Take the Takumi Cat Challenge with Lexus Canada

Lexus Takumi Cat Challenge | Toronto, ON
Screenshot from the Lexus Canada Takumi Video

Photo Screenshot from the Learn Origami with the Lexus Takumi Cats! article on the Lexus Canada Newsroom

At first glance, it might not seem like origami and luxury vehicles have a lot in common. Look closer at Lexus design, though, and the similarities become clear. 

As part of the luxury brand’s plan to help keep people entertained as they stay at home, Lexus Takumi Masters — the artisans behind the brand’s attention to detail — have put together the Lexus Takumi Cat Challenge.

You can complete this challenge at the Lexus Canada website. To do so, you’ll need to fold your own origami cat just like the Lexus Takumi Masters do. While this might seem easy enough to do if you can take your time, these masters have to fold the model in under 90 seconds — and with their non-dominant hand. They also aren’t allowed to fold on a flat surface, instead folding the paper in the air.

“We call them Takumi Cats, because they’re used to test the dexterity of our Lexus Takumi Masters — the artisans who are trusted with the most critical processes when we build a Lexus vehicle,” said Melanie Testani, the Brand Manager for Lexus Canada. “We thought Canadians looking to learn a new skill while at home might enjoy testing their dexterity in the same way as our most accomplished craftspeople.”

If you’re planning on taking this challenge, Lexus Downtown wishes you good luck — and we will try and master the Takumi Cat with you!

2021 Lexus LC Unveils New Updates

2021 Lexus LC Unveils New Updates | Toronto, ON
PHOTO CREDIT: Lexus Canada Newsroom

The 2021 Lexus LC is now better than ever. This premium sedan has been refreshed for the new model year, both in its design and its performance.

For the 2021 model year, the Lexus LC has reduced its weight by nearly 10 kg, which including using aluminum lower suspension arms, lighter suspension stabilizers, and lighter 21-inch rear wheels. With this weight loss, the 2021 LC offers a smoother, more refined ride.

The 2021 Lexus LC continues to offer a unique style that balanced function and comfort. Its interior craftsmanship is distinct, highlighted through flowing lines, a low instrument panel position, and narrow pillars for superior visibility. Its detail-oriented seat design offers components that help hold the driver securely while cornering.

This luxury coupe also now offers the following exterior colours: Caviar, Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Ultra White, Infrared, Nightfall Mica, and the all-new Liquid Platinum, Flare Yellow, and Nori Green Pearl.

Under the hood, the 2021 LC will come with a 5.0-litre V8 engine that offers an output of 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. It can go from zero to 96 km/h in just 4.4 seconds.

Contact us here at Lexus Downtown to learn more about the 2021 Lexus LC and its availability in Toronto.

Is Your Car Sitting Idle? Here’s How to Care for It

Car Sitting Idle | Toronto, ON

Is your car sitting idle? Leaving a vehicle parked for long periods of time can affect its condition and reliability in many ways. To make sure your vehicle stays in good shape even if it’s not being used, consider these tips.

Check your tires. When a vehicle sits on its tires too long, this can cause flat spotting, where the weight of the vehicle flattens out a portion of the tire’s rubber due to inactivity. Regularly check your tire pressure and keep it filled to the manufacturer’s recommended specification. You may also want to move your vehicle occasionally.

Protect your paint. If your vehicle is parked outside, rather than in a garage, you might notice that it has started to accumulate bird droppings, tree sap, water spots, and more. This exposure to the elements can damage your vehicle’s paint over time, so consider getting a waterproof car cover if you don’t have a garage.

Consider your battery. Over a long idle period, your battery can discharge and leave you with a car that needs to be jumpstarted. Keep your battery working well and plug your vehicle into a battery tender or consider disconnecting the battery.  

Regularly start it. Keep your engine in working order and start your car regularly. You should also consider taking it on a short drive around the block or to the grocery store if you’re able to do so.

For more tips or assistance with caring for your car as it sits idle, you’re invited to get in touch with our service department here at Lexus Downtown.

Lexus IS Series Black Line Special Editions Unlock Exhilarating Performance

Lexus IS Series Black Line | Toronto, ON
Photo: Media Contacts © 2020 Toyota Canada Inc.

