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Toyota Launches Kinto One Subscription Program

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Toyota has just introduced its car subscription-based program in Malaysia, called Kinto One, under which you can basically lease a brand new Toyota or a Lexus, instead of buying one.  Simply put, there will not be any dealing with the bank.

There will only be a fixed monthly subscription fee which you will pay Toyota Capital Malaysia, which will cover the registration of the vehicle, the annual comprehensive insurance and road tax, and even the periodic maintenance as well as preventive maintenance.

This simply means customers really do not have to pay for anything else; be it the oil change, the labour cost associated to servicing, or even components like the tires and the battery. Everything is all truly inclusive.

That said, the models offered under the Kinto One program and the monthly subscription rates are as mentioned below:

Toyota models

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Lexus Models

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In case you’re wondering why the fee is so high compared to the conventional monthly hire-purchase loan repayment, it is because the Kinto One subscription period only comes in either two years or three years.

Once the subscription period is completed, the customer is to just simply return the car to Toyota Malaysia and everything else will be taken care of; dissociating typical customers from the worry of residual value of the car nor the worries of how to sell-off the cars after years of usage.

Introduced under Toyota Capital Malaysia, the subscription program is also offered by Toyota in many parts of the world in the Americas, Central Asia, as well as Europe. However, the Kinto One subscription program in Malaysia is first-in-the-world to introduce an Islamic based car subscription program.

According to Toyota, the Kinto One subscription program is also aimed at companies and corporations wanting to be light in their assets but still highly require the functionalities of being mobile, and also at individual customers who appreciate the fact that the cost of owning a car is really beyond the ability to oblige to the monthly instalments but also all the costs associated to it; payment for insurance, road tax, servicing and wear and tear of the vehicle.

Besides that, Kinto One customers are also entitled to the complete range of after sales services offered by Toyota, where the servicing and maintenance will be handled by authorized Toyota dealers with genuine parts.

Kinto One customers are also covered under comprehensive Takaful insurance coverage with 24-hour emergency assistance.

Mr Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd said, “While it is newly launched here in Malaysia, we are starting with our learning curves way past the introductory stages. With strong support of Toyota Motors Corporation and the abundant availability of intellectual discourses amongst Kinto operators across the world, it has made our market introduction journey a very enriching one.”

Current models include Toyota Vios, Yaris, Corolla, Innova, Fortuner and Camry with many more models coming soon, including Lexus cars.

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Lexus Next Step Financial Solution Launched

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Those who have been aspiring to get their hands on a brand new Lexus now have something to be happy about, as Lexus Malaysia has announced the introduction a new customisable financial solution called Lexus Next Step.

Offered by Lexus Capital Services, the financial solution will see customers’ repayments divided into three tiers. While Tier 1 will see the lowest monthly instalment, Tier 2 repayment for the next three years will be slightly higher, followed by Tier 3 in which the repayment is the highest. The difference in repayment between each tier is about RM700, according to Lexus.

“Lexus Malaysia understands the desires of today’s consumers who want to enjoy their lifestyle activities while owning the car of their dreams. With Lexus Next Step, we have created an easy and seamless means for aspiring young adults to enjoy unmatched benefits such as lower monthly instalments over the initial period, low rate of interest as well as multiple tiers of payment to suit the customers’ anticipated income growth,” said Lexus Malaysia president, Ravindran K.

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Currently, the Lexus Next Step finance plan is only available for the Lexus UX compact SUV that made its Malaysian debut in March last year. Offered in three variants, the Lexus UX is priced at RM236,444 for the Urban variant, RM274,999 for the Luxury variant, and RM290,335 for the F Sport variant.

With the Lexus Next Step plan, monthly repayments for the Lexus UX begins at RM1,938 per month for the UX Urban, RM2,255 for the UX Luxury, followed by RM2,381 for the UX F Sport.

Powering the Lexus UX is a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated Dynamic Force four-cylinder petrol engine with D-4S direct injection, which produces 169 hp and 205 Nm of maximum torque. Paired to the engine is a Direct-Shift CVT with 10-speed virtual ratio function. Thanks to the powertrain, the Lexus UX sprints from naught to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, while doing a top speed of 190 km/h.

The list of standard features in the Lexus UX include automatic headlights, keyless entry, push-start ignition, two seven-inch touch-screen displays, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, Nuluxe faux leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, six speakers, and a reverse camera.

Although the Lexus Next Step financial plan is only available for the UX entry level SUV model, we expect it to be offered for more models in the product portfolio in the near future.

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Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition Gets Bamboo Interior Trim

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In addition to the new RX 300 Luxury Special Edition, Lexus Malaysia has also introduced the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition in line with the arrival of the new year, featuring a few cosmetic enhancements that make the car look and feel even more than elegant than it is.

