In Japan, few people know that Lexus is putting a lot of luxury cars on the road.
That's because Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, doesn't produce its models for the Japanese market. In this segment, the Japanese prefer European cars. So Lexus concentrates on American and European driving enthusiasts. The IS 250C is a convertible that, thanks to its hard top, can be driven year round. Drive it! puts the sleek machine through its paces.
Test it: Volvo V60 Ocean Race | drive it!
Volvo has brought out its Ocean Race special edition to mark the legendary round the world yacht race.The Volvo Ocean Race is the hardest and longest ocean regatta in the world. It takes competitors on a 45 thousand kilometer journey around the world. It combines high class paint finish with leather upholstery to convey a message of passion and adventure. The stitching in the interior is reminiscent of sails. The special edition car comes in V60 and V70 station wagon models as well as the SUV models XC60 and XC70. Drive it! tests the V60 Ocean Race.
Test it! The BMW 5-series GT | drive it
The BMW 5-series Gran Turismo was a real eye-catcher at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in 2009, and it is still getting looks now.From a technical standpoint, the luxury hatchback's design has been derived from BMW's 5- and 7-series, but it still has distinguished looks that catch the eye. The world had never seen a BMW 5-series like this one. It was the first BMW model to have side windows without frames. A spacious interior means that the car is very comfortable, and the back seats can even be moved as much as 10 centimeters. The hatchback opens in two different ways, depending on what must go into it. Drive it! took this little diesel, the 530d, out for a spin.
test it! The Lexus IS 250 | drive it
The Lexus IS 250 is supposed to give the Audi A4, the BMW 3-series and the Mercedes C-class a run for their money on the European market. Lexus is using the IS 250 to succeed on the old continent, particularly in Germany. It offers a choice between diesel and gasoline engines.At 208 horsepower, the IS 2.5 liter, V6 gasoline model with an automatic transmission can take the car from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 8.4 seconds. The car also has a maximum speed of 230 kilometers an hour. Direct fuel injection and variable intake and Exhaust valve control are supposed to make the Lexus more economical. drive it! tested the Lexus IS 250 to find out if local manufacturers have anything to fear
test it! Lexus CT 200h | drive it!
The Japanese Lexus models have become big hits in Europe and the USA. The Lexus CT 200h is the first hybrid premium compact car. It has four driving modes including purely electric.It only has a range of under 2 kilometres but a regenerative braking system converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and recharges the battery. The car automatically switches to the electric mode whenever possible. The manufacturer says the car uses 3.8 litres of gasoline over 100 kilometres.
2012 Lexus IS 250 C Convertible Car Review
http://www.autobytel.com/lexus/is-250c/2012/ The 2012 Lexus IS 250C is an entry-level convertible luxury car that has a base price of $41,190. The IS 250C features a power retractable folding hard-top that can open and close in seconds with the touch of a button. The 2012 Lexus IS 250C is powered by a 2.5 liter V-6 engine that makes 204 horsepower and 185 lb-ft. of torque. What's great about the IS250 Convertible is that the car gets 21 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.
The 2012 Lexus IS 250C is a great choice if you are in the market for an entry-level luxury convertible. There are a few other cars in this segment but the Lexus has the best styling of the bunch.
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2012 Volvo C70 Inscription Polestar Test Drive & Convertible Car Review
http://www.autobytel.com/volvo/c70/2012/ The 2012 Volvo C70 is the only convertible in the auto manufacturer's line-up. While the Swedish automaker Volvo is best known for creating safe cars, one thing they have shown with the 2012 Volvo C70 hard top convertible is that the Scandinavians also know how to have fun. The C70 blends the styling of a two door coupe with the experience of an open air sports car aimed at those individuals that are looking for more than mere transportation and expect a certain level of luxury and elegance from their new purchase.
The C70 is powered by a 2.5 Liter turbocharged five cylinder engine that produces 227 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque in stock trim and returns an EPA estimated 18 MPG around town and as much as 28 MPG on the highway starting at $40,450. However Volvo also offers an Inscription model, starting at $44,350, that upgrades not only the Volvo's output but also adds to the look and feel of the luxury drop top.
Starting off with a simple ECU retune, the Swedish racers over at Polestar were able to extract a total of 250 HP and 273 lb-ft of torque from the C70 without voiding the warranty or burning any extra MPG. On the outside the C70 Inscription wears a set of 18 inch high gloss wheels to match the brilliant new front grill and receives a set of LED daytime running lights. On the inside, occupants are greeted with a leather wrapped dash and matching instrument panel complete with unique interior accent stitching as well as a sport steering wheel with aluminum insert and a pair of sport pedals to finish off the C70's transformation.
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2011 Infiniti G37 Convertible Hardtop, Walkaround
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* Retractable hardtop - like having 2 cars for price of 1
* One button top operation
* Personal headrest speakers - great sound with top down
* Very responsive steering and handling
* Minimal cowl shake
* Very quiet with top up and top down with windows up
* Performance tires makes ride harsh
* Minimal trunk space
* Little rear seat legroom
Full Review: 2008 Lexus IS 250 V6 (HD)
2008 Lexus IS 250 V6
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2011 Lexus IS 350C - AutoTrader New Car Review
The Lexus IS 350C hardtop convertible offers a balance of luxury, sportiness and comfort to compete with the popular BMW 3-Series.
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Lexus IS review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/lexus/is/saloon/review
The current Lexus IS is renowned for its reliability and build quality. And while there's much to admire, it falls short of its German rivals in a number of ways. For a start there are only three engines: one diesel and a pair of thirsty petrol units. It's quite cramped in the cabin and the interior design lacks sparkle. However, owners constantly rave about its comfort and Lexus' dealer service. The high-performance IS F is a high-revving alternative to the BMW M3.
2008 Lexus IS250 AWD Walkaround, Exhaust, Review, Test Drive
Nice car, but enthusiast need to choose the IS350 if they want a true sports sedan.
"Athletic poise, impressive build quality and plenty of luxury features put the 2008 Lexus IS 250 high on our list of entry-level luxury sport sedans."