Based on the 2022 year-end sales report of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), the Lexus IS is the top choice of the Philippine market in the compact luxury passenger car segment.
Since the debut of its first-generation IS in 1999, the model has pursued the thrill of driving unique to compact rear-wheel drive (RWD) sports sedans. The IS has captured the hearts of over a million enthusiasts around the world, and the number is growing.
“With an aim to pursue the fun of driving, and based on the philosophy that ‘roads make cars’, we brought the new IS to life by thoroughly driving it in harsh environments, including at the Shimoyama Technical Center, which opened in 2019,” says Lexus International’s Takumi Yoshiaki Ito. “We paid particular attention to aesthetic and emotional values, which cannot be measured using numbers alone, so as to pursue linear operation that is faithful to driver intention, such as during successive driving operations and in terms of driving rhythm.”
Available in the Philippines are the Lexus IS 300h Executive (P3,038,000), Lexus IS 300h Premier (P3,398,000), and Lexus IS 350 F Sport (P4,178,000). Of course, a huge part of the performance equation is what is under the hood. The F Sport variant boasts a 300-hp naturally-aspirated V6 engine that delivers 380 Nm. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the IS 300h Premier and Executive are powered by 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder hybrid power plants mated to a Lexus e-CVT for both efficiency and performance.
It comes as no surprise that the Lexus IS is cherished by customers here in the Philippines. This model delivers on its promise to elevate the driving experience to a more exciting and confidence-inspiring level.