The 2018 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Dazzles the Luxury Market

September 22, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica

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For the 2018 model year, Lexus has an all-new coupe to debut: the 2018 LC 500. Previously announced at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2016, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 Coupe will reign alongside the luxury brand’s two other coupe models—the Lexus RC and RC F—available to consumers in early 2017.

So, what’s in store for Santa Monica, CA area drivers interested in the 2018 Lexus LC 500 Coupe? According to Lexus chief engineer Koji Sato, a whole lot of power. The Lexus LC 500 comes with a 5.0L V8 engine, which delivers 471 HP and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. To give you some context, these numbers were estimated at 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. of torque at the Detroit Auto Show.

Why the sudden change? Lexus reimagined the intake and exhaust systems to deliver an ever better performance than initially thought out. These changes are just a few of several performance-minded adjustments that will be made because Lexus will carry out ongoing developments until the LC 500’s release date.

A hybrid version of the LC 500 Coupe is also in development, although no new changes have been announced. The Lexus LC 500h will come with a 3.5L V6 engine with a single electric motor, and will get 354 HP.

Although the new Lexus LC 500 Coupe won’t be available until next year, you can still browse the new vehicle inventory at our Lexus dealership in Santa Monica for available performance coupe trim packages. For more information, send us a message online or call (424) 229-9998 to speak with a product specialist directly.

Updates to Lexus 2017 Models

September 22, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica

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Change can frustrating, but this time it’s for the better. Updated for the 2017 model year, Lexus is making some impressive improvements to their vehicle lineup. While the Lexus GS F, GX, LS, RC, and RC F receive only minor changes, several of their models are getting a significant update to their look and performance. Take a look at the list below for details on what’s been upgraded for 2017, and then find the new model you want to drive in the inventory at our Lexus dealership in Santa Monica, CA.

  • The 2017 GS350 F Sport offers a RWD drivetrain with a limited slip differential to evenly distribute power to the wheels.
  • FWD for the NX200t and NX300h is no longer available
  • The Lexus RX450H no longer has FWD available, but does have F Sport versions now.
  • The Lexus IS has new bumpers, exhaust finishers, taillights, LED headlights for all standard models, and a new 10.3-in. infotainment display.
  • The IS F Sport models get front break ducts.
  • The Lexus LC has a leaner, wavy body with prominent hips and a bigger grille.
  • The Lexus LC500 comes with a ten-speed automatic transmission for the first time, and includes a 5.0 L V8 producing 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. torque.
  • The LC500h, a hybrid, includes a 3.5 L V6 and two electrical motors producing 295 HP capable of a 5.0 second 0-60 MPH acceleration time when properly equipped.
  • The LC500h has improved fuel economy with 40 mpg on the highway.

Drivers in the Santa Monica, CA area can check out our new vehicle inventory to see which 2017 models have already arrived at our Lexus dealership. If you have any questions contact us today at (424) 229-9998.

Lexus Launches the 10th Annual Lexus Eco Challenge

September 21, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica, Uncategorized

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How would you like to win $500,000? Through the annual Lexus Eco Challenge, teams of middle and high school students and their teachers compete for the opportunity to take home the grand prize by taking on projects to protect the environment, enrich their community, and learn important science and engineering skills.

“The Lexus Eco Challenge has changed the way I teach. It’s changed my classroom, it’s changed the lives of my students, and it’s changed my school—all for the better. This is such a great way to get kids to care about the world around them and not only think about the ‘moment;’ but also think about what a difference they can make,” said JoAnne Brown, a science teacher at Olympus Jr. High School in Holladay, Utah. Over 600 of Ms. Brown’s students have participated in the Lexus Eco Challenge since 2006.

This year marks a decade of environmental projects started through the Lexus Eco Challenge, and more than $5 million dollars awarded to over 30,000 students across the country. Past winners’ projects have included raising awareness about safe environmental practices, research on renewable energy, protecting native species, and other conservation efforts.

Teams of up to ten students and two teachers select an important environmental issue, and develop and implement a plan to address it. There are two categories to choose from:

  • The Land & Water Challenge, August 15-October 16, 2016
  • The Air & Climate Challenge, October 19-December 12, 2016

Winners advance to “The Final Challenge”, which takes place from January 16-February 27, 2017.

Learn more about the Lexus Eco Challenge and how your local school can participate at Scholastic. You can also do your own part to help the environment and feel good doing it by driving a low-emission luxury hybrid Lexus model, available now from our new vehicle inventory in Santa Monica, CA.

LAcarGUY Participates In The Santa Monica Health & Wellbeing Festival

September 12, 2016 lacarguy Community Involvement, LAcarGUY News & Events Tags: ,

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Local businesses and non-profits gathered at the Festival to provide expertise, advice, and product samples promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for the entire Santa Monica Community. Stores and restaurants from every neighborhood had food and vendor booths. There was be music, cooking demos and interactive classes on stages and lots of opportunities to get free resources and screenings.

