The History of Lexus Ls400

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The History Of Lexus Ls400

The LS is a full-size luxury sedan serves as the flagship model of Four generations of the V8-powered, drive Lexus LS have produced to date. The original LS the first Lexus to be developed, in 1989. Subsequent generations of the flagship added technological luxury appointments, and safety The Lexus LS is recognized as one of the most vehicles ever built, and its is regarded among the quietest of automobiles. Each successive LS design has become the best-selling luxury sedan in the United

In 2006, Lexus launched the generation Lexus LS, offering the long wheelbase version of its model. Beginning with the model year, an all-wheel hybrid joined the line up. The new LS introduces the latest in Lexus including the first production automatic transmission, an automatic system, and on the hybrid models, the production LED headlamps in the U.S. Several different Lexus LS are sold worldwide, including long wheelbase, hybrid, and versions.

Lexus’ flagship has held the highest ranking in Power’s Vehicle Dependability for over twelve consecutive and Consumer Reports has named the LS as the dependable vehicle ever In 2007, international jurors the LS 460 as the World Car of the Year.

In August Toyota chairman Eiji initiated the F1 project (Flagship and No. 1 alternatively called the Circle-F a top secret effort aimed at a world-class luxury sedan. past Toyota efforts, the F1 was not bound by a specific budget or constraints. It also did not utilize Toyota vehicle platforms or Instead, chief engineer Suzuki sought to develop an design that would existing flagship luxury Specific targets included: a aerodynamic exterior, quieter higher top speed, and more design versus American and rivals.

To achieve their F1 engineers produced new concepts and designs, resulting in hundreds of applications. Their final would have among the drag coefficients of any production (Cd 0.29), record a quiet 58 dB of noise at a cruising speed of 62 mph km/h), and exhibit lower of vibration than rival The F1 design’s new 4.0 L V8 engine produced (190kW), had a maximum speed of 155 mph km/h), and avoided the U.S. tax.

Over a period of years, a team of over engineers, technicians, and other F1 built some 450 flagship and 900 engine prototypes. During the development process, engineers modified Toyota models for use as vehicles. Prototype F1 vehicles driven over a total of 2.7 kilometers on testing locations from winter Europe deserts in Arizona, Australia, and Arabia, to U.S. highways and areas. To ensure quality, precise manufacturing standards developed to produce higher of fit and finish in the new sedan. Toyota’s plant, a highly automated was selected as the site of production. selection tests examined types of leather and scrutinized 24 kinds of wood for use in the passenger Total costs for the project $1 billion.

By 1986, Toyota had decided to form a new luxury Lexus, to support the launch of flagship sedan. The final of the resulting Lexus LS 400 (UCF10) was in 1987 and premiered at U.S. and auto shows in 1989. the LS 400 was initially developed as a standalone for Lexus, it was ultimately sold the ES 250, an entry-level luxury car on the Toyota Camry. The first dealerships in the U.S. began of the Lexus LS and its stablemate in September Sales in Australia, Canada, and began in 1990. In its first months on sale, Lexus 11,574 LS 400 models in the U.S. sales exceeded Lexus’ and totaled 63,534 for 1990. In an equivalent, right-hand drive was sold as the Toyota Celsior Lexus’ domestic debut in Although the Lexus flagship had designed for export markets at the Toyota’s domestic sales had grown desirous for a Japanese version as the design process The resulting Celsior-badged models upgrades that were featured on the LS, such as rear air and massage seats; an advertising with Sega produced with detailed 3d models and using Dreamcast consoles.

By on the strength of the Lexus LS’ success, Lexus became the luxury import in the United The LS regularly outsold its rivals, the top-selling luxury flagship in the U.S.—a title it achieved 15 out of the 17 years since its debut. In a mid-cycle refresh was introduced to the LS, and a practice of updates was adopted for generations. In 1995, Lexus the redesigned, second generation LS 400 featuring a longer wheelbase similar styling and specifications as the model. The third generation LS 430 premiered in 2001, introducing a new design and a host of new interior and features. In 2006, Lexus in the Japanese market, signaling the end of Celsior sales. In its place, Toyota dealerships continued to the Crown Majesta, a Japanese-market which had similar dimensions as the LS 400. From 2006 all versions of the LS were exclusively under the Lexus nameplate in available market.

