Lexus + John Elliott’s Sneaker-Inspired Tires

Elliott's Nike AF1 silhouette gets incorporated into a special edition 2019 UX

At a New York Fashion Week afterparty that felt like a victory lap for all brands—with John Elliott announcing a new store in Los Angeles and Lexus touting its impressive new Lexus UX—a fluorescent-white installation, titled “Sole of the UX,” had everyone’s attention. Using Elliott’s stylish Nike AF1 silhouette, Lexus outfitted a UX with sneaker-inspired tires. Double-stitched leather and a tire valve, reminiscent of a shoelace tip, included. …

Chika Kako, Lexus Chief Engineer, Discusses the First-Ever UX

A manga character helped the design team make the right tweaks to the all-new vehicle

When Chika Kako, the first woman chief engineer at Lexus, saw designs for the brand’s all-new UX subcompact crossover, she thought of childhood days spent watching anime cartoons with her brother. The SUV’s rear lights reminded her of Mazinger Z, a hulking manga robot on the small screen in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was a good look for an animated character, she …

Test Drive: 2019 Lexus ES

The vehicle turns 30 with many big questions in tow

by Andrew Maness The 2019 ES marks a new chapter for both the stalwart sedan and Lexus overall. While it’s now riding on the same solid GA-K platform that underpins two other dramatically improved models—the Toyota Camry and Avalon—the bigger news is that the ES is now available in F-Sport, in addition to the base ES350 and ES350 Hybrid options. Clearly the addition of the …