We always enjoy connecting with the community and it was great to see everyone out and having a great time!

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Is the 3 Row VW SUV Coming Soon

September 9, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , ,

Recently a Volkswagen prototype SUV has been spotted out on the roads in China. It’s a large three-row SUV and is likely the model that Volkswagen plans on releasing in the United States and around the rest of the world within the next year. It’s exactly what Volkswagen needs to help it compete against other automakers offering vehicles to larger families.

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The Look

If the photos out of China are actually of the new three-row VW SUV that’s coming to the US, it’s not a bad looking vehicle at all. It’s similar to a Durango in shape, with a lengthy flat top, a large muscular front end and a curvy rear and it has plenty of rugged creases that give it a pretty desirable look. Sure it’s a bit bland overall, but it looks better than many of the other large SUVs that you already see out on the market, so it should be a decent entry for the automaker.

The Big Release

There isn’t any information about when this full-sized SUV is going to be released in the United States, but it’s expected to be produced right in Tennessee and then sold throughout America. The vehicle will likely come with a turbocharged gasoline engine, and will likely have a few different engine options as well.

The large SUV being spotted in testing is an encouraging sign that Volkswagen is getting close to releasing it to the public, but only time will tell if the SUV is actually the model that’s going to be launched, or if Volkswagen is just testing out a new project that they have planned for another country.

Pacific Porsche Is Now Porsche South Bay

September 9, 2016 lacarguy Pacific Porsche Tags: , ,

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Pacific Porsche is now Porsche South Bay

Pacific Porsche is on the move, literally and figuratively! Did you know that Pacific Porsche has been part of the LAcarGUY family since 1999 and in our current location in Torrance since 2002? The short of it is, we have outgrown out current location. Since 2009 we have almost doubled the sales at Pacific Porsche and, with some coming announcements, we simply need more room to serve our clients!

As part of our move 8 miles up the road to Hawthorne, just off the 405, we will have 50,000 square feet of space for our showroom and service department. We are targeting the open date for the new location in early November.

To reflect our new location and the new reach we will have with the store, along with some very exciting announcements, we are rebranding Pacific Porsche to Porsche South Bay and the website address has changed as well to www.porschesouthbay.com as well.

We are very excited to show you what we are going to be doing with the store, it will have the latest in Porsche design and materials, in fact, we worked with Porsche North America and Porsche AG (i.e. the mother ship in Germany) in developing the look and feel of the new store.

We are going to have much more in the coming weeks about the store, the store design and everything that we are going to be able to offer you. We have been posting photos of the store on your Facebook page and our Instagram account, so, if you want to see the progress, make sure you are following us there.

We are very excited about the new store and the new name and very soon we are going to be able to share it all with you, we can’t wait to see what everyone’s reaction is.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Efficiency and Grit

September 8, 2016 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

Most of the time hybrid vehicles are known for their ability to help you cut your fuel consumption. They allow vehicles to run more efficiently and really bump up those MPGs. That’s not the only purpose of hybrid vehicles though, and the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is proof of that. Hybrid tech can also make vehicles much more powerful and exciting to drive around.

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It’s Packing Heat

The newest hybrid from Porsche offers a total of 462 HP and a whopping 516 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a whole lot to pack into a little car, and you’ll feel every bit of that power when you stomp on the pedal and squeal the tires in a cloud of smoke.

The car splits all that power between its four wheels and can travel from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 172 MPH, faster than most people will be brave enough to take the vehicle.

Driving without Fuel

This car is packed with a powerful battery and is capable of motoring around town without using a single drop of fuel. You can get a total of 31 miles on a single battery charge, which doesn’t seem like too much, but for many people it’s enough to complete daily errands or even for a short work commute.

Instant Torque Satisfaction

While this Panamera is going to be a blast to drive at high speeds, it’s also going to be a whole lot of fun at the low end of the spectrum. That’s because all that electric torque is available instantly, as soon as you press the peddle your vehicle is going to start moving and moving fast. You’ll feel the acceleration, even just speeding up from sitting at the stop sign. Driving the Panamera Hybrid around town will make doing errands much more enjoyable overall, and you don’t have to worry about all the fuel you’re wasting by accelerating too vigorously, because you’ll be running on electricity.

Liquid Cooled Battery Tech

High performance batteries get really hot, which is why the lithium battery fitted into the Panamera is liquid cooled to keep it from overheating. This allows the car to provide excellent performance, while keeping the battery in optimal condition at all times.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid is one of the most potent variation of the Panamera yet released, and it’s pretty efficient as well. It will be a blast to drive, and is expected to show up in dealerships later on this year. Keep your eye out for this exciting model, and you’ll see just what hybrid tech is capable of.

