Lexus IS 300
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Make: Lexus
Model: IS 300
Lexus IS 300

The new IS was the second showing of Lexus' new L-finesse design attitude on a production vehicle, following 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 was reminiscent of the earlier Lexus LF-C coupe concept. The second creation IS made its North American debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The IS 300, and also the IS 200, interiors featured unique elements not typically found in other Lexus models. These included a chrome metal ball shifter, pop-up navigation screen and chronograph-styled instrument panel. This instrument panel included mini gauges for temperature, mpg and volts. Perhaps though that Lexus missed the mark on the interior styling. These elements tend to give the vehicle a space-age like feel while not exactly implying that the drivers is riding with finesse. Anyhow, the styling cues of the rear light clusters on the first generation Lexus IS were copied by a number of after-market accessory manufacturers for applications on other vehicles. This iconic style of one or more internal lamp units, covered with a clear or tinted cover made popular by Lexus, became known in many circles as 'Lexus-style' parts. This is just another indication of the power of appropriate branding. The IS was introduced as an entry-level model slotted below the ES in the Lexus lineup and competing against the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Nissan Skyline, and the Infiniti G35 sports sedans. The EPA lists the first generation IS as a subcompact car, despite being a compact on the inside. Further, drivers around the globe may also know the Lexus IS by another name, as it was originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan.

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