The fourth LS (USF40 / USF41) premiered as a concept car, the LF-Sh, in 2005, and the LS series was formally at the North American International Show in January 2006. For the time, the Lexus LS was offered in standard and long wheelbase Innovations on the new LS 460 and LS 460 L included advanced features, real-time traffic onboard infrared sensors, and luxury features than on models. The Lexus LS series of flagship sedans went on worldwide in late 2006, Lexus’ efforts to establish as a global luxury brand. The models, the LS 600h and LS 600h L / UVF46), became available in the Japan, and Europe in mid-2007. All LS continue to be exclusively produced at the Japan plant, which has received multiple automotive plant awards for quality. In its market, the United States, prices for the 2008 Lexus LS from $61,500 for the standard LS 460 to over $104,000 for the newly hybrid LS 600h L.

UCF10 I (1989)

In January the first flagship of the Lexus the LS 400 (UCF10 I), made its debut at the American International Auto Designed to compete head-to-head the luxury flagships of the leading manufacturers, the first generation LS was the first luxury sedans to power adjustable shoulder and electrochromic rear-view mirror. The cabin also featured a and leather-trimmed interior, power-adjustable seats, soft-touch controls, Optitron gauges, and the first tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel SRS airbag. The vehicle featured an double-wishbone suspension setup. options were an air suspension to raise or lower the vehicle), a premium sound system, and an cellular telephone with capabilities. Sandwich steel panels were introduced to reduce cabin noise. with a 4.0 L V8 engine and rear drive, the LS 400 could accelerate 0-60 in 7.9 seconds and featured a top of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The LS 400 the Lexus nameplate to the U.S. and markets, and won critical acclaim the press. Wheels magazine the LS 400 its Car of the Year and Car and Driver magazine it to its Ten Best list for 1990. In comparison tests, Automobile and Car and Driver both rated the LS 400 as the flagship luxury sedan competing models ranging Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. The LS 400 debuted at and it was rated as better than the $63,000 Mercedes 420SEL and the BMW 735i in terms of ride, and performance. (In some markets, it was against mid-sized six cylinder and BMW models). Reviewers found the LS 400 in comfort, engine performance, ride quality, styling, and value, while critics styling and the softer, more ride (depending on suspension The largely positive reaction similar results in other stunned the automotive industry, as a newcomer had beaten long-established at their own game.

Shortly its launch as the marque’s inaugural and vehicle, Lexus ordered a of the 8000 vehicles sold so based upon just two complaints. A dealership recalled the company didn’t run and hide, launching a sweeping operation. of asking owners to visit Lexus sent technicians to pickup, repair, and return the LS to the customer, even flying in and renting garage space for in remote locations. The general of Lexus’ U.S. operations We saw it as an opportunity to cement our relationship the customer right from the

The first generation LS was a commercial selling between 21,000 and units annually. The base for the U.S. market first LS in 1989–1990 was $35,000 with an $350 destination charge in This initial price competitors by thousands of dollars and the already well-reviewed LS 400 with an value incentive for prospective Total sales of the LS 400 exceeded units. The success of the LS 400 cost billions in revenue and was credited shifting the dynamics of the luxury In order to compete with competitors were forced to pricing and add more standard and advanced features. An estimated percent of 1989 early went to rival manufacturers, who disassembled the vehicle for analysis. In Automobile Magazine named the generation LS as one of the 24 Most Important of the 20th Century, in recognition of the the vehicle had on the automotive industry.

