Lexus of Greenville is proud to feature Lindsay Vallo-Jackson for this month’s employee spotlight. Lindsay has been working for Lexus of Greenville for two years now, as a Service Advisor for internals and customers. She has worked at auto auctions in the past, but this is her first position with a dealership. Lindsay says her favorite car in the showroom is the 2015 Lexus GX 460, and her favorite part of the job is working with customers.
Originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, otherwise known as the golf cart community, Lindsay has settled happily in Greenville. She says her favorite part of the city is the downtown area, where she enjoys shopping. She also enjoys visiting the lake and playing golf. When she’s not working, Lindsay spends time with her husband and her dog named Coco.
The management team at Lexus of Greenville invites you to stop by our Service Department to meet Lindsay, or if your vehicle needs regular maintenance or repairs, you can schedule your service appointment online.
Hosting Café Blends to raise awareness
Lexus of Greenville is proud to announce that Greenville Automotive Group has partnered with Nobis Works to raise autism awareness and inspire job creation for people with disabilities, especially on the autism spectrum.
Nobis Works is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide training and employment for people with disabilities. Working with Lexus of Greenville, Nobis Works has added Café Blends to the dealership’s customer lounge. Café Blends is an onsite café that offers employment opportunities for individuals diagnosed with autism, and helps raise awareness about the unique job capabilities of people with autism.
We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to visit Café Blends today and see how people with disabilities can still enjoy productive and independent lifestyles that contribute to the community. Hope to see you soon!
Lexus has released pricing and package information for its new Lexus RC 350 (pictured). The RC 350 RWD is expected to start at $43,175 MSRP,* while the all-wheel drive version should start at about $45,950 MSRP.* Packages include the $1,240 RWD or $800 AWD Premium Package** which adds heated/ventilated front seats and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; a $220 All-Weather Package** for the AWD version which includes retractable and color-keyed headlight washers, windshield-wiper deicer, and a high intensity interior heater; or the $4,885/$4,460 Luxury Package**, which combines the Premium Package with a heated steering wheel, leather interior, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors with reverse auto tilt, power-tilt steering wheel, and two-position seat memory.
If you really want to go all out, you can opt for the $5,085/$4,680 F Sport Package** which offers an extensive list of features including: F Sport 19-inch wheels with summer (RWD) or all-season tires (AWD), high-friction brake pads, and aluminum sport pedals and stainless steel scuff plates, plus much more. Even if you choose not to purchase any of these packages, the RC 350 comes standard with NuLuxe interior, 10-way power driver and 8-way passenger front seats, a 10-speaker 256 watt sound system, 7-inch VGA center screen, and 18-inch 5-spoke wheels.
You get a whole lot of awesome, any way you look at it. Stop by Lexus of Greenville this fall to test drive the new RC 350 and get started on your way to owning a new Lexus vehicle. Call or contact us online to schedule your test drive.
* Total MSRP includes delivery, processing and handling fee. Excludes taxes, title and license. Dealer price may vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.
** Prices for factory options and packages are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) as of posting date. Lexus strives to build vehicles to match customer interest, and thus they are typically built with popular options and option packages. Not all options/packages are available separately and some may not be available in all regions of the country. Contact your dealer for additional details.
As the colors of the leaves change, so do your vehicle’s service needs. Fall service is all about recovering from long summer road trips while also preparing for fall rainstorms and impending cold weather. At Lexus of Greenville, we’ve put together a fall service checklist so you can prepare now and avoid road emergencies in the future. Schedule a service visit today and we’ll make sure you and your vehicle can make the transition to colder temperatures, worry-free.
As with any seasonal transition, your tire pressure is going to react to the temperature change, so make sure to keep your tires inflated to your manufacturer recommended PSI. Especially in the fall, it’s also essential that you check your tire tread. If your tread is too low during rainy fall days and icy wintery weather, it will be difficult to maintain safe contact with the road. Keep yourself safe by checking your tread now before entering dangerous driving situations.
As with tire tread, your brakes are your ultimate safety net, and it behooves you to make sure your safety net is intact before you need it. Ensure that a brake check is included at your seasonal service visit to avoid any stress stopping on the road.
