Every Lexus model starts with a two letter acronym, but these acronyms are anything but random, each one carries a meaning indicative to the model upon which it appears, as we reveal below.
LS stands for ‘Luxury Sedan’. The original LS 400 – the car that launched Lexus back in 1989 – was the work of 60 designers, 1400 engineers, 2300 technicians and over 200 support workers, and was billed as the finest luxury car in the world by Toyota Motor Corporation and the motoring press alike. The latter ‘Sedan’ part of the model’s name is in reference to the model’s traditional four-door, three-box shape.
Since the arrival of the IS 200 in 1999, the Lexus IS range has always combined traditional Lexus qualities in a smaller and more mechanically dynamic package aimed at a younger customer. Fittingly, IS stands for ‘intelligent sports’.
CT stands for ‘creative touring’. The car is creative in the sense that it dared to debut a full hybrid powertrain in a segment dominated by diesels. ‘Touring’ can be interpreted as dispelling the myth that the batteries used to power the electric motor compromise passenger and luggage space; the car features class-leading head and shoulder space up front and a boot that extends to a 985 litre total capacity.
The GS follows in the footsteps of LS, by adopting ‘sedan’ as a suffix. The ‘G’ in the model’s name stands for ‘Grand’, symbolizing, semantically, the model’s middling position in the Lexus model line-up.
RX signifies a ‘radiant crossover’. The word ‘radiant’ can be interpreted as representing the bright new future that Lexus envisioned at the car’s launch at the start of the second millennium. The model was our first-ever sports utility vehicle (SUV). It is worth noting that radiant crossover is a term seldom mentioned in literature related to RX.
The newest addition to the Lexus line-up, the NX, stands for ‘nimble crossover’. To find out why, you’ll just have to try one for yourself. Leave a comment below stating your interest and we’ll be in touch shortly.