The main highlight of the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition is the addition of the bamboo wood trim in the doors, the dashboard, the centre console, as well as the steering wheel. While offering a unique texture and a fine finish to the vehicle’s luxurious interior, the bamboo trim also illustrates the role of a Takumi Craftsman who painstakingly sculpts and finishes each piece by hand.

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It is said that the bamboo used in the car were actually hand-picked from sustainable forests in Kochi in southern Japan, allowing Lexus to offer a luxurious and beautiful accent to the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition while being environmentally responsible.

Available in Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black Glass Flake, or Deep Blue Mica, the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition can be paired with two interior colours options – Topaz or Black.

lexus es 250 limited edition rear

Priced at RM327,510 on the road without insurance, orders for the new ES 250 Limited Edition will be open from mid-January 2021 with sales beginning in February 2021, allowing buyers to take advantage of the current sales tax exemption offered by the government until June 2021.

Powering the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition is a 2.5-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder petrol engine that kicks out 204 hp and 247 Nm of torque, paired to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic gearbox that sends all the power to the front wheels. Performance wise, the ES 250 is capable of sprinting from naught to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, with a top speed of 210 km/h.

Also worth mentioning here is the fact that the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition comes with Lexus’ arsenal of safety features, particularly the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+). These include the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and the Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS) as some of their key features.

lexus es 250 limited edition side

The Lexus RX’s AHS further comes with the world’s first BladeScan™ where blade-shaped mirrors in the headlights spin at high speed to vary the throw of the light away from other road users while creating good illumination elsewhere.

According to Lexus Malaysia, owners of all new Lexus vehicles purchased from any of the six authorised Lexus Malaysia outlets throughout Malaysia will be provided with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty on their vehicles.

The Lexus RX and Lexus ES have suitably played a key role in the Lexus family by developing a strong interest in the Lexus brand. They have continuously delivered an overall package that not only impresses from its design, but the high level of quality finish, equipment and luxurious drive have made these the best-selling models in the Lexus stable,” said President of Lexus Malaysia Mr Ravindran K.

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Lexus RX300 Luxury Special Edition Arrives – RM422k

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Lexus Malaysia has started 2021 with a bang, and first on the list of new arrivals for the year is the Lexus RX 300 Luxury Special Edition, which is basically the RX 300 Luxury with a funky bodykit.

The Lexus RX 300 Luxury Special Edition SUV, which is the only form of the RX 300 Luxury at the moment, will join the RX 300 Premium and the RX 300 F Sport variants in the product portfolio. This means that there will not be an RX 300 Luxury without the bodykit.

While the bodykit includes a new front bumper spoiler, side skirts, as well as a rear bumper diffuser, the Lexus RX Luxury Special Edition will be available in four main colours, namely Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black Glass Flake, and Red Mica Crystal Shine.

Lexus RX 300 Luxury Special Edition

Previously priced at RM424,888 on the road without insurance, the price of the Lexus RX300 Luxury Special Edition now stands at RM421,909.50 on the road without insurance.

Powering the Lexus RX300 Luxury Special Edition is the same powertrain package as before, which is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which puts out 235 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a six-speed automatic transmission, and an all-wheel drive system that comes as standard.

RX 300 luxury special edition

Another highlight of the Lexus RX300 Luxury Special Edition is that it comes with the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+) suite of safety and driver assistance features such as the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and the Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS).

The Lexus RX’s AHS also comes with the world’s first BladeScan technology where blade-shaped mirrors in the headlights spin at high speed to vary the throw of the light away from other road users while creating good illumination elsewhere. How cool is that?

lexus rx 300 luxury special edition

According to Lexus Malaysia, owners of all new Lexus vehicles purchased from any of the six authorised Lexus Malaysia outlets throughout Malaysia will be provided with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty on their vehicles.

“The Lexus RX and Lexus ES have suitably played a key role in the Lexus family by developing a strong interest in the Lexus brand. They have continuously delivered an overall package that not only impresses from its design, but the high level of quality finish, equipment and luxurious drive have made these the best-selling models in the Lexus stable,” said President of Lexus Malaysia Mr Ravindran K.

lexus rx 300 luxury special edition

“The Lexus RX and the Lexus ES have proven to be capable, sophisticated and impressive performers in their segments and they continuously exceed expectations by delivering a level of distinctiveness that cannot simply be ignored,” added Deputy Chairman of Lexus Malaysia Mr Akio Takeyama.

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2020 Lexus LM350 has a 26-inch TV inside

Lexus LM350

Lexus Malaysia today announced that the new LM350; essentially the most luxurious version of the Toyota Alphard, is now open for booking. Can you guess how much it costs?

