Seamless contours, fully equipped engine, and incredible internal technologies. This is just a taste of what the new 2014 Lexus GS 350 has to offers drivers searching for an exceptionally refined luxury experience. The best part is that you don’t even have to “work your way up,” as the GS offers impeccable craftsmanship even at its most basic level.
The fourth generation GS is better than ever. With a variety of trims available, the GS 350 offers an ideal blend of performance and luxury. Under the hood is a powerful 3.5-liter V6, which means you can enjoy over 300 horsepower at your disposal. Zipping down highways or curvy mountain roads will be a comfortable breeze. Despite so much power, Lexus enthusiasts will love an astounding 29-highway mpg.*
If you’re ready to schedule a test drive to experience the 2014 GS for yourself, the be sure to contact us at Lexus of Greenville today. You can also click here to explore many other GS trims as well as other new Lexus models available right now.
*EPA estimated value. Actual mileage may vary. See dealership for details.
End-of-summer maintenance at Lexus of Greenville can help prepare your vehicle for winter
When it comes to your vehicle’s care, Lexus of Greenville is your year-round destination for affordability, efficiency, and information. That’s because we know what your vehicle needs to run its best, and we’ll only recommend the services that will help get it there. As summer starts to wind down, it’s a great time to bring your vehicle in for preventative maintenance that will prepare it for the fall and winter seasons.
Check and repair engine issues now
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to replace that filter or to get that noise looked at, the time is now. Cold weather can make existing problems worse, so get any engine driveability issues resolved today. This is also a good time to replace dirty air and fuel filters, PCV valves, and other components that may have been worn out by the demands of summer driving.
Give your cooling system some TLC
You should flush and refill your cooling system on a regular basis according to factory recommendations (more frequently for severe drivers). Be sure to use a mix of one part anti-freeze and one part water to prevent freezing when the temperatures drop. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, visit the Lexus of Greenville service department. Our certified technicians can also check the condition of your drive belts, clamps, and hoses to ensure that everything’s in proper working condition.
Prepare for optimum visibility
Severe weather can make roads dangerous, and that danger increases when you can’t see the road ahead. Make sure that your heater and defroster are working correctly for both visibility and comfort. Replace your old windshield wiper blades, and be sure to carry extra wiper fluid and an ice-scraper for emergencies.
…and all the rest
At Lexus of Greenville, we recognize that each vehicle is different, so we’ll check all of the most important parts of yours to make sure it’s ready for the road ahead. Ready to enjoy peace of mind in your vehicle? Schedule your service appointment today.
For all of you brave servicemen and women out there, purchasing the Lexus of your dreams needn’t be a difficult mission to accomplish. That’s why Lexus recently announced, through Lexus Financial Services (LFS) and in partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, that it will expand its longstanding Military Rebate Program, offering a $750 rebate on all new and Certified Pre-Owned Lexus vehicles.
As a show of a support and simple “thank you” for all the selfless dedication and sacrifice, Lexus is continuing its program that simply helps our troops get the Lexus vehicle they want. The extension of the program, which has offered rebates for eligible military personnel and inactive reserves since April of 2007, will now be get expanded to include retirees and veterans within a year of their (honorable) discharge. Household members of eligible qualifying military personnel are also included.
To take advantage of the rebate, individuals must:
- Provide verifiable proof of military status or active service at the time of purchase
- Receive a qualifying salary
- Receive credit approval by Lexus Financial Services through a Lexus dealer
Mere words cannot describe the gratitude and pride we all feel toward our brave men and women in uniform; however, with Lexus' enhanced military rebate program, getting the car you want and deserve should at least prove a little easier.
For more on the Military Rebate Program, be sure to contact your local Lexus dealer or visit lexusfinancial.com/PRmilitary.
New for 2014
The 2014 Lexus CT 200h gets a refresh for the 2014 model year, with more expressive styling, a revised navigation and audio interface, and some details changes.
