Posts made in November 2019

Maggie rogers, 360 MAGAZINE

MAGGIE ROGERS – NEW TRACK

Today, Maggie Rogers shared the new track “Love You For A Long Time,” a love song for her fans. It’s a joyous reflection from Rogers, honoring the astonishing journey she and her followers have shared since the release of her full-length Capitol Records debut, Heard It In A Past Life, which has sold more than 600,000 adjusted albums to date. The song celebrates this monumental chapter of Rogers’ career – which culminated with a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist earlier this week – while simultaneously turning the page and preparing for what comes next. She penned the heartfelt lyrics and wrote the music with Doc McKinney and Michael Sonier. Ricky Reed and Nate Mercereau produced the track. Download / stream “Love You For A Long Time” HERE.

Says Rogers, “I actually wrote most of ‘Love You For A Long Time’ the day before I wrote ‘Light On.’” Those last days of finishing Heard It In A Past Life were such vivid and vital creative moments for me. I was dreaming up a future – for my music, for my life – and the possibilities felt endless. For various reasons, but mostly scheduling, the song was left unfinished and unrecorded, but it always stuck with me and I’ve found its melody weaving in and out of my brain for the last year and a half. Since then, a lot has changed in my life, but one of the biggest changes has been my relationship with my band. I’ve been playing with most of my band for about three years now and over the course of touring this record we’ve become real adopted family. As we set out on our biggest tour yet this fall, I wanted to bring new work to our stage and give this song I love so much an arrangement that showcased the deep personal and creative bonds I’ve formed with these special people in my life. So I wrote a bridge, finished the song, and recorded it in LA in August. I produced it with my trusted friend and collaborator Ricky Reed, with some arrangement help from the brilliant Nate Mercereau on bass and guitar. It’s a song about love in all its forms — romantic love, the love I feel for my friends, the love I feel for my band, and the love I’ve shared with all of you. I wanted it to sound like the last days of summer. I wanted it to sound as wild and alive as new love feels.” 

Rogers recently wrapped her sold-out headline 2019 tour, which included two consecutive nights at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, DC’s The Anthem and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After developing a lovingly cultish devotion to Rogers online, fans are turning out repeatedly for the live experience – and they’re bringing their friends along. Rogers has sold more than 150,000 concert tickets. Combined global streams of her songs have surpassed 650 million. The 25-year-old producer, songwriter and performer has been honored with a place on the TIME 100 Next 2019 list, which celebrates rising stars and up-and-comers who are shaping their industries – and the future. The New Yorker praised Rogers as “an artist of her time.” Rolling Stone awarded Heard It In A Past Life four stars upon its release, and The New York Times praised Heard It in a Past Life as a collection of “buoyant electronic pop songs.” The album has also earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, USA Today, Vogue, Billboard and many other publications. Heard It In A Past Life entered Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart at No. 1 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. “Light On,” praised by Rolling Stone as “a cathartic counterpoint to today’s pop-empowerment anthems,” topped Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs tally.

Following appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “TODAY,” Rogers made her “Austin City Limits” (ACL) debut last month with an hour-long performance. The 11-song set included a captivating rendition of “Alaska,” the breakout track that introduced her talents as a songwriter and producer to the world, and a gorgeous a cappella performance of “Color Song.” Watch “Light On,”“Fallingwater” and a special online only exclusive performance of “The Knife.”

Maggie Rogers grew up in Easton, Maryland. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she released her critically acclaimed debut EP, Now That The Light Is Fading. The BBC, Tidal, Google Play, Vevo, Pandora quickly tipped her as an artist to watch. NPR named her one of its Favorite Musicians and Rogers was the first YouTube Artist On The Rise (AOTR) of 2019. She has also been included in Twitter Music’s #ArtistToFollow, Amazon’s First And Last and Pandora’s Drumbeats programs.

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THOR #1 Cover

The superstar creative team of Donny Cates and Nic Klein will take theDonny Cates and Nic Kleinto new realms of glory next year and we’re celebrating this thunderous new era with cover reveals by your favorite artists! Witness the God of Thunder’s fury in Woo Dae Shim’s electrifying THOR #1 cover below!
 
THOR #1 by Donny Cates and Nic Klein is on sale this January in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 
 
Retailers, please note that preorders for this milestone issue are due on 11/25!
 
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How Can You Avoid the Risks of Skiing This Winter?

It’s winter, and that means people are going to be going on ski vacations around the country and around the world. While skiing is an amazing way to spend time outdoors and enjoy the snow, it carries pretty significant risks. 

The risks of skiing can be minor or deadly, and according to the National Ski Areas Association, there is an average of 44 serious injuries a year related to skiing, including serious head injuries and paralysis. 

Alpine skiers are three times more likely to be in an accident with other people than snowboarders, and the most common ski accidents include falling, colliding with other skiers, and accidents related to ski and chair lifts. 

The most common types of specific injuries from skiing accidents include leg fractures, concussions, ruptured ligaments, and broken bones. 

