Detroit Michigan Lexus Dealer Honored with 2014 Dealer of the Year Award by Dealer Rater

Meade Lexus of Southfield, located in Metro Detroit Michigan, was honored as Michigan’s 2014 Lexus Dealer of the Year for outstanding customer service based on reviews about the dealership shared on DealerRater’s website. DealerRater is the world’s premier car dealer review website.

“We congratulate Meade Lexus of Southfield for achieving this distinction for customer satisfaction amongst Lexus dealers across Michigan and look forward to their continued success through unparalleled customer service,” said Chip Grueter, President of DealerRater. “It was a tight competition among many outstanding dealers throughout Michigan and Meade Lexus of Southfield should be proud of this accomplishment.”

Meade Lexus of Southfield has demonstrated consistently high PowerScoreTM ratings for customer satisfaction, placing them in the top of their class. The PowerScore is determined using an algorithm that factors the dealership’s average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2013 calendar year. This Metro Detroit Michigan Lexus dealer has received more than 550 reviews, with an impressive 4.9 out of 5 overall stars.

“We couldn’t achieve such a humbling distinction without our incredibly supportive customer base,” said Meade Lexus of Southfield CEO Ken Meade. “Our customers are more than just customers—they become part of our family. We take great pride in not only exceeding their expectations in previous calendar years, but also in making it a goal to continue doing so every single day now and in the future.”

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Lexus RC F Featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

The shorter this description, the quicker you can click to see the video featuring a model and the new Lexus RC F as seen in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Well what are you waiting for? You’ve got your description, time to press play.

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Watch the reveal of the 2015 Lexus RC F in Detroit Michigan

Watch the reveal of the 2015 Lexus RC F in Detroit Michigan.

The 2015 Lexus RC F made its global premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, and will be coming to your Detroit Lexus dealer this Fall.

Giving new meaning to “back to the grind,” the daily commute is now transformed into a day at the track with the all-new Lexus RC F. The RC F coupe is styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.

Based on the spectacular all-new RC coupe that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, the RC F has wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber components, each delivering uncompromising grit to the driving experience for Detroit sports car enthusiasts.

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All-New 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe Debuts at Detroit Michigan Auto Show

Lexus revealed its most powerful V8 engine in the All-New 2015 RC F coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan.  Want power, precision and passion? The F performance model, based on the RC coupe, gets its powerful roar from more than 450 horsepower and more than 383 lb.-ft. torque.

To get that amount of power efficiently to the ground, the RC F will make use of a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) to ensure remarkable handling and performance. The power will transfer through a newly calibrated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission with paddle shifters.

“I’ve built RC F to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts – no matter what their level of expertise,” said RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi.

“There’s a misconception that racing cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers. It’s the same with RC F.

“Electronics can be modified instantly on board to provide appropriate levels of performance and protection. But even at its basic setting, it’s a blast.”

Driving Dynamics with More Power and Usability
The RC F has an all-new 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 engine that will provide increased maximum power at higher engine rpm than previously possible. For the first time in a Lexus performance engine, the RC F uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for enhanced fuel economy and then switches to the Otto cycle at higher rpm to develop impressive performance levels.

Driver engagement has been made possible by purpose designed sound and power delivery. A uniquely tuned eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission improves linear throttle response.

It helps the driver control the torque and power precisely as it is applied.

The newly calibrated VDIM adds a vertical G-sensor to provide greater vehicle stability.

Torque Vectoring Differential
The RC F uses a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), a first in a Lexus, to increase driving performance.  It has three operating modes:

  • Standard for a balance of nimble performance and stability;
  • Slalom for emphasis on nimble steering response; and
  • Track to help with consistent stability, ensuring the vehicle stays on the intended corning line as the driver applies more throttle.

Handling
The foundation for the vehicle’s mechanical grip is the highly rigid body with large cross-section rocker panels and a very stiff front lower brace. Specialized Lexus manufacturing techniques are also used, including body adhesives, laser-screw welding, laser brazing, and multi-spot welding. Grip is further enhanced through use of a wider tire and wheel assembly.

RC F has front and rear coil-spring independent suspension, with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars. Unsprung weight is reduced by the adoption of three new 19-inch diameter forged aluminum wheels which minimize tire/wheel assembly mass and maximize rigidity.

