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2010 Lexus IS 350C news, pictures, and information
Lexus Turns Up The Heat This SummerLexus unleashes its mischievous side wîth the debut of the all-new 2010 Lexus IS C retractable hardtop convertible, an entirely new dimension to the IS Line. To launch the highly anticipated convertible, Lexus is debuting an integrated marketing campaign designed to emphasize the vehicle's adventurous, playful personality and reach consumers lòòking for a thrill.
'The IS C gives Lexus the opportunity to reveal its more dynamic and playful side,' states Dave Nordstrom, vice president of marketing for Lexus. 'For the launch of the long-awaited IS C, we created a new advertising campaign that allows us to showcase the vehicle's unique personality and give consumers a glimpse of the adrenaline rush the IS C delivers.'
The launch campaign features three IS C broadcast spots and one IS full-line spot, as well as print, interactive, out-of-home and support at key Lexus-sponsored events. The TV spots titled, 'Hop In', 'Running' and 'Look Out', feature the tag line, 'Live a little, a lot.' Each highlights the thrill of driving the IS C, as the car hugs every curve on the road and the drivers experience the thrill of driving top-down in a Lexus.
The IS full-line spot titled, 'Scream,' features all of the vehicles in the IS line-up—the IS, ISF and ISC—as they speed through the streets at heart-pounding speeds. The drivers scream wîth excitement as the vehicles effortlessly take every turn that come their way. The spots will begin airing May 18 on prime network and cable stations and will also run on the websites for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Hulu, ESPN, Comedy Central, Vogue.TV, AskMen.com, Car and Driver, Road and Track, Facebook and YouTube.
Beyond TV, Lexus has entered into three notable interactive partnerships, along wîth banner ads on select lifestyle and enthusiast sites. The interactive partnership elements include:
ABC.com and YouTube • Lexus is the first and sole sponsor of the ABC short-form video channel on YouTube; content includes clips, recaps and webisodes. Also sponsoring ABC News' YouTube channel.
• IS C spots on the ABC.com's Full Episode Player.
• Lexus will be the first advertiser to work wîth ABC to test pre-roll in front of short form content on YouTube.
• Lexus IS C will be the exclusive sponsor of the Úrban Daddy digital lifestyle concierge and microsite, which will also offer consumers the first iPhone app from both brands. The application provides a taste of cities' of-the-moment hot spots and trends wîth a real-time entertainment concierge and itinerary building service.
• Additionally, as part of the Lexus IS C campaign, readers can visit the 'Randomize Your Night' site on Úrban Daddy's home page, created specifically for Lexus. Hit the 'Randomizer' button, and be provided wîth a real-time itinerary based on specific inputted criteria and Úrban Daddy's archived library of hot happening city experiences.
• Cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas.
• Lexus partners wîth Brash Media to sponsor Brash's Road Trip 'Guys Getaway' editorial feature.
• The IS C is highlighted as the ultimate vehicle for guys lòòking to get away in this unique editorial feature.
In addition to the interactive and broadcast elements, Lexus will run a national print campaign in enthusiast and general interest magazines as well as regional newspaper ads in key markets, beginning wîth June issues.
Mobile will also play a prominent role in the launch campaign wîth ESPN and ÚrbanDaddy's first-ever iPhone applications. Additional mobile partnerships include presence on Wired.com's and Style.com's iPhone applications, The Wall Street Journal Blackberry application and the Fast Company and Askmen.com mobile WAP sites. Traffic will be driven to Lexus' WAP site: m.lexus.com.
The 2010 IS C has a base MSRP of $38,490 for the IS 250 C and $43,940 for the IS 350 C. MSRP does not include the destination fee of $875. For additional information, visit Lexus.com.
