Lexus IS 250
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Lexus
Model: IS 250
Lexus IS 250

The Lexus IS cars are a series of entry-level luxury vehicles produced by the Lexus marquee of the Toyota Motor Corporation. The IS was introduced as an base-level model slotted below the ES in the Lexus lineup. It faces competition from the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Nissan Skyline and the Infiniti G35 sports sedans. The IS was originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan until the introduction of the second generation Lexus IS design forced it out. The new IS was the second debut of Lexus' new L-finesse design philosophy on a production vehicle. This followed the release of the 2006 Lexus GS performance sedan. The new IS design featured sleeker, coupe-like contours, a fastback profile and a repeated arrowhead motif in the front fascia and side windows. The forward design is reminiscent of the earlier Lexus LF-C coupe concept. The design of this car could best be described as 'love it or hate it'. Some people find that it is boring and lacks innovation while others believe this is the best the design team has ever done. This is just another example of how finicky the marketplace is, and how no model will ever be a sure hit. The second generation IS made its fabulous North American debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Later, the Lexus IS was completely redesigned for the 2006 model year and was introduced in the fall of 2005. Additionally, a pre-production car of the second generation IS model was shown in the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. Unfortunately, although to be expected, the slow-selling SportCross station wagon version was dropped from the lineup worldwide. The IS 250 RWD comes standard with a 6 speed manual transmission, although a 6 speed automatic transmission is available as an option. On the other hand, the IS 250 AWD, the IS 300, and the IS 350 are only available with the 6 speed automatic.

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