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    Regarding Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports has had a chance to review the updated GX460, and have lifted their "do not buy" recommendation.

    In their words,

    "...we again put the SUV through our full series of emergency handling tests. This time, the ESC system intervened earlier and its rear did not slide out in the lift-off oversteer test. Instead, the vehicle understeered—or plowed—when it exceeded its limits of traction, which is a more common result and makes the vehicle more predictable and less likely to roll over. Overall, we did not experience any safety concerns with the corrected GX 460 in our handling tests. "

    You can read the article in full here.

    It is important to note that the GX460 feels robust and more substantial to drive than an RX350, for example, because it is built using body-on-frame construction. The frame provides a level of stability and rigidity off-road than cannot be matched by more common unibody SUV's; unibody SUV's feel more like regular cars to drive on-road because they similarly constructed.

    We encourage you to determine which sort of SUV is best for you, and compare competitive models in an apples-to-apples fashion. Come check out the revised GX. It really is a great truck and we are proud to sell it.


    Human Power

    I'm Andy, and it is my pleasure to introduce our 10% service promotion for April 16-May 31. In combination with our effort to improve employee wellness and increase physical activity lately, we have decided to launch a wellness-oriented service promotion, following our remarkably successful Drive for School Supplies.

    Just bring proof of enrollment in an upcoming Bay Area charity-sponsored active lifestyle event, and receive a 10% discount on your service bill. Thanks for supporting wellness and our community!


    The Fastest Wet Lap!

    There are countless reasons why you should want a Lexus LFA. Here are our top 10:

    1. Nine years of research and development went into the new model's production.
    2. The engine has 10 cylinders that take up the space of eight, and it only weighs as much as a 6-cylinder block.
    3. There will be fewer LFA's in the USA than there are In N' Out Burger locations.
    4. Prospective owners must be screened and approved by Lexus.
    5. It costs 33% less to buy an LFA in the USA than in the UK, and even less after taxes.
    6. It can go 200+ MPH while transporting a set of golf clubs.
    7. The LFA posted Top Gear's all-time fastest wet test lap time by a difference of 3 seconds.
    8. It accellerates to and decelerates from its 9000 RPM redline more quickly than any analogue tachometer can measure.
    9. The LFA may be the world's first truly reliable supercar.
    10. This astonishing video:


    A Self-Repairing Car!

    Well, at least the paint repairs itself. The paint on the Lexus LS has always been the industry gold standard. The 2010 LS460, LS460L, and LS600h have a remarkable new feature:

    This structure maintains luster in a way conventional paint cannot match.

    The technology's press release states:

    "The new coat features an ingredient that encourages closer molecular bonding, resulting in a denser structure than conventionally possible.  This gives the coat flexibility and elasticity, making it less prone to damage and more resistant to light and acid, and giving it the ability to self-restore after deformation."

    As of now, the new clear coat is not available on any other Lexus models.

    With so many high milage LS cars still on the road, the self-healing paint promises to keep them looking as well as they drive.


    The Final Tally

    Our Drive for School supplies finished on the 15th; these are the results:

    Wow! We are floored by the overwhelming amount of materials we received. Each number in the graph represents a package of the corresponding item, so 150+ "#2 Pencils" really means that many cartons of pencils. Incredible.

    We were thrilled to present these supplies to the schools this week, just before the end of the school year. It has been a pleasure to work with them; we hope to rerun the Drive in the fall, and above all, this endeavor has been a significant learning experience for us. Moving forward, we have a better idea of what works in the context of running philanthropic initiatives tied to vehicle servicing.

    Here is a cooliris gallery of our new friends:

    To take a look back at how these results amounted to their final tally, check out the Drive for School Supplies articles we have published in the series: