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2013년형 렉서스 GS450h

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렉서스 브랜드는 금일 아침 (현지시간 18일 오후) 미국 캘리포니아에서 개최된 세계적인 클래식카 축제인 2011 페블비치 콩쿠르 델레강스(the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance)에서 완전히 새롭게 탈바꿈한 New Generation GS350을 공개했다.


이번 2013년형 New Generation GS350의 핵심은 ‘대담하고 역동적인 스타일, 정확한 핸들링과 혁신적인 기술에 넓은 실내공간이 접목됨’이다.


렉서스 브랜드 관계자는 “이번 New Generation GS350의 개발의 초점은 강력함과 민첩성”이라고 밝혔다. 이를 위해 실제 GS 엔지니어들은 렉서스 브랜드의 수퍼카인 LFA를 참조, 새로워진 공기역학적 차체를 포함해 넓고 견조한 구조를 기반으로 완전히 새로운 플랫폼, 변속속도 개선, 독특한 엔진 사운드 및 배기음, 그리고 보다 안락한 시트받침 등 수퍼카의 일부 핵심기능을 그대로 적용, 운전자의 특성에 따른 보다 매력적인 드라이빙 경험을 제공한다.  


사다리꼴 형태의 렉서스 특유의 스핀들 (전면) 그릴이 장착된 New Generation GS350은 한치의 오차도 없이 설계된 외관으로 향후 새로운 세대의 렉서스 디자인 철학을 특징적으로 나타내며 전체 렉서스 라인업을 완전히 새로운 방향으로 이끌고 나갈 것으로 기대된다. 차체 주변의 공기의 흐름을 시각화한 외관 디자인은 LFA처럼 공기역학적 효율성을 극대화시켰다.


또한 New Generation GS는 더 넓어진 실내공간으로 앞·뒷좌석 승객에게 쾌적한 공간을 제공한다. 다양한 프리미엄급 업그레이드 사양을 적용하고 럭셔리하고 기술적인 편의사양과 감성적인 디자인 사이의 균형을 맞추기 위해 실내 하나하나에 세심한 노력을 기울였다. 또한 브레이크 시스템과 충격흡수 차체구조의 보강 외에도 수동형 및 능동형 안전시스템을 크게 개선, 운전자와 승객, 보행자 안전을 위한 렉서스 고유의 통합안전시스템의 수준을 더욱 향상 시킨 점도 돋보인다.


이와 관련 토요타 북미법인의 마크 템플린 렉서스 그룹 부사장은 “오늘날 럭셔리 중형차를 구매하고 자 하는 소비자들은 보다 매력적인 드라이빙 경험과 스타일링뿐만 아니라 보다 넓은 실내 공간을 원하고 있으며, New Generation GS는 이러한 고객의 니즈를 충족시키고도 남을 만한 만족감을 선사할 것”이라고 말했다.  


그는 “New Generation GS 350은 럭셔리하고 뛰어난 드라이빙의 역동성과 세계 최상의 기술과 성능을 신선하고 대담한 디자인으로 선보인 모델”이라며 “New Generation GS350이 렉서스 브랜드 및 중형 럭셔리 모델 부문 모두에서 핵심적인 주요 위치를 차지할 것으로 기대하고 있다”고 덧붙였다.
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렉서스 LFA 유럽형 새로운 사진들
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2011 유럽형 렉서스 IS-F 최신 사진.

Change for change’s sake is rarely worthwhile, particularly when you are dealing with such a well-defined concept as Lexus’s ultra-high performance IS F sports saloon. So it is that the new 2011 IS F differs from its predecessor in only a few well-thought-out details.

The principal change is that the mighty 417bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine has been brought in line with Euro 5 emissions standards, a task accomplished without impacting on its performance. The IS F, equipped with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission, maintains its nought to 62mph acceleration time of 4.8 seconds and 168mph (electronically limited) top speed; CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are also unaffected.

For 2010 the car’s handling and stability were enhanced with the addition of a limited slip differential; in the latest raft of engineering adjustments, the front and rear coil springs and shock absorbers have been revised to improve ride comfort. The rear suspension geometry has also been tweaked to gain greater stability under higher loads when accelerating, braking and cornering. The result is all-round advances in damping control, cornering stability and steering response.

The IS F’s high intensity discharge (HID) headlights are now paired with new LED daytime running lights, configured to echo Lexus’s signature arrowhead styling motif.

In the cabin the instrument binnacle has been redesigned, placing the tachometer and gear shift indicator in the centre of the display. New dark silver carbon fibre-style trim details have also been added.

The 2011 IS F is on sale now, price £57,105 on the road.

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2011 뉴욕모터쇼에 데뷔할 2011 렉서스 LF-Gh 하이브리드 컨셉트카로 차세대 GS의 디자인 예고편이다.

NEW YORK (April 12, 2011) – The Lexus LF-Gh hybrid concept will make its global debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets out to redefine the premium grand touring sedan, will be at the Lexus display through May 1.

“For this concept, Lexus designers studied characteristics that are often considered contradictory and difficult to execute together,” said Kengo Matsumoto, general manager, Lexus Design Division, Toyota Motor Corporation. “The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept examines the possibility of balancing what are normally opposing qualities, such as style and functionality.”
 
Working with a clean sheet of paper, Lexus Design Division designers aimed to perfectly blend style, performance, efficiency, and environmental compatibility in a premium, grand touring sedan while trying to leverage advanced, new technologies.
 
The team explored how a future grand touring sedan would look standing still and on the road, and what design approaches might work to convey an extraordinary combination of attributes. They came up with a design that unites hard and soft; and energetic and soothing elements.