Big Performance, Small Carbon Footprint
The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is a car for people who want more out of their hybrids than just great fuel economy. In addition to being an efficient five-door hatchback, the CT is also a luxurious urban runabout with equal parts style and technology. A stylish exterior is complimented by a comfortable interior with plenty of features.
Powertrain and Performance
With the 2014 CT 200h, Lexus sought to balance the fuel economy one would expect from a hybrid with sporty driving characteristics. All of that capability is packed into one high-tech powertrain.
That powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), along with an electric motor that gets its power from a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack. A second motor acts as an engine starter and generator.
Working together, the powertrain components produce 134 horsepower. That’s enough to get the CT 200h to 60 mph from a standstill in 9.8 seconds, and on to a top speed of 113 mph.
Of course, hybrids are supposed to be about saving fuel, not winning drag races, and the CT 200h doesn’t disappoint. It boasts an EPA fuel economy rating of 42 mpg combined (43 mpg city, 40 mpg highway).*
Features and Trim
That impressive efficiency is combined with a level of luxury befitting a car with the Lexus badge. Starting at $32,050,** the 2014 Lexus CT 200h packs a plethora of standard equipment into its five-door, five-seat hatchback body.
Among the highlights are 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, and an audio system with streaming Bluetooth and an integrated SiriusXM satellite radio received with free one-year subscription.
On top of that impressive base, buyers can build a CT 200h to suit their tastes with a host of packages and individual options. The Premium and Seat Comfort packages (starting at $814), include heated front seats, rain sensing wipers, and a few other features.
Next up is the Navigation package (starting at $4,653), which adds Bluetooth hands-free phone and automatic phonebook download capabilities, HD Radio, Lexus’ Enform telematics system, and voice control.
Just as Lexus blended some luxury into this eco-friendly hybrid, it also added plenty of style. The CT 200h features youthful styling made even more expressive by the addition of Lexus’ trademark “spindle” grille on 2014 models. Flanked by thin slashes of headlights, it gives the CT a lot more visual punch than most hybrids.
At the back, purposeful-looking details and a simulated rear diffuser continue the sporty theme, and the whole car has a low, wide stance that looks great from curbside.
That exterior verve is matched by an updated interior. The modern-looking design makes the most of the CT’s technology features with a multi-tiered dashboard that not only makes all of the controls easy to reach, but also makes a style statement that’s very 21st century. It’s a major departure from traditional luxury car interiors.
On top of the already-distinctive exterior and interior styling, Lexus offers an F Sport package (starting at $3,350) for some added flair. It includes a machined finish for the 17-inch alloy wheels, a black mesh grille and fog lamp inserts, and a rear spoiler. The interior gets black NuLuxe-trimmed seats, leather trim for the steering wheel and shifter, and a set of aluminum sport pedals.
Standard safety equipment on the 2014 Lexus CT 200h includes eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control. In addition, Lexus offers an optional Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which uses a front-mounted radar sensor to detect obstacles in front of the vehicle. This allows the car to follow other vehicles at a set distance automatically, and helps mitigate collision damage.
For buyers who want their hybrids to come with more than just great fuel economy, the 2014 Lexus CT 200h is a great choice. This compact hatchback delivers the efficiency one would expect from a Toyota-family hybrid, but with plenty of style and luxury as well.
The exterior styling looks good whether you care about fuel economy or not, while the interior is both inviting and ergonomically designed. It’s also loaded with luxury and technology features for the buyers who wants to live large, but with a small fuel bill.*2014 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
**MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $910. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price may vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.
You know that sinking feeling when you turn your key in the ignition, and instead of the roar of the engine, all you hear is a sad, defeated gurgle? That’s a dead car battery, and it’s enough to ruin anyone’s day. Routine maintenance and regular battery checks will significantly lower your risk for the battery blues.
How it works
As you probably already know, the car battery is the essential component that starts your vehicle’s engine. Within the battery, a chemical reaction creates an electrical charge, which subsequently starts the car’s motor. Battery power is also required for your car’s electrical components like cabin and headlights.
