The Lexus GS series: greater value means no compromise with the addition of more features, a new design and more power on the 2008 editions of the performance luxury sedan



    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Lexus in Canada today introduced the 2008
editions of its GS series performance luxury sedan, with new design touches
throughout the line-up, more performance for the top of the line GS 460, and a
price repositioning that makes all vehicles in the GS series more compelling
choices for Canadian drivers.
    "Lexus of Canada has enhanced the entire GS line - including the GS 450h
hybrid model - with new standard features and specifications, and even more
attractive suggested retail pricing," explained Yves Gionet, Director of Lexus
in Canada. "The GS series launched the L-finesse design language that has now
informed the look and feel of all Lexus passenger cars, so for 2008 Lexus
decided to give all GS models an update with a newly designed grille, front
and rear bumper, headlamps and aluminium alloy wheels on the outside, as well
as updated interior trim details. Particularly exciting is the performance
update for the GS 430 - now the GS 460 - in the form of a larger, 4.6-litre V8
and the same state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission found in our
flagship LS 460 prestige luxury sedan. If you add this to the introduction of
more competitive pricing, there's never been a better time for Canadians to
get behind the wheel of a Lexus."
    For 2008, the Lexus GS series comes in four models: the GS 350 - in
rear-wheel or all-wheel drive versions - the GS 460 in rear-wheel drive, and
the GS 450h featuring the Lexus Hybrid Drive gasoline-electric power plant.
All are well-equipped with many performance, comfort, convenience, luxury and
safety features. All models feature the following:

    
    -   The Satellite Radio-ready Lexus Premium Audio System, which features
        AM/FM stereo/cassette/CD auto changer with 10 speakers, steering
        wheel-mounted audio controls, and roof-mounted satellite radio "fin"
        antenna;
    -   Bluetooth(R) capability;
    -   A climate control system featuring automatic temperature control,
        dual zone air conditioning, a cabin air filter and rear seat heater
        ducts;
    -   Heated, power adjustable driver and front passenger bucket seats with
        leather seat surfaces and memory systems;
    -   Ventilation fans for the driver and front passenger seats;
    -   Power door locks with the Lexus Smart Key system and key lockout
        protection;
    -   Power windows with automatic up/down function on all windows and side
        window defoggers;
    -   Push button start;
    -   Cruise control;
    -   A full suite of instrumentation including a shift position indicator,
        multi-information display, digital compass, digital clock, outside
        temperature gauge and dual trip odometer;
    -   Electrochromic rear view mirror and dual illuminated vanity mirrors;
    -   Interior woodgrain trim;
    -   Chrome interior door handles;
    -   A power tilt/telescoping steering column with driver memory;
    -   The Lexus Premium Illuminated Entry System and a full lighting suite,
        including door courtesy lamps, driver and passenger footwell lamps,
        glove box lamp and trunk lamp;
    -   Convenient in-cabin storage, including driver and passenger opening
        door pockets, front centre console box, overhead console box,
        overhead sunglass storage, a driver's coin case compartment, front
        and rear cup holders and driver and front passenger seat back
        pockets;
    -   Accessory power outlets;
    -   First-aid kit and tool kit;
    -   Locking glove box;
    -   Power release for the fuel lid;
    -   Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer;
    -   Tire pressure monitoring system;
    -   Dual power remote heated and power folding exterior mirrors with
        electrochromic glass and integrated turn signals;
    -   Tinted glass with UV glass protection and water-repellent door glass;
    -   Power moon roof;
    -   High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with the Lexus Light Control
        System and Auto Levelling Headlamp System;
    -   Variable intermittent wipers with mist feature and windshield wiper
        de-icer;
    -   Fog lamps;
    -   Rain-sensing wipers;
    -   The Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System and headlamp washers;
    -   Clearance and back-up sensor;
    -   Power rear window sunshade;
    -   DVD-based navigation system;
    -   Back-up camera;
    -   A colour-keyed rear spoiler.

    In addition to those items already mentioned, the GS 350 RWD is standard
equipped with:

    -   Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob;
    -   17" aluminium alloy wheels with wheel locks.
    