Understanding the risks and taking the necessary steps to protect yourself against them as much as possible can help you enjoy all that skiing has to offer without a sense of anxiety about potential accidents. 

The following are some things to know about the risks of skiing and how to keep yourself safe. 

General Safety Tips

The following are some overall safety tips to keep in mind before you hit the slopes and while you’re skiing.

  • Make sure that you’re in fairly good shape before you go skiing. It’ll be much easier to stay safe if you’re in reasonably good physical shape and are used to a fair amount of physical activity. 
  • Ensure you have the right equipment. Don’t borrow equipment if you don’t have your own. Instead, rent it from the resort or a ski shop so they can help make sure it fits you properly. 
  • Wearing a helmet is a good idea when skiing, and this is especially true for children. 
  • If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, take a lesson beforehand. Even if you are experienced, you might benefit from a lesson or a refresher. 
  • Don’t let yourself get too tired and worn out. It’s a good idea to rest when you feel like you need to and maybe even if you don’t feel like you need to. You’re burning up a lot of energy when you’re skiing, and along with taking a break, make sure you’re getting enough to eat and drink. 
  • Know your limits. Don’t push yourself more than what your capabilities are, and always follow the rules. 

ACL Injuries

ACL injuries account for anywhere from 16 to 17% of all injuries related to skiing. When you have an ACL injury, not only can be it be painful and debilitating at the time but it can create long-term issues as well. Some people who have ACL injuries develop walking problems as a result. 

One reason for ACL injuries is that you catch the edge of your ski and your leg rotates too quickly. You can also get an ACL injury on jumps and falls. 

To minimize the potential of ACL injuries when skiing, you should avoid doing anything you aren’t comfortable with, including tricks that could lead to a fall or trying to ski on slopes that you may not be ready for. If you keep a 45-degree angle on your skis it can also help prevent catching. 

Similarly common in skiing are broken legs, and one way to avoid or at least lower this risk is to strengthen your leg muscles. 

Head Injuries

Head injuries can be the most severe and deadly type of skiing accident. Head injuries can be severe, and they are often because of a combination of not having head protection and going too fast. If a skier is going up to 80 mph or more, which is possible and likely, and they fall, their head may bounce on the snow. 

Even more serious than that can be if a skier hits an obstacle such as a tree. 

To lower this risk, when you’re skiing, you should have head protection, and you should also stay on slopes you’re comfortable with on days with good visibility. 

Frostbite 

Frostbite isn’t necessarily related to the skiing itself, but instead the conditions surrounding skiing. To prevent frostbite, ensure that you’re covering areas of your body from being exposed to the cold, wind and snow. This, in particular, includes your fingers and toes. 

It only takes 30 minutes for wind chill to cause frostbite, and you can also get it from touching a cold surface.

Of course, there are other risks associated with skiing as well, but these are a good starting point to keep yourself and your family safer during your winter ski holiday. 

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5 Ways to Keep Yourself Entertained as a Passenger on a Road Trip

Road trips are amazing. They are a cheaper way to travel in most cases, they offer you a different form of freedom, where you can stop wherever you please, and you get to see a lot more of the country you are driving through that on a flight.

There is only one inconvenience for passengers, what do to? Great conversation with your road trip colleagues is a part of the journey, without a doubt, but talking can only go so far. Or you are on a family road trip and would rather not talk to your sibling. You need to find new ways to keep yourself entertained during long drives. And here we have 5 of the best ways to stay entertained as a passenger.

  • A Playlist

Music can make or break a road trip. Having the right playlist is essential to a road trip. This can be in your headphones or playing DJ for the car on the stereo. There are now a variety of music streaming apps (make sure to have a phone car charger) giving you infinite music at your fingertips. You can choose an already made road trip playlist or start making yours the moment you know you are going on the trip.

  • Travel Games

This isn’t the old school travel box of chess and draughts with a magnetic board (although these also have a place in road trips). Here we mean interactive games with who is in your car. There are loads of different games you can play. “I Spy”, the “ABC Game” where you name things you see following the alphabet or “next to pee” where the next person who needs a toilet break buys the drinks or the snacks. There are plenty more, find one that suits you all.

  • Map Reading

Learn how to read a map or an atlas. This is a great way to look out for interesting places to stop while on the move. It makes the trip more improvised and interesting.

  • Mobile Apps

There are many and many apps designed to entertain you while on the go. From online casinos such as ComeOn, different games, karaoke apps. There is an app for everything today, so finding one to keep yourself entertained will not prove too difficult.

  • Read a book

Books might seem old school to the next generation of road trip travellers, but the reason they are still a thing must be enough to prove they have their place. If you are travelling far, an e-book is the best way to keep all your favourite reads on you while taking the minimal amount of space. This might not be for everyone, as many get car sickness. That will not improve your journey!

Conclusion

There are tons of ways to entertain you while on a long journey, and most thanks to advancements in technology. Find an app, online magazines, games, and so much more all at your fingertips with your smartphone.

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Top 100 Wines for 2019


Wine Enthusiast’s expert tasting panel has officially released its definitive list of Top 100 Wines for 2019, after sampling over 22,000 wines from around the globe, exploring a multitude of regions, styles and price points. The Enthusiast 100 is a best-of-the-best list that illustrates the fantastic variety of wines available to the consumer today.

The top recipient at #1 is the Nino Franco NV Rustico Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore) (94 points, SRP $18) from Valdobbiadene, Italy. Coming in at a close second is Sonoma County wine, Williams Selyem 2017 Pinot Noir (98 points, SRP $39). 

Beyond these wine’s high numerical ratings, this list showcases excellent quality-to-price ratios, drinkability, and availability, with an average score of just over 93 points and an average price of $33, showcasing that great wine comes from all over the world and there is a wine to satiate every palate.

The Enthusiast 100 of 2019 Fast Facts:

  • This year’s top spot goes to Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore from Italy – an incredible value wine at only $18!
  • There are a total of 16 countries represented on The Enthusiast 100.
  • The average score checks in at 93 points.
  • A median price of $33 makes it a wonderfully accessible list for wine enthusiasts of all levels
  • American wine is largely represented with 30 wines in the list
  • Most expensive wine showcased on the list is $114 – a Domaine de la Janasse 2016 Vieilles Vignes Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

The list also carries many ‘discovery-driven’ selections for consumers who enjoy exploring off the beaten path. These items include wines from not-well-known wine regions like the countries of Georgia, Israel or Uruguay, wines from re-emerging regions in Italy like Puglia, Abruzzo and Emilia-Romagna, or from growing regions in the US, such as Virginia and New York.

However, there are many other grapes represented that are either classic to the region where they are grown or interesting abnormalities that might speak to a growing trend in the region. (i.e. #7 – Napa producers are experimenting with white grapes beyond Chardonnay).

Please find the full list here

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, nyc

A Layman’s Guide to Personal Injury Law

If you have cable or satellite TV, try this. Turn it on and start flipping through the channels. Chances are it won’t be long before you land on a program that deals with crime and/or the justice system. From dramedies like Boston Legal and Ally McBeal to riveting true-crime documentaries such as The Staircase and Making a Murderer, to old standbys like Dateline, 48 Hours Mystery, and the many incarnations of Law & Order, it’s plain to see that we love watching shows that explore the law. 

An entire generation of Americans can recite the Miranda warning word-for-word from memory. We all know that detectives will set their sights on a murder victim’s spouse as the most likely suspect. And once-obscure terms and concepts, like a Brady violation or an Alford plea, are now household phrases. Criminal law is chock-full of interesting stories and compelling drama, but what about civil law? Have you ever wondered about how personal injury law plays out in a boardroom or courtroom? If so, read on for a quick primer on all things personal injury related.

What’s the Difference Between Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law?

Also known as tort law, personal injury law concerns itself with civil, rather than criminal, violations. In criminal cases, the plaintiff is always “the state” — in other words, the governmental entity whose laws have been broken. In civil cases, one party — an individual or group of people — brings a lawsuit against another party — an individual, a group, a company, or a government agency. 

Another of the major distinctions between civil and criminal law is that the purpose of a criminal charge is to punish the wrongdoer. In civil cases, the plaintiff is seeking damages, or compensation. It is entirely possible for someone who has been accused of a crime by the state to also face a civil suit brought by a victim or victim’s family.

The Different Types of Personal Injury Law

Many of the most common types of personal injury have to do with accidents. There are others, as well. The following are some of the most common branches of personal injury law:

  • Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Animal attacks
  • Wrongful death

Each of these has its own legal precedents, and most personal injury lawyers will specialize in one of them. As you can imagine, motorcycle accidents are very different from medical malpractice or dog bites and must be handled differently. 

Even within one of these areas, case law can vary widely. The Barnes Firm, for example, has dedicated Oakland car accident lawyers, motorcycle accident lawyers, and tractor-trailer accident lawyers, in addition to others, on staff. This is true of all major personal injury law firms. 

Where Does Negligence Come In?

With the exception of intentional torts, such as slander, fraud, assault, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, all types of personal injury law have one factor in common: they stem from negligence. In legal terms, negligence occurs when one party has a duty of care but fails to observe or perform that duty. The law stipulates that all people (and other entities, such as companies, institutions, and governments) have a legal obligation to act with a reasonable amount of care and prudence in the course of committing actions that may be harmful to others. 

For example, a surgeon has a legal duty to not kill the person on her operating table. A dog owner has the obligation to prevent the dog from attacking and biting passersby. A retail store is obliged to keep its floors clean so that no one slips on a wet surface, falls, and injures themselves.

There are four elements that must be proven in order to establish negligence:

  1. Duty. The defendant owed a legal duty under the circumstances to the plaintiff;
  2. Breach of Duty. The defendant acted (or failed to act) in a way that breached his or her duty;
  3. Causation. This action or inaction caused the injury in question;
  4. Damages. Finally, the plaintiff has to have suffered harm or injury as a result of the first three elements. 

If one or more of these elements cannot be proven, there is no legal negligence at play. 

