The 2008 Lexus ES 350: The "elegant sedan" now available in four trim levels showcasing the contemporary luxury of L-finesse



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Lexus in Canada today introduced the 2008 Lexus
ES 350 - the popular and luxurious "elegant sedan" that's now available in
four well-equipped trim levels.
    "The ES series is often a person's introduction to what becomes a
life-long Lexus experience, and with this year's edition of our popular entry
luxury sedan we've given Canadians even more reasons to discover their first
Lexus moment," noted Yves Gionet, Director of Lexus in Canada. "Regardless of
trim level, the ES 350 delivers a well-honed balance of sophisticated driving
performance, handling and safety that has been enhanced with new convenient
optional features that emphasize the welcoming luxury of the Lexus L-finesse
design language."

    
    For 2008, the Lexus ES 350 is very well equipped with a suite of luxury,
convenience, comfort and performance features. These include the following:

    -   The satellite radio-ready Lexus Premium Audio system, which features
        AM/FM stereo/In dash six-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA capability,
        audio auxiliary input jack, the Automatic Sound Levelizer system,
        title display, Radio Data System, eight speakers and steering
        wheel-mounted audio controls;
    -   Automatic air conditioning with dual zone control, rear seat heater
        ducts, a dust/pollen/odour-capturing air filter, and an Automatic Air
        Recirculation Control System that detects harmful particulates and
        automatically changes from outside air to recirculation mode;
    -   10-way power adjustable driver's and front passenger's seat featuring
        heated seats, ventilation fans, and the Lexus driver's seat memory
        system with two driver memory settings;
    -   Power door locks with key lockout protection, keyless entry and trunk
        release;
    -   The Lexus Smart Key system with push-button start;
    -   Cruise control;
    -   Three-spoke steering wheel on a power tilt/telescoping steering
        column;
    -   A full complement of instrumentation, including Optitron electronic
        analogue gauges, a multi-function display, tachometer and outside
        temperature gauge;
    -   Electro-chromic rear-view mirror with integrated digital compass;
    -   Dual illuminated vanity mirrors;
    -   Power windows with auto up/down function on all windows, side window
        defoggers and high solar energy absorbing tinted glass;
    -   Elegant interior styling including a leather wrapped steering wheel
        and shift knob, woodgrain trim and LED interior illumination system;
    -   Accessory power outlets and retained accessory power;
    -   A HomeLink Universal Transceiver;
    -   Anti-theft system and engine immobilizer;
    -   Power remote, heated, electro-chromatic side mirrors;
    -   Variable intermittent wipers;
    -   Fog lamps;
    -   Projector style halogen headlamps with Light Control System;
    -   A power tilt-slide moon roof, colour-matched bumpers and mirrors, and
        chrome finished door handles and exterior trim.

    The ES 350 is available with a Premium Package that adds several style,
luxury and safety features, including the following:

    -   Wood steering wheel and shift knob;
    -   Bluetooth(R) capability (new for 2008);
    -   Rear seat side airbags;
    -   Variable length driver's seat cushion;
    -   Passenger seat memory;
    -   Power rear window sunshade;
    -   Rain sensing wipers;
    -   High intensity discharge headlamps with the Lexus Dual-Swivel
        Adaptive Front Lighting System.

    A new Premium Package with Navigation includes all the features in the
Premium Package, plus the following:

    -   DVD auto changer;
    -   Clearance and back-up sensors;
    -   DVD-based navigation system;
    -   Back-up camera.

    At the top trim level, the Ultra Premium Package with Navigation creates
an entry luxury sedan that's second to none. In addition to that equipment
found in the Premium Package with Navigation, this package finishes the ES 350
with features such as:

    -   Premium alloy wheels;
    -   Mark Levinson Audio system with 14 speakers;
    -   Premium leather seat surfaces;
    -   A panorama glass roof.
    

    The 2008 Lexus ES 350 is now on sale at Lexus dealerships across Canada,
with a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $42,900.

    Digital images available upon request.


    2008 LEXUS ES 350 - PRODUCT DETAIL
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    Contemporary luxury starts with power

    The ES 350 is fitted with a proven Lexus 3.5 litre V6 featuring a
lightweight aluminium alloy block, dual overhead cams, 24 valves, dual
variable valve timing with intelligence on both the intake and exhaust cams,
an electronic throttle control system with intelligence and an acoustic
control induction system. This engine generates up to 272 HP @ 6,200 RPM and
up to 254 lb-ft off torque @ 4,700 RPM, while qualifying for a Tier II Bin5
rating. The engine is further enhanced with a heavy-duty battery, starter,
alternator and heater, and a stainless steel exhaust system.
    This powerful yet efficient engine is mated to a six-speed automatic
super electronically controlled transmission with overdrive and sequential
multi-mode shifter for manual gear selection, which gives the ES 350 a fuel
efficiency rating of 10.9L/100km in the city and 7.2L/100km on the highway.

    Full control

    The 2008 ES 350 delivers the driving confidence of front-wheel drive and
a progressive rate power steering system. In addition, the ES 350 is fitted
with the Lexus Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control systems.
    Ride comfort and balance are achieved with Macpherson gas struts, coil
springs and stabilizer bars mounted on both front and rear suspensions, while
the power-assisted front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes are
enhanced with the Lexus Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force
Distribution, and Brake Assist.
    The ES 350 rides on sure-footed P215/55R17 all-season tires fitted to 17"
aluminium alloy wheels with wheel locks, and carries a full-size spare tire.

    Comfort and safety

    Inside, the 2008 ES 350 seats up to five passengers in comfort, style and
safety. Standard safety systems include driver and front passenger airbags,
front seat mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and
front and rear head/side curtain airbags.
    Three-point lap and shoulder seatbelts are fitted in all five passenger
positions, and include adjustable "B" pillar shoulder belt anchors as well as
pre-tensioners and force limiters for front and rear seating positions.
    Younger occupants are protected with anchor points for child-restraint
seats and child protector rear door locks.

    Personalization

    Lexus guests may personalize their 2008 ES 350 on the Lexus in Canada web
site (www.lexus.ca), or by visiting any Lexus Dealership across Canada.

    Peace of mind

    Buyers of the 2008 ES 350 enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the
industry-leading Lexus comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle
for four years/80,000 kilometres. Power train components are covered for six
years/110,000 kilometres, major emission control components are covered for
eight years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for six years with
unlimited distance. Service adjustments - minor repairs not usually associated
with the replacement of parts - are fully covered for one year/32,000
kilometres, while Lexus owners also enjoy the Tire Road Hazard Protection
warranty and access to alternate transportation.
    The four-year Lexus Roadside Assistance Program provides travel planning
as well as the extra security and confidence of a dedicated toll-free
telephone number and emergency service for towing - 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year.
    The purchase of a new ES 350 also includes free membership in Club Lexus,
an online convenience service that places important vehicle ownership
information at the member's fingertips.





For further information:

For further information: please email media@lexus.ca or contact: Kathryn
Ruhland, Public Relations Manager, Lexus of Canada, (416) 431-8333


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