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A tour of North Wales in a Toyota Highlander

Autumn in the UK is certainly one of the most beautiful times of the year to get out and explore. Although the weather can be changeable at the best of times, if you’re patient you can be rewarded with seeing stunning landscapes transitioning in colour and extended periods of sunrise and sunset.Packed with features that…

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Autumn in the UK is certainly one of the most beautiful times of the year to get out and explore. Although the weather can be changeable at the best of times, if you’re patient you can be rewarded with seeing stunning landscapes transitioning in colour and extended periods of sunrise and sunset.

Packed with features that bring together the best of SUV useability and the space and comfort for a road trip, we decided to take the new Highlander on a mid-week journey to North Wales to see what landscapes we could find.

Lon Cefn Ty, Bangor

Following a comfortable motorway cruise from Surrey to North Wales, we found ourselves greeted by some of the UK’s best driving roads around Snowdonia National Park. As with any sightseeing tour, we couldn’t drive for more than a few miles before pulling over to take in the spectacular scenes and as a result, we found ourselves taking a lot longer to travel anywhere!

Beddgelert, Caernarfon and Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda

However, when we finally were back on the road, the Highlander made driving a joy. From long open stretches to narrower village lanes, it showed off a high level of versatility with its handling, taking in any bumps with ease whilst retaining stability comfort at motorway speeds and longer sweeping curves. Combined with excellent visibility and a panoramic roof for drivers and passengers alike, sightseeing was made easy on the road from the comfort of our own seats.

Over the few days of driving, we were of course greeted by some strong clouds and fog. Despite much of it hiding the landscape including Mount Snowdon itself, watching the weather stirring around the rugged mountains was magical. Occasionally, we were also gifted short breaks in the cloud that revealed the hidden landscape in surreal fashion. Thankfully there was plenty of space in the back of the Highlander for photography gear to help us capture it.

North West of Pencraig

After taking a trip around Mount Snowdon on its surrounding roads, we decided to head South towards the coast. From the mountains, we descended into the valleys and riverbed gorges, all along the weather eased up and revealed an array of different sights and sounds.

In and around Criccieth

Our final destination was the famous Black Rock Sands beach – named after the large headland rock that sits at the Western end of the beach, it is one of a handful of beaches in the UK that motorists can legally drive on.

Black Rock Sands beach, Porthmadog

We spent most of the day taking pictures, exploring the rock caves (beware of the rising tide!) and enjoying the dunes and wide beach around us. As our final day came to a close before our return journey, we were treated to a distant and moody sunset that enhanced the deep pearlescent Tokyo Red on our Highlander, a fitting way to finish a very memorable trip.

Sunset at Black Rock Sands in the Toyota Highlander

From rugged mountains, forests, sandy beaches, and everything in between, the UK has, without a doubt, some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes to experience and all of them are just a road trip away. Heading back to the South of England, we were very happy to have chosen the Highlander which made our journey comfortable, safe and made the driving completely confident. But we’re sure the same could be had in any Toyota! We’d love to hear about your Toyota road trips, share them with us here…

Words and images by Jayson Fong.

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World Premiere of the New Lexus “UX” | Lexus | Global Newsroom

Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch. Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while…

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Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch.

Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while the flared fenders evoke agile driving in order to create a bold and refined exterior. The interior cockpit combines a sense of driving excitement with a visually expansive space. In addition, we have pursued excellent steering response, handling stability, and refined ride quality.

Since its launch in 2018, a cumulative total of approximately 240,000 units have been sold in more than 80 countries and regions as of the end of March 2022. The expanding lineup of electrified vehicles of Hybrid (HEV) and battery EV (BEV), achieved the percentage of electrified vehicles of approximately 80% of sales globally, making it the leading model in the Lexus electrified lineup. Going forward, we will continue to contribute to the practical spread of electrified vehicles toward the realization of a carbon-neutral society, while tailoring to the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers.

Based on the “Always On” philosophy of continuous improvement through agile development, the new UX200/250h has further refined and exhilarating driving performance, enhanced its advanced safety systems by expanding the preventive safety technology functions and added the latest multimedia system.

