Lexus GS 300
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Auto Shipper for Lexus GS 300 Production of the Lexus GS 300 began on February 22, 1993 at the Tahara, Japan assembly plant. The Lexus GS is a series of mid-size luxury sports sedans sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. The first GS, based on the platform and running gear of the Toyota Crown, was introduced in 1991 in Japan, and two years later in the United States, Europe and selected markets in Asia. The GS was designed to fill the gap between the ES and the LS and to provide Lexus with a sports sedan that could compete with the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. At the time, the GS represented the latest advancement of Lexus production technology, with only eight spot welds performed by hand. Robots performed the rest, some 4,200 welds. This was a truly amazing advancement that should have received more recognition at the time.

The GS 300's exterior styling bonded elements of the original LS flagship and SC performance coupe. On the interior, the first generation GS contained walnut wood trim on the center console, luxurious leather seating and the option of a Nakamichi premium stereo system. A moonroof, remote 12-CD auto-changer and traction control were available as options. The GS design was sold as the Toyota Aristo in Japan until 2006, when the Lexus marquee was introduced in that country. This also meant that the Toyota Aristo was to be discontinued for the 2005 model year. Though essentially identical, GS and the Aristo differed in their engine and transmission combinations as well as equipment packages. The current third generation GS comes in both V6, V8, and hybrid versions. Sales of the first generation Lexus GS were modest, with 1993 seeing the greatest sales at 19,164 units sold that year. Prices for the GS 300 ranged between $37,930 at the vehicle's debut to $46,195.


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