II (1993)

For the 1993 model the refreshed LS 400 (UCF10 II) was introduced more than 50 changes, in response to customer and dealer Some of these changes larger brake rotors, and tires, CFC-free refrigerant, body side moldings, and a grille along with a selection of colors. Adjustments made to the vehicle’s suspension and steering system to improve For the interior, passenger front an external temperature gauge, odometer, and seatbelt pretensioners added. These changes to a number of convenience and performance which the LS 400 had received in preceding By 1994, the LS 400’s U.S. price exceeded $50,000, a that had steadily risen the vehicle’s introduction. Customer for the vehicle and shifts in foreign rates contributed to the increase in

UCF20 I (1995)

A redesigned generation LS 400 (UCF20) was introduced in While the UCF20 retained the profile and contours of the original LS, ninety percent of its internal was new or redesigned. The wheelbase increased by 1.4 in. mm), resulting in more space and an additional 2.6 in. of rear legroom (66.0 mm). trunk capacity was slightly The updated 4.0 L V8 engine gave the generation LS more power and and the body design (developed by the Design Research center in the was more aerodynamic (Cd 0.28) the preceding model. The UCF20 increased sound insulation, a body structure, suspension and improved brakes. Even these upgrades, the redesigned was 209lb (95kg) lighter the original, and achieved slightly fuel economy.

The interior received a facelift and new features. dual-zone climate controls convenience while the updated center console and storage including rear cupholders, functionality. To further enhance comfort, a patented seat design, similar to the car’s featured lightweight internal springs and stabilizer bars. One of the in-dash CD changers was offered as an Safety enhancements included crumple zones, three-point at all positions, and a new collapsible steering

Reviewers concluded that the generation model stayed close to the attributes of the original. interviews further revealed although more radical were considered, Lexus opted for a traditional approach, that very few dramatic were incorporated for this LS redesign. The new model’s roomier improved ergonomics, and smooth but ride received praise. some reviewers wrote redesigned European competitors the LS in terms of road handling and of available features and options.

the UCF20 model sales not as voluminous as the original model, just over 110,000 during its six-year production But, it was still the best-selling size luxury sedan in the States. The redesigned LS 400 also a significant pricing advantage its more expensive competition, with a U.S. base of $51,680 in 1995, and reaching the range in later years.

II (1998)

For the 1998 model the revised LS 400 (UCF20 II) was introduced a new 290 hp (216 kW) VVT-i 1UZ-FE mated with a five-speed transmission. The new engine improved mph acceleration to 6.4 seconds while 30ft·lbf (41N·m) of torque. The II sported a new front fascia an increased gap between the headlights and revised headlights (with a HID slightly refined tail five spoke alloy and reshaped side mirrors for wind noise. Fuel was further increased to 19miles per US (12L/100km; 23mpg-imp) city, per US gallon (9.4L/100km; 30mpg-imp) (then-current EPA standards).

New standard features included front air bags, traction control Vehicle Stability Control, and a jam protection system. New interior included retractable rear additional wood accents on the wheel and gear selector, and a hard-disk drive based system with a concealed The HomeLink wireless control and trip computer modernized the and adaptive cruise control was an For added convenience and security, the were equipped with a delay feature which them to remain illuminated as the exited the vehicle (or if a door was ajar). Window and sunroof were also added to the control.

UCF30 I (2001)

For the LS 430 (UCF30 I) was introduced. While LS redesigns were evolutionary, the generation LS was a more thorough of the model’s exterior and interior, the vehicle’s dimensions increasing in of length and height. The UCF30 had a redesigned suspension and a new 4.3 L 3UZ-FE generating 290hp (216kW) and (434N•m) of torque. The LS 430 sported a mph acceleration time of 6.3 seconds. A new powertrain control system throttle adjustments based on speed, engine r.p.m. and position. A three-inch (76 mm) wheelbase resulted in more interior than the competing Mercedes-Benz and allowed the engine to be positioned rearward for better balance. A suspension package was offered for the time.

