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The History Of Lexus (From 1989 To 2019)

Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of the Toyota Motor Corporation and also Japan’s largest selling band of premium cars.
The history of Lexus could be traced back to a covert sedan project, a challenge issued by the founder, Eiji Toyoda, to create the world’s best car.

Many know little or nothing about this luxury brand of Toyota and here, we take you through the history of Lexus from 1989 to 2019

1989
Lexus was  launched with two sedans, the LS 400 and ES 250, and a commitment to pursue perfection.

A single consumer complaint launches a special service campaign, earning the brand recognition as the new standard in personalized service.

1990
Out of thousands of parties interested in a Lexus franchise, only 121 top-notch dealers are selected for Lexus’ first year of business.

1991
Lexus introduced an all-new ES 330 as well as the SC 300 and SC 300 sport coupes.

Lexus outsold both Mercedes-Benz and BMW to become the best-selling luxury import brand in the U.S.

1993
The GS 300 luxury sport sedan was introduced.

Industry-leading Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program was introduced.

1994
Completely redesigned second generation LS 400 on sale.

1995

The LX 450 luxury sport utility was announced.

1996
Lexus LX 450 and all-new ES 300 go on sale.

1997
Redesigned LS 400 featuring VVT-I was introduced.

Next-generation GS 400 and GS 300 luxury performance sedans go on sale.

1998
Lexus introduced the RX 300, which created the luxury crossover segment.

Lexus LX 470 luxury sport utility vehicle debuted.

Monthly sales surpass all luxury competitors – a first for any international automaker.

1999
One-millionth vehicle sold in the U.S.

2000
Lexus developed a second offering in the entry-luxury sedan category with the IS 300 sport sedan.

First import luxury brand sold 20,000+ vehicles in one month.

Lexus became the top-selling luxury brand in the U.S.

2001
Lexus updates its classic SC model into a hardtop convertible, the SC 430.

Fourth-generation ES 300 goes on sale.

2002
The ES 300 and RX 300 were America’s best-selling luxury car and SUV.

The GX 470 mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle was announced.

LF-S, first Lexus Future concept vehicle, unveiled in Tokyo, showcases new design philosophy.

 

2003
All-new second generation RX 330 goes on sale.

LF-X concept vehicle unveiled.

Lexus announces the RX 330 will become the first Lexus vehicle to be manufactured in North America at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) in Cambridge, Ontario facility in Canada. It is the first plant outside Japan to produce a Lexus model.

2004
Two-millionth vehicle sold in the U.S.

2005
Introduced the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle, the RX 400h.

Third-generation GS 300 and GS 430 go on sale.

All-new IS 250 and IS 350 sport sedans go on sale.

LFA super-premium two-seat GT sports car concept revealed in Detroit

LF-Sh concept vehicle revealed in Tokyo.

Lexus-badged vehicles sold in Japan for the first time.

2006
Lexus’ second hybrid offering and industry’s first luxury hybrid sport sedan, GS 450h, goes on sale.

ES 350, LS 460 and LS 460 L goes on sale.

2007
Lexus Pursuit of Potential philanthropic program launches

Premium hybrid sedan, the world’s first full V8 hybrid vehicle, the LS 600hL goes on sale.

F SPORT performance parts line launches at SEMA.

2008
All-new LX 570 goes on sale.

Powered by a 416-hp V8 engine the Lexus IS F high-performance sedan was the most uncharacteristic car Lexus had ever built, demonstrating Lexus could make a car for high-performance enthusiasts.

Winner of the first Lexus Eco Challenge announced.

2009
Lexus introduces the all-new RX 350 and RX 450h luxury utility vehicles, reinventing the vehicle that invented it all.

The all-new IS 350C and IS 250C hard-top convertibles go on sale.

Second-generation RX 450h goes on sale.

More than 1 million RX vehicles have been sold in the U.S., making it the most successful luxury utility vehicle.

HS 250h, the world’s first hybrid-only luxury vehicle goes on sale.

All-new second generation GS 460 goes on sale.

LF-Ch premium compact hybrid concept makes North American debut.

Lexus’ 20th anniversary.

2010
World premiere of the CT 200h, premium compact hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show.

2011
First LFA production vehicle arrives in the United States. Only 500 hand-assembled LFA’s planned for production.

CT200h, Lexus’ fifth hybrid vehicles, goes on sale.

Lexus debuts new look of Lexus at the world premiere of the GS 350 at Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance

World premiere of GS 350 F SPORT in Las Vegas.

2012
World premiere of LF-LC concept vehicle in Detroit.

LF-LC is named best concept car in the annual EyesOn Design Awards at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Fourth-generation GS 350 and GS 450h went on sale, completely redesigned, inside and out, and features the brands’ new design philosophy, with styling cues such as a distinctive new front grill, that will be seen on all future Lexus vehicles.

Lexus debuts first-ever Super Bowl commercial for Super Bowl XLVI.

World-premiere of redesigned LS, including the first-ever LS 460 F SPORT, debuts at the “Lexus Laws of Attraction” exhibit in San Francisco. LS models go on sale.

Sixth generation ES 350 and first-ever ES 300h hybrid sedan go on sale.

Final Lexus LFA was built on December 14, 2012, ending the 500 unit run of the supercar.

2013
World premiere of the third-generation IS sport sedan.

Lexus announces the selection of 12 winners for the 1st Lexus Design Award, an international design competition that targets next generation innovators around the world.

2014
World premiere of the RC F performance coupe at North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

World premiere of the all-new NX 200t and NX 300h at Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

2015
World premiere of the GS F performance sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

World premiere of the fourth-generation RX at the New York International Auto Show.

Production of the ES 350 starts at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), the first U.S. built Lexus.

2016
World premiere of LC 500 luxury coupe at North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

World premiere of LC 500h luxury hybrid coupe at Geneva Motor Show.

First Lexus Plus Dealerships launches with negotiation-free pricing and single point of contact

2017
World premiere of all-new fifth-generation LS 500 flagship sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

World premiere of all-new LS 500h at Geneva Motor Show.

Lexus Sport Yacht concept revealed in Miami.

First-ever three-row RX 350L and RX 350hL revealed at the L.A. Auto Show.

New two-row LX 570 revealed at the L.A. Auto Show.

2018
World premiere of LF 1 Limitless concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

World premiere of UX compact luxury crossover at Geneva Motor Show.

World premiere of seventh-generation ES luxury sedan at Beijing Motor Show.

Lexus LY 650 Luxury Yacht revealed.

Intersect by Lexus opens third global location in New York City.

2019
First RC F Track Edition introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ten Millionth Vehicle sold.

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