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LEXUS UNVEILS NEW GS 300 AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

 DETROIT, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexus unveiled an all-new model, the GS 300, at a news conference here today at the North American International Auto Show.
 The luxury performance sedan, which will fit between the ES 300 and the LS 400 in the Lexus lineup, will go on sale about March 1 and have a base price between $35,000 and $40,000. Lexus expects to sell about 25,000 of the new model in 1993.
 The GS 300 was designed in Europe, refined in Japan and offers performance tuned for American driving tastes.
 "The GS 300 has the size and room approaching prestige luxury-class sedans costing $50,000 and more," said Dave Illingworth, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The styling is contemporary and refreshing. Combined with its sporty suspension setup and powerful engine, the GS 300 provides an excellent value for a luxury performance sedan."
 The same 3.0-liter, 220-horsepower, inline six-cylinder engine from the Lexus SC 300 will power the GS 300. The rear-wheel-drive sedan will feature a double wishbone suspension, 16-inch V-rated tires and four- wheel ventilated disc brakes with anti-lock braking.
 The interior features such Lexus trademarks as the electroluminescent instrument panel, dual air bags, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power driver and passenger seats and genuine walnut wood trim. Options include a leather interior, Nakamichi stereo and the Portable Plus cellular telephone.
 The GS 300 incorporates a number of environmentally friendly features, including the first use of a new bumper material. Called Super Olefin Polymer, the material was developed by Toyota and improves recyclability while maintaining strength and appearance levels. In addition, the GS 300 will use R134a CFC-free refrigerant.
 Located at Toyota's sprawling Tahara complex, the world's most advanced assembly plant will build the GS 300. The plant features a 5,200-ton stamping machine -- the world's largest -- that can produce panels more than 13 feet long. The plant also makes extensive use of laser welding and of the GS 300's 4,200 spot welds, only eight are done by hand. The end result is improved body rigidity, reduced weight and world-leading fit-and-finish.
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 /CONTACT: Art Garner of Lexus Public Relations, 313-259-2004/


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