The restyled LS 430 was more than before (Cd 0.26; with air suspension, making it one of the aerodynamic sedans available). production standards achieved panel measurements within mm, a tenfold increase. The completely interior featured woodgrain on the dashboard and doors and an LCD touchscreen on the console, along with glove boxes, oscillating air vents, solar temperature and extra storage spaces. The seat gained dual controls and an adjustable cushion feature for added thigh Full front and rear curtain airbags provided cabin protection.

New options a customized Mark Levinson sound system, Dynamic Cruise Control, rain-sensing wipers, a DVD-based navigation Lexus Link telematics power door and trunk heated and cooled seats, and side glass. The Ultra package included these along with sonar-enabled Park Assist, semi-aniline power reclining rear with vibrating massage and controls, rear air filter ultraviolet micrometre filtration, and a cooler.

Reviewers such as and described the LS 430 as exhibiting engine performance, along useful navigation and audio Criticisms included the increased of options packages and the exterior with some reviewers a resemblance to the earlier Mercedes-Benz model. Several tests the LS 430’s features and starting differential with competitors.

In its year of sales, the third Lexus LS again became the prestige vehicle in the U.S. 31,473 units produced and in total. With continued success, the LS 430 retained this until its final year of and over 157,000 total were sold in total. for the LS 430 in the U.S. market ranged from an initial base of $55,750 to over $70,000 equipped with the Ultra package. At the high end, the LS pricing encroached on European such as the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. The sales success of the LS enabled to become the first Japanese make which could command over $50,000 premiums for its top vehicles.


The updated LS 430 (UCF30 II) was introduced in Lexus freshened the front and fascias, adding redesigned projector headlamps (which in the direction of vehicle turns), LED and different wheels. The transmission an added sixth gear. The time was shaved to 5.9 seconds (a 0.4 improvement over the UCF30 I A backup camera, Lexus System (which used radar to predict crashes), and Dynamic Laser Cruise were new options. A power and power rear sunshade, former options, became

Interior updates in the UCF30 II LS 430 the fourth generation Lexus system, Bluetooth, knee and lighted rear-seat vanity With the new SmartAccess feature, the LS detect the key fob in the owner’s pocket and the doors by touch. Individual key could also be programmed driver memory settings, the vehicle to prepare the cabin for the use of a driver. New trim selections antique walnut or golden eye maple wood trim and perforated leather.

The LS 430 was the most luxury sedan in the J.D. and Associates Initial Quality in every year of production the early and late models of series the best performing), and the recorded scorer in J.D. Vehicle Dependability Survey, few or no problems after three of ownership. In 2004 and 2005, Reports named the UCF 30 II LS 430 as the Best Car We Tested, citing independent and customer reviews.

USF40 / (2007)

Introduced at the 2006 American International Auto the redesigned 2007 LS is the first model offered in both and long wheelbase versions. The LS 460 uses the standard 116.9in. wheelbase, while the LS 460 L (USF41) a stretched 121.7in. (3091mm) Based on the LF-Sh concept and using an all-new platform, the LS 460 and LS 460 L a brand-new 4.6L 1UR-FSE V8 380 hp (283kW) and 367ft·lbf (498N•m) of The new LS also contains the world’s eight-speed automatic transmission. The housing is made from aluminum to maximize rigidity and weight. Gear changes as little as 350 ms with multiple changes possible. The car’s electronic and safety systems shown in further detail at the Motor Show in February while an all-wheel drive version, the LS 600h L, made its at the New York Auto Show in 2006. A standard wheelbase model, the LS 600h, went on in Japan and Europe in mid-2007, and an drive version of the non-hybrid LS 460 at the Moscow Motor Show in

The fourth generation Lexus is the first LS to receive the styling of Lexus’ new design direction, The design features body running the length of the car, wheel arches, arrow-shaped trim, a grille set slightly the level of the headlamps, and a smooth Additional details of the design adaptive headlamps designed to like Baccarat crystal, exhaust vents integrated the rear bumper, and L/S curve

According to Lexus, standards of were raised to higher for their new flagship. A more paint finish involves of the entire body twice by a rare treatment for production The leather on the seats and steering are buffed six times longer previously for a smoother feel. materials (such as a headliner out of ecsaine, a suede-like material by couturier Yves Saint-Laurent) are for the cabin interior.