The Odds of a Tort Case Going to Trial

The vast majority of tort actions will never see the inside of a courtroom. It is almost always easier, faster, and less expensive for all parties to settle out of court — although that’s not to say that negotiating such a settlement is a quick or painless process. In fact, torts can stretch on for years. 

If, after extensive negotiation on both sides of the dilemma, the parties are unable or unwilling to agree on the terms of a settlement, then the case will go to a court of law. This happens in less than 5% of instances, however.

Concluding Remarks

Tort law is an incredibly complex aspect of the judicial system. If an individual feels that he or she is entitled to receive damages, it’s in his or her best interest to hire the most experienced attorney available, as well as one who specializes in the particular type of personal injury in question.

101 Best Restaurants

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Los Angeles Times will publish its annual list of 101 Best Restaurants, premiering on latimes.com that evening and in a premium print edition to be delivered to Times Sunday subscribers on Dec. 15.

This year, for the seventh edition of the list originated by the late great Jonathan Gold, Times restaurant critics Bill Addison and Patricia Escárcega have chosen the restaurants and written all of the reviews. (See their essay on this year’s list here.) And in honor of the restaurants that have earned coveted spots on the list, The Times Food staff will host a launch party on Dec. 9, with 30 celebrated chefs serving-up small plates.

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Land Rover Defender

Jaguar Land Rover will showcase its latest lineups from both brands at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, held from Nov.22 – Dec.1, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show will feature the highly anticipated North American debut of the New 2020 Land Rover Defender, the world’s most iconic 4×4 reimagined for the 21st century.
 
Driven by a passion and respect for the original, the New Defender delivers transformational breadth of capability and advanced all-terrain technologies to redefine adventure while remaining true to the pioneering spirit of the Land Rover brand’s storied 70 year heritage. The New Defender is available in perfectly proportioned ‘90’ and ‘110’ body styles. Available in Spring 2020, the Defender 110 will be priced from $49,9001 in the U.S., while the Defender 90 First Edition will be available in Summer 2020 priced from $65,1001. The full range of Defender 90 models will be available in Fall 2020, priced around $50,0001.
 
Additionally, the New Defender featured in the upcoming James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” will be on display during the auto show. “No Time to Die” is the first movie to feature the New Defender, and will be released in April 2020.
 
This fall, Land Rover announced the creation of 4xFAR, a live music festival combining award-winning musical performances with lifestyle, culinary and adventure experiences. The festival was created to celebrate the New 2020 Land Rover Defender coming to the U.S. and will be the first opportunity for consumers to experience the New Defender. 4xFAR will take place Jan.18-19, 2020 in the Coachella Valley in Southern California; for more information, visit www.4xFAR.com.
 
In addition to showcasing several derivatives of the New Defender, the Land Rover stand will also showcase the Land Rover Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover SVAutobiography, Range Rover Sport PHEV and the Range Rover Evoque.
 
Jaguar will display its entire current lineup, including the new Jaguar XJ Collection Edition, a limited production luxury sedan with 300 units available exclusively to U.S. customers. Also on the stand will be the full ‘PACE’ family of Jaguar SUVs including the all-electric I-PACE performance SUV, the E-PACE compact SUV and the F-PACE SVR, the pinnacle of the Velar lineup. Other vehicles on display will include the Jaguar F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition Convertible, designed to celebrate the brand’s rich sports car heritage and the newly enhanced 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan.
 
During the show, Jaguar Land Rover will host on- and off-road consumer test drive experiences from the Jaguar Art of Performance Tour and Land Rover Above and Beyond Tour2. The Jaguar Art of Performance Tour will include the opportunity for consumers to drive the all-electric I-PACE performance SUV, F-TYPE sports car and award-winning F-PACE SUV in a series of street drives.
 
The Land Rover Above and Beyond Tour will allow guests to drive a selection of Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles in a series of street drives as well as on a purpose-built off-road course designed to highlight the brand’s breadth of capability.
 
Land Rover will also offer a Carpool Karaoke experience in collaboration with the Signing Machine, allowing visitors to sing their favorite tunes in a Land Rover vehicle and learn more about the upcoming 4xFAR festival. Land Rover will also offer a Junior Drive Experience for children between the ages of four and 10 years old accompanied by a parent or guardian to drive an electric Series I kiddie car on an indoor course. On Friday, November 22, Land Rover ambassador and famed big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and former professional volleyball player Gabby Reece will host a book signing of Hamilton’s latest book, “Liferider.”
 
The drive lounge and indoor drive experiences will be located in the South Atrium Hall; off-road drive experiences will be held across from the convention center on Figueroa Street.
 
NEW 2020 LAND ROVER DEFENDER
Reimagined for the 21st century, the 2020 Land Rover Defender offers the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever while staying true to the brand’s iconic design and reputation for rugged go-anywhere utility. The New Defender will be available in 90 and 110 body styles, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110.
 
Delivering transformational breadth of capability and on-road handling, the Defender is in a category of its own. The Land Rover brand has developed the new all-aluminum D7x platform that delivers the stiffest Land Rover body ever created, with a torsional rigidity of 29kNm/Degree – making it three times more rigid than traditional body-on-frame designs. The New Defender is also the first Land Rover to feature Configurable Terrain Response®, allowing drivers to fine-tune a range of settings to suit the conditions more precisely than ever before3.
 
While still embracing its known and loved silhouette, the short rear overhang on the Defender, the same for both body styles, is made possible by mounting the spare wheel externally, rather than under the rear floor, where it is readily accessible off-road. The trademark side-hinged rear door is further engineered to accommodate any of the available wheel and tire combinations. These strong foundations provide an ideal basis for the fully-independent suspension, twin-speed transfer box and permanent four wheel drive.
 
To complete the functional, durable and flexible interior with exposed structural elements, the iconic 4×4 debuts the new PIVI Pro4 infotainment system featuring an intuitive interface, while Software-Over-The-Air updates allows customers to access to the latest software updates remotely. Additionally, the vehicle features an intuitive 10-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility delivers enhanced user experience and broader range of functions5.
 
Owners will be able to further tailor the New Defender to their lifestyle through the fitment of four distinct optional Accessory Packs (Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban), as well as an available 170 individual accessories.
 
2019 JAGUAR XJ COLLECTION SPECIAL EDITION
The Jaguar XJ Collection Special Edition is a limited production model celebrating the last of the current generation of XJ design and offers a unique and bold blend of performance, technology and luxury. It represents the ultimate expression of the sedan’s legendary elegance and striking design.
 
Based on the long-wheelbase, rear-wheel drive Jaguar XJL Supercharged model, and powered by a 470hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8, the XJ Collection features a range of elegant visual enhancements to the sedan’s exterior and unique details to its luxurious cabin. Just 300 examples will be produced and sold only to U.S. customers, making it one of the most exclusive versions of the XJ since the ground-breaking original was revealed in 1968.
 
A number of distinct interior features and exterior design details deliver enhanced levels of craftsmanship, elevating the iconic luxury the XJ is known for. The new Jaguar XJ Collection is available exclusively in the U.S. starting at $85,0001.
 
The Jaguar Land Rover stand at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is located in the Los Angeles Convention Center, located at 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For further information about the Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles on display, visit www.jaguarusa.com and www.landroverusa.com

LEXUS LF-30 CONCEPT

LEXUS PRESENTS ITS VISION OF FUTURE ELECTRIFICATION WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE LF-30 ELECTRIFIED CONCEPT

  • Lexus Electrified vision promises unmatched driver fulfillment and enjoyment of automobiles.
  • ‘LF-30 Electrified’ new concept embodies the vision of Lexus’ electrification
  • Futuristic exterior foreshadows the Lexus Electrified vehicles towards 2030
  • An innovative, interior that leverages autonomous driving technologies, a newly designed cockpit, and other advancements
  • Boasting four in-wheel electric motors, steering by wire, and Lexus Advanced Posture Control, LF-30 can offer a dynamic experience unlike any currently available

In its continued efforts to deliver innovative and amazing experiences, Lexus unveiled its “Lexus Electrified” vision for an upcoming generation of electrified vehicles. Headlining this moment was the debut of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, which made its world premiere at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019.

Since the brand’s creation in 1989, Lexus has endeavored to deliver to its customers innovative and amazing product and brand experiences that stimulate the five senses. Since the launch of the RX 400h in 2005, Lexus has led the world as a pioneer in electrification technologies such as the two-stage reduction gear and the multi-stage hybrid system which leverage technology to offer excellent performance and the direct driving sensation characteristic of Lexus Hybrid vehicles.

The “Lexus Electrified” vision unveiled today targets a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment — even as mobility within our society continues to change with autonomous driving and vehicle electrification.

Evoking the original fun of driving, Lexus is developing new advanced posture control and other electrification technologies to further evolve driving pleasure, and to fundamentally transform the essence of luxury vehicles of the future. Towards this end, Lexus is drawing on the lessons learned developing the core technologies found in Lexus’ popular range of gasoline-electric hybrids, including battery management, power control modules, and electric motors. In particular, the technology of Lexus Electrified enables integrated control of powertrain, steering, suspension, and brakes, realizing the ultimate potential of the motor control technology cultivated in HV. With this technology, we can control the driving force to provide ideal vehicle posture according to each driving situation. Lexus endeavors to continue providing enjoyable and safer driving vehicles.

To advance this goal, Lexus plans to unveil its first BEV in November 2019 – broadening its response to the needs of various regions around the world, including the development of HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs, and FCEVs. Moving forward after that, Lexus plans to expand its electrified vehicle lineup – launching its first PHEV and a new dedicated BEV platform early in the coming decade. By 2025, Lexus will have available electrified versions of all Lexus vehicle models, and we are aiming for the sales of electrified vehicle models to outpace those of conventional internal combustion engine vehicle models.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Highlights

The LF-30 Electrified concept vehicle embodies the “Lexus Electrified” vision. For its exterior styling the advanced image expected of a BEV has been channeled into artistic qualities that result in a futuristic form, and an interior that assertively weaves in autonomous driving and other new technologies aims to manifest Lexus’ distinctive worldview. Performance is rooted in Lexus Electrified components, adding Lexus’ latest technology to its leadership in development of HEV systems. Precise electric motor control enables instantaneous adjustments to posture not possible with conventional vehicles. Furthermore, the LF-30 Electrified employs numerous advanced technologies with a look ahead to the year 2030- such as a new-concept cockpit based on a human-centered design philosophy and a steer-by-wire system.

Futuristic exterior foreshadows the Lexus Electrified vehicles towards 2030

  • In taking up the challenge of expressing a new design that could only be achieved with a BEV powered by in-wheel electric motors, Lexus visually articulated the LF-30 Electrified’s unique energy flow. The vehicle form is meant to visually express the energy created by the wheels set at the corners of the vehicle body streaming toward the vehicle cabin and past the driver to directly flow onto the road surface.
  • Taking advantage of a hoodless vehicle shape made possible by being a BEV, Lexus’ signature “spindle” form has been further evolved to span the entire vehicle architecture. The window glass, which continually stretches from the front to rear, the muscular fenders, and the wing-shaped headlights form the contours of the Lexus iconic spindle. The shape of the body is fashioned with an elegantly flowing front which transitions into a linear and sharp rear. In addition to the wing-shaped headlights, the sharpness of the rear lights and side air intakes combine to achieve both excellent aerodynamics and cooling performance, resulting in styling fused with function.

The opacity of the side windows can be freely adjusted, providing occupants with expansive views of the surrounding scenery and a high level of privacy at night and in other situations. The color of the front face of the vehicle and luminescence patterns help identify from the outside whether the vehicle is being operated in its normal mode or in its autonomous driving mode, reflecting Lexus’ pursuit of both a high level of styling and functionality. The exterior color ‘voltaic sky’ employs a leading-edge metal-infused coating to achieve a unique quality tinted by a touch of blue-green.

Innovative interior that leverages autonomous driving technologies, a newly designed cockpit, and more

To manifest in a higher dimension Lexus’ fundamental human-centered philosophy, the cockpit was designed based on the new Lexus concept of “Tazuna.” Inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between horse and rider, the steering controller-mounted switches and head-up display have  been coordinated to a high degree, creating a space that enables the driver to focus on driving while controlling various functions, such as the navigation and audio system and driving-mode selection, without having to shift one’s vision or operate manual switches. As an indication of the future image of a Tazuna cockpit, the LF-30 Electrified employs next-generation interfaces, such as gesture control and enhanced presentation of vehicle information through AR (augmented reality). The resulting interior is one that provides comfort and convenience for both driver and passengers.

With the layout of the front passenger seat echoing that of a first-class seat on an airliner, the interior is one in which a sense of openness and a sense of envelopment coexist. All switches and other controls being comfortably within reach and a gesture-control large-screen display for the passenger seat add to the achievement of interior comfort and convenience.

The rear seats use artificial muscle technology to mold to their occupant, and can support various modes such as reclining, relaxation, and alert functions. A Mark Levinson® audio system creates a next-generation listening environment, in which minute speaker control establishes ideal acoustic spaces for music listening pleasure for the driver and each passenger, and speakers built into the headrests not only provide an optimal audio environment but also have a noise-cancelling feature that contributes to enhanced quietness.

A glass roof above the rear seats features voice control and a gesture controlled “SkyGate” display window that uses AR to display various types of information, such as a realistic star-filled sky, user-favorite videos, and even navigation.

In addition to its unique design, the interior also indicates the direction of next-generation luxury by using sustainable materials to reduce environmental burden. Yakisugi (charred cedar), a traditional Japanese material, is used in the floor and steering controller while recycled metal was processed into fibers for use in creating the pleated door trim. This approach expresses Lexus’ distinctiveness and innovative spirit.

With in-wheel electric motors, steering by wire, and Lexus Advanced Posture Control, the LF30 can offer a dynamic experience unlike any currently available

To achieve a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment, the LF-30 employs numerous state-of-the-art technologies even beyond advanced posture control. In-wheel electric motors for each of the vehicle’s four wheels and low positioning of the battery enable better handling of inertia and high-level driving performance. Autonomous driving technologies and drone support vehicle technologies look ahead to the year 2030 and the widely expanded value that vehicles can offer.

Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology regulates the drive-power output from high-torque electric motors to adjust vehicle posture in tune with human sensibilities. Completely independent control of front and rear drive wheels allows appropriate provision of front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive, depending on the driving situation. Compact and lightweight drive-power units expand freedom in vehicle packaging and are used to enable the driver to enjoy ideal driving, regardless of the road surface or driving conditions.

Positioning Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology as a core element of the ‘Lexus Electrified’ vision, Lexus intends to widely apply this technology throughout its lineup of electrified vehicles.

The steer-by-wire system eliminates a mechanical connection to allow more flexible turning control depending on driving conditions, and a more precise steering feel aligned with the driver’s intention. It also contributes to a greater sense of openness by allowing the steering controller can be shifted forward and out of the way during autonomous driving.