Regular oil changes are your car’s service bread and butter. Stick to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and get an oil change if your car needs it so it’s in tip-top shape throughout the season.
Filter check, coolant check, hoses check
Your filters, coolant, and hoses work behind the scenes to keep your car running the way it should. The fall is the perfect time to make sure your oil, gas, and air filters are in good condition, your coolant has been changed in the past two years, and your thermostat, heater, and defroster are working properly. Also check that your hoses are not leaking or soft. If they are, replace immediately.
Your car’s battery takes a beating in colder weather, so take advantage of the fall season to check up on your battery. Batteries older than four years may not make it through another cold season, so replace now to avoid waking up to a dead battery and a spoiled morning.
HVAC and wiper blades
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems contribute to both your interior comfort and your safety, especially in colder weather. Without a working heating system, forget defrosting in the late fall and winter months. While you’re checking your HVAC system, take a look at your wiper blades as well. They should be changed every six months, generally, and new blades will give you greater visibility during fall storms.
Winter emergency kit
Typical road emergency kits include the standard jumper cables and other supplies, but it’s a good idea to add some tools to your kit now to prepare for cooler conditions. Stock up on gloves, boots, blankets, flares, tire chains, flashlights, and some sand or kitty litter to provide traction in slippery situations. Also include a small shovel in case you need to get gravel, debris, or snow out of your way if you’re stuck. You may not end up using anything in your kit, but especially as the weather cools, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The newest super sedan, the Lexus GS F is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of next year packing quite a punch. It is expected to produce close to 500 horsepower and just under 400 lb-ft of torque. It should be able to go from 0 to 60 in about 4.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of over 170 mph.
Speculators believe it will come equipped with the RC F’s 5.0-liter V8 engine, and should start somewhere around $130,000. The GS F should earn this price by coming standard with premium features including a very dramatic front grille.
Lexus of Greenville will be anxiously waiting to see the new Lexus GS F. Call, contact us, or stop by today to check out our available selection of new Lexus vehicles or to learn more about the upcoming GS F.
Image: Lexus (2013 GS F Shown)
Lexus knows a thing or two about hybrids. With six models to choose from, the Japanese automaker offers the most robust selection of hybrid vehicles around. One particular Lexus model that’s been singled out for praise recently is the 2014 Lexus CT 200h, which earned the Favorite Hybrid award at the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Drive Revolution event in Portland, Oregon.
NWAPA’s annual summer event sees automotive journalists gather to assess the green vehicle market as well as engage and learn about upcoming technology as it relates to more fuel-efficient and eco-conscious models. The two-day event provided journalists with the opportunity to learn about each vehicle’s unique technology, featured vehicle presentations, and a focused media ride-and-drive session for journalist.
In a testament to Lexus’ position as a hybrid vehicle leader, the CT 200h beat out a number of other green vehicles to claim the event’s coveted Favorite Hybrid award. According to NWAPA President Nik Miles, the CT 200h was chosen for its impressive combination of state-of-the-art small car luxury and hybrid technology.
“With six hybrid vehicles in our Lexus lineup, the most of any luxury brand, we are naturally thrilled to be recognized with this honor from NWAPA,” said Michael Bevan, General Manager, Lexus Western Area. “We appreciate that drivers in the Pacific Northwest want a compact luxury vehicle that is both fun to drive and highly efficient – the CT 200h really delivers on all fronts.”
With an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined,* the 2014 Lexus CT 200h is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles around. It’s impressive 1.8-liter gasoline engine works in tandem with an electric motor through an electronic continuously variable transmission that generates a total output of 134 horsepower. As with all Lexus vehicles, the CT 200h manages to mix pure performance with a stellar drive train that is both pleasing to drive and remarkably efficient.
The 2014 CT 200h includes several new changes over the 2013 model, including a new front-end design with the Lexus brand’s dramatic new signature spindle grille. The 2014 model also sports new interior luxury details, including a redesigned steering wheel and sliding driver and passenger sun visors.
*2014 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
Entry-level luxury has never looked so good but what you see is what you get with the breathtaking 2014 Lexus ES. As one of the oldest nameplates in Lexus' stellar lineup, the ES has been pushing the boundaries of what luxury vehicles have to offer for more than a quarter-century. Naturally, with that longevitiy comes dedication and quality. So it is no surprise that the 2014 Lexus ES is the result of many hours of design and engineering, making an already incredible luxury sedan even better. The Lexus ES range once again includes the 350 and the hybrid Lexus ES 300h, but there’s plenty that’s new to make both fans and newcomers alike consider this attractive model.
In fact, the ES is a vehicle that holds appeal for a wide range of drivers. Searching for safety? The ES upper body offers superior protection, based on over 30 digital models and extensive prototype crash-testing. Need extra space for life’s journeys? The sedan’s redesign from last year boasts a lengthened wheelbase that offers plenty of interior space. Of course, anyone looking for a thrilling, beautiful ride will find plenty to love here as well, especially with the new-for-2014 LED fog lamps.
The 2014 Lexus ES 350 comes with a 268 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and six speed automatic transmission as standard. The 2014 Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine paired with an electric motor for 200 total horsepower for a combined 40 mpg.* In each model, drivers get to select from different driving modes to suit their style—the ES 350 features ECO, Normal, and Sport modes, while the 300h includes those three modes and an EV mode for the most efficient driving experience, so regardless of your driving tastes, habits, or the road conditions ahead, there is a mode available to suit your driving needs.
The Lexus ES was already generously equipped last year with an eight-speaker Premium surround sound system, including Bluetooth, USB, and iPod connectivity, as well as a CD player and SiriusXM® receiver. This year, the Lexus ES adds Siri Eyes Free technology from Apple, compatible with both iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models. You can upgrade further to the Display Audio Package, which includes a backup camera and seven-inch display screen. For the true audiophile, a 15-speaker surround sound system with DVD video and audio is available—choose this option, and your passengers aren’t likely to get bored on even the longest journey.
The new Lexus ES is also an incredibly safe car to drive. In addition to a full complement of airbags, the car features an available Blind Spot Monitor system with included Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, perfect for when you're trying to reverse out of a tight parking space. Best of all, there's even a Pre-Collision System available which detects obstructions ahead and prepares the vehicle for a collision. By giving audible sounds and visual warnings, the system alerts the driver to a dangerous situation, and if the driver doesn't react, will even apply the brakes on its own in certain situations. It’s features like these that earned the Lexus ES 350 a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In both the 350 and hybrid versions, the new Lexus ES handles great on all road surfaces in both wet and dry conditions. If you’ve been waiting for a luxury sedan that hits all the right marks, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to the vehicle that does it all. Visit our dealership to learn more about the 2014 Lexus ES, starting at $36,470.** You just might find that it’s what you’ve been looking for all along.
*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.
Maintaining your tires’ pressure may seem like a chore, and doing so often finds a place at the bottom of to-do lists. But checking your tire pressure is crucial not only for ensuring good fuel efficiency, but also--and much more importantly--your own safety. Your tires are one of your car’s first safety defenses, and under-inflated or over-inflated tires can compromise your car’s stability on the road, as well as its ability to corner and brake effectively. Without the correct pressure, it is even possible that the tires will fail completely, which could cause a serious road traffic accident.
If the tire pressure is too high, less of the tire surface is actually touching the road. This means that your tires are bouncing off rather than gripping the road, which leads to an uncomfortable ride, poor traction, longer stopping distances, and uneven tire wear.
If the tire pressure is too low, the opposite occurs, and too much of the tire’s surface touches the road. This will lead to the tires wearing too soon, and could also cause overheating and tread separation, as well as potentially damaging the wheels.
Tire pressure needs to be checked at varying intervals, both as part of a regular servicing schedule and as part of your own general auto maintenance. Ideally, the pressure in your car tires should be checked at least monthly, based on average driving mileage. The technician at your local dealership should carry out this check for you as part of any routine service procedure, but you will also need to carry out routine checks yourself. Your technician will be able to advise whether there are any other problems with the tire condition and may recommend a replacement.