High-tech on the new Lexus LS include a 19-speaker Levinson Reference Surround System, sonar-based Lexus Park Assist, Gracenote, and a 30 GB HDD room for 2,000 songs. The generation HDD-based Lexus system features XM NavTraffic, a traffic monitoring system dynamic rerouting (in the U.S. and systems elsewhere). Keyless with push-button start, instrument panel with TFT display, auxiliary MP3 player and a 5-position tire pressure are standard equipment.

The Advanced Guidance System feature can or reverse-park the LS into a preselected with minimal brake at the push of a button. This utilizes the backup camera and sensors. Other drive-assist include Dynamic Radar Control, which can accelerate and while monitoring traffic. a Hold button, which creeping forward motion the driver’s foot is off the brake and the Automatic Parking Brake, can engage the parking brake whenever the transmission is shifted to

Comfort and convenience features from a 16-way adjustable and cooled driver seat to a cabin with power memory seats, a cool and five powered sunshades. versions of the LS can be equipped with control features such as automobile ceiling air diffusers, air air ionisers, and four-zone climate with infrared body sensors. A special-order Executive Four-Seat Package on the LS 460 L includes a seat DVD entertainment system ceiling fold-down LCD screen, center console with a tray table, and a passenger-side and shoulder massaging ottoman A 24-hour concierge/emergency aid service, Link, is offered in North with the analogous G-Link offered in Japan. Japanese LS sedans also feature compatibility, television reception, security surveillance cameras, and cellphone access.

Safety on the latest LS include multiple standard stability/traction control (with disable button), brakes, and additional emergency features. Newly developed safety features (see making their world on the LS 460 and LS 460 L include the Driver Monitoring and the front and rear pre-crash of the Lexus Pre-Collision System. systems include facial infrared night vision, and detection faculties.

LS 460 L

The long LS 460 L was the debut vehicle of the LS series at the North American International Show. The LS 460 L sports an added 4.8 (121.9 mm) of length, affording a more capacious rear and adds more luxury and features. Exterior-wise, the LS 460 L has a similar as the LS 460, with identical in both front and rear; the passenger doors are noticeably in the stretched model. Standard include a power open/close heated steering wheel, camera, navigation system, XM in the U.S. Bluetooth, semi-aniline interior, and heated/cooled power rear seats. The LS 460 L offers the Gear Ratio Steering and the Adaptive Variable Air Suspension upgrades; the air suspension features comfort, and sport modes. to the standard wheelbase LS 460, the LS 460 L up to 250lb (110kg) of weight still matching the 0-60 of its lighter stablemate, listed at 5.4 The Executive Class Four-Seat with massaging rear is an option for chauffeured customers.

The U.S. base price for the LS 460 L was $71,715. However, from the average price paid for a LS 460 L in the was $81,988, due largely to added packages. The price premiums for the wheelbase model put the Lexus LS in the price range as its long Audi, BMW, and Jaguar for the first time.


The 2007 Lexus LS went on in Japan on September 19, 2006. It was the time the car was sold under the marque in Japan, and identified the phase of Lexus’ launch as a luxury brand. The LS 460 and LS 460 L arrived at in the United States on October 20, Sales of the LS 460 began in Europe in 2006. In early 2007, the Lexus LS reached the Middle and other Asian countries. The LS 460 in Australia in mid-2007.

The fourth LS received international media at its official launch. Among the press, Automobile Magazine the latest LS a new benchmark for the category of flagship sedans, while described the standard wheelbase (which carried a U.S. price of $61,000) as having an of perfection while not yet an equal to its with driving dynamics and suspension. later the LS 460 L for its performance and air suspension. Some such as Top Gear and Road and further described the new LS as directed towards luxurious comfort and versus sport, similar to LS models, while others that the new model exhibited performance.