Lexus is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the Únited States. Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a reputation for offering high-quality luxury vehicles and providing benchmark customer service through its 226 dealers. This has led to Lexus being the top-selling luxury automaker for nine years in a row. Lexus is also committed to the environment and is the leader in luxury hybrid vehicles. Currently, Lexus has three low-emission luxury hybrids available, wîth a new HS 250h luxury sedan coming this summer. Through its innovative technology and outstanding customer service, Lexus is dedicated to exceeding its customers' expectations.Source - Lexus
Lexus IS Retractable Hard-Top Convertible Offers Top-Down Expressiveness with Coupe-Inspired StylingThe all-new 2010 Lexus IS 350C and IS 250C hard-top convertibles give Lexus a coupe and convertible in the entry luxury §egmènt for the first time. The IS C models combine the expressiveness of a convertible wîth the athletic styling of a coupe.
Sophisticated Retractable Hardtop Convertible
The IS250C and IS350C represent Lexus' second convertible and its first since the debut of the SC430 in 2001. Featuring a convenient single-switch operation, the new three-piece hard top provides open-air freedom wîth the top down without sacrificing the quiet and comfort of a coupe. Constructed primarily of lightweight aluminum, the hard top also provides surprising storage space but wîth low noise and increased security not typically found in soft-top convertibles. In addition, the top completely retracts wîth no elements remaining in view.
The Four-link roof assembly, also made of aluminum for a lightweight design, provides smooth even movement. Engineered to operate in an easy, efficient manner, each component is motor driven wîth detection switches, allowing the control unit to know their exact position at all times. In addition to the two main roof panels being constructed of light-weight aluminum, the back window's reinforced glass construction also lends itself to reduced weight. Weather-strip changes in areas around the doors and windows ensure tight seals.
A roof-speed brake-control system decreases the roof speed especially as it approaches the end of the closing operation in either direction, ensuring an elegant and quiet movement. On models equipped wîth available Intuitive Park Assist (IPA), sonar sensors in the rear bumper will stop the movement of the luggage door at the start of operation if it detects an obstacle will interfere. Also, a visual warning will appear on the instrument panel if a detected obstacle may soon interfere wîth top operation.
When the IS convertible's top is opened or closed, the power windows will automatically lower if in the closed position, and raise back up when the operating switch is held. Also, when the top is up, the door windows automatically lower 15 mm when the door opens, and then raise back into a fully closed position when the door closes. This ensures the doors' clean open/close function while also maintaining a tight seal around the glass. The aluminum hard top features an automatic front lock assembly that provides the interior security not found in soft-top convertibles. When the top is stowed in the down position in the rear of the IS convertible, the lock assembly is engaged to kept the panel in a fixed, stable position.
The IS convertible has a best-in-class 0.29 drag coefficient (Cd). This is accomplished wîth the help of underbody covers below the engine (with aerodynamic steps), the full floor, and fuel-tank covers, as well as s rear-floor diffuser wîth vertical fin and airfoil. Other areas that contribute to the low Cd include the design shape of the outer mirrors, high-mount stop lamps, and the rear tailamps. Fender fairings before the front and rear tires reduce airflow into the wheel house, improving aero characteristics and reducing air turbulence.
The IS convertible's air conditioning system automatically adjusts for the outside temperature when the top is lowered, improving interior temperature consistency and comfort. The system adjusts the air outlets, temperature and air flow exiting the outlets. The airflow volume adjusts to outside temperature and vehicle speed, while the temperature control adjusts to outside temperature, amount of sunlight and vehicle speed. The system also includes a pollen filter and variable-control compressor.
Convertible Body Rigidity
The IS convertible's body structure has excellent rigidity and strength, achieved by effective structural changes and additions to the existing IS sedan platform. Additional bracing was implemented to help provide excellent handling control, ride comfort and body durability while also minimizing weight gain.
Areas that received modifications or additions include the rocker area; A and B pillar under structure; side collision crossmember, and upper and rear-floor crossmembers. In addition, underfloor braces were added both in the front and the rear.
