian workers were singled out for their dedication to quality and teamwork.
On behalf of JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, Mr. David Sargent, VP of Global Automotive Quality, presented the Gold Plant Quality trophy to a group of employees representing each shop and each shift at the Lexus plant.
During the ceremonies for employees, Mr. Atsushi Niimi, Executive Vice President of the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan noted that, “JD Power is a true voice of the customer. This public recognition not only reflects the design of the Lexus RX 350, but your commitment to building it with high quality in mind. It is a true customer measurement of your workmanship.”
Brian Krinock, President of TMMC since July 1, 2010, also told the audience, “Not only have you given TMMC another proud moment in a history of milestones by winning this Gold Plant Quality award, but you have also helped Toyota build customer confidence.”
TMMC Chairman Ray Tanguay closed the festivities by saying, “During the Olympics in Vancouver, Canada won more gold medals than any other competing country, and it was a fantastic feeling. Now, you have also “brought home the gold”. This is a proud moment for me to be able to stand here and congratulate all of you for being the best.”
TORONTO, ON – May 21, 2010 – Lexus Canada announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 140 Lexus late 2009 and certain 2010 model year LS vehicles in Canada equipped with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) to address a temporary steering wheel off-center condition that may develop under a specific driving maneuver – it will not occur during normal driving conditions.
For 20 years, Lexus has made customer safety and satisfaction its highest priorities. Lexus Canada is taking all necessary steps to address customer concerns quickly and efficiently.
The VGRS system enables easier handling during low-speed driving and provides better stability during high-speed driving than conventional steering by changing the gear ratio.
The VGRS system may exhibit a temporary steering wheel off-center condition after driving away quickly from a very tight turn where the steering was at full lock position. The steering wheel off-center position will automatically be corrected in approximately five seconds by the VGRS system as the vehicle is driven. The driver may notice the system auto correcting as the steering wheel slowly moves to the center position while driving straight during the VGRS correction.
Due to the specific driving circumstances, this condition will not occur during normal driving such as changing lanes or turning at intersections. Lexus Canada has not received any Canadian customer reports of this condition; no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Initial notifications will be mailed to owners of the involved vehicles beginning in early June. As soon as replacement parts are available, Lexus Canada will send a second notification letter by first class mail, advising owners to bring their vehicle to a Lexus dealer to have the Steering Control computer replaced with a newly designed one at no charge.
No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall.
Customers who have any further questions are asked to contact their local Lexus dealership, visit www.lexus.ca or contact Lexus in Canada at 1-800-265-3987.
TORONTO, ON – April 19, 2010 – Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has announced a voluntary safety recall affecting approximately 446 2010 model year GX 460 vehicles to update software in the vehicle’s Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system.
Toyota’s vehicle and design evaluation objective is to meet or exceed customer expectations and regulatory requirements. Toyota’s engineering team undertook similar tests to confirm the issue raised by Consumer Reports on April 13, 2010 and we are confident that an update to the VSC software addresses the concern.
All Canadian Lexus dealers will have the VSC software update by end of April. Letters will be sent to owners included in this recall in early May.
No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall.
Customers who have any further questions are asked to visit www.lexus.ca or contact Lexus Canada at 1-800-265-3987.
For 20 years, Lexus has made customer safety and satisfaction our highest priorities. We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and understand the issue Consumer Reports identified. At this time we have asked our dealers to temporarily suspend delivery of the 2010 GX 460.
Lexus’ extensive vehicle testing provides a positive indication of how our vehicles perform and we are confident that the GX meets our high safety standards. Lexus’ engineering teams are vigorously testing the GX using Consumer Reports’ specific parameters to identify how we can enhance the GX’s performance.
For any of the 149 Canadian 2010 GX 460 owners who may have concerns, Lexus Canada will provide a loaner car for their convenience and as requested.
As always, Lexus is committed to providing our customers with outstanding products and service.
One of the most visually striking concepts at the 2010 NAIAS came from Lexus in the form of the LF-CH Hybrid concept. Whether it was the muscular hatch back shape or the striking green gold paint, this machine looks magnificent. Originally shown in the Fall of 2009 at the Frankfurt auto show, the LF-CH shows the direction that Lexus is planning for sport luxury hybrids.
After the break we have more photos and the Lexus press release from Frankfurt with more details. More
Your car probably isn’t affected by the campaign, but Toyota will be repairing it anyway.
Official Toyota Press Release:
November 26, 2009 (Toronto) – Following an advisory to Canadian customers in late September to request the removal of any driver’s side floor mats from certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles, Toyota Canada Inc (TCI) today announced completion of its investigation into potential accelerator pedal entrapment due to incompatible or unsecured all-weather floor mats. Toyota Canada has worked closely with Transport Canada during this investigation. There is no risk of accelerator pedal entrapment when compatible Toyota and Lexus Canadian-designed all-weather floor mats are properly used in the affected models as they are different in design and material composition from the Toyota-supplied mats in the U.S.A. Properly installed and secured compatible carpet floor mats also do not give rise to pedal entrapment.
Although no vehicle defect has been identified, given the importance Toyota attaches to customer confidence in their Toyota vehicle, as an extra measure of confidence, a safety improvement campaign will be initiated for Canadian customers to provide:
1. reconfiguration of the accelerator pedal for the 7 affected models
2. reconfiguration of the shape of the floor surface to increase the space between the accelerator pedal and the floor for the Lexus ES 350, Camry and Avalon models
3. installation of a brake override system for the Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES 350, IS 350 and IS 250 models
(TORONTO) – Lexus enhances its popular entry luxury sport sedans – the Lexus IS250 and Lexus IS350 – with all-new special F Sport Packages exclusive to 2010 editions.
“Canadians wishing to add some of that IS F magic to their IS250 and IS350 can now drive off their Lexus Dealer lot with the newly added F-Sport Packages,” said Larry Hutchinson, Director of Lexus in Canada. “With upgraded F-Sport wheels, suspension, seats, headlamps, pedals and more, these packages make the 2010 IS series the perfect luxury sedans to pursue more adrenaline-filled moments.”
The 2010 Lexus IS250 is available in four models: The IS250 with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; the IS250 all wheel drive with six speed automatic; and the IS350 with six-speed automatic.
New for 2010, all IS series models feature new standard equipment, including:
* Integrated XM Satellite Radio,
* USB audio connectivity,
* Windshield de-icer, which uses an element at the base of the windshield to help free frozen wiper blades and melt ice at a much faster rate than a typical defrost option…
The 2010 Lexus IS series is on sale at Lexus dealers across Canada today. The IS250 carries a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price starting at $34,150 for manual transmission models and $35,750 for automatic transmission models. The IS250 AWD starts at a suggested $40,300, while the IS350 starts at a suggested $45,650. More