The Advanced Parking System, the most attention-grabbing of the new LS, was featured on news programs as ABC’s World News Charles Gibson and Good America in the U.S. international news networks, popular shows such as The Oprah Show, and numerous print and automotive news sites. had different reactions to the feature, its utility eliciting multiple ranging from useful to depending on the parking situation and

At the 2007 New York International Show, the LS 460 received the World Car of the award, selected by automotive from twenty-two countries. The commented that the LS was “the of the Lexus brand’s ‘pursuit of

UVF45 / UVF46 (2008)

The concept vehicle for the LS 460, the featured a hybrid powertrain and drive. Lexus subsequently these technologies in production with the launch of its hybrid LS vehicles, the LS 600h and LS 600h L.

LS / LS 600h L

Lexus introduced the LS L (UVF46), the world’s first full hybrid, at the 2006 New Auto Show. The long LS 600h L is equipped with Hybrid Drive, featuring a 2UR-FSXE V8 engine mated to a electric motor with hydride battery packs. system generates an output of (327kW), comparable to V12 sedans as the BMW 760Li (which also 438hp). The LS hybrid features drive with a Torsen differential, is equipped with a continuously variable transmission along with the Adaptive Air Suspension, and achieves an environmentally-friendly Ultra Low Emission Vehicle rating. The 600h L mileage, at 20 mpg 22 highway, and 21 combined, is slightly overall than the lower-powered 460 L’s 16/24/19 mpg numbers are EPA 2008 model-year figures). In the LS 600h has been rated at (24.8mpgU.S.), the LS 460 at 11.1L/100km (21.2mpgU.S.). The features a three-mode power for control of torque output hybrid (normal), power, or modes; an additional EV mode for ultra-quiet driving under electric power. Because of the nature of its hybrid design, the LS is among the quietest sedans built. A standard wheelbase destined for Asia and Europe, the LS (UVF45), was unveiled in Japan in 2006. Sales for both were targeted at a mid-2007

The LS 600h and LS 600h L are positioned as the vehicles of the Lexus LS series, and are with the highest levels of and luxury features ever on the Lexus flagship. In addition to BMW the LS 600h L will compete the range-topping Mercedes-Benz V12 S-Class (e.g. S600), whose exceed $120,000. After its debut, the LS 600h L’s was speculated to be higher than any Lexus, and on April 6, 2007, announced that the U.S. price for the LS 600h L would be $104,000. With a price six figures, the LS 600h L elevates into the ultra-luxury stratum for the time.

Features specific to the LS include the first production LED systems in the United States of a leather-trimmed dash, two-tone additional wood trim, and climate control with body temperature sensors. A multi-link front suspension, developed for the LS 600h/LS 600h L, is while an optional Active Control system for the air suspension further stability during maneuvering. A unique black color option and differently-hued 600h, hybrid, and Lexus further distinguish the LS hybrids. The SmartAccess key fob can also be substituted a SmartAccess wallet-sized smart at just 3.35 millimeters the smart card is the world’s automobile smart key.

For 2007, Lexus announced the LS L Launch Edition for the first 100 LS sold in the U.S, sold upscale department store Marcus. By March 2007, the allocation of LS hybrids in the U.S. was sold out, with preorders placed months debut. In 2008, Lexus the trunk space in the LS hybrids by due to a redesign of the rear battery The LS hybrid’s environmental impact prompted several company and heads of state to acquire the

As of October, 2007, Lexus 6,093 LS 600h’s worldwide. the LS hybrid originally went on in July 2007, Lexus targeted 7,000 total for the year. Ward’s Auto and media outlets have that the Lexus LS 600h year’s (2007) allocation was sold out and that there was a one backorder as a result.

