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Lexus UX, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, Amazon headquarters, Seattle

LEXUS UX

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 Magazine had the opportunity to join Lexus in Seattle for an intimate ride and drive of their wholly-new UX SUV at the newly reimagined luxurious Loews Hotel 1000. This seaport city is home to both tech giants Microsoft and Amazon. With Lexus’s innovative track record for having unparalleled technology within their cabin, it was befitting that they brought us to the home of the Space Needle. Subsequently, this town is known to think outside of the box.

The 2019 Lexus UX takes a step into the future of modern luxury with its two most affordable and compact SUVs – the UX 200 and UX 250h. UX stands for urban crossover (x-over). The UX 200 will be released in December 2018 starting at $32,000 and the UX 250h will be released in January 2019 for around $34,000. Gearing towards an opulent compact car with an exterior design so specific, the UX has a signature three-dimensional shape that makes it different from its siblings.

The front has brow-shaped LED lights with optional ultra-small 3-projector LED units. Across the back of the boot, are an innovative wrap of three-dimensional LED lights which help with stability on the highways – a standout design element on the UX. The structure is built to mold into an everyday vehicle that is stable, perfect for urban use because it’s small and easy to park. We had no problem squeezing to the front of the Bainbridge ferry.

The 18″ 5-spoke aluminum alloy dark gray metallic wheels are proportional to the overall aesthetics of the vehicle. Available in a variety of twelve exterior colors, two of which are exclusive to the UX F Sport – Cadmium Orange and Nori Green. The Cadmium Orange includes a cherry base with yellow lowlights, making it appear vivid and adding tons of depth. Nori Green possesses bright highlights and dark contrast alongside of calm shades, drawing the color brilliant. Both of these colors are newfangled and daring for the Lexus brand.

The F Sport package is available in both the UX 200 and UX 250h model as well as has enhanced features and style which contributes to its name. This option comes in the two colors – Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0. The F Sport performance is exceptional, transforming the UX into a bespoke-like designer car with front sports seats, grille design, and jet-black trim.

The concept of UX stems from the versatility and adaptability this vehicle offers. With a seamless interior coupled with the Japanese concept of engawa offers a richer field of vision. Executed with a high-strength structure, placement of sound absorbing and insulating materials throughout, one can enjoy an extremely quiet ride.

The connection between driver and the vehicle is apparent with the “seat-in-control” concept. Entering and exiting is made easy with hip-point bottom cushions. 8-way power driver seats (including lunbar) allows the driver to operate with a comfortable yet natural posture.

All UX models are fabricated to ensure safety while driving. The Pre-Collision System alerts drivers of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles with a forward-facing camera and radar system. The LSS+ 2.0 system enhances this with specific light detection for different hours of the day. If the Pre-Collision System detects a high possibility of collision, an audio and visual alert will prompt the driver to take action. If the driver does not break at that point, the system may automatically apply brakes to help mitigate impacts. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control maintains a preset distance and operates between 0 to 110 mph. The Lane Departure Alert is extremely helpful with the Multi-Information Display (MID) the system can use forward-facing cameras to detect colored land marking illustrations. If the driver deviates from a visibly marked lane, the system alerts the driver with an audio and visual alert. In addition, the UX has an Electric Power Steering and Steering Assist. The Road Sign Assist can read a variety of traffic signs and will display them on the vehicle’s MID. Furthermore, Parking Support Brake uses braking control and visual warnings to reduce possible contact with moving objects while parking.

This Lexus is extraordinary with its high definition, intuitive technology, and overall performance. The UX includes a standard 7″ TFT (thin-film-transistor) LCD control panel while the UX F Sport features an 8″ TFT LCD panel design with a movable meter ring. By pressing a switch on the steering wheel, it moves to the right, enlarging the multi-information display. With the Lexus Remote Touch Interface, the 2019 UX feels as familiar as a smartphone. The most impressive tech feature is Amazon’s “Alexa” – which immediately connects you to play music; find directions; open your garage door on a rainy day; lock/unlock from a smart device and amongst other things control the lights in your home. The Lincoln Navigator is the only other vehicle in Northern America which offers Alexa. Moreover, additional driver connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, 4GB Wi-Fi Hotspot, Voice recognition for commands and the SiriusXM. The heads-up display allows drivers to focus more on the road and less on the infotainment unit.

The UX complies with the global trend of efficient gas mileage vehicles – UX 200 at 33 mpg (2.0- liter inline four-cylinder engine, similar to competitors but with less under-hood heat and lower weight for better vehicle balance). The UX 250h at 39 mpg, making it the wave of their next generation of hybrids. With 181 hp, the UX 250h is the fuel-efficient leader with the best-combined mpg of any CUV and/or SUV without a plugin NA.

In short, the Lexus UX 200 and UX 250h is a shoo-in for a ‘xennial’ buyer – a person who grew up in an analog environment and can easily adapt to present-day’s digital society. Just think of all of your friends and family members with a recent graduate degree or higher residing in a metropolis. Most likely they have a high appreciation for the arts and take local trips within their surrounding area with one or more cronies and a small lap dog in tow.

