This car is one of the entry-level luxury cars sold by Toyota.
Assembled in Aicho and Fukuoka, Japan, Lexus IS was first released in 1998 and originally sold under the ‘Toyota Altezza’ nameplate, until the Lexus brand and the 2nd generation Lexus IS design were introduced in 2006.
With a XE platform, this luxury car has a FR layout (meaning front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout).
This model received several awards. It was the winner of the 2007 ‘IF product design award’ from the International Forum Design group in Germany.
It received the ‘Canadian Car of the Year’ award, by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, and it was the winner of the Intellichoice/AutoPacific Motorist Choice Award for ‘Aspirational Luxury Cars’, in 2007 (it was the most desired vehicle in the luxury segment).
177 thefts were reported.