Advanced systems

The fourth generation LS incorporates multiple new active and safety features. The comprehensive safety feature on the Lexus LS, the Pre-Collision System (PCS), now millimeter-wavelength radar, stereo and infrared night vision to prevent accidents. This called Pre-Crash internationally, an obstacle detection and warning with the first automotive of an image processing chip of identifying vehicles, pedestrians, and markers in real time. The system provides audiovisual steering and brake support, and the seat belts. Some versions of the Lexus system offer rear sensing and can the head restraints to reduce the of whiplash injuries. With capability, PCS features the Driver and Lane Keeping Assist Emergency Steering Assist, and the and rear Pre-Crash response

The Driver Monitoring System a CCD camera placed on the steering to track driver attentiveness by eye Using infrared LED detectors, system will respond if a is imminent and the driver not paying (a warning alarm will followed by a brief automatic of the braking system). This is said to be the first of its kind. In the the Driver Monitoring System on the LS 600h L sedan.

The Lane Assist (not available on the LS due to conflict with LED headlamps) includes the Lane Departure (LDW) and Lane Keep systems. When activated, the LDW will issue an audiovisual and apply a brief corrective response when veering is detected. The LK system (activated the adaptive cruise control is will actively provide steering inputs to return the LS to its lane.


The Emergency Steering system acts to minimize roll and improve vehicle in sudden maneuvers. This reduces the steering gear and prompts the suspension to adopt settings, helping make maneuvers more stable and

The Frontal Pre-Crash system activate a warning buzzer and red lights to alert the driver if a hazard is detected in the vehicle’s If the system detects a potential the Emergency Steering Assist and assist systems will increasing effectiveness in emergency and stopping. If a collision is determined to be the seatbelt pretensioners will and the brakes will automatically to slow the vehicle.

The Rear system, the first active collision safety feature in an utilizes trunk-mounted obstacle and warning systems to react in of an emergency. In addition to driver if a rear collision is deemed sensor-equipped Pre-Crash Intelligent in the front seats will position upwards (up to 25 mm) and forwards (up to 60 mm) to the head during impact, the risk of whiplash. In the U.S. the of the rear Pre-Crash system is FCC regulatory approval.

On the fourth Lexus LS, standard active features also include controlled braking (ECB), brakes (ABS), and traction (TRAC). The stability/traction control Vehicle Dynamics Integrated (VDIM), incorporates ECB, brake force distribution; systems include Vehicle Control, Adaptive Variable and the Variable Gear Ratio systems. VDIM integrates systems to improve vehicle to driver input and prevent of control.

Passive safety include eight to ten standard (depending on model, up to eleven upgraded rear seats), detection systems, front and crumple zones, three-point with pretensioners and force and a reinforced steel body. driver and twin-chambered front airbags, full-length side airbags, front knee and Thorax-Abdomen-Pelvis (TAP) airbags are installed.

LS series variants

models based on the standard and long wheelbase (USF41) are sold worldwide. From rear-wheel drive is offered the 4.6 L gasoline powered V8, and all-wheel is featured with the 5.0 L hybrid V8. drive was added to non-hybrid for 2009 with the addition of passenger memory function. markets receive a modified 4.6 L V8 without direct injection. The (UVF45) and long wheelbase hybrid models feature a planetary-gear continuously variable (CVT).

Pebble Beach

For the model year, the LS 600h L was in a 50-unit Pebble Beach in partnership with the Pebble Company, operator of the namesake courses and resorts. These featured Pebble Beach and tags, a two-tone interior, and the of a travel or merchandise package. The edition was first shown at the Pebble Beach Concours

Neiman Marcus

Specialty store Neiman Marcus 100 individually-numbered LS 600h L Launch sedans for early 2007, only through the Neiman catalog for InCircle members. special models came in an Truffle Mica color Alabaster interior.


The LS 400 UCF20 I model was produced in a Coach edition limited to units. These models, in partnership with American manufacturer Coach Inc. Coach leather seats, emblems on the exterior and floormats, colors and added trim, and a cabin bag.