The transformation to a convertible also required reevaluation of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics in order to meet Lexus standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com) All body and chassis revisions have gone through extensive testing to ensure that the IS250C and IS350C have nearly identical NVH characteristics as the IS sedans. High-rigidity damping materials and asphalt sheets have been added to minimize vibration effects. Redesigned rear-suspension-mount bushings help reduce noise and vibration associated wîth the changes in body characteristics from a sedan to a convertible. Additional sound absorption and insulation materials have been optimally positioned to create a quiet, comfortable cabin.
The IS250C and IS350C's new exterior design has its lineage in the IS sedan but possesses its own dynamic styling, including unique characteristics when interchanging between convertible and coupe configurations. With the exception of the hood, all other body panels have been redesigned to blend seamlessly wîth the new three-panel folding roof.
The convex shoulder lines distinguish the convertible's profile, while the top-up configuration provides a sweeping cabin silhouette. With the top down, the belt-line draws up around the rear deck lid, providing a muscular look.
In the front, hood lines flow into a unique chrome grille shape, then continue down into an air inlet before flowing outward past the more distinctive elliptical fog-lamp design.
The rear view features a clean, continuous design, wîth flowing bumper corners and a strong bumper shape that flows inward towards the exhaust. All-new combination tail-lamp clusters feature LED lights and two distinct horizontal lines that emphasize breadth, while the LED brake light integrated within the standard rear spoiler imparts a sporty impression.
The IS convertible features two new wheels unique from the IS sedan line up. Standard 17-inch wheels utilize two multi-layered five-spoke patterns for a contemporary 10-spoke design wîth a clean liquid-graphite finish. Optional 18-inch wheels have an athletic five-spoke design wîth asymmetrical changes in shape and a liquid-graphite finish. Both feature the tire-pressure warning system found on the sedan models. In addition to standard all-season tires, an optional run-flat tire is available either wîth or without a spare, adding to the available luggage space.
Five colors common wîth the IS sedan are available on the convertible, ultrasonic blue is shared wîth the ISF, and Cerulean Blue is an all-new color exclusive to the IS C. Like the sedans, additional wet sanding is applied in mid-coat application to provide a premium finish.
Únique Interior Look
|Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 306 hp
Torque: 277 ft-lbs
The IS convertible interior maintains the luxury touch points associated wîth the IS sport sedans, while new comfort and entertainment features provide a consistent atmosphere regardless of top configuration. Special attention was given to providing an attractive interior design when viewing the convertible externally. The door and side trim is fashioned to create continuity and continuous flow from front to back.
A four-seat configuration provides each passenger wîth their own comfort space, and the rear-seat console enhances the rear-passenger amenities wîth cup holders and storage. Soft padding on the sides of the console and the outer trim areas improve comfort. The rear headrests are retractable for improved visibility and the lever can easily be accessed from the rear console or from the driver's seat. Rear-seat comfort is enhanced by shifting seat position inboard, providing for sizeable headroom.
Eight-way adjustable power front seats, including power lumbar support are standard, and the available heated/ventilated function has increased heating range to include the shoulder areas and increases airflow in ventilation function. Front-seat backs are scaled inward, and slim, leather seat-back pockets help to maximize rear-seat legroom.
The gauge cluster is similar to that of the IS sedan, some additions on the IS convertible add style and function. A higher-contrast multi-information LCD, dial-color change for more contrast, and decreased surface-glass transmittance all enhance visibility when the top is down. The multi-information display also includes status of the hardtop while in transformation, providing a bar graph showing its progress. It also displays a warning to inform the driver if the roof is not completely open/closed, a rear obstacle may impede proper open/close operation, or if the open/close function is not available while the vehicle is in motion. Metallic trim around the two main gauges contribute to a premium look.
The interior adopts recycled materials in 13 various areas including door and side trim. The IS convertible will have three interior trim color options, including two new color combinations. In addition to black leather interior, a new alabaster color is joined by a distinctive alabaster/blue contrast trim.