To enhance the driving experience, structural rigidity was improved by adding 20 spot welding points on the body and the EPS and shock absorbers tuning was performed accordingly. It achieved refined and exhilarating performance and to further improve the refined, direct feeling and response through extensive testing at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama.

For advanced safety system enhancements, we aimed to make driving safer and more reassuring by enhancing the functionality of the “Lexus Safety System +” preventive safety technology. The UX also features a new state-of-the-art multimedia system with a larger/higher-resolution touch screen display. Usability has been improved by optimizing the shapes and switch layout of the instrument panel and console area. Two USB charging connectors (Type-C) have also been added in the front of the console.

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LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 Grand Prix Winner Announced | Lexus | Global Newsroom

TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions. The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission…

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TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions.

The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission of supporting and nurturing creators early in their careers to help shape a better future and enhance the happiness for all through design, while articulating the Lexus brand’s three core principles: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate. The Grand Prix winner “Rewind” contributes to a better tomorrow by using technology to help people stimulate their memories when their recall ability is challenged, for example by dementia.

The six finalists selected this January spent three months developing their original proposals and creating prototypes under the enthusiastic and highly skilled guidance of Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Yosuke Hayano and Sabine Marcelis. Mentoring by the world’s leading creators was a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for these young talents. This process facilitated the impressive evolution of the finalists’ projects, not to mention that of the Grand Prix work, “Rewind.”

Poh Yun Ru commented: “I feel immensely grateful that Rewind is now a step closer to improving the lives of more people. This couldn’t have happened without the unwavering support of my mentors, my team of dedicated engineers, programmers, healthcare experts, and users. This opportunity from LEXUS DESIGN AWARD to turn a project into a real-world product felt nothing short of amazing, and I feel heartened to have met and learned from so many passionate designers from around the world. It has been such a rewarding and inspiring journey, and I am excited to continue designing for a better world and a better tomorrow for all.”

In a new benefit for 2022, the finalists met one-on-one with the design world’s elite panel of judges: Paola Antonelli, Anupama Kundoo, Bruce Mau and Simon Humphries following the 10th LEXUS DESIGN AWARD event. After the judging session, the finalists received not only direct feedback on their work, but also career advice and tips for improvement. This beta-feature of the 10th anniversary LEXUS DESIGN AWARD turned out to be an extraordinarily valuable experience.

After the judging session, all four judges provided comments.

Paola Antonelli told of the overall importance of design in today’s world: “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists offer a wide range of products in different fields of design, employing different types of technology, but they all have one thing in common: care. Care for the environment, care for the elderly and differently able, care for the needs of families and communities, and more. They demonstrate that at a time of emergency in the world, design can offer suggestions that are poetic and beautiful, and also feasible and scalable. In the hands of great designers, doing the right thing―by society, the environment, the world―also becomes inspiring and elating.”

Anupama Kundoo and Bruce Mau commented on the Award’s feature of mentorship: “I particularly enjoyed the unique feature of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, namely, that the talented visionary designers are first identified, and then supported personally in their further development through dedicated mentorship.” Kundoo said, while Mau commented, “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD’s process, where the finalists are connected to design mentors, is absolutely brilliant. And the impact was plainly evident in the final submissions.”

Simon Humphries praised all finalists for their creativity and imagination in addressing the judging criteria: “The power of creativity and its ability to enrich people’s lives never ceases to amaze me and this year’s entries only reinforced this further. Congratulations to all the finalists who showed such imaginative insights into challenging problems that many just take for granted.”

The six LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists’ projects will be shown at Lexus exhibit during Milan Design Week 2022, the world’s largest design event, to be held in June.

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Adjustments to Domestic Production in May | Corporate | Global Newsroom

Toyota Motor CorporationMotomachi Plant Production line #1 ― May 16 (Mon), 17 (Tue), 18 (Wed), 19 (Thu), 20 (Fri) Crown, Noah, Voxy, MIRAI, bZ4X Production line for GR models ― GR Yaris Production line for low volume models ― LC Production line for Century ― Century Toyota Motor CorporationTakaoka Plant Production line #1 May 9…

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