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Lexus unveils next-generation GS 350 in Calif

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Lexus on Friday held the world premiere unveiling of the next-generation GS 350 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The all-new GS 350, due for launch in early 2012 - and with GS hybrid and GS F-Sport versions also in the pipeline, is a pioneer characterizing the future of Lexus.

The fundamental requirement of the GS1 is to provide a refined and spacious atmosphere for comfortable travel at any speed over any distance. The new GS 350 more than satisfies this requirement, with rapidly evolved performance and state-of-the-art technologies that further define the pleasure of ownership, the joy of driving and the feeling of luxury that resonates through the senses.

The signature spindle grille, with trapezoidal contours evolved from current Lexus styling, features the fusion of the Lexus-unique inverted trapezoidal upper grille and a trapezoidal lower grille with a functionally integrated brake-cooling duct. This distinctive new front represents the future direction of Lexus front-end design.

The GS 350 marks the third major Lexus evolution following the LFA and the CT 200h. Not only does the GS 350's excellent handling and agility take driving performance to a new level, the peace of mind and joy of driving that it offers truly embodies the essence of a new generation of Lexus vehicles.

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Article saids: "Not only does the GS 350’s excellent handling and agility take driving performance to a new level",

What new level? Maybe a low level. Why don't Lexus GS350 compare head on with BMW 335i and see how far back Lexus is. Lexus can not make a drastic styling change that is original looking. This car is so crappy looking generic and boring design. The front end and interior is copy of Audi A4, the back end is the copy of VW Passat. The side looks so similar to all Hyundai Sonata. They use the same old motor. Al least Lexus could've had optional AWD. They call it Lexus evolution, which is a snail revolution that is copied from all other leading manufacture. How disappointing.

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No japanese company can design a car, they all copy from Eropean cars, that is something everyone knows, the real japanese car design are those square shoes box with 4 tire looking card make by all.

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Wow, this is a car all my friends are talking about. This is my dream car. How much is it selling for?

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Lexus is just great marketing - an over-priced, re-badged Toyota car with a bunch of bolt-on goodies. Kudos to whoever wrote those four paragraphs of pure unadulterated spin...

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Lexus is just great marketing - an over-priced, re-badged Toyota car with a bunch of bolt-on goodies.

True, you could get a premium model Mark X and add on practically all the options you can think of, and the price will come out to be about the same as the base model of the GS350. They use the same parts, so why not?

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Lexus are way ahead of BMW, there was even an article about it on this very website just the other day. The negative comments here are by people who actually don't know very much.

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Lexus are way ahead of BMW

Way ahead in what way, exactly?

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Lexus is consistently at or near the top in customer satisfaction polls, and according to Wiki, is responsible for a disproportionate share of Toyota's earnings. Perhaps a few posters here are talking out of their a**es.

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A servey in the UK this week discussing the 10 most reliable brands and least reliable, found the top 7 to all be Japanese brands including Lexus. Whilst Mercedes was in the bottom 10. BMW made neither list.

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The_TrueAug. 20, 2011 - 09:57AM JST

No japanese company can design a car, they all copy from Eropean cars, that is something everyone knows...

Maybe in the case of most Toyota's and Mitsubishi's, but I don't agree with your opinion regarding other J-brands.

Besides, do you think Toyota is trying to be unique in design??? That would kill their numbers. It all comes down to finding the balance between quality (which includes safety), cost, and design that the majority of the market is looking for. That's what sells, and that's why Toyotas sell. Toyota isn't in the automotive market to please people that are looking for unique design, and that includes Lexus buyers.

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Just so people don't misinterpret my post, I have no problem with Lexus cars (don't own one, though have driven one). Personally I prefer the design of Euro cars, but weighed against reliability, Lexus ultimately comes out ahead.

Still, I'd consider a Mark X or Crown Athlete, or even a Harrier (which is essentially the same car as the RX350) with the "less prestigious" Toyota mark over a Lexus, where you are paying a premium just for the brand name.

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For the Lexus fanboys who can't stand a little criticism of the brand, you do at least know/admit they share the same parts as their Toyota siblings don't you? Just like Audi uses VW parts and engines on its cars.

So my question is, what "extra" are you getting by paying quite a large premium for the Lexus brand? I don't think Lexus is any "more" reliable than other Toyotas in the same class. Like I posted earlier, you could get a fully decked out Mark X Premium L package complete with leather seats, radar cruise control, sunroof etc. all for the same price as a base grade IS250 that has none of those.

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papasmurf - You seem to have a sore spot for Lexus for some reason. If you want to call me a "fanboy" simply for correcting sfjp330's very incorrect post about the quality of the car, go ahead. Fact is, I have only a passing interest in them.

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hoserfella, I wasn't directing my post at you directly, or even indirectly for that matter. I was actually commenting on the thumbs down a few people seemed to be giving to anyone for daring to say that Lexus is perhaps not the best brand in the world. For reliability, yes, I'd say Lexus wins hands down over anything European. For exterior design and driver experience, I personally find European cars the better ride (though my experience is limited to BMWs, Minis and a Jaguar a few years ago - hardly extensive ), but that is my personal preference.

My beef with Lexus, which is more of a personal observation than a beef, is I just honestly don't understand the premium you are paying over a regular Toyota, considering parts, quality and engines are not all that different. It is not a so much a criticism of Lexus, rather praise for the regular Toyotas. Sorry it is coming across as me being anti-Lexus.

Now if you'll excuse me it's time to take my Subie for a spin to the supermarket : )

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hoserfellaAug. 21, 2011 - 05:35PM JST. simply for correcting sfjp330's very incorrect post about the quality of the car, go ahead. Fact is, I have only a passing interest in them.

Toyota is a very good quality car. However, the Lexus GS350 uses same platform, front suspension, same Camry V6 motor, same transmission. This is nothing more than a freeway cruiser with the lousy platform that is not set up like the European counterpart. This is actually a carry over with the cosmetic change. GS350 is nothing but a overprice crap. Why don't you compare with Audi S4, BMW335i which has about the same weight and price range. Audi S4 0-60 performance at 4.4 seconds, BMW less than 5 seconds. Lexus close to 6 seconds? These cars are connected to the road. The handling is a crap for GS350. When you pay this much money, the substance has to follow, and this Lexus GS350 is nothing more than a upgrade Camry V6. Other Japanese manufacturer, such as Nissan with G37 or Acura TL is much better buy than GS350.

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