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Lexus IS Overview
The Lexus IS is classed as a compact executive car and is part of the Lexus division of the Japanese automobile manufacturer, Toyota Motor Corporation. Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota. This is the entry level version for luxury cars, below the next level GS. For a car of this class, it falls short in a few of the major areas. Although it is reliable, well built and grips to the road well, it lacks in performance, drivability, it is not spacious enough inside and is very noisy.
Lexus IS History
The first generation XE10 (1998-2005) was first introduced in the Japanese market as the Toyota Altezza in 1998 and was introduced as the Lexus IS in the US and Europe in 1999 and 2000 respectively. There were compact and sedan versions available. A new design model was made available in 2000 with some new features not on the previous version such as: all leather seats and a navigation system. This vehicle lagged behind its main competitors: BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class in sales.
The second generation XE20 (2005 - present) was a total re-design, and in Japan the Toyota branding was dropped and the Lexus name adopted for these vehicles. There are a wide variety of different models of this car sold across the different markets around the world. The new L-finesse design platform was used on this vehicle and sales were greatly improved on compared with the previous version of this vehicle. In 2009 there was a makeover which affected the steering and suspension, to improve on the one currently in use. A new hardtop convertible was introduced to the range.
The engines available are: 2.0, 2.2, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 5.0L. These vehicles are not the most economical, but out of the range the 2.0 version would be most economical on fuel. In the most recent versions, the engines are V6 for all engine sizes or V8 for the 5.0 so they are going to guzzle the fuel. Take into consideration the age, fuel type and engine size when going for economy.
The first generation offered 4 and 5 speed automatic and 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes. The second generation has 6 speed manual and 6 and 8 speed automatic gearboxes. The Lexus gearbox parts page has many Lexus gearbox parts available.
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