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The Lexus LS is a V8-powered, rear wheel drive luxury car that serves as the flagship of Toyota's luxury Lexus division. A length of over five meters (200 in) gives the LS a "large car" classification in Europe as well as in the United States. According to reviews, the Lexus LS has one of the most silent cabins among modern cars and is sometimes hailed as one of the most refined, well-engineered and technologically advanced vehicles in the high-end luxury car segment. As the LS's suspension is tuned primarily for ride comfort and isolation, the model is often accused of not being as sporty as German competitors such as the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3]. The exterior features superb fit-and-finish and one of the lowest drag coefficients of any sedan on the market.

Lexus introduced the LS 600h L, the world's first V8-powered full hybrid, at the 2006 There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4]. The LS 600h L uses a 5.0 L V8 engine mated to a high-output electric motor with Nickel-Metal Hydride battery packs to generate over 440 hp (328 kW). The LS 600h L will be available with an all-wheel drive system and a two-stage continuously variable (CVT) transmission. Lexus claims the LS hybrid is the most technologically advanced vehicle in the world, and predicts that the vehicle will be certified as a SULEV vehicle. Because of the silent nature of its hybrid design, the LS hybrid may be the quietest sedan in the world. More details such as curb weight, price (speculated to be in the region of $100,000) are yet to be released. The LS hybrid will feature one of the world's first LED headlight systems, a leather-trimmed dash, and different exterior colors. Differently-hued trunk "600h" and side chrome "hybrid" badges are also unique to the LS hybrids.

Awards

The LS has received numerous awards since its introduction.

The Lexus LS has won the J.D. Power award for the "Best High-end Luxury Sedan" 12 years in a row, the most for any manufacturer, due to vehicle dependability.

The Lexus LS was the highest-ranked vehicle in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Survey for seven consecutive years from 1997 to 2003. In 2004 and 2005, the Lexus LS 430 was second only to the Lexus SC 430 in the Initial Quality Survey. The LS 430 was again ranked in the top spot in 2006.

In 2006, Consumer Reports awarded the Lexus LS as the highest ranked vehicle in reliability in the luxury car class, continuing the Lexus trend of scoring highly on Consumer Reports surveys. Based on Consumer Reports a five year old Lexus LS is more reliable and dependable than a brand new BMW 7-series, Mercedes S-class and Audi A8, owing to the wide disparity in reliability scores between the top-ranked LS and below-average German makes.

The 2005 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study found just 90 problems per 100 LS vehicles, the first time in the study's 16 year history for a vehicle to have less than one problem per vehicle. In 2006, the Lexus LS repeated this feat, averaging just 88 problems per 100 vehicles.

The Lexus LS 430 was named the Most Appealing Premium Luxury Car by J.D. Power in 2001. The second generation LS 400 was also named Most Appealing Premium Luxury Car in 1996.

In 1989, the Motoring Press Association of the U.S. named the LS 400 the Best Imported Car of the Year.

The first-generation LS earned a place on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list and became Wheels magazine's Car of the Year.

The 1991 LS 400 was named Best New Luxury Sedan and awarded the Car of the Year title at the Canadian Car of the Year awards, selected by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.

The LS 400 was named the Best Import Car of 1993 by Robb Report.

Automobile Magazine in 2005 listed the first Lexus LS 400 as one of the 24 Most Important Vehicles of the 20th Century, a title it bestowed on the vehicle in 1996.

The LS 430 was judged as the "Finest Luxury Sedan In America" by Automotive Marketing Consultants, Inc. in a 2002 comparison test. Competing against ten other luxury models, including the Mercedes S500 and the BMW 750iL, the LS placed first in three out of seven categories: NVH, ergonomics, and utility. The LS 430 was also the quietest car in the comparison, with an idle reading of just 31.1 dB in the front seat.

Car and Driver magazine awarded the 2004 LS 430 first place in a December 2003 comparison test of $70,000 luxury sedans. The LS 430 ranked above competing vehicles from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, with reviewers pointing to the LS 430's superior ride quality, highway performance, interior design, and technology as winning factors.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance report named the Lexus LS 430 First in Class and Best in Safety for cars $40,000 and over in 2005.

Intellichoice gave the Lexus LS its Best Overall Value award for the Luxury Class in 2004 and 2005.

AutoPacific and Intellichoice gave the LS 430 the Motorist's Choice Award in the Cars category in 2006.

Kelley Blue Book gave the LS 430 its Best to Hold Value Award in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

R. L. Polk & Co., automotive marketing research firm, gave the LS 430 its Polk Automotive Loyalty Award in the Prestige Luxury Car category in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 for customer retention.

Edmunds.com gave the LS 430 its Most Wanted Car award in the Large Luxury Class in 2002.

The 2006 Lexus LS 430 won Best luxury sedan overall on ConsumerSearch's review of Best Luxury Cars on September 2006.

Popular Science gave the LS 430 a Design & Engineering award in 2001, and named the LS 460 to its Best of What's New in Automotive Technology in December 2006.

Popular Mechanics gave the LS 460 its 2007 Automotive Excellence Award in the Luxury category. The second generation LS 400 was honored with Popular Mechanics' Design and Engineering Award in 1995.

Automotive research firm TRG declared that the 2007 Lexus LS 460 offered the most technological features of any vehicle in the North American market, surpassing the newly launched Mercedes S-class and 2006 BMW 7-Series.

Automotive data analysis firm Vincentric, LLC named the LS 460 L the "Best Value in America" in the Prestige Luxury segment in its 2007 Best Value Awards.

Technology reviews site CNET.com named the Lexus LS 460 L the "Tech Car of the Year," the top prize of its Car Tech Awards 2006. The CNET.com editors recognized the Lexus LS for its sound system, navigation, NavTraffic, Bluetooth integration, and self-parking technology in naming it the most technologically advanced vehicle of the year.

The fourth-generation Lexus LS was named the 2006-2007 Car of the Year Japan, taking the prestigious top prize among 10 finalists in a competition juried by Japan's top automotive journalists.

The LS 600h was named Limo of the Year in Top Gear's Car of the Year awards for 2006.

The LS 460 was crowned 2007 Car of the Year at the International Car of the Year (ICOTY) awards, held at the North American International Auto Show in January 2007. The LS 460 was named Luxury Car of the Year, beating out same-class competitors, named Most Respected, and in the overall competition the Lexus LS won the top award, Car of the Year.

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