Exterior Design
Lexus RC F adds to the stylish body of the new RC coupe on which it is based. The RC F features its own version of the Lexus signature spindle grille which dominates the front of the vehicle from hood line to lower lip. The grille has a subtle F-mesh pattern on the lower half.

In profile view RC F has a unique front hood which raises the peak of the vehicle, creating a powerful side view.

The RC F takes design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, especially in essential air cooling and aerodynamics. Its hood air vent, such as those on the LFA, combined with front cooling ducts contribute to engine cooling and overall vehicle stability.

As in the LFA, an active rear spoiler is incorporated into the trunk lid to provide down force at speeds of more than 50 mph. The active spoiler is a highlight of RC F’s aerodynamic package which includes careful tuning of the underbody, the intakes in the grille and the front fender vents, and strategic placement of the aero stabilizing fins.

To the side, front fender ducts in the shape of an L also aid cooling performance while adding to the aggressive stance.

The RC F’s available carbon fiber package offers a clear coated carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler drawn from the LFA production experience.

Interior Design
Uniquely designed components, including combination meters, the steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals, convey a sense of connection with the driver that only a Lexus F performance model can achieve.

RC F’s all-new combination meters are further developed from LFA while also referencing aircraft cockpit instruments. The meters provide a wide range of easy to read information for the various drive modes.

The combination meters include a large centrally mounted tachometer that alters according to drive mode, digital and analog speedometer, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-Force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch.

The driver’s connection to the RC F is paramount. The RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick grip steering wheel for greater control during performance driving. The placement, shape and operation of paddle shifters make it easier to change gears on the track and in other performance circumstances.

The all-new high back seats have been designed for exceptional holding performance. An integrated foaming technique creates a highly supportive and taut fitting seat with trim material that stays fixed.

Due to high anticipation surrounding the 2015 Lexus RC and RC F in Detroit Michigan, Meade Lexus has already begun accepting deposits. For more information, contact Marketing@MeadeLexus.com or fill out this form from your Detroit Lexus dealer.

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Global Premiere of 2015 Lexus RC F at North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan

2015-lexus-rc-f-north-american-international-auto-show-detroit-michiganThe 2015 Lexus RC F makes its global premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan.

Giving new meaning to “back to the grind,” the daily commute is now transformed into a day at the track with the all-new Lexus RC F. The RC F coupe is styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.

Based on the spectacular all-new RC coupe that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, the RC F has wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber components, each delivering uncompromising grit to the driving experience for Detroit sports car enthusiasts.

Design Exterior
The signature Lexus spindle grille, featuring a subtle F-pattern on the lower half, dominates the front of the RC F from the bottom of the hood to the lower lip. The hood is higher than that of the RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine and create the powerful flared profile suited to an F model. Ducts beneath the front bumper, fenders, and strategically-placed aerodynamic stabilizing fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.

Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear add further aggression. Taking design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, the RC F features an available speed-sensitive active rear spoiler. It enhances the coupe’s lines at standstill and deploys from the RC F’s deck at approximately 50 mph and retracts when the speed is less than 25 mph. The wing helps the RC F maintain traction and stability at higher speeds.

Three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels are available, including two machine polished designs and one design hand polished by a craftsmen.

Design Interior
The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a central meter which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, color of the display and size of text can be changed.
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Occupant comfort is all important. RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts. All-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests offer the driver and passenger an exceptional performance fit. The seats are available in a selection of five leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.

Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function to provide better foot grip.

The all-new RC F will be revealed at a press conference at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, at Cobo Center on January 14th at 8:45 am EST. The Lexus press conference will also be streamed live online at www.lexus-int.com/. Follow the Meade Lexus Facebook page or the hashtag #AsphaltUp for more developments.

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Meade Lexus CEO Interviewed by WXYZ-TV Detroit for 25th Anniversary Auto Show Special

Meade Lexus CEO Ken Meade was featured in this North American International Auto Show 25th Anniversary Special that aired yesterday on WXYZ-TV Channel 7. Ken talks about how the show first started and why they were initially laughed at for their idea. An idea that is now celebrating a quarter-century of global excitement.

Watch this NAIAS Detroit special now.

 

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The All-New Lexus RC Coupe Set to Launch ‘In the Red’

The 2015 Lexus RC coupe will be on display at the 2014 Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, and not even Rudolph’s nose can compare to the striking red paint that this model is set to launch in. A more dynamic red exterior paint color is made brighter and with more contrast thanks to an entirely new painting process, using a two-color base of both silver and red. The shiny and bright 2015 Lexus RC coupe is set to launch at your Detroit Michigan Lexus dealer in 2014.