Your battery is in the clear if it is consistently working, and clean. Your battery and its cables should be cleaned on a monthly basis with a small, stiff brush like a toothbrush to clear out dirt and debris from the road. Never use any sort of cleanser when cleaning. Healthy batteries should also be clear of corrosion. Brush away the corrosion from battery terminals by dipping a toothbrush into flat dark soda, or a mixture of water and baking soda, before scrubbing. Apply petroleum jelly on the surface after cleaning to prevent future build-up.
If your battery is displaying any of these symptoms, it’s time for a check-up.
Low water in the battery cell could be affecting battery performance. Check the indicator on the side of the battery for the water level. If it needs filling, stop by our service department for a special tool to fill it up.
Age is a huge factor in battery health. Batteries are designed to last about five years, but this lifespan could shorten based on use and maintenance habits. If your battery is five or older, consider getting it checked out.
Cracks in the battery’s plastic casing or other wear on the battery connections could mean damage and are worth a second look.
Loose tie straps need adjusting. Make sure your battery is tightly secured, because engine vibration could knock the battery around and cause damage.
Of course, the biggest sign of an unhealthy battery is a dead one, but it’s much better to routinely maintain your battery than to be left in a lurch without power. Get peace of mind with a power-up at our service department.
You can't be sure how you will react in a car accident until you have experienced one. Even if you aren't physically hurt, the trauma during any accident can cause shock or fuzzy thinking at a time when you need to keep your wits. If you ever find yourself in an accident, insurance protection is vital, but it’s also important to remember these five tips:
1. Assess for accident injuries
If possible, assess yourself and any passengers for injuries and immediately call for medical assistance if necessary. Should anyone be seriously injured or unable to move, try not to move them unless there is threat of a fire or they are on the road where they could be hit by another car.
2. Safety first
For minor accidents, move both vehicles off the road for protection against moving traffic. If the damage to your vehicle is severe, keep it where it is until the police arrive. Turn on your emergency flashers to alert oncoming traffic.
3. Stay calm and ask questions
No matter who is at fault during an accident, this is not the time to freak out or become overly emotional. Remain calm and with a clear head assess what happened and be ready to ask questions.
- Know exactly where your insurance information is located and other identification you'll need to meet your legal requirements.
- Write down the names and contact information for all witnesses.
- If you are not at fault, and the accident wasn't serious enough to involve a police report, do not let the other driver talk you into letting them mail you a check for the damage to your car. If they claim they don't have insurance, ask questions about their car registration, name, and contact information, and give them your insurance information. Tell them you will be contacting your own agent to report the accident.
- If possible, take a photo of both cars showing the damage and license plates.
4. Admit no fault
Answer no questions about fault with anyone except a police officer or your insurance company. Give no statements to the other driver's insurance company or your words might be twisted and used against you. You also shouldn't sign any legal documents from the other insurance company, especially if you feel they are pressuring you for an early settlement that you feel isn't sufficient to cover your damage.
5. Immediately report the accident to your insurance company
This is the moment when you'll finally understand why you pay monthly premiums for insurance protection. Carry your agent's name and phone number in our car and make the call as soon as possible. The sooner you contact them, the sooner they can help you with your claim.
Keep a folder in your car with all your insurance contact information and this tip list. This way you'll have all the information you need to help you think more clearly if you’re stressed during an accident.
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In the United States, millions of laborers take off the first Monday in September to honor themselves with barbecues, parades, and shopping sprees. Workers from around the world—most on a different date—honor themselves as well with these Labor Day Traditions.
International Workers' Day. Also known as May Day, International Workers' Day is a national holiday in 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many others. The day's founders meant to establish a day for protests and a call for workers' rights. In some countries, as with many holidays, it turned into a day of festivals, sporting events, and alcohol consumption. In others, the day still remains tied to its origins.
Labour Day in Canada. Canadians celebrate the holiday on the same day as Americans and for the same reason: to campaign for and celebrate workers' rights. As with the American day, Canadians have turned the holiday into a long weekend for traveling, picnics, fairs, festivals and fireworks displays.