Through this exercise, the definition of L-Finesse, the marque’s design philosophy since 2001, has been refined and evolved to include a bolder, more distinct projection of what a premium car could become in a modern world. The result is the LF-Gh concept, which conveys original thoughts and ideas that will migrate to future Lexus vehicles on a global scale. 
 
“Customers have been waiting for a bold concept like this from Lexus,” said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. “We look forward to their feedback and integrating some of these exciting design features into future Lexus vehicles.”
 
In The Grand Touring Tradition
With the LF-Gh, Lexus takes the idea of the grand touring sedan one step further. The LF-Gh was designed to be a high-performance concept capable of providing a moving driving experience, and comfortably transporting multiple occupants at higher speeds on long-distance drives. It combines a strong sense of presence and emotional appeal with functional attributes, supplying enhanced creature comforts plus the practical ability to transport personal supplies and luggage necessary for extended travel. Even while maintaining serene passenger comfort, it is a car designed to inspire and captivate the driver as hours behind the wheel accumulate. 
   
The bold, wide stance is consistent with the goal of inspiring dynamic excellence on the road. Fundamentally, these are the proportions of an agile, responsive sedan built on an advanced rear-wheel-drive platform. The distinctive long greenhouse design provides the potential for functional passenger benefits, such as generous interior room for all four passengers, ample cargo area, and excellent forward visibility. 

LED lighting hints at the range and scope of new materials, electronics and dynamic systems that endow this concept vehicle with state-of-the-art performance, driving control, and safety features. Overall, the LF-Gh’s styling embodies the definition of what an authentic grand touring sedan from Lexus could be.
 
Dramatic and Bold, Yet Light and Agile           
This newest Lexus concept brings together
unique, dynamic proportions that lend to its advanced and aggressive stance. The LF-Gh is based on an architecture that enables a spirited, energetic and elegant car with an uncommonly assertive presence.

Viewed from the front, design elements contributing to the assertive effect include a boldly designed spindle-shaped grille that expresses the resolute face of Lexus, contributes to radiator and brake duct function, and is an essential element in achieving excellent aerodynamic performance.  Every line in the LF-Gh combines form and function.

As an example, air flows in through front inlets adjacent to the unique vertical LED fog lamps, and exits through similar slim rear outlets that follow the curve of the tail lamps from the rear quarter panel.  The concept also explores the minimization of traditional features such as side mirrors and door handles to enhance the sleekness and improve aerodynamics.

The spindle-shaped grille, a powerful design element that contributes to the commanding presence of the LF-Gh, also plays a role in airflow control and enhancing stability. It’s a key feature that integrates distinctive style with engineering functionality without sacrifice in either discipline, and will be inherited by future Lexus models.

An athletic and strong stance is achieved through the contrast of the tapered torso and long cabin, with width-enhancing front and rear wheel arches. The form of the lower body begins from the short front overhang, and is cross cut in the middle of the rocker panel leaving the rear overhang looking light and agile.

Dynamic front fenders work to create a sense of movement, pushing down toward the ground to convey a low, crouching center of gravity. The raised hood implies ready and powerful performance potential. The rear deck has a robust, raised center deck lid that lets the air smoothly glide backward to flow gracefully into the rear fenders. Deeply sculptured dynamic twin spokes stemming from the center of the 20-inch wheels enhance an instinctive sense of driving appeal.

Lexus designers took advantage of increased width that provides an expansive canvas for distinct, wrap-around LED tail lamps. The use of distinctive tail lamps and intricately designed reflectors behind all-red lenses contribute to a strong visual presence. Judicious use of slim chrome trim elements in the bumper exhaust and integrated diffuser adds a subtle premium touch.

Unique LED headlamps and independent L-shaped LED daytime running lights assure that the Lexus face will be like no other car on the road.
 
A Gracious Interior
Behind dark tinted glass, hints of an all-new, future Lexus interior can be perceived. The cabin of the LF-Gh is the product of a meticulous re-examination of every detail, with the aim of making an interior that is driver-oriented.

The driver’s zone includes a meter panel with excellent visibility and a console with intuitive operability. An all-new analog clock with a three-dimensional face, a contemporary and exclusive timepiece suitable to a premium luxury brand, is a focal point of the interior and represents a shift in Lexus’ design philosophy.

Use of genuine, high-quality materials and rich, finely honed details help create a driver and passenger space consistent with the idea of a full-fledged grand touring sedan. It is an interior designed to respond to the needs of customers who know true quality, and are particular about details.
 
Hybrid Propulsion
Blue LED Lexus Hybrid Drive badges located on the front grille and rear trunk lid signal an intention to provide equal measures of fuel efficiency and performance on demand. The rear valance blends sculpted exhaust tips for a very clean, finished look, minimizing the presence of the exhaust system to suggest that the flow of exhaust gas will be substantially reduced. Taken as a whole, the treatment emphasizes that this hybrid concept is designed to comply with the exceptionally low emissions requirements of the future.  

The LF-Gh design supports engineering that changes current notions of power, efficiency, safety, and environmental consideration in a premium luxury car.

“Although only a concept, we hope the LF-Gh will resonate with our customers worldwide, and communicate our intention to once again advance ideas about the face of Lexus luxury in the years to come,” said Matsumoto.
 
Lexus LF-Gh Concept Specifications
Propulsion
Lexus Hybrid Drive
Length
192.5 inches
Width
73.6 inches
Height
57.1 inches
Wheelbase
112.2 inches
Tire size (Front)
P245/35R20
Tire size (Rear)
P285/30R20
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