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Toyota and Lexus had one of the largest displays at the show but had relatively little new to offer. They showcased the Auris, Aygo, Avensis, Landcruiser Prado, Yaris and the Prius. The Lexus section heavily emphasized hybrids and attended the show with the LS600h, RX400h, GS350, IS250, IS220d and SC430.

The only nice car here was the Lexus LS600h. However the saleswoman I was talking too was pumped up full of Lexus bullsh*t about the "great fuel economy" of the LS600h. She went on to tell me that they have "many satisfied customers" who love their LS600h because of the great gas mileage and of course technology onboard. While I can believe her when it comes to the technology aspect, I thought she was full of it when it came to the gas mileage part. Or she neglected to say that this is when the car is being driven in the city where the electric motor does most of the work (reviews here have stated that the LS600h can be driven with under 10 L / 100 km in city driving). At any rate I examined this car big time and it is a nice car, but I found it to be so overrated. The interior for instance struck me as bland and from a material point of view a notch below the Audi A8 and Mercedes S-Class. Yes, you read that right. The plastic is fine but the wood looked plasticky, fake and cheap compared to the A8 and S-Class interiors. Plus I found some huge panel gaps in tons of places. Panel gaps mean little to me for the most part, but since Lexus fanboys always talk about them and how Lexus have "none", I'd thought I'd give them some of their own medicine. Check out the "huge" panel gaps...




Toyota Prius


Toyota Avensis



Lexus section...


Lexus IS220d and SC430





Lexus IS250



Lexus GS350



Lexus RX400h



Lexus LS600h

















Rear door section looks very bland compared to the A8 and S-Class.




Volkswagen

Nothing new here. They had the new Tiguan here in cheap trim level and the usual popular cars like the Golf, Passat and Polo. Other than that the VW section was dead.



VW Tiguan




Volvo

There is no Volvo dealership in Mühldorf but there is one in Munich and these guys came all the way to showcase their cars here. Well, Volvo's ain't too popular in rural Bavaria so these cars were pretty much ignored for the most part. The new C30 got a few people interested though. It looks pretty nice and very big too. The C70 looks pretty



Volvo C70




Volvo C30




Volvo V70



Volvo V50



Volvo XC90




END OF PART VII



Hope you liked the show. Damn I am tired after writing all this and preparing the photos...
 

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Lexus has its whole lineup in Europe, huh?? Interesting.
Nope, the only Lexus sold here are the:

IS220d
IS250

GS350
GS430
GS450h

LS460
LS600h

SC430

RX350
RX400h

A pretty weird lineup with virtually zero engine options and zero appeal. No wonder they're not doing too good in Europe (except in the UK). What they need especially is a diesel RX, LS and GS and maybe a V6 SC.
 
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