Winner of Lexus Design Award 2021 Grand Prix Announced

Henry Glogau has been named the Lexus Design Award 2021 Grand Prix winner, topping more than 2,000 entrants from 66 countries.

Glogau, a native of New Zealand and graduate of Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy, presented a project called the Portable Solar Distiller, which uses ultraviolet rays to turn seawater or polluted water into clean, drinkable water. The Portable Solar Distiller was chosen for best embodying the “Design for a Better Tomorrow” concept, which builds on three key philanthropic and design principles of Lexus: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate.

“The winner was one of the designers who surprised me the most from the application to the final submission. The consistent mission of the winner persisted while the transformation in scale and social function was exemplary. The design became more refined, more functional and more open source during the process,” said judge Greg Lynn.

Glogau was one of six finalists picked this past January for the Lexus Design Award 2021. Other nominees include Intusi Design’s Terracotta Valley Wind, Irmandy Wicaksono’s Knitx, and Alina Holovatiuk’s Intempo. The six finalists were mentored over the past months by experts Joe Doucet, Mariam Kamara, Sabine Marcelis, and Sputkino!

Lexus is always on the cusp of innovation, and you can visit Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka to see for yourself. Schedule a visit to our showroom and test drive the new IS, NX, or LX to see for yourself.

Lexus Surpasses 2 Million Electrified Vehicle Sales Worldwide

In 2005, Lexus launched the RX 400h hybrid with the goal of changing the face of luxury automotive. Sixteen years later, Lexus is still one of the world’s leaders in going green, reaching a major milestone of 2 million electrified vehicle sales.

With more than 2 million hybrid and electric vehicles sold around the world, Lexus has helped reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 19 million tons. That’s roughly equivalent to 300,000 cars every year for 15 years.

But Lexus is far from done. Today, there are nine electrified vehicles in the Lexus portfolio worldwide—including UX 250h, RX 450h, and LC 500h. That number will only continue to grow over the next several years as part of the Lexus Electrified plan. In addition to using clean energy in manufacturing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Lexus will launch 10 new or significantly improved hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles by 2025.

If you want to be part of the brand’s next 2 million electrified vehicle sales, stop into Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Mishawaka, Indiana, and check out our great selection of hybrid vehicles.

Meet the Lexus LF-Z Electric Concept

The future of the Lexus brand is looking electric. Its latest demonstration of its EV technology is the LF-Z electric concept. Lexus wants to use this vehicle to showcase its plans for future electric vehicles.

The LF-Z was built using the Lexus DIRECT4 platform. This was designed specifically for electric vehicles and uses and a four-wheel-drive powertrain. This helps put more of the electric vehicle’s responsive torque to work.

To help give the LF-Z a lower center of gravity, its battery packs are installed underneath the floor. This also provides an additional layer of insulation from unwanted road noises.

The LF-Z has a futuristic exterior design with organic-looking lines and a black roof that blends almost seamlessly into the darkened windows. The roof is made of electrochromic glass, which can be lightened or darkened on command.

Inside, Lexus uses advanced AI technology that will learn a driver’s preferences to offer route suggestions and even restaurant recommendations. The LF-Z also uses a sophisticated head-up display system that can display driving information, navigation steps, and audio settings.

The LF-Z is a hint of what we can expect to see from Lexus in the near future. Lexus plans to release over 10 new or updated electrified models by 2025. These new cars will be in addition to hybrid or electric versions of the rest of its lineup.

While the LF-Z is still a concept model, you can get take a glimpse into future of Lexus by test-driving one of our electrified models at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Mishawaka, Indiana.

How Did Lexus Get its Name and Logo?

How Did Lexus Get Its Name & Logo | Jordan Lexus | Mishawaka

A lot of work goes into choosing a name for a new brand, and Lexus is no exception. The Lexus brand, which is the luxury arm of Toyota, was first introduced in the United States in 1989. Before this happened, Toyota asked Lippincott & Margulies, a New York consultancy firm, to come up with the new brand name in 1986.

The group eventually presented a list of 219 potential names. That list did not include the name “Lexus.” The top choice was “Alexis.” This gradually transformed to “Lexis” and then to “Lexus.” Other leading considerations included Calibre, Chaparel, and Vectre. The name Lexus may make you think of luxury, which is an ideal descriptor for the brand.

Once the team settled on a name, it was time to design the badge. This job was assigned to Hunter Communications and Molly Designs. They took the “L” from Lexus and stylized it in a steel gray oval for a modern design. Some Toyota officials say the badge was created using a strict mathematical formula.

