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  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    OK, some claim to not see the similarity to the vehicles in post 12721.

    I PRINTED the page and then cut the page between the two vehicles. I then placed one on top of the other. Let me just say that if one of them was the key to your house, the other one would open the door with no problem at all.


    Coincidence?????????? What are the odds of that?????????

    For those of who say the only thing in common is that they are both cars, or that it is the call of an umpire, and more blah blah blah . . . I say print the page and overlay the two images.

    Beware the Lexus sharpshooters . . . they are good . . . VERY good.

  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    As implemented on the Prius in Japan beginning in 2003 (as an option that 80% of buyers took): The driver is responsible for throttle and brake, and the IPA controls steering automatically through an actuator mounted in the steering column. The navigation system display is used to prompt the driver to change gears, go forward, backward, etc. (hence the DVD/Nav system bundling). So, in short: you do the pedals, it does the wheel. source: link title

    Of course, the LS implementation could differ.
  • docnukemdocnukem Posts: 485
    Really now...if it is "Parking" assist, then it is not really driving is it? I mean you are PARKING the car. I am sure it is a neat trick. You can bet that other manufacturers will offer it on high-end vehicles, but if BMW or MB offers it, it is not going to change how the vehicle actually drives.

    There are many advances which reduce driver input but are clearly superior (ABS anyone?). While traction control can create problems, it solves more. I love to drive, but when the roads are icy, I certainly don't mind the car choosing to switch from RWD to AWD and kicking in the ESC.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Nice try, but it's specious. Show the three-quarter views and see if you can make the same claim. Also you are not considering surface topography and the tons of other details.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Does your wife's old MB have a slushbox or an MT ? If both have the auto tranny, then you must not have been *driving* all these years...

    I have never ever bought a slush box and have no intention to. The 83 MB300D slushbox of my wife's is a family heirloom passed on from my father. The slushbox was not my choice and if it was I would have picked 83 MB240D with a stick.

    Would you rather all cars have a 4-speed MT since the most engaging part of driving is rowing your own gears ?

    No I am a Luddite who likes 6 speed sticks.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Of course, Lexus massaged the copy. Bold move on Lexus' part. The outging LS was the same situation! At that time Lexus had Mercedes in the crosshairs. Guess what? The LS looked a lot like the previous generation S-Class and E-class Mercedes. Another coincidence?

    Actually, I'm not faulting Lexus for this. It's brilliant strategy. I'm just saying that they see a mousetrap and try to improve it. The Japanese have ALWAYS utilized COPYING and then attempting to IMPROVE as a business model. Stop the denial already. It's what they do!!!!
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    Stop the denial already.

    Sometimes germancarfans are in denial on certain things, and sometimes lexicans are.

    Designman though is one of the few here who is relatively unbiased. Plus, he is a design professional. I for one respect his opinions when it comes to styling.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Sometimes germancarfans are in denial on certain things, and sometimes lexicans are.

    Designman though is one of the few here who is relatively unbiased. Plus, he is a design professional. I for one respect his opinions when it comes to styling.

    I second every word of what syswei said here....
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    My 545 looks pretty close to the new LS from the side.
    A tribute to Chris Bangle's greatness.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Perhaps you think I am biased, but I will tell you that I do not have an "at-all-cost" allegiance or loyalty to a particular marque. I've had the opportunity to enjoy a number of them.

    My college degree many years ago in advertising taught me plenty about marketing hype, strategy, rhetoric, and good-old-fahioned BS. The advertising company I currently own is deeply involved with graphics design, print production and digital imaging.

    I may not be as unbiased or credible as designman in your opinion, and perhaps he is a design engineer of some sort, and I respect all of that, whatever it may be, but his opinion is not more relevant than others. It sounds like it carries a bit more weight with you guys, however, and that's fine with me.

    I call it like I see it, no matter what the brand is. I've said that before.

    I am convinced that the "Lexus people" have brilliantly targeted first Mercedes Benz and more recently BMW. That's the way I see it.

  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,662
    Scott - you honestly think that 50% of the people walk in with a $80-90K check for an S-class? Think about that. I'd say 15-85 is being generous. If they are financing via a loan then that is really bad because lease financing is cheaper and you have an option to ditch the car after 3 years.

    General rule of thumb - the more something costs the more likely it's leased if leasing is available.
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    7 Series are nice when you pick them up 3 yrs old. They depreciate very fast unfortunately. My friend bought a 3 yr old 7 series for 26k. It did have 70k miles, but it looked brand new. He loves it!

    Where'd he get that car? KBB price on trade-in for a 2003 745i with no options and 70k miles in Fair condition is $30k.....
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Oac and Syswei… thanks guys.