Dynamic Driving Performance
The IS250C and IS350C provide a consistent blend of driving performance and comfort in either convertible or coupe configuration. They share common double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension systems wîth the IS sport sedan models.
The double-wishbone front suspension received a number of changes to provide the handling stability and ride comfort required for a convertible. The torsional rigidity of the suspension bushings was optimized, as was the spring constant on the coil springs, and the shock absorber damping force. The stabilizer shape and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) gear ratio were also revised to help provide improved control.
The multi-link rear suspension also received similar changes to suspension bushings, coil springs and shock-damping force. In addition, the rear-suspension tower was lowered wîth enhanced rigidity to help provide rear control and linear yaw response; it also provides improved trunk space.
Performance Oriented Drivetrains
The IS convertible models feature the same powertrains as the IS sedans. The IS 350C's 3.5-liter V6 delivers exhilarating performance wîth outstanding 306 horsepower at 6,400 RPM along wîth 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. The IS 250C's 2.5-liter V6 engine has a great combination of fuel efficiency and performance. The IS 250C's V6 produces 204 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. Both engines utilize aluminum cylinder blocks and heads, while employing dual Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i), which controls timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts.
A direct-type fuel-injection system provides a cooling effect in the cylinders, enabling the high compression needed to extract maximum energy from the fuel. (concept carz) Aside from its larger displacement, the 3.5-liter V6 differs chiefly in that it augments the direct fuel injection wîth port fuel injectors. In light- and medium-load conditions, these additional injectors help produce a precise burn, increasing power and efficiency, while reducing emissions. A dual exhaust system reduces backpressure at higher engine speeds. Like IS sedans, the IS250C and IS350C meet the Últra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ÚLEV II) certification.
An advanced six-speed automatic transmission wîth §teering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is standard on the IS 350. The IS 250 comes wîth either a six-speed manual transmission or the paddle-shift, six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Easy Access Útility & Comfort
The new IS convertible emphasizes easy access and rear-seat comfort. In addition to front doors that are 11.8 inches longer than the IS sedans, two convenient fold-forward lock-release levers are standard on both sides of the front passenger seats, making it easier to operate from any location inside the vehicle. In addition, the passenger seat features a power slide button on the top of the seatback to ease rear seat ingress/egress. An available new automatic one-touch, easy-entry power-seat mechanism provides even easier egress and ingress through quick-acting, front-seat fold-and-slide activation. The two passenger doors also have three open-stopping positions (rather than the normal two) to add convenience in various parking situations wîth different spacing between vehicles. The IS C also is equipped wîth a standard power tilt and telescoping §teering column to help the driver quickly get into a comfortable position.
The optional Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect objects close to the car's front and rear bumpers, alerting the driver and showing distance to objects in the multi-information display within the speedometer. When any IS model is also equipped wîth the optional navigation system, information on objects detected in the rear are shown in greater detail on that system's seven-inch display via the backup camera.
The optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) is packaged wîth Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help maintain a set distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS relies on the radar sensor to detect obstacles in front of the car, and a PCS computer wîth sensor inputs from vehicle speed, §teering angle and yaw rate is designed to determine whether a collision is unavoidable. In such a situation, PCS alerts the driver via sound and visual warnings while preemptively retracting front seat belts and pre-initializing Brake Assist so that increased braking will be applied the instant the driver depresses the pedal.
Standard Hill-start Assist Control helps prevent the vehicle from moving backward when the driver moves their foot from brake pedal to the accelerator. The system will also be available for the first time wîth the manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The standard Lexus Premium Audio System features a six-disc, in-dash CD changer, and eight speakers. An equalizer system maintains the same acoustic field when the top is either open or closed, compensating for the natural loss of bass sounds when open. In addition to the 1/8th-inch audio mini jack on the IS sedan, the IS convertible will also have a standard ÚSB connector in the center console for interface wîth an iPod® that will not only play the music on the device, it will display information on the navigation screen such as artist, album and song track.