Combines elegance with performance when you purchase an all-new 2020 Lexus IS Series Black Line Special Edition. These two exclusive models are limited editions, though, so they won’t be around for long.

“Canadian consumers seeking exclusivity in their luxury sports sedan will love the latest version of our IS Black Line Special Edition,” said Robert Tsang, Director of Lexus in Canada. “These limited volume models combine performance that our IS line is known for and adds a dose of exclusivity and style that will thrill our guests.”

Photo Credit: Lexus Canadian Newsroom
2020 Lexus IS F SPORT BLACKLINE – Interior

These special-edition models are built off the foundation of the Lexus F SPORT Series 2. Each one is enhanced with a unique style package and offers one of four colour combinations. These combinations include:

  • Manganese Luster with a black interior
  • Obsidian Black with a black/blue interior
  • Ultra White with a black/blue interior
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0

Other features that are exclusive to these special editions include 18-inch Black Vapor Chrome F SPORT wheels, triple LED headlamps, and a black rear lip spoiler. Under the hood, the 2020 IS 300 AWD Black Line Special Edition will offer 260 horsepower, while the IS 350 AWD Black Line Special Edition will offer 311 horsepower.

Photo Credit: Lexus Canadian Newsroom

The 2020 Lexus IS Series Black Line Special Editions are currently available in Lexus dealerships across Canada — including Lexus Downtown.

Photo: Media Contacts © 2020 Toyota Canada Inc.

Try These Spring Car Cleaning Tips

Spring Car Cleaning | Toronto, ON

New seasons are a time for fresh starts, which is why so many people spring-clean their houses. Why not do the same for your vehicle? These spring car cleaning tips will have your ride looking and smelling like new.

Wash the exterior. From road salt coatings to icy windshields, winter can cause lasting damage to your car’s exterior if grime is left in place too long. That’s why it’s important to give your car a thorough scrubbing when the weather warms up. Clean your car’s undercarriage thoroughly and make sure you wash your tires with tire-cleaning spray. Finally, dry your car off with a microfiber cloth to keep it streak-free.

Clean out your car’s cabin. Litter can really accumulate inside your car when the weather’s cold. Now that it’s warmer out, get rid of any trash that has piled up in the cabin. While you’re at it, give the interior a vacuum as well.  

Remember your floor mats. Whether it’s leftover road salt or dried mud from weekend adventures, your car’s floor mats have seen a lot of dirt this winter. Give them some extra attention by removing them and cleaning them. If your mats are carpeted, use a carpet cleaner to get them looking like new. If you have rubber mats, wipe them with warm, soapy water and hose them off.

With these cleaning tips, you and your ride will be off to a great start for spring. You’ll also want to get caught up on maintenance — and the service department here at Lexus Downtown is here to help!

Experience the All-New 2020 Lexus UX

2020 Lexus UX | Toronto, ON

The all-new 2020 Lexus UX stands out among compact luxury SUVs, combining city-smart technology and refined style into a ride that’s perfect for busy urban lifestyles.

Updates for the 2020 UX include more connectivity than before, thanks to the addition of the Lexus Enform connected services. These services allow you to not only get turn-by-turn direction from the Navigation feature, but will also allow you to control your UX from your smartphone. Use the Enform Remote app to:

  • Lock and unlock your vehicle
  • Remotely start your engine
  • Check that your windows and moonroof are closed
  • Remember where you parked
  • Monitor guest drivers

The new UX boasts a driver-centric cockpit and an athletic silhouette that hints at its sporty performance. There are two available engine options: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 168 horsepower and a hybrid option that produces a total system output of 181 horsepower.

The 2020 UX provides peace of mind when you’re behind the wheel with its standard safety package, the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. This package comes with standard technologies like:

  • Pre-Collision Safety System with Pedestrian (Low Light) and Bicycle Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beam

The 2020 Lexus UX is now available to test-drive here at Lexus Downtown, and it’s an excellent choice for your next compact crossover.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Makes Impressive Debut

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible | Toronto, ON

Now you can let your hair down without having to sacrifice dynamic performance and luxurious features. That’s because Lexus has introduced the all-new 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. This topless coupe made its global debut in late 2019 at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

The exterior of the LC Convertible blends a unique roofline with all of the characters that a convertible has to offer, ensuring that it will turn heads whether the top is up or down. The LC Convertible has a low centre of gravity and optimal weight distribution for superior performance-focused handling.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible | Toronto, ON

Along with its athletic design, the LC Convertible shows off a front-engine layout and rear-wheel drive. It comes standard with a 5.0-litre V8 engine and a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission, helping the engine crank out an impressive 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque.