    In all, the base model 2008 edition of the GS 350 RWD features more than
$7,000 in added value, for a manufacturer's suggested price of just $150 more
than the 2007 base model.
    In addition to the features common to all GS-series models, the GS 35 AWD
includes all standard features found on the rear-wheel drive edition, plus the
confidence of all-wheel drive. In addition, the GS 350 AWD may also be fitted
with an Ultra Premium Package, which features all the standard items plus the
following:

    
    -   A Mark Levinson Audio system featuring AM/FM stereo/cassette/compact
        disc/DVD autochanger and 14 speakers;
    -   A wood and leather trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.

    In all, the base model 2008 edition of the GS 350 AWD features more than
$8,700 in added value, but carries a manufacturer's suggested price that's
$4,200 lower than the 2007 base model.
    At the top of the conventionally-powered series, the GS 460 features a
new, larger 4.6L V8, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all of the
standard features common to all vehicles in the GS-series, plus the following:

    -   Premium leather seat surfaces;
    -   A wood and leather trimmed steering wheel and shift knob;
    -   18" aluminium alloy wheels with wheel locks;
    -   A Mark Levinson Audio system featuring AM/FM stereo/cassette/compact
        disc/DVD autochanger and 14 speakers.
    

    In all, the base model 2008 edition of the GS 460 features more than
$7,000 in added value, but carries a manufacturer's suggested price just
$1,700 more than the 2007 base model.
    The GS 450h performance hybrid luxury sedan is in a class by itself. This
vehicle - which in September became the first-ever hybrid to compete in the
gruelling, 2,200 km TARGA Newfoundland road rally - combines a proven
3.5- litre V6 with a high-torque electric motor and continuously variable
transmission to create a robust, smooth and quiet Lexus Hybrid Drive power
system. The GS hybrid is then luxuriously appointed with all standard features
common to the GS series, plus:

    
    -   A woodgrain steering wheel;
    -   A multi-information display featuring a kilowatt power meter and
        voltmeter;
    -   18" aluminium alloy wheels with wheel locks;
    -   A Mark Levinson Audio system featuring AM/FM stereo/cassette/compact
        disc/DVD autochanger, and 14 speakers;
    -   Lexus Hybrid Blue-accented headlamps and tail lamps.
    

    In all, the base model 2008 edition of the GS 450h features more than
$6,900 in added value, but carries a manufacturer's suggested price that's
$5,800 less than the 2007 base model.
    The 2008 Lexus GS series is now on sale across Canada.. The GS 350
carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $59,900 for the
rear-wheel drive version and starting at $61,000 for the all-wheel drive
version, while the GS 460 starts at a suggested $73,000. The suggested retail
price for the GS 450h starts at $71,100.

    Digital images available upon request.



    2008 LEXUS GS 350 RWD, GS 350 AWD, GS 460 AND GS 450h - PRODUCT DETAIL
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    Impressive performance

