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A closing rate boost pushed Lexus to name Roadster one of its four approved digital retail partners.
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Toyota Motor posted a modest sales gain in June; the Highlander and Tacoma stood out on the truck side, while the Camry and Corolla slipped.
Toyota said the recall covers 2006-13 Lexus IS 350, 2010-14 Lexus IS 350C and 2007-11 Lexus GS 350 and GS 450h models.
Like its competitors, Lexus is adding crowd-pleasing crossovers and taking a hard look at its car business, which has lagged in recent years.
Toyota Motor Sales' U.S. sales fell 1.3 percent in May from a year earlier on weaker car volume. Year-to-date sales inched 2.8 percent higher, compared with the same period a year ago.
David Christ, who switched from the Toyota Division to Lexus at the start of this year, will succeed his boss, Jeff Bracken, who is retiring as head of Lexus' United States operations after 40 years with Toyota.
With car sales falling across all segments in the U.S. and luxury sedans scrambling to differentiate themselves from competitors, Lexus' "executive sedan" is getting its star turn.
Mercedes-Benz USA, propelled by strong demand for SUVs, topped the luxury U.S. sales race in April and continues to outpace its nearest rivals, No. 2 BMW and No. 3 Lexus, year to date.
A new engine, new hybrid powertrains and a first for the ES -- a 350 F Sport model -- highlight the changes Lexus is making to the redesigned midsize sedan for 2019.
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Lexus is so confident in the performance chops of its redesigned ES sedan that it is giving the remake of one of its frumpiest nameplates an F Sport version for the first time.
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