The luxury brand of Toyota produced its first car in 1989 and
The luxury brand of Toyota produced its first car in 1989 and expanded the range
to introduce hybrids in 2005. It also opened in Japan in 2005, previously being
Toyota-badged vehicles. Its performance arm, F brand, started in 2009. Lexus which is a corruption of the favoured name for the new division, Alexis, followed
premium-car divisions of Honda (Acura, 1986) and Nissan (Infiniti, 1987).
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Oddly, Lexus-badged cars were never sold in Japan until 2005,
giving weight to the (untrue) rumour that the name was an anagram
of Luxury EXports to the US. The Lexus cars were a selection of
remodelled, luxury variants from Toyota that sold in Japan under
the model names including Alteeza (IS), Celsior (LS) and Aristo
(GS). The brand is the world’s biggest producer of hybrid models,
now with eight hybrid variants on the Australian market.