Fastest Commute Cities in California

The team at HomeArea.com created a graphic of the Fastest Commute Cities in California.

See the 79 places in California with the lowest average travel time to work below, and the highest average travel time to work places at the bottom of the list.

This is based on the latest estimates from the American Community Survey for all cities in California with a population of 60,000 or more.

Everyone hates sitting in traffic. Less time commuting means more time for work, family, and fun.

The California average travel time to work from the latest estimates is 29.4 and has risen 1.8% from 28.9.

This year saw several big changes:

· Chico, CA ranked for the first time

· Fresno, CA fell from #1 to #2

· Santa Maria, CA ranked for the first time

· Napa, CA fell from #2 to #4

· Davis, CA ranked for the first time.

· Citrus Heights, CA saw the biggest percentage increase in average travel time to work at 12.4%,

· Pasadena, CA saw the largest percentage descrease at -8.6%.

TOTAL × ASTON MARTIN GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

Total and Aston Martin Renew Their Global Partnership

  • Total is extending its lubricant and technical partnership with Aston Martin Racing
  • Aston Martin recommends TOTAL QUARTZ INEO DYNAMICS 0W-20 for DB11’s V12 5.2ltr twin-turbo engine
  • Aston Martin recommends TOTAL EXCELLIUM fuel

Total, the world’s fourth-largest international energy company and sports car manufacturer Aston Martin and its racing team, Aston Martin Racing are proud to announce the renewal of their partnership — a driver of excellence — to 2019.

Expertise Serving Performance

Total and Aston Martin are pleased to extend their partnership, originally signed in May 2016.

Two years of working side by side in the FIA World Endurance Championship enabled Aston Martin Racing to win the GTE Pro 2016 and GTE AM 2017 drivers’ title, along with a prestigious victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 in the GTE Pro class. Total thus extends its technical contribution by becoming involved in developing the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The new car will compete in the World Endurance Championship 2018-2019 Super Season, which will kick off with the 2018 WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and culminate in the 2019 24 hours of Le Mans, both races being run twice over the course of the season

Total Lubrifiants delivers its technical expertise through a trackside engineer and oil analysis laboratory at each World Endurance Championship race event. Acquired over many years in Formula 1, this indisputable expertise in elite racing is both unique and indispensable — and available only to Aston Martin Racing in the FIA WEC.

Total, Energy Partner of Aston Martin

Total and Aston Martin work together closely to develop lubricants specific to the British carmaker’s engines.

Aston Martin recommends TOTAL QUARTZ INEO DYNAMICS 0W-20 for the Aston Martin DB11’s V12 5.2ltr twin-turbo engine.

Total Lubrifiants will also offer a second product for both the V8-powered DB11 and the recently launched Vantage.

“TOTAL QUARTZ engine oil played a decisive role in Aston Martin Racing’s success, improving the performances and reliability of our FIA WEC race results. We’re very pleased to see the partnership extended to our coupes and roadsters and our aftermarket services, so that Aston Martin customers continue to benefit from the technical advances we make on the track with our partner Total”, said Simon Sproule, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

“We’re very pleased to renew our partnership with Aston Martin. We have worked together over the last two years to successfully meet the challenges of participating in one of the most demanding FIA World Championships, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, we continue to put our expertise and R&D know-how to work to supply lubricants and fuel perfectly suited to Aston Martin engines”, commented Mathieu Soulas, Vice President Total Lubrifiants.

About Aston Martin:

Aston Martin is an exclusive luxury sports car company with a unique British heritage. The iconic brand fuses the latest technology, exceptional hand craftsmanship and graceful styling to produce pioneering models including the DB11, Rapide S, Vanquish S, Vantage S and the Vanquish Zagato. Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin designs and creates sports cars offering style and performance which are sold in 53 countries around the world.

Founded in 1913, the company recently launched its Second Century plan for sustainable long-term growth. This is underpinned by the introduction of new models including the DB11, new Vantage, RapidE and DBX concepts and the revival of Lagonda with the Lagonda Taraf as well as the development of a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Wales. Aston Martin, which is privately owned, employs 2,800 people.

Furthermore, Aston Martin recommends TOTAL EXCELLIUM, a fuel that incorporates specific detergent additives to clean and maintain the essential components of the engine over time. It leads up to 99% * less fouling in gasoline engines, fuel economy and longer service life. Total as Aston Martin’s energy partner provides fuel for every car that leaves the Gaydon factory

About Total Lubrifiants

Total Lubrifiants is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of engine oils and lubricants. It has 41 production plants worldwide and more than 5,800 employees in 150 countries. Total Lubrifiants offers innovative, efficient and environmentally responsible products and services developed by more than 130 researchers at its R&D center. Total Lubrifiants is a partner of choice for the automotive, industrial and marine markets.

About Total

Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, a major player in low-carbon energies. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.