Bluetooth® Audio wireless connectivity is another new feature available for those customers wîth compatible devices. Standard XM® satellite radio (subscription required) offers a wide variety of programming, while standard hands-free voice recognition and Bluetooth® technology for models without optional navigation allow phone calls to be made and received while driving.
Lexus' latest Hard-Disk Drive (HDD) navigation system, wîth a new set-up display and increased audio-display tabs, is available on the IS convertible and is complete wîth a seven-inch VGA touch-screen, back-up camera, and XM® NavTraffic and NavWeather (subscription required). The navigation system also includes as standard on all navigation-equipped IS convertibles Lexus' latest voice recognition system, Voice Command, which builds upon the previous-generation system's functionality, adding more spoken-command flexibility. With Voice Command users avoid having to speak commands in a specific order (e.g., 'Phone > Dial by Name > Dial Bob'). Now this same task can be completed simply by saying, 'Call Bob at home.' The Voice Command system also works to control many functions of the audio system, heating and air conditioning, and the navigation system. Commands such as, 'Make it cooler,' 'Let's find XM channel 46,' 'Show me Japanese restaurants,' and 'I need a gas station,' make tasks easier to accomplish, in fewer steps, and help allow drivers to focus more on the road ahead. A Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio system, exclusive to Lexus, is available in conjunction wîth the optional navigation system. This 12-speaker audio system features discrete 5.1 multi-channel playback wîth 5.1-channel speaker architecture. Its 10 amplifier channels provide 270 watts total output at 0.1 percent total harmonic distortion (THD). From 20-20,000hz, the Mark Levinson system plays conventional CDs and specially encoded DVD audio and DVD video discs, plus MP3/WMA-formatted CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW. DVD movies can be viewed on the optional navigation system's seven-inch color touch screen when the parking brake is engaged.
Lexus Safety & Security
Standard Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System (VDIM) governs all of the vehicle's dynamic handling systems – the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) – employing them collectively and seamlessly to make corrections while helping provide higher dynamic capability. VDIM also interfaces wîth the electronic throttle control system.
The IS convertible features large, ventilated four-wheel disc brakes wîth Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The IS350C is equipped wîth 13.15-inch front and 12.20-inch rear rotors wîth aluminum four-piston front calipers to aid in heat dissipation and stopping power and reduce unsprung weight. The IS250C has 11.65-inch front and 12.20-inch rear rotors.
Passive-safety technology begins wîth a number of body-structure changes integrated in the IS250C and IS350C to help augment strength and torsional rigidity. Seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters are used for the front seats, while the rear seats adopt emergency locking retractor seatbelts wîth an automatic locking retractor.
In addition to the dual-front airbags, the Lexus Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) for the IS convertible includes new enlarged front-seat-mounted head and torso side airbags, and knee airbags for both the driver and the front passenger. The front-passenger airbag features two chambers, creating an indentation in the center impact area that helps to provide overall occupant protection.
The available High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps paired wîth the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) helps to illuminate a curve as the driver steers into it.
The standard SmartAccess keyless entry and push-button-start/stop allows the driver to keep the access key FOB in a pocket or purse. The standard HomeLink® programmable garage door opener also operates home security devices and other systems.
F-Sport Performance Accessories Available for IS C
The IS C F-Sport Performance Accessories will include performance enhancing parts such as 19-inch forged alloy wheels, brake upgrades, suspension systems, air intake, exhaust systems and more. F-Sport Performance Accessories by Lexus ÚSA are engineered by Toyota Racing Development (TRD). When installed by an authorized dealer, the accessories are fully warranted for 12 months or for the balance of the new car warranty, whichever is greater. Parts for the IS C will be on sale upon the IS C's launch.
All new Lexus vehicles come wîth a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty wîth roadside assistance for 48-months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles. Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months, regardless of mileage.