The luminous red paint is achieved through a meticulous paint process using four base coats of paint which are then baked twice. Layers of colored and clear coating are used to control some of the color’s reflections and establish a balance between the brightness and depth – two elements that traditionally work against each other.

• For the red exterior, the factory starts with a base coat of silver and then applies a clear coat.
• Then, the clear coat is covered by a translucent red coat, which is then topped with another clear coat.
• The four coats of paint are baked twice to set the color.

As a result, light hitting the paint reflects off the red layer and also off the silver layer below, which adds depth and a metallic highlight to the red coloration. Prior to this new, two-color base process, the factory used base coats with the same color tone (red and red).

The all-new RC Coupe was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and will be on display at the Lexus space at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Lexus to Display All-New F Performance Coupe at Detroit Michigan Auto Show

Lexus will display its All-New F performance coupe at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan.

• This F Model Promises Uncompromising Performance and Bold Distinction
• The Global Reveal Will Take Place at the 2014 North American International Auto Show
• You Can Follow #AsphaltUp for Additional Details

Half the doors, twice the roar. Lexus will unleash its upcoming F model as a coupe, conceived with grit, an entirely new expression of design and uncompromising performance. The official name of this two-door F model will be released in early January 2014.

The next F will make its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Lexus press conference will also be streamed live online at www.lexus-int.com/. Follow Detroit Lexus news for more developments.

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Meade Lexus Customer Experiences Lexus Safety at its Best

A Meade Lexus customer experienced the quality workmanship and many safety features of his Lexus IS first-hand the moment he was hit by a drunk driver.

A Meade Lexus of Southfield customer was hit by a drunk driver going 70mph, resulting in his car being smashed and pushed under a semi truck. (See the ‘after’ photo of his Lexus IS pictured here.) The Meade Lexus team is extremely thankful and relieved to report that he got out of the car without a scratch on his body!

They are picking up another pre-owned Lexus IS this Friday from Meade Lexus of Southfield, saying that they are officially Lexus-loyal for life now. This story is an amazing testament to the quality and design of Lexus vehicles, and it makes the Meade Lexus team incredibly proud to be a part of such an amazing brand.

Thank you to Jeff and Leslie for sharing their story and this photo, and Meade Lexus wishes everyone the safest of travels and the best of health this holiday season, and every season that follows!

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Donate a Toy, Enjoy a Lexus Service Special in Detroit Michigan

Donate a new toy to The Meade Lexus Holiday Toy Drive and enjoy a Lexus service special in Detroit Michigan now through December 20th, 2013! Bring in a new, unwrapped toy to Meade Lexus of Southfield or Meade Lexus of Lakeside in Utica, and receive $20 off* service of $100 or more on your Lexus vehicle. All collected toy donations will be given to The Bottomless Chest.

“The Bottomless Toy Chest,” based in Birmingham, Michigan, is devoted to delivering toys and crafts to local children to keep their spirits up as they undergo cancer treatments. And with your help, we want to raise as many spirits as possible in time for the holidays. Meade Lexus of Lakeside and Meade Lexus of Southfield are each hosting a Holiday Toy Drive that began on Monday, November 29th.

Each Meade dealership will be accepting donations for two weeks and then will round up employees to participate in a “Wrap Party,” where every collected item is gift-wrapped and prepared for patient delivery. The toys are delivered to children at local hospitals, including Beaumont, St. John’s, and the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The Meade Lexus dealerships are conveniently located throughout Metro Detroit, hopefully helping to encourage community support from their surrounding areas.

· Dates: Accepting donations Nov. 29th-Dec. 20th, 2013.
· Drop-Off Locations: Meade Lexus of Lakeside (45001 Northpointe Blvd, Utica, MI 48315) and Meade Lexus of Southfield (28300 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034).
· Donation Wish List: Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, sound books, stuffed animals and puppets, rattles and squeeze toys, soft and cuddly blankets, push and pull toys, Legos, African American baby dolls and barbies, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michaels gift cards, and sophisticated model-making kits (cars, planes, etc.)
· For more information, contact marketing@meadelexus.com.

We appreciate any support you can lend in helping us spread the word so we can spread the holiday joy for these brave and admirable children!

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