The Lexus team wanted the new logo to emphasize the aerodynamic quality of Lexus vehicles and the combination of precision and art. That is why the full Lexus logo uses a custom font that flows together for a sense of seamless motion.

Experience the luxury and thrill of a Lexus for yourself — visit us at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Mishawaka, Indiana, and test drive one of our vehicles today.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Wows Autoblog in Driveway Test

2020 Lexus LC 500
2020 Model Pictured

When a review of a vehicle starts off with the words “exquisite, grand, beautiful,” you can bet that it’s made a strong first impression. Leaving a mark is just what Lexus does, and the new 2021 LC 500 Convertible made a clear impact on Autoblog in a recent Driveway Test.

Autoblog’s Zac Palmer recounts the first time he drove a Lexus LC. Palmer says he was followed for a long while by a pair in another vehicle. And once he arrived at his destination, the duo got out behind him just so that they could see the LC up close. In his expert opinion, the newly redesigned 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible has comparable magnetism.

“Many years from now, there will be beautifully preserved examples of them sitting on the grass at concours shows across the country, rightfully taking its place as a shining example of peak car design from this era,” Palmer writes.

High praise, to be sure. But one look at the new Lexus LC 500 Convertible confirms that Palmer is not overpromising. Poised, clean, and undeniably striking, the new LC is a testament to the artistry of Lexus. It’s a statement-maker that backs up its bold looks with thrilling performance and modern amenities.

If you’re eager to get your own up-close-and-personal look at the all-new 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible, you’ll find it at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Mishawaka, Indiana.

What Are the Differences Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil?

Differences between conventional and synthetic oil

If your Lexus is coming due for an oil change this spring, you may find yourself wondering what kind of motor oil is the best choice for your vehicle. If you’re not exactly sure what the differences are between conventional and synthetic oil, the advantages speak for themselves.

Generally speaking, the experts agree that synthetic oil is better for most engines than conventional. Synthetic oils use a higher-quality base, which means that they’re slower to break down, longer-lasting, and offer superior protection. A fully synthetic oil will keep your engine cleaner for longer and provide better all-weather performance. It’s particularly handy if you make a lot of shorter trips or have an older engine.

This isn’t to say that conventional oil isn’t up for the job. Conventional oils are more affordable than synthetics and provide adequate protection and lubrication to keep your engine hard at work. You’ll pay less when you change your oil, and you might not have to change it more frequently than you would with a synthetic.

Every vehicle’s needs can be a little bit different, and that’s where the insight of an expert is crucial. When you bring your vehicle to Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka for an oil change, our factory-trained technicians will ensure that it gets just what it needs to perform up to your standards for longer. Schedule your next appointment online and leave the hard work to the pros.

Get Ready for an Electric Lexus

Lexus has its eye on an electric future, but the automaker is making sure performance and efficiency won’t suffer for a greener powertrain. This was evident in its LF-30 electrified concept car, which debuted last year at the Canadian International Auto Show.

But, what exactly is propelling the automaker’s ability to create powerful and efficient electrified models? It’s a technology Lexus calls DIRECT4.

The DIRECT4 system helps a vehicle deliver precise performance. Balance is optimized as the system toggles between rear- and four-wheel drive capabilities. A feat made possible since each e-axle features a transaxle and electric motor. One driveshaft controls each motor for immediate responsiveness.

The new system will offer drivers an engaging experience while still prioritizing their comfort and safety. It is the goal of Lexus and Lexus Electrified Chief Engineer Takashi Watanabe that Lexus Electrified technology allows drivers to feel more in harmony with their vehicles. This hope builds upon another directive, already in the works, “Lexus Driving Signature,” which the automaker detailed in a news release:

“Lexus Driving Signature aims to provide drivers with a natural driving feel, a sense of unity with their vehicle, and the true comfort that comes from confidence, in a thoughtfully designed vehicle with the right balance of excitement and predictability.”

Both hybrid and 100 percent electric vehicles in the Lexus lineup will eventually utilize the DIRECT4 system as a vital component of the Lexus Electrified technology.

Contact Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka to learn more about the electrified future of Lexus or to check out the current lineup of Lexus models.

Explore Global Cuisine with Lexus from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Journeys In Taste | Mishawaka, IN

Buckle up because Lexus is taking you on a journey across the world. With the help of Conde Nast International, the luxury travel magazine, Lexus is releasing its second installment of several media projects to celebrate global cuisine.