    TagMan… your background is interesting. Except for our opinions of Lexus/BMW styling we have a lot in common. I did some heavy-duty time in advertising years ago as a creative director and art director. Things changed with the ingress of computers, for the better I might add. I hope your business is doing well too.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Thanks. That's very interesting, indeed.

    Graphics departments are full digital workflow, numerous PC and MAC platforms, designers utilizing mostly all Adobe CS at this point (some remaining Quark). Production side is ALL HEIDELBERG (German ;) ) with Xerox providing the on-demand minor digital relationship.

    Love it, too.

    I guess you don't see the Lexus/BMW style connection that is emerging, but that's OK with me.


  • Your friend has more courage than most people. Buying a non-certied 7 Series takes guts.
  • The Jag XJ is overpriced when it is 20K less than a S Class or a 7 Series yet has more reliablility, more uniqueness, lighter, better mileage, etc. etc.?
  • garyh1garyh1 Posts: 386
    I am convinced that the "Lexus people" have brilliantly targeted first Mercedes Benz and more recently BMW. That's the way I see it.

    Hmmm, tagman, I have to say if you take those very small pictures of the side of each of the LS and the 7, and put them next to each other, there is a resemblance. But the small size of the pics (which takes out a lot of the detail) and the particular view chosen can make a lot of cars look similar.

    I do think the '07 LS looks more like a 7 than an S, and conversely the previous model LS looks more like an S than a 7. So there may be something to what you are saying.

    On the other hand, I think the previous S looks much better than the current LS, but the '07 LS looks much better than a current 7. So whatever Lexus is doing, they're getting better at it!

    To my eye, and with the proviso that I haven't seen either of the '07 models in person, I'd rank them in this order for pure exterior styling:

    '06 S (the ultimate large car that hides its bulk)
    '07 LS (looking extremely well put-together)
    '06 LS (nice but plain)
    '07 S (can't stand the wheel flares)
    '06 7 (can't stand the butt, and the overall chopiness)
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    1. By the looks of the new LS, the new S-class is obsolete on arrival;

    Only in your dreams sir.

    2. We do not even know how much the new LS will cost, so there is no basis to your claim regarding whether they will sell in the same price range at all. IMHO, those who think new LS will have an MSRP under $60k are dreaming, unfortunately (as much as I would like to share that dream myself).

    Well we'll see what it cost, but I bet it isn't going to be more than 65k to start either way.

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Merc1 - you have to realize many - over 60% of these cars and I'll bet closer to 75% are leased. In my area I asked my salesman on the percentages when I redid my GX 470 a month ago. He worked for Ray Catena (both Lexus and MB and has a brother that is still working at Ray's MB dealership) for 15+ years and he told me that the average is 65% Lexus and 75% for MB across the board. Admittedly just a sample of 1 dealer but the biggest one for both MB and Lexus in NJ. I'll bet the S and LS are higher than those averages given the higher pricepoints of both. So the leasing prices are a much bigger part of the deal then you seem to realize. You may be a big fan here but some of us have shopped these cars and prices stay with us. In 2001 there was barely a price difference between an $83K S-500 and a $71K LS430 ultra. The S was in the $1425 range and the LS was in the $1375 range. At those level the S was the bigger bargain given its MSRP yet the supply of the LS ultra ran out - so that type of price was no hindrance to sales. I know and remember it well as I got lease quotes on both and was told I'd have to wait 6 months for an ultra if I really wanted it. Difference in the lease prices was tied to MB using a way overdone 68% residual vs a 58% residual used by Lexus on the LS430. These are the leasing subsidiaies Brightness talks about and he's right on the money. In fact the cars were exact opposites in retention value 3 years later with the LS holding in at 63% and the S at less than 55%. You can keep trumping MSRP but it's about as meaningful as the Prime rate is to a Fortune 50 business borrower - for most buyers. In my opinion you have to be nuts to buy an S-class vis a vis the lease deals that are out there.

    Through all this garble about leasing there isn't a single fact as to how many lease vs buy. One a bet and hunch. So what if they are mainly leased, still doesn't apply to everyone buying one of these cars unless everyone leases.

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Now here's a question for you: Do you seriously believe that the reason the LS is the leader of this pack is bcos it is cheaper ?

    Do you seriously think a 15-20K price advantage doesn't help the LS in being a sales leader? Here is where you other Lexus fans theory about sales starts to fall apart. One minute you point to sales as being the indication as to what the "best" product is in a particular segment, yet when a Lexus vehicle isn't the top seller in its respective class we get all these excuses about production capacity, Lexus being understaffed and what not. That is absurd. One minute sales deterimines the "best" and the next min the "best" is whatever Lexus fan say it is - because they sales theory can't be applied.

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