As a next-generation BEV, LF-30 uses wireless charging technology to simplify daily charging, and AI-based energy management to enable optimal distribution of electric power to both the vehicle and the home, and charging control coordinated with the user’s daily schedule.

Onboard AI distinguishes the voices of vehicle occupants, and uses personalized information stored on the driver’s control key to serve as a partner. It facilitates the adjustment of elements of the interior environment, such as air temperature and audio, and the setting of navigation routes and destinations, while also making proposals for activities after arrival. It also understands the driver’s preferences and helps them control the suspension and powertrain settings in real-time according to the driving scene.

The LF-30 Electrified also carries the ‘Lexus Airporter’ drone-technology support vehicle. Using autonomous control, the Lexus Airporter is capable of such tasks as independently transporting baggage from a household doorstep to the vehicle’s luggage area.

Based on the latest autonomous driving technology concept of ‘Lexus Teammate’, the LF-30 Electrified features advanced driving support functions in the form of a Chauffeur mode and a Guardian mode.  Occupants can enjoy both comfort and peace of mind during autonomous driving with advanced posture control technology being employed. Furthermore, a self-parking function and a front-door pickup function in which the LF-30 Electrified autonomously moves from driveway to doorstep provide an especially high level of convenience.

In addition to the LF-30 Electrified exhibition, the Lexus booth at Tokyo Motor Show will contain “Lexus Senses theatre,” a space where people can experience the “stimulation of the five senses.” It consists of two experience spaces, audio and visual. In Theater 1, the sensual engine sound of Lexus LFA stimulates hearing with 360° 3D sound.

Theater 2 offers a visually stimulating experience with the Lexus LC model by projection mapping – which changes its appearance according to the time of day and the viewing angle. In this booth layout you can appreciate the Lexus philosophy, while enjoying sensory stimulation through “real experience.”

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2021 LEXUS LC 500 CONVERTIBLE

MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT 2019 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

  • Performance Luxury Convertible Expands Two-Door Flagship LC Family
  • Robust Structural Rigidity Delivers Performance Handling
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Compatibility
  • Convertible Top Opens in Approx. 15 seconds
  • 471-horsepower Naturally Aspirated V8 Engine
  • Barrett-Jackson to Auction One-of-a-Kind LC 500 Convertible Next Year
  • On Sale in Summer 2020

With a focus on providing the same dynamic and luxurious driving performance for which the flagship LC 500 coupe is known, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible makes its global debut today at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Expanding the aspirational two-door LC family, the LC 500 Convertible offers an additional way to stimulate the senses – with the top down. The exterior of the new LC Convertible stylishly blends the coupe’s unique roofline with the character of a convertible, achieving an exquisite profile with the top open or closed.

Designed from the Top, Down

The LC 500 Convertible echoes the coupe’s “Even Sharper, More Refined” driving characteristics, with a low center of gravity, optimal weight distribution, and a focus on performance-minded handling thanks to impressive structural rigidity. Lexus engineers relied on computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis and real-world driving evaluation to match the driving qualities of its coupe counterpart, and the extensive research and development yielded impressive results.

Engineers aimed to retain similar handling dynamics to the LC 500 coupe while also improving chassis rigidity with the addition and relocation of various structural braces. The LC Convertible’s suspension is tuned specifically to complement the subtle changes in weight between the two platforms, as a reduction of un-sprung weight in the front suspension improves the overall stroke. In the rear, engineers were able to further enhance structural rigidity by reshaping and relocating the rear suspension brace tower. Weight was reduced in the rear of the vehicle by utilizing a lightweight die-cast aluminum suspension brace, while a performance dampener is employed to enhance ride comfort.

Drivers of the front engine, rear-wheel-drive LC Convertible can expect similar breath-taking performance to the coupe, thanks to the powerful drivetrain combination of the 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with the seamless Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission. The naturally aspirated, direct-injection V8 is rated to produce 471 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.

Soft Top, Hard Demeanor

The LC Convertible’s soft-top design features an innovative folding mechanism that includes a tonneau cover for when it is stored. The design allowed engineers to focus on accentuating the sleek lines of the convertible without significant intrusions to the trunk and cabin space that can come with a heavier, bulkier hard top. The coupe’s curves are further highlighted with the silhouette of the convertible through a few key changes. At the rear, the trunk is accentuated with a “kicked up” design that lifts its profile slightly, while the surface of the spoiler is laterally broadened to emphasize the low, wide stance of the car. The center brake light is now integrated into the trunk lid, unlike the coupe where it rests on the top of the rear windshield.

The four-layer soft top is designed to retain the flowing roofline of the coupe without the supporting frame visible through the fabric. The roof material itself was carefully selected and manufactured to ensure for optimal tension, to minimize wrinkling and improve sound insulation. The roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 31 mph, while an animated display on the instrumentation panel shows the top’s progress. One of the most impressive aspects is the time it takes: approximately 15 seconds to open and approximately 16 seconds to close*.

