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You probably already heard the joke that 2020 needs to be scrapped altogether. Some people would even like to erase it from memory. For many, this year resembled a motorsport race that’s constantly punctuated by a safety car: one moment you’re racing, the next everything comes to a complete halt, and so on. There are several countries that have gone in and out of COVID-19-induced lockdown a couple of times in less than a year. But life has to go on.
Back to motorsport – and not as an analogy this time. We are thrilled that Toyota Gazoo Racing has earned a third consecutive overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the TS050 Hybrid, after a rather turbulent but ultimately successful race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in September.
The trio of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley completed more than 5 000km of racing to win by five laps in their the #8 TS050 HYBRID, to take the lead in the drivers’ World Championship.
If it’s road cars that make your heart race, the 2020 Lexus LC 500 – with notable specification changes – will be sure to win you over. You can read more about the LC 500 on page 38 of Lexus Life. Toyota, meanwhile, through its alliance with Suzuki, has just launched a budget-friendly hatchback. Called Starlet, it replaces Etios in Toyota’s lineup – a vehicle that captured an average 22% share of the sub-B segment over its lifespan. Starlet builds on the core strengths of the Etios – good performance, fuel efficiency and affordable pricing – but amplifies the product offering with a modern exterior, a spacious interior and enhanced specification levels.
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