May Day in Great Britain. Great Britain's laborers celebrate their day in May with much of the world. It began as a day of organized protests and campaigning for workers' rights and evolved into a day off for festivals and parties. Many British towns crown the May Queen on May 1 and celebrate with the decorating of Maypoles. Other British May Day traditions include hobby horses and locals dressed in costumes.
Primero di Mayo in Mexico. Mexico honors its labor force on May 1 with protests and parades. Although some Mexicans use the holiday as an excuse to go a little crazy, many workers use the holiday for its intended purpose—to protest for workers' rights.
May Day in Germany. May 1 in Germany is a national holiday and an important day in German history. On May 1, 1929, the ruling Social Democratic party killed 32 protesters and seriously injured 80 others in what came to be called "Bloody May." Unlike in Britain and in the United States, Germany's May 1 holiday is celebrated primarily among the working class. Clashes between demonstrators and police in Germany's major cities are common.
May Day in Japan. International Worker's Day is not an official holiday in Japan, but because it falls between other major holidays, most Japanese workers take the day off. Although some workers use the day to organize protests, many Japanese find it a convenient day for traveling.
May Day in Russia. After the Bolshevik Revolution, May Day was an important holiday of the Soviet Union that was celebrated with large parades in major cities. Since 1992, the holiday has been referred to as “The Day of Spring and Labour.” Although some political parties and trade unions hold demonstrations on this day, many Russians prefer gardening and spending time with their family.
We've all seen organic food at our local grocery store, but organic clothing? Buying organic clothing can be a great way to help the environment, but it comes at a cost.
What the heck is organic clothing anyway?
The same principle that applies to growing organic foods, applies to the materials that are used to create organic clothing. It emphasizes using methods that are eco-friendly. Crops aren't radiated with chemicals, genetically engineered or sprayed with pesticides. The farming techniques minimize pollution and strive for a renewable and balanced eco-system.
Materials used for organic clothing include wool, silk, hemp, bamboo, soy, Tencel (wood pulp), and the most popular of all, cotton. While there's no hard evidence that wearing organic clothing has any direct impact on your health, it does have an impact on the planet and the workers who harvest the materials.
Cotton, white gold, the fabric of our lives. You're probably wearing some right now. Cotton seems like a harmless choice, a good one even. But, conventionally grown cotton requires about 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to make enough cotton for one t-shirt.
In a clean, green world, pesticides are the big baddie. According to the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), although they occupy only 2.4 percent of the world's arable land, cotton crops account for 16 percent of the world's insecticide released. That's a lot of poison.
Some of the commonly used pesticides include cancer-causing agents such as yanazine, dicofol, propargite and trifluralin. While there's no scientific evidence that these toxins affect you if you wear the clothes, they do have an impact on the environment and the farm workers who are exposed to them on a daily basis.
According to OrganicConsumers.org, in the 1990s more than 50 percent of the cotton workers in Egypt suffered from symptoms of pesticide poisoning and in India 91 percent of male workers exposed to pesticides for more than 8 hours a day suffered from some sort of health issue.
Don't cotton to it
Organic cotton isn't all rainbows and unicorns either. Although the US grows one of the largest crops of cotton in the world, most organic cotton is grown overseas in places like China, India, Turkey and Africa. That means getting the product to the US takes a lot of energy and leaves behind a big old carbon footprint. The extra effort it takes to grow, harvest and ship organic cotton means it's more expensive, anywhere from 10-45 percent more expensive.
Coming into fashion
Even though it's more expensive, organic clothing is making its way into the mainstream. Organic clothing isn't relegated to upscale boutiques in Soho anymore. You can find organic clothing lines at Target, Gap, Nike, Neiman Marcus and many other major retailers.
With more affordable choices offered every day, it's easier than ever to buy organic. Talk to your local retailers and let them know you'd like more organic options. If you let them know the demand is there, the supply will come.
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