“Culinary Perspectives,” the line of e-cookbooks, and the documentary series, “Journeys in Taste,” spotlight Lexus-loving artisans, food scientists, and chefs as they share their personal recipes. You will get a closer look at culinary traditions near and far.

The first stop on the journey was a visit with Australian chef and restauranteur Neil Perry, who shared some hors d’oeuvres featuring an egg-based sauce, crispy sourdough toast, and prosciutto he created for the Lexus Melbourne Cup. Perry has several award-winning restaurants, including the Sydney-based Rockpool Bar & Grill.

Charles Tan, a 28-year-old chef in Singapore, introduced viewers to his savory creation, tom yum chicken soup with tofu, for the Lexus LS 30th Anniversary event. This dish was a departure for Tan, as he is renowned for crafting unique flavors of gelato.

In the series, you will also see the executive chef at Intersect by Lexus in New York, Nickolas Martinez, sharing his inventive heirloom tomato salad with yuzu vinaigrette, which blends Spanish and Japanese flavors for an unforgettable and delicious combination.

We at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka hope you will take a moment to explore these wonderful projects. We know we will!

Should I Get the 2021 Lexus NX or 2021 Lexus RX?

2020 Lexus RX FSport Hybrid | Mishawaka, IN

If you’ve narrowed your search down to the Lexus NX and RX, you’re already on a good path. Both luxury SUVs offer powerful presence, cutting-edge technology, and exhilarating performance. Ultimately, deciding whether the 2021 Lexus NX or Lexus RX is better for you comes down to the particulars of what you want and need.

2021 Lexus NX

The new Lexus NX is a great compact luxury SUV for up to five people. Comfort comes first in the NX with features like stadium-style rear seats with first-in-class power-folding and -reclining capability.* The NX also offers exceptional power thanks to a standard 235-horsepower turbocharged engine as well as best-in-class fuel economy up to 31 mpg combined with the NX 300h.** Lexus made the new NX more advanced than ever with easy-to-use technologies like the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.

2021 Lexus RX

If your needs are a bit larger than what the NX offers, the new 2021 Lexus RX delivers big. The RX lets you choose between two- and three-row seating for up to seven passengers and provides more cargo space — up to 58.5 cubic feet with the RX 350L. You can also go bigger in terms of infotainment with an optional 12.3-inch touch screen and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System. Add 295 horsepower with the standard 3.5-liter V6 — or 308 horsepower with the efficient RX 450h — and the Lexus RX is a strong contender.

Are you on the fence about whether you should get the 2021 Lexus NX or RX? Let Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka help. We have both of these wonderful luxury SUVs in stock and ready to test drive.

*2021 NX vs. 2020/2021 competitors. Information from manufacturers’ websites as of 6/24/2020. 

**2021 NXh vs. 2020/2021 competitors. Excludes plug-in luxury hybrid vehicles. Information from manufacturers’ websites as of 6/24/2020.

EPA-estimated 33city/30hwy/31comb MPG estimates for 2021 Lexus NX 300h (AWD). Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

Spring Maintenance Tips for Drivers in Mishawaka

Technician Mounting New Wipers | Mishawaka, IN

Spring has returned to Indiana at last, and that means it’s time for seasonal maintenance for your vehicle. Bring your ride to Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka for spring maintenance and ensure that you’ll be ready for the road this season. Our expertly trained technicians will take care of these and other key services quickly and easily.

Windshield wipers

A set of new windshield wipers helps ensures that you have optimal visibility in the spring. You should be replacing your blades every six to 12 months, so making the start of spring your checkpoint helps keep you consistent and safer.

Battery

Freezing temperatures and less driving than normal take a toll on an older battery. When you bring your vehicle to the Jordan of Lexus of Mishawaka service center for routine maintenance, we can test your battery to make sure it’s putting out enough voltage and cold cranking amps to keep you moving. If it isn’t, we can easily replace your old battery so that you don’t have to worry about getting stranded.

Tires

Slick roads always present a challenge in the spring — especially if your tires are not in ideal condition. Check the tread depth to make sure that you’ll have enough traction and keep an eye on air pressure to keep your tires healthy longer. You should also make sure that you’re getting your tires rotated regularly, which you can easily have done at Jordan of Lexus of Mishawaka.

Whatever your spring vehicle maintenance needs, the experts at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka are here for you. We’ll make sure that your vehicle leaves our lot ready to hit the road for your well-deserved spring road trip.