LF-Sh concept

Further Lexus LF-Sh

The Lexus concept previewed the appearance of the generation USF40/USF41 design of the LS. This concept vehicle at the 2005 Tokyo Motor The designation refers to Lexus hybrid, and the vehicle took the of a hybrid standard wheelbase model with LED headlamps.


A specialized Lexus LS 460 is in a warehouse-sized driving simulator at Higashifuji Technical Center in Japan. This vehicle is inside a 4.5 x 7.0 meter high and surrounded by a 360° projector This setup is used to the audiovisual and vibration aspects of which are then transmitted to a driver occupant dome the forward cabin of an LS 460. The dome simulates vehicle The driving simulator is used for and development of automotive safety

Further information: Lexus LS list

Reliability and quality. The LS has won the J.D. Power award for High-end Luxury Sedan 13 in a row, the most for any manufacturer, in the Vehicle Dependability Study. The LS has also been the highest-ranked sedan in J.D. Power’s Quality Survey for 10 consecutive In 2006, Consumer Reports the Lexus LS with a repeat as the most reliable vehicle in the car class, and for vehicles overall.

and security. In 2007, Auto recognized the LS 460 Pre-Collision system its 2007 Innovation Prize, that its active safety surpassed the rival Mercedes-Benz Kiplinger’s named the 2006 LS 430 as in Safety for Cars $40,000 and In 2001, UK insurance centre awarded the LS 430 with its only theft-deterrence ratings; from the LS 430 topped the What Car? Supertest with perfect 100

Advanced technology. Automotive firm TRG found that the LS 460 offered the most advanced features of any vehicle available in America. The LS has won Popular Mechanics’ Excellence and Popular Science’s and Engineering Awards. Citing its firsts, the official publication of the of Automotive Engineers (SAE) the LS 460 as 2007’s Best Engineered and named the 2007 LS 460 L its Tech Car of the Year.

Best-in-class named the LS 430’s Levinson premium sound as the Best Sound System in Over $30,000 in consecutive top 10 in 2002–2005. Car Audio and Electronics the LS ahead of its competition in the areas of navigation and ergonomics.Ward’s Auto the LS 400’s V8 engine to its 10 Best awards lists from In its 2002 luxury sedan test, Automotive Marketing Inc. found that the LS had the quietest cabin of any luxury with an idle reading of 31.1 dB in the front seat.

and loyalty. Kelley Blue gave the Lexus LS its Best to Value Award in 2001, and 2003. The LS is also a repeated Best Overall Value in the luxury class, and was R. L. Polk Polk Automotive Loyalty recipient from 2001 2005 for customer retention.

car. In 2007, the LS 460 was named Car of the Year at the North American Auto Show and was selected as the Luxury Car at the Fleet World In 2006, Kiplinger’s named the LS as the best luxury car for the sixth Consumer Reports named the LS as the luxury car in 2004, 2005, and In 1989 and 2004, the Lexus LS was as the Car and Driver best luxury Consumer Reports ranked the LS 460 L in the premium luxury category 99pts out of 100, a full ahead of the S550.

Car of the Year. The LS has been named Wheels Car of the Year, Canadian Car of the Year, Top Limousine of the Year, and Japan Car of the (won by both the original LS 400 and the generation LS 460), among awards. In 2007, the LS 460 was named the best automobile at the World Car of the (WCOTY) and International Car of the Year awards.

A Lexus LS 430 is driven by Salazar and Wayne Palmer in 3 of 24 and by Phillip Bauer in season 6.

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In early episodes of The Sopranos, Moltisanti drives a Lexus LS which in the very first is used by Tony Soprano to run a man who owes him money.

In season 4 of Ari Gold drives a Lexus LS L, and gets stopped by police for

The Lexus LS 600h L is featured in the game Test Drive

James May bought a LS 400 to convert a police car in season 11 of Top Gear.



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Toyota cars catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about cars Toyota.