As I drove my four year old 2006 Lexus IS250 Sports Luxury into the Lexus of Brighton delivery area this afternoon, the odometer reached 6300 kms exactly.
My new car was awaiting me in the showroom.
That’s me with Bernard (accent on the second syllable, please, as he’s originally from France) in front of the new are. It’s Bernard who managed to convince me to make the changeover, only 12 days ago. I had taken my car to Lexus of Brighton for its annual service. When I returned in the early afternoon to collect my car after its service, I wandered over to the showroom to see the latest IS250 model. I said I was “just looking” but Bernard explained to me how I could upgrade to the latest IS250 for a relatively modest cost (far less than I expected).
The thing is that 2006 there were only 3 Lexus IS250 models, and the top model Sports Luxury was the only model with the features I most wanted – satnav, reversing camera with parking guides for all types of parking, and front and rear parking sensors. So I had to buy the Sports Luxury to get those features. It did of course come with a wealth of other luxury features, but they don’t aid driving from A to B. In 2010 the base Prestige model can be optioned up with various packages (EMV). I chose the EMV pack with the satnav, reversing camera and parking guides for all types of parking, and front and rear parking sensors.
Bernard and me. The lovely Jessica, the delivery co-ordinator, took the above photos with my Canon 5D MkII and L series 24-105mm lens.
Bernard took the photo above. He chose an interesting angle to take the photo, which I like.
I’m trying to help Bernard create his own blog site, as he has many more interesting things to write about than I do.
For the record, part of the delivery process included spending time with Mary who looks after the finance process (bank cheque in my case) and she arranged the car changeover to my motor car insurance. I get a $148 refund from AAMI.
Then, young Josh spent about an hour with me explaining all the features of my new car, the differences between the new car and my previous car.
Finally, I was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers, and a bottle of Box Stallion 2008 Red Bar Pinot Noir. So tonight I’m drinking the bottle of Box Stallion 2003 The Enclosure Pinot Noir than I was presented with when I took delivery of my 2006 Lexus IS250.
You might be getting the message that owning a Lexus is an experience. I now have another four years of Encore Privileges – theatre tickets, valet parking at the Arts Centre, sports events, dining events, magazine, free loan car when my car is serviced, and a monthly car detailing inside and out, by appointment. And I won’t have to pay for a car service until June 2012.
Now for some photos of the car taken next day – 30 June 2010.
The turn indicator lights on the side of the car near the front have now been moved to the door mirror housings.
At first glance the tail lamp assembly looks the same as the 2006 car, because it has the same overall outline, but in fact it’s a completely new assembly.
The interior colours are very different to those of my previous car, and the materials used are different to those in the Sport Luxury. Not a sign of polished wood veneer in the Prestige EMV.
The rear view camera has higher resolution. The parking guides shown above are for reverse parking into a kerb parking space. There is a choice of other parking guides for different situations. Some show where your car will end up based on your current position and the way you are turning the wheel, and will also show if your car will fit in the space.
This shows the satnav screen in night conditions, with a black screen background to make it easier to view at night. In daylight hours it has a white screen background suitable for daylight viewing.