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Lexus Launches 'IS 250C' in Japan

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" Lexus announces the launch in Japan today of the "IS250C" convertible, an addition to the "IS250" "intelligent sports sedan" series.

IS250C "Version L"

The IS250C features an electrically operated metal top that ensures the four-seater maintains its characteristic beauty equally with the top up or down.  This exciting convertible aims to embody the joy of open-air driving for both the driver and passengers.

Electrically controlled metal top creates characteristic beauty
  • The lightweight, aluminum alloy top combines with a fully electric mechanism to allow smooth control, and prompt and quiet 20-second opening and 20-second closing.
  • The design of the IS250C"based on the Lexus L-finesse1 design philosophy"portrays two distinct personalities.  With the top down, the unique shape of the upper part of the trunk is given even more presence, resulting in an elegant flowing silhouette, and with the top up, the car takes on a sporty coupe look with a harmoniously balanced cabin and body.
  • The seats"sporty in front and luxurious in back"boast bold yet refined shapes, creating an interior that has a unique presence when the top is down.
  • Five interior color arrangements are available, with leather or cloth seats.  Further individual styling is made possible for the seats and trim by choice of three two-tone seat color combinations, three stitching colors (manufacturer's option) and three varieties of wood-grain paneling.
  • Nine body colors are available"including the newly added Cattleya Mica Metallic"with each expressing the prestige that is Lexus through elegance, radiance and deepness of hue.

High-utility package, ease of ingress and egress
  • The vehicle comfortably accommodates four adults, while the compact, three-segment top enhances utility by enabling stowage of a nine-inch2 golf bag in the trunk even when the top is down.
  • The front seats can be folded, slid forward and returned to their original position with one push of a button that is conveniently located on the outside shoulder of each front seat, facilitating easier ingress and egress for rear seat passengers.

Outstanding driving, environmental and safety performance
  • The reinforced body and under-floor bracing result in one of the sturdiest convertibles in the world.  The comfortable ride and outstanding driving performance of the IS250"as well as outstanding collision safety"are maintained in the IS250C even when the top is down.
  • The IS250C has fuel efficiency of 11.2km/l in the 10-15 Japanese test cycle, as certified by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and exceeds by 5% the level called for by the Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards.  Emissions are 75% lower than the 2005 standards under the MLIT's Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles.
  • Front seat dual-stage supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags and SRS knee airbags, as well as newly developed SRS side airbags to protect the head and upper body in the event of a side-on collision, all come standard.

Enhanced comfort and features specifically tailored for a convertible
  • The shape of the windshield and other exterior parts was designed to reduce wind disturbance on occupants during top-down driving and facilitate airflow.
  • A superlative system of seals in the roof provides the quiet and comfortable ride of a sedan when the top is up.
  • The air conditioning automatically switches between "open" and "closed" modes depending on whether the top is up or down.  When the top is down, the air conditioning adjusts cabin temperature in relation to exterior temperature and amount of sunlight.  Air volume is also adjusted in relation to the vehicle's speed, thereby providing a comfortable interior environment at all times.
  • The audio system automatically adjusts sound quality and volume to suit conditions created by the top being up or down.

IS250C Main Specifications
Length/width/height 4,635/1,795/1,415mm*1
Wheelbase 2,730mm
Track (front/rear) 1,535/1,535mm*2
Weight 1,730kg
Occupant capacity 4
Engine Model/displacement 4GR-FSE/2,499cc
Type V6 gasoline engine DOHC
Maximum output 158kW (215PS) / 6,400rpm
Maximum torque 260N-m (26.5 kgf-m) / 3,800rpm
Transmission 6 super ECT*3
Powertrain Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Suspension (front/rear) Double wishbone/Multilink
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/ Ventilated disc
Tires Front 225/45R17
Rear 245/45R17
*11,420mm for vehicles with 18-inch wheels
*21,525mm (front and rear) for vehicles with 18-inch wheels
*3Super Intelligent, Electronically controlled, Six-speed Automatic Transmission

Monthly Sales Target
100 units

Assembly Plant
Miyata Plant, Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Prices in Hokkaido differ)
Grade Engine Transmission Powertrain Price* (including
consumption tax)
IS250C "Version L" 4GR"FSE
(2.5-liter V6)
6 Super ECT Front-engine, rear-wheel drive 5,350,000
*Prices in yen; prices listed do not include recycling fees

1Created by combining the "leading-edge" and "finesse" design concepts
2Depending on shape of golf bag, stowage may differ

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