Regular pressure checks are vital to ensure that your tires remain in the best condition. You may not be aware, for example, that your tires have been damaged in the process of driving by a sharp object or obstruction in the road. The loss of pressure may be fairly gradual, such that you cannot easily notice the difference while driving, even though you are suffering a reduction in overall handling capability.
It is also important to check tires monthly, due to seasonal changes in air temperature and the impact they have on tire pressure. The pressure inside your tires drops by about one pound per square inch with every ten-degree drop in the outside temperature. Just because you checked your tires in the summer, therefore, the pressure may no longer be suitable in the winter.
Regular pressure checks help you diagnose problems with your tires early on. A small drop in pressure, for example, may be due to a small area of damage that can be treated without replacing the whole tire. If this is left too long, however, the damage may worsen, meaning that a full replacement--and a more sizable financial outlay--will be required. Regular pressure checks are a good preventative measure and can save you money in the long run.
Always check your tire pressure before and after a particularly long journey, too. Prior to the journey, you want to be satisfied that the car is in the right condition, and after a long trip, you need to check that you haven’t incurred any damage.
Checking your tire pressure is a simple, quick, and easy check that can be carried out on a regular basis. For a small amount of effort monthly, you can save yourself time and money later down the line, and you can drive in the knowledge that your car is as safe as possible.
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Are you tired of the current décor inside your home? Discover ways to spruce up your home to match the fall season. The shades of autumn are warm and inviting and lend themselves well to vibrant touches of color when you add creative accessories.
The living room
Fall color trends utilize neutral tan walls and gray-toned fireplaces with facades in ceramic or marble tiles. Add chocolate-brown-colored drapes in a sheer fabric to make your living room elegant and welcoming. Buy leather chairs in a rich shade of dark brown and mix them with a fabric sofa in orange tones. Make use of area rugs that incorporate the autumn hues of orange, red, and yellow.
Your bedroom is your haven, so its interior colors should be relaxing and soothing. Choosing natural wood furniture adds warmth and makes a statement for a traditional or country-inspired décor. Repaint the walls in a complementary shade of green and use a natural wallpaper color like jute or sea grass to add texture on one or two walls. Use bold autumn-colored bedding, throw pillows, and candles to complete the fall season theme.
Brighten up your kitchen using yellow or gold on your walls that offer a cheery contrast to dark wood cabinets or paint your cabinets in golden hues. Consider mixing the color palette and use a complementary shade of green on your lower cabinets rather than making them all the same color. Use a mixture of browns, grays, and white for your backsplash. Gather fall produce in large bowls with gourds, pumpkins, corn, and even late tomatoes and delicious fresh apples.
Fall season accessories
Maybe you don’t want to completely redecorate your home. You can still spruce up your home to match the fall season without spending a lot of money. Following are less expensive ways to achieve a fresh look in your home:
- Use slipcovers. If your furniture favors a spring or summer theme, cover them with earth-toned slip covers in the fall that will also work well over winter.
- Throw blankets and pillows. Use the vibrant shades of autumn in throw blankets and pillows. Wildlife patterns add interest, and creative use of texture makes any space inviting and interesting.
- Feature a fireplace. If yours has a painted mantel, spruce it up using a new color. Add a big basket of firewood on the hearth and dried, natural berries placed strategically around photos and contrasting colored candles (using globes for safety).
- Use plaid selectively. Lively plaid adds another cozy fall touch when used as an accessory. Consider reupholstering a chair seat in a plaid print with browns, black, oranges or reds, or plaid-print pillows. Just remember that a little plaid goes a long way.
If you prefer a warm and inviting home that shouts “cozy” to your guests, you can’t go wrong when you choose fall season colors to spruce up your home.
If you're going to spend a lot of money on a luxury car, it's important that you look after your investment. Even with a relatively moderate amount of driving, your car's exterior is going to suffer wear and tear, so you need to do whatever you can to keep it at its best for as long as possible. Keep your paint work in tip-top condition with this simple guide to protecting your car's exterior.