The 2010 IS250C will have a MSRP of $38,490 when equipped wîth a six-speed manual transmission; the IS250C wîth a six-speed automatic transmission will be $39,660. The IS350C will have a MSRP of $43,940. MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875.Source - Lexus
Though smaller than the BMW, the Lexus IS300 carried a fairly tight rear seat, though it had a high level of comfort. In Japan the Lexus IS300 was sold as the Toyota Altezza. Introduced in 1999, the IS 300 went on sale in June of 2000. Shortly afterward it appeared as the CART Championship pace car. Along with the IS 300 SportCross, a five-speed manual-transmission version was debuted. The sedan and the little-known SportCross was somewhat publicized by two racing entries in the 2001 Grand-Am Cup North American Street Stock Series. Competitive immediately, the IS scored its first pole position in its fourth race and first race win in the fifth round at Virginia internatiojnal Raceway.
In March of 2003 the IS SportDesign was introduced, basically a cosmetic package equipped with a special grille, tailpipe along with other touches. Sharing its in-line six-cylinder engine with the Supra, the Lexus IS 300 came with rear-wheel drive and an interior that was more sport than luxury. 215 horsepower was produced with the six along with 218 lb-ft of torque that used variable valve timing to broaden its torque curve. The IS 300 also had a two-stage induction system along with a two-way bymass muffler that enhanced breathing and lower noise. Excellent handling was provided by a double wishbone suspension.
When desired, the SportCross and the automatic transmission sedan featured E-Shift steering wheel-mounted shift buttons for finger-tip control over gear shifts. Basically a wagon/crossover version with the same dimensions as the sedan, the IS 300 featured a rear tailgate, a split fold-down rear seatback and fold-down front passenger seatbacks that allowed it to carry either long or odd-shaped items. A rear power outlet and a seatback table were also located in the folding passenger seat.
Wind noise was lowered due to a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, while the interior was quieted with sound-dampening asphalt sheets in the roof. Optional on sedans was a real spoiler, while the SportCross featured a unique spoiler as standard equipment. The IS300 had drill drilled aluminum pedals with rubber pads, supportive height-adjustable seats and stainless steel doorsill scuff plates. 17-inch wheels, low-profile performance-tread tires, auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, a high-power audio system with both a cassette player and six-disc in-dash CD changer with eight speakers, and High-Intensity Discharge headlights were all standard features.
Optional on the IS300 was eight-way power driver's and passenger seats, heated front seats and a power moonroof. The interior could be outfitted with an optional leather/Alcantara trim package or a full leather-trimmed interior in either ivory or black.
The SportCross offered the Vehicle Stability Control system as an option. This was also optional on the automatic sedan. This feature was helpful in controlling traction while cornering on slippery or dry road surfaces by utilizing throttle intervention. To help limit rear-wheel slip on acceleration the VSC supplements the standard full-range traction control. Brake Assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution was featured on the four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock brake system. To determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking, brake assist is designed to figure this out, along with if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the ABS. The system supplements the braking power applied until pedal pressure is released.
Pretensioners and height-adjustable anchors are incorporated on the front seatbelts in the Lexus IS 300 to help avoid the forces to the upper torso in a serious frontal collision. The SRS, Supplemental Restraint Systems included dual front airbags, side curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger, and front seat-mounted side airbags. A personal security feature is the speed-sensitive and shift-linked automatic door lock/unlock system.
An optional feature on the Lexus IS 300 was the Lexus Navigation System which used a DVD for map storage. All on one disc, the DVD contains all of the U.S. and the major cities in Canada. High-speed route calculation, multi-route calculation, route preview, a dual-map screen mode and simplified highway junction graphics are functions of the Navigation System. Deployed from the dashboard, the System is easily hidden when not in use. The remote controls for the system are hidden in the center console between the front seats. A dashboard storage compartment with a spring-loaded retractable lid is featured on models not equipped with the Navigation System.
For 2004 all Lexus IS models added a standard maintenance indicator light along with automatic power door locks. In October of 2005 the second generation of IS models were introduced, the IS250 and the IS350.By Jessica Donaldson
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