Toyota Once Again Bets on Autonomous Driving

September 7, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

We’ve been covering different ways that Toyota is working to make autonomous driving a reality over the past few years. The automaker invested heavily into research on autonomous driving and artificial intelligence. The company is developing partnerships with electronics companies, and now its buying electronics companies up as well.

That’s right, Toyota just put together a deal where it will acquire about 86% of Fujitsu Ten, a major electronics company. That’s a big indicator that Toyota is betting big on autonomous technology because Fujitsu Ten is the creator of a powerful 3D millimeter radar unit. This radar is one of the most accurate available today, and it’s the type of technology that could make autonomous driving a reality by allowing cars to see the road really accurately.

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Why the Tech is a Big Deal

The current radar being used in most test vehicles that drive themselves is really basic. It either has serious tunnel vision so the car only sees a small portion of the road, or it can’t see very far out in front of it, or it’s a big spinning mechanism that sits atop the vehicle and looks awful.

Either way, the current technology being used in testing isn’t good enough to do the job an autonomous vehicle needs it to. This new radar is. It’s small, and it allows the vehicle to see an accurate picture of the road far down. It’s affordable enough for several of the systems to be put onto a single vehicle as well.

So far the technology is still in the testing phase and hasn’t been rolled out for vehicle use yet. Toyota decided to snap up the tech before it makes it to vehicles that are out on the road, because the automaker knows the radar is going to be a big deal soon. It could be the technology that makes autonomous driving feasible for everyone.

Even though Toyota continues to claim that autonomous driving is a ways out, and that it might not be possible at all, it’s clear that the automaker is betting big on the tech and that it has plans to make it happen as soon as possible.

It Looks Like Toyota is Releasing a New Supra at Long Last!

September 6, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

 

While there is no official statement out from Toyota just yet, there’s an overwhelming amount of evidence that an all-new Supra is being released by the automaker. Prototypes have been spied out testing on the roads around the world, and the models have also been caught track testing.

That’s really exciting news for Supra enthusiasts, or performance enthusiasts in general. The turboed up Supra’s of the 80’s were iconic and many car collectors still work hard to keep one of these vehicles in their collection.

If, like me, you’re also in love with the Toyota Supra of old, you’ll love the way that the new Supra is shaping out. Sure there aren’t any performance details about the car yet or even official photos, but the word is that the Supra is going to look much like the Toyota FT-1 concept pictured below.

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The Toyota FT-1 Concept. It’s Glorious!

If the Supra looks anything like the FT-1 concept we’re going to have a seriously beautiful car on our hands. It’s sure to be a two-door coupe, and could be the sports car that Toyota has been needing to release all along.

It’s Likely to be Powerful

There isn’t any official figures out, but the next Supra is expected to be fitted with a powerful turbo V6 that produces upwards of 400 HP. That’s a pretty stunning figure, and something that would get enthusiasts seriously excited. It’s likely the Supra will be offered in both automatic and manual flavors to appease enthusiasts.

Of course the Supra is going to be fitted with a top-end suspension and a bunch of tech goodies that Toyota is known for. Let’s just hope that the automaker knows enough to make it a performance-focused vehicle with top driving mechanics just like the Supra’s from the old days. If Toyota puts the car together properly, it could be a very big deal for the automaker.

Currently the Supra is expected to be released sometime in 2018, but Toyota hasn’t even officially announced that it’s releasing such a vehicle, so don’t get your hopes up too much, and don’t take my word as a guarantee. Anything could happen between now and then.

Prepare to be Amazed at the Lexus UX Concept

September 5, 2016 lacarguy Lexus Tags: , , ,

Lexus recently announced that it would release a new concept vehicle known as the Lexus UX Concept. This is a vehicle designed for use in heavily urban areas, so you can bet that it’s going to be compact and fuel efficient. It has a distinctly modern look to it and will likely be a highly popular SUV if it’s released to the public.

Based on Creative Design

The look and theme for the new vehicle was created at the European Design Centre and it’s supposed to show off Lexus’ bold design language, which means it will be edgy in appearance and probably showcase some exciting new features at the same time.

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Exciting Features

The concept car is said to showcase imaginative technologies while creating an immersive driver experience. That means it will show off some cool features that you haven’t seen before, some of which will make driving more exciting for the person behind the wheel.

The new concept vehicle is destined to make its appearance at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and will be put on display on September 29. It’s not the only vehicle that’s going to be shown off though, a redesigned Lexus IS will also be on display, as well as the Lexus LC and the Lexus NX Sport Edition.

The show is going to be an excellent way to see where Lexus is going with its designs and what you can expect from the next set of vehicles from the luxury automaker.