Although the Lexus LM350 looks very much like its Toyota twin, it is actually a mini first class flight inside. Key features on the exterior include Lexus’ signature large spindle grille, the ultra-compact 3-beam LED projector headlights, 18-inch noise-reducing alloy rims finished in hyper chrome metallic, as well as a generous dosage of chrome accents.

Under the hood lies a 3.5-litre quad cam V6 petrol engine pushing out 296 hp and 361 Nm of torque, paired with a direct-shift 8-speed automatic transmission.

Lexus LM350

Inside, the Lexus LM350 comes with a 12.3-inch touch screen with controls that be activated through a touch pad, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as plush semi-aniline leather seats for the front occupants.

At the rear, which is the main highlight of the Lexus LM350, there are just two seats, but each is an Adaptipedic VIP lounge seat with an abundance of space.

Lexus LM350

Occupants can activate the Ottoman massage function in the air cooled/heated seats through touch controls on the rear central console, enjoy the 19-speaker Mark Levinson reference sound system, or watch the 26-inch full HD display panel mounted between the two rows of seats, with numerous playback and connectivity options.

To ensure maximum privacy for rear occupants, Lexus engineers have even included a glass partition that can be raised or lowered at a touch of a button. Other cool features include a fold-out magazine rack, large cubicles on both sides of the vehicle to stow bags, as well as a mini fridge.

Lexus LM350

Where safety is concerned, the list of features include the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+) which features the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), plus seven airbags.

That being said, all six authorised Lexus Centres around the country will be ready to accept orders of the Lexus LM350 from today for the 4-seater Lexus LM350 which is priced at RM1,148,000 on the road without insurance (Peninsular Malaysia).

Lexus LM350

Two colours are available for the new model – Black and White Pearl Crystal Shine and all Lexus Malaysia vehicles enjoy a comprehensive 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.  

With the official launch of the all-new Lexus LM350 expected to be held in May of 2021 with the first owners receiving the keys a month later, Lexus Malaysia is encouraging eager buyers to place their bookings now to secure their vehicles.

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Lexus LC 500 Convertible Arrives – RM1.35 million

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

From the moment it was launched a few years ago until yesterday, the Lexus LC 500 was arguably the sexiest car in Malaysia, but that has changed with the arrival of its sexier, topless twin – the 2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible.

Priced at RM1.35 million on the road without insurance, the 2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible comes with a hydraulically operated soft top which features an innovative folding mechanism that allows it to open in 15 seconds and close in 16 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible front

The soft top, which is constructed from a 4-layered material, can be opened or closed at speeds up to 50kmh for added convenience.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible side profile

A tonneau cover is also incorporated to cover the roof storage space in order to give the LC 500 Convertible a neat appearance when the roof is opened.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible headlight

Because of the soft top setup, the Lexus LC 500 Convertible weighs 100 kg more than its coupe sibling, at 2,035 kg.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 470 hp and 540 Nm of torque, the Lexus LC 500 Convertible is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, and achieving an electronically limited top speed of 270 km/h.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible interior

Paired with the engine is a 10-speed automatic gearbox which sends all the power exclusively to the rear wheels.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible rear

On the exterior, highlights include Lexus’ Spindle Grille, 3-beam LED projector headlights, LED taillights, a third brake light integrated into the edge of the trunk lid,  21-inch wheels, and like 10 colour options.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible engine

As for the interior, there are three colour options – Flare Red, Black, and OcherIn terms of interior colours, the LC 500 Convertible is offered in Flare Red, Black and Ocher.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Instrument Panel

The 2+2 cabin also features an eight-way power adjustable semi-aniline leather sports seats with heater and ventilation for the perfect driving position.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Rims

Other cool equipment include a Takumi designed gear shift that fits the driver’s palm perfectly, a  10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, voice-activated navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an 8-inch Digital Combination Meter, a Heads-up Display, and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System.

2020 Lexus LC 500 features

Where safety is concerned, the new LC 500 Convertible arrives with Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) which includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible gear

The vehicle is also equipped with a total of six airbags, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and active roll-bars as standard features.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible taillight

Those who purchase the Lexus LC 500 Convertible will be able to enjoy a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty, plus free service throughout that duration or for its first 100,000km as long as it is cared for accordingly by trained Lexus professionals at authorised Lexus Centres.

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Selected Toyota and Lexus Models Recalled Over Fuel Pump Issue

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia today announced a Special Service Campaign (SSC) to replace the fuel pump on certain units of Toyota and Lexus models.

This SSC is an expansion of earlier campaign. Based on the information received from Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), there are 9,500 new units of Toyota (Alphard, Vellfire, Camry, Corolla, Fortuner, Innova, C-HR and Harrier) and 850 new units of Lexus (ES250, GS200t, GS350, IS200t, LC500, LS500, LX570, NX300, RX300 and RX350) models manufactured from July 2017 to July 2019 and distributed by UMWT involved in this campaign.

