In May 1989, the luxury division of Toyota, Lexus, created its version of a full size luxury sedan car by the name of Lexus LS. This was also called Toyota Celsior in Japan and is available as a four door sedan with a front engine, rear wheel drive or a front engine, all wheel drive layout.
The LS was assembled in Tahara, Aichi, in Japan and it was codenamed the F1 project when its development began in 1983. This model has become known as the flagship model of Lexus, and it has been rated as the most dependable vehicle in Consumer Reports. Aside from this, it has also received the highest rating in the US Vehicle Dependability Survey of J.D. Power and Associates in the period 1994 until 2009.
The first generation LS is also called the XF10 and was produced from May 1989 until September 1994. This was inititated by Eiji Toyoda as the F1 project, and the head of the car’s engineering was Ichiro Suzuki. The XF20 or the second generation LS was released in October 1994 until July 2000, and it was designed by Makoto Oshima in 1992. This version has redeveloped interior to include a Global Positioning System navigation system and other notable features.
In August 2000 until July 2006, the third generation LS was created, which was also designed by Makoto Oshima in 1997. Following this version is the XF40 or the fourth generation, which was produced since August 2006 until the present and was designed by Yo Hiruta in 2003. It has received several awards including World Car of the Year in 2007, Canadian Car of the Year, Top Gear Limousine of the Year, and International Car of the Year.