    The 2008 Lexus GS series delivers big on performance, thanks to a choice
of two engines.
    The GS 350 RWD and GS 350 AWD are built around Lexus' proven 3.5 litre
V6, featuring 24 valves and dual variable valve timing with intelligence
(VVT-i) on both intake and exhaust cams. This engine generates up to 303 HP @
6,200 RPM and up to 274 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 RPM.
    This same engine powers the GS 450h, but for the hybrid vehicle it's
mated to a high-torque electric motor to deliver performance comparable to a
4.5-litre V8: Up to 339 HP and up to 267 lb-ft of torque through an impressive
band of RPM ranges.
    The GS 460 delivers awe-inspiring performance courtesy of a powerful yet
efficient 4.6 litre V8 equipped with 32 valves, electrically driven variable
valve timing with intelligence on the intake cam and variable valve timing
with intelligence on the exhaust cam. The result is a formidable engine that
produces up to 342 HP @ 6,400 RPM and up to339 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 RPM.
    Both engines feature a lightweight aluminium alloy block, dual overhead
cams, an electronic throttle control system with intelligence, a direct
ignition system, an acoustic control induction system and a stainless steel
exhaust. All conventionally-powered GS-series models qualify as Tier 2 Bin
5 emissions vehicles, while the GS-hybrid is rated as a Tier 2 Bin 3 vehicle.
    The GS 350 models are fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission,
while the V8-equipped GS 460 is fitted with the same eight-speed automatic
transmission found in the Lexus flagship vehicle, the LS 460 prestige luxury
sedan. Both are super electronically controlled transmissions, featuring
overdrive, a sequential multi-mode shifter, snow mode and a lock-up torque
converter.
    The GS 450h features an electronically-controlled continuously variable
transmission with sequential multi-mode shifter and snow mode setting. This
transmission works with the vehicle's rear-wheel-drive electric motor to
deliver smooth, confident and rapid acceleration with generous torque through
most speed ranges.
    The GS 350 with rear-wheel drive has a fuel efficiency rating of
10.9L/100km in the city and 7.4L/100km on the highway, while the all-wheel
drive version is rated at 11.6L/100km in the city and 8.0L/100km on the
highway. The GS 460 is rated at 12.4L/100km in the city and 8.1L/100km on the
highway.
    The GS 450h delivers impressive performance, but with a surprising fuel
efficiency of just 8.7L/100km in the city and 7.8L/100km on the highway.

    Uncompromising control

    All 2008 GS series models deliver impressive yet controlled power, thanks
to a full-suite of handling and control systems. On GS 350 RWD models, these
include electric power steering, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control,
and Hill-start Assist Control. GS 350 AWD adds the driving confidence of
all-wheel drive.
    The more powerful GS 460 RWD and the technologically advanced GS 450h are
fitted with electric power steering with variable gear ratio, the state of the
art Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, plus Vehicle
Stability Control, Traction Control, and Hill-start Assist Control
technologies.
    All GS models ride on an independent double-wishbone style front
suspension and an independent multi-link rear control arm suspension, both
enhanced with stabilizer bars. The GS 460 RWD and GS 450h are enhanced, front
and rear, with an adaptive variable suspension (AVS) system.
    Stopping power is assured via front and rear ventilated disc brakes,
enhanced with the Lexus Antilock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force
Distribution and Brake Assist technologies. For the GS 460, larger diameter
front ventillated discs are fitted for maximum braking power, while the GS
450h takes advantage of the regenerative braking capabilities of the Lexus
Hybrid Drive.
    The GS series is standard equipped with performance summer radials:
P225/50R17 17" tires for the GS 350 models, and P245/40R18 18" tires for the
GS 460 and GS 450h.

    Comfort and safety

    Inside, all 2008 GS series performance luxury sedans welcome passengers
into a world of comfort, luxury and convenience. From the premium illuminated
entry system, to the push button start, to the leather and wood interior
finish, driver and passengers are treated as "honoured guests" in every GS
model.
    The GS-series seats up to five passengers in comfort, style and safety.
Standard safety systems include 10 air bags: Dual-stage driver and front
passenger airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger
knee airbags, front and rear head/side curtain airbags, and rear seat side
airbags.
    Three-point lap and shoulder seatbelts are fitted in all passenger
positions, and include power adjustable "B" pillar shoulder belt anchors as
well as pre-tensioners and force limiters for both the front and rear seating
positions. Younger occupants are kept safe with anchor points for child
restraint seats and child protector rear door locks, and every GS-series
performance luxury sedan includes a first aid kit.

    Personalization

    Guests may personalize their 2008 GS 350 RWD, GS 350 AWD, GS 460 or
GS 450h on the Lexus in Canada web site (www.lexus.ca), or by visiting any
Lexus Dealership across Canada.

    Peace of mind

    Guests of any vehicle in the 2008 GS series 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. On the GS-hybrid, all Lexus Hybrid
Drive-specific components are covered for eight years/160,000 kilometers.
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 or lease of a new GS 350 RWD, GS 350 AWD or GS 460
performance luxury sedan 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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