Munich, Germany — October 1, 2015 — Lexus has extended its relationship with INRIX to equip its luxury cars with INRIX Weather and INRIX Fuel. The move will give Lexus drivers access to up-to-the-minute weather alerts and the ability to search for the lowest fuel prices nearby. These real-time services will be embedded into the navigation head units of new Lexus vehicles, starting with the all-new Lexus RX, which will be launched in Europe at the end of 2015.
INRIX Weather gives drivers a 5-day forecast for destinations across Europe. INRIX Fuel allows subscribers to search for nearby fuel stations and view dynamic pricing to find the best deals. The service provides location and real-time pricing information for more than 170,000 fuel stations (92 percent of the total market) in 21 European countries. INRIX Fuel is continually monitored and information regularly updated as new fuelling locations come online.
These new features are in addition to INRIX Traffic and INRIX Off-Street Parking already available in Lexus vehicles, which alert drivers in real-time to traffic congestion and road incidents as well as navigate them to the nearest off-street parking. All INRIX-powered services are available to Lexus drivers for free in Europe upon registration of the Lexus Customer Portal.
Robert Tickner, General Manager Product and Marketing Management at Lexus Europe, comments: “For a premium brand like Lexus, the ability to continually improve the driving experience for our customers is of paramount importance. INRIX allows us to deliver real-time data that makes lives easier for drivers from finding parking, foreseeing road conditions to finding the nearest and most cost-effective fuel station. It’s about transforming the driving experience to give customers advanced technology that will save them time, money and effort every day.”
Andreas Hecht, Executive Vice President, Automotive at INRIX, said: “The extension of our partnership with Lexus is testament to the strength of the innovative and dynamic breakthroughs in technology we provide to most of the world’s premium car brands. As our first weather customer in Europe, we’re thrilled to be part of the journey in next-generation connected car services that will continue to enhance the experience for Lexus drivers across Europe.”
– ENDS –
Launched in 1989, Lexus has become renowned throughout the world for its pursuit of perfection, the outstanding quality and sophisticated high-technology content of its products, and for its unique concept of complete customer service. Further reinforcing the traditional Lexus values of unparalleled build quality, comfort and interior luxury, Lexus has initiated in 2011 a broad rejuvenation of its line-up, launching a new wave of emotional and inspirational products featuring bolder product execution, superior driving dynamics and state-of-the-art technologies.
Today, Lexus remains the first – and only – premium automotive manufacturer to offer a comprehensive full-hybrid model range comprising the NX 300h, RX 450h, GS 450h and GS 300h, LS 600h, ES 300h, IS 300h and CT 200h. In Europe, models featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive account for more than half of all Lexus sales. Lexus is one of the fastest-growing premium brands in Europe. The brand sold 53,230 vehicles in Europe in 2014 and aims to increase sales to 60,000 vehicles in 2015. The 4th generation RX, to be launched at the end of 2015, will represent another significant growth opportunity in the future years.