The top is offered in two colors: black and beige. Exterior paint options on the convertible include Ultra White, Smoky Granite Mica, Liquid Platinum, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Caviar, Infrared**, Cadmium Orange, Flare Yellow**, and Nightfall Mica. Depending upon the exterior color chosen, three interior colors are available: Black, Circuit Red and Toasted Caramel.

Shown at the Los Angeles International Auto Show is the LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series. This special edition is limited to only 100 units, and it will be offered in Structural Blue with white semi-aniline leather interior trim, unique blue top, gray headlamp garnishes, side intake garnishes, and taillamp garnishes. Chrome/black 21-inch wheels come standard. More details to follow in a later announcement.

Top Down, Year ‘Round

With the new LC Convertible, even if the weather cools down that doesn’t mean the top has to stay on. In fact, the HVAC system is designed to adjust temperature automatically regardless of whether the top is raised or lowered, and if the top is down neck heaters are designed to help keep the upper body warm. The Lexus Climate Concierge with Upper Body Heating automatically manages the air conditioner, seat heaters, neck heaters and steering-wheel heater to ensure the cabin is at the ideal temperature even if the outside weather is not. The HVAC system has also been optimized to send warm or cold air to the back of the driver’s hands when gripping the steering wheel.

Engineers also took care to ensure the driving experience is ideal for all occupants. The cabin is designed to reduce wind noise thanks to the unique shape of the beltline and rear molding to suppress wind from entering. A transparent polycarbonate wind deflector helps restrict unwanted air from entering the cabin during city and freeway driving so occupants can enjoy comfortably conversing with the top down. There is also an available wind screen that further reduces wind buffeting at higher speeds. Active Noise Control (ANC) combines sound insulation and absorption techniques to help suppress unwanted harshness from entering the cabin.

While efforts are taken to keep certain sounds out, the powerful roar of the naturally-aspirated V8 engine of the LC family is a sound to savor. To make the engine’s throaty voice heard while the top is down, the engine’s intake pulses are naturally carried through a diaphragm into a sound pipe that carries the sounds, not the air itself, into the cabin to enhance the V8’s rumble (similar to the system employed in the Lexus LFA). There’s no electronic sound generation here!  To further enhance the aggressive tone of the engine’s exhaust and augment performance, a computer-controlled valve balances the fine line between optimizing exhaust back-pressure and exhaust tone and volume at higher engine speeds.

Impressive Technology Top of Mind

Much like its coupe brethren, the LC 500 Convertible will come with an impressive 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display to provide immediate, simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems, including the voice-activated navigation system.

For 2021, the LC Convertible will feature Android Auto, allowing you to seamlessly cast your device’s interface onto the vehicle’s multimedia display. Play your music via your favorite apps such as Spotify® and Pandora®, send messages through a range of commonly used apps like WhatsApp®, navigate with Google Maps™, and request information—all with just the sound of your voice—through the Google Assistant™. For added convenience, Android Auto can also deliver tailored information based on your calendar, usage activity and habits.

With Apple CarPlay® integration, you can access the familiar interface from your iPhone through the vehicle’s multimedia display. Simply connect an iPhone to get directions, make calls, send and receive message via Siri®, and access apps like Spotify™, Audible® and Apple® podcasts.

Bring all the convenience of Amazon Alexa on the road with the Lexus+Alexa app. Using only your voice, you can easily access thousands of the same functions you get with Alexa at home. Listen to audiobooks, stream Amazon Music, make lists, check the weather, get news briefings and much more. You can also use it to control compatible smart-home devices such as lighting, thermostat and security systems. Offering added in-vehicle convenience, Alexa even syncs to your Navigation System to provide on-the-go recommendations.

The Lexus Enform Remote service lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate control, check the fuel level and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or devices enabled with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. And it’s included for the first three years of ownership.

Lexus Enform Destination Assist three-year trial is included and acts as an in-vehicle personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent. The included Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 app trial period offers access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Amazon Alexa compatibility, NPR One, iHeartRadio®, Slacker® and Yelp®.

Safety Remains a Top Priority

The new 2021 LC Convertible will come standard with Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+). This includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beams. Also like the LC 500 coupe, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert come standard.

There are important safety features specific to convertible, though, such as the active roll bars that are designed to deploy upward when a rollover is detected. When not deployed, these roll bars are hidden from view to retain the convertible’s exquisite silhouette when the top is down.

Lexus Enform Safety Connect comes standard and is complimentary for the first three years of ownership with access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365. With Lexus Enform Service Connect, complimentary for the first 10 years, the vehicle can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer. The Lexus app or LexusDrivers.com website can be used to set push-reminders and alerts for maintenance and service issues.

Top Bidder to Win Unique LC Convertible

If the idea of owning a one-of-a-kind LC Convertible is enticing, that opportunity will come early next year. At the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, from January 11-19, 2020, Lexus will auction a unique LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series on the evening of Friday, January 17.

This one-of-a-kind LC Convertible, which will be offered in Structural Blue with a host of unique features not found on any other Inspiration Series convertible, will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Most importantly, all the funds will be donated to charities to be named later. More details will be available closer to the auction date.

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Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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