Buy high-quality cleaning accessories
There's no point in spending a fortune on a luxury car, and then cleaning it with cheap materials. Talk to your dealer, and invest in high quality cleaning cloths and or washing mitts, which are kind to your paint work. Choose cleaning products that have been designed especially for cars, and never use household detergents in their place. Special cleaning products have a special formula that does not strip wax. They're also safe to use on other surfaces, such as rubber, vinyl or plastic.
Invest in an auto detailing clay bar
Even with a good wash, you are likely to find deposits on your car's paint work. These can include bug residue and tree sap, and if you don't treat them carefully, you can seriously damage your paint work. An auto detailing clay bar is the perfect investment for this job. The clay rubs any contaminants off the surface of the care. You simply spray the surface, and then rub the clay bar along the paint work, where it will pick up anything that sticks out.
Wax the car's paint work
Protective wax provides a barrier between the paint work and any dirt or grime. Good wax can also help avoid paint chips from debris on the road. There are lots of different types of wax on the market, but many dealers recommend carnauba wax, which produces a deep shine. You will need to re-apply the wax every eight to twelve weeks, but the finish is truly outstanding. Other products include sealants, which offer more protection, but do not have quite such an attractive, shiny finish. Sealant lasts much longer than car wax, however, and you need only apply it once every six months.
Avoid the automatic car wash
An automatic car wash may seem quick and convenient, but it's unlikely to look after your luxury car. Some car washes may actually damage your car's paint work, and at a comparably cheap price, they cannot use products that are good for your luxury auto. Washing and detailing your car carefully by hand is always going to give you the best finish and protection. If you don't have the time (or energy) to clean and finish the car yourself, talk to our service department about a professional finishing service.
It's important to look after your luxury car, or it won't retain its luxurious looks for long. A regular, thorough cleaning and finishing routine is important, and it's worth spending extra to get the right outcome. Talk to our service department about the options available to you.
When you think of gadgets, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of cars, smartphones, GPS devices, or pedometers: all the devices that connect you with the rest of the world while also making your life easier. The trend for the future, though, may redefine our traditional associations with tech. Innovators are investing millions in gadgets we may not even realize are there: wearable technology. Beyond watches and glasses, check out some of the coolest concepts for wearable tech we’ve come across so far. How many would you wear?
Have you ever taken out your headphones at the gym or before a run, only to find the cords in a hopelessly tangled mess that makes you question whether or not you want to work out in the first place? Enter, The Dash: wireless in-ear headphones that are also a 4GB MP3 player, microphone, Bluetooth headset, fitness tracker, and heart rate monitor. Oh, and they’re also waterproof, so you can swim too. The good news: these things are awesome. The bad news: you no longer have an excuse to put off that workout.
Lost luggage. It’s even the savviest of travelers’ worst nightmare. You wait and wait at baggage claim only to find that of all the hundreds of suitcases on your flight to Tahiti, yours ended up in Nebraska. And of course no flights go out today, or tomorrow, so you’ll have to go without a change of clothes for a few days. But, what if your luggage was smart enough to let you know it was lost? This “smart luggage” would not only give you a heads up if its GPS tracking chips sensed it was going off course, but it would contact your airline and initiate the delivery process to your home or hotel when found. You can't technically "wear" luggage, but it's still pretty cool.
What if your contacts could measure your glucose levels using your tears? Google is developing smart technology embedded in contact lenses that could completely change the way diabetics manage their disease. If research is successful, instead of a painful finger prick, wearers could be alerted with tiny LED lights of shifting glucose levels. The research for these contacts is still in the early stages, but it sure is exciting.
Remember those dreams you had as a kid of becoming a wizard and waving your magic wand to control the world around you with magic? No? Just us? Well, whether you’re a wizard wannabe or not, this Bluetooth ring is the closest thing to a real life magic wand we’ve ever seen. With just a flick of the wrist, or rather, a twitch of a finger, advanced gesture sensors will be able to read your commands and surf the web, answer a phone call, take a selfie, write a text, or whatever else you need to do. Magic.
It looks like for now we’ll just have to make do with our luggage that can’t talk and our rings that can’t do magic, but the future is sure to bring a veritable wardrobe of wearable technology. We’re excited to see what’s next!
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