Lexus Reaches for Luxury Cachet
Wealthy suburbanites' car of choice gets high-end makeover
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2007 11:23 AM CDT
New Lexus concept car.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Stodgy luxury standby Lexus is trying to trade up to the hot "prestige luxury" market with a new line of $70,000 and up automobiles.  Along with the new models comes a massive rebranding effort that aims, says a  marketing manager, to get "Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Lexus all mentioned in the same breath." 

To pull off the image shift, the company interviewed 100 upper-crust car owners, who gave Lexus low marks on exclusivity and style. So the company, once known for its low-key wine and cheese launches, is throwing blow-out bashes to celebrate its new lines, and developing a high-performance hybrid and a 500-horsepower sports car to complement its staple sedans.