The LC Convertible comes with a soft-top design that folds down in 15 seconds. The top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 50 km/h. You can also opt for a range of exterior paint colours, including Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Caviar, Infrared, Cadium Orange, Flare Yellow, and limited-edition colors like Liquid Platinum and Obsidian.  

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible | Toronto, ON

Intrigued? You won’t have much longer to wait — here at Lexus Downtown, we’re expecting the 2021 Lexus LC Convertible to arrive in our showroom sometime this summer.

Driving New Year’s Resolutions to Kick Off the New Year

Driving New Year’s Resolutions | Toronto, ON

If you’re trying to come up with a good way to start 2020, consider these driving New Year’s resolutions — they’ll help you improve your road habits, enjoy a longer-lasting car, and experience a more fulfilling lifestyle.

Become a more efficient driver. Whether you’re looking to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on gas or want to help out the environment, good driving habits will help you do just that. Don’t idle if you can prevent it, make sure you avoid too-quick accelerations, and avoid rush hour traffic if possible.

Don’t forget your car’s routine maintenance. Life can get busy sometimes, which is why many of us find ourselves forgetting to make routine maintenance appointments. In 2020, make sure to keep up with vehicle service by scheduling regular checkups here at Lexus Downtown. 

Go places you’ve always wanted to go. Is there a destination you’ve always wanted to road trip to, but have been putting it off? In the new year, make a resolution to go to this place. Then, map out your route and hop into your Lexus for an adventure.

Commit to a few of these driving resolutions for 2020—and make your behind-the-wheel life better than ever. Visit Lexus Downtown in Toronto, ON to start the new year off in a new Lexus.

Holiday Events in Toronto to Celebrate the Season

Holiday Events in Toronto | Toronto, ON

The holiday season is finally here, which means it’s time to create new memories with your family and friends. Whether you’re looking to get a head start on gift shopping or simply want to enjoy the spirit of the season, here are a few of the most intriguing holiday events in Toronto this year.

Aurora Winter Festival

See Ontario Place turn into a winter wonderland at the Aurora Winter Festival. This annual event takes place this year from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5, giving you the chance to see some gorgeous light displays. You can also enjoy yourselves by perusing the Christmas market, going for a skate around the ice rink, and entertaining the little ones with fun festival rides.

“The Nutcracker” at the National Ballet of Canada

There are few plays that say “It’s the holidays” quite like “The Nutcracker”. So, why not head to the annual performance done by the National Ballet of Canada? This popular, one-of-a-kind ballet is set in 19th century Russia, creating a lovely world filled with sugarplum fairies, imagination, and adventure. Experience the beautiful dancing, gorgeous costumes, and magical sets of “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4.

Here at Lexus Downtown, we’d like to wish you a joyous holiday as you make the most of the season at these exciting events.

Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Get Your Car Ready for Winter | Toronto, ON

Winter in Toronto can really do a number on your vehicle. From deflated tires to dead batteries, you want to be sure to follow these tips to get your car ready for winter.

Put on the winter tires. Ice, snow, and rain are expected throughout the winter months, so you want to be sure your vehicle’s tires can handle the weather. Stop by and see us at Lexus Downtown to get your winter tires so you can get better traction on rough roads.

Be prepared. Whether the snow has buried your front bumper or you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, you need to be prepared. Pack emergency tools that will help when the temperatures drop, including a flashlight, shovel, jumper cables, ice scraper, a bag of sand, flares, and an extra set of warm clothing.

Check the battery. When the temperatures drop, so does the car battery’s ability to charge. If you’ve been waiting to get a new battery, do that now so you don’t find yourself stranded with a car that won’t start.

Fill up the fluids. Top off the fluids your car needs to help make winter easier, including windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze. This will help your car stay in working order, no matter how cold it gets.

If you’re not sure how to best prepare your car for the chill of winter, feel free to give us a call or stop by and see us at Lexus Downtown.