Model not listed here are not affected by this campaign. The subject vehicles are equipped with a fuel pump which may stop operating. If this were to occur, warning lights and messages may be displayed on the instrument panel, and engine power hesitation may happen.

UMWT will officially notify all its affected vehicle owners to replace the fuel pump unit at no charge. However, the replacement work should depend on the car models.

For further information, owners of affected cars may contact any authorised Toyota Service Centre or call the Toyota Freephone at 1800-8-TOYOTA (869682).

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Lexus Unveils the New IS – Bigger, Sexier, Sharper

Lexus held the world premiere of the new Lexus IS online yesterday, featuring a fresh design, new features, and improved driving dynamics.

On the exterior, taking centre stage is the new Spindle Grille design which features a three-dimensional, polyhedral structure, and complementing it are features like newly developed compact and lightweight lamp units, muscular fenders, straight-line-type rear combination lamps sporting an “L” motif, three-dimensional bumper garnishes, as well as new 19-inch alloy wheels.

Size wise, the IS has grown by 30 mm in length, 30 mm in width, and 5 mm in height compared to the outgoing model. The car’s chassis is also more rigid than before.

Two new exterior colours have been introduced as well – Sonic Iridium and Sonic Chrome.

Inside, the new IS’ multimedia system features a new touchscreen that is compatible with SmartDeviceLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Other highlights include the door trim which now features a graphic pattern, as well as Ash decorative ornamentation.

Under the hood, the powertrain options have been carried over – the IS300 RWD comes with a 241-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder mill, the IS300 AWD gets a 260-hp 3.5-litre V6 engine, while the IS350 AWD and RWD are powered by a 311-hp version of the 3.5-litre V6 engine.

While AWD versions of the new IS use a six-speed automatic gearbox, the rear-wheel driven variants get an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

As far as safety is concerned, Lexus has added functions such as Emergency Steering Assist to the Lexus Safety System+ suite of safety features, which includes Pre-Collision system, Low Speed Acceleration Control, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beam, Road Sign Assist, and Driver Emergency Stop Assist.

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New Prices for Toyota and Lexus Announced

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia today announced new prices for its vehicles beginning 15 June 2020, following the incentives provided to the Malaysian automotive industry.

“Toyota vehicles are now more affordable than ever. Customers should take this opportunity to upgrade or purchase a new Toyota. All relief from the new tax structure have been factored into the new pricing, considered in the best interest of our customers. Price changes vary between our CKD and CBU model line-up,” said Mr. Ravindran K.,  President of UMWT.

Vehicle prices have been reduced from between 1% to 6%. In addition to the above, Toyota also announced the new price with its latest monthly Sales Promotion and Rebates.

That said, below is the updated price list for Toyota and Lexus models:

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Lighter, Safer, Sharper New Lexus LC 500 is Here, Just for RM1.25 million

Greetings, millionaires! The new Lexus LC 500 is now here in Malaysia, and it is officially open for booking!

For 2020, Lexus has introduced a number of enhancements to the LC 500 with particular focus on enhancing its comfort, safety and handling, starting from the weight reduction. Thanks to the lighter 21-inch wheels and the forged aluminium front lower arms, the car is now 10kg lighter.

They have also added a new performance damper in the rear, and a new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) control system, both of which enhance ride comfort while the Active Cornering Assist (ACA) control has been tweaked to operate in conjunction with the Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and the re-configured Electric Power Steering (EPS) to provide more precise and crisp handling and a more tactile steering response.

Inside, new additions include a Power Easy Access feature where the driver’s seat slides away once the ignition is switched off, on top of the steering column stow-away feature which makes egress ever more convenient.

The new LC 500 also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a new 10.3-inch Electro Multi Vision (EMV) high definition screen that is capable of displaying HD (1280×480) videos and images.

Added to this is a host of Lexus Safety System + (LSS+) features like the Front Pre-Collision System (PCS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Keeping System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) that work on top of the 8 airbags on board and a new park feature where the transmission is automatically placed in “P” when the door is open to avoid accidental runaways.

Powering the new Lexus LC 500 is a 5.0-litre V8 Dual VVT-i engine and a tweaked 10-speed Direct Shift automatic gearbox producing 470 hp and 540 Nm of torque, enabling the car to do the century sprint in 4.4 seconds.

There is an addition of two new body colour options as well – Blazing Carnelian Contrast Layering and Terrane Khaki Mica Metallic with two new interior colours – Flare Red, and Black and Orange.

Priced at RM1.25 